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

State devotes millions to greener public transit New York State will send down $5 million to incentivize greener public transit systems through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The grants will be available to transit projects around the state who submit proposals to NYSERDA that effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve operations, striving towards a benchmark set by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to decrease greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

“These projects are a critical component for advancing solutions to some of our most pressing transportation efficiency and operations challenges while improving ridership experiences for New Yorkers,” said Alicia Barton, president of NYSERDA. Grant money will be pulled from a $5 billion Clean Energy Fund started by Cuomo in 2016 to fund clean energy initiatives across the state over the next 10 years. More than $18 million of funding will be made available by 2020, according to NYSERDA.

In addition to the grants, the state also recently rolled out a rebate program dubbed “Drive Clean” that gives New York residents rebates on a new or leased electric car up to $2,000. According to NYSERDA, more than $7.5 million has already been doled out to residents taking advantage of the subsidies. In Westchester County, renewable energy has become more prevalent, namely through initiatives like Westchester Power—the state’s first community choice aggregation program—

which offer consumers the option to derive 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources. Within the county, municipalities like the town of Mamaroneck have made strides in introducing clean energy standards and initiatives. In 2016, the town was awarded an official climate smart designation for using software to track and control emissions of municipal buildings, replacing all of its lighting with energy efficient LEDs and using biofuel to power its sanitation trucks. -Reporting by James Pero

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

new administration. In May, a financial review of county debt projections for the 2018 fiscal year, forecasted by new Budget Director Lawrence Soule put this year’s budget shortfall at $28.7 million. That number, however, also does not factor in contract negotiations with the CSEA. Soule forecasted that the contract could end up totaling upwards of $40 million. As a result of the deficit— which stems from the county spending more money than it generates in revenue—lawmakers will likely be forced to look at the prospect of increases property taxes. Meanwhile, the county will be forced to draw on its fund balance to offset budget gaps. For the fiscal years of 2017 and 2018, lawmakers are looking at a 61 percent reduction of fund balance if used to fill in those shortfalls—a reduction that could directly affect the county’s AAA credit rating from Moody’s, a financial service and credit rating agency. That rating affects the county’s ability to borrow and issue bonds at preferential interest rates and could prove increasingly important as the Federal Reserve continues to increase borrowing rates. In the county’s favor, however, has been better than expected sales tax revenue which compared to 2017 revenue is up 6.4 percent so far this year, and can be attributed to increasing gas prices of which the county takes a share through taxes. CONTACT: james@hometwn.com

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Playland’s North Boardwalk reopens Visitors to Playland Park in Rye will once again enjoy magnificent views of Long Island Sound from the 700-foot long North Boardwalk, now that a capital replacement project has been completed, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced. During a July 3 ribbon cutting ceremony, Latimer was joined by County Parks Commissioner

Kathy O’Connor, Commissioner of the Department of Public Works Hugh Greechan and Deputy Parks Commissioner Peter Tartaglia, to officially open the boardwalk. “I am pleased to welcome Westchester residents back to this very special section of Playland Park, which had been closed after [Hurricane] Sandy demolished the existing board-

This picture was taken shortly after Hurricane Sandy destroyed Playland and its boardwalk in October 2012. File photo

walk in 2012,” Latimer said. “It’s been a long time coming, but the way this new boardwalk is built, it will be here for a very, very long time to come.” Playland’s shoreline sustained grave damage during Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012, with winds and tidal surges greatly damaging the South Boardwalk, and completely demolishing and washing away the North Boardwalk. The replaced boardwalk is built with 500-year storm resistant materials. The boardwalk has been upgraded with steel piles replacing the former wooden ones, and a concrete substructure and platform to further stand up to the elements. Like the park’s South Boardwalk, which was repaired and reopened in 2013, the new boardwalk’s decking is made of Brazilian hardwood known as Ipe, which can last more than 30 years without warping and splintering. New wrought-iron fencing on both the water’s edge and the park side of the walkway has been installed, along with brandnew, historically correct benches and lighting to comport with the Park’s Art Deco architecture. The completion of the North

After more than five years, Westchester County was finally able to unveil its new North Boardwalk at Playland. Photo courtesy Catherine Cioffi

Boardwalk reconstitutes Playland’s scenic Seaside Walk that runs along Long Island Sound and affords beautiful vistas. It is a 3/4-mile path that starts at the South Boardwalk and ends at the North Boardwalk near Playland Lake. The cost of the project was $4.6 million for design and construction.

