Natalie Weiss to Star in White Plains Performing Arts Center’s GHOST. Opens October 13 Through 29

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WPCNR STAGE DOOR. From the WPPAC. September 21, 2017:

The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to announce that YouTube Sensation and American Idol Semi-Finalist NATALIE WEISS will star as Molly in GHOST THE MUSICAL, the Center’s first major offering of its Fall Season on-stage October 13-29.

 Ms. Weiss rose to  fame as a semi-finalist on Season 4 of American Idol and on her widely successful YouTube videos and web series “Breaking Down the Riffs” which collectively have reached over 3 million views, but Broadway theatre fans know her from her roles in Saturday Night Fever, Les Misérables, Everyday Rapture and Wicked.

Natalie has toured the world teaching and performing solo concerts.  She has the privilege of singing on the Original Broadway Cast recording of Dear Evan Hansen and will soon be heard on the soundtrack for the upcoming Hugh Jackman movie musical, The Greatest Showman, based on the life of P.T. Barnum, with original music by Pasek and Paul.

Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg made GHOST one of the biggest hit films of all time. Now the Oscar-winning film comes alive on stage in a smart, funny, suspenseful and romantic musical for the whole family. Or just a great date night!

With a fresh pop/rock score by Grammy winners Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”), GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death.

Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

 

 

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Bicycle Lane Money on Capital Projects Agenda This Afternoon 4 PM

WPCNR INSIDE CITY HALL. From the City Clerk. September 19, 2017:

The Capital Projects Board meets today at 4 in City Hall to rearrange spending plans.

They will discuss amending the Capital Improvement Program to execute planned-for improvements to Transit District Pedestrian and Bicycle facilities into the current 2017-18 fiscal year, by contributing $300,000 in city dollars.

To do this, the Board will consider decreasing the money spent on Storm Water Drains by $150,000, reducing Storm Water Drain expenditures from $400,000 to $250,000.

The other half of the $300,000 will come from taking $150,000 from the project to replace off-street space meter replacement, reducing that project from $350,000 to $200,000.

 

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Westchester County: Perfect for Amazon HQ: Mooney

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From Bill Mooney, Westchester County Association. September 18, 2017:

A Community View by Bill Mooney
Dear Members and Friends of the WCA,
We wanted you to see a copy of Bill Mooney’s Community View posted today on lohud.com:
Amazon recently set off a frenzy when it announced that it was issuing an RFP to establish a location for its second hub. “HQ2,” as it’s called, needs a location with at least 1 million people; that is within 30 minutes of a major metropolitan area; that has proximity to an international airport and a network of highways and mass transit; that is near multiple colleges and universities that would provide its future workforce; and that has “the presence and support of a diverse population.”
The RFP also is seeking a downtown or suburban development site that could house its future campus (and the 50,000-plus people it would employ).
Sound like it should be Westchester? You bet.
Clearly, the growth of Amazon and other such companies is leading them to seek more space and access. This presents great opportunity for Westchester. But can we attract these companies here?
On the face of it, we have the features they are seeking, plus a great lifestyle, good schools, diverse communities, and a few million square feet of available inventory. To be even more competitive, we will need great incentives from New York State and our local communities. But it will take one other thing: the right digital infrastructure. Not having super-speed connectivity could make or break future deals. So, if we want to attract these tech giants, we need to step up to the plate, and that means updating our fiber networks to accommodate gigabit-speed internet.
A year ago, the WCA launched “Gigabit Westchester” and announced the formation of the “Smart Cities ComPACT,” signed by Westchester’s four largest cities. The idea was for the cities to work with the WCA to bring gigabit-speed broadband to every household, business, healthcare, and educational institution within three to five years.
Since then, we’ve rolled up our sleeves, done considerable research, and met with providers and business groups. What we’ve learned is that upgrading our digital infrastructure doesn’t have to take years, not with 5g wireless deployment made possible by transmitters the size of frisbees, which can be placed on rooftops and telephone poles. It can take just months, provided we work together to make it happen.
If Westchester aspires to become a key part of America’s digital economy, the time is now to start putting that infrastructure in place. In doing so, we will be able to spur business development, create jobs, and attract R&D investment. As tech industries are what’s driving the new wave of economic development, we need to reinvent how we do business and we need to think big.
Hopefully, Westchester and New York State will reply to Amazon’s RFP. Whether we become Amazon’s future home remains to be seen. But this I know: there will be more Amazons coming. The time is now to upgrade our digital infrastructure. In a fast-growing global digital economy, super-speed broadband is a key ingredient for prosperity.
Westchester, it’s time to take your shot.
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Service Employees International Union Calls on County Legislators to Override Astorino Veto of IMMIGRANT PROTECTIONS BILL .

