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Tuckahoe Dems name candidates By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

Tuckahoe Democrats nominated two candidates to run for seats on the village Board of Trustees, setting up what will be the first contested race in five years. At the Jan. 29 Democratic caucus held at the Tuckahoe Community Center, party members nominated newcomers Seth Schultz, 34, and Andrew Watiker, 25. The party did not nominate anyone to run against current village Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican. Ecklond, who had served as a trustee under a Democratic board majority, became mayor in an uncontested race after John Fitzpatrick, a Democrat, va-

cated his seat in the spring of 2011. Ecklond and the former Democratic majority had a strong working relationship, setting the stage for the quiet political scene in the village the last several years. Within the last decade, Tuckahoe Democrats started naming full slates of nominees after years of a Republican hold of the board and uncontested elections. Races were generally heated, with candidates winning by small margins. In 2004 and 2005, Republicans held on to their control of the board by as little as four votes. In 2006, John Fitzpatrick, a Democrat, narrowly won a seat on the Village Board.

On Jan. 23, Tuckahoe Republicans, Conservatives and Independents voted unanimously to nominate three Tuckahoe Village Board incumbents to present a full slate of candidates for the March 19 village elections. The parties nominated current Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, to run for another two-year term. Ecklond was appointed as mayor after John Fitzpatrick, a Democrat, vacated his seat in the spring of 2011. “I’m looking forward to two more years of hard work for our residents,” Ecklond said. “And I’m very pleased to be spending two more years with these fine gentlemen here tonight.”

Carly Rose Sonenclar waves to fans from Molly Spillane’s pub after a Mamaroneck parade in her honor on Jan. 27. Carly finished second on the 2012 season of “The XFactor,” a reality competition show created by Simon Cowell. For more, see page 7. Photo/Bobby Begun

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Tuckahoe GOP backs incumbents By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

February 1, 2013

Ecklond is the owner of a scaffolding construction company in Yonkers and New York City. He has served on the Village Board of Trustees since 2004 and has been mayor for the past two years. Also nominated by the parties are Trustee Greg Luisi and sitting Deputy Mayor Tom Giordano, who are both Republicans. Giordano has been serving on the Village Board for over two years after being appointed by Fitzpatrick in 2010. Giordano works as general counsel of a development and construction company based in Manhattan and served as chair of the Tuckahoe Zoning Board of Appeals prior to being appointed to the Village Board. “We have a great team and a REPUBLICANS continued on page 15

Bronxville Republicans uncontested again By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER

Bronxville Democrats will sit out this year’s village elections, for the seventh consecutive year, offering no candidate to challenge three Republican incumbents in village government. At the Jan. 23 Republican Party caucus, the Republican, Independence and Conservative parties each formerly nominated current mayor, Mary Marvin, who is seeking a fifth term in office. "I am truly honored and humbled to serve the Bronxville residents," said Marvin following the GOP caucus. "And I promise to work as hard as I can to keep the village the special place that it is." The three party lines additionally endorsed trustees Robert Underhill

and Donald Gray on their re-election bids as well. Gray, now 68 and retired, previously worked as the Head of Corporate Finance at UBS and as managing director at Morgan Stanley. Gray also works with groups such as the Historical Conservancy and Gramatan Village, a senior citizen's group. Underhill, 57, will also be seeking a fifth term in office this year. The trustee had told The Town Report in a previous interview that he does not view himself as a politician, but feels his experience as a commercial realtor makes him an ideal candidate. Uncontested races have been the routine in village politics, with Democrats only being able to find candidates willing to run once in more than a decade, in 2006.

Bronxville Democratic Committee Chair Betsy Harding said that finding candidates interested in committing themselves to village office is difficult for both major Bronxville parties. "It usually takes a very major issue for anyone to run in a contested election at our local level," Harding said. "It is also very hard, even for the Republicans, to get people to run." Harding added that in a small community such as Bronxville, running for office could be viewed as controversial and may affect a candidate’s perception in social circles. At the other end of the political spectrum, Republican Committee Chair Rene Atayan said that there VILLAGE continued on page 12

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Mitt Romney won the presidential election in Eastchester By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

Eastchester was one of the few communities in Westchester County that Mitt Romney carried during the 2012 general election. According to the 2012 General Election Canvass Book, the Romney/Ryan ticket trumped the Obama/Biden ticket by more than 1,000 votes in town. Though Eastchester is considered to be a GOP stronghold in an otherwise heavily Democratic county, some Democrats say that the number of registered Republicans is steadily decreasing in Eastchester as it has in the county, which had decades ago traditionally swung Republican. Romney/Ryan garnered 7,954 votes while Obama/Biden received 6,777, according to the Canvass Book. The Romney ticket won every district of the town’s 39 total voting districts except three, where Obama held a lead of as much as 100 votes. The Canvass Book numbers include Tuckahoe and Bronxville among the town results. There are over 40,000 registered voters in the town and two villages. The presidential election wasn't the only area where Republicans held strong. Bob Cohen, a Republican, won over Democrat George Latimer in a heated state senatorial race. Latimer took 5,813 votes to Cohen's 7,498 in Eastchester. Tony Sayegh, a Fox News political analyst

and former Tuckahoe trustee, said that Council is made up of all Republicans, these voting trends are commonplace including a Republican supervisor, resiin the town. He said that the town is apdents are usually satisfied with the party. pealing to voting districts that want to "Republicans have a very good operation redraw their lines in order to gain a largin Eastchester," Reda said. "There are er Republican voting base. Eastchester, 1,500 more registered Republicans than along with Harrison and Mount Pleasant, Democrats and lots of non-affiliated." are the main Westchester communities But John Filiberti, chair of the with strong GOP footing. "There are Eastchester Democratic Committee, said bedrock GOP towns in Westchester that that 10 years ago Republicans outnumhave become bluer and bluer and then bered Democrats in the town by almost you have this oasis of red in Eastchester," 3,000 voters. Every year since 2002, Sayegh said. with the exception of 2003-the number Demographics play a big role in the of newly-registered Republicans has voting turnout in the town, Sayegh been steadily declining. The Village said. Eastchester is still made of resiof Tuckahoe now has more registered dents from predominantly Italian, Irish Democrats than Republicans, accordand Catholic backgrounds, and these ing to the Canvass Book, with 1,585 ethnic groups are generally more sensiregistered Democrats and 1,212 regtive to Republican platforms, he said. istered Republicans. Filiberti said that Homeowners generally belong to upper this happens because people move from class groups, have a family and may own Democratic New York City to the suba small business. Even as far back as the urbs and usually they don't change their Republican ticket carried Eastchester during the 1996 presidential election, Bob Dole, The political affiliations. "They're taking their November 2012 general election, in which Romney/Ryan a Republican, beat Bill Clinton in the beat Obama/Biden by more than 1,000 votes. Though politics with them," Filiberti said. town. Sayegh said the outcome was not Eastchester is considered to be the stronghold of the Democrat Stephen Quigley, a trustee GOP in Westchester, there are now more registered surprising to him. in the village, also said that Republicans "This is the mosaic of the modern Democrats in Tuckahoe than there are Republicans. are generally better at getting registered Republican in the northeast," Sayegh File Photo. Republicans out to vote even though said. "The town has a lot of hard workLouis Reda, Eastchester Republican Party Democrats now outnumber them in the viling people who feel that they pay a fair share chair, said that town Republicans generally lage. "It's a little tricky seeing where people and want to give their families a great life," do a good job in getting people to show up to are going to vote," Quigley said. "But it's not Sayegh said. the polls and vote. Since the Eastchester Town a hindrance working with Republicans."

