State Making Progress on energy efficiency in all State Buildings by 2020

WPCNR ENERGIZING. From the New York Power Authority. March 9, 2017:

The New York Power Authority  announced that New York State agency partners are making significant progress toward meeting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Clean Energy goal of a 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency in all state buildings by 2020. Under the Governor’s Executive Order 88 which established the BuildSmart NY program, state agency partners have significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and saved taxpayers an estimated $131 million in avoided energy costs.

“New York is making great strides in improving energy efficiency in state buildings,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA, which administers the BuildSmart NY program. “We are building on our BuildSmart NY momentum to achieve even greater energy efficiency and renewable energy results going forward. By expediting cost-saving measures and prioritizing projects with the most potential we are saving significant tax dollars, creating new jobs with capital investments, and benefitting the environment.”

Benchmarks to date show significant progress against the Governor’s BuildSmart NY initiative, his strategic plan launched in 2012 directing State agencies, authorities and systems to meet a 20 percent energy efficiency improvement goal by 2020. Results collected through fiscal year 2015-16 indicate that the State has improved energy efficiency at its facilities by 8.8 percent since the project’s baseline year 2010-11.

The latest BuildSmart NY progress report, available online here, highlights the energy efficiency accomplishments of State-owned buildings over the last year and cites the many comprehensive efforts made by agencies to date to save energy.

New York State owns more than 200 million square feet of real estate, which includes universities, prisons, hospitals, office buildings and transportation facilities, and energy costs total approximately $550 million a year. Completed and planned building improvements, under the BuildSmart NY program, include measures like new lighting fixtures and controls, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, electric motors, and automated energy management systems.

“The State University of New York owns and operates approximately 40 percent of all state facilities, and we are proud to have played a leading role in BuildSmart NY,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “SUNY campuses in every region stand ready to continue working toward BuildSmart’s long-term goal of a 20 percent reduction in energy use.”

NYPA implements the BuildSmart NY program partnering with State agencies to provide financing and technical assistance and, in many cases, NYPA’s engineers and construction managers are contracted to do the actual energy efficiency work.

According to the final 2016 numbers, many of the agencies exceeded the 20 percent reduction goal (those that went above and beyond that goal are marked with an asterisk* below).

The top 5 performers (with facilities over 2 million square feet) were:

  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (*27.2 percent);
  • Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (19.3 percent),
  • New York City Convention Center Operating Corporation (9.9 percent),
  • Office of Mental Health (9.4 percent) and
  • State University of New York (8.6 percent).

The top 5 (with facilities under 2 million square feet) were the:

  • Office of Children and Family Services (*26.6 percent),
  • Division of Military and Naval Affairs (*24.7 percent),
  • Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (*24.6 percent),
  • Department of Transportation (*21.7 percent) and
  • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (19.0 percent).

Stony Brook University has set a strong example for BuildSmart NY participation, realizing great results from changes it has implemented through NYPA’s Energy Services Program. Since the baseline year, Stony Brook has performed a comprehensive master plan of its campus, which has identified more than $100 million worth of energy efficiency upgrades that will save the school more than $8.3 million annually.

This comes after NYPA provided $11.4 million in financing for more than 52,000 new light fixtures and more than 4,800 lighting sensors, improvements to air-handling systems and building management upgrades. The project will save more than $1.3 million and remove nearly 5,500 tons of greenhouse gases annually, the equivalent of taking more than 1,100 cars off the road.

To date, NYPA has completed 40 energy efficiency projects on 18 State University of New York campuses, totaling nearly $115 million and resulting in almost $7 million in annual savings.

“Stony Brook has been recognized as an environmentally responsible university for many years, and implementing Governor Cuomo’s visionary BuildSmart NY program with help from NYPA, has had a transformative impact toward reducing our carbon footprint,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. “By upgrading the internal and external electrical and HVAC infrastructures, we are making our facilities more energy efficient, lowering our electric bills, and minimizing our environmental impact. Our facilities team is leading by example, showing our students how important environmental stewardship is to our future.”

 

About Reforming the Energy Vision:

Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York’s economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50 percent of the state’s electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 730 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor’s $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.

