County Very Quietly Announces Reopening of Library Garage

Westchester County will reopen the White Plains Public Library Garage for patron parking on Monday, the day before Christmas, to library goers who present a White Plains Public Library Card and identification with their picture to a Westchester County Police Officer stationed at the garage ramp.
Susan Tolchin, spokesperson for County Executive Andy Spano, said the Library underground parking will be opened again for library visitors beginning Monday, December 24. Vehicle search procedures will no longer be conducted on vehicles, Tolchin is reported saying.

There was no official news release or statement from the County Executive Office or Tolchin’s Communications office announcing lifting of the ban, despite repeated requests from WPCNR, until after 1 PM Wednesday. A statement just issued from the County Communications Office reads:

Starting Monday library goers who present the proper identification will once again be allowed to park in the White Plains Library Garage, County Executive Andy Spano announced today.

“It’s an early Christmas gift for the City of White Plains library patrons,” said Spano. “We are very happy that we were able to work out an arrangement that protects the courthouse and other public buildings without continued inconvenience to the public. We thank the library patrons for their patience.”

Library goers who present photo ID and a White Plains Public Library card will be able to use the garage starting Dec. 24. The garage, which serves the library, the courthouse and the county office building, has been closed since Sept. 11 as a security precaution.

The Board of Legislators are expected to act Friday on a $1.1 million bond act proposed by Spano that would install new security in the 557-space garage.

Construction on changes to the garage — ones that will probably include barriers to separate the public areas from those serving the County Office Building and the courthouse — will probably not be completed for at least six months.

Spano said the new system was worked out with the cooperation of County Legislator Bill Ryan and White Plains Mayor Joseph Delfino.

WPCNR is attempting to clarify the roles Mr. Ryan and Mayor Delfino played in getting the County Executive to change his mind.

Victoria Hochman, spokesperson for the County Executive, said that she did not know how the liability issue was resolved, but theorized that it had to do with the security measures planned to be installed.

Asked if the county and the city would split costs, she said, no. Asked if the county would reimburse the city for lost revenue sustained while the library garage was closed, she said, no, but referred us to Susan Tolchin for a more definitive answer.

Presently, parking is being limited to lawyers and authorized county employees presenting identification to the Westchester County Police Officer “gatekeeper” at the Library garage ramp entrance on Martine Avenue. Trunks of the cars enterting are checked.

Law enforcement sources observing of the procedures have been highly critical of the effectiveness of the gate-keeping. Over 1,000 library patrons presented a petition calling for the garage to be opened.

WPCNR sources said that the liability issue was the roadblock to reopening the garage all along, with the county wanting the city to share responsibility for the security of the Library Garage.

The library management told WPCNR that it had not considered hiring a private security guard($15 an hour, from a typical security firm), to escort patrons across Martine Avenue, one of the library managers’ main concerns being the safety of the elderly, mothers with children crossing busy Martine Avenue.

Now, apparently the county has very quietly has changed its position, as they did with the Westchester County Airport parking garage that was also closed immediately after the September 11 World Trade Center attacks.

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Westco’s Annie a smash at Rochambeau!

Review and Comment by Councilman Bill King on the Aisle:Councilman William King reviews the Westco production of Annie which ran over the weekend at Rochambeau School, and relates his impressions of White Plains growing theater community.
My daughter Amanda was in the Westco production of Annie at Rochambeau last Thursday-Saturday, 4 shows. I went to the last 3 which were all complete sellouts (460 seats in theater). I assisted Peter Katz in taping the show on Saturday – Peter was drafted into the show to play Judge Brandeis, his first stage role – 2 lines! So, he taped the first act and I taped the 2nd. The cast, adults and kids, was terrific.

Oliver Warbucks was played by Pauline Oliva’s dentist, Jeff Schlotman, and his wife Paulette played the female lead, Warbucks secretary Miss Farrell. They live in the Hillair Estates area. Their daughter was also one of the lead orphans.

Annie was played by Christy Robinson, a 7th grader at OLS whose family lives on Ralph Ave. She was so good, there were about 20 girls my daughter’s age that stayed after the last show to get her autograph.

