New Rochelle, Eastchester, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Town and Village of Pelham, Pelham Manor advised to boil water Wednesday—DEPT OF HEALTH. 150,000 AFFECTED

NYC DEP MAINTENANCE TRIGGERS BOIL WATER ADVISORY

7 Sound Shore Communities Advised to Boil Water Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to Midnight

 

A boil water advisory has been issued by the Westchester County Department of Health for the following municipalities served by the United Water Rate District #1 and will remain in effect on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. through midnight.  Approximately 150,000 people are in the affected areas as follows:

  • City of New Rochelle
  • Town of Eastchester
  • Village of Bronxville
  • Village of Tuckahoe
  • Town of Pelham
  • Village of Pelham
  • Village of Pelham Manor

The boil water advisory is being issued as a precautionary measure while New York City Department of Environmental Protection performs scheduled maintenance of its chlorination system resulting in inadequate disinfection of water provided to United Water Rate District #1.

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 to prepare food, wash dishes by hand or brush teeth. Restaurants, delis, bodegas and all food service establishments in the affected area also must boil water before serving it or using it to prepare food. Residents also can use bottled water as an alternative to boiling.

The advisory does not extend to bathing, clothes washing or the use of a dishwasher.

Updates to the boil water advisory will be provided by the Health Department as needed. For more information, residents should contact United Water Rate District #1 at 914-632-6900 or visit their website at www.unitedwater.com/newrochelle.

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Remembering the Candlelight Walk: Why the Good Must Fight Against The Worst of Human Nature

WPCNR MILESTONES. By John F. Bailey .Reprinted from WPCNR of September 16, 2001:

As I write this introduction, it is almost 14 years when unbelievably, a lone plane struck the first World Trade Center Tower on a morning of bright clear sunny sky.

Every year we remember the day the Towers Fell and today we remember our war dead on Memorial Day. But, if anything, the Fall of the Towers and the regret and melancholy of Memorial Day say a lot of why there will always have to be those willing to fight against wrong.

My wife watched the towers fall from her office in midtown, a sight she will never forget.

On the Sunday night of September 16, 2001, White Plains held an impromptu memorial Candlelight Walk that attracted thousands. I covered that event and this reminiscence written that night tells just a little of how The Day the Towers Fell affected all of America that black day when oily smoke filled the Manhattan sky and thousands perished before our eyes, helpless to do anything to stop it.

Here is the reprint of The Candlelight Walk report 

They carried flags, “thank you signs,” and lit candles. They came from all races, ranks and religions to walk, remember and celebrate what it means to be an American and prayed for America’s future on the White Plains Candlelight Walk Sunday night Police estimated a crowd approaching 8,000 persons gathered at the White Plains Railroad Station and marched shoulder to shoulder, Black to White, Hispanic to Hassidim, Italian to Jew, Arab-to-Asian, Old-and-Young, American-to-American in a solemn, uplifting remembrance and rededication to America’s future.

The White Plains Candlelight Walk staggered city officials with the streaming turnout filling the broad Main Street boulevard with ranks of 30 to 40 persons shoulder-to-shoulder all the way from the City Hall steps to Bank Street.
By 7:15 PM the parking lot below the clock tower at the railroad station was filled, and still they came. Every race, every creed. Neighbors greeting each other. Shaking hands. Some carried signs. Some carried flags. Some brought their own candles, but they came. They walked. Pushed strollers. Children did not cry or misbehave. Persons said “Excuse me,” and smiled at each other. They knew this was important.

They lit each others’ candles. At 7:35 PM they began to walk slowly south on Bank Street filling the broad cross street with quiet, orderly, confident humanity. For such a large crowd, they were serious and stalwart.

Some carried signs reading “Thank You White Plains Bravest and Finest,” and “Thank you Fire and Police.” They sang impromptu versions of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” waving their flags. Their spirits were steady. Their pride high. No fear. Their love of country and fellow Americans was glowing.

The city stops for a remembrance

As dusk stole velvetly over the streets with an orange sun receding to the West, traffic on Hamilton Avenue stopped for this long, solemn, slow freight train of White Plains citizens. They took 30 minutes to reach City Hall, and still, from this reporter’s vantage, reached back to Bank Street.

