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Village supports Green Light driving initiative By SIBYLLA CHIPAZIWA Assistant Editor
A ban on gun shows held at county facilities was pushed forward by Westchester County lawmakers this week following a razor-thin 9-8 partisan vote, but County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, may have the final say, as a veto looms large. For story, see page 6. Photo/Aaron Kershaw
Rye Town Park nets $265K surplus; restaurant still vacant By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer The Rye Town Park Commission is currently soliciting short-term, stopgap offers from vendors to operate the park’s vacant restaurant, and snack and concession stands in wake of Seaside Johnnies’ exit, but mem-
bers will not reveal any potential candidates until the submission deadline, according to the commission president. According to Rye Town Supervisor Gary Zuckerman, a Democrat and the president of the park commission, while the commission has received an undisclosed amount of verbal in-
quiries and several restaurateurs have viewed the park premises, the commission has decided to keep negotiations confidential until Jan. 12, the deadline to submit a letter of interest. While the commission has endured pressure to make a deal once the former operators of the park’s restaurant, Seaside
Johnnies, walked away, Zuckerman said the commission is no longer as worried about its current restaurant vacancy, following a positive financial year in 2016. He said the park commission pulled in a $265,000 surplus in revenue last year, which PARK continued on page 8
Following in the footsteps of the villages of Ossining and Port Chester, the village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees unanimously voted to support the Green Light NY initiative on Monday. The initiative, which aims to gain equal access to New York state driver’s licenses regardless of one’s immigration status, was first brought before the village board in December 2016 by the Community Resource Center, CRC. Formerly known as the Hispanic Resource Center, the CRC was founded in 1998 to help integrate immigrants into the community and provide services including youth and adult programs and a worker center. New York state currently prohibits hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants from obtaining driver’s licenses. The common denominator amongst the three communities in Westchester County that have adopted the initiative is a robust Hispanic population. According to 2010 U.S. Census data, Hispanics made up 41.4 percent of Ossining’s population; and in Port Chester, they comprise 59.4 percent. Both villages adopted the Green Light initiative in December 2016. Meanwhile, in the village of Mamaroneck, just under a
quarter of its population is Hispanic. Prohibited from obtaining driver’s licenses puts undocumented immigrants in a bind, as they cannot purchase or register a vehicle, or obtain car insurance, which affects one’s quality of life, including having difficulty getting to work and/or school, a hospital or a place of worship. There are concerns of high costs from accidents, safety on the roads from people driving without being licensed, and immigrants’ fears of being pulled over and ticketed for driving illegally. Tainya Flores, a village of Mamaroneck resident of 18 years, said Green Light NY caught her interest due to the number of immigrants without a reliable form of transport. “So many people are afraid to even drive in the town of Mamaroneck,” she said. “I think many people will have the opportunity to drive without any pressure or being scared.” The New York Immigration Coalition, a nonprofit organization with the aim to “unite immigrants, members and allies so all New Yorkers can thrive,” launched the Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign in 2016 to help undocumented immigrants outside of New York City. A similar initiative was launched in 2006; and in 2007, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat, signed an INITIATIVE continued on page 11
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Manhattanville changes bus service schedule
The Manhattanville College administration has decided to reinstate its Valiant Express schedule to what it was before being changed in September 2015. Starting in 2017, the shuttle bus will once again pick up students in downtown White Plains as late as 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Photo courtesy Karina Cordova
By FRANCO FINO Staff Writer The Manhattanville College administration has officially modified its shuttle bus service in response to criticism from the student body about the safety of its current schedule and in wake of the death of one of its students. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Sharlise Smith Rodriguez, the college’s dean of students, sent a letter to the student body alerting them of upcoming changes in policy for the 2017-18 academic year. According to the memo, following discussions with students, faculty, staff and alumni, and parents, the college’s administration will reinstate the Friday and Saturday late night hours for the Valiant Express from the college to downtown White Plains; specifically, the 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. late night bus runs will be reinstated.
In September 2015, the college altered the campus bus route schedule for Friday and Saturday nights, which typically returned to campus as late as 3:30 a.m. Under the current bus schedule, the Valiant Express makes its final return to campus at 1:30 a.m. The change in the school’s bus service comes in wake of the death of 21-year-old Robby Schartner, who was killed in October while walking back from a night out in downtown White Plains during the early morning hours. Schartner was struck and killed by Emma Fox, of Rye, who police say was intoxicated at the time of the incident. At the time, police measured Fox with a blood alcohol level of 0.21; the legal limit in New York state is 0.08. It is unclear if the schedule change to the Valiant Express was made as a result of
Schartner’s death. “By not having those hours, you’re waiting for an accident to happen; and it may have already happened with the recent loss the school took,” said Gianni Mogrovejo, a Manhattanville senior. As part of the change, the college will discontinue the early morning runs that transport students from the college to and from White Plains from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. J.J. Pryor, the college’s managing director of the office of communications, could not be reached for comment, as of press time. Fox, who is charged with an aggravated DWI and first-degree vehicular manslaughter, is currently scheduled to reappear in White Plains City Court on Jan. 6, 2017. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
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What’s going on... Mamaroneck Public Library
Teacher in the Library On Mondays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Free homework help for children in grades K–5 when school is in session. This program follows the Mamaroneck school district schedule.
