Shelley Mayer Wins Election to George Latimer’s Senate Seat, Defeating Killian 58% to 42%. Democrat Terry Clements Secures County Board District 11.

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SHELLEY MAYER ELECTED STATE SENATOR 

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2018. From the Westchester County Board of Elections. April 24, 2018 UPDATED 10:50 PM EDT:

As of 10:15 Tuesday evening, Shelley Mayer the Democratic Assemblywoman has won election to complete the rest of former State Senator George Latimer’s term in the State Senate District 37.

She joins Andrea Stewart-Cousins as White Plains other Senator (District 35).

As of 10:50 P.M., Mayer  has 24,238 votes to Julie Killian’s 17,793 votes, the plurality sustaining Ms. Mayer’s 58% to 42% margin with 87% of election districts reporting.

In the other Special Election this evening, the Democratic candidate, Terry Clements holds a 53% to 47% margin in the race to fill former County Legislator James Maisano’s former County Legislative District 11 seat.

Ms. Clements apparent victory barring a surge of Freeman votes would give the Democratic Party 13 seats on the Westchester County Legislature, to 3 seats for Republicans, and 1 Conservative.

Clements currently has 2,481 votes to James Freeman’s 2,163 votes with 91% of the vote counted.

Both Mayer and Clements (if Clements prevails, and she seems headed that way) would have to run again in November to secure their seats.

 

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VOTING AREA AT HIGH SCHOOL ELECTION DISTRICT 1-2, CHANGES TO CAFETERIA. CREATES 2 WAY TRAFFIC ON ENTRANCE WHEN IT’S USUALLY 1 WAY 9 AM to 3 P.M..

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS ELECTION DAYS. April 24, 2018 UPDATED 2:45 P.M. EDT:

A funny thing happened to me on my way to vote in the Julie Killian-Shelley Mayer Special Election for State Senate District 37 today.

The voting area was moved from the entrance to the auditorium in the high school to the cafeteria–and no one was told publicly that it was moved.

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The driveway where you were expected to drive to park was turned into a two-way from 9 AM to 3 PM when it is usually one way  during schools-in-session days from 7 AM to 9 AM and 2 to 3 PM  as the sign above says. 

This created an unusual situation.

By habit, most persons driving to the high school automatically turn in and go only one way. Rarely do motorists turn out of the backlot and cruise south on the entry drive.

Would be voters who parked behind the school, and would be voters arriving and turning right at the back of the school to go to the South side of the school where the cafeteria entrance is, turned left into the usual one way driveway (between 7 and 9 AM and 2 to 3 PM) traversing the front of the high school as this video shows:

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Michelle Schoenfeld told WPCNR the voting area was changed with the cooperation of the Westchester County Board of Elections because an art show was taking place in the auditorium entrance area on the East side of the high school (where voting has been held for at least 42 years.).

She said this was an usual time to have an election, since schools are usual closed on regular election days. Asked why this was not made clear in advance, Ms. Schoenfeld said it was the Board of Elections responsibility to notify persons of the location of the Board of Elections polling places.

Frank Steffanelli, Director of Facilities and Operations told WPCNR the Westchester County Board of Elections first notified the School District they needed the high school for a polling place today 7 days ago, when the special election date has been known to the Board of Elections since late March. Stefffanelli said they checked to see what the high school schedule, discovering they already had  the art show scheduled for the auditorium entrance area, necessitating moving the voting area to the cafeteria.

 

 

What happened to me happened to at least three persons I encountered .

I went over to vote in the usual place, parking on the circle behind the school. I go over to the doors and there were orange signs saying this entrance is locked go to main entrance (on other side, North Street side of the high school.) Signs on those usual entrances to the auditorium area did not say the voting was in the B-1 Cafeteria. There was only one sign at the entrance from North Street even saying the voting was in B-1, the cafeteria.

One advantage of the cafeteria location is better security for the high school, because the public does not have access to the interior of the high school, Schoenfeld said.

