COUNTY EXECUTIVE LATIMER CREATES ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

At the headquarters of Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc. (WDOMI), County Executive George Latimer joined advocates and legislators to sign into the law legislation creating an advisory council on people with disabilities.

Latimer said: “This is a beginning, not an end. The creation of this body will allow for dialogue with people from all circumstances about policy, legislation and funding priorities. This is the first step of which the fruits will be seen in decisions made going forward.”

Latimer and Westchester County Government as a whole are committed to improving the quality of life for Westchester County residents and visitors with disabilities. The Board of Legislators unanimously passed the legislation forming this advisory board which creates an entity that can advise the County Executive and the Board on issues relating to people with disabilities. This includes recommending legislation, funding priorities and programs as well as reviewing County policies, procedures, practices and programs for their impact on people with disabilities and provide input, when appropriate, to improve them.

WDOMI Executive Director Melvyn R. Tanzman MSW, CSW said: “This law is going to empower people with disabilities to play an active role in making our County more accessible and a great place for people with disabilities to live, work, study and enjoy. The County’s goal to include all residents in an open manner gives life to a phrase the disability community uses often ‘nothing about us without us.’”

The newly formed committee will be comprised of 19 members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Board of Legislators – most having certain disabilities or being a representative of an organization that provides services to people with such disabilities.  Those disabilities include intellectual/developmental disability, physical disability, blindness/legal blindness, deaf or hard of hearing, mental health disability, autism, and learning disability. 

Commissioner of the Office for People with Disabilities Evan Latainer said: “I thank the County Executive and the Board of Legislators for this opportunity. I believe this council is long overdue and is going to be a chance for us to partner with advocacy agencies and individuals to move these issues forward.”

Commissioner of the Office of Community Mental Health Michael Orth said: “The structure of this new committee will work because we will bring the various disability communities together to look at trends and issues that together we can take on.”

Board Chair Ben Boykin said: “I’m proud that we have created the Advisory Council on People with Disabilities.  It will be a crucial resource that recommends legislation, identifies program priorities, and helps us review county policy and procedures so that we can better serve people with disabilities and their families in Westchester County.”

Legislator Nancy Barr, Chair of the Board’s Environment Health and Energy Committee, said: “The County’s advisory boards and councils provide the framework which allows the government to hear the voices and the needs of people and elicit their input. This Council on People with Disabilities is especially important, as it will enable the county to better help disabled residents and their families navigate the challenging and ever-changing landscape of services and support.”

Legislator Kitley Covill, Chair of the Board’s Social Services Committee said: “It’s our job in county government to protect and provide the necessary support to all county residents, including people affected by disabilities. With this new Council, county offices and departments tasked with those jobs will be communicating directly with other county departments and provide a more holistic informative exchange of advice and information with residents with disabilities, families, and advocates.”

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6 CONTESTED COUNTY LEGISLATURE RACES IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

There are six contested County Legislator races. Two of them are open seats, with no incumbent running for re-election. Four of the six are
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E-Coli Tainted Meat Alert from U.S. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE ON CANADIAN BEEF

WPCNR HEALTH NOTICE. Special to WPCNR from the FSIS. October 17, 2019:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for raw non-intact beef products derived from imported beef from Ontario, Canada that has been recalled by Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, Ltd. because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is conducting a food safety investigation and determined that certain products produced by the company may be contaminated. While Canada is the recalling authority, FSIS is amplifying the recall through this public health alert.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified FSIS that several shipments of beef implicated in a series of recalls have been exported to the U.S.  FSIS has identified that imported beef manufacturing trimmings produced on May 27 and 30, 2019 that are subject to recall were used in the U.S. to produce other raw non-intact beef products distributed for retail sale.

  The U.S. companies that produced these raw non-intact beef products have received notice of the recall from Ryding-Regency and FSIS has confirmed that they are following the instructions provided to recall affected product from their customers.  However, retail consumers may not have received such notification. 

