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County Executive Announces FREE ONLINE Veterans’ Job Fair

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From theOffice of the County Executive. December 17, 2014.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen ODell are teaming up for the third consecutive year to match Westchester and Putnam veterans seeking employment with businesses that are ready to hire by sponsoring the Veterans Virtual Job Fair.

The online event runs through December 31 and provides an easy to use platform for employers and job seekers to connect.

“Our veterans have the skills, training, professionalism and confidence to help any business grow,” said Astorino. “The tax credits and training subsidies currently available make it a great time to hire a veteran.”

Businesses can earn up to $8,000 in federal tax credits per employee for the veterans they hire. In addition, businesses can get up to $20,000 to train the qualifying employees they hire through the county’s Hire Westchester program.

Elmsford-based SolarCity, a solar power business, is looking to hire installers, electricians, engineers and others through the program. “We’re proud of our history of hiring veterans here in New York and across the country,” said Leon Keshishian, regional vice president, east coast operations, for SolarCity. “The Veterans Virtual Job Fair is a great tool for us to connect with qualified workers, especially for our growing Westchester County operations.”

The online job fair is available free of charge. Employers can register their available positions and search online profiles, while veterans can post their resumes and search for jobs.

The jobs available through the online portal include positions in sales, retail, IT, accounting, financial services, graphic arts, custodial and more. Specific positions include clerks, butchers and managers for ShopRite, CNC operator for Fenbar Precision, property manager for Trion Real Estate Management and hundreds more.

“We are honored to employ many veterans at our company. Each veteran brings a unique set of skills to the organization, and their dedication and life experience sets a great example for our associates to follow,” said Tom Urtz, vice president of operations for ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. “Our partnership with the Veterans Virtual Job Fair has allowed us to reach new heights, and we couldn’t be prouder to employ some of the bravest and most loyal men and women who truly understand our mission statement of caring deeply for others.”

Businesses interested in hiring a veteran and veterans looking for employment should visit http://westchesterveteranjobs.com/.

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FASNY OPPONENTS CONCERNED ABOUT PROPOSED SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION HANDLING STORM WATER AFTER NOR’EASTER DUMPS 3-1/2 INCHES OF RAIN

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. December 15, 2014:

On Saturday, December 6, Tuesday, December 8, and through Wednesday, December 9, three and a half inches of rain fell on White Plains. Marie and Ron Rhoads, (who have written often on what they perceive as flawed planning and the burdens traffic to the proposed campus on the former Ridgeway Country Club), made these observations about the effects last week and possible future effects of similar heavy rains on the French American School of New York campus if it is approved and built:

Dear Mayor and Common Council,
 
We’re now calling the old Ridgeway golf course “Water World”. . .after last week’s Nor’easter dumped so much rain on it.  By the proposed North Street Entrance internal campus roadways would have been flooded, Conservancy bike and walk paths would have been underwater and throughout FASNY’s 53-acre building area numerous flooding areas occurred.  Below are some representative photos from this Nor’easter.  Can FASNY build roadways and buildings in areas that flood before their 10-year construction even starts?
 
Some of the water evaporated into the air, some drained into the underground streams and the rest flowed into our neighborhood resident basements. . .now we are almost back to normal.  This has happened before after heavy rains and we all are used to dealing with the after effects and moving forward.  However, we wonder what will happen if this Common Council allows FASNY to change the natural environment by building on 53 acres of current Open Space?
 
The questions on Water that we keep asking and getting no response to are :
 
1.  If FASNY builds foundations on top of underground streams. . .where will the water in these underground streams be diverted to?  Our neighborhood homes? 
 
2.  And if FASNY covers 53-acres of current Open Space with buildings, impervious roadways, paths and parking lots. . .where does all the current rainwater flow to?  Our neighborhood homes?
 
It would have been nice if the Army Corps of Engineers were to step in and evaluate FASNY’s building plans.  Unfortunately we heard FASNY representative Zarin say at the December 4th meeting that the Army Corps gave FASNY the go ahead with their building plans.  While we’re guessing, like everything else these FASNY Representatives say, that “there is more to the story”. . .for the time being we’ll just have to wait until the real story comes out.  There’s some concern that the Army Corps may have been working with maps that didn’t identify all of the underground streams.
 
