Sorry doesn’t excuse it, Ray. Not Enough, Roger. Not Acceptable, Stephen. My Sister’s Place Comments on the Rice-NFL Aftermath

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. A Statement on Domestic Violence from My Sisters Place, White Plains. August 1, 2014:

The recent events surrounding Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, and the NFL’s lack of response and accountability is bigger than the NFL.

In fact the NFL is simply reflecting the views of our larger society which too often demonstrates a lack of respect for women and girls.

Moreover, our society excuses the violence and abuse men inflict on women as witnessed by both the criminal legal response as well as the response from the NFL.  Even in the aftermath, we see the entitlements and privilege many men believe they have which were glaring within the ignorant and inappropriate comments by Stephen A. Smith, and, show total disregard for the lives and safety of women.

It is 2014 and My Sisters’ Place will continue to give voice to this issue.

It bears repeating—domestic violence is a serious, life threatening issue, not to be demeaned or discounted because “she didn’t leave”.

We hope the NFL will commit to significant change in their policy around intimate partner abuse and send a clear message of zero tolerance.  A two game suspension isolates all victims who have not been taken seriously.

My Sisters’ Place and our Project Team On! initiative have been working to educate athletes of all ages on healthy relationships and respect.  We work to redefine strength and manhood so everyone can engage in safe and equal relationships.

It is important to teach young men the distinction between their “on field” and “off field” relationships.  MSP is immensely proud of Project Team On! and the athletes that affirm that violence is neither a sign of strength nor a solution.

Join us– Take the Pledge!  A world of respect starts today and it starts with us.

Take The Pledge at www.mspny.org.

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132 Subsidized Day Care Slots Unfilled, DSS Commish Says. Urges Persons Needing Day Care in September to Inquire.

WPCNR WESTCHESTER COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Board of Legislators. August 1,2014:

Kevin McGuire, Commissioner of the County’s Department of Social Services (DSS), noted in his presentation to the Board of Legislators Community Services Committee that as of June 2014 only 67 children were enrolled in the Title XX program, although there is funding for 199 slots for the same period of time in the 2014 County Budget, 132 slots are unfilled.

McGuire is urging persons interested and needing Day Care beginning in September, to apply now.

Projections presented to the BOL yesterday show 261 available Title XX slots for December 2014, but the rate of enrollment only generating 145 children for those slots.

Several day care professionals have voiced displeasure with the enrollment process this year. A number of Westchester residents reported having trouble enrolling into the program, with many applicants turned away for minor and nettlesome reasons.

Invitations to use the program first went out to people on a waiting list, many of whom had already aged out of the program. Short deadlines for supporting documentation in the application process apparently discouraged others from following through, as they were required to start from scratch once the deadline was missed.

“I’m disappointed that more than a hundred young Westchester residents and their parents are missing out on this important day care program,” said Legislator Williams. “Working families struggling to make ends meet need the help that programs like Title XX provide, and the children benefit from being in a safe and nurturing environment. These slots should all be filled.”

Williams pointed out that families should contact Westchester County at (914) 995-2294 to speak with the application supervisor or visit online www.socialservices.westchestergov.com/adult,-child,-family-services/day-care-services for more information about signing up for the child care subsidy.

Residents having problems applying for the subsidized child care program are requested to contact Legislator Williams by phone: (914) 995-2833 or email: aaw3@westchestertgov.com.

The Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. is also ready to help: call (914)761-3456, email childcare@cccwny.org or visit online www.childcarewestchester.org for more info.

 

 

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Water Main Break in Ossining Forces 5,000 to Boil Water next 72 Hours

WPCNR HEALTH BULLETIN. From the Westchester County Department of Health. August 1, 2014: 

Residents of a central section of the Village of Ossining who are served by the Village of Ossining Water Department must boil their water before drinking it or using it for food preparation at least through Sunday and until further notice.  This is due to a water main break that occurred Thursday night on Route 134 near Route 9A.

