Veterans who want to find out more about the benefits they’re entitled to should come to the Westchester County Veterans’ Service Agency’s next registration day on Thursday, Dec. 16. A newly expanded schedule now invites veterans in to sign up for medical services twice a month.
The Dec. 16 “Veterans Registration Day” event will be held in conjunction with the James J. Peters’ VA Medical Center in the Bronx from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. The next event, on January 6, will include a representative from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt campus of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose.
Programs are held the first and third Thursday of every month at the agency's office at 112 East Post Road, 4th floor, Room 442, White Plains.
Veterans who have not yet registered can get a new identification card, sign up for medical services and arrange for a wellness exam. To take advantage of this service, veterans need to bring their DD-214 (discharge or separation papers).Read more
White Plains, NY – The Republican members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators issued a report on 2011 County Budget announcing support for the 2% property tax reduction, while citing reservations about the flawed and rushed budget process, and that they are prepared to support vetoes to the budget by the County Executive that will make it more fiscally responsible.
In the Minority Report (See Below), the Republican legislators cited detailed flaws in the budget itself and the process to approve it, and said the budget process was at odds with good and open government, when the additions and deletions to the budget for both expenditures and revenues were decided in the secrecy of closed door meetings of the Democratic caucus, with the public, press and Republican legislators shut out, as well as the Budget Director, Commissioners and County Attorney, and only shown to the Republican legislators just before votes were taken.Read more
Heh! Rob Astorino is borrowing a line from Jimmy McMillan in an Op-Ed in today's New York Post:
Long-shot gubernatorial candidate Jimmie McMillan became an overnight sensation this fall with his "rent is too damn high" chant. Here's mine. It may not be as catchy, but its truth is unimpeachable: Government spending is too damn high.
GOP LEGISLATORS BLAST DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY FOR ADDING $43 MILLION IN SPENDING TO COUNTY BUDGET WHILE PUTTING COUNTY’S AAA BOND RATING IN JEOPARDY
White Plains, New York, December 7, 2010: The Republican members on the Westchester County Board of Legislators today branded yesterday’s budget maneuvers by the Democratic legislators as fiscally irresponsible and called the addition of $43 Million in additional spending, ”a total disregard for the taxpayers of Westchester and a full retreat in the effort to downsize County government.”Read more
Like a scene from the movie "French Connection", Westchester County Police pried out 210 small glassine envelopes of heroin, with a street value of more than $2,000, hidden under a carpeted area near the center console of a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant that had been impounded following a routine traffic stop on the Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle. Christopher Ruggiero, 27, a passenger in the vehicle, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Intent to Sell)
At 10:03 p.m. last night Police Officer Steven Stromberg was on patrol on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway near Webster Avenue when he stopped the vehicle after observing a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle did not have a valid license, nor did his passenger, and so the vehicle was impounded.Read more
County Legislator Jim Maisano is pleased to announce that his annual Toys for Tots drive to collect toys for kids in need will take place on Saturday, December 18, 2010, from Noon to 3 PM at Dudley’s Restaurant, 94 Hudson Park Road, New Rochelle, NY.
Legislator Maisano stated, “I proudly support this fantastic charity as a member of the Marine Corps League. The Toys for Tots program of the Marine Corps Reserve has distributed hundreds of millions of toys to needy children for more than 60 years. Please help us make sure that kids receive presents again this year - all of the gifts we collect will be delivered directly to children in our area. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has asked that we promote gifts for teenage children, which can include gift cards or monetary contributions. We ask that all gifts be new and unwrapped.”
If you cannot make it on December 18, please bring your unwrapped toy or gift to one of the drop box locations set up by Legislator Maisano:
-- Dudley’s, 94 Hudson Park Road, New Rochelle
-- goHEIDI Toys at Gingers, 153 Fifth Avenue, Pelham
-- The Cut Above, 2122 Boston Post Road, Larchmont
2011 County Budget Discussion with County Executive Astorino
Proposed 2011 Budget contains a 1 % decrease in tax levy while protecting neediest and maintaining essential services
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has submitted his proposed 2011 county budget to the Board of Legislators for their review. In his latest show County Legislator John Testa discusses the proposed budget with County Executive Astorino to highlight the spending reductions and other actions that enabled a proposed budget with a 1% cut in the tax levy.
“No one should be shocked or surprised that the County Executive would propose such a budget,” said County Legislator Testa. “He ran and was elected on the mandate to shrink county government, reduce the out-of-control spending and make Westchester more competitive to retain and create jobs.”Read more
Talk of the Sound was first on the scene last April 19th when an explosion rocked a West End neighborhood in what was initially considered by many in the press and the public to have been car bomb detonated on Union Avenue in New Rochelle. Police called the explosion an accident and dismissed concerns of a car bomb or any connection to organized crime. Police stated that there were no known prior threats against the car owner.
At a press conference the following day, police said they believed the explosion was caused by an air-fuel mixture being ignited when Francesco Perri, of Eastchester, the owner of the vehicle, lit a cigarette. A melted red plastic gasoline container was found at the scene which smelled like gasoline. The NRPD declined to comment further pending results of an analysis by the ATF Laboratory in Ammendale, MD. That analysis has since been completed and largely confirms the preliminary conclusions.Read more