TONIGHT ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD: MARY ANN KEENAN ON www.whiteplainsweek.com and YOUTUBE

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PEOPLE TO BE HEARD

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MARY ANN KEENAN

FIRST WOMAN EVER ELECTED TO THE COMMON COUNCIL

THE NO NONSENSE COUNCILPERSON

COUNCILPERSON FOR 42 YEARS.

PEOPLE TO BE HEARD

INTERVIEWS MS. KEENAN 

ON HOW POLITICS HAVE CHANGED SINCE THE 1970S.

HOW THE CITIZENS HAVE CHANGED IN THEIR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

HOW THE COMMON COUNCIL TREATED ISSUES THEN AND HOW THE PRESENT COUNCIL TREATS THEM

WHAT WHITE PLAINS HAS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK TONIGHT 7:30 PM ON VERIZON FIOS CH. 45 AND WHITE PLAINS CABLEVISION CH 76 AND ON YOUTUBE AND THE INTERNET.

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TONIGHT AT 7:30 PM

JOHN BAILEY, PETER KATZ AND JIM BENEROFE

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THE GOOD COUNSEL DEVELOPMENT

HARRISON LOOKS TO BUILD APARTMENTS ON WHITE PLAINS BORDER

SMART METERS COMING TO WHITE PLAINS

CHEW-UP-ASPHALT-SPIT-NEW-ASPHALT-OUT MACHINES BEING TRIED BY THE CITY

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT KEEPS TIM CONNORS FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS.

THE CITY SALES TAX RECEIPTS NEED $5 MILLION FROM THE JUNE TILLS–OTHER BUDGET CUTS TO COME.

THE PRESIDENTIAL MANEUVERS

EFFECTS OF TERROR ATTACKS ON TRAVELERS ATTITUDES.

WHAT’S AHEAD IN CITY ISSUES THIS SUMMER

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FIRST ANALYSIS OF EGYPTAIR FLIGHT 804 DATA REPORTERS CONFIRM SMOKE JUST PRIOR TO CRASH

WPCNR AVIATION NEWS. From Peter Katz, Editor, NTSB REPORTER. JUNE 29, 2016:

EgyptAir flight MS 804 that crashed in May saw smoke on board shortly before its crash, the investigation committee looking into the incident confirmed on Wednesday after examining the plane’s recovered data recorders.
“Recorded data is showing consistency with [distress signals sent from the flight indicating there was] smoke from the lavatory and avionics area,” the committee said in a statement.
The committee added that the front section from the wreckage of the plane, whose crash into the Mediterranean Sea killed all 66 people on board, showed “signs of high temperature damage and soot.”
Aviation Herald, a prominent Austria-based website specialising in air accidents, said in May that the airliner sent seven alarm messages indicating smoke on board minutes before disappearing.
The investigation committee said analysis will take place to identify the cause of the smoke.
The committee added that “the entire flight is recorded on the black box from the time it took off at Charles de Gaulle airport,” and that recording “stopped at an altitude of 37,000 feet” at the point of the crash.
Wednesday’s announcement comes after the black boxes arrived on Tuesday for inspection after undergoing repairs in France.
According to the committee, the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) is still undergoing repairs at the French aircraft accident investigation bureau.
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TIMOTHY CONNORS BROUGHT BACK FOR ANOTHER 2 MONTHS AS INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT ON A PER DAY BASIS. DR. FRIED CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM A HEALTH ISSUE.

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FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF WHITE PLAINS SCHOOLS, TIMOTHY CONNORS, LEFT, WILL CONTINUE ON A PER DAY BASIS TO SUBSTITUTE FOR DR. PAUL FRIED, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, RIGHT, FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

 

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. JUNE 29, 2016:

THE WHITE PLAINS BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS EXTENDED THE PER DAY CONTRACT WITH FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, TIMOTHY CONNORS, THROUGH AUGUST TO CONTINUE AS “INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT.”

DR. PAUL FRIED THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS MR. CONNORS IS SUBSTITUTING, AT THIS TIME IS APPARENTLY EXPECTED TO BE UNAVAILABLE AS HE RECOVERS FROM SURGERY, THE NATURE OF WHICH HAS NOT BEEN DISCLOSED. 