A boil water advisory means that residents in the affected area must boil all tap water at a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute prior to drinking it or using it for food preparation, washing dishes by hand and brushing teeth. Restaurants, delis, bodegas and all food service establishments in the affected area must also boil water before serving it or using it to prepare food. Residents can also use bottled water as an alternative to boiling.

The advisory does not extend to bathing, clothes washing or the use of a dishwasher. Residents who have concerns about using the water should follow up with their doctor.

About 5,000 people are in the affected area which includes streets as far west as Route 9; as far  east as Morningside Drive; as far north as Hawkes Avenue at Bridle Path Road and as far south as Macy Road at Wolden Road. A complete list of affected streets follows.

In an abundance of caution, the boil water advisory was issued to protect from potential contamination caused by ground water infiltration into water mains as a result of the reduction in water main pressure due to a water main break.

Once the Village of Ossining Water Department completes repairs to the water main, water will be flushed from the mains through some fire hydrants in the area. Once that flushing is completed, the Westchester County Department of Health and the Village of Ossining Water Department will take water samples throughout the affected area, early this morning. Those samples will be tested at the Indian Brook Water Treatment Plant laboratory for coliform bacteria.

There is a 24-hour turnaround time for the bacteriological testing, and a second round of satisfactory test results will be needed before the health department can lift the advisory.

Updates on the repairs will be provided by Ossining as they become available. Updates to the boil water advisory will be provided by the Health Department as needed. For more information, residents should contact the Village of Ossining Water Department at 914-941-4661 or visit their website at www.villageofossining.org.

 

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Couple on Robin Hood Road Chides Mayor, Common Council for Accepting not Questioning Impact Statement; Challenges French American School Submitting Plans to Educate Student Population Larger than they are applying for at the Ridgeway Club Site

WPCNR LETTER TICKER. Letter to the Mayor and Common Council Shared with WPCNR July 30, 2014:

Dear Mayor and Common Council,
 
We believe we have uncovered another FASNY manipulation of the facts. . .if FASNY and the City Staff were supposed to perform Mitigation to make all the Traffic Problems significantly less or disappear entirely in the SEQRA Findings and the Special Permit documents. . .it didn’t happen… in fact with our calculations Traffic numbers for FASNY are a disaster!
First let’s review what we have found so far with FASNY’s Traffic information. . .
By our own calculations FASNY’s presence in our neighborhood assuming 950 students shows additional Vehicle Trips of 973 for an increases of 157% over base levels assuming FASNY’s 50% bus usage level. . .
And looking at just Bus Trips alone an increase of 90 bus trips if their 50% rate occurs in the real world.  Our figure of 973 Vehicle Trips is a lot higher than the 530 number the FASNY Leaders were throwing around in their presentations and submissions.
And we also revealed FASNY’s biggest lie to date that. . .there is no such thing as mandatory busing.
Also while FASNY did stagger their start times with WP High. . .FASNY ignored the start times of the other 9 schools with combined students and staff of 2,500 already traveling each day into our neighborhood.
We’ll repeat the school list again because the FASNY proposal would increase the Traffic Safety Risk for each school:
First you have the German School which itself is expanding from 375 students to 500, then there are nursery  schools (at Burke, Memorial Methodist, First Baptist, YWCA and Ridgeway Alliance), elementary schools ( Ridgeway and OLS) and Stepinac High School.  You also have workers changing shifts at Burke, other commuters coming into White Plains for work as our own neighborhood residents commuting out to work on weekday mornings.
Getting back to the current problem we uncovered now with FASNY’s manipulation of the facts. . .we don’t think their 950 student number is real or is consistent with FASNY’s planned construction in their Site Plan Submission.
First let’s review some changes that took place between the Sequa Findings and the Site Plan submission:
→ FASNY’s student population was reduced from 1,200 to 950 in the SEQUA findings. . .a 21% reduction.
→ In their Site Plan submission FASNY increased their building construction square footage to 261,200 sq. ft. from their 230,863 sq. ft in the Seqra Findings and FEIS. . .for an increase of increase of 13%.
→ And FASNY in their Site Plan is now building on 53.2 acres, up from 45.69 in the SEQUA Findings and FEIS, for an increase of more than 16%.
 