I was really impressed by the whole experience – 4-piece live orchestra, audio (20 cast members, including some of the kids, were miked), ‘professional dog’ from the Broadway production of Annie (even came with his own publicity pictures!) .

So was Suzi Oppenheimer, who came to the Friday morning show – she said a few words to the audience between acts. Sue Katz asked me but I declined. Suzi was blown away.

This was a great experience for especially the kids.

The Mayor came to the Saturday evening show and also said a few words between acts, but he didn’t stay for the whole show.

The Schlotmans are an incredibly talented couple – previously did Sound of Music for Westco, among others.

The way Westco packed them in at Rochambeau, I am sure that a 10,000 square foot, 450-seat performing arts theater at the City Center is not big enough, and the reportedly 30-35 high ceiling will not be high enough to do shows like Peter Pan.

Peter Katz reported to the Mayor and me that Pizzeria Uno was reportedly filled by the pre-theater crowd. I said “that’s the halo effect.” Sue Katz said that many of the people on Westco’s mailing list come from as far away as Rockland.

Some of the school groups that came to Friday’s 10 a.m. performance were from Scarsdale and either Yonkers or the Bronx. If White Plains schools kids came, this would represent an even bigger pool of attendees.

This is a regional-drawing company. Many of the kids, if their parents would let them, would gladly perform a week or 2 week’s worth of Annie – they were sorry to see it end.

Steve Sules’ daughter, Chelsea, had a small speaking role and he was at the Saturday evening performance.

The adult cast was very very good. Sue Katz does not oversell her company – to me, if anything, she undersells it. This is a great thing for White Plains to have in our community as well as having the other 2 theater companies, Playgroup and Fort Hill.

Westco, in addition, brings in touring companies, such as one on a national tour from Nova Scotia in February for 2 children’s shows (The Hungry Caterpillar which supposedly is a wild 3D show that even happens over kids’s heads in the audience.)

Susan reports that funding from the Westchester Arts Council is virtually impossible to come by.

Suzi(Oppenheimer) said she wanted to see for the first time what she has helped get funding for over several years – she thinks what she saw should be experienced by older kids as well, at least up to middle school.

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Celebrate New Years Eve Under The Mayor’s Big Top

Special from the White Plains Department of Parades, Parties, Pep and Promotion:Don’t go to Manhattan to see the big ball drop on New Year’s Eve. Watch it drop in White Plains while you party, dance and indulge with the elite of the County Seat under the big,heated party tent between Main Street and Martine Avenues from 9 to 1 New Year’s Eve at the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Street Party.

Dust off your Top Hat, Put on your Tails, Put on the Ritz

Enjoy fireworks at midnight set off from the City Center site, staging provided by Louis R. Cappelli and fireworks provided by Louis Fortunoff. You will also be witness to the first ceremonial White Plains Ball Drop, and dance under the big top to the music of a live “swing” band. Reservations are being taken at 328-5166 at “The BID.”

Be there or Be Square

The Mayor’s First Annual New Year’s Eve Party will begin at 9 PM December 31 and jitter and jive until 1 AM. It will take place under a spectacular block- long, heated Party Big Top Tent, complete with dance floor, cabaret tables that will turn Mamaroneck Avenue between Main Street and Martine Avenue into a Rainbow Room. All that will be missing will be Guy Lombardo.

Inside the tent, Mark Scuyler reports, will be a dance floor, tables and an elegant bouffet supper catered by Sam’s of Gedney Way, served late in the evening with entertainment provided by sidemen of the Count Basie Orchestra tour.

The party was dreamed up by Mark Schuyler and Harold Vogt of White Plains Downtown, at the suggestion of the owner of the Splendid Coffee Shop, Gus Manassas.

Ball to be dropped from the erect ladder of a White Plains Hook ‘N Ladder

In the search for the appropriate building to drop the first White Plains New Years Eve Ball, the Mayor’s Office reports that buildings were reluctant to come forward and volunteer their property.

Consequently, the expertise of the City of White Plains is creating a spectacular “Ball Drop” involving use of one of White Plains Bravest’s fire trucks, with a specially-designed ball to descend or ascend (it has not been decided) up or down an extended fire engine ladder. Actual procedure has not been disclosed.

The cost for you to be a part of the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Big Tent Party, a history-in-the-making evening is $75 per person, and includes dinner buffet, beer, wine and champagne.

