Marathon Exec Session Drones Into Sultry Night. Council Accepts FEIS, 6-1

WPCNR City Evening Star Reporter. By John F. Bailey. June 25, 2002. 12:15 A.M. E.D.T.: The Common Council started deliberating in Executive Session with their environmental attorney, Michael Gerrard, Monday evening at 8:40 PM and at midnight were still at, wrangling over their options. As of midnight, no public vote had been called on the resolution as to whether the Council would accept the New York Presbyterian Hospital Final Environmental Impact Statement.

At 12:10 AM, Tuesday morning, George Gretsas, the Mayor’s Executive Officer, reported to WPCNR that the Common Council had accepted the Final Environmental Impact Statement as complete by a vote of 6 to 1, with Councilman William King abstaining.

FEIS BUSTERS: The usual suspects gather nervously in the Mayor’s Conference Chamber Monday evening to consider with Michael Gerrard the implications and consequences of accepting the New York Presbyterian Hospital draft Final Environmental Impact Statement.
All Photos by WPCNR

In what was billed as the final session of the “Gerrard Talks,” the council got under way with Mr. Gerrard at 7:27 PM, and adjourned to Executive Session at 8:40 PM to get into the hot and heavy issues.

Based on the concerns expressed repeatedly over the first five sessions of the “Gerrard Talks,” WPCNR speculates they were discussing specifically how they could demand more information on the FEIS, and how they could limit the scope and execution of the New York Presbyterian Hospital project, or perhaps deny it all together in their eventual Findings Statement. Obviously after three hours in seclusion with Michael Gerrard, the Council feels comfortable with their options.

Resolution Drawn Up for Public Voting.

The Common Council was required by the Department of Environmental Conservation State Environmental Quality Review regulations to accept as complete or deny as incomplete the Final Environmental Impact Statement by Thursday, June 27. Consequently a 4-page resolution had been drawn up for Council action at the conclusion of the Executive Session for the Council to vote on which they approved at slightly past midnight.

The Resolution concludes, “the Common Council finds that the Final Environmental Impact Statement is adequate and accurate and responds to comments received regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement,”

The Resolution continues, acknowledging that the Council “accepts the FEIS for consideration in making environmental findings.”

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White Plains Week Discusses Corcoran Bid, Police Commish, Hospital FEIS

WPCNR White Plains Variety. By John F. Bailey. June 24, 2002. 12 Noon E.D.T.: The city news roundup show, White Plains Week televised on Cable Channel 71 this evening, will wrap up the Police Commissioner Story and evaluate the surprise Republican invitation to Candyce Corcoran to run for the New York State Assembly in the 89th District this evening.
Host John Bailey with reporters Jim Benerofe, the “Eric Severeid of White Plains” of Suburban and Alex Philippidis, the Editor of Westchester County Business Journal wrap up last week’s news shockers and shakers beginning at 7 PM on Channel 71.

On tap tonight will be exclusive photos of the Fortunoff Ground-Breaking, the location of the new soccer field in Saxon Woods Park, as well as a preview of the final round of the New York Presbyterian Hospital “Gerrard Talks VI.”

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City Hall Organizing Common Council Tour of Indian Point

WPCNR NOON NEWS. Special from the Mayor’s Office. June 24, 2002. 11:45 A.M. E.D.T.: The Mayor’s Office is organizing a Common Council tour of the Entergy Nuclear Station at Indian Point, WPCNR has learned. Actual date of the visit has not been determined, however the trip is a “do.” Arrangements for media to accompany the Common Council at the fact-finding trip will be available.

The trip to the Indian Point facility is a serious Council effort to make an informed decision on whether or not to consider a resolution calling for the decommissioning of the plant.

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2002 Independence Day Celebration KaBOOMS July 3

WPCNR NOON NEWS. From Dept. of Recreation & Parks. June 24, 2002. 11:30 A.M. E.D.T.: White Plains Recreation announced this morning that the 2002 traditional White Plains fireworks will be held Wednesday evening, July 3 at White Plains High School.
The festivities will begin at 6:30 PM and continue to 8:30 PM, featuring live music by the White Plains Pops Band, children’s performers and a visit from Ronald McDonald, with refreshments provided by the White Plains Parent Teacher Association. The Pops Band will perform beginning at 7 PM, and at 9 PM Independence Day Ceremonies will begin, followed by the traditional fireworks under the stars on the High School grounds.

The extravaganza regularly attracts upwards of 10,000 persons. Parking is free.

The fireworks this year are being co-sponsored by Hudson United Bank, Heineken USA and the New York Power Authority.

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CCOS Seeks Gravitas Signatures for Anti-NYPH Ad. WPCNR Poll Results.

