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June 15, 2018 | Vol. 6, Number 24 |

Lawmakers unsatisfied by Con Ed, NYSEG dialogue By JAMES PERO Staff Writer

Westchester County mulls treatment court for veterans After visiting a veterans treatment court in the Bronx, Westchester lawmakers are aiming to establish one in the county in order to keep veterans out of the criminal justice system. According to Jason Chervokas, the communications director for the county’s Democratic caucus, legislators Catherine Borgia, Nancy Barr, Damon Maher and Catherine Parker toured the Bronx facility on June 4, and are in the process of developing a proposal to establish such a court in Westchester. The Westchester County Board of Legislators’ subcommittees on Social Services, and Budget and Appropriations discussed the idea previously at a joint meeting on May 30. “Our visit to the Bronx veterans court gave Westchester judges and elected officials a powerful

example of how a [county] veterans court can impact the lives of veterans,” said Borgia, an Ossining Democrat. “We owe the brave men and women who served our nation every opportunity to succeed.” Treatment courts were developed as a way to divert veterans with mental health issues from getting tangled up with the criminal justice system. According to county lawmakers, such a court could provide alternatives to incarceration for veterans living in Westchester. Additionally, treatment courts are known for providing assistance to veterans that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries and substance abuse. Judge Kathie Davidson, an administrative judge for the New York’s 9th judicial district, which

Westchester County lawmakers met during a joint meeting on May 30 to discuss the possibility of establishing a veterans treatment court to divert veterans from the criminal justice system. Photo courtesy Westchester Democratic caucus

covers Westchester County, affirmed to lawmakers during the May 30 subcommittee meeting that she supports the establishment of such a court.

As of press time, there is no timetable for when lawmakers will present the idea to the county Legislature. -Reporting by Franco Fino

Months after a rash of storms and extended power outages plagued residents across Westchester County, lawmakers continue to try and hold energy providers accountable. On Monday, June 5, representatives from New York State Energy and Gas, NYSEG, and Consolidated Edison—the county’s two major energy providers—met with county lawmakers for two hours to answer questions left open following a previous meeting in March. According to Board of Legislators Chairman Ben Boykin, a White Plains Democrat, despite receiving some answers to lingering questions, the meeting was “disappointing.” “We certainly didn’t hear from Con Ed and NYSEG today how communications systems will be dramatically improved over the disastrous track record from the March Nor’easters and the May 15 storm,” said Boykin said in a statement. Among legislators criticisms were NYSEG’s refusal to reimburse customers for spoiled food as well as their reliance on mutual aid—which is meant to allow providers to request workers from other regions ahead of a major storm event—a system they say is broken. According to county Legislator Kitley Covill, a Bedford Democrat, though NYSEG requested mutual aid days before a major storm event, none was ever provided as evidenced by records provided by the company to the New York State Public Service Commission. “The current system only seems to guarantee the residents of Westchester at least a three-day blackout until line workers begin arriving from far away,” Boykin said. “There is too much reliance on mutual aid and just not enough locally-based experienced utili-

Westchester lawmakers continue to call attention to what they say is a lack of accountability for the county’s major energy providers. Two meetings since several Nor’easters have not seemed to resolve the tension between the two sides. Photo courtesy ConEdison

ty staff who can jump right into work tackling downed poles and wires.” Both Covill and county Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, a Yorktown Democrat, also reiterated their calls for an independent assessment of NYSEG. Westchester lawmakers say that the state Public Service Commission, which is responsible for regulating NYSEG, failed to institute storm preparedness measures even despite a report commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, following Hurricane Sandy detailing failures by utilities statewide. As an alternative, lawmakers are calling for the hiring of a third-party auditor to help assess the efficacy of NYSEG’s storm preparedness measures. In March, two consecutive Nor’ easters left thousands without power, many for more than a week which prompted lawmakers from the state, county and local level to call meetings with leaders of Con Edison and NYSEG. Those calls were compounded by a sudden storm in May that brought dangerous winds and even more outages. County lawmakers say they will forward the results of their most recent meeting with the energy companies to the Public Service Commission, which is currently investigating their response. CONTACT:

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WLT 30th anniversary event raises $400K On Saturday, June 2, Westchester Land Trust supporters gathered at the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills to celebrate the organization’s 30-year anniversary and to honor the conservation legacy of David Rockefeller and his significant contributions to local open space protection.   Westchester Land Trust, WLT, permanently protected 60 acres of the Hudson Pines Estate, the Westchester home of the late David Rockefeller and his wife Peggy in early 2018. This major milestone marked the eighth conservation easement, totaling 180 acres that WLT has completed in partnership with members of the Rockefel-

ler family. Lead Sponsor Houlihan Lawrence, along with 14 additional corporate sponsors, dozens of local and national businesses that donated to a successful silent auction, and 350 guests contributed to the successful event which raised nearly $400,000 to benefit land preservation in Westchester and eastern Putnam counties. The historic Rockefeller Playhouse building and exquisite gardens were the perfect backdrop for the celebration. Michael Quattrone accepted the WLT Preservation Angel award on behalf of his grandfather, the late David Rockefeller, who once said, “Conservation is a contin-

