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Supermarket: Dispose of salad mixes, containing Romaine lettuce, even if bought this week. Throw out heads of romaine, clean refrigerators where you stored it. SOURCE: CALIFORNIA

Check salad mixes to see if they contain romaine.

2. Check ingredients listing

WPCNR HEALTH WARNING.  November 21, 2018 UPDATED November 22, 2018 :

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told NBC News last night that the contaminated romaine lettuce is “similar” to the strain of E Coli found in lettuce last year about this time. He said it is “likely” the contaminated romaine is “associated” with harvest in California where the romaine now on the market is from.

With Center for Disease Control warning to the country to dispose of all salad products containing a mix that includes romaine lettuce, or heads of romaine lettuce, WPCNR checked a salad mix purchased Monday in White Plains.

Sure enough, it contained romaine.

I checked with the supermarket where I purchased it and the official I spoke with said that I should dispose of the mix.

He said there is no way to trace where the romaine lettuce in areas of the country where consumers are getting sick with the e coli virus. “We can’t trace it,” he said, advising the package should be disposed of. This store manager at Stop and Shop in White Plains said, consumers should bring back open or  unopened packages and they will be given a refund. He said under no circumstances should it be served.

The package WPCNR bought was described as washed before packaging, but e coli bacteria are very difficult to remove by washing. The CDC advised that even if the package is triple-bagged that it should not be used, and disposed of.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, reported that running water over the lettuce can’t ensure that harmful germs are killed. Even scrubbing with baking soda or vinegar won’t clear out the bacteria because they cannot be reached in  tiny crevices you cannot see or wash free. WPCNR points out that in a mix, if there is contaminated romaine, the e coli could have spread to other types of lettuce.

If you have romaine lettuce at home, throw it out, the CDC warned two days previously.Clean your refrigerator where the contaminated lettuce was stored.  Wash your hands.

The Mayo clinic furnishes this information on E coli:

Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. But a few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

You may be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food — especially raw vegetables and undercooked ground beef. Healthy adults usually recover from infection with E. coli O157:H7 within a week, but young children and older adults have a greater risk of developing a life-threatening form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection typically begin three or four days after exposure to the bacteria, though you may become ill as soon as one day after to more than a week later. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea, which may range from mild and watery to severe and bloody
  • Abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness
  • Nausea and vomiting, in some people

When to see a doctor

Contact your doctor if your diarrhea is persistent, severe or bloody.

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City Christmas comes early with Live WP Red Light Cams Snapping 7,000 “Red Light Runners” Since Sept. 1. Half So Far Pay $50 Fine. First 3 months of live tickets Result in $16,270 Loss. May break even or make profit in December

 

The Red Light Camera at Bryant & Mamaroneck Avenues in White Plains, NY USA. It’s Live!

WPCNR TRAFFICA. From the City of White Plains. November 21, 2018, UPDATED with Correction 10:20 A.M. E.S.T. with Reporting by John F.Bailey:

The city announced that since its beginning of active enforcement of Red Light Camera intersections in the city at six locations in the downtown, the city has sent out 7,068 violations to motorists since going “red light real” September 1, in an announcement by city officials put out to the media today.

Of those 7,068 violations, half have paid the $50 fine, according to the city. Accidents over the August, September and October period have been reduced from 30 last year during the same period in 2017 to 23 this year.  If violators do not pay the violation in 42 days, they are charged an additional $25 added to the $50 original fine.

The totals, the city announced that in September there were 2,600 violations sent out in September; 3,969 in October and 499 through November 7.

WPCNR estimates that at at the average of 2,600 violations a month this city would total 52,550 violations for the year, that if all were paid the Red Light Camera “handle” would result in $2,627,500 in revenues.

The Common Council agreed to install red light cameras at a Special Meeting on January 29 of this year.

It agreed to engage American Traffic Solutions to install up to 12 red light cameras, (6 were installed to start as it turned out) at the cost of $18,530 a month per each of the 6 cameras ($111,100 a Month Total resulting in a 12-month annual cost of $1,333,000). (American Traffic Systems has since changed its name to Verra Mobility after a merger).

When WPCNR calculated the cost per month, we committed a mathematical error which reader Cliff Blau informed us of. The real cost is $111,100 a month. (Six times $18,530). Thank you, Mr. Blau.

