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July 13, 2018 | Vol. 6, Number 27 | www.harrisonreview.com

As the battle over immigration rages on in Washington D.C., lawmakers and advocates in Westchester County held two recent rallies in White Plains to demand the federal government reunite children separated from their families while attempting to enter the U.S. For more, see page 6.

Financial report warns of growing county deficit By JAMES PERO Staff Writer

State devotes millions to greener public transit New York State will send down $5 million to incentivize greener public transit systems through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The grants will be available to transit projects around the state who submit proposals to NYSERDA that effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve operations, striving towards a benchmark set by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to decrease greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. “These projects are a critical component for advancing solutions to some of our most pressing transportation efficiency and operations challenges while improving ridership experiences for New Yorkers,” said Alicia Barton, president of NYSERDA. Grant money will be pulled from a $5 billion Clean Energy Fund started by Cuomo in 2016 to fund clean energy initiatives across the state over the next 10

New York State will give away $5 million in grants to proposals that make public transit greener and more efficient. Photo courtesy Flickr.com

years. More than $18 million of funding will be made available by 2020, according to NYSERDA. In addition to the grants, the

state also recently rolled out a rebate program dubbed “Drive Clean” that gives New York residents rebates on a new or leased

electric car up to $2,000. According to NYSERDA, more than $7.5 million has already been doled out to residents taking advantage of the subsidies. In Westchester County, renewable energy has become more prevalent, namely through initiatives like Westchester Power—the state’s first community choice aggregation program—which offer consumers the option to derive 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources. Within the county, municipalities like the town of Mamaroneck have made strides in introducing clean energy standards and initiatives. In 2016, the town was awarded an official climate smart designation for using software to track and control emissions of municipal buildings, replacing all of its lighting with energy efficient LEDs and using biofuel to power its sanitation trucks. -Reporting by James Pero

Westchester County’s financial woes are the highlight of a report conducted by the Finance Department released late last month detailing a more than $32 million budget deficit for 2018.Due to the deficit, the county’s Democratic Caucus is pointing to the fiscal practices of former County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. “This is an issue that the Board of Legislators and the county executive inherited,” said Board of Legislators Chairman Ben Boykin, a White Plains Democrat. “It is going to take time to work through and stabilize the financial situation of the county.” Specifically, county lawmakers point to several years of no property tax increases under Astorino, calling the results a “structural problem” within the county budget. When Astorino took office in 2010, he pledged to not raise county taxes—a commitment he met in each of his eight years in office, before being ousted by Democrat George Latimer in the 2017 election.Also looming is an outstanding contract with the county’s largest union, the Civil Service Employees Association, CSEA, which has been expired for seven years. And lawmakers have pumped the brakes on a plan to privatize the Westchester County Airport, an agreement that Astorino had used to inject an additional $15 million in revenue into the 2018 budget. It is unclear if the county will now proceed with such a proposal under the new administration. In May, a financial review of county debt projections for the 2018 fiscal year, forecasted by new Budget Director Lawrence Soule put this year’s budget shortfall at $28.7 million. That number, however, also does not factor in contract negotiations with the CSEA. Soule forecasted

In a new financial report, Westchester County lawmakers were warned of fiscal instability with the 2018 county budget. Photo courtesy Flickr.com

that the contract could end up totaling upwards of $40 million. As a result of the deficit— which stems from the county spending more money than it generates in revenue—lawmakers will likely be forced to look at the prospect of increases property taxes. Meanwhile, the county will be forced to draw on its fund balance to offset budget gaps. For the fiscal years of 2017 and 2018, lawmakers are looking at a 61 percent reduction of fund balance if used to fill in those shortfalls—a reduction that could directly affect the county’s AAA credit rating from Moody’s, a financial service and credit rating agency. That rating affects the county’s ability to borrow and issue bonds at preferential interest rates and could prove increasingly important as the Federal Reserve continues to increase borrowing rates. In the county’s favor, however, has been better than expected sales tax revenue which compared to 2017 revenue is up 6.4 percent so far this year, and can be attributed to increasing gas prices of which the county takes a share through taxes. CONTACT: james@hometwn.com