The following products have been identified as part of the Canadian recall and were distributed to institutions and retailers in Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont:

  • 10-lb. cardboard box packages containing bulk plastic wrapped raw frozen ground beef gyros labeled “DEVANCO FOODS CHICAGO’S FAVORITE” GYROS SLICES (STRIPS) with a case code 159 19.

  • 10-lb. cardboard box packages containing bulk plastic wrapped raw frozen ground beef gyros labeled “KRONOS HALAL GYROS STRIPS” HALAL CERTIFIED BEEF GYROS UNCOOKED, IQF STRIPS with a case code 19 159.

  • Retail sized (8 patties) cardboard box packages containing “ZIYAD PREMIUM QUALITY Beef Hamburger Patties” with a case code 911541.021541.
  • Retail sized (8 kabobs) cardboard box packages containing “ZIYAD PREMIUM QUALITY Uncooked Kufta Kabob” with a case code 911154.021154.
  • 8-lb. cardboard box packages containing bulk plastic wrapped raw frozen ground beef patties labeled “Shop Right 100% PURE QUARTER POUND Ground Beef Hamburgers” and a sell by date of 060720.
  • 3-lb. cardboard box packages containing plastic wrapped raw frozen ground beef patties labeled “Shop Right 100% PURE Ground Beef Hamburgers” and a sell by date of 060720.

  • 2-lb. cardboard box packages containing plastic wrapped raw frozen ground beef patties labeled “LANDIS BRAND 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 8 Quarter Pound Patties” and a sell by date of 060720.

 FSIS is concerned that some product may be in institutional or consumers’ freezers.  Institutions that have these products are urged not to serve them and consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

             E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

               FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to AskUSDA@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day athttps://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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PACE HOSTS SECURITY CONFERENCE FOR RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS THURSDAY

 Pace University, working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, is hosting a conference on Safety & Security for Faith-Based Institutions on Thursday, October 17. The all-day conference features experts from the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, New York State Police, and the Port Authority of NYNJ, among other regional emergency departments and first-responders.

The keynote speakers are from the FBI’s New York Field Office, and Rev. Anthony Thompson, pastor of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, whose wife was among nine people killed by a white supremacist during a bible study group. Rev. Thompson is the author of a book about the incident and its aftermath titled, Called to Forgive: The Charleston Church Shooting, a Victim’s Husband, and the Path to Healing and Peace.

The conference will also include a briefing on different types of threats, information on mitigating threats, and steps to take to survive active shooter incidents. The event will provide an opportunity to learn what law enforcement officials in our region are doing to protect their religious and faith-based institutions within the communities they serve. 

Who:              Officials from Pace University, the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Port Authority of NY&NJ, Westchester Medical center, the New York State Police, and Westchester County Department of Public Safety.

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GERSHWINS! GLITZ! GLITTER! GLAMOUR ARE BACK.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS GLOWS WITH INGENUES (DELIGHTFUL DEANNA DOYLE AS LISE with JERRY (DEVOTED, LIGHT ON HIS FEET, WINNING BRANDON HAAGENSON), BEAUTIFUL BENEFACTORESSES, HAPPILY EVER AFTERS. S’ WONDERFUL!

All Photographs, courtesy, Westchester Broadway Theatre by John Vecchiola

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. Theatrical Review by John F. Bailey. October  15, 2019:

An American in Paris, the Westchester Broadway Theatre fall show charms the house!

From the plaintive Bryan Uhl trumpet  solo that starts the show of WBT shows (its largest cast ever), wooing you to a Paree  with his melancholy siren solo of the first notes of Rhapsody In Blue, (you’ll recognize it) you’re into a new beginning: three guys loose on the squares, deciding to make a new start in post-war Paree.

There’s the G.I. artist,   Jerry Mulligan (winningly impressionable song and dance man Brandon Haagenson,right) with sketch pad, drawing the charms of the city; the Paris roue’ Henri Baurel (a highly competitive aristocrat nailed with snooty perfection by Jonathan Young,left), and pianoman composer Adam (played with NY savvy, pathos and Billy Joel toughness by Thomaso Antico (right)– a rollicking trio of hopefuls dance, sing, and fall in love with Paris. And, ladies you will love these leads.

