Shooting in Room at Westchester Medical Center. Police: Murder-Suicide. No Metal Detectors, Searches at Hospital Entrance

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From Westchester County Department of Communications August 8, 2018 UPDATED 2:10 PM UPDATED 4:30 pm edt UPDATED August 9, 12 noon edt:

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety has confirmed a shooting at Westchester Medical Center (WMC) in Valhalla. At a news conference, police said a man in his 70s, who has not yet been identified entered a fourth floor room at the Center with a handgun and shot and killed a woman, described as “family member” in that room, then killed himself.

The Westchester Rockland Journal News reported Thursday morning the hospital does not search visitors to the hospital and does not have metal detectors, according to Kara Bennorth, the hospital’s chief administrative officer.

The two people who died in a murder-suicide incident at Westchester Medical Center earlier today are a married couple from the Town of Yorktown.

They are Richard DeLucia, 71, and his wife, Ann DeLucia, 70, who was a patient at the hospital. Richard DeLucia shot his wife in her hospital room and then shot himself. Each died of a single gunshot wound.

County Police detectives found a note early this afternoon at the DeLucia residence. In that note, Peter DeLucia indicated that he was distraught over his wife’s medical issues and wanted to end her suffering.

In a press briefing earlier today, Police Commissioner Thomas Gleason said County Police were notified at 9:39 a.m. that shots had been fired on the fourth floor of the hospital. A uniformed County police officer and two plainclothes officers arrived within two minutes, and proceeded directly to scene of the gunfire along with hospital security.

They discovered that Mrs. DeLucia had been shot in bed. Her husband and the weapon he used – a licensed .38-caliber revolver — were on the floor.

Medical personnel at the hospital rendered care to both but they died of their wounds.

“I am grateful to the Medical Center staff and the officers from the Westchester County Police, Mount Pleasant Police, Greenburgh Police and New York State Police for their prompt and professional response in the first minutes of this tragic incident,” Gleason said.

It has not been explained how the murderer was able to get a handgun into the hospital without it being detected.

As of 2 PM the incident was officially over.

 

 

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RESULTS OF 2018 STATE ASSESSMENT TESTS DELAYED. RAW SCORES DISTRIBUTED TO SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATORS IN JUNE FOR PLANNING.

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. By John F. Bailey. August 8, 2018:

The scores of State English and Math Assessment tests from the State Education usually released to the School Districts and public by the first week of August will not have the results until “mid or late September.”

The State Education Department told WPCNR , District administrators statewide were provided “raw scores in June so as not to affect curriculum planning for the 2018-19 school year. The raw scores were not released to the public at that time.

After  WPCNR inquired about the tardiness of the results, the New York State Education Department Communications Department which issued this statement on why the results were delayed:

 ”At its June 2017 meeting, the Board of Regents voted to reduce the number of sessions of the grades 3-8 State assessments in ELA and mathematics from three days each to two.

This change took effect beginning with the assessments administered in spring 2018 and applied to grades 3-8.

The Department shortened the tests in a manner that still provides for the valid and reliable measurement of student achievement of the standards.

As a result of the decision, New York State educators will review the performance standards this summer. Given the need for this standards review, the statewide scores will be released in mid-to-late September.

We anticipate the delay to only affect this year’s release.       

School districts will receive their score information just prior to the public statewide release, as is standard practice each year.

We had hoped to be able to provide the results to individual districts before the start of the school year; however, it was determined in January that the  schedule would have to be delayed slightly, to mid-to-late September this year because of the change in testing format.

     Please also note: In early June, instructional reports, based upon the raw score results, for the 2018 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Testing Program were made available for schools and districts. The reports are used by schools and districts for summer curriculum-writing and professional development activities. This early release provides educators additional time to use the results to plan for the upcoming school year.”

“School districts will receive their score information just prior to the public statewide release, as is standard practice each year.