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County employees sign July 4 green pledge

The Green Westchester Pledge was signed by County Executive George Latimer and his executive team (34 people in total) in the days leading up to July 4. The pledge was created after it was noticed the amount of waste the executive floor was creating by using disposable glasses, coffee stirrers, coffee cups, plates and utensils. As part of the greening of the 9th floor the executive team has purchased reusable glasses, coffee cups, utensils, straws, plates and dish soap. Those who sign the pledge get a certificate to proudly display in their office and a goodie bag (a reusable one) that contained seeds, a reusable New York Liberty water bottle and reusable straws. “The Green Westchester Pledge commits me on a personal level to take steps that are realistic and easy, but steps that will go a long way to helping the environment, said Latimer, sipping coffee out of a ceramic mug. “We have to move away from doing things that are just convenient and think about the long-term conse-

quences. I’m happy to take this pledge and I encourage others to do the same.” Peter McCartt, director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability, said, “This is the first step to becoming certified by the Green Business Partnership of which we are a proud sponsor and contributing partner. Next up we will be initiating a green procurement policy and doing an energy assessment to create better efficiencies, moving us toward independence from fossil fuels. We here on the 9th floor are looking to do our part for Mother Earth and to lead by example.” Those who sign the pledge promise to minimize their carbon foot print by remembering that they share this patch of land with animals, trees, mountains, rivers, lakes and ponds, making environmentally sound choices to protect those natural resources for future generations.  In the pledge they specifically promise to: • Recycle paper, bottles, cans, plastic, tin, cartons and clear plastic

• Avoid using the disposable cups for coffee and water • Use a reusable mug and glassware • Use silverware and limit use of plastic utensils • Use a reusable water bottle • Use reusable straws • Reduce lighting when daylight is sufficient • Turn off my office lights when leaving • Consider the environment before printing—by using a double-sided mode and small margins • Limit personal space heaters • Utilize power strips and turn them off when not being used • Shut down personal computer at night and especially on weekends • Use a reusable shopping bag • Think about the environment when making a purchase • Utilize mass transit or carpool to work and meetings when possible Other companies and individuals who wish to also sign the contract are encouraged to do so. (Submitted)


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What’s going on... Harrison Public Library

the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Accomplished high school students in grades 10–12 will help senior citizens acquire computer skills. Senior citizens (beginners or intermediates) are invited to sign up for computer instruction. Please register online, at the Reference Desk, or by calling the library at 835-0324.

Pajama Party with Chloe For more information on hours and programs, visit harrisonpl.org.

Saturday Stories (& a Craft, too!) On Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Ease into Saturday at the Library’s Children’s Discovery Center. Manhattanville College student volunteers will informally read favorite picture books and do a craft. Suggested for ages 2 to 4 years old.

Sing-Along Sundays with Chloe On Sundays from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Celebrate early childhood through music and movement. Children and parents are sure to love the captivating songs, live accordion music, and activities designed with specific cognitive milestones in mind. This class will feature a variety of child-sized instruments and props, and a wealth of both traditional and original songs to add to your sing-along repertoire. Get ready for a fun, creative and engaging experience.

Computer Tutors On Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at

On Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the West Harrison Branch. Wear your pajamas and hang out with Chloe during this evening class, which features songs, music and more. For ages up to 4 years old, siblings welcome. No registration required.

SCORE: One-On-One Mentoring On Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. SCORE Westchester matches you with experienced small business advisors who work with you on your specific business needs. These are just some of the items for which business owners often seek guidance from SCORE advisors: starting a small business in Westchester; writing or updating a business plan; identifying sources of funding and preparing documents for financing; creating a marketing plan; launching an additional location; and adjusting to growth. Registration is recommended. Call SCORE to schedule an appointment at 948-3907.

