February 2012

Statement by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein on the Four Loko-related death of a 13-year-old Maryland Teen

February 23, 2012 - 19:04

Statement by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, on the Four Loko-related death of a 13-year-old Maryland teen:

“This tragic death, which media reports state came after the teen consumed Four Loko, is a reminder of how dangerous this product is – especially in its original, caffeinated form.

“While its makers said they would not sell Four Loko's original formula in New York State, I remain concerned by reports that some stores have apparently ignored what is essentially a gentlemen's agreement.

“My legislation (S3889A) to outright ban these types of high alcohol, highly caffeinated 'alco-pops' has already passed out of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, which I chair, and is ready for a vote by the full Senate body.

“It is my hope that this legislation becomes law and that similar tragedies can be avoided in New York once and for all.”

Iona Welcomes Stanley Hill ’59 This Weekend

February 23, 2012 - 18:58

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The Iona College community welcomes men’s basketball alumnus, Stanley Hill ’59 ‘95H, to campus this weekend. In addition to speaking engagements with student leaders, Hill will be honored with the first ever “Trailblazer Award” by the athletics department at halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. Fairfield University this Friday night (Feb. 24).

In the winter of 1956-57, during Hill’s sophomore season as a guard for the Gaels, his team found itself on the front-lines in the battle for racial equality. The Gaels were scheduled to meet the University of Mississippi in the All-American City Tournament in Owensboro, KY.

More Than 50 Years Later, Family Still Struggles with Aftermath of Cuban Revolution

February 23, 2012 - 18:54

Screen Shot 2012 02 23 at 1 36 22 PMCharlotte Magazine has a great article on my wife's cousin with a lot of the history of her uncle Roberto, a childhood friend of Fidel Castro who played a key role in bringing Castro to power and then was forced to go into hiding after breaking with Castro a year after the 1959 Revolution.

Guns and Butter: The Story Behind Suarez Bakery

Roberto's brother and father-in-law, Mario Suarez, is a long-time resident of New Rochelle.

Noam Bramson Predicts Dramatic Changes to New Rochelle's Downtown in State of the City Address

February 23, 2012 - 18:29

NoamBramson.jpgAs Mayor Noam Bramson puts the finishing touches on the 2012 edition of his State of the City Address next Thursday, perhaps he can give residents an update on his predictions from his first State of the City Address in 2006:

In his State-of-the-City address on March 16, 2006, Mayor Noam Bramson predicted dramatic changes in New Rochelle in the next few years. Much of the change will take place Downtown. Mayor Bramson stated:

"Here's what's coming:

• 50,000 square feet of urban parkland
• 276,000 square feet of hotel and office space
• 418,000 square feet of new retail
• 1,700 luxury apartments
• 6 new towers, rising from 230 to 400 feet each
• Nearly $30 million in tax revenue for City, County and Schools
• A total of 2.9 million square feet of new construction worth more than a billion dollars overall.

Desperate Housewives Star Vanessa Williams to be Honored by New York Area Girl Scouts

February 23, 2012 - 16:23

VanessaWilliams vocusPleasantville, NY — To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson (GSHH) is hosting a Centennial Gala honoring Women of Leadership and Excellence on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, in Tarrytown, NY. GSHH will honor women who have distinguished themselves in their fields and are role models for girls striving to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Among the honorees is former Westchester County Girl Scout Vanessa Williams, a top-selling recording artist, dancer, model and actress. In 1983, Williams became the first woman of African-American descent to be crowned Miss America, but relinquished her crown due to a scandal over nude photographs published in Penthouse magazine. Williams rebounded from the resulting controversy and has gone on to earn multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.

In 1995, her recording of "Colors of the Wind" won the Oscar for Best Original Song from the film Pocahontas. From 2006 to 2010 she played the TV role of Wilhelmina Slater in ABC's Ugly Betty. Williams is currently starring in the role of Renee Perry, on ABC's hit television show Desperate Housewives.