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C ommunity Briefs Volunteers needed at Sarah Neuman Center Sarah Neuman Center in Mamaroneck is seeking volunteers of all ages and invites you to share your talents and time. If you enjoy cooking, sewing, painting, knitting, arts and crafts reading and/or have an interesting hobby, then you can make a difference in the lives of seniors. For more information, contact Amy Lionheart, director of volunteer programs, to learn about volunteer opportunities at (914) 864-5140 or email Indoor farmers market returns to Mamaroneck Renowned as “The King of Greens,” farmer Brian Gajeski of Gajeski Produce is preparing to earn his moniker this winter at the Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market. The indoor market opened on Jan. 5 and will run every Saturday through May 18, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at 168 W. Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. The Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market will be held indoors during the cold winter days and move out to St. Thomas Church parking lot in the warmer days of spring. Upcoming Westchester Italian Culture Center events Mommy and Me Stimulating language lessons for babies and toddlers, 12 months to 2.5 years old, and parents or caregiver. Teachers engage and educate children by immersing them in the Italian language and culture through age-appropriate, creative and fun activities including music, vocabularybuilding songs, visual aids and games. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Spring session: Feb. 7 – April 25 (10 classes, no class Feb. 21 and March 28) Summer session: May 2 – June 20 (8 classes) Instructors: Katherine Volkmer (5 classes) Thursdays, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Spring session: Feb. 7 – April 25 (10 classes, no class Feb. 21, March 28) Summer session: May 2 – June 20 (8 classes) Instructors: Leslie Poole Petit Cost of classes: Winter session: members $100; non-members $130 Spring session: members $200; non-members $250 Summer Session: members $160; non-members $200 Impariamo Insieme Italian language enrichment course for children ages 4 to 12

In this full immersion enrichment class, students are grouped by age and ability level and surrounded by the Italian language and culture. During each session, students participate in different workshops conducted only in Italian by our experienced educators. Workshops will focus on art, music, literature, games, and culinary arts, utilizing the center’s state of the art facilities. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Feb. 9 – April 20 (10 classes, no class March 30) Instructors: Leslie Poole Petit, Cathy Blanco Fee: members $275; non-members $375 Valentine origami hearts project for Sandy Hook Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library One Haseco Ave., Port Chester (914) 939-6710 Sign up to make Valentine origami hearts to send to the Sandy Hook community at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library on Feb. 1 from 3:45p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Enrollment is limited. Pre-registration is required by phone or in person. Upcoming Pet Rescue events Puppy/dog meet and greet Feb. 2 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Petco 1275 Boston Post Road, Larchmont “Smooch the Pooch” Feb. 2 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Larchmont Floral Designs 114 Chatsworth Ave., Larchmont For more information on the events, visit, email petrescueny@aol. com or call (914) 834-6955. Free adoption information session Feb. 4 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library One Haseco Ave., Port Chester (914) 939-6710 This free event, hosted by Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc., is open to anyone interested in or involved with the adoption process, including professionals, community members, expectant parents, adoptive or prospective adoptive parents and adoptees. Come learn about the domestic and international adoption process and meet the staff of Forever Families Through Adoption. Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. is authorized in New York and Connecticut. For more information about the organization, call (914) 939-1180, email adopt@ForeverFamiliesThroughAdop or visit Deadline for our Community Briefs section is 12 p.m. every Friday. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listings. Please send all items to

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Eastchester school district construction moving along By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

Eastchester Middle School’s expansion is entering phase two after construction to the building began in the fall of 2012, Board of Education trustees said during their Jan. 22 meeting. The project is meant to cut down on energy costs as well as keep classrooms small in terms of student numbers and up-to-date in terms of infrastructure. Phase one of the construction is almost complete except for the set-up of gas connections by Con Edison, according to John Condon, director of facilities and operations for the Eastchester School District. “We’re going to be running on gas as opposed to oil to have additional savings,” Condon said. After the additions are completed, the middle school will boast a new addition with 14 new classrooms, two science labs and an expanded cafeteria. The plan also includes five additional bathrooms, a new drop-off area in the rear of the middle school, an elevator as required in new construction by the Americans with Disabilities Act and upgrades to the heating and lighting system. The high school will also gain nine classrooms in the shared middle/high school wing when the project is complete. New lights are expected to cut down on energy use and save money. Upgrading energy performance in the district will cost more than $6 million.

Eastchester’s high school/middle school building, shown here, is undergoing various upgrades including an addition to the middle school following a bond vote in late 2011. File photo

Voters in the Eastchester School District narrowly approved a resolution authorizing the district to bond for the $12.8 million middle school expansion in the fall of 2011. The 2011 vote marked the third time in five years that the district asked the community to support an expansion to the middle/high school. Overcrowding in the school’s hallways and lost instruction time due to teachers’ frequent changing of rooms were some of the reasons put forth by the board to enact the construction. Homeowners with an average home

assessment of $10,000 could expect to pay $133.60 more per year for the next 20 years as a result of the bond. As of Jan 8, the district selected four bidders for electricity, heating and air conditioning, plumbing and general construction for phase two of the middle school construction: RokBuilt, Anderson Electric, D.P Wolff and S&L Plumbing. Board of Education member Robert Summer said that all four contracts have been signed, and new timeline for the completion of the project should be finalized in the next week

or so. The project is expected to finish on timeover roughly the next year-though it is slightly behind schedule. “Work is to start quickly; they’re eager to go, I suppose,” Summer said. Condon displayed a PowerPoint presentation to the board regarding the progress of the energy updates. Almost all aspects were at least 90 percent finished, with many being fully completed. Eastchester Schools also use water conservation units district-wide to cut down on water use. An energy bank unit in the middle and high school is still underway and will help the district manage savings. Mary Ellen Byrne, public relations coordinator for the Eastchester Schools, said the project is more about additions and upgrades than repairs. “We have an ESCO contract; energy savings contract for new boilers, controls and lighting,” Byrne said. Vito Catania, Board of Education member, asked Condon when data on the extent of energy savings would be available. “When can we show the report on volume of savings?” Condon said. Condon said that lighting should be tested in areas where electrical work is complete. Once the new lighting and the energy bank unit is online, Condon said it will be easier for the district to track savings. “Most of the classrooms were under lit, but even though we’re using less electricity and fewer bulbs, the rooms will actually be brighter,” Condon said.

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Blessed Sacrament/St. Gabriel to close By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

After being deemed “unsustainable” by local boards and ad-hoc Reconfiguration Committees, Blessed Sacrament/St. Gabriel High School in New Rochelle will close at the end of the school year. The school is one of only two Catholic secondary schools in the archdiocese slated for closure in June. In all, 424 students will be affected and, of those, approximately 350 attend Blessed Sacrament/St. Gabriel High School. According to Principal Edward Sullivan’s message on the school’s website, the school has provided a “quality, Catholic education to the young people of southern Westchester County and the borough of the Bronx” for more than 60 years. With its small student body, the school is a “thriving academic community” which has an atmosphere that “creates a highly successful learning environment,” Sullivan said. Blessed Sacrament/St. Gabriel High School has had a 100 percent graduation rate over the past four years, according to the school’s website. The archdiocese did not cite specific reasons for the school closing in its Jan. 22 announcement, and Sullivan did not return a phone call seeking comment on the matter. But the secondary schools aren’t the only ones slated for closure. Twenty-two Catholic elementary schools including Blessed Sacrament in the Bronx will also close at the end of the current academic year, according to the archdiocese. “The decision to close the at-risk schools follows a painstaking, months-long review involving local decision-makers in accordance with Pathways to Excellence, the strategic plan for Catholic schools that was published in October 2010 and developed to assure a vibrant future for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of New York,” the archdiocese said in its announcement. Factors such as enrollment, financial, academic and local demographics were