We have the utmost faith in our Commissioner of Public Works and his staff to protect WP residents and the City’s environment. . .if they are left free of politics from above.  We also know the Common Council has the responsibility of insuring the Health, Safety and Welfare of its citizens.  
Looking at the Big Picture. . .will this Common Council stand-down to the first of many large developers who want to make our City’s Zoning just a suggestion?   Whatever favoritism you give to FASNY now. . .won’t you have to give the same to all future developers?  Or will this Common Council stand-up for your elected responsibility to safeguard the Health, Safety and Welfare of residents and protect the environment?
 
We report. . .you decide.                                                                                                                                                      Your Truth Police, Team Rhodes
 
Marie and Ron Rhodes               
 

 

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Food Bank Seeks New Donations to Feed Families Over the Holidays

WPCNR HEARTLINE. From the Food Bank of Westcherster. December 15, 2014:

For some people in Westchester, the holiday season puts an added focus on hunger.

“Although Westchester is the most affluent suburban county in the state of New York, more than 200,000 residents are food insecure and at risk of hunger,” says Ellen Lynch, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Westchester. “A third are children, nearly a quarter are senior citizens. Many miss one to three meals per week. The fact that individuals and families go hungry in Westchester is real, and the holiday season intensifies the problem.”

Last year alone the Food Bank for Westchester distributed 7.2 million pounds of food, yet many residents are unaware that hunger is a problem in the county, Lynch points out, and they don’t realize how far a financial contribution to the Food Bank goes. “Because we purchase food at discounted rates in truckload quantities, every dollar donated enables us to buy $4 worth of food. That is why financial support is especially meaningful.”

Lynch says the holiday season poses specific challenges for those confronted with going hungry. “At this time of year, those who are less fortunate, particularly in a wealthy area like Westchester, can feel very isolated and a lack of food becomes exceptionally painful. We recognize this and make a distinct effort to ensure that people have sufficient food.” She adds, “A fully tax-deductible donation that goes so far is a wonderful way to give back to your community during this special time of year.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Food Bank for Westchester simply go to www.foodbankforwestchester.org

Here are some additional options for donating to the Food Bank for Westchester: 

Matching gifts – Check with your employer to see if your donation can be matched.

Automatic monthly giving – make your New Year’s resolution to help others easy to keep – set a regular donation of $50 or $100 to be applied against your credit card – it’s likely you won’t even notice it and it can make a world of difference to a mom with hungry children.

Stock transfers – A year-end gift of stock or securities can significantly reduce your personal income taxes while providing meaningful support for hunger relief.

Review your long-term financial goals – Create a lasting legacy by including the Food Bank for Westchester in your will or estate plans.

Consult with a legal, tax and/or financial advisor before making any gift that has tax implications. Contact Pat Reino, at (914) 923-1100 or e-mail

patricia.reino@foodbankforwestchester.org for additional information on giving opportunities for the Food Bank for Westchester.

 

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Devil is in the Details in Downtown Development, Too! Pay Attention City Hall!

WPCNR LETTER TICKER. December 14, 2014:

A resident of the White Plains downtown, and frequent walker in the center of White Plains has observed a series of areas already built, demonstrating considerably less than perfect execution and chronic “quality of life” issues that the Common Council, Planning Board, Building Department, Planning Department and Parking Department, Traffic Commission must pay closer attention to in the future than they have in the past.

Dec. 12, 2014

Dear Mayor Roach, Common Council Members, City Advisory Board members, and other interested parties:

For Large and Small Development Projects, the Devil Is in the Details. These details—number of driveways, wind generation at street level, garbage storage, dips in sidewalks, snow storage and removal, access for large and small moving vans and delivery trucks, melting roof snow and ice, dog walking, safe pedestrian entry, cab access, cleanup of empty lots whose developers default, building identification–concern public safety and quality of life. All concerned—developers, City Departments, City Boards giving opinions and approval, should keep these details in mind.