Chloe’s Sign and Play On Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Give your child the gift of language. Chloe’s Sign & Play is a fun class where families can learn to communicate with their pre-verbal children using real signs from American Sign Language.

Based on the award-winning Baby Signing Time series, this class will give parents a window into the hearts and minds of their little ones. Through fun songs, stories and games, parents and children will learn many useful signs for everyday communication.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester LEGO City Builder

On Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building. Join popular local yoga instructor Angela Brandt for yoga with reading, crafts and hints woven in. The perfect start to a calm and fun weekend. For ages 6 to 12. Bring a mat, if you can, or use one of the library’s.

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 westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

Recreation

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Conversational English On Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the West Harrison Branch. This is an informal program of conversation and practice of the English language. Join in and make new friends.

Yoga with Angela

The spring/summer brochure is available at harrison-ny.gov/recreation. Please be aware that parents must have a current Recreation ID card to register a child for all programs. Please be prepared to show proof of residency with a current utility bill and a driver’s license. A school report card or progress report is required for a child ID card. The 2018 Recreation ID cards are currently available. Applications for activities can be found at the recreation centers and the Recreation Department website. For the Leo Mintzer Center in West Harrison, call 949-5265; the Sollazzo Center in downtown Harrison, 670-3179. The Recreation Hotline can be reached at 670-3039. For more information, visit harrison-ny.gov/recreation.

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 golf.westchestergov.com. 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 news@hometwn.com.


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Residents rally to protest

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Westchester Lawmakers and county residents rallied to protest the federal government’s practice of separating immigrant families at the United States and Mexico border. Photos courtesy westchester.gov

By JAMES PERO Staff Writer Residents and lawmakers continue to protest a change in federal immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of children and young adults caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally, from their parents. In the middle of an historic heat wave, hundreds of Westchester residents gathered in front of the federal courthouse in White Plains to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to separate immigrant children from their parents during the deportation process. Trump has since reversed course, citing that he “didn’t like the sight or feeling of families being separated.” According to the Department of Homeland Security, since May, more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the border into the U.S., sparking national outrage and protest. The June 29 protest in White Plains—one of which also took place in Rockland County—was organized by the coalition, Families Belong Together, which described the practice as inhumane. “The indignation and opposition will only continue to grow if the administration continues with this cruelty of separating families,” said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director of the National Alliance and chair of its immigration campaign. Likewise, County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, denounced the practice of separating families at the border, calling

on the federal government to stop the practice immediately. “Like many Westchester residents I am heartbroken and outraged over the mistreatment of immigrant families at the border—especially the children who are being separated from their parents,” he said. “[Immigrants] are part of the fabric of our home and they deserve to be treated humanely.” Even before the president’s decision to begin separating families, county lawmakers have taken steps to protect immigrants in Westchester through new legislation. Specifically, in March, lawmakers passed a bill that limits the amount of information the county shares with federal authorities and also prevents county law enforcement officials from asking about immigration status; similar measures have been passed on some local levels within the county. Legislators have also come out in opposition to the inclusions of a question on an upcoming national census that would require participants to divulge their citizenship status. In Westchester County, nearly a quarter of the population is Hispanic or Latino, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. As protests continue to erupt across the country, New York State—along with 16 other states— has sued the federal government over their policy of separating families, claiming that the practice is born out animus toward immigrants. CONTACT: james@hometwn.com

Westchester has been no stranger to passing its own immigration policies. This year, county lawmakers passed a law that would limit the amount of information that law enforcement officials share with ICE.

Discussions of new immigration policy have exploded in recent months, culminating in rallies across the nation. County Legislator Catherine Parker addresses a large crowd at a rally in White Plains last month.