WPCNR IMMIGRATION WIRE. From LOCAL SEIU. September 18, 2017:

Immigrants and their allies rallied in Yonkers for passage of the Westchester Immigrant Protection Act, which would protect the privacy of all residents and clearly distinguish between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement.

Though the Act was passed in early August with the bipartisan support of 11 county legislators, County Executive Rob Astorino’s subsequent veto set up an override vote on Monday, September 25. For an override, the support of 12 legislators will be needed to pass the act into law. The rally called for Legislator David Tubiolo, who is among the minority of Legislators who voted against the Immigrant Protection Act in August, to change his mind.

“Our union enthusiastically endorses the Westchester Immigrant Protection Act as a vital tool for reinforcing the bonds of trust between immigrant communities and our local law enforcement,” said John Santos, Vice President of 32BJ SEIU Hudson Valley.

“Legislator Tubiolio has the opportunity to correct his record and stand with his constituents on the right side of history by voting yes on September 25. We encourage all County legislators to do the right thing and support the act, so that immigrants feel comfortable helping local authorities prevent and solve crime, thereby making Westchester safer for everybody.”

Studies have long shown that immigrants are more reluctant to report crime when they fear that police are acting as immigration agents.

Recently, the Trump administration’s indiscriminate and aggressive immigration crackdown has led to dramatic decreases in crime reporting among immigrants in cities like Houston.

This decrease makes criminals harder to catch, endangering the safety of all local residents.

The Westchester Immigration Protection Act reverses the trend by clearly protecting Westchester immigrants’ due process rights, their right to confidentiality, and every taxpayer’s right to the assurance that local law enforcement agencies are focusing all their time and resources on the protection of public safety.

 

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK–THE ELECTIONS–ON THE INTERNET–INSTANTLY NOW!

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KATZ BAILEY BENEROFE

ON THE INTERNET WORLDWIDE

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WPWeek for 9-15 has been posted.   The link to YouTube is
 
 
the link to whiteplainsweek.com is
 
 
THE THREE AND ONLY ON

THE WHITE PLAINS ELECTION RESULTS

THE WHITE PLAINS 9-11 REMEMBRANCE

ASTORINO-LATIMER THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACE BEGINS.

ANOTHER TRUMP THE PRESIDENT EPISODE

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS ACTIVATES TWITTER AND FACEBOOK FOR BREAKING SCHOOL NEWS

THE LIBRARY FOUNDATION GALA AND THE HUB OPENING

AND

MORE

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ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD ON www.whiteplainsweek.com and www.wpcommunitymedia.org –THE ALARMING GROWTH OF ALZHEIMERS FROM THE DIRECTOR OF ALZEIMERS ASSOCIATION HUDSON VALLEY AND A CARE GIVER.

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John Bailey interviews Executive Director of the Alzheimers Association of Hudson Valley and a volunteer caregiver on the growing presence of Alzheimers the last 10 years, the signs that may be warnings of Alzheimers, the pressures on families with a loved one suffering from Alzheimers. The program is a rebroadcast as the annual Alzheimers Walk to Find A Cure is coming up Sunday September 24. TO SEE IT ON THE INTERNET GO TO www.wpcommunitymedia.org or www.whiteplainsweek.com and  scroll down to “White Plains Week People to Be Heard”

 

 

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Mayor Tom Roach Thanks Democrats for their Support in the City Democratic Primary.

