WESTCHESTER DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE: REPORT IRS SUSPECTED SCAMS TO THE IRS DIRECTLY ON THE LINK IN THIS ARTICLE:

WPCNR TELEPHONEY. By John F. Bailey. July 26, 2018:

Monday of this week, WPCNR reported an automated recorded IRS scam attempt which informed the number it was calling an arrest warrant had been issued in your name.

Helen Jonsen, Public Information Officer for the Westchester District Attorney office, told WPCNR,  residents should advise the Internal Revenue Service of suspected “scams” by reporting them to the IRS on the link below. Jonsen in a statement wrote WPCNR

“Since these call are not local in nature, we refer individuals to this contact with the Treasury

https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

The message WPCNR received said in a recorded phone call:

“MONDAY 2:25 PM…HELLO  THIS  CALL IS OFFICIALLY THE  FINAL NOTICE FROM IRS, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE .

THE  REASON FOR THIS CALL IS TO INFORM YOU THAT IRS IS FILING A LAWSUIT ON YOUR NAME  BECAUSE YOU HAVE TRIED TO DO A FRAUD WITH THE IRS, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE,  AND WE ARE TAKING OVER COLLECTION  AND WE ARE FILING AN ARREST WARRANT ON YOUR NAME   

TO GET MORE INFROMATION REGARDING THIS CASE FILE  JUST CALL US BACK ON OUR DEPARTMENT NUMBER. 219-401-5583.I WILL REPEAT IT, 219-401-5583. THANK YOU.”

WPCNR has learned that local residents have been getting similar calls frequently since WPCNR received it.

 

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Walmart will not relocate closed White Plains Store Elsewhere. Lease had several years to run. Financial considerations cited.

WPCNR MAIN STREET JOURNAL. By John F. Bailey. July 26, 2018:

Walmart, despite optimism of the local real estate market expressed publicly, told WPCNR Thursday afternoon it will not open another Walmart store in Westchester County.

WPCNR inquired whether there were any unresolved issues with the landlord at the White Plains Main Street site, and whether the lease had expired.

Phillip Keene  Director, Corporate Communications of Walmart responded to WPCNR, with this statement:

“We have no unresolved issues with the landlord of the site.
 
Our lease expires in a few years. As we’ve stated, this tough decision was based on financial performance among other factors.
 
While we are always looking for ways to better serve our customers, we are not pursuing or planning a relocation of this store.”

Previously, Walmart had issued this information to the media on the closing with details of the closing procedure:

“The decision to close our White Plains store is not an easy one. We opened the store in 2006 and we are as proud today as we’ve ever been with how the store leadership and associates have served and contributed to the local community over the years. We are grateful to the customers who have given us the privilege of serving them in White Plains. We look forward to continuing to serve them at other area locations and online at walmart.com.

As a company, we are committed to continuing our growth and investment in New York. We expect to spend an estimated $52 million in New York this fiscal year through the remodeling of 15 stores as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money.”

Additional Background

  • After a careful and thoughtful review process, we have made the difficult decision to close our Walmart Store at 275 Main Street, White Plains, NY.
  • We have been, and will continue to be, supportive of our local store leadership and associates, and this decision is in no way a reflection of their hard work and customer service.
  • This tough decision to close the store is based on a number of factors, including financial performance and strategic alignment with long-term plans.
  • At this time, we plan to close the store to the public by Friday, August 10, 2018. The Pharmacy will close on August 7th (7 pm EST). We are planning to transfer records to the nearby Sam’s Club (#6674 Elmsford, NY). Our pharmacy staff will work with customers to transfer prescriptions to another convenient location.
  • We care deeply about our associates impacted by this decision. Associates will be paid until October 26, 2018 unless they leave the company before that date or transfer to another facility. We are hopeful the vast majority of associates will be able to continue their careers by transferring to another location. In the event that is not the case:
    • Salaried full time associates, who are not offered a comparable position with the company, and are still employed on October 26, 2018, will be eligible for severance.
    • Hourly full time associates, who have been employed at least one year or part time associates who have been employed for at least five years, and are not offered a comparable position, will be eligible for severance.
    • Our Local HR leadership will be supporting associates with resume training and interview skills training as requested.
  • Through careful inventory management, and clearance sales, we expect to sell through most of the product prior to the closing date. Remaining perishable items may be donated to local hunger relief organizations.

Walmart in New York

  • We operate close to more than 110 stores and clubs throughout New York, employing more than 37,000 associates.
  • In FY17, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation invested more than $25 million in cash and in-kind contributions to non-profits throughout New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DENNIS RUDIN ON WPTV PEOPLE TO BE HEARD: DENNIS RUDIN, TALK SHOW HOST ON THE COUNTY’S NEWS COVERAGE; ANALYSIS OF GEORGE LATIMER THE FIRST 6 MONTHS AND A RETIRED TEACHER’S TAKE ON HOW TO FIX WESTCHESTER EDUCATION ON YOU TUBE AND WHITE PLAINS WEEK DOT COM.

