Cappelli Loves Halpern: Super Developer Buys Main from Church to Court for Hotel

WPCNR 5 O’CLOCK LIGHTNING NEWS LEADER. UPDATED 7:05 PM E.D.T. By John F. Bailey. September 26, 2002: Cappelli Enterprises of Valhalla, developers of the City Center at White Plains confirmed today they have purchased the block from Church Street to Court Street on Main Street in White Plains for $16 million from Jon Halpern of Halpern Real Estate Development of Purchase.



VISION OF CAPPELLI: Louis Cappelli sees a 4-STAR HOTEL, 200-UNIT CONDOMINIUM & OFFICE BUILDING rising on the former Halpern property seen here looking West down Main Street, across the street from Mr. Cappelli’s City Center at White Plains, now going up. Mr. Cappelli has confirmed the closing on the property. Sources said the Condominium complex would overlook Hamilton Avenue.
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The report was confirmed at 5:15 Thursday afternoon by Geoffrey Thompson, spokesman for Cappelli Enterprises.

Mr. Thompson said that Mr. Cappelli plans to have preliminary plans for the site to discuss with the White Plains Common Council within 30 days. Thompson said that in Mr. Cappelli’s remarks to him that Mr. Cappelli is planning a 4-Star Westin Hotel for the site, plus a residential/office condominium complex.

Thompson added that Cappelli would mostly like take the whole block from Church Street to the Court Street extension, which includes the former RKO Theater, and a string of retail outlets, plus the 299 Main Street building. The Grace Church will not be touched. A city hall source said that Cappelli has reached an amicable accommodation with the Church. The air rights over Grace Church are included in the ownership of the Halpern acquisition.



MAYOR JOSEPH DELFINO WELCOMES HOTEL PLAN: “Attracting a first class hotel to this site in our downtown has been a major component of my economic development plan and today’s news will hopefully bring us one step closer to achieving that dream. There obviously is a lot of work and detail to be considered and I look forward to beginning the process,” said Mayor Delfino in a statement from City Hall upon learning of the Cappelli prize.
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Boykin impressed with Cappelli Investment.

Council President Benjamin Boykin contacted WPCNR to advise us of the purchase, and said it
seems like an exciting project, saying “it is wonderful that this man is going to invest another $300 million in our city.” Boykin indicated he would reserve judgment until hearing of the developer’s plans, but was excited on hearing the news of Cappelli’s purchase today.

Thompson Recalls Halpern’s Thoughts on White Plains Development.

Reflecting on the former Halpern plan for the site which was presented in the 1980s which envisioned two office towers 221 Main and 301 Hamilton, Thompson said, Cappelli’s plans will be completely different.

Thompson added though that Mr. Halpern was prophetic. Thompson recalls Halpern remarking that there was no point in going ahead until the Macy’s property future was determined, calling it “the lynchpin” of the center of White Plains.

Thompson told WPCNR “that is exactly what has happened, the City Center is the seed for new growth.”

Speaking of the City Center, Mr. Cappelli’s signature development in White Plains, Thompson described it as exactly on schedule with the foundations for the second residential tower being set in place. Thompson said Cappelli is rolling out the towers in sequence with the North Tower going up first and the second Tower to follow.

The price for the Halpern block of $16 million according to Thompson is $1 million less than Cappelli paid for the Macy’s property ($17 Million) when he purchased it from Tishman-Speyer in 2001, and proceeded to create the City Center, which was approved by the Common Council September 5, 2002.

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Quo Warranto Panel Hears Delgado Thursday AM, Hockley in PM

WPCNR AFTERNOON TRIB & POST. By John F. Bailey. September 26, 2002: Jeffrey Binder, attorney for Larry Delgado, the Councilman who lost his seat to Glen Hockley in the 2001 election where a voting machine jammed, in White Plains District 18, said Mr. Delgado’s meeting with Attorney General Elliot Spitzer’s Quo Warranto Panel “went very well,” Thursday morning at the Attorney General offices in New York.

Binder told WPCNR that Mr. Delgado “was at his eloquent best and put matters into context” for the three Assistants Attorney General conducting the review for the Attorney General. Binder reports that the three-person panel “has clearly done a lot of their homework, and they are in the process of preparing their report to go to the Attorney General.”

