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Vol. 15/Number 22

June 7, 2013

R emember

Memorial Day coverage, pages 10-11

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Club Car owner to challenge for Myers’ seat By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER

After growing speculation, John Verni, a real estate developer and land use attorney from New Rochelle, told The Sound and Town Report that he will, in fact, run on the Republican line to fill Democratic incumbent Judy Myers’ seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. In the general election, Verni will challenge either Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, who has been endorsed by Myers or former Mamaroneck Trustee Tom Murphy. Both Parker and Murphy, who have already announced their candidacies, are Democrats. Verni was expected to receive the county GOP nomination on Thursday, after press time. The county’s Republican convention, which was held on May 30, nominated legislative candidates for all 17 legislative districts except for District 4 and Myers’ District 7. Myers’ legislative district includes Rye, Mamaroneck, Larchmont and portions of New Rochelle and Harrison. Her county seat, in which legislators serve two-year terms, has been held by Democrats since 1992 and is considered now to be a Democratic stronghold. With deep roots in the Sound Shore area, Verni said he will be effective in addressing both district and county issues, like controlling high taxes and refurbishing Playland in a sustainable way that preserves its historic elements. “I love the Sound Shore and I want to see it stay the family-friendly place that it is. I think there are a lot of important issues on the Sound Shore and the county level,” Verni said. Verni is a principal of Verco Properties, a real estate development company he owns with his brother Chris, a former Larchmont trustee. He said he plans to move to Mamaroneck in the fall with his wife, Karina Gomez Verni and their four children. Over the last two years, Verni’s signature project has been the restoration of the historic Mamaroneck Train Station, originally built in 1888, to turn the dilapidated space into a new One Station Plaza. Re-opened in April 2012, the building’s first floor is home to the retro Club Car RestaurantLounge, while the second floor houses offices, including the Verni brothers.’ Verni officially announced his intention to run at a June 5 press conference held at his restaurant. The brothers bought the building from the MTA, putting it back on the city’s tax rolls and creating over 50 jobs for locals, according to Verni. “[We] invested our own private dollars to renovate the building, and turned it into an asset for the community,” he said. The brothers and partners also added several

New Rochelle’s John Verni will be the Republican challenger in the race for Judy Myers’ District 7 seat on the county Board of Legislators. Photo/Bobby Begun

green building features to the project, such as reclaimed lumber, radiant heat flooring, and green roofing on the train tunnels, earning them a Westchester Municipal Planning Federation award for outstanding adaptive reuse. Verni is also an attorney with the White Plains law firm of Kent Hazzard specializing in land use and real estate. Prior to his work at Kent Hazzard, Verni was a Westchester County prosecutor, serving six years as an assistant district attorney. He is a graduate of Iona Prep in New Rochelle, Georgetown University with a major in economics and a law degree from Fordham University. The developer and lawyer has also served as a past president of Habitat of Humanity of Westchester, which he said helps him understand affordable housing. As a land use attorney, Verni said he has the skills and experience necessary to help the county navigate some of the difficult issues it faces in complying with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2009 affordable housing settlement, which requires 31 communities in Westchester County to construct 750 affordable residences within a seven-year period. “I do not want to see Washington dictating to our local boards: our local land use, planning, zoning boards, boards of architectural review, our harbor and coastal boards. I appeared in front of them all the time for [the Mamaroneck] project and I don’t want to see these boards’ powers usurped,” he said. Verni said each project should be developed in clear conjunction with the comprehensive plans adopted by each community. Legislator Myers, who was elected to the board in 2005 and remained there for four terms, announced in May she would not seek a fifth term.

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C ommunity Briefs

Ebook downloads from the library On a rainy day, isn’t it nice to know that you can stay home and download a free e-book from the Mamaroneck Library? Go to our homepage, and click on the “Download eBooks & eAudio” icon on the lower right side of the homepage. Please have your library card number on hand. Town of Mamaroneck Recreation Department spring/summer registration We invite you to come in and register for many of our programs. We have some great programs for the kids: tennis, golf, swimming, and fencing lessons. We also have lessons for adults in tennis, golf, fitness and aqua fitness. Need something for the kids to do before or after camp ends? Take a look at our new programs: Five Fun Days of Art, Five Fun Days of Dance, Kayak Fun, LEGO Mini Camp, Total Play Multi-Sport Camp and soccer camp. Don’t delay in registering for our pre-school camps or playground camp. For more information on programs, ice rink, or pool, please visit our website at www.townofmamaroneck. org/recreation or call us at 381-7865. Learn how to keep your leg veins healthy at the June mall walk Easy to follow techniques and strategies

that can dramatically improve your leg vein health will be discussed on Friday, June 7, at The Westchester in White Plains as part of the Mall Walk program. Registered nurse Joann Kudrewicz of the Center for Vein Restoration, will discuss necessary steps to keep leg veins healthy as we age as well as signs, symptoms and treatment options for unhealthy leg veins, including a “live” leg ultrasound demonstration. The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the food court on Level Four. Admission and parking are free for members of the mall walk program. Sponsored by Westchester County Parks, this program offers year-round indoor health walking at The Westchester on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. To join, sign up at the horse fountain plaza near Crate & Barrel on Retail Level Two, on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the program. Go to or call 914-231-4645. Anderson’s Book Shop event On June 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., young adult author Elizabeth Norris will sign her books, “Unraveling” and “Unbreakable.” All books can be pre-ordered by calling 834-6900. Anderson’s Book Shop is located at: 96 Chatsworth Ave. Larchmont, NY 10538 Community meeting June 11, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mamaroneck Library Community Room, 136 Prospect Ave. Mamaroneck Coastal Environment Coalition, a new grassroots organization formed in response to Hampshire Country Club’s proposed