“The opening of Playland Park in Rye signifies the end of a drawn out and difficult chapter and the beginning of a bright new one,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. “In November 2012, I toured the damage that was left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and vowed to bring FEMA funding to Playland Park and all of Westchester County.

I’m overjoyed knowing that today is the day my efforts, combined with countless others, finally comes to fruition.” The North Boardwalk will be open daily. Playland Park, a national historic landmark, is located on Playland Parkway in Rye. More information is available at playlandpark.org. (Submitted)


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What’s going on... Rye Free Reading Room

ence “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti. Made possible by the support of the Dineen Classical Music Gift Fund.

Teacher-In-The-Library

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Mother Goose Monday On Mondays from 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. in the Children’s Room. Recommended for infants and toddlers. Nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays. “Granny Jean” Klein, wellversed in early childhood development, introduces babies and toddlers to playful rhymes, songs, and puppetry. Parents and caregivers participate with the children at the library and are encouraged to continue the activities at home. Because the program is often a child’s first experience in an audience setting, it is important that adults strive to arrive on time and actively help children focus on the presentation. For more information, call the Children’s Reference Desk at 231-3162.

Lunch at La Scala On Mondays from noon to 3 p.m. No need to travel to Italy. Join the library here in Rye for six Mondays at noon (bring lunch or a snack) and watch some of the most popular operas ever recorded at Italy’s famed La Scala. On April 17, experi-

On Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Children’s Room, when the library is open. For grades K–5. Drop by the library where Rye teachers offer homework help to students attending local public and private elementary schools in the Rye and close surrounding areas. This is a free program sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room, Woman’s Club of Rye/Children’s Philanthropy Section, and the PTO of the Rye Schools.

Marilyn’s Musical Maracas A Bilingual Storytime On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. Join Marilyn Castillo at the library on Tuesday mornings for a blast of culture, music, and language in Spanish. Have fun learning simple words, numbers, and colors en español through simple songs and rhymes, while moving to music fiesta style. Music helps children retain words and expressions much more effectively. The rhythm of the music, as well as the repetitive patterns within the song, helps kids memorize new words, making it an easy way to teach a second language.

Spin-A-Yarn On Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ogden Nash Room. Open to the public. Information needlework, fabric arts get-together. Bring your own

project and supplies and work and chat.

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LEGO City Builder

On Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. or 11 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. Please choose one session to attend. Children will wiggle to music, giggle to funny rhymes, and pretend to be wild and wonderful animals in this lively interactive program with “Dawny Dew” Halasz. Music is a natural connection tool. It brings people together and helps them interact with one another. Children are engaged with the use of puppets, felt board activities, nursery rhymes, and songs. This activity encourages active participation by parents and other caregivers. This 20-minute weekly musical program promotes early language skills and socialization. Please note that doors close five minutes after the program begins to prevent interruptions and help focus audience attention on the presenter. Please be prepared to enjoy the Children’s Room while waiting for the next session to begin. For more information, contact the Children’s Reference Desk at 231-3162.

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

Graham Clarke’s Musical Fridays On Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. Families are always welcome. Rock out at the Rye Free Reading Room on Friday mornings when popular children’s musician Graham Clarke performs. Kids love Graham’s silly humor and fun songs and will enjoy moving and grooving to the beat with this energetic performer. Please arrive early to find parking; doors will be closed 10 minutes after show begins or when room is at “fire code” capacity, and no one will be admitted after that. Weather permitting, Graham’s performance will be outside on the Village Green where a larger audience can be accommodated.

The Rye Arts Center The Rye Arts Center is located at 51 Milton Road in Rye. Winter classes have begun. For more information, call 967-0700 or visit ryeartscenter.org.

Spring and Summer Classes Spring and summer classes are now available. The Rye Arts Center offers a wide range of visual and performing arts and STEAM program opportunities for children, teens and adults at all skill levels. Explore the center’s guide and find the perfect creative outlet for you and your family at ryeartscenter.org.

