State Releases 2017-18 NEW, IMPROVED, FAIR ELA AND MATH ASSESSMENT SCORES ON NEW ASSESSMENT TESTS. 45% PASS ELA, 44.2% PASS MATH — 5% IMPROVEMENT IN PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH AND MATH

The State Education Department Wednesday released the results of the 2018 Grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests.

In ELA, 45.2 percent of all test takers in grades 3-8 scored at the proficient level (Levels 3 and 4). In math, 44.5 percent of all test takers in grades 3-8 scored at the proficient level.

Due to the State’s new two-session test design and performance standards, the 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and math results cannot be compared with prior-year results.

 

The new baseline established this year will enable comparisons with student scores in 2019 and 2020.

% of Students Proficient in Grades 3-8

2017 2018 # of Test Takers
Statewide Combined Grades ELA 39.8 45.2 966,661
Statewide Combined Grades Math 40.2 44.5 931,449

“The Regents and I remain focused on educational equity for all children,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “That’s why we’re providing students with multiple ways to demonstrate their success in meeting the state’s proficiency standards. And it’s why we’re providing our highly qualified teachers with professional learning opportunities. With this support, New York’s students will benefit from our Next Generation Learning Standards and revised assessments in ways that will improve teaching and learning throughout the state.”

“To close the gaps in student achievement, we need information that identifies where those gaps exist,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said. “The State assessments help establish a foundation to identify the grades, schools, and groups of students that need more support. However, it’s important to remember that while test scores provide us with needed information, they’re only one measure of performance, and we must always look at the whole picture. Our state ESSA plan does that by expanding the measures of student and school performance.”

2018 Results

It is important to again note that due to the State’s new two-session test design and performance standards, the 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math results cannot be compared with prior-year results.

The standards review process brought together panels of New York educators from across the State who are certified in each area to establish the performance standards for their grade level. These educators followed a standardized, research-based process to discuss expectations for students in each performance level. They reviewed the actual test questions and made recommendations on the knowledge and skills required of students at each grade level. Once the standards were established, they were applied to individual student tests to make proficiency level determinations.

Big 5 City School Districts

Of the Big 5 city school districts, New York City continues to have the highest percentage of students proficient in both ELA and math, with Yonkers having the second highest in each. In ELA in 2018, New York City exceeded the statewide proficiency rate by 1.5 percent, with 46.7 of students achieving proficiency, compared with 45.2 percent statewide. In math, 42.7 percent of New York City students scored at the proficient level, compared with 44.5 percent statewide.

% of Students Proficient in ELA in Grades 3-8 – Big 5 City School Districts

2017 2018

NYC

40.6

46.7

Buffalo

17.8

23.4

Rochester

7.6

11.4

Syracuse

13.1

15.4

Yonkers

29.6

26.7

% of Students Proficient in Math in Grades 3-8 – Big 5 City School Districts

2017 2018

NYC

37.8

42.7

Buffalo

17.2

21.0

Rochester

7.9

10.7

Syracuse

11.0

13.5

Yonkers

28.3

29.4

Black and Hispanic Students

In 2018, the achievement gap between black and Hispanic students’ proficiency narrowed slightly when compared with their white peers; however, significant gaps persist.

In ELA, the gap between black students and their white peers narrowed by 0.8 percentage points from 2017 to 2018; the gap between Hispanic and white students narrowed by 1.2 percent in that same time.

In math, the gap between black students and their white peers narrowed by 1.1 percentage points from 2017 to 2018; the gap between Hispanic and white students narrowed by 1.0 percent in that same time.

The Board of Regents and the Department continue to focus on gap-closing initiatives, including the expansion of prevention, early warning, and intervention programs through My Brother’s Keeper, implementation of the State’s ESSA plan, and a focus on educating the whole child through social emotional learning, culturally responsive-sustaining education and school climate initiatives.

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Westchester  Sales Tax Receipts set Record Pace, Up 5.6% (record pace) in 7 Months.

On Pace for $30 Million Surplus Over Sales Tax Revenue from last year.

“Deficit” requiring  Astorino Airport lease deal already wiped out in cash surplus. White Plains has soft August. WP Hopeful for September.

WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. From the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Reporting by John F. Bailey September 26, 2018:

New York State reports Westchester County continues on a record breaking pace in its economy over 7 months, earning $354,759,043 through August of 2018 compared to $335,973,431 through August of 2017.