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GEORGE LATIMER’S FIRST SIX MONTHS AS COUNTY EXECUTIVE

MINDSETS AND ATTITUDES OF POLITICIANS

REFLECTIONS ON WHY COMMON CORE DID NOT WORK

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO FIX NY EDUCATION

AND MORE

AT 7 SATURDAY COUNTYWIDE ON WHITE PLAINS 

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(Simply Scroll down the video wall to White Plains Week-PEOPLE TO BE HEARD ON CLICK ON THE JULY 26 SHOW)

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Mayor Roach Tells WPCNR He Expects Walmart to be quickly replaced. No shortage of Possibilities for site.

WPCNR CITY HALL MONITOR.  SPECIAL TO WPCNR July 25, 2018:

Mayor Thomas Roach of White Plains issued this statement to WPCNR today on the closing of Walmart from White Plains, which will be effective August 10:

“Nationwide the retail landscape is shifting rapidly and dramatically.  Fortunately, we have worked hard to reposition the city by bringing more residential and corporate presence into the downtown.  The building is a 50 year old former Sears store in the heart of downtown.  Anyone familiar with the real estate market in White Plains will realize that there will be no shortage of proposals for the site, which will better fit the demand in the downtown. 

I received the call from Walmart at 9:15 this morning advising of their decision.  My immediate concern is for the workers who are losing their jobs.  We have a very low unemployment rate in White Plains but this may also be an opportunity for those who wish to change their career path.  I contacted our Education Training Center, which is an innovative program that trains people for jobs where there is a shortage of qualified people, for example health care, culinary, and hospitality to name a few.  The ETC is willing to work with Walmart;  I conveyed this information to Walmart and we look forward to working with them to make this a reality. 

 

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OFO THE BIKE RENTAL COMPANY OUT OF WHITE PLAINS AFTER 2 MONTHS. LIME HAS MONOPOLY ON RIDE AND LEAVE BIKING IN WHITE PLAINS

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WPCNR DOWNTOWNING. July 24, 2018:

WPCNR has learned through a city hall source that OFO, one of two companies proving dock-sharing bicycles, rental via smartphone ap in White Plains has deserted the White Plains market, after an approximately 3 month testing of the market.

The departure leaves Lime, (the bicycle dock sharing company bikes shown in the above photo) the sole provider of rental bikes via Ap in White Plains.

 

 

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Walmart Tells City Hall It is Closing in White Plains

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WALMART White Plains, no longer a staple of Main Street in May, 2006, prior to its opening in July, 12 years ago. WPCNR Archive

WPCNR MAIN STREET JOURNAL. By John F. Bailey. July 25, 2018:

The Mayor’s Office told WPCNR this morning  that Walmart notified the Mayor’s office yesterday to announce they were closing the Walmart location adjacent to city hall effective August 10.

The Journal News reports Walmart is looking for another location in the nearby White Plains area with outdoor parking. The Journal News quotes Walmart’s Philip Keene, a spokesman, saying the “less than ideal financial performance” of the Walmart store was a factor.

The person WPCNR spoke with said the city is considering how to react to this at this time and has no immediate statement.

A call to the Communications Office of Westchester County Government for a statement from the County Executive George Latimer on the departure of Walmart from the County Seat has been made.

Word of the closing from employees who were told of the closing helped spread the bad news.

Walmart had no statement other than they were spending $52 Million on upgrading Walmart stores in New York in a news broadcast by News12 The Bronx.

Four hundred persons work in Walmart White Plains and all will be either transferred or given severance according to News12TheBronx.

 

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IRS SCAMMERS ADD NEW WRINKLE: AN ARREST WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED AND YOUR NAME IS ON IT.

WPCNR TELEPHONEY. By John F. Bailey. July 24, 2018:

I hit the answering machine Monday and listened to this message.

“MONDAY 2:25 PM…HELLO  THIS  CALL IS OFFICIALLY THE  FINAL NOTICE FROM IRS, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE .

THE  REASON FOR THIS CALL IS TO INFORM YOU THAT IRS IS FILING A LAWSUIT ON YOUR NAME  BECAUSE YOU HAVE TRIED TO DO A FRAUD WITH THE IRS, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE,  AND WE ARE TAKING OVER COLLECTION  AND WE ARE FILING AN ARREST WARRANT ON YOUR NAME   

TO GET MORE INFROMATION REGARDING THIS CASE FILE  JUST CALL US BACK ON OUR DEPARTMENT NUMBER. 219-401-5583.I WILL REPEAT IT, 219-401-5583. THANK YOU.”

