Will the Common Council 8-Year Eclipse End and Bring a Ray of Sunlight in White Plains, NY, USA?

 

WPCNR NEWS AND COMMENT. By John F. Bailey. August 21,2017:

After an 8-Year Total Eclipse of leadership on the Common Council in favor of procrastination, lipservice to residents, smiles without sincerity, and overly compliant with the city administration wishes , White Plains has the opportunity to infuse the Common Council horseshoe in city hall with some new blood, new perspective, should they wish to do so. Or at least stay with the same tired but comfortable and lovable team of plowhorses clip-clopping along.

On Tuesday,  August 22, tomorrow at 7:30 at The Woman’s Club of White Plains, 305 Ridgeway  an Election Forum sponsored by the Gedney Association, North Street Area Civic Association and the Rosedale Residential  Association will be held featuring invited candidates who are competing in the September 12 Democratic Party Primary:

Invited are the Democratic Party official nominees: incumbent Mayor Thomas Roach, incumbent councilpersons John Kirkpatrick and John Martin and first time runner for Council, Justin Brasch.

Also invited are the challengers to these official nominations, Mayor hopeful, present Common Councilmember, Milagros Lecuona, who is also nominated by the Republican Party to run in November on the Republican slate, so she will face the Mayor anyway regardless of the primary result. Then there are the three council challengers, Alan Goldman, Michael Kraver and Saad Siddiqui who are aiming to wrest the Democratic Party line from the  the two incumbents Kirkpatrick and Martin, and the newcomer Justin Brasch.

The Primary was declared “go” last week when Judge Lawrence Ecker validated the disputed petitions of Milagros Lecuona, Mr. Goldman, Mr. Kraver, and Mr. Siddiqui. The Democratic candidates declined to appeal the Judge’s decision.So here we are.

 

At the beginning of this Democratic Primary Candidates’ Forum, being characterized by some in the Democratic Party as an anti-French American School of New York inspired effort, WPCNR would like to suggest a few questions that the moderator of the debate, Allen Flissler, President of the North Street Area Civic Association, might consider which would be a complete departure of these forums from forums of the past.

WPCNR suggests ask those who would be Mayor or Councilperson, what  they would do (if elected), how hard can they work; would they listen, who would they listen to? what they would seek to achieve on specific issues? Why is the city in need of your leadership?

And Incumbents:  Would you begin to pay attention? Would they stand on principle and what is right? There’s more to leadership than earnestness,  mindful compassion and a smile. (As a politician, the first thing you learn to do is put on a smile, you’re never completely dressed without it it’s so essential to seducing people’s confidence in you.)

Along these thoughts:

Issues:

DEVELOPMENT:

Continue current pace of multi-apartment, mixed use complexes or declare moratorium.

Require performance bond when a project is improved.

Reverse long Common Council habit of renewing site plans for years instead of removing approval.

Transit District Construction: What Should Be Built on Battle Hill? How Big Should New Metro North Station Be—What does Metro North Want?

TAXES—

Should there be a moratorium on Payments In Lieu of Taxes for developers applying for new projects?

Do you support  a no tax increase policy similar to the Astorino policy of the last 8 years?

CITY ECONOMY

The White Plains City sales tax receipts are down 5% in the last three years. Taking inflation into account, that should be at least even, but instead are a good 10% below what they should be. What will you do to reverse this trend? Should we wait and hope the new developments save the economy? (That is 6 years away.) Or start fixing things to attract people to White Plains again—if so, what?

TRAFFIC

Are you in favor of the city’s bicycling and pedestrian friendly downtown, traffic flow redirections going forward?  Is mass transit needed to a greater degree?

 

CITY INFRASTRUCTURE

FOR incumbents are you confident the city is infrastructurally ready for our increased population in the downtown? What needs to be addressed?

For those who would be taking office for the first time: What are the infrastructure issues you feel, based on your knowledge that are not being addressed by the present administration?

ILLEGAL, OVERCROWDED HOUSING

What would you do about cleaning up illegal overcrowded housing in the city?

SCHOOLS

The school district will be most impacted by the 5,000 new apartments coming into town. If 10% of the new apartment dwellers coming to down in the next 6 years bring new children  into those apartments this would equal 500 new students in the White Plains Schools in the next 6 to 7 years, requiring at least one new elementary school to accommodate the input. If 20% bring new children, you would need two new schools.

This potential tax impact due to new construction upwards of $100 Million has to be thought about. Do you defend the present growth in residential?  Do you feel city should use its bonding power to contribute to new school expansion.

