THE 80TH

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D-Day-Remembrances

WPCNR MILESTONES. June 6, 2024: 

It is 80 years today since allied troops died and lived on Normandy beaches in the largest military operation in history to turn the tide against Nazi Germany, the ultimate evil Third Reich.

It is a day to remember, reflect. Examine ourselves.

Would we have the courage those men and women had?

Do we have their belief in truth, justice and the American Way? Democracy?

I thought in preparing my simple news program, what kind of a visual should I put up to remember those brave who faced massive, withering fire hitting them and killing them instantly on those beaches?

Should it be the sobering pictures of the wounded? The shock of the lineups of  corpses in the sand? An empty soldier’s helmet upside down on the beach? The overhead awe-inspiring photographs of the landing?

I chose this: thousands of crosses to remember we died togetherfighting tyranny and evil because you must always fight tyranny and evil and hate together.

You cannot negotiate with it.

You cannot reason with it.

You cannot ask for mercy.

There is no excuse for malicious, hating, killing evil  then and certainly not today.

You should note this:

The crosses are all the same.

No one had a more decorative grave monument.

There are thousands of these  united crosses in graveyards like the one shown here.

The horror of sacrificed humanity, all the same in death, united in death, whether black, latino, Brit, American, Canadian, Australian, French no matter their nationality, creed, religion.

They were all equal in death comrades in death.

All the same equal in every way.

Fighting the evil force in the world 80 years ago, and fighting for each other.

Next time you hear the speeches of hate and prejudice and superiority, please remember this picture and this day.

Seventy-Seven years ago this morning, thousands of troops stormed the beaches in Normandy, France in the largest invasion in history. The bloody assault against a heavily defended coastline requiring incredible courage and sacrifice (certain deaths) of allied troops, landing craft, paratroops, signaled the beginning of the end of the Third Reich and the
evil regime of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

The beaches of Normandy are quiet today.

The hundreds of rows of white crosses in cemeteries around the little town bear silent eternal testimony and tribute to the sacrifice of those brave men and women who fought, died, and triumphed this day 80 years ago today.

We can in no way, or through any motion picture know what any veteran experienced that day. The veterans who still are with us do not like to talk about their combat experiences.

And they do not.

One veteran of D-Day, asked what he thought of Saving Private Ryan, the movie of a few years ago depicting the landing and the realism of it, said the real D-Day was worse. However, veterans we have interviewed remark that they think of their combat experience every day.

It is always with them.

It should always be with us, too.

The great battle was at its height this morning.

Horror. Hell. Suffering beyond imagination.

It is inconceivable to me that I could ever be able to do what these men and women did. I would like to hope I could have.

The dead did.

The veterans did.

They had it.

They left ordinary lives as teenagers office workers, factory workers, farmers, accountants, and what have you and were able to go to war and “rise to the occasion,” or as they say today, “step it up to the next level.” The highest level.

They did not just step it up.

They gave it all they had.

Rising to the occasion is hard.

Stepping it up to the next level is hard. Knowing you may give your all in vain is heartbreaking.

Today another struggle is underway the struggle to preserve peace, justice and the American Way: the battle against hate, injustice and doing the right thing.

Today the dead sacrifices should be remembered.

They gave the last full measure.

Are we all in today?

And to give our all in the fight for freedom, justice, truth and the American is much simpler than facing a beach with no cover in a hail of bullets.

All we Americans have to do is one thing.

Vote.

Use it against the evil, injustice, prejudice, hate so embraced by people who value power, greed,and wealth, hold it now and want nothing better to do more of it.

As you enter the two elections we have this year.

Vote with your head.

Vote with your heart.

Vote with your conscience.

Remember what the dead of Normandy yesterday are saying from their crosses in Normandy:

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

 

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LEADING CRITIC OF CONGESTION PRICING ON GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL’S HALTING CONGESTION PRICING INDEFINITELY

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STATEMENT ON CONGESTION PRICING TAX HALT BY KEEP NYC CONGESTION TAX FREE FROM COREY BEARAK, ONE OF THE LEADING CRITICS OF CONGESTION PRICING:

“Governor Kathy Hochul would be one-hundred-percent right to halt the controversial congestion pricing tax fiasco.

She should then kill it and bury it deep in the ground.

This regressive and totally unnecessary tax would be terrible for New York’s struggling economy, and it would increase traffic and air pollution in some of New York’s most vulnerable communities…

This tax is not only unnecessary, it would be a permanent inflationary drag on New York’s economic future. It needs to go, root and branch.”