Westchester Land Trust celebrated its 30th anniversary on June 2 at the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills. The event raised more than $400,000 to benefit land preservation.

uous thread that runs throughout my family.” Scott Horwitz, a Westchester native and local comedian, entertained guests as emcee of the evening. Lizzy Kaplan, a student at Mamaroneck High School, spoke about the award-winning research she conducted under the guidance of WLT scientists at Otter Creek Preserve in Mamaroneck, reminding guests of the importance of local land protection and providing opportunities for all in our community to enjoy it. Favorite local band, The Shaves, played dance-worthy set lists and concluded the program with a song written about WLT which highlighted the organization’s commitment to land protection as well as the powerful public benefit provided by open space. “Virtually all the successes of our first three decades belong to our guests tonight and to others like them—the easement donors, the volunteers, the advocates for public investment in land, even the people who simply maintain their properties in a nature-friendly way,” said Lori Ensinger, president of WLT. “We feel incredibly fortunate and grateful to everyone

From left, Lizzie Kaplan, a Mamaroneck High School student and Westchester Land Trust student mentee; Bruce B. Churchill, WLT chairman of the board; Michael Quatrrone, grandson of the late David Rockefeller; Lori Ensinger, WLT president and Scott Horwitz, the emcee of the benefit. Photos/Chris Pope

who joined with us to celebrate our 30th anniversary, the conservation legacy of David Rockefeller, and the protection of land where it matters most, right here at home.” Among those attending the benefit were state Sen. Terrence Murphy, Alfreda Williams, vice chairwoman of the County Board

of Legislators, Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick and Somers Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey. In addition to Quattrone, Rockefeller family members Carol and John Lyden, and Tara and Michael Rockefeller joined the celebration. Bob and Betsy Stuart who protected their land—the

oldest working farm in Westchester County—also attended. Representatives from WLT’s conservation partners the Land Trust Alliance, Trust for Public Land, Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Greater Irvington Land Trust, Highstead and Bedford 2020 joined the celebration as well. (Submitted)

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Social Needlers On Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Join the library for a knitting and crochet hour every Monday and Wednesday. Participants can chat and socialize while making beautiful items which will be donated to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Adult Coloring Group On Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Coloring has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Come and be creative and meet new friends, all while listening to tranquil music. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided.

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Community news TYA Baseball spring registration Registration for the spring 2018 Tuckahoe Youth Association, TYA, recreation baseball season is now open. The program will offer baseball for the divisions/age groups listed below for children living in or attending schools in the Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville: - Tee Ball (boys and girls ages 4 and 5), fee: $135 - Rookies Baseball Division (boys and girls ages 6 and 7), fee: $175 - Youth Baseball Division (boys and girls age 8), fee: $175 - Minors Baseball Division (boys and girls ages 9 and 10), fee: $175 - Majors Baseball Division (boys and girls ages 11 and 12), fee: $175 The season will be from mid-April until late June. All divisions are based on the children’s ages as of May 1, 2018 (playing age). Games will be played at Labriola Field, Haindl Field, the Immaculate Conception School Field, Chester Heights Field

Student employment opportunity Lake Isle is currently accepting employment applications for lifeguards. Download an application at and submit it at the main office at Lake Isle. You must be at least 16 years old to apply. The contact person is George Papademetriou, the general manager at Lake Isle Country Club.

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LEGO City Builder Enjoy building city scenes with LEGO bricks at home? Let your creativity loose with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s newest play space: LEGO City Builder. This is an interactive city that visitors can add their own elements and designs right into the display. The new play area includes skyscrapers, police and fire stations, cafes, suburban streets, beaches, a LEGO Friends section and more. Celebrate the grand opening of this exciting new space with photo opportunities and custom builds created by Master Model Builder Anthony Maddaloni. Admission starts at $16.95; children under age 2 are free. Opening hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is located at 39 Fitzgerald St. in Yonkers. For more information, call 844-740-9223 or visit

County news Golf course openings The six county-owned golf courses are now open, with the last of the snow melting. The courses are: Dunwoodie, 231-3490, and Sprain Lake, 231-3481, both in Yonkers; Maple Moor, 995-9200, in White Plains; Mohansic, 862-5283, in Yorktown Heights; Saxon Woods, 231-3461, in Scarsdale; and Hudson Hills, 864-3000, in Ossining. For more information, visit Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to

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High school internship program growing each year

The Wartburg in Mount Vernon is one of several opportunities Tuckahoe High School seniors have to intern through the school’s Senior Internship Program.