MICHELE SCHOENFELD, CLERK TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TOLD WPCNR THAT MR. CONNORS IS NOT EXPECTED TO WORK 5 DAYS A WEEK, BUT ONLY COME IN AS NEEDED. THE PER DAY RATE WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER MR. CONNORS SIGNS THE TWO MONTH CONTRACT.

In other Board of Education action…

It approved a new Memorandum of Agreement with the Administrators and Supervisors Association, through the 2018-19 school year, setting salary scales for different positions at an increase of 2%, according to Interim Superintendent Connors. Details of which are not available yet until the agreement is signed by the union.

Fred Seiler, outgoing Assistant Superintendent for Business, told WPCNR that as part of the agreement, administrators at the top of the new salary scale (about one-third of the administrator work force) would receive an additional 3/4% the first year, 1% the second year and 1-1/4% the third year of the contract, while those within the scale “who have not been here as long,” would receive an average of 2%. Seiler said the contract fit within the new budget beginning July 1. Incidentally, tomorrow June 30, is Mr. Seiler’s last day with the district. He is retiring after 10 years.

The Board approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the White Plains Teachers Association settling a series of “grievances” issues. The details are not available to the public until the agreement is signed.

Jessica O’Donovan, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction had her contract extended for another three years, through the 2018-19 school year.

Deborah Augarten’s salary as Assistant Superintendent for Special Education & Pupil Services for 2016-17 school year was approved.

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ANATOMY OF A PUBLIC OFFERING: ONE WALL STREETER’S WEB OF CORRUPTION–GUILTY PLEA–ONE MAN’S FRAUD–THE BIG FIX

WPCNR FBI WIRE. Special From the Federal Bureau of Investigaton. June 28, 2016:

Earlier today, Darren Goodrich, a registered broker at a brokerage firm in El Segundo, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud for manipulating the stock of Cubed, Inc. (Cubed), which traded (ironically) under the ticker symbol CRPT.

Since fiscal year 2009, the Justice Department has filed over 18,000 financial fraud cases against more than 25,000 defendants.  For more information on the task force, please visit www.StopFraud.gov.

 

The guilty plea was entered before United States Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.  When sentenced, Goodrich faces up to five years in prison, as well as restitution, criminal forfeiture, and a fine.

The guilty plea was announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office.

According to court filings and facts presented at the plea hearing, between March 2014 and July 2014, Goodrich and his co-conspirators engaged in a scheme to defraud investors and potential investors in Cubed by artificially controlling the price and volume of traded shares in the company through fraudulent concealment of the defendants’ and their co-conspirators’ ownership interests and engineering price movements and trading volume in the stock.

In March 2014, Goodrich’s co-conspirators took Cubed public through an asset purchase agreement.  On April 22, 2014, Cubed’s stock began trading in earnest.  Between April 22, 2014 and April 30, 2014, Goodrich and his co-conspirators concocted trading volume in this stock by purchasing more than 50% of the total number of Cubed shares purchased during this period.

Between May 2, 2014 and June 29, 2014, law enforcement authorities conducted a judicially-authorized wiretap of one of Goodrich’s co-conspirator’s cellular telephone.  The wiretap revealed that Goodrich and his co-conspirators fraudulently manipulated Cubed’s stock by artificially controlling the price and volume of that stock through orchestrated trading.

Rather than generating significant market interest and causing a quick pump and dump that would elicit regulators’ scrutiny, the conspirators gradually increased the price of Cubed’s stock to give it the appearance of a legitimate company with genuine and steady market demand for the security.

For example, on May 5, 2014, while Cubed was in a period of gradual increase from $5.20 on April 22, 2014 to $5.42 on May 22, 2014, a co-conspirator called Goodrich, and stated, “Can you buy a 100 and see if [the other market maker] moves?”  Goodrich complied and then responded, “Yeah, they’re going.”

Goodrich and his co-conspirators used an attorney escrow account to successfully control the price and volume of Cubed’s stock.

