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days before each trip, based on greatest need. As of now, the locations are: Massapequa, LI; Freeport, LI; Rockville Center, LI; Brooklyn and Staten Island. If you are interested in carpooling, you can meet us in the church parking lot at 7am. They will leave the worksite to head back home around 5pm. You are welcome to attend whichever work days fit your schedule. Please contact the office at 914-666-5014 at least 7 days in advance if you are able to join us. Kathleen at The Preppy Turtle… my wife’s favorite consignment store in Bedford Hills promises that spring is just around the corner and that the newly arranged store is ready for it with fashions for the whole family. Particularly impressive is their expanded boy’s sections with dress clothes from Boden to Brooks Brothers. So go say hello and if you see my wife send her home…

While we are mentioning local businesses…have you been in to Mrs. Green’s in Katonah lately and noticed all of the improvements? You can thank our friend Jane who recently became the new manager of the store…way to go Jane. This was a great tribute for Mamaroneck hometown hero 13-yearold Carly Rose Sonenclar runner-up on Fox’s “The X Factor,” as the town threw a parade in her honor… Did you know that over 150 bald eagles spend the winter along Hudson Valley waterways? And what better way is there to celebrate this winter visit than at Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest 2013 starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 9th. Headquartered at Westchester County’s Croton Point Park, the event will feature multiple eagle viewing locations staffed with birding experts, to help the public view our national symbol

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Croatian Kinorama SHERIF AWAD

After the declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Croatia fought a War of Independence for four years following that declaration. Croatian cinema by consequence suffered a difficult crisis as most of the theatres disappeared and none of the Croatian films could expect to be financially viable without even greater support from the state. But in the years to follow, Croatia became a country with an

and natural heritage and overseeing its development through many aspects. In 2007, the Croatian Parliament passed a new Film Act, underlining its commitment to boosting the country’s creative industries. As a result, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre opened in 2008 to support production and distribution of Croatian films around the world. The Croation Audiovisual Centre is notably present the festivals of such top markets as Berlin, Cannes, Toronto and Venice, which always have Croatian films among their selections.

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emerging economy, tourism and art. Because of its geographic position, the Croatian culture is a blend of four different spheres, and the crossroad of Western and Eastern influences. The Croatian state is preserving this cultural

Kinorama is among the rising production companies in Croatia. It was founded in 2003 by Ankica Jurić Tilić, Hrvoje Pervan, and Dragan Juric, three friends and filmmakers who have worked together for a long time in oth-

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er Croatian production firms until they decided to open their own venture in the film industry. “After freelancing for fifteen years as a production manager in many Croatian films, I felt it was time for me to start my own company”, said Ankica in the Zagreb office of Kinorama. “Of course, I hesitated because I thought it could be risky and difficult given the fact that other Croatian filmmakers had established companies many years before me. Nevertheless, my two colleagues encouraged me and we started our company Kinorama in 2003. Since then, until now, we were keen to present films by directors and actors we believed in regardless the locale or international market requirements”. Right now, there are 117 cinemas across Croatia with an attendance exceeding 3.5 million. Last year, for instance, Croatia presented more than ten long narratives in addition to several animation, shorts, and experimental films. Ankica had more insights: “To tell you the truth, the young Croatian moviegoers avoid European films and Croatian films alike because they prefer to see an American action or comedy. Statistically speaking, American films have 85% of the market share while European film reaches 12% of the market. The Croatian film share has increased in 2011 when Koko and the Ghosts, a family film we produced, was released to notable box office success although it was confined to small Croatian screens. The story, which was based on a best-selling book for children written by Ivan Kusan, revolves about Koko, a young boy who moves with his family from the countryside to a house in a major city. Once he settles down, Koko starts to hear stories about a ghost of an old man whose sudden death in the house was veiled in mystery. The success of Koko drove us to work on a sequel called The Mysterious Boy that will be released in the summer of 2013”. Therewith, Croatian film production still faces many challenges although the system was improved. “Basically film production is the same as many European countries, which means it is state funded through the Croatian Film Center that was established six years ago”, explains Ankica. “Before its establishment, filmmakers used to apply to our Ministry of Culture because, without their support, it would be impossible to make films, regardless of the budget; big or small. As we know, films are always expensive to make. Right now, the system is better because it supports development of scripts and ideas with and among

Ankica Tilic. producers and filmmakers, which wasn’t the case before. Other services provided by the center are crucial to the industry as they include the postproduction and promotion of Croatian films worldwide. However, there are also challenges related to the country’s profile. Our population is 4.5 million people, which means the local market is terribly small. All the films are produced in our native Croatian language and we rarely produce films with another language, which affects the worldwide sales despite the success of Croatian films in international festivals among viewers and critics”. Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying was one of the

French singer whom he drives to her concert; Melita the concert organizer is in love with a man who pretends to be an American diplomat; Jagoda, a hotel maid falls in love with a German-Turkish businessman; and finally, a Serbian policewoman confesses to her Croatian husband her troubled past right after their wedding. “A French-CroatianGerman-Hungarian-Serbian co-production like A Practical Guide to Belgrade with an international ensemble cast was made easy through the new directives for tax reductions which was issued by the Croatian government to support non-Croatian producers to create projects and to encourage film makers to use Croatia as the film venue”, said Ankica. “Although Croatia is relatively a small country, a good location scout can easily find three different locations, and three different climates within a 100-mile circumference. Infrastructure related to tourism also helps production to move here. Tourism has become a significant source of revenue during the summer, with Croatia ranked the 18th most popular tourist destination around the world”. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Sherif Awad is a film / video critic and curator. He is the film editor of Egypt Today Magazine (www.EgyptToday.com), and the artistic director for both the Alexandria Film Festival, in Egypt, and the Arab Rotterdam Festival, in The Netherlands. He

Mario Sablic, Director of Photograph, and Ankica Tilic on location of Koko and the Ghosts. films produced by Kinorama last year to narrow the intercultural gap between Croatia cinema and the rest of Europe. Taking place in Belgrade, the romantic comedy is a collection of four interconnected love stories lived by four couples coming from different countries; Stefan falls in love with Silvie, the visiting

also contributes to Variety, in the United States, and is the film critic of Variety Arabia (http://varietyarabia.com/), in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the AlMasry Al-Youm Website (http://www. almasryalyoum.com/en/node/198132) and The Westchester Guardian (www. WestchesterGuardian.com).


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“Dancing With the Stars” Superstar Jonathan Roberts to Teach Master Class in Ballroom Dance and Technique in Mamaroneck By HEZI ARIS Dancers and fans at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio (FADS)-Mamaroneck, are sure to anticipate the arrival of “Dancing With the Stars” (DWTS) superstar Jonathan Roberts (pictured) later this month. On Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., Roberts will teach a 45-minute Master Class in ballroom styles and techniques, followed by a “Meet and Greet” for class participants, at the FADS-Mamaroneck location (451 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck). This special event is open to dance students of all levels and ages, DWTS fans and the general public. The cost is $45 per person. Registration can be made by phone before February 15, at 914-3812562. Professional DWTS dancer Jonathan Roberts rocked the television dance world with his stellar performances during Seasons 1-6, 8 and 9. His choreography included knockout routines in Tango, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Waltz, Samba, Rumba,

Cha Cha Cha and Jive. On DWTS, Roberts partnered with such female stars as Rachel Hunter, Giselle Fernandez, Heather Mills, Marie Osmond and Monica Seles. Off screen, Roberts’s fame includes numerous national and international dance titles – including the USA Rising Star American Ballroom Champion, the USA Rising Star Latin Champion, the USA Pro-Am 10 Dance Champion and, most recently, the U.S. and World Professional American Smooth Champion in 2008. Roberts’s expertise as a performer adds to his talent for teaching. He has a strong passion for

dance and its myriad benefits. “My mission is fitness through dance, while learning a new skill and, most of all, having fun! By focusing on ‘you’ as the dancer and student, you always get personal attention – even in a group class,” Roberts said. Participants in Roberts’s Master Class at FADS-Mamaroneck on Feb. 25 are “guaranteed to have a fabulous time,” said Kateryna Angelone, one of the studio’s owners. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students – and anyone interested in dance – to experience the personality and expertise of a dance superstar,” Angelone continued. “We love to watch our students grow and achieve their goals; so we

really go the extra mile to work with the best talent in the industry.” Stanley McCalla, co-owner of FADS-Mamaroneck with Angelone, agrees: “Our students’ accomplishments and pride are our biggest rewards.” In addition to bringing in special event coaches like Roberts, Angelone and McCalla are, themselves, esteemed professional dancers and teachers. McCalla has over 19 years of experience teaching and coaching professional dancers. He is responsible for developing some of the best university dance teams in the northeast, including the ballroom teams at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), New York University and Columbia Uni-

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“Dancing With the Stars” Superstar Jonathan Roberts to Teach Master Class in Ballroom Dance and Technique in Mamaroneck Continued from page 5 versity. At FADS-Mamaroneck, McCalla is dedicated to helping students improve their skills – whether they are beginners or experienced dancers. McCalla is also a Fred Astaire National Adjudicator for United States National Championships. He holds

many titles to his credit, including: four-times undefeated United States Amateur Latin, Standard and Ten Dances Champion, the United States representative at four World Championships and the Fred Astaire National Smooth Champion, undefeated from 1995 to 1997. Kateryna Angelone has won

many competitions including the Fred Astaire Rising Star American Rhythm Championship in 2010 and 2011, the New Jersey State Open Championship in 2010, the Northeastern Open Dancesport Invitational Championship and the 2011 Tri-State Challenge. She is the reigning U.S. Mambo Champion, and she appeared in the

show “Champions of Dance,” along side Jonathan Roberts (pictured) in Philadelphia, last year. Angelone loves teaching and believes it is important to present material in innovative ways to keep students involved and interested. FADS-Mamaroneck offers the best ballroom and Latin dance instruction from the best teachers in the

region. The studio offers private lessons, group classes, social dance parties, showcases and specials events. For more information or to register for Jonathan Roberts’s Master Class / Meet and Greet on Feb. 25, contact the studio at 914-381-2562.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Approval of a New Dormitory for Monroe College in New Rochelle Ignores Parking Issues By PEGGY GODFREY The New Rochelle Planning Board stamped their approval to a five-yearold proposal for a Monroe College dormitory on January 29, 2013. They ignored questions raised over the lack of sufficient parking provided by Monroe College for their students in downtown New Rochelle and how it effects both the abutting neighborhoods and the downtown business district. Among the most serious concerns is the need for parking for restaurants presently in the planning stages that will open in the downtown. On the day the Planning Board approved the six-story dormitory with

a cafeteria on the ground floor of 354 Main Street, it was apparent the fix was in. The previously approved, fiveyear-old plan was approved with no mitigating accommodation made for the neighborhood, which must absorb any cars that cannot fit into the allotted parking spaces. Marc Jerome, vice president of Monroe College, and president of the New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID) claimed the college had 467 parking spaces during the day and 524 spaces for students during night hours. The difference in the number of spaces was achieved by purchasing l00 permits for Monroe College faculty at the New Roc garage facility. Walter Lipow brought up the concern common to college areas, that of students eyeing an empty parking spot on the street

and parking there, similar to the problems encountered at Iona College. Mr Jerome explained why this formerly approved dormitory was not completed over the past five years. In 2008 there were many bankruptcies, including that of Lehman Brothers. The college chose to hold back on the project in deference to the financial situation. Mr Jerome believes this dormitory is fiscally sound and will replace present downtown and nearby housing sites presently used by Monroe College students. He advised Monroe College presently has 30 buildings, 20 of which are residential. The new dormitory will consolidate the living quarters and allow students to live closer to Main Street. Monroe College, Jerome added, is in a commercial district and contributing to

the tax base. He stated most of the student population are urban students and do not have cars. He asserted they use mass transportation, such as busses and Metro North. Planning Board Chairman Douglas Hocking wanted to know if the courtyard defined in the plans would be open at night. He was told it would be, but that a gate would secure the space. Building Commissioner Paul Vacca claimed parking spaces may be added on Harrison Street in the future. It was also brought up that Stop and Shop will tow cars that don’t belong there. Hocking made a motion to designate the Planning Board to be the lead agency for the environmental Impact and for the site plan approval. With no discussion, the motion was within a few minutes unanimously approved.