The result is that in the first three months of live monitoring even with paying for the cameras in August with no charge for violations, the city is about breaking even if we project the last 3 weeks of November.

In its first two months of live violation monitoring (September and October) , the average is 2,600 violations brought in, if all moneys are collected, $130,000 in September, $198,450 in October (3,969 tickets), and for one week in November, $24,950 (499 tickets), which projects to 2,000 tickets a month.

The city has rented two months of cameras with live ticketing, and even with the grace month of August (when no violations were sent out) the city will have spent about $444,720 through November on the program, and collected revenues of $428,450 for a loss of about $16,279. As we pointed out earlier the original agreement of January 29 is the city keeps all ticket revenue. 

Granted persons may learn to figure out how to avoid tickets and time the yellows and reds with more skill to avoid tickets, reducing violations, however the city appears to have a very positive revenue stream with the high traffic December period looming to fill the city with shoppers with automobiles.

With heavier traffic, perhaps more violations will have the program turn a profit the last 3 weeks of December and the holiday shopping season of December.

Based on the one month cost for renting the cameras of $111,100, it will cost the city $1,333,200 for one year of rental.

The revenues based on an average 2,600 violations per month would be $1,560.000 plus late fees, so if violations continue averaging 2,600 violations a month, the city makes a $226,800 profit on the program, if not more, should timing changes of the yellows or new revenue-producing rules are introduced, not that that is anticipated.

 

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Kong for  Best Actor! Boss Ape Crushes Critics with Charisma. Mr. Congeniality Brings Full Houses to their feet!

Christiani Pitts as Ann Darrow and King Kong–Broadways’s most romantic couple. 

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. Theatrical Review by John F. Bailey. November 20 , 2018:

The Best Actor you will see on the great White Way is pecky,  way big, muscles to die for.

He will take you to places you’ll never be again.

His eyes–  dreamy with sensitivity,  ablaze with power.

His touch gentle.

He holds you in the palm of his huge hand.

His roar makes you shiver.

His moan will makes your heart beat fast.

A smile to die for.

Tony judges should  close nominations for Best Actor now.

No human actor matches him in swagger, swag, and swashbuckle.

Kong gives the best performance by an actor in a leading role on Broadway—holding the audience spellbound – and yes, reaching  heart,  mind, soul, psyche, fear with a face that ignites.

And he is a handsome big lug.

He is alive.

The King Kong musical  mounted appropriately  at the old Broadway Theater  with its art deco marquee,  palatial lobby, three massive chandeliers above the stage — a 1924 house whose stage has been graced Milton Berle, Alfred Drake, Jose Ferrer, Eartha Kitt, Vivien Leigh, Zero Mostel and Mae West, and Barbra is shaken by the giant of them all—King Kong.

The leading ape, with spot-on  silverback gorilla confidence, captures wild majesty, looms over audience, appears as tall as the proscenium itself. He is the biggest thing ever to hit Broadway.

He dominates!

He is a 9th wonder of the world (animatronics created by Global Creatures)  and brought to vivid, gorillalistic life by a team of his handlers and electronic wizards—you will not believe he is not real.

You will think he is though.

If you see one musical on Broadway, this is the one, because you will never forget the King.

He’s a cocktail party must. He will mingle.

Because he awes.

But, I digress.

This  show of shows thrusts the  1933 movie classic into 21st Century theater!

The plot is  telescoped. From thudding footsteps as you await the adventure to chilling “lurking roars” while you are waiting for the curtain to rise, and the occasional ‘THUMP!” of something very big that jolts you as you wait.

Then the deeply mysterious  ominous Prologue  curtain goes up on old New York and the leading lady to be, Christiani Pitts (star of A Bronx Tale) stalks into 1931 NYC stunningly conjured by receding skyline in the hustling depression-beset desperate crowds of the streets.

Pitts plays the legendary Ann Darrow, the original scream queen. She is  the ingénue from the country arriving trying to make it on Broadway. Moving animated real scenery of old New York in  sepia takes you back in time, suspends your belief and sets a new standard in tech design mastery: seamless  moving scenary by Peter Englund.