Just trying to be of help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK-THE AUGUST 19 SHOW ON THE INTERNET NOW

 

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Nominated Democrats Will Not Appeal Judge Ecker’s Decision to Validate Milagros Lecuona, Alan Goldman, Michael Kraver, Saad Siddiqui Petitions Clearing Last Hurdle to Primary Challenge

WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. AUGUST 18, 2017:

The Tom Roach for Mayor Campaign Manager today announced the campaign would not appeal Judge Lawrence Ecker’s Ruling that the Milagros Lecuona slate had obtained enough valid signatures to qualify for a September 12 primary challenging the Roach slate.

 

 

 

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Lecouna Campaign and Running Mates Await Possible Appeal of Judge’s Ruling on Lecuona Ticket signatures

WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. August 17, 2017:

More than 500 signatures from White Plains Democrats were reinstated when Judge Lawrence Ecker allowed for “WP” to be accepted in place of “White Plains.”

To read the ruling click: The decision reads, “…there should be no bar to the consideration of these signatures.  There is only one city involved in this election, namely White Plains, and only one city that the abbreviation “W.P.” can represent in Westchester County, namely White Plains.
The record reads “…the Court determines that plaintiff have failed to establish, by clear and convincing evidence, that respondents’ designating petitions were permeated with fraud…On the facts adduced at the hearing, the Court finds there was no danger of fraud or confusion either to the Board or to the voters.”

Christine Senteno, a spokesperson for the Lecuona campaign told WPCNR, the Lecuona campaign has not been served with a notice of appeal of Judge Ecker’s ruling from plaintiffs, Willa Swiller, Steven Walfish, Thomas Roach, John Martin, John Kirkpatrick and Justin Brasch.

Senteno said given the time constraints going up against a September 12 primary date, the campaign should know in a few days whether an appeal will be forthcoming.

The White Plains Democratic primary will be held September 12.

If Judge Ecker’s ruling stands Lecuona will run for Mayor; her running mates Alan Goldman, Michael Kraver and Saad Siddiqui will run against Martin, Kirkpatrick and Brasch for Common Council.

“We won!  The Board of Elections said so.  The judge said so and Milagros’ supporters say so.  I worked hard walking door-to-door, standing in front of local stores, so I could collect pages of petition signatures and it feels good to know that White Plains voters will have a choice come the September 12 primaries,” said Ellen Berger, longtime White Plains resident, and Lecuona supporter.

“Of course, we are pleased with the outcome of this case because now those voters whose voices were in jeopardy of being silenced will now be heard.  It is a relief that we can finally focus on engaging White Plains voters instead of isolating them with legal battles,” said candidate Lecuona.

“There is no doubt innocent mistakes were made in the way we gathered our petitions.  Changes have been made so we can run an effective and efficient campaign.  So many volunteers worked very hard to ensure that I was able to get on the ballot and their efforts will not be in vain.  I want to thank them for their support and those who signed my petitions for their support,” Lecuona further explained

“This legal battle was an attempt to keep anyone who challenged the current power structure from speaking out.  It is a shame the party bosses are so intimidated by opposing opinions that they will go through such extremes to shut down their own voters, many of whom are women and people of color.  That and the FASNY issue are why I am shopping for a new mayor this election cycle,” said Yvonne Gumo,

 

 

 

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Playland Attendance Through July 23, Down 22%

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WPCNR PLAYLAND TOMORROW. By John F. Bailey. August 16, 2017:

Despite a sizzling July, Playland attendance through July 23 is down 14,785  from last year, or the equivalent of two big holiday weekend perfect days when about 8,000 usually come to the park, so the 22% decline could be easily made up with some big August weekends and the Labor Day weekend.

The revenue in the park is down $300,000, $5,035,345 was generated through July 23 of 2016; $4,742,020 through July 23, 2017.

The figures this year show of the 246,198 admissions through July 23, 80,910 or 32% were not residents from Westchester. Of that 80,910, 50,815 paid $30 to ride all day (plus parking) and 20,295 were spetator admissions.

Of the 246,198 admissions, 107,176 lived in Westchester County, that’s 43%. There were 66,964 residents who paid Ride All Day admissions, 12,144 who paid Junior admissions and 28,068 Spectator Admissions.  Over 48,000 resident admissions chose to spectate and not ride.

Season Pass admissions, $80 resident, $90 non-resident,$35  spectator, promo season pass totaled  4,385. Group Riders at $20 numbered 34,500 and generated $690,000 in revenue.

