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Latimer: Silver Decision Demands Ethics Reform Now

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2017. From the Office of State Senator George Latimer. July 14, 2017:

After former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction was overturned yesterday, Senator George Latimer (D-Rye) demanded that Albany take up the ethics reform package that he has been sponsoring in Albany during his tenure in the State Senate.

“Sheldon Silver’s true crime was violating the public’s trust in its elected leaders, and the court’s decision doesn’t change this one bit,” said State Senator George Latimer.
“He used his position of authority to profit himself and for this he deserves punishment to the fullest extent of the law. More importantly, the climate of influence peddling and backroom deals that Silver, Dean Skelos and others, Democrat and Republican,  relied on still needs to be addressed in Albany. So long as Republicans refuse to even hold meetings of the Senate Ethics Committee and block meaningful reforms that I and others have proposed, this will not be the last scandal to rock state government.”
Latimer currently sponsors legislation to crack down on the kind of behavior Silver was originally convicted of, including:
 limiting state legislators’ outside income to 15% of their annual state salary, as is the rule for Members of Congress (S.25 – Sen. Hoylman); and requiring  annual ethics training for all members of the state legislature and the executive branch, and all of their employees (S.919 – Senator Croci).
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Office of Developmental Disabilities Overturns Common Council Rejection of Prospect Park Group Home

WPCNR MAIN STREET LAW JOURNAL. July 12, 2017:

The Journal News reported this morning that the State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Acting Commissioner Kerry Delaney ruled the Institute for Applied Human Dynamics can proceed with developing the Prospect Park home at 22 New York Avenue into a group home. The decision was made June 27.

Reporter Richard Liebson quotes Karen Pasquale of the Mayor’s Office that the city is considering whether to appeal the Delaney decision.

 

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Sales of Single Family Homes Increased in Hudson Valley. Prices Ease Upward slow. Number of homes for sale Plunge 28% in 3 years since 2014

WPCNR REALTY REALITY. From the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service. (Edited) July 11, 2017:

Prospective homebuyers were operating in a market that has seen tremendous reductions in the supply of for-sale housing over the past four years.

At the end of 2014 there were 12,153 active listings posted with HGMLS in all its service territory and among all of its property types – single-family houses, condominiums, cooperatives, and 2-4 multi-family units.
By the close of the second quarter of 2017 that number has plunged by more than 3,440 units to 8,713 or 28.3% fewer active listings. The double-digit percentage rate of shrinking inventory is continuing as new listings barely make up for high rates of sale.

There appear to be no obstacles to a continuation of a healthy Hudson Valley real estate market except for the shortage of inventory which may inevitably drive prices higher or may diminish the volume of sales, or both.

The constricting supply of housing in the lower Hudson region has brought about some long-expected price increases in most areas and in most property types.

In Westchester, the second quarter median* sale price of a single-family house was $670,000, an increase of $20,000 or 3.1% over last year`s level.

The mean* sale price of $900,000 was 7.0% more than last year, indicating that the high-end sector may be reinserting itself into the sales mix.

Westchester condominiums and cooperatives also enjoyed median price increases of 5.3% and 3.9% respectively.

Orange County, long characterized by high sales volumes but flat prices, posted a second quarter single-family median price of $235,000, an increase of 5.6% from last year.

Rockland County’s median price at $441,387 represented a 2.6% increase, and Putnam County’s median price at $345,000 was a significant 9.9% increase over last year.
Prospective homebuyers were operating in a market that has seen tremendous reductions in the supply of for-sale housing over the past four years.

Realtors participating in HGMLS, a subsidiary of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc., reported a grand total of 4,726 closed residential transactions during the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 4.4% from last year.

These sales largely reflect market activity during the winter and early spring months of this year.

Westchester, the most populous of the serviced counties, posted 2,642 sales for an increase of just 1.0% over last year.

Orange County posted an impressive 1,098 sales an increase of 13.8%, almost all of that in its single-family house sector.

While Rockland County had a fair 3.8% increase in single family sales, its best second quarter achievement was in its condominium sector where it posted a 33.6% increase in sales. Putnam County was the only county to report a decrease in single family residential sales (-5.4%) but an increase in residential sales price.

We do not have negative external factors right now that are threatening. Some external factors in good standing with real estate include low mortgage interest rates, low unemployment, good job growth, and reasonable and well-paced increases in the Federal Reserve rates.