We had hoped to be able to provide the results to individual districts before the start of the school year; however, it was determined in January that the  schedule would have to be delayed slightly, to mid-to-late September this year because of the change in testing format.

Please also note: In early June, instructional reports, based upon the raw score results, for the 2018 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Testing Program were made available for schools and districts

The reports are used by schools and districts for summer curriculum-writing and professional development activities. This early release provides educators additional time to use the results to plan for the upcoming school year.”

This year the State Education Depart put out an extensive news release saying how the new 2018 assessments have been adjusted ti address those concerns.

The State Education Department told parents and “stakeholders” prior to administering the state tests in the spring that the 2018 would be improved based on the widespread criticisms of the 2016- 2017 assessments by parents, teachers, administrators and state representatives. A new test creating firm was hired. Teachers were included in formulating the 2018 tests. In a WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW section on the NYSED website, parents were told the following changes to the tests

1. Fewer Test Sessions

2.Untimed tests

3.Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers

4.Providing Results for Teachers and Improved Resources for Parents

5. Computer-Based Testing.

The delay in the results at least to the public is unfortunate since the first administration of the new Assessments are a test of state officials, teachers, as well as the students.

Whether the skills tested and the prowess of students’ abilities to answer and handle the new tests with more acceptable success that shows students are getting the material, just were tested wrong is at stake here.

This result will be test of the state education experts ability to devise a test that is both comprehensive to students taking them and reflective of education officials’ judgment of an effective, fair tests.

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HOMELAND SECURITY: IN 2017—701,900 DO NOT LEAVE AFTER VISA EXPIRED. 70,000 WERE STUDENTS. AND THAT WAS 7 MONTHS AGO

WPCNR IMMIGRATION INTELLIGENCE. Special to WPCNR From the Department of Homeland Security. (Edited) August 7, 2018:

The Department of Homeland Security today, reported that at the end of FY 2017, there were 606,926 Suspected In-Country (in USA)Overstays. The overall Suspected In-Country Overstay rate was 1.15 percent of the expected departures (52.7 Million)

Non-immigrants entering on a student or exchange visitor visa (F, M, or J visa), numbered 1,662,369 students and exchange visitors scheduled to complete their program in the United States in 2017. However, 4.15 percent (68,988) stayed past their Visa expiration.

Canada and Mexico Overstay Rates

For Canada, the FY 2017 Suspected In­-Country Overstay rate for those traveling through air and sea POEs (Ports  of Entry)is 1.01 percent of 9,215,158 expected Canadian departures leaving 101,367 Canadians overstaying their visas.

For Mexico, the FY 2017 Suspected In-Country Overstay rate for those traveling through air and sea POEs is 47, 537 (1.63% of 2,916,430 expected departures).  (This represents only travel through air and sea POEs and does not include data on land border crossings. DHS is currently working to improve its monitoring capability for land POEs.)

Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Country Overstay Rate

This report separates Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country overstay figures from non-­VWP country figures. For VWP countries, the FY 2017 Suspected In-Country Overstay rate was .051% of the 22,472,710 expected departures, or 1,146,108.

Non-Visa Waiver Program Participant Overstay Rate

For non-VWP countries, the FY 2017 Suspected In-Country Overstay rate is 1.91 percent of the 14,659,249 expected departures, meaning 278,525 of Non-Visa Waiver Program Participants are here past their time as of 7 months ago,

The  data is delivered in today’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report.

(Editor’s Note: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a program of the United States Government which allows citizens of specific countries to travel to the United States for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa.)

The report provides data on departures and overstays, by country, for foreign visitors to the United States who entered as nonimmigrants through an air or sea Port of Entry (POE) and were expected to depart in FY 2017.

The in-scope population for this report includes temporary workers and families, students, exchange visitors, temporary visitors for pleasure, temporary visitors for business, and other nonimmigrant classes of admission.

DHS has determined that there were admissions represent the vast majority of all air and sea 52,656,022 in-scope nonimmigrant admissions to the United States through air or sea POEs with expected departures occurring in FY 2017.