taken into account. Pastors and principals of the “at-risk” schools were invited to meet with members of the local boards or Reconfiguration Committees throughout the review process, according to the archdiocese. The representatives from the at-risk schools were allowed to submit alternative proposals reflecting ways in which the schools could remain “viable.” Affected families will be “welcomed in neighboring Catholic schools, and every effort will be made to assist those who are facing financial challenges making the transition,” the archdiocese said. Student placement counselors will also work with regional superintendents to help families make the transition. Informational meetings for affected families will be announced in the coming weeks. “As we move forward, we urge Gov. Cuomo and the legislature to enact the Education Investment Incentives Act,” said Timothy McNiff, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese. “This initiative, similar to those already enacted into law in 11 other states, would spur additional corporate and individual donations into education, generating $150 million in additional scholarships for families to enroll their children in Catholic and other religious and independent schools. Moreover, the legislation would generate an equal level of additional contributions to public schools.” Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said the archdiocese is “not alone in facing financial challenges in education.” “This reconfiguration process will help ensure that our schools will be financially stable, sustainable and more importantly, open to all students,” Dolan said. “We are dedicated to providing pastoral support and educational guidance to every family personally affected by reconfiguration to ensure all children attending closing schools will be warmly welcomed into a neighboring Catholic school where they will continue to learn and thrive.”

Mayor talks assessment in village BRONXVILLE TODAY Mayor Mary Marvin

After undertaking a comprehensive property revaluation in 2007, followed by an update in 2011, the trustees and I adopted a good practices resolution to keep the assessment values up to date and defendable. To this end, we unanimously agreed that the property values in the village–both commercial and residential–be reviewed when the coefficient of dispersion (COD or error factor) reached 12 percent or in the alternative, the board would consider the benefits of another review every three years. Because our COD since 2011 has been under our guidelines and is currently 10.5 percent which is one of the best in Westchester County, we did not trigger the process in the past two years. By way of explanation, since assessing is an art not a science, a COD of 10 percent is considered just about ideal. However, since 2014 will be year three of our program, we needed to begin putting into place a plan so any adjusted valuation numbers, if warranted, will be reflected on the 2014 tax roll. To put in context, our overarching goal in property valuation in our village is to create a system to achieve the highest possible degree of equity with the lowest possible cost to reach that goal. While some believe the best approach would be a review of all property assessments every year, the Bronxville Model, as evidenced by our past performance, appears to be both equitable and cost effective. The details of our plan are designed to increase equity under a legally sound methodology that will continue to stand up to court challenges. Equity in real estate valuation is important in every community, but it takes on added urgency in villages such as ours where the home prices are significantly above the county median of $600,000. In Bronxville where the median is closer to $1,700,000, an error in assessed valuation of $100,000 equates to an approximately $1,700 difference in a yearly tax bill. The fresher the numbers, the more defendable they are, resulting in savings in certiorari awards, small claims corrections and overall

court costs. Thanks to recent revaluations, our number of small claims and certiorari challenges is at an all time low. But to continue on this path, the valuations cannot become outdated or stale. Hence, our program as follows: Approximately one-third of all properties will be reviewed each year for the next three years. The process has just begun with an initial review of properties in the commercial sector, with single family homes under review in the spring to late fall to maximize sales transaction data. Recent sales data will be entered into the computer model, comparisons will be made with comparable properties–all of which will be chosen by a computerized random selection process. The entire process is completely data driven and homes will receive a curbside review. A second component of the process consists of actual home inspections if a building permit was issued during the year–culling all of the above results in viewing approximately 32 percent of the village’s property inventory each year. Again, the goal is to have the most fair and accurate assessment roll possible by employing some of the following methods to tighten our numbers: • The sale prices of recent transactions will be matched with their value on the current assessment roll and adjusted, if necessary. • Publically advertised property information will be matched with the village’s property record cards for missing inventory and altered where necessary. As an example, if a home was sold and advertised with a finished basement and we did not have this on our inventory, the property value would be changed to reflect this upgrade. It is important to note that without a revaluation process in place, homes that are incorrectly undervalued may not be adjusted upward and will remain under valued in perpetuity. Conversely, in every community, homeowners with over-assessed properties can grieve the value on a yearly basis. The net result is that communities that have not undertaken recent revaluations are seeing a significant decrease in their overall assessed valuation since assessments are adjusted downward yearly but never upward. An accurate and up-to-date assessment roll clearly reflects the tax base of a community, resulting in sound and reliable budgeting practices and the spirit of overall fairness.

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Mamaroneck honors “X-Factor” finalist with parade

Carly Rose Sonenclar stops to sign an autograph for a fan on her way to Molly Spillane’s for a private party after the Jan. 27 parade in her honor. By CHARLES MCGRAW CONTRIBUTOR

The Village of Mamaroneck honored hometown hero and “X Factor” runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar with a parade on Jan. 27. Carly, 13, finished second on the recently ended season of the reality music competition show created by Simon Cowell. Carly advanced to the final round of the show on Dec. 21, 2012, but lost to 37-year-old country singer Tate Stevens. The parade, which was led by members of the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department, ran down Mamaroneck Avenue and featured Carly riding in a black convertible alongside village Mayor Norman Rosenblum. Carly waved to hundreds of her fans, who are known as “Carly’s Angels,” as they lined the streets of Mamaroneck before the black convertible stopped just past Molly Spillane’s on Mamaroneck Avenue.

At the end of the parade route, Carly stood atop a stage where the mayor and Carly spoke to the crowd. Carly was joined on stage by her parents, Bob and Terri, and by her friends from “The X Factor:” Mr. Melee, Da Queen and Sir Jewlz from the rap group Lyric 145. Mayor Rosenblum addressed the large crowd by reading a proclamation sent to him by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino declaring Jan. 27, 2013, “Carly Rose Sonenclar,” day in Westchester County. Rosenblum then gave Carly “the official key to the Village of Mamaroneck.” Carly then thanked attendees. “I am really bad at speeches, but I want to thank the entire Village of Mamaroneck, Mayor Rosenblum and all my fans, including ‘Carly’s Angels,’” Carly said. “I also want to thank anybody who ever made a poster and wore T-shirts in support of me, every one of my teachers, all my friends at Rye Neck and everybody who is

Carly Rose Sonenclar and Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum survey the crowd during the parade in Carly’s honor in Jan. 27.

The Westchester Civil Air Patrol leads the parade for “X-Factor's” Carly Rose Sonenclar down Mamaroneck Avenue on Jan. 27. Photos/Bobby Begun

here today.” After the parade, Carly attended a private party, while members of Lyric 145 took pictures with fans and signed autographs. Mr. Melee feels that Carly’s music career is just getting started and that her full potential has not yet been reached. “I think she can be iconic, she definitely is starting at this very young age where she is still able to grow and mature,” said Mr. Melee. “Since she is so big right now at such a young age when she gets older it can only get better and if she keeps on the right path she could be iconic.” Carly’s father, Bob Sonenclar, was delighted by all of the support his daughter has received from the Village of Mamaroneck. “I couldn’t be more thrilled, everyone is so wonderful in the Town of Mamaroneck, and really, it feels like not the end of her accomplishments because I think that things are just beginning, but this really puts a stamp on what she did,” said Bob Sonenclar. “She did such an incredible job and the town recognizes that, and I couldn’t be more proud to be from Mamaroneck.”