Biggest Day was July 4 when 16,596 attended the park on a Tuesday. Next top draw was 13,687 on Memorial Day.

In 10 Saturday attendances, the average has been 5,881.

The 10 Sundays have done better than Saturdays. The average Sunday attendance is 6,943 on total attendance of 69,333.

The Beach and Pool attendance has attracted 36,726, down 23% from 2016′s 47,119 (through July 24, 2016.)

Figures provided by the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

 

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR WHEN THE MARIO A. CUOMO BRIDGE OPENS (WESTBOUND ONLY)

4-shocker of the week

WPCNR WESTCHESTER TOMORROW. By John F. Bailey. August 15, 2017:

I took a roadtrip to Pennsylvania last week to visit family and had the opportunity to go across the old Tappan Zee Bridge, and got a first hand look up close and girder personal at the new Mario A. Cuomo Bridge set to open in three days in the westbound direction (4 Lanes).

When you approach it for the first time leaving Westchester particularly on Friday evening, will traffic be smoother or worse?

Will the sharp swing northwest to mount the new grade up the bridge cause more slowdown or less? Remember the backup that always happens now because of the insane Tarrytown exit? That is still going to be there.

Will drivers run into a slowdown due to the S curve down hill from the 100 foot higher new bridge lanes? Drivers have to swing left going down a curve then swing right to motor onto the unchanged westbound thruway lanes, and we knowhow that backs up every day of the week, don’t we?

I certainly do not wish the bridge a bad first outing, but the real test will come when the Eastbound new bridge span opens.

Because the new span is approximately 100 feet above the old causeway leading up to the present bridge, drivers will have a steeper climb (though straighter. That climb up the incline has the potential to back up the new eastbound lanes more. The “S” approach onto the new eastbound causeway with the eastbound old thruway lanes swinging left, then swinging right in an S, that is really I think going to slow that eastbound morning traffic way lot. The long curve in one direction and a soft one that follows on the present bridge really does damage to vehicle speed.

But the reason I do not think the traffic speed will improve any eastern side opens, the hapless bridge has no ability to get  its 4 lanes of eastbounders past the impass of the three lane I-287 eastbound merge. You’ve got 4 lanes going into three. You got new bridge old highway combination. No fix in sight for years. No express bus exclusive lane in sight.

 

 

 

 

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Zoning Changes in Transit District Have potential to Create Need for a new Elementary School in White Plains–Or Two

WPCNR WHITE PLAINS TOMORROW. By John F. Bailey:

With the recent zoning changes to the Transit District in the public hearing last week, a heads-up is in order for the White Plains City School District to pay attention to the possibilities of what 5,000 apartments on track to be constructed in the next five years.

The sites are on Westmoreland Avenue; at the White Plains Pavilion site (now demolished); on the site of the White Plains Mall, at 55 Bank Street (probably due to open next fall); at the corner of Mamaroneck and East Post Road; at Hamilton Avenue and North Broadway; on the former Good Council property on North Broadway, and on the Grid Properties site on the former Sholz property; and a new apartment building recently started at Maple and DeKalb Avenues.

If 10% of those 5,000 apartments have one child after they move, that is 500 children all arriving in the district. You can see what happens if 20% have a new child, that  means1,000 elementary aged children in 5 to 10 years. 30% means, 1,500. If half the families moving into those 5,00 that is 2,500 students filling the elementary schools. The average elementary school in White Plains now is filled to the brim at 600 students. Unless the persons moving in have no children, let alone not bring any into the district, the district has to monitor the population trends as the apartments fill up.

The Westchester County birth rate per 1,000 of population as of 2013 was 11 births 1,000.  If 5,000 move into the new apartments, using that measure the district can expect 605 new kindergartners in the school system at the least. That’s a new school full of youngsters.

Common sense tells you the district has to start considering whether to expand the current elementary schools or build at least two new ones, or maybe three,  that is over a $100 Million in construction for three schools.

 

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THIS MONTH AT THE WHITE PLAINS LIBRARY

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News from the White Plains Public Library

And We’re Rolling!

If you’ve been in the Library recently, you may have found yourself in the middle of a film shoot. The crew from 40 North, a forthcoming series for Hulu, used the Library for several scenes. Based on the book The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright, the show examines the events leading up to the tragic 9/11 attacks.

This wasn’t the first time the Library has hosted a film crew. Look closely at the first episode of Billions. Recognize the room where U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades holds his press conference? That’s the Library’s auditorium.