For 60 Tuckahoe High School seniors, participation in the school’s Senior Internship Program is providing an opportunity to explore their professional interests, apply classroom learning to practical situations and develop the work ethic and communication skills necessary for today’s work environment. The program, which is now in its second year, started in May and will end June 12, with official presentations from each student taking place between June 13 and 15. Students enter the initiative on a staggered basis and have the choice of interning at a number of local and regional businesses including: Advanced Audiology of New York in Tuckahoe, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Cuddy Law Firm in White Plains, Eastchester High

School, Totally Wired Electric & AV, White Plains Hospital and the Village of Mamaroneck Marine Education Center. Each student is required to commit 25 hours per week to their internship, keep a daily journal of their experiences, and complete weekly meetings with a high school faculty mentor charged with guiding them through the process. As an assistant trader at Barclays Bank located on Wall Street, senior John Satriale has had a chance to gain some truly valuable experience. In addition to becoming familiar with the traders’ portfolios, he has also had the opportunity to see how they work with clients. “This is exactly what I had expected,” he said during a recent mentor meet-

ing. “I’m learning more than I thought I would.” For Luka Veselinovic, working in the marketing and development office at Wartburg, an assisted living facility in Mount Vernon, is an eye-opener into the world of senior living. He’s been using his social media skills to help promote the facility, even videotaping the 100th birthday of a resident and posting it on Facebook to the delight of the residents and staff.  “It’s something I enjoy,” he said, “and it gives me a chance to showcase their brand.” According to Andrew Colasuonno, internship program advisor, the program is a valuable tool for seniors transitioning to college and beyond. “They are gaining experience and that is the key,” he said. (Submitted)

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By JAMES PERO Staff Writer At Rafele Rye, the newly opened regional Italian restaurant on Purchase Street in Rye, authenticity is only paralleled by Raffaele Ronca’s quest for quality ingredients. According to Ronca, at his Rafele Rye, from the tables to the tomatoes—the former of which were all crafted specifically for the restaurant—sourcing equals success. “We’re going to be as organic as we can,” said Ronca, an executive chef who emigrated from Italy to the U.S. at the age of 21. “All the ingredients are imported from Italy, but we make everything in house. We make everything from scratch.” Similar to Rafele’s predecessor and sister restaurant in the West Village of Manhattan, Rafele NYC, the Rye location— barring some slight differences in menu options—will be serving up similar regional Italian dishes like a Zuppa di pesce stuffed with squid and mussels, stemming from Tuscany to Liguria, and, of course, Campania, where Ronca grew up. As for his famous cheesecake, which won “Best Cheesecake in America” from Food and Wine Magazine, it will also be making an appearance in Rye. While a commitment to tradition may dominate the menu, intimate knowledge of Italy’s diverse cuisine is far from the only “bit of Italianess,” as Ronca puts it, that Rafele brings to Rye. His overarching restaurant philosophy regarding food is also one born from his home country, according to Ronca. “I grew up in Italy, and in the summertime we ate tomatoes. We didn’t eat them in the winter time because they don’t grow, and when we get them elsewhere, they’re white and pale because they were forced to grow,” he told the Review. “Whatever we have in the moment that’s what our bodies crave.” For Ronca, that means not just sourcing produce and ingredients seasonally and locally—he’s already begun to explore a multitude of nearby farmers markets in Westchester for fresh produce—but also ensuring that they’re free of antibiotics, steroids and other hormones. “If you’ve been to Italy, you’ll see that these are the flavors you’ll get there,” he said. For most chefs, establishing a presence in a new territory can be an uphill battle as close to 20 percent of full-service restaurants fail within the first year of operation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But aiding Ronca in his first-ever foray into Westchester will be a few key accolades, not the least notable of which is winning an episode of “Chopped,” a Food Network culinary competition reality show where chefs are tasked with creating dishes using surprise ingredients. “I think [winning] gave me a boost, definitely for the [Manhattan] restaurant, because people from all over the country see the show,” he said, adding that the winnings from that episode were all donated to St Elizabeth’s Pediatric Center in Yonkers. “It really helped the restaurant to grow, because it’s great exposure.” While Ronca may have defeated his opponents by assembling the best dish using ingredients altogether foreign to his style—lemon verbena, a packaged rice bowl and porchetta to name a few—his advice for any future “Chopped” contestants looking to gain an edge against the competition, was not dissimilar from his own personal philosophy. “Once you’ve made a decision on what you’re going to cook,” he said. “Stick with it.” CONTACT:

“Chopped” winner and chef, Raffaele Ronca will serve up a taste of Italy out of his new Rafele Rye restaurant, located on Purchase Street in the city of Rye. Photo courtesy James Beard Foundation

Ingredients at Rafele Rye will be mostly imported from Italy and according to owner Raffaele Ronca, will emphasize seasonality and organic. Photo courtesy Rafele

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Summer’s here but the village remains busy Summer concert series heats up New Rochelle BRONXVILLE TODAY Mayor Mary Marvin