development plans, will hold a communitywide meeting to discuss HCC’s two proposed development plans and the negative impact of both proposals on community members. Topics include: Increased taxes, traffic, environmental impact, potential litigation, plan of action and more. Email info with questions. Visit for additional information. Meditations in Nature Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver Street, Larchmont, NY 10538 914.834.1443 June 14, 9:30 a.m. Sheldrake is teaming up with 2bpresent to offer a guided nature walk and meditation experience. Westchester County Nature Center events Friday, June 14 Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Routes 35 and 121 South, Cross River 914-864-7322 Second Annual Firefly Festival 8 p.m. Witness the daily light show at dusk, enjoy an ice cream social, and learn about and catch fireflies. Saturday, June 15 Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street, North White Plains 914-428-1005 Managing Invasives with a Fork and Knife 1 p.m. Learn which ones are edible and how to control the rest. Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Route 1, Rye 914-835-4466 The Dragonflies of June 2 p.m. Bring binoculars to observe the dragon and damselflies in the pond and salt marsh. Sunday, June 16 Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Route 1, Rye 914-835-4466 One for the Waders 1 p.m. Bring binoculars to view egrets, herons and other shore birds feeding along the shoreline at mid-tide. Summer reading and writing program For parents concerned their children will lose academic ground over the summer, The Center for Literacy Enrichment-Pace University has a solution–The Summer Reading & Writing Program. From pre-schoolers to middle schoolers, the program provides children with an op-

portunity to not only maintain their reading, writing and comprehensive skills, but also to make gains academically in fun and informative ways. The program, which runs from July 1 to 31, offers full-day and half-day sessions. Certified teachers provide small-group instruction complemented by theme-based indoor and outdoor activities, including science experiments, crafts and games in a noncompetitive setting. The Summer Reading & Writing Program is held on the campus of Pace University Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains. Early bird registration, prior to June 14, qualifies for a 5 percent discount on tuition. For more information, or to register your child, contact Center Director Sister St. John Delany, PhD at 914-422-4135. Mamaroneck Public Library events Guitar Bob’s Music For Kids on the Move Original music that inspires children to sing, pretend and dance. Guitar Bob’s high energy concert gets kids bopping, jumping, shaking and dancing. Friday June 28 in the community room of the Mamaroneck Library at 11:30 a.m. Call the Mamaroneck Children’s Library at 914-630-5894 to register. Teen events Monday Night Movies: 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/12, 8/26 Wednesdays Hands-On Activities 5:30 p.m. June 26: Beneath the Burst: Bouncy Balls July 10: Beneath the Pages: Smashbooks July 24: Beneath the Lid: Terrariums August 7: Beneath the Streets: Graffiti Art Volunteer meeting: June 15 at 1 p.m. Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp Soundview Sports Summer Day Camp has developed a unique movement-based program for 3 and a half to 5-year-old boys and girls. Age appropriate sports and activities, including swim instruction, will be offered. Created by Soundview Sports educators, together with experienced pre-school and elementary school physical education and health professionals, the Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp focuses on fine-motor as well as gross-motor skills. Please call Soundview Sports at 914-3235400 and/or visit for further information on all of our programs. 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

“Poems are not emotions-they are experiences” Rilke

A Curtain Of Light In that interval A suggestion was hidden by a curtain of light. Childhood blazed, shifted onto a pristine extension of simplicity coiled around silence. Claws of holiness stained and ripped the curtain held aside by the hand of a child.

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

Mary Louise Cox, Poet Laureate of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck

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Village considers harbor restaurant, residents speak out

Located in New York City, Kesté Pizza E Vino, seen here, is owned by Mamaroneck resident Sandra Manzella, who expressed interest in opening a new restaurant in Harbor Island Park. She said the restaurant would be a “classy” establishment, specializing in seafood. Photo courtesy Kesté By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees has begun discussing the possibility of building a restaurant in Mamaroneck Harbor, but given the village’s history of contentiousness regarding development and urbanization, another restaurant may not be a favorable addition for everyone. The benefit of such an establishment, said Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, would be to expand the available choices for dining out in the village, and to generate additional revenue. “The park, basically, is something that is a great attraction to the village, and is underuti-

lized,” Rosenblum said. “The real trick is that you would want to keep it as a park. By law, you have to put things there for public purpose.” Harbor Island Park is the only place where public access to the Long Island Sound is granted between City Island and Greenwich, according to Rosenblum, and putting a restaurant in the harbor would “keep and improve the aspect of the Village of Mamaroneck that makes it a destination.” Sandra Manzella, who owns Kesté Pizza E Vino in New York City, said that she is interested in opening a restaurant in the harbor, but also said that official plans are still in their infancy. “I’d be using green products, but I don’t know any details as far as how big the parcel would be—how many tables, chairs—I

The Mamaroneck Harbor could be home to a new restaurant, which would utilize dockside pickup and drop-off, allowing patrons who have boats to take them directly to the establishment. File photo

have no idea,” said Manzella, a Mamaroneck resident. “That’s all in the process and we will wait for that information to come.” According to Manzella, the restaurant would specialize in seafood, and will not become a late-night attraction for residents. “It’s not going to be a bar or a nightclub,” she said. “It’s just going to be a classy restaurant dedicated to seafood more than anything else.” Village resident Gina von Eiff strongly op-

posed the notion of a restaurant in the harbor, saying it would destroy the character of the village and would not contribute any significant amount of tax revenue. “What I’m concerned with and what I see are changes that are selling out the quality of life in this village,” she said. “This is not bringing us tax revenue. I think most of the people in this village don’t know that out of RESTAURANT continued on page 13

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Pay to park longer? Villagers may have to By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

