Snow, What Snow? It’s Palm Sunday, and the Daffs Are Right on Schedule

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DAY: The Daffodils like the Tappan Zee Bridge and the New York State Legislature are right on schedule, poking up at Palm Sunday (tomorrow) despite 35 degrees and snow flurries; There’s yellow tips out there!

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Flash the News Frog Interviews first of the dogged Daffodils to poike their yellow tips through — getting ready for Easter Sunday. A spokesdil told Flash the public should hang on Spring, they guarantee is coming!

 

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Frank Asprea–A Model Employee–Sets the Standard for Hard Work. And it’s Harder for Him.

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MR. RECEPTION: Frank Asprea of United Cerebral Palsy at the front desk.

WPCNR PEOPLE TO BE PROMOTED. From Cerebral Palsy of Westchester. March 28, 2015: 

United Cerebral Palsy’s Frank Asprea speaks volumes to the gifts that those withdevelopmental disabilities possess. Leading the way with an attitude of gratitude, Frank has not only held consistent employment in the community throughout his career but he has brought an awareness to individuals that the only disability in life is a “bad attitude”

.Frank began working at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester in March 2001 in which he worked as a cashier at the Company store for seven years. One year later, in 2002, he was offered a part-time position at Kohl’s in Port Chester again working as a cashier for the Company. As Frank’s skills progressed he continued to push himself and left Kohl’s as a cashier and was hired into the Human Resource Department at Target in Mt. Vernon, NY in which he was responsible for putting together new hire packets for employees, prescreening potential applicants, ordering supplies for the department, working on computers and photocopying bills.

To say Frank has a heart of gold is an understatement. After years of work
experience in the field of hospitality and human resources he applied for a
full-time position at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester as the Agency Receptionist.
In August 2011 Frank was hired by the Agency and continues to do an
excellent job to this day. Frank says: “I’ve always wanted to be an inspiration
to others. Showing all people that when you put your mind to something you
can do it.”

He then added: “As far as I’m concerned you can never judge a
book by its cover. What you see on the outside is not always what you get on
the inside.”
Due to Frank’s hard work and dedication he was voted employee of the
month in February 2011 and accepted the award for employee of the year in
October 2011! Frank Asprea is an exceptional employee who brings awareness
every single day to the life and accomplishments of those with developmental disabilities

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE MARCH 27 EDITION NOW ON THE INTERNET INSTANTLY

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PETER KATZ! JOHN BAILEY! JIM BENEROFE! THE NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSMEN

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15th year on the air weekly on White Plains TV with the stories that hit home and affect you personally! Very personally. They wouldn’t nominate us for an Emmy!

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TONIGHT FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH:

THE BIG MELT

THE LOCKOUT SYSTEM ON THE GERMANWINGS AIRCRAFT — UNANSWERED ISSUES

CRIMESTOPPERS NOTEBOOk::THE WHITE PLAINS POLICE USE THE MEDIA TO CATCH A THIEF AND THEY DO!

HOUSING AUTHORITY EXPLAINS THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE NEW WINBROOK

JIM BENEROFE : HOW YOU CAN MAKE MIXED INCOME LEVEL RENTALS WORK IN THE NEW WINBROOK

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL NOT INVESTIGATE LEAD LEVELS IN THEIR TWO ARTIFICAL TURF FIELDS UNLESS BOCES CALLS FOR IT. FIELDS STILL UNDER WARRANTY, BUILDINGS BOSS SAYS.

SALVATION ARMY OF WHITE OLAINS SALUTES ITS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

HONORS MAYOR JOSEPH DELFINO AND FOOD BANK OF WESTCHESTER.

DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S SHOW ON THE INTERNET NOW

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or watch it Monday at 7 on

VERIZON FIOS CHANNEL 45 AND CABLEVISION IN WHITE PLAINS AT CHANNEL 76

 

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Orange-Rockland-Westchester jobs increased 1.4% in year

WPCNR ECONOMISTRY. From the New York State Department of Labor. March 26, 2015:
Job growth was fastest in the Kingston metro area (+1.6 percent) followed by the Orange-Rockland-Westchester metro area (+1.4percent), Sullivan County (+0.6 percent) and the Dutchess-Putnam metro area (+0.4 percent).
For the 12-month period ending in February 2015, private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased by 9,000 or 1.2 percent, to 742,500.
The job picture in the private sector continues to be mixed, with growth recorded in four of the nine sectors.
The four sectors adding jobs were educational and health services (+6,300), professional and business services (+2,000), natural resources, mining and construction (+1,700) and other services (+1,600).
While five sectors lost jobs over-the-year, the losses were all less than 1,000 jobs.
Although the regional job market continues to expand, private sector job growth in the Hudson Valley lags that of the state (+2.0 percent) and the nation (+2.8 percent). Overall, private sector employment growth occurred throughout the region.
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You are invited to attend
“Present Day Enslavement in our Communities,”
a forum on human trafficking.
When? April 15, 7-9 p.m.
Where? White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue
Confirmed Speakers:

NYS Assemblywoman Amy Paulin;

Gonzalo Martinez de Vedia of the Human Trafficking Program, Worker Justice Center;

Carl J. Boykin, Director of Human Trafficking Prevention for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services;

Lauren Hersh, Director, Anti-Trafficking Policy & Advocacy, Sanctuary for Families 

Sponsors: White Plains League of Women Voters, White Plains Rotary,

The Slater Center, El Centro Hispano, and the White Plains Public Library


For more information, contact:
Denise D’Ambrosio, denisedambrosiolaw@gmail.com

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White Plains Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in February 2014 Assault.

WPCNR DISTRICT ATTORNEY REPORT. From the Westchester County District Attorney. March 24, 2015:   

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Eric Hines (DOB 05/02/81) of 34 Kensico Avenue, White Plains, New York pled guilty today to:

  • one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, class “B” Felony.

On February 4, 2014 at approximately 12:52 a.m. in the vicinity of School and Harmon Streets, the defendant, hit the victim on the head with a glass vodka bottle causing the victim to fall to the ground, and then repeatedly punched and kicked the victim in the head.

Two witnesses called 911, police responded quickly and the defendant was seen walking away from the location of the incident.

The victim was transported to WestchesterMedicalCenter and admitted for traumatic brain injury.  He remained in a medically induced coma throughout his nearly 6 week stay, during which time he underwent several procedures, remained on a ventilator.

He was transported to a long term care facility in the Bronx and on March 19th 2014, he was noted to be in respiratory distress and was transported to MontefioreMedicalCenter where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death was certified as complications of blunt impacts of the head.

Sentencing will be on April 28th, 2015.

He faces a maximum sentence of twenty five years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Shameika Mathurin of the Career Criminal Bureau prosecuted the case.

 

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NABBED! Police Round Up Robbery Suspect; THANK NEWS MEDIA.

 

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ROBERT BERRY

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From White Plains Department of Public Safety. March 24, 2015 UPDATED JANUARY 25, 2015:

Within 24 hours of the posting on the internet by Lohud.com and The White Plains CitizeNetReporter of the surveillance photo above, the suspect who was shown in the progress a walk-in, walk-out, help yourself robbery of this picture, White Plains Police are  pleased to announce the arrest of the suspect.

Commissioner of Public Safety David Chong said, “Robert Berry a 54 year old Mt. Vernon resident was arrested last night by our investigators for the USA Pro Auto Shop larceny of $90k. The White Plains Police Department appreciates the assistance of the news media which helped lead to his apprehension.”

White Plains police released the above photograph overnigh Monday  of a man who police said robbed the USA Service Pro Auto Shop service station, 578 Mamaroneck Avenue last Wednesday, March 18.

Lieutenant Eric Fischer told The Journal News  the man loitered a small amount of time outsdide the office, and when the office was unoccupied, walked in and helped himself to an open safe, departing quietly with $90,000 in cash.

Police are asking anyone who knows this man (captured on video) above to contact the police anonymously at 422-6200 or 422-6223. Information and your identity will be kept confidential..

