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FBI GETS ADMISSIONS OF GUILT FROM 2 HORSE DRUG PUSHERS

WPCNR FBI WIRE.From the Federal Bureau of Investigation. September 17, 2020:

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that two defendants, SCOTT ROBINSON and SARAH IZHAKI, each pled guilty today to conspiring to unlawfully distribute adulterated and misbranded drugs for the purpose of doping racehorses in connection with the two cases in which they are charged, United States v. Robinson, 20 Cr. 162 (JPO), and United States v. Izhaki, 20 Cr. 161 (MKV).  ROBINSON pled guilty before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken, and will be sentenced by Judge Oetken on January 15, 2021.  IZHAKI pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil, and will be sentenced by Judge Vyskocil on December 2, 2020.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “Scott Robinson and Sarah Izhaki represent the supply side of a market of greed that continues to endanger racehorses through the sale of performance-enhancing drugs.  Each of these defendants provided the raw materials for fraud and animal abuse through the sale of unregulated and dangerous substances: 

Robinson’s products were manufactured in shoddy facilities with no professional oversight of their composition; Izhaki’s products were smuggled into the country and sold from cars in supermarket parking lots.  These convictions show that our Office and our partners at the FBI are committed to the prosecution and investigation of corruption, fraud, and endangerment in the horse racing industry.”

According to the Indictments, the Superseding Information to which ROBINSON pled guilty, the Superseding Information to which IZHAKI pled guilty, and other court documents, as well as statements made in public court proceedings:

From at least in or about 2011 through at least in or about March 2020, ROBINSON conspired with others to manufacture, sell, and ship millions of dollars’ worth of adulterated and misbranded equine drugs, including performance-enhancing drugs intended to be administered to racehorses for the purpose of improving those horses’ race performance in order to win races and obtain prize money. 

ROBINSON sold these drugs through several direct-to-consumer websites designed to appeal to racehorse trainers and owners, including, among others, “horseprerace.com.” 

ROBINSON contributed to the conspiracy by, among other things, sourcing chemicals used to create custom PEDs that were advertised and sold; falsely labeling, packaging, and shipping those PEDs to customers across the country, including in the Southern District of New York; and collecting, reporting, and responding to employee and customer complaints regarding the misbranded and adulterated products advertised and sold online.

 Among the drugs advertised and sold during the course of the conspiracy were “blood builders,” which are used by racehorse trainers and others to increase red blood cell counts and/or the oxygenation of muscle tissue of a racehorse in order to stimulate the horse’s endurance, which enhances that horse’s performance in, and recovery from, a race, as well as customized analgesics which are used by racehorse trainers and others to deaden a horse’s nerves and block pain in order to improve a horse’s race performance.  

The drugs distributed through the defendants’ websites were manufactured in non-FDA registered facilities and carried significant risks to the animals affected through the administration of those illicit PEDs.  

For example, in 2016, ROBINSON received a complaint regarding the effect of his unregulated drugs on a customer’s horse: “starting bout 8 hours after I give the injection and for about 36 hours afterwards both my horses act like they are heavily sedated, can barely walk.  Could I have a bad bottle of medicine, I’m afraid to give it anymore since this has happened three times.”  Commenting on this complaint, ROBINSON wrote simply, “here is another one.”

In a separate conspiracy, from at least in or about February 2018 through at least in or about November 2019, IZHAKI conspired with others to transport, sell, and deliver, tens of thousands of dollars of erythropoietin, a “blood builder” drug intended to increase a horse’s racing performance, which had been smuggled into the country from Mexico. 

This drug was covertly transported into the United States and sold by IZHAKI, who believed it would be used by racehorse trainers to illicitly improve their horses’ race performance.  IZHAKI also offered for sale amphetamines, and a substance that IZHAKI referred to as “the Devil,” which IZHAKI claimed would mask the presence of potent drugs in a human or animal’s body.

The defendants are among 27 individuals charged in a series of Indictments arising from an investigation of a widespread scheme by racehorse trainers, veterinarians, PED distributors, and others to manufacture, distribute, and receive adulterated and misbranded PEDs and to secretly administer those PEDs to racehorses competing at all levels of professional horseracing.  

By evading PED prohibitions and deceiving regulators and horse racing officials, participants in these schemes sought to improve race performance and obtain prize money from racetracks, all to the detriment and risk of the health and well-being of the racehorses. 

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ROBINSON, 46, of Tampa, Florida and IZHAKI, 45, of Manalapan, New Jersey, each pled guilty to one count of conspiring to unlawfully introduce and receive with the intent to redistribute for pay or otherwise adulterated and misbranded drugs in interstate commerce, and to misbrand drugs in interstate commerce.  This offense carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  The maximum potential sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Acting U.S. Attorney Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI New York Office’s Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force and its support of the Bureau’s Integrity in Sports and Gaming Initiative. Ms. Strauss also thanked the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the New York State Police, and the New York City Police Department for their support of this investigation, and the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance and expertise.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Mortazavi, Benet J. Kearney, and Andrew C. Adams are in charge of the prosecution.