 

 

 

 

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Urstadt Biddle Completes Sale of White Plains Pavilion to Lennar Corp. Demolition to Begin to Start 700 Apartment/retail complex on Maple Ave

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Rendering of the new White Plains Pavilion project when it was first presented. The sale of the White Plains Pavilion to Lennar Corporation has been completed and demolition of the old Pavilion is said to begin shortly.

WPCNR EAST SIDE STORY. From Urstadt Biddle.March 8, 2017:

Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: UBA and UBP), a real estate investment trust, announced last week that it has completed the sale of its Westchester Pavilion Property located in White Plains, NY (the “Pavilion”). The purchaser is Maple and Broadway Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Lennar Corporation .

The current plan is for the property to be razed in order for Lennar to develop a high-end, mixed-use property containing residential apartments above retail. The aggregate payment paid to the Company for the Pavilion was $56.6 million.

Commenting on the sale, Willing L. Biddle, UBP’s President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We purchased the Pavilion in 2002 and operated it for over 10 years as a successful power center mall. In 2013, with the expiration of certain large leases pending, we realized the property had great potential to be redeveloped into a much larger retail/residential mixed-use project.

“This dream could not have become a reality without the cooperation and support of Mayor Thomas Roach and the White Plains Common Council who understood our plan and ultimately supported a re-development of the property to include two high-rise buildings containing over 700 apartments above 75,000 square feet of lower floor retail. Recognizing that our company is not an expert in large-scale, high-rise construction, we elected to sell the property to Lennar Multi-Family Communities, which will follow through on our dream of building a beautiful, new mixed-use complex that will bring new life and vitality to the southeast end of White Plains.

We know the site has tremendous potential, and we expect that Lennar’s project will be a success for the community. The sales price is a substantial premium over the price that we paid for the property, and when this premium is combined with the strong annual return we made operating the property, it is clear that the Pavilion was a very good investment for our company”.

 

Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/urstadt-biddle-properties-inc-announces-the-sale-of-its-westchester-pavilion-property-located-in-20170301-01705#ixzz4al0fqcz

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FBI OFFERS $5,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION ON PERPETRATORS RESPONSIBLE FOR STRING OF MOUNT VERNON HOMICIDES BACK TO 2011. KNOW WHO SHOT THESE MEN? CALL 914-925-3888 IN CONDFIDENCE

WPCNR FBI WIRE. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation. March 7, 2017:

The FBI Westchester County Safe Streets Gang Task Force is asking for the public’s help in solving several homicide investigations in Mount Vernon, New York. The murders date back to 2011. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the following cases:

Rubin Davis, New York Murder Victim

Rubin Davis was shot and killed on June 26, 2011, at the 4th Street Park.

Wilbert Francis, New York Murder Victim

Wilbert Francis was shot and killed on June 10, 2016, near the area of 125 South 2nd Avenue.

Dean Daniels, New York Murder Victim

Dean Daniels was shot and killed on September 22, 2014 near Park Avenue and East Prospect Place.

Mario Frater, New York Murder Victim

Mario Frater was shot and killed on August 31, 2016, near 14 West 4th Street.

Jovelle Stewart, New York Murder Victim

Jovelle Stewart was shot and killed on March 27, 2016, near 141 North High Street.

The FBI Westchester County Safe Streets Gang Task Force and the Mount Vernon Police Department are working to identify suspects responsible for these homicides. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the FBI in Westchester at 914-925-3888.

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City Approves Firefighters New Contract. Approves 400 Hamilton Avenue Apartments.

WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE-EXAMINER. By John F. Bailey. March 6, 2017:

The Common Council approved retroactive raises in pay for White Plains Firefighters back to July 1, 2015, in approving pay increases per step of 2%, 2-1/4% and 2-1/2% for the firefighters. Firefighters also accepted random drug testing for druguse and controlled substances, including marijuana, but not alcohol.

Firefighters hired before July 1, 1995, had their full health care benefit restored as part of the new contract. New firefighters joining the department will be paid $50,000 a year as opposed to the $60,850 they would have received previously.

The city has also agreed to hire 12 new firefighters who begin March 10. Negotiations on a new contract will begin next spring,since the three year contract runs out June 30, 2018. No firefighters appeared to have attended the meeting approving their contract.