Some negative factors include possible changes to the tax code affecting real estate, and chaotic governance that causes consumers, i.e., prospective homebuyers, to lose confidence in executing their homebuying intentions.

Overall this report points to a thriving four-county housing market.

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Westchesterites Eligible for $10,000 Discount on Electric Car

WPCNR THE POWER NEWS. From County Legislator Benjamin Boykin. July 10, 2017:

As a member of Sustainable Westchester, Westchester County is delighted to announce an energy-saving and cost saving program.

Sustainable Westchester, through its electric vehicle consultant, EarthKind Energy, has secured a special offer for a $10,000 discount on the 2017 all-electric Nissan Leaf.

The program is available to all constituents who live, work, or do business in Sustainable Westchester communities, including students or employees of Westchester colleges who live outside the county.

Combined with state and Federal tax credits, the total discount comes to over $19,000.

$10,000 off MSRP* (Sustainable Westchester discount) + $1,700 New York State rebate + $7,500 Federal Tax Credit = $19,200 Total discount on a NEW 2017 Nissan Leaf

How to participate:

1)  Go to http://sustainablewestchester.org/initiatives-toolkits/electric-vehicles/, fill out the simple form, and download the flyer.
2)  Bring the flyer and a copy of your utility bill and take it to NISSAN NEW ROCHELLE, at 2533 Palmer Ave, New Rochelle NY 10801. Ask to speak with Roland (dealership: 914-576-7600; or cell: 914-882-3507)
3)  Use FLEET CERTIFICATION CODE: G66970

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The 2017 Leaf gets 107 miles per charge (good for 90% of most commuter & local travel) – and includes 2 years of free charging.

The all-electric Leaf lets you skip gas stations and periodic oil or transmission fluid changes. It comes with an 8 year, 100,000 mile battery warranty, and of course you will have the satisfaction of driving a clean, zero emissions vehicle.

The program ends when the remaining ~400 Leafs in the state are sold.

If you have any questions, contact Ron Kamen @ 845-266-3723. Ron@EarthKindEnergy.com.

Or call Sustainable Westchester at (914) 242-4725.

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THIS MONTH ON MARTINE AT THE WHITE PLAINS LIBRARY

Mind, Body & Spirit

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Brian Kenney, White Plains Library Director on White Plains TV  PEOPLE TO BE HEARD

More and more, libraries are going beyond circulating books or offering information–although we continue to do both as much as ever–and offering other opportunities that address health and well being. This spring we hosted a Saturday yoga class, sponsored by White Plains Recreation & Parks, and also just finished a series of Seated Yoga workshops for older adults and those with disabilities. Add to this workshops on cooking, nutrition, health issues–and our Wednesday Lunchtime Meditation (12:15 pm)–and it’s safe to say that libraries today are about the whole you!

Brian Kenney
Library Director
bkenney@whiteplainslibrary.org

P.S. Don’t miss our popular International Film Festival, Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., July 11-August 22.

What’s New in Book Publishing?

BOOK EXPO!

Last month, I saw Nelson DeMille talking to James Patterson while Al Franken joked nearby and John Grisham signed stacks of his new book, Camino Island.  Mike Tyson, Neil Patrick Harris, Gabrielle Union, Alan Alda, and Olivia the Pig were there, too, along with thousands of book lovers.  Where?  At the Book Expo, a trade show for publishers, booksellers, and librarians at the Javits Center.There may have been fewer publishers at the Expo this year than there were in the past, but the show was still massive. There were tons of exhibitors, author talks, and educational panels.  At the American Association of Publisher’s Adult Book Buzz, we learned which titles publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season.Here are some titles to look for in the coming months:

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo:  a searing examination of marriage and family set in Nigeria.

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent: Stephen King has called this debut novel about a 14 yr. old girl who roams the California coast “a masterpiece.”

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: A prequel to Hoffman’s Practical Magic.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt: A retelling of the Lizzie Borden story.  The publisher handed out small ax-shaped pins…

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss: A high-powered Manhattan lawyer gives away most of his possessions and moves to Israel, where he meets a fellow traveler on a quest for meaning.

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent:  What happens when a seemingly mild-mannered man commits a shocking act of violence?  A bestseller in the author’s native Ireland.

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland:  A CIA analyst is hot on the trail of a Russian sleeper cell in the U.S.

Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn:  An agoraphobe spends her days spying on her New York city neighbors in this riveting Hitchcockian thriller that’s already in development as a film.

Karyn DeLuca is responsible for acquiring books and media for adults.