 

 

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Coyote Information at Greenburgh Town Hall Wednesday at 7

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WPCNR THE FEINER REPORT. From Greenburgh Town Supervisor, Paul Feiner. April 23,2018:

THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT THE GREENBURGH TOWN BOARD WILL SPONSOR A FORUM ON COYOTES

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST FOR NYS DEC, KEVIN CLARKE WILL SPEAK

FRANK VINCENTI OF WILD DOG FOUNDATION WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFO—THE POLICE DEPT WILL REVIEW THE INCIDENT THAT TOOK PLACE IN MARCH AND PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY WITH UPDATES

OUR MEETINGS ARE TELEVISED ON PUBLIC ACCESS AND ON THE WEBSITE: www.greenburghny.com and archived

In March of this year a coyote attacked residents who live in the village of  Hastings on Hudson and in unincorporated Greenburgh- near the Hastings border. This was very unusual because coyotes usually don’t attack people unless they are rabid. The police located the rabid coyote and since that incident there have been no problems.  However, residents have expressed concerns when they see a coyote and frequently call me asking what could and should be done.   This is the link to the story about the coyote attack from March. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/03/01/coyote-attacks-hastings-on-hudson/

What do you do when you see a coyote? Want information about coyote life history?  What do we know about urban coyotes, living with them? What should home/landowners and municipalities do to deal with the presence of coyotes in your neighborhoods?

THIS WEDNESDAY, April 25 from 7 PM to 8 PM  Kevin Clarke, wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Wildlife, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will speak at the beginning of our Greenburgh Town Board meeting. The meeting will take place at Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave, White Plains.  If you have any questions you can ask them at the meeting.

Frank Vincenti , founder of the Wild Dog Foundation, will also speak to the Town Board about his efforts working with communities to come up with non lethal initiatives dealing with coyotes.  The police department will review the incident that took place in March and provide residents with updates.  Again- to reassure the community there have been no other incidents in our area since March that should cause alarm.  Coyotes are usually harmless unless rabid or sick.

Below are some steps you can take to reduce/prevent coyote problems from occurring. For additional information see the following State web site wildlife damage control http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6971.html ; page.

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·     Do not feed coyotes

·     If you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior – make loud noises, wave your arms, throw sticks and stones.

·     Do not allow pets to run free.

·     Do not feed pets outside.

·     Make any garbage inaccessible to coyotes and other animals.

·     Eliminate availability of bird seed. Coyotes are attracted to the concentration of birds and rodents that come to feeders. If you do feed birds, clean up waste seed and spillage.

·     Fencing your yard may deter coyotes. The fence should be tight to the ground, preferably extending six inches below ground level.

·     Remove brush and tall grass from around your property to reduce protective cover for coyotes

·     Teach children to appreciate coyotes from a distance.

·     Regulated hunting and trapping increases the “fear” coyotes have towards people.

·     Ask your neighbors to follow these same steps.

Coyotes and People

Coyotes provide a great deal of benefits to New Yorkers thru observation, photography, hunting and trapping. However, not all interactions are pleasant. Some coyotes in suburbia have lost their fear of people. This can result in a dangerous situation. A coyote that does not fear people should be considered dangerous. Coyotes in residential areas quickly learn to associate food with people. Suburban coyote food (garbage, pet food, pets) is saturated with human odor. Human behavior has changed to be non-threatening to coyotes (running into your home after seeing a coyote is behaving like prey). In short, food smells like people and people behave like prey. Add to the mix people intentionally feeding coyotes and the potential for a coyote attack becomes very real.

Potential does exist for coyote attacks in New York. However, a little perspective may be in order. On average 650 people are hospitalized and one person killed by dogs each year in New York State. Nationwide, only a handful of coyote attacks occur yearly.

Coyotes and Pets

Of great concern to many people is the interaction of coyotes with cats or dogs. Do coyotes kill cats? Absolutely, but so do foxes, dogs, bobcats, vehicles, and even great horned owls. Cat owners need to be aware that cats allowed to roam free are at risk from many different factors. To protect your cat, keep it indoors, or allow it outside only under supervision. Coyotes in some areas appear to become “specialists” at catching and killing cats.