Does the profit motive make developers of residential and commercial or mixed use want to pack as much as they can into a property? Listed here is an elaboration of some concerns that must be addressed in development:

Driveways

The City Center and new hotel complex on Main Street have, within 1 block, 5 driveways for pedestrians to cross. Could this have been avoided?

Wind generation

In the winter small people have difficulty crossing City Place and Church Street near Main Street because of high-speed wind gusts created by the new tall buildings on City Place and Renaissance Square. Street level wind generation, an aspect of the science of urban aerodynamics, can be calculated and considered in advance of building. The applicant for development should pay for the studies.

Garbage storage

On hot summer days, have you passed by the open Martine Avenue City Center delivery area and garbage storage area? You can smell the garbage, and so can the residents of Martine Avenue. Should there be better garbage containers, and should there have been a better design to keep the storage area hosed down and clean? Or, are the garbage smells the result of employee negligence?

Dips in sidewalks

For visibility, especially after dark, dips in sidewalk materials (for ease of wheel chair and luggage rolling from the street) should be a different color than the rest of the sidewalk.

Snow storage and snow removal

Enough area for temporary snow storage should be set aside; and that should include a border of safety to allow for thawing and refreezing so that pedestrians do not slip.

Moving vans and delivery trucks

Moving vans and delivery trucks, giant-sized and small, need a place to park and maneuver so that motorists and pedestrians can pass safely.

Melting roof snow and ice

Melting roof snow and ice are a problem. That’s why you often see a roped-off area(s) at the City Center, to protect people on the ground from falling snow and ice. Is there a way to plan for this in advance of construction?

Dog walking

In extremely cold weather, I notice that people living in the rental building on City Place do not want to walk their dogs far. The area near the door becomes a small skating rink. In any weather, Martine Avenue has become a dog dump. No dog park was planned. Even if a dog park had been planned, where would it be and who would be disturbed by dogs barking, late at night and in the early morning? The new downtown residential “Des Moines Building” in Des Moines, Iowa has its own dog park on a third floor walk-out roof. But, the brand new rental building on Dekalb Avenue in White Plains has a dog park, next to a private home.

Safe pedestrian entry into a building or complex

What could be more important than safe pedestrian entry into a building or complex? Safe sidewalks, steps, ramps, street crossings….

Cab access

The cab “stand” in front of Walmart provides unsafe access for the cabs: They must maneuver to park and wait on Main Street by driving immediately in front of an extremely active pedestrian crosswalk (the NE corner of Main Street and City Place).

Cleanup of empty lots whose developers default or delay

Developers are responsible for keeping empty, undeveloped lots clean and free of plant overgrowth. They must be required to contribute to an escrow account for lot cleaning. One reason is default on property ownership (example: Amherst Place vacant lot between Franklin Avenue and Main Street).

Building identification

An almost new rental apartment building on Lake St., in the block east of South Kensico, has no street number or building name on it. Identification is important for deliveries, cab service, and, of course, emergencies.

I welcome your comments, and thank you for your consideration. This communication is available in electronic form.

 Renee Cohen

Downtown White Plains Resident

 

 

Renee Co

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Holdup Week–FBI ASKS DO YOU KNOW THESE BANK ROBBERS?

WPCNR FBI WIRE. Special to WPCNR from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. December 14, 2014:

There has been an increase in bank robberies in New York City over the past week of this holiday season. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York City Police Department are asking for the public’s help locating the following suspects. Below are details from several armed bank robberies that are believed to be unrelated.

Tuesday December 9, 2014

At 4:55 p.m., on Tuesday December 9, 2014, a lone male entered the Chase Bank at 74-07 Eliot Avenue, Queens, New York. The suspect produced a withdrawal slip with a note which read something to the effect of: “I HAVE A GUN. I WANT 100s 50s 20s”. The suspect then brandished a black handle of a firearm in his jacket pocket. The teller passed cash through the teller tray. The suspect then fled the bank on foot, walking around the bank through the drive through area and heading north on 74th Street.