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County mulls requiring generators for gas stations By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

Gas stations in Westchester County could soon be required to have a power generator if a proposed bill makes its way through the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Following Hurricane Sandy, open gas stations in Westchester were sparse–and those businesses that were able to remain functional had lines of cars waiting for fuel that stretched on for miles, causing traffic jams and even resulting in physical confrontations. Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Democrat, proposed legislation called the "gas station emergency preparation act" at Nov. 7, 2012 meeting of the Board of Legislators. The legislation would require any gas station with five or more non-diesel fuel pumps to keep a generator on the premises to use in case of a state of emergency. Having generators on site would help assist in easing any potential crisis in the event of an emergency, Jenkins said, because one of the reasons for long lines at the pump following Hurricane Sandy was power outages at the stations. "Residents will have more options to fill tanks for their home generators and vehicles," Jenkins said. For days following the hurricane, the county faced a gas crisis. Gas station attendants at the Mobil Station on the Hutchinson River Parkway said that at the height of the shortage, customers waited for as long as three

Customers at a Mobil gas station in Rye stand and wait with gas cans for their chance to get fuel on Nov. 2, 2012. File photo

hours just to be asked to leave around 2:30 a.m. so the station could get a delivery. Prices shot up to around $4.85 per gallon for regular gas while the state average was around $3.46, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report. Similar legislation was introduced in Florida after a 2005 hurricane that knocked out power to hundreds of stations. Though Florida eventually passed the law, it only required gas stations along evacuation routes to be able to switch to generator power, but not

actually own generators. Carla Obalde, operations manager for the Service Station Dealers and Automotive Services of Greater New York, responded to the legislators in a letter on Jan. 18. The group, according to Obalde, which represents nearly 500 stations across Westchester County, opposes the legislation. The new requirement would put an unreasonable financial burden on station owners, she said. Obalde also said that stations owner would need to follow

certain requirements in order for the generators to be properly positioned at the stations, which would necessitate the hiring of a general contractor. Cement pads would need to be set under the generators and guardrails would have to be installed around them to protect the generators from cars in each gas station. They would also need fencing around the parameter of the generator and become waterproofed since they will be stored outside. "It would cost thousands of dollars to not only purchase a generator, but install it as well," Obalde said. Obalde said that Jenkins' statement about lines being due to power outages is not entirely true because there was also a lack of product at the stations. She said that the legislators shouldn't be concerned about motorists’ safety because of gas station power outages, but because the generators themselves can pose a potential danger. "However, if they have generators on the premises their safety will be put at risk since these generators are flammable and pose a security risk," Obalde said. County Legislator Sheila Marcotte, a Republican, said that the problem wasn't just that gas stations didn't have power, but that many refineries were down and trucks were unable to transport gas to Westchester stations. "It could put an undue burden on the businesses owners," Marcotte said of the legislation. The bill is now in front of the legislation committee.

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NFL plays political football LUNGARIELLO AT LARGE Mark Lungariello

With the Super Bowl just days away, a Washington nonprofit accountability group has released a report that shows the NFL and the players association have been beefing up their political defense through lobbying and the formation of a political action committee. The report is compelling, though perhaps not surprising, evidence that league officials, and to a lesser extent the players association, are strengthening their presence in the capitol amid government scrutiny of head trauma and league drug testing policies. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW for short, usually focuses on the many misdeeds of members of the House and Senate. Their annual “Most Corrupt” rankings of members of congress is quickly becoming a D.C. must-read and is parts terrifying and hilarious in the slapstick comedy tradition. This report is less salacious or infuriating than CREW’s regular findings, but is telling in what it says about the growing lobby industry and a trend in the past decade of congressional attention to pro sports monopolies in the United States. With politicians’ attention to pro sports leagues come easy headlines, and with the sparking of the PAC era, the result of that attention is the creation of a cycle in which the monopolies and federal government are engaging in an elaborate dance, which like everything else, comes back to elected officials’ campaign coffers. The surge comes as the NFL faces some off-the-field issues, the report notes. The treatment of retired players, and a history of misdiagnoses and treatment of concussions continue to be sticky issues for the league. Damaged retired players and illnesses caused by repeated head trauma have been a talking point in the national media for several years. Multiple lawsuits have been filed over treatment of head injuries in the league. Congress held two hearings on head trauma, in 2009 and 2010, and the threat of government regulation looms with each controversy. The rampant use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports continues to be a topic, with accusations of cheating surfacing this week against Major League Baseball players and against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is playing in this Sunday’s Super Bowl. This just weeks after bicyclist Lance Armstrong’s admission that he doped to get an edge while training. The federal government was quite involved in baseball’s PED policies, or lack thereof, several years ago. At stake for the NFL, CREW notes, is the antitrust exemption. At least two members of

Congress have raised the possibility of revoking the NFL’s exemption, which allows it to negotiate broadcast deals. The NFL has an estimated $9 billion in annual revenue. Its spending in Washington is only a fraction of its financial might, but the recent spike in its political investment shows a change in philosophy. The NFL spent $1.14 million on federal lobbying in 2012, more than five times what it spent a decade ago, according to the report. The report showed NFL lobby spending hit its peak in 2011, when problematic labor negotiations resulted in a four-month lockout of the players. The NFL formed a PAC, Gridiron-PAC, which donated more than $650,000 to federal parties, candidates and PACs during the 2010 cycle and gave nearly $850,900 during the 2012 cycle, the report stated. (A Sports Illustrated analysis a year ago had that number upwards of $870,000.) The Gridiron-PAC started making donations during the 2010 election cycle, “as labor negotiations grew tense and Congress began expressing interest in the head injuries issue,” the report said. Recipients of the PAC’s funding targeted House leaders and ranking committee members who were looking closely at the NFL’s issues. Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican from Michigan, received $30,000 over two election cycles. Upton had co-authored a letter to the league and the union questioning whether a test for human growth hormone would be in place prior to the start of the 2012 season, the report said. Other benefactors of the PAC donations included members of the House Judiciary Committee at the time of the hearings on NFL head trauma. According to a Sports Illustrated column by Melissa Segura, most of the spending from 2012 went to members of the House Energy and Commerce and the House Judiciary, at $230,000 and $175,000, respectively. The two committees would be the groups that would most directly be involved in NFL issues. The donations, Segura said, were also telling in who was left off the donation list. “Representative Linda Sanchez, a Democrat from California, who called the league's concussion efforts a ‘charade,’ did not receive funds,” Segura stated. “Neither did Representative Maxine Waters, a California Democrat and wife of former NFL linebacker Sid Williams, who suggested Congress strip the league's antitrust status because of its handling of concussions.” This Sunday, as we dip buffalo wings in blue cheese, and watch multimillion dollar commercials, extravagant half time shows (and maybe even watch football), we can also know that politics is pumping like blood through the whole proceedings. Probably even the chicken wing industry. Reach Mark Lungariello at

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“Wear Red Day” targets heart disease Hudson Valley residents will soon be “seeing red” as hundreds of local organizations “go red” for the American Heart Association. Many local businesses and organizations will participate in the 10th Anniversary National Wear Red Day for Women on Feb. 1. The campaign is part of the American Heart Association’s 10th Annual Wear Red Day in which participants wear red, donate $5 to join the Go Red For Women movement and receive a red dress pin, all to help raise awareness of heart disease. Some companies will host heart-healthy lunches, walks and health programs to celebrate the day. Almost 420,000 women die annually from cardiovascular Employees at Dutchess Community College participated in a past Wear Red Day event and wore red to raise awareness for diseases. That’s more female women’s No. 1 killer–heart disease. Hundreds of Hudson Valley lives taken than from the next organizations will “go red” on Feb. 1, National Wear Red Day. four causes of death combined, Contributed photo including all cancers. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 25 disease is her greatest health threat. Participants can “go red” on Feb. 1 by and older. Stroke is the No. 4 killer–women account for 61 percent of all stroke deaths an- wearing a red dress, scarf, jacket, shirt, tie, nually. Currently, some eight million women in hat or other item in support of all women who the United States are living with heart disease, have been touched by heart disease or stroke. yet only one in six women believes that heart (Submitted)