COREY BARACK OF KEEP NYC CONGESTION TAX FREE

ON WPTV’s “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD” IN A PREVIOUS APPEARANCE.

http://keepnycfree.com/media/files/2024-06-05_HALTED.pdf

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JUNE 5–30 DOWNTOWN BUSINESS INTERESTS SEEK $10 MILLION WHITE PLAINS FUNDS FROM STATE TELL CONSULTANT WHAT’S RIGHT, WHAT’S NEEDED, WHAT’S NOT

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CITY SEEKS PROJECTS UNDER $100,000  AND OVER $100,000 FOR “REVITALIZED DOWNTOWN”

WPCNR DOWNTOWN DAILY.  By John F. Bailey. June 5, 2024 UPDATED 11:50 A.M  12:10 EDT:

The City of White Plains launched its search for downtown business owners and persons of interest with ideas and projects for its Downtown Revitalization Initiative  Tuesday afternoon  in  City Hall

Over 30 persons packed the Common Council Chamber to hear about the $10 Million grant the city Downtown Revitalization Initiative that seeks to find private owners of business and companies to suggest projects under $100,000 and larger projects over $100,000 to be built in the downtown.

You can see his remarks here:

Dr. Kevin Dwarka, Land Use & Economic Consultant of Nelson Pope Voorhis with offices in Suffern and Melville, the City of White Plains Consultant firm in the first public presentation of the program introduced the program to the overflow audience, consisting of mostly business owners in the White Plains Downtown.

He explained his consulting firm was available to aid business owners in formulating their proposals.

In the video above, Dr. Dwarka said exact specifications of the program were expected in July at which time specifics of what business owners or assuming possible developers needed to submit their possible projects would be available.

Dr. Dwarka said the City of White Plains at this time would decide what projects under $100,000 would be chosen to be submitted to the state for approval.

A Local Planning Committee has already been set up by the City to sort out  and choose major projects contenders  and presumably follow a policy for what they wanted to see  in larger projects (after submission) for the larger projects over $100,000.

Dwarka at this stage of the meeting  indicated the city would decide on the smaller (under $100,000) projects. A representative told me the Local Planning Committee would decide on what projects big and small would be selected.

The business owners and presumably urban builders would have to invest 25% of the cost of their plans, and finance the rest of the project with their own money, with the state reimbursing them after the project is completed.

This would indicate for business owners based in the downtown, if their project was say under $100,000 they would have to finance the project in its entirety with 100% reimbursement on completion.

All projects selected for the grants would need approval from the state before beginning.

The next meeting on the plan is Tuesday June 11, 6 to 8 PM at the White Plains Library, 100 Martine Avenue

The second half of the meeting had the business owners and downtown advocates list the “values” White Plains represented. Many of the owners had stayed for many years and advocated for its centrality, location. When it came to improvements, the audiences listed parking and more of it and less expensive was a major problem. Panhandling by beggars on the street was a major problem. Garbage collection from restaurants was another.

Danielle Dreyer, Planning Analyst for the consulting firm, Nelson Pope Voorhis recorded the audiences “values” of White Plains as they were brought up

 

What could be improved about White Plains downtown? Those items were listed, too:

Suggestions made including information kiosks to highlight promotions, sites to visit in the city, attractions such as restaurants; and a large,  well-lit performing arts  space. (The recent Rock the Block promotion was hugely successful, where business owners reported to the Downtown Business Improvement District increased their business 30%.)  Distinctive architectural tweaks to fronts of existing buildings was suggested to make the buildings warmer and not imposing.

To read about the Downtown Revitalization Initiative go to the consulting firm website:

www.white-plainsdri.npvoorhis.com

You can submit your opinions on what the “new” White Plains Downtown needs at that website.

He said exact specifications of the program were expected in July at which time specifics of what business owners or assuming possible developers needed to submit their possible projects would be available.

Dr. Dwarka said the City of White Plains at this time would decide what projects under $100,000 would be chosen to be submitted to the state for approval.

A Local Planning Committee has already been set up by the City to sort out  and choose major projects contenders  and presumably follow a policy for what they wanted to see  in larger projects (after submission) for the larger projects over $100,000.

Dwarka at this stage  indicated the city would decide on the smaller (under $100,000) projects. A representative told me the Local Planning Committee would decide on what projects big and small would be selected.

The business owners and presumably urban builders would have to invest 25% of the cost of their plans, and finance the rest of the project with their own money, with the state reimbursing them after the project is completed.

This would indicate for business owners based in the downtown, if their project was say under $100,000 they would have to finance the project in its entirety with 100% reimbursement on completion.