The plan for a new diner on Weyman Avenue and Main Street was again discussed. Changes in the previous plan spoke to the utility, landscaping, among other concerns regarding a mountable curb on Weyman Avenue. The entrance was changed to be in and out on Main Street but Nardozzi Place was proposed for a left turn out. The right turn on Main Street was not considered an issue, but the left turn would require hundreds of additional feet. John Harter of Atlantic Traffic and Design Engineers spoke of issues raised by Traffic Engineer Michael Briska, including New Rochelle Fire Department specifically about the deterrence a raised island posed. Hocking told Developer DeRaffele Mfg. he looked forward to an amended plan.

Montefiore Medical Center Completes Purchase of Additional Office Space in Westchester Tarrytown, NY -- Montefiore Medical Center, on February 1, 2013, divulged it has completed the purchase of a 300,000-square foot office facility from Kraft Foods in Tarrytown, N.Y. Montefiore plans to relocate administrative and back office positions from

its offices in Yonkers and The Bronx to the office complex over time. Montefiore will occupy 140,000-square feet and lease the remainder of the space back to Kraft, preserving an additional 200 jobs in the community. Montefiore’s existing offices in Yonkers will be used to expand its information technology operations. These changes will create more space at the hospital’s four main campuses for

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Players Kept Out of Hall through Innuendo are Getting What They Deserve By RICH MONETTI The votes are in, Roger Clements and Barry Bonds are out. The actions of a few, in verifiable terms, have left everyone in the hall – or actually out. But while I’m strictly against painting a whole group of people with one brush, as the baseball writers clearly have, I’m all for it in this case. Yes, that means you Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and all the innuendo-burdened to come. That said, the only injustice I can find is that there are no ramifications for the sports media members who led the cheers and owners who gladly accepted performance enhanced at-

tendance records. Otherwise, the players in question – whether they used or not - are getting what they deserve. In the case of Clements and Bonds, the writers have simply invoked ethical implications upon the situation in the absence of any rules governing steroid use at the time. On the other hand, how can all these other no votes be justified against players whose numbers clearly measure up, while no real proof of steroid use exists. It’s very easy, because there are no lack of facts when we also apply ethics to the equation. So putting the needles aside, what did Mike Piazza do to level the playing field for those who could not keep up with-

out cheating? Did he ever speak up in defense of fair play? Of course, I’m certainly sympathetic to fear in the face of the most powerful union in the world and the very real possibility of having to dodge 99 MPH beanballs for those who might dissent. Nonetheless, there was precedent. The 2003 Chicago White Sox, who were mostly a young team hoping to level that playing field, stood together and were refusing to submit to the agreed upon random drug testing. This would have automatically broken the 5% threshold and forced a testing scheme on the players. Instead, the players’ union cowed the kids into complying. So it must

be asked, did any of the rumor tainted players speak up to team reps like Tom Glavine? Did any individual players refuse the testing with the same intent? Since only 25 would have set the situation in motion, it’s highly doubtful. As a result, how many clean players found themselves unable to compete and ended up selling used cars. So why should I care if unsubstantiated rumors have passed as judgment – especially when the truth shows that staying zipped up was all it would have taken to stand up for the right thing. Rich Monetti has been a freelance writer since 2003 and lives in Westchester.

CHRONICLES OF CROTON’S BOHEMIA

Doris Stevens: Jailed for Freedom By ROBERT SCOTT

A militant feminist and leader in the women’s suffrage movement, Doris Stevens was a keen eyewitness to the historic events that led up to the passage of the 19th Amendment. More than 500 women were arrested during demonstrations. While the incidents were still fresh in her mind, Doris recorded them. Her 1920 book, Jailed for Freedom, captures in minute detail the cruelties suffragists endured during the fight to achieve the vote. It also performs an invaluable service by recording the names of the 168 women who actually served prison sentences, with a brief biography of each. Their names and sacrifices deserve to be remembered. Doris Stevens was born in Omaha, Neb., in 1892. She graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in the class of 1911. Oberlin was the first American institution of higher education to open its doors to women, and one of the first to admit blacks. Mary Jane Patterson, who was graduated from Oberlin in 1862, became the first black woman to receive a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Doris Stevens joined with Doris Paul, Lucy Burns, Crystal Eastman and Dorothy Day to form the

Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, forerunner of the National Woman’s Party (NWP), in 1913. She began to work as an organizer in Newport, R.I., Denver and California. With journalistic experience and ample reserves of sheer nerve, she was noted in suffrage circles both for her radical views and her attractive appearance. Later, she organized the first national convention of women voters at the 1915 PanamaPacific Exposition in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Women’s suffrage was gaining momentum. By 1915, a dozen states, all in the West, had given women the right to vote. The reason for this tilt toward equality was understandable: Western states had fewer women than men. Any state in which women had the right to vote would attract women to rectify the imbalance. During the 1916 presidential campaign, Woodrow Wilson, running for a second term as president, promised peace but not suffrage. Charles Evans Hughes, his Republican challenger, promised suffrage but not peace. Doris was the California campaign manager for the NWP, which supported Hughes. Active in demonstrating for women’s suffrage, she was arrested in Washington, D.C., on July 14, 1917, for picketing at the White House. Sentenced to 60 days in the

Doris Stevens at a suffragist rally on Wall Street in 1915. The colors of her sash are purple, white and gold. infamous Occoquan Workhouse, she was pardoned by President Wilson after three days. The government was finally beginning to realize that repressive actions and harsh sentences were generating increasing sympathy for the suffragists from the public. Attorney Dudley Field Malone’s appeal in 1918 won the release of a group of suffrage demonstrators who had been jailed for “obstructing the sidewalk� in front of the White House. Doris was among the protesters arrested in New York City at a

postwar suffragist demonstration in March 1919 outside the Metropolitan Opera House, where Wilson was speaking. In 1921, Doris married colorful attorney Malone, and they built a house on Highland Place in Croton. He was an outspoken and effective defender of women arrested during Wilson’s mindless attempt to halt the women’s suffrage juggernaut. Later, Malone was invited to be co-counsel, with Clarence Darrow, in the defense of John T. Scopes, in the famous 1925 Tennessee “Monkey Trial.� He gave what is widely regarded as the finest speech of the trial in defense of academic freedom. Doris was divorced from Malone in Paris in 1929. In 1935, in Portland, Maine, she married Jonathan Mitchell, a writer on the staff of The New Republic. Mitchell, a Portland native, was the author of Goose Steps to Peace, published in 1931, a thoughtful study of peace efforts after the First World War. The couple announced that they planned to live in Croton-on-Hudson. Always a firebrand and a fighter, after helping to win the battle for women’s suffrage in the United States, Doris turned her attention to the widespread discrimination against women in other countries. In 1928, Doris and members of the NWP asked to be allowed to present a proposed Equal Rights Treaty at an international conference in France. The women’s aim was to get the delegates to add such an

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Doris Stevens: Jailed for Freedom Continued from page 7 understanding to the pact being negotiated. It was known both as the Pact of Paris and as the Kellogg-Briand Treaty for its authors, Frank B. Kellogg, American secretary of state, and Aristide Briand, French foreign minister. Signatory nations agreed not to resort to force in resolving disputes. Doris managed to make headlines by getting herself arrested at the gate of the home of French president Gaston Doumergue in Rambouillet. Members of the NWP carried a banner reading, “We demand a treaty giving women their rights.” French police arrested ten demonstrators, including Doris, for refusing to leave the area and for not having identity cards. Exhibiting bruises on her arms and wrists, she told reporters later, “It was a splendid battle, and we are proud of it.” Denying that they had planned to disrupt the conference, she explained that women were amateurs in diplo-

matic affairs. “We see only the forthright, common-sense way to proceed,” she added. “That, I think, is often an asset.” The next month in London, she defended her militant actions at Rambouillet. “Of course, we lacked tact,” she conceded. “We are in revolt.” The Kellogg-Briand Treaty was eventually ratified by the U.S. Senate with only one dissenting vote. As it turned out, the pact never made a meaningful contribution to international order in the face of several undeclared wars of the 1930s--the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931, the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 and the German occupation of Austria in 1938. When the 6th Pan American Congress met in Havana in 1928, Doris was there. She succeeded in getting six Western Hemisphere countries to sponsor the inclusion of an Equal Rights Treaty on the agenda of the 7th Pan-American Congress to be held in

1933 at Montevideo, Uruguay. An even more significant accomplishment was the 7th Congress’s creation of an Inter-American Commission of Women (IACW) to study the status of women, with Doris as its head. She would continue in this role until 1939. Her efforts in directing the IACW resulted in the adoption of two equality treaties. Nineteen republics signed the Equal Nationality Convention, and four signed an Equal Rights Treaty-the first international agreements in history to equalize the status of men and women. Like suffrage in the U.S., the international equal rights movement was hindered by squabbles. In 1939, the NWP’s rival, the League of Women Voters, succeeded in getting Doris ousted from the IACW. Mollie Dewson, of the Democratic National Committee, who had influence with the State Department, was instrumental in accomplishing this. A Democratic administration was in power, and Doris was a registered Republican. She was

also accused of having been too cozy with some of the Latin-American delegates. In her place, the State Department announced the appointment to the ICAW of Mary Winslow, of the Women’s Trade Union League. The excuse was that Stevens had not been chosen by the U.S. but by the 7th PanAmerican Conference. League of Women Voters president Marguerite Wells was also instrumental in getting the IACW reorganized in 1940, with a Latin-American woman appointed as chairman. In addition to having written Jailed for Freedom, she designed the book Paintings and Drawings of Jeannette Scott, 1863-1937, and wrote a biographical sketch of the artist for a limited edition privately printed in New Rochelle in 1940. Jeannette Scott had taught at Syracuse University. The Mitchells continued to live in Croton, where she also pursued song writing. Five of her songs were premiered on New York radio station WINS, and introduced in concerts at

Constitution Hall in Washington in 1952 and 1953. Doris died in 1963, at the age of 70, in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City after suffering a stroke, survived by her husband and a brother, Ralph Stevens, of McCook, Neb. Jonathan Mitchell died in 1983. They both share a plot in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, Maine. Doris Stevens’ papers were deposited in the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College. To honor her efforts for women, Princeton University established a Doris Stevens Professorship in Women’s Studies in 1985 with a gift from the foundation established by her husband in his wife’s name.

Jailed for Freedom, Doris Stevens’ incredible account of what American women went through to win the right to vote, is still in print and in a free Kindle edition. It is also available on the Internet through Google Books (facsimile) and Project Gutenberg (digitized). Robert Scott is a semi-retired book publisher and local historian. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

IN MEMORIAM

Edward Irving Koch - Seasoned, Reasoned, Vital, and Forthright By HEZI ARIS Life afforded him the love that coursed through him, sustaining his passion, and intellect. Life’s love infused him with compassion, benevolence, and vision. Life’s love bequeathed him further with laughter, adventure, and playfulness. In return, Edward Irving Koch gave as much, if perhaps more than he received along life’s pathway. He surrendered to no one; submitting only to the city he loved. His love for New York City revived a city trashed by neglect; he would exalt her, and the people were the beneficiaries of his caring and sustenance by his caring bed-

side manner. He was tough, but ever so caring. He would ask, “How am I doing?” He stood taller than all yet was perceived humbly equal and deferential among tough New Yorkers. He found sustenance in building a city conceived of all its parts creating a multi-colored panoply that protected the city as she rose to loftier plateaus. Edward Irving Koch knew best how to give to the city he loved. He was quick to realize giving to New York City sustained him. He did not delude himself the challenges New York City faced. Neither did he shrink from maintaining his resolve to embellish New York City with all he could muster. He gave his heart, his intellect, his joy for giv-

Mayor Edward Irving Koch

ing and loving. He is the quintessential renaissance man who learned life’s secret… balance in heart, body, soul, and intellect. He knew how to find common ground among disparate proselytizers of one agenda or another. He knew how to gently coax people to safer grounds of accommodation for the moment, knowing he would bring them to even headier heights after a while. It was a non-threatening place that only Edward Irving Koch could promise was safe and deliver by his very word. In that sense he carried with him the standards of times gone by. The times when a man’s word had meaning. When a man’s handshake could not be

broken. He carried within him an understanding of people he loved to love. He found in others the humanity, struggles, challenges, and rewards of loving rather than hating. He carried the understanding of people until his last breath. His love was so large, it carries him to another place where he is sure to ask, “How am I doing?” A groundswell of voices will hear his request and delight in responding, “You are doing just fine!” Thank you Edward Irving Koch. The memory of you will sustain our hopes and dreams. Rest in Peace.