Complimentary car service will be provided in White Plains city limits only. Get your reservations in to “The BID:”

Fax your reservation to 914-328-5168, or call it in to 328-5166. Or mail to White Plains Downtown, 14 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 402, White Plains, NY 10601.

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White Plains Hospital Plans Sidney P Zimmerman Nuclear Cardiology Center

Special to WPCNR:White Plains Hospital Center today announced plans to create a Nuclear Cardiology Center to be named in honor of Sidney P. Zimmerman, M.D., a cardiologist and internist in his 52nd year of practice at the Hospital. The announcement came at a special tribute held on November 28th at the Hospital for Dr. Zimmerman.
The Sidney P. Zimmerman, MD Nuclear Cardiology Center at White Plains Hospital Center (WPHC) will effectively double the size of the Hospital’s current Nuclear Cardiology Department and address the present and future need for a more comprehensive facility in which to diagnosis and treat heart disease.

The project will involve renovation and the reconfiguration of space to accommodate state-of-the-art technology, exercise equipment, examination rooms and a comfortable waiting area for patients and their families. Work is scheduled to begin immediately with an expected completion date of Spring 2003.

“The creation of the Sidney P. Zimmerman, MD Nuclear Cardiology Center is part of the Hospital’s goal to develop a comprehensive cardiology service,” said Jon B. Schandler, President and CEO of the Hospital. “We already have excellent facilities, but this will expand our services to meet the increasing demand for diagnostic testing and to include angioplasty and cardio-ballooning. Patients will no longer have to go to New York City for these studies and procedures.”

“What’s so exciting is that the funds were given to the Hospital by my patients and friends as a thank you for what I’ve done for the community,” said Dr. Zimmerman, who is 82 and a Rye resident. He formerly lived in White Plains for 40 years. To date, his patients’ contributions have raised three quarters of the $600,000 cost for the project.

“Sidney is truly a remarkable man,” said Jonathan Wynn, M. D., who practices with Dr. Zimmerman in White Plains at Zimmerman, Muehlbauer, Fink, Wynn and Chan. “He is one of those people who is just pleasant to be around—all the time. Most of us have good days and bad days. Sidney has basically good days.”

Peter Post, a member of the Board of Directors of WPHC and Dr. Zimmerman’s son-in-law, said, “White Plains Hospital is recognizing Sidney for his half-century-long commitment to help make the hospital the top-flight facility it is today.”

Colleagues, patients and admirers describe Dr. Zimmerman as someone who loves being a doctor, who has a huge, warm following among hundreds if not thousands of patients. “He’s an unusual mix of country doctor—warm and reassuring, but at the same time with a very modern, scientific approach to medicine,” Mr. Post said.

Dr. Zimmerman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He received his degree in medicine from Syracuse University magna cum laude and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained at Mount Sinai Hospital and did research at Goldwater Memorial Hospital, the New York University Division. Some of the research conducted by Dr. Zimmerman while at Goldwater led to the wide use of the cardiac drug Digoxin—which is still the drug of choice in the treatment of arrhythmia and heart failure. At the same time, he did pioneering work in anticoagulant therapy. During World War II, he was involved in the development of Atabrine to treat malaria in the Far East. He was Chief of Medicine at two hospitals in the Panama Canal Zone while in the Army. During the early part of his practice, he taught cardiology at New York University and Mount Sinai Hospital. For 25 years, Dr. Zimmerman taught at Westchester Medical Center and was an Associate Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College.

Dr. Zimmerman said, “We’ll be one of the few community hospitals in this region to have a nuclear cardiology center.” Referring to the quick treatment and recovery of Vice President Dick Cheney after his recent heart attack, Dr. Zimmerman said, “The future of medicine is related to newer advances in cardiology—especially the diagnostic aspects of nuclear cardiology.” White Plains Hospital Center ranks as a leader in Westchester County in the scope and volume of noninvasive cardiac services it provides. During the last three years, this success has led to a 25 to 30 percent increase in demand for diagnostic testing using nuclear medicine.

Nuclear cardiology plays a pivotal role in the noninvasive diagnosis of coronary artery disease, the assessment of the pumping function of the heart and the prediction of outcomes in patients with heart disease.

