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Volume XIX • Number 29 • August 2 - 8, 2012 •

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Red-faced parent leaders confront PS 24 music cuts By MIAWLING LAM THE heads of the P.S. 24 parents association have broken their long silence over the school’s controversial decision to excess both of its music teachers and shut down its music department. The Riverdale Review can reveal Farrah Rubin and Ingrid Jaen sent an email to parents last weekend that some feel paid lip service to their “commitment” to retaining the school’s music program. It is the first time the two new incoming PA co-presidents have publicly commented on the issue. In the email, the pair report they have been working in collaboration with P.S. 24 principal Donna Connelly and interim acting assistant principal Emanuele ‘Manny’ Verdi to restore the staffing cut. “We are diligently working on re-hiring our instrumental music teacher,” they write, a compromise already in the works according to public officials who have been lobbying Connelly. “While this process has been in the works for some time, we need to still wait for the official confirmation. We hope to have good news to share with you before the start of the school year.” The email came several days after another group of parents stepped up their efforts and pleaded with Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott to save the long-standing music program. In a toughly worded editorial (see page 18), Riverdale Review Editor and Publisher Andrew Wolf said that any compromise was “unacceptable.” Wolf charged the decision to cut the music program “is totally at the discretion of the principal.” He pointed out that “there is no budget shortfall or loss of funds. The school has lost no resources, no money or positions. This is not a mandated cut from above. The principal decided, unilaterally and unnecessarily, to excess both of the music teachers at the school.” Wolf suggested that internal political considerations were driving these personnel decisions, perhaps the specter of yet another “F” grade on the school environment section of the annual report card issued by the Department of Education.

Local parent and P.S. 24 School Leadership Team member Eugenia Zakharov said more than 80 concerned parents and residents have now signed the letter protesting the move. When asked whether the PA’s email came as a surprise, Zakharov sidestepped the question and said it wasn’t clear if it was sent in response to the group’s petition. “I don’t know if it was prompted by the letter or if they were planning it,” she said. “But I trust whole-heartedly that they’re doing something and they’re working hard in figuring something out. It’s not the easiest thing to do. It’s a big task and it’s not an enviable position.” Meanwhile, Zakharov denied her group was behind a series of fliers being circulated around Riverdale urging residents to contact their elected officials to convey their concerns. The unsigned one-page, double-sided flier lists the email addresses of State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Councilman G. Oliver Koppell and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and urges locals to contact the elected officials to air their grievances. The fliers have been left at local supermarkets, bodegas and community organizations. As of press time, Koppell’s office had received five emails, while Espaillat and Dinowitz each received one email. “I think honestly, parents would have rallied behind the PA,” Zakharov said, when told of the flier. “There are so many musicians in the community that if they reached out to parents, they would have been willing to help.” One parent even suggested hosting a benefit concert to raise money, she said. “I don’t know how much money it would bring but it would be a great thing,” she said. “It would bring the community together.” As the Riverdale Review reported last month, the future of P.S. 24’s music curriculum came under threat after three staff members, including one instrumental teacher and one vocal teacher, were excessed on June 15. At the time, P.S. 24 interim act-

ing assistant principal Emanuele ‘Manny’ Verdi said officials were forced to let go of the teachers because three staffers—with seniority—were returning from leave. However, as word of the music department cuts spread, many in the community bemoaned the decision. “The cuts could have come

from the bottom of the seniority list of the faculty as a whole,” one veteran educator who is familiar with the teachers’ contract. “This was a deliberate, very Bloombergian effort to sidestep the seniority list, and has nothing to do with budget cuts. It’s Connelly’s call. You don’t see her eliminating the conflict resolu-

tion teacher’s position, or that of any of her favorites.” Outraged parents were concerned the downsizing effort would adversely affect their children and rob students of a rich music education, while others questioned the appropriateness of retaining other programs such as conflict resolution and theater.

Engel: Mark anniversary of ’72 Olympic massacre

Reps. Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. They are demanding an appropriate moment of silence at this year’s games. By MIAWLING LAM The International Olympic Committee rejected his request for a minute of silence, but that didn’t stop Rep. Eliot Engel from commemorating the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The local elected official joined 14 other members of Congress and marked the 40th anniversary of the massacre by holding a moment of remembrance on the House floor last Thursday. Engel, whose request for a moment’s silence before the Opening Ceremony in London on Friday, July 27, was denied,

said the anniversary deserved to be commemorated. He said the moment of remembrance was “not a political issue, but a matter of human decency. “By rejecting multiple requests to hold a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the 1972 Munich Massacre, the IOC has blatantly disregarded the very ideals on which the Olympics are predicated—international friendship and fraternity,” he said. Engel also charged that IOC officials had double standards. “If this were any other nation but Israel, there would have been

a moment of silence a long time ago,” he said. In May, Reps. Engel, Steve Israel, Richard Hanna and 21 other members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge urging the group to hold a moment of silence before the opening ceremony of this year’s games. However, their request was not met. The 11 Israeli victims were David Berger, Ze’ev Friedman, Yossef Gutfreund, Eliezer Halfin, Yossef Romano, Amitzur Shapira, Kehat Shorr, Mark Slavin, Andre Spitzer, Yakov Springer and Moshe Weinberg.