We’re always happy to support the growing film industry in White Plains, which helps, in myriad ways, to bring revenue to town. But before we commit to allowing the Library to be used, we make certain that the filming will only minimally impact library users and that no programs will be affected or collections made unavailable. At the most, we might all have to freeze for a minute or two during “action.” But that’s part of the fun!

The fees from the shoots have supported the reading coach in the Trove and paid for the signage we just installed on the first floor. Revenue from the 40 North shoot will go towards new programs when the Hub opens, including events for our growing 55+ patrons, as well as cultural and musical events.

Brian Kenney
Library Director
bkenney@whiteplainslibrary.org

Meet Bobby Calero

We are excited to welcome librarian Bobby Calero as the newest addition to the Trove. Bobby comes here from the Children’s Library Discovery Center of the Queens Library in Jamaica, Queens. Despite the fact that he’s only five feet and six inches—and weighs about a 140 pounds—he was once the bouncer at an all-night jazz club in the West Village. But today he says that he “loves singing ‘The itsy-bitsy spider’ to two-year-olds at 10:30 a.m.!”

Bobby is a big fan of children’s book authors Yuyi Morales, Emily Hughes, and Neil Gaiman. He also loves Roald Dahl, particularly The Witches. “I am sure that for certain sensitive and creative children that book confirms that the adult world is run by these secret villains, with their motto concerning all children: ‘Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear.’”

Bobby’s two year old son Ben also loves books and constantly makes his librarian Dad re-read Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry. According to Bobby “I think he likes listening to Dada make farm animal noises and
beep like a car horn. Just last night, I read him the beautiful picture book A River by Marc Martin and he was so excited! With all the dramatic suspense and wonder he was experiencing, you would think he was watching a Spielberg film. I had to read it two more times before bedtime.”


Libby, an App Worth Knowing

If you’re just starting out with library ebooks or audiobooks (and for the rest of this post, “books” will mean both), you may have planned to download OverDrive onto your tablet or smartphone. Well, don’t. Use the new Libby app instead.

Libby is actually created by OverDrive (the company) as well, but it is so much simpler than the old app.  It takes just one tap to borrow and download the book—there’s no need to choose a format.

Libby also has many new features you can play with, like tags to create lists of books you want to read, highlighting and annotation options, and a timeline that shows your borrowing, returns, and holds history. It also shows all the books you have borrowed on one shelf, even if they’re from different libraries. So if you borrow some books from the White Plains collection and others from the Westchester Library System, you can see them all at once. The same is true for any holds you have.

Libby is available for free on the App Store and Google Play. In terms of operating systems, it’s compatible with Android 4.4, iOS 9, Windows 10 or higher.  If your device is old, it may not be able to install Libby.

If you already have the OverDrive app, you can install Libby and use both apps at the same time. But don’t remove OverDrive from your device yet, because it still has features Libby lacks, like accessibility for the visually impaired, the Recommend to Library feature, and a multilingual interface. OverDrive (the company) plans to add these features to Libby by the fall of 2017.

New Museum Pass: MoMA

We are pleased to add The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 11 West 53rd Street and MoMA PS1 at 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City to our Museum Pass Program.  The Library pass provides free admission for the cardholder and up to four guests.

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 are committed to sharing the most thought-provoking modern and contemporary art in the world, and encouraging visitors of all ages and experiences to join in exploring the art, ideas, and issues of our time. The collection includes masterpieces like Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe, along with works by Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Jacob Lawrence, and many other modern masters and cutting edge contemporary artists.

The MoMA membership is a more substantial investment than the other museum passes. But it is one of the most visited museums in the world, and we regularly receive requests that MoMA be added to our offerings. Furthermore, our museum pass program has steadily grown in popularity. So make use of our MoMA membership and tell your friends and neighbors!

To reserve a Museum Pass, you can visit the reservation page here OR call us at 914-422-1480.

Note: The Museum Pass Program is for White Plains Public Library cardholders only.

Summer Reading Gets Edgy

Edge librarian Kathlyn Carroll is going to great lengths to inspire teens to read this summer. She’s not exactly pulling her hair out, but as part of the Edge Summer Reading Game she’s going crazy with Tish & Snooky’s Manic Panic vegan hair color.

Here’s how the Edge Summer Reading Game works: Every time a teen reads a book they will receive a piece of candy, a Post-It note, and one raffle ticket for a chance to win a Kindle, an iPod Shuffle, or tickets to the movies.