Larchmont Public Library Visit mamaronecklibrary.org for more information on library hours and programs. The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Project Linus Knitting & Crochet Group
All ages story and craft hour On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Room. No registration required. There will be stories to appeal to all ages of kids and their caregivers, and a craft simple enough for the little kids and creative enough for the big kids.
Ernest Hemingway talk and look-alike contest On Saturday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room. Join Elizabeth Kemble, founder of Travellati Tours, for an illustrated talk on the places that Ernest Hemingway frequented in Paris. Kemble will also discuss his Paris wives, Hadley and Pauline. The library will also feature a gender neutral Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald look-alike contest. The contest will be judged by the audience, and the prize is a Dunkin’ Donuts gift certificate.
p.m. For ages 4 and up. Online registration required. Have you ever seen a flute? How about a trombone? Come and meet the wind and brass instruments and learn all about them. Larchmont Music Academy faculty and students will bring their wind and brass instruments to the library and perform. After the concert and demo, each student will get to try each instrument and even make their own instruments. Please come to the children’s circulation desk sometime before the program and check out a copy of “Squeak! Rumble! Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!” by Wynton Marsalis, a book that will be highlighted in the program.
Visit larchmontlibrary.org for more information on library hours and programs. The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Saturday Sahaja Meditation On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon in the Michael P. Coords Activity Room. No registration required. Imagine being able to awaken your spiritual energy and to experience and enjoy the many benefits of meditation almost immediately. You will feel calmer, more relaxed and better focused every time you meditate. Try it for free and see.
Intro to the Instruments: Winds & Brass On Saturday, Jan. 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30
On Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the Village Center. Join this knitting/crochet group and use your talents for a good cause. The group has created and donated several blankets to Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital for the benefit of local children. No registration required. For all questions related to Project Linus, contact Doris Patt Smith at email@example.com.
Midterm snacks in the LOFT On Thursday, Jan. 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. For grades 6–12. No registration required. Preparing for midterms? Stop by and recharge before studying.
Stories for Mad Scientists: Germs On Thursday, Jan. 19 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. For ages 5 to 7. Online registration required. Ahhh chooo! Don’t forget to cover your sneezes and wash your hands. Learn all about germs through games and experiments.
Sci-Fri: Building Bridges On Friday, Jan. 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For grades 3–5. Online registration required. Work in teams to build a suspension bridge with a basket of supplies. Prizes will be given to the strongest bridge.
Saturday Morning Yoga On Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Michael P. Coords Activity Room. Online registration required. Start your day with yoga; learn about its history, philosophy, and practice. Instructor Damien Germino guides participants to understanding the poses and breathing techniques that will bring peace and beauty to relieve stress while you stretch. Yoga can have profound positive effects physically when it is practiced regularly, as well as provide a foundation for relaxation and spirituality. Please note: you will need to bring your own yoga mat or blanket to use on the floor.
Get your child to sleep in 20 minutes On Saturday, Jan. 21 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For adults with children ages 2 1/2 to 6. Online registration required. Come to the library with your child for a calm and comforting pajama party with stories, songs, poems and coloring. Brook Packard of Sleepytime Club will bring her guitar and a very special storybook that sets everyone up for a peaceful evening.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church Down to Earth Winter Farmers Market On Saturdays through April 15 from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. Check out local vendors offering food of the season and other goodies. St. Thomas Episcopal Church is located at 168 W. Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. For more information, visit downtoearthmarkets.com.
At Home on the Sound
Volunteers needed At Home on the Sound is seeking additional summer volunteers to drive older neighbors in Mamaroneck and Larchmont to errands, shopping or appointments. The local nonprofit supports adults who want to remain in their own homes as they age. Rides will be provided on weekdays, and volunteers can determine when and how often they drive. For more information or to become a volunteer, call 899-3150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westchester Sandbox Theatre Acting classes registration The Westchester Sandbox Theatre acting classes registration is now open; open to performers in grades K–8. The winter semester of acting classes will run from Feb. 1 to March 29 and will meet on Wednesdays. Fee: $365. Don’t miss your chance to refine your skills and become a better performer. These classes, led by artistic director Jason Summers, are fun and comprehensive, geared toward young performers just starting out or those who want to become stronger and more confident actors. Focus will be on character development, improvisation skills, and script interpretation. Classes are designed with the specific needs of the students in mind. No one will ever feel out of place in class. The Westchester Sandbox Theatre is located at 931 E. Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. For more information, visit wstshows.com or call 630-0804.
Jewish Community Center in Scarsdale Alzheimer’s Association workshop On Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Know the 10 signs. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss of behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies, and plan for the future. This interactive workshop features video clips of people with Alzheimer’s. This workshop is hosted by the Jewish Community Center, located at 999 Wilmot Road in Scarsdale. For more information, call 472-3300. Visit alz.org/10Signs for more information on the Alzheimer’s Association. This program is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health. 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 email@example.com.