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New Westchester program offers revolutionary care Thanks to The New Jewish Home, there’s a revolution going on in Mamaroneck—a revolution in health care for older New Yorkers. At Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home’s skilled nursing campus in Westchester, older adults now have access to a brand-new 4,010-square foot short-stay rehabilitation facility that combines The New Jewish

Home’s successful rehabilitation program with its signature Small House community. The New Jewish Home offers an innovative approach to healthcare for older adults following the person-directed care approach of the Green House Project. Older adults live in intimate Small Houses rather than in a traditional nursing home environment, while

enjoying the highest standard of skilled care. The New Jewish Home operates the only Small Houses in Westchester County, with three additional houses offering long-term care. According to Dr. Jeffrey I. Farber, president and CEO of The New Jewish Home, Sarah Neuman’s new short-term rehab Small House is the first of its kind

the state-of-the-art gym at the New Jewish Home Small House in Mamaroneck. Contributed photos

The New Jewish Home Small House offers beautifully appointed private bedrooms.

in Westchester. “The New Jewish Home is thrilled to redefine rehabilitation for the Westchester community,” Farber said. “Helping older adults make a successful transition back home after an acute illness, chronic disease exacerbation, injury or surgery in a beautiful setting with the comforts of home is something we are proud to provide and what our patients deserve.” The short-stay Small House accommodates 11 patients at a time with three private and four semi-private rooms, a dining room and an open kitchen where meals are prepared from scratch.

They can enjoy beautiful outdoor space and relax in the expansive gardens. Patients will rehab in a stateof-the-art gym and work with interdisciplinary care teams that plan and provide treatment, including full-time staff physicians and nurse practitioners; 24-hour nursing and nursing-assistant care; and physical, occupational, speech and audiology therapists. The New Jewish Home’s specialty areas include orthopedic injuries and joint replacements, cardiac conditions, gastrointestinal surgeries and treatments, stroke, pneumonia, chronic obstructive

pulmonary disease, falls and infectious diseases. As one of the nation’s largest and most diversified nonprofit older adult healthcare systems, The New Jewish Home provides rehabilitation, skilled nursing, housing and community-based programs to more than 12,000 older adults of all faiths and ethnicities annually in the New York Metropolitan area. The New Jewish Home’s Westchester campus is located at 845 Palmer Ave., in Mamaroneck at the intersection of Rockland Avenue. Call 698-6005 to arrange a Small House tour. (Submitted)


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Summer concerts, recycling and our roads HARRISON HAPPENINGS Mayor Ron Belmont

I hope you all had a safe and relaxing Fourth of July. I was happy to see familiar friends and new faces at this year’s fireworks display. I would like to recognize Roy Aletti for his hard work in delivering an event that was enjoyed by all. Also, Harrison’s summer concert series got off to a great start on July 4. Be sure to mark your calendars for the return of our concert series. Since the town/village of Harrison implemented a recycling program, curbside recycling has become a part of our community’s weekly routine. Recently, China has changed its practice of importing recyclable goods from many countries, including the US. Material, which was once permitted, is now no longer accepted due to contamination concerns. Confusion about acceptable recyclable materials may result in residents placing materials in their bin that can not be recycled. For instance, several types of plastic, glass and paper are not allowed in the program. Westchester County receives our recyclables and will execute a surcharge for nonconforming materials, which have to be reclassified as garbage, thereby driving up our disposal costs.

This is an industrywide challenge and I would like to increase the awareness of proper recycling procedures in Harrison. Please refer to The 2018 Guide to Recycling and Waste Disposal which can be found on the town’s website at harrison-ny.gov or visit the county web site at westchestergov.com/recycling. Although the traffic patterns on our local roadways have been impacted, I am pleased that the infrastructure and public facility improvement projects, totaling approximately $2 million in value, are on schedule and will continue to progress throughout the remaining summer months. The plans, included in this year’s program, are key components of a larger, multi-phase effort that will be executed in the near future. Town roadways are analyzed and ranked according to an established, accepted standard called the Pavement Condition Index, PCI. Recommendations prioritize the roadways that need repair and are based on the PCI, type of repair needed, cost of the repair and how heavily traveled the roads are. Heavily traveled arterial roadways are given high priority for repair. They also require the allocation of a significant amount of the available funding. Less frequently traveled roads receive alternative base and surface treatments such as hot in place