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County Executive Latimer Introduces Covid Aid Grants to Businesses Under 99 Employees…up to $49,000 . Rehiring Employees, Re-Equipping Business to Protect Against Covid the Focus. 200 Businesses Estimated to be Helped. Applications Available Monday

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. September 17, 2020:

Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced a $10 million funding initiative yesterday to support small businesses and nonprofits facing challenges due to COVID-19. Westchester County Business FIRST: Financial Investments for Recovery and a Sustainable Tomorrow is a new grant program designed to offer immediate financial relief to organizations in Westchester County that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer gets to the nitty gritty of Westchester “Recovery” introducing Business FIRST

Applications will be accepted from September 21 through September 30, 2020 at https://westchestercatalyst.com/business-FIRST-programs/

Bridget Gibbons, Westchester County Director of Economic Development gives details of the program.

To be eligible, organizations must be in good standing with Westchester County and are required to demonstrate revenue losses of at least 25% from March 7, 2020 to present due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The applicant must establish that the organization was a financially viable operation prior to March 7, 2020, the date Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202 declaring a disaster emergency. The organization must have been open as of Feb. 1, 2020, currently be in operation, or closed temporarily and plan to reopen for business in 2020.

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Saint Pio Relics Come to Tuckahoe Immaculate Conception Church

WPCNR THE FAITHFUL JOURNEY. From The Saint Pio Foundation September 16, 2020:

The Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will be visiting the Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe, NY, on Sunday, September 29, 2020, from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Churches throughout the Archdiocese of New York and neighboring dioceses have organized pilgrimages to the Parish for this rare opportunity to venerate the relics of Padre Pio. 

The series of events include conferences on the life of Padre Pio from 11 am to 1 pm, a  mass in honor of Saint Pio at 3: pm, and a benefit concert at 4:30 pm with special guest star Alumnus of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” actor, musician, comedian, writer and radio show host Joe Piscopo. 

An exclusive and authentic four-course dinner of authentic recipes of Italy’s Puglia region where both he and Padre Pio were born and raised will be offered at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center, in Tuckahoe, NY, immediately after the concert.

Attendance at all the events is limited due to COVID 19 restrictions. Guests’ temperatures will be checked before entering the premises and will be required to wear face masks. Hand sanitizers will be available to all guests before venerating the relics. A reservation will be required to enter the premises, and those without a reservation will not be permitted to enter.For more info and to make a reservation, please, visit https://www.saintpiofoundation.org/celebratepadrepio

The last stop of this year, it follows the last two years sensational and headline-making tours that attracted an estimated of more than 500,000 faithfuls all over the country. In addition, some of the most important media covered this event, including FOX NEWS, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, to mention just a few. 

Saint Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, and baptized Francesco Forgione.  He first expressed his desire for priesthood at age 10. In order to pay for the preparatory education, his father, Grazio Forgione, emigrated to the United States in 1899, where he worked for several years.

The future saint entered the Capuchin order at age 15, taking the name Pio. He was ordained a priest in 1910 at the age of 23. During his lifetime, Padre Pio was known as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge, who bore the stigmata. Stigmata is the term the Catholic Church uses to speak about the wounds an individual receives that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ.  They can appear on the forehead, hands, wrists, and feet.

His stigmata emerged during World War I, after Pope Benedict XV asked Christians to pray for an end to the conflict. Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ pierced his side. They remained with him until his death on September 23, 1968.

Pope John Paul II canonized him in 2002.

The relics of Saint Pio available for public veneration will be the following (here on the picture): Saint Pio’s glove; Saint Pio’s crusts of the wounds; Cotton-gauze with Saint Pio’s blood stains; A lock of Saint Pio’s hair; Saint Pio’s mantle; Saint Pio’s handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died;

ABOUT THE RELICS

In the Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or candidate for sainthood – part of the person’s body or something with which he or she was in contact. Relics are not worshiped but treated with religious respect. Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful individual focus on the saint’s life and virtues, so that through the saint’s prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God.

ABOUT THE SAINT PIO FOUNDATION

The Saint Pio Foundation is a premier national charitable organization that promotes awareness of Saint Pio and his mission by working with institutions and individuals who agree to use their influence to advance the public’s knowledge of the legacy and importance of Saint Pio. More information about Saint Pio Foundation can be found at www.saintpiofoundation.org

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FEINER RESPONDS TO “DOBBS FERRY” WELCOME SHIRT LEFT FOR NEWLY ARRIVED BLACK FAMILIES.