Binder said that report would make a recommendation to the Attorney General as to whether or not to intitiate a quo warranto proceeding to remove Mr. Hockley from his Council seat. Binder reports the three attorneys as saying that the investigation “has moved relatively slowly and that is to be above to conduct as thorough an investigation as possible.”

“A matter of weeks, not months.”

Asked whether the Attorney General’s investigators had indicated if Mr. Spitzer would make his decision before the election, November 5, Binder said the decision, he got the impression would be made “in a matter of weeks, not months.”

Binder said the panel was scheduled to speak with Mr. Hockly Thursday afternoon.

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Overnight Park Test Trauma; Hamilton Seeks Equity; Grant Writer Coming on Board

WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE-EXAMINER. By John F. Bailey. CORRECTION September 27, 2002: The Department of Public Works and the Parking Authority are still exploring scenarios on procedures in snow emergencies in the Old Mamaroneck Road “Overnight Parking Test Zone,” should the city decide to go ahead with the plan for allowing overnight paid parking at that location, the Common Council learned Wednesday night.



COUNCIL HEARS FROM SUSAN HABEL ON THE HIGHLANDS AREA PARKING GAP: Susan Habel, Commissioner of Planning, in foreground briefs council on the 366 space gap said to exist in the Old Mamaroneck Road corridor in the Highlands Wednesday evening. The figure of 466 in yesterday’s first edition was erroneously stated in the meeting.

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Consequently passing of the test ordinance will be delayed until at least November, and the public hearing continued October 7.

The council also learned principals behind the planned luxury apartment tower, The Hamilton, do not have their equity financing lined up.

The Overnight Parking Test Trauma

Mayor Joseph Delfino informed the council with gravity, “We need another month” to work out policies of how to handle cars parked overnight during snow emergencies. The issue has been raised as a result of the Common Council consideration of a plan proposed by Councilman William King to allow a one-year test of overnight paid parking along Old Mamaroneck Road in the Highlands.

The Mayor pointed out that the policy to date has been to plow cars on the street in, but that the issue was still being agonized over by the Departments of Public Works, Traffic and the Parking Authority. The Mayor mentioned that the Parking Authority is preparing an extensive report opposing the plan, and so is the Traffic Department.
The Mayor for this reason said the ordinance allowing the overnight parking would not be on the October 7 Council agenda, but the public hearing on the ordinance would remain open.

Highlands Hisses

A Highlands resident, Cary Gouldner, reported the Highlands Civic Association Board has by majority vote, gone on record as opposing the overnight parking test, and said the Association would speak at the October 7 Public Hearing on the Test Ordinance.

Mayor Delfino noted that the Planning Department had identified a 366-space parking shortfall (not 466 as previously reported, the number was misstated at the meeting) in the area in order to have one parking space per living unit, and highlighted his main concern: persons now parking overnight in city parking areas with permits, would allow their permits to expire, thinking they could park overnight on the street more inexpensively. The Mayor said the spaces to be created would not handle all the persons who perhaps would allow their overnight permitted parking permits to expire.

“Where do those people go (when the onstreet parking is used up)?” the Mayor asked. He suggested they would park illegally overnight on Greenridge Avenue.

But, the Mayor said “I’m not here to debate the issue.”

Susan Habel, Commissioner of Planning confirmed Friday that the actual parking space gap in the Highlands is 1,400 parking spaces, in order to have 2 parking spaces per vehicle.

The Hamilton Still Looking for Equity.

Edward Dunphy, Corporation Counsel for the city, informed the Common Council that it was the city’s recommendation to extend the Special Permit to build The Hamilton, a luxury apartment complex on Church and Barker Avenues for only three months, pending The Seltzer Group, owners of the rights finding the rest of their financing. Dunphy said the group had their capital loan in place from GMAC, but was looking for “equity holders” to put together the rest of the financial package. It is expected the permit will be extended until January.

Grant Writer Position to be Created.

Susan Habel spoke to the Council about a new position to be created within the Urban Renewal Agency, that of Grant Coordinator Capacity Builder. The position was spearheaded by Councilman Glen Hockley in his campaign for council last year, and Mr. Hockley was pleased at the decision to establish such a position. “It takes the (financial) burden somewhat off of the taxpayer,” he said.