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Councilman Seabrook, best known for challenging Engel, headed to jail By MIAWLING LAM Disgraced Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook has been convicted of siphoning nearly $2 million of taxpayer funds into

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ters, a brother and other relatives. His mistress, Gloria Jones-Grant, was even hired to be a director of one of the nonprofits despite being grossly under-qualified. “Councilman Larry Seabrook abused the power of his office to

influence public contracts and to fund his own corrupt friends and family plan,” Bharara said. “Today’s conviction ensures that the councilman will pay for betraying the public trust. Continued on Page 19

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According to a 1995 report in the New York Times, Margules was often haunted by the painful memories of the Holocaust. She said she would often wake up to sounds of barking dogs and the voices of German soldiers screaming, “Dirty Jew.” As a result, she took it upon herself to educate the next generation about the Holocaust and to ensure history never repeats itself. “It makes me really want to go out and speak about this. So I’ve gone to classrooms to speak. I want the children to know what we went through.” A funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 1 at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale at 10 a.m. A burial will follow at Beth El Cemetery in Paramus, New Jersey. Margules is survived by her son, Michael, and her grandson, Noah.

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By MIAWLING LAM and PAULLETE SCHNEIDER Lily M. Margules, a popular Riverdale resident who made it her mission to teach young children about the crimes and atrocities carried out during the Holocaust, died on Tuesday. She was 86. The cause of death was heart failure, according to her son, Michael. Margules, who lived on Kappock Street, was a Holocaust survivor and an active member of the Riverdale community. She was president of the Manhattan Chapter of Women Holocaust Survivors and a founding member of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Community Choir. Born in Vilna, Poland in 1924, Margules was one of two children born to a pharmacist father and a dentist mother.

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Lily Margules, Holocaust survivor, was 86

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Around the schools... College of Mount Saint Vincent

A scientific paper by associate professor of biology Dr. James J. Fabrizio and nine of his students will be published in Fly, an international peer-reviewed Landes bioscience journal that focus exclusively on Drosophila (fruit fly) research. The paper is entitled “Mulet (mlt) Encodes a Tubulin Folding Cofactor E-like Homolog Required for Spermatid Individualization in Drosophila Melanogaster.” Dr. Fabrizio holds that the work has implications for human male fertility because of our strong genetic similarity with Drosophila. The study incorporated knowledge in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and genomics. In 2010, the college established its Center for Undergraduate Research to formalize and centralize research in a wide array of disciplines and prepare students to present their findings at professional conferences. Fabrizio, chair of the college’s Health Professions Advisory Committee, received a $200,000 National Institutes of Health grant for his role as principal investigator.

Local Scholars

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has announced that Natasha Bernstein Bunzl, Corey Kaminsky and Nathaniel Schorr were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester in the College of Arts and Sciences, the university’s largest undergraduate college. Cornell enrolls more than 22,000 students in seven undergraduate units, four graduate and professional units in Ithaca, and two medical graduate and professional units in New York City and Doha, Qatar. It is the federal land-grant institution of New York state, a member of the Ivy League and a partner of the State University of New York. Forty-one Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Cornell as faculty members or alumni. The university ranks among U.S. News & World Report’s top ten in undergraduate engineering and business programs, and its College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked number one in the nation. SUNY Cortland in Cortland, New York, has announced that Oscar Martinez, a senior majoring in exercise science, and Brian Cook, a junior majoring in speech and language disabilities, were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester. To qualify, students must earn a semester GPA of at least 3.3 while completing 12 or more credit hours of classes. Cortland, a college of the State University of New York founded in 1868, enrolls more than 7,300 students in its 61 undergraduate and 33 graduate academic majors. It houses the largest undergraduate teacher education program in the Northeast and was ranked for five consecutive years by Kiplinger’s as one of the Top 100 Best Value Colleges and Universities in the United States. The State University of New York at New Paltz in New Paltz, New York, has announced that the following students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester: Sabrina Berfas, a communication studies major; Issa Beydoun, a pre-finance major; Justin Blau Edelstein, a pre-communication media major; Emily Imbert, an education major; Melissa Nolan, a communication media major; Justin Pando, a communication studies major; Andrew Sanchez, a pre-finance

major; Lori-Anne Wallen, a sociology major; and Nicole Whyne, an art history major. To qualify, students must earn a semester GPA of at least 3.3 while carrying a full-time course load. New Paltz enrolls nearly 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and its schools of business, education, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, and graduate division, offering 100 undergraduate and 50 graduate programs. Located on 275 acres in a Hudson River Valley college town, it is half way between New York City and Albany. New Paltz is highly selective and is one of the most wellregarded public colleges in the nation, with NCAA Division III athletics and nationally recognized fine and performing arts programs. Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, has announced that Sarah J. Goodman earned second honors and Michael Steigman earned first honors on the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester. Students who achieve a GPA between 3.5 and 3.79 qualify for second honors, and those who achieve a GPA of at least 3.8 qualify for first honors, with a maximum GPA of 4.3 for students who earn all A-plus grades. Clark University, founded in 1887, enrolls roughly 2,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students in its innovative liberal arts college and research university where a world-class faculty offers a range of expertise, particularly in the areas of psychology, geography, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University announces that the following Bronx residents are on the Dean’s list for the Spring 2012 semester: Laura E Andaluz-Scher, Jeffery Appeagyei, Holly J Berkowitz, Hesketa W Daniel, Leni Estevez, Michael Gargy, Marietou Haidara, James P Holihan. Sharder T Islam, John E Jones,Elias B Kampton, Emile G Keller, Ari J Kramer, Dylan J Mahon, Christine M Murray, Phoebe C O’Connor, Stephanie M Riordan, Kemar F Senior, Nia Terrelonge. Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 15,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.


