Council Approves NYPH Biotech Research/Proton Accelerator Project by 6 to 1.

WPCNR Daily Sun. By John F. Bailey. August 6, 2002.: The Common Council approved the New York Presbyterian Hospital biotech research and proton accelerator cancer treatment center project by a vote of 6 to 1 Tuesday morning, approving its location on the golf course meadow of the property, known as Site 8.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT CASTS DECIDING VOTE AT 2:23 AM. Common Council President Benjamin Boykin is seen announcing his intention to approve the controversial hospital project, the fifth and clinching vote. Boykin said “It is time for a new beginning with the hospital. I ask the hospital to immediately meet with us to address pressing community concerns. I look forward to working with the hospital to provide the residents of White Plains with public access to the beautiful property for passive as well as leisure and active recreational uses.” He also said, in explaining his vote for the project, “I am concerned that if we deny this application, the city may lose control of our special permit and zoning rights and the courts will determine the fate of this project. This would be the worse of all situations for the residents of White Plains.”
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APPROVED ACCELERATOR/BIOTECH LAB SITE: Known as Site Eight, is the so-called “driving range meadow” is the site the Council has approved for the building of a 6-story doublewinged biotech research lab facility and proteon accelerator cancer treatment center. John Bailey points to the site in a photograph taken in May of this year.

Constance Hildesley, Vice President of Real Estate for the hospital would not comment after the historic vote, but instead passed out a prepared statement which said, in part,

“NYPH thanks the Mayor and the members of the Common Council who spent many hours in careful deliberation and ultimately voted approval for this important medical research and cancer treatment center this evening.”

Dean Bender, spokesman for the hospital and Paul Bergins, hospital attorney said it was too early to say what would happen next now that approval had been granted.

Mayor Delfino, Rita Malmud and Robert Greer, councilpersons voting for the proposal said they expected the hospital to begin a new dialogue with the city on possible use of land for a park for the city.

Thomas Whyatt, attorney for Concerned Citizens for Open Space said he had no idea what the organization would do next, or how much money an Article 78 challenge to the approval on the part of CCOS might cost. He also did not know what lawyers CCOS might use.

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Presbyterian Hospital Letter Requesting Support of Biotech Proposal Arrives Late

WPCNR Sunset Sentinel Courier. August 5, 2002: A letter mailed first class by New York Presbyterian Hospital requesting community support for their biotech/proton accelerator proposal has apparently been either mailed too late to have impact, or has arrived only today in local mailboxes. It requests citizens to attend tonight’s council meeting and support the proposal
The letter arrived this afternoon in the Haviland Manor neighborhood, a scant 5 hours before the Council is scheduled to take up the issue. Obviously too late for most citizens to contact the Common Council to have any impact, or attend the meeting.

When was it mailed?

The letter, signed by “The Administration and Staff of New York-Presbyterian Hospital” was dated July 30, 2002, and mailed with First Class postage indicia out of New Rochelle.

Apparently, the post office mistook the first class indicia for third class mail, for it has taken the better part of 4 to 5 days to be delivered to White Plains.

The text of the letter is as follows:

On August 5th, the Common Council of the City of White Plains will be voting on a proposal by New York-Presbyterian Hospital to add a Biomedical Research and state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment Center at our White Plains campus.

For the past 100 years we have been your neighbors, offering the highest quality healthcare services and community programs to White Plains, Westchester County and beyond. With the creation of this new biomedical facility, we are looking forward to enhancing and enriching the delivery of healthcare, community outreach and cancer treatment.

We are asking that you reach out to the Mayor and Common Council to express your support and help make this dream a reality.

Thank for making this effor on our behalf and we welcome your participation at the August 5th meeting.

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Attorney General’s Panel Doesn’t Request Breakdown of District 18 Voting Machine

WPCNR Sunset Sentinel Courier. August 5, 2002: City Clerk for the City of White Plains, Janice Minieri, advised WPCNR today that the investigative panel of attorneys appointed by Eliot Spitzer, New York’s Attorney General met with her, her custodians, and election inspectors Friday morning as part of their investigation of whether or not the Attorney General’s office should bring a quo warranto action on behalf of Larry Delgado, White Plains deposed Councilman, restoring Mr. Delgado to his seat on the Common Council.
Ms. Minieri said the inquiry conducted by the three attorneys was observed by Edward Dunphy, city Corporation Counsel and the two Deputy Commissioners from the Westchester County Board of Elections.

She reports that their questions centered on procedures undertaken by the custodians to set the voting machines up for the election on November 6, 2002, and whether or not there was anything unusual that election inspectors observed in the District 18 location that day. She reports that her inspectors said there was nothing unusual reported during that fateful election day.

WPCNR asked if they viewed the voting machine. Minieri said they did and observed “exactly what you saw (the jammed Delgado counter wheel) the day we opened the machine.”

What Happened to the Delgado “Counter” Still in Doubt Because Attorneys Do Not Ask for Breakdown.

WPCNR asked whether the attorneys asked her custodians to remove the back of the voting machine to see exactly what had happened to the jammed Delgado counter, what made it jam, and she reported they had not.

“No one took it apart,” she said. “They were mainly concerned with what the process is, and whether there was anything unusual taking place at the polling place.”

Minieri said she would continue to keep the machine in question in its present condition, “just in case it is needed. I’m glad I didn’t have it repaired.”

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“New Fuji USA HQ IS In Westchester County!”: Pataki

WPCNR Afternoon Tribune. By John F. Bailey.August 5, 2002.UPDATED 2:30 PM E.D.T.: Governor George Pataki appeared in Valhalla today, with County Executive Andrew Spano to announce that Fuji USA, the international film giant, is locating its new USA Headquarters at The Summit in Valhalla, and will be leaving its present Elmsford location in April 2003.

“FUJI TOOK A LOOK AND FOUND WESTCHESTER COUNTY TO BE IN THE FOREFRONT,” Governor George Pataki announced today in Valhalla. The Governor said that Fuji’s selection of the The Summit, Westchester corporate park over Stamford and other out-of-state locations, saved 400 Westchester jobs and will bring $18 Million into the county for the renovation of the new headquarters and an additional 250 jobs. The Governor praised County Executive Andy Spano, shown at left at this morning’s news conference, saying “It’s been a partnership. All of us are on the same wavelength, working together, making great things happen in the county.” Pataki announced the State and Westchester County are contributing $1.9 Million in aid towards the project.
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“WHEN IT COMES TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THERE ARE NO PARTY LINES,” County Executive Andy Spano said today, echoing Governor Pataki’s praise for the Westchester County IDA in putting together a state-county package of $