KATZ BAILEY AND BENEROFE
ON THE INTERNET NOW AT
ON MEMORIAL DAY
THE HEAT WAVE
THE COUNTY SALES TAX OPTIMISTIC PROJECTION
THE WHITE PLAINS SALES TAX REVENUE DROP
PETER KATZ’S THIS WEEK’S TRUMP MOMENT
LAST AUGUST, JOHN BAILEY AND PEOPLE TO BE HEARD
SHOWED YOU THE HISTORICAL LEGACY OF
THE PERCY GRAINGER HOUSE
HOME OF THE WORLD FAMOUS WHITE PLAINS PIANIST AND COMPOSER
he lived there for 40 years.
AND NOW THANKS IN PART TO THAT PROGRAM,
THE WHITE PLAINS HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION RECOMMENDED TO THE COMMON COUNCIL THIS MONTH THE HOME is RECOMMENDED AS AN HISTORICAL LANDMARK TO BE PRESERVED.
SEE THE REMARKABLE STEP BACK IN TIME THIS HOME–STILL FURNISHED AS PERCY GRAINGER LEFT IT
PEOPLE TO BE HEARD, 8 PM
IN A SPECIAL ENCORE PRESENTATION OF
PEOPLE TO BE HEARD
ON CHANNEL 76 CABLEVISION WHITE PLAINS TV
COUNTYWIDE ON VERIZON FIOS CHANNEL 45
YOU MAY ALSO SEE IT AT
WPCNR COUNTY CLARION LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. May 26, 2016:
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced today that Westchester’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) unanimously approved the $32 million sale of property on Austin Avenue in Yonkers to Morris Builders, L.P. The County will receive $19 million, with the City of Yonkers receiving the remaining third of the purchase price.
“This agreement is an example of how county assets can be unlocked to create benefits for our residents and businesses,” Astorino said. “The $19 million in new revenue will help mitigate an anticipated budget shortfall, shore up funding for non-profits, and allow for the hire of three new police officers.”
The Austin Avenue sale comes at a time when the county is facing a potential $17 million budget deficit after the first quarter of 2016, due mostly to sales taxes not meeting projections. The $15 million payment due to the County in June will go a long way toward erasing that gap.
(Editor’s Note:) In the first quarter of 2015, Westchester County earned $159,728,064 according to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. In this week’s 2016 April report from the Department of Taxation and Finance, Westchester County Sales Tax Receipts for January, February and March of 2016 are reported as $162,324,303, 1.6% more than the January, February and March of 2015. In order for the county to be down $17 Million in projected sales taxes the county would have had to budget a 14% increase in sales taxes for the first quarter. If the present pace continues, the county deficit may be continuing on a pace to grow an additional $50 Million deficit due to the optimistic 14% growth rate the County Executive and County Legislature apparently hoped the economic activity would grow.)
The parties to the deal are Westchester County, the Westchester County IDA, the City of Yonkers, the City of Yonkers IDA, and Morris Builders, L.P.
“I want to thank Mayor Spano, Morris Builders, our IDA and all the parties for completing this sale,” Astorino said. “Complex deals like this are never easy, but because everyone was open to working together we were able to find common ground and reach an agreement that will help pay for government services and create jobs.”
The Austin Avenue sale is another example of the County leveraging its assets to promote economic growth. Morris Builders plans to build a 175,000 square foot department store, creating 560 permanent full-time jobs in addition to construction jobs.
Upon closing, Morris Builders will pay $15 million to Westchester County and $10 million to the City of Yonkers. The County will receive an additional $3 million when Yonkers issues a building permit for a big box retail store on the property, and $1 million more when the store opens. On Wednesday, the City of Yonkers Industrial Development Agency approved the terms of a settlement surrounding the property clearing the way for this deal.
Under the terms of the agreement, Morris Builders also receives an option to purchase an adjacent 9 acres from the County between Sprain Road and the New York State Thruway.
Additionally, the City of Yonkers will receive up to 11 acres of land from the County to establish the New Hogan Park.
The deal now goes to the Westchester County Board of Legislators for approval.
WPCNR COUNTY LINES. From the Westchester County Association. May 25, 2016:
WPCNR QUO VADIS? From the City of White Plains transit website. May 23, 2016:
Parsons Brinkerhoff, the international consultants and development analysts have issued another survey question they would like the public to answer online at www.wptransitdistrict.com
WPCNR BUMPER TO BUMBER. From the White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations. May 23, 2016:
Per popular request, the CNA has invited Parking & Traffic Commissioner John Larson and Deputy Commissioner/City Transportation/Engineer Thomas Soyk to bring the neighborhoods up to date on what is happening in their departments.
The meeting is open to the public — bring your friends and neighbors — and will start promptly at 7:30 pm.
The WPCNA June Meeting will be held on Tuesday, JUNE 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Education House, 5 Homeside Lane, White Plains, NY.
John Vorperian of White Plains (left) was presented with a Proclamation this week from White Plains-Scarsdale County Legislator, Benjamin Boykin declaring today, Sunday, May 22, “John Vorperian Day” in Westchester County.
The honor is in recognition of Mr. Vorperian, a Westchester County Attorney specializing in child support issues in Family Court for 27 years, with his being chosen the winner of the first “Front Line Professional of the Year” by the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association in Myrtle Beach last week.
Mr. Vorperian is interviewed this on the White Plains Television program PEOPLE TO BE HEARD on the key issues affecting child support today in Westchester County. You may see that interview at
or on You Tube at
WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS.From the Financial Service Centers of New York. May 20, 2016:
Rose Reiken, a senior student at White Plains High School, has won a $7,500 Grand Prize in the 2016 Financial Service Centers of New York Scholarship Awards Program. She specifically received the highest honor, the William Siegel Memorial Scholarship Award.
Scholarship Winners: (L-R) Sara Taha (Fort Hamilton High School, Staten Island), Zahra Aboul-Hassan (High School of fashion Industries,Manhattan), Rose Reiken (White Plains High School, White Plains - William Siegel Memorial Scholarship Award – Grand Prize), State Assemblyman Michael Blake (Dist. 79th, Bronx), Jerson Mejia-Castro (High School of Computers and Technology, Bronx - Gene Schott Memorial Scholarship Award – Grand Prize), Rahat Hossan (Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences, Queens), and Julianne Sanscartier (Harrison High School, Harrison). Photo by Roberto Soler
PETER KATZ, JOHN BAILEY JIM BENEROFE
on WHAT’S HAPPENING:
TRUMP’S TAX FILINGS IN WESTCHESTER
THE CITY AND THE SCHOOLS PASS THEIR BUDGETS
VOTER APATHY GRIPS WHITE PLAINS
THE CITY GIVES ITS MANAGERS A 1.5% RAISE IN PAY
PLAYLAND ADMISSION CONFUSION
DRIVING A GETAWAY CAR NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA
THE CAPITAL RESOLUTION AND ITS IMPACT
MORLEY SAFER–THE CORRESPONDENTS’ CORRESPONDENT