By MIAWLING LAM More than 1,000 Bronx residents, runners and walkers have signed a petition to oppose the city’s plan to pave the historic Putnam Trail over with asphalt. Members of the Save the Putnam Trail campaign reached the psychological milestone last week and celebrated by sending an email to City Council members urging them to intervene. The popular 1.5-mile running trail, which runs through Van Cortlandt Park, is slated to undergo a slew of improvements, thanks to a $960,000 allocation of city funds and $1.45 million in federal funds from Congressman Eliot Engel and former Rep. Anthony Weiner. Under the mooted changes, the dirt path will be widened from its current width of eight feet to 15 feet, paved over with asphalt and a new drainage system put in place. Park officials said the improvements will benefit cyclists, wheelchair users and people with strollers, but runners are concerned it will ruin the scenic atmosphere of the nature trail. “We are asking you on behalf of the Bronx community and citizens of NYC to NOT let this project go forward and to hold the NYC Parks Dept accountable for their repeated lies and misinformation spread to the community,” their email states. “The NYC Council should stand up an (sic) reject a project costing NYC taxpayers $1 million; a project which even the local Bronx community is saying no to.” The advocacy group claims park officials lied to the public on at least two counts, including the city’s assertions that stone-dust is not compliant with the

Americans with Disabilities Act and that federal funding allocated to the project specifically mandated that asphalt be used. Save The Putnam Trail advocate Michael Oliva said while it was pleasing to reach the 1,000 signatures milestone, the fight was not over. “We’re very happy (with collecting 1,000 signatures). The campaign in itself is going well and our outreach is making people aware of what’s happening,” he said. “The bad thing is that parks is being stubbornly insistent on moving forward with their original plans and so they haven’t bent at all to the community.” Oliva said critical mass was the only thing that would prompt change and the only question that remained was how many signatures would be needed before elected officials took notice. “Maybe it’ll be 2,000 or 10,000. It seems like no one in government cares. We just don’t get it,” he said, noting despite sending “at least 30” letters to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, neither have provided a formal response. “Almost all the elected officials are playing it safe and taking the easy way out and removing themselves from the situation. Our whole campaign is shocked that this is how government works.” As of press time, 1,012 people have signed the petition, including many who claimed to seek solace from the daily grind by venturing to the path. “Please don’t destroy the trail. It’s my family’s form of escape from the fast pace of the city,” Bronx resident Luisa wrote Continued on Page 19

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Controversy grows over Putnam Trail


‘The CBO has also exposed the fallacy of the Republicans’ attempts at repealing the law. Their plan to repeal and not replace would actually increase the budget deficit by an estimated $109 billion. In reality, their replacement plan is a return to the old failed system -eliminating health care coverage for millions, putting patients with pre-existing conditions at risk, re-opening the harmful Medicare prescription drug ‘donut hole’, taking health coverage away from young adults, and allowing insurers to be an obstacle between patients and physicians. Their lack of a plan is wrong, both morally and fiscally. Over time, the American people will see and feel the benefits of the health care law, and hopefully, those denied access to care will one day be able to take part as well.’

speaking time. In the Bronx, the public hearing will be held on Thursday, August 23, 5-9 p.m., at Hostos Community College, Savoy D Building, 120 E. 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451. Prior to the hearings, you may submit written comments to the NYC Districting Commission by mail to: NYC Districting Commission, Attn: Jonathan Ettricks, 253 Broadway, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10007 or by email to: hearings@districting.nyc.gov on or before 5:00 P.M. on the date of the hearing. Please indicate in your correspondence the date of the hearing for which you are submitting your comments. The hearing locations are accessible to those with physical disabilities. Individuals requesting an interpreter for sign language or any other language at any hearing should contact the NYC Districting Commission at hearings@districting. nyc.gov or by calling 212-442-0256 five days in advance of the hearing, and reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate such requests.

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Rotary Club to sponsor reading hour

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BAE to present Tango Magic

Tango Magic, with world renowned bandoneón player Raul Jaurena, will enchant the Bronx on Sunday, August 5 at 2 pm at Rockwood Drive Circle, Van Cortlandt Park near Broadway and Mosholu Avenue and 4 pm at McGinley Center at Fordham University. Popular tango artists joining Mr. Jaurena at BAE’s SummerMusic 2012 are vocalist Marga Mitchell, pianist Maurizio Najt, violinist Ali Bello and tango dancers Carolina and Andres. Savor an afternoon of beautiful tango music by Piazolla, Mores, Portier and more and learn a few dance steps from Carolina and Andres. Raul Jaurena and Marga Mitchell have appeared at Tango Fest on Broadway, International Tango Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tango & Tango at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and at New York’s World Financial Center, as well as the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and the International Tango Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mr. Jaurena won a 2007 Latin Grammy for best Tango Album “Te amo Tango”. Van Cortlandt Park is providing limited seating. Bring a blanket or folding chair, if possible, to ensure your comfort. In the event of rain, the Van Cortlandt concert will be moved to Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated Houses, Hillman Avenue and Van Cortlandt Park South. Please call the office after 11 am at 718 601-7399 if the weather looks questionable. SummerMusic 2012 is made possible with the support of Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation, Fordham University, Councilman G. Oliver Koppell and Music Performance Funds, Local 802, AFM. For further information/travel directions: 718 601-7399 or bronxartsensemble.org.