The Village of Mamaroneck is considering extending parking meter hours of effectiveness in its business district by four hours, but restaurant owners and merchants in the area say the proposed change could hurt their profits as well as the image of the village as a whole. The village board also had some disagreements on whether or not the change would be a positive step for the community. Trustee Leon Potok, a Democrat, said that extending the hours of parking meters would generate a large source of revenue for the village, in a way that would keep property taxes low. “The motivation for looking at extending the hours [comes from] several reasons. There are financial reasons,” Potok said. “It would raise revenues, by seventy-five to a hundred thousand dollars by extending meter hours by four hours. That is revenue that would not have to be raised by property taxes.” Potok said that both White Plains and New Rochelle have extended hours and there is no reason to give a “free ride” to people who show up in the village after 6 p.m. “We are ‘The Friendly Village’ and we are viewed as ‘The Friendly Village’ 24/7, not just after 6 p.m.,” Potok said. “We are not viewed as ‘The Unfriendly Village’ from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. because we charge for parking.” Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican,

said that, while extending parking hours could generate revenue, the board has to be careful in this endeavor. “This is a possibility that would only be for revenue, that’s the only reason you would do it,” he said. “As we discussed, sometimes when you look for additional revenue, you hurt yourself even more.” The mayor said that an analysis should be done to determine if the change needs to be implemented, but that the character of the village is most important. “Right now, it is a friendly village, you can walk around outside. It’s a friendly neighborhood, it’s not a city. I don’t want it to be New Rochelle or White Plains.” Greg Sullivan, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, said that extending the time that people can receive parking fines will make people less inclined to come visit the village. “I appreciate the diligence of the parking enforcement staff in the village,” he said, “but there’s got to be a balance, and I just hope that the chamber is included in any discussion. Any time of day you go down Mamaroneck Avenue, there’s someone stopped and getting a ticket.” Merchants on Mamaroneck Avenue also expressed their discontent with the proposed changes to the commercial district’s 300 parking spaces. Molly Spillane’s owner Mike Hynes operates his business both day and night, and believes that extending parking meter hours is unfair for merchants who stay

Cars parked on Mamaroneck Avenue, seen here, may receive tickets after 6 p.m. if the Board of Trustees decides to extend the hours of the thoroughfare’s parking meters. File photo

open around the clock. “I’m a day merchant and a night merchant, the day merchants close at six,” he said. “We [Molly Spillane’s] pay for parking during the day. It’s not going to be fair for people who are day merchants and night merchants combined.” Hynes agreed with Rosenblum, saying that the change in parking enforcement would be a step backwards in the village’s development. “I came here five years ago, and I’m going to tell you what happened. I walked out of my building every night, and from Sal’s Pizza downward, it was busy. All the way up on the north end there was nothing,” he said. “All that was missing was a tumbleweed. If you want to go back to that, by all means.”

Trustee Andres Bermudez Hallstrom, a Democrat, said that the effect extending parking meter hours may have on businesses is something that needs careful consideration. “I think one of the things we need to look into when considering any changes to the parking are the externalities and effects on the businesses,” he said. “I love the Mamaroneck Playhouse, but their last movie on a Monday night is 6:30. If we extend the hours, they may not have an incentive to upgrade their theater.” The board has not made a decision on whether or not it will extend parking meter hours, and plans on continuing its discussion in the future.

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Former consultant challenges yacht club site plan By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

The Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club has proposed what it has called an “Amended Site Plan Application” with the Village of Mamaroneck Zoning Board of Appeals in an attempt to fix a number of zoning violations the board found in 2010. However, resident Dan Natchez, president of the Shore Acres Property Owners Association-an organization that deals with the protection of about 200 homes located near Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club-made a detailed presentation before the Planning Board, indicating that none of the changes associated with the club’s new plan are code compliant, and would have detrimental effects on the community’s waterfront. Paul Noto, the club’s attorney, said that Natchez has a longstanding gripe with the club apart from its code violations. According to Noto, Natchez was a consultant for the club and was fired. Natchez has disputed the veracity of these claims. The issue at hand, according to Natchez and the Shore Acres Property Owners Association, is that the current application the club has put forth to amend its site plan, does not conform to any of the village’s zoning codes, despite the building inspector’s issuance of a zoning compliance certification. The amended site plan was approved by

Resident Dan Natchez presented this rendering to the village Planning Board, indicating what Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club’s property would look like if its proposed site plan were implemented. Photo courtesy Daniel S. Natchez and Associates

Building Inspector Bill Gerety, who declined to comment on those findings. Also, Natchez has said that Noto told members of the Planning Board that the applicant for the amended site plan, Lisa Rosenshein,

part owner of Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club, wants the club to be in the village’s marine-recreation zone, but did not tell the Planning Board that Rosenshein was only interested in abiding by the zoning provisions

that were in place in 2004, and not the most up-to-date zoning requirements. The most controversial part of the club’s amended site plan, also the subject of a presentation developed by Natchez’s consulting firm, Daniel S. Natchez and Associates, is the addition of a yacht club building that would replace a previous building in the same location, as well as the construction of seasonal residences, that could be rented only during certain parts of the year. The pressing issues, according to Natchez, are that these buildings are not water-dependent facilities and the yacht club building is too big—nearly double the size of a building previously proposed in 2010-to be built on the proposed parcel of land. Because of this, Natchez said that both buildings are not compliant with the village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Deborah Cohen, an attorney representing the Shore Acres Property Owners Association, said several matters have not been presented fairly and clearly by the club to the village, and that the environmental effects of the proposed site plan have not been accurately evaluated. “The environmental impact studies on this project have been inadequate from the very beginning on some very key issues: fire and emergency access, sewage and traffic, and parking in particular. Those inadequacies have YACHT CLUB continued on page 14

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Memorial Day in Mamaroneck out-because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.