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Half Time Beverage looks to add brewery By JAMES PERO StaffWriter With an application to the village zoning board forthcoming, Mamaroneck’s mainstay beer destination may be cooking up something new; or more accurately, brewing. According to Village Manager Richard Slingerland, Half Time Beverage, located at 139 Hoyt Ave., will look to repurpose part of its existing 20,000-square-foot storefront to accommodate both a brew pub where patrons could have a drink as well as a microbrewery where they would be able to brew their own beer. The plan, which Slingerland said he anticipates will be submitted to the village sometime this week after press time, wouldn’t expand the store’s existing footprint, but would require a zoning variance in what’s currently classified as a C-1 district, which does not allow for food and beverage. For Alan Daniels, co-owner of Half Time, which also operates a store in Poughkeepsie, the addition would mark a logical
step for its successful Mamaroneck outlet. “Customers ask us all the time why don’t we brew our own beer,” Daniels said. “The village of Mamaroneck deserves their own brewery.” Currently, Daniels added, though the current proposal wouldn’t feature food, the prospect of offering small bites to eat in addition to its expanded operations may also be in the store’s future. If authorized, Half Time would join a growing wave of craft breweries—brewers that produce under a certain threshold of distribution—across the country; a trend that has exploded in volume in recent years. According to the Brewers Association, a nonprofit trade organization which consists of 3,500 brewers from throughout the U.S., the number of regional craft breweries rose from 97 to 178, a nearly 32 percent increase, between 2012 to 2015 alone. Further, breweries overall saw an uptick of 15 percent nationwide over the same time period.
If seen to fruition, Half Time’s brewing venture wouldn’t be the village’s first taste of locally sourced craft alcohol, however. Last year, residents saw the introduction of Good Shepherd distillery—run by Vincent and Carly Miata, a local husband and wife team—which offers a selection of small-batch brandy, vodka, and soon, whiskey. According to Andrew Spatz, chairman of the village Industrial Area Committee, which is tasked with revitalizing a defunct manufacturing district adjacent to Mamaroneck’s Washingtonville neighborhood, Half Time’s plan would act as another puzzle piece in transforming the village economy for the future. “I welcome something of this nature to the industrial area, and the peripheral areas,” said Spatz, regarding the potential brewery, which would fall just outside the geographic scope of the industrial area. “It only opens the door to further possibilities for economic longevity.” Among the proposals by the industrial committee, which issued a report to the village
Half Time Beverage, located at 139 Hoyt Ave., will look to expand its operations to include a micro-brewery and its own brew pub where patrons can sample the store’s wide variety of beers. Photo courtesy Half Time Beverage
Board of Trustees on its vision last year, would be an increased number of restaurants, galleries and high-end office spaces in the place of the area’s current popu-
lation of historic warehouses. However, an M-1 zoning classification in the industrial area currently excludes many of the businesses proposed by
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County lawmakers pass gun show ban
By JAMES PERO Staff Writer The tight passage of a bill banning gun shows at countyowned facilities by Westchester lawmakers this week may be all for naught as final approval is likely to be vetoed by the county executive. The bill, which was approved by a 9-8 partisan vote of the 17-member county Board of Legislators on Monday, Jan. 9, comes less than two weeks before a scheduled gun show at the County Center in White Plains; the occurrence of which was only made apparent late last month, according to some Democratic lawmakers. But according to County Attorney Robert Meehan, even if the bill were signed into law by County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, prior to the show, the county would be contractually obligated to let the expo go forward, or risk litigation. The show is poised to net $29,000, according to representative from the county Parks Department, and there are currently no other gun shows scheduled for this year. Following its approval, the bill will now go before Astorino where the county executive is
The Rev. Troy Decohen, of Mount Vernon Heights Congregation, spoke in support of the ban passed on Jan. 9. Just under two weeks ago, 13-year-old Shamoya McKenzie, a Mount Vernon resident, was killed by a stray bullet on New Year’s Eve.
expected to veto its passage. At that point, the veto would be sent back to lawmakers who would then require a super majority vote to override the county executive’s veto. A super majority requires the vote of 12 members of the Board of Legislators. Majority Leader John Testa, a Republican, who spoke to the Review last week, said passage of the law—which would require an override of Astorino’s veto and three Republican votes—is unlikely. According to Joe Sgamatto, a spokesman for the Democratic Caucus, legislators will have up to a year to call for an override
in the event of a veto from Astorino. The bill, part of a Democratic initiative last discussed at a committee meeting in June 2016, looks to effectively reinstate a ban on gun shows originally imposed by former County Executive Andrew Spano, a Democrat, in 1999 which lapsed in 2010, the year Astorino first took office. More recently, public debate over the circulation of guns in Westchester reignited after a gun store opened in Harrison less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school late last year, spurring a torrent of backlash from residents, and an online petition garnering 3,500 signatures. Since then, at least one community, the village of Rye Brook, has begun drafting legislation regulating the operation of gun stores within a certain proximity to schools. The county proposal has already proven divisive in both the Legislature and amongst residents countywide who filled the legislative chambers in White Plains on Monday to show their support and objections to a potential ban. While Democratic lawmakers have characterized gun shows at the County Center as a liability and potential gateway for illeResidents from across the county gathered outside the Westchester County Office on Monday to hold a candlelight vigil for victims of gun violence in anticipation of a vote on gun show on county facilities. Photos/Aaron Kershaw
Westchester county residents on both sides of the debate came bearing signs showing support and opposition of the ban on gun shows held at county facilities.