RCT’s ‘Legally Blonde’ at RKA

Riverdale Children’s Theatre is tickled pink to present ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical.’ Having won over audiences across the nation, Elle, Bruiser and friends will make their Bronx debut on Sunday, August 5, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Remaining shows are on Monday and Tuesday, August 6 and 7, at 7 p.m. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Performances are at the

Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, 660 West 237th Street, off Independence Avenue. Also making his debut is a rescue dog named Oliver, starring as Bruiser Woods. Oliver is currently receiving training from Find Me Fido’s Taylor McCaffrey, and RCT will help find a family to adopt him! ‘Legally Blonde’ has been called a ‘hysterical and sweet musical’ that provides a ‘fresh and effervescent evening of musical fun, stylishly wrapped up in a smart pink bow,’ featuring Elle Woods, a ‘college sweetheart and homecoming queen who doesn’t take no for an answer.’ After her college boyfriend drops her for someone more ‘serious,’ Elle drops her fashion merchandising career and follows him to Harvard Law School. After a rough start, she’s called upon to represent a fitness instructor accused of murdering her husband, and she mounts a successful and unconventional defense based on her knowledge of the fashion world. The old boyfriend is so impressed that he tries to reconcile with her, and Elle gets to reject his advances. The score features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and the hilarious book is by Heather Hach.

Engel: Health Care ruling saves $84B while insuring 33 million more

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, but limit the Medicaid expansion, will reduce the cost of the Affordable Care Act by $84 billion while expanding health care coverage to 33 million uninsured Americans by 2022. The decision by some governors to opt out of the Medicaid expansion is estimated by the non-partisan CBO to cost three million Americans access to health care. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health. Rep. Engel said, ‘The good news is that the price tag for implementing the Affordable Care Act has been reduced by $84 billion. The bad news is that due to the politics of some governors, three million Americans will be denied health care coverage. While it is helpful to have the costs reduced, it is shameful to see families continue to have to choose between seeing the doctor and paying their mortgage or putting food on the table.

The NYC Districting Commission will hold five public hearings from August 13, 2012 to August 23, 2012. These hearings are open to the public. The purpose of these hearings is for the NYC Districting Commission to hear testimony from the public concerning the initial phases of its work in drafting a new districting plan for the New York City Council. Individuals wishing to pre-register for speaking time or to submit written testimony in advance may do so by signing up online at http://www.nyc.gov/districting. Individuals wishing to speak at any hearing will be provided up to three minutes of

Youngsters 3-12 years old are invited to participate in the Reading Program on Saturday, August 4, at the Kingsbridge Library, 291 West 231st Street, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Readers will be grouped by skill level and encouraged to read, helped with pronunciation and word understanding, and for those without reading skills, interpret pictures. There is no charge for participation. The Rotary Club of Riverdale is part of Rotary International and sponsors the library reading project as a local community service. Adult volunteers who are interested in participating are asked to contact Karen Pesce, Secretary: (718) 549-4469.


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After-School Program Kids’ Space is a safe, supervised, enriching afterschool place for children in grades K-5 from our local community whose parents are not at home when school ends. Kids’ Space is located in the Riverdale Y and picks up from over 10 local schools in Riverdale, Kingsbridge and Yonkers. The program runs Monday—Friday until 6:30 pm. What is Kids’ Space?

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Keep your kids busy, safe and having fun


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Thursday, August 2 Riverdale

OPEN COMPUTER LAB 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Attention new computer users: Do you want to learn how to use e-mail? Do you need help in applying for a job online? Would you like to practice going online and exploring the Internet? Come to the Riverdale Library and get assistance on the computers. Practice your new skills at your own pace. Ask questions and learn from doing. Audience: Adults, 50+. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Kingsbridge

GAME ON 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Got the gaming moves? Show off your skills with the controller and challenge your friends to a game in the library. Take part in our tournaments! For ages 13 to 18 years. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Friday, August 3 Kingsbridge

TEEN READING CLUB 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Meet new friends and check out new books at the Kingsbridge Library’s teen summer reading club. Discuss the books you’ve read lately, update your reading logs to get prizes, participate in weekly raffles for a chance to win COOL and FABULOUS stuff, and enjoy some refreshments in our brand-new library! The teen summer reading club is open to all students who are in (or who are about to enter) 7th - 12th grade. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Saturday, August 4 Kingsbridge

STORYTELLING 1 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Stories for children ages 5-12 yrs. Old. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Riverdale. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Sunday, August 5 Van Cortlandt

TANGO MAGIC 2 p.m. Van Cortlandt Park Rockwood Drive Circle Tango Magic, with world renowned bandoneón player Raul Jaurena. Popular tango artists joining are vocalist Marga Mitchell, pianist Maurizio Najt, violinist Ali Bello and tango dancers Carolina and Andres. Savor an afternoon of beautiful tango music by Piazolla, Mores, Portier and more and learn a few dance steps from Carolina and Andres. For more information, call 718-601-7399.

Monday, August 6 Riverdale

COFFEE HOUR 10 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Start off your week with a cup of coffee at the Riverdale Branch. Read newspapers , catch up on current events, or just enjoy a friendly game of Chess. All in our Community Room. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Riverdale

DEMYSTIFYING COMPUTERS 11 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Abby Stokes, author and computer teacher, will demystify computers for beginners including those who have never touched a computer! Audience: Adults, 50+. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Kingsbridge

DEMYSTIFYING COMPUTERS 2 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Abby Stokes, author and computer teacher, will demystify computers for beginners including those who have never touched a computer! Audience: Adults, 50+. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Tuesday, August 7 Riverdale

BABY STORY TIME 11:30 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library

5540 Mosholu Avenue Babies from birth to 18 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Kingsbridge

MANGA DRAWING WORKSHOP 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Do you have the next manga series lurking in your head? Join Ivan Velez and learn how to draw your characters, plot your stories, and more. All materials will be provided. For ages 12 to 18 years old. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Wednesday, August 8 Kingsbridge

GAME ON 1:30 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Got the gaming moves? Show off your skills with the controller and challenge your friends and neighbors to a game of Wii Bowling in the library. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Thursday, August 9 Van Cortlandt

MUSIC @ NYPL 2 p.m. Van Cortlandt Branch Library 3874 Sedgwick Avenue Violinist Jeffrey Ellenberger has performed as a classical soloist and orchestral musician in the USA, Europe and Asia. In the field of popular music he has worked with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Diana Ross. He plays regularly on Broadway, in shows such as Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Ellenberger also plays the viola. Join us for an afternoon of delightful music. For more info, call 718-543-5150.