THE VOICE OF THE VILLAGE Mayor Norman Rosenblum

We are here to commemorate one of the greatest experiments of mankind. The principals laid forth by our founding fathers for a democratic republic and a system that allows continued growth for all to participate in the freedoms and rights of both the individual as well as society in general. It is noted from our forefathers that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This democratic society in which we live, however, comes with a price. The price of freedom has always been paid by the ultimate sacrifice of our men and women in our armed services that secure our freedom. From the Revolutionary War, to WWII, to the Middle East, the greatest of each generation gave their lives so we could continue this magnificent experiment of freedom. Those of us who benefit must never forget and remember and honor all the brave men and women as we stride for a better life, which they could not enjoy as they laid down their lives. I would also be remiss if I did not honor those who fought beside those heroes and were fortunate enough to return home. While I honor them, I also bring to task our own federal government that sadly does not offer the proper and rightful support of our returning troops for physical and mental treatment. These Americans give their best years for us and are disrespected by their own government because of indifference to their plight. This is exacerbated by Congress, which, in an instant, showers foreign governments-some of which hate and work against us-with billions of dollars while cutting spending for support of our returning servicemen and women. We need to remember this dedication of members of the armed service and need to exercise our freedom and insist our elected representatives live up to the basic decency of supporting our returning troops and allow them to re-enter society with dignity and purpose. There are words of others that best illustrate my feelings on this occasion of remembrance and why we need always to “Never Forget.” The first by “Martin Niemoller” on World War ll First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out-because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out-because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak

In closing, this is by an unknown author. Freedom isn’t free I watched the flag pass by one day, It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, With hair cut square and eyes alert He’d stand out in any crowd.

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I heard the sound of Taps one night, When everything was still, I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That Taps had meant “Amen,”

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When a flag had draped a coffin. Of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn’t free. Enjoy your freedom, God bless our troops and God bless the United States of America.

Mayor Norman Rosenblum, Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro, center, and Trustee Andres Bermudez-Hallstrom stop for a photo with a Mamaroneck resident during the village Memorial Day parade.Photo/Bobby Begun

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Village remembers on Memorial Day The Village of Mamaroneck hosted its annual Memorial Day parade on Thursday, May 30 to salute the men and women who have given their lives to serve the United States. The parade participants lined up outside of the Mamaroneck Avenue School and marched down Mamaroneck Avenue at about 7 p.m. After the parade, elected officials from the village, the Town of Mamaroneck and New York State addressed those in attendance with remarks honoring members of the armed forces of the United States. Among those who marched were the White Plains Young Marines, the Coast Guard Auxillary Patrol, the Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund, Girl Scout Troop 2723, the Larchmont Historical Fire Committee, the Village of Mamaroneck Volunteer Fire Department, The Dixie Dandies marching band and the New York Police Department’s Emerald Society. State Assemblyman Steve Otis addressed those in attendance at a gathering at the American Legion following the parade, telling the story of a group of Navy Seals who successfully rescued an American humanitarian aid worker who was kept in captivity for 93 days in Somalia. “When they came to rescue her, there was a gun fight, there was a firefight, and they told her to lay on the ground, and the Navy SEALS threw their bodies on top of her to protect her life. It really is a

WWII Air Force veteran Dom Rigano waves to onlookers as he cruises down Mamaroneck Avenue. Photos/Bobby Begun

New Rochelle resident Frank Paterno gives a “thumbs up” while watching the parade with his two children William, 8, and Olivia, 5.

A member of the Larchmont Historical Fire Committee marches down Mamaroneck Avenue, with his helmet aflame.

metaphor for every person who has protected this country.” State Sen. George Latimer asked attendees to remember the parents and families whose sons and daughters lost their lives protecting the country. “Your country says, ‘We need your son.’ Then this little baby, that is now a 19year-old man says, ‘Mom, Dad, I’m gonna go.’ And you say goodbye to him...Every one of these stories speaks of a real human being,” he said. Mayor Norman Rosenblum said that our freedom as a nation is the result of those who sacrifice their lives, and that honoring those men and women on Memorial Day is extremely important. “We are here to commemorate one of the greatest experiments in mankind...The price of freedom has always been paid by the young, who sacrifice and the men and women in our armed services that secure that freedom.” CONTINUED on page 9

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Fire vehicles from the Village of Mamaroneck Volunteer Fire Department flash their lights and sound their sirens as they cruise down Mamaroneck Avenue.

Parade participants march toward Prospect Avenue underneath an oversized American flag. A U.S. Army veteran sporting a “Served With Honor” shirt smiles while riding down Mamaroneck Avenue.

The parade and remembrance attracted attendees from all over Westchester, many of whom said they come every year. Frank Paterno and his two children, Olivia, 5, and William, 8, said the parade was outstanding, William said that the bagpipes were his favorite part of the march. -Reporting by CHRIS GRAMUGLIA

A drummer from the NYPD Emerald Society marches down Mamaroneck Avenue accompanied by bagpipe players during the Mamaroneck Memorial Day parade. Photos/Bobby Begun

The White Plains Young Marines wave the American flag and salute onlookers.

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County’s Jenkins files lawsuit to annul Playland agreement By LIZ BUTTON and CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTERS

Westchester County has entered into a contractual agreement with Sustainable Playland Inc., that would allow the non-profit organization to take control of Playland’s management without the county giving up ownership of the park. However, Democratic Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins said the agreement is merely a lease by another name, and has advanced a lawsuit in the hopes of having the agreement annulled. File photo

Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, mounted a legal challenge last month seeking to annul the county’s recent agreement with non-profit Sustainable Playland, Inc. to take over running the famed amusement park. The lawsuit, filed on May 23 in state Supreme Court, challenges the outcome of an April 18 vote by the county’s Board of Acquisition and Contract, which is comprised of County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, the administration’s Budget Director Lawrence Soule and Jenkins, to approve the 10-year plan that would transfer management of the historic, county-owned 280-acre amusement park to the Rye-based organization. Playland’s revenue and attendance have dropped off sharply from one million people in 2005 to only 430,000 recorded last season, according to county administration officials who have used those figures as a focus of their campaign to redevelop the amusement park. Astorino said the new agreement would stop the financial bleeding as the countyowned park’s losses mount, and the burden on county taxpayers increases to an insupportable degree. According to county executive spokesman Ned McCormack, the administration’s position is that the agreement is not a lease because the county still maintains control and ownership of the park. The only difference is that management of the park is being outsourced to SPI, McCormack said, so, if things go awry, the county would still maintain ownership of the park. The deal with SPI is expected to bring $34 million in capital investments to go against the reported $32 million in debt the county has accrued in running the park. Sustainable Playland will pay the county a base fee of $4 million and will make annual payments to the county of $1.2 million to operate the park. Under SPI’s watch, the park will be open year-round instead of seasonally. SPI spokesperson Geoff Thompson said that Sustainable Playland’s priority is to restore the park while keeping its historic components intact as well as turn the park into a year-round destination for families and visitors from outside of the region. “We are...committed to seeing that Playland gets the attention and investment that it deserves and requires to continue to be a gem in the Westchester parks system,” Thompson said. “Anything that unnecessarily delays moving forward with our fully-vetted plan only serves to hurt the public, the taxpayers and Playland itself.” But Chairman Jenkins, who voted against the SPI agreement and filed the lawsuit on his own, said Astorino and Soule’s votes exceeded their jurisdiction, thus violating the county charter. Although called an asset management agreement, under New York State law the