Ms. Pitts and an  acrobatic dance company sing Dance My Way to the Light  She proclaims her quest for stardom in Queen of New York.  She  fails a series of auditions and ends up starving in a diner where (chance encounter!) she is spotted by  promoter Carl Denham, played by fast-talking, sharp-dressing, big promising Eric William Morris  a producer with a plan:  find a mysterious legend on a remote island, and he needs a leading lady.  He gives her a chance, talks her into it and hustles her off to a tramp steamer, the S.S. Wanderer.

The stage is seamlessly changed into the deck of a tramp freighter moving downriver into the Atlantic with waves in front of the bow,  Brooklyn Bridge on the left, then waves on the ocean into fog. This is the most realistic portrayal of a boat moving on the ocean on stage ever created on Broadway that I have seen, as realistic as Holmes and Watson boating on the Thames in The Sign of the Four

After days at sea, with Denham teaching Darrow how to scream, (the whole act rushes forward like an Indiana Jones movie–  the crew mutinies, but plucky Darrow, with Ms. Pitts turbo-charging the vapid Fay Wray character of the movie with courage, spunk and spirit saves Denham’s hide from the angry crew.

This sequence  approach to Skull Island is astounding in its visual realism, its smooth approach to the island. You will not believe your eyes. You’re on a boat

To the haunting anthem Skull Island (composed with a mounting, erie compounding suspense by Marius de Vries) the audience is drawn to the horizon as the words “Land Ho!”  are heard. Soaring rocks appear out of the mist! Then mountains.  The S.S.Wanderer is sailing across tossing waves towards steep soaring shoals ! Could it be? It could be! It is: the mysterious Skull Island!

The hunt for Kong begins through a jungle cleverly turned into clinging living vines that entrap Ms. Darrow.  When the audience sees eyes, then Kong’s incredible teeth. Ms. Pitts really screams!

Kong carries her off to his layer running like an ape pounding through the jungle and he really is visually running with jungle vines rushing by behind him.  It’s alive!

Kong hoists the faint Ms. Pitts and he is running through the jungle to his lair. As Ms. Pitts awakens she pulls her wits together as Kong roars at her. She matches him roar for roar to try and back him off. It is a charming sequence, a real first date. All that’s missing are the Singapore Slings. The facial expressions and puzzlement on Kong’s face are fascinating as the young woman matches him roar for roar.

Obviously, he’s never met a charmer like her before. It’s feisty, it’s funny it’s feral!

What’s neat about this “getting to know you” scene is you go it with. You like Kong believe Ms. Pitts’ portrayal, hook, line and sinker. We have to tip the hat to the “Voice of Kong” articulated with shivery  awesome gusto by  Jon Hoche.

Of course, as Kong retires to think about this, you never know, this being a jungle island that time has forgot, what just might slither out of the jungle. Kong saves Darrow from a startling encounter, and using her farm girl “smarts” she convinces him to let her heal his wounds,  singing Full Moon Lullaby.

She takes this opportunity to escape the big guy’s lair, which leads to Kong’s capture by the opportunistic Denham.

And that’s just the First Act folks.

On to New York, where Darrow, horrified at Kong’s capture balks at exhibiting Kong for money. Denham’s big song It’s Man cynically says anyone will be a sucker for an incredible show. Darrow is having none of it—and says she will not act in the show which puts Kong on display.

There is a  very funny dance act in which Anything Goes is parodied hilariously.  Denham convinces Darrow by saying she either acts in the show or she’s through in show business. Sounds a lot like today doesn’t it? Darrow laments her choice between Kong and career in Scream for the Money.

Pitts has the gusto soprano that gives her all and delivers the most out song you can get of ambition and regret and gives you the feelings you experience when you compromise your principles, and cannot save someone you care about. Pitts pours this out raw and heartbreaking in her  Last of Our Kind when she sings to the chained King Kong.

Will Kong escape?

What will be his fate?

The astounding finale with aircraft with 50 caliber machine guns blazing at Darrow and her protector is spectacular

Christiani Pitts’ heart-throb tribute and tearful lament to Kong, The Wonder has the throng hanging on every plaintive phrase. She and Kong are a Wonder together. Kong sings with his big, sad eyes.

Christiana Pitts and Mr. Kong Broadway’s most romantic couple.

King Kong at The Broadway is a must-see.

Forget about what the old anachronists say, mired in what they think theatre should be, trapped in the past.

This is what theatre  is –creative, courageous, reaching for the stars– creating new experiences, making a fantasy live before your eyes!

