Distributing Sales tax Windfall by Population Instead of Need Delivers Windfalls to Larger Towns. Shared but Unequal.

WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. By John F. Bailey. July 17, 2019:

As reported on WPTV’s White Plains Week (www.whiteplainsweek.com), the announcement of the sharing of  the 1% sales tax increase with towns was announced with great largesse by Westchester County to a gathering of county town and municipality leaders and school district leaders two weeks ago.

Municipalities share of 20% of the 1% County sales tax increase. (Westchester County Supplied)
SCHOOL DISTRICTS (37) Share of 10% of 1% sales tax increase (Westchester County supplied)

However, basing distribution on size of town creates an imbalance.  Presently, unless the county changes its mind, 39 towns and municipalities will receive unequal shares of the windfall.

If 39 towns received an equal share over the next two years 2019 and 2020, of the county estimate of $$43,132,000, each town and municipality would receive $1,105,948. The combination of municipality share and school district share creates a cascade of cash the larger the town creating two-years of relief to the towns paying the new county sales tax rate.

If 37 School Districts received an equal share of the county estimated share of sales taxes earmarked for school districts, $21,566,000, each school district would receive $582,864 in sales tax revenues.

However, county decided to distribute by population, which finds, in this reporter’s opinion, considerably more money going to towns and municipalities that are some of the wealthiest towns in the county. In the school districts, the mix is not so drastically different.

Here’s how  population as the determinator of the distribution works out by population for the towns and cities:

Here’s how population as the evaluator of the distribution works  for school districts.

Note: The total figure at the far right per school district indicates the total of both municipal sales tax share and school district share.
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BITCOIN INVESTMENT PLATFORM OPERATOR SENTENCED FOR SECURITIES FRAUD, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

WPCNR FBI WIRE. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation. July 16, 1019:

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JON E. MONTROLL, a/k/a “Ukyo,” was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman to 14 months in prison.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Jon Montroll lied to his investors and, after his lies caught the attention of the SEC, lied to them, too.  The sentence he received serves as a reminder that this Office will not overlook those who violate their obligation to be honest with investors and the regulators working to protect them.”

According to the Information, the allegations in the Complaint, and statements made during the proceedings in Manhattan federal court:

JON E. MONTROLL operated two online bitcoin services:  WeExchange Australia, Pty. Ltd. (“WeExchange”) and BitFunder.com (“BitFunder”).  WeExchange functioned as a bitcoin depository and currency exchange service.  BitFunder facilitated the purchase and trading of virtual shares of business entities that listed their virtual shares on the BitFunder platform.

Between the launch of Bitfunder, in or about December 2012, and at least in or about July 2013, MONTROLL converted a portion of WeExchange users’ bitcoins to his personal use without the users’ knowledge or consent.  For example, MONTROLL exchanged numerous bitcoins taken from WeExchange into United States dollars, then spent those funds on personal expenses, such as travel and groceries.

Beginning on or about July 18, 2013, MONTROLL promoted a security referred to as “Ukyo.Loan.”  As described by MONTROLL in a public post about Ukyo.Loan, MONTROLL encouraged investors to “think of [Ukyo.Loan] as a sort of round-about investment” in BitFunder and WeExchange and, at the same time, described Ukyo.Loan as “a personal loan” and “for private investment purposes.”  MONTROLL further promised to pay purchasers of Ukyo.Loan daily interest on their investment and promised shares could be “redeemed at face value anytime upon request.”

During the summer of 2013, one or more individuals (the “Hackers”) exploited a weakness in the BitFunder programming code to cause BitFunder to credit the Hackers with profits they did not, in fact, earn (the “Exploit”).  As a result, the Hackers were able to wrongfully withdraw from WeExchange approximately 6,000 bitcoins, with the majority of those coins being wrongfully withdrawn between July 28, 2013, and July 31, 2013.  As a result of the Exploit, BitFunder and WeExchange lacked the bitcoins necessary to cover what MONTROLL owed to users.

Notwithstanding the scope of the Exploit, MONTROLL failed to disclose the Exploit to users of BitFunder and WeExchange, or investors in Ukyo.Loan.  Instead, MONTROLL continued to promote and sell Ukyo.Loan to customers and, on at least one occasion, falsely represented to customers that BitFunder was commercially successful.  As a result of his omissions and misrepresentations, MONTROLL raised approximately 978 bitcoins through Ukyo.Loan after his discovery of the Exploit.

