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Vol. 15/Number 9

March 1, 2013

Tuckahoe resets search for super

De-Clawed Nick Reisman is stripped by a Children's Village defenders in the Class C semifinals at the Westchester County Center on Feb. 25. The Tigers hung tough with the Hawks for four quarters but lost 64-51. For more, see page 15. Photo/Bobby Begun

New Rochelle Conservative to primary county executive By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR

While Democrats attempt to portray the county executive as a far-right extremist, a New Rochelle challenger has come forward saying Rob Astorino hasn’t been conservative enough. At a Feb. 22 press conference in front of the county Board of Elections offices, Kurt Colucci, a registered Conservative Party member and Tea Party supporter, announced his candidacy for county executive; he plans to seek the Conservative Party line through a primary. “My campaign is not about Rob Astorino,” Colucci said. “The focal point of my message is ‘we don’t have to live like this.’” A self-described conservative-

libertarian, Colucci— decisions.” who said he supported Colucci, 36, also Astorino in the 2009 criticized the county race—labeled the executive for his pocounty executive’s litical appointments. He first term in office referenced the appointa failure, stating ment of Hugh Fox, the Astorino could have county Conservative done a better job Party chairman, to a cutting the county position with the county budget. Astorino has Department of Public been criticized for his Works after Fox retired decision to borrow from the Yonkers Fire money to offset the Department. Fox’s new Kurt Colucci tax rate in the county’s position earns him a six2013 budget, while holding true to a figure salary in addition to his state promise not to raise taxes during his pension from his time with the first term in office. Yonkers fire department. “Rob borrowed money but did it “It was the biggest political payoff under the guise of holding the line in Westchester history,” said Colucci, on taxes,” Colucci said. “In the long who works as a project manager for run, you pay more with interest. It’s COLUCCI continued on page 9 the long-term consequences of his


continue looking. "Our district is small, and we don't have a robust The Tuckahoe Board enough layer of adof Education has anministration," Urbina nounced that the search said. "We don't have a for a new schools sudirector of services or perintendent will conpersonnel like other tinue because none of large districts would the candidates located have." by a state agency were There were two found to be a good fit candidates that the Edward Reilly for Tuckahoe schools. district had in mind, The district plans to and Urbina said that hire a new candidate to take the the candidates were to be presented place of current superintendent Dr. to stakeholders and members of Edward Reilly when he retires at the the community for feedback on the end of the current academic year. strengths and weaknesses of each Southern Westchester Board of applicant. Before the presentation, Cooperative Educational Services, Urbina said one of the candidates or BOCES, is the state organization dropped out, stating that the district that was aiding the school district in was too small and suburban. One the search. BOCES will be replaced candidate was then presented to the and the Board of Education will community, but was not selected begin its search anew. Tuckahoe for the position. "Going into the Board of Education President Julio forum, many of us on the board had Urbina is contacting private search reservations, but that's why we went firms in hopes of finding a pool of to the community to see how they well-qualified candidates who pos- felt and see how the candidates met sess the necessary characteristics to with the stakeholders," Urbina said. be a successful superintendent. "Based on the feedback, we felt this Because the district was a member person wasn't a good fit." of Southern Westchester BOCES, Proposals for new search firms Tuckahoe schools were not charged have been processed and the Board for the executive search other than of Education will be meeting next the modest candidate expenses asso- week to review each possibility. ciated with the search process. The The new superintendent was origiprojected costs of hiring another nally to be selected in time for the search firm are roughly $20,000 to March Board of Education meeting, $30,000. but Urbina said that the district may Urbina said that the board felt not see a new superintendent until that the previous candidates didn't later in the spring. "We'll lose some have enough experience. A suc- time, but I'm not too worried about cessful candidate must to be able to it," Urbina said. juggle many different positions and, Reilly, who has been superinafter conducting interviews with the tendent for over two years, was candidates, Urbina said the district originally hired on an interim basis decided to use a search firm and REILLY continued on page 6

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Fire district faces cash shortfall, tax payment changes By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

required to collect taxes for the school districts, Westchester County and water and sewer services in addition The Town of Eastchester has to the fire district. In 2011, the town changed the way it funds the local fire was sending funds to the fire district district, which has resulted in a temin three installments throughout the porary cash shortfall until tax returns year. Although the town’s fiscal year become available in May. The fire ends in January of each year, Colavita district has to bond in order to make said that the fire board wanted to keep ends meet for the time being, though receiving payments even though taxes this is not uncommon for municipal aren’t collected until April. entities. The Eastchester Fire District “What basically is occurred is that operates separately from the town there’s no reason for the town to be government. managing the fire district’s money,” Up until this year, the town would Colavita said. “We don’t earn interest provide the fire district with a cut of The Eastchester Fire District is facing a cash shortfall until the on it, and we don’t want to monitor its yearly budget on a monthly basis, district’s tax revenue, which is collected by the town, becomes it.” and therefore the district didn’t have available in May. The fire district will bond for the needed In addition, Colavita said that any resources by using a tax anticipation note. File photo. to manage its own cash flow, accordlate taxes the town receives at the ing to Fire Board of Commissioners end of the year will be given to the Chairman Dennis Winter at the Feb. 13 Fire few months. Winter said that this provided district as the money becomes available. The Board of Commissioners meeting. The town the fire board with an opportunity to address town directed the fire district to the firm it will turn over the money as soon as it col- how its accounts are set up. The board must uses for necessary bonding and the firm will lects taxes for the district. “We’ll have about prove that is has exhausted all its resources to be completing the tax anticipation note at a 90 percent of our tax returns in early May,” get a tax anticipation note. “This will be the modest price. Colavita said it was unnecesWinter said. “We’ll have a cash shortage until first time we have any debt as a fire district, sary to continue to borrow money for the fire but it’ll go away when we get our tax return,” district when it can do it itself because the fire this comes in.” The fire district will be filing for a tax an- Winter said. district is a separate entity from the Town of Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Eastchester. “We have done an excellent job ticipation note through a firm that handles municipal funding. The firm will provide the Colavita, a Republican, said that every year monitoring our own money and don’t need note with a flat fee of roughly $1,000 while the fire district officials would write a letter to to be burdened,” Colavita said. “Our problem fire board makes an income statement to see the town indicating that they wanted payment was we were borrowing money for the fire how much it will need to borrow for the next on a monthly schedule. By law, the town is district.”