agreement qualifies as a lease, according to Jenkins, who said it “contains many provisions typical of a lease and conferring rights well beyond those of a licensee or holder of a mere temporary privilege.” Leases involving the county for more than five years must be approved by a twothirds vote of all members of the Board of Legislators. County Legislator Judy Myers, a Democrat whose legislative district contains the park, said that, as chairman of the Board of Legislators, it is Jenkins’ prerogative to file such lawsuits on his own. When it comes to the rest of the board, it is not clear whether there was widespread support for a lawsuit, or even whether legislators knew the suit would be filed. A request for proposals was first put out to bid by the county in 2010, soon after Astorino took office, with the goal of reinventing the amusement park. On Oct. 11, 2012, the county executive signed a letter of intent to award the contract to Sustainable Playland. Astorino embraced the SPI plan following a review of 12 proposals analyzed by a 19-member citizens committee. Myers, who said, though she is in favor of the SPI plan and knows many of her constituents in District 7 are as well, said two actions by the county executive have made the legislators resistant to approving the agreement: The Astorino administration did not actively share the results of its financial analysis about Playland’s performance and financial details of the competing Playland proposals, and that Astorino and County Attorney Robert Meehan made efforts to move forward without legislature approval, a plan that fizzled when it was determined that although the administration had the authority to agree to a management deal, any land use changes to the park required the Board of Legislators’ approval. According to county Legislator Jim Maisano, a Republican, the only instance in which board approval is needed is in the event of a physical or infrastructural change to the park—a provision that was confirmed with County Attorney Robert Meehan. “I think that’s why the legislators are not interested [in the lawsuit],” he said. “We all already know we’re going to vote on Sustainable Playland, not on the initial agreement.” Since that agreement was reached, the legislature has gone to the competing organizations to get the information they need in order to complete their audit of the top four proposals and weigh each against the way Playland is currently run. According to Legislator Myers, the independent financial firm, Marlin K. Wiggins, hired by the board is almost finished with their audit. If the Board of Legislators approves the SPI plan once it completes its independent audit of the final four proposals, Sustainable Playland will take over the management of the park by Oct. 1. The park is expected to re-open under SPI on May 1, 2014.

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What’s Your Beef? What’s bothering you today? Collected on Purchase Street in Rye

Harbor Island Park could be the site of a new restaurant, but the idea has been met with strong opposition from residents who believe more development will change the character of the village. File photo

every $1 million of tax revenue we have from sales, this village receives $205.” Von Eiff told The Sound and Town Report that this happens as a result of the fact that, in Westchester County, sales tax revenue is not specific to one municipality, but rather is collected countywide and then filtered back in smaller amounts. She said she discovered this from a FOIL request she filed with the county. “When you see the sales tax figure, it includes revenue from Rye, Harrison, and Larchmont,” she said. According to von Eiff, spending money in the Village of Mamaroneck is irrelevant to how much tax revenue is collected because of business done in other Westchester municipalities. James Mitsokas, who has been a village resident for more than 35 years, said that the changes in development and growth in the village have been a good thing, and also expressed his interest in becoming the proprietor of a potential harbor restaurant. “I’m very, very happy and proud to be in

Mamaroneck and I’ve seen what has transpired and developed. I like the concept of the idea that I had to drive around Mamaroneck Avenue to get a parking space, because everything was so active and all the restaurants were filled,” he said. “I too have an interest in developing a restaurant.” Mitsokas’s son is a chef in New York City, and is planning on moving his business to Westchester County. Rosenblum told The Sound and Town Report he believes any municipality that does not seek greater development is doing itself a financial disservice. “One of the reasons you look for continued programs like this is because it keeps the value of people’s homes and business,” he said. “Any municipality that doesn’t grow and develop is doomed to be an economic failure.” The prospect of a restaurant in the harbor is still in its very early stages, but more in-depth discussion will continue in an “open and honest” fashion, and when the time is right, the village will begin soliciting proposals from various business owners, Rosenblum said.

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YACHT CLUB from page 8

Tire tracks in the Otter Creek Parcel indicate the effects of overflow parking from Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club events, and, according to Dan Natchez, “environmental insensitivity.” Photo courtesy Daniel S. Natchez and Associates

essentially been passed along...and adopted without much question,” Cohen said. “The traffic studies that there have been have not concluded a full and accurate characterization of the traffic that arises from the member and non-member events.” Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club has used land that is considered a part of the Otter Creek Parcel as a means of accommodating patrons in need of additional parking during member events, but the club’s ownership of that land has been disputed by the New York Department of State. Natchez focused much of his presentation on the effects the new site plan would have on the harbor. “What I think is important to see is the entire site from the water, which is what people are looking at. The same issue is what people will see from the harbor,” Natchez said. According to a three-dimensional rendering developed by Natchez’s firm, the clubhouse will become more “imposing” if the site plan is implemented, and that more buildings will be seen from various points in the harbor. “What will happen is that we will have a wall of buildings lining the entrance to the harbor. This is what the LWRP was against in the beginning. The harbor is one of the few left in the Long Island Sound that is not lined with condo-like or office-like buildings,” said Natchez, who was considering a run for mayor this year told The Sound and Town Report he has decided against a canddiacy. Noto, however, said that much of Natchez’s presentation was irrelevant, and focused more on zoning issues that were already dealt with by the building inspector, and not planning board issues. According to Noto, several of the points