In the WPHC Nuclear Cardiology Department, noninvasive techniques are used to detect the extent of heart disease. Radiologists administer small doses of a radioactive isotope, or imaging agent, to patients in order to study blockages of coronary arteries and scarring from heart attack.

Among the most widely used technique for these purposes is myocardial perfusion imaging. Superior to routine exercise stress testing, it provides the necessary information to help identify which patients are at increased risk for heart attack and may be candidates for invasive procedures such as coronary angiography, angioplasty and heart surgery. Radionuclide ventriculography is an additional noninvasive method, which utilizes an imaging agent. It provides information about the pumping function of the heart and can be used to monitor the effect of different drugs on the heart muscle.

For further information on the new Sidney P. Zimmerman, MD Nuclear Cardiology Center, please call Tricia Laine at (914) 681-2264.

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Biondi named VP for Development at White Plains Hospital

Special to WPCNR:Richard P. Biondi, a well-known and highly visible figure in the Westchester corporate community for nearly three decades, has joined White Plains Hospital Center as Vice President for Development. Mr. Biondi, a resident of White Plains, will be responsible for all fund-raising, community relations and marketing undertaken by the Hospital.

“We are pleased to welcome Rich Biondi to White Plains Hospital Center,” said Jon B. Schandler, its President and CEO. “Everyone knows Rich. He’s a well-respected member of the Westchester nonprofit and business communities. His career spans 35 years in community affairs, healthcare, education, government, business and the not-for-profit sector. If anyone can impart to donors the importance of helping us provide the most comprehensive and compassionate health care for our community, Rich Biondi can.”

Prior to joining White Plains Hospital Center, Mr. Biondi worked for Verizon, formerly Bell Atlantic and NYNEX. While there, he was a member of Verizon’s External Affairs and Corporate Communications, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department. His prime areas of responsibility included Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, and the Town of Greenwich, CT. Before Verizon, Mr. Biondi was Vice President for Institutional Advancement at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. Before that, he was Manager of State and Community Affairs for the General Foods Corporation (now Kraft Foods), and prior to that he was Manager of University Relations.

For more than 12 years, Mr. Biondi enjoyed a multifaceted career in higher education at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. While there, he served in a number of senior administrative posts including financial aid, admissions and ultimately in development and government and constituent relations as the Executive Director of College Advancement.

Very active in community and civic activities, Mr. Biondi has been appointed to the Westchester Putnam Workforce Investment Board, where he is Secretary. He serves as Vice-chairman of the Westchester Public/Private Membership Fund for Aging Services and is the immediate past Co-chair of the Corporate Community Jobs Project. In addition, he is the Past Chairman of the Board of: the County Chamber of Commerce, the City of White Plains Charter Revision Commission; Junior Achievement of the Lower Hudson Valley; the Lighthouse International *Hudson Valley Region); the White Plains Public Access Cable Television Commission; Food-PATCH; the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association; and the American Heart Association of Westchester, Rockland & Putnam.

Currently, Mr. Biondi serves as a Board Member of Advisory Trustees at Iona College and of the Department of Transportation, Westchester County. He is Co-chair of Westchester Coalition of Social Adult Day Service Programs and a Board Member of the League of Women Voters of New York State, Education Foundation, Inc. He is a Board Member of the Rockland Business Association.

Mr. Biondi has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science and has taught Public Administration on the college level. He has published several articles and delivered numerous papers at national professional conferences on these subjects.

A graduate of Iona College with a B.A. in History/Political Science, Mr. Biondi earned a Masters of Public Administration from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs, Statue university of New York at Albany. He did other graduate study at The City University in New York and at John Carroll University in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He holds Certificates from the Boston College Graduate Program in Corporate and Community Relations and from the Executive Management Program at The Wharton School in Philadelphia.

He is married to the former Maureen Ann Baker of New York. They have two grown children, Jennifer O’Sullivan and Dr. Richard P. Biondi II, and two grandchildren, Maureen Ann O’Sullivan and Thomas Francis O’Sullivan, all of whom reside in White Plains.