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The rendering of view of the approved apartment complex at 400 Hamilton Avenue, looking across North Broadway

In another action, the renovation of the almost vacant 400 Hamilton Avenue former AT&T building into 245rental apartments, (41 studios, 120 1 Bedrooms, 77 2 bedrooms, and 7 2 Bedrooms on the ground floor, was approved by the Common Council. This project set, WPCNR believes,a record for the speed of its approval: 2 months.

 

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White Plains Property Values Up Sharply: Assessment Roll Climbs 1.7%,,,$277 Million to $281.6 Million. $5 Million Largest Increase in Assessed Value in 19 Years.

WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. By John F. Bailey. March 6, 2017:

The White Plains 2017 Assessment Roll was released March 1 and the $4.7 Million increase in city assessed value is the largest increase in the roll in 19 years.

The $4,730, 371 increase was the largest single year increase since 2013-14 when the roll increased to $277,740,593.

The news is good news for the city and the White Plains City School District, both of whom have been severely hurt by the lacklustre assessment values since 2011-12 when the roll has drifted between $278,2 Million and $277 Million. The increase should enable the city to keep taxes even if not lower them, unless they accelerate expenses substantially, and will definitely help the school district.

The School District is now looking at a  $5 Million increase to a $214 Million budget, (From $208.7 Million) as presented in their first run through on the budget. The assessment windfall should enable the district to reduce the project $10 increase in the Tax Rate by at least $8 unless they decide to spend the windfall. The addition in assessments reduces the tax rate, unless they have already figured in the  new Assessment Roll figure.

 

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Peace in the Valley: Inside the Firefighters New Contract

WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. By John F. Bailey. March 5, 2017:

WPCNR has learned some new details that are key components of the new Firefighter contract that the White Plains Common Council will consider ratification Monday evening. (See the earlier article on the settlement.)

According to City Chief of Staff and Corporation Counsel John Callahan in a written statement to WPCNR, ”Yes, starting pay is down for new hires. Under the old pay plan, as of July 1, 2016 new hires would have been paid $60, 835 per year.  Under the new pay plan, if the Council approves the agreement, new hires will be paid $50,000. ”

Asked if police who joined the Department of Public Safety prior to July 1, 1995 were receiving the full 100% health care benefit now, Callahan, in a statement confirmed they were:

“POLICE HIRED BEFORE JULY 1, 1995 AND WHO RETIRED ON OR AFTER JULY 1, 2015 ARE RECEIVING THE INCREASED HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFIT IN RETIREMENT. THE CURRENT POLICE CONTRACT WAS RATIFIED BY BOTH SIDES PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2015.

On drug testing provision which the fire fighters union agreed to, WPCNR asked whether alcohol use was one of the substances to be tested. Callahan said it was not.

Queried on whether in the drug testing program, if there was provision allowing for testing a person whom management thinks may be using drugs, but who has not come up for a random test, would that suspected drug user, be brought up on possible review by management and asked to submit to a drug test on the spot? Callahan confirmed this:

“IN ADDITION TO THE NEW RANDOM DRUG TESTING, EMPLOYEES MAY BE TESTED WHEN THERE IS REASONABLE SUSPICION THEY ARE USING DRUGS. “

 

 

 

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FIREFIGHTERS HAMMER OUT NEW CONTRACT WITH CITY. COUNCIL SET APPROVE PARITY WITH POLICE ON WAGES, RANDOM DRUG TESTING, 100% HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE HIRED BEFORE July 1, 1995

WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE.By John F. Bailey  March 4, 2017 UPDATED  11:30 PM E.S.T. WITH STATEMENT FROM CITY HALL WITH DETAILS(IN BOLD ITALICS TYPE) UPDATED SUNDAY MARCH 4, 11:08 A.M.:

The White Plains Professional Firefighters Union # 274, without a contract for 1 year and 8 months, John Callahan, Corporation Counsel for the City of White Plains confirms to WPCNR, the firefighters union membership approved a new  contract Thursday evening.

The firefighters, if the Common Council ratifies the contract at the Monday evening will have won retroactive wage increases of 2% for 2015-16, 2-1/4% in 2016-17, and a 2-1/2% wage increase in 2017-2018 achieving parity with the police department.