 

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Winbrook’s First New Building Accepts Applications for Apartments — to Open in August.

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WPCNR WEST SIDE STORY. By John F. Bailey. March 24, 2015:

The Winbrook Revitalization Project is expected to  open its first new building in August for present residents of the Winbrook complex. Applications for the apartments from residents were expected to be filed with the White Plains Housing Authority this past Saturday.

Mack Carter the Executive Director of the White Plains Housing Authority told WPCNR in a statement last week,  every household of the 450 families were given a survey to determine their interest in renting a new unit in the new building on the corner of Fisher Avenue and South Lexinton across from the Federal Courthouse.

Carter said the final selection of applicants for the first building will be conducted by a lottery and every Winbrook applicant (returning the survey ) will be considered. 

Carter assured that  ”those applicants not selected who defer to a later moving date will be kept on the list for available units in future phases,” (4 more buildings are planned for construction.

WPCNR asked if a number of the units in the new building would also be made available to the general public at market rates. This is not clear.

In his written statement, Carter said “criteria – means of selecting applicants above the 450 families will be determined on future funding and requirements.”

 He emphasized to WPCNR “We (the Housing Authority) are consistently communicating the particulars of the process with our residents and will continue to do so as the process continues.”

It is not clear yet when the lottery will take place and when selected residents will be announced.

 

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Governor Gives State of the Budget Report

WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From the Governor’s Communications Director.March 23, 2015:
The Governor and the legislative leaders are in the midst of ongoing budget discussions which have intensified as we have gotten closer to the budget deadline. As rumors swirl in the Capitol, several issues should be clarified.

The Governor has stated repeatedly and clearly that ethics reform was a top priority and that he wouldn’t sign a budget without ethics reform. Nothing has changed. A budget done with both houses must include ethics reform. The Governor believes that the concerns of legislators who have outside employment such as a law practice have been addressed consistent with his program for increased ethics disclosure and transparency. The Assembly obviously has already agreed with the Governor’s ethics package and has numerous members with outside employment. The Governor said he would not sign off on a budget that doesn’t include the ethics reforms he outlined, and he meant it.

Education reform is another top priority in this budget. The key education reforms are dealing with the epidemic of failing schools, improvement to the teacher evaluation system, tenure reform, teacher performance bonuses and scholarships to attract new teachers. If those reforms are passed, the Governor will support a significant funding increase. The Governor believes these changes will be transformative to our education system.

The DREAM Act is supported by the Assembly and the Education Tax Credit is supported by the Senate. Last year, neither initiative was passed. The Governor believes at this point, that either both will pass or neither. The Governor supports passage of both and included them in his budget. If they don’t pass in the budget, they could still pass in regular session.

The Governor supports a pay commission and included it in his original budget. The charter cap and mayoral control for New York City are issues that can be addressed in the budget, or more likely in the remainder of the session. Regardless, both should be addressed before the conclusion of the session.

Other top priorities in the budget include raising the minimum wage, a small business tax cut and real property tax relief, the Governor’s $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative, statewide broadband, a Thruway stabilization fund and a substantial increase in funding for affordable housing.  

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Pre-K Registration Open until April 24

WPCNR SCHOOL DAY. March 23, 2015:

White Plains Public Schools

Universal PreKindergarten

In Partnership with

  • Family Services of Westchester – Fisher Avenue & No. Broadway
  • Little Disciples Learning Center – So. Lexington Avenue
  • United PreSchool Center – North Street
  • YMCA – Mamaroneck Avenue

A Limited Number of Full Day Classes Available

Half Day Morning and Afternoon Classes Available

A Free Program for Four-Year Olds Born in 2011

         A Quality

        Early Childhood

         Program

For information see the School District Website www.wpcsd.k12.ny.us, call 422-2038, or pick up an application at one of the sites listed above or the Family Information Center located at 500 North Street.

Applications requested by Friday, April 24, 2015

(The White Plains PreKindergarten adheres to the regulations of the New York State Education Department

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