recycling, cape seals, microsurfacing and crack sealing. These are cost effective alternatives to typical road treatments which allow the town to treat more roadways each year given our funding limitations. In addition to restoring our aging roadways, the following projects were carefully chosen as part of our multi-year plan: sanitary sewer system, sanitary sewer pump stations and drainage system. Infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance are necessary functions of local government. These improvements not only enhance the safety, appearance and value of our community, but they also have a positive impact on those who reside, work and visit Harrison. I appreciate your cooperation as we continue with the road projects in town. It is a brief, weather-dependent time period but, with your patience and understanding, we will move forward in keeping Harrison at its best. The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, July 20 and I will be at Delfino’s, located at 60 Halstead Ave., in downtown Harrison. On Friday, July 27, I will be at Trattoria 632 located at 632 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. I will be at these locations from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

Wednesday Comedy Nights kick off at Empire City

The laughs are rolling all summer long at Empire City Casino with several Wednesday Comedy Nights on the calendar featuring comedians from hit television series such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately and Conan. Whether guests are looking to gather with friends or something new to do on a date, Empire City’s Comedy Nights are the perfect mid-week get-together to relax and cool off on hot summer nights. Tickets are sold the night of each show, beginning at just $5 for Empire Club members, and include a complimentary beverage. July 25 After spending a decade as a journalist and advertising writer, Joe DeVito gave into his coworker’s demands to try performing so they could finally get some work done. Since then, he has performed on television more than 150 times including segments on CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and AXS-TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” as well as appearances on Comedy Central, E!, CNN, FOX News, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. DeVito’s deadon timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy have made him a hit in the top comedy clubs in New York City. DeVito will be joined by featured comedian Mark Serritella, who was on season two of “Adam Devine’s House Party” on Comedy Central and appeared on AXS-TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.” The MC, Megan Hanley, is a national touring stand-up comic, writer and baseball blogger. She has appeared on the MSG Network, DreamsTV, and FOX’s “Red Eye.” Aug. 15 Eddie Ifft is a world traveler who has performed to sold-out crowds in more than 15 countries

and hosted one of the most successful podcasts in the comedy world, “Talkin’ Sh*t,” for more than six years. He has also released his own 30-minute special for Comedy Central and made numerous television appearances on shows such as Showtime’s “The Green Room with Paul Provenza” and “Tommy Chong Presents Comedy @420,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” BET’s “Comic View,” and many more. You can catch Ifft on-tour this summer as he takes his newest podcast, “The Bingle Show,” on the road in his decked out minischool bus he turned into a recording space. Featured performer Graham Kay, an award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and TV writer, joins Ifft on-stage. In 2013, Kay won the coveted Just for Laughs “Homegrown Comic Competition,” and was runner-up at the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Recently, Kay worked as a writer and editor on the sitcom “Spun Out,” and had a minor role in the feature film “Super Troopers 2,” which was released in April 2018. Aug. 29 Nikki Glaser has performed on some of the biggest stages including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan,” and two seasons of “Last Comic Standing.” Previously, she hosted two podcasts: “You Had to Be There” and “We Know Nothing.” Most recently, Glaser started a radio show on SiriusXM, “You Up? With Nikki Glaser,” and hosted her own television special on Comedy Central, “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser.” Fans can also catch her “roasting” Bruce Willis this summer on Comedy Central’s “Roast of Bruce Willis,” premiering July 29.