Those who read the most books will be invited to a “Make Your Own Pizza Party” at Uno Chicago Grill AND to watch Kathlyn dye her hair a wacky color upstairs in the Trove’s castle.

Most importantly: All who participate get to vote on Kathlyn’s color! Choices include Violet Night Purple, Enchanted Forest Green, Mermaid Blue, Vampire Red or Cotton Candy Pink.

We had a few questions for Kathlyn about her plan:

Q: What made you decide to color your hair as a way to get teens reading?

A: I suggested it to a couple of kids in the Edge and they really got excited about the idea.

Q: Have you ever dyed your hair before?

A: In high school and college I just colored the ends bright purple, but I’ve never dyed my whole head. It’s great to have a job where it’s O.K. to do it!

Q: Do you think coloring hair wild, bright colors is a rebellious act?

A: I think it used to be, but if you go to the American Library Association meetings everyone is doing it. Teenagers want to express themselves. This is a way of experimenting with who you are and expressing yourself to the world.

Q: What do you think your toddler, Benjamin, will think?

A: He’s probably going to laugh! He can say the word “purple” but this might help him really learn the meaning.

Left: Kathlyn Carroll with her dog.

Six Fall Books Not to Miss

You’ll want to reserve these titles A.S.A.P.  Just click on the cover to place a hold.

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke.  Mystery.  September.
In this superb, atmospheric first book in a new series by a producer and writer for the TV show Empire, African American Texas Ranger Darren Matthews investigates racially-charged crimes in a small town in the lone star state.

Going into Town:  A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast.  Nonfiction Graphic Novel.  October.
What began as the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist’s guide to Manhattan for her college-bound daughter evolved into a joyous celebration of the Big Apple’s quirks and charms.

Grant by Ron Chernow.  Nonfiction.  October.
Nearly 1,000 well-researched pages on Ulysses S. Grant from the Pulitzer-prize winning author of Washington: A Life and Alexander Hamilton.  History buffs, rejoice!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  Fiction.  September.
From the author of the award-winning Everything I Never Told You, another gem of a novel about a mother and daughter who disrupt the orderly suburban life of their new landlord.

Strange Weather:  Four Short Novels by Joe Hill.  Fiction.  October.
Hill’s father and brother, Stephen and Owen King, have earned props for their forthcoming creepy thriller Sleeping Beauties, check it out next month, but don’t overlook Hill’s latest offering of hair-raising, spine-tingling tales of horror.  Just in time for Halloween.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks.  Fiction.  October. 
He can act, but can he write?   Early reviews point to yes.  Oscar-winner Hanks, who was recently filming on location in White Plains, collects typewriters, and each of the stories in his wide-ranging debut collection features a different model.

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60 YEARS AGO: in 1957 BASEBALL LOST ITS INNOCENCE WHEN THE DODGERS SAID SEE YA TO BROOKLYN

 

ebbets-inWPCNR VIEW FROM THE UPPER DECK. By Bull Allen. August 9, 2017: 

I’m sitting in the Ebbets Field Gondola  where Red Barber and Connie Desmond sat and broadcast Dodger baseball on WMGM 1050, and Red gave Vince Scully the chance to broadcast Dodger games, and the rest of course, is history.

I’m looking back on the echoing green of memory of a ballpark, a culture, a feeling that baseball destroyed back in 1957, when baseball allowed the Dodgers and the Giants to move to the West Coast.

When I was a kid,  Gussie Moran the tennis player  (of all people), Ted Brown and Marty Glickman did Baseball Extra on WMGM, and on WOR-TV there was Happy Felton’s Knothole Gang where Felton hosted different groups of little leaguers on every telecast.

Hilda swung her bell from the upper deck when the Dodgers were rallying. The one game I saw in Ebbets Field was from the lower leftfield deck. I swear you were close enough to  Frank Robinson the leftfielder to see the sweat on his neck. And the Dodger lit up Warren Hacker.

No uniforms were whiter than Dodger home whites. The field was so colorful. The banked rightfield wall with its colorful billboards The pennants flapping from the “Schaeffer Scoreboard” and the noise. The catwalks you had to walk on into the upper deck. The park was edgy.

The fans loved the Dodgers. The players: Gil, Duke, Campy, Skoonj, lived in the neighborhood around the ballpark, I think. They were our players. They played for us.

But Walter O’Malley the owner of the Dodgers destroyed all that when he did not like the Little Bandbox on Flatbush and Bedford. He wanted a bigger ballpark. New York City refused to build one for him, but Los Angeles would. And San Francisco would build one for the Giants. Ever since baseball instead of serving the communities it plays in has used the communities, blackmailed them, and rarely given back.