The following is a compilation of timely issues affecting villagers as we enter the summer season. Police activity Eight suspects have been arrested and several others being actively sought for mail theft and bank fraud in connection with the recent spate of mail tampering and check “washing.” The police chief still cautions against placing mail in the new boxes in the village and even at the main post office. There is evidence to believe that this is an internal crime with jurisdiction solely in the hands of the Inspector General’s Office. They have not acted with the same swiftness and level of seriousness as our local department. There have also been a few instances of counterfeit money passed in village shops. Two suspects have been arrested and three more have been identified. The two crimes are unconnected. In light of the increase in opioid use and fatalities, the police departments of Bronxville, Eastchester, Scarsdale and Tuckahoe have renewed a mutual aid and enforcement agreement (BESTAID) to conduct investigations, hopefully leading to drug suppliers. Tax payments Based on the above ongoing mail fraud activity, we urge you to deliver your check to Village Hall by hand. If the office is closed, checks can be dropped off at the Police Department. Alternatively, if you use the U.S. Postal Service system, write the check out with a Sharpie or gel pen as they cannot be “washed.” The first half of property taxes are due by July 2, 2018 without penalty. A mandatory penalty of 5 percent will be charged against payments received after July 2, 2018, and an additional 1 percent will be charged for each month unpaid thereafter. State Charitable Deduction mechanism to mitigate federal SALT Tax Law As an overview, New York

State is the largest “donor” in the nation, contributing $48 billion more than we receive back in benefits from the federal government. The impact of SALT would increase this imbalance by an additional $14.3 billion with 52 of 62 New York counties adversely affected. Village Administrator Jim Palmer, Bronxville School Assistant Superintendent for Business Dan Carlin and I spent an afternoon at a symposium given by the crafters of the charitable contribution provision. Though quite admirable in its effort to help the New York State taxpayer, almost to a person at the meeting, had little confidence it would meet accounting, IRS or judicial muster. Chief among the defects is a provision that school districts and municipalities must certify that no goods or services were given in exchange for the donation, something no one could sign truthfully. Also, should the provision fail at any level of review, taxpayers would have to then pay taxes in the regular way with the non-discretionary late fees of 5 percent and upwards attaching to their bill. Sagamore Park Redesigned not so long ago, the park is in need of refurbishing due to the constant high volume use. New sand, mulch and minor repairs and stop gap measures are being made this week, but a major capital expenditure is needed to bring the park to 2018 standards. The trustees, in consultation with park users, will be reviewing the needs at the park going forward. Commuter parking migration to residential streets Commuters from all over have taken to parking all day on residential streets within walking distance of the train, most currently on Avon Road. We will be surveying the affected homeowners to ascertain and accommodate their street parking needs while crafting legislation that forbids 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. parking in front of people’s homes. Bronxville Giving Garden A huge success least year, producing more than 250 pounds of fresh vegetables that were donated to area soup kitchens, the

garden is back in full swing in no small part due to some of our community’s youngest philanthropists. Ms. Vise’s Junior Kindergarten students at the Reformed Church Nursery School decided to hold a bake sale and donated the $506 in profits to the garden. Before getting a gardening lesson with hands on work from resident Farmer Dave Phillips, the students stopped by Village Hall for a visit complete with a tour of the Police Department—a village favorite. I remain in awe of the young students’ generosity and social concern. Comprehensive Plan As a corollary to last week’s column, our review will also include an assessment of Building Department procedures, especially the permitting process and building performance measurements which impact quality of life for nearby neighbors; an evaluation of needed neighborhood enhancements such as trees, sidewalks, street lights and other infrastructure improvements; and the measurement of resident participation in the village’s existing recreational facilities to determine if current uses are appropriate or if alternative programs/facilities could generate stronger interests and better serve the village. Midland Avenue The current gas line installation is an entirely Con Edison initiative run by the utility and its subs. It involves the placement of a 16-inch steel line that requires above and below ground hand welding which has proven to take an extraordinary amount of time and labor. When completed, Con Edison will repave the road and replace all the plantings. Coals Restaurant Westchester food lovers descended on Kensico Dam over the weekend and crowned the winner of this year’s “Best Burger in Westchester.” Bronxville’s very own Coals Restaurant took first place with a flame-grilled mini short rib chuck blend patty, smothered in buffalo sauce and topped with Vermont cheddar, red onion and a creamy guacamole. Head over to Parkway Road and try the best burger in the county served in your own backyard.

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The Emil Paolucci Summer Sounds Concert Series at Hudson Park draws hundreds to Hudson Park, on the shore of Long Island Sound, each week.

