New City Court Judge Elizabeth Shollenberger Caseload Reassigned. Will Not Get New Cases Until She is Able to Return to the Bench. No Return Date Set.

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WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. By John F. Bailey. June 3, 2017:

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City Court Judge Elizabeth Shollenberger

The Chief of Administrative Judge of the Courts for New York State, has reassigned all cases previously assigned to new White Plains City Court Judge in an Administrative Order issued May 2. The order appears below:

“Pursuant to the authority vested in me, effective immediately, I hereby direct that 1) all judicial matters currently pending before the Hon. Elizabeth Shollenberger, City Court Judge of the City of White Plains, shall be reassigned to such other judge or judges as the Hon. Michael V. Coccoma, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts Outside the City of New York, or his designee shall direct; and (2) no additional judicial matters shall be assigned to Judge Shollenberger until further order of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge.”

Leonard K. Marks

Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts

Lucien Chalfen, spokesperson for Chief  Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, Janet DiFiore, confirmed Ms. Shollenberger’s removal from the cases to WPCNR Thursday, telling WPCNR, Ms. Shollenberger has been told to remain at home until she is able to return to her duties. Chalfen said she has not been removed from the court and is still a judge on the City Court. He said no date has been set for her return. It is WPCNR’s information that the reason for the order concerns a personal health issue.

Shollenberger was appointed Judge to fill the vacancy left by the Barbara Leek retirement by the White Plains Common Council in December. A long time Chair of the White Plains City Democratic Committee and Treasurer for Mayor Thomas Roach’s Campaign, Shollenberger joined the court in January.

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GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO FORMS UNITED STATES CLIMATE ALLIANCE WITH CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON STATE

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Dear Friend,

Yesterday, the White House announced the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Accord, a global agreement between more than 190 countries meant to protect our climate.

Climate change is real and won’t be wished away by denial. This pollution is a plague on our planet and a threat to our children’s future.

Regardless of Washington’s action, New York remains committed to meeting the standards of the Paris Accord.

That’s why, along with California and Washington State, I have announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will act as a forum to sustain and strengthen existing climate programs and implement new programs to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors of the economy.

If Washington won’t act, New Yorkers must. Add your name now if you’re ready to fight and protect our climate >>
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I have announced a $1.65 billion investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency - the largest ever procurement of renewable energy – and a measure that combined with our earlier efforts will create 40,000 jobs by 2020.

This commitment builds on the investments we have already begun to make, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, and generating 50% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and investing in offshore wind projects to power 1.25 million homes – the largest commitment in U.S. history.

As the federal government abdicates its responsibility — at the expense of our environment and economy — I refuse to abandon New York’s climate goals.

We will continue to step up and advance a clean energy future. Can I count on you to pledge support for the U.S. Climate Alliance and the fight to protect our climate? Sign the petition now.

 

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE JUNE 2 SHOW ON THE INTERNET

(Editor’s Note: if you had troubles receiving clear crisp reception of White Plains Week–light floating bars floated ghostlike across the screen, during its cablecast Friday evening on Altice-Cablevision Channel 76 in White Plains, you can see this must-see program on the internet on YouTube, www.whiteplainsweek.com  and www.wpcommunitymedia.org. The “ghost bars” continue to affect Altice-Cablevision cablecasts today.

THE WHITE PLAINS NEWS NO OTHER MEDIA TELLS YOU

WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE JUNE 2 SHOW

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THE CITY BUDGET PASSES, 5-2

THE WHITE PLAINS DEVELOPMENT PLAN: WHY THE MAYOR THINKS IT WILL WORK — THE STRATEGY

THE STRENGTH OF THE BUDGET.

