Robert Martin Company To Tap the Health Market.

WPCNR REALTY REALITY. From the Robert Martin Company. October 2, 2019:

The Robert Martin Company LLC, a fully integrated real estate company with over 6 million square feet of properties, has announced it is expanding into serving the needs of the life sciences/health tech industry.

LARRY GOTTLIEB TO LEAD EFFORT

Leading the effort will be Laurence Gottlieb, who was named Managing Director, Life Sciences and Health Technologies. Gottlieb is the former President and CEO of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) and former head of the Westchester County Office of Economic Development.

While with county government, Gottlieb developed the “NY BioHud Valley,” a first-of-its-kind initiative to brand the region as a leader in biotechnology research and development – a movement he would eventually lead during his tenure at HVEDC. As head of economic development for Westchester County, he led the marketing effort that branded Westchester County as “New York’s Intellectual Capital,” a distinct identity still employed by the region to this day. 

The seeds that were planted with the launch of the NY BioHud Valley initiative are now baring fruit throughout Westchester, if not the whole Hudson Valley – from the expanding incubator space at New York Medical College to the explosive growth of companies such as Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Acorda Therapeutics,” stated Gottlieb. “Now is the right time to fuse together Robert Martin Company’s significant real estate development and management experience with a high-growth industry seeking locations for expansion beyond the early stage incubators spread throughout the tristate region. I’m truly honored to lead this effort for such a legendary company.”  

RMC’s life sciences and health tech initiative will eventually embrace numerous components including RMC-owned properties networked together throughout the region, high-level educational offerings and eventually, an investment fund. 

RMC CEO Tim Jones said, “Larry is a highly-respected economic development and community partner in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. Using the expertise he has developed over many years, he has built a strong base for biotech and health tech development in the region upon which so much activity is happening. We are thrilled to provide him with the company’s extensive resources to take this job-generating industry to the next level.” 

Gottlieb noted that there are more than 80 biotech and health tech companies in the Hudson Valley region with increasing number of start-up firms and incubators.

Westchester is home to two of the nation’s largest biotech firms — Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Acorda Therapeutics — as well as two top medical academic research facilities such as New York Medical College and the Burke Neurological Institute.

In addition, there are plans to develop a biotech mixed-use campus on the North 60 property adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. “There are tremendous growth opportunities for life sciences and health tech in Westchester County and Robert Martin Company is ideally positioned with its extensive portfolio of office/flex space,” he said.

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Letter from Gedney Farms: State of the Farm

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From The Gedney Farms Association October 2, 2019:

As we enter the Fall season, I am pleased to inform you that the City has responded to our concerns about cut-through traffic on Heatherbloom Road by prohibiting vehicles entering Burke by making a right hand turn from Heatherbloom Road during the morning rush hour period. Our narrow streets are not designed for such traffic and we will remain vigilant in restricting cut-through vehicles.

We will soon observe the ninth anniversary of FASNY’s purchase of the former Ridgeway Country Club. Also, it has been almost seven months since FASNY’s announcement that it was placing approximately 48 acres of its property on the market. In the meantime, the property continues to suffer from lax maintenance. After complaints from us and other neighbors, the City has notified FASNY to take remedial action.

We have been told by at least one developer that FASNY is considering selling the entire property. The Board has decided to submit a letter to the Common Council indicating that any alternative development of the property should strictly adhere to the underlying zoning which permits single-family, detached homes on 30,000 square foot lots.

Lastly, the Annual Meeting will be held on November 20th at Westchester Hills Golf Club at 7:30 PM. Our Committee has arranged for an informative night including the following City officials as our guest speakers: 

  • Richard Hope, Commissioner of Public Works 
  • Christopher Gomez, Planning Commissioner 
  • Thomas Soyk, Parking & Traffic Deputy Commissioner
  • Joseph Castelli, Police Chief 
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COMMON COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM OCTOBER 16- 7 PM TO 9 PM CHURCH STREET SCHOOL


         A reminder that the League of Women Voters of White Plains will
host a Candidates Forum for the candidates for three seats on the White
Plains Common Council.

The Forum will be held on Wednesday October 16 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Church Street School at 295 Church Street, White Plains. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

As always, audience questions must be submitted in advance, they will
not be taken from the floor during the Forum. We will solicit questions
via email and they may also be submitted in writing at the event. 

The Forum will be recorded for subsequent viewing. It is not certain if it will also be streamed live. For additional information on the Forum contact us at lwvwp.candidatesforum@gmail.com.
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City Anticipates $1.35 Million in Revenue from Red Light Cameras through June.

WPCNR TRAFFICA. By John F. Bailey. September 30, 2019:

The White Plains red light camera program is expected to generate $1.35 Million in revenue for White Plains this fiscal year ending June 2020.