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C ommunity Briefs Volunteers needed Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to Eastchester’s homebound elderly – one or two hours – once a week. If interested, call Nutrition Program Director Norah Rossi at the Eastchester Senior Citizen Nutrition Program at Lake Isle at (914) 337-0390. Local artists exhibit at Mamaroneck Artists Guild The Mamaroneck Artists Guild brings together a quartet of artists beginning March 5 through March 30 who will exhibit an eclectic range of imagery – everything from the realistic to the abstract. New Rochelle artists, Jeanie Ritter (oils), Shelia Benedis (mixed media), and Jane Petruska (mixed media and sculpture) join forces with Carol Gromer (pencil drawings) of Scarsdale in this unique exhibition of two and three-dimensional works. Come meet the artists at an opening reception on March 9, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 126 Larchmont Ave. in Larchmont. Admission is free. Anti-fracking film to screen in White Plains “Dear Governor Cuomo,” a documentary about a concert and rally sponsored by New Yorkers Against Fracking, will be shown on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, located at 7 Saxon Wood Road (off Mamaroneck Avenue) in White Plains. A blend of music and message, the film describes the environmental, economic, and heath impact of fracking and includes performances by Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, Citizen Cope, and Medeski Martin & Wood. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, visit Pianist Raj Bhimani to present concert at West Center Church Pianist Raj Bhimani will perform in the sanctuary at West Center Congregational

Church, 101 Pondfield Road West, Bronxville, on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2 PM. The critically acclaimed Mr. Bhimani, will be performing the complete “24 Préludes” by Frédéric Chopin. He will also play “Sonatine” by Maurice Ravel, a work that his piano teacher in Paris studied with the composer and that continues his journey through the Ravel piano works. While there is no admission charge, there is a suggested donation of $10. The sanctuary is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers and there is parking available on the street. For further information, please call the church office in the morning at (914) 337-3829, send an email to or log on to its website, Free foreclosure prevention workshop On March 11 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Human Development Services of Westchester Neighborhood Preservation Company offers a free workshop for anyone interested in foreclosure prevention at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library. This not-for-profit organization may be able to help those with unaffordable mortgages, those working with their banks and having difficulty, and those in the court process. Se habla español. The library is located at One Haseco Avenue in Port Chester. For more information, call (914) 939-6710 x103. Campaign finance discussion Campaign Finance Reform in New York State will be the topic of a public discussion on March 13 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the White Plains Public Library, located at 100 Martine Ave. Sponsors are the League of Women Voters of Westchester County, LWV of White Plains, LWV of New Rochelle and the White Plains Public Library. Discussion leaders will be Laura Ladd Bierman, executive director of the League of Women Voters of New York State, and Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the League of Women Voters of New York State. They will begin with a slide presentation showing the effects of unlimited campaign contributions, sometimes without disclosing the donors. Then they will call for comments and questions. The LWV of New York State supports lower contribution limits, increased disclosure, and a system of small donor matching funds. For further information, call (914) 761-

4382. Parking is available in the library lot under the building or across the street at the Galleria municipal lot. Talk to explore the relationship between age and wisdom Do we really become wiser as we age? That will be the subject of a talk by the Rev. Carole Johannsen, a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and a hospital chaplain, on Sunday, March 17, at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, 7 Saxon Wood Road (off Mamaroneck Avenue) in White Plains. Johannsen will describe what she has learned through traditional research and with the help of the 70 and 80-year-olds with whom she has worked. The program, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is free, and childcare is available. Ethical Culture is a liberal religious and educational fellowship without formal creed or dogma. For more information, contact ECSW at 914-948-1120 or visit its website, 36th Annual Tuckahoe Library Poetry Contest Open to grades 4-8 at the Tuckahoe and Eastchester schools. Students should include their name, address, phone number, school name and grade on their entry. All entries must be returned to the library by March 31. One entry per student. An awards ceremony will be held for poets

who win first, second and third prize for each grade. The Tuckahoe Public Library is located at 71 Columbus Ave. in Tuckahoe. For more information, call (914) 961-2121 or visit Music Conservatory of Westchester Seeks to Reconnect with Alumni For Spring Reunion Calling all MCW Alumni. The Music Conservatory of Westchester is kicking off the New Year by reaching out to our alumni across the generations to celebrate their affiliation with the not-for-profit music school at an inaugural Alumni Reunion and Concert on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The event will feature performances by MCW students and faculty, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and the unveiling of a new photo exhibit chronicling the school through the decades. Alumni will have the chance to reconnect with their favorite teachers and classmates, and look for familiar faces and events in the photos. If you are an MCW alum or know of anyone who might be interested, you are encouraged to contact the Conservatory at or “like” the MCW Alumni Facebook page for more information. You may also call 914-761-3900. 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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Luxury apartment project underway in Tuckahoe By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