Featured performer Natasha Pearl Hansen has performed in several of the top comedy festivals around the country, including headlining the inaugural Hamptons International Comedy Festival in 2015. Additionally, Hansen has written for Men’s Health Magazine and stars in her own podcast, “Future Role Model,” where she and her friends, “share stories of the good, the bad and the ugly about themselves, and how role models are far from perfect” (iTunes, 2018). Tom Thakkar, the MC for the night, was named a “New Face” by the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, as well as one of the “Best of the Midwest” by Gilda’s Laugh Fest. Thakkar has also performed at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, Chicago Comedy Exposition and Crom Fest, and has been featured on the podcast “Doug Loves Movies” as well as on VICE, NPR and PBS. Doors for each comedy show open at 7 p.m., with performances beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door the night of each show. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members and $25 for non-members; non-members can stop by any promotions booth prior to the show and join the Empire Club for free. Elite Club and President’s Club members gain free admission. All attendees receive a complimentary drink ticket. As Manhattan’s closest casino, Empire City Casino offers entertainment and enjoyment for everyone. After the show, guests can try their luck on any of the casino’s 5,300 electronic slot machines and video table games or grab a late-night summer cocktail at one of the casino’s bars on the gaming floor. For directions and more information, visit empirecitycasino.com. (Submitted)

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Retired attorney uses hardwood to help kids succeed Pace professor wins national service award

Pat Vaccaro is a man with three passions: His family, the law firm he was part of for 50 years and the youth of his beloved New Rochelle. Vaccaro founded the New Rochelle Basketball Association, NRBA, more than five years ago. Its motto is “Helping Kids Succeed.” Now that Vaccaro has retired from his second passion, The Jackson Lewis Law Firm, he and his small committee including Andy Peterson, his partner and co-founder, are dedicated to funding the non-profit and helping kids in need through organized basketball. The NRBA helps kids move timely and successfully through their grades and go to college and/or a career. “Our focus is on responsibility and accountability,” Vaccaro said. “If you don’t strive for success in the classroom; if you cause problems at home or in the community; if you don’t understand the necessity of being a good person and citizen; you will not play for an NRBA team and you will not receive support off the court. But if you [do]... the NRBA could be life changing.” Here is how the NRBA changes lives and how your contribution can help. •  Monitoring of school progress including providing assistance in the form of tutoring and increased guidance counseling. The NRBA currently employs 10 tutors. • College prep mentoring and counseling, including assistance with need-based

financial aid and/or athletic scholarship. • ACT/SAT prep • Assistance with NCAA eligibility •  Post-secondary job placement assistance and counseling The NRBA currently supports 10 boys and girls programs from

fourth through eighth grades. It also provides assistance to boys and girls New Rochelle High School basketball programs, freshman through varsity. This is a program that deserves your help and support particularly if you or your organization has ties to the New Rochelle community. (Submitted)

In order to help fund this ambitious program, the NRBA is holding its 2nd annual golf outing July 31 at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle. You can support this golf outing as a sponsor or participant as follows:

Single Golfer...................................................................................................... $350 Dinner Guest...................................................................................................... $125 Foursome............................................................................................................ $1,200 Hole Sponsor...................................................................................................... $150 Event Sponsor (2)............................................................................................. $5,000 each Dinner Sponsor.................................................................................................. $3,500 Brunch Sponsor................................................................................................. $2,000 Driving Range Sponsor.................................................................................... $2,000 Putting Green Sponsor..................................................................................... $1,000 Golf Cart Sponsor.............................................................................................. $2,500 Last year, there were more than 40 combined silent auction and raffle prizes. “Virtually every dollar raised goes to the kids,” Vaccaro said. “No contribution is too small and all contributions are tax deductible.” If you cannot attend, please support the NRBA with a contribution. For information and details for participating in the golf outing, contact Pat Vaccaro at pvaccaro261@gmail.com. The NRBA is a registered public charity pursuant to IRS Section 501c3.