Despite a 1% decline in August sales tax receipts for the county from $42.6 Million last year to $42.1 Million this year, the county maintained its close-to  6% pace average monthly growth for the year.

To date, the county has seen sales tax receipts increase 5.6% over the first 7 months this year, delivering an $18.8 Million increase in sales tax dollars over this time last year.

This surplus makes up just about half of the $37 Million predicted by the county auditors that was needed to close the budget gap in 2018.

Should the county continue that 5.6%  a month expansion, it will achieve an additional $10,614,221 in sales receipts that will deliver $200,153,888 in sales tax bonanza bringing in a record $555 Million in sales  tax dollars through December.

The deficit bemoaned by the county legislators and the county financial experts last spring will be substantially met with this lovely cash.

The County Executive George Latimer in his WVOX radio appearance Tuesday morning said that if the trend continued the county would be more optimistic about the deficit, but warned that the growth rate may not continue (as it has for the last 7 months), or could fade. Latimer said the county has attempted to save money in other ways.

He said they have reduced electricity costs; has moved to “get more from” Arbnb hosts in the county by subjecting them to the hotel occupancy tax; also, he saved $4 Million with the new Liberty Lines contract.

He was more optimistic on the radio that the county could keep any property tax increase to under the 2% tax cap, so did not rule out a tax increase, but his remark on the ability to keep it under the tax cap holds out optimism that a major increase in taxes is no longer necessary.

White Plains Laments

In the City of White Plains, August was not a good month in sales taxes.

Whereas the county did see a $401,000 decline in sales taxes from August of 2017 (a 1% decline), White Plains suffered a $812,859 dollar decline from August, 2017 of  17.3%.  July was an unusual big time month “handle” in sales taxes with the city getting 7.1% more in sales tax receipts $4,163,747 compared to $3888,289 last July.

Now in August it declines precipitously. What is disappointing is July was the first month White Plains had exceeded the county growth rate in sales tax (6%)all year.

This performance may improve in September  numbers. But with two months gone in the White Plains fiscal year 2018-19, the city has collected $537,401 less than they did in July and August last summer.

That is an overall decline of 6.3% 12% below the Westchester County overall growth rate for the first 7 months

The city can receive some comfort from the caveat the Department of Taxation and Finance attaches to its monthly reports that month to month results should be looked at considering the third month results of each quarter. So perhaps White Plains will have a whopper result when the September figures hit October 19.

Cross your fingers.

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SEIU 32BJ: STRIKE MONDAY of 500 Residential Buildings IF NO PROGRESS ON CONTRACT

WPCNR LABOR FRONT. From the Service Employees International Union. 32BJ September 26, 2018:

Hundreds of SEIU workers voted earlier this month to authorize a strike, beginning Monday at 500 residential buildings throughout the Hudson Valley,  if the contract expires without a tentative agreement.

Today at 5:00 PM., hundreds of superintendents, porters, handy people, elevator operators and other residential buildings workers from across the Hudson Valley will gather in Scarsdale to rally for a fair new contract by the end of the week. The contract is an agreement between the workers’ union, 32BJ SEIU, and the employers and building owners that provides for fair wages, benefits, and basic rights on the job.

The current contract between 32BJ and the Building and Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region Inc. (BRI) will expire at midnight on September 30. Hundreds of workers voted earlier this month to authorize a strike if the contract expires without a tentative agreement.

“We work 24/7 to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of 100,000 tenants, co-op shareholders and other building residents across Westchester and surrounding counties,” said John Ryan, a member of 32BJ for over 30 years. “As a member of the bargaining committee — and as a dedicated superintendent who singlehandedly oversees a complex with eight buildings and 88 units — I know full well that the owners and property managers need to maintain current staffing levels for the best service. Reductions would hurt a huge percentage of the residents we care for. Already, two-thirds of the properties we oversee have only one or two workers at the site. The BRI needs to recognize the vital importance of a contract that protects these staffing levels, and that provides a sensible cost-of-living increase in our wages.”

Workers will gather at 5:00 PM at the church parking at 5 Strathmore Road then march to an area behind the baseball field at Garth Road Park for a rally that will include support from State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Assemblyman David Buchwald, and other elected officials, as well as from labor and community allies. The gathering will then march up Garth Road, carrying signs and banners demonstrating the workers’ determination to win a contract that will continue to build better lives in the Hudson Valley.

