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TONIGHT 7:30 PM COUNTYWIDE ON FIOS CH. 45

IN WHITE PLAINS ON ALTICE CH. 76

John (Bailey) Peter (Katz) and Jim (Benerofe)

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JIM BENEROFE IN THE ORIENT

MARTIN GINSBERG’S NEW CITY SQUARE PROJECT GATEWAY TO WP

THE HARRISON EXPLOSION OF DEVELOPMENT ON WESTCHESTER AVE

CONSTRUCTION STARTS AROUND TOWN

SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS POLICY PRIORITIES AS SHE TAKES OVER AS MAJORITY LEADER IN THE STATE SENATE

GOVERNOR  CUOMO REPORTS ON HIS MEETING WITH PRESIDENT 

GEORGE LATIMER BUDGET MESSAGE TO THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION.

AND MORE

 

 

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No Puff of Smoke from Michaelian Building on Playland-Standard Amusements Standoff. No Black Smoke either. They will meet again don’t know where or when.

PLAYLAND: In Management limbo for 4 years. No reported progress. Photos WPCNR Exclusive  Archive

WPCNR PLAYLAND-GO-ROUND. Special to WPCNR. November 30, 2018:

WPCNR contacted the Westchester County Department of Communications today to ask about  the County Executive George Latimer’s long-awaited meeting with “principals” of Standard Amusements this morning.

Catherine Cioffi Director of Communications told WPCNR there would be “No statement.  It was a productive meeting and we are going to meet with them again in the near future.  Will let you know when there is more to say.”

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County Executive Signs Wage Theft Bill Into Law

 

 

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER From the Westchester County Department of Communications. November 29, 2018:

Thursday afternoon, County Executive George Latimer signed the Home Improvement Licensing Law Amendments, also known as the “Anti-Wage Theft Bill.”

This new law requires the County to consider judgements against contractors for non-payment or under-payment of employees when examining new license applications and license renewals.  Contractor applicants also will be required to disclose any business-related judgements against them – particularly those involving non-payment or underpayment.

Latimer said: “This is a win-win for Westchester County taxpayers. It both results in increased revenues for County while it is welcomed by both consumers and professional contractors because it helps ensure consumers are doing business with reputable companies and helps those in the contracting business already because it weeds out the ‘fly by night’ bad actors who do business in Westchester and undercut legitimate businesses who play by the rules.”

The bill, authored by Legislators Nancy Barr and Chris Johnson, passed the Board of Legislators unanimously.

Barr said: “As a freshman legislator, it is so exciting to see how local government and communities can work together to really do things that improve people’s lives. It really does happen and this law is a perfect example. The issue of wage-theft has been a problem for a long time and the community has stepped in to help those who have fallen victim – and now all of that hard work has led to passage of a law at the County level that will move things in the right direction.”

Johnson said: “Legislator Barr and I came together to introduce, and now pass, this law because we knew there were people who weren’t getting their fair share, people were going to work every morning and coming home short changed. We also spoke to contractors and business people who employ those individuals and they said ‘we want a fair playing field because when we charge consumers we have to include the price of labor and we are getting undercut.’ So this legislation made sense from all perspectives.”

Director of Consumer Protection, the department charged with enforcing this new law, Jim Maisano said: “We are the Consumer Protection Department, our job is to protect all consumers – and this law is going to help us do a better job. A bad actor who doesn’t pay their employees is not someone who you want showing up at someone’s house to do any project because they are going to rip off the consumer. I can assure you that we are going to aggressively pursue wage theft violations in Westchester County.”

Don Bosco Community Center Executive Director Dr. Ann Heekin said: “Each time a stolen wage is lost, it is a family that will go without adequate food, without paying their rent or a child without a winter coat that they need. This gets very real and very human. Each case they we work on at Don Bosco has a name, not just a number, and that is why we do the work we do. But the truth is, our best work comes when we work with people like our County Executive and County Legislators, who have the power to put into law what we are trying to advocate for. All Westchester residents should be proud that this has passed.”

The law takes effect on January 1, 2019.

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Put Pete in the Hall, NOW, Mr. Commissioner!

Pete Rose leading off, Wrigley Field, Chicago, 1975. Let’s play 2. Photo: WPCNR 

WPCNR VIEW FROM THE UPPER DECK. By “Bull” Allen. November 29, 2018:

He was the greatest all-around ball player I ever saw: Charlie Hustle.