The SEC’s New York Regional Office began an investigation into BitFunder and the Exploit.  During the course of the investigation, MONTROLL provided the SEC with a falsified screenshot purportedly documenting, among other things, the total number of bitcoins available to BitFunder users in the WeExchange Wallet as of October 13, 2013.  Additionally, during sworn investigative testimony on both November 14, 2013, and October 6, 2015, MONTROLL provided materially false and misleading answers to certain questions about, among other things, the timing of MONTROLL’s discovery of the Exploit.

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In addition to a prison sentence, Judge Berman ordered MONTROLL, 38, of Saginaw, Texas, to serve three years of supervised release and to pay forfeiture in the amount of $167,480.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  He also thanked the Securities and Exchange Commission, which previously filed civil charges against MONTROLL in a separate action.

The prosecution of this case is being overseen by the Office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Thomas is in charge of the case.

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NY EDUCATION COMMISSIONER MARYELLEN ELIA RESIGNS ABRUPTLY.

MARYELLEN ELIA ON HER VISIT TO WHITE PLAJNS, 2016. SHE HAS BEEN EDUCATION COMMISSIONER SINCE 2016 .

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. From WRVO RADIO. July 16, 2019:

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia abruptly resigned Monday, taking members of the state Board of Regents by surprise. She said she will take a new job at the end of August at an unnamed national firm according to WRVO Radio, Albany.

Elia, who is the first female commissioner in the history of the State Education Department, said she decided now is the right time to leave the post, and has agreed to accept a job with a national firm that works to turn around struggling public schools.

To read the WRVO report go to this link:

https://www.wrvo.org/post/state-education-commissioner-unexpectedly-resigns

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SEIU 32 BJ CONDEMNS NEW ASYLUM RESTRICTIONS


WPCNR IMMIGRATION NEWS & COMMENT.
From the Service Employees International Union 32BJ:

The following statement may be attributed to Kyle Bragg, President 32BJ SEIU:  

“The Trump administration’s attempt to severely limit asylum protection must not and will not stand.  Already, legal experts have labelled the restriction blatantly illegal, defying the word and the spirit of U.S. asylum law.

To keep alight the truth-telling of our departed union president Hector Figueroa, we must also call the new asylum rule blatantly racist — a policy extension of the white supremacist hatred expressed in the President’s tweets calling on four U.S. Congresswomen to “go back” to their countries.

As one of the largest majority-immigrant unions in the nation, we will vigorously oppose this attempt to effectively end political asylum for Central Americans, and we will continue to fight for a return to a nation ruled by compassion, inclusion, and justice for all.”

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TOLL BROTHERS PURCHASES “THE COLLECTION” PROPERTY ON WESTCHESTER AVENUE.

The Collection project. planned for Westchester Avenue, White Plains., on the site to the right side of Westchester Avenue, where the America Flag is flying. The Westchester Mall is on the left.


         

WPCNR EAST SIDE STORY. From Toll Brothers. July 15, 2019:

The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) approved at its July 11 board meeting a resolution to assign the rights to financial incentives granted to Saber Chauncey WP, LLC for a $136.2 million mixed-use residential development in downtown White Plains to TB White Plains Apartments LLC, a subsidiary of Toll Bros. Inc. which is acquiring the property from Saber Chauncey. The site was purchased for $32 Millon.

In October 2018, the IDA approved $3,348,609 in sales tax and mortgage recording tax exemptions for The Collection, a mixed-use project consisting of 276 residential units in two buildings on Westchester Avenue and Franklin Avenue.

Located across from The Westchester mall, the project includes 24,526 square feet of retail space and 716 parking spaces of which 275 will be for municipal parking. Seventeen of the residential units will be affordable. The project is expected to create 250 construction jobs and 91 permanent jobs.  

In a letter to the IDA, Toll Bros. said, “As one of the area’s most active and reputable builders, Toll and TBWP look forward to commencing this important residential and retail, mixed-use development, including additional parking for the City of White Plains, all located in the thriving market of Westchester County. We believe working in cooperation with the WIDA, the City and the construction industry participants, this project is sure to be a success.”

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White Plains Board of Education Extends Dr. Joseph Ricca,Superintendent of Schools Contract for 5 years through 2025.