In the Site Plan if FASNY’s student population was reduced to 950 or 21%. . .wouldn’t you expect to see their building construction scaled back proportionally . . .as most rational building developers would rather spend less money to reduce their upfront investment.  FASNY instead in their Site Plan FASNY is increasing their building construction 13% to 261,200 sq. ft.  Does this make sense to anyone?
Since the FASNY Leaders have been around White Plains we feel that in their communications and submissions they have been less than forthright, disingenuous, misleading, manipulative, etc. . .the Common Council has seen it too.  However, the one thing you have to admit is that the FASNY people believe they are smart. . .and they believe that have fooled our Mayor, City Staff and some of our Common Council from the beginning of this review process. . . so we have to give FASNY some credit.
Thinking they are smart we believe the FASNY leaders’ real plan is to increase their student population levels not back to 1,200. . .but up to at least the 1,400 level.  What other reason would they have for their construction sq. ft. increases.  Remember the saying “if you build it, they will come”. . .the more students FASNY takes in. . .the more tuition dollars they collect to cover their upfront construction costs.
We arrived at our 1,400 student number by going back to their FEIS of September 16, 2013 where FASNY was projecting a 1,200 student population with 230,863 sq. ft. of building. . .and we assumed that if FASNY now wants its building construction to be 261,200. . .it’s probably to accommodate an increased student population so we applied a proportional growth percentage and came up with 1,400 as their real target.
 
A key question the Common Council should ask now is. . .with FASNY ‘s expanded 53.2 acre school campus and construction building of 261,200 sq. ft. . .what is the maximum number of students that this newly expanded FASNY complex can accommodate?  We wouldn’t trust FASNY to answer this. . .however we’re sure the City can find a building expert somewhere to come up with an answer.
To us what FASNY appears to be doing is since they have fooled our Mayor and a few of our Common Council so far. . .they now are submitting construction plans for the maximum number of students they will ever need. . .so FASNY will never have to come back to the City for future expansion requests.
 
The $64,000 Question is “Do our Mayor, City Staff and Common Council understand that they can’t allow FASNY to submit building plans for a student population of 1,400 along with traffic plans for a school population of only 950 (which we already showed they didn’t calculate correctly)?  If FASNY is submitting building plans for a student population of 1,400. . .then traffic has to be calculated at the same 1,400 population. . .according to our understanding of SEQRA regulations. . .and again common sense.  We’re sure the Planning Board, if asked, can provide guidance.
So we went back to relook at our Vehicle Trip numbers again and expanded some of the figures to include the 1,200 and 1,400 population levels:
→  previously with 950 students we showed Vehicle Trips 973, up 157% over base levels with 90 bus trips.
→  with 1,200 students Vehicle Trips would be 1,193, 192% over our base levels with 120 bus trips.
 
→  with 1,400 students Vehicle Trips are 1,347, 217% over our base levels with 140 bus trips.
 
We just applied the same Vehicle Trip calculation formula we used previously. . .which ever method of calculation you choose to use the basic concept is “more students = more Vehicle Trips= more Traffic Safety Risk”.
The Mitigation performed by FASNY and the City Staff reducing the student population to 950. . .by our calculations show Vehicle Trips, 90 Bus Trips and 157% increase over base levels. . .is totally unacceptable by any rational person’s standards. . .while the number of Vehicle Trips at the 1,200 and 1,400 student levels that we have newly calculated. . .are so outrageously high that just FASNY bus trip totals would exceed that of all bus trips currently coming into our neighborhood today!
 
By FASNY’s actions to date we know they don’t care about our neighborhood residents. . .however if our Mayor and this Common Council approved this FASNY project it would destroy our neighborhood character, quality of life and property values for sure. . .while violating SEQRA regulations.  
Isn’t the purpose of Mitigation under the SEQRA regulations not to make resident living conditions worse?
And here in our neighborhood not only would resident living conditions be made worse. FASNY and whoever on the Common Council votes to approve FASNY’s plan would really be putting the Traffic Safety of all current WP students as well as FASNY students at severe risk.  Isn’t there something wrong with all the FASNY misleading and stonewalling that has taken place. . .if end result of this FASNY project places School Children, Seniors and other WP Residents at risk?
 