Pete Rose Number 14 of the Cincinnati  Reds and Philadelphia Phillies. He created World Champions everywhere he played (he is often given credit for supplying the winning attitude on the field in the 1980 and 1983 Philadelphia Phillies World Series teams and managed the Cincinnati Reds to three 2nd place finishes in 1985,1986, and 1987, too.

He got his great nickname, “Charlie Hustle” when Whitey Ford of the Yankees and Mickey Mantle in the dugout during spring training who were watching Pete as a rookie run to first base after a walk.

Whitey wisecracked to the Mick, pointing to Rose “Charlie Hustle!”

The moniker stuck. And it was true.

Rose was competiveness in person. His running to first base on a walk intimidated a pitcher. It intimidated the catcher, and he’d make a quick turn as if to go to second.

He always attempted to take an extra base, though he was not a fast player. And when he slid, he slid headfirst especially in third base. What a play! He’d go airborne halfway between 2nd and 3rd and like Superman fly 3 feet off the infield dirt right at the third baseman. He was a throwback to Ty Cobb, but better. He got clutch hits. He started rallies and he could field every position on the diamond.

He never got hurt. Though his rough play earned him forever hatred in New York because of his fight with Bud Harrelson, the Met shortstop back in the 70s. He also bowled over Ray Fosse the Cleveland all-star catcher in an All-Star game, virtually ending Fosse’s career. Pete played hard and to win all the  time.

He also had the most hits of any player who ever lived: 4,256. He hit .303 lifetime in 14,053 At Bats.  Ty Cobb had 4, 191 in 11,429 AB’s and hit .367.

Pete Rose played hard all the time.

He was baseball when he played. Fans came out to see him.

He was a motivater, supplying the winning spirit in  the Philadelphia Philles  helping them to two World Series in 1980 and 1983 after 30 years of Phillie futility.

Pete inspired others to be better. He was a leader.

Yet, because he admitted to betting on his team to win games. Baseball sanctimoniously banned the greatest player of the last 55 years with the most hits of any player of all time from the Hall of Fame.

I am smoking furiously on a White Owl and blasting the typewriter keys in the press box. And I’m drinking black coffee. Rob Manfred, the new Commissioner of Baseball has signed a deal to allow betting on baseball on MGM betting platforms.

Is baseball really serious about sharing official stats data and allowing MGM to include bets on baseball games in their gambling platforms? They’ve already signed the contract.

Come on!

If there is one game easy to fix it’s baseball.

The Pale Hose of 1919, the infamous Black Sox, 8 of whom took $100,000 from gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series.   Unusual wildness by White Sox ace Ed Cicotte gave Cincinnati the first game. Lefty Williams, a control artist walked the bases loaded in the 4th of the second game and gave up a triple, Cincy hung on for a 4-2 win and a 2-0 lead.

After a White Sox win, Ed Cicotte committed two fielding errors in game four giving the Reds 2 runs and a 2-0 win. They lost the next game, then won the next two then lost the 8th game, (when Lefty Williams in on the fix, coughed up 4 runs in the first) eventually losing 10-5 and the series 5 games to 3.  Bad fielding led to lapses in several White Sox losses in that series. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned 8 White Sox for life after that series: they were Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte, Lefty Williams, Happy Felsch, Chick Gandil, Swede Risberg, and Fred McMullen. Forever they are known as the Black Sox. Chicago did not contend for a pennant again until 1959.

The 8 players threw the series for money that equaled for salaries for the season.

Now players make a lot more money today. But to ban Pete Rose for merely betting on his own team was making an example.

Now Mr. Manfred has expressed that baseball with its new arrangement with MGM Resorts, would increase attendance. According to the New York Times, baseball attendance was down 4% last season (a season of unusually rainy and cold weather),  to below 70 Million fans, (which is the most attendance of any professional sport other than NASCAR racing I believe).  The Times said it was the fifth year in 6 seasons that baseball attendance had declined.

Manfred and MGM Resorts said baseball will involve fans in during the game  with in-game bets for example. Also would set guidelines for teams and players participating in agreements with gambling promotions. If this isn’t ripe for fixing I do not know what is.

 

Manfred is killing the game. It is a slap in the face to Mr. Rose.

But it is time to lift the ban on Pete Rose and put him in the hall. He has done his penance.

Pete Rose always inspired the young players, the kids. He taught them hustle, getting the most out of yourself. Perhaps he was weak betting horses and betting on his own team.