gal “straw sales”—purchasers who pose as the actual owner of firearms—Republicans have called any such ban unconstitutional and ultimately ineffective in curbing illegal sales. Republicans have also introduced their own legislation regulating gun shows which would adopt a set of rules outlined by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman through proposed local laws. Among other items, the rules would codify procedures on proper signage regarding background checks as well as proper procedure for federally licensed firearm dealers. Which agency would be responsible for enforcement, according to Sgamatto, remains to be seen. The Rev. Troy Decohen of Mount Vernon Heights Congregation, who also took part in a candlelight vigil for victims of gun violence held outside the legislative chambers on Monday,
echoed Democratic sentiments. “They claim that [the guns] get into the hands of only good people; people that are trying to do right,” Decohen said on Monday. “If one gun gets out from the gun show, it’s one gun too much; if one gets into the hands of the wrong person, it’s one too much.” On the other side of the aisle, residents like Scott Sommavilla, president of the Westchester Gun Owners Association, feel the ban, and rhetoric surrounding it, paints an unfair picture of how gun purchases in the county, and statewide, work. “You can’t just come in buy a gun and go home with it,” Sommavilla said. Because of requirements, like those outlined by the New York State Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement, SAFE, Act, Sommavilla said straw sales would be highly unlikely. “No one goes out into the parking lot and sells a gun,” he said, referencing strict licensing and serial number requirements. “If that gun is used in a crime, it’s coming back to you.” George Longworth, commissioner of county Public Safety, said at a joint Board of Legislators committee meeting last week that there are no recorded illegal gun sales that have been directly attributed to the gun shows recorded. Public hearings on the proposed rules are set to be held at the Westchester County Center’s Little Theater on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Speakers may sign up to give their input starting at 6:15 p.m. Ned McCormack, communications director for the county executive, could not be reached for comment as of press time. CONTACT: email@example.com
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Cuomo pins inflated taxes on local lawmakers
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By JAMES PERO Staff Writer
The Rye Town Park Commission has begun soliciting offers to operate the park’s food service facilities for 2017, but members of the commission will not reveal any potential candidates until the Jan. 12 deadline to submit a proposal. Photo/James Pero
would cover any operating deficit for the upcoming season, if necessary. “The past year was a good year, and we’re still looking to be as successful this year,” Zuckerman told the Review. “Until we get a concrete proposal or consideration, it’s too premature to reveal anything.” The commission is seeking a one-year deal with vendors interested in taking over the facilities formerly occupied by John Ambrose and Sam Chernin’s Seaside Johnnies, who vacated the property at the end of last year after failing to reach an agreement for a short-term license extension. On Dec. 21, 2016, the commission began soliciting proposals to operate either one, some or all of the food facilities at the park. Rye Town Park, which overlooks Oakland Beach and the Long Island Sound, includes a beach side restaurant, a beach shop and
snack bar, pavilions, and a bath house. Additionally, there is a second snack bar located at the north entrance of the park. “We’re not specifically anticipating anything,” Zuckerman said. “There may be proposals to take over just the restaurant and others for just the concessions stands.” According to Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian, a Republican and member of the commission, the commission is also honing in on selecting a restaurant consultant to draft a new request for proposals, RFP, to solicit restaurateurs for a longterm deal for the period beginning in 2018. Last June, the park commission sent out an RFP and received two proposals, one from Ambrose and another from Angelo Liberatore, an operating partner of the Fort Pond Bay Company, which operates restaurants Half Moon and
Harvest on Hudson inWestchester County. But in August, after Liberatore subsequently withdrew his proposal due to short notice in preparation for 2017, the commission decided to reject Ambrose’s 10-year proposal, which led to a communitywide consensus to start the RFP process over with a professional restaurant consultant. According to Killian, a committee consisting of herself and Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla, a Democrat and a member of the commission, and two residents—one from the town of Rye, Dan Tartaglia, and the other from the city of Rye, Russ Gold—will select the restaurant consultant. The committee met on Jan. 4 to discuss the selection of the consultant. As of press time, there is no clear candidate for the position. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
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With a pit stop at SUNY Purchase College this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, completed another leg of his unorthodox statewide State of the State tour, criticizing Westchester lawmakers for cumbersome taxes. On Tuesday, at the college’s Performing Arts Center, Cuomo addressed Westchester County constituents and lawmakers on both the current standing of the state as well as his vision for New York’s future, foregoing a usual singular address to the state’s Legislature for six smaller ones. Cuomo touted the state’s success in passing marriage equality legislation and paid family leave, and the passage of a bill raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Reflection on the state’s significant spending cuts, however, took a front seat in his 45-minute address. “New York state was spending more money than the people in the state were earning,” said Cuomo, standing in front of a projection showing previous governors’ rates of spending. “Let me say that again; the spending increase in New York was higher than the increase in the wages of the people of the state of New York.” According to the governor’s office, state spending has fallen to a generational low rate of 1.4 percent of inflation, compared to previous administrations—including that of Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, a Democrat, and Republican George Pataki—which hovered around 6.5 percent. The governor’s most pointed comments, however, were aimed at local and county-elected officials, who he criticized for levying burdensome property tax rates, which he stated are “killing this state.” To mend the growing strain the state’s property tax—the highest in the country, with Westchester County being the epicenter—has put on residents, Cuomo said it’s incumbent, not on the Legislature, but regional governments, to work together to bring costs down. “You pay high taxes, don’t be mad at me. I’m only the little yellow bar,” Cuomo said pointing to a bar showing the disparity between the median state income tax and local property taxes; $1,800 to $4,700, respectively.