Female inmates of the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla have been subject to an animal-assisted therapy program which helps to heal mothers incarcerated. Photos courtesy Carolyn Fortino

On Thursday, June 28, Pace University Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Kim Collica-Cox won a prestigious national Jefferson Award for outstanding public service, related to her innovative animal-assisted therapy program which helps to heal mothers incarcerated at the Westchester County Jail. Developed in partnership with the county Department of Correction and non-profit The Good Dog Foundation, the “Parenting, Prison and Pups” pairs incarcerated mothers with trained therapy dogs to teach them parenting skills as part of their return home after release. Professor Collica-Cox won the award over 75 other nominees nationwide, cheered on at the ceremony by her daughters Antoinette, 24, and Annalise, 6. Parenting, Prison and Pups is one of 22-plus inmate recovery programs in place at the Westchester County Jail. Nationally, it is the first program of its kind to incorporate animal-assisted therapy into a structured classroom curriculum and instills trust in female inmates, many of whom have experienced prior trauma and violence or suffer from mental health issues and addiction. In working with therapy dogs, the program enhances their parenting skills in an effort to return them to their families and to reduce intergenerational incarceration. The Jefferson Awards Foun-

dation was created in 1972 by Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis and other members of public service. The Foundation partners nationally with groups such as the NFL, Yale University, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in an effort to foster meaningful public service for underserved populations and youth. In addition to Collica-Cox, the Jefferson Foundation honored Super Bowl Champion Chris Long, who donated his entire 2018 salary to underserved youth, billionaire philanthropist Elaine Wynn, and Pia Phillips and Abbie Nelson, teenagers who founded Pab’s Packs, an organization which custom designs backpacks for seriously ill children. “Professor Collica-Cox’s receipt of this prestigious award confirms her commitment to ensuring that incarcerated mothers are provided with transferable skills that are critical for a safe and productive reunification with their families,” Joseph Spano, commissioner of the Department of Corrections. “ Programs like Parenting, Prison and Pups have resulted in a steady decline in our inmate population—to the lowest level since 1986. This benefit is two-fold: a lower inmate population results in a safer working environment for staff, while also allowing us to provide more programming opportunities for those individuals who are in custody.”

Nira Herrmann, dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace, said, “Professor Collica-Cox truly epitomizes the goals of the Jefferson Award: Not only is she fully engaged in supporting an often-forgotten community of incarcerated women, but she has also engaged Pace University students in life-changing experiences with this community. Her personal commitment is expanding outward through her mentoring of students, to touch more and more lives in positive and uplifting ways.” (Submitted)

Dr. Kim Collica-Cox with her daughters Antionette, right, and Annalise.


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The umpire strikes back LIVE MIKE Mike Smith

In my nearly 30 years of playing and watching baseball, I’ve witnessed my fair share of bizarre and unlikely occurrences. Hidden-ball tricks, walk-off home runs, gruesome injuries and spectacular catches; if something can happen between the foul lines, I was pretty sure I’d seen it. But on Sunday, in the second game of a double header, I watched a field umpire take his position behind first base prior to the first pitch while still wearing a chest protector designed for the guy behind home plate. It was funny, it was embarrassing, and it was our own fault. My men’s baseball season has been a trying one thus far, and it has nothing to do with my team’s play on the field. Serving as one of the league’s officials, I’ve gotten reports each week of bad player behavior, overwhelming aggressiveness towards umpires and even threats of bodily harm

directed at the people we pay to call our games. It was an insidious problem, handled poorly by those running the show, and eventually, the umpiring organization decided they couldn’t handle it anymore and terminated their contract with the league. Not that I blame them; there had been multiple instances of umpires being followed to the parking lot—some of which were captured on film for posterity— and ultimately the head scheduler felt that he could no longer risk the well-being of his guys by sending them to call league games. In order to keep the season going, we’ve been forced to use unaffiliated umpires, guys without an allegiance to any larger organization. And the results—as evidenced by Sunday’s chest protector wearing field ump—have been less than optimal to say the least. But while it’s easy to bemoan the state of our current umpiring, it’s important to remember that it was the lack of respect we