Kingsbridge

GAME ON 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Got the gaming moves? Show off your skills with the controller and challenge your friends to a game in the library. Take part in our tournaments! For ages 13 to 18 years. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Friday, August 10 Kingsbridge

TEEN READING CLUB 4 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street Meet new friends and check out new books at the Kingsbridge Library’s teen summer reading club. Discuss the books you’ve read lately, update your reading logs to get prizes, participate in weekly raffles for a chance to win COOL and FABULOUS stuff, and enjoy some refreshments in our brand-new library! The teen summer reading club is open to all students who are in (or who are about to enter) 7th - 12th grade. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Saturday, August 11 Kingsbridge

GROCERY SAVING WORKSHOP 2 p.m. Kingsbridge Branch Library 291 West 231st Street The purpose of this workshop is to introduce shoppers on how to prepare a shopping list in advance and guide shoppers through the supermarket showing them how to shop smart, stay alert and aware of special saving opportunities, and to utilize coupons and sales to the very best of their ability. For more information, call 718-548-5656.

Monday, August 13 Riverdale

COFFEE HOUR 10 a.m. Riverdale Branch Library 5540 Mosholu Avenue Start off your week with a cup of coffee at the Riverdale Branch. Read newspapers, catch up on current events, or just enjoy a friendly game of Chess. All in our Community Room. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

Spuyten Duyvil

KNITTING & CROCHET 11 a.m. Spuyten Duyvil Branch Library 650 West 235th Street A get-together for knitters & crocheters at all skill levels to work on a current project, learn new techniques, and exchange information. All skill levels are welcomed. Registration not required. For more information, call 718-796-1202.


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BY PAULETTE SCHNEIDER It’s been a whirlwind week for little Oliver—the white and brown Chihuahua-papillion combo was abandoned in a Target parking lot, brought to a shelter, taken into foster care and assigned a leading role in the Riverdale Children’s Theatre production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” The pup’s luck changed when Riverdalian dog trainer and adoption liaison Taylor McCaffrey got into the act. In search of a suitable Bruiser, the beloved pet—and pink-clad accessory—of “Legally Blonde” main character Elle, McCaffrey did a casting call to Cat Assistance, a rescue operation (for dogs, too) that works with the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter. A response came just in time. “I know you’re looking for a Bruiser,” the rescue worker said. “We just got a papillion. Do you want him?” McCaffrey has already coached neighborhood pooches, including her own yellow Lab, McDuff, for gigs in “The Wizard of Oz” and “Annie.” McDuff landed a small role in this production as well. Human cast members of “Legally Blonde” are attendees of RCT’s Summer Lights camp, a six-week musical theater program open to students in grades 1 to 9. The younger group performed Disney’s “AristoCats Kids” this week. Actors in grades 5 and up will appear in “Legally Blonde.” McCaffrey will foster little Oliver at least until closing night next Tuesday. Then, she’ll collect applications and interview families who offer him a permanent home. “Two cast members have already expressed interest in adopting him,” said

Becky Lillie Woods, RCT’s artistic director. But McCaffrey will review all applicants to find the best possible fit. Oliver was likely “a dump job,” McCaffrey said. “Someone just pulled into the parking lot, opened the door, threw him out and drove away.” She estimates that he’s around six or seven months old. He’s healthy, neutered, bright, obedient and easy to tote around. McCaffrey has trained dogs for 10 years, working with shelters and private clients in group and individual settings. She interned with Guiding Eyes for the Blind and is now in a graduate program at CUNY’s Hunter College specializing in orientation mobility for the visually impaired. She’s already placed nearly 20 dogs in loving, permanent homes through her Find Me Fido program (findmefido.com). “I’d rather do quality matches than quantity,” she said. “I don’t ever want someone to say, ‘here’s the dog back.’ The point of Find Me Fido is that I’m finding the right match, not just any match.” Show biz is clearly the more cheerful side of the industry. “There’s the frustrating part of my job, and then there’s the Riverdale Children’s Theatre, where I get to have fun with the dog and then be really proud of it at the end of the show.” Performances are at the Riverdale/ Kingsbridge Academy auditorium, 660 West 237th Street, on Sunday, August 5, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. At each performance, Woods said, “We’ll be passing around a hat for the pet rescue organizations.”

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HISTORY TALK 7 p.m. St. Paul’s Church 897 S. Columbus Avenue The Enigmatic General Charles Lee. A talk by Professor Phil Papas of Union County College, who is writing a biography of the controversial Revolutionary War general. For more information, contact David Osborn, 914-667-4116.

Friday, August 3 Katonah

TRIO CAVATINA 8 p.m. Caramoor’s Spanish Courtyard 149 Girdle Ridge Road Trio Cavatina: Ieva Jokubavièiütë, piano; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Priscilla Lee, cello will present a Program: Schumann; 6 Canons, Opus 56 (arr. piano trio by Theodor Kirchner); Joan Tower: Big Sky; Gabriela Ortiz Torres: Trifolium; Dvorak: Piano Trio in F minor, Opus 65. For more information, call 914-2321252 or visit www.caramoor.org.

much more! Rain or Shine; Event & Parking are FREE. Bring folding chairs or blankets for seating. For more information, call 914-864-PARK.