There was no honking of horns from stopped autombiles. No animosity. Motorists recognized something special: thousands of tentative, yet determined steps of America on the way back were being taken.

The City Clergy in a remarkable ceremony

At the City Hall steps, with Main Street jammed with humanity, a quiet, respectful crowd drew close to the old neo-classic columned brick façade. They waved flags, their candles in their hands glowed like they do at a Meadowlands concert.

Mayor Joseph Delfino welcomed the multitudes thanking all for coming, thanking the White Plains firemen and policemen for their efforts the past week, but his remarks were hard to hear. Somehow you did not have to hear them. Everyone understood what he was saying. Everyone felt it, too. I did.The Mayor was surrounded by a host of the White Plains clergy from many churches behind him. The men and women of the cloth had assembled at his call to present an ecumenical service of remembrance and prayer for the victims of the World Trade Center disaster. There was a chorale group and ensemble. But, I cannot tell you who they are at this point. But it did not matter. We were all one person that night. One heart. One mind. America has not been that way for a long time these fourteen years as partisanship and ideology have taken over the public discourse and the political agenda.

The message you heard even if you could not hear it

There were no news releases or media briefs at this Candlelight Walk gathering. No text of the Mayor’s remarks was handed out. He did not make many. It was not that kind of event. It was regretfully special. You did not need to know who was offering the prayers, rabbi or priest, minister or pastor.

The different prayers and appropriate hymns rose on the cool early autumn night echoing skyward, warming hearts, and somehow fit splendidly meaningfully together. The White Plains clergy, in this reporter’s opinion, should do this more often under pleasanter circumstances. It was very special and so right.

The impromptu public address system could not be heard clearly beyond 100 feet. However, the people of White Plains listened and soaked in the spirit of the sweetly sung entreaties to The Almighty, with no catcalls, no disrespect, dedication and silent endorsement of the message. Children did not cry.

A moving sequence

The most moving sequence of the service occurred when each Man and Woman of God voiced a prayerful sentiment and the ensemble sang “Lord, listen to your children praying.” It was a White Plains “Moment to Remember.”

The service concluded with the throng singing “We Shall Overcome.” After several moving choruses with the multitude of citizens swaying together, the final stanza which goes “We Shall Stand Together,” closed the old 60s protest song with a roll of applause and cheers.

The Mayor rallies the crowd

Mayor Delfino came to the podium. With clergy, councilpersons, and congresspersons to his right and left, spoke proudly and earnestly to the crowd:

“Never would I have believed that we’d have such a turnout. I am overwhelmed, this is truly the greatest community in America,” and went on to thank all the city’s clergy for coming together for the service, saying that “God would get us through.”

The Mayor said that there was a Remembrance Book in the City Hall rotunda, which would be placed in the White Plains Public Library for all to sign. The Mayor announced this because not all of the thousands could march into the rotunda to sign it that evening, which brought one of the few laughs of the night.

Everyone leaves with a sense of a job to be done

The remarkable evening of remembrance and renewal closed with a rousing singing of “God Bless America,” with outstanding voices from the steps of City Hall, helping the citizens out with the second and third verses.

The crowd slowly dispersed.

They returned to cars, parents pushing strollers, couples arms over shoulders. Old city and county political rivals often adversaries, shook hands on the City Hall steps.

Some young persons in their 20s stood in front of the fenced off E J Conroy Drive, and, impromptu, shouted “USA,USA!” Then they changed what they were chanting. They crossed their hearts and began to recite, in unison: “The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag,” getting every word right with dignity and dedication.

You should have been there.

In retrospect as we remember and regret the war dead today, we should remember there are times when you have to take up arms to stop a menace threatening your way of life. The key word is threatening.

When fighting becomes an instrument of foreign policy by choice is when the decision to fight becomes muddled and not too clear.  The decision to go to war, refuse to go to war, or wait and see is difficult and how far to take the fight requires rationality, a clear objective and motivations that are not guided politically. I repeat not guided by political advantage.