In an unorthodox tour that will not feature a direct address to the state Legislature, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, continued his, six-event, statewide tour, at Purchase College this week. Photo/Andrew Dapolite
To reel in costs, Cuomo announced an initiative that would require every county outside of New York City to prepare a plan to help “streamline” government and cut waste. That plan, according to the governor’s synopsis, would be prepared by each county’s chief executive and would then be subject to public hearings, critiques from the county’s legislative body and local lawmakers, and ultimately a ballot vote by public referendum that would sign the plan into action. According to a statement from Cuomo’s office, the plan would need to “demonstrate real, recurring savings in costs and not simply shift burdens to other taxpayers.” “These 425 local governments in [Westchester] county very rarely come together, sit together, plan together, cooperate together, and find out how to save money,” Cuomo said, prefacing his initiative. Though Cuomo has positioned the plan as a way of bringing voters and lawmakers together to cut costs, not all elected officials in attendance agreed with his characterization of their legislative processes. Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor Nancy Seligson, a Democrat, who attended Cuomo’s address, said Cuomo’s portrayal of fractious or withdrawn government operations was inaccurate. Seligson said local and county officials already hold a large number of events that aim to bring lawmakers together, including a monthly dinner organized by the Westchester Municipal Officials Association—which consists of 45 towns, villages, and cities countywide—where members discuss areas of mutual concern. Likewise, Chairman of the
Westchester County Board of Legislators Michael Kaplowitz, a Yorktown Democrat who was also in attendance for Cuomo’s address, said the address to local lawmakers was “unproductive.” “The state creates many of the problems we face,” Kaplowitz told the Review. “A huge percentage of our budget is mandated, we don’t have the opportunity to control those costs.” Currently, 75 percent of the county’s budget comes from mandates from both the federal and state governments, the most substantial of which is the county’s contributions to Medicaid costs. Already, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, who stated that he did not receive an invitation to the governor’s address, has criticized Cuomo’s claim that county officials are responsible for ballooning property tax rates. “Mr. Cuomo blatantly suggested that my administration is responsible for state-driven property tax hikes,” said Astorino in a statement following the speech. “I would remind the governor that I have never once raised the county tax levy—not for seven straight years—while Mr. Cuomo’s state mandates have ravaged county, municipal and school budgets.” In 2014, Astorino ran against Cuomo in a bid for governor but lost by a substantial margin. Pundits believe Astorino is again mulling another gubernatorial run in 2018. After press time, Cuomo will complete the final leg of his sixevent statewide tour, making stops in Long Island, Syracuse, and a penultimate address in Albany. CONTACT: email@example.com
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Former HUD monitor to run for NJ governor County to hold public hearing on Bee-Line fare hikes The housing monitor who was appointed to oversee Westchester County’s compliance with a 2009 affordable housing settlement before resigning in August 2016 will run in New Jersey’s Democratic primary this year, seeking the nomination to run for governor in November. James Johnson, a former federal prosecutor who also served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury under former President Bill Clinton’s administration, announced his candidacy for governor of New Jersey in late 2016. The news came 15 weeks after Johnson sent a letter to U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Denise Cote, resigning from his position as monitor overseeing Westchester’s compliance with a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD. Johnson had served in that role for seven years. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, had battled Johnson as the HUD monitor since taking
James Johnson, the former federal court-appointed monitor who oversaw Westchester County’s adherence to a 2009 affordable housing settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will run for New Jersey’s Democratic nominee for governor in 2017. Photo courtesy jimjohnson4governor.com
office in 2010, often accusing him of overreaching on behalf of the federal government. During a press conference on Dec. 27, while announcing that the county had met the terms of its
settlement with HUD to build 750 units of affordable housing before 2017, Astorino commented on Johnson’s plans to run for governor as a Democrat. “If that doesn’t tell you he was partisan from the very beginning, I don’t know what will,” he said. Johnson will challenge at least seven other candidates—including New Jersey state Assemblyman John Wisniewski—for the Democratic nominee in a statewide primary. There are currently three Republican candidates as well. Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who ran in the presidential primary in 2016, cannot run for governor again in 2017 due to the state’s two-term limit. Astorino, who is in the final year of his second term as county executive, has also hinted at another run of his own for governor of New York state in 2018. He ran in 2014, losing to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, by a 14 percent margin. In New York state, there is no term limit on the governor’s office. -Reporting by Corey Stockton