THE CITY RAISES PAY OF COMMISSIONERS AS WELL AS THE UNIONS

THE SHOLLENBERGER SHOCKER

THE SALES TAX TAKE DECLINES FROM 4 YEARS AGO

PLUS ANOTHER EDITION OF TRUMP THE PRESIDENT– PETER KATZ’S WEEKLY REPORT ON THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK FOR JUNE 2 has been posted TO THE NET:
The YouTube Link is
 
 
THE WHITEPLAINSWEEK.COM LINK IS
 
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SATURDAY AT 7 D.D. DOLAN TALKS THE WHITE PLAINS OUTDOOR ART FESTIVAL THIS WEEK– SAT NIGHT AT 7 COUNTYWIDE VERIZON FIOS CH. 45. ALTICE CABLEVISION CH 76

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 D.D. DOLAN, (CENTER) PRESIDENT OF THE WHITE PLAINS OUTDOOR ARTS FESTIVAL PREVIEWS THE 2017 OUTDOOR FESTIVAL JUNE 3-4 ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD, with JIM BENEROFE (RIGHT) AND JOHN BAILEY. WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE AND FORMER OUTDOOR ARTS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER, DAVID WOEHR OF THE CLAY ARTS CENTER IN RYE JOINS HER (ON LEFT) MS. DOLAN WILL TALK ABOUT THE WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS GIVEN AWAY EVERY YEAR BY THE ARTS FESTIVAL,  AND THE NEED FOR FUNDING THEM EVERY YEAR. 

 SEE IT AT 7 SATURDAY NIGHT ON

WHITE PLAINS TV  ON VERIZON FIOS CH. 45 AND

ALTICE CABLEVISION CH. 76

WP Outdoor Arts with Dolan & Woehr has been posted on the internet.  The YouTube link is

link to whiteplainsweek.com
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White Plains Sales Tax $$ Down 1/2% in first 4 months of 2017…On Route to Lowest Sales Tax Collections in 4 years.

Big May and Big June Needed to Meet, Beat Last Year’s Sales Tax Numbers…Currently $800,000 Behind

WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. By John F. Bailey, based on data from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the City of White Plains Budget. May 31, 2017:

The April Sales Tax Revenues for White Plains continue soft down $375,129 from the same month a year ago ($3,521,122 in April 2017 compared to $3,896,251 in April, 2016.

April is the fourth straight month of slight declines in White Plains sales tax collections year to year. In the first four months of 2017 the City collected $15,748,892 in sales tax. In the first four months of 2016, it received $16,568,444. The $15,748,892 figure this April represents a decline of $819,592 or .049% (1/2%).

Westchester County in contrast is 1/2% ahead in its Sales Tax Collections.

According to the Department of Taxation and Finance monthly sales tax report, through April, the 10th month of the city fiscal year ending in June the city has received $41,311,596 in sales taxes compared to $49,436 in 2015-16., a decline of .07%.

If the city collects the same sales tax revenues in May and June, the last two months of the fiscal year, ($8,124,636) the city will collect $49,436,232 in sales tax revenues to conclude the 2016-2017 fiscal year. That $49,436,232 is down from the $51,856,187 the city collected in 2013-14 (an all-time high).

Over the last 5 years, the city sales tax handle has eroded, not keeping pace with inflation:

2011-2012:   $50,972,671

2012-2013:   $49,913,997

2013-2014:   $51,856,187 (All-time High)

2014-2015:   $50,972,589

2015-2016:   $49,791,542

2016-2017:   $41,311,596 (10 Months),

                       $49,436,232 (Projected if May June Sales Tax Collections meet last year’s totals. 

 

Westchester County Sales Tax Collections for the first four months of 2017 are up $906,805 through April 2017, $163,231,109 to $162,324,304, a pace of ½ percent UP over last year.  This, despite being lower in the month of April Collections over last year by ½% (.04)

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June in White Plains

News from the City of White Plains                           JUNE 2017

 

JUNE EVENTS
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Sun – 4th
Wed – 7th
Sat – 10th
Thurs -15th
Sat – 17th
Sat – 17th
Sun – 18th
Wed – 21st
Thurs – 22nd
Fri – 30th
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Women Hold 2/3 of Current Student Debt Loans: American Association of University Women Reports.