Dr. Joseph Ricca with John Bailey(right) on a recent appearance on WPTV’s People to Be Heard with Assistant Superintendent for Business, Ann Vaccaro-Teich discussing settlement of a new contract with the White Plains Teachers Association

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. From the White Plains City School District. July 15, 2019:

The Board of Education Report Friday announced the School District has reached an agreement with its Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Ricca for a 5 year extension of his contract. No terms were disclosed.

Dr. Ricca has completed his first two years of his current contract which expires in June 2020. The contract calls for an increase in salary the first year and other incremental increases in subsequent years.

Commenting on Dr. Ricca’s contract, Rosemarie Eller, President of the Board of Education, said,

“We are very pleased to offer Dr. Ricca this five-year contract as a sign of confidence and alsoin an effort to provide stability for the school district.”

Dr.Ricca’s first two years in his position has achieved an upgrade in school security throughout the district 9 schools, has negotiated a contract with the White Plains Teachers Association, and created a capital reserve plan to upgrade White Plains schools without resorting to long term bonds at this time.

In a message sent out today Dr. Ricca reflected on his first two years, writing:

“My second year in White Plains has gone by very quickly (too quickly) and has been an amazing journey.  We should all be very proud of the many achievements of our children. 

In the academic arena, we are thrilled with the successful introduction of Advanced Earth Science for All eighth graders at the Highlands. We also completed an important review of the social studies curriculum and instituted enhancements to our mathematics curricular plan in addition to the continuation of the Dual Language Program expansion at Church Street School – along with many other accomplishments. 

Our students have excelled in music, athletics, the arts and science as well. Just take a look at the district’s Facebook page and I am sure you will agree – the 2018-2019 academic year was amazing!

On the field, our Girls Softball Team was recognized with honors in All-League and All-Section and we had an outstanding, State Championship bowler and a nationally-recognized tennis player among our large group of athletes.  New York State Scholar-Athlete recognition went to 490 students this past year. 

In June over 500 members of the Class of 2019 received their diplomas, plus more than 300 awards and scholarships.  Two will attend service academies – U.S. Naval Academy and Norwich Academy on an army ROTC Scholarship.  Many more will attend a wide range of prestigious and highly selective colleges. 

As I told the students at graduation, they will remember and think well of their education in the White Plains School for many years to come.  Hundreds more students celebrated their milestones at moving-up ceremonies throughout the district. You can view our 122nd WPHS Commencement here: https://youtu.be/rwabQgXVF-A

We must take time out to thank YOU for your support of our schools.  Since I came to White Plains I have been inspired with the unyielding enthusiasm and interest of the community in our schools.  We want you to know how much we appreciate your participation and partnership in our success. You contribute to the positive and supportive environment provided for the children of White Plains in our schools.

Please enjoy your summer and we’ll see you in September!

As always, you can keep up with us on Facebook (facebook.com/wpschools) and Twitter (@drjosephricca and @wpschools).   And of course, I remind you that I am always available for any questions or comments. 

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK OF JULY 12 ON YOU TUBE, WWW.WHITEPLAINSWEEK.COM AND WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG


WPW for 7-12 has been posted the youtube link is
 
https://youtu.be/iKdkmHuiiUM
 
the whiteplainsweek link is
 
http://www.whiteplainsweek.com/

JOHN BAILEY ON

THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY SALES HIKE SHARING SALES TAX $$ BASED ON POPULATION NOT NEED.

THE CITY TAX BILLS ARRIVE–AND YOU HAVE WORK TO DO. STAR REBATE DELAYED

THE HAMILTON GREEN (WHITE PLAINS MALL) DELAY:
SEIU UNION DRAWS IDA CONCERN THAT DEVELOPER IS STILL SEEKING NEW PARTNERS IN PROJECT AND ASKS FOR OPEN SHOP EMPLOYMENT,

DEMOCRATIC NOMINEES FOR COMMON COUNCIL IN CONTROL HEADING TO NOVEMBER ELECTIONS. BREZLER DOES NOT COMMENT ON FALL STRATEGY. REPUBLICANS LOOKING FOR ISSUES.

SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES DECLINE IN WESTCHESTER IN 2ND QUARTER–PRICES RISE IN CONDOS, COOPS, 2-4 FAMILY HOMES…INVENTORY EXPANDS.