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made by Natchez were inaccurate. “I thought [the presentation] was great fiction. It was not accurate. In the alleged drawings, there was no scale. They were not accurately depicting what the club looks like today,” he said. Noto also said that an increase in traffic in the Shore Acres area is not the result of changes in the club. “For those…who may have moved into the area recently, if you notice an increase in traffic, its not all related to club activities. We are limited by village code as to how many non-member events we can have and we are in compliance with that code.” Planning Board member Lee Wexler said that he is not in support of any increases in development to the club, and that the entire board must handle the application carefully. “Within the contstraints of what we’ve already agreed to, I’m certainly not favorable for any increase in the development load. I’m very concerned with any increase to the yacht club building,” he said. “This board can be really tough and make sure we improve upon the 2010 plan, and [be as] careful as possible in looking at any changes.” Board chairman Michael Iannielo said that while there are a number of pressing issues that the board needs to consider, the acrimony between the club and residents needs to stop. “I notice a lot of animosity, and this board is trying to do everything possible to come to a conclusion and come to a balance. We all live in this village, and we all want what’s best for it. At the same time we need to look at the needs of a private applicant,” he said. Discussions on Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club’s proposed site plan will continue at the next meeting of the Planning Board.

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Seeing red: Sportime tennis court material leaks into harbor By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

After a heavy rainfall on May 23, the exposed tennis courts of the Sportime athletic facility flooded, leaking dark red, clay-stained water into the harbor and a nearby playground leading to questions over a potential health concern. A substantial amount of the clay mixed with rainwater and drained off the courts, causing a large portion of the water surrounding boats and wildlife in the harbor to turn red. Village Manager Richard Slingerland said that, after appraising the situation with Village Engineer Anthony Carr, they determined that because the clay is made of crushed brick and naturally occuring material it does not pose any health hazard. However, steps are still being taken to better control any silt runoff from the courts in the future. “We haven’t received any information that there is a health hazard,” Slingerland said. “[The court material] is basically made of clay and crushed brick. It is material that occurs naturally, and is safe for human play.” Carr said that, currently, investigations are ongoing into two catch-basins in the roadway adjacent to the courts to reduce the amount of silt if future flooding occurs. Sportime is located in the center of Harbor Island Park. “Basically, the goal is to design a catch basin insert that will improve water quality and filter out some of the silt,” he said. “The inserts will be installed into the catch basins, and will filter out both large and fine particles.” According to Carr, the filter is a plastic cartridge that is placed in a catch basin in order to prevent silt from entering the water. Carr said that the specific product that the village will use has not yet been determined, and will be

The Mamaroneck Harbor ran red when a large amount of silt ran off Sportime’s tennis courts after a heavy rainfall. Water at the edge of the harbor turned dark red, but Village Manager Richard Slingerland said the tennis court material is not an environmental threat. Contributed photos

implemented over the next several weeks. Resident Dan Natchez, who is president of a waterfront management consultant firm, informed The Sound and Town Report of the flooding and provided several photographs during the rainfall of not only the courts overflowing with water, but also the water entering the harbor through one of its walls via a drainage pipe. There was also a large amount of standing water on the playground next to the courts. Natchez said that, despite the general consensus of village staff being that the clay is not harmful, the reality is quite the contrary. “It has an adverse impact to the harbor, that’s not even a question,” he said. “[The

Water stained with the red clay of Sportime’s tennis courts flows into Mamaroneck Harbor through a drainage pipe after the courts flooded due to heavy rain. Resident Dan Natchez photographed the aftermath of the flooding, and asked residents to consider how the leakage will affect the village’s water and the wildlife within it.

clay] is brick, which forms a barrier or layer in the harbor, which is not good for any of the organisms and retains all types of pollutants. There are absolutely chemicals in that clay.” Natchez said that any time there is flooding, there is going to be water pollution to accompany it, and the village’s attitude toward such problems is unacceptable.

“They can’t say that it didn’t happen, so instead they just say it doesn’t matter,” he added. “If you don’t think those chemicals that are put on the courts, and are in the courts, are now in our harbor, you are out of your gourd.” Phone calls to Sportime’s Regional Manager, Eric Fromm, were not returned as of press time.

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L etters Hampshire’s Plan B is a callous, but empty, threat To the Editor, Sensing resistance to the proposed Hampshire Country Club re-zoning and massive condominium complex, the developer has put forward a new “Plan B” development to level the golf course and build 106 singlefamily homes. This new plan is a callous, but empty, threat to our community designed to try to make his massive condominium plan look more attractive. The developer insists he can build this plan “as of right.” He clearly cannot since the vast majority of the property is in a flood plain. Several legal and regulatory issues make this a non-starter. An international hydrological consulting firm has estimated that approximately 1 million cubic yards of fill would be needed to bring the site to required FEMA levels, including approximately 50,000 truckloads of fill brought to the site. This would create a massive landfill that would require a permit, unlikely to be granted, from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. If granted, the site would be converted into a “solid waste management facility”. State law prohibits solid waste management facilities in flood plains. A solid waste management facility is a “use” not permitted in the R-20 residential and MR zones, for which the property is zoned. Village law prohibits any substantial filling of a flood plain for any development. The developer surely must know the plan

is not achievable, and he doesn’t seem to really want to do it. This is obvious in how he has described plan “B” in various meetings. He has said that they would bring in “tens of thousands of truckloads” of fill, and build 106 “McMansions.” This is all meant to scare our community into giving the developer a zoning change to allow his massive condominium project. But once you realize the 106 home plan is pure fiction, you go back to seeing his condo plan for what it is: A project grossly out of scale for the community, with major traffic and flooding issues that will end up costing Mamaroneck village taxpayers money because the village will spend more in additional services than taxes from the condominiums will support. This means everyone else’s taxes must increase if the plan goes forward. Mamaroneck will not be fooled by the developer’s scare tactics. Do we want to change our zoning laws to accommodate a developer using this kind of scare tactic on what our village has labeled its largest sensitive environmental area? If the developer insists on building on the property beyond its current recreational use, it should submit an approvable plan to the Planning Board that is consistent with current zoning and regulatory limits. David Wenstrup, Mamaroneck