Following a legal tussle between residents and the village, a 108-unit luxury rental building will be built on Main Street on a parcel that has been unoccupied for several years. The building will feature roughly 59 one-bedroom units and 49 two-bedroom units, a club room, outdoor lounge area and a private parking garage. In early 2012, residents who were opposed to the apartments filed suit against the village exactly a month after the Planning Board approved the project. Concerns regarding the project’s size and possible overcrowding in the Tuckahoe district schools were discussed for roughly a year before the suit was filed. Residents appealed the approval of the project. The project’s developers later decreased the size of the proposed Main Street development, from 121 units to 108 units, in order to compromise with residents. Studies that the developer provided showed that there would be no impact on classroom size in the district. Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, said that the project will take two years or more to finish. As part of the project, Ecklond said that developers Glenmark Partners will also conduct renovations to Main Street Park, directly across the street from where the apartments will stand. Improvements include reconstruction of the parameter of the

park with new fencing and landscaping. This Joseph Manzi, who owms and operates lots," Manzi said. was featured as part of the planning process, a dental practice in Tuckahoe, said that the The project is being developed by Glenmark but Ecklond said that Glenmark is taking it a village has grown in the last 15 years. Manzi Partners with Roseland, Mirando Properties step farther. mentioned that even though movies have been and Sharp Management. Minno and Wasko, "If they can solicit enough money, they'll filmed on Main Street, including "Riding in an architecture firm based in New Jersey, dealso put in new benches, chairs and play- Cars with Boys" in 1998, the apartments will signed the building. The site work is on track ground equipment," Ecklond said. further improve the village. "It's good for the to be completed by fall of this year with conGlenmark has chosen a contractor to build village, but there are various other empty struction beginning by winter 2014. the luxury units and the project is already underway. Building the apartments is estimated to cost between $20-$50 million with a building fee of roughly $900,000 that is paid to the village. Ecklond said that Glenmark doesn't think there will be any trouble renting the units. Ads will be placed with local realtors for those who are interested in renting a space once they are completed. "I'm excited. [This project] took a while to get through the Planning Board because of its size," Ecklond said. "They wanted to make sure they did their due Main Street in Tuckahoe will feature luxury apartments where an open lot once stood for seven years. The building will feature 108 rental units: 59 one-bedroom units and 49 two-bedroom units. Artist’s rendering diligence and they did."

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A “Doctor Who” geek’s manifesto LUNGARIELLO AT LARGE Mark Lungariello

My obsession with the TV show “Doctor Who” can be summed up with an anecdote about my fear of flying. In January 2005, I took a flight from New York to Orlando and was convinced leading up to the trip that the plane was going crash. During the two-hour flight, I squeezed the armrests, took deep breaths and tried to convince myself I’d end up safely on the ground. I’m not religious, but on an airplane I’ll try whatever works. My request to God: “Please don’t let me die before the new ‘Doctor Who’ series starts.” “Doctor Who” debuted in the United Kingdom 50 years ago, on Nov. 23, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy was killed. The show focused on an eccentric alien, known only as The Doctor, who travels through time and space in an old-fashioned British telephone box that is bigger on the inside than on the outside. Wherever he ends up, he’s doing good, outwitting nasty extraterrestrial monsters and protecting the Earth from the occasional invasion. He uses his mind and has a brains-overbrawn approach to problem solving. There is no magic in the plots, only scientific fact. Like many great love stories, it was love

at first meeting for “Doctor Who” and me. My older cousin told me about it when I was 7 years old. He explained the premise over a plate of our grandmother’s oversized ravioli and by the time the plate was done, I was a fan, without ever having seen the show. Soon, I was taping episodes of the program, which was broadcast on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. on WLIW public television. At around 5 p.m., I’d be so antsy waiting for the show to start that I’d usually watch the Canadian teen soap “Degrassi Junior High” while I waited for the main event. Sometimes I’d videotape an episode as I watched it, planning to re-watch the same episode in the future. I’d pause when WLIW interrupted the middle of the program for their pledge drives. When my family would be out at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, I’d have to set the VCR to record before we left the house. On VCRs in those days, you could set the recording speed, with “EP” giving you the most amount of time. It also gave you the worst picture and sound quality, but I had to use that setting to make sure there was enough time to tape the entire program. That didn’t always work. “Doctor Who” had a fluidity to its format. Each episode introduced new guests, and usually new alien monsters for the Doctor to fight. The producers built in a convenient, but brilliant, plot device that immediately ensured the series’ longevity: they allowed the lead character to “regenerate” and periodically

change his entire physical appearance and even personality traits. This meant that different actors could play the role and put their own twist on it, and it also meant that the cast could be a revolving door. Over the years, 11 different actors have played the lead and each played it quite differently. Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, with his curly hair and seven-foot long scarf, was perhaps the most iconic. There’s a photo of him on my office wall and a toy figure of him on my desk. At home, there’s a framed Time Out London with Baker on its cover. My girlfriend, Julie, gave me a set of “Doctor Who” trading cards a few years back. Recently, we sat at the dinner table with houseguests and Julie produced the cards. To show the depth of my geekiness, she flashed the front of the cards to me, each one depicting a scene from the series, and asked what was the name of the episode, who was the lead actor in the series at the time and what year the episode ran. For bonus points, I would try to name the scriptwriter and director for the episode. The guests seemed terrified at this ability, as if they had just realized I had a problem that I’d hidden from them for years. But Julie found it amusing. The poor girl is quite tolerant of “my condition.” The show became an English institution in the 1960s and, in the 1970s, it became a global phenomenon. It was known for its low-budget polyurethane sets, spaced-out sound effects and latex-masked monsters. It aired for 26 seasons until 1989, when it was shelved by the BBC. The cult continued through novels and