If a strike takes place on Monday, October 1, it would be the first strike in more than 30 years for the 1,400 residential building workers at 500 apartment buildings, co-ops and condominiums across the region.

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Hudson Valley and Long Island Brokerage Associations Merge. Form One Realty Selling Network

WPCNR REALTY REALITY From the Hudson Valley Gateway Realtors Association. September 25, 2018:

The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS) and the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc. (MLSLI) have merged to form the New York MLS, LLC.

A spokesperson for the Hudson Gateway Realtors Association told WPCNR, the new realty services combination would empower both organizations, allowing persons who say live on Long Island who wanted to move to Westchester would have access to seasoned agents (in the HGAR area) familiar with the Westchester market, and the other way around for Westchester residents desiring to move to Long Island.

The new MLS will consist of approximately 40,000 real estate professionals, serving Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Orange Counties.

Discussions began in June 2017 between leaders of the Long Island Board of Realtors®, Inc. (LIBOR) and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors® (HGAR) on the possibility of consolidating the aforementioned and respectively owned MLSs to form one regional MLS.

Joseph Mottola, CEO of LIBOR/MLSLI says, “The expansion of geographic boundaries will create greater opportunities for members by providing access to a larger audience of real estate professionals for consumers alike.”

A benefit of the new MLS will be the seamless flow of data for Brokers and Agents within the New York Metro area.

Richard Haggerty, CEO of HGAR and President and Chief Strategic Growth Officer of the new MLS says, “The launch of the new MLS is an exciting move in the right direction to uniting area real estate professionals, by creating the only MLS members will need.”

Jim Speer, the Sr. Vice President of Operations for MLSLI for over 30 years, will serve as Chief Executive Officer for the new MLS.  Speer says, “With the alliance of two successful MLSs, members gain entry to a vast selection of integrated technology tools and resources which will better serve their buyers and sellers.”

The combined strengths of MLSLI and HGMLS will enhance the local real estate market by providing the best service for the Real Estate professionals and the customers they serve.

The yet-to-be-named new regional MLS is expected to be fully operational sometime in 2019.

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Dashing Masked Young Phantom To Die for You

Floating in the Fog: Romance Seethes, Blossoms, Ignites, Inflames Hearts in Spooky  Paris Opera House(The WBT).  Matthew Billman and Kayleen Seidl are Westchester’s Leading Couple. All Photos, Courtesy, WBT by John Vechiolla

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. Theatrical Review by John F. Bailey. September 23, 2018:

Come my elegant friends to enchantment, mystery, glorious music  awaiting you at the Paris Opera House of La Belle Epoque at the turn of the 19th Century!

The mystique of its Corinthian gilded columns and elegant boxes, the ghostly secrets of its underground depths, magnificent, brooding atmosphere  rendered lovingly by Westchester Broadway Theatre.

 

Meet the Phantom of your dreams the swashbuckling, trademark cape-swishing intense and dynamic phantom Matthew Billman, (of Brooklyn,NY,USA),  he of the  irresistible baritone that sets women aflutter, that fills the WBT space with his longing, charisma, commitment, and magnetism.

His Phantom is smitten with his femme fatale, the divine ingénue, Christine Daee’ pitch-perfectly played in femininity, looks and soprano by Kayleen Seidl, as the chestnut tressed diva-to-be determined to make it in opera.

Ms. Seidl’s soprano exquisite’ dazzles, glistens ripples tender feelings and swells in splender into breathtaking waves towering, cascading over you powefully lingering in frothy foam of joy, tears, regret — creating in duets with Mr. Billman the jagged edged diamonds of outspoken devotion, anxiety, frustration, raw heartbreak of a love that can never be.

Ms. Seidl will make you weep.

I have to say the electricity the leads deliver makes you root for them.

 

This is the Phantom that should have been, ladies and gentlemen. Were it not for a quirk of timing this would have been the Phantom that made the Phantom famous on Broadway.

This production holds the  Westchester Broadway Theatre record for WBT’s longest run ever staged of all their 207 productions, nine months from 1992 to 1993. It lured people in because it is so good. Not a revival it is a survivor, hailed as a superior Phantom by critics including yours truly, Mr. and Mrs. White Plains.