Here is a new world– staging, romance, feelings –creating the impossible and you will see it!

You will always remember the night you saw King Kong.

Christiana Pitts and Mr. Kong are Broadway’s most romantic couple.

Perfect together.

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Stopped on Snowy Roads on a Snowy Evening: County Executive in Post-Snow News Conference Points Out Cause of Westchester “WHITELOCK” Thursday

IT BEGAN INNOCENTLY ENOUGH…THEN WENT ROAD!

WPCNR WEATHERWRONGO. By John F. Bailey. November 20, 2018:

In a news conference held Friday morning after the most bizarre rush hour commute last Thursday afternoon when flash fast-falling snow immobilized motorists throughout the county, Westchester County Executive George Latimer held a news conference to put the miles of lines of slipping, sliding “bumper” cars on virtually all county roads that day into perspective.

“We were humbled by Mother Nature,” Latimer said. “The snowstorm was a surprise to all of us throughout the county. As the snow started falling, (at 3 PM), there were indications it would be more impactful than predicted. It came from the south rather than the north, so the southern part of the county got it first and then the north part of the county received the heavier snow.”

Latimer said forecasts indicated at midday that the county would get only 1 to 2 inches. Instead the county received 5 to 7 inches in a matter of 4 hours. Up in Jefferson Valley, Latimer said about 9 inches were delivered. He said, had the county known by noon that 5 to 7 inches were expected, the county and municipalities could have deployed equipment by the time the snow started to fall.

Latimer said plows need at least 3-1/2 inches of snow to be effective, and the plow has to travel at a speed of a least 5 miles to move the white. However the jammed traffic kept the plows from doing the job.

Latimer noted that by the time plows around the county were able to respond to the unexpected intensity of the storm, workers around the county had left work earlier than usual.

Plows around the county were stuck behind unusually heavy volumes of EARLY rush hour traffic. The fast accumulation of snow at 2 inches an hour caused cars to slip and create more slippery conditions where cars could not start up from stops– slipping, wheels spinning, cars lurching left and right, unable to accelerate straight or smoothly.

Impatient motorists also tried to sneak into intersections (especially on Main Street in White Plains and on Route 119) blocking progress in any direction.

This undisciplined gridlock created backups throughout White Plains, Greenburgh and around the county, as well as I-87, I-287, I-95 and I-684.

Latimer reported the county deployed 40% more County Police to aid motorists.

The county received 2,724 calls from motorists stuck or affected by the traffic standstills. Of those 2,724 calls, 693 were “911” calls, and most of those were “rollovers.” There were also 150 abandoned cars (throughout the county). By 9 PM, 6 hours after the snow had started last Thursday afternoon, the situation had “stablized.” Latimer reported it took him an hour to drive from White Plains to Rye, usually a 20-minute trip, and “that was only because I knew the shortcuts,” he said.

He said the county is only responsible for clearing one road in Westchester County, the Bronx River Parkway.

The county has contracts with local municipalities in the county for those communities to clear county roads within their jurisdictions. The state Department of Transportation has responsibility to clear the New York State Thruway, I-87, I-287, I-684, the Taconic Parkway, Hutchinson River Parkway, and the Cross County Parkway.

Latimer pointed out that it is responsibility of local municipalities to clear roads within their city limits. He said some communities like Rye Brook had good police and plow coverage. He said the county DPW would review coordination in various municipalities to perhaps see how all performed and what might be improved in the future.

“Each level has to communicate how we can do better next time,” he said, and he intended to convene a performance analysis process.

Asked by a reporter why the Taconic was not cleared, Latimer said the county would be talking with the DOT about what happened on the interstates and the roads it (the DOT) was responsible for.

A police official said, in response to a reporter’s question that drivers have to be prepared for wintry conditions. He said

1.Be equipped with proper tires (snow tires).

2. Carry reflective triangles or flares to warn oncoming motorists the car is stuck.

3. Carry a fully-charged cellphone.

4. Always start out with full gas tank.

To that, WPCNR suggests, include a snow shovel in your trunk and ice melt or rock salt in your trunk in case you careen off the road.

WPCNR also suggests slowing down your speed in snow.

Allow more distance between your vehicle and the cars ahead, at least one length.

If your car is a standard transmission, use a lower gear.

If your car is an automatic transmission, use the lower (automatic slowing) gear.