On June 23, 2014, Cubed reached its highest closing price of $6.75 per share, resulting in a market capitalization of approximately $200 million.

Previously, Cubed filed with the SEC a Form 10-Q and reported less than $1,500 in cash, zero revenue, negative stockholders’ equity, a net loss of $15,000, and accrued professional fees of $131,824.

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The government’s case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Business and Securities Fraud Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Shannon C. Jones, Christopher L. Nasson, and Patrick Hein are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance provided by Assistant United States Attorney Claire S. Kedeshian of the Office’s Civil Division, which is responsible for the forfeiture of assets.

The charges were brought in connection with the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.  The task force was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.  With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices, and state and local partners, it is the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory, and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud.

Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets; and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions, and other organizations.  Since fiscal year 2009, the Justice Department has filed over 18,000 financial fraud cases against more than 25,000 defendants.  For more information on the task force, please visit ww.StopFraud.gov.

The Defendant:

DARREN GOODRICH
Age:  37
Residence: Manhattan Beach, California

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402-UNIT APT COMPLEX, GRADUATE RESIDENCE AND ASSISTED LIVING CENTER PROPOSED FOR GOOD COUNSEL PROPERTY. NORTH BROADWAY GREAT LAWN PRESERVED

WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE-EXAMINER. By John F. Bailey. June 28, 2016:

The new owners  of the former Good Counsel Property at 52 North Broadway, George Comfort & Sons, Inc. and ROC Group, Inc.  unveiled their preliminary development concept Monday evening at the Common Council Special Meeting, calling for a preservation of the 3 acres of North Broadway great lawn while opening the former campus to a mix of residential uses.

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The proposed development includes a 66 person Pace Law School Graduate Student privately managed residential building on the north side of the property; a new 130 person (including 29 units for memory loss residents) Sunrise Assisted Living project on the southern side of the campus, and a 10 story market rate rental complex on the eastern border of the property overlooking the Cross Westchester Expressway.

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The residential building (a portion of which is shown above) proposes a zoning change allowing a 10 story complex with parking underneath the sweeping curve of the building. A total of 402 apartments including 40 affordable housing units, is planned at this time at market rates.

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The Assisted Living building would be two stories with three stories in the rear with 50 parking spaces around the driveway. 131 residents would live in the assisted living complex, with 29 of them reserved for the memory-impaired

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The new proposed PACE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL PROPOSED GRADUATE STUDENT LIVING COMPLEX would be built on the north side of the campus and consist of 3 stories with a sstudent residential complex housing 66 students. It would be privately managed. (Renderings,Courtesy of Perkins Eastman)

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140 YEARS AGO TODAY, CUSTER SOUGHT GLORY IN 1876

WPCNR MILESTONES. By John F. Bailey. June 25, 2016 Reprinted from the WPCNR archive:One hundred forty years ago today in the midsummer sweltering heat of the Dakota Badlands, Major General George Armstrong Custer and 600 Cavalrymen of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry were converging to attack  a contingent of 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne Indians encamped on the Little Big Horn River. Custer’s troops were in the lead.

Statue of Major General George Armstrong Custer in his hometown, Monroe, Michigan

 

Sighting the Enemy

Custer, whose strength as a commander was willingness to engage the enemy by surprise has long been criticised by historians and military experts for disobeying the command of his superior General Alfred H. Terry, (commander of the Little Big Horn campaign), who warned Custer to wait until Terry’s forces arrived to join him before Custer launched any attack.

At about 5 PM this afternoon  today  it was the waning afternoon, 139 years ago, 1876.  225 troopers, Custer, and Mark Kellogg, the Associated Press correspondent (one of the first “embedded correspondents”) lay dead across the ridges of the Little Big Horn Valley.

The Indians had so much respect for Kellogg’s talent, they left his body alone. To the Sioux, Mr. Kellogg was known as “The Man who could make paper talk.”

Mr. Kellogg’s foolscap (copy paper) littered the horror of the battlefield.

Kellog was given a mule to ride by General Terry, and rode into battle with Custer.

That afternoon, 139 years ago today,the superior Indian force had dealt the American military its most infamous defeat to date, which would be chronicled again and again.