Women Hold Majority of College Degrees and Debt — and Take Longer to Pay It Off

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. Special to WPCNR from the American Association of University Women. May 30, 2017:

(WPCNR’S John Bailey has often pointed out that student debt is one of the main reasons why the real estate market is not recovering as swiftly as expected, so it was with interest that Mr. Bailey received this report from the AAUW over the weekend which shows a little known fact about student loans, two thirds of all student debt is held by women.)

 A new American Association of University Women (AAUW) report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, estimates that women hold almost two-thirds ($833 billion) of the country’s $1.3-trillion student debt while men hold $477 billion. The research shows that those with the scarcest resources bear the brunt of student debt in the United States.

“It’s encouraging that women are enrolling in college more than ever before, but at the same time they are taking on larger amounts of debt to pay for their dreams,” said Kevin Miller, Ph.D., the senior researcher for AAUW. “Because of factors like the gender pay gap, debt that could be manageable ends up becoming unmanageable, particularly for women.”

More than half of graduating U.S. college students have financed some or all of their education with student loans.

Women now earn 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees from U.S. colleges and universities, and AAUW estimates that women take on average two years longer to pay off their student debt than men do.

Black women take on more student debt than do members of any other group and ultimately struggle the most to pay it off.

“Women face a catch-22: go to college and take on student loan debt but get a higher paying job or, alternatively, forgo college and avoid the debt, but be locked out of higher-wage careers. We need to do better,” said Miller.

Following graduation, women repay their loans more slowly than do men, in part because of the gender pay gap.

Women with college degrees working full time make 26 percent less than their male peers, which leaves women with less income on average to devote to debt repayment.

And thanks to student debt, women are more likely than men to experience financial difficulties:

Thirty-four percent of all women, 42 percent of Hispanic women, and 57 percent of black women who were repaying student loans said they had been unable to meet essential expenses within the past year.

“This isn’t just a student problem, it’s a gender inequity problem and it impacts us all,” said Anne Hedgepeth, senior government relations manager at AAUW. “As a nation, we rely on women to add to and strengthen our economy. That can’t happen under mountains of student debt.”

AAUW advocates safeguarding and expanding Pell Grants for low-income students as well as providing nontraditional students with the resources they need, such as on-campus child care, to successfully complete college degrees. Solutions to the student debt problem should also include supporting income-driven repayment approaches that reflect borrowers’ realities.

And our support for students should address the additional costs students face beyond tuition: books, supplies, and housing, to name a few. Congress can take leaps toward closing the gender pay gap and bolstering women’s economic security by passing legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Pay Equity for All Act.

“The status quo is untenable for women with student debt,” said Hedgepeth.

“Imagine if there are cuts to Pell or to other financial aid programs. Women’s $833-billion problem could become even worse. The solutions are diverse, and they tackle the challenges students face before and after attending college.

It’s time for policy makers, institutions of higher education, and us as a nation to commit to fixing this problem for women and for all student borrowers.”

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Chappaqua High School Speech and Drama Teacher Given Probation for admitting Inappropriate Sexual Conduct and Contact with Minors, Sentenced to 3 Years Probation, Loses NYS Teaching License Must Register as Sex Offender.

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney. May 30, 2017:

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Christopher Schraufnagel (DOB 08/11/74), who is currently living in the State of New Jersey, was sentenced in New Castle Town Court to three years of probation with sex offender conditions after having pled guilty to:

  • two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, class “A” Misdemeanors and
  • one count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a class “B” Misdemeanor.

The three years of probation with sex offender conditions includes work and residency restrictions as well as sex offender treatment. Probation supervision is expected to be transferred to the State of New Jersey.

The defendant was required to surrender his New York State Teaching License.

From May 1, 2011 to June 5, 2015, the defendant, a former speech and drama teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York, engaged in numerous instances of sexual assault, inappropriate sexual conduct and contact with a total of three underage students of the school.

In a previous appearance in New Castle Town Court, the defendant admitted subjecting two of the three victims to sexual contact.

A sex offender  registration hearing is scheduled for July 12, 2017.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Clark-DiRusso and Assistant District Attorney Joyce Miller of the Special Prosecutions Division prosecuted the case.

 

 

 

 

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Mayor Roach Mingles with the Highlands Civic Association.