radio plays before it was resurrected on television again in 2005. The new, more polished series has been a breakout success, running for seven seasons so far and inspiring two spinoff series as well as a number of television specials on Christmas and other holidays. Thirty plus seasons of television is a lot of material for a science fiction nerd to ingest. Julie, ever sympathetic to my condition, allowed me several concessions when she recently moved in and took over my apartment. She granted me two shelves in the bedroom to stack all of my “Doctor Who” DVDs and old VHS tapes, although she made me dispose of the duplicates: those VHS episodes I now have on DVD. Really, the show is the only reason I even have a VCR anymore after years of collecting. I’m a completist, someone who buys and watches episodes that I find terrible or difficult to watch. But, as anything this geeky goes, you are invested in the bad as well as the good. With the popularity of the new series, merchandise is suddenly for sale at places like Hot Topic or FYE. People who know me best find that this suddenly easy access to merch makes it impossible not to gift me a “Doctor Who”themed cellphone case, notebook or T-shirt. They have all become enablers and I don’t mind that one bit. The first step, as they say, is admitting you have a problem. And so what if do? Reach Mark Lungariello at

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during the 2011-2012 school year, but his contract was extended when the state signed a waiver to allow Reilly to receive pension money from a previous job as well as a salary as superintendent. New York State won't sign the waiver again and Reilly decided to resign after the current school year in order to keep his pension intact. In a small district, the superintendent must be able to work cohesively with administrators and all members of the community, Board of Education members said. Following Hurricane Sandy, Reilly and the Board of Education decided that school days must be subtracted from seasonal recesses to make up for lost instructional days. Reilly said that he

had to work closely with school administrators and teachers in order to come to a fair agreement. "We had to agree on what days will be restored, and in what sequence, so people can plan accordingly and make any needed changes to vacations," Reilly said in a previous interview. The Eastchester School District is also looking for a new superintendent. Dr. Charles Fowler, president of the company that Eastchester's district hired with its search, said that qualified candidates can be very difficult to find because of the age of most superintendents. “The average age for a superintendent is about 54; right around the age of retirement," Fowler said.

Kelly is an adorable 2-3 year old female Beagle mix who weighs about 23lbs. She’s even-tempered and gets along with all the dogs in her foster home. Kelly is a very sweet, loving, playful girl who is great with children, too. She is housebroken when you are home, but should be put in a crate for now when left alone. Kelly follows her foster mom all around the house. She would make the perfect addition to any family. Kelly is spayed, vaccinated, de-wormed, heartworm tested and micro-chipped. Her adoption donation is $250. For more information, please contact Larchmont Pet Rescue at ( 914) 834-6955 or on the web at

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Bronxville School students selected for all-county ensembles

The Bronxville School All-County Singers (left to right): Grace Randall, Niko Goutakolis, Evelyn Kluemper, Noah Gaffney, Kara Regan, Jason Cushman, Hadley Barr, Winston Weiler, Katie Gordon, Pablo Rivera. Contributed photos.

The Bronxville School All-County Instrumentalists (left to right): Row one: Arisa Hara, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Elise Russo, James Ferguson, Paul Magaud. Row two: Finlay Boardman, Yotaro Moriyasu, Patrick Mooney, Henry Anderson, Theo Sperber. Missing: Ali Gokhan, Fritz Pingel.

Twenty-two Bronxville School students have been selected for All-County music ensembles by the Westchester County School Music Association for its 2013 Elementary and Intermediate Festival concerts on March 16 and 17 at SUNY Purchase. The Elementary Festival includes students in grades four through six. Selected for the Elementary Orchestra are fifth graders

in grades seven through nine. Selected for the Intermediate Chorus are seventh graders Hadley Barr (alto), Katie Gordon (soprano), Evelyn Kluemper (soprano), Grace Randall (alto), and Kara Regan (alto), eighth graders Jason Cushman (baritone), Noah Gaffney (baritone), Niko Goutakolis (soprano), and Pablo Rivera (alto); and ninth grader Winston Weiler (baritone). Selected for the Intermediate Orchestra

Yotaro Moriyasu (viola), Sabrina Mellinghoff (cello), and Elise Russo (bass). Selected for the Elementary Band are fifth graders Finlay Boardman (trombone), James Ferguson (French horn), and Theo Sperber (trumpet), and sixth graders Arisa Haram (flute), Paul Magaud (flute), Patrick Mooney (French horn), and Fritz Pingel (trumpet). The Intermediate Festival includes students

are eighth grader Ali Gokhan (viola) and ninth grader Henry Anderson (cello). The instrumentalists were chosen by WCSMA on the basis of auditions at last spring’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival, where they were required to perform a solo piece, sight-read, and play scales. The singers were chosen by their school choral director on the basis of skills and interest. (Submitted)