All projects selected for the grants would need approval from the state.

The next meeting on the plan is Tuesday June 11, 6 to 8 PM at the White Plains Library, 100 Martine Avenue

The second half of the meeting had the business owners and downtown advocates list the “values” White Plains represented. Many of the owners had stayed for many years and advocated for its centrality, location. When it came to improvements, the audiences listed parking and more of it and less expensive was a major problem. Panhandling by beggars on the street was a major problem. Garbage collection from restaurants was another.

Suggestions made including information kiosks to highlight promotions, sites to visit in the city, attractions such as restaurants; and a large,  well-lit performing arts  space.  A new downtown  hotel was suggested. (The recent Rock the Block promotion was hugely successful, where business owners reported to the Downtown Business Improvement District increased their business 30%.)  Distinctive architectural tweaks to fronts of existing buildings was suggested to make the buildings warmer and not imposing.

To read about the Downtown Revitalization Initiative go to the consulting firm website:

www.white-plainsdri.npvoorhis.com

You can submit your opinions on what the “new” White Plains Downtown needs at that website.

 

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NEW COVID CASES RISING AT 54 A DAY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY EACH OF LAST THREE WEEKS.

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ON TRACK FOR 8TH CONSECUTIVE WEEK OF INCREASED COVID CASES IN COUNTY

WPCNR CORONA VIRUS REPORT. From NY Covid Tracker. Observation & Analysis By John F. Bailey. June 4, 2024 UPDATED 1:30 PM EDT:

 

May 25 through May 31 was the third consecutive week of sharply increased new cases of covd all 5 days of the work week  Monday through Friday indicating people are catching covid faster after exposure on the weekends.

Through Friday of last week, the Westchester Covid Tracker reported 324 new cases of covid.

From April 28 to May  4, there were  250 cases of covid, up 36% from  April 21 to 27. The next two weeks May 5 to  11, cases declined to 233 but rose to  241 May 12-18; to 340 May 19 to 25; and  324 from May 26 to May 31.

Westchester is on track for its 8th consecutive week of rising covid infections after having had decreasing cases per week for 13 of 14 weeks. If we have 33 new covid cases reported for last Saturday we will hit 357 cases more than last week,340.

The average number of new covid cases Monday through Fridays  the third week of May  averaged 54 CASES A DAY

The fourth week of May, the new covid postives Monday-Fridays averaged 56  cases a day.

In the last week of May last week averaged  58 cases a day Monday through Friday.

The total for May with two days to go 1,388 new cases of covid.

The takeaway here is people are spreading the disease faster than last year when the entire month of May totaled  814 infections which resulted in  826 infections in June that after July 4 resulted in 10,298 new cases in June.

The 1,388 covid infections in May indicate that the lack of a completely vaccinated population  in Westchester is contributing to people catching a disease and spreading it much faster than last year.

The spread of the disease of one infected person spreading it to another person varies. 241 infections  from May 12 to 18 spread the disease in the County divided into 340 infections May 19 to 25, indicates 1 infected person spread the disease to 4 other persons..

The 340 infections through  May 31 have spread it to  324 so the spread rate is about 1 person infecting 1 person. However the spreading Monday through Friday increase for  three consecutive weeks may mean  infections in June could remain steady at over 300 a week or more.

If the infection rate continues at a 1 person spreading the disease to 4 others rate, June could see 1,360  to 5,900 infections in June.

Those not up to date on vaccinations are most at risk for continuing this disturbing trend of fast spreading the disease Monday through Friday at  54 new infections per day.

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In February, the City of White Plains was awarded a $10 million dollar downtown revitalization initiative “DRI” grant. Now, local downtown businesses, property owners, and members of the public are invited to learn more about the grant and funding opportunities to benefit downtown.

For Businesses: Tomorrow at 3 p.m. (Tuesday June 4th), the City is hosting an informational session for local downtown businesses at City Hall (see flyer). All downtown businesses are encouraged to attend (please help us spread the word by telling your neighboring businesses as well). Local downtown businesses are also encouraged to fill out the following business survey, which will help refine DRI funding objectives.

For the Public: Your feedback on downtown White Plains is requested and appreciated as part of this process. Several public forums have been scheduled (6/10, 6/11, 6/12) this month to solicit stakeholder feedback on the current state of Downtown White Plains and what DRI priorities should be. Please see flyer for more details. (Use the flyer I’m about to send you)

Dine, Play, Perform: Unleash the Fun at Our Restaurants!