The report also breaks down the overstay rates further to provide a better picture of those overstays who remain in the United States beyond their period of admission and for whom there is no identifiable evidence of a departure, an extension of period of admission, or transition to another immigration status.

The U.S. government is using a multifaceted approach to enforce overstay violations, including improving entry and exit data collection and reporting, notifying visitors of an impending expiration of their authorized period of admission, cancelling travel authorizations and visas for violators, recurrent vetting of many nonimmigrants, and apprehending overstays present in the United States.

A further breakdown can be found below and the full report is available here.

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73 Years Ago. Hiroshima was Destroyed by the Atomic Bomb.

WPCNR OBSERVATIONS. By John F. Bailey. Reprinted from the WPCNR Archives. August 6, 2018:

Seventy-three years ago today in 1945, the Enola Gay, a single American bomber dropped an Atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

The terrible effects of that single bomb are a horror that has never been repeated

A second bomber, Bock’s Car on August 9, dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

Unknown thousands of Japanese citizens’ lives were vaporized, burned,  and maimed and two cities leveled to the ground in an instant in both bombings.

To grasp what one atomic bomb did to Nagasaki. Readers may see the photographs Japanese photographer Yosuki Yamato took of the aftermath of Nagasaki the day it happened at http://www.exploratorium.edu/nagasaki/photos.html#journey/63.jpg

The decision to drop the bombs was made after the United States, Great Britain and the Republic of China demanded Japan  surrender in the Potsdam Declaration on July 26 or face  ”prompt and utter destruction”.

The Japanese government did not surrender.

The United States deployed two nuclear weapons  dropping one on Hiroshimi, 73 years ago today and one on Nagasaki on August 9.

Over four months the bombs resulted in the deaths of   90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki, half dying the day the bombs fell.

The Hiroshima prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes. During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness.

In a US estimate of the total immediate and short term cause of death, 15–20% died from radiation sickness, 20–30% from burns, and 50–60% from other injuries, compounded by illness. In both cities, most of the dead were civilians, although Hiroshima had a sizable garrison.

The horror of those two bombings and the aftermath, the injuries created have resulted in an effort and reluctance on the part of nuclear-armed powers to avoid any nuclear attacks since that date.

Within a few days of those bombings, Japan surrendered unconditionally, officially ending World War II.

The decision to use the bombs by the United States has long been debated. A dialogue on what the bombs did, why the decision was made was collected in 1995, the fiftieth year since the bombings. It is available at http://www.exploratorium.edu/nagasaki/commentary/decision.html

 

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County Executive announces 10.5% salary increase in 6 year Settlement with Nurses Association. No Retro Raises 1st 2 years; then 2.5%, 2.5%,3% and 2.5%

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications.(Edited) August 2, 2018:

Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced Thursday that the County has reached a deal with the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) on a six year contract beginning on January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2021 that includes 0% retroactive increases for the former years the union was without a contract,  2016 and 2017.

The union will receive 2.5% raises this year 2018 and 2019; 3% in 2020 and 2.5% in 2021.

The other main tenets of the deal are nearly a continuation of the existing contract between NYSNA and Westchester County.

Latimer said: “Westchester residents rely on nurses when they need them most. I am proud that we reached this deal which will allow these hardworking folks to do the important job they are tasked with while also keeping in mind the cost to the taxpayer.”

NYSNA represents 43 nurses in Westchester which will be covered under this new deal.

Westchester County Public Health Nurse and NYSNA member Rosemarie Camia said: “On behalf of the nurses who work tirelessly for the people of Westchester County, we commend County Executive George Latimer for working with NYSNA in reaching this fair contract. This contract affects dozens of nurses who work in public health, social services, our community college and inside the county jail in Valhalla, and gives them a fair wage and stability for years to come. Once again, it shows the benefits when elected officials and unions partner to make decisions that benefit the people of New York and the middle class.”