In November, Sheikh Murjan Salem al-Jawhari, a Salafi leader, called for the destruction of all idols, relics, and statues in Egypt, specifically mentioning the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids. He called on Muslims to destroy such “idols” just as they destroyed the Buddha statues in Afghanistan. Of course, several months earlier, in July, I reported how several prominent Islamic clerics were calling on President

Morsi to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin alAs [the first Muslim invader of Egypt] could not.” Then and now, the MSM scoffed at the very idea, portraying it as a “hoax.” To date, reports from Egypt confirm that “some of the statues have already been destroyed by those belonging to the political Islamist parties.”

INTERNATIONAL

Egypt, 2012: The Year in Fatwas By RAYMOND IBRAHIM In previous decades in Egypt, the fatwas, or legal decrees issued by learned Muslims and based on Sharia law, revolved around questions like proper

prayer, when and where women should wear the hijab, and if smoking was forbidden or permissible. That was then. The fatwas issued in the year 2012—the year when Islamists, spearheaded by the Muslim Brotherhood, assumed formal power—are, as one

would expect, markedly different, that is, much less restrained. The popular Egyptian Arabic website El-Watan News recently compiled a list of 2012’s most “notable” (a euphemism) fatwas. I translate a summary of their findings below, augmented with additional observations:

Destruction of the Pyramids and Sphinx

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Egypt, 2012: The Year in Fatwas Continued from page 8

Marrying Minors (i.e., Pedophilia)


Dr. Yassir al-Burhami, Vice President of the Salafi Da’wa movement, and thus an authoritative figure among Egypt’s Salafis, who are playing a prominent role in the nation’s new parliament, opposed setting a minimum age in the new constitution concerning the marriage of minor girls, saying “they can get married at any time,” and insisting that Sharia law is clear on this matter. Indeed, earlier, another cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, after saying that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle,” explained the fundamental criterion of when they can copulate: whenever “they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men,” which has less to do with age and more to do with individual capacity.

Permitting Lies and Hypocrisy


Dr. Yassir al-Burhami also permitted wives to “lie to their husbands” about their whereabouts—if they were

going to go and vote “yes” on the Sharia-heavy constitution in Egypt, and if their husbands would otherwise have disapproved. The ever-expedient Salafi leader also permitted Egypt to borrow money from the IMF, rationalizing the “forbidden” interest rate away as “administrative charges.” (Islam forbids Muslim participation in monetary loans that charge interest, as does the IMF.)

Scrapping Camp David Accords


Sheikh Hashem Islam, member of the Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, said that the peace treaty with Israel contradicts the teachings of Sharia and should be annulled, quoting the Koran: “So do not weaken and call for peace while you are superior; and Allah is with you and will never deprive you of [the reward of] your deeds” (47:35). He added that “Jews cannot be trusted.” The Islamic logic he and others use is that peace treaties with infidels are legitimate only when Muslims are weak and in need, whereas now that Egypt is under proper Muslim leadership, Allah will help it to defeat Israel.

Killing Anyone Protesting Islamization of Egypt


Sheikh Hashem Islam also permitted the killing of anti-Islamization protesters, portraying them as traitors committing “high treason.”The Sheikh also exempted the murderers from having to pay the restitution required by Sharia to a Muslim victim’s family. Sheikh Wagdi Ghoneim issued a similar fatwa, proclaiming any Muslim who rejects the Sharia-heavy constitution of being an apostate who must be fought and killed.

Obeying President Morsi


Sheikh Ahmed Mahlawi, the leader of an Alexandrian mosque, denounced all Muslims opposed to President Morsi, pointing out that the Koran declares it to be forbidden to disobey those in authority: “Obey Allah and obey the Messenger [Muhammad] and those in authority among you” (4:59). He added that Morsi should be obeyed whether he was elected or not—as long as he enforces the laws of Allah. In fact, according to Sharia, the Islamic ruler must always be obeyed—except whenever he fails to enforce Sharia.

Banning Greeting Christians


The Committee for Rights and Reform issued a Fatwa against congratulating Christian Copts on their religious holidays, notably Christmas and Easter, since Muslims do not share the beliefs specific to those holidays. As for the ever-reliable Salafi Sheikh Burhami, he further forbade Muslim cab and bus drivers from transporting Christian priests to their churches, which he depicted as “more forbidden than taking someone to a liquor bar.”

Banning Saluting the Egyptian Flag


Abd al-Akhir Hamad, the mufti of the notorious Gama’a Islamiya (Islamic Group), denounced and forbade the saluting of the flag and the Egyptian national anthem, saying that doing so glorifies that which is other than Allah—not to mention music is simply “haram,” that is, forbidden. Dar Al-Ifta’ issued a counter-fatwa to allow for saluting the flag and standing up for the national anthem.

Banning TV Shows Mocking Political Islamists


A fatwa banning TV viewers from watching the very popular shows

of Bassem Yusif, who routinely mocks Egypt’s Islamists and their fatwas, appeared and was originally attributed to Dar Al-Ifta’, though it later denied issuing it.

Banning Marriage to Mubarak-Regime “Remnants” 
Sheik Omar Stouhi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Islamic Da’wa at Al-Azhar, forbade all Muslim women from marrying any of the sons of the “remnants” of the old regimes, portraying them as non-pious Muslims.

Banning Joining the Dustor Political Party

Sheikh Muhammad Nazmi issued a ban on people from joining Egypt’s Dustor political party, headed by Dr. Muhammad al-Baradei, saying that the latter is a secularist and opposed to the implementation of Allah’s laws. First published on January 31, 2013 by Front Page Magazine. http://www.meforum.org/3439/egyptfatwas.

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

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MAKE IT FUN!

Will You Be My Valentine. . . Please? By PAM YOUNG I have a hard time with “social networking.” I even hired a person to help me learn how to use it to spread my ideas for finding joy in everything we do. Unfortunately that joy often eludes me when it comes to Facebook. I’ve learned how to get onto my Facebook page for Make it Fun and my husband’s and my personal pages. I’ve been “liking” stuff and “commenting,” but I’m not sure what happens to those likes and comments? The other day, I went on my husband’s page to see who he had as friends

(he’s never been on his page) and found he had four friends and guess who was at the top of his wanna be friends list? My ex-husband! Now why in the world does my ex-husband want to be friends with my husband? I deleted him with glee. Now that was fun! Because of Nelly, my inner child and new helper, I have been playing a lot on Facebook. When I first went to my personal Facebook page I discovered my own husband wasn’t a “friend.” So I asked him to be my friend. Now I don’t mind asking him to be my friend, but I refuse to ask people I don’t know to be friends with me. And when I get a request from someone who wants to be friends and I don’t know him or her, it

bothers me. When I see that they know someone I know, then I’m fine with accepting their friendship, but I still feel shallow about it. I remember reading one of Shirley MacLain’s books and in it she said that she hosted a party for 3,000 of her closest friends. I thought, ‘how does anyone have time for 3,000 people in a close way?’ (Of course I remember reading her confession that she slept with three men in one day, so maybe she really did have 3,000 close friends.) By the way, I went on her Facebook page and, bless her heart, she has no friends! I know part of my problem is I love spending most of my time in the real world, away from my computer,

so most of my so-called “friends” on Facebook are a little bit of a mystery to me. And LinkedIn? (I just found out it’s pronounced “linked in.” I’ve been reading it as “Lin ke din” a three syllable word as meaningless as say, “mu te ga” or “zo pa dee.) To this day I still can’t get onto my LinkedIn page because even though I got a new password, a sign comes up that says, “You have the wrong server.” What? Excuse me? My server works just fine, thank you very much. Link You! As far as asking people to “like” my page, I find that very difficult. I was taught I shouldn’t ask anyone to like me. It sounds needy and I know I have to get around this notion to be able to play on Facebook. I’ve been told if I’m going to play on the internet I have to be active on Facebook and since I’m

supposed to get people to “like” my Make if Fun page, I have done my fair share of begging. Today it hit me! It’s Valentine’s Day and it’s okay to ask if you’ll be my valentine. So in the Spirit of St. Valentine, please, oh please, oh pleeeeze be my Valentine on Facebook! http:// www.facebook.com/MakeItFunAndItWillGetDone; Shirley MacLaine eat your heart out. For more from Pam Young go to www. makeitfunanditwillgetdone.com. You’ll find many musings, videos of Pam in the kitchen preparing delicious meals, videos on how to get organized, ways to lose weight and get your finances in order, all from a reformed SLOB’s point of view.

MUSIC

THE SOUNDS Frank Zappa “Hot Rats” Remastered OFBLUE Zappa Records Ume By Bob Putignano “Hot Rats” was released in October ’69, five of the six songs are instrumental “Willie the Pimp” features vocals by Captain Beefheart, but there’s also a lengthy instrumental segment. This was also Zappa’s first recording after the breakup of the Mothers of Invention where Ian Underwood was the only member of the Mothers who made the transition to “Hot Rats.” Others featured were some of Los Angeles’ top-shelf musicians: Max Bennett and Shuggie Otis on bass, drummers John Guerin, Paul Humphrey & Ron Selico, and electric violinists Don “Sugar Cane” Harris and JeanLuc Ponty. I’ve felt that “Hot Rats” might have been one of the first jazz-rock albums of its kind that also fused FZ’s well-known signature and salty attitudes, along with lengthy ear-candy like jams. Plus Zappa’s amazing arrangements, and his virtuosity and tireless vigor from his guitar. It also didn’t hurt having Underwood, Beefheart, Sugarcane Harris, Ponty, and various rhythm sections (especially the jazz team gone jazz-rock wild, of Guerin’s powerful drum work and Bennett’s boundlessly creative electric bass) on board for the ride.

“Hot Rats” opens with the often used top of the hour FM radio bumper tune “Peaches En Regalia” which is perhaps the most light and airiest track included, but (if you listen closely) note the complexities that exist on this tightly arranged beauty. In stark contrast to the opener comes the raw “Willie the Pimp” with Captain Beefheart’s over the edge vocals, as kooky as this starts out, the jam that unfolds (with just Zappa, Guerin, and Bennett) is one of my all-time favorites, the fatness and interplay that all three musicians exude is of the highest magnitude, and they all play their asses off into the stratosphere! “Son of Mr. Green Genes” has symphonic similarities to “Peaches En Regalia” that is until Zappa unleashes his first guitar solo is when the plot thickens. Zappa solos throughout and lets Underwood cook too, the rhythm section is right there every step of the way, and those wild orchestral arrangements remain forever imbedded in my brain. The quirky “Little Umbrellas” finds Bennett on standup a rarity for Zappa, but this is one of my least favorite songs on this otherwise magnificent recording. Oh man I forgot how intense “The Gumbo Variations” were/ are, Zappa’s ripping on the first notes,

eventually Sugar Cane electrifies the bar and explodes, and there’s Underwood’s scorching sax, Bennett’s bass is relentless as is Paul Humphrey’s drumming. This all goes on through all kinds of twists, turns and gyrations for nearly thirteen minutes of utter chaos, but somehow it all works at least it does for me... The finale “It Must Be Camel” introduces Jean-Luc Ponty for the first time here, Ponty possesses a lighter tone than Sugar Cane, (not many played with the ferocity of Sugar Cane,) but that being said this closing tune meanders (sometimes aimlessly) and our little trip down a fuzzy memory lane is over. To say Zappa was light-years ahead of his time would be an understatement. Not only did FZ play guitar here, he also produced, composed and directed this near masterpiece single-handedly, and assembled a band (not known for their rock and electrified jazz work) prior. Kudos to Frank Zappa for such fearless leadership, I still miss him dearly. Re-mastering note: The liner notes indicate that this version of “Hot Rats” was re-mastered in ’08 by Bernie Grundman. While I can hear subtle differences from the pre-

vious version of the CD, I am not impressed with the recording sound. Yes there’s a tiny bit more detail, but the dynamics of the recording are lackluster and offer little additional punch to this mind-bending recording. I was really looking forward to being punched in the gut by this re-

mix, but upon several listening sessions, I remain mostly disappointed. Oh well, “Hot Rats” is still a tremendous recording, enjoy! Bob Putignano: www.SoundsofBlue. com


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SHIFTING GEARS

Hyundai Santa Fe: The Ambitious Crossover from Korea By ROGER WITHERSPOON Those of us who grew up during the dawn of the space age heard a common aphorism from parents, teachers and radio disc jockeys: “Always shoot for the moon, ‘cause even if you miss, you’ll be among the stars.” It’s a phrase that hadn’t come to mind in decades, until I got behind the wheel of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. When the Korean car manufacturers first ventured to America, its rickety, low powered cars were the regular butt of jokes on late night television. But instead of feeling cowed and leaving, Hyundai decided to shoot for the moon. They took aim at the most popular cars made by Toyota and Lexus, and then decided to compete in terms of style, quality, and price. Their Sonata sedan, while not significantly denting the sales of the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, was so stylistically stunning that a year-old Sonata was worth more than a new one. Its sporty Genesis Coup takes off faster than a Porsche Panamera and its luxury liner, the Equus, comes pretty close to a fully stocked Mercedes Benz E-class. It is unlikely that folks who can casually afford a new Porsche or Benz will take a test drive in a Hyundai – even if it does mean saving $20,000.