That original WBT production  launched a national tour of the Arthur Kopit (Book) and Maury Yeston(music & lyrics) show. Kopit and Yeston were working on this show in  the early 1980s, trying to get financing for it when Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera secured financing first, and Kopit and Yeston abandoned the project in 1983.

Ironically, like the real Phantom, the K & Y musical was buried in the Yeston and Kopit vaults. It was produced out of town in Houston and Seattle and the public loved it.

Mr. Billman’s Phantom is more romantic and seductive, less dark in feel, and contains sensitive family matters, violence (gunshots, explosions) and action. The Phantom is not over-the-top deranged as the Phantoms of the movies.

If you want a Phantom to fall for, Mr. Billman is it. The Phantom is a composite of vampire, mystery man and Superman. Every woman wants a masked mystery man, (preferably in a cape)

If you want a Christine to take under your wing because you think she’s fabulous, well, sir, Ms. Seidl’s Christine is she.

You are familiar with the Webber songs of the Broadway hit, but this Phantom delivers  fascinating new ballads and arias to charm you. The musical placed in an opera house plays like an operetta.

If you like opera and thrive on its high hysteria and over the top drama and splendid tragic endings that uplift and hold out hope, this is the stuff your dreams are made of. If you like romantic musicals with an ending building to the future, well you’re going to cry but you will want to know what the real Matthew Billman looks like under the mask. And the only way you can see that is in the Playbill.

It’s the gilded age in Paris.

Here’s the situation. Phantom begins with a “Thump Thump Thump”  of the live orchestra trending with a doom beat the ill-fated romance of an overture as Parisians stream about the streets in front of the Paris Opera.

Ms. Seidl’s  Christine is singing in the streets of Paris like so many young actors with her marvelous  Melodies de Paris and is noticed by Count Philippe, a bon vivant (Larry Luck) a patron of the opera who gives her his card to introduce her to the new opera managers.

Cut to the opera house: the Phantom commands with his tall, broad-shouldered figure and his cape, which he uses like a sidekick and sings the ominous Paris Is a Tomb giving you an idea of the loneliness of this tortured young man who has lived his live in the catacombs of the Opera House for most of his 20-odd years. He is virile, isolated and all he knows is the opera.

Meanwhile, in the manager’s office, the wife of the new opera house manager,  Carlotta (Sandy Rosenberg) has fired the long-time manager of the House, Gerard Carriere played stylishly and sensitively by James Van Treuren.

Carriere has for years helped Eric (The Phantom) to live in the depths of the Opera Building and the answer why he has helped  him is not explained. Eric wears a mask.  Ms. Rosenberg does a malicious delicious This Place is Mine a prelude to the conflict to come.

Carlotta who wants to sing lead in her own opera house listens to Christine sing who has used her card of introduction and confines her to wardrobe.

Eric, the Phantom watching from  a place of concealment is smitten listening to her sing to herself. He is smitten. He offers Christine singing lessons.

Christine is equally intrigued with the tall,towering mystery man and especially his moody sensitive brown eyes.  In the first of their duets, Home solidifies the audience’s equally smitten relationship with the two leads.

When the two sing the audience bravos every time they finish with a flourish.

The Phantom brings down the house with his ode to Christine’s talent, You are Music. This is a blockbuster where Mr. Billman just makes the audience soar with the spirit of his caring for Christine.

As the Phantom (who has learned to sing from his mother) teaches Christine her Fa-la-la’s  stage left, their work is seamlessly staged by Director Tom Plum’s two scene-split with intrigue at the Opera House.

Nailing It! Eric prepares Christine for a singing competition at the Bistro which she (Ms. Seidel in white) of course, nails with her Christine Oligato and As You Would Love Paree.

Carlotta jealous of Christine’s talent has plans for her. She gives her a lead role, and after a suspenseful interlude in Christine’s dressing room, Christine makes a serious mistake.

The first act  flies by with the mounting drama, glorious songs and downright lurkiness of it, ending in an opera opening disaster. The audience left with a cliff-hanger for Act Two.

It’s the Phantom to her rescue. Has she lost her voice?  Will she live? What have they done to her?

Second Act: Plot deepens. The Phantom has carried Christine to safety with a marvelous boat  drifting romantically across the lagoon beneath the opera house. The boat with the Phantom poling to a secret refuge, the elegant Phantom’s Bedroom. And who is the mysterious woman on the headboard of the bed?