The day the towers fell. Pearl Harbor. The sinking of the Luisitania. The sinking of the Maine. The firing on Fort Sumter. The Battle of Bunker Hill. They were all defining moments when our way of life was threatened.

The decision to fight sometimes isn’t  very clear. Other times when it is unclear it becomes perhaps the greatest regret on all Memorial Days. Deaths spent in vain.

Memorial Day: It is a day that remembers the price of the decisions to fight, good and bad, and should caution those with the power to wage war to weigh  carefully how to do it, how long to fight, and establish  a clear objective.

 

 

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The ALL AMERICAN COOKOUT — a TRADITION, TOO.

WPCNR  THE GRILLING LIFE. By The American Grillman. Reprinted from The CitizeNetReporter Archives. July 5, 2008: 

Monday is  the come home day of another Memorial Day Weekend in White Plains, coming home for that Memorial Day picnic. After Monday’s Memorial Day Parade starting at 10 AM in downtown White Plains tomorrow,  it is time to usher in summer officially.

Thanks to the chimney charcoal starter and its glowing orange coals, the backyard American barbeque DNA macho in the amateur chef is once again the equal of the overpriced steak cooked indoors at any restaurant.

Steak was raised outside, it was born to be cooked outside, and the barbequed steak on orange charcoal’s glow puts the Cartier- priced steakhouse in its place!

In this griller’s opinion, ourdoor grilling proves once again to be the equal and superior to the overpriced artificial-tasting steak that sleek decor and atmosphere cannot duplicate backyard orgins. The economy may be a press secretary’s fantasy, your home price declining, your taxes going up,  but remember,  even the hobo can grill!

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, bit into by cowboys  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!

I think America can pull itself out of this temporary hiccup in the American economy and “anything-but-the-issues-politics”. as long as the American grilling tradition is handed down, the pioneer “can-do” spirit lives!

Why pay $100 for a  steak dinner unless your company or your political contributor  is paying for it, 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!  Fire and flame and meat become one in a mystical, before time experience.

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 charcoal flame.  You’re not really part of America unless you’re grillin” like an American.

And on Independence Day Weekend coming up, it’s not really chillin’ on July 4 unless 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 cillemeter.It is like a showgirl seen from a distance who looks older the closer you get.

Only one whose money is easily parted would pay $50 and up for a buttery indoor steak dinner when you can do it yourself in the backyard even in 20 degree weather even in the rain – the steaks done to perfection with the juices sealed  in.

The chimney starter – the secret to the hot start. No more charcoal fluid needed. Take a copy of The Journal News and scrunch up the news section or the sports section in the bottom of the Chimney Starter. (Experience shows that copies of the Journal News – any Gannett paper – burn better than the New York Times which is very slow-starting)

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.

Eat Your Heart Out, Mr. or Ms. Professional Food Designer and Celebrity Chef!  After the Griller’s wife has marinated the meat –  these Stop and Shop trimmed New York Strips sizzling in the caressing deep searing heat of glowing orange briquettes – 3 minutes a side and deft turning and surgical rareness checks – the seasoned grillista simply has a feel for the meat – passed genetically down from generations of American grillers. The combination of cauldron, flavored steel grill rods coated in the char of former grillings, and perfect licking flames create the branded grillmarks that deliver the natural taste of the backyard steak – impossible to achieve for any price in the tehnologically nuanced, high tech steam tables of today.  No one can do a great cut like you can, Mr. America!

FEEL THE BURN!

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.

Every cut is not the same. 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 without the sog of infrared glare, the Grillman’s natural art relegates the indoor steak out of the taste sweepstakes.

Gentlemen, start your grils and   fire up to get that taste of summer you cannot get in any indoor steakhouse no matter how much you pay.

And–gas grills, are you kidding me?

Only charcoal does it the American Way!

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ORIGINS OF MEMORIAL DAY– A CIVIL WAR LEGACY

WPCNR STARS AND STRIPES. Contributed by Carl Albanese. Originally published  by WPCNR May 30, 2011:

Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

“Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” — General Logan – May 5, 1868

We need to remember with sincere respect those who paid the price for our freedoms; we need to keep in sacred remembrance those who died serving their country. We need to never let them be forgotten. However, over the years the original meaning and spirit of Memorial Day has faded from the public consciousness.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.