But the quality, performance, and most importantly, the price differential are important to many buyers looking to move up from the entry level, compact car class. Which brings us back to the Santa Fe. It is definitely not a Lexus RX, which is essentially a sports car in an SUV shell. But if you aren’t in the market for an SUV you can take to the drag races, then the Santa Fe is likely to earn high marks for style, comfort, and price. At $33,000, the Santa Fe costs a bit less than fully loaded sedans like the Camry, Accord or Ford Fusion. This is a five-passenger, mid-sized SUV intended to haul adults in comfort or a sizeable amount of cargo. Outside, the Santa Fe has the sleek, teardrop shape associated with upscale SUVs. Its contours are broken by the soft, wavy lines that have come to be associated with Hyundai styling – a blend of delicate Asian tracery and the wavy lines in Southern California beach sand. Under its long, sloping hood is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine producing 264 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The surprisingly powerful little engine won’t take you to races, but it is more than enough to keep the Santa Fe near the front of the commuting pack. Hyundai put a lot of thought into the interior design of the Santa Fe. That’s not surprising since first they

took aim at the Lexus RX series and then sought to replicate the experience at a lower price. The dash in the Santa Fe is designed in the shape of a reflex bow, with distinct, curved compartments for each front occupant and a protruding information cluster in the middle. The passenger side is wide and clean, as if it was the observation chair on a boat. The driver’s side has large, bulging instrument clusters that are easy on the eyes. The center section has the CD player, satellite radio, climate and Bluetooth connections. The test car had a four-inch screen which served the backup camera. There was no navigation system, but Hyundai’s satellitebased BlueLink system allows you to download turn-by-turn directions which are dictated through the car’s sound system as you travel. It is similar to the OnStar direction system in Gen-

eral Motors cars. But for those who like a larger screen and a real map, a more traditional navigation system is available for about $1,200. Underneath the dash is a small storage bin which can hold a pocketbook and also houses two power outlets the USB, iPod, and MP3 ports. The Santa Fe also comes with an Apple iPhone which you can pay to fully activate, or have it for limited use of the company’s BlueLink. The phone’s Hyundai app lets you start your car, turn on the lights, heat, and radio remotely. In this SUV, both the front and rear seats can be heated and are mobile. The front seats are powered with adjustable lumbar supports. The rear seats are manually operated, but can slide forward or back to modify the leg room or the cargo area. These can lay back for a fairly comfortable nap, and

are in a three part split. For those who do not want a minivan, Hyundai has a modified version of the Santa Fe with three rows of seating. That last row is located in the cargo area, which is a standard configuration for seven-passenger SUVs. It provides the ability to haul more people in a vehicle which handles like a car rather than a truck. With a stretch SUV you sacrifice storage capability – you can carry a lot of people, or a lot of stuff, but not both. Hyundai’s Santa Fe Sport, on the other hand, is a competitive and well laid out, crossover SUV. It is not really going to threaten Lexus in the marketplace, but it will give a lot of crossovers a run for their money. --Roger Witherspoon writes Shifting Gears at www.RogerWitherspoon.com

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SPORTSSCENE

Sports Scene By MARK JEFFERS Welcome to the post Super Bowl edition of “Sports Scene,” where we take a look at the great sports action here in Westchester County… Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck has been chosen as the site for the 2020 U.S. Golf Open. Good luck to Harrison resident Alfred Kelly Jr., as the CEO of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, he is hosting the big game at MetLife Stadium in less than a year, sure hope the weather plays nicely, and if he needs any help giving away tickets he can give me a call… Bronxville High junior Mary Cain continues to break running records, as she broke the national high school girls record time in the mile with a time of

4:32:78 at The Armory in northern Manhattan. Congratulations to Briarcliff Manor resident Frank McLaughlin as he has been inducted into the Fordham University’s athletic hall of fame. McLaughlin served as the school’s athletic-director for 27 years… How about three cheers to Lakeland coach Steve Fallo, who just notched his 350th victory in basketball giving him a career total of 800 wins as a coach at Lakeland; volleyball and softball were Steve’s other head coaching positions at the school. Harrison High School placed two athletes, seniors Robert Waldman and Charlie Credendino, on the 2012 Scholar-Athlete Team as selected by the Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, way to go guys… Turning to some high school action, on the hoops court, let’s start with the boys…Legendary Coach Bob Cimmino captured his 400th victory as Mount Vernon defeated Scarsdale

75-50, nice work coach. Peekskill came out on top 59 to 50 over Kennedy, Jay Cabell scored 15 points to lead the way. Dobbs Ferry beat Bronxville by the final score 62 to 55, Eric Paschall poured in 23 points for the winners. In girls’ action, Valhalla got by Rye Neck 43 to 35, Brandi Coon fired in 19 points for the winners. Fox Lane defeated Byram Hills by the final score of 42 to 38, Christie Lombardi led the way with 12 points for the Foxes. Jumping into the pool…Sacred Heart swam by Holy Child 95 to 73. Hackley beat Horace Mann 62-39. Here’s a look at some bowling results, at White Plains Bowl…the Scarsdale boys team rolled past Irvington 5-2 while the Irvington girls defeated Scarsdale by the same 5-2 score. Vaulting over to some gymnastics action, Brewster defeated Eastchester 155.6 to 139.95. In Squash action, the Hackley girls’ squad defeated Holy Child 7-0 and the Rye Country Day boys beat Salisbury 6 to 1.

Over on the mats, Pleasantville slammed Dobbs Ferry 60-21. New Rochelle beat Scarsdale 57 to 23. On the ice, New Rochelle pounded Sleepy Hollow/Irvington/Dobbs Ferry 15 to 3, Chris Ramondelli and Brett Barry each scored a hat trick for the Huguenots. Mamaroneck beat Ithaca 5 to 2, Trey Herlitz-Ferguson scored four goals for the winners. Over on the slopes at Thunder Ridge, the Clarkstown boys sped by Horace Mann and Ardsley ski teams and, while the Horace Mann girls beat Clarkstown and Ardsley. Here’s a look at some area college action, in hoops, Iona got revenge for an early season loss as they beat Saint Peter’s 90-71, MoMo Jones fired in 24 points for the Gaels as they improved their record to 13-7. Jasmine Brandon from the College of New Rochelle was named Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference women’s basketball rookie of the week for the 5th time. Purchase College’s men’s volley-

ball player Kevon Kareem Bruce was named to the Skyline Conference’s weekly honor roll. White Plains based USA Sevens Rugby will host the USA Seven International rugby tournament on February 8th in Las Vegas with NBC Sports televising the event. Good luck to Port Chester’s Bryant Cruz as he enters the boxing ring for his second professional fight against Pedro Andres at Mohegan Sun Arena as part of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” on February 15th. Thanks to all the folks who helped out and donated at the Fox Lane Sports Boosters Club’s bowling event last week, we had lots of fun, lots of money was raised and lots of gutter balls…see you next time. Mark Jeffers resides in Bedford Hills, New York, with his wife Sarah, and three daughters, Kate, Amanda, and Claire.

TAXES

Westchester County Begins Its Annual Effort to Get Residents Tax Credits Westchester County and trained volunteers are teaming up to help lowand middle-income residents get the tax credits they may be entitled to, particularly the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). County Executive Robert P. Astorino said that the free service will be available to qualified residents at loca-

tions in White Plains, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Valhalla, Ossining and Peekskill between February 4 and April 15, 2013. He urged people to call 2-1-1, United Way’s Help Line, to find out if they qualify. Further information is also available at www.westchestergov. com/eitc. “Last year through this program,

we helped 6,604 residents get income tax refunds of about $7.5 million, including $3.4 million in tax credits,”

Astorino said. “Every dollar we get back for someone not only helps that taxpayer but returns money into our local economy.” The IRS estimates that thousands of eligible Westchester residents fail to apply for the EITC -- either because they don’t know about it or are unable to fill out the appropriate forms.

It is open to taxpayers with household incomes below $51,000. Eligible taxpayers can receive earned income tax credits of up to $7,953 on their 2012 tax return, based on their income, filing status and household size.

From Where I Sit

Reflections on Technology and Government Induced Tragedies. By JOHN F. McMULLEN I attended the memorial service held for Aaron Swartz in the Great Hall at Copper Union of Saturday, January 19th (http://www. dnainfo.com/new-york/20130119/ east-village/memorial-at-cooper-union-honors-life-of-webwhiz-aaron-swartz/slideshow/ popup/33186). The historic hall (site of the Lincoln / Douglas debate, the formation of the NAACP and suffragette movements began there, Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Bill Clinton spoke there and Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Grant, Grover Cleve-

land, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Barack Obama all spoke there before they were president)’s 960 seating capacity was at least 80% full and the entire program was both very moving and intellectually challenging (The World Socialist web site said that 1,000 people attended the memorial (http://www. wsws.org/en/articles/2013/01/22/ swar-j22.html) but the theatre was not full and there was certainly not standing room only). Since the tragedy of Adam’s death and the memorial, I’ve had some time to reflect on the tragedy, the government’s role and the response of the interested parties (of

which there are many). A short synopsis of Aaron’s life -- From the age of 14, he attracted the admiration of many in the tech industry both for his technical brilliance and his energy in working to make the Internet a place of openness to all. His work with “RSS,” “Reddit,“ “Creative Commons,” “RECAP,” and “DemandProgress” were all aimed at this goal and he invested great time and money into his work in this regard. He was also a victim of clinical depression. He also took a dim view of people being charged to access public domain documents or academic research papers; he felt that the public

was entitled to both. He first attracted the attention of the FBI when, in 2009, he accessed, through a free trial program, “PACER” (“Public Access to Court Electronic Records” -- http://www.pacer.gov/), to obtain 19,856,160 pages of Federal Court records from the database (an estimated 20% of the data base) and then stored them in the RECALL system, available to all at no charge (saving subsequent searchers from the fees that Swartz or others would have paid of .10 per page and / or $2.40 per audio file for the material). No charges were filed against him but he definitely went on law enforcement’s radar.