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. September 13, 2020:

Throughout my years representing residents of the Town of Greenburgh, I have most appreciated the Town’s diversity and willingness of our residents to accept and appreciate different viewpoints and lifestyles. Any attack on these values would be a terrible loss for the Town, it’s reputation and it’s desirability as a place to live in peace and harmony.

In recent weeks, some residents have reported growing racial tensions which I think is sad. See Hudson Independent article about a T shirt message in Dobbs as an example.

Reconciliation in a Time of Distrust: Clearly, we live in trying times. Based upon each individual person’s politics, values and perception of the world and our growing inability to accept and respect differences, society is becoming further and further polarized.

We in Greenburgh are clearly not immune to this epidemic of distrust and discord and the current paradigm sadly provides an environment which is generating greater distress while precluding reconciliation.

Example: Today, residents of Dobbs Ferry are struggling bitterly over “language on a tee shirt.”

The Perception: A substantial number of our community members view the inscribed language as racist and hateful, while its “author” vehemently disagrees and describes his intent as specific to a changes in the community (over-development) and not directed at any group.

Community members “line-up” behind one side or the other based upon politics and values and the resultant anger does nothing but propel those with different opinions further apart.

The Reality: As is often the case, “perception is everything.”

The Problem: In today’s world of the COVID pandemic and with an ever growing and increased level of indignation regarding centuries of racism, tempers are shorter, and people are more sensitive. Most important, but often overlooked, regardless of beliefs, individuals appear to be expressing their deepest and previously unexpressed feelings, in an environment where nothing you can say is off limits or out of bounds.

WE NEED TO CARE ABOUT HOW ONE’S ACTIONS AFFECT OTHERS: Freedom of speech may come at cost of hurting those around you–your neighbors.

The Result: There is less and less appreciation for the feelings of those around us and little care about how one’s actions affect others. We live in a society where our Constitution allows us “Freedom of Speech,” however this freedom to express one’s opinion may come at the cost of hurting those around you. These people live in your community, share homes on your block and share playtime with your children.

ACCEPT AND RESPECT DIFFERENCES–CONSIDER FEELINGS OF OTHERS

The Answer: There is not one specific cure, but clearly any potential version of a cure requires the acceptance and respect of differences. That means differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, politics and long held values. I believe the only option we have left as a community is to create an environment where every person takes responsibility for their actions and statements. Do we care enough about our neighbors to think about how our words will be perceived and accepted? Do we care enough about providing a world of acceptance and tolerance for our children, where we set aside our personal needs and teach our children a lesson of love and tolerance, by considering the feelings of others? Can we finally realize that without honest discussion and sensitivity to the needs and beliefs of others, our future and that of our children, will be tarnished and without compassion?

KEEP OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER Let’s work together to encourage everyone to get along, to respect each other, to treat each other as equals and to end all forms of racism.

A quote from Nelson Mandela: No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. https://thehudsonindependent.com/message-on-t-shirts-causing-concern-in-dobbs-ferry/

Paul Feiner Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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“Let Them Play,” Say Banned Sports Parents and Players to Governor, Section 1. “Not Fair,” Says Former County Executive, Robert Astorino

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS . By John F. Bailey. September 13, 2020: Slightly over 70 parents and their student athletes whose sports have been shut down by New York State in Westchester and Long Island, held a rally at the County Center this morning. Their message was that allowing soccer, field hockey, and tennis to play starting in October, but disallowing football and volleyball and competitive cheerleading,was unfair and called for Governor Cuomo and the Sections to “Let Them Play.”

Robert Astorino, Republican candidate for State Senate and former County Executive began the rally with this statement:

Robert Astorino begins the rally. (WPCNR Video)

After the rally, WPCNR asked Mr. Astorino if he had specific recommendations of how players in football, volleyball, cheerleading could be equipped to play safely if allowed to play, here is his response:

Mr. Astorino on keeping players safe in competition if all sports are allowed to play

More on this developing story later today.

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Drag Race in White Plains. You Lose Your Car. Common Council Crackdown on Drag Races, Noise from Races. Possible Forfeiture, Fines

WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE EXAMINER. From the Mayor’s Office. September 12, 2020:

The White Plains Common Council passed a package of legislation at its September 8th Council meeting to address the problem of drag racing on city streets.

It is well known that the noise associated with unlawful speed contests creates a nuisance and diminishes the quality of life enjoyed by our residents. The races themselves are also dangerous, not only to the participants but to bystanders and other vehicles legally using the road.

In December of 2019 Mayor Roach had the opportunity to meet with James Nolan. Mr. Nolan’s brother, Michael Nolan, was killed in a drive-by shooting that stemmed from a drag race in which he was not participating. The tragedy experienced by the Nolan family became the impetus for his campaign to address the dangers of drag racing and the nuisance they cause in our communities.

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said, “While our PD has been aggressive about issuing tickets, having these additional enforcement tools at our disposal will serve as a further disincentive to drag racing within the city.”