White Plains Hospital Center is a voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventative medical care in a caring and compassionate manner to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. The Hospital will provide care and services without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or ability to pay. The Hospital is a first-place recipient of the 2000 National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award for Westchester County. White Plains Hospital Center is a member of the Stellaris Health Network, Inc. and the Voluntary Hospitals of America, Inc. For further information, please call (914) 681-1119 or visit the Hospital’s Web site: www.wphospital.org.[

Richard P. Biondi
Named Vice President for Development at White Plains Hospital Center

White Plains, NY (December 10, 2001)—Richard P. Biondi, a well-known and highly visible figure in the Westchester corporate community for nearly three decades, has joined White Plains Hospital Center as Vice President for Development. Mr. Biondi, a resident of White Plains, will be responsible for all fund-raising, community relations and marketing undertaken by the Hospital.

“We are pleased to welcome Rich Biondi to White Plains Hospital Center,” said Jon B. Schandler, its President and CEO. “Everyone knows Rich. He’s a well-respected member of the Westchester nonprofit and business communities. His career spans 35 years in community affairs, healthcare, education, government, business and the not-for-profit sector. If anyone can impart to donors the importance of helping us provide the most comprehensive and compassionate health care for our community, Rich Biondi can.”

Prior to joining White Plains Hospital Center, Mr. Biondi worked for Verizon, formerly Bell Atlantic and NYNEX. While there, he was a member of Verizon’s External Affairs and Corporate Communications, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department. His prime areas of responsibility included Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, and the Town of Greenwich, CT. Before Verizon, Mr. Biondi was Vice President for Institutional Advancement at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. Before that, he was Manager of State and Community Affairs for the General Foods Corporation (now Kraft Foods), and prior to that he was Manager of University Relations.

For more than 12 years, Mr. Biondi enjoyed a multifaceted career in higher education at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. While there, he served in a number of senior administrative posts including financial aid, admissions and ultimately in development and government and constituent relations as the Executive Director of College Advancement.

Very active in community and civic activities, Mr. Biondi has been appointed to the Westchester Putnam Workforce Investment Board, where he is Secretary. He serves as Vice-chairman of the Westchester Public/Private Membership Fund for Aging Services and is the immediate past Co-chair of the Corporate Community Jobs Project. In addition, he is the Past Chairman of the Board of: the County Chamber of Commerce, the City of White Plains Charter Revision Commission; Junior Achievement of the Lower Hudson Valley; the Lighthouse International *Hudson Valley Region); the White Plains Public Access Cable Television Commission; Food-PATCH; the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association; and the American Heart Association of Westchester, Rockland & Putnam.

Currently, Mr. Biondi serves as a Board Member of Advisory Trustees at Iona College and of the Department of Transportation, Westchester County. He is Co-chair of Westchester Coalition of Social Adult Day Service Programs and a Board Member of the League of Women Voters of New York State, Education Foundation, Inc. He is a Board Member of the Rockland Business Association.

Mr. Biondi has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science and has taught Public Administration on the college level. He has published several articles and delivered numerous papers at national professional conferences on these subjects.

A graduate of Iona College with a B.A. in History/Political Science, Mr. Biondi earned a Masters of Public Administration from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs, Statue university of New York at Albany. He did other graduate study at The City University in New York and at John Carroll University in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He holds Certificates from the Boston College Graduate Program in Corporate and Community Relations and from the Executive Management Program at The Wharton School in Philadelphia.

He is married to the former Maureen Ann Baker of New York. They have two grown children, Jennifer O’Sullivan and Dr. Richard P. Biondi II, and two grandchildren, Maureen Ann O’Sullivan and Thomas Francis O’Sullivan, all of whom reside in White Plains.

White Plains Hospital Center is a voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventative medical care in a caring and compassionate manner to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. The Hospital will provide care and services without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or ability to pay. The Hospital is a first-place recipient of the 2000 National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award for Westchester County. White Plains Hospital Center is a member of the Stellaris Health Network, Inc. and the Voluntary Hospitals of America, Inc. For further information, please call (914) 681-1119 or visit the Hospital’s Web site: www.wphospital.org.[]

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The Westchester’s Poinsettia Tree Raises $6,000

Special to WPCNR: Westchester County’s first-ever Poinsettia Tree fundraising event at The Westchester in White Plains raised more than $6,000 for St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Center for Children in Ossining.
Added to this success is an early invitation from mall management for St. Mary’s to hold this unique two-week event again next year, establishing what could become an annual Holiday tradition at The Westchester.