He was arrested on January 6, 2011 and was under indictment for wire fraud and computer fraud, facing a potential sentence of up to 35 years. He was alleged to have set up a server in an MIT closet and downloaded about 4 million academic documents from the J-STOR library. While J-STOR declined to sue Swartz and asked the government to drop the charges (MIT did not do the same), the prosecution went on with the case. On January 12th, Swartz committed suicide. Since then, friends and activists, including Larry Lessig, Cory Doctorow, and Tim Berners-Lee, have spoken out

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Reflections on Technology and Government Induced Tragedies. Continued from page 12

in praise of Swartz and in condemnation of the government’s actions and Congressional action has been undertaken by Rep. Zoe Lofgren to amend the law under which Swartz was being prosecuted. Additionally, Rep. Darrell Issa has begun an investigation of the actions of the Massachusetts US Attorney’s office which was bringing the prosecution. While there were a number of impressive and interesting speakers -- journalist Doc Searls; Creative Commons Board Member Glenn Otis Brown; the noted statistician, political scientist, and visualization guru Edward Tufte, founder of “Freedom to Connect” David Isenberg; Congressional candidate and Executive Director of “Demand Progress” David Segal; and “Thoughtworks” chairman Roy Singham (additionally, Pete Seeger’s grandson read a message from him and a short eulogy from Larry Lessig was also read) -- the most powerful and poignant was from his partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman (http://www. livestream.com/democracynow/ video?clipId=pla_f83c80fe-0fc0474c-9936-efe8659466f6&utm_ source=lslibrary&utm_medium=uithumb) All of the speakers paid homage to Swartz’s concern for others and desire to make the Internet a true servant of democracy. They all also took issue with the government’s prosecution -- or, as they saw it, persecution -- of Swartz. Some, particularly (http://www.youtube. Singham com/watch?v=1pz47Hl1pFA) were extremely strident. He brought up the high number of incarcerations in the US -- 25% of the world’s total -- and called for a revamping of the criminal justice system in the US. While Singham brought the assemblage to its feet, I felt that his presentation devolved too much into the political – As an example, Singham said “Swartz was murdered by intimidation” (http://newsclick.in/ international/aaron-swartz-murdered-intimidation). I feel that hyperbole such as that is “over the top.” Swartz committed suicide because he was clinically depressed. Certainly the government’s actions (the US Attorney supposedly was insisting on a guilty plea and

six months in jail; Swartz felt that he had done nothing that should be considered criminal and would not accept the plea although, should be have pled “not guilty” and contested the charges, he could have gone away for 35 years) may have been the trigger which sent him over the edge, but I have others who were facing similar fates and, in the end, reached an agreement and “did the time.” Almost 20 years ago, I sat in Federal Court for the sentencing of two young “hackers,” Ellias Ladopoulos, known in the hacker world as “Acid Phreak,” and Paul Stira, a/k/a “Scorpion,” covering the case for a technology news service. I knew the young men and felt strongly that they should have gotten off with a slight wrist slap, rather than penitentiary time. I was also appalled that the judge in the case was clueless about technology, not only at the beginning of the trial but also at the end of it. I felt strongly that the proceeding was a disgrace but “it was what it was” and the young men each were sentenced to six months, did the time, and went on with their lives. My reporting on the sentencing reflected my anger (http://open.salon.com/blog/ johnmac13/2013/01/24/a_hacker_sentencing_in_1993) but had no impact on the result of the case -- and both the prosecution and the defense attorneys agreed that the sentencing was fair. The only case which I followed closely and felt that government action led directly to a person’s death was that of the writer Peter McWilliams. McWilliams had written one of the first books on personal computers, “The Personal Computer Book” (1982) and, then after a few more books on technology instruction, moved on to self-help books and political books of a libertarian nature. In the course of his writing life, he became close to conservative icon and writer, the late William F. Buckley, Jr. and he and I used to communicate via e-mail. In 1996, McWilliams was diagnosed with cancer and AIDS and soon became devoted to the passing of a “medical marijuana” law in California where he lived, and both wrote a book, “Ain’t Nobody’s Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country” (ISBN

used to collateralize the bond on which he was allowed to remain free pending sentencing, a condition of which was that he refrain from using cannabis. For fear of losing his mother’s house, he did so, again forgoing the medication needed to control his symptoms. He had access to Marinol, but it was effective for him only one-third of the time. ... William F. Buckley stated that he was vomiting when he died. After his death, Buckley wrote a scathing column, “On The Death Of Peter McWilliams”, in which he said “Is it being said, in plain language, that the judge’s obstinacy resulted in killing McWilliams? Yes.” (http://rense.com/ general2/pm.htm). strong language -- stronger even than that used in the Swartz memorial -- and more justified. Stinebrickner-Kauffman, while closing with a call for many of the same things that Singham had, gave a very strong, reasoned, and emotional presentation, stressing Swartz’s strong commitment to his ideals, his humbleness (“He said that ‘he wasn’t smarter than others but just asked better questions.’”). She called for an investigation of the actions

of the US Attorney in the case and asked people to work to make all academic research free to the public. All three of the above cases showed, in my judgment, overreaching and / or incompetence on the part of the judiciary system. In each, there was a strong and justified reaction which, hopefully caused the public and government to re-think the activities of prosecutors and judges. In two of the cases, there were tragic deaths -- but we must remember that Swartz took his own life; with proper medication and treatment, he might have chosen the path taken by Ladopoulos and Stira -- we will never know. What we do know is that government insensitivity and intransigence contributed to some degree to what are obviously injustices and, in the cases of McWilliams and Swartz, to tragic deaths. In the United States of America, such things should NEVER be allowed to happen!

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THEATRE

Diverse Stinkers By JOHN SIMON

Back somewhere in the Eighties, we were exposed to (I borrow the term from infectious diseases) a play called “Moose Murders” by one Arthur Bicknell, which lasted one day on Broadway. We considered it ever since then the legendary worst thing we had ever seen, and so it remained until now. But now Bicknell has revised it for The Beautiful Soup Theater, which herewith demotes the original production to second-worst. My wife, a former actress, and I could barely stick it out till the intermission before running as fast as any moose for the exit, from what we’ll recall as “The Vamoose Murders.” The show presumes apparently to be a comedy-thriller, and while none of it manages to be thrilling, the presumption at least is comic enough. The play takes us to the Adirondacks and the Wild Moose Lodge, run by an Indian named Joe Buffalo Dance, where a song-and-dance duo, Snooks Keene and her blind husband Howie, have been hired to entertain the guests. Only there are no guests in this post-season, and of the staff we only see the nurse, Dagmar, named like a real-life actress of the period and meant to be similarly blond and sexy, but in the present cast mousyhaired and colossally unsexy. It is a stormy and wet night meant to be mitigated by the singing

and dancing of the Keenes, of whose ineptitude it is hard to tell how much is intentional as written, and how much the inadvertent prodigality of the performers. Finally some guests do arrive: the millionairess Hedda Holloway; and her husband Sidney, in consequence of an accident wheelchair-bound and swathed in bandages from top to toe and looking like an Egyptian mummy. Also their three children: Morose Stinky and frantic Lauraine, grown-ups who quite literally cling to their mother; and the youngest, Gay, a fresh brat who keeps bursting into tapdance; lastly Nelson Fay, Lauraine’s husband, a kind of withered yuppie. Note the diphthong in Gay, Fay and Holloway, like some kind of nursery rhyme. Hedda, it seems, has bought the lodge either as a peaceful retreat, or possibly as a remote place where dark doings might thrive. The electricity is deficient and there are repeated blackouts, after one of which Lauraine lies prone on the floor, and dead from strangulation. We also eventually learn that Joe, when he sheds his feathered head dress and pigtails, is not really an Indian, and that Sidney, who, unbandaged, will kick him three times in the groin, is not really an invalid. Or we would have learned if we had stayed. I know this from the original version, which at least had a competent cast however ill-used, and could afford an amusing set with any

shouting was hardly compensation. The original Broadway matinee I had attended was to become famous also for having a bum recruited from the street to fill out the audience, but stinking so badly that he emptied at least three rows in his vicinity. At this revival, there seems not to have been a stinking bum, the odor was entirely that of the script. But that is surely quite sufficient. After the Broadway twoperformance run, persons have been encountered in the streets (were they cast members or spectators, I don’t know) wearing t-shirts reading “I Survived Moose Murders.” What other show can claim similar distinction? Presented by the Beautiful Soup Theater Collective at the Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St., NYC. January 30 – February 10, 2013. $30, $25 students; showclix.com, 212-982-3995

number of moose heads adorning the three walls. Now, although six of the nine actors are members of Equity, they all, immersed in the Beautiful Soup, come across equally amateurish. In any case, I spare you the inept plot, poor characterizations and flatfooted dialogue. The Beautiful Soup people are evidently not affluent, and could afford only one wooden moose head, plus one paltry deer head. Other

economy measures had the director, Steven Carl McCasland, double as Howie Keene and triple as sound designer, showing equal aptitude at each: his thunder, for instance, sounded like the greatly amplified noise of a defective truck trying to get started. The faux mummy also functioned, with like parsimony, as set and costume designer of no distinction. There was some poor projection by the actors, for which frequent

John Simon has written for over 50 years on theatre, film, literature, music and fine arts for the Hudson Review, New Leader, New Criterion, National Review, New York Magazine, Opera News, Weekly Standard, Broadway.com and Bloomberg News. Mr. Simon holds a PhD from Harvard University in Comparative Literature and has taught at MIT, Harvard University, Bard College and Marymount Manhattan College. To learn more, visit the JohnSimonUncensored.com

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE

Quito: Viewing the New Face of Ecuador’s Old City “Quito was the first city to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site” By BARBARA BARTON SLOANE The “Navel of the World” was the inauspicious and lackluster Quechua name old-time Quiteños called their city. I am delighted to report that Quito lacks luster no more! Today, this largest and best-preserved historic center of Latin America is a living museum with 2.2 inhabitants and encompassing one million acres surrounded by the spectacular Andes Mountains. At 9,200 feet above sea level and

stretching for 36 miles on a plateau lined with volcanoes, Quito was the first city ever to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1978 owing to its geographical beauty, 18th century architecture, priceless Colonial treasures and its living traditions and culture. In fact, recently Quito enjoyed the distinction of being named the American Capital of Culture. Yet for too long travelers have bypassed it for that nation’s most famous attraction, the nearby Galapagos Islands. Not any longer. Over the last decade, city planners have dedicated themselves to making Quito more inviting by invest-

ing $500 million in improvements. With this major renaissance, the city is now one of the prime travel destinations in the world.

Heaven Scent

Quito has a rapidly gentrifying Old Town, its neighborhoods bursting with magic, legends and tradition. Our group had an exciting walk-about with our hotel’s executive chef, Andres Davila as he demonstrated his daily routine buying the fresh foods that would be served for dinner that evening. We visited tiny shops, food purveyors and artisans that we’d never have seen but

for him. We walked the ancient cobblestone streets with people in colorful native dress, all the while being bathed in a most delicious scent that permeated all.The fragrance was familiar yet exotically different. Chef Davila explained that it was a combination of cinnamon, pepper, incense, chamomile, verbena and lemon grass. Whatever…it was wonderful. In Old Town alone there are 16 convents and monasteries and 40 churches including the Church of San Francisco and the famed La Compania Church, a perfect example of Baroque architecture and an important city landmark. Known as the Golden

Church, we soon found out why. As we entered, a golden aura seemed to surround us. When our eyes grew accustomed to the dark, we saw gold-leaf covering every inch of La Compania’s pillars, arches, alters and domes, an effect that left us slightly giddy and spellbound.

To Market, To Market, To Buy… Everything!

One of my favorite experiences was visiting the Otavalo Indigenous Market with its deep-rooted craft fair tradition and offering an astonishing diversity of products from textiles, carvings, pottery, jewelry, and much more. It is considered the largest indigenous market in the Americas and it was a true feast for the eyes – and for

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Continued from page 14 my Nikon! The colors, the people, the costumes, the gaiety. We spent several hours here but it still seemed not nearly enough to absorb all its wonders. However, my turquoise bracelet, dangling banana earrings, and carved Inca face will insure that I’ll never forget Otavalo.

City of Quito.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Not. San Antonio de Pichincha, just outside Quito is a park that pays tribute to the Equator, claiming to be the earth’s precise midpoint. However, the true Equator has been discovered to be a few hundred feet to the north owing to measuring techniques that, in 1936, were not as accurate as today. No matter. For me, I was delighted to be standing before the Equator monument that’s 100 feet high and topped with a globe that’s five feet across, convincing myself that I was, at that moment, straddling two hemispheres.

The Subject was Roses

A visit to La Compania, a magical hacienda in the Ecuadorian Highlands region, with lagoons, waterfalls and towering volcanoes, was a sweet treat. This opulent French Neoclassical-style mansion has ceilings, floors, wallpaper, rugs and furniture original to its 19th century beginnings and a permanent rose exhibition. The plantation produces over 3,000 varieties of roses and its excellent quality has captured the attention of experts. Demanding importers consider them to be some of the best. Today, after a mere 10 years of rose production, Ecuador is the world’s third most important flower exporter.

All Aboard

A special treat was a railroad journey from Quito to Machachi aboard a quaint steam locomotive train. We chugged through gorgeous countryside - mountains, tunnels, lakes and ravines - to arrive at a lively dance festival: numerous performers, girls, guys, and kids kicking up their heels

Lady selling wares at the market.

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(actually espadrilles); skirts and boleros in bright, primary colors flowing, and black braids bouncing down their backs. Although gringos among mostly natives, we felt completely at home. The Ecuadorians are a convivial, warm and welcoming people.