The band shell at New Rochelle’s historic Hudson Park will once again be filled with the “sound of music” as the New Rochelle Council on the Arts presents its annual summer concert series from June 27 through Aug. 31. The Emil Paolucci Summer Sounds Concert Series, created by the New Rochelle arts council, is in its 11th season and this year’s concerts will feature an eclectic menu of musicians performing everything from mellow jazz to opera to Salsa, Motown and even a Ray Charles tribute band. This year the popular dance band Alive N Kickin will open the season performing Motown, rhythm and blues, disco and swing favorites at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. In all, music lovers will get to hear exciting live music on 10 consecutive Wednesdays, plus four Friday concerts in July and August. The Friday concerts will feature the Empire Beats on July 6; a double bill with a cappella group Blackout NYC and violinist Deni Bonet on July 20; Gospel Night with Kay Boyd and Acts of Faith on Aug. 3; singer/songwriter Heathcote Hill on Aug. 17 and the New Rochelle Jazz Orchestra on Aug. 31. The concert series is presented by the arts council, in partnership with the New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation, and co-sponsored by People’s United Bank and Webster Bank. Last year the arts council upgraded the sound system, thanks to an anonymous

donation, and reached out to local food trucks to be on site each week. The same vendors have been invited this year. In addition, the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse is partnering with New Rochelle Radiology to offer free yoga in the park every Wednesday before the concerts. Instructor Geoff Eddy will offer a class suitable for people of all abilities from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Bill Zimmerman, Parks and Recreation commissioner, said the city is proud to continue the summer concert tradition. “The support of our sponsors People’s United Bank and Webster Bank has made it possible for us to continue bringing free concerts to the community.” For more information, visit the arts council website at or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 654-2087. The full summer concert series schedule includes: 6/27: Alive N Kickin, known for their chart-topping hit “Tighter & Tighter,” this dance band— celebrating its 50th anniversary— remains one of the East Coast’s most-requested pop favorites guaranteed to get everybody on their feet. 7/6: Empire Beats, playing rhythm and blues, soul and dance favorites. 7/11: Rocky Middleton Jazz Ensemble, local favorite Rocky and some of the finest jazz musicians around. 7/18: Billy and the Showmen, playing hard-driving rhythm and

blues, soul and funk. 7/20: Double bill, a cappella group Blackout, an 11-member vocal ensemble that is reinventing the genre of a cappella music with innovative arrangements and a distinct, signature sound; and violinist Deni Bonet, a pop/ rock, singer/songwriter and classically trained violinst who the Wall Street Journal described as “Sheryl Crow meets the B-52s.” 7/25: Forever Ray, this tribute band performs the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles—a wonderful blend of styles ranging from jazz and blues to country and rhythm and blues. 8/1: New Rochelle Opera, performing favorites from opera, operetta and Broadway. 8/3: Kay Boyd and Acts of Faith, back by popular demand, a night of outstanding gospel music. 8/8: Franco Morillo Band, playing Latin dance favorites that will have you on your feet. 8/15: Greetings From Anywhere, this group mashes folk, blues, bluegrass and country into a unique roots-rock hybrid. 8/17: Heathcote Hill, Mamaroneck-based rockers with an original sound. 8/22: Bookends, performing favorites from Billy Joel, James Taylor and other classic rockers. 8/29: FDR, R&B and dance favorites from the ‘80s to now. 8/31: The New Rochelle Jazz Orchestra Hudson Park is located at 1 Hudson Park Road in New Rochelle. (Submitted)

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Town of Mamaroneck proposes gun ban By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer More than a year after scrapping similar legislation, the Mamaroneck Town Council has once again introduced a proposal to ban firearm possession on town property. Presented during a council meeting on June 6, Mamaroneck lawmakers are seeking to create an article in the town code to include a ban on possessing firearms in both town buildings and town-leased buildings. The town originally proposed the ban in late 2016, following the controversial opening of a gun store near an elementary school in Harrison; however, after ardent disapproval from the public and questions over the proposal’s constitutionality, Mamaroneck lawmakers nixed the idea altogether. “In America, anyone can challenge anything they want, but we feel the new proposal would be a well-grounded law based on previous court decisions,” said Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson, a Democrat. “I think it would be able to stand up against a challenge if it was tested.” Under the proposed article, only police officers, employees of banking institutions whose job requires transporting money and “individuals in the service of the United States” would be exempt from the gun ban. The previous proposal banned individuals from possessing firearms on all property owned by the municipality, including sidewalks and parks, in addition to buildings owned by the town. According to Seligson, the new plan only restricts gun owners from possessing their weapons in town buildings, such as the Mamaroneck Town Center or firehouse. Consideration of the gun ban