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Chief Fire Prevention & Mechanical, a Mount Vernon-based mechanical engineering company. “There are so many people with unnecessary positions to give political paybacks.” Coincidentally, the Conservative Party endorsement was the subject of controversy during the last county executive race when Astorino, a registered Republican, was passed over by the party in favor of Democrat Andy Spano amid accusations from Conservative Party members of backroom dealings with former party chair Gail Burns. The matter was appealed in court, but upheld. It ultimately didn’t matter, however, as Astorino pulled off a historic upset and ousted Spano by a wide margin. But the party line is likely even more crucial to the Republican this time around. Due to an ongoing feud with the county Independence Party chair Dr. Giulio Cavallo, Astorino is not expected to carry that line like he did in 2009. If the county executive doesn’t secure the Conservative line, his chances could be hampered since Democrats in the county outnumber their GOP counterparts by roughly 100,000 registered voters. Within hours of Colucci’s announcement, Astorino’s campaign released Facebook postings from Colucci’s father, Kurt Colucci Sr., that depicted Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a nazi. The Astornio campaign said that serious candidates for public office must reject the politics of extremism, and asked Colucci to denounce the images. “Until that is done, we will not dignify Mr. Colucci’s candidacy with a comment. There is no room in Westchester County for this type of

hatred,” said Jessica Proud, spokesperson for the Friends of Rob Astorino. Colucci Jr. said the intent of the message was to disorient the voters. He said the postings were distasteful and not in line with his views adding that his father was absent from his life for 30 years. With Westchester continuing to hold the title of highest taxed county in the nation, Colucci said those rates are causing residents to flee the state. The candidate said he would look to cut appointees and salaries and tackle the long-term consequences of pensions. He blamed it on incumbent elected officials and their visions of higher office. “There is no incentive to take the fight to Albany,” he said. On the other hand, the candidate sees himself as a political outsider and his run is a “one-shot deal,” he said. Colucci did flirt with a run at county legislator in 2011 as an Independence Party candidate but ultimately backed out before the vote. Colucci also identifies himself with Westchester’s Tea Party movement. He spoke at several rallies in 2008-2009 and authored a book, titled “A Taxslaves Manifesto.” The battle will surely be an uphill climb against a popular incumbent who supporters say has followed through on his message of lowering taxes, shrinking the size of county government and making Westchester more affordable. Meanwhile, Democrats are in the process of selecting their own choice to oppose Astorino in November. Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, of Yonkers, County Legislator Bill Ryan, of White Plains, and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson are all pursuing the party’s nomination.

What’s Your Beef?

What’s bothering you today? Collected on Purchase Street in Rye “I'm bothered by the lack of business in the Smoke Shop.”

“There are too many deer in my back garden.”

Tony D'Onofrio, 57, Rye

Derval Kenny, 56, Rye

“Capitalism is bothering me because it puts money over people.”

“I don't like the way people treat immigrants.”

Les Ronick, 70, Rye

-Photos and reporting by CHRIS GRAMUGLIA

Tania Bonilla, 26, Rye

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Business Briefs Dr. Ameet Goyal offers latest procedures for Rye Eye Associates

From correcting poor vision to improving age related eye diseases, recent advances in vision technology are helping people overcome frustrating, and sometimes debilitating, vision problems. Locally, Dr. Ameet Goyal and the physicians at Rye Eye Associates are using cutting-edge treatments such as "bladeless" laser surgery to remove cataracts and minimally invasive tear duct surgery using an endoscope, which is a thin flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end. "Our practice specializes in these advanced eye care treatments so that we can offer our patients the safest and best procedures along with the quickest recovery times and the least amount of pain and scarring," says Dr. Goyal. An oculoplastic surgeon for nearly two decades, Dr. Goyal is one of the most finely trained and skilled ophthalmologists in the tristate area, and is highly regarded for his specialty work as an ophthalmic plastic surgeon. Dr. Goyal attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, where he discovered a passion for ophthalmology during his clinical rotations. He then did his internship in internal medicine at West Virginia University. Rye Eye Associates is located at 167 Purchase St. For further information, please call (914) 921-6966 or visit newyorkeyedocs. com.

Kenise Barnes Fine Art announces move and expansion After 13 years in my sweet little gallery space-and two years further up the street on Palmer-I have decided to expand and move. My lease is up at the end of March and I have been actively looking for space, both in Larchmont and neighboring towns, for six months. Although there are some good spaces available throughout Westchester County, it made me wistful to think about leaving Larchmont, and the wonderful art lovers, collectors, neighbors and friends that I have met over the years. I was just on the brink of signing a lease elsewhere when a wonderful opportunity came my way. It must be that 13 is my lucky number! I am so pleased to announce that I will staying in my building on Palmer Avenue in Larchmont and just moving up the street three storefronts. Lee Rubin, of stylish Wendy Gee fame, has decided to rework his store and will be condensing into his one large storefront, making the right-hand store available. I jumped on the opportunity and will begin an extensive build out at the end of the month. I will be able to expand from my current 650 square feet to a spacious 1,300 square feet of exhibition space and 1,300 additional square feet of warehouse/inventory space below. I will build two exhibition galleries, an office and a private viewing room in the space. I look forward to inviting you to our opening bash scheduled for April 13. Our inagural exhibition will be “Abstract Thinking,” featuring the work of David Collins, who has been with the gallery since its inception in 1994, Yolanda Sanchez, Katia Santibanez and Josette Urso. We will open our “Photo 13” show March 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with large-scale photographs by Bastienne Schmidt, Roger Ricco and Jill Greenberg. As always, the public is invited. We may be reached by, or by phone at 914 834 8077. The website has information, images, directions and a whole lot more information on who we are, what we do and what services we provide. Shear Art Studio Hair Salon has moved

Shear Art Studio Hair Salon was established in 1994 and, after 18 years, moved only 3 doors over in the same shopping center. We have been very fortunate to be able to keep our doors open through all of the economic uncertainty. We are very thankful to our loyal clients whom we gladly serve. Giving very personal and friendly service and reasonable prices are why we are still here. We now have

a new light and airy feeling in our new space and can't wait for all of our clients to see it. Sheart Art Studio Hair Salon is located at 501 East Boston Post Road next to Chase Bank in the Village of Mamaroneck. You can reach us at 914-381-7520 or visit us at our website and like us on Facebook. Montefiore physician appointed to Westchester County Board