This is very chilling.

It is the latest IRS scam that I have heard. You should not call this number.

Now, the message is a scam because the IRS always sends you letters if they want more money from you and spell out the reason. They never call you direct.

My advice is not to call back this number.

It is Tuesday afternoon and no law enforcement personnel have shown up at my door to serve a warrant.

 

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New Microsoft Scam Twist Could Drain Your Account: Do Not Fall for It.

WPCNR  TECH WATCH. By Aaron Woodin, PC Ventures. July 24, 2018:

(Editor’s Note: Aaron Woodin, for seventeen years a computer expert in White Plains, advises WPCNR on issues affecting personal technology systems and consults with corporate clients. He advises from time to time on computer security trends.)

Over the past few days, I’ve received two phone calls claiming to be from either Microsoft and/or some other tech company.
Now, this isn’t something new – for at least the last five years, my clients have received this sort of unwanted contact from people pretending to be legitimate techs from Microsoft, Apple,etc.
But now there is a clever new twist: they’ve adjusted their script and are calling to say that they will refund money related to prior attempts at bilking you!
They ask for a checking account or other financial info, claiming they will swiftly process a refund, when in fact they will make false charges or drain the account. 
Pretty clever considering that a small minority
of those contacted have submitted some form of payment.
So please keep in mind:
1. NO tech company will reach out to YOU, unsolicited, for *any* reason.
    The only exception would be if you left a message with them, or chose to arrange a callback.
2. NEVER give out financial information over the phone.
3. NONE of the scammers have suddenly grown a conscience or have been forced to issue refunds, especially via unsolicited call.
 If you *have* given money to tech scammers, the best course of action is to contact your credit card issuer and insist that the transaction be reversed.
They are normally happy to help you with this.
Also remember to never click on any big, blaring “Alerts” about viruses that pop up from your web browser.
As with any phone call or computer alert, feel free to call me at PC Ventures with any questions
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Rabies Alert in Yorktown. Beware of Aggressive Fox that has bitten three People

The Westchester County Department of Health is alerting residents that a fox has attacked three people in Yorktown this weekend, and the fox is still at large.

Due to its aggressive behavior, the fox is believed to be rabid.  The health department used robo-calls today to notify nearby residents.

The first attack occurred at 6 a.m. Saturday, when a jogger was bitten by a fox on Lee Boulevard. A second man was bitten in his backyard on North Deerfield Road at 8:30 a.m., and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., a woman was bitten in her backyard.  All three are receiving preventive rabies treatment.

“Stay alert and closely supervise children and pets when outside,” said Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD. “If you see a fox stay away from it and contact local police immediately.”

Unusual behavior may be the first sign of rabies in an animal. A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame. It may lose fear of people and become excited and irritable, or, conversely appear particularly passive and lethargic. Staggering and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted.

Residents who see a stray or wild animal acting strangely should avoid contact with the animal and alert local authorities to avoid possible exposure to rabies. Residents are also advised to keep their trash can lids securely sealed and avoid leaving pet food outdoors.

Any physical contact with a wild or unfamiliar animal should be reported to a health care provider. All animal bites or contacts with animals suspected of having rabies must be reported to the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5000, 24 hours a day.

Keeping pet rabies vaccinations up to date is also important for protection against rabies. New York State law requires dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies and receive regular booster shots.  For more information, go

to www.westchestergov.com/health or call the RABIES INFOLINE at (914) 813-5010.

 

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New York to the Rescue! New York to the Rescue!

 

WPCNR PUERT0 RICO REPORT. From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. July 23, 2018:
With 90 Homes Restored and Rebuilt, New York is on Target to Reach Goal of 150 Homes Renovated Throughout the New York rescue mission to Puerto Rico

Over 400 Student and Labor Volunteers Have Dedicated More Than 25,000 Hours to Rebuilding Efforts

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced major milestones accomplished through the NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding initiative launched in April. To date, 90 homes have been cleaned, restored, and rebuilt across the island, indicating that New York State is well on its way to reaching its goal of 150 homes renovated through the initiative. So far, over 400 student and labor volunteers have dedicated more than 25,000 hours to the initiative, and with two major deployments remaining, New York State will have mobilized more than 500 student volunteers and over 100 skilled labor volunteers to assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts this summer.

“As the federal government turned their back in the wake of one of the most devastating natural disasters to ever hit Puerto Rico, New York stepped up and continues to stand with our fellow Americans during their greatest time of need,” Governor Cuomo said. ”These milestones are more than numbers, they represent real people whose lives have been restored and the progress made toward our goal to build the island back stronger than ever before. We will proudly continue to support the island until each and every home is rebuilt and the people of Puerto Rico have all they need to thrive. It’s just the New York way.”