Ms. Habel advised that the position would pay approximately $47,000 to $63,000. She said that the city and the school district could not reach an agreement on sharing the position, but the city had decided to add the position anyway.

Nicoletti reports Eastview fields on schedule.

Joseph Nicoletti, Commissioner of Public Works, reported that work on the Eastview track would begin October 4 and a new track, approximately ¼ of a mile and a soccer field just shy of adult regulation field dimensions, would begin to be created shortly. He said he expected the track to be completed by January and the soccer field to be in playing condition by May, 2003. He remarked that the other Eastview fields being renovated were completed with a soccer field, a baseball field with 90-foot bases, and a softball/little league field with 60 foot baselines were now ready for play.

Nicoletti said the cost of renovating the playing fields and the track was $250,000, with $120,000 going to the two ballfields and soccer field, and the cost of the track and soccer field, $130,000, the cost of the track being approximately $50,000.

In other news…

The council was given a detailed explanation of the proposed transfer of development rights zoning proposal to study so the Planning Department proposal could be discussed in depth in October.

The council said it would consider passing the agreement to lease the Dellwood Property at its October 7 meeting for a nominal fee to follow county approval of the Pettinichi Property purchase that must precede the city acquiring the Dellwood property from the county for a passive park.

Mr. Nicoletti described exterior improvements to Fire Stations the city would be making at the Highlands Station, Ferris Avenue No. 2 and the Ridgeway Station at a cost of $500,000. The Highlands station would receive new windows, Ferris Avenue, no bathroom fixtures and floor sealings, and Ridgeway a repaving of the parking lot and interior floor seals. Nicoletti noted that the Highlands Station was the newest fire station, built in 1951, and that the headquarters and three other active facilities date back to 1911.

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“Corcoranistics” Still Making a Difference for White Plains

WPCNR FRONT PAGE CAFE’. By John F. Bailey. September 26,2002: No one who encounters Candyce Corcoran ever forgets the experience. Ms. Corcoran, a resident of the Highlands, has served the community relentlessly for the last two decades. But, what makes Ms. Corcoran different is she works behind the scenes to achieve reasonable goals a little bit at a time.

A quiet example of “Corcoranistics” is the ordinance establishing a handicapped parking space in front of Walker Surgical Supply at 70 E. Post Road.

When Ms. Corcoran injured her foot last spring and had to make frequent trips to Walker’s for equipment and recuperative devices, she discovered that there was no handicapped-designated parking within a short walking distance of that store and other stores for surgical supplies . She discovered this was very typical of downtown White Plains.

When Candyce gets upset, she naturally figures what happens to her happens to a lot of persons. But she does not shrug her shoulders. She does not hold a news conference. She does not file a lawsuit against the city.

Instead, she works. She tries to understand the problem. She gets on the telephone to city hall. She meets with city commissioners, extracts policy statements and keeps after them until she achieves something positive for all. Her techniques for getting things done get things done, from acquiring sponsors for Little League, to establishing a Little League parade, to getting out votes for the Democratic Party as a former District Leader. Corcoran gets things done.

In the handicapped parking discovery, Ms. Corcoran met with Traffic Commissioner Ted Gammon, met with the Parking Authority, and did her persistent follow-up with the city and the Mayor’s Office. She patiently made her case, and hopes in addition to work for establishing more handicapped spaces at strategic places around town.

It got done by the Council passing of the ordinance in September. The entire process took some three months. Quietly. Efficiently. Without embarrassing city officials, without paying a lawyer, without the obligatory “outrage” story in the press, but with results.

Ms. Corocoran has volunteered to be Little League President, where one is needed because Rich Masseroni is stepping down. The League could not go wrong.

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Heavy Rains On Way to White Plains

WPCNR WEATHERSCOOP. From National Weather Service. September 26, 2002:The weather system that was Hurricane Isidore should pass through the metropolitan area today through Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The prospectus, gale force winds, driving rain at times. The complete forecast follows:

A WARM FRONT SOUTH OF THE AREA TODAY WILL MOVE SLOWLY NORTHWARD AND PASS THROUGH THE REGION DURING FRIDAY AFTERNOON. IN THE MEANTIME…THE REMNANTS OF CURRENT TROPICAL STORM ISIDORE WILL MOVE RAPIDLY NORTHEAST FROM THE GULF COAST STATES TODAY…REACHING WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA BY FRIDAY EVENING THEN MOVING TO NEAR NOVA
SCOTIA SATURDAY MORNING.