Rubina Heptulla, M.D., chief of the division of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, has been appointed to the Westchester County Laboratories and Research Board of Managers. Dr. Heptulla will serve a threeyear term starting this month and will oversee quality assurance, reporting and budgeting for Westchester laboratories. Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino selected Dr. Heptulla, a Rye resident and professor of pediatrics and medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, to join four existing board managers who provide oversight of environmental laboratories, forensic and toxicology services, and microbiological laboratories. The board works in conjunction with Medical Examiner Kunjlata Ashar, M.D., who heads the Department of Laboratories and Research, to provide reliable, accurate and rapid diagnosis of diseases to the Westchester County health community. The board of managers, which consists of three New York State licensed physicians,

holds quarterly meetings to discuss operations of the laboratories, fees and approval of building improvements and repairs to ensure that the county’s laboratories operate effectively and efficiently. Dr. Heptulla’s appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Legislators. Dr. Heptulla joined Montefiore in April 2010. An internationally recognized pediatric endocrinologist, she is an expert in diabetes, thyroid, growth, puberty and adrenal disorders, and leads research in these areas. She oversees six pediatric endocrinology and diabetes clinics that receive nearly 200 patient visits each week in locations across Westchester and the Bronx. A seventh clinic will open in early 2013. Dr. Heptulla has received numerous grants and awards for her work and has published extensively in peerreviewed journals. White Plains Hospital achieves Accreditation The Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital has earned another three-year Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The Commission on Cancer, a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care, is the only multidisciplinary accreditation program for cancer programs in the United States. Its membership includes fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. The Commission on Cancer promotes quality care through comprehensive standards that guide treatment and ensure patient-centered cancer care; unique reporting tools to benchmark performance and improve outcomes; and educational interventions and targeted training opportunities. The hospital’s cancer program is dedicated to providing exceptional cancer care that is comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate to individuals who work or live in Westchester County and the surrounding areas. The program is designed to meet the needs of cancer patients and their families through prevention and screening programs, offering advanced diagnosis and access to the latest treatment options and clinical trials as well as a full range of support services. For more information on the cancer program services at White Plains Hospital, log onto or call (914) 681-2701. The next Business Briefs section will run on April 5. Please send any submission for our April issue to biz@hometwn. com by Friday, March 29. Each submission can include one picture and must be between 175-225 words. If you have any questions, email Deputy Editor Jason Chirevas at

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New Rochelle firefighter appointed to human rights commission By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

As one of New Rochelle’s bravest, Mark McLean fights fires. Now he’ll be fighting to end discrimination, too. On Feb. 15, County Executive Robert Astorino, a Republican, announced that McLean had been named to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. “The Human Rights Commission plays a vital role in helping to eliminate discrimination and educate the public about human rights issues,” said Astorino. “Westchester is a diverse community that tolerates no less than dignity and respect for all. I thank the commission for its unwavering dedication, and I know Mark will be a valuable addition to the team.” McLean is a lieutenant with the New Rochelle Fire Department and an active member of the New Rochelle Chapter of the NAACP. As one of 15 members of the county’s Human Rights Commission, he will be tasked with reviewing cases involving allegations of discrimination. He will also attend the commission’s monthly meetings. “Serving on the Human Rights Commission will give me the opportunity to bring my real world perspective as a New Rochelle firefighter, member of the NAACP, community advocate and volunteer to the important work of the Human Rights Commission,” McLean said. New Rochelle Fire Chief Lou DiMeglio

County Executive Robert Astorino, right, recently appointed New Rochelle firefighter Mark McLean, left, to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. Contributed photo

characterized McLean as a “good officer,” and said McLean followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the New Rochelle Fire Department on March 3, 1986. He was promoted on Sept.

Astorino launches ‘safer communities’ initiative County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, introduces the Safer Communities program on Feb. 20. The program is designed to coordinate the efforts of county agencies to prevent tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting. Contributed photo.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino launched a major initiative Feb.20 that brings together resources inside and outside county government to protect schools and communities from acts of senseless violence such as the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Called Safer Communities, the initiative is a combination of practical, ready-to-go programs that combat violence by drawing on the expertise of the county departments of Public Safety, Health and Community Mental Health in collaboration with local police chiefs, educators, clergy, civic leaders and elected officials. The goals are to educate the public about available services and programs, enhance those capabilities and evaluate progress on an ongoing and long-term basis.

“After Sandy Hook, every community in the country asked, ‘What can we do to prevent this from happening again?’” Astorino said. “As county executive and a father of three young children, I want to be part of the answer. The Safer Communities initiative is a start. Combating violence, because it afflicts our society in so many ways, is a complex undertaking. Our approach is to attack the causes and consequences of violence comprehensively, collaboratively and continuously. Fortunately, most of what we need, we already have. So the major effort here involves creating awareness around existing resources, building relationships to improve communication and acting as a unified team to increase our effectiveness.” (Submitted)