Do dog owners need to be concerned about coyotes? The answer is maybe. Conflicts between dogs and coyotes occur primarily in the months of March and April. It is during this time that coyotes are setting up their denning areas for the soon-to-arrive pups. Coyotes become exceptionally territorial around these denning sites in an attempt to create a safe place for their young. Coyotes view other canines (dogs) as a threat to their young. Essentially it comes down to a territorial dispute between your dog and the coyote. Both believe that your yard is their territory.

 

Owners of large and medium sized dogs have little to worry about. Coyotes, with an average weight of 35 lbs., know they are overmatched by large dogs and will yield part of their territory (your yard) to the dog. A confrontation may occur between a midsized dog and a coyote. Such confrontations, however, usually do not involve physical contact between the two animals. The dog and coyote usually come to an understanding on whose territory is whose.

 

Owners of small dogs have cause for concern. The outcome of a confrontation between a small dog and a coyote will depend a lot upon the behavior of the dog. A coyote knows it is physically superior to a small dog and expects the dog to be submissive. Trouble occurs when a small dog does not submit to a coyote. The coyote will discipline the dog to correct its inappropriate behavior. This discipline will continue until the dog submits or is eventually killed.

 

Very small dogs, e.g., small poodles, are viewed by coyotes as easy prey and are at risk to be killed year round.

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It’s Sunny. It’s 50 WABCDEEEEEGREES! THE INTREPID AMERICAN GRILLMAN RETURNS. LATEST FIRST BARBECUE EVER

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STOVETOP STARTER MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE OF 2018. Using the New York Times started Saturday twilight Grill in record time. Superior burning newsprint!

WPCNR GRILLMAN GAZETTE. By The Grillin Gourmet. ReInternetted from The CitizeNetReporter Archives of the Ancient Past. April , 2018:

 No matter whether you’re a New York Liberal, a Michigan Wolverine, A Trump supporter, or California free spirit, there’s still one phenomenon the country still believes in the American grill.

Thanks to the chimney charcoal starter and its glowing orange coals, the backyard American barbeque DNA macho in the amateur chef was inordinately delayed by the coldest spring in memory. But yesterday it was 50 degrees in White Plains New York USA and the grill was READY!

Steak was raised outside, it was born to be cooked outside, and the barbequed steak puts the Cartier- priced steakhouse in its place!

In this griller’s opinion, outdoor grilling proves once again to be the equal and superior to the overpriced artificial-tasting steak. Sleek decor and atmosphere cannot duplicate backyard origins. The economy may be slogging, your home equity quiting, but  take heart even the hobo can grill! It’s part of American DNA.

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To do real steak right , you have to do it outside on charcoal.

The instinct of generations of the American backyard barbeque tradition passed up from  the cave, enjoyed at Valley Forge. Lewis and Clark bit into venison discovering the Northwest. Cowboys sunk teeth into rare beef around chuck wagons on the prairie and up from the Southland , barbeque inbred and passed on from American father to American son – cutting across nationality and station – gives you real steak – not $100 technology  enhanced cuts. Flaming charcoal makes steak a living thing in your mouth!

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I thought America can pull itself out of this. As long as the American grilling tradition is handed down, the pioneer “can-do” spirit lives!

Why go out for dinner when you can tap your inner griller and say I can cook steak better?  The difference is the air, the smoke, the way marinade just drips down into the coals and gets into the meat. It’s chemistry,  Americans!

What is it about the American Grillman that’s so special that his or hers backyard cuts beat the insider  professionals’ inflation-friendly ostentatious steaks?

It’s the unique chemistry of being American and believing in the charcoal flames.

On Memorial Day weekend, it’s a must. On Independence Day Weekend, it’s not July 4 unless you’re grillin’. On Labor Day, if you’re not workin’, you’re grillin’.

There’s just something about the searing intensity of glowing charcoal combining mystically with the testosterone and instinctual synergy between red meat and the dedicated outdoor griller –  it beats in taste, juiciness and texture the contrived technology of the most expensive restaurant equipment.

No matter how tasty the megabuck meat is in the swank sticker shock steak palaces, there’s always that articificialness packaged taste that marks the indoor steak. The butteryness. The soft crust of the black topped surface of the indoor steak just does not have the nubile grizzled roughhewn flamed yield of the outdoor one-on-one grilled steak that fights your bicuspids every cilemeter.