The agreement will be sent to the Board of Legislators for their review and subsequent approval.

 

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WESTCHESTER POWER EXPECTS NEW RESIDENTIAL GREEN SUPPLY RATE TO STAY BELOW 8.3 CENTS, THE AVERAGE CON ED RATE OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS

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WPCNR THE POWER STORY. By John F. Bailey. August 2, 2018:

Westchester Power/Sustainable Westchester in a month will go out for bids from energy suppliers to set new 2019 Green Supply rates and Standard Supply Rates for its 85,000 customers in the 17 municipalities in Consolidated Edison’s utility territory, including White Plains.

Overall, there are approximately 100,000 customers who are part of the 21-municipality Westchester Power Community Choice Aggregation, with the remaining participants in New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) utility territory.

A spokesperson for Westchester Power, Jasmine Graham, Outreach & Compliance Coordinator, estimated its new Green and Standard rates for residential customers would stay below Consolidated Edison’s average residential rate over the last 12 months, about 8.3 cents per kWh.

For small commercial accounts, Graham said she expected the Green and Standard Rates would both come to about 9 cents per kwh.

Currently under the 2016-2018 contract, commercial users on the Westchester Power Green Supply pay 9.97 cents and Standard Supply, pay 9.93 cents per KWH.

Graham estimated to WPCNR that the 85,000 persons in Con Ed territory have saved on average about $150 to $200 with the Westchester Power rates in the 25 months of the program, about $6 per month.

The 85,000 Con Ed customers in the 21-community Westchester Power Community Choice Aggregation (White Plains being one) that have enjoyed the stability of Westchester Power energy rates will receive notice of the new rates Westchester Power selects after a supplier is chosen through a bidding process among energy suppliers.

Constellation NewEnergy, the current supplier to Westchester Power will be among the bidders, Ms. Graham said.

Prior to sending out requests for bids, Graham said, Westchester Power weights the average monthly Con Edison per kWh rate by the usage over the months of the year to determine the price target for energy suppliers to bid on their cost to supply that amount of electricity beginning in 2019.

Graham told WPCNR she expected the bids from suppliers to be in by end of September, and the company would have new rates set by October 1.

At which time, Westchester Power will present the new rates to the members of the Westchester Power Community Choice Aggregation (including White Plains).

This year, Graham said Ardsley, Sleepy Hollow and Pound Ridge are positioned to join the coalition.

Consumers will receive a letter in November notifying them of the new Program rates because the next Con Edison contract begins January 2019.

The effort to organize, and assemble Community Choice Aggregation savings to upstate communities is being taken up by three other organizations similar in organization to Westchester Power/Sustainable Westchester.

Virginia Steinberg, in a statement below, described the three organizations taking the concept of aggregated buying power to the three area of upper New York:

Joule Assets, MEGA and Good Energy are private companies who are offering administrative services to municipalities that wish to create CCAs (Community Choice Aggregations). They help local groups to organize to achieve PSC approvals to participate, organize the bidding process for supply, and oversee the performance of the supplier.

You can think of SW (Sustainable Westchester) as performing these roles, and the role of the local community group.

In other localities where there is less density, these administrators may aggregate over several counties and collaborate with different local partners in each case.

These firms are also working to provide opportunities for these localities to promote local energy and energy efficiency as we at Sustainable Westchester are doing with our programs.

Westchester Power Members

There are 45 municipalities in Westchester County.

21 participating municipalities in the Westchester Power Program CCA.