WPCNR Environmental Enquirer. By John F. Bailey. June 24, 2002. 9:00 A.M. E.D.T. Concerned Citizens for Open Space, the grassroots White Plains association of environmentally sensitive citizens is planning on running a full page ad or ads in local media to demonstrate community opposition to the New York Presbyterian Hospital project.
The advertisement, WPCNR has learned, has been seeking signatures of White Plains residents, the names of whom will be printed in an advertisement, urging the Common Council to vote down the New York Presbyterian Hospital biomedical/proton accelerator project.

Citizens being approached are neighborhood association activists and concerned residents and names readily recognizable by the Common Council members.

The substance of the advertisement calls on the Council to reject the hospital project on the grounds that it violates residential zoning now in place on the property, desecrates open space that could be used for a park, and that the project itself will create a negative impact on the adjacent neighborhoods. No organization other than Concerned Citizens for Open Space is mentioned in the ad, as far as our information indicates.

WPCNR Poll on Issue Sluggish.

In a recently concluded WPCNR Poll which ran for two weeks, only 50 readers of WPCNR expressed opinions on this issue, which is surprising because WPCNR has a documented Webtrends readership of 2,000 daily visitors a month, and 10,000 page views.

73% of Poll-Respondents Want Project.

In that poll of 50 voters, 9 said the project should be rejected outright, 32 said the project whould be approved on an interior site away from Bryant Avenue, and 9 said the project should be approved as proposed on the Bryant Avenue side. This is less interest than was expressed by our readers in the poll we conducted during the Louis Cappelli City Center Approval Process(64).

Most Recent WPCNR Poll Consistent with Earlier NYPH Poll

In an earlier WPCNR poll on the very same issue, when 56 votes were cast, 57%, 32 persons said the biomedical/proton accelerator complex should be denied on Bryant Avenue, but moved to an interior location.

Twenty-two votes, or 39%, said the biotech center should be approved as proposed on Bryant Avenue. In both polls, the numbers asking for the project to be denied altogether were very low: 18% and 4%.

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Harrison Says “Hurrah” for Bradley. Insurgent Matusow Matador Endorsed.

WPCNR Morning Sun. From the Bradley Press Office. June 24, 2002. 8:30 AM E.D.T.:The Harrison Democratic Committee has endorsed Adam Bradley, candidate for State Assembly in the 89th District, was overwhelmingly endorsed by Harrison at the end of last week. Bradley now has been endorsed by two key Democratic organizations in the southern end of the 89th District, and the Independence Party, in his attempt to primary incumbent 10-year veteran Assemblywoman Naomi Matusow.

Christina Hughes, Chair of the Harrison Democratic Committee, stated: “The Harrison Democratic Committee overwhelmingly and enthusiastically endorsed Adam Bradley over incumbent Naomi Matusow, and we look forward to having him serve the Community as our next representative in Albany.”

Hughes added: “The Committee has been most impressed by Bradley’s knowledge and commitment to issues of concern to the Community, and we believe he will provide the kind of leadership we need in the State Assembly.”

Since Bradley’s entry into the race, only three weeks ago, he has received a growing list of important endorsements, including the White Plains Democratic Committee, the Harrison Democratic Committee and the Independence Party. White Plains and Harrison are two of the largest communities in the Assembly District.

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Gerrard Talks VI Scheduled to Come to Close Monday with Council Vote on FEIS

WPCNR Friday Night Final. By John F. Bailey. June 22, 2002. 1:00 AM. EDT.UPDATED MONDAY, June 24, 2002 1:30 PM EDTThe Common Council will meet Monday evening at 7:00 PM at City Hall to vote on whether or not to accept the New York Presbyterian Hospital Final Environmental Impact Statement. The decision must be made Monday evening, in order tomeet the deadline of June 27 for either acceptance or rejection of the FEIS as “complete.” The Council response has to be written by the Planning Department and submitted to state authorities by Thursday.

“PLEASE REVIEW THIS. THERE WILL BE A POP QUIZ ON MONDAY”: Commissioner of Planning Susan Habel hands out New York Presbyterian Hospital “Final Answers” to Councilpersons’ questions on research, tree loss, ancillary activities, and concerns raised during the Gerrard Talks (with Arnold & Porter environmental legal counsel, Michael Gerrard), last Wednesay evening. The new document is available at the White Plains Public Library and the Planning Department.
Photo by WPCNR

Mayor Joseph Delfino told WPCNR Friday that Thursday evening’s session of the Gerrard Talks V, consisted of much discussion of distribution of employees expected at the research facility, their hours, and comings and goings on the site. WPCNR has been advised by City Hall that the Council must decide by Monday whether or not to accept the FEIS. Four votes are required for acceptance.

A city hall source advised WPCNR that a likely date for a Council decision on the hospital’s biomedical research and proton accelerator cancer treatment center for its White Plains campus is the Common Council meeting of August 5.

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Delgado Delivers 103 Affidavits of District 18 Voters for Delgado to the AG.

WPCNR Herald-Statesman. By John F. Bailey. June 21, 2002. 12:00 Noon E.D.T. Former White Plains Councilman Larry Delgado told WPCNR Friday morning that he personally delivered 103 signed affidavits from District 18 voters who voted in last November’s jammed voting machine election, to the Attorney General’s office in Manhattan Thursday, as evidence that he had been wrongly denied victory over Glen Hockley by the jammed District 18 voting machine.
Delgado, speaking to WPCNR personally, before videotaping an appearance on Isabel Villar’s television show on Channel 71, said the Attorney General’s office had started the investigation into whether or not to bring a quo warranto proceeding, by interviewing Westchester County Board of Election officials.

Mr. Delgado said the 103 signed and notarized affidavits from voters logged in as having voted November 6 in District 18, give him enough votes for victory over Glen Hockley. It is now up to the Attorney General’s office to decide whether to bring a quo warranto action in court to overturn the election result declared official when the Court of Appeals overturned lower court decisions to hold a new election in first District 18, then citywide to resolve the close election.

Mr. Delgado told WPCNR the Attorney General’s office promised him a swift and speedy investigation and action.
More to come

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King Komments: Overnight Parking Proposal Explained.

King Komments. By Councilman William King. June 21, 2002:Parking will be allowed between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and will be free, as it is now. The mayor was saying he wouldn’t go down and move his car if it was parked on the street overnight and the weekly street cleaning was between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. when Glen Hockley first thought that’s when maybe the best time to do it was. I straightened Glen out on this at the meeting – the best time is later in the morning, say between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. which I have seen in NYC.

OLD MAMARONECK ROAD SOUTH TO BRYANT: Overnight metered parking is proposed by Mr. King for the right side of this White Plains throroughfare in a heavy apartment-ed area.
Photo by WPCNR

Overnight on street local area resident parking permits is not being given up on, certainly not because the permits themselves are considered unwieldy. What is unwieldy is bureaucratic unwieldiness in that such permits actually require a change in state law by Albany for local streets that a municipality wants to do it on.

Steve Otis, mayor of Rye and Suzi Oppenheimer’s counsel, says it takes a year or more, if then, for the State to pass such legislation for a specific municipality. The village of Mamaroneck currently has a bill pending in the legislature.

I have indicated to the city that we should get a home rule message going that would allow us to have resident permits for overnight onstreet parking in the future … but this could take years and we shouldn’t wait to do what we can.

Young mothers with kids don’t like having to walk back at night from remote parking lots to their buildings, not just assigned spaces.

There is currently already metered parking during the day, 6 days a week, on Old Mamaroneck from Shapham Place north to Mamaroneck Ave.

OLD MAMARONECK ROAD NORTH TO MAMARONECK AVENUE: Councilman King also recommends overnight metered parking on Old Mamaroneck up to Mamaroneck Avenue. (Opposite view of earlier picture)
Photo by WPCNR

Names Streets

Streets which are currently free that would have meters added (single space meters or multi-space meters), on the east side of Old Mamaroneck Rd., from Shapham Place south to in front of 101 Old Mamaroneck, the north side of Bryant Ave., between Nosband Ave. and Old Mamaroneck, the east side of Overlook Road, in front of 2 Overlook, the west side of Nosband Ave., from Bryant Ave. to Shapham Place, and the north side of Shapham, from Nosband to Old Mamaroneck.

Al Moroni’s and others’ thinking is that, with meters there for the overnight parking, it would be too confusing not to also charge during the day, so go ahead and charge during the day, except between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. where it is free everywhere. The leaders of the two coops I have talked to said that was ok, that they were willing to compromise and so, so am I.
William King
White Plains Common Councilman

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Republicans Tap Corcoran to Run for State Assembly

WPCNR Daily Mirror. By John F. Bailey. Thursday, June 20, 2002. 1 PM EDT UPDATED June 21, 12 noon EDT:The Westchester County Republican Party has asked White Plains Candyce Corcoran to run for the New York State Assembly against Democratic incumbent Naomi Matusow. As of Friday at noon, Ms. Corcoran had not made a decision as to whether or not to accept the nomination.
James Cavanaugh, Chair of the County Republican Party, asked Corcoran to make the run. Ms. Corcoran is considering acceptance at this time.

Ms. Corcoran told WPCNR, she was thrilled at the opportunity and would make her decision by the end of the day. Corcoran said she learned she had strong support from New Castle Republicans at a political function she attended last night, and first learned of the Republicans serious interest in her at the beginning of the week.

Interest in Corcoran has apparently been driven by her strong name recognition among Republicans and Democrats in the Matusow strongholds in the northern portion of the 89th district.

Corcoran is the former former White Plains Democrat who, expecting to be nominated for Common Council last fall, did not receive the nomination, and was invited by Republicans to oppose Democrat William Ryan for County Legislator. A race she lost.

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