Men: The forgotten victims of divorce To the Editor, The family court system, and divorce court in general, are broken institutions that are destroying families everyday, especially men. The rate of divorce is almost 50 percent in this country for first time marriages, and over 60 percent for those going for round two. It is an expression of a malaise-filled society where the quality of life-and the dimension of money-are having a very detrimental effect. The family court process, which is a direct conduit to divorce court, is filled across this country with overburdened administrators, court dockets which, many times, are behind schedule because of the number of families in child custody cases, cases connected to domestic violence and child support. Unfortunately, there are many men, regardless of racial and ethnic backgrounds, that are being hammered in the divorce and family court processes. Where men, regardless of their job situation, are being forced to pay child support on levels that are not commensurate with their present economic situation. Just in the last five years, many men who have loss jobs due to Wall Street’s destruction of the global economy, and yet the courts still

demand child support payments based upon incomes that are no more. The financial objectives by many women, lawyers and those who make money from this system is more important than what happens to the men, and at times women, and the children are used as pawns. We are now seeing many men going to jail because they are in arrears. Divorce court has become a sick process where custody is automatically given to women, and the money, especially in the cases of celebrities, is a perversion of the process. Actor Brendan Fraser’s well-publicized divorce court order that he pay his wife $90,000 a month in child support is an example of how contorted divorce court has become. I am not a mysoginist, and I know that single parent women with children are the poorest segment of our society, and that there are men who are not men who impregnate and then leave the woman and give her no support of any kind. However, these two institutions are destroying people across the country, and men, many times, are the biggest victims. Cliff Jackson, Larchmont

Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht: It’s more than personal To the Editor, I am writing in response to your recent article entitled “Beach and Yacht Club Tensions Rise,” which positioned the situation as a personal and lone crusade by Dan Natchez to prevent the application of new buildings at Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club. While Mr. Natchez has been the voice of opposition to this inappropriate application, there are a considerable number of residents in the neighborhood, and many residents of the Village of Mamaroneck, who are wholeheartedly behind the opposition to further development on this waterfront property. Many are active in our community and at the relevant village meetings voicing our considerable concerns. To personalize this opposition to the MBYC development plan merely detracts from the significant and multiple concerns that residents have been raising in recent months. These include both the impact and purpose of constructing so many large buildings on this waterfront site, including three-story resi-

dences and function halls. The impact of such considerable construction in a recognized flood zone-Hurricane Sandy totally submerged MBYC grounds and did considerable damage to their marina, seawalls and many buildings-and adjacent to an environmentally protected wildlife reservation is a significant concern to many in our community. How the construction of residences and additional function facilities in an area that is zoned for marine recreation only-boats and swimming-can be legitimately approved is also an issue that many residents are questioning. However as a community, as residents and as taxpayers of the Village of Mamaroneck, we are all united in fighting the environmental and financial costs that this application, if successful, will undoubtedly impose on every one of us. Keith Waitt, Mamaroneck

S&T missed the boat on MBYC? To the Editor, Unfortunately for both the community and your readers, your May 31, 2013 article on the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club controversy focuses on a non-issue. The real issues presented by MBYC’s application pending before the Planning Board and other village authorities are whether the application is (a) compliant with applicable laws; and (b) consistent with sound planning and the character of our waterfront. There are also questions as to whether, over the years, MBYC has been a good neighbor and has played by the rules that apply to everyone else. In his capacity as President of the Shore Acres Property Owners Association, Dan Natchez represents and speaks for many citizens of Mamaroneck on these issues. One need only to have attended the May 29 meet-

ing of the Planning Board, at which many members of our community appeared and testified, to understand that Natchez’s views do not represent a personal vendetta. They are reflective of strongly-held beliefs of many citizens of this village. Natchez’s history of past employment by MBYC and the circumstances of its termination-whatever they may be-are, at best, irrelevant historical trivia. At worst, they are a red herring, deliberately introduced by MBYC— and, apparently, swallowed hook, line and sinker by your reporter—to divert attention from the real—and really important—issues at stake in this matter. David J. Freeman, Member, Board of Directors, SAPOA Mamaroneck

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I am not among those who subscribe to the old-timers’ school of baseball purity. I have no problems with the DH, I don’t mind night games, and, to be honest, in the early to mid 2000s, I didn’t even care that hitters and pitchers were growing muscles on their muscles and outgrowing their ball caps faster than a Hummer goes through gasoline. But, for some reason, over the years, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to get excited about interleague play. Of course, it’s no small coincidence that in New York, interleague play is synonymous with the Subway Series and, given the absolute dreck the Mets have put on the field in recent seasons, I–as a card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation–have little faith that the little brothers of the New York City baseball scene will ever pose much more than a vague annoyance to my hated Yankees. Even when triumph seemed assured, the hapless Mets had a certain flair for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory (see Castillo, Luis). As a result, I paid no more attention to a Yankee-Met tilt than I did to a mid-season battle between the Astros and the Padres. But that all changed—at least for a few days—last week, when a four-game season sweep by the Mets managed to instill a little pride in the team’s fanbase and spark-mainly one-way-discussions on sports talk radio about which team was actually better.