Grand Hotel

Feeling at home and welcome was due, in no small part, to Casa Gangotena, our hotel throughout this visit. It’s a new boutique hotel which opened in 2011 after a $10 million transformation from a 1920s mansion. Its imposing location overlooks Plaza San Francisco whose cobbled square goes back to the days of the Inca in the historic heart of Old Town. Each of its 31 rooms has been restored to its former Art Nou-

veau elegance: original hand-painted ceilings, friezes, murals, and antique chandeliers. The hotel proved a wonderful base from which to explore the city, as well as a tranquil haven upon return. Experiencing Quito is, in a word, a surprise; a revelation from start to finish. From its energetic, newly restored La Ronda district with its tiny, jewel-box arts and crafts shops, to its heart-stopping vistas from on high that rival the Amalfi Coast; from La Mariscal’s non-stop party atmosphere to today’s artisans and designers creating amazing works inspired by pre-Columbian times, Quito is quixotic, kaleidoscopic and, yes, surprising. It is, in fact, the quintessential travel experience we all seek.

To Know If You Go: Quito, Ecuador Tourist Office www.quito.com.ec

Avianca Airlines www.avianca.com Hotels

Casa Gangotena www.casagangotena.com Nu House www.nuhousehotels.com

Photos by Michael Sloane and courtesy of Michael Sloane Travel Photography.

Travel Editor Barbara Barton Sloane is constantly globe hopping to share her unique experiences with our readers; from the exotic to the sublime. As Beauty / Fashion Editor she keeps us informed on the capricious and engaging fashion and beauty scene.

Spices sold at the Quito Market.

GOVERNMENTSection MAYOR Marvin’s COLUMN

GOVERNMENT

The Coefficient of Dispersion By MARY C. MARVIN After undertaking a comprehensive property revaluation in 2007, followed by an update in 2011, the Trustees and I adopted a good practices resolution to keep the assessment values up to date and defendable. To this end, we unanimously agreed that the property values in the Village, both commercial and residential, be reviewed when the coefficient of dispersion (COD or error factor) reached 12% or in the alternative, the Board would consider the benefits of another review every three years. Because our COD since 2011 has been under our guidelines and is currently 10.5% which is one of the best in Westchester County, we did not trigger the process in the past two years. By way of explanation, since assessing is an art, not a science, a

COD of 10% is considered just about ideal. However, since 2014 will be year three of our program, we needed to begin putting into place a plan, so any adjusted valuation numbers, if warranted, will be reflected on the 2014 tax roll. To put in context, our overarching goal in property valuation in our Village is to create a system to achieve the highest possible degree of equity with the lowest possible cost to reach that goal. While some believe the best approach would be a review of all property assessments every year, the Bronxville Model, as evidenced by our past performance, appears to be both equitable and cost effective. The details of our plan are designed to increase equity under a legally sound methodology that will continue to stand up to court challenges. Equity in real estate valuation is important in every community, but it takes on added urgency in villages

such as ours where the home prices are significantly above the County median of $600,000. In Bronxville where the median is closer to $1,700,000, an error in assessed valuation of $100,000 equates to an approximately $1,700 difference in a yearly tax bill. The fresher the numbers, the more defendable they are, resulting in savings in certiorari awards, small claims corrections and overall court costs. Thanks to recent revaluations, our number of small claims and certiorari challenges is at an all time low. But to continue on this path, the valuations cannot become outdated or stale. Hence our program as follows: Approximately one-third of all properties will be reviewed each year for the next three years. The process has just begun with an initial review of properties in the commercial sector, with single family homes under review in the spring to late fall to maximize sales transaction data. Re-

cent sales data will be entered into the computer model, comparisons will be made with comparable properties – all of which will be chosen by a computerized random selection process. The entire process is completely data driven and homes will receive a curbside review. A second component of the process consists of actual home inspections if a building permit was issued during the year - culling all of the above results in viewing approximately 32% of the Village’s property inventory each year. Again, the goal is to have the most fair and accurate assessment roll possible by employing some of the following methods to tighten our numbers: The sale prices of recent transactions will be matched with their value on the current assessment roll and adjusted if necessary. Publically advertised property information will be matched with the Village’s property record cards for missing inventory and altered where necessary. As an example, if a home was sold and advertised with a fin-

ished basement and we did not have this on our inventory, the property value would be changed to reflect this upgrade. It is important to note that without a revaluation process in place, homes that are incorrectly undervalued may not be adjusted upward and will remain under valued in perpetuity. Conversely, in every community homeowners with over assessed properties can grieve the value on a yearly basis. The net result is that communities that have not undertaken recent revaluations are seeing a significant decrease in their overall assessed valuation since assessments are adjusted downward yearly but never upward. An accurate and upto-date assessment roll clearly reflects the tax base of a community, resulting in sound and reliable budgeting practices and the spirit of overall fairness. Mary C. Marvin is the mayor of the Village of Bronxville, New York. If you have a suggestion or comment, consider directing your perspective by directing email to mayor@vobny.com.


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CURRENT COMMENTARY

Gridlock Broken, Open Road Ahead For Immigration Reform By LARRY M. ELKIN After the historically unproductive 112th Congress, it seems the 113th is determined to try to beat the president to the punch – at least if the issue of immigration is a bellwether. On Monday, January 28, 2013, eight senators – four Republicans and four Democrats – unveiled an outline for a possible immigration law overhaul. This announcement came just ahead of President Obama’s remarks on the same topic, which he delivered in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The Senate plan is brief, at a little over four pages, and leaves a great deal to fill in. But it shows a clear way forward and suggests that the time for serious immigration reform has finally arrived. I have written often in this space about the pressing need for a saner immigration policy. Just under a year ago, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., proposed a version of Sen. Richard Durbin’s Dream Act bill, which ended up going nowhere. (Both Rubio and Durbin are among the new plan’s bipartisan team of developers.) A couple months later, Obama announced an executive order that clumsily attempted to patch over the current Kafkaesque system. But the reality of enforcement remained arbitrary and frustrating. This new agreement feels dif-

ferent than other recent attempts at change, however, both in its support and its provisions. The suggestions include all the elements that a sensible immigration overhaul should have, including: a provision to legitimize the 11 million people who are already here illegally without making them return to their home countries first; a way to allow skilled college graduates to stay and work for – or, one day, start – companies based in America; and a means to give unskilled people ways to come here to do jobs that Americans won’t do. The Senate plan includes compromises that are not in Obama’s proposal. Most notably, the plan includes stepping up border security before current undocumented immigrants can begin the path to citizenship. Those immigrants would also face a fine, the prospect of federal back taxes, and a long wait while those who have already applied for permanent resident status under the current system are processed first. Whether the plan remains mainly intact or evolves before its adoption remains to be seen. Even in its current form, this plan should easily pass in the Senate with a combination of Democratic and Republican votes. It will be harder to get through the House of Representatives, where many Republicans come from districts with strong anti-immigrant sentiment and relatively small

numbers of Hispanic voters. They may see themselves as vulnerable to primary challenges if they budge on the issue. But the GOP’s leaders clearly learned from the November elections that, to be competitive in statewide and national balloting in the future, the party has to respond to the concerns of America’s fast-growing Hispanic population, who want to see their often-separated families reunited, legally and safely, here in the United States. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the former presidential candidate and another of the plan’s designers, spoke to ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “There is a new, I think, appreciation on both sides of the aisle – including maybe more importantly on the Republican side of the aisle – that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill,” he said. “We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we’ve got to understand that.” Though individual Republicans, mainly from the House, have already rejected the proposal, the Republican Party as a whole can’t afford to be so intractable. Mitt Romney earned barely a quarter of the Hispanic vote last November, which proved one of his key stumbling blocks in the presidential race. The party itself, as well as its candidates, is fighting a perception – often forged in statehouses in places

like Arizona and Alabama, as much as in Washington – that it is flatly anti-Hispanic and anti-immigrant. The best way to replace that perception is by helping to create a new immigration reality, with a system that is humane, efficient and fair. So we can expect House Speaker John Boehner to, once again, abandon the “Boehner principle” by allowing his chamber to consider immigration reform legislation even if a majority of Boehner’s own caucus opposes it, as he did with the fiscal cliff legislation on New Year’s Day. Just as with the cliff legislation, we can expect immigration reform to pass the House with primarily Democratic votes, supplemented by a minority of Republican members. This will permit individual GOP members to vote either their consciences or their district’s politics in opposition, while the national GOP avoids the continuing stigma of being the main obstacle to much-needed reform. Sen. Robert Menendez, DN.J., said the time was right for the proposal, which he helped develop. “First of all, Americans support it in poll after poll. Secondly, Latino voters expect it. Thirdly, Democrats want it. And fourth, Republicans need it.” The political sweet spot between what Democrats want and what Republicans need should be enough to give this plan the necessary momentum.

I’m not certain Democrats want immigration reform as badly as Menendez implied. Labor unions, the party’s strongest support base, historically dread wage competition immigrant workers. The Senate plan has drawn some initial support from unions, but we’ll see what happens when legislators start working out the details. Democrats have had a virtually free ride on immigration in recent years while Republicans beat their chests about border security. We are likely to see some divisions on the Democratic side, too, as reform makes its way through Congress. An overhaul was too long in coming, and the proposal is still far from a done deal. But the political stars seem to have finally aligned to help us get to a reasonable resolution for immigration.

Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®, has provided personal financial and tax counseling to a sophisticated client base since 1986. After six years with Arthur Andersen, where he was a senior manager for personal financial planning and family wealth planning, he founded his own firm in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., in 1992. That firm grew steadily and became the Palisades Hudson organization, which moved to Scarsdale, N.Y., in 2002. The firm expanded to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2005 and to Atlanta in 2008.

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Drivers to Pay Increased Parking Fees Imposed by Yonkers Parking Authority Action BY HEZI ARIS The Yonkers Parking Authority (YPA) as instituted rate increases at the Buena Vista Parking Garage that will take affect on Friday, February 1, 2013. The rate will increase by $1 per hour. The vote that initiated this action took place at an early January meeting at which the FY2013-2014 YPA Budget was approved and adopted. The rationale for increasing costs was said to be to reduce contemplated deficits, yet no figures underscoring projected deficit figures was afforded the YPA Board of Directors. On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, the YPA Board of Directors voted to increase the parking fees at the Government Center Garage by 50 percent, or an additional $1 an hour. Here too, the reason for the action was said to be for the purpose of reducing the deficit generated at the Government Center Garage. The five-member YPA Board of Directors voted 3-1 to increase fees. William Regan, Pat Kiscak, and Mike

Ramondelli voted to increase fees, opposed was James Cavanaugh, with Lou Nigrello absent. Mr Nigrello is known to vacation in Florida from January through May. The $1 per hour increase imposed at the Buena Vista Parking Garage is conjectured to raise $61,000 annually, whereas the $1 per hour increase at the Government Center Garage is slated to raise an additional $70,000 per annum. The $61,000 and $70,000 sums total $131,000, almost equal to the $140,000 annual salary afforded YPA Executive Director Lisa Mirjaj, former Mayor Phil Amicone’s Chief of Staff. Ms Mirjaj was designated to the position of the long vacated YPA Executive Director. Another mess the YPA Board of Director have yet to tackle is a $45,000, self-inflicted contractual agreement with outside legal counsel to which they are encumbered. While there are some YPA Board of Director members whose sensibilities are eased by the uniformity of municipal parking pricing structures, the reality is that the YPA Board of Directors voted for the highest rates

in Westchester County, all in order to satisfy the outrageous salary of Lisa Mirjaj. The driving public will be reminded of this scam when they pay $3 for the first hour and every hour thereafter. So one way of looking at this is that the people of Yonkers will now pay the among highest municipal parking rates in Westchester so that we can cover the salary of Lisa Mrijaj. The first hour will now cost $3. In the meanwhile a member of the YPA Board of Directors still gets to park his car for FREE. Does anyone believe that the highest parking rates in Westchester County will not dissuade people

from attending Yonkers Downtown? One can legitimately ask if the welcome mat to the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront has been trashed for the welcome sucking sound of cheaper parking rates at Ridge Hill. Perhaps a drive to White Plains, where parking costs are 75 cents every hour will entice Yonkersites to discover the County Capital. The biggest insult for those needing to visit the Yonkers Parking Violations Bureau will have to now pay $3 just to park their car in order to have the privilege of paying a fine. Ironically, Mike Ramondelli, a YPA Board Director, whose comfort level is ascribing to uniformity of rates, no matter what, accepts without guilt, a free parking space afforded him as 2nd Deputy Clerk. Mr Ramondelli will not be demanded to pay any increased rates for his parking privileges; neither will the firms who presently enjoy contractual subsidies for parking patron’s vehicles, e.g. restaurants Zuppa’s, and X2o, and Retro Fitness at the 66 Main Street address. If rate increases must be paid by Yonkersites and visitors alike, why should

Mr Ramondelli not have to pay? When will 2nd Deputy Clerk Ramondelli be demanded to step down from his post as Yonkers Parking Authority Board Director? His position on the YPA Board and that of 2nd Yonkers Deputy Clerk is a conflict of interest. Mr Ramondelli’s Vote, as well as that of Patricia Kiscak, and former Deputy Mayor William “Bill” Regan is self serving; worse, it stifles any reason to visit the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront. How many businesses will find it impossible to attract customers under these rates? The parking increases have been perfectly timed to coincide with a 20 percent discount at specific restaurants for lunch, and 25 percent discount for dinner, during the just announced 2nd Annual International Restaurant Week for February 3 10. Perhaps when some board members step down at the end of February, the rates recently imposed can be reversed.