…HEAVY RAIN WITH MINOR FLOODING POSSIBLE…

THE WARM FRONT WILL BRING THE FIRST ROUND OF RAIN TO THE REGION TODAY INTO FRIDAY MORNING. THE RAIN WILL BE LIGHT TO MODERATE MUCH OF THE TIME WITH SOME HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE THIS EVENING. RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE LOCALLY 1 TO 2 INCHES. THIS MAY RESULT IN PONDING OF WATER ON ROADS AND LOW LYING AREAS.

A SECOND ROUND OF RAIN WILL OCCUR LATE FRIDAY INTO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH SOME LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. THIS AGAIN WILL PRODUCE FLOODING OF ROADS AND LOW LYING AREA. IN ADDITION…SMALL STREAMS COULD EXPERIENCE SIGNIFICANT RISES. RESIDENTS OF FLOOD PRONE AREAS SHOULD REMAIN ALERT TO THE POSSIBILITY OF FLOODING.

…STRONG WINDS…

AS THE REMNANTS OF ISIDORE REACH WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA LATE IN THE DAY FRIDAY…SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE AND BECOME GUSTY. SUSTAINED WINDS WILL BE 25 TO 30 MILES AN HOUR WITH GUSTS OF 30 TO 35 MILES AN HOUR POSSIBLE. THE STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE FRIDAY NIGHT AND GRADUALLY DIMINISH TOWARD SATURDAY MORNING AS THE STORM MOVES TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE AREA. LOOSE OBJECTS MAY BE BLOWN ABOUT AND WEAKENED TREES AND TREE LIMBS COULD BE BROUGHT DOWN.

…MARINE…

ROUGH SEAS OF 5 TO 7 FT ON THE OCEAN WILL CONTINUE TODAY AND TONIGHT…AND A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT. IN ADDITION SOUTHERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 20 KNOTS WILL INCREASE FRIDAY…REACHING MINIMAL GALE FORCE FRIDAY EVENING. THE WINDS WILL THEN SHIFT TO THE NORTHWEST AND DIMINISH TO 20 TO 25 KNOTS TOWARD SATURDAY MORNING.

FOR ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION, CHECK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEB SITE ATHTTP://WWW.ERH.NOAA.GOV/ER/OKX

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Mayor’s Problem Taker-Awayers Show 1-story Housing HQ & Park for Winbrook

WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE-EXAMINER. By John F. Bailey. September 25, 2002: A new plan for a one-story offices and community room complex for a new White Plains Housing Authority headquarters was introduced last night at the Common Council Work Session.



NEW HEADQUARTERS CONCEPT for the Housing Authority is to be presented to Winbrook residents and the Housing Authority Board for their reactions and input and design suggestions in the next few weeks. The 4,000 square foot one floor structure would be constructed onto unused grounds on the north side of 225 Martin Luther King Boulevard, (shown upper right) preserving 3/4 of the green to the East of Bethel Baptist Church (shown at lower left of site plan) and doing away with the three-story office building previously planned for the Fischer Court green (upper left) site.
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A task force chaired by Albert Moroni, the Executive Director of the Parking Authority, working with the Housing Authority, Windbrook neighbors, and the city’s Building, Planning and Traffic Commissioners gathered suggestions and mulled ideas over the last three months.

The team, in cooperation with Mack Carter, new Executive Director of the Housing Authority, has produced a new design for a scaled down White Plains Housing Authority Headquarters, designed by Bernard Arnold, the Housing Authority architect which will be presented to the residents of Winbrook and the board of the Housing Authority for their input, suggestions and reactions.



BLUEPRINT FOR PROGRESS suggests a one-story building addition, which, according to Susan Habel, will provide a larger community room (in center) of addition, with offices and interview rooms on the perimeter of the “Vestpocket Office Building,” as Habel described it. She says residents will be deeply involved in deciding allocation of space in the interior. The building has not been costed out yet, and will be paid for by HUD (Housing & Urban Development)
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In a news conference afterwards, Ms. Habel said that Mack Carter, newly appointed Executive Director of the White Plains Housing Authority, likes the concept. George Gretsas, the Mayor’s Executive Officer, said that the concept had to be approved by the Housing Autthority Board of Directors, which is headed by Larry Sallee, the Chairman of the Housing Authority. The White Plains Housing Authority has sued the city in an Article 78 action over the Common Council refusal to consider the previously proposed 3-story structure planned to take up the entire Fisher Court Green. The suit is still in play at this time.