On June 6, the Mamaroneck Town Council proposed a ban on possessing firearms in town buildings. Similar legislation was discontinued in February 2017, after public backlash and questions surrounding the legality of the proposal. Photo courtesy

comes around the same time as a slew of recent shootings across the U.S., including one at Texas’s Santa Fe High School on May 18 in which eight people were killed and several others were injured. Prior to that, the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February that saw 17 people killed, led several municipalities across the country to begin enacting legislation restricting firearm possession as a way to combat gun violence. In the proposed article, the Town Council explains it “is mindful of the right to bear arms,” as enumerated by the Second Amendment; however, the council continues it is also “aware of the country’s current plague of shootings of, and other types of attacks on, innocent persons in schools, in the workplace” and other public areas, in proposing such legislation. According to the proposal, the Town Council’s goal is to provide “a safe working environment for

town employees and a safe place for visitors of town buildings,” although it recognizes it cannot solve the issue of gun violence. The penalty for violating the potential ban would be a court-imposed fine of no less than $500 and not more than $1000, according to the legislation. Mamaroneck Village Mayor Tom Murphy, a Democrat and former town councilman, told the Review that while the village is not currently planning to propose a firearm ban, the idea hasn’t been ruled out for the future. Murphy was a member of the Town Council when it first proposed the gun ban in late 2016. The first public hearing to discuss the town’s potential gun ban is scheduled for June 20. Scott Sommavilla, the president of the Westchester Firearms Association who threatened to sue the town for its previous proposal, could not be reached for comment.

munities living in Westchester. “It is important for us to reach out to the Mexican community, which continues to grow exponentially in Westchester County,” Latimer said. “We want people to know that there are services that the consulates can provide to communities in need, and we want to serve as the bridge that makes the connection between the Mexican community and other government entities.” White Plains resident Dora

On Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m., The Picture House Regional Film Center will host an advance screening of “Leave No Trace” followed by a Q&A with the Academy Award-nominated director Debra Granik. The film is set to have its theatrical debut on June 29. “Leave No Trace” tells the story of war veteran Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), who have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. After the film, Picture House critic-in-residence Marshall Fine will moderate a discussion and Q&A with Granik. Granik studied politics at Brandeis University and her first forays into operating a camera and collaborating on political documentation were with Boston-based media groups such as the Women’s Video Collective. After clocking considerable time in the world of educational media production, she had the chance to work on several long form documentaries by Boston-based filmmakers. From there, she moved to New York City to attend New York University’s Graduate Film Program. At NYU, Granik made several short films, one of which, “Snake Feed,” garnered an award at the Sundance Film Festival. She expanded the story from “Snake

The Pelham Picture House will run an advanced screening of “Leave No Trace,” the new movie starring Ben Foster, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director Debra Granik.

Feed” into a longer script which formed the basis for the feature “Down to the Bone,” created with her producing partner, Anne Rosellini. “Down to the Bone,” was awarded the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Her next film, “Winter’s Bone,” was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at

the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Granik and co-writer Rosellini were Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Tickets to the advance screening and discussion are $15/general admission, $12/students, seniors and members, and are available at or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803. (Submitted)

Greenburgh Nature Center to be honored

Westchester County will be acknowledging the town of Greenburgh in partnership with the Greenburgh Nature Center with a county Eco Award for the launch of the largest voluntary residential food scrap recycling program Puerta, who attended the event, in Westchester. said, “It is important to learn about The Greenburgh Nature Center all of the programs and services introduced a pilot food scrap rethat are offered to our community.” cycling program in the summer of The county executive was also 2015 about the benefits of comjoined by New Rochelle May- posting using on-site zero-waste or Noam Bramson, Councilman sorting stations. Since then, the Louis Trangucci and Westchester nature center has been teaching County Legislator Terry Clem- local public schools on how to ents. The event provided infor- implement comprehensive recymation relating to programs and cling and composting as part of services in areas such as health, their daily operations. childcare, housing and human Greenburgh’s food scrap rerights. (Submitted) cycling program now gives CONTACT:

Latimer meets with general counsel of Mexico Westchester County Executive George Latimer joined with the general counsel of Mexico at Hope Community Services in New Rochelle on Tuesday, June 6 to present “Let’s Talk: A Dialogue with the General Counsel of Mexico.” The event was the first in a series of meetings between local elected officials and Mexican government representatives, to provide important details about the services that are available to the Mexican and Hispanic com-

Picture House to advance screen ‘Leave No Trace’

residents the opportunity to collect food scraps in countertop pails and divert these scraps from the waste stream. “We appreciate this wonderful recognition of our work to benefit the Greenburgh community,” says Margaret Tjimos-Goldberg, executive director of the nature center. “As a local leader in sustainability education, we encourage all communities to consider the benefits of this program and its positive impact on our environment.” The award will be presented to the Greenburgh Nature Center by County Executive George Latimer at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla on Tuesday, June 19 at 3 p.m. About Greenburgh Nature Center The Greenburgh Nature Cen-

ter’s mission is to ignite passion, curiosity and respect for our natural world. The nature center has been a leader in environmental education since 1975. Our 33acre property includes a woodland preserve with hiking trails, organic garden, nature’s discovery playground, Native Plant Meadow, and more than 100 animals. The Greenburgh Nature Center is located at 99 Dromore Road in Scarsdale. For additional information, please visit Connect socially at, on Twitter at @ greenburghnc and on Instagram at @greenburghnaturecente. (Submitted)

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Stepping out for football LIVE MIKE Mike Smith