The suspect is believed to be connected to several other unsolved bank robberies beginning in 2012.

Chase Bank Robbery Suspect (12/9/14)

The suspect was described as male, approximately 5’ 9’’ tall, chubby build, possibility Dominican, and in his 30s. He was last seen wearing a gray skull cap, mirrored sunglasses, black and white fringed scarf, gray windbreaker, black shirt, carrying a clear umbrella and a black handled pistol.

Tuesday December 9, 2014

On Tuesday December 9, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., a lone male entered the HSBC Bank at 145 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York. The suspect approached the victim teller, displayed a demand note and brandished a handgun, pointing it at the teller. The suspect fled northbound on Fifth Avenue after robbing the bank.

HSBC Bank Robbery Suspect (12/9/14)

The suspect is described as a white male and approximately 5’10”. He was last seen wearing a brown flat cap or newsboy cap with earflaps, a winter scarf around his face, a navy blue or black overcoat and dark gloves. He was carrying a black semi-auto handgun.

Saturday December 6, 2014

At a few minutes before 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014, a lone male entered the Alma Bank 213-11 Northern Boulevard in Queens. He approached a banker sitting in a cubicle with several customers, pointed a gun at her face, and grabbed her by the back of the neck, pushing her head down towards the teller window.

One of the tellers saw what was happening and immediately began pushing cash through the teller tray. The suspect stuffed the cash into his coat pockets, dropping bills on the counter and floor and leaving a trail as he exited the branch. The suspect fled west out of the bank, up 213th Street and into the passenger side of a waiting black or dark colored car. The car headed in an unknown direction on 43rd Avenue.

Alma Bank Robbery Suspect (12/6/14)

The suspect is described as 5’9’’ to 6’ tall, fit, wearing a black leather jacket, black hoodie, black mask, thick black gloves, black pants, and black shoes. He carried a silver and black semi-auto handgun with a black grip.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 212-384-1000 or the NYPD at 800-577-TIPS. Tipsters may remain anonymous. The suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Feiner Thought: Entire State Thruway System Should Absorb the Mounting Toll of the New Andrew Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge. NO TOLLIZATION WITHOUT EQUALIZATION

WPCNR THE FEINER REPORT. Special to WPCNR by Paul Feiner, Supervisor, Town of Greenburgh. December 12, 2014:

WESTCHESTER/ROCKLAND IS PAYING FOR THRUWAY ROAD/BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS UPSTATE….

WHY WON’T THRUWAY AUTHORITY MAKE UPSTATE PAY FOR NEW TZ BRIDGE DOWNSTATE?

UNEQUAL TREATMENT FOR UPSTATE AND DOWNSTATE…

On December 11,2014 the news media reported that tolls on the TZ bridge could increase substantially. It’s my hope that Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature will do for Westchester/Rockland motorists what they have recently did for motorists who reside in Staten Island.

The current automobile toll on the Verrazano Bridge for people who don’t live on Staten Island is $15, or $10.66 for cars with E-ZPass.

The toll will now be further reduced for RESIDENTS of Staten Island  by the Governor to $5.50. Currently, those residents now pay a discounted toll of $6 or $6.36 , depending on how often they use the bridge. This is a 37% (5.50/15.00) reduction from the $15 toll.  

When the Tappan Zee bridge is built residents of Westchester/Rockland should receive similar discounts. 

In addition, the cost of the bridge should be paid for by the entire NYS Thruway system users, not only motorists who use the Tappan Zee bridge. 

I don’t think this is fair!  When work is done around the state  on other bridges and roads the entire system pays for the work. If down state residents are going to pay for upstate bridges and road construction, upstate residents should be requiredto contribute towards the new Tappan Zee bridge construction.The other option: If upstate won’t pay for a downstate bridge, downstate shouldn’t have to pay for the almost one billion dollar capital program projects listed on the  Thruway Authority website for work Under Construction or Completed in the 3 Upstate Divisions: Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo. 

The state Thruway Authority is undertaking major capital improvements on bridges and roads throughout the state –new bridges, repairs, repaving, and much more. Why should downstate pay for upstate Thurway road work when upstate won’t pay for our downstate new TZ bridge?