The Chimney Starter the Secret.

Pour in a helping of those ultimate black beauties, Kingsford charcoal briquettes into the chimney top.

Fifteen minutes before the wife has the sides ready, take a wooden match to the aperatures in the base of the starter and light up the edges of the newsprint. Within 10-15 minutes you’ve got coals a firey orange red. You’re ready to outcook the pros.

After the Griller’s wife has marinated the meat –  the bone trimmed Porterhouse is sizzzzzzzlllllllllling in the caressing deep searing heat of glowing orange briquettes – 4  minutes a side in 400 degree heat and deft turning and surgical “rareness checks” – the seasoned grillistabalero  simply has a feel for the meat – passed genetically down from generations of American grillers.

The combination of cauldron, flavored steel grill rods and perfect flames creates the grillmark “brand” let’s you know just by looking at the cut, you’re going to get the natural taste of the backyard steak –  No one can do a great cut like you can!

As any redblooded American Grillman will tell you when doing a steak – you can’t deliver a steak by manual or instructions.

You have to feel the meat. Feel it cook. You just know its time. Hearty smoke promising juicy meat that melts in your mouth creates an experience only the grillman or GrillGam knows.

Every cut is not the same. Each deserves a surgeon’s attention to cooking timing and detail. And surgical checks are necessary.

The American Grillman becomes one with the meat. With eye and knowledge of the hue of red – you just  know  by instinct when she’s done. Cooking is slowed down by moving the meats to the side off the heat to keep the American beauties warm

With the wife’s deft presentation, sweet potato fries, corn pudding, fresh beans and mushrooms the Grillman’s natural art creates the taste of the Fourth of July

Get those grills handy and ready to fire up to get that taste of American Independence once again.

When you’re over the grill, you’re King of the Hill.

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 ”UNN! Meat good, Kemo Sabbee!”

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13% OF White Plains 3 to 8th Graders Opt Out of ELA Tests

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. From the White Plains City School District. April 20, 2018:

Less than 10% of Elementary School Children in 3rd to 5th grades opted out of the New York State English Language Arts assessment tests last week administered in the White Plains Elementary Schools.

The opt-out  rate was higher in Middle School. A 12% of 6th graders did not take the tests; 19% of 7th Graders opted out; 21% of 8th graders did not take the tests.

The mathematics version of the tests will be administered beginning  Tuesday, May 1

In all, 418 of 3,287 3rd to 8th graders were kept out of the tests by parents, a total of 13%, less than the 2017 total of 16%.

Here is the chart breaking the opt-outs by  school.

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE APRIL 20 PROGRAM ON YOUTUBE, WHITEPLAINSWEEK.COM AND www.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG

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BAILEY KATZ BENEROFE ON

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THE STATE OF THE COUNTY

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THE CONTINUUM OPENING COMPLETE VIDEO REPORT

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THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY

8-RIDGEWAY MONDAY

RIDGEWAY FLOODS AGAIN

THE WHITE PLAINS GUN BUYBACK THOSE GUNS JUST KEEP ON COMING IN

GOVERNOR CUOMO EXPLAINS HIS NEW TAX DEDUCTION LAW

AND MORE

 

ON THE INTERNET

YOUTUBE

the whiteplainsweek.com link is
 
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THE WP SCHOOL BUDGET WITH SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS JOSEPH RICCA AND ANN VACCARO-TEICH ON THE INTERNET at YOUTUBE and WHITEPLAINSWEEK.COM

 JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS

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Anne Vaccaro-Teich

Assistant Superintendent for Business

ON THE WHITE PLAINS SCHOOLS BUDGET V0TE COMING UP MAY 15.

THE THINKING THAT HELD THE BUDGET INCREASE TO 1.5%

EFFECT ON YOUR TAXES

THE THREE PROPOSALS YOU WILL BE VOTING ON

THE CAPITAL PROJECT EXPENDITURE ALREADY PAID FOR

THE FUNDING OF THE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM GOING FORWARD

THE NEW SECURITY EXPENDITURES

ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD

THE TRI STATE AREA’S MOST RELEVANT INTERVIEW PROGRAM.