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JUNE 3– THE BOWMAN REPORT

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Dear neighbor,
I hope you had a great May and are
Imageenjoying the warmer weather as summer begins. My team and I have continued assisting our neighbors, advocating for the district in Congress, and spending time in our community.
This month I was proud to celebrate the $1.6 million in community project funding I secured for the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester and their YouthHeal Initiative. The funding will be used to pilot a mental
 health and educational support program for 150 at-risk 18 to 24-year-olds in Mount Vernon. They will provide behavioral health support, vocational and educational support, and training on trauma-informed behavioral healthcare. I am so proud of the work the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester carries out and am grateful I can support their essential work on the federal level.

I additionally had the opportunity to visit Safe Place 4 Our Girls, a project created through the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau with $999,000 in federal funding I brought in last year. The program provides support and development activities for girls between the ages of 10 and 21 to promote healthy social, mental, academic, and physical well-being. It was an honor to meet so many of the young women who have benefitted from the program so far, and I’m excited to see it continue to expand and serve as a positive force in Mount Vernon.

As we look ahead to the next year, I announced $36.6 million in funding requests for community projects across the district. This included safety improvements for Mamaroneck and Tarrytown, environmental infrastructure for Yonkers and Hastings-on-Hudson, and affordable housing improvements in New Rochelle along with 10 other projects. You can read more about each request here .

ImageI was also grateful to be able to speak with so many of you this month as I was out in our community. I joined a memorial in Mamaroneck to commemorate the lives of members of our community who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Americans continue to be infected and others live with the lingering effects of Long COVID, we must strengthen our healthcare system, fight for Medicare for All,  and research the effects of COVID to save lives.
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Mamaroneck’s First Baptist Church celebrated their 100th anniversary, and I had the honor of presenting them with a Congressional proclamation to honor the occasion. Serving as a source of community, charity, and spirituality for community members for a century is a monumental achievement, and I’m honored to have celebrated with them.

Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity to be out in the community to honor the courageous people who sacrificed their lives for our country. We must continue to grieve with the loved ones they left behind and hold the memories of our departed service members close in our hearts. I hope we can commit to honoring our departed service members by prioritizing peace and diplomacy to stop the cycle of never-ending wars.

On June 13, my team will host a workshop on federal grants that are available for Houses of Worship and faith-based organizations. The meeting is intended to provide information about the grants process, what grants are available, and information on applying. The workshop will take place at 10 am on June 13 at Calvary Baptist Church, 32 W Post Rd., White Plains. Please RSVP by emailing Quantel.Bazemore@mail.house.gov and we hope to see you there!

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Some of the work I am proudest of is being able to provide direct assistance to members of our community who are facing unique challenges and need help in dealing with federal agencies. Our team went out into the community and set up mobile constituent services in the Bronx this month. Helping our neighbors with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services inquiries, passport issues, post office delays, and concerns with the IRS is a crucial part of my office’s work, and making this assistance accessible to all continues to be a priority for myself and my team. My team and I will continue mobile constituent services , and we may be visiting your neighborhood soon! If you need assistance with a federal agency, you can find us at an upcoming mobile constituent services event, email bowman.casework@mail.house.gov , or call our office at the numbers below.
Stay tuned for future updates from my team and me on the work we’re doing for our community!
Peace and love,
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BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE! FROM JUST OFF-BROADWAY FAME TO ON THE TOWN IN WESTCHESTER. SHAKESPEARE’S MEASURE BY MEASURE GETS BRUSHED UP BY ARMONK PLAYERS!

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Presents

Friday, June 7, 2024 at 8pm

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 8pm

Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 4pm

Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 8pm

Friday, June 14, 2024 at 8pm

Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 8pm

The Armonk Players Presents

Desperate Measures

Book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg

Music by David Friedman

Directed by Pia Haas

Music direction by Will Rich

Choreography by Jill Paganelli

With Robert Agis as Sheriff Green, Tom Ammirato as Father Morse, Annie Fitz as Bella Rose, Michelle Foard as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo, Anthony Malchar as Johnny Blood and Steve Taylor as The Governor

Meet the Cast

When the dangerously handsome Johnny Blood’s life is on the line, he must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters including a mysterious sheriff, an eccentric priest, a narcissistic governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit. Together, they face uncharted territory as laws are broken and hearts are won.

This witty and wild new musical comedy takes the Bard’s Measure for Measure and shakes things up with a toe tappin’ score by award-winning composer David Friedman. Featuring a feisty book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Peter Kellogg.

Special Announcement!

We are thrilled to announce that the creators of Desperate Measures – David Friedman (Composer) and Peter Kellogg (Lyricist / Librettist) – will be making special guest appearances at our show!