Free yoga at Rye Town Park Yoga instructor Dhokela Yzeiraj will begin Sunday morning classes at Rye Town Park starting June 3. Classes will be held on the lawn area near the gazebo and “Cope” sculpture exhibit. Yzeiraj invites people of all ages and backgrounds to balance their weekend with morning classes, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. She incorporates meditation along with gentle and grounding yoga postures. Participants should bring their own mats or practice directly on the grass. This is a donation-based class, with no required fees. Participants will be required to sign “hold harmless” forms. People can sign up at the Rye Town Park website or show up the morning of class. Class will be cancelled in case of rain the morning of. Yzeiraj is certified in raja yoga with Yoga Alliance and has been practicing for eight years. She is also trained in the ancient Indian medicine of Ayurveda, “The Knowledge of Life,” and incorporates it as yoga’s sister science in her teachings. She enjoys sharing this timeless wisdom in daily living through food, bodywork and gardening in community. For more information about the program, contact Yzeiraj at dhokela@gmail.com. Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com.

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County employees sign July 4 green pledge

Westchester County employees are signing on the Green Westchester Pledge, vowing to make the county a bit more environmentally friendly in celebration of the Fourth of July. The Green Westchester Pledge was signed by County Executive George Latimer and his executive team (34 people in total) in the days leading up to July 4. The pledge was created after it was noticed the amount of waste the executive floor was creating by using disposable glasses, coffee stirrers, coffee cups, plates and utensils. As part of the greening of the 9th floor the executive team has purchased reusable glasses, coffee cups, utensils, straws, plates and dish soap. Those who sign the pledge get a certificate to proudly display in their office and a goodie bag (a reusable one) that contained seeds, a reusable New York Liberty water bottle and reusable straws. “The Green Westchester Pledge commits me on a personal level to take steps that are realistic and easy, but steps that will go a long way to helping the environment, said Latimer, sipping

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

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


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

Residents and lawmakers continue to protest a change in federal immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of children and young adults caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally, from their parents. In the middle of an historic heat wave, hundreds of Westchester residents gathered in front of the federal courthouse in White Plains to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to separate immigrant children from their parents during the deportation process. Trump has since reversed course, citing that he “didn’t like the sight or feeling of families being separated.” According to the Department of Homeland Security, since May, more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents after cross-

ing the border into the U.S., sparking national outrage and protest. The June 29 protest in White Plains—one of which also took place in Rockland County— was organized by the coalition, Families Belong Together, which described the practice as inhumane. “The indignation and opposition will only continue to grow if the administration continues with this cruelty of separating families,” said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director of the National Alliance and chair of its immigration campaign. Likewise, County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, denounced the practice of separating families at the border, calling on the federal government to stop the practice immediately. “Like many Westchester residents I am heartbroken and outraged over the mistreatment of immigrant families at the border—especially the children who are being separated from their parents,” he said. “[Immigrants] are part of the fabric of our home and they deserve to be treated humanely.”

Even before the president’s decision to begin separating families, county lawmakers have taken steps to protect immigrants in Westchester through new legislation. Specifically, in March, lawmakers passed a bill that limits the amount of information the county shares with federal authorities and also prevents county law enforcement officials from asking about immigration status; similar measures have been passed on some local levels within the county. Legislators have also come out in opposition to the inclusions of a question on an upcoming national census that would require participants to divulge their citizenship status. In Westchester County, nearly a quarter of the population is Hispanic or Latino, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. As protests continue to erupt across the country, New York State—along with 16 other states— has sued the federal government over their policy of separating families, claiming that the practice is born out animus toward immigrants. -Reporting by James Pero

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Westchester County Executive George Latimer stands alongside women at an immigration rally in June. Immigration advocates held two separate rallies in White Plains in recent weeks.