OVERVIEW OF WINBROOK COMPLEX showing location of proposed one-story headquarters and new park proposal. The faint red letter “B” indicates Bethel Baptist Church, the red letter “P” is site of a proposed grassy park to be designed to specifications of the residents by the designer of the city’s new streetcapes, (John Imbiano of Imbiano-Quigley) from Community Development Funds, estimated to be about $50,000. The building site is to the right of the “P,” to the right of the yellow and black lines. Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard is on the far right of your picture.
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SITE OF NEW MINI-CENTRAL PARK AT WINBROOK WITH GRASS, planned as part of the new headquarters addition, should it be accepted in principle by the Housing Authority. The view is from immediately in back of 225 Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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Common Council members Benjamin Boykin, Glen Hockley and Tom Roach all expressed admiration of the plan, subject to the opinions of the citizens who reside in Winbrook. Councilwoman Rita Malmud said she liked the concept, but strongly cautioned that it was subject to Winbrook input.

Mr. Boykin congratulated the staff “for putting their thinking caps on.”

Mayor Delfino, who organized the task force after neighborhood opposition surfaced last spring and appointed Moroni the task of being the facilitator, said, “My whip is worn out.”

Boykin added the proviso that “the tenants have to say what they want (in the building and the new park).”

George Gretsas, the Mayor’s Executive Officer, said in an impromtu Q&A session afterwards that the one-story headquarters and park was a concept at this stage that had to be bought into by both the tenants of Winbrook and the Housing Authority.

Windbrook Activist Impressed

Ron Jackson, former resident of Winbrook, and longtime critic of the Housing Authority position on siting a headquarters on the property, kept nodding his head with approval as the project was explained. Afterwards he said, “I’ll do everything I can as an activist to support this project.”

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Fort Hill Players Present Tony comedy, Art in October, Mark 65th Annivers

WPCNR WHITE PLAINS VARIETY. From The Fort Hill Players. September 25, 2002: The Tony Award Best Play, and Oliver Award Winner for Best Comedy, Art will be the premier Fort Hill Players presentation beginning its October run at Rochambeau School Friday night, October 11, with curtain going up at 8 PM.

Art answers the question: How can a painting shatter a friendship? Hysterically.

The Fort Hill Players present Westchester’s premier production of “Art,” Yasmina Reza’s delightfully fresh and witty comedy in which three longtime friends wrestle over their differing impressions of a rather simple canvas and end up deconstructing their relationship.
The results are hilarious.

The show is directed by Robert Kahn, and features D. Scott Faubel, R.J. D’Amato and Larry Reina as the three leads, Marc, Serge, and Yvan.

The New York Post called Art “Widly funny, naughtily provocative.” The London Independent noted, “Anyone who is looking for a play that is funny, sophisticated, stylish, stimulating and moving should so to ART”
Juried Art Show before curtain.

White Plains theatre aficionados may also attend a juried Art Show ½ hour before curtain time. Tickets are available now for presentations on Saturday, October 12 at 2 PM and 8 PM, Friday, October 18 and 25 at 8, and Saturdays October 19 and 26 at 2 and 8. Seats are scaled at $14 for adults, $12 for Students and Seniors, and a Dinner Theatre Package where you can dine at Gedney Grille and see the show for just $44 is being featured again this season.

Winter and Spring Shows Announced

The Winter production will present a third original music revue, More Than Music, an original book with a story line that blends favorite songs of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s into a story with revue format. The Fort Hill Players likes to call these productions “new musical with songs you know.” The Players’ previous two experiments in original revues, (most recently,Harmony on the Seain 2002) with popular songs from different eras were fun to do for the cast, and attracted a wide audience.

In the Spring, Fort Hill will present the Tom Stoppard play, The Real Thing.

For more information on complete season subscriptions, and the productions, go to the Fort Hill Players website at FortHillPlayers.com.

