September 2012

Strong Armed Robbery in New Rochelle's West End

September 09, 2012 - 09:26

New Rochelle police received a call from a store owner on union avenue after a person came in and said has beaten and robbed of a cell phone and wallet by 4 male Hispanics ages 15-18 all wearing shorts.The incident which took place early Saturday evening at the underpass on Webster by Jones street.

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Location:Webster Avenue New Rochelle

Unnecessary $160K Contract with Pace University Wastes Taxpayers’ Dollars

September 08, 2012 - 16:29

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- The approval of a contract this morning with Pace University for “expert advice and assistance” in ensuring compliance with the County’s obligations under the housing settlement is an unnecessary waste of taxpayers’ dollars, said Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL).

The contract for $160,000 with the Land Use Law Center of Pace University’s School of Law received its approval at the County’s Board of Acquisition and Contract (A&C) in a 2-1 vote. BOL Majority Leader Peter Harckham (D-Katonah), substituting for Jenkins today at A&C, cast the lone no vote against the contract.

Last week Jenkins had consideration of the contract “overed” to today’s A&C meeting, advising on the record that this spending would accomplish the exact same thing—educating local elected officials about fair and affordable housing—which the County’s Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC) is already undertaking.

A video link for the discussion at the August 30, 2012 A&C meeting is below:
(Discussion runs from 7:09 to 10:35 in the meeting.)

Westchester County 9/11 Ceremony

September 08, 2012 - 16:22

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today released program details about Westchester County’s Sept. 11 event, to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at The Rising, the county’s 9/11 memorial at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

· Welcome Remarks: Ned McCormack, Director of Communications/Senior Advisor
· Presentation of the Colors: Westchester County Department of Public Safety Ceremonial Unit, The Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester and Hawthorne Boy Scout Troop 1 of the Westchester Putnam Council
· Pledge of Allegiance: Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey
· Laying of the Wreath and Remarks: County Executive Robert P. Astorino, 9/11 Family member Rosaleen O’Neill and Boy Scout Troop 1 members Robert Garan, Christian Falco and Sean Healy
· Remarks: Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins
· God Bless America: Luciano Lamonarca, tenor
· Reading of the Names: 9/11 family members and elected officials
· Benediction: Bishop W. Darin Moore, Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church, Mount Vernon
· Amazing Grace: Luciano Lamonarca, tenor
· Viewing of The Rising and Circle of Remembrance

Senior Law Day at Westchester County Center Offers Free Legal And Financial Advice in October

September 08, 2012 - 16:20

Topics of 18 workshops range from housing options to long-term care

Attorneys and certified financial planners will offer free advice on elder law topics such as housing options, wills and trusts, ways to pay for long-term care and how to put your estate in order at the 13th Annual Senior Law Day in Westchester. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains.

Eighteen workshops – including two in Spanish – will be led by elder law attorneys, certified financial planners and professionals from agencies that serve older adults and their families.

A new topic this year will be the impact of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act on health insurance and Medicare. There will also be an update on recent changes to estate and income tax laws.

Once again, Senior Law Day will offer free, one-on-one, 15-minute consultations with attorneys and financial planners and – for the first time this year – with geriatric care managers.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino said that Senior Law Day is one of the finest programs the county offers, and he encourages all seniors and their families to attend.

Con Edison Named A “Best” Company By Latina Style Magazine

September 08, 2012 - 16:17

NEW YORK, NY -- LATINA Style magazine has again named Con Edison one of the 50 best companies for Latinas in the United States. Since 2002 the company has made the magazine’s Top 50 list eight times, and earned honorable mentions in 2008 and 2009.

The magazine cited the company’s “many benefits,” including Con Edison’s emergency child-care plan, flexible reimbursement dependent account, scholarship opportunities and 10 weeks paid leave for childbirth. LATINA Style noted that “many Latinas hold top positions at Con Edison.”

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $40 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison’s Web site at

Democratic Legislators Thank Playland Patrons and Employees

September 08, 2012 - 16:16

Playland BOLWHITE PLAINS, NY -- A group of Democratic legislators from the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL), led by Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), spent a few hours yesterday afternoon walking around Playland, the 280-acre County park and National Historic Landmark, thanking patrons and employees for a successful year.

The most recent financial figures on Playland are proving to be favorable, with revenues and expenses at budgeted levels, and attendance keeping pace with last year’s numbers. According to the 2012 Adopted County Budget, even with over $3.1 million in debt service included as an expenditure, Playland amounts to only $3 million of the $548 million county tax levy—a whopping $3 per person.

County To Present “Healthy Living” Conference In Spanish

September 08, 2012 - 16:13

Medication management and ways to improve your memory will be the topics at the 18th annual “Healthy Living” – or “Viviendo Saludablemente” – conference for Spanish-speaking seniors on Saturday, Sept. 15 at White Plains Hospital, located at 41 E. Post Road, White Plains.

The program for people age 60 and older will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Marion W. Fried Auditorium and will include a continental breakfast.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Neldy Martinez, R.N., from ElderServe Health Inc., who will discuss how to manage your medications. ElderServe Health, an affiliate of the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, is a New York State managed long-term care program that helps seniors remain in their homes as they age with as much independence as possible.

Licet Valois, a social worker at the Center of Excellence on Brain Aging at the Pearl Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, will focus on improving your memory.