There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920).

While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860′s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868.

It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states.

The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

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Chairman of the Board of Legislators, Michael Kaplowitz Explains the Harckham replacement Process

 

“I would like to thank my colleague, Legislator Pete Harckham for 8 years of hard work on behalf of his constituents in District 2 and the entire County.  Peter brought dedication and an admirable work ethic to his job as Legislator and that’s why he will be successful in his new position as Assistant Director of the Office of Community Renewal.  I look forward to working with Peter in his new role.

The Westchester County Charter, specifically Section 107.11. directs how the Board of Legislators should fill vacancies within a legislative term.  I was the sponsor of that piece of legislation along with Vice Chairman Jim Maisano so I can speak directly to the technicalities and the intent of the law.

The law directs that if a vacancy occurs with less than seven months remaining in the term, as is the case here, the remaining sixteen Legislators will vote to appoint an individual eligible to hold the office.

An important clause which we worked into Section 107.11 is that the person selected to finish out the vacated term, may not be a candidate for public office and will not be allowed to run for the seat to which they are appointed.  This meets the highest ethical standards and transparency possible for a political appointment by giving the Legislators the freedom to select the best person to fill the position without impacting the general election which is just over 4 months away.

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION LEDGER From Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. May 22, 2015:

While no one has been identified yet to replace Legislator Harckham, I am committed to appointing a member of the Democratic Party, which is the political party chosen by the voters in District 2 in the 2013 general election.  I have already begun discussions with BOL leadership and I anticipate having the position filled for our regularly scheduled BOL meeting on June 15th.

The appointee to the vacated seat will relinquish the office to the winner of the November 3rd election when the election is certified.  According to NY State law, elections must certified by December 1st which means the Legislator who is elected by the public will be in place to vote on the 2016 County budget.”

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WILL COMMON COUNCIL LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE, TRUTH POLICE PLEA

11-fasnyWPCNR LETTER TICKER. From Marie and Ron Rhodes. May 22, 2015:
Dear Mayor and Common Council:
The citizens who you serve in White Plains have been asking you, our elected officials, for 4+ years. . .to protect our own school children. . .many of whom walk, bike, ride cars or take buses to the 10 existing nursery, elementary and high schools already surrounding our neighborhood. . .from FASNY’s massive additional Traffic of more than 2,000 Vehicle Trips each day that would come into our neighborhood on our country-style streets without sidewalks. . .from communities outside of White Plains.
Now our school children are directly asking you to protect them.
Isn’t it time for more of our elected officials to listen to your own community?
The FASNY Representatives keep saying their plan “has undergone the most intensive and exhaustive study and review of any development in White Plains history”.  That may be. . .but only because the FASNY Representatives and their Enablers on the City Staff keep going back after resident objections. . .and keep making more changes in their own plans.  At some point the FASNY supporters are going to have to realize that what is important is not the volume of pages that is created with all their plan changes. . .what is key are the “solutions” that FASNY Representatives present for the negatives their project brings to the residents of the Southend.
Where are the FASNY “solutions” to the damage their 53-acre building development will bring to the Health, Safety and Character of our community?  What are FASNY’s “solutions” to their. . .10-year Construction, Noise, Pollution, Significant Traffic Increases, Flawed North Street Entrance, the Closure of Hathaway Lane with Increased Emergency Response Times, More Water in Basements, Dumping Carcinogenic Herbicides, Loss of Open Space, Threats to the Environment, Zoning Issues, Declining Property Values and other negatives?
Unfortunately there is not a lot of transparency in our City Government. . .so we do not know what new plan changes the FASNY Representatives are working on right now behind-the-scenes.  Our suggestion for the FASNY Representatives is, if you are working on a new plan, get your plan right for once. . .by using accurate facts. . .being truthful. . .and focusing on “solutions” to address all the negatives your project would bring to our community.
White Plains school children do matter. . .so do seniors and other tax-paying residents. . .and we are all thankful and need our Common Council’s support and protection.
Your Truth Police, Team Rhodes
Marie and Ron Rhodes
 White Plains NY
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STANDARD AMUSEMENTS SAYS RYE TAX REQUEST ON NEW ADDITIONS TO PLAYLAND A PROBLEM