POLITICSSection CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Yorktown GOP Begins 2013 Candidate Search YORKTOWN, NY - Election season is just around the corner and the Yorktown Republican Town Committee today announced it was beginning its process for interviewing candidates for the November 2013 elections. In an effort to continue to grow the Republican Party, the Yorktown GOP is seeking interested candidates for the offices of County Legislator, Town Council and Highway Superintendent, Yorktown Republican Chairwoman Serafina Mastro said. Prospective candidates may apply by sending a copy of their resume and a cover letter to the commit-

tee.

“Under the leadership of the current administration, Yorktown has reduced the size and cost of government, paved the way to open dozens of new businesses, while improving the quality of life for all of our residents,” Mastro said. “With this year’s elections quickly approaching the Yorktown Republican Committee is seeking candidates who will continue to work with the administration to further their success.” In the past four years, the Yorktown GOP has conducted an open and public interview process to attract what they say are the most qualified and diverse candidates for

local office. 
“Within the past four years Yorktown residents have clearly voiced their desire for a more affordable and effective government which is exactly what the current administration led by Supervisor Michael Grace has accomplished,” Mastro said. “We welcome any interested candidate with the same beliefs of smaller and more affordable government to submit their resumes for consideration by the committee. This is a great way to experience

the democratic process as well as serve your neighbors and community.” The deadline to apply is February 21st. The interviews will be conducted in March and will be followed by a vote of the Committee to officially endorse its candidates.

 All interested candidates are being asked to email a cover letter and resume to chair@yorktowngop.com or by mail to PO Box 252, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Any questions can be directed to Mastro at (914) 497-7460.


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CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Judge Janet Malone Prepared to be New York State Supreme Court Justice in 2013 Judge Janet Malone has declared herself a candidate for New York State Supreme Court Justice in the Ninth Judicial District – Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, and Putnam Counties - in 2013. Judge Malone’s diverse twenty-three (23) year legal career as a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, a private practitioner, a consultant to the New York City Transit Authority, a Support Magistrate, a Westchester County Family Court, and an Acting Supreme Court Justice, makes her experienced and prepared to be a Supreme Court Justice. Judge Malone has served the Westchester Family Court since 2003, first as a Support Magistrate and then, in 2007, as an elected Westchester Family Court Judge. In addition to presiding over approximately 2,500 cases each year, involving child neglect and abuse,

juvenile delinquency, persons in need of supervision (PINS), domestic violence, child custody and visitation, and aspects of paternity and support, Judge Malone presides over uncontested divorces assigned to her from the Matrimonial Part of the Supreme Court in Westchester. Judge Malone holds admissions to the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Second Judicial Department of the State of New York, and has received numerous awards for her community service and professional achievements, including the Community Service Award of the Bethany African Methodist Church, the Finer Womanhood Award of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and the Business and Professional Award of the F. Willa

Davis Women’s Club of New Rochelle. The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus honored her as a Cheerleader for Social Change. Judge Malone serves on the International Child Abduction Committee

OP EDSection OP-ED

Time To Go Back To the Real World By BOB K. BOGEN As the image of the enormous mass of people on the National Mall in front of the Capitol Building during the inauguration of President Obama’s second term, and all the weird national political campaigning of 2012, fades into our memory, we are led back into the combative world of politics. At least we have put to rest the phony “so-called” Republican Party’s self-imposed threats to fall off the Grinch’s Christmas ‘fiscal cliff,’ or was it Old Father 2012’s stern warnings of the national ‘debt limit’ ceiling that was expected to collapse on us all? I was even tempted to buy my wife, and myself, a couple of those Tshirts that recognize our age with the bold pronouncement: “At my age… I’ve seen it all... I’ve heard it all… I’ve done it all… I’ve been there and done all that. I just don’t remember it all.” But we do have to pay attention

if we want to keep some semblance of representative government. It is quite clear those who lost the election are not going to permit elections to work next time as they did this last fall, despite their very serious efforts to assure their victory in November over the democratic process. It is reported that they are working very hard in each of the ten or so possible major swing states, including any state where they have immorally controlled state legislatures through Gerrymandering districts to defeat state majorities. States targeted include New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It is well known among political scientists how to avoid Gerrymandering, without even going to court, on the chance that a judge can be found that will not allow the distortion of districts to grossly favor one political party. Around the world, many college students and people-at-large have finally learned that redistricting Gerrymandered single-elected-official districts can be

avoided simply by using larger, multimember districts if a Choice Ballot is used. In any event, the attempt to foul our archaic Electoral College in order to, once again, prevent the majority of voters from electing their choice of a president must be carefully watched and cut down. With enormous efforts, Obama once again overcame all the tricks and money of the “socalled” Republican Party. Even so, the same corrective principle holds for the election of a representative federal House of Representatives, where such enormous effort did not overcome money and media corruption. All seats there must be voted in at each two-year election. Nevertheless a full million more voters for Democrats over Republicans in November were beaten through distortion of districts by Gerrymandered district lines! And so once again the interests of the people will be shot down for another two years by a do-nothing

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of the National Association of Women Judges, the Committee on Children and the Law of the New York State Bar Association, and the Committee on Families, Children and the Courts of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association. In 2011, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman honored her with the invitation to testify at the Public Hearing on Civil Legal Services for low-income families and individuals. Judge Malone is an Officer and Director of the Westchester Black Bar Association, and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Mercy College Legal Studies Program and the Lois Bronz Children’s Center. She is a member of the New York State Family Court Judges Association, the Westchester County Bar Association, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, the Yonkers Lawyers Association and New

Rochelle Bar Association, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008. She is a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a long-standing member of the All Islands Association, Inc., and Sister to Sister International, Inc. For several years, Judge Malone has participated in Her Honor mentoring program for high school senior girls established by Judge Judith Scheindlin

To learn more about Judge Malone, to donate to Judge Malone’s campaign, or volunteer for Team Malone 2013, go to www.ElectJudgeMalone2013.com. Direct email to Pamela@ElectJudgeMalone2013.com.


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unrepresentative Republican House. How much longer will citizens in the world’s greatest nation permit this gross corruption of representative government? On top of Gerrymandering, we somehow managed to overcome other nationwide Republican efforts to destroy the elections through widespread voter suppression. Despite the just actions of some judges to strike down some of the more grotesque voter suppression actions, other such heinous actions continued. Destructive voter registration, outrageous voter ID procedures, cutting approved voting days and hours, elimination of voting sites and voting booths as well as cutting voting staff in districts where the opposing party predominates, all of which required voters to wait for hours, among other “tricks”, cannot be allowed to occur again. Can

any rational citizen doubt that the “socalled” Republican Party, with its current Tea Party led leadership, simply does not trust and, in whatever way they can concoct, will not permit free representative government elections? At this late date if there are any who can read, who still swallow the hypocritical bleating of the “so-called” Republicans, that they are truly concerned about balanced federal budgets in wartime or economic downturns, they require further reading than we can offer in a weekly column. As some will recall, the Republican hero Ronald Reagan invented the modern peacetime federal deficits and resultant doubling of the federal debt; a debt collected over the entire history and wars of our nation’s centuries. If we can get their greedy hands off the throats of working Americans, we will rebuild our prosperity, as a result reduce the federal deficit and even reduce the long- term national debt.

This would occur as the last Democratic President, Bill Clinton, actually did for years in the 1990s. Of course their real concern is to, willy nilly, cut economic growth programs, education, research, health, and public works for average citizens in order to provide more billions for the billionaires that lobby and pay for their election campaigns. As a Quaker, a group that does not use majority voting to make decisions, and as a student of government for scores of years, I see certain appropriate cases for the use of the filibuster in the Senate. In the past it was used rarely, once or twice a year, on major issues. The current scandalous Republican leadership has used it in its silent and secretly instituted form literally hundreds of times, and on the most minor issues without even opening their mouths to speak, as Filibustering used to be defined, in order to frustrate and politically embarrass the President in his efforts to fill judgeship vacancies and all manner of public business. The

traditional Speaking Filibuster is an extreme rarity these days. But even the Democratic Party leadership seems unable to gather every one of their members to re-institute the old requirement of the Speaking Filibuster, that a Filibuster only lasts as long as a Senator keeps talking. We can celebrate that the election has had historic meaning including protecting affordable health care, avoidable climate change, non-fossil/ non-nuclear energy, and other significant American needs including the avoidance of any serious further corruption of our Formerly Supreme Court, at least for the next four years. And we can also hope that the horribly destructive and grotesquely expensive practice of war, so often based on dishonest grounds, will not recur. On one final major issue, we now can expect Congress and the courts will not condemn so many women to risk death, excruciating pain, psychosis, sterility, hemorrhages, and continuing illness from historic informal abor-

tions with the threatened heartless repeal of Roe v. Wade. Through history, over more than 3,000 years, there are records of innumerable women who risked all to avoid results of rape and one more birth with all manner of dangerous ‘cures’ from crude devices such as coat hangers, leeches, lye, knitting needles, strychnine, turpentine, gin, laundry bluing, scalding water, and any number of advertised ‘patent medicines’. With modern medicine all that is horrible history. The war on women indeed. Bob K. Bogen served as comprehensive long-range facilities planning director for the New York Metropolitan Regional Planning Commission; as a major United Nations official in Pakistan; and Principal Representative of Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility to the United Nations. Comments by named readers can be sent to his office at: BobKBogen@hotmail.com

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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano: ‘Tough Guy’ or Simply a ‘Place Holder’? By HEZI ARIS It was New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo who travelled to the City of Yonkers (CoY) to endorse the candidacy of then Assemblyman Mike Spano for Mayor of CoY. In

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a concise and commanding manner Gov. Cuomo advised of his belief in Yonkers and his belief that Mike Spano is best for Yonkers. Gov. Cuomo’s assertion brought those in attendance at The Polish Community Center to cheer his endorsement of Mike Spano and for the kind words about Yonkers that lingered in the air like the smell of the most expensive perfume. The scent of hope, belief, and trust in Yonkers by Gov. Cuomo lingers in the minds and hearts of Yonkersites who heard his pronouncement to this day. It was an elixir so intoxicatingly captivating when first expressed and remains indelible among those who heard of his assertions to this day. Gov. Cuomo was at his zenith then; prospects for Yonkers were anticipated with great fanfare. Thirteen months later into Yonkers Mayor Spano’s term has Yonkersites question whether

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Mayor Spano is a ‘Tough Guy’ or simply a ‘place holder’ awaiting a control board. Last Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Gov. Cuomo expected to maintain his “groove” in explaining his approach to local leaders frustrated by the backroom accommodations that expressed remedy of problems without proof as to how Gov. Cuomo’s agility to traverse the political gauntlet so successfully in the past has hit a speed bump. Democratic party loyalists, silent in their subservience and acquiescence to his leadership direc-

tives are testing their demeanor in challenging his unproven formulas and directives for municipalities despite the backroom attempts to keep a lid on his diminishing clout and him being questioned. Gov. Cuomo is quick to respond with a formulaic, “We don’t have the money” to bail out all the municipalities. Accepting Gov. Cuomo’s postulation, highlights not only New York State’s bankrupt coffers but also exposes a lack for credible intellectual solutions to both state and municipal plight.