As I’m quickly finding out, recovering from surgery is never fun. On May 21, I went under the knife to have a broken shoulder repaired, and the last few weeks have been trying to say the least. I’m dealing with constant pain throughout the day, falling asleep is a chore, and even the tasks that I once took for granted—say, putting on a t-shirt—have become frustrating endeavors that have me ready to throw up my hands in despair, if only I had that sort of range of motion. But by and large, the toughest part of my recovery process hasn’t been the pain, it’s been the isolation. Without the ability to drive, I’ve been stuck at home, unable to head into the office or to cover the high school sporting events of the last month. With Netflix as my only constant companion, I’ve gotten a bit stir-crazy, as periodic walks to the corner store

seem to be my only connection to the outside world. But on Saturday, I’d finally had enough. Disobeying my doctor’s orders, I grabbed my camera, hopped in an Uber and headed up to Briarcliff High School to cover the Big Apple 7 on 7 Shootout for a few hours. And boy, am I glad I did. One of the things you take for granted in life is simply the energy of being around people on a day-to-day basis. And there are few events I cover each year that have as much energy as the Big Apple Shootout. For most teams, the Big Apple Shootout represents the true start to football season. Sure, the preseason doesn’t open up for another two months, but tournaments like this one are a prelude to the summer sessions that get our athletes ready. It’s the first chance teams have to run their offense against other programs, and even if there isn’t any hitting—or pads for that matter— the intensity is there as players psych themselves up for the long road ahead. And it’s not just the athletes

who are buzzing. Coaches come into the tournament eager to see what the new crop of athletes will bring to the table; fans nervously chat about which underclassmen made the biggest strides in the offseason; and Rye football staple Luke Walsh, as always, patrols the sidelines, exhorting the Garnets on with unbridled enthusiasm. If the weather didn’t give it away, I could have sworn it was October. Of course, I ended up paying for my little jaunt up north. My shoulder is in no way ready for me to come back and take photos on an every day basis. In fact, I spent the next two days in excruciating pain, icing my broken wing around the clock just to be able to type this story. But you know what? It was worth it. Just to be able to spend a few hours among 20 or so teams all working toward a common goal reminded me of what I’m working toward with my own physical therapy; not only getting out of the house, but getting back on the sidelines

On June 9, a Rye defender makes a play against Panas at the Big Apple 7 on 7 Shootout at Briarcliff High School. Sports Editor Mike Smith was happy to be back on the sidelines this past weekend. Photo/Mike Smith

where I belong. Besides, I’ve watched just about everything Netflix has to

offer at this point. I’m ready to watch some real drama unfold this fall.

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Broncos fall in Class D finals GIRLS LACROSSE

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Game Notes: • Mattituck-Southold built an 8-0 lead • The Tuckers outshot the Broncos 12-3 in the 1st half • The win marks Mattituck-Southold’s 1st state title By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor For the second year in a row, a dream season for the Bronxville girls’ lacrosse team came to a bitter end, as the Broncos were once again derailed in the state finals. Coming into the 2018 campaign as the Class C runner-ups, Broncos seemed poised to take

home a Class D state crown this spring. But on June 9,, they ran into a terrific Mattituck-Southold team, falling to the Tuckers 12-1 at SUNY Cortland. Mattituck-Southold dominated the action throughout the game and jumped out to an early lead, holding the Broncos scoreless until midway through the second half, when Anneke Pulkkinen converted on a pass from Charlotte Cagliostro. But by that time, the Tuckers had already built up an insurmountable 8-1 advantage. The defensive performance by the Section XI champions may have been something of a surprise, however, especially given the explosiveness of the Broncos’ (18-5) attack all season. On June 8, in the semis, Bronxville—led by a five-goal game by Victoria Ruffo— had little trouble with Section V champion Palmyra-Macedon, topping the Red Raiders 14-5 to earn a shot at the Class D crown. Last year, the Broncos beat the Tuckers 13-7 in the

Class C semis. But Mattituck-Southold’s ball control paid dividends on Saturday, as the eventual champs outshot Bronxville 12-3 in the first half. Seven Tuckers found the net on the afternoon, and Jane DiGregorio, Riley Hoeg, Kate Tobin, Madeline Schmidt and Class D tournament MVP Mackenzie Hoeg all scored two goals. Meanwhile, Bronxville’s Caitlin Mooney made seven saves in goal for the Broncos. The Broncos will graduate a number of top players, including captains Grace Randall, Gabbie Amboss, Nan Carpenter and Allie Berkery who will play for Northwestern next year. And although Bronxville fell short in its bid for a state title again this year, the future still looks great for the Section I powerhouse as 18 players will return to the program, including Pulkkinen, Ruffo and Mooney, to make another run in 2019. CONTACT:

Allie Berkery goes for a groundball during a regular season game. Berkery and the Broncos fell short in their bid for a Class D title on June 9. Photo/Mike Smith