Look Up: Historic Murals

As the renovations continue and you rediscover the main floor of our library, we hope you look up and see three unique murals. These paintings were recently re-hung—with support from the White Plains Library Foundation—high over the east wing. Sit back in one of our new lounge chairs and enjoy them!White Plains History Mural by Stanley P. Klimley. The mural depicts five historical events in White Plains history. The upper left panel depicts the reading of the Declaration of Independence at the courthouse in White Plains on July 11, 1776 and the central panel depicts Washington addressing troops prior to the Battle of White Plains in October 1776. The inscription by Mayor Hendey reads: “White Plains, where American history, tradition and enlightened civic pride combine to make a worthy city in which to live and work for people of every race, color and religion.”Hudson Valley Legends by Edmund F. Ward. Hudson Valley Legends won the Bicentennial Award at the National Art Show of the Hudson Valley Art Association. Ward filled the painting with references to Washington Irving’s most famous works, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.Battle of White Plains by Edmund F. Ward.  There are two versions of this–one large, one small. The smaller version was created first as a commemorative stamp. Ward completed the larger oil painting a few years later and the City of White Plains purchased and hung it in the Post Office on Grand Street. In 1979, the painting was rescued from the decommissioned post office building and in 1984 brought to the library through the efforts of “Re-Ward: The Committee to Save the Edmund F. Ward Mural.”

Ben Himmelfarb is the librarian responsible for local history. For more about the murals and the artists, click here.

The Edge Makerspace: a Place to Chill

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend an hour doing Makerspace stuff, and—as the kids say—it was totally chill. The term Makerspace is all the rage in the public library world, but don’t let it intimidate you. At the Edge Media Lab, it’s just about making things, being creative, exploring new ideas, expressing yourself and a whole lot of conversation.

It may be news that you don’t have to use technology to be in a Makerspace state-of-mind. On this past Witchcraft Wednesday in the Edge, I met a friendly 17-year-old who just moved here from Guatemala. She taught me a new stitch for crocheting beautiful baby hats that the Edge teens are donating. She practiced her English as her fingers flew. This spring we’ve made seed bead bracelets and a dozen high school boys could be found rolling tiny paper beads while chatting. Quite a sight!

Don’t get me wrong, technology is a huge part of the Makerspace movement. Minecraft, for instance, is key to any self-respecting teen STEM Makerspace, and our Media Specialist, Austin Olney, regularly offers “Minecraft for Parents” to demystify the Minecraft craze. (Note to parents: Minecraft isn’t just mindless video gaming. It involves having a vision, planning, making several drafts, coding and math.)

At WPPL we’ve got several librarians who are Makers and they look forward to introducing you, (or reintroducing you) to the Edge.  And this summer, with the support of Maker Corp and Argus, you can explore everything from video game design, to coding and 3D printing to hands-on sewing.  We’ll also be offering Sculpey bead making and Pop Art painting. The Edge is a great place to escape the heat and exploring making things. High tech and low tech, its all about creativity and collaboration.

Tanya Nadas is a WPPL Trove Librarian who can be found moonlighting in the Edge on Witchcraft Wednesdays.

Fall Gala to Honor Sloane Crosley

Celebrated author and graduate of White Plains High School, Sloane Crosley, will be honored at the White Plains Library Foundation’s fall gala on the evening of October 21st. Crosley’s most recent publication is the bestselling novel The Clasp (“a highly comic, highly affecting novel”–NY Times Book Review, “A sad, hopeful, endlessly entertaining book,”–Time). Her previous books include I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. Sloane is featured in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2011). Her work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Elle, New York Magazine, NPR and more. Her next book, Look Alive Out There, will be published in 2018.

Mark your fall calendars and get ready to celebrate! The gala will take place in the Hub — the newly renovated first floor. Part incubator, part maker’s space, part traditional reference library, the Hub will be an exciting, new destination for residents and business people working in downtown White Plains.

Check the library’s website later this summer for details about gala tickets and sponsorships. To learn more about the Campaign for the Hub, click here.


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WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE FRIDAY 7-7-17 REPORT ON THE INTERNET WORLDWIDE NOW

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“LITTLE AWESOME ANNIE” HAS OPENING NIGHTERS ON THEIR FEET!

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PEYTON ELLA’S “ANNIE,” BIG LITTLE VOICE OF HOPE MEANS HAPPINESS IS JUST A SHOW AWAY.