WPCNR WATCH ON THE HIGHLANDS. Special to WPCNR from a WPCNR Correspondent. May 27, 2017:

An observer of the Highlands Civic Association Meet the Mayor night Wednesday evening sent this observation of Mayor Tom Roach’s remarks:

The Mayor talked about development – new jobs with several new companies (NY Life, Dannon as you know about). I think he said another is coming that he can’t talk about.
While mentioning movies here in WP, he said a big movie with big stars is coming; details coming soon.
On The Boulevard/Grid proposed development (on the former Sholz site at West Post Road and Maple Avenue fork we’ll monitor). He said the owners are looking for tenants.
John – as for Boulevard, I haven’t heard they’re changing the plans and mix of uses. I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if they did change as retail continues its free-fall and developers can’t propose and build apartments fast enough. I wouldn’t mind seeing apartments for the hospital there – keep employees here in WP, reduce commutes, etc.
The Mayor did mention the heavy investments into the Westchester and City Center malls and the coming improvements to the Galleria. Also the benefits of people living downtown; it attracts employers.
Infrastructure – roads need to be maintained, but also many roads are over-designed. Yes, mentioned Station Area Plan. BRT – not so much because I hear it’s substantially reduced in scope.
City also has new construction regs (better vehicle emissions, for example).
Crime is down, incidents up.
Infrastructure keeping pace.
New parks funds will be coming with new projects – more acquisitions needed.
Highlands may organize group and meetings to discuss our two parks – Druss and S. Lex playlot. Mayor said grants are good solution for parks too.
He said the City is looking at the  ”Frozen Ropes” parcel (East Post Road) -characterized as becoming blight, talked to owner, may “act” in some way soon.
The Mayor said Uber  (cabs) are coming – Westchester County to regulate; city will need to address volume at train station and for any new station area.
He touched on only a few downtown projects – Pavilion, ATT building residential renovation, Old WP Mall.
A mention of FASNY brought groans from the audience (most are sick and tired of the whole process).
A question on affordable housing brought discussion about 10% set-aside and Wynbrook re-do project.
There was an issue of a need for Dog-Park – maybe a bigger one coming; need a site though.
As for the Highlands, questions and answers on many items: new street lights (you can request brighter or weaker lights), street paving (Gedney Way this year, we need several more concrete block streets paved here in Highlands).
Big empty, pink apt. building on S. Lex (near Osborne) is maintained and empty. No word from owner on why.
The City is working to improve look of Salvation Army site along Post Road (though outside of Highlands).
Some of the firefighters came and politely waited until most questions were asked. Some back and forth with the Mayor; many Highlands residents weren’t happy about the interruption. The FF’s were asked to stop asking him (The Mayor) more and more questions. We love our firefighters but that they had a whole WPCNA meeting to present their concerns and we needed our Highlands time with the mayor.
That’s about 90 minutes squished into two paragraphs. I think we had 70 or 80 attending. Several city staff in attendance also.
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WHITE PLAINS WEEK TONIGHT AT 7:30 ON PLAYLAND, THE THREE PRIMARY COUNCIL CANDIDATES, SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA BAN AND MORE AT 7:30 AND THE INTERNET.

 

 

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JUST ONE PLAYLAND ROADBLOCK LEFT AND IT’S IN RYE

NEW COUNTY SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA SELLING BAN ITS EFFECT, SYMPTOMS YOUR CHILD IS USING IT.

STATE SENATOR GEORGE LATIMER SAYS COUNTY MUST BE CONSERVATIVE IN ITS BUDGETING.

THE 3 PRIMARY COMMON COUNCIL CANDIDATES’ VIEWS ON PARKING, AND MORE.

PETER KATZ MONITORING OF THE PRESIDENT: “A TRUMP ABROAD-NOT SO INNOCENT”

AND MORE.

AT 7:30 ON VERIZON FIOS CH. 45

ALTICE CABLEVISION CH. 76

AND WORLDWIDE ON THE INTERNET

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK For 5-26 ON  YouTube
 
 
 
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