Karen Pasquale, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, in a statement to WPCNR this afternoon as to how much the program (in effect in the city for exactly one year) has generated while reducing accidents in the city by 15%, reported the program has generated $784,000 in its first year, “in revenue for the city” from September 2018 to September 2019.

Ms. Pasquale notes the revenue is expected almost double that to $1.35 Million through June, the end of the fiscal year, 2019-2020.

WPCNR figures that $784,000 of revenue would mean 15,680 tickets were issued, with no figures on how many would-be violations were evaluated by White Plains Police analysts as not in violation. To generate $1.35 Million the next 10 months would assume at $50 a red light violation, that would translate to 27,000 tickets. WPCNR cautions this is just a projection.

WPCNR assumes much of the revenue will be coming from installations planned for 7 more intersections in the city, many of them some of the busiest in the city. The city is expanding red light camera surveillance to the following intersections. Take note!

Those intersections are:

Traffic safety cameras will begin operating at the following locations starting on or about October 1st:

SB South Lexington Ave @ Maple Ave

EB Main St @ Bank St

WB Martine Ave @ Mamaroneck Ave

Traffic safety cameras will begin operating at these remaining locations later in the fall:

WB Hamilton Ave @ Cottage Pl

NB Mamaroneck Ave @ Ridgeway

NB Mamaroneck Ave @ Bryant Ave

NB North St @ Bryant Ave

SB Tarrytown Rd @ Central Ave

EB Westchester Ave @ South Kensico Ave


In the program’s first year of operation (8/1/18 – 7/31/19), the city announced last week, intersections with red light cameras saw a 15% reduction in injury crashes and a 26% reduction in angle, left turn opposing, and pedestrian crashes (combined). 

Those types of crashes are the types targeted by this program.  Total crashes were reduced by 18%. Recently released data analysis from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that red light running is up nationwide.

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EARLY VOTING IN WHITE PLAINS DETAILS FROM LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

Early Voting in New York is Here!

Can’t get to the polls on Election Day? No problem. 
This year you can vote from
Saturday October 26 through Sunday November 3

Early Voting for White Plains Residents will be at
Westchester County Board Elections; 25 Quarropas St. White Plains

The Board of Elections polling place will be open for Early Voting on:

Saturday, October 26,
Sunday October 27, 12 P.M. to 5 P.M.
Monday, October 28 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Tuesday, October 29 12 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Wednesday, October 30 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Thursday, October 31 12 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Friday, November 1, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Saturday, November 2,
Sunday November 3 12 P.M. to 5 P.M.

 On Election Day, Tuesday November 5, you must vote at your regular
polling place when polls will be open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


If you take advantage of Early Voting you may not vote on Election Day
For more information
Westchester County Board of Elections
(914) 995-5700 citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com

LWVNY Early Voting website www.nyearlyvoting.org

All the election information you need vote411.org 

Stay up-to-date on Early Voting as it is rolled out lwvw.org

Click here to download a PDF version of this message
Vote – Because Every Election Matters

EARLY VOTING CENTERS AROUND WESTCHESTER COUNTY:

EARLY VOTING POLL SITES

  • Cyrus Russell Community House (LEWISBORO & POUND RIDGE)
    • All voters registered in LEWISBORO, and POUND RIDGE can vote here
  • Dobbs Ferry Village Hall (GREENBURGH)
    • All voters registered in GREENBURGH can vote here.
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WHITE PLAINS WEEK 9/27 YOUTUBE WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG

The YouTube link for 9-27 WPW IS HERE:

 https://youtu.be/IaAcDxXgxtY

JOHN BAILEY AND JIM BENEROFE ON
NEW RED LIGHT CAMERA INSTALLATIONS–NOT ONLY SAFE BUT PROFITABLE?

THE TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

THE COUNTY SALES TAX IS UP 4.8% IN AUGUST — ON TARGET FOR MAKING UP THE DEFICIT

VAPE DETECTORS INSTALLED IN WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL

FEINER THREATENER CONVICTED ON AGGRAVATED HARRASSMENT

INTERVIEW WITH NEW RADIO WESTCHESTER’S BOB MARRONE

THE NIGHT STORMY DANIELS CAME TO TOWN

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City Installs 9 More Red Light Cameras AT 7 New Intersections around Town

New Red Light Camera installed Tuesday at intersection of Maple Avenue and South Bound Lexington Avenue. (See list of the new Red Light Camera installations below)

WPCNR TRAFFICA . From the Mayor’s Office. September 26, 2019:

Phase II of the City of White Plains Red Light Safety Camera program will launch on or about October 1st.

This final phase will include the installation of nine additional cameras at seven intersections, bringing the total number of intersections to 12, the amount authorized by New York State. 

Cameras will capture still images and video of red-light running violations. This is a public safety program, and the city’s goal is to deter red light runners and improper turns on red and prevent collisions resulting from these violations.