But the last 25 years have given us  stars using corked bats, steroids to put up big numbers, break records, and most recently prolong careers. Baseball hardly disciplined this substance abuse and outright cheating and those players who did this are not all banned. One of them is even a national baseball commentator.

The baseball commissioner seems to forget that gambling can develop into an obsession, get bettors in over their heads, and develop into compulsive gambling. Baseball used to be the game that developed character in children and gave them heroes.

Of course we flipped baseball cards as kids a form of gambling that taught us the risks involved in flipping your Mantles or your Musials or Herb Plews or Reno Bertoia cards. You could lose.

Besides baseball is very hard to handicap. Form rarely holds true.

Leo Durocher is still in the Hall of Fame, even though his electronic signal stealing in 1951 from the Polo Grounds clubhouse stole a pennant. They have not removed his plaque.

To the fan Pete Rose has been in the  Hall of Fame for a long time.

Let’s make it official.

We don’t remember Commissioners and owners.

We remember the players.

It’s time.

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SENATOR COUSINS ON THE AIR: Start Talks on Single Payer Health Care for NY–Fairer Aid to Schools–No Limits on When Sexual Harassment Reported– Bail Reform– Talks on Sustainable MTA Funding–

WPCNR ALBANY Rounds. By John F. Bailey. November 28, 2018:

On WNYC’s Brian Lehrer program today, the first African-American woman elected Senate Majority leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Senator from the 35th District, which includes White Plains) told Mr. Lehrer she would explore several priorities to address state problems.

To hear Mr. Lehrer’s interview, copy and paste this link

https://www.wnyc.org/story/new-leader-albany

She said she would initiate discussions on a single payer health care plan for New York State, noting to Mr. Lehrer that such a program has been often suggested, but the legislature has not discussed it ever, and that she would begin such talks. “That will happen she said. She said there was no point because the previous Republican majority in the senate would not consider it.

She brought up a priority on her own: fair funding of less-well-to school districts across the stat: “Where you live should not determine how much aid you receive—get their share.

Asked if  she shared Mayor of New York City Bill Di Blasio’s view that the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)  should have sustainable funding mechanism, Senator Cousins agreed, but that a “millionaire’s tax” was not an answer she agreed with. “Raising new taxes is not really on the table (to fund the MTA. There’s a variety of opportunities to talk about on the table.”

She said she would examine the sex harassment bill the legislature passed bring it up for discussion to see if it could be made stronger. Senator Cousins said she would be working to increase the statute of limitations on reporting sexual assault and harassment. (“There should be no end date when a person has to make a decision (to report sexual harassment).”

She volunteered that she wanted to explore the issue of codifying the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision into New York State law. New York State passed a woman’s right to abortion in the state in 1970, but did not adapt the Roe V.Wade decision, Stewart-Cousins said because the Republican Party was in the majority for the last 48 years.

On the matter of the legislators receiving a raise in pay to $148,000. She said 20 years without a raise in pay was long enough but felt outside income should be limited to 15% of the pay, but she was waiting until Governor Cuomo’s committee reports their recommendations December 20.  (The pay raise could be voted upon by the currently seated Senate.)

Lehrer asked Cousins her feelings on being the first woman and first African American woman to be Majority Leader and being now one of the “three people in the room,” and not three men in the room (Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Assembly Leader Carl Heastie also African-American).

Cousins said she “wanted to forge new ground and break new barriers.” Asked if she felt male prejudices against women in previous legislative discussion, Cousins avowed “– not willful but different people bring their experiences.” She said with 14 of the 63 members of the State Senate being women, she would “bring their interlives  to the room”

 

Lehrer asked what she hoped for as the first  woman and African-American woman to be Senate Majority leader.

 

She answered, “I do not want to be the first and last person (African American woman)  to hold this position.”

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Martin Ginsberg Intros His Plan for Redevelopment of White Plains Financial Center. Renamed “City Square” Construction to Start this coming Spring.

CITY SQUARE NEW LOOK TO MARTINE AVE (LEFT) AND SOUTH LEXINGTON AVENUE(OPPOSITE THE GALLERIA MALL) Rendering, courtesy GDC Development.

WPCNR FUTURESCAPES. Special to WPCNR From Ginsburg Development Companies. November 27, 2018 (EDITED) UPDATED 6:15 P.M.:

Ginsburg Development Companies, LLC (GDC)  unveiled to the White Plains Common Council Monday night its vision and plans for the transformation of the former Westchester Financial Center into City Square, a new mixed-use project at the city block enclosed by Martine Avenue, South Lexington Avenues, Main Street and Bank Street.