18, 2008 and is currently assigned to Station 4 on Drake Avenue. His brother, Steven, is also a New Rochelle firefighter. McLean said he views “acts of unlawful discrimination” in much the same way as he views the dangers he faces as a professional firefighter. If they are ignored or otherwise go unchallenged, illegal acts of discrimination can spread, causing irreparable damage to the community, he said. “I look forward to playing a role in our efforts to combat unlawful discrimination here in Westchester,” McLean added. City Councilman Jared Rice, a Democrat, said he has gotten to know McLean a bit over the past couple of years and has already congratulated him on his appointment to the commission. The city will benefit from having a “direct link” to the commission should any issues arise, Rice said. According to information posted on the commission’s website, McLean joins Thomas Koshy as New Rochelle’s representative in the group. The other members are Jerold Ruderman of White Plains, Donna Marie Baloy of Baldwin Place, Millie H. Becker of Pound Ridge, Kimberly Morella of Mount Kisco, Charles Palombini of Cortlandt Manor, George Rios of Yonkers, William Schmidt of Peekskill and Harry Singh of Yonkers. In addition to its 15-member board, an

executive director, deputy director, director of fair housing, a housing investigator and a confidential assistant to the executive director, staff the commission. The commission “strives to investigate, uncover and prosecute violations of the county Human Rights Law and related laws.” It also provides “education and advocacy that foster racial and ethnic harmony among diverse individuals and groups” and “promotes and supports the furtherance of human rights in employment, housing, public accommodation, schools, credit and any other area.” According to its annual report for 20102011, most of the complaints the commission received pertained to race-based discrimination. For the two-year timeframe documented in the report, the commission received 593 claims of alleged discrimination. Employment discrimination’ accounted for 77.5 percent of the general claims. “At the close of 2010, approximately $66,000 was awarded and paid to complainants and an unquantifiable–but significant–amount [of] equitable relief obtained,” the report said. “At the close of 2011, approximately $210,000 was awarded and paid to complainants and an unquantifiable–but significant amount of equitable relief obtained.” “Equitable relief” includes reinstatement to jobs or “obtaining benefits which may have been unfairly withheld or removed,” according to the report.

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Op/E d When you see something, say something By GEORGE ANDERSON

There’s never been a more important time for Americans to unite and pledge that when they “see something,” they “say something.” New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority originally unveiled the “See Something, Say Something” campaign to increase public awareness about signs of terrorism and the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities. This slogan, later licensed to the Department of Homeland Security, highlights the concept that homeland security begins with hometown security. As a retired NYPD assistant chief with 30 years of experience as a police officer, supervisor, trainer, and critical incident responder, I believe that every American needs to develop the tools and techniques to honor the “See Something, Say Something” mandate. Police and security forces are hard at work, but public safety is the responsibility of all Americans. We are the first line of defense against acts of terrorism on our country and each individual’s help is needed. All Americans need to be on alert for potential risks. The attempted car bombing in Times Square in 2010 was averted by the vigilance of a quickthinking street vendor who witnessed smoke coming from an SUV and alerted police. This potentially saved hundreds of lives had the device functioned as it was nefariously intended. While this incident was front page news, virtually every day, thousands of citizens across the

country witness suspicious activity. Citizens play important roles in helping law enforcement solve crimes and save lives by becoming actively involved in protecting their communities. Whether you live in a rural or urban environment, our best defense is to let the authorities know when something does not look right and to be prepared for the unexpected. As the vice president of operations at America’s largest security services company and a former police officer, I offer the following tips to help people to know how to recognize and report suspicious activities: Take Note of Suspicious Behavior– Suspicious activity can be defined as an incident, circumstance or person who appears out of the ordinary and out of place. A range of suspicious behavior includes the adult man loitering alone in the children’s playground, or someone wandering down the street peering closely into car windows. A person taking lots of photographs of a building’s infrastructure is potentially suspicious as this person may be taking images to look for weaknesses in the building to exploit for criminal or terrorist activities. Someone tampering with sewer, gas or electric systems that is not branded with an identifiable company or government agency is suspicious. Hearing unusual sounds–glass breaking, people shouting, gunshots–all are clearly suspicious. Seeing a bag left by a passenger on a bus or train or in a public place is suspicious and demands immediate action by

alerting the bus or train operator and calling 911. Record Suspicious Activity–Write down as much information about the suspicious behavior as possible, noting the time and place with a physical description of the suspicious person. If you are able to discreetly take a photo or video of the person from your phone, this could become important evidence. Minus photographic evidence, try to provide specific information to the authorities including gender, race, approximate age, height and weight, hair color and style, clothing, and general appearance including note of any facial hair, scars, tattoos or glasses. Educate the Workplace–Even workplaces with a full-time security team need to involve their employees and promote the See Something, Say Something campaign. The security team cannot be in every hallway, office and production area at all times–but your employees are. It is the observations of the many that can truly make an impact. All employees should be educated on what constitutes suspicious activity and the importance of reporting it. In some offices, it is the receptionist who is the company’s first line of defense. A receptionist should be suspicious of an unknown individual who claims to have lost their identification and seeks to gain entry, or a caller who asks probing questions about particular employees’ schedule or whereabouts. Establish Reporting Procedures in the

Workplace–Determining the chain of command on reporting procedures for suspicious activity is important. When is it appropriate for employees to call the police? If an employee feels immediate attention is necessary, they should call 911. Does the level of activity warrant an initial investigation from your security firm or company manager? The Homeland Security Department has also established a tip line to report suspicious activity that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1866-HLS-TIPS. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Encourage your friends, neighbors and colleagues to be observant and vigilant on the job and even on their way to work. If there is a stray tote bag tucked under the bus or subway seat, report it to the local police. If a stranger walks into the office without having been identified by your front desk security personnel, ensure that is reported immediately to the appropriate person. Vehicles abandoned in the right of way should also be reported to local authorities immediately. These situations can be completely innocent, but they could also be very dangerous and are worth a call to the local police. George Anderson is vice president, operations for the New York office of AlliedBarton Security Services and president of the New York chapter of ASIS. Prior to joining AlliedBarton, Anderson had a thirty-year career with the NYPD, retiring as an Assistant Chief.