Custer’s accomplishments as a military commander though have suffered as a result of this alleged rash and ill-advised attack.

However, the battle is instructive for all who command, (no matter what position of command they hold), to pay attention to their scouting reports,and above all conduct scouting forays, and to ignore whatever personal gains might be achieved by a personally attractive course of action (if you are successful).

Allegedly, Custer had seen a possible victory lead by himself over the Sioux as a stepping stone to national office.

Instead, he died in action — one of the few U.S. Army Generals to do so.

Few know today, as the statue of General Custer in his hometown of Monroe, Michigan, says how Custer was instrumental in forcing General Robert E. Lee to surrender by blocking Lee’s retreat at Appomattox in 1865.

Custer’s defeat may have been inevitable but the actions of Major Reno’s premature breaking off  his initial attack on the Indian encampment, a disasterous premature cut-and-run retreat, did not help Custer’s chances.

Reno’s premature retreat allowed the counterattacking indians to turn all their force on Custer’s force, getting behind him,  surrounding Custer and his command and killing them all within an hour.

Custer’s glory achieved through his death is a sobering reminder every year for those who ignore facts confronting them, and underestimate adversaries, and discount adverse conditions.

We should not forget though that Custer was attempting to achieve his mission.

No one can say what really motivated him 135 years ago today in the early afternoon when he launched his attack. Second-guessing is the sport of the armchair historians and military strategists who have the evidence of the result.

Blame is easily distributed.

That is the loneliness of command.

Combat. Decisions. Risks. Surprise. They are the stuff that leaders have to deal with.

On this day, we should look back and remember the courage it took to engage. Remember the bravery the Seventh Calvary displayed in defeat (despite Indian reports of many committing suicide).

Soldiers today demonstrate this courage every day. We need to admire that courage.

I cannot fathom what it takes to be able to be courageous like that.

Leading is not for everyone.

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK TONIGHT ON SALES TAX MELTDOWN IN WHITE PLAINS–THE UK WITHDRAWAL–THE SUPREME COURT WASHES ITS HANDS ON IMMIGRATION–ALLOWS DEPORTATION BY DOING NOTHING–THE LOWDOWN ON INTERNET INSTANTLY

THE BIG THREE

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JOHN BAILEY

PETER KATZ

JIM BENEROFE

ON A WILD WHITE PLAINS WEEK

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BRITAIN VOTES TO LEAVE EUROPEAN UNION 

U.S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, 4-3

CONGRESS DOES SOMETHING ON GUN CONTROL– IT SITS DOWN

NEW QUESTION FOR THE WHITE PLAINS TRANSIT DISTRICT

SCHOOL DISTRICT MULLS WHAT TO DO ABOUT SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOVERY FROM ILLNESS

WHITE PLAINS SALES TAX RECEIPTS DROP 10.4% IN MAY LARGEST DROP IN A MONTH IN YEARS. OTHER CITIES IN COUNTY UP.

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THE STATE OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD THIS WEEK ON THE INTERNET–and TONIGHT AT 7 ON FIOS CH. 45 COUNTYWIDE AND IN WHITE PLAINS CABLEVISION CH 76

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ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD 

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MICHELLE BRISBANE

ON THE EFFECTS OF ALZHEIMER’S ON HER FAMILY

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DEBBIE WARBURTON

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

FOR ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION HUDSON VALLEY

ON THE STATE OF ALZHEIMER’S TODAY

THE WARNING SIGNS 

THE NEED FOR MORE RESEARCH FOR A CURE

WHAT POPULATION GETS ALZHEIMER’S MORE THAN ANY OTHER

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO SLOW ALZHEIMER’S PROGRESSION

THE MOST IMPORTANT INTERVIEW YOU WILL SEE THIS YEAR

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County Legislators Will Set the Spreckman Seat Vote Monday

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Board of Legislators. June 16, 2016: 

A Special Meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators will take place Monday, June 27, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. for the purpose of setting a date for the special election to fill the seat which was vacated by Legislator Bernice Spreckman in the 14th Legislative District.

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