WPCNR PLAYLAND-GO-ROUND. By John F. Bailey May 22, 2015::

The resumption of the Parks Labor and Housing Committee hearing Wednesday on the County Executive designated developer of  Playland Standard Amusements contract was highlighted by by Councilpersons from the City of Rye raising the issue of the city’s desire to assess property taxes on any new revenue-producing restaurants and attractions brought in by the Standard group as part of their plan to make Playland more profitable.

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The two councilpersons in addition said they were concerned about changes in the footprint of the Playland Park and wanted to review any changes on under their Land and Water Statute enacted in 1982. They also wondered how disputes or unmitigatable concerns would be decided and what sort of binding mechanism could be established. Peter Harcham, Chairman of the Committee did not explore the issue, and the issue of how disagreements with the City of Rye would be ultimately addressed was left for a later date.

Councilwoman Brent of the City of Rye said her city was concerned with expansion of the Playland footprint outside of the park, traffic growth, and raised the issue of assessing any new restaurants and attractions producing revenue outside the park that Standard Amusements is planning on bringing in.

Nick Singer said the county has the right to walk away from the agreement if any property taxes are placed on the Amusements enhancements. He said this was “a problematic issue for us,” and that Standard would not accept this and perhaps walk away from the deal.

County Legislator Katherine Parker, who represents Rye among other cities said that Rye might receive a Pilot In Lieu of Taxes from Standard to compensate Rye for increased expenses in dealing with the park expansion.

Peter Harckham sought to diffuse this first unpleasant moment in the hearings by chuckling “As Warren Zevon sang, ‘send lawyers, guns and money.’

Harckham who has said June 10 is the date when the committee will be deciding to approve the contract, will not be around for that decision. He is taking a new job with the Governor Cuomo administration effective June 3, which the Governor announced next week.

Michael Kaplowitz, Chair of the Board of Legislators sitting in on the meeting, praised the City of Rye for bringing their concerns, but he, too did not explore how an impasse between Rye and the county might be resolved bindingly.

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WASHINGTON CALLING: PRESIDENT WHISKS INTO WESTCHESTER FOR A-LIST FUNDRAISER. MAYOR ROACH, ROB ASTORINO, COUNTY EXEC AND LT. GOV MEET AND GREET.

WPCNR WASHINGTON CALLING. Special to WPCNR FROM PETER KATZ, Copy and Photos. May 21, 2015:

President Obama was in Westchester for a brief time Wednesday afternoon using the Westchester County Airport as the best way to get close to Stamford, Connecticut, where he attended a private fundraiser to benefit the Democratic National Committee.

The President went by motorcade to the event in Stamford, which was closed to the public and press. A report said about 30 persons attended each paying up to $33,400 to attend.

WPCNR’S cameras were covering the arrival and departure at the airport and provided these glimpses of the airport activity.

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A White House staff member waits at Westchester County Airport for the arrival of Air Force One with White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul (Right), who were designated to welcome President Obama in Westchester. Photo from Video by Peter Katz
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The President walks down the stairs of Air Force One after arrival at Westchester County Airport from New London, Connecticut, where he gave the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy. Waiting to greet him but, blocked from view by the President’s limousine, were Roach,Astorino and Hochul. Both Mayor Roach and Astorino told WPCNR that President Obama was quite cordial, and their chat consisted of small talk, which included the President expressing enthusiasm for the number of golf courses in Westchester.
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After spending a few minutes chatting with President Obama, County Executive Rob Astorino, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, and Lt. Governor Hochul walk away from the limousine as it prepares to take the President to a fundraiser in Stamford.
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After attending the fundraiser for two hours, the President returned to Air Force One, and gave his familiar smile and wave before getting on board for the trip back to Washington.

 

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The wheels of Air Force One leave the pavement of Runway 34 at Westchester County Airport, beginning the trip back to Washington.

 

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