Height Bar System to be “Tested” on one entrance location on Hutch. County, Trucking Industry, Department of Transportation Steps to Prevent Trucks Entering Hutch, BRP

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. July 17, 2018:

Bridge strikes were the topic at a meeting at County Executive George Latimer’s office last Friday

Latimer pulled together officials from Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, Rye Brook, Rye, along with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), state elected officials  and the Trucking Association of New York .

After the meeting, Latimer said there isn’t going to be one solution, but rather many.

Among them:

1. Evaluate the location where the “head banger”system ( the trade term for a height bar hanging over an entrance to the parkway similar to the bars hanging in parking garages) could be tested

(Editor’s Note: There is an sidebar issue to the height bars brought by the Department of Transportation.

Catherine Cioffi, Director of Communications for Westchester County asked by WPCNR when the test would come, said she did not have a date yet when the test would be conducted.

Asked what it would cost to put Height Bars on all entrances to the Hutchinson River Parkway, she said the Department of Transportation did not have a cost on such a complete every entrance installation.

Cioffi said the Department of Transportation advised that there was a safety issue involved in installing height bars. Cioffi said the DOT said the height bar could become “airborne” creating a possibility of some kind of damage. Cioffi at this point did not have the details on how height bars could be modified if possible to be safer if hit by a truck hitting them, 

2.  NYSDOT agreed to do an immediate assessment of dramatic signage prior to the King Street Bridge on the Hutchinson River Parkway

3-  Trucking Association of New York will work with County Executive’s Office to establish an education program for users of all parkways that would explain the County’s Parkway System

4-      Outreach to mapping companies, like Google Maps and Waze, to update their software to add in warnings for trucks and other commercial vehicles

5-      Westchester County Police to gather a breakdown of the statistics on the bridge strikes and the NYSDOT to also share the data they have collected.  6

6-      Review of bridge strikes on the Bronx River Parkway

7-      NYSDOT to alert local police in real time, along with County Police, of trucks entering parkway

Latimer said: “This is a problem and it is going to stop. We are going to make every effort we can to try to end this.  This is a solvable problem.  If government can’t solve this problem then government can’t do anything.   And, I confidently believe that rational people working together can make a difference.”

Latimer said: “I am confident we can execute these strategies relatively quickly, and we will monitor the success we have.”

The next meeting is set for the fall.

 

 

 

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Disease Symposium Wednesday Points How County Qualifications to Attract World Impact Research Firms to Westchester

The Westchester Biotech Project (WBP), a not-for-profit organization that brings together a global network of scientists to foster scientific research and collaboration, will present its Rare Disease Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at Iona College.

As part of the symposium, leading experts, scientists, and entrepreneurs will highlight current efforts to diagnose and treat some of the 350 million people affected around the world by 7,000 known rare diseases, of which 95 percent do not currently have a single FDA-approved drug treatment. So too will they address why Westchester is well positioned to become a global research hub for curing some of the world’s rarest diseases.

WBP, a borderless nonprofit organization, is connecting the region’s science brain trust with resources for international impact and is currently developing the Rare Disease Hub for international researchers.

Panalists:      Dr. Antonio Molina-Pachon, the keynote speaker, will discuss why Westchester can compete globally in the field, along with his collaboration with the WBP and its international partners to develop a Rare Disease Research Hub. David Bettoun, Ph.D., vice president, Discovery and Preclinical Development, Chondrial Therapeutics, will discuss the company’s journey to develop treatments for Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare progressive disease that damages one’s nervous system. Scott Mellis, Ph.D., vice president, Rare Disease Early Clinical Science, Regeneron, will share what it was like to lead clinical development at Regeneron for a medication for an ultra-rare auto-inflammatory disease. Dr. Sergei Petukhov, DVM, partner, Enso Ventures, will provide unique insights into why some companies succeed while others fail and what investors look for in a company.

When:  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Where: Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. Ryan Library.

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David Buchwald Announces His Candidacy for Reelection to Assembly District 93

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Mr. Buchwald at a recent visit to the White Plains Television Studios.

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2018. From Assemblyman David Buchwald, July 12, 2018:

David Buchwald, Democrat representing the 93rd Assembly District, formally announced his re-election campaign Wednesday.

Buchwald has earned the endorsement of five parties, including the Democratic, Independence, Reform, Women’s Equality and Working Families Parties.

Illustrating the breadth and depth of support Assemblyman Buchwald has received, over 2,500 Democratic signatures were collected by volunteers, more than five times the amount required to make the ballot. An additional 341 signatures on the Independence, Reform, Women’s Equality and Working Families Party petitions were turned into the Board of Elections.

Assemblyman Buchwald said, “I am honored to have such wide support throughout Westchester. In the Assembly, I have worked on behalf of Westchester residents, from fighting to protect our environment, to standing up for women’s rights, to working to reduce our tax burden. I am grateful that I have earned the support of Westchester’s community and political leaders of all stripes.”

Buchwald continued, “And now, more than ever, it is critical to protect our shared values, as they are under assault from Washington. I would consider it a great honor to continue to stand up for my constituents and to represent Westchester in the State Assembly.