How would you feel if someone proposed a project near your own house and neighborhood that “tripled” Vehicle Trips along with a significant increase in Traffic Safety issues?
So would you consider FASNY and the City Staff’s claim of Mitigation. . .more Spin, a misstatement or an outright lie?
We report. . .you decide.
Your Truth Police, Team Rhodes
Marie and Ron Rhodes
22 Robinhood Road
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Dancing Under the Stars and Cars Star Tonight at Court Street. The Fountain Dances Again!

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Fountain Waters Dance Again in the Summer Sun on Tuesday

The City of White Plains will present a special mid-summer program tonight during its Dancing Under the Stars concert series.

On Wednesday,  from 7 pm to 9 pm, Desert Highway will perform a tribute to the Eagles. The concert will be complimented with a classic car show.

The concert and car show will be held on Court Street between Martine Avenue and Main Street, near the (suddenly revived over last weekend) “dancing waters” of the long dry Renaissance Square Fountain that the city has spent several months repairing. The fountain has been out of action for all of the spring and summer due to leaks and repairs conducted at a snail’s pace by the city, with no official explanation for the delay.

It will be good to see the fountain fonts frolicking again in the summer twilight, as they were yesterday in the summer sun.

For additional information call (914) 422-1339.

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Car Thefts from Unlocked Cars Cropping Up in the City.

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From the White Plains Department of Public Safety July 28, 2014:

Lieutenant Kevin Christopher of the White Plains Police Department has sent the following advisory Sunday  to local neighborhood associations. Christopher in his covering message advises:

“We are experiencing some larcenies from vehicles. People are going into unlocked vehicles and stealing items.”

You may be a potential victim if you leave valuable items in
your vehicle. Reduce your chance of being a victim, practice
the behavior found on this deterrents list:

1. Take your keys out of the ignition
2. Lock your car
3. Park in Well-lit areas
4. Do not leave valuables in plain view, remove valuables, and place in
trunk if items must be left in the car.
5. GPS systems are attractive items for thieves. The GPS and the
suction cup mount need to be removed and placed in the trunk. The
residual ring left on the windshield from the suction cup mount
need to be wiped clean from the window. Thieves look for this
“ring”
6. Use your garage
7. Install an audible alarm

ITEMS TO AVOID LEAVING IN VEHICLE
Phones, loose change, CDs, Briefcases, Purses, Wallets, Laptops,
Sports Equipment, and Global Positioning Systems.

NOTIFY THE POLICE
While parking, if suspicious behavior is observed by people in the area,
call White Plains Police at 914 422 6111 or in an emergency 911.

 

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Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus, Health Department Warns

WPCNR HEALTH NEWS. From The Westchester County Department of Health. July 26, 2014:

The county Health Department advises residents to take precautions against mosquito
bites after New York City reported that its first batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

So far this season, no mosquitoes in Westchester have been identified as carriers of West Nile Virus, but this is the time of year when the health department expects to find them.

“Given our proximity to New York City, it is safe to assume that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus will soon be identified here in Westchester County,¨ said Sherlita Amler, MD, commissioner of health. “Our recent rainy weather also makes conditions ripe for mosquitoes capable of carrying the virus to breed. I urge all residents to remove standing water from their property and to take personal protective measures against mosquito bites when spending time outdoors.¨

Last year, there were seven positive mosquito batches found in Westchester County and two human cases of West Nile virus reported. Westchester County¡¦s first positive mosquito batch last year was reported in early August. So far this year, no positive mosquito batches have been found and there have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Westchester County. 

The Health Department prepared for the summer mosquito season by applying larvicide briquettes to street catch basins that held standing water and by giving away free minnows to residents that have ponds on their property. The minnows reduce the mosquito population because they feed on mosquito larvae and pupae before they emerge into adult mosquitoes. Residents should continue to do their part by removing standing water around their homes where mosquitoes can breed and by taking personal protection measures against mosquito bites.