Astorino Announces New Travel And Tourism Publication: Westchester Destination Guide 2012

February 23, 2012 - 16:05

WestchesterDestinationGuide2012 Cover

Click cover image to download a complete PDF of the Westchester Destination Guide 2012

Westchester County announces the publication of the Westchester Destination Guide 2012, the official tourism and travel guide to Westchester County. The 60-page magazine is a valuable resource for visitors and residents alike.

The free guide, printed annually by Westchester County Tourism & Film, is available by contacting the tourism office at (800) 833-9282 or (914) 995-8500 or emailing [email protected]. It may also be picked up at the Westchester County Office Building in White Plains, the Westchester County Airport, county hotels, conference facilities and other information centers throughout the region. To view a digital version, go to

Westchester County Health Commish Peter DeLucia Reveals Food Shopping Safety Tips On Dr. Oz This Friday

February 23, 2012 - 15:55

Peter DeLucia on Dr OzYou try to eat healthy, carting home bags of fresh fruits and vegetables from your local market. On The Dr. Oz Show on Friday, Assistant Commissioner Peter DeLucia from the Westchester County Department of Health will show you how to leave bacteria behind when you go produce shopping.

The segment is set to air Friday, February 24 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Fox 5. This is the fourth time the County Health Department has been invited to appear on the program.

“This was a great opportunity to bring a public health message into millions of homes in a fun and friendly way with Dr. Oz,” DeLucia said.

Did you ever wonder how many hands touched those ripe red apples from the time they were picked until you took your first bite? Dr. Oz and DeLucia estimate it could be well over a dozen. That’s why it’s important to wash fruits and vegetables in cold water, and to lightly scrub with a vegetable brush any tomatoes, cantaloupe, zucchini, tomatoes and other produce that can take it.

Westchester Children’s Association to Honor Peter Herrero at Annual Advocacy Dinner in May

February 23, 2012 - 15:39

WCA(White Plains, NY) The Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) Advocacy Dinner Committee recently met to begin planning for the May 8 event which will be held at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown. Peter Herrero, President of the NY Hospitality Group and owner of Sam’s of Gedney Way, will receive the Edith C. Macy Award for Distinguished Service at the dinner. The award will be presented by Dr. Joseph Hankin, President of Westchester Community College.

"We are very excited about this year's dinner because of the opportunity to recognize Peter. Many people don’t realize how much he does to benefit Westchester County. So many of the ways he volunteers and contributes improves the lives of the children in our County, and we are thrilled to have him on our team," said event Chair Jody Greenbaum of White Plains. Kathryn Wasserman Davis of Tarrytown is the Honorary Chair.

New York State Tax Department Provides Tips For 2011 Income Tax Filing Season

February 23, 2012 - 15:10

Taxpayers should have already received their W-2 income statements for 2011, and other necessary statements from their financial institutions. The New York State Tax Department has tools for filing 2011 tax returns on the Department's Web site at:


Each year, more and more New Yorkers discover the convenience of e-filing tax returns - it's easy, fast, safe, and most taxpayers are doing it. In fact, 80% of taxpayers e-filed their New York State returns for tax year 2010. E-filing saves taxpayer dollars on processing costs associated with paper returns, nearly $50 million last year alone.

Tax tip: Taxpayers should check if they qualify for FreeFile, free tax preparation and e-filing software. Through FreeFile, taxpayers can prepare and file online their federal and state income tax returns at no cost. Generally, those who earned $57,000 or less in 2011 may be eligible. In 2010, FreeFile use increased by 32% as compared with the prior tax year. However, many more taxpayers are eligible. Visit the New York State Tax Department's website for eligibility requirements.

Faster refunds

North Avenue Construction Project Begins

February 23, 2012 - 03:22

North Ave Bridge Burling Closed 087Delays, detours expected in area of Burling Lane, Garden Street and Station Plaza

A New York State Thruway Authority construction project to relocate utility lines on the North Avenue Bridge will begin on February 23. The North Avenue Utility Relocation Project is estimated to last 18 months and will impact North Avenue especially at the intersections of Burling Lane, Garden Street, and Station Plaza North.