If you attempt to stop, take foot off the accelerator, tap brake lightly and do not slam on the brake, it will spin you out of control and send you into a skid faster if you do that.

 

 

 

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County Offers Free Measles Shots to Combat Largest Outbreak of Measles in Years

WPCNR HEALTH WARNING. From the Westchester County Department of Health. November 20, 2018:

With the largest measles outbreak in the state in decades underway in nearby Rockland County (Editor’s Note: the outbreak is related mostly to t Rockland County, due mainly to widespread relicligious beliefs in the county population in not vaccinating their children), Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler recommended County residents verify their own measles vaccine status, and assured County residents that the Health Department is closely monitoring the situation in Rockland County.

Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “We are in close communication with Rockland County and New York State health officials and are prepared to respond should any cases develop here. Measles is very contagious and can be dangerous for anyone who is unvaccinated or whose natural immunity is suppressed. Now is a good time to check with your doctor about your own and your children’s measles vaccine status, and to get the MMR vaccine if you are not up to date.”

The MMR vaccine provides protection from measles, mumps and rubella. The County Health Department offers appointments for MMR vaccine at no cost for children and adults who are under-insured, uninsured or are college students. To schedule a Friday vaccine visit at the County clinics in Yonkers or White Plains, call (914) 995-5800.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they have had a lab test confirming immunity. Those born before 1957, and those who have medical documentation of having received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, are also considered immune. Children usually get the first dose of MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old and again when they are 4 to 6 years old.

If you are unsure if you are immune to measles, contact your healthcare provider. Two doses of the MMR vaccine can offer 97% protection from the measles.

Amler added: “Anyone planning to travel overseas with a child six months or older who has not yet received a first dose of MMR should talk with their child’s doctor about getting the vaccine before leaving the U.S. This will provide some protection against measles outbreaks abroad. Your child will still need two doses of MMR at the regular time.”

To check the latest travel notices about measles, go towww.cdc.gov/measles/travelers.html

In New York State, measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare and pre-kindergarten. Since August 1990, college students have also been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children, as it can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness and death. Others who are at high risk for complications if they get the measles include pregnant women who are not immune, as well as those who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (when your body can’t fight disease). About one out of four people who get measles will be hospitalized.

Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or runny nose. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

If you think you may have been exposed and have symptoms consistent with measles, contact your health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others from being exposed.

Health care providers should immediately report all suspect cases of measles in Westchester to the Westchester County Department of Health Communicable Disease Program staff at (914) 813-5180 during regular business hours, or (914) 813-5000 after hours/weekends. For more health information, go towww.westchestergov.com/health.

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Mayor’s Offices Issues Statement on the Snowstorm Response

WPCNR TRAFFICA. From the Mayor’s Office, City of White Plains. November 16, 2018:

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GRIDLOCK GRINDS WHITE PLAINS, GREENBURGH, PELHAM, WESTCHESTER TO A HALT. WET SWIFT FALLING SNOW OF 2 to 3 INCHES CREATES HAVOC: SLOW SLIPPERY CONDITIONS–STAY OFF THE ROADS PERSONS CALLING FROM CELLPHONES SAY. INTERSECTION TRAFFIC DIRECTING WAS NEEDED.

A Snow event arriving as predicted at 3 PM has created road havoc and a very nasty night for travelers in Westchester and White Plains

WPCNR TRAFFICA. From WPCNR Correspondents. November 15, 2018:

Rush hour in Westchester County has turned into a bumper car mess. Traffic is snarled in central White Plains, with motorists reporting that cars are stalled in intersections due to slippery, uncleared, apparently untreated roads creating slippery conditions on even flat roadways.

It has taken one motorist 3 hours to get from Elmsford into White Plains.

The White Plains conditions, usually with the best snow preparations in Westchester, are inexplicable.

WPCNR advises those comtemplating travel in White Plains this evening not to start out.

The experience one caller told WPCNR was that Route 119 (Tarrytown Road) was at a standstill from Exit 5 west bound on I-287 into Main Street in White Plains. From South Lexington to Bank Street nothing was moving. They also reported I-287 was backed up in both directions.

“I am absolutely shocked there were no White Plains Police officers at intersections to keep traffic moving.”