Katonah

GOSPEL CHOIR 4:30 p.m. Caramoor’s Venetian Theatre 149 Girdle Ridge Road What better way to welcome Sunday and close out the 2012 festival season than with joyous music of praise and worship. Gospel music is a uniquely American genre with many types of expression – from traditional a cappella quartets to full choirs with instruments ranging from tambourines to electric guitars – and many adherents, both African-American and white. Featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir and The Lee Boys. For more info, call 914-232-1252 or visit www.caramoor.org.

Wednesday, August 8 Katonah

CRAFT FAIR 10 a.m. Playland Park Playland Parkway Wade through a grand selection of crafts and fun at Playland’s Craft Fair! Taking place around the boardwalk and fountain. For more information, call 914-813-7000.

FAMILY FUN 5 p.m. Caramoor’s Friends Field 149 Girdle Ridge Road If you were at our record-breaking Samba do Rio night last summer, you know that it would take a lifetime to explore the diversity of Brazilian music and dance! Back by popular demand, Grupo Ribeiro will continue the journey with a Bahia-themed show that will feature the Afro-Brazilian Candomble Dance, Samba De Roda, Maculele (a highly acrobatic stick fighting dance), the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira, Batucada and songs from Bahia, and much, much more! Tickets: $10 Adult, $5 child. For more information, call 914-232-1252.

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GONE BATTY 7:30 p.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Bats are amazing little mammals that help keep insect populations in check. Sadly New York’s bat populations are in peril. Come learn about bats and the white-nose syndrome. We’ll head outside at dusk to listen for bats with our bat-detector device. Please note this program is for families with children over 6-years-old. Free for members; $5pp for non-members. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

CONCERT 7 p.m. Playland Park Music Tower Theatre Notch and La Orquesta will take to the stage at Playland’s Music Tower Theater on Wednesday August 8, at 7 p.m. Playland’s Wednesday Summer Concert Series is sponsored by X96.3 FM and Honda of New Rochelle. Wednesday concerts are free with your park admission; fireworks will follow the shows. Parking at Playland is $5 on Wednesday evenings. Playland is located at Playland Parkway in Rye. Go to RyePlayland.org or call (914) 813-7010.

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Saturday, August 4 Rye

CONCERT 8 p.m. Caramoor’s Venetian Theatre 149 Girdle Ridge Road BÉLA FLECK, considered the premier banjo player in the world, brought his Africa Project to Caramoor in 2009. The genre-busting Fleck, winner of 14 Grammy® Awards, has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy® history. Hear Béla’s latest project as he reveals the jazz side of his multiple musical personalities in brilliant collaboration with the MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO, led by Roberts on piano, with Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass, and known around the world for their signature, virtuosic trio style. The Trio reciprocates by visiting Béla’s more traditional musical geography. For more information, call 914-232-1252 or visit www.caramoor.org.

Sunday, August 5 Ossining

ANIMALS INCOGNITO 10 a.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Camouflage plays an important role in nature, and for some animals it is their best defense against predators. Come meet some of Teatown’s most elusive critters. Afterwards we’ll take a short hike outside to play a game to test your cryptic capabilities! Free for members; $5pp for non-members. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

Somers

FARMERS MARKET 10 a.m. Muscoot Farm Route 100 Shop the bounty of local farmers and enjoy a day at the farm. Fresh produce, meats, cheese, soaps, flowers, baked goods and more. Open every Sunday through October. For more information, call 914-864-7284.

Valhalla

INDIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL 12:30 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza 1 Bronx River Parkway Road Celebrate the Indian Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza! Enjoy live songs, dances, musical performances, art & cultural exhibits, ethnic foods, entertainment, games and

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 7 p.m. Support Connection 40 Triangle Center Join this group of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age as we discuss issues pertaining to all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. Facilitated by cancer survivors. Free. Pre-registration required; call 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Thursday, August 9 Scarsdale

JAZZ NIGHT 6:30 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road THE DIDGE PROJECT, a music collective and didgeridoo awareness organization based in New York City and led by jazz musicians AJ Block and Tyler Sussman, combines the sounds of the didgeridoo with jazz and world music. Where world rhythm and tribal beats meet modern jazz and hip-hop, their music is both ancient and progressive. Each live performance blazes new territory, blending the sound of the didgeridoo, an aboriginal wind instrument used for ritual and ceremony in Australia, with keyboards, saxophone, flute, drums, ethnic winds, and percussion. For more information, call 914-723-3470.

Irvington

SLIDE LECTURE 7 p.m. Irvington Public Library 12 South Astor Street “Hudson River Lighthouses,” Slide lecture by Kevin Wyce. Contact Pamela Hodgins Bernstein at 914-591-7840 for more information.