THE POINSETTIA TREE TO BECOME A “WESTCHESTER TRADITION:” The first-ever Poinsettia Tree at The Westchester succeeded in raising $6,000 for St. Mary’s Rehabiliation Center for Children in Ossining.
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Individuals and corporations throughout the area made donations by sponsoring some of the 400 poinsettia plants on the 15-foot tree. All monies collected are going directly to St. Mary’s, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term health care for children with special needs and disabilities, from birth to 18 years.

“We are so pleased with the outcome of this event, and so grateful to all of those who helped make St. Mary’s a brighter place for the Holidays,” said Eileen Chisari, Vice President of Administration at the Rehabilitation Center. “We want to say a special ‘thank you’ to The Westchester for partnering with us on this beautiful display during their busy Holiday season, to WHUD Radio (100.7 FM) for its promotional support, and to Cushman & Wakefield Inc., a major sponsor of the event.”

St. Mary’s also received a special gift from an Ossining couple who made a $300 donation in lieu of buying presents for each other this year. “This couple has a special needs daughter themselves, and when they saw the Poinsettia Tree in the mall, they decided to help. We are very grateful to them,” said Ms. Chisari.

Debbie Scates, Director of Marketing for The Westchester explained that it was only natural that they extend the invitation to St. Mary’s to return again next year, since the unique Holiday fundraiser has tremendous potential to help needy children for the years to come. “Both customers and retailers really enjoyed the Poinsettia Tree, plus it added a wonderful touch to our Holiday d├ęcor,” she said. “We were particularly pleased to sponsor several poinsettia plants and support St. Mary’s raffle, and we look forward to working with them again.”

Many of The Westchester retailers also sponsored poinsettia plants and donated more $350 in gift certificates for a raffle drawing, which went to a lucky Tarrytown resident.

St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Center for Children, a 44-bed subacute, inpatient facility is a member of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, which serves the entire New York metropolitan area. Other participating members include: St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, a 97-bed inpatient facility in Bayside, NY; St. Mary’s Home Care Programs; St. Mary’s Medical Day Care Program; and St. Mary’s Case Management Programs.

St. Mary’s is New York’s premier provider of complex medical care and intensive rehabilitative services to children with special healthcare needs from birth to 18 years of age. This event is sponsored by St. Mary’s Foundation for Children. For more information about St. Mary’s, please call (914) 333-7018 or visit the St. Mary’s website at www.stmaryskids.org.

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New WPCNR Poll: Help the Appellate Court Out on Delgado-Hockley

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Department in good old Brooklyn USA, has declared a stay, holding off on the continuation of Election while they consider Glen Hockley’s appeal of Judge Nicolai’s decision calling for a new election.

The majority of respondents last week disagreed with court decision to stay the election.

Take our latest poll and tell us what you think the justices in Brooklyn should do.

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FLASH!: Appellate Court Stops District 18 Vote.

Flash!:The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in Brooklyn has granted Adam Bradley’s Motion for a Stay Pending Appeal on behalf of Glen Hockley, calling off the Continuation of the Election planned for Tuesday in District 18. The Board of Elections will send a notice to all 366 voters notifying them of the calling off of the election.
Chief Court Attorney for the Appellate Division, April Agostino, told WPCNR that the Bradley Motion to stay enforcement of Judge Francis Nicolai’s ordered “Continuation of Election” on December 18 has been granted.

Common Council cannot seat either candidate in meantime

The order though granting a stay, significantly “stays” the Board of Elections from certifying the Delgado-Hockley results, and more importantly, “stays…those candidates from taking any steps towards the filing of an oath of office,” effectively, legal sources close to the case report, prohibiting either candidate from being appointed to the Common Council in January, pending a resolution.

Sources close to the case, seem to think that Appellate Judges Gabriel M. Krausman, William D. Friedman, Sandra J. Feuerstein, and Robert W. Schmidt, may be leaning towards another “remedy,” such as a new citywide election.