Mr. Billman and Ms. Seidl sing to each other with a duet to hear, Without Your Music and Where in the World. The WBT orchestra never intrudes, and lays a bed of melody letting the Phantom and Christine just enchant the audience with splendors of lyrics you will hear for the first time.

As the bedroom scene continues we go back into Eric’s past.

Carriere comes down into the bedroom, warning Christine she must leave.  Carriere tells of his past with the woman whose portrait appears on the bed. This backstory is elegantly rendered in a ballet of Carriere’s past with a young dancer,and it reveals the secret origin of The Phantom

Meanwhile the chase is on for Christine.

The drama heightens when Christine in her caring for Eric convinces him to reveal his mask.

What happens next will shatter you, uplift you and bring you to emotional empathy that you will take with you and always remember more than you know.

You will cry at  the duet of the two lovers, where Billman and Siedl play off each other beautifully and bond  together as they part. A triumphant ending worthy of Aida.

James Van Treuren as Carriere, does a meaningful dramatic turn when he reveals his emotions of a lifetime with Eric in stirring duet with the Phantom which unravels the mystery and explores the regret and satisfaction of caring and standing for someone else when no one else would.

I love this staging. The opera house lives!

Set Coordinator Steve Loftus, Set Coordinator/Scenic Artist Carl Tallent and Lighter Man, Andrew Gmoser capture the vaulting, haunting opera stage atmosphere. They especially have made a star in a leading role of the WBT stage transforming it into a bedroom, a boat that is believable visually and more fog than you’ll ever see in London.

Phantom is playing through November 25, and returns from the catacombs from December 27 through January 27, 2019.

Get on the phone now (914) 592-2222 for tickets. Or go to www.BroadwayTheatre.com. Tickets will move fast for this one just like the show.

If you’re fond of a caped mystery man in your life…If you’re enchanted by a wholesome soprano who’ll haunt your dreams,  this is the real Phantom to die for.

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BUSINESS COUNCIL SPLITS WITH COUNTY EXECUTIVE ON AIRPORT PRIVATIZATION
THE SURPRISING DETAILS OF THE LATIMER SHARED SERVICES PLAN 
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WHITE PLAINS WEEK CELEBRATES CARFREE DAY–CAR POOLING TO CITY LIMITS

Who put 3 Big Time Newsmen into that little bitty tomato can?

Peter Katz, Jim Benerofe and John Bailey, Westchester’s Number 1 Newsteam celebrate Westchester’s Car Free Day by carpooling together all three in one of the White Plains Week show’s news patrol vehicles.

Did you carpool today or take the bus to try it out, go to www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus to check out the Beeline collection that’s right for your route.  It’s such a pleasure to take the county bus and leave the driving to them.

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Car Free Day in Westchester. Take Bus and Leave the Driving to Us. Route 119 discards exclusive bus lanes.

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. (Edited) September 20, 2018:

 Westchester County Executive George Latimer is asking that all drivers leave their cars at home on Friday, September 21 in celebration of “Car Free Day” in the Hudson Valley. The event, sponsored by the County Department of Public Works and Transportations SMART Commute Program, is designed to encourage alternatives to single occupant driving, such as the use of mass transit, carpooling, biking or walking to your destination.

Latimer said: “I know we are all in the habit of getting into our cars to drive to work each day. But on Car Free Day, I am asking that you try to find one small way celebrate sustainable transportation. Ride to work with a colleague, or take a walk to your local deli or coffee shop instead of using your car. For the first annual Hudson Valley Car Free Day in 2017 more than 1500 commuters traveled sustainably, and we are hoping for an even greater turnout this year.”

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, who rode a Lime Bike to the press conference, discussed different ways the City of White Plains is embracing sustainable travel.

Roach said: “We are working very hard to increase pedestrian and bicycle activity throughout the city. We brought Lime Bike in and you can see those bikes all over the city. You can see the personal bikes in the bike racks. People riding bikes to the train station every day. There are a lot of people who walk to the train station every day. And many of the building we are putting up are transit-oriented, and we’re hoping that people won’t even need their cars.”

In an after press conference interview, Mayor Roach told the CitizeNetReporter at this point there are no plans for a cross county bus service improvement as part of the county bus rapid transit system that Mr. Latimer said should go into effect in 30 to 60 days. 