Former mayer accepts position with county DA After serving the town of Rye for nine years, Paul Noto has resigned from his position as town attorney and has accepted an offer to become one of four first deputies in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. Noto will serve under newly elected DA Anthony Scarpino, a Democrat and former judge who defeated Republican opponent Bruce Bendish last November. “He’s confident, knowledgeable, and has always given us good advice,” said Rye Town Supervisor Gary Zuckerman, a Democrat and personal friend of Noto. “He’s a person of high ethical standards and he will be missed.” Noto, a general practice lawyer who specialized in land use, zoning, and real estate, previously served as a Westchester
Paul Noto, who served as the town of Rye’s attorney for nine years, has accepted a position to become a first deputy in the Westchester County District Attorney’s office under newly elected DA Anthony Scarpino. Photo courtesy linkedin.com
County legislator from 1994 to 2001 representing the town and villages of Harrison, Mamaroneck, Port Chester and
Rye Brook. Additionally, Noto is a former mayor of Mamaroneck; at the time, he was the county’s youngest elected mayor and the first Republican in 20 years to hold the mayor’s office in the village from 1985 to 1993. Replacing Noto as the attorney of the town of Rye is Jeffrey Binder, who has previously worked with the town on several occasions related to tax affairs. Binder previously served as chief counsel to former state Sen. Roy Goodman, who passed away in 2014. He also worked as the chief of staff for former New York City Councilman Charles Millard. Binder assumed the position of town attorney on Jan. 1. Noto could not be reached for comment, as of press time. -Reporting by Franco Fino
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Westchester County’s Bee-Line bus service could increase its fares this year as part of the MTA’s financial plan through 2020, and may also make rate increase changes in 2019. Photo/Corey Stockton
By COREY STOCKTON Staff Writer The cost to ride Westchester County’s Bee-Line bus service could increase in early 2017, following the outcome of a January public hearing. County officials have scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Jan. 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westchester County Center, seeking input from residents on two MTA-proposed plans for MetroCard price increases, called Proposal 1 and Proposal 2. Westchester adopted the MetroCard system in 2007, tethering the Bee-Line prices to the prices for New York City buses and subways, but also allowing for a free transfer between the two systems. The MTA intends to increase its bus and subway fare this year as part of its long-term financial plan. Both Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 would increase the cost of the seven-day unlimited pass from $31 to $32 and would increase the 30-day unlimited pass from $116.50 to INITIATIVE from page 1
executive order allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, only to wilt under political pressure. There are currently 12 states, including Connecticut and Vermont, which allow undocumented immigrants access to a driver’s license. Mostly Hispanic village residents filled the Courtroom on Monday night to support the proposal. Mayor Norman Rosenblum,
$121. Only Proposal 2 would increase the single ride price, or base fare, from $2.75 to $3. That plan would also keep fares for senior citizens and riders with disabilities at half-price, while Proposal 1 would slightly reduce that rate. For those who purchase a 30-day pass each month, the annual cost increase would be $54 per year for either of the two new plans. Student MetroCard costs would increase by $2 on either proposal. However, the bus fare would not increase for the Westchester-Manhattan Express line; that fare costs $7.50 per ride. In July 2016, the county raised fares on its curb-to-curb Bee-Line service for those with disabilities, ParaTransit, from $4 per trip to $5. The Americans with Disabilities Act allows the county to charge twice the rate of normal bus fare for ParaTransit. According to Daniel Branda, a spokesman for the county administration, Westchester had the option to decline the MTA’s proposed fare hikes, but
would have had to renegotiate its agreement with MTA to use the MetroCard, which he said would have been impractical. According to the MTA’s 2016–2019 financial plan, the bus fare increase would take place on March 1, coinciding with rate increases across several of the MTA’s services, including the New York City subway system. The same financial plan suggests a similar fare increase in March 2019. The transit authority has planned rate increases every odd year since 2009, most recently in March 2015, when the price of a single ride increased by 25 cents to the current rate. During that price change, the seven-day and 30-day passes increased by $1 and $4.50, respectively. In addition to the public hearing, the county is also soliciting written comments through email at beeline@westchester. gov or by mail to the county Department of Transportation, but will not accept written comments submitted after Jan. 25.
a Republican, said Green Light NY is “mutually beneficial” for all parties. “Everyone is on the same playing field,” he added. The mayor then read the proclamation expressing the village’s support of Green Light NY, with John Gitlitz, a board member of the CRC, reading its Spanish translation. After the vote, there were applause and smiles abound. “We are completely relieved and so excited that the village of Mamaroneck stands with im-
migrants and understands our plight,” said Jirandy Martinez, coexecutive director of the CRC. Gail Vidales, co-executive director of the CRC, said that she hopes this support will have a “trickling down effect” on other communities. “There’s still a lot of work to be done. [We need to] encourage other municipalities and educate them about the importance of safety,” she added. “That’s what it comes down to.”