Tuckahoe delivers on PJ promise By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor The 2017-18 school year may have been a remarkable one for Tuckahoe’s sports teams, but over the last few months, the Tigers have stood out in other ways as well. On June 2, student-athletes from the school completed one of its largest charity endeavors of the year, delivering donated pajamas to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla as well. The pajamas were collected during a drive on May 4 that was organized under the guidance of the Athletic Department. Athletic Director Austin Goldberg said he came up with the idea after speaking with an acquaintance who ran a similar charity event in Long Island. “It is definitely a great event for a great cause and when I called up [Maria Fareri] they said they were always in need for teenage-sized pajamas,” Goldberg said. “And with the help of the varsity athletes, we were able to get the word out and get hun-

dreds, if not thousands of pajamas for the event.” Although the initiative was a large undertaking, with contributions from grades Kindergarten through 12th, Tuckahoe’s upperclassmen athletes, especially its senior captains, were instrumental in the proceedings, helping to get the word out about the drive, spearheading the collection and sorting through the donations. Tuckahoe’s student-athletes are involved in various charities throughout the year—including breast cancer walks and autism awareness campaigns—and Goldberg has been pleased to see his charges embrace their roles as leaders within the community. “I think they recognize the importance of philanthropy and they were very excited to get involved,” the athletic director said. “Our sports programs have had a lot of success and they have a spotlight on them, so it was great to see them take the time to really get the word out.” Goldberg also believes that his student-athletes’ visibility in the

community will likely serve to inspire younger students in the district to continue the program’s good work. “Tuckahoe is a small community, and that makes it special; over the years our high school athletes have gone to read to students at the elementary school, which is right down the street,” he said. “And so here, you had a lot of athletes who are in middle school who wanted to be a part of it because they see what the older kids are doing.” And while this pajama drive may represent the final philanthropic effort of the school year, Goldberg is confident that the example set by his graduating seniors will be followed by a new crop of student-athletes. “We certainly want to do this drive again and continue to work for all of the other causes that we’ve supported throughout the years,” he said. “And we are definitely looking forward to seeing all of our future leaders step up and take over.” CONTACT:

On June 2, student-athletes from Tuckahoe High School deliver pajamas to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. The school’s Athletic Department sponsored a districtwide pajama drive on May 4. Contributed photo

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Locals compete at


Big Apple showdown By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor On June 9, a number of area football programs got their first taste of summer competition as they took the field at Briarcliff High School for the annual Big Apple 7 on 7 Classic. The event, which serves as the unofficial start to summer workouts, was attended by schools from Section I and beyond, and gave coaches an idea of what they will be working with once the 2018 season kicks off in earnest on Aug 12. Bronx-based CHSAA squad Cardinal Hayes emerged as the overall champion at the passing tournament, besting a 21-team field that included Section I powers like 2017 Class A runner-up

Rye, Class B hopefuls Rye Neck, host Briarcliff and others. For reigning Class D champion Tuckahoe High School, the smallest school in the mix, the chance to mix it up against larger schools including Class B Bronxville and the eventual champs from Hayes, helped set the tone for upcoming summer workouts. The setup of the Big Apple Classic, which focuses on the passing game without the inclusion of linemen, allowed quarterbacks, receivers and running backs to work on their routes against different defensive coverages in a controlled scenario. “It was our first time competing at the 7 on 7 and it was a great experience for our guys,” Tuckahoe head coach Tom Itri said. “At

A player makes a catch against Rye Neck at Briarcliff High School. Photos/Mike Smith

this point, it’s about gaining more familiarity with our offense and working on replacing the core group that just graduated.” While some schools, like Rye, came into Saturday’s tournament with some key returners including quarterback Declan Lavelle, the Tigers are incorporating a number of new players into starting roles, like junior signal-caller Justin Lee as he takes over for three-year starter Matt Annunziata who will be playing for Curry College in the fall. “It’s been a very easy transition for us because even though Justin didn’t get a lot of reps behind Matt last year, he got the chance to learn under a three-year starter,” Itri said. “And we just used Saturday as a chance to get him more comfortable with the offense without the running

game involved.” Using the Big Apple tournament as a starting point, local programs will now look ahead toward the summer months, where voluntary workouts will help prepare the players for the fall campaign. For smaller programs like Tuckahoe, which will need to replenish its numbers before two-a-days begin, Saturday’s showing will hopefully build enthusiasm among potential players who might be inclined to come out for the football team. “We were lucky enough to finish last season with 39 guys on the roster, but being a smaller school, we’re hoping to use the summer workouts as a chance to get guys on the roster and use our returning players to build participation,” Itri said. “We know that our current players are the best recruiting tool we have so we want to have as many people come to our workouts as possible and see if football is for them.” CONTACT:

Tuckahoe quarterback Justin Lee runs with an interception on June 9. Lee will take over the Tigers’ offense this year after the graduation of longtime starter Matt Annunziata.

Mekhi Clark, member of the Tuckahoe Tigers, battles Bronxville defenders for a ball at Briarcliff High School. Several area programs turned out for this year’s Big Apple classic.

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