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WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2017. From the Tom Roach Campaign. September 14, 2017:

“I am humbled by the vote of confidence my fellow Democrats have given me,” said Mayor Tom Roach. “White Plains is a beautiful, diverse, and progressive place to live. We are one city. We have shown that when we row together great things can be accomplished. I look forward to working with all of you to make White Plains the best it can be.”
Mayor Tom Roach was overwhelmingly re-nominated by White Plains Democratic Voters last night, defeating a challenge by sitting Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona by a total of 73%-27%.  With almost all votes counted, Roach had a more than 1800 vote lead over his opponent.

Roach won big in virtually every region of the city, carrying all but two of the 46 Election Districts in White Plains.

In addition, Tom’s Council Slate all won the Democratic Party nomination. Councilmembers John Martin and John Kirkpatrick were easily re-nominated, and first time candidate Justin Brasch was nominated with a clear, 10% margin over the fourth place finisher. All three were running as part of Mayor Roach and the Democratic Party’s endorsed slate.

Mayor Roach will face Ms. Lecuona again in the general election on the Republican and Conservative lines. The Council candidates will face-off against a combination of five candidates across a number of ballot lines. Mayor Roach and his slate will also be the Independence Party candidates in the general election, and Mayor Roach will be the Working Families Party candidate as well.

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4 Named to Be Inducted into the White Plains High School Hall of Fame

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. From the White Plains City School District. September 12, 2017:

Four White Plains High School graduates have been selected for induction into the school’s Hall of Fame this fall.

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to White PlainsHigh School alumni/ae who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and/or have significantly and positively impacted the lives of others.

The 2017 inductees are: Ralph Waite, ’46, award-winning stage, film and TV actor (posthumous), Dr. Robert L. Johnson, ’64, internationally recognized expert on adolescent health matters and Dean of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Georgia Kacandes, ’77, producer of award-winning movies, David Levy, ‘80, President of Turner Broadcasting,

The honorees will visit the High School on Wednesday, November 15 and will meet with students during the day.  The Induction Ceremony will take place in the Media Center at 3pm and will be followed by a reception.  The public is invited.

This is the eighteenth class of distinguished alumni/ae selected since the Hall of Fame was established in 1996, bringing the total number of inductees to 78.  It is estimated that more

than 30,000 students have graduated from White Plains High School in its 121 years of continuous operation.

The inductees were selected by a committee of representatives of civic and school groups from nominations submitted by the public.  New nominations are welcomed each year.

 

More information available at whiteplainspublicschools.org, “District Info”.

 

 

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Mayor Thomas Roach Secures Democratic Party Nomination Decisively by 3 to 1 Margin Over Challenger for Mayor, Milagros Lecuona. Democratic Voters Support City Committee Nominated Council Candidates, Martin, Kirkpatrick and Newcomer Brasch. Anti FASNY sentiment not a factor. Latimer Defeats Jenkins for the County Executive Dem Nod by almost 2 to 1.

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2017. September 12, 2017 UPDATED 9:30 A.M.:

Mayor Thomas M. Roach turned aside the primary challenge of Councilwoman Milagrose Lecuona, securing the Democratic Party line by a 3 to 1 margin.  This morning with 100% of the votes tallied here are the results (unofficial):

Office MAYOR – WHITE PLAINS
PARTY Votes Percent
DEM THOMAS M ROACH JR 2,950 72%
DEM MILAGROS LECUONA 1,121 28%
Office Totals 4,071 100%
Office COUNCILMAN – WHITE PLAINS
VOTE-FOR-THREE
PARTY Votes Percent
DEM SAAD T SIDDIQUI 1,331 12%
DEM MICHAEL KRAVER 1,707 15%
DEM JOHN M MARTIN 2,273 20%
DEM ALAN D GOLDMAN 1,581 14%
DEM JUSTIN C BRASCH 1,973 18%
DEM JOHN B KIRKPATRICK 2,308 21%
Office Totals 11,173 100%

 

Roach’s Democratic Party nominated running mates, John Martin, John Kirkpatrick and Justin Brasch defeated challengers Goldman, Kraver and Siddiqui, with Kraver being the closest candidate to securing a Democratic Party line.

Mr. Siddiqui and Mr. Kraver will be on the ballot in November on the Working Families Party line.

Mr. Goldman will be on the Republican line for Council, along with Cass Cibelli and a third candidate.

Milagros Lequona is also on the Republican Ticket as Candidate for Mayor.

 

 

 

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