A spokesman for GDC brings the news that the project will begin construction in spring of 2019.

Ginsburg will be the first developer to begin the White Plains second “renaissance,” with four other already Common Council- approved projects on hold in the White Plains downtown(The WP Pavilion rebuild; the Bloomingdale Road parking lot project, the Post Road-Mamaroneck Avenue apartment project  (currently just starting demolition), the White Plains Mall project,  the 440 Hamilton renovation, the Westchester Avenue apartments project, and the fate of the 4 city-owned parcels on the east side of the White Plains railroad station where proposals to be considered as developer were requested by the city a year ago.

The Ginsburg project features renovation of the office space at 50 Main Street, new restaurants and retail space along Main Street and Martine Avenue, and the transformation of  the 1 Martine Avenue office building into 188 units of rental apartments.

Ginsburg purchased the 571,000-square-foot property for $83 million. He had earlier purchased The Metro, a 122-unit residential building at 37 South Lexington Avenue, which completes the block which will be called City Square.

The transformation of Westchester Financial Center into City Square will be the first development project in the White Plains new Transit District Development Zone, designed to make the neighborhood near the train station more pedestrian friendly with new retail and restaurant offerings.

The station is currently undergoing a $92 million renovation by Metro-North Railroad.

“We are excited to be at the forefront in initiating this gateway project to the downtown.  City Square will become a real mixed-use location in Westchester County for people to live, work, play and dine – all just steps from the new train station,” said GDC principal Martin Ginsburg.

GDC unveiled renderings of the redevelopment that shows a dramatic new entrance for the 50 Main Street office building featuring a dramatic sculpture and new retail and restaurant buildings fronting Main Street, South Lexington Avenue and Martine Avenue.  GDC is proposing a total of 19,540 square feet of new retail/restaurant space.

Upgrades to 50 Main Street will include an entire new amenity floor featuring a completely renovated cafeteria with outdoor dining, a fitness center, various meeting rooms, yoga/motion rooms, conference/assembly rooms, art gallery, exhibit area and a golf simulator.

The proposed 1 Martine residential conversion will contain 188 rental apartments offering studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.  Amenities in the building will include a Club Lounge with setback roof terrace, a fitness center and 24/7 Concierge Service.

An amenity that the entire complex will be able to enjoy is a new “City Square Park,” an almost one-acre landscaped roof deck that will sit on top of the property’s 1,033-space parking garage and will be accessible from all buildings.

This Central Park will feature a dramatic fountain with plentiful seating, a putting green, a BBQ Pavilion and a 2,000-step, 4-level walking path with landscaping and sculpture features.

“City Square Park is a unique feature that will become a favored spot for all of those who live and/or work at this special place,” concluded Ginsburg.

The Council will take up the project at the upcoming Common Council meeting December 3.

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Public Hearing for Input on 2019 County Budget in White Plains Next Week

The Westchester County Board of Legislators will hold a Public Hearing to hear citizen comments and suggestions on the County Executive’s proposed 2019 budget Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7 p.m.  in the Board of Legislators Chambers, 148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor, White Plains. Those wishing to speak to the legislators must sign up before the meeting starts. The signup process begins at 6:15 P.M.

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ALERT! 19 DAYS TO ENROLL IN AFFORDABLE CARE

WPCNR LETTER TICKER.  November 26, 2018:

Congratulations ! The 2019 ACA (Affordable Care Act)  AKA: ObamaCare enrollment period has been shortened to 45 days (Nov 1-Dec 15).

You’re not seeing advertising about the enrollment window online or on TV because the White House has defunded the notifications and wants the program to fail so they can use the low enrollment to condemn the program.

And mysteriously this year the ACA (Affordable Care Act) website is down on Sundays for “maintenance.”

Fortunately, your friends are posting this and using the word “Congratulations!” so it gets posted more frequently in Newsfeed by Facebook (FB) algorithms. Please copy and paste, not share.

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WPTV SPECIAL “THE COUNTY BUDGET IN 28 MINUTES WITH COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER–ON www.wpcommunitymedia.org

SEE COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER DELIVER THE 2019 COUNTY BUDGET–DECISIONS, PRIORITIES, POLICIES IN A 28-MINUTE SPECIAL THAT PUTS THE PROPOSED 2019 BUDGET IN PERSPECTIVE ON

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