To help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds where you live: 

Survey your property for tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that should be discarded or turned over to prevent collecting water.

 Cover outdoor trash containers to keep rainwater from accumulating inside.

Turn over plastic wading pools, buckets and wheelbarrows when not in use.

 Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are left outdoors.

 Clean roof gutters and remove standing water from flat roofs.

 

Drain water in birdbaths, plant pots and drip trays twice a week.

Sweep driveways after it rains so that they are free of puddles.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.

To reduce your risk of mosquito bites:

 Avoid being outdoors in places and during times where and when mosquitoes are active and feeding.

Use insect repellents with no more than 10% DEET on children, sparingly and with care. Repellents should be effective for about two hours and should only be applied once a day. Read and follow package directions and wash treated skin after mosquito exposure has ended.

Select the lowest concentration effective for the amount of time spent outdoors. A concentration of 24% has been shown to provide an average of five hours of protection.

 Products containing DEET are not recommended for infants under two months of age.

 Wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks when outdoors in areas and at times where and when mosquitoes are active.

Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

Residents who notice large areas of standing water on public property that could serve as potential mosquito breeding grounds should report this information to the Westchester County Department of Health by calling (914) 813-5000 or emailing the Health Department through its website, www.westchestergov.com/health.


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WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE NEW JULY 25 EDITION ON THE INTERNET NOW. PLUS PEOPLE TO BE HEARD ON BASEBALL NOW

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CONSERVING ELECTRICITY? YOU BETTER. CON ED: NEW FEDS’ CAPACITY ZONE CHARGE EXPLODES SUMMER BILL 81%. 5.7 CENTS TO 10.32 CENTS. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE MY AUGUST BILL.

 

WPCNR POWER NEWS. News and Comment By John F. Bailey. July 24, 2014:

As the thermometer hit the low 90s with humidity feeling like a wet cotton sock on your face in the lazy July sun yesterday, I could not help but wondering how high my kilowatt hour charge was going to be?

Remember in January when your kwh charge from Con Edison went up 136% in a month.

In January the New York Independent Systems Operator told WPCNR it was a shortage of natural gas due to the high demand for power during a prolonged cold snap.

Now, the thermometer is pushing the 90s. Now they know it’s hot in the summer. They should be prepared for it.

But, hold on on minute, Con Edison. You know it’s hot in the summer. How come my electric bill kilowatt hour charge went from 7.73  to 10.32 cents kwh hour increase in June….34%… ALMOST DOUBLING in two months…from 5.7 cents to 10.32 cents?

I asked Bob McGee of Con Edison Media Relations to explain it all, knowing it is hot  why aren’t electricity futures purchased at lower prices in advance to spare the comsumer this annual whacking in midsummer when it is hot and in January when it’s cold?

Bob McGee, spokesperson for Con Edison, says it is not demand that raised the rates

He issued this statement: the new Capacity charge dictated by FERC, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission was added to bills as “incentive” for energy companies to locate plants in the metro area capacity zone and existing companies to upgrade their capacity or build new sources of supply. As if we are going to build new power plants in the metropolitan area in a jiff. (Oh, those environmental reviews!)

McGee issued this statement to WPCNR:

“I’ve spoken to our folks in rate engineering.

Capacity costs are the main driver of increased costs so far this summer.

Energy prices have actually come down a bit because we’ve had a fairly mild summer to date.

Electricity cannot be stored like natural gas, so even if you were buying electricity futures in March or April for the summer, the price would still be higher projecting the summer price spike.  It’s not like buying natural gas that can be stored in a gas storage facilty to be delivered later.”

I asked Mr. McGee what are “capacity costs?”

He defined them:

“That’s what’s paid to ensure reliability, i.e., that there will be enough power to draw upon.”

New York State Independent Systems Operator explains the capacity costs this way:

“Bottlenecks in the electric transmission system located north of the Mid-Hudson Valley constrain electric supply to southeast New York and Greater New York City area; in addition several regional generating plants have been or may be retired. Federal regulations  mandate (d in the spring of 2014) that areas affected by transmission constraints are to create a “Capacity Zone,” which forces utilities serving the area to purchase virtually all their energy capacity within that zone only, rather than throughout the rest of the state. “

What is the objective of these capacity charges?