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Rye deer population causing concern among some residents By EDINE JAMES CONTRIBUTOR

For residents in Rye, cohabitating with the deer population has proved easy for some while more difficult for others. Aside from the dangers deer cause for motorists, many complain of the destruction deer cause to their landscapes and gardens. Although there are those who don’t find these creatures troublesome, there are rising concerns about what is considered a booming local deer population. The American white-tailed deer–once considered to be on the verge of extinction in the 1800s–has grown in large numbers in the area over the last 10 to 15 years. Residents have been “awakened to the return of the white-tailed deer and a subsequent population boom,” said Hank Birdsall, 27, who grew up in Rye and wrote his senior thesis on the return of the species. “Deer are entering the neighborhoods to forage on the landscaped vegetation at night, during the period of lowest human activity,” said Birdsall. Many residents, after initially being excited about the sudden sightings of deer, eventually looked at the animals as an “unchecked and growing nuisance,” Birdsall said. Birdsall, now a graduate student at Texas A&M who is working on his master’s in Range and Wildlife Management, is also working on a deer management outreach program with private landowners in Zapata, Texas on the Texas-Mexico

border. From Birdsall’s research, he found that there “seemed to be a relationship between the Marshlands as a refuge area and the surrounding Greenhaven lawns as a source of nutrition for the local deer population.” Julia Lloyd, 49, who has been a Rye resident for two-and-a-half years, said the deer do not bother her. As a neighbor to the Rye Golf Club bordering the Marshlands, she said she often sees deer–especially around dawn and twilight. “Some of the neighbors have had much deer damage to gardens,” she said. Lloyd “personally enjoys the deer,” although she’s heard many complaints from other locals. “Some drivers go too fast on Post Road and have hit them,” she said. Sherry Rosenbaum, 31, who has just moved to Rye, said her first experience with a whitetailed deer was “non-threatening and quite exciting,” and occurred during a walk around her new neighborhood. She said the deer calmly moved about as “it scoured the grass for its dinner.” Rosenbaum did notice, however, that the deer was not as comfortable around her as she was. “It slowed down its pace quite a bit once it noticed me,” she said. One of Westchester’s well-known horticulturists shared her expertise on deer and gardening concerns in a Rye lecture. On Jan. 26, garden writer Ruth Clausen, author of the book “50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Animals, Perennials, Bulbs

The deer population is becoming a concern for Westchester residents. The animals have been seen in many neighborhoods in Rye City, including the Rye Nature Center, pictured. A forum was held Jan. 26 on the impacts of deer on home gardens. Photo/Bobby Begun

and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat,” conducted a book signing and seminar called “Coping with Deer in Landscape and Garden.” It was held by Rye’s Committee to Save the Bird and

Homestead at the Meeting House located in Rye. Those who attended got firsthand insight into some of Clausen’s secrets for maintaining a plentiful garden while coexisting with deer.

Monroe pastry squad hoping for ‘sweet’ victory By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

Watch out “Cake Boss” and “Top Chef – Just Desserts” contestants. Three Monroe College students are gunning for glory. Next month, Katrina Vasquez, Shamel Donigan and Maria Wu will compete in the U.S. Pastry Competition during the International Restaurant and Foodservice show at the Jacob Javitz Center. While contestants have vied for the title “U.S. Pastry Chef of the Year” for the last decade, this is the first year there is a school division in which participants will compete for the title “Junior Pastry Chef of the Year.” With so much at stake, Chef Tracy Zimmerman, culinary chairperson at Monroe, said the school’s most wellrounded pastry chefs were selected for the competition. Wu, who was also a member of the confectionary team that won the gold medal at the Salon of Culinary Arts in November, excels at doing “sugar showpieces,” Zimmerman said. “She is already working part time in the field at a New York hotel. She is a straight A student and she’s a natural,” Zimmerman said. “She is focused and gifted. She is outstanding.” Donigan, who has already completed

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his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, is now in the master’s program. He’s also a teaching assistant at Monroe. “He’s a good all-around pastry chef. He works hard, and that’s kind of what it takes to succeed. You need to be willing to put in 12 to 14-hour days,” Zimmerman said. Vasquez, another member of the gold-medal winning confectionary team, is also “quite talented,” according to Zimmerman. The young pastry chef has done sugar showpieces and decorative work, but her real strength is making the bite-sized desserts known as petit fours. “She is focused, hard working and talented. She’s got what it takes,” Zimmerman said. The theme of this year’s U.S. Pastry Competition is “women,” and the students will be required to produce a sugar and chocolate centerpiece, petite fours, and a plated dessert integrating the theme. Vasquez said she’s excited and nervous about participating in her first national competition. “I’ve been getting coached by my professors, and I am as ready as I am going to be,” she said. “I am nervous too, but that’s a good thing.”

Donigan is just excited. “This isn’t a reality show, this is for real. This competition will be good for all three of us,” said Donigan, 24. On Jan. 26, Donigan helped coach Monroe’s culinary team to a second place finish in the American Culinary Federation’s New York State championships. Team captain Katherine Taveras, Gabriela Grande, Yocary Luna, Carmen Albino, Rossella Cangiolosi, Laura Sanchez and Angelina Hernandez fell short of victory by only threetenths of a point. A team from the Culinary Institute of America claimed the title. “This is an exceptional group of young female chefs, and they have a very bright future ahead of them,” said Monroe Dean Frank Cosantino. “We think this could very well be the most accomplished team Monroe has fielded in the four years we have been competing at the state level and it is, by far, the most fun group to coach that we’ve ever had because of their passion and culinary ability.” Monroe teams have captured 33 medals at culinary and pastry competitions so far this year. Of those, they have won 11 gold medals.

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Carvin, Latimer discuss Rye Town dissolution

Representatives of Rye, Mamaroneck and Larchmont gather for the Local Summit breakfast at the Nautilus Diner on Jan. 22 for a discussion of the potential dissolution of the Town of Rye. Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin and state Sen. George Latimer spoke to the group. Photos/Jason Chirevas By JASON CHIREVAS STAFF REPORTER

In a display of bipartisanship toward a daunting goal, Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, a Republican, and Democratic state Sen. George Latimer did their best to explain the Byzantine nature and history of Westchester municipalities in furtherance of the effort to dissolve the Town of Rye. The Town of Rye is wholly comprised of the villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook, and the Rye Neck section of the Village or Mamaroneck. Since there is no unincorporated area of the Town of Rye–as there is in the Town of Mamaroneck–the municipalities within Rye Town’s borders can exist without it. A Carvin-headed steering committee has worked to develop scenarios under which the Town of Rye can dissolve. In one such scenario, which Carvin explained at the monthly meeting of the civic group the LarchmontMamaroneck Local Summit on Jan. 22, Port Chester and Rye Brook would secede from the Town of Rye and become coterminous town-villages. A coterminous town-village is a municipal-

ity which functions with the benefits of both designations. Currently, Harrison, Mount Kisco and Scarsdale are the only coterminous town-villages in Westchester County. With its villages gone, the Town of Rye would then shrink to wrap around Rye Neck in what Carvin described as a “paper town.” The end result would include a small tax benefit for the remaining municipalities, and the possibility of sharing services among them for added savings and streamlining of government, Carvin said. As it stands now, however, Rye Neck does not provide many of its own services, so its status as a town would essentially be in name only. Carvin told The Town Report that although nothing is final, the steering committee is likely headed in the direction of the “paper town” scenario. Carvin said it is not an ideal situation for Rye Neck, however, and would likely only be an interim position until a permanent solution could be devised. That solution would almost certainly involve the Town and Village of Mamaroneck, either of which could be in a position to annex Rye Neck. Once the steering committee finalizes the