Criticism was first eloquently expressed over allowing municipalities to push their pension costs into the future by Mayor Stephanie A. Miner of Syracuse. Mayor Miner said, “Isn’t this what got states like Illinois in trouble?” Mayor Miner questioned whether continuing to kick a can of fiscal issues down the road is a solution. Mayor Miner earned her political credentials as a regional representative under Gov. Mario Cuomo. The next day, at a pre-scheduled meeting with journalists at The PostStandard of Syracuse, Gov. Cuomo’s surrogate, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy said, “I would say to the mayor, if this is not sufficient, then I would suggest one viable option she would have is to request a financial control board.” In a separate interview, Mayor Miner was quick to state, “I think that’s a false choice, to say to the people of New York State you either have to borrow more or give up democratic control of your city.” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, less combative in nature than Mayor

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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano: ‘Tough Guy’ or Simply a ‘Place Holder’? take it like a ‘Tough Guy”, that is, devoid of challenge, and his frustration hidden in silence. The Miner said, “Giving us new ways to borrow money, vision for Yonkers cannot await direction from it’s appreciated, and it is a life preserver, but it’s not Mr Schwartz. Yonkers vision must be drawn from going to solve our problems.” within Guardian the depths of benevolence and the best of ThursdaY, FeBruarY 23, 2012 PageLawrence 26 The WesTchesTer Schwartz, Secretary to Gov. Anintention from the brightest minds of the City of drew Cuomo has frowned upon and rebuked Yonkers. That vision must be struck by circumMayor Spano his past involvement with mayors stance and fiscal plight as easily as hammering a of large cities in the state their collective efforts to copper platter. The concept of the best vision for find “other” options responsive to the plight of local Yonkers Office will survive by continuous Space Available-reassessment of FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK municipalities. circumstances as longYorktown as CoY Heights is focused on exactPrime Location, COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER “He’s a tough guy, you know?” Mayor Spano In the Matter of ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE 1,000 Sq. Ft.:response $1800. Contact Wilca: 914.632.1230 ing a “fair” from Albany. To that end, Yonsaid of Gov. Cuomo. “You’ve got to respect that. SUMMONS AND INQUEST NOTICE kers elected officials must find common ground in He’s a tough guy from the big city; I’m a tough guy Prime Retail - Westchester County Chelsea Thomas (d.o.b. 7/14/94), their approach to Albany and be resolute in giving Best Location in Yorktown Heights from a big city — not as big as the one he’s from.” A Child Under 21 Years of Age Dkt Nos. NN-10514/15/16-10/12C voice to an$3100; equation of Ft. reality years Ft. Store 1266 Sq. storesquandered $2800 and 450inSq. Ft. Continuing, Mayor Spano said, “We all are set1100 Sq. Adjudicated to be Neglected by NN-2695/96-10/12B long past by the likes of former Yonkers Mayor Store $1200. on a path, and at the end of this path, there’s going FU No.: 22303 Suitable forAmicone. any type of business. Contact Wilca: 914.632.1230 Phil to be a day of reckoning where we are no longer goTiffany Ray and Kenneth Thomas, Welcoming the Control Board to Yonkers Respondents. X ing to be able to tax our way, cut our way or borrow for a third time in its history will be an easy ride NOTICE: PLACEMENT OF YOUR CHILD IN FOSTER CARE MAY RESULT IN YOUR LOSS OF YOUR our way out of our problems, and when that day A non profit Performing Arts Center is seeking two job positions- 1) DirecRIGHTS TO YOUR CHILD. IF YOUR CHILD STAYS IN FOSTER CARE FOR 15 OF THE MOST RECENT for MayorFT-must Mikehave Spano; a ‘place inholder’ move.orThe tor of Developmenta background development expecomes, what are we going to do?” 22 MONTHS, THE AGENCY MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO FILE A PETITION TO TERMINATE challenge falls before the door of Mayor Mike rience fundraising, knowledge of what development entails and experiYOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS AND COMMITMENT OF GUARDIANSHIP AND CUSTODY OF THE Gov. Cuomo believes, “If there is a fundamenence working with sponsors/donors; 2) Operations Managermust have a CHILD FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADOPTION, AND MAY FILE BEFORE THE END OF THE 15-MONTH ‘Tough Guy’ Spano over whether to take it “hard” tal economic inequity in… a public corporation, good knowledge of computers/software/ticketing systems, duties include PERIOD. orall “easy”? Choosing “hard” willstaffing, makeday forofashow bumpy resolve the inequity. Don’t subsidize it year after overseeing box office, concessions, movie lobby UPON GOOD CAUSE, THE COURT MAY ORDER AN INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE WHETHride.asFocus must seller, not be bybedrama staffing such Merchandise bareclipsed sales. Must familiaror withdePOS year after year.” ER THE NON-RESPONSENT PARENT(s) SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS A RESPONDENT; IF system and willing to organize concessions. Full time plus hours. Call (203) flection. THE COURT DETERMINES THE CHILD SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM HIS/HER HOME, THE Will Yonkers Mayor Mike ‘Tough Guy’ Spano 438-5795 and ask for Julie or Allison COURT MAY ORDER AN INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE NON-RESPONDENT Only ‘Tough Guys’ survive to tell the tale. distill a common denominator of “fair and equiPARENT(s) SHOULD BE SUITABLE CUSTODIANS FOR THE CHILD; IF THE CHILD IS PLACED AND What’s it to be Mayor ‘Tough Guy’? REMAINS IN FOSTER CARE FOR FIFTEEN OF THE MOST RECENT TWENTY-TWO MONTHS, THE table” funding for the City of Yonkers or will he

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INVESTIGATION

Gag Order Sought in DJ Henry Case in Response to Westchester Guardian Article By NANCY KING The Westchester Guardian last week published an article that highlighted the depositions of several of the police officers involved in the October 17th, shooting death of Pace University student Danroy DJ Henry. Within 36 hours of the article being uploaded online, Attorney Brian Sokoloff, who represents former Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hess, believed to have fired the fatal shot, asked for and was granted an immediate hearing in Federal Court to ask that a gag order for all information regarding this case be imposed immediately. Appearing in White Plains Federal Court before Federal Magistrate George A. Yanthis, Brian Sokoloff, the attorney for Aaron Hess pleaded

“The lawyers here require tougher measures, including, but not limited to a complete ban on press statements by the lawyers and the parties. My client’s right to a fair trial demands nothing less”. Not only was The Westchester Guardian article in question but the fact that the Henry’s attorney, Michael Sussman had held a press conference the previous week alerting the media where they could find and read the completed depositions. Those depositions had been on Sussman’s website for nearly a month before the press conference. They were there for the reading, Sussman’s press conference merely told the public where they could go and read them. The depositions are powerful. Those who choose to sit and read all of them can make up their own minds about what actually happened on the

night of October 17th, 2010. However, it is undeniable that Police Officer Ronald Beckley’s deposition is so different from the others given. It’s also clear that he wasn’t “in the loop” when those press statements were released just a few short hours after the shooting; those same press statements that indicated DJ Henry was a drunk college student intent on using his car as a weapon against the police. Was Chief Alagno actually aware that Beckley shot Hess in the knee injuring him, and that it wasn’t Henry’s car that hit Hess causing the knee injury; or was he kept out of the loop, too? We probably will never know. For now, Judge Yanthis has chosen to reserve his decision concerning the gag order. He has to protect all parties involved, while also protecting the United States Constitution’s

First Amendment. However, after carefully watching him in the courtroom, I believe that he will make a thoughtful decision on the matter. Sadly, this is what we hoped Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore would have done. As a matter of fact, this is what she promised the Henry family she would do... unfortunately she did not. Whether she was advised by two of her investigators not to come forward with the truth about police officer Hess’ injury or she made the decision on her own; it stinks. Oddly enough, though they’re eldest child was shot; point blank by a police officer, the Henry’s never thought about suing. All they wanted the morning after the shooting was a simple “I’m sorry” from the police departments involved. That apology never came. For now, the media gets to report on

and interpret this case. Angella and Dan, can still tweet and send any updates to Facebook as it may arise. Since last week’s article was printed, it’s generated a lot of conversation. At The Westchester Guardian, we’ve been called nigger lovers, cop haters, and have been accused of undermining the Westchester County’s DA office. Though Publisher Sam Zherka and columnist Nancy King often have differing views, calling us the above is subjective and is covered under our readers’ First Amendment rights… that are a beautiful thing. Agreeing to disagree is so precious under our First Amendment; so much so that we will continue to print what we see as truths, no matter how painful. Nancy King is a freelance investigative reporter; a resident of White Plains, New York.


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Washington DC – Where Cash is King By BOB WEIR In a recent Sean Hannity program entitled, Boomtown, his 2 guests used the entire hour to show how corrupt Washington DC politics has become. “While one out of every 6 Americans wonder where their next meal is coming from, Washington DC has the highest rate of fine wine consumption in the United States,” said author Peter Schweizer of the Government Accountability Institute. Mr. Schweizer also pointed out that one out of four Americans has a mortgage that is underwater, while 7 out of 10 of the wealthiest counties in the nation are in the DC area. Furthermore, DC now has the highest per capita income in the US, recently passing Silicon Valley. How was this wealth created in a geographical area that doesn’t produce a product or create anything the public wants to purchase? Other boomtowns in our history became prosperous because they offered something to build upon. DC, however, offers nothing but connections

to power and patronage. The result is a permanent political class invested in the growth of government as they grow their personal portfolios. According to Steve Bannon of Breitbart News, Hannity’s other guest, an aristocracy has taken over because of greedy officials who parcel out patronage to relatives, friends and business associates. The federal government employs 245,000 people, and the average pay and compensation is about $120,000. Keep in mind, in addition to the president and vice-president there are only 435 members of Congress and 100 Senators. That leaves over 244,000 others being paid handsomely by the taxpayers, most of whom earn considerably less than the people working for them. The Founders of this great nation never intended that our elected leaders would run for office in order to make a career out of it and enrich themselves like potentates along the way. In the spirit of national service, people would leave their businesses, come to Washington and use their leadership skills to improve the lives of

their fellow Americans. After a few months or years, they would return to their chosen professions, having done their part for their country. Not anymore! These days, because corruption has become so bold and virtually accepted, the best and the brightest view politics as a road to riches, flocking to the nation’s capital to get their pot of gold. The public has been lulled into believing that the 2 political parties are actually fighting about differences in ideology, however, it seems they’re really fighting for more personal wealth. While we look at political maps indicating red and blue, i.e., Republican and Democrat, the fact is, the most important color is green. Access to power is the job of lobbyists and they have enough green to pave the way to the highest echelons. Lobbying takes place on K Street in DC, only a stone’s throw from the White House and the Capital. Representing hundreds of successful companies, all of whom need influence in those powerful committee rooms, lobbyists spread the wealth around lavishly in order

to buy favors. Forget about love of country; these deals are all about love of money! For example, when we view politicians taking one side or another on a budgetary issue, it’s similar to professional wrestling because the outcome is predetermined, and each side gets a piece of the action. Many members of Congress (House and Senate) have relatives who are registered lobbyists. One Florida Congressman, who’s been in office since 1971, is the leader of a subcommittee that controls defense spending. He has a daughter-in-law who has been a lobbyist for defense contracts for more than a decade and has been very successful in her efforts. How about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid? He has several family members who have been lobbyists for a number of companies. One of his sons has lobbied on behalf of several groups who have secured $50 million in earmarks. Another son is working on a $5 billion venture involving a Chinese effort to develop an energy project in the desert of Nevada and his father personally helped to push the project through. Does the senator view his actions as corrupt? If he does, he’s not con-

cerned about any damage it might do to his future. That’s because there are no term limits and he has no fear of losing an election. Moreover, since corruption appears to be the rule, rather than the exception, his colleagues are not likely to take a stand against him. Hannity’s program may not have told us something we didn’t already know, but it did so more elaborately and alarmingly. Nevertheless, with so many people on the public dole, my fear is that they don’t care how much largess their reps are accumulating as long as those public assistance checks are in the mail. God help us! Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 12 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. Bob went on to write and publish a total of seven novels,  “Murder in Black and White,” “City to Die For,” “Powers that Be,” “Ruthie’s Kids,” “Deadly to Love,” “Short Stories of Life and Death,” and “Out of Sight.” He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.”


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