Traffic safety cameras will begin operating at the following locations starting on or about October 1st:

SB South Lexington Ave @ Maple Ave

EB Main St @ Bank St

WB Martine Ave @ Mamaroneck Ave

Traffic safety cameras will begin operating at these remaining locations later in the fall:

WB Hamilton Ave @ Cottage Pl

NB Mamaroneck Ave @ Ridgeway

NB Mamaroneck Ave @ Bryant Ave

NB North St @ Bryant Ave

SB Tarrytown Rd @ Central Ave

EB Westchester Ave @ South Kensico Ave

Cameras will operate 24-hours/day and capture images of every vehicle running a red light at the designated intersections. Warning signs alerting drivers to the intersection safety cameras have been installed. Violators will receive a Notice of Liability (NOL) in the mail, which includes instructions on how to access the still images and video of the violation.

The NOL carries a fine of $50.00 but does not result in any points being added to your license. The NOL is issued to the registered owner of the vehicle. This program is administered by Verra Mobility, with each violation reviewed and approved by the White Plains Department of Public Safety prior to being issued. 

Phase I of this program included the installation of traffic safety cameras at the following intersections (6 cameras at 5 intersections) in July of 2018:

SB Mamaroneck Ave @ Bryant Ave

EB Main St @ Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

NB Bank St @ Hamilton Ave

WB Hamilton Ave @ Bank St

WB Westchester Ave @ South Kensico Ave

SB North Broadway @ Hamilton Ave

In the program’s first year of operation (8/1/18 – 7/31/19), intersections with red light cameras saw a 15% reduction in injury crashes and a 26% reduction in angle, left turn opposing, and pedestrian crashes (combined). 

Those types of crashes are the types targeted by this program.  Total crashes were reduced by 18%. Recently released data analysis from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that red light running is up nationwide.

In its report the AAA Foundation also cited the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which “found that when properly implemented, red light cameras reduced the fatal red light running crash rate of large cities by 21% and the rate of all types of fatal crashes at signalized intersections by 14%.” For more information, click here.

The city received state authorization to establish a red light camera program in August 2015. The authorization was for a modest program with cameras permitted at “up to 12 intersections” in the city.

For comparison purposes, this amount of authorized intersections is on par with New Rochelle (authorized in 2014).

The Cities of Mt. Vernon and Albany have state authorization for cameras at up to 20 intersections. Yonkers is authorized to place cameras at up to 25 intersections. The City Rochester – at up to 50 locations, Nassau and Suffolk Counties – at up to 100 locations each, and New York City – at up to 150 locations.

Each of these red light camera programs is authorized for a 5 year period by the State Legislature, including the White Plains program, and must be renewed by the State Legislature. The city will continue to closely monitor program and accident data in order to determine

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SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 ON WPTV on “People to Be Heard” OPTIMUM CH. 76 AND FIOS CH. 45: WHITE PLAINS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ON ITS 16TH SEASON, AND ANYTIME ON wpcommunitymedia.org

ON LOCATION–DIRECT FROM WHITE PLAINS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS JOHN IORIS, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD ON WPPAC’S NEW SEASON AND HEALTHY FINANCIAL POSITION
STEVE FERRI, LEFT , EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR and
TERENCE OSBORN, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER TALK ABOUT THE FALL AND SPRING WPPAC LINEUP: LUCI ARNAZ, LAINIE KAZAN, LORNA LUFT, AIDA, NEWSIES , KIMBERLEY LOCKE, JOHN LLOYD YOUNG AND MORE COMING UP!
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“We lift these men up as living examples of true courage and an inspiration to our entire borough.”

Ruben Diaz, Jr. center is flanked by Jairo Torres, left, and Antonyo Love, right with their Certificates of Merit awared them as “Bronx Heroes” for teaming up to rescue a little girl underneath a subway cab in the Knightsbridge Station in The Bronx

WPCNR MILESTONES. From the Office of Bronx Borough President Reben Diaz, Jr. September 26:

Yesterday, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. honored two Bronx heroes for their efforts to save a five-year-old girl who was tragically dragged in front of the subway by her suicidal father.


Jairo Torres and Antonyo Love teamed up on Monday to rescue young Ferni Balbuena from underneath a subway car at the Kingsbridge Road station during the incident.

Torres, left above, jumped into the tracks to help after seeing a man throw himself in front of an oncoming 4 train with his daughter.

Antonyo Love , left, followed Torres onto the tracks to assist moments later. The little girl was ultimately able to crawl out from underneath the subway car unharmed and was reunited with her mother later that day.


“I am honored to have met Jairo Torres and Antonyo Love, two Bronx heroes who risked their own safety to save an little girl. They didn’t ask for this attention, but today we lift these men up as living examples of true courage and an inspiration to our entire borough. An innocent child now has a second chance at life thanks to these men and I thank them on behalf of The Bronx for their bravery,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

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