Mr. Roach also said that the exclusive bus lanes planned for Route 119 were not going to be buses only that they would be shared with cars with buses having the ability to turn redlights to green electronically to speed the traffic flow. Roach said the idea of exclusive bus lanes has been at this time eliminated because there is no room on 119 to include them.

Asked about locations of new promised bus stations in the various communities along Route 119 (Tarrytown Road), Mayor Roach said the engineers are still discussing the locations in White Plains and other key communities along the route. 

511NYRideshare Program Manager Heliana Verónica Higbie said: “511NY Rideshare is thrilled to partner Westchester County Government to promote sustainable transportation this Car Free Day. We applaud Westchester County’s efforts to make the County more bike, pedestrian and transit accessible, and for encouraging residents to try a more environmentally friendly commute.”

The Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation is also using Car Free Day to highlight the County’s Smart Commute Program, which provides information to increase the use of mass transit alternatives.

Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Hugh Greechan said: “There are a lot of ways that Westchester County commuters can reduce their carbon footprints, and Car Free Day is just one example. We have made several enhancements to the Bee-Line Bus System this fall, including adding service to various routes where ridership is strong and the demand is high. Commuters and seniors can also apply for reduced fare MetroCards.”

Join the SMART Commute team for Car Free Day in Mount Vernon’s Petrillo Plaza on Friday, September 21 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Stop by to learn more about how to travel sustainably by using the Bee-Line Bus System.  Pick up a system map or bus schedule, enter to win a free 2-Trip MetroCard and enjoy complimentary refreshments provided by local businesses.  Ultimate Juices and Edible Arrangements, both of Mount Vernon, will be providing free samples throughout the event, and Lowe’s of Yonkers has graciously donated turf to prove that there are “greener” ways to use your parking spot.

The MetroCard van will be making a special appearance at the Car Free Day event from 3 to 5 p.m. The van is a “one-stop shop” and is equipped to assist bus riders with all of their MetroCard business. Riders will be able to buy a regular MetroCard, apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard if they are 65 and older or have qualifying disabilities, and refill their existing MetroCards. MetroCard is the automated regional fare collection system managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Help make Car Free Day 2018 a great success, take the pledge to go car free on 9/21. For Bee-Line Bus information visit www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus or call the Bee-Line customer service center at (914) 813-7777, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Automated information is available 24 hours a day.

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WESTCHESTER TOWNS, CITIES APPROVE SHARED SERVICES PLAN–SUBMITTED TO THE STATE

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-EXAMINER. From Westchester County Department of Communications. September 18, 2018 UPDATED 9/19:

In a unanimous vote, municipal leaders from all across Westchester County voted to approve the Latimer Administration’s “Update on the Westchester County Shared Services and Taxpayer Savings Plan.” The revised plan was submitted to the NYS Division of the Budget on September 14, 2018.

The 2018 plan, which includes eight new proposals on top of the one proposal from the 2017 plan, would begin in 2019 with matching funds made available by New York State in 2020.

The updated plan projects $7.5 million in 2019 savings, $9.3 million in 2020 savings, and $27 million in recurring savings which will benefit taxpayers, make government services and operations more efficient and enable the County and municipalities to receive state matching funds.

After three public hearings, input from local officials and outreach to a variety of stakeholders including labor and school district officials, the Shared Services Panel, which includes the Mayor/Supervisor of each municipality in Westchester County, voted unanimously (35-0 of the leaders who attended the vote, with 11 county leaders not present for the vote according to the detailed Amended Westchester County Shared Services and Taxpayer Savings Plan issued to the press)  to approve the 2018 County-wide Shared Services plan.

The Leaders and principals who were absent for the vote were from the City of Mount Vernon, City of New Rochelle, City of Peekskill,  Pelham, Rye, Yorktown,  Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington,  Sleepy Hollow, Blind Brook-Rye School District, Yonkers Board of Education.

Those cities, towns and villages and school districts voting in favor of the plan who approved it were  City of Rye, City of White Plains, City of Yonkers, Bedford, Cortlandt, Eastchester, Greenburgh, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mamaroneck, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Ossining, Pelham, Pelham Manor,Pleasantville, Port Chester, Rye Brook, Scarsdale,Tarrytown, Tuckahoe, Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association, Edgemont School District

 

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