AUDACIOUS LITTLE REDHEADED GIRL MELTS MICHAEL DeVRIES’ DEBONAIR DADDY WARBUCKS INTO BILLIONAIRE WITH HEART!

TURNS AROUND AN AUDIENCE AND SENDS YOU OUT WEARING A SMILE.

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WPCNR STAGE DOOR Theatrical Review by John F. Bailey. July 7. 2017 UPDATED July 10 with more Photos:

I think Peyton Ella WBT’S Annie should visit President Trump when he gets back to the White House.

If anyone can bring out the President in this President, this little dynamo can!

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The spunky, charmy sentimental message  sweetie Peyton Ella (above) delivers to President Franklin Roosevelt (played by the cleverly Presidential John-Charles Kelly in a wheelchair) as the Little Orphan Annie looking for her parents, inspires FDR to create the “New Deal!” by singing Tomorrow to him and his whole cabinet.

Peyton’s delivery of the simple power of audacious hope refocuses the President’s attention. That’s after she wins the admiration and care of the Billionaire Daddy Warbucks who encounters Annie when he decides to invite an orphan to spend two weeks in his mansion as a Christmas gesture.

The latest revival of Annie done up in Broadway schmaltz at WBT, is choreographed and directed by the Mary Jane Houdina, assistant choreographer for the original Broadway show that opened in 1977, and who prepared the national tours of the show.

As one of the original writers of the show, derived from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie,Thomas Meehan wrote, “The story as I constructed it, is the story of a child’s child-like Odyssey-like quest for her missing father…(she) becomes a metaphorical figure who stood for innate decency, courage and optimism in the face of hard times, pessimism and despair.”

And I might add, triumphs! But enough theatrical intellectualizing already.

From the first strains of “Tomorrow” wailed by a clarinet right out of the 30s solid orchestral back up creates the mood throughout never overbearing on the vocalists.

Right out of those first notes of mournful haunting melancholy,  you’re into the  show as a sleeping orphanage dormitory awakens to the sound of a crying child. Annie, the precocious Peyton Ella, leader of the group of delightful and deftly comical local young  performers sings Maybe, and you’re caring.

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The wonderful scamps: The Orphans Tell You all about It’s a Hard Knock Life! They are: (L to R:Ruby Griffin, (July), Anika Bobra (Tessie), Peyton Ella (Annie), Gabriella Uhl (Iate), Nora Kennedy(Pepper), Maureen Henshaw (Duffy). In Basket: Haylie Shea Christiano (Molly).

The orphans are great comics and singers, especially Molly Lyons, only 8 who consistently sneaks a stomp on Ms. Hannigan’s foot when she isn’t looking. The meanie orphanage manager, Miss Hannigan is played with over-the-top cackling witchiness by Susan Fields who makes the former Carol Burnett role her own, with her own style and timing. Ms. Fields mincing, snarling indictment of Little Girls is a hoot.

I really like the veteran actor, Michael DeVries’ Daddy Warbucks. He has the command and the intensity of a character out of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand— the tycoonHank Riordan. Meeting Annie in his mansion, a mansion interior atmospherically created, (it looks rich without marble) by the set design magicians, Michael Bottari and Ronald Case—he puts aside his dictation and takes Annie to the movies.

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Strolling down 5th Avenue, he delivers NYC, while Annie and he and his secretary, Grace (the impeccably efficient and savvy Celeste Hudson) to the left) stroll down 5th Avenue to the Roxy, with the buildings passing by in the background.

 NYC was delivered with reverence and Sinatra-style by Mr. DeVries creating the inspiration that the city does in real life.

You will love the moving night scene in Times Square—kudos for that staging to Bottari and Case and Little Ms. Ella, Mr. DeVries and Jesse Lynn Harte (A Star to Be ) for this showstopper strut. It’s the stuff New York dreams are made of. The only star I have heard do NYC AND REALLY SELL IT  is Sutton Foster in her nightclub act and DeVries joins her in delivering this song in perfect NYC  ”New Yorker” style.

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The Game’s Afoot: Lily St. Regis (Aubrey Sinn), Rooster (Adam Roberts) and Miss Hannigan (Susann Fletcher) strut down Easy Street (Where the Rich People Play)

The villains of the piece Rooster, Ms. Hannigan’s brother and his Jersey City girl friend visit the orphanage just as Annie is returned to the orphanage after running away. They lament about Ms. Hannigan’s mother who advised them all to be a little shady to make it to Easy Street  (Above)(where the rich folks play). Ms. Fletcher, the zany Rooster Adam Roberts and Aubrey Sinn as Roosters girl just prance to this song everyone loves.