Saturday, August 11 Ossining

ANIMALS INCOGNITO 10 a.m. Teatown Lake Reservation 1600 Spring Valley Road Camouflage plays an important role in nature, and for some animals it is their best defense against predators. Come meet some of Teatown’s most elusive critters. Afterwards we’ll take a short hike outside to play a game to test your cryptic capabilities! Free for members; $5pp for non-members. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

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Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) urged his colleagues in the House and Senate to work together to craft sensible gun policy in the wake of the Aurora, CO mass murder. This incident comes in the wake of other high profile mass shootings in Binghamton, Fort Hood, the Gabby Giffords shooting in Tucson, the Columbine massacre, the Virginia Tech rampage, the Holocaust Museum shootings, and many, many others. Rep. Engel said, ‘I say very, very respectfully, at a time of violence we need to reflect on this violence. And it certainly seems to me that upon reflection, to say that this country needs to have sensible gun control legislation, not legislation that would take guns out of the hands of people legitimately who have the right by the second amendment to own guns; but how could a deranged young man like the killer be able to purchase any kind of guns at will and then use them to mow down dozens of people? ‘Even more poignant, I said those words not this weekend after hearing about the tragedy in Aurora, but in April

2007 after the Virginia Tech massacre. Over five years later, and nothing has changed. We have to have a thoughtful conversation about guns. I’m not talking about guns used for hunting, self-defense or recreation - I’m talking about the kind of weapons and firepower used in combat. While madmen such as the one in Aurora may not be completely prevented from such rampages, the damage they do could be lessened if they didn’t access to weaponry only our military should possess. ‘People say guns don’t kill people, people kill people. However, this weaponry in the hands of the wrong people does indeed kill people. Common sense says that we need to have sensible gun control legislation so that criminals, people with mental illness, cannot just purchase as many guns and as much ammunition as they want. ‘The tragedy in Aurora is staggering and the stories of the victims are heartbreaking. The heroism shown by some in that darkened theater goes a long way towards showing how good can rise up in the face of evil and stand strong. My heart and prayers go out to the families, the victims and the Aurora community.’ Rep. Engel is a co-sponsor of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s ‘Large Capacity

Ammunition Feeding Device Act,’ (HR 308) which would help keep the types of ammunition capacity of the reach of potential criminals. He is also the author of legislation to ban the five-seven handgun - a pistol capable of killing a police officer wearing a bullet-proof vest from over 200 meters away.

Volunteers needed to survey beaches

Get fit, help protect the city’s beaches and save marine wildlife by enrolling in the annual Volunteer Beach Floatables Program. Under the initiative, run by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, volunteers are mobilized each summer to survey more than 45 beaches across the five boroughs. Participants are asked to walk along the shoreline or on their favorite beach and spot debris such as styrofoam, wood, glass or plastic waste. They do not have to pick up or touch anything and instead simply record any items they see and report it to the agency each week. The program is critical as it provides authorities with useful data, ensures

fewer beach closures and helps save marine wildlife from ingesting the debris. Upon registration, each volunteer will receive all materials necessary for monitoring, including letters of authorization and acknowledgment. For more information, please contact 212-889-4216 or 917-658-2380.

Riverdale Youth Market to be held weekly at RNH

The Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH) will host the Riverdale Youth Market every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through November 15, 2012. This is a youth-run farm stand offering fresh fruits and vegetables from regional farms. RNH is located at 5521 Mosholu Avenue, across from the Riverdale Library., Since its founding in 1872, RNH has partnered with the residents of the Northwest Bronx to build and sustain a healthy and productive community. RNH delivers first-rate educational and social services to the entire community: children, teens, seniors and families. RNH programs strengthen the social fabric of our community and enhance the quality of life for our neighbors.

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Outrage over unnecessary firings

The situation at P.S. 24 is worsening as parents are being fed fiction by not only their principal, but by their politically motivated parents association as well. At this point it is useful if all parents, teachers and children in the school fully understand that the cutting of the music program, be it in full or in part, is totally at the discretion of the principal. There is no budget shortfall. The school has lost no resources, no money or positions. This is not a mandated cut from above. The principal decided, unilaterally and unnecessarily, to excess both of the music teachers at the school. This decision is totally hers. Under the warped Bloomberg educational plan, she has the ability to do with these positions as she wants. But that doesn’t make it right, and the decision confirms to us the misgivings we have had about her educational priorities since she appeared here nearly three years ago. The question here is NOT whether there are enough teachers in the school to cover all of the classes without any increase in class size and retain the music program as is. There are sufficient resources here, and both music teachers can be kept. But that is not the priority of Dr. Connelly, and so the much-loved music program is at mortal peril. Three senior teachers, currently out on leave, will be returning in September, and places must be made for them to rejoin the staff as per their contract. Usually this means that whatever junior teachers in similar general classroom positions have the least seniority will be excessed (which means not that they lose their jobs, but rather that they are reassigned to another school). Losing those very junior teachers doesn’t sit well with Donna Connelly. Because they were brought in by her and lack tenure, they are the staff members who are most likely to be loyal to her. This is a big issue at P.S. 24. Two years ago, the school was one of only 25 among the city’s 1,400 schools to be hit with a grade of F on the portion of the city’s evaluation having to do with “school environment.” Last year the school improved to a grade of D, but again this year it appears possible that this school has achieved the dubious distinction of a failing grade. If three veterans return and a similar number of Connelly loyalists depart, this may ensure a failing grade next year as well. The real issue here is the ability of Dr. Connelly to protect her loyalists, even if it comes at the expense of the existence of the music department. Those music teachers are vulnerable because each position is considered to be a specialist. Whoever occupies that job at any given time can lose their job if the principal decides simply to eliminate the “line” for the specialist position. It is true that the school must play by the rules, but Dr. Connelly has shown her contempt for those rules and for her staff. Once again this year, a majority of the staff voted in the aforementioned school environment survey that they do not trust Dr. Connelly at her word, an awful indictment of her failed leadership. Earlier this year, this principal illegally decided to appoint an uncertified teacher to a special education position. When she was caught and the teacher immediately dismissed by the higher-ups at the Tweed Courthouse, Connelly was defended by the political clique that has hijacked the leadership of the parents association, a group she rewarded by supplying them with confidential personal information about the families at the school to them. Connelly has been cited by her own union, the Council of Supervisors and Administrators, for illegally “warehousing” an assistant principal’s position for two years while she waited for her close friend Emanuele ‘Manny’ Verdi to finish the required coursework so that he could qualify for a license for the post. Ironically, the powers that be at the Tweed Courthouse have put off the appointment of Verdi until he is cleared of charges raised by an ongoing investigation. It is sad that the organized parents association is not defending the existence of the music program, but has accepted Dr. Connelly’s deception. It is sad that Councilman Koppell who used to call himself the “The Music Man” for his advocacy of the arts in the schools now accepts the death of that great program. It is now up to others, parents and politicians, to show leadership here. That leadership must not take the form of compromise. Both music positions can and must be saved. Nothing less is acceptable – for our children.