showed our old crews that was the catalyst here. And it’s not something that has been limited to our own little corner of the sporting world. In spring of 2017, the National Federation of State High School Associations published an alarming report about the dwindling number of officials and referees signing up to call high school sports games which stated that only two out of every 10 referees return for a third season of officiating, citing low pay and abuse as factors in hanging up their whistles. Has it always been this bad? Of course refs and umpires have always had to deal with a rogue parent or coach, but what about our culture has changed that makes it acceptable to cross the line with the men and women On July 8, Sports Editor Mike Smith’s baseball team had to play a game called by two umpires who had no who officiate sporting contests? business being out on the field. Why? Because poor sportsmanship from players and fans scared the old umps It’s one thing to scream at the away. Photo/Mike Smith television when Joe West isn’t Because we simply won’t have I don’t know how we reverse themselves at our local contests. giving CC Sabathia the outside corner, but it’s another, entirely, the trend; how we, as a society, But I do know that if this keeps any to complain about. to hurl insults or threats at the begin to show a little more ci- up, pretty soon, we’re not going Follow Mike on Twitter person getting 85 bucks to keep vility to our umpires; or how we to have to worry about an officipunish those who don’t behave ating problem. @LiveMike_Sports control at a JV soccer match.

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Lindsay continues to make waves

From July 25-29, Harrison native Liliane Lindsay will be representing the U.S. at the U23 World Championships in Poland. Contributed Photos

By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor Local rower Liliane Lindsay has racked up quite a few accomplishments in her amateur career, and that doesn’t figure to change just because she recently finished college. In fact, the Yale University

graduate seems to be kicking things into high gear this summer, competing at the Royal Henley Regatta in the United Kingdom last week and earning a nod to represent the United States in the U23 World Championships later this month. Lindsay, a 2014 graduate of Harrison High School, shined

in her collegiate career for the Bulldogs, earning All-American honors in 2017 and All-Ivy recognition in both 2017 and 2018 to cap off her distinguished Yale career—the 2018 All-American selections have not yet been made. But at the Royal Henley Regatta from July 4-8, she found herself staring across the water

Liliane Lindsay rows for Yale in 2017. A recent graduate, Lindsay rowed against her former teammates at the Royal Henley Regatta in England last week.

at many of her Yale teammates, opting instead to race in the eight boat for Princeton Training Center—one of five other American boats racing in the Remenham Challenge Cup. The regatta, which featured 16 of the top women’s boats squaring off against one another in a series of two-crew races,

did not see Lindsay’s Princeton crew directly take on her old Yale cohorts, however; the Princeton Training Center boat fell in the first heat to the defending champions from the University of Washington, while Yale eventually fell in the semifinals to a crew from the Australian-based Georgina Hope Rine-

At the Royal Henley Regatta last week, Liliane Lindsay crewed for the Princeton Training Center. Her boat was topped by semifinalists from the University of Washington.

hart National Training Center by 2.5 lengths. The Georgina Hope Rinehart crew would go on to edge the University of London in the finals held on July 8. But despite failing to grab the top prize at the Henley Regatta, Lindsay’s summer seems to be heating up. Prior to last week’s race, it was announced that the local standout would be a part of the U23 team that will represent the U.S. at the World Championships from July 25-29 in Poznan, Poland. The event won’t be the first time Lindsay has raced internationally, as she has previously shined as a member of the U.S. Junior National Team. In 2013, Lindsay stroked the junior national eight boat to a sixth-place finish in Trakai, Lithuania. The following year, as part of the pair, she took home a bronze medal at the games in Hamburg, Germany. Next fall, as she goes for her master’s in Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge in England, Lindsay plans to continue her rowing career for the school’s prestigious team. CONTACT: sports@hometwn.com


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