Oldest running Westchester Theatre Group

Since the demise of the Chappaqua Drama Group, Fort Hill Players is now the longest running community theatre group in the county, performing in front of the footlights for 65 years.

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Former Assistant to Commissioner Reported to Sue City.

WPCNR EVENING CITY STAR. By John F. Bailey. September 24, 2002:Dorothy Brennan, previously Assistant to the Commissioner of Public Safety, whose job was eliminated in the recent reorganization of the Department of Public Safety is suing the city, reportedly over the loss of her position.

The city expects, WPCNR has learned, to be served her lawsuit within the next day or so, and until that time, the Mayor’s Office, according to Paul Wood, City Hall Spokesman, is under the impression that she is suing alleging that the elimination of her job is “in retaliation” for a settlement she won from the city in the 1990s when she sued the city for discrimination.

The Mayor’s Office, in reaction to the forthcoming suit, according to Mr. Wood, released this statement to WPCNR:

“These charges are outrageous and totally untrue. Everyone expected that after thirty years there would be some organizational changes in the Department (of Public Safety), and that the new Commissioner (Dr. Frank Straub), would be pursuing new administratitive initiatives.

That is why this restructuring plan was unanimously approved by the Mayor (Joseph Delfino) and the Common Council and the city is very excited with the team the Commissioner (Dr. Straub) has selected.”

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Naomi Matusow Concedes. Will Not Contest Result.

WPCNR 5 O’CLOCK LIGHTNING NEWS LEADER. From the Naomi Matusow Press Office. September 24, 2002: Naomi Matusow, in a statement released Tuesday afternoon moments ago, has conceded the 89th Assembly Primary to Adam Bradley.



TEN YEAR INCUMBENT BIDS FAREWELL. Naomi Matusow today conceded defeat in the 89th Assembly District Democratic Primary. She will complete her term in Albany, serving through the end of the year, at which time, Adam Bradley, of White Plains, should he win the November 5 election, against the Right to Life Party candidate, will take over her seat. Ms. Matusow is shown at the Board of Elections last Wednesday afternoon during the examination and counting of the absentee/affidavit ballots that determined the election. Her concession statement follows:
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Ms. Matusow, in a statement released to the media said,

“The primary election is over. The margin was 22 votes.

While there are numerous voting irregularities that would likely narrow the margin, they would not, in my opinion, be sufficient to alter the outcome.

I have called Mr. Bradley and offered my congratulations.

Those who supported me throughout this campaign and the post-election activity have my heartfelt thanks.

I remain committed to the political process and the Democratic Party. I intend to work hard for the success of the McCall/Mehiel/Hevissi/Spitzer
ticket and to remain active in the areas of public policy and Democratic politics.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my ten years in the New York State Assembly and take pride in the many good things that I have accomplished for the people in my district, Westchester County and the state of New York.

I thank everyone whose efforts and support over the years has given me the opportunity to serve.”

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Pesky West Nile Mosquitoes Still Around Til First Frost.

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From Westchester County Department of Communications. (Edited) September 24, 2002: The Westchester County Department of Health has received notification from the New York State Department of Health that there has been one more mosquito pool and six more birds found in Westchester County that have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The mosquito pool was collected in Yonkers on September 13.

Two birds were found in Rye and one each were found in Yonkers, Greenburgh, Hastings-on-Hudson and Harrison. The birds were found on August 9 and 11. No spraying is planned at this time.

41 Mosquito Pools Test Positive to Date.

With the addition of this new positive mosquito pool, a total of 41 mosquito pools from Westchester have tested positive for the virus this year. To date, out of 643 mosquito pools submitted for testing, 633 have been tested for West Nile virus, of which 592 have tested negative.

128 Infected Birds.

With the addition of these six birds, a total of 46 dead birds from Westchester have tested positive for the virus this year. To date, out of 3,496 dead birds reported to the Health Department and 189 submitted for testing, 128 birds have been tested for West Nile virus, of which 82 have tested negative.

One Victim.

There has been one human case of West Nile virus reported in Westchester County this year.

Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Lipsman again urged residents to take personal protection measures against mosquito bites while in their homes and when spending time outdoors. “It is particularly important that residents remain vigilant in their efforts to reduce their risk of West Nile virus infection until the first sustained frost because there is still risk from mosquitoes during this time,” said Dr. Lipsman.

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