If you’d like to join us for a talkback after the show with these creative talents, please make note of the following dates when you go to buy your tickets:

Saturday, June 8th – Peter Kellogg

Friday, June 14th – David Friedman

David Friedman and Peter Kellogg’s collaboration won the 2017 York Theatre production of Desperate Measures the following awards:

🌟OUTSTANDING MUSICAL (Drama Desk Award)

🌟OUTSTANDING LYRICS (Drama Desk Award)

🌟OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL (Outer Critics Circle)

🌟BEST NEW MUSICAL (Off-Broadway Alliance Award)

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JUNE 3–APRIL MEDIAN SALES PRICES FOR SINGLE HOMES UP 32% IN WESTCHESTER, SALES OF SINGLES UP 11.3%

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WPCNR REALTY REALITY. From the Hudson River Gateway Association of Realtors (edited) June 3, 2024:

Last week’s  report by the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR), based on data supplied by OneKey® MLS, also indicates that sales of single-family homes in the Bronx, Putnam and Sullivan counties decreased in April. The largest decline was in Putnam at 32.3%, followed by the Bronx at 31.4% and Sullivan at 22.2%.

 

Westchester County

Sales of condos in April experienced the highest jump at 32.5%, compared to single home sales with an 11.3% gain.

Co-op sales, however, saw a decline of 15.1%.

The median sales price for single-family homes keeps climbing – this time by 16.4% to $870,000. In April 2023, the median was $747,500.

Co-op median sales prices rose by 5.6% to $190,000, while the median for condos declined by 10.3% to $477,500. This time last year, the median stood at $532,500.

New listings for all property types increased, with single-family homes taking the lead at 11.3%, followed by condos at 10.8% and co-ops at 1.7%. Pending sales for all properties are up by 16.5%.

 Inventory fell for all property types with co-ops experiencing a 38.9% drop, followed by single-family homes with a 25.2% decline and condo, at 11.8% less. As of April, there were just 2.4 months of supply availability, which is down 17.2% from last year.

 

New listings of single-family homes rose in the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, and Orange counties, while pending sales for all property types increased in every region except Rockland and Orange counties. Westchester showed the highest amount of new single-family listings at 11.3% over this time last year, while Putnam County had the highest growth in overall pending sales at 17.6%.

 

Condos in Rockland and Orange counties saw double-digit jumps in median sales prices, while median sales prices for condos in the Bronx and Westchester decreased by double-digits. Rockland County’s median priced condo sold for $390,000 – an increase of 12.6%. Conversely, new listings for condos declined in both Rockland and Orange counties, while increasing in the Bronx, Westchester, and Putnam counties.

 

Co-op median sales prices were also on the rise in the Bronx, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange counties. Orange County experienced the highest gain of 95%, with a median price of $195,000, up from just $100,000 in April 2023.

 

However, demand continues to outpace supply. Single-family homes in Westchester County saw the largest drop at 25.2%. “While inventory remains low across our region, signs are pointing to a more vibrant spring and summer market with both new listings and pending sales growing,” said Lynda Fernandez, HGAR CEO. “The fact that property sales continue to rise is also a good indicator of the consistent demand for housing in our region.”

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75 GUNS TURNED IN AT NEW ROCHELLE GUN BUYBACK

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75 FIREARMS COLLECTED AT NEW ROCHELLE COMMUNITY GUN BUYBACK

District Attorney and Police Commissioner kicked off National Gun Violence Awareness Month with community advocates at amnesty buyback event where shotguns, rifles were surrendered

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah and New Rochelle Police Department Commissioner Robert Gazzola announced that 75 firearms were collected today at a community gun buyback held at Shiloh Baptist Church in New Rochelle.

 

A total of $13,750 in gift cards were exchanged, with no questions asked, for surrendered shotguns, handguns and rifles from the public. 

Joined by Shiloh Baptist Church Rev. Dr. H. Lee Jordan, Jr., Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America volunteers and New Rochelle community advocates, DA Rocah and Commissioner Gazzola commemorated the start of National Gun Violence Awareness Month in support of fighting gun violence with proactive community-based efforts like gun buybacks, education on safe gun storage practices and enforcing New York’s enhanced gun safety laws. 

DA Rocah said: “I am proud to kick off National Gun Violence Awareness Month by getting 75 firearms off our streets and out of potentially the wrong hands. I thank the New Rochelle Police Department and Shiloh Baptist Church for being valuable partners in today’s successful buyback event, and to our community advocates who work with us in our efforts year-round to reduce gun-involved incidents, including suicides.” 

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