According to the agreement, those hired on or after July 1, 2015 will receive in addition to their salary, longevity payments of 3% plus $350 after 10 years of service in the force, and 4% plus $350 after 15 years payment beginning July 1st each year following when the firefighter becomes eligble.

John Callahan, White Plains Chief of Staff and Corporation Counsel, furnished this written statement to WPCNR Saturday evening:

” I would like to offer some additions/clarifications/corrections to the
article currently posted on the WPCNR website regarding the collective
bargaining agreement between the City of White Plains and the
Professional Firefighters Association, Inc, Local 274, I.A.F.F.,
A.F.L.-C.I.O. (“PFFA”).

The city was notified by the PFFA’s attorney on Thursday evening that
the union had approved the proposed collective bargaining agreement.
The agreement will be voted on this Monday evening by the Common
Council.

If the Council approves the agreement, only those pre-1995 employees
who retire subsequent to the Council approving the agreement will
receive increased health insurance benefits in retirement. 

These increased benefits will be  made possible because of savings that will be realized by a new pay plan that will go into effect for all employees covered under the agreement who are hired after the Council approves the agreement. Each of our large bargaining units (PBA, Teamsters, CSEA and PFFA) have now agreed to new pay plans for newly hired employees.

Your article indicates that challenges to the ordinance requiring
certain retirees to contribute towards the cost of their health
insurance have been successful. That is not the case.  

In every forum where these challenges have been brought and where a final determination has been made, the requirement for a retiree contribution towards  health insurance coverage has been upheld.  A specific challenge you mention, initially brought by attorney Albert Pirro, is still pending in federal court.

That case has not yet been decided.

Thank you for the opportunity to expand and correct the record.

Mr. Callahan said the case is now in “Motion Practice,” Also, please be advised that Joseph Maria is representing  the plaintiffs in the current federal court proceeding.  He is not representing the city.  The city is being represented by the law firms Lamb and Barnowsky, and Wilson Elser. 

(WPCNR thanks Mr. Callahan for his contributing this clarification.)

Callahan, in addition said that 12 new firefighters will be hired under the terms of the new contract (to be up for Common Council ratification Monday evening) which creates a new wage scale for incoming firefighters.

In two other significant changes in the contract up for ratification–

The White Plains Firefighters  agreed to the new city policy of random drug testing for possible use of controlled substances (including marijuana) as defined by Section 220(5) of New York Penal Law, and marijuana, as it is defined in Section 220(6).

Not every firefighter will be tested, since selection of who is tested will be determined by computer. There is no indication in the material outlining the drug testing of whether management can test a firefighter on suspicion of drug use.

As the Police won back 100% Health Care benefits  for retired and retiring officers hired before July 1, 1995, the firefighters already retired will receive this benefit back in their new contract if the Common Council ratifies the contract. The police won this restoration of full benefits to pre 1995 retirees,  after suing the city over the city policy of requiring those retirees to pay 15% of their health care and had it written into their new contract through 2018(now in effect). Albert Pirro took that police case that is still pending, as Callahan explains.

However the city has proceeded as Callahan indicates to put the full 100% payment of health benefits for those joining the police force before July 1, 1995, into the new police contract running through June 30, 2018.

The new fire contract for Council consideration  is retroactive to July 1, 2015 and expires in 15 months. So all unions, WPCNR believes will be back in negotiations a year from now.

Union Officials have been contacted for comment.

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Counry Executive Robert P. Astorino to Jewish Leaders: We’re With You. County Offers Security Reviews of Jewish Facilities

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. March 2, 2017:

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, along with Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth, met today with more than 20 executive directors of local synagogues in an effort to reassure the large Westchester Jewish community unnerved by a recent spate of bomb threats and swastika graffiti locally and nationwide.

“The intimidation, hate and threats of violence directed at our Jewish community is absolutely wrong, hateful and disgusting and we will not stand for it,” said Astorino.  “We are working with local, state and federal law enforcement to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and we are also working with our partners to constantly improve our risk assessment and response capabilities to increase the safety and security for all our communities in Westchester.”

Astorino and Longworth offered to all houses of worship and community centers the option of having county law enforcement experts provide for a full security appraisal of their facilities, and subsequent recommendations for improvement if needed.  Anyone interested in the free offering can call the County Police at: 914-864-7710 to get one scheduled.

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