Koppell defends funding for religious group To The Editor: I am writing in response to Patty Goldstein’s letter in the July 19-25 edition of the Riverdale Review in which she criticizes my allocation of discretionary Council funds to support programs run by the Chabad Lubavitch and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. She falsely asserts that these programs “benefit Jews only and are religious in nature.” This is not my understanding at all. Both organizations indicate in their application for Council funding that they are open to all members of the general public and only a portion of program participants are members of, or participate in, the religious organization. Furthermore, the services offered are not religious in nature nor do they promote prejudice against any group. Ms. Goldstein’s charge that the programs teach hatred is outrageous! In the case of the Chabad Lubavitch, funds

go to support an after-school program that assists students with their homework, and provides a story time and video hour for children of all ages and religious affiliations. The Hebrew Institute utilizes the funding to provide recreational and culturally enriching events for developmentally disabled young adults throughout the Bronx, which include dinners, lectures and social gatherings. In addition, it should be noted that funding for these programs represents a small portion of my discretionary Council allocations. The vast bulk of

Defending H.I.R.

To The Editor: This is An Open Letter to Patti Goldstein: As an active volunteer at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale “The Bayit”, I’d like to invite you (and your family) to join us at one of the many programs

ANDREW WOLF, Editor and Publisher

Note our new address: 5752 Fieldston Road Bronx, New York 10471 (718) 543-5200 FAX: (718) 543-4206

JOEL PAL Production Manager ROBERT NILVA Marketing Director

the funding for expense items goes to non-denominational community-based organizations throughout the district that provide cultural programs, education and social services for young people and seniors. As the son of refugees from Germany, I am particularly sensitive to false allegations that fuel prejudice and animosity towards a particular group, and I would caution people about propagating and crediting inaccurate information. G. Oliver Koppell City Council Member

CECILIA McNALLY Office Manager MIAWLING LAM Associate Editor

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indirectly supported by the City Council funds and that benefit our entire community. These programs are open to all regardless of religion or observance. Some of my favorites include: Friday night services followed by dinner; the Martin Luther King concert with the Greene Pastures Baptist Choir; Blood Drive/Clothing Drive; free Thanksgiving dinner and service; free Passover Seders; & Meals in our Sukkah. I hope to see you there. James Lapin Member Executive Committee Hebrew Institute of Riverdale “The Bayit”


Continued from Page 2 “Rooting out public corruption and restoring the public’s faith in honest government remains a vital mission of this office.” Seabrook, who entered public office in the 1980s, faced up to 180 y ears behind bars. He will remain free on bail until he is sentenced on January 8. Outside court, Seabrook told reporters he will “continue to have faith in God, faith in the system, faith in my attorneys and faith in where we’re going to go and my wife and family. “Now I’ll prepare myself for what’s next.” In the interim, a special election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, to determine who will fill his seat and serve out the remainder of his term. “This conviction ends Larry Seabrook’s power to channel the flow of taxpayer funds to himself, his family, and his cronies,” New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said after the verdict. “His career as an elected official is over, and his life as a convicted felon begins.” In a surprise decision, however, jurors acquitted Seabrook on three counts of money laundering and for using fake and doctored receipts. Prosecutors allege Seabrook accepted a $50,000 bribe from a Bronx business owner for ensuring he secured a boiler installation contract at the new Yankee Stadium. As part of those charges, prosecutors claimed Seabrook doctored a receipt for a $7 bagel sandwich and drink and turned it into a $177 business expense.

Seabrook, a former assemblyman and state senator, made a run for Congress in 2000 against incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel in what was described as a ruthless race. Despite receiving the backing of the powerful Bronx Democratic Party machine and then-BDP chair Roberto Ramirez, Seabrook lost. In a statement, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. said the verdict shouldn’t cast a blight over the city. However, he acknowledged the decision would allow the borough to move forward. “The Bronx, as well as the entire city of New York, deserves honest, corruption-free government, and the actions of one individual should by no means cast a bad light on the hundreds of hard-working elected officials in my borough and beyond, who work everyday to represent their constituents and solve problems for their communities,” he said.

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on the site. Gene Grabiner also pleaded with officials to keep it in its current state. “Bronx residents have precious little natural beauty apart from the park, and this exceptionally special trail—the Putnam Trail—should not be sacrificed so that bicyclists from Westchester might have their own corridor to Manhattan,” he wrote. Meanwhile, Department of Parks spokesman Zachary Feder said the project, which has received the tick of approval from Community Board 8, is awaiting approval from state officials. “The plans for the trail project are currently being reviewed by NYS Department of Transportation,” he said. “We will have a construction timeline once that review is completed.” Community Board 8 chairman Robert Fanuzzi is adamant that correct procedures were followed. “There was nothing improper in the way that this was decided,” he said.

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