WPCNR LETTER TICKER. Letter to the Mayor and Common Council Shared with WPCNR July 30, 2014:
The City of White Plains will present a special mid-summer program tonight during its Dancing Under the Stars concert series.
On Wednesday, from 7 pm to 9 pm, Desert Highway will perform a tribute to the Eagles. The concert will be complimented with a classic car show.
The concert and car show will be held on Court Street between Martine Avenue and Main Street, near the (suddenly revived over last weekend) “dancing waters” of the long dry Renaissance Square Fountain that the city has spent several months repairing. The fountain has been out of action for all of the spring and summer due to leaks and repairs conducted at a snail’s pace by the city, with no official explanation for the delay.
It will be good to see the fountain fonts frolicking again in the summer twilight, as they were yesterday in the summer sun.
For additional information call (914) 422-1339.
WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From the White Plains Department of Public Safety July 28, 2014:
Lieutenant Kevin Christopher of the White Plains Police Department has sent the following advisory Sunday to local neighborhood associations. Christopher in his covering message advises:
“We are experiencing some larcenies from vehicles. People are going into unlocked vehicles and stealing items.”
You may be a potential victim if you leave valuable items in
your vehicle. Reduce your chance of being a victim, practice
the behavior found on this deterrents list:
1. Take your keys out of the ignition
2. Lock your car
3. Park in Well-lit areas
4. Do not leave valuables in plain view, remove valuables, and place in
trunk if items must be left in the car.
5. GPS systems are attractive items for thieves. The GPS and the
suction cup mount need to be removed and placed in the trunk. The
residual ring left on the windshield from the suction cup mount
need to be wiped clean from the window. Thieves look for this
6. Use your garage
7. Install an audible alarm
ITEMS TO AVOID LEAVING IN VEHICLE
Phones, loose change, CDs, Briefcases, Purses, Wallets, Laptops,
Sports Equipment, and Global Positioning Systems.
NOTIFY THE POLICE
While parking, if suspicious behavior is observed by people in the area,
call White Plains Police at 914 422 6111 or in an emergency 911.
WPCNR HEALTH NEWS. From The Westchester County Department of Health. July 26, 2014:
The county Health Department advises residents to take precautions against mosquito
bites after New York City reported that its first batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
So far this season, no mosquitoes in Westchester have been identified as carriers of West Nile Virus, but this is the time of year when the health department expects to find them.
“Given our proximity to New York City, it is safe to assume that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus will soon be identified here in Westchester County,¨ said Sherlita Amler, MD, commissioner of health. “Our recent rainy weather also makes conditions ripe for mosquitoes capable of carrying the virus to breed. I urge all residents to remove standing water from their property and to take personal protective measures against mosquito bites when spending time outdoors.¨
Last year, there were seven positive mosquito batches found in Westchester County and two human cases of West Nile virus reported. Westchester County¡¦s first positive mosquito batch last year was reported in early August. So far this year, no positive mosquito batches have been found and there have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Westchester County.
The Health Department prepared for the summer mosquito season by applying larvicide briquettes to street catch basins that held standing water and by giving away free minnows to residents that have ponds on their property. The minnows reduce the mosquito population because they feed on mosquito larvae and pupae before they emerge into adult mosquitoes. Residents should continue to do their part by removing standing water around their homes where mosquitoes can breed and by taking personal protection measures against mosquito bites.
To help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds where you live:
Survey your property for tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that should be discarded or turned over to prevent collecting water.
Cover outdoor trash containers to keep rainwater from accumulating inside.
Turn over plastic wading pools, buckets and wheelbarrows when not in use.
Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are left outdoors.
Clean roof gutters and remove standing water from flat roofs.
Drain water in birdbaths, plant pots and drip trays twice a week.
Sweep driveways after it rains so that they are free of puddles.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.
To reduce your risk of mosquito bites:
Avoid being outdoors in places and during times where and when mosquitoes are active and feeding.
Use insect repellents with no more than 10% DEET on children, sparingly and with care. Repellents should be effective for about two hours and should only be applied once a day. Read and follow package directions and wash treated skin after mosquito exposure has ended.
Select the lowest concentration effective for the amount of time spent outdoors. A concentration of 24% has been shown to provide an average of five hours of protection.
Products containing DEET are not recommended for infants under two months of age.
Wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks when outdoors in areas and at times where and when mosquitoes are active.
Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
Residents who notice large areas of standing water on public property that could serve as potential mosquito breeding grounds should report this information to the Westchester County Department of Health by calling (914) 813-5000 or emailing the Health Department through its website, www.westchestergov.com/health.
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WHY ALL THE MYSTERY ABOUT WHAT THE TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE TOLL WILL BE ON THE NEW BRIDGE? THE THRUWAY BOSS SAYS HE KNOWS THEN DOESN’T KNOW? ARE YOU KIDDING US?
SENATOR GEORGE LATIMER SAYS HE’S RUNNING FOR A SECOND TERM.