The main component of the package is a local law that would authorize the City to commence a civil action seeking forfeiture of a vehicle used in connection with drag racing (aka: unlawful speed contests) after the registered owner of the vehicle is convicted under or pleads guilty to section 1182 of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law. Section 1182 specifically prohibits speed contests and races. A conviction under this section is a misdemeanor.

In addition to the local law, the package includes two ordinances.

The first ordinance adds a definition of unlawful speed contests to the City’s Municipal Code and provides penalties for those involved in such races.

The second ordinance amends the City’s noise ordinance to clarify that noise created during an unlawful speed contest is a prohibited noise, also subject to penalties.

A conviction or guilty plea under the City’s Municipal Code is a violation and can result in a fine.

Together, these three actions will give the City additional enforcement tools to go after those who organize and participate in drag races.

Council President Nadine Hunt-Robinson said,“Like our residents, we are very concerned about the issue of drag racing and we are pleased to take the extra step to protect the people of White Plains from this abhorrent behavior.”

James Nolan said, “This is a great honor to have White Plains pass this law in honor of my brother and to protect others from these unlawful and dangerous acts. This law will do a lot of good and will go a long way to help avoid the heartache of losing a loved one. Illegal drag racing and dangerous acts with vehicles will not be tolerated anywhere in our community. My brother was robbed of a future, was robbed of so much, but they will not take his legacy and this law is a part of his legacy. Some people may say these acts are a “hobby or lifestyle” but make no mistake, these crimes are nothing other than an act of negligence for human life and it will not be allowed at all!”

County Executive George Latimer said: “Drag racing has been on the rise in Westchester County and my administration is working with local municipalities and activists to try to curb this reckless behavior. From the risk to motorists and pedestrians to the toxic behaviors associated with it, we must put an end to illegal drag racing. I commend Mayor Roach and the Common Council on their efforts to do just that.”

Council Member Justin Brasch said, “This legislation sends a strong message that Drag Racing will not be tolerated in White Plains.  Not only can you get a ticket for speeding and creating noise, now we can confiscate your car.  This will hopefully put an end to Drag Racing in White Plains and save lives.” 

Council Member John Martin said, “This legislation, and widespread knowledge of it, should help give our residents some relief from the excessive noise and dangerous conditions resulting from “drag racing” on our streets.”

Council Member Jennifer Puja said, “James Nolan has turned tragedy into triumph by bringing this legislation to local municipalities and I am glad to see unanimous support for it in White Plains. Speed contests are not just a risk for those participating, but for bystanders and for residents. The potential forfeiture of a vehicle sends a stronger message that speed contests are not tolerated in our city. As we near the fifth anniversary of Michael Nolan’s tragic death, we can honor his legacy by keeping our city streets safer for all. “

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APPELLATE COURT DENIES CITY OF WHITE PLAINS & FASNY MOTIONS FOR DISMISSAL OF GEDNEY ASSOCIATION APPEAL OF FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NY CAMPUS APPROVAL.

Dan Seidel , one of two attorneys handling the Gedney Association appeal of the French American School of New York White Plains decision, announced the case will go on.

WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. By John F. Bailey. September 9, 2020:

The Gedney Association appeal of White Plains approval of the French American School private school campus project on the former Ridgeway Country Club, a stalled project now in its 9th year of legal dispute will be heard by the New York State Appellate Court 2nd Circuit.

In a decision handed down late Wednesday, the court denied the City of White Plains motion to dismiss the Gedney Association appeal.

Dan Seidel, one of the attorneys handling the appeal for Gedney Association pro bono reported this to WPCNR this evening with this statement:

“This Order came down this afternoon.

I have until October 9 to serve and file the Supplemental Appendix (all the docs and exhibits that FASNY claimed I SHOULD have filed in the first place. 


The City and FASNY had their motions for dismissal denied
they get time to file and serve their opposition briefs by November 9 , and then we get time to serve and file our Reply Briefs to their Opposition Briefs by November 24.”


Mr. Seidel told WPCNR oral arguments might be made in two years.

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WPCNR INTERVIEWS WHITE PLAINS SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS ON THE OPENING DAY OF WHITE PLAINS SCHOOL: WHAT TO EXPECT, WHAT TO DO. AT 8 ON WPTV, CABLEVISION CH. 76 AND FIOS CH. 45

DR. JOSEPH RICCA, WHITE PLAINS SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS AND DR. DEBBIE HAND, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION ON WHAT TO EXPECT THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN WHITE PLAINS ALSO VIEWABLE ON YOUR BIG SCREEN TELEVISION ALTICE CH. 76 AND COUNTYWIDE ON FIOS CH. 45 AT 8 ON THE WPTV PROGRAM, “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD”. WPCNR VIDEO
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