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ON THE INTERNET NOW ON YOUTUBE at
THE WHITE PLAINS WEEK LINK IS

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or  at www.wpcommunitymedia.org  (Replay it on this site at any time, SCROLL DOWN TO WHITE PLAINS WEEK-PEOPLE TO BE HEARD AND CLICK ON RICCA-VACCARO-TEICH Picture)

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Comin’ Up at “Westchester’s Go-To-all-About-You Library” –The White Plains Public Library

Protect Your Data

With data privacy breaches in the news recently, you might be wondering how you can best protect your online data. If so, you’ll want to register for our “Web Literacy: Cookies, Tracks and Data Privacy” session on Friday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m.During this one hour session, you’ll learn how to use tools that show how you’re being tracked and strategies that limit your exposure when you’re online. If you have a laptop, bring it if you can.

To register, call the reference desk at (914) 422-1480 or visit our online calendar.

 

El Día de Los Niños / Children’s Day

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.This year we’ll be celebrating on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. Children in grades K-6 and their families are invited to the Trove for a variety of activities in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

 

Money Smart Week


For this year’s Smart Money Week (April 21-28), we’ll be offering two workshops on demystifying credit reports: one in English and one in Spanish. If you’re struggling to understand your credit score or want to learn strategies to save for a family vacation or a new car, you won’t want to miss these workshops presented by The United Way of Westchester and Putnam.
Desmitificando el crédito
El lunes 23 de abril a las 6:00 p.m.
Conozca cómo el crédito afecta su búsqueda de empleo y cuánto dinero paga por artículos esenciales como vivienda y transporte. Discutiremos estrategias básicas para ayudarlo a mejorar su crédito y ahorrar dinero.
Demystifying Credit and Credit Reports
Thursday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Learn how credit affects your job hunting and how much money you pay for essentials like housing and transportation. This workshop will discuss basic strategies to help you improve your credit and save money.

Presented by United Way of Westchester and Putnam for Money Smart Week.

3D Printing

3D printing is on the rise. Today, it is making an impact on society in different ways, from cheap prosthetic limbs to digitally exported houses. It is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file, achieved using additive processes whereby an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is formed. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

In next week’s 3D Printing for Adults class on April 25th at 11:00 a.m., patrons can learn about the world of 3D printing and use free modelling software to create an original design for a physical object to be collected at a later date. It all starts with a virtual blueprint and is only limited by the imagination!

Registration is required for next Wednesday’s class. To register, visit our online calendar or call us at 914-422-1480.

Demystifying Medicare

Are you struggling to navigate our complicated healthcare system for older adults? If so, come and get a handle on Medicare in a user-friendly atmosphere at a presentation by Seniors Speaking Out. It will help those who already have Medicare (seniors and people with disabilities), as well as those soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions.

The program explains the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. Topics will include original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans (Part D), Medigaps (supplemental plans), and cost-saving programs like EPIC that can help seniors with limited resources.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is requested at (914) 231-3236.

For more information and other dates of this presentation (mostly in the Fall), please visit http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/westchester-seniors-out-speaking/, or call (914) 231-3260.

Have You Heard?

What’s new in our music collection?   A new Jimi Hendrix album, The Weeknd’s surprise new EP, gospel by Snoop Dogg, extra cool David Bowie albums (in time for the exhibit running now through July 15th at the Brooklyn Museum), The Black Panther soundtrack, David Byrne’s first solo album in fourteen years, the latest from hip hop trio Migos featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, and much more.  Check them out!

Both Sides of the Sky Jimi Hendrix
My Dear Melancholy  The Weeknd
CHANGESTWOBOWIE  David Bowie
Bible of Love  Snoop Dogg
Black Panther: The Album Soundtrack
Culture II  Migos
American Utopia David Byrne
Dirty Computer  Janelle Monae
Things Have Changed  Bettye Lavette
Boarding House Reach Jack White
Golden Hour Kacey Musgraves
Love, Simon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack