Cristin to Kelly to Fitz

WPCNR Pressbox. June 1, 2002. The White Plains High School Softball Team had their season ended Thursday on a suicide squeeze play in extra innings. In the best tradition of Grantland Rice, and apologies to the late Robert Adams of the New York Evening Mail we salute this great White Plains team with a poem.

Cristin to Kelly to Fitz

These are the saddest of possible softball worlds.
No more Cristin to Kelly to Fitz.
Trio of Tiger cubs wielders of mighty metal clubs,
Flickers and flashers of cobra gloves.

Fearless in challenging the hitters, and going at pitchers,

Dauntless no matter the inning be dire.
Cristin and Kelly and Fitz and Cyndi and Leslie and Kara
Long will their days in the softball sun inspire.

These are times to salute the champions of the standard
Southpaw smoothie Orfe and lightning righty Pollard.
1-2 mound masters dreaded from Ossining to Yonkers, Chappaqua to Rochelle.

Pokerface little lefty lifting the team with heart under pressure.
Stalwart Tara Terrific with hissy fastball beyond measure.
A meeting on the mound, hands raised, and “3 outs!” their cry,
They fought every inning, and sought the best, and always “did,” not die.

Here’s to Ciara Di, stalwart backstop, “Protector of the Plate.”
Her fleet feet and rifle arm hung out stealers on a line with aplomb.

Fitzmaurice the First, statuesque, rangy and fearless,
She of the magnificent stretch, the graceful charge,
The Rally Builder, moving them over with courage,

Taking the bad hops with poise and ease.

And Jessica “I” with terrific eye and flashing glove, guardian of the Hot Corner Gate.

O’Donnell’s Bluff cheers to Picket Patrol of Busch Carnaghi and Younkin,
Turning Wertz-ian Drives into long outs with their long reach of leather,
Pursuing gappers like deer and breaking Koalas’ Hearts.

Thoughtlessly pricking League I-A Bubbles with their strokes
Sending yellow spheres soaring into green alleys with Promethian Pokes,
The splendid Cyndi, the elegant Leslie, the steady Kara, masters of frozen ropes.

Their names are effort, grace, and class, and the county’s most tough.
Sophomore O’Neil smoothly fitting in will return to A new era
With Isaacs and Abbotts and the towering Tara to Continue innings into the future.

Our Tiger Cubs of the Champions have played their last together as a team,
Forging tradition of unselfish play, to inspire future diamonds in the rough.

In the dirt on O’Donnell’s bluff in future innings, we will remember,
The dives of the fearless Pasqua — Orfe the little lefthander inspiring
Future windmill pitchers to “be like Jessie,” — the grit
Of peerless Carnaghi of Dimaggio stride, the flights of Leslie the Little Falcon.

As other Tigers fill their spikes and listen to peerless leader O’Donnell,
Son of McGraw, Casey, Sparky, and Earl, and shadows of autumn,
Turn our cubs into women and players in life,
Our girls of spring will live in scorebooks of memory, getting “3 outs” in the softball sun.

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Republicans Hold Off Nominating Opponent for Matusow, Expect a Dem Primary.

WPCNR All News Final. Special to WPCNR. May 30, 2002. 11:00 PM E.D.T.: WPCNR observer at the Westchester County Republican Convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Thursday evening reports the Republican Party optimistic that this will be a Republican year based on Governor Pataki’s popularity. They also report the GOP expects a challenge to Assemblywoman Naomi Matusow in Assembly District 89.

The GOP nominated Sue Kelly, Guy Velella, Nick Spano and Lei Bell for the State Senate, but is holding over announcing the Congressional Districts these candidates will be running in until next week.

In New York State Assembly races, the Republicans affirmed the nomination of the political debut of Tony Sayegh. Mr. Sayegh is running against Amy Paulin, the Democratic incumbent in Assembly District 88, which includes half of White Plains, West of Post Road and North Broadway. The Republicans also nominated Mike Spano and Willis Stephens of Carmel for Assembly.

Republicans Watch Democrat Intrigue.

Our Republican observer said the party’s decision to not nominate a candidate at this time to oppose Naomi Matusow, the Democrat incumbent in Assembly District 89, is based on the leadership’s opinion that White Plains Democrats may “primary” Ms. Matusow due to her anti-sales tax position, as being not in the best interest of White Plains residents.

Matusow, has refused to budge from her position of opposing the sales tax in Albany. Elimination of the sales tax would cost White Plains taxpayers an extra 30% in property taxes to make up for the loss of sales tax revenue.

Speculation that even City Democratic Party Leader in White Plains, Adam Bradley, might primary Matusow was enhanced locally by Bradley’s marching in the White Plains Memorial Day parade Monday. He was acting every bit like a candidate for something. This reporter has not seen behind-the-scenes party leaders marching in city-sponsored functions.

Bradley and Delgado live in Matusow’s new District

Matusow’s newly drawn District 89, includes the south end of White Plains East, Southeast of Post Road and North Broadway, where Adam Bradley lives. Bradley’s Court of Appeals argument that reversed an appellate and trial court decisions calling for a new election in White Plains to determine the sixth council seat, has boosted his stature as a possible candidate to oppose Matusow.

At a convention attended by approximately 200 Republican supporters at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the party nominated the following candidates: For Justice of the Supreme Court: Janet Difiori, Thomas A. Dickerson, Mary H. Smith, and James Brands.

Nominated for Judge of the County Court: Irene Ratner. Our correspondent reports the Republicans are holding over nominations for the Family Court until June 6.

The GOP nominated Sue Kelly, Guy Velella, Nick Spano and Lei Bell for the State Senate, but is holding over announcing the Congressional Districts these candidates will be running in until next week.

Delgado Quo Warranto Waltz Plays On.

Larry Delgado, who lives in Ms. Matusow’s newly drawn district, and could, should he so choose, oppose Matusow, was seen at the convention, working the crowd, according to our correspondent. Mr. Delgado did not return calls from WPCNR asking if he was a possible candidate for Assemblywoman Matusow’s seat.

Earlier Thursday, Jeffrey Binder, an attorney for Mr. Delgado orchestrating his quo warranto proceeding with the New York State Attorney General’s Office gave us an update on Mr. Delgado’s efforts to have the Attorney General take up his jammed election machine case.

Case being carefully documented.

Binder told WPCNR the Attorney General’s office had contacted Mr. Delgado personally last week, and offered Mr. Delgado “as much time as needed” to prepare the materials for the quo warranto request. Binder said that he and his legal colleague on the case, John Ciampoli, were doing “our due diligence” in presenting the facts that the Attorney General could use to stage a quo warranto action to recall Glen Hockley from his Common Council seat.

Hockley was, in effect, made the winner of the November 6 election, when the Court of Appeals ruled against Mr. Delgado on March 15, throwing out two lower court rulings declaring a new election be held to determine who would occupy the sixth Common Council seat. Mr. Delgado lead Mr. Hockley going into District 18 results, which were found to be inconclusive due to the District 18 voting machine jamming on the Delgado line, which the Delgado camp claimed resulted in Mr. Hockley winning by 47 votes.

The Court of Appeals ruled that the lower courts overstepped their jurisdiction by calling for a new election, and that Mr. Delgado’s only remedy was to seek a quo warranto action through the Attorney General’s office, which is currently being sought by the Delgado camp. The Attorney General’s office contact with Mr. Delgado and his attorneys last week, was their first contact with Mr. Delgado to date. They have had the case for nine weeks.

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White Plains resident to be honored




Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 4, at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale. Refreshments will be served at 7:00 PM and the program begins at 7:45 PM.

At the meeting the agency will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of its award-winning Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP). An early childhood/parent education and family literacy program, PCHP is designed to prevent school problems for disadvantaged pre-schoolers and promote self-esteem and child rearing competence in their parents. Working at home with families in Greenburgh, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester and White Plains trained home visitors use specially selected toys and books to provide cognitive enrichment through verbal interaction and special game play.

During the past three decades, nearly 2,500 children have participated in the program. At the meeting, several past program participants will acknowledge the impact that early learning has had on their lives.

Dr. Jack Posen of White Plains will be recognized with the WJCS Pillars of Community Award for his support of PCHP. In honor of his daughter who perished when TWA Flight 103 exploded over Lockberie, Scotland in 1988, Dr. Posen set up the Pammy Fund Scholarship Program. Over the past decade, The Pammy Fund has contributed more than $100,000 to high school graduates who participated in PCHP as toddlers, assisting them to pursue their goals through higher education.

Anyone interested in attending the WJCS Annual Meeting should call 761-0600, ext. 719.

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WHO: The American Cancer Society invites individuals who want to honor cancer survivors or pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer to join its Relay For Life, scheduled for:

June 7-8 June 14-15

Mercy College New Rochelle H.S

Dobbs Ferry, NY New Rochelle, NY

June 28-29

Walter Panas H.S

Cortlandt Manor, NY

WHAT: Relay For Life is an overnight celebration allowing individuals and teams to camp out, barbecue, enjoy live entertainment and walk or run around a track “relay-style” to support cancer research, education and patient and family services in the community. At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminaria placed around the track in a touching ceremony to honor cancer survivors and those who have lost their battle with the disease.

HOW: To join a Relay For Life in your community, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

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Showtime in the Parks: “Charlotte’s Web” To Debut.

WPCNR White Plains Variety. May 29, 2002. 7:45 A.M. E.D.T.:The Fort Hill Players will present four performances of “Charlotte’s Web” on their fifth annual Summer in the Parks extravaganza.
The showtimes are: July 9, Druss Park; July 11, Turnure Park, July 16; Battle/Whitney Park, July 18, Mattison Park. All Parks in White Plains.
All performances begin at 7 p.m. The admission is FREE.

The Fort Hill Players Summer in the Parks Program is made possible by the Arts Alive Program of the Westchester Arts Council, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council of the Arts. For more on the show, go to

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White Plains Comes Out to Salute “The Men and Women Who Made All This Possible.”

WPCNR Morning Sun. By John F. Bailey. May 28, 2002 7:30 A.M. E.D.T.UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL PHOTOS:The annual White Plains Memorial Day Parade marched off down Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street and up to the rural cemetary on Broadway Monday saluting the men and women who served and gave their lives in America’s fights for freedom around the world.


VETERAN MAYOR JOSEPH DELFINO GRAND MARSHALLS THE PARADE, with guest H. Carl McCall, and County Legislator William Ryan, followed by members of the Common Council. Veteran and councilman Robert Greer is seen in the American Legion cap to the right.

THE GREATEST GENERATION, White Plains veterans of World War II take the point at the parade of real heros.

JEWISH VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS proudly maintain rank and file in the White Plains Memorial Day Parade.

THE TIGER BAND of White Plains High School filled the downtown with their really big brass band sound, featuring “America the Beautiful.”..

POPULAR WHITE PLAINS BEATIFICATION FOUNDATION TRUCK, driven by Commissioner of Public Works Joseph “Bud” Nicoletti traditionally signalled the end of the parade. Commissioner Nicoletti has a unique way of “working the crowd” from the cab of the truck that the crowds just love..

PIGEONS PATIENTLY AWAIT PARADE: Prior to the start of the parade, recent arrivals of New York City pigeons, lured by news of the White Plains apartment boom, and the absence of dreaded New York City falcons, anticipate arrival of the annual spectacle, cooing amongst themselves.

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Homeowner’s Almanac: New Fence Keeps Critters Out of Your Garden

WPNCR Homeowner’s Almanac. From Jonathan Leonard. May 24, 2002. 11:30 PM E.D.T.:With Possums, Raccoons, Foxes, voracious rabbits and critters finding White Plains more to their liking, The McGregor Fence Company has announced development of a revolutionary new fence that solves the “Peter Rabbit” problem by reliably keeping rabbits, skunks, woodchucks and other pests out of vegetable gardens.
Known as Mr. McGregor’s Fence™ (pat. pending), the product takes the form of a complete kit with easy installation instructions.

Mr. McGregor’s Fence and its parent company are both named for the gentleman gardener in Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Peter Rabbit. McGregor’s ire immortalized the problem faced by millions of vegetable gardeners who see their crops damaged or destroyed by critters.

Mr. McGregor’s Fence ends this annoyance safely and affordably. The fence is harmless to small animals, pets, and childrenindeed, it does nothing bad to anything. It is cheaper than the retail price of its components purchased separately, and it is easy to set up, with no gates, doors or below-ground digging required.

The fence’s key element is a single charged wire–part of an established system for controlling pets and other small animals in a way that startles but does not harm them. This wire runs a few inches out from the main fence at a height where any exploring creature will find it. Invariably, the would-be interloper investigates the fence before trying to climb or burrow, finds the wire, gets startled, and departs.

Historically, efforts to fence out small critters usually fail. That’s because most fences are passive barriers. They give invaders lots of time to attack them. So they must be massive. That makes them expensive, hard to install, and still failure-prone.

In contrast, most barriers formed by actively charged wires alone are too porous. Creatures figure out how to go over or under single or even paired wires. Worse, since the wires are nearly invisible, people
tend to trip over, break, or uproot them.

What Mr. McGregor’s Fence does is creatively combine these two elements by putting the wire next to a visible landmark (the low barrier fence), adds an active side to the old passive barrier, and ensures that intruders connect with the active element.

Jonathan Leonard, the fence’s inventor and head of the McGregor Fence Company is a Harvard graduate with decades of professional nursery and gardening experience. Leonard installed the first prototype of this fence 15 years ago and has used it to protect his home vegetable garden ever since.

He found the fence highly effective against the woodchucks, rabbits, skunks, and squirrels that roamed his nearby woods. “It was 100% effective” says Leonard, “except for a three-week period one year when I disconnected the fence, neglected to reconnect it, and found that most of my vegetables disappeared.”

Right now, Leonard’s goal is to convince vegetable gardeners of his product’s merits and to put a McGregor fence around every vegetable garden with small animal problems. He notes that “the kit going on the market is installer-friendly, user-friendly, Nature-friendly, and safe.” The kit comes in multiple lengths, with supplements that make it the right size for any garden. It’s also economical, costing less than comparable components purchased independently.

”Anybody who has tried to discourage a hungry woodchuck knows how frustrating and time-consuming it can be,” says Leonard. “If this fence gets the recognition it deserves, it should revolutionize home vegetable gardening in this country.”

While the kit will not reach garden centers this season, it can be ordered now at the firm’s Web site ( for immediate delivery. For more information, contact the McGregor Fence Company, 156 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563; tel. 508-888-0272; web site; e-mail

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Scarsdale Accepts Senior Assisted Living Project FEIS in Saxon Woods. Will Rule

WPCNR Evening City Star. May 23, 2002.11:00 PM E.D.T.: The Scarsdale Planning Board accepted the Final Environmental Impact Statement prepared by REALM, and adopted the Findings Resolution for the 197-unit Assisted Living Facility targeted for the property adjacent to the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester off Saxon Woods Road Wednesday evening.
Elizabeth Marrinan, Village Planner for the Village of Scarsdale, reported to WPCNR Thursday that the next step in the process is to consider the site plan for approval, “on condition” REALM can acquire fourteen approvals needed for water, right-of-way easements, among other vital connections from the City of White Plains. Marrinan said that REALM, Inc., did not have to obtain White Plains cooperation with the project in order for Scarsdale to consider the Saxon Woods Assisted Living Facility.

The Village Planner said the Planning Board adopted the Findings Statement pursuant to Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review Act- SEQR), and that a date had not been set as to when the Planning Board would make the final decision to greenlight or deny the project. She said it could take place in either June or July.

The Findings Resolution adopted by the board requires that REALM “do what it can to establish some affordable units of assisted living housing, as part of the site plan approval.”

Marrinan explained that though the Scarsdale Zoning Ordinance does not permit assisted living facilities in Scarsdale, but does permit nursing homes. She said the Building Inspector had “some time ago,” given the opinion that assisted living facilities “are substantially like a nursing home in operation,” and this was the rationale for the facility being considered by the Planning Board.

Ms. Marrinan said the FEIS for the REALM project will be circulated to interested parties next week, and will be available in the Scarsdale Public Library.

Sources within the White Plains Planning Department have said White Plains will go to court to fight the project.

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First Look at NYPH Approved Alternate Sites with The CitizeNetReporter

WPCNR Afternoon Herald Statesman. By John F. Bailey. May 23, 2002. 3:00 PM E.D.T.: WPCNR was taken on a tour of Sites 5 & 8 on the New York Presbyterian Hospital grounds Wednesday, where the hospital said Monday it is willing to build their biotech/proton accelerator projects in response to adamant city refusal to locate the proposed facilities on the Bryant Avenue corridor of their property.

OVERVIEW OF NYPH CAMPUS: The interior sites where NYPH is now willing to locate their proposed new labs and cancer treatment facilities are located to the left and above of the Hospital Oval Historical District shown on the right of this overview. The CitizeNetReporter was taken on a tour of the proposed grounds Wednesday.
Photo by WPCNR

Thursday evening the NYPH Final Environmental Impact Statement will be reviewed by Michael Gerard, who will advice the Common Council on their responsibilities toward reviewing the document and what grounds they must consider in either rejecting or approving the project.

The White Plains Planning Department advised WPCNR today the FEIS is not yet available to the public, yet is in the hands of the Common Council. Deputy Planning Commissioner Rod Johnson reports the FEIS will be available to the public when the Common Council approves it.

In the following close-up of the campus aerial view, site five is located diagonally to the upper right of the “Formal Garden,” and to the right of the now-defunct structure shown above the “Formal Garden.” Site 5 is the smaller of the two sites.

Site 8 abuts Site 5, yet extends much deeper beyond Site 5. Site 5’s lack of depth makes it unsuitable, in the hospital’s view, for developing a combination building of both facilities.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF SITES 5 & 8: Site 5 is inside the historical district at the right and can be no higher that the builds in the oval, which prevents it from being home to both biotech lab and proton accelerator, according to NYPH spokesperson, Willa Brody. Site 5 is to the right of the dark building structure to the right of the “Formal Garden.” The building no longer exists. Site 8 is the long oblong meadow, at the top of this rendering, known as the driving range property, where, Brody said various configurations of biotech lab are being considered.
Photo by WPCNR

According to Brody, Site 5 is restricted from any tall structures, because it is definitely within the historical district. If the proton accelerator were to be constructed there, it would be three stories underground, with approximately two stories above ground because it has to conform to the heights of existing buildings on the oval. Brody said the hospital is designing configurations for that site.

LIGHTLY WOODED SITE 5 LIMITED IN WHAT IT CAN HOUSE: John Bailey points to the center of Site 5, accepted Monday by the hospital as a venue for the proton accelerator. This site was where the Marriott convalescent facility was proposed to have been built.
Photo by WPCNR

ANOTHER VIEW OF SITE 5: This reporter observed 15 to 20 mature trees approximately 50 feet high, with about seven dead and diseased trees which would have to go. The design of the proton accelerator building, with three stories of it underground, would need to conform to the red brick early twentieth century “look” of the historic oval slightly to the NortH It has been described as “an expensive” building to construct.
Photo by WPCNR.

Our guide, Willa Brody, on this “live” look at the two sites favored by the White Plains Planning Department, said that the form of parking facilities for any combination of the research lab and the proton accelerator were still being “massaged” by designers and architects at this time.

The Planning Department, in its detailed analysis of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, concluded, “Alternative 5 (Site 5) is a viable option for the Proton Beam Accelerator below grade and the 32,000 square feet of clinical space above grade. It can not accommodate the medical research facility or the parking garage within the requirements of the Historic District regulations.”

DRIVING RANGE IS SITE 8: This lightly wooded site is the second site the hospital has agreed to move the research lab, the proton accelerator, or both facilities. The CitizeNetReporter indicates the site. The trees at the far rear of this site (across the meadow), would remain as a buffer to views from Bryant Avenue. However, the pine tree grove to the left would most likely be removed, Brody said. A substantial swath of trees, (approximately 400, extending back to Bloomingdale’s), shown on the right side of this photograph would be removed to provide a 2-lane access road from Bloomingdale Road.
Photo by WPCNR

The White Plains Planning Department gave a favorable review to Site 8 in its analysis of the DEIS: “Alternative (site) 8 is a viable alternative in that it is consistent with the 1997 Comprehensive Plan and conforms to the Zoning Ordinance. Furthermore, it does not have any unmitigated impacts to any environmental features on the site. It is accessible from the Bloomingdales’ store south access road. This road should not be designed to connect to the Bryant Avenue access road.”

Plans are considering a building with two stories below ground and 5 stories above ground, Ms. Brody said. The plans are being created, but she indicated the number of floors was not firm at this time. Ms. Brody advised that decisions on how parking would be accommodated are still under discussion and design.

Plans for designs incorporating the use of both Sites 5 and 8 are expected to be presented to the Common Council the beginning of the week of June 3, according to hospital spokesman, Geoffrey Thompson.

Access Road will impact a slice of site 7, adjacent to Bloomingdale’s.

PORTION OF TREES TO GO: The CitizeNetReporter points to area on the driving range where a swath of trees would be removed for the access road to Site 8.
Photo by WPCNR

Ms. Brody told WPCNR that the access road would parallel the Bloomingdale’s entrance, and would be tracked through to Sites 5 & 8, perching on the edge of the slope overlooking Cassaway Brook, continuing through the woods to Site 8. She said approximately 400 trees would be removed to achieve this entry. This reporter observed that on the heavily wooded Site 7 adjacent to Bloomingdale’s, where the access road is planned to be cut, the trees were mostly very young.

PINK RIBBON IN CENTER OF PICTURE indicates right of way through dense woods where site 8 and 5 access road, a two-lane blacktop, would go. This is looking towards Bloomingdale’s into the Site 7.
Photo by WPCNR

The Common Council will here from Michael Gerard this evening their responsibilities and options in dealing with the Final Environmental Impact Statement now under their review.

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Amy Paulin’s Albany:Budget includes $9.6Million for White Plains Schools.

AMY PAULIN’S ALBANY. By White Plains Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. May 23, 2002. 8:45 A.M. E.D.T.: The 88th District Representative reports the New York State Budget increases local school aid $24 million, with $9.6 Million coming to White Plains, a $1.1 Million Increase over last year. Local School aid, she writes increases $24 million, and restores school building aid cuts.

The Legislature passed a state budget that increases operating aid for local schools to $320 million – $24 million over last year – helping them ensure academic excellence without overburdening local taxpayers. It also restores school construction aid.

In all, New York State schools will see an increase of $440 million over last year’s budget. Locally, that means:

• White Plains School District will receive over $9.6 million – over $1.1 million more than year.

• Bronxville School District will receive over $1.2 million – $87,355 more than last year;

• Eastchester School District will receive over $2.6 million – $181,757 more than last year;

• New Rochelle School District will receive over $18.7 million – over $2.1 million more than last year;

• Pelham School District will receive over $2.4 million – $301,735 more than last year;

• Scarsdale School District will receive over $3.8 million – $236,795 more than last year;

• Tuckahoe School District will receive over $1.3 million – $151,083 more than last year.

A solid education is the key that opens up a bright future for our children. Throughout often contentious budget negotiations, the Assembly held strong in our position that education funding must be our top priority. I’m glad our efforts were finally successful.

The budget also includes funding for effective programs – like the Assembly’s LADDER program. LADDER has helped schools reduce class sizes, expand pre-K and kindergarten programs, improve teacher training, and modernize computer technology.

I fought for a budget that rejects the governor’s Flex cuts and fully restores cuts to special education, Teacher Centers, Teacher Mentor programs, and BOCES job-training programs.

This year’s budget includes over $1.2 billion in school building aid to pay for the state’s share of locally bonded projects statewide.

The Assembly held firm and, once again, successfully maintained the state’s favorable construction-aid formula for Westchester’s school districts.

I lead the fight to restore school construction aid by urging the governor to maintain the select-aid ratio for Westchester schools.

Construction projects are necessary to helping schools accommodate growing enrollments and upgrade aging facilities. Providing our children anything less than a modern, safe learning environment just isn’t acceptable.

The budget continues the Assembly’s tradition of improving New York’s schools. In the past eight years, the Assembly has fought for education aid increases and restored $3.4 billion of proposed school aid cuts.

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