SPORTS Four games of hope

Of course, the debate is largely a stupid one. The Yanks will likely contend for first place in the AL East, while the Mets, well-below .500, can’t even draw praise from the team’s ownership. For the Mets, the fourgame series in Flushing and the Bronx was the equivalent of a postseason appearance, and will likely need LIVE MIKE to sustain Mets fans for the duration of what will likely Mike Smith be a long summer. You could see the Mets fans come out of hiding after that first win on Monday night. A few callers on WFAN here, a couple of “Let’s go Mets!” Facebook posts there, you could see a beleaguered fan base start to acknowledge that winning was indeed pretty fun. Still, there was a general sense that fans didn’t want to get ahead of themselves. The following night phenom Matt Harvey toed the rubber. Harvey has been the lone consistent Mets attraction this year, as his undefeated record attests, and this game was a big one for Mets fans. Should Harvey get shelled, it would mean more dismissive ridicule from friends and family who support the Bombers. But Harvey was terrific. He didn’t get the win—that would eventually go to left-hander Scott Rice—but, through eight innings, Harvey kept the Yankees at bay, paving the way for the Mets to find a way to beat the great Mariano Rivera in a rare ninth-inning lapse by the future

A view of Citi Field, which played home to two Met wins over the Yankees in May. Photo/Mike Smith

Hall-of-Famer. The win, an otherwise meaningless May victory, became a rallying point over the next few days as Metropolitan fans invaded Yankee Stadium to watch their ball club complete their first-ever series sweep. Yankee fans, especially on social media, were predictably disdainful and dismissive about the Mets’ success against their team. “We’re playing with a lot of injuries,” said a fanbase who just four days prior, were sitting atop the AL East Standings. “These games mean nothing,” they opined, while watching blue and orange clad fanatics

celebrate in the Bronx. Ultimately, they may be right. The Mets, carrying all the momentum from those four big wins, would go on to drop their next three games to an even more hopeless squad from Miami, while the Yanks, despite a brief hiccup against the Red Sox, seem to be getting healthy at the right time. But while these wins might seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of the regular season, one thing is for certain. For four days in May, baseball—and the Subway Series—mattered for fans of both teams in New York City. Even if one side isn’t willing to admit it.

Panthers ousted by Lourdes

On May 31, Rye Neck’s softball season came to an end at the hands of a tough Lourdes team that downed the Panthers 6-3. Though the Panthers may have fallen short of their yearly goal to play for a Class B title, Rye Neck’s season was one filled with pleasant surprises. Facing holes left by the departure of seven seniors from the 2012 team, the Panthers were able to put together an impressive 14-8 season thanks to several players stepping up their games at opportune times. “Coming in, I don’t know what I expected,” said head coach Joan Spedafino. “But I was so impressed with what these girls were able to do this year.” Like the rest of the teams in the section, Rye Neck’s postseason was put on hold as rain washed out the better part of a week of play. When play resumed on May 30, Rye Neck was ready, downing Hastings 13-1 in the opening round. Nickole Morgan led the team offensively, driving in six runs on three hits, while ace Diana King proved the layoff didn’t affect her, as she mowed down 13 Yellow Jackets in the win. The next day, however, the Panthers were forced to travel up to Lourdes and couldn’t sneak past the crusaders. “It’s tough to play back-to-back days,” said

Rye Neck’s Diana King throws a pitch against Hastings on May 30. King struck out 13 batters on the day. Photo/Mike Smith

Spedafino. “Especially in that heat. I think the girls were a little worn down.” Rye Neck will once again look to make a deep postseason run next year, as they return several key players, including Morgan, Brianna Cefaloni, and Shannon Liguori.

“We’re returning most of our infield, and that’s a good place to start,” said Spedafino. The Panthers also return their top arm in King who Spedafino believes will continue to mature along with the rest of the team. “She showed a lot this year with the job

she did,” said Spedafino. “She’s just going to continue to get stronger. “I’m just extremely pleased with the way this entire team played this year,” added the head coach. “The girls did everything we asked and really worked very hard.”

SPORTS Tigers bow in quarterfinals

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Zoe Schmitt takes a hack on May 30 against New Rochelle. Schmitt will be among the key returnees for next year’s squad.


After a thrilling playoff run, Mamaroneck’s season came to an end on May 31, as the Tigers dropped a 1-0 quarterfinal game to Carmel. But as this young team looks ahead to next year, their playoff performance in 2013 will certainly be something they will be able to call upon for future motivation. Mamaroneck’s postseason campaign truly hit its stride on May 30, in a 6-5 extra-inning win over league-rival New Rochelle. The two teams met twice in the regular season, with the Huguenots taking both games, but Mamaroneck was confident nonetheless, inspired by their play in a 4-2 loss on May 3. “That first game they beat us, their ace threw a great game,” said sophomore shortstop Kimi Chiapparelli. “But in that second game, we played them really tough, so we knew that this was a team we could beat.”

Jen Gottfried delivers a pitch on May 30 against New Rochelle. Gottfried was superb against New Ro, striking out 13 batters in nine innings.

Chiapparelli–whose 42 hits this year put her just 12 off Mamaroneck’s all-time hits total– proved to be the difference maker in the New Rochelle game, belting a game-winning two-run double in the ninth inning to put the Tigers on top for good. “I knew I just had to do my job and get the runner in from third,” said Chiapparelli. “I just got a good pitch and was able to drive it.” During the long, weather-driven layoff, Chiapparelli said that the team focused hard on their showdown with New Rochelle and made the most of whatever time they got in the gym. “One day we had to share it with the cheerleaders,” she said. “But we got a lot of work in.” On May 31, the Tigers found themselves in another duel with Carmel in the quarterfinals. Outfielder Zoe Schmidt led Mamaroneck with two hits on the day and junior Jen Gottfried was on point, throwing

Tigers shortstop Kimi Chiapparelli, seen here in an early season contest, picked up a game-winning double in the first round of the sectional playoffs on May 30. Photos/Bobby Begun

six innings of one-run ball, but that run–which came in the first inning-turned out to be the difference maker as the Rams vaulted into the semis. “Jen was great for us in sectionals,” said Tigers coach Allison Rogers. “She had 11Ks in 9 innings against New Rochelle, then came back the next day and went up to Carmel and pitched another great game. Mamaroneck finished the season with a record of 12-10, and will bring back a core of experienced players next year, including Chiapparelli, Gottfried, and freshman third baseman Zoe Schmidt. As next season approaches, said the shortstop, the girls will be ready to kick things into high gear. “I think we had more intensity at the end of the season than we started with,” Chiapparelli said. “And I think it’s one of my jobs to make sure we start the season that way next year.

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