Applications accepted for park rangers The Westchester County Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for seasonal park rangers to patrol county parks this summer. Applications are due by Feb. 22 and are available online at Uniformed park rangers work under the supervision of county police officers to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere in the county’s parks. They assist park users, provide information on park rules and procedures, help in searches for lost children, perform basic first aid on occasion and make regular security checks of build-

ings and facilities. First-time park rangers are paid $14 hourly. Salaries are higher for those who have worked as a ranger for the county before. To qualify, applicants must be a high school graduate, at least 19 years of age, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Westchester County and possess a valid New York State driver’s license by the time of appointment. Accepted candidates must attend a twoweek training program at the Westchester County Police Academy. (Submitted)

scenario it wants to propose, Carvin said the next step is getting approval from all the municipal boards in the Town of Rye. Then, Latimer and Assemblyman Steve Otis, a Democrat, would work in Albany to secure Home Rule legislation, which is the mechanism by which a community can become a coterminous town-village. Once that’s in place, the entire scenario would be placed before Rye Town voters in November as a referendum. Latimer said under those circumstances, it’s possible for one or all of Rye Town’s sections to secede. If Rye Town voters approve the dissolution as proposed, Carvin said there will be one year to affect the changes, so the Rye Town Board would remain in place until Jan. 1, 2015. Village of Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla, a Democrat, said the real opportunity in dissolving the Town of Rye will be in sharing services between the resulting coterminous town-villages. “The cost of government is free. You don’t pay your Planning Board. You don’t pay your Zoning Board. You don’t pay your trustees very much,” Pilla said. “You can have the decision autonomy while we share services.” In an effort to put the idea of town dissolution into perspective, Latimer talked to the Summit about how Westchester’s many layers of intertwined government came to be in the first place.

“Before there was a United States of America, before there was a State of New York, there were towns, and there were counties,” Latimer said. Latimer said in the 17th century, towns were originally founded with rivers as their borders. The Town of Rye was created in 1660, with the Town of Mamaroneck following in 1661. At that time, Latimer said, town governments did not provide nearly the level of services municipalities do today. Latimer said things largely stayed the same until the advent of the railroad allowed people to live further inland and gather around the new centers of commerce the railroads created. Once people gathered in sufficient numbers in concentrated areas to want their own independent services, villages started to form within towns. “We evolved ourselves to this position. It’s illogical as we look at it today, but it evolved logically,” Latimer said. “Now, the question is, a hundred years later, what do we do?” Building on Latimer’s chronicle of history, Carvin said the Town of Rye was once part of Connecticut, where today taxes are 75 percent lower than they are in Rye. “So when I first looked at the restructuring, I thought the best thing to do would be to secede from New York State,” Carvin joked. The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Local Summit is a citizens action group founded in 1995. The Summit holds a monthly, issue-driven meeting at the Nautilus Diner on Boston Post Road.

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552401 7-G-4-11 2009 Lien 2010 Lien 2011 Lien 2012 Lien TOTAL LIENS 2012 County/Town TOTAL DUE

2008 Lien $9,006.48 $8,785.87 $8,312.45 $7,683.40 $43,269.21 $7,536.41 $50,805.62




Joanne McDonnell

552403 44-0005-2-E 2011 Lien

2010 Lien $1,008.14

2012 Lien




2012/2013 School Taxes First Half 552489 744-0005-2-T 2008 Lien

$306.23 2007 Lien $14,340.19

2009 Lien


2010 Lien


2011 Lien


2012 Lien




2012/2013 School Taxes First Half TOTAL DUE

$5,818.34 $135,346.48




H & N Weber

552489 76-0007-6 2011 Lien

2010 Lien $43,080.83

2012 Lien




Joanne McDonnell

H & N Weber

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2012/2013 School Taxes First Half 552489 76-0007-10 2011 Lien


2012 Lien




2010 Lien $1,715.94

2012 County/Town


2012/2013 School Taxes First Half 552489 76-0007-11 2011 Lien

$463.66 2010 Lien $1,715.94

2012 Lien




2012 County/Town


2012/2013 School Taxes First Half TOTAL DUE

$463.66 $148,776.95

Amount (Base Plus Interest/ Penalties/Fees) $9,481.01

Amount (Base Plus Interest/ Penalties/Fees) $737.04


Amount (Base Plus Interest/ Penalties/Fees) $28,398.94



IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF TAX LIENS BY PROCEEDING IN REM PURSUANT TO ARTICLE ELEVEN OF THE REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW BY THE TOWN OF EASTCHESTER ::::::::: PETITION AND NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE Index No. 3850/12 The above-captioned proceeding is hereby commenced to enforce the payment of delinquent taxes or other lawful charges which have accumulated and become liens against certain property. The parcels to which this proceeding applies are identified on Schedule A of this Petition, which is annexed hereto and made a part hereof. This document serves both as a Petition of Foreclosure and Notice of Foreclosure for purposes of proceeding. Effect of filing: All persons having or claiming to have an interest in the real property described in this Petition are hereby notified that the filing of this Petition constitutes the commencement by the Tax District of a proceeding in the Court specified in the caption above to foreclosure each of the tax liens therein described by a foreclosure proceeding in rem. Nature of proceeding: This proceeding is brought against the real property only and is to foreclose the tax liens described in this Petition. No personal Judgment will be entered herein for such taxes or other legal charges or any part thereof. Persons affected: This notice is directed to all persons owning or having or claiming to have an interest in the real property described in this Petition. Such persons are hereby notified further that a duplicate of this Petition has been filed in the office of the Enforcing Officer of the Tax District and will remain open for public inspection up to and including the date specified below as the last day for redemption. Right of redemption: Any person having or claiming to have an interest in any such real property and the legal right thereto may on or before said date redeem the same by paying the amount of all such unpaid tax liens thereon, including all interest and penalties and other legal charges which are included in the lien against such real property, computed to and included the date of redemption. Such payments shall be made payable to Rocco N. Cacciola, Receiver of Taxes, Town of Eastchester, 40 Mill Road, Eastchester, New York 10709; (914) 771-3346. In the event that such taxes are paid by a person other than the record owner of such real property, the person so paying shall be entitled to have the tax liens affected thereby satisfied of record. Last day for redemption: The last day for redemption is hereby fixed as the 1st day of May, 2013. Service of answer: Every person having any right, title or interest in or lien upon any parcel of real property described in this petition may serve a duly verified answer upon the attorney for the Tax District setting forth in detail the nature and amount of his or her interest and any defense or objection to the foreclosure. Such answer must be filed in the Office of the County Clerk and served upon the attorney for the Tax District on or before the date above-mentioned as the last day for redemption. Failure to redeem or answer: In the event of failure to redeem or answer by any person having the right to redeem or answer, such person shall be forever barred and foreclosed of all his or her right, title and interest and equity of redemption in and to the parcel described in this Petition and a judgment in foreclosure may be taken by default. Dated: ______________________ TOWN OF EASTCHESTER By: Rocco N. Cacciola, Receiver of Taxes STATE OF NEW YORK ) ) ss.: COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER ) I, Rocco N. Cacciola, being duly sworn, depose and say: I am the Enforcing Officer for the Town of Eastchester. I have read this Petition which I have signed, and I am familiar with its contents. The contents in this Petition are true to the best of my knowledge, based upon the records of the Town of Eastchester. I do not know of any errors or omissions in this Petition. Rocco N. Cacciola, Receiver of Taxes Sworn before me this day of , Notary Public Christa D’Angelica, Esq. CERUSSI & SPRING Attorneys for Town of Eastchester One North Lexington Avenue White Plains, New York 10601-1700 Tel. No. (914) 948-1200