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 THE FASNY SHOWDOWN

SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL NOT FILE A SUIT TO OVERTURN A POSSIBLE APPROVAL OF THE FASNY PROJECT.

THE STATE LEGISLATORS WANT A RAISE? ARE YOU KIDDING?

THE GREAT TAPPAN ZEE TOLL MYSTERY: WHAT MYSTERY?THE LONGER STATE WAITS TO TAKE THE $4 BILLION LOAN  OR USE THE $5.2 BILLION FRENCH BANK PENALTY PAYMENT, THE HIGHER THE TOLL GETS.

THE COUNTY LEGISLATURE OKS ASTORINO BUDGET DECRIES BORROWING TO BALANCE BUDGET BUT DOES IT ANYWAY.

“SCROOGEY” CITY ADMINISTRATION RULES OUT FREE PARKING ON STREET METERS 3rd STRAIGHT YEAR.

EMBATTLED, UNPOPULAR, POLARIZING STATE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER HEADS TO WASHINGTON IN LINE FOR SECRETARY OF EDUCATION JOB, TIMES SAYS. 

FORMER STATE SENATOR NICK SPANO SEEKS TO RALLY PARENTS OF THE DISABLED TO STOP DOWNSIZING FUNDING AND SERVICES

 

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Teen Dance Friday Night is Cancelled

THE TEEN NIGHT HOLIDAY DANCE IS CANCELLED FOR TOMORROW, 
December 12, 2014 
DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION.
 
We will have future teen nights in the upcoming months!
 
For further information, please contact the Recreation & Parks Dept @ 914-422-1336
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5 PLEAD GUILTY IN MAJOR NARCOTICS CASE

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. December 11, 2014:

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that a total of 5 individuals have pled guilty as a result of a multi-agency, multi jurisdictional takedown of a major narcotics trafficking ring that operated in the Hudson Valley and New York City.

“Law enforcement from all levels, federal, state and local, collaborated in a multi-jurisdictional effort that stretched from New York City to the HudsonValley. This coordinated effort resulted in the takedown of a major narcotics trafficking operation resulting in long prison sentences for its leaders. Our efforts were a model of collaborative law enforcement and its results,” said Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Between November 25th, 2014 and December 11th, 2014:

  • Juan Nieto (DOB 3/21/83) of 452 Olmstead Avenue and 2310 Holland Avenue, Bronx, New York;
  • Jason “J-Hova” Nieto (DOB 11/30/84) of 104 Patmor Avenue, Yonkers, New York;
  • Louis Crespo, (DOB 2/6/83) of 12 New Place, Yonkers, New York;
  • Michael “EZ” Figueroa (DOB 5/5/85) of 2323 Walton Avenue, Bronx, New York;
  • Braulio Rosa (DOB 4/15/81) of Easton, Pennsylvania,

all plead guilty to:

  • one count of Attempted Conspiracy in the 2nd Degree, a class “C” Felony,

Juan Nieto, Michael Figueroa, Braulio Rosa and Louis Crespo also pled guilty to:

  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class “B” Felony,

Jason Nieto also pled guilty to:

  • one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class “B” Felony.

Sentencings will be on January 27th, 2015.

On May 8, 2014, over 250 investigators, police officers and special agents from the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the FBI, New York State Police, Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force, ICE-Homeland Security Investigations, Yonkers Police, Village of Ardsley Police, NYPD and the DEA were involved in the arrests.

The arrests were the result of a nine month long investigation that involved electronic surveillance, undercover buys, pole cameras and GPS devices attached to some of the subjects’ vehicles that culminated in the execution of 11 search warrants issued in New York State Supreme Court and approximately 20 federal search warrants.

As a result of the search warrants or throughout the investigation, police seized approximately $1.5 million in cash (drug proceeds), 6.5 kilograms of cocaine, over 40 pounds of marijuana, 10 guns and several vehicles.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Luzio, Chief of the Narcotics Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Craig Cecchini of the Narcotics Bureau are prosecuting the case.

 

 

 

 

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