JOE DILLON — THAT’S RIGHT — IS RUNNING AGAINST LATIMER. REPUBLICANS FORGET TO INTRODUCE HIM.
ELECTED OFFICIALS SUPPORT ISRAEL ON DOWNTOWN CITY HALL STEPS.
WHITE PLAINS BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT MEMBERS — ON THEIR OWN — TO MAKE EXTENSIVE MARKETING SURVEY OF DOWNTOWN IN SEPTEMBER TO FIND OUT WHAT IT TAKES FILL EMPTY STOREFRONTS.
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WPCNR POWER NEWS. News and Comment By John F. Bailey. July 24, 2014:
As the thermometer hit the low 90s with humidity feeling like a wet cotton sock on your face in the lazy July sun yesterday, I could not help but wondering how high my kilowatt hour charge was going to be?
Remember in January when your kwh charge from Con Edison went up 136% in a month.
In January the New York Independent Systems Operator told WPCNR it was a shortage of natural gas due to the high demand for power during a prolonged cold snap.
Now, the thermometer is pushing the 90s. Now they know it’s hot in the summer. They should be prepared for it.
But, hold on on minute, Con Edison. You know it’s hot in the summer. How come my electric bill kilowatt hour charge went from 7.73 to 10.32 cents kwh hour increase in June….34%… ALMOST DOUBLING in two months…from 5.7 cents to 10.32 cents?
I asked Bob McGee of Con Edison Media Relations to explain it all, knowing it is hot why aren’t electricity futures purchased at lower prices in advance to spare the comsumer this annual whacking in midsummer when it is hot and in January when it’s cold?
Bob McGee, spokesperson for Con Edison, says it is not demand that raised the rates
He issued this statement: the new Capacity charge dictated by FERC, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission was added to bills as “incentive” for energy companies to locate plants in the metro area capacity zone and existing companies to upgrade their capacity or build new sources of supply. As if we are going to build new power plants in the metropolitan area in a jiff. (Oh, those environmental reviews!)
McGee issued this statement to WPCNR:
“I’ve spoken to our folks in rate engineering.
Capacity costs are the main driver of increased costs so far this summer.
Energy prices have actually come down a bit because we’ve had a fairly mild summer to date.
Electricity cannot be stored like natural gas, so even if you were buying electricity futures in March or April for the summer, the price would still be higher projecting the summer price spike. It’s not like buying natural gas that can be stored in a gas storage facilty to be delivered later.”
I asked Mr. McGee what are “capacity costs?”
He defined them:
“That’s what’s paid to ensure reliability, i.e., that there will be enough power to draw upon.”
New York State Independent Systems Operator explains the capacity costs this way:
“Bottlenecks in the electric transmission system located north of the Mid-Hudson Valley constrain electric supply to southeast New York and Greater New York City area; in addition several regional generating plants have been or may be retired. Federal regulations mandate (d in the spring of 2014) that areas affected by transmission constraints are to create a “Capacity Zone,” which forces utilities serving the area to purchase virtually all their energy capacity within that zone only, rather than throughout the rest of the state. “
What is the objective of these capacity charges?
“By mandating that capacity be purchased within a limited zone, prices for electric supply will rise significantly. The intent by federal regulators is to raise market prices for electricity locally to encourage development of new power generation by independent companies. The result is that existing generators will be paid a higher price for their electricity by Mid-Hudson residents, negatively impacting househoulds, businesses and economic development efforts.”
What is interesting about the Con Edison electric bill is the capacity charge impact is not clearly broken out on the bill. The consumer cannot readily see, (at least this reporter could not find something called “Capacity Charge” on the bill.
I think would be logical to have so Con Edison would not be blamed for these increases, and consumers would know they have the federal government to blame.
So your bill is higher because the government thinks it should be higher.
WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. By John F. Bailey. July 22, 2014:
“Is it the rainbow or just a mirage?
Will it be tender and sweetor merely massage?
Is it a brainstorm in one of its quirks,
Or ,is it the best, the crest, the works?
Is it for all time or simply a lark?
Is it the Lido I see or only Asbury Park?
Should I say “Thumbs down” and give it a shove?
Or is it at long last love?
–At long Last Love written by Cole Porter © 1937,1938 Chappell & Company. All rights reserved. From the musical, YOU NEVER KNOW
That’s what White Plains is daring to hope as June sales tax numbers broke all records for a single month with White Plains receiving $5,389,048.64, the most money earned in one month since September, 2011, when the city earned $5 million (augmented by one-time adjustment).
This salvo of dollars closed the city 2013-14 fiscal year with $51,856,186.97 in total sales tax recepts, 3.9% higher than 2012-13 sales tax receipts OF $49,913,996.69. The pace of White Plains growth overtook Westchester County, the first time this has happened in over a year. Westchester County over the first six months of 2014.WAS UP 3.4% TO the 3.9% White Plains growth rate.
It also by WPCNR estimate will allow the city to slip perhaps $7 Million into the Fund Balance Stabilization Fund, a balance used ostensibly to build back city fund balance, but serves to fund rising labor costs each year in a quid pro quo exhange.