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Attention, passengers RHYMES WITH CRAZY Lenore Skenazy
To celebrate the opening of the Second Avenue subway, we have commissioned the first New York Guide to Subway Jargon. Here it is—98 years in the making! Sick Passenger (noun): Patently lame excuse for lateness. e.g., “I meant to call you on your birthday, but there was a sick passenger on the train ahead of us.” Zizmor (noun): A blemish or disfiguration that causes the stomach to lurch. e.g., “When I finally pulled the leech off my nose it left an oozing Zizmor.” Hand Shame (verb): To accidentally grab the pole where someone else is already grabbing it. Kinky Pinky (verb): To deliberately grab the pole where someone else is already grabbing it. Hangry Birds (noun, plural): Hunger pangs activated by the smell of someone else’s fried chicken. See also: “Colonel Knowledge” (knowing that someone on the train is carrying KFC, but not being visually able to locate the source). Instant Grampification (noun): The shock one feels upon being offered a seat by someone you thought was your age. (fem: Grammafication) Doork (noun): Dork who blocks the door without realizing it. Joork (noun): Jerk who knows he’s blocking the door but keeps standing there, watching people
maneuver around him. Bunwich (noun): The very tight space between two other commuters. Snudge (noun): A real nudge pretending to be inadvertent. Train Traffic Ahead (noun): Colloquial for, “Brace yourself for bad news.” e.g., “The boss called a special meeting for 3 o’clock today. Could be train traffic ahead.” Nod Squad (noun, plural): Two or more passengers napping on the same bench. Warm Shoulder (noun): The shoulder a stranger has fallen asleep on. Sniff & Run (noun): An extremely under-populated car surrounded by extremely overcrowded cars. Grudge Budge (noun): The grimace made by a person who must move over an inch to make room for you. Grudge Buddies (noun, plural): The bonding emotion felt by former grudge budger and grudgee when they must make room for someone else. BBB (adj.): Short for “Baby Bump Blindness.” To not notice an eight-months’ pregnant woman holding onto the strap in front of you while you sit playing Candy Crush. Blobstacle (noun): Escalator rider who stands on the left side, not moving. ROTFL (noun): Anything “Rolling on the Floor Loudly,” e.g., an empty Snapple bottle. Point and Shoo (verb): To indicate a wet or sticky spot on the seat before someone sits down. New Natives (noun, plural): People who got on just one stop
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#WestchesterSmart mobile app bowl returns Have an idea for a mobile app? Learn from the best, turn your idea into a reality and compete against the region’s top young techies at the third annual #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development Bowl. Register your high school or college team today to guarantee a spot in the contest. Registration required no later than Monday, Jan. 30. There is no entry fee to compete. To learn more about the contest, sponsorship opportunities or how to be a judge, send an email to MobileAppContest@pace.edu. “The #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development Bowl is a fun way to foster the talents of our students and push the boundaries of their potential,” said County Executive Rob Astorino. “At the same time, the contest is focused on creating apps that improve life for senior citizens, adding an intergenerational component. I want to thank Pace University for its continued partnership in making this competition possible.” The contest is a joint initiative of Astorino’s Office of Economic Development and Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. The purpose is to challenge students to put themselves on the “MAAP” by creating “Mobile Apps for Aging Populations.” Specifically, apps are being sought that improve an aspect of daily life for people
ages 65 and older. Cash prizes, paid internships and tech gear are all up for grabs for the winning teams. Last year, more than 250 students from the tri-state region participated in the contest. “We’re proud to again cosponsor and host the annual #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development Bowl,” said Dr. Jonathan Hill, dean of the Seidenberg School. “This contest helps motivate students to develop an interest in STEM and provides the tri-state area’s most ambitious high school and college students an opportunity to learn how Pace University can help shape them into the next generation of coders, innovators, and technology leaders.” Students must compete in teams (two-person minimum). More than one team from the same school is permitted. Students may form and register independent teams without school affiliation. Students can also register as individuals, and Pace will assist them in forming a team. Students and team coaches will work to develop mobile apps that will be judged on creativity, functionality and usability. Free technical support will be offered to all participants via an online system, so no question will go unanswered for more than 24 to 48 hours. Teams will be invited to several contest workshops and celebrations—including a kickoff
pep rally, design and development workshops, and the judging and awards ceremony. In April, a panel of expert judges will score and determine the top mobile apps. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded during an event at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus. Important dates: Kickoff Pep Rally and Workshops, Feb. 3, 2017, at Westchester County Center, White Plains. This celebratory pep rally will officially announce the commencement of the #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development Bowl and will introduce student teams. Design and development workshops will follow. Mobile App Testing and Assessment Workshop, March 3, 2017, at Pace University, Pleasantville. Student teams will present their apps to evaluators to determine the app’s effectiveness and viability. These evaluators will include content and technical experts from academia, and private and public industry. Mobile App Judging and Awards Ceremony, April 28, 2017, at Pace University, Pleasantville. This celebratory event will recognize the contributions and efforts of all involved. It will also serve as a platform whereby judging takes place and prizes for the top teams will be announced. (Submitted)