“By mandating that capacity be purchased within a limited zone, prices for electric supply will rise significantly.  The intent by federal regulators is to raise market prices for electricity locally to encourage development of new power generation by independent companies. The result is that existing generators will be paid a higher price for their electricity by Mid-Hudson residents, negatively impacting househoulds, businesses and economic development efforts.”

What is interesting about the Con Edison electric bill is the capacity charge impact is not clearly broken out on the bill. The consumer cannot readily see, (at least this reporter could not find something called “Capacity Charge” on the bill.

I think would be logical to have so Con Edison would not be blamed for these increases, and consumers would know they have the federal government to blame.

So your bill is higher because the government thinks it should be higher.

 

 

 

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AT LONG LAST RECOVERY? WHITE PLAINS HAS ALL TIME SALES $$ HIGH IN JUNE. WHITE PLAINS BID PLANS SURVEY OF DOWNTOWN BUYING PATTERNS.

 

WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. By John F. Bailey. July 22, 2014:

“Is it the rainbow or just a mirage?

Will it be tender and sweetor merely massage?

Is it a brainstorm in one of its quirks,

Or ,is it the best, the crest, the works?

Is it for all time or simply a lark?

Is it the Lido I see or only Asbury Park?

Should I say “Thumbs down” and give it a shove?

Or is it at long last love?

At long Last Love written by Cole Porter © 1937,1938 Chappell & Company. All rights reserved. From the musical, YOU NEVER KNOW

 

That’s what White Plains is daring to hope as June sales tax numbers broke all records for a single month with White Plains receiving $5,389,048.64, the most money earned in one month since September, 2011, when the city earned $5 million (augmented by one-time adjustment).

This salvo of dollars closed the city 2013-14 fiscal year with $51,856,186.97 in total sales tax recepts, 3.9% higher than 2012-13 sales tax receipts OF $49,913,996.69. The pace of White Plains growth overtook Westchester County, the first time this has happened in over a year. Westchester County over the first six months of 2014.WAS UP 3.4% TO the 3.9% White Plains growth rate.

It also by WPCNR estimate will allow the city to slip perhaps $7 Million into the Fund Balance Stabilization Fund, a balance used ostensibly to build back city fund balance, but serves to fund rising labor costs each year in a quid pro quo exhange.

Had April and May not been so cold and rainy, the city might have done even better.

Kevin Nunn, Executive Director of the White Plains Business Improvement District, called the June handle, “Good news. We’d like to see it continue.”

He said several events in June might have contributed to the increase, such as the Criterion Bike Race that took place on a Sunday, and the Leisure Expo.

Asked if the BID was concerned about the number of empty storefronts in the White Plains downtown Business Improvement District, Nunn said “it (vacant storefronts) is more than we’d like.” He told WPCNR the business owners that make up the BID are concerned about it have voted to commission a profession organization, RES Group  to undertake a detailed survey of the White Plains commercial properties in the district in an effort to define how the downtown might focus its efforts on what companies and tenants to attract and how the district can make itself more attractive

The firm he said will be survey customers enterting establishments at various times of the week; they will send out a mail survey to residents, which can be completed online (no need to mail it in) for which they will receive amazon.com coupons if they go on line and fill it out.

The group will also be taking a survey of rents and lease arrangements to ascertain what kind of deals White Plains is offering to prospective retail tenants to analyze if that is a factor that keeps.

Parking will be analyzed as part of the survey, as will consumer interest in what retail products they come to White Plains for and what they want through national trends analyzed by the firm ESRI

Nunn said the survey would be commenced in September “when everybody is back in town.”

Nunn said the survey was the idea of the BID Membership generated from discussion among members.

Involved in doing part of the survey is VHB, the firm that acquired Saccardi & Schiff three years ago. VHB will be surveying the walkability, streetscape and convenience of the downtown.

RES the parent firm has done such surveys for the Museum of Modern Art and Metrotech, among others.

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