AND MORE


19TH YEAR ON THE AIR EXPOSING TRUTH, FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY

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SEIU 32BJ LEADER DIES AT 57. GREW WESTCHESTER’S LEADING UNION FIGHTING FOR JOB PROTECTION, BENEFITS. FAIRNESS TO LABOR

HECTOR FIGUEROA

WPCNR MILESTONES. From the Service Employees international Union 32BJ:


32BJ Statement on passing of President Héctor Figueroa

It is with overwhelming sadness and a heavy heart that 32BJ mourns the unexpected passing of union president Héctor Figueroa, 57, last night in New York. The cause of death was a heart attack.

For those of us who have worked with him to further the well-being of our members and working people everywhere, and felt his personal and principled concern for our members, our staff and others this is a devastating loss.

In his many years of service to our union, to the labor movement, and to our communities, he consistently joined together a clear vision about the empowerment of working people with compassion and energy.

We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Deirdre, his children Eric and Elena, and the rest of his family, as well as to all those in our 32BJ family and beyond who forged strong bonds of camaraderie with Héctor over the years. Details about memorial plans will be forthcoming.

Declaración de la 32BJ sobre el fallecimiento del presidente Héctor Figueroa

Es con una tristeza abrumadora y un peso tremendo sobre el corazón que la 32BJ lamenta el fallecimiento inesperado del presidente del sindicato, Héctor Figueroa, anoche en Nueva York. Para aquellos de nosotros que hemos trabajado con él para promover el bienestar de nuestros miembros y de los trabajadores en todas partes, y sentimos su preocupación personal y de principios por nuestros miembros, nuestro personal y otros, esta es una pérdida devastadora. En sus muchos años de servicio a nuestro sindicato, al movimiento obrero y a nuestras comunidades, siempre conjugó una visión clara sobre el empoderamiento de las personas trabajadoras con compasión y energía. Extendemos nuestras más profundas condolencias a su esposa Deirdre, a sus hijos Eric y Elena, y al resto de su familia, así como a todos aquellos en nuestra familia 32BJ y más allá que forjaron fuertes lazos de camaradería con Héctor a lo largo de los años. Los detalles sobre los planes conmemorativos se anunciarán próximamente.

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Dennis “Dion” Nardone Is Seen and Heard –WVOX Personality, Last of the DOO WOP JOCKS–King of the Hop–Best Selling Author, TV PERSONALITY on “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD” anytime at www.wpcommunity.org

DENNIS NARDONE MIKESIDE CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY JULY 17–DISCUSSES GROWING UP IN NEW ROCHELLE AND HIS UPCOMING NEW BOOK ON WVOX HISTORY, HIS 25 YEARS ON WVOX WITH JOHN BAILEY ON WHITE PLAINS TV’S “PEOPLE TO HEARD”

See this very unique personality talk about his Westchester, his music, his books anytime on www.wpcommunitymedia.org

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BUCS Kick Streets–One Homegame to go…as Playoff Hunt Continues

WPCNR VIEW FROM THE UPPER DECK. Special to WPCNR from WPTV’S John Vorperian. As the New York Streets, Westchester’s Arena Football League Team gears up for its playoff run in its first season, Johnny V filed this report. July 10, 2019:

With 2 seconds left in the 4th quarter Mike Weaver (Wake Forest) kicked a 58 yard field goal as the Massachusetts Pirates shocked the New York Streets 54-52, Friday night at the Westchester County Center.

Coming into the Independence Weekend game, the Streets were looking to crack their six-game losing streak. A “Gatorade bath” was readied for NY Coach RickMarsilio as the game clockwent into single digits and the Streets had a 52-51 lead. The stunning boot by the Pirate went the entire length of the arena football field.

Now at 3-8, the Streets remain tied with the Columbus (GA) Lions for the 4th and final slot in the National Arena League Playoffs.

Streets quarterback David Legree (Syracuse/Hampton) threw for 264 yards and six touchdowns and rushed into the end zone for one as well. Edgar Allen Poe (Army-West Point) had eight receptions for 151 yards and three scores. Rob Jones (Delaware) returned from injured reserve and caught two TD passes.

Pirate quarterback Sean Brackett (Columbia) had 274 passing yards with five TD passes and rushed for one himself. The Massachusetts offensive line stonewalled New York. Brackett was not sacked, nor hurried. The Streets defense secondary showed improvement with a key end zone interception off the Buc QB.

Saturday July 13th (7pm YouTube) the Streets face off against the Columbus Lions in a critical road game which will determine which club gets the NAL fourth place playoff spot. The Streets will return to the Westchester County Center, Sunday July 21st (7pm kick-off) for their final home game against the defending NAL Champion Carolina Cobras

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