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Business Briefs Harrison’s Al Dente Restaurant opens renovated dining room Anthony Delfino, of Al Dente Restaurant, announced the grand opening of a newly renovated dining room this month. Al Dente had previously renovated its bar area in May 2012 as part of an updating of the facilities. An updated menu and weekly specials are available. Al Dente is located at 61 Halstead Ave. For more information, call (914) 835-2535. Rhonda Hamilton joins Board of New Rochelle Council on the Arts

Domenic Zagaroli offering tax assessment grievance service If you are a homeowner in the Town of Mamaroneck (including the villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck), you are well aware of the reassessment project this is currently taking place. The new assessments are being mailed out sometime in late February/ early March and it is possible that this reassessment will increase some property owners’ tax burden. If you are not sure how this will impact you, call me for a free consultation to review your assessment with no obligation. Domenic Zagaroli will represent the homeowner at no charge if the assessment on your property is not lowered. If Zagaroli is successful in a reduction, he will charge a low competitive fee that is contingent on the assessment reduction. In addition, Zagaroli can now also analyze your assessment if you live in the villages and represent the homeowner there as well; the deadline for these grievances is Feb. 19, which is quickly approaching. What makes Zagaroli’s service unique is that he will personally visit the property and document any supporting evidence that is applicable to the grievance, all at no charge. Zagaroli’s qualifications for representation include having 35 years of appraisal and assessment experience, primarily in the Sound Shore communities. He is a longtime Mamaroneck resident and has served as a consultant to various assessment jurisdictions and currently is an adjunct professor of real estate at Westchester Community College. Zagaroli can be reached seven days a week at (914) 309-3001, or by email at domzagaroli@aol. com. Badger Day Camp 2013 season approaching

Artist Rhonda Hamilton, owner of Just Funki Handcrafted Wearable Art, has joined the Board of Directors of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts for 2012-2013. The NRCA also elected its officers President Judith Weber, vice presidents Theresa Kump Leghorn and Linda Tarrant-Reid, Secretary Angela Derecas Taylor and Treasurer Billie Tucker. In addition, the Board of Directors also recently voted to add two new members to its Advisory Board: art director and President of the New Rochelle Art Association Jesse Sanchez and entrepreneur Eric Woodlin, President of Incoming Tide Entertainment LLC. The New Rochelle Council on the Arts was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts. For 38 years NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series as well as signature events like ArtsFest and the Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival. For more information, visit

pool staff. Campers are taught the fundamentals of the four strokes–freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke. Door-to-door transportation is provided and each morning, your child will be greeted by one of the bus counselors and will be accompanied home as well. Also included daily is a hot lunch as well as a sandwich alternative. All of the facilities are nut-free and allergy friendly. As an added convenience, the laundry service includes washing and drying campers bathing suits and clean towels for every swim period. The 2013 camp season runs from June 26 through Aug. 16. The enrollment requires a four-week minimum, however, weeks of attendance do not need to be consecutive. Maver Designs presents new, updated website Maver Designs, an independent Interior Design firm based in Mamaroneck, is proud to present their new and updated all-inclusive website. Dorothee Maver established this residential interior design business in 2006, upon graduating from the New York School of Interior Design in New York City, and has worked throughout Westchester County creating stunning rooms. The company takes great pride in creating elegant spaces at rates that are reasonable. A notable example of accomplishing this was when Maver Designs worked with a graduate student. The client needed to affordably organize a 65-foot square bedroom into a space where she could keep what was necessary to study, yet maintain it as a comfortable living space. By repurposing the furniture and wares clients already have in their homes, Maver Designs manages to be both economical and green. The new website includes pictures of projects just recently completed–including a hallway, a living room/dining room space with an Indian theme, and a child’s bedroom that had to multitask as a guest bedroom. For more information, visit Maver Designs at or call (914) 312-3191. FitzPatrick Design, Inc. expands custom design services

Campers aged 3-12 come from all over Westchester, Fairfield and New York City to spend their summers at Badger Day Camp. All summer long, Badger pride abounds from the baseball field to the pool deck and friendships form that last a lifetime. The Badger campus is set on 10 acres in Larchmont. The grassy fields provide the perfect grounds for soccer, baseball, and field sports. At the heart of the Badger campus is an Olympic size swimming pool. U.S.A. Swim coaches and professional swimmers lead the

The husband and wife team of Edward and Christine FitzPatrick of Larchmont known as FitzPatrick Design, Inc. announced that they are expanding their custom design services to include “X” and “C” mullion grids for glass doors. “In addition to these,” says Christine FitzPatrick, “we offer an expanded product line including a wider range of door styles, door grids and wood species.”

FitzPatrick Design offers a full range of services for a complete kitchen renovation, from design to expert installation. Edward FitzPatrick has 16 years of experience with kitchens from small apartment installations to large estate kitchens. Along with installation expertise, FitzPatrick has extensive knowledge in framing, plumbing and electrical systems. This “inner-working” knowledge allows him to avoid potential mistakes or pitfalls in the design process. Christine, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a private cooking instructor, is at home in any kitchen and is able to provide insight into what makes a kitchen design work by taking into account the “flow” and appliance placement. Her expertise in cabinetry and computer design makes it possible to propose and alter a plan to suit a client’s taste. Local orthodontist receives national award Dr. Peter D. Maro, Jr., owner of Blue Wave Orthodontics located in Rye, was selected as one of the nation’s top practices by Orthodontic Products Magazine. Maro is very involved in local charities and sporting organizations. He coaches a local hockey team and his office is designed so patients can have a great experience while achieving the perfect smile. His offices have an arcade, cable TV's at every chair and laptops for patient use in the waiting room. For more information, visit The next Business Briefs section will run on March 1. Please send any submission for our March issue to by Friday, Feb. 22. Each submission can include one picture and must be between 175225 words. If you have any questions, email Deputy Editor Jason Chirevas at

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Rooting for Ray Rice It probably shouldn’t come as a shock to find out that most New Rochelleans–especially those who laced up their cleats for the state championship winning football team–have a strong rooting interest in Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup. There could be a few reasons for these gridiron heroes to be cheering on a game between two out-of-market squads, after all. Sunday’s game will pit San Francisco, which boasts the league’s staunchest defense, against the Ravens–an organization that has its own rich tradition on defense and is led by Ray Lewis, who is arguably the best linebacker of his generation. That sounds like a matchup made in heaven for the Huguenots, who turned in one of the finest defensive seasons in school history this past fall. But in reality, there’s one reason above all others why the Huguenots players will be tuning in to Sunday’s big game: to cheer on REPUBLICANS from page 1

strong board,” Giordano said. “It’s a large measure that we’re able to have bipartisan agreement on most issues.” A native of the Bronx, Luisi has been a Tuckahoe resident for over 26 years. He has been involved with the Tuckahoe Youth Association and worked as a sports announcer for the Tuckahoe School District. He has been serving on the Village Board since he was elected in 2011. Luisi is employed as a central booking sergeant at the Westchester County Department of Corrections and runs the Paul Luisi Foundation with his family. The foundation is an organization named after his son that raises money for pediatric cancer research. “I’m honored to continue the work we’ve started,” Luisi said. If the three Republican candidates are successful in March, the board-which currently consists of four Republicans and one Democrat-will remain under Republican control. Trustee elections are at-large, which means that the top two vote-getters win the election, and candidates do not seek a specific seat or opponent.

the Ravens running back, former New Ro star Ray Rice. Rice, 26, who led the Huguenots to a state championship in 2003–the school’s last title before the 2012 team captured the crown–has long been a gridiron legend in the area. From his high school exploits to his emergence as a Division I standout at Rutgers University, Rice has been considered by many sports fans to be the pride of Section I football (despite his Huguenots teammate Courtney Greene’s own illustrious football career). Understandably, however, it was aspiring New Rochelle football players that felt the most ownership over the Ravens’ running back. “Growing up, we always wanted to be like him,” said New Rochelle’s star quarterback Khalil Edney. “Even before he made the NFL, back when he was in college, we always looked up to him.” Edney, himself an avowed Eagles fan, said Incumbent Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, is being nominated by his party to run for another two-year term as mayor at the Tuckahoe Republican caucus on Jan. 23. Ecklond has been serving as mayor since former Mayor John Fitzpatrick, a Democrat, vacated his seat in 2011. Incumbent Village Trustee Greg Luisi, a Republican, is being nominated by his party to run for another two-year term as a trustee at the Jan. 23 Tuckahoe Republican caucus. Luisi was elected to the board in 2011.