BIGGEST SURPRISES/THRILLS OF THE POSTSEASON New Ro’s runs to the County Center It’s not really a shock to see New Rochelle’s boys or girls teams making an appearance at the County Center. For many years, the Huguenots have fielded top-notch programs for both genders. This year, however, both teams have faced their share of adversity-the boys losing to Scarsdale and the girls struggling down the stretch-but they both seem to have bounced back at the right time to ride the sixth-seed all the way to the playoffs. Look for Joe Clarke and Amirror Dixon to step up in a big way if these Huguenots teams punch their ticket to the finals.

Mamaroneck’s last-second defeat The Tigers were just 58 seconds away from a section crown on Feb. 24 when a goal by fierce rival Suffern knotted the score at 2, sending the game into overtime. The goal spurred on Suffern to strike first in overtime, giving the Mounties their third-straight Section I title. John Jay wins Division II title Over the past 10 years, only two teams have won the Section I title in Division II; Pelham and Rye. That all changed, however, on Feb. 24, when John Jay used a big third period to down the Garnets in the finals to claim its first-ever

John Jay’s hockey team celebrates its first Section I title after a 5-1 victory over Rye. John Jay is the first team in the last decade besides Pelham or Rye to win Division II. Photo/Bobby Begun

title. John Jay’s 5-1 win over the Garnets was the team’s second win in three days against the normal division stalwarts and could vault them into the conversation of Section I powers in the future. Eastchester’s final four appearance Anyone who watched Eastchester play this year probably isn’t surprised that the team

is headed to the County Center. One of the most unselfish, tenacious teams in the section, the Eagles have lost just one game all season. Anyone who has followed Eastchester over the past few decades, however, might believe this is a fantasy. This year will mark Eastchester’s first trip to the final four since 1971, which was more than 20 years before any players on this current team were even born.

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Eastchester Eagles eye Poughkeepsie, semifinals 2/28 No. 2 Eastchester vs. No. 3 Poughkeepsie at the Westchester County Center Eastchester and Poughkeepsie met once before this season, in a Dec. 15 tilt that saw the Eagles (191) lose their first–and only–game of the year. In that game, the Pioneers beat the Eagles 70-59, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the semifinal game will unfold in similar fashion. The Eagles, whose strong play this year has come in large part from a relentless full-court press, did not challenge the athletic Poughkeepsie team in the early-season matchup, opting to play a half-court oriented style to contain the speedy Pioneers. Eastchester’s head coach Fred DiCarlo has vowed that the Eagles will stay true to the style that has brought them success this time around, and will at least start the game attempting to force the action with his deep and talented team. The emergence of freshman Benny Dimirco may also play a hand in determining the outcome of the semifinal round game. Dimirco has come on as of late, providing junior guard Jack Daly with some help in the backcourt and has proven–with his 10point performance against Pelham on Feb. 21–that he’s not afraid of taking big shots. At 17-2, the Pioneers will be Eastchester’s stiffest challenge since the last time the two teams met. Led by 6-foot senior guard Jamar Dancy, Poughkeepsie has won 17 of their last 18 games and proven to be untouchable in the playoffs with a string of doubledigit wins. In their last contest, the Pioneers crushed Tappan Zee 67-42. The winner of the semifinal game will take on the winner of Peeksill-Mahopac in the finals on March 3 at 7 p.m. Eagles coach Fred DiCarlo congratulates senior Kevin Teahan on Jan. 12. Teahan’s outside shooting will be key for the Eagles when they travel —Reporting by MIKE SMITH

to the County Center.

Eastchester point guard Jack Daly drives against Rye on Feb. 15. Daly and the Eagles will look to avenge their only loss of the season in the Class A semifinal against an athletic Poughkeepsie team. Photos/Mike Smith

Michael Milo shoots a free throw against Saunders on Jan. 12. Milo will be the Eagles’ low-post threat against Poughkeepsie.


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Tuckahoe falls to Children’s Village in semifinals

Kayvon Reid hoists a shot against Children’s Village on Feb. 25. Reid would finish with 11 points.

Brian O’Toole is stripped of the ball as he goes up for a layup on Feb. 25. Tuckahoe fell to Children’s Village 64-51, officially ending the 5-15 team’s chance of repeating as section champs. Photos/Bobby Begun

Tuckahoe’s Shyheim Nixon drives the lane in the Class C semifinals on Feb. 25. Nixon was the Tigers’ only returning starter from last year’s state title team.

Class C Semifinals 2/25 Children’s Village d. Tuckahoe 64-51 at Westchester County Center On Feb. 25, Tuckahoe was unseated as the Section I champions, as the Tigers lost 64-51 to last year’s runner up, Children’s Village, in the Class C semifinals. Tuckahoe, which graduated all but one starter from last year’s state title team, won just four games during the regular season, but played the bulk of the year against topnotch competition. In the semis, they kept pace with the Hawks for three quarters before Children’s Village was able to put some distance between the squads in the fourth quarter, thanks to a big night from Andre Jones, who led all scorers with 23 points. Despite boasting a larger front line than the Hawks, the Tigers were out rebounded on the afternoon, due in large part to the efforts of Roger Owens, who pulled down 18 boards. Tuckahoe was led by senior Shyheim Nixon, who scored 16 points. Maurice Hollis and Kayvon Reid added 13 and 11 points respectively. -Reporting by MIKE SMITH

Senior point guard Shyheim Nixon tries to turn the corner against Children’s Village on Feb. 25. Nixon led all Tuckahoe scorers with 16 points.

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