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Championship glory LIVE MIKE Mike Smith
When I came into the office on Monday morning, I was all set to vent about the New York Giants. The frustration of watching Big Blue—and its boat-partying wide receiving corps—struggle at Lambeau Field, coupled with the fact that I would undoubtedly have to suffer through a few snide remarks from my Cowboyfan editor, meant that I didn’t want to think too much about football outside of devoting my column space to the overwhelming space of sports anguish. It’s a good thing I procrastinated, however, because Monday night made me forget all about Odell Beckham Jr. If you’ve read my column, you have probably gleaned that I’m not a huge college football fan. There are too many teams to follow, too many players to keep track of, and, coming from New
York, there isn’t one dominant program that automatically demands my allegiance. But watching Clemson stun Alabama in the final seconds of the National Championship Game on Jan. 9, none of that mattered at all. Now, I’m all for being a fan. My undying allegiance, say, to the Boston Red Sox, makes it possible for me to spend three hours in May watching an interleague game against the Padres. But sometimes, the best sporting events are the ones that don’t even require you to have a rooting interest. In truth I was rooting against Alabama, but not because of some innate hatred I have of the program, but because, all things being equal, how can you not root for the underdog against a program as dominant as Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide? So watching the Tigers move down the field, trailing by three points as time ticked off the clock on Monday night, I found myself filled with the same emotions
that I didn’t get to feel on Sunday. I clapped my hands with delight each time Deshaun Watson escaped pressure to deliver a strike to a receiver downfield. I audibly questioned Clemson’s clock management—showing you how ill-equipped I am to be a head coach—and when Watson finally hit former walk-on Hunter Renfrow for the winning score, I burst up off my couch, did a fist pump and felt, for a second, as though I was a Clemson lifer. And that’s what sports can do. If you strip away all the fandom, all the built-in rivalries and the circus surrounding the whole deal, you’re left with two teams, locked in an athletic struggle, that has the power—if only for a minute—to provide some kind of escape for the viewer. And that’s a beautiful thing. And it never hurts to watch Saban sulk, either. That’s really just the icing on the cake.
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On Jan. 9, the Clemson Tigers topped Alabama 35-31 to win the NCAA College Football National Playoff. That game helped Sports Editor Mike Smith forget about the weekend’s big Giants loss. Photo courtesy NCAA.com
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Game Notes: • Jack Reilly had a game-high 21 points • After a high-scoring first quarter, Bronxville’s defensive effort turned the tide
were making baskets or not,” Senior said. “There are going to be peaks and valleys offensively, but we had to keep making defensive stops and keeping our energy level up.” It seems to be a lesson the Broncos have taken to heart. Bronxville followed up its victory over Rye Neck with 68-28 thrashing of Keio on Jan. 9. Reilly again led the Broncos,
netting 15 points in the win, and Matt Toal and Alston Tarry also each had 13. “Our goal, if it’s possible, is to hold teams under 30 points,” Senior said. “I think our guys are starting to understand that what happens on the defensive end can translate into our offense.” Bronxville will see both Rye Neck and Keio again this week,
after press time, before facing a stiff test against Edgemont on Jan. 17. On Jan. 9, Edgemont overpowered Clark Academy, topping the Knights 83-55. “We get all of our advance scouting done early in the season, but as far as the team goes, we keep it game by game,” Senior said. “But we will start putting things in place in practice now where it comes down to defensive communication, and hopefully see that transition into points on the offensive end.” CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Bronxville is currently 5-5 on the year By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor Coming off a disappointing loss to rival Tuckahoe last week, Bronxville’s basketball team entered their Jan. 6 meeting with Rye Neck with one goal: play well defensively. And although it took a while for the Broncos to find their footing on the defensive end, a strong second-half effort propelled them to a convincing 62-34 win over their host. Bronxville head coach Brian Senior is hoping to see that same defensive commitment from his team as the second half of the year rolls on. Through one quarter, it appeared as though the Broncos and Panthers were geared up for a wild shootout, as the first quarter ended with Bronxville holding onto a 20-16 lead. But the Broncos soon began to pull away behind a 21-point effort from Jack Reilly. Senior said it was the team’s performance on the other end that made the win possible. “Early on, we were content with trading baskets and we didn’t buckle down defensively,” the head coach said. “In the second quarter we stopped hitting shots, but our defense kept us in the game.” According to Senior, maintaining intensity had been a problem for the Broncos (5-5) throughout the season. “We had a meeting earlier on in the week to talk about our energy level on the court and on the bench, and how it was correlating to whether we
A Rye Neck player soars to the hoop as Bronxville coasted to a 28-point victory. Photos/Mike Smith
Matt Toal puts the ball up against the Panthers.
Jack Reilly goes up for a layup against Rye Neck. Reilly had 21 points in Bronxville’s 62-34 win.
January 13, 2017 • THE MAMARONECK REVIEW • 15 Rye Neck’s Kol Lewis takes a shot against the Broncos on Jan. 6. Lewis’ first-quarter buzzer beater brought the Panthers within four points.
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