“Hundreds of SUNY and CUNY students have volunteered their time to help families in Puerto Rico recover from the natural disaster that devastated their communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. ”While the federal government fails to help with rebuilding efforts, New York is standing up and helping our brothers and sisters when they need it most. Governor Cuomo and I remain committed to helping our fellow Americans build back better and ensure their safety from future disasters. We will continue to support the NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative until the job is done.”

The Governor is currently in Puerto Rico leading a delegation of SUNY and CUNY presidents and students, as well as nonprofit partners, labor leaders, and elected officials, to support the ongoing efforts on the island. This trip marks the Governor’s fifth trip to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, and part of the third deployment of SUNY and CUNY student volunteers since the initiative began.

Members of the delegation will participate in rebuilding efforts in the Northern and Central regions of the island as well as the San Juan Metro Area and will return in the evening of Tuesday, July 24. Volunteers will work side by side with the non-profit rebuilding organizations All Hands and Hearts, Heart 9/11, and NECHAMA.

As part of the NY Stands with Puerto Rico Rebuilding and Recovery initiative, student volunteers deploy for two weeks at a time and have the opportunity to earn college credits for their work. Volunteers with the New York Building and Construction Trades continue to deploy in one to two week waves throughout the summer. In addition, UNICEF USA has committed funding to support this effort.

The ongoing deployments follow the second phase of the initiative launched on April 29, in which the Governor deployed a Tactical Assessment Team to develop a comprehensive rebuilding plan for the island. The Assessment Team’s findings continue to guide the deployments throughout the summer. Three prior deployments on July 15, July 1, and June 17 each included more than 100 SUNY and CUNY students and volunteers, and over 25 skilled labor volunteers.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, ”Countless SUNY students, faculty, and staff, have dedicated their time to make the Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative a success, including 150 people on the island this summer rebuilding homes and clearing the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria 10 months ago. I look forward to volunteering with our students there later this week and working to expand SUNY’s partnerships in Puerto Rico, including joining a sustainable solar project between Alfred State and the University of Puerto Rico.”

Interim CUNY Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz said, ”We are so proud of The City University of New York students who have taken part in the Governor’s New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative this summer. With their time, talent, and hard work, they have inspired all of us with their commitment to helping fellow Americans in need.”

Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater NY President Gary LaBarbera said, ”Governor Cuomo and his administration has already done so much to help our brothers and sisters in need on the Island of Puerto Rico. The New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative shows that the Governor’s commitment to the people of Puerto Rico doesn’t stop until they are safe from future storms. We are proud that our skilled workforce is part of these continued efforts to build resilient homes in some of the worst hit areas on the island.”

Caryl Stern, President and CEO, UNICEF USA said, ”UNICEF USA has developed and supported programs where kids help kids for decades, and we are so glad that this project empowers young people to support families in Puerto Rico and builds a new generation of leaders. We are thankful to the Governor, the students and other partners involved for their hard work in bringing this project to fruition, and for allowing us to support such a positive initiative.”

New York’s Efforts to Support Puerto Rico

Governor Cuomo continues to build on New York State’s efforts to assist Puerto Rican families in New York who were forced to flee their homes after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Last month, as federal rental assistance was set to expire at the end of June, the Governor directed the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to establish a $1.2 million program to provide robust housing case management services to displaced Puerto Ricans, and directed the Department of Labor to provide up to $10 million in job training and placement funding to community based organizations.

The Governor also announced last month that the SUNY Board of Trustees and CUNY Board of Trustees would be extending in-state tuition for students displaced by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The extension of the authorization will allow students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to attend stated-operated colleges for the 2018-19 academic year at a lower cost to ease the burden as their families recover from the devastation following these natural disasters. In the spring 2018 semester, approximately 50 displaced students took advantage of the in-state tuition rate at SUNY colleges and 200 displaced students at CUNY colleges.

Since Hurricane Maria’s landfall in September 2017, Governor Cuomo has traveled to Puerto Rico four previous times and continuously directed critical resources to communities in need. In the immediate aftermath, New York established the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, ultimately distributing at least 4,400 pallets of supplies collected from 13 donations sites across the state. New York State also deployed more than 1,000 personnel, including hundreds of utility workers and power experts to help with power restoration and grid stabilization.

Governor Cuomo and the New York Congressional Delegation continue to advocate for Puerto Rico to receive necessary federal aid. In December, Governor Cuomo and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, along with members of the New York Congressional Delegation, released a Build Back Better Assessment Report. The report identified specific sectors needing investments, including housing, power grid and resiliency, agriculture, and others. Together with $487 million for public safety and first response aid and $9 billion for long-term recovery management, the total funding need is $94.4 billion.

 

For more information about the recovery and relief efforts underway in Puerto Rico, and to learn how you can assist, please visit the Governor’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands webpage.

 

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