Incumbent Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor Tom Giordano, a Republican, is being nominated by his party to run for another twoyear term as a trustee at the Jan. 23 Tuckahoe Republican caucus. Giordano has been serving on the Village Board for over two years after he was appointed by previous mayor John Fitzpatrick, a Democrat.

Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice signs an autograph for a young fan at his annual Ray Rice Day at New Rochelle High School on June 9, 2012. On Super Bowl Sunday, many New Rochelle residents will be rooting for Rice and the Ravens to prevail. Photo/Mike Smith

that his fellow football teammates will be cheering on the AFC’s Ravens, but that has less to do with Rice’s status as one of the NFL’s best running backs and more to do with his commitment to giving back to the New Rochelle community. Before the Huguenots’ trip to Syracuse this past fall, Rice gifted travel bags–T-shirts and headphones to each Huguenots player. Additionally, reports also say that the Ravens star watched the championship game live and was quick to call head coach Lou DiRienzo with words of congratulations soon after the win.

“He’s a good guy,” said Edney. “And he’s always come back to work out with us in the offseason, which is really cool.” Edney went on to say that several of his Huguenots teammates will be getting together on Sunday to watch New Ro’s brightest start shine on sports’ biggest stage–and many of them won’t even have to switch alliegences for the afternoon–even in the middle of Giants and Jets territory. “To be honest, some of the guys are just plain Ravens fans,” said Edney. “And that says as much about them as it does about Ray.”

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A year later, he unseated then-Mayor Michael Martino. In 2007, Clare Gorman, a Democrat, was elected as trustee and for a while Democrats held a majority on the board. As mayor, Fitzpatrick named Ecklond as deputy mayor. Today, all the current trustees were appointed outside of an election and only one Democrat, Stephen Quigley, holds a seat on the board. The election of two new Democrats would signal a power shift on the Board of Trustees. Chris Digiorgio, chair of the Tuckahoe Democratic Party, said that it is important that Tuckahoe voters have a choice as to who will represent them. The new trustees will also be elected as opposed to appointed, and Digiorgio said that's exciting. "I said a decade ago that I'm bringing democracy back to Tuckahoe," Digiorgio said. Schultz attended SUNY Binghamton and graduated with a degree in environmental science and geology. He has lived in Tuckahoe for eight years with his wife, whose family has been here for three generations. "We live in the home her mother was born in," Watiker said. Schultz said that as an adolescent he built churches and a school in Mexico as a Christian missionary. He currently works as an environmental engineer for C4 Cities, a Manhattanbased climate change leadership group that advises the world's 64 largest cities on environmental effectiveness. Keeping Tuckahoe's downtown vibrant, bringing in new businesses and getting the village involved in 'green' initiatives are issues that

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Schultz said he would focus on as a trustee. "I'd love to see Tuckahoe get involved in greenhouse gas emission initiatives, recycling plans and even a plastic bag ban," Schultz said. Watiker has lived in the village for the past two years after living in Scarsdale and Virginia. He studied history and politics at Oberlin College in Ohio. Currently, he works for Interactive Data, a development support technology company in White Plains. "I work to make sure customers and developers work well together," Watiker said. During the November 2012 general election, Watiker worked for the Obama Campaign, advocating for voters’ rights and equal access. He said that he came to the caucus because he wanted to get involved with village politics, and saw an opening to run for a spot on the Board of Trustees. "I think when there's a contested election there is room for discourse," Watiker said. "And I have an understanding of how to look at and develop policy so it doesn't have unintended outcomes." Village elections will be held on March 19.

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Local hopefuls hit cages for pro tryout By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

As the hitter climbed through the netting in the cage, Jay Acton, longtime scout and current general manager for the Taos Blizzard, peered up from his clipboard to size up the newcomer. The prospect dug his feet in the right-handed batter’s box, adjusted his sleeves and readied himself for the delivery from the 70-mph pitching machine. The lever arm flung forward, sending the ball hurtling toward the plate, and the coiled batter whirred into motion, his body twisting like a corkscrew from the force of his mighty swing. He never came close to connecting with the offering. After two more attempts–neither meeting with much more success–Acton looked back down at the clipboard with a sigh, hoping that the next batter to step in the cage might possess a bit more potential. On Jan. 25, over a dozen hopefuls showed up at the Elmsford-based Frozen Ropes Baseball Training Center for an open tryout with the Taos Blizzard of the Pecos League, hoping to come away with a minor-league contract. With a mix of current and former collegiate players, as well as optimistic ballplayers in their mid-to-late 20s, each player knew that they had just a short time to impress the Blizzard GM and distinguish themselves

Luis Gonzalez swings the bat in a 2012 game for Concordia. Gonzalez was on hand for the Jan. 25 tryout at Frozen Ropes. Contributed photo

Angel Gonzalez, 24, from the Dominican Republic, gets ready to throw for scouts at the Frozen Ropes Baseball Training Center on Jan. 25. Gonzalez, a southpaw, has a mid-to-high 80s fastball and is looking to catch on with a pro team.

from the pack. Current Concordia College senior Luis Gonzalez, 21, may have been one of the more accomplished players at the tryout (Gonzalez hit .295 with 2 HRs for the Division II Clippers last year), but admitted that he felt some butterflies before stepping into the cages with a potential shot at playing pro ball on the line. “It’s definitely nerve-wracking,” he said. “You only have such a short time to show what you can do, so you need to make it count.” Independent ball clubs–minor league teams with no affiliation to major league teams–often use open tryouts as a pipeline to potential players in other parts of the country (the Blizzard are located in New Mexico). And for some, getting a shot at playing independent ball can lead to catching the eye of a major league scout. Gonzalez, who fared well in his short time in the cage, said that for him, playing professional baseball was not only a lifelong dream, but also his way of showing thanks to his parents for their support throughout the years. “My parents gave so much for me to be able to play baseball,” he said. “They were immigrants, but they worked so hard so that they could pay for me to play baseball, so I would like to be able to give back to them and I don’t want to have any regrets.” While it remains to be seen whether Gonzalez’s showing in the cage will lead to a call from the Blizzard this summer, the right-handed slugger has vowed to take this experience, as well as his experiences with scouts in the summer league ,to heart as he prepares for his last season with Concordia. “All these leagues, you have scouts all around you; it pushes you to get better,” he said. “In the end, it’s all about the numbers. You have to put up the numbers to get noticed.”

Edwin Leon, 24, throws off the mound on Jan. 25. Leon pitched at Adlai Stevenson High School in the Bronx, and is now looking to break into the professional ranks. Photos/Bobby Begun

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