First elected to the New York State Assembly in 2012, Assemblyman David Buchwald has dedicated himself to making Westchester a better place to live, work and raise a family.

A tax attorney by trade, David’s legislative priorities include fighting to protect and preserve our environment, strengthening our public education system, championing sensible gun safety laws, protecting women’s reproductive health rights and the civil rights of all New Yorkers, cleaning up Albany and securing electoral reform.

He is also the author of the groundbreaking constitutional amendment allowing the forfeiture of corrupt public officials’ taxpayer-funded pensions.

The 93rd Assembly District includes the communities of Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and White Plains.

 

 

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After Drought in First Quarter, Interest in Westchester Luxury Homes Grows in 2nd Quarter

WPCNR REALTY REALITY. From Houlihan Lawrence. July 12, 2018:

The luxury market in Westchester County ($2 Million priced and higher) improved after posting a 20% decline in Q-1, according to the Houlihan Lawrence Luxury Market Report released Wednesday. Year-to-date, Westchester County luxury sales are down just 7% and Q-2 sales kept pace with the same period last year.

Westchester’s s luxury market, the ultra-luxury segment of the market ($5M+) is performing better than it has in years.  Through June 30th, there are a total of 21 closed and pended sales over $5M, compared to 19 sales in 2016 and 18 sales in 2017.

Pended sales will likely close this year, and 2018 is on track to exceed the previous two years.  More significant are the number of $10M+ sales this year. Two closed and three are pending – a striking increase from 2016 and 2017, when a single $10M+ sale closed each year.

Houlihan Lawrence observes:

“The ultra-luxury segment momentum is evidence that buyers are resurfacing. Their behavior is marked by a combination of right-brain and left-brain decision-making.  A property’s location, lifestyle and quality appeal to their emotions, which is important but often not enough to make an offer.

Typically, when the left-side of the brain can rationally identify value and justify the purchase price, a buyer will confidently move forward.  Both heart and head have to be in agreement because one without the other creates inertia.

“For sellers, there is plenty of competition in the luxury market for buyers’ hearts and minds.  Positioning your home to entice a buyer is equally as important as pricing your home realistically.  One without the other leads to a listing that can languish on the market.

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Governor Cuomo Says New York State Needs to Pass a Roe versus Wade Abortion Law in New York State. Will Sue if Supreme Court Overturns Roe v, Wade

WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. July 11, 2018:

Republicans in the  New York State Senate have always said, when pressed for a state abortion statute,:

“Well, we don’t need New York law because we have Roe v. Wade and nobody’s crazy enough to try to roll back Roe v. Wade.”

The exception is  the man they nominated for President of the United States who wound up winning the election.

But that was always the answer, you don’t need a New York law. We have Roe v. Wade. Well now we know we’re not guaranteed Roe v. Wade.

And the New York law, does not currently go as far as Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade has the protections that we now rely on in New York.

We never passed the New York State law because we relied on Roe v. Wade and everyone assumed it would always be there and because the Republicans wouldn’t pass it, using that as an excuse.

We now need to codify Roe v. Wade, which will actually increase the protections in New York. God forbid they do what they intend to do.

I want to get it done before the Supreme Court does that because I don’t want any gaps in a woman’s right to protection and we have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts because I will sue when the Supreme Court acts and I want the New York State law in place.

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Assemblyman Buchwald Hosts Crimes Against Seniors Awareness Programs TODAY in Chappaqua

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From Assemblyman David Buchwald. July 10, 2018:

Westchester County residents were hit with 10.5 million scam calls in the month of April alone. So I am bringing experts from the Attorney General’s office to Smart Senior Seminars today, Friday.

At these events, seniors will learn how to spot scams and protect themselves from thieves operating online, on the phone or even knocking at their door.

If this topic is of interest to you or a loved one, please join us at a Smart Seniors event on Friday, July 13, at 1 pm at the Chappaqua Community Center (10 Senter Street). I have previously hosted Smart Senior sessions in White Plains, downtown Harrison and West Harrison.

 

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Westchester D.A. Establishes Path for Immigrants to Report Crimes Against themselves and Immigrant Community or Themselves

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From the Westchester County District Attorney. July 10, 2018:

Following last week’s arrest of a Congers by Westchester County Police for selling fake Green Card to undocumented immigrants residing in Mount Kisco, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. reminded immigrants in Westchester of an important service of the District Attorney’s Office: Westchester County District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

All Westchester County residents have the right to live without being victimized by anyone and know they can report a crime committed against them or report a crime they have witnessed without fear­–even if they don’t speak English, don’t understand the laws of the U.S., or are residing in the U.S. without legal status.

Our office is here to help. We will meet with people anywhere they feel comfortable and speak with them in any language.

“Because immigrants are often exploited for their vulnerability, we believe they should know their rights and seek help without fear of reprisal.” Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said. “We commend those who have come forward to seek justice in this case and the Westchester County Police on this scam arrest. Most importantly, we want to make sure immigrants know they can reach out to our office whether they are victims of a crime or witnesses to a crime.”

Westchester County District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline (914) 995-1616.

Translators are available.

The Office can be reached by email: OIA@westchesterda.net

For more information, view or download Immigrant Affairs PDF.

 

 

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