Towns highlighted in green or brown below are part of the WP (Westchester Power) CCA.(Community Choice Aggregation):

Bedford–ConEd and NYSEG
Croton-on-Hudson

Greenburgh
Hastings-on-Hudson
Irvington-on-Hudson
Larchmont
Lewisboro–NYSEG
Mamaroneck Village
Mamaroneck Town
Mount Kisco
New Castle
**Green–munis opting for 100% renewable

**Brown–munis opting for basic fossil fuel mix

New Rochelle
North Salem–NYSEG
Ossining Village
Ossining Town
Pelham Village
Pleasantville
Rye Brook
Somers–NYSEG
Tarrytown
White Plains
Approved to join coalition, and opting for Green supply:

Ardsley

Sleepy Hollow

Pound Ridge–NYSEG

 

 

 

 

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SATURDAY NIGHT at 7: WESTCHESTER POWER ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD AT 7 ON VERIZON FIOS CH 45 AND ALTICE CH 76 IN WHITE PLAINS

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Saad Siddiqui, Former Candidate for Common Council Named Fair Housing Director of Human Rights Commission by County Executive Latimer

 

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. August 2, 2018:

Westchester County Executive George Latimer has named White Plains resident Saad Siddiqui, Esq., as Fair Housing Director of the County’s Human Rights Commission.

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Mr. Siddiqui (to the right in the above photograph at the White Plains TV Studios) was a candidate for Common Council in White Plains challenging the Democratic City Committee-nominated slate with Alan Goldman (center)and Michael Kraver (left) in September 2017, unsuccessfully. He then ran in the November Common Council election of 2017 on the Working  Families Party line, gaining 12% of the votes cast, with Democratic nominees Justin Brash, John Kirkpatrick and John Martin winning election to the Common Council.

Westchester County Fair Housing Law outlaws discrimination of any kind during a prospective home seeker’s search for housing. Discrimination includes actions from advertisers, appraisers, bankers, real estate offices, brokers and home inspectors – who are all required to give equal treatment to all residents interested in renting or buying housing in Westchester.

Latimer said: “Saad brings a wealth of knowledge and legal experience, both in government and private practice, to this important position. In Westchester, we don’t tolerate discrimination of any kind – especially during the already difficult process of finding housing. I was proud to help craft the Westchester County Human Rights Legislation during my time on the Board of Legislators and was proud to see the Board continue this work with its adoption of Fair Housing Laws in 2008. I firmly believe Saad is the right person to implement these laws in 2018.”

Siddiqui is a Partner and co-founder of the law firm of Ferrante & Siddiqui, LLP and maintains a diversified law practice with an emphasis on criminal and immigration law.

Siddiqui said: “As an immigrant and minority myself, I personally recognize the need to confront discrimination and protect the rights of all people. For these reasons, I have devoted my personal and professional life to defend the rights of others and provide a voice for the underprivileged and underrepresented. As an attorney I have represented hundreds of indigent defendants charged with felonies from arraignment to disposition. Because many of my clients, past and present, have been victims of discrimination and profiling, I have strived not only to reach a fair and appropriate outcome to resolve their cases but also to ensure that they would never be victims of discrimination and profiling again.  I look forward to bringing my experiences to this new role and serve the people of Westchester.”

Human Rights Commission Chair Rev. Doris K. Dalton said: “I am delighted to have Mr. Siddiqui join the Human Rights Commission as the Fair Housing Director. John Baker, the chair of the Fair Housing Board, the board members of the Commission and I will work with Mr. Siddiqui to ensure Westchester is a welcoming place for all its residents to call home.”

Human Rights Commission Acting Executive Director Jerrice Epps said: “Westchester County is committed to ensuring every resident or prospective resident is given a fair opportunity when it comes to housing – and at the Westchester County Human Rights Commission we take that mission very seriously. Saad, with his years of expertise when it comes to advancing the rights of those who have been discriminated against, will be a valuable asset to the people of Westchester and I look forward to working with him to advance our shared ideals.”

Prior to entering private practice, Siddiqui was Associate Counsel in the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County.  Additionally, Siddiqui serves on the Board of Directors of the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Criminal Justice Institute of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, and the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester County, an alternative to incarceration.

The Commission can be contacted for more information or to file a complaint by phone at (914) 995-7710 or in-person at 112 E. Post Rd., 3rd Fl., White Plains, NY.

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