The dog.

Yes, Sandy’s back, too! There is a Sandy who steals the show from the first time Annie meets him. The audience goes “Awww,” and the children love this. (So do the adults!) In fact, this is a great show for children (of all ages, thank you P.T. Barnum). Scarcely  any violence. And you do not have to explain too much. This is a show where the kids win! Kids love it when kids win!

Annie settles in at the Warbucks mansion and when Warbucks wants to adopt her she says she hopes to find her real parents. Daddy Warbucks, hurt, because he has grown to care deeply for Annie, vows to help her find her parents. He brings the FBI in. He calls a meeting with President Roosevelt with Annie present.

Act Two opens with a marvelous send up of oldtime radio, the Burt Healy Oxidant Hour of Smiles.

The Boylan Sisters sing You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile. Warbucks delivers a message about how Annie is searching for her parents.

Rooster, his girl friend, and Hannigan cook up a plot to acquire the $50,000 reward, based on secret knowledge with the conniving, scheming Miss Hannigan. But the FBI, which is apparently much better in the 1930s than it is today, uncovers some information that might just bust up the plot.

Peyton Ella as Annie really shines in the duet, I Don’t Need Anything But You, and DeVries does a refreshing and sincere delivery of Something Was Missing. That song is the way every father feels about a daughter or a son, or should, and Mr. DeVries just handles it with elegance and elegy.

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Michael DeVries, Daddy Warbucks and Kaylin  Hughes the Annie on Sunday Matinees sing Together At Last

ANNIE with the dynamic little Miss Peyton Ella as Annie and Kaylin Hedges as Annie on Sundays plays from now until September 10. For box office information, call 914-592-2268, or visit the website www.BroadwayTheatre.com.

I have seen this show many times, in the movies, in performance, but it never fails to deliver a lift to the heart an easing of the mind, and a new resolve to do better, be tougher and do what must be done. The songs Tomorrow, You’re Never Completely Dressed Without a Smile, they ring true, my friends.

You’re never too old or too cynical not to be moved by Annie. 

It’s playing tonight! You’ll put on a new smile tomorrow!

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Trainer Bill Berloni and Sunny, the well-known canine actor, who has been playing Sandy, Little Orphan Annie’s dog for 7 years. Sunny was rescued from a Houston Animal Shelter by Mr. Berloni the day before he was scheduled to be euthanized., Sunny has been appearing as Sandy since 2012. Mr. Berloni has adopted 23 dogs whom he has trained to be Sandy actors. He says: “I’ve taken these dogs, saved their lives and given them a purpose.” You can rescue a dog or cat too by adopting at the Pet Adoption Day on July 29 at WBT,  Photo by Joan Marcus

Oh Sunny the dog wants me to remind you– Annie will host a Pet Adoption Day Saturday, July 22, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM with organizations offering dogs and cats for adoption. You do not have to buy a ticket to the show to participate in the Pet Adoption Day.

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White Plains Owner of 2 Restaurants in Westchester Mall, Pleads Guilty to Evading Sales Taxes on $380,000 over 6 Years

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WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney. July 5, 2017:

Late this afternoon, the Westchester County District Attorney announced:

Westchester County District Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that FreshMex, LLC and All American Burger, LLC pled guilty before Judge Larry Schwartz to:

One count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony and

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony.

Peter Spagnuolo (DOB 11/25/66) of 10 Cottage Place, White Plains, New York also plead guilty to:

  • one count of Petit Larceny, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

In a joint investigation carried out by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Tax Department, it was determined that the defendants committed the above named offenses between March 1, 2009 and January 31, 2015.

Spagnuolo owned two restaurant franchises at the Food Court located at the Westchester Mall: the Desert Moon Café and Nathan’s. He was required to collect sales tax from customers on behalf of New York State and to remit both sales tax payments and file sales tax returns.

The investigation revealed that the defendants failed to file sales tax returns for either business, and also failed to remit sales tax funds collected by each business to the New York State Tax Department. 

The total amount of sales tax funds collected and not remitted during this period was approximately $380,000.00. For tax years 2014 and 2015, the defendants failed to pay $67,927.

The defendant fully repaid the sales tax as well as personal income due and owing to the New York State Tax Department.

The defendant corporations were sentenced to a three year conditional discharge and Spagnuolo was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge.