As of 7:45, the motorist said, Mamaroneck Avenue was clear and plows were beginning to come through.  At point they said they stopped to let a car through an intersection, then they could not get their vehicle moving again. They also said the windshield wipers froze to the windshield.

As of 8 PM it appears to be sleeting.

Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor filed this report:

The roads continue to be horrible. School children have been stuck on buses—caught in traffic gridlock for hours.  And, parents are worried about their children. Some residents report that they have been abandoning their cars on roads –walking home.

That’s a mistake. It makes it difficult for our highway crews to clear the roads and cars left in the middle of the road may have to be towed.  Many fender benders.  Just got a call from a resident whose husband has been stuck on the Saw Mill River Parkway for  two hours.

Received an e mail from a woman stuck on an exit from the Henry Hudson Parkway near Pelham.

Lohud.com reports that the “Thursday evening commute is gridlocked all over. “The number of accidents quickly added up and blocked lanes on almost every major interstate and highway.  Traffic is stop and go for miles. All primary roadways in Pelham and surrounding jurisdictions in Westchester County are currently in major gridlock. All highways are either temporarily closed or at a complete standstill, the Pelham Police posted.”

If one subscribes to the notion that misery likes company –it seems like every community is experiencing similar problems.

Lohud pointed out –—“the slip and slide conditions that caused the high number of accidents Thursday evening and turned the highways into parking lots are because of a thin layer of ice under the snow. When the snow came in, it came in intense, and the ground was very cold so it accumulated quickly….the snow that first fell melted, refroze, and created a layer of ice under the snow.”

Another reason for the problems every community in Westchester and the town of Greenburgh are experiencing: the snow came down around rush hour. Many people left work at the same time. If a car is in an accident – there is gridlock on the road.  Causing hours of traffic congestion.

  Many of the roads that have experienced problems (W Hartsdale Ave, Dobbs Ferry Road, Knollwood) are NYS roads. And –the NYS highway crews have not been as visible as we would have liked.

As the evening progresses – road conditions should improve.   I’m staying at the office for a while.  We have all our crews out trying to do the best we can. But, if a truck is stuck in traffic gridlock and can’t move –the highway vehicle can’t do much good for anyone.

Sorry for the inconveniences.   I have been talking with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works all night and with the Police Chief. We will review what happened. And try to learn from this horrible experience. We will try to do better in the future.

PAUL FEINER

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45 Government Officials Demand AMTRAK COOPERATION ON WESTCHESTER RAIL ACCESS TO PENN STATION

WPCNR ALL ABOARD. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. November 14, 2018:

In a letter to Amtrak Chairman Anthony R. Coscia, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, joined by 45 leaders in a bi-partisan fashion including Westchester’s House of Representatives delegation and the entire Board of Legislators, requested Amtrak’s cooperation in moving the Penn Station Access project forward.  This would provide a critical rail connection for Westchester to the west side of Manhattan and the East Bronx.

Latimer said: “This project would significantly revitalize our region through its creation of a one-seat ride into Penn Station from Westchester for the first time ever. Not only would this save significant time and money for hard-working commuters, it would also alleviate congestion issues at Grand Central Terminal while providing flexibility to the thousands who commute from the Bronx to Westchester each day.”

This project is long overdue. The existing rail lines already exist and the MTA has even agreed to pick up some of the costs of rebuilding certain portions of the line infrastructure to get this project to the finish line. Amtrak has decided to requested additional fees on top of this commitment, fees it does not collect from other commuter lines.

Currently, MTA Capital Construction (MTACC) has a plan to build four new Metro-North Railroad (MNR) stations in the East Bronx that would also service Westchester commuters by connecting the New Haven Line to Penn Station directly. To move forward with this vital project, Amtrak must sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which is an agreement that aligns work schedules and scope and allows MTACC reasonable access to Amtrak-owned tracks and right-of-way. MTACC was prepared to bring the contract for preliminary design to its Board in May, but this action has been delayed due to the lack of a negotiated MOU.

The letter, signed by federal, state and local officials, goes on to say “Our continued economic development relies on stronger public transportation options and we encourage Amtrak to be a partner in these ongoing efforts. We are calling on Amtrak to come to an agreement on the MOU and allow work to move forward on the Penn Station Access project. Our offices stand ready to assist in any way possible to ensure MTACC and Amtrak can quickly reach a mutually beneficial agreement.”

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