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Sound Shore Market opens in Larchmont A grand opening of the community oriented Sound Shore Market is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Kane Park. Mayor Lorraine Walsh will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The market is intended to be a destination for Larchmont and Sound Shore families to shop, dine and have fun while enhancing Larchmont’s image as an attractive, vibrant, shopping, family-friendly village. Prepared foods and provision foods (such as fresh produce, meats, charcuterie, breads) will be offered with rotating vendors. In addition, each week there will be live music and activities from Larchmont businesses to create an engaging

and enjoyable atmosphere. The market takes place every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Kane Park through the end of October. (Note that the market will end at 6 p.m. beginning in September). “This market is different from others because our objective is to bring more shoppers to Larchmont and to promote local businesses,” says Drew George, founder and Larchmont resident. “That is why there are so many Larchmont vendors here.”  George, who also owns FarmEats, a participating vendor at the market, enlisted The Valley Area Network, a non-profit organization that also runs Piermont’s popular “The SOUK”Farm Market to operate the Sound Shore Market. (Submitted)

Opening Day Schedule 7/11 VENDORS: (**denotes vendors from Larchmont) Apiary Cafe** Deliciously Alicia’s Hudson Valley Seafood FarmEats** Kontoulis Family Olive Oil** Larchmont Charcuterie** Luxx Chocolat Marjan Kebab House** Newgate Farms Plates Restaurant** Samosa Shack Wave Hill Breads


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New Westchester program offers revolutionary care Thanks to The New Jewish Home, there’s a revolution going on in Mamaroneck—a revolution in health care for older New Yorkers. At Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home’s skilled nursing campus in Westchester,

older adults now have access to a brand-new 4,010-square foot short-stay rehabilitation facility that combines The New Jewish Home’s successful rehabilitation program with its signature Small House community.

The New Jewish Home offers an innovative approach to healthcare for older adults following the person-directed care approach of the Green House Project. Older adults live in intimate Small Houses rather than in a traditional

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

nursing home environment, while enjoying the highest standard of skilled care. The New Jewish Home operates the only Small Houses in Westchester County, with three additional houses offering long-term care. According to Dr. Jeffrey I. Farber, president and CEO of The New Jewish Home, Sarah Neuman’s new short-term rehab Small House is the first of its kind in Westchester. “The New Jewish Home is thrilled to redefine rehabilitation for the Westchester community,” Farber said. “Helping older adults make a successful transition back home after an acute illness, chronic disease exacerbation, injury or surgery in a beautiful setting with the comforts of home is something we are proud to provide and what our patients deserve.” The short-stay Small House accommodates 11 patients at a time with three private and four semi-private rooms, a dining room and an open kitchen where meals are prepared from scratch. They can enjoy beautiful outdoor space and relax in the expansive gardens. Patients will rehab in a stateof-the-art gym and work with interdisciplinary care teams that plan and provide treatment, including full-time staff physicians

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

and nurse practitioners; 24-hour nursing and nursing-assistant care; and physical, occupational, speech and audiology therapists. The New Jewish Home’s specialty areas include orthopedic injuries and joint replacements, cardiac conditions, gastrointestinal surgeries and treatments, stroke, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, falls and infectious diseases. As one of the nation’s largest and most diversified nonprofit

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


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

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

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

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

Houlihan Lawrence agents honored NEW YORK Houlihan Lawrence, the leading real estate brokerage serving New York City’s northern suburbs, is pleased to announce that more than 70 of its agents have been ranked as part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, placing them among the most successful sales associates in the industry. The nationwide list ranks more than 14,000 real estate sales associates state-by-state. To be included, agents must have closed at least 50 transactions or $20 million in closed sales volume in 2017. Teams must have closed 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume in 2017. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party to ensure accuracy and report integrity. “Our agents consistently lead their markets, which are some of the most competitive in the country,” said Chris Meyers, president of Houlihan Lawrence. “We couldn’t be prouder to see them receive the national recognition they deserve.” Below is a list of the agents recognized in New York, organized by community and brokerage. For additional information on REAL Trends America’s Best, visit americasbestre.com. (Submitted)

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Harriet Libov, Julie Schneider

Bedford

Angela Kessel

Brewster Briarcliff Manor Bronxville

Linda Finn Suzan Zeolla Sheila Stoltz, Patricia Breen, Therese Walsh, Susan Kelty Law, Rita Steinkamp

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Melissa Carlton

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The umpire strikes back LIVE MIKE Mike Smith

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

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

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

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Lindsay continues to make waves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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