The Complete Decision & Order on Motion:

Motion by the appellant to stay enforcement of an order of the Supreme Court, Westchester County, dated December 6, 2001, pending hearing and determination of an appeal therefrom.

Upon the papers submitted in support of the motion and the papers submitted in opposition there to it is

ORDERED that the motion is granted and enforcement of the order dated December 6, 2001, is stayed pending hearing and determination of theappeal; and it is further,

ORDERED that pending hearing and determination of the appeal, the Westchester County Board of Elections is stayed from certifying the results of the election insofar as it relates to Larry Delgado and Glen Hockley for the third contested seat of the White Plains Common Council and those candidates are stayed from taking any steps towards the filing of an oath of office.

KRAUSMAN, J.P., FRIEDMANN, FERUERSTEIN and SCHMIDT, JJ., concur.

WPCNR was impressed by the handling of media inquiries by the Appellate Division who responded courteously and swiftly to WPCNR followups on this case.

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A Son Reflects on Mike Graessle’s Career

Mike Graessle’s son on Mike Graessle, the Planning Man.
As the son of the retiring commissioner, it’s nice to see an article that recognizes some of my father’s contributions and timeless patience. Just a couple of factual corrections; Michael Graessle is by no means resigning, he’s just retiring after being in government for 36 years – starting out as a draftsman for the White Plains Planning Department. His time in Port Chester was as more than a Planning Commisioner, in fact he was the Village Manager, a position requiring him to tap into all of his planning and managerial skills. He leaves as he came in, quietly and as a true gentleman. I’m fortunate to have such a role model in my life. I get the feeling that such a father is becoming a rare breed.

Regards,

Christopher Graessle

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Judge Nicolai: Absentees OK in Dist. 18–THEN APPELLATE COURT STAYS ELECTION

UPDATED DEC. 17: URGENT! DISTRICT 18 VOTER NOTICE– NO ELECTION TUESDAY:Judge Francis Nicolai, Administrative Judge of the New York State Supreme Court, 9th District, ruled Thursday to allow absentee balloting among the 366 voters eligible to vote in the upcoming Tuesday “Continuation” of the election in District 18, reports Jeffrey Binder, Larry Delgado attorney. However, the election itself was stayed Friday by the Appellate Court. No Election Tuesday.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn Fridy, the Appellate court heard Glen Hockley’s Appeal to overturn Nicolai’s “continuation of the election” decision, and granted a permanent stay, stopping the election, pending review of the appeal

Delgado Walking the District, Reports Voters Notified



THE DISTRICT 18 “366″ WERE READY: Larry Delgado, the Common Councilman who will be forever immortalized by Judge Nicolai’s “Continuation of the Election” decision in White Plains, (shown here announcing the historic decision last week at Republican Headquarters), told WPCNR Thursday evening he has been walking District 18 and voters have received their Board of Elections notices. They were all set to vote until the “stay” came down from the Appellate Court Friday.
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Asked their mood, Councilman Delgado said voters he has met in the neighborhood, are “anxious to recast their vote. I’ve never seen this before in any election.”

Voters do not feel upset at the Hockley challenge

Delgado, asked if voters resented the Hockley/Bradley challenge to the extended election, said:

“They’re more surprised why there would be a challenge to having a fair election where voters decide which candidate they prefer. They expect that elections will be fair.”

Asked if he expected bullet voting, Delgado said the persons he talked with were eager to recast their vote the way they originally cast it November 6, five weeks ago, in his opinion.

Meanwhile, Back in Brooklyn, U.S.A.:

The briefs are in.
Mr. Delgado reported both sides filed their briefs Thursday afternoon as directed.

Today, In Appellate Court, Second Department on Pierpont Street in Brooklyn, the Hockley/Bradley appeal of Judge Nicolai challenge may be heard by a panel of four judges.

White Plains’ Jeffrey Binder, one of Mr. Delgado’s election specialist lawyers, told WPCNR Thursday evening that the motion for a permanent stay of the election pending appeal heard Thursday in Appellate Court was postponed until today.

Binder said the Appellate Judges could grant the stay, (postponing the election while they ruled), deny it, or simply ignore it, choosing to rule on the appeal either Friday morning, afternoon or perhaps Monday, or even ruling after the election. “You just don’t know what they are going to do,” Binder advised.

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