The trio swings into I Got Rhythm and you swing with  them to an 11-member orchestra that has its way with the Gershwins’ classics, never overplays.

The hardest working dance ensemble delivers the works, flying across the stage in contemporary dance, reckless lifts, sensitive ballet, clack-clip-slap-shuffle tap a lot of tap that will get you tapping while the songs have their way with your hearts

Baurel (Jonathan Logan) the roue’ is highly protective of the ingénue of ingénues, whom Baurel wants to marry–Deanna Doyle who  stops traffic on the square and Mulligan sees her, meets her cute, (just like you’re supposed to). Naturally he has to draw her, and is smitten.

LISE (DEANNA DOYLE) IN THE PARIS BALLET BEING HELD ALOFT

Doyle dances with divinity and stands out in the crowd, and just can’t make up her mind between the rich aristocrat and the kid artist with a dream. Grabs you by the strings of your heart! I tell you AAIP hits you in the heart. Love at first sight and all that great feeling. Mulligan brims with champagne feeling, in his Beginner’s Luck  as he cavorts with Lise, who cautions him singing The Man I Love.

The three guys in Paris combine on S’ Wonderful a timeless Gershwins’ standard that speaks to the wonder more than I can say. You have to hear the whirl and spin and see the dancing and you get caught up in the headiness of new love.

When Lauren Sprague (Milo) the Gallery owner asks you Shall We Dance? Well Mulligan (Brandon Haagenson) dances.

But what’s new love without temptation?

That temptation comes when Jerry catches the eye of the elegant woman of interest Milo Davenport, beautiful gallery owner of sophistication. She sets her cap for him. She introduces Jerry around town and fancies him, creating frissons of conflicted passions, the seductive lady of means vs. the angel Lise who empowers his dreams.

Lauren Sprague plays the statuesque Milo with style, class and a j’ne sais quoi hard to resist charisma and dominates the stage especially on her invitation number, Shall We Dance.

The fast moving 1 hour first act leaves just in time, for the dance packed second act as the romantic triangles intrigue.  

Adam (Thomaso Antico) the pianoman and narrator, and  Lauren Spraugue’s Milo rue their outside-looking-in-at love situation showcasing their disappointment at the way their loves are going (Adam cannot get over Lise, whom he is writing a ballet for). (Milo is frustrated Mulligan fancies Lise). They put all this very human feeling into the bluesy But Not For Me.

The second Act takes the audience on a Stairway to Paradise with three blockbuster dance numbers in a row— I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,  An American in Paris by the Company with a showcase of tap, ballet, modern dance blending seamlessly by Director and Choreographed by Richard Stafford.

Just when it’s just about done and you’re thinking there’s no more you are treated to the best song in the show which sends everyone home ecstatic with their successes in love and thankful for their chances at love, Adam (Tommaso Antico) croons the classic They Can’t Take That Away From Me. His softshoe and silky smooth treatment is just right, and when Henry (Jonathan Baurel) and Jerry (Brandon Haagenson) join him, this fairy tale of love’s ability to sweep you away does it again.

It is Westchester’s Hot Ticket.

An American in Paris dances it up through November 24. Check out www.BroadwayTheatre.com and have your people call the box office at 914-592-2268. A great show and a relaxing dinner, the Gershwin classics, and an ingénue, three guys and a woman of interest and a happy ending.

You’re going to love it.

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David Buchwald All In for 17th NY Congressional District Seat.

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WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2020. From Buchwald for Congress. October 14, 2019:

Assemblymember David Buchwald of White Plains announced this weekend his candidacy for Congress in NY-17. His video announcement can be seen here.

“Hi, I’m David Buchwald. Today I announce that am running for NY-17 to serve as a member of Congress in the next election. I want to thank Congressmember Nita Lowey for her years of service, her integrity and for being a strong progressive voice against the dangerous extremism of Donald Trump. I pledge to continue her work with the same integrity, progressive vision and true blue Democratic values. This will not be an easy election, but I have never shied away from a fight.”

White Plains David Buchwald at a recent presentation
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