Baseball now just takes.

There had been franchise shifts in baseball before the abandonment of Brooklyn USA and Coogan’s Bluff where the New York Giants played by major league baseball,

Bill Veeck shifted the St. Louis Browns to Baltimore. The Perini family shifted the hapless Boston Braves to Milwaukee. The storied Philadelphia A’s moved to Kansas City. But those cities did not support the Browns and the Braves. Brooklyn drew one million fans in Brooklyn their last year. The Giants 600,000.

They moved for money.

Baseball now has the largest attendance of any sport except soccer and sports car racing. Tickets to baseball games, concessions, season tickets are dear. But the caring for the game the way it used to be is gone, it’s just not there.

I was not a Dodger fan growing up. I rooted for the Yankees because I liked Mel Allen and the Yankees represented excellence consistency.  Yankee Stadium was dignified, an environment where the men went to games in suits and ties. Ebbets Field was different. The fans were involved they knew the game, they cared. They had passion.

There was no passion in  the Yankee Stadium of 1957. Yogi’s game winning homers were greeted like a opera diva’s aria.

O’Malley and his fellow carpet bagger Horace Stoneham owner of the New York Giants, sold them all out.

They started a trend:

Within 15 years the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta. In four years the Washington Senators moved to Minneapolis and became contenders, leaving Washington with an expansion team, when then moved to Texas. Kansas City moved again to Oakland. The Montreal Expos on the verge of a dynasty were allowed to move to Miami. All moves to make more money.

What did the New York area get back:

The New York Mets who throughout their 55 Years in baseball (most of which have been forgettable)  have tried to supplant the lovable Bums’ personality, glamorizing mediocrity, and making excuses for wrecking not one but three superb pitching staffs: The Seaver, Koosman, Gentry, staff of the 1969-73 Mets; The Viola, Gooden, Darling staff of the mid-80s, and now the pitchers of the hapless Terry Collins era, destroyed by overworking young arms too soon by pitching coaches who have never had big seasons in the big leagues.

But the old Dodgers were not mediocre and they never made excuses and they played hard.

They were swashbuckling even when they lost: Babe Herman, Van Lingle Mungo, Zack Wheat, Phil Cavereta, and of course the team that broke baseball’s color line: Reese, Gilliam, Jackie, Gil, Campy, Podres, Newk, Roger, Hoak, Gino, the Duke, Furillo, Ed Roebuck.  The team did not have the glamour and polish of the Yankees, but The Dodgers had style, class, and heart.

You believed the Dodgers played for Brooklyn. When they won they brought joy to Brooklyn, when they lost, well that’s all right we’ll get em tomorrow. That was back when as a fan you wanted to win every game, even though you knew it was impossible. That was when baseball had such a grip on the young and the old, that you believed you could win. You flipped baseball cards.

So New York still misses the Dodgers. They were one of a kind. They gave fans the best moments of baseball. The executives before O’Malley built teams that lasted. We all knew it was a business, but we did not care. They were our guys.

Now, today we know all too well baseball is a business, and because we do know that, we don’t care. Perhaps some cities still do. Boston loves the Red Sox. Chicago the Cubs and the Pale Hose. St Louis the Cardinals.

When they killed the Brooklyn Dodgers sixty years ago, they killed what made baseball great: it’s heart—now baseball has no heart.

You can win by finishing second.

You can cheat.

The umpire gets no respect.

The baseball keeps getting more lively every year

The pitching is worn out

You can’t see it on the radio anymore.

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SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING FIRMING AND GOING UP WITH CONFIDENCE. JULY SALES PRICES UP 13%

WPCNR REALTY REALTY. AUGUST 10, 2017:

July in White Plains put smiles on home sellers faces, according to figures from Julia B. Fee/Sothby’s international Real Estate

The median price of a White Plains home sold in July was $630,800, up $71,000 from July of 2016.

The average price of homes sold in the White Plains July was $664,534, up 13% from $588,933 in July of a year ago, indicating that it is not just high end sales driving the price increases.

Through the first six months of 2017, Fee/Sothby reports home sales were up 2.6% over the first six months OF 2016, 196 TO 191. An encouraging trend was it was taking 7 weeks to sell a home and sellers were getting just about what they were asking for.

Inventory is increasing at a very slow pace, giving consumers more homes to choose from, and putting homeowners the ability to hold for their price.

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