Had April and May not been so cold and rainy, the city might have done even better.
Kevin Nunn, Executive Director of the White Plains Business Improvement District, called the June handle, “Good news. We’d like to see it continue.”
He said several events in June might have contributed to the increase, such as the Criterion Bike Race that took place on a Sunday, and the Leisure Expo.
Asked if the BID was concerned about the number of empty storefronts in the White Plains downtown Business Improvement District, Nunn said “it (vacant storefronts) is more than we’d like.” He told WPCNR the business owners that make up the BID are concerned about it have voted to commission a profession organization, RES Group to undertake a detailed survey of the White Plains commercial properties in the district in an effort to define how the downtown might focus its efforts on what companies and tenants to attract and how the district can make itself more attractive
The firm he said will be survey customers enterting establishments at various times of the week; they will send out a mail survey to residents, which can be completed online (no need to mail it in) for which they will receive amazon.com coupons if they go on line and fill it out.
The group will also be taking a survey of rents and lease arrangements to ascertain what kind of deals White Plains is offering to prospective retail tenants to analyze if that is a factor that keeps.
Parking will be analyzed as part of the survey, as will consumer interest in what retail products they come to White Plains for and what they want through national trends analyzed by the firm ESRI
Nunn said the survey would be commenced in September “when everybody is back in town.”
Nunn said the survey was the idea of the BID Membership generated from discussion among members.
Involved in doing part of the survey is VHB, the firm that acquired Saccardi & Schiff three years ago. VHB will be surveying the walkability, streetscape and convenience of the downtown.
RES the parent firm has done such surveys for the Museum of Modern Art and Metrotech, among others.
PEOPLE TO BE HEARD
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Westchester’s Most Relevant Interview Show
Bob Funking, Bill Stutler and Von Ann Stutler
Founders of Westchester Broaway Theatre
Celebrating their 40th Year in Show Business
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How they got the idea.
Secrets of their Success
Why they are successeful in good times and bad.
Must viewing for would-be Lerner and Leowes, Merricks, and Rodgers and Hammersteins
WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2014. July 21,2014 UPDATED with Correction in BOLD FACE July 21, 2014:
Yesterday at an annual summer picnic in his home community of Rye, Senator George Latimer formally launched his re-election campaign for the 37th State Senate District.
“Over an extended period of time, I’ve put partisan politics aside in the interest of getting real results that our constituents demand of us and I’ve done that at every level of government that I’ve been privileged to serve at,” Latimer said. “It’s important after two years in the Senate to continue those efforts and reach all of the people in all parts of this district. This campaign will be about the people of this district and the State issues that face them, not the interests of political parties and cynical insiders. We’ve made some significant progress over the last two years fighting to improve the economy, our classrooms, and our communities as a whole. There are issues that remain incomplete; it’s important for the people of this district to elect the best advocate to fight for their needs.”
Latimer’s announcement comes on the conclusion of the formal party designating process where candidates collect signatures on a petition for their name to appear on the ballot. Latimer will appear on the Democratic and Working Families Party ballot lines. His campaign announced last week that they had completed the petition process with approximately 4,000 signatures, nearly 4 times the minimum amount required.
Latimer said, “Our strength during the petition drive reaffirms that there is tremendous grassroots support for my candidacy and now, it has manifested in every corner of the district, from Bedford to Yonkers.”
Latimer served in the Rye City Council, County Legislature and State Assembly representing the Sound Shore communities only until he was elected to the Senate in 2012. The 37th District encompasses East Yonkers, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, White Plains, Harrison, North Castle, Armonk, Bedford, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye Brook, Rye City and New Rochelle.
“I’ve worked hard over the last two years to develop relationships in the 15 communities,” Latimer explained. “I’m fully prepared to go to every voter I can to ask them to put their faith in me again for another 2 years. I plan on running a spirited campaign about the issues, and their impact on Westchester families, not a slash and burn campaign that focuses on who controls the institution.”
In an earlier report today, WPCNR reported that Liz Feld, former Mayor of Larchmont, was the Republican candidate opposing Latimer. This is not correct.. Liz Feld’s office at Autism Speaks told WPCNR this is incorrect, due to an old posting on the New Yorkers for Growth website.
To date the Republican Party has not advised who they are running against Latimer.
WPCNR BUMPER TO BUMPER. July 19, 2014:
Commuters who drive into White Plains, and White Plainsians who commute to rail into New York City from the White Plains Metro North railroad station will find their passage to the station possibly delayed by street repaving in the vicinity of the railroad station beginning Monday.
The disruption is expected to last throughout August
The Business Improvement District warns that the city will be repaving Lexington Avenue North South from New Street to Main Street, putting more of a traffic overflow onto Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Bank Street in the vicinity of the White Plains railroad station.
South Lex will be repaved from Bank Street to Quarropas Street.
Main Street (the eastbound main artery into the city from Route 119 will be repaved from Bank Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.
Work will be executed from 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., and possibly on Main Street at night, but nightwork is not planned at this time.