 

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The Common Council Meets To Push Developments Forward.No FASNY Hearing. Summary of 17-18 Budget Publishes New Salaries

 The Common Council Meets To Push Developments Forward.No FASNY Hearing. Summary of 17-18 Budget Publishes New Salaries

WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE-EXAMINER. JULY 5, 2017:         

The White Plains Common Council meets this evening at City Hall, 255 Main Street, 7:30 PM, preceded by “Citizens to be Heard” at 7.

A series of routine procedures and resolutions are on the agenda, with at this time, no hearing on the French American School of New York matter on the agenda.

The evening will begin with an honoring of Eagle Scouts Akiva Grimaldi, Troop 613 and Henry Roach (son of Mayor Roach) in a Recognition segment for the boys earning the rank of Eagle Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America.

Two nephews of mine obtained this rank in Pennsylvania and it is hard to achieve. This is what you as a Scout have to do to earn the rank of Eagle Scout:

 

  1. Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.
  2. Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your daily life. List on your Eagle Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious, educational, and employer references.
  3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:(a) First Aid , (b) Citizenship in the Community , (c)Citizenship in the Nation , (d) Citizenship in the World , (e) Communication , (f)Cooking , (g) Personal Fitness , (h) Emergency Preparedness  OR Lifesaving , (i)Environmental Science  OR Sustainability , (j) Personal Management , (k)Swimming  OR Hiking  OR Cycling , (l) Camping , and (m) Family Life .**

                                                                                                         

After the Recognition  Ceremony, the Common Council will pass bond issues for $1.3 Million for rehabilitation of city streets, and $606,000 to improve parking structures, and $1.7 Million for Rolling Stock, and $381,000 for acquisition of fire fighting apparatus.

New Developments will continue to make progress towards their start dates:

The Council will schedule a public hearing on the Westchester Avenue Saber White Plains mixed use commercial/residential project for August 7.

The White Plains Mall proposal rezoning for its residential, mixed use and new Transit District zoning will have a public hearing scheduled for August 7.

The Salvation Army  expansion, long-planned for 16 Sterling Avenue will have its site plan extended for another year to renovate an existing building.

The site plan of the Esplanade conversion “repurposing” to a rental residence will be extend for another year.

On the jobs front, the Council will approve funds for the training of fire fighters as Certified First Responders.

The Council will apply to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for funds to pay for Clean Energy projects through the Clean Energy Communities program.

The Summary of the Approved 2017-18 City Budget will be officially made available.

That summary now online on the City website, reports the average 1.5% increases in salaries that city commissioners and appointed officials receive, position by position in 2017-2018.

 Previously when a budget was approved in May, the raises were approved in executive session and available after the executive session.

This year that procedure was not done and the salaries in the proposed budget in April were the 2016-17 salaries not the planned-for-raises.

The Mayor’s salary remains the same in fiscal year 2017-18, (beginning July 1) as do the salaries of the Common Council President and Common Council members. 

Mayor: $153,265

Common Council President: $38,97

Common Council Member: $36,471

 

New Salaries Appointed Officials:

Assessor : $141,000, previously, $138,848

Commissioner of Building: $157,000 previously $154,699

Deputy Commissioner of Building: $139,800, previously $137,754

City Clerk: $112,10, previously $110,422

Corporation Counsel: $208,000, previously, $205,688

Chief Deputy Corporation Counsel: $172,700, (position unfilled)

Deputy Corporation Counsel: $170,000, previously, $165,086

Commissioner of Finance: $166,500, previously, $163,993

Deputy Commissioner of Finance: $143,700, previously, $141,580

Chief Information Officer: $144,300, previously, $142,126

Library Director:$156,500, previously,$154,152

Personnel Officer: $165,300, previously, $162,899

Deputy Personnel Officer: $101,400, previously, $99,829

Physician: $54,900,  previously, $54,118

Commissioner of Parking: $163,200, previously, $160,713

Deputy Commissioner of Parking I: $133,900

Deputy Commissioner of Parking II: $143,200, previously $141,033

Commissioner of Planning: $151,000, previously, 147,175

Deputy Commissioner of Planning: $135,000, previously $132,965

Commissioner of Public Safety: $196,000, previously, $192,955

Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety: $185,700, previously, $182,700

Commissioner of Public Works: $180,300, previously, $177,625

Deputy Commissioner of Public Works I: $153,000, previously, $150,874

Deputy Commissioner of Public Works II: $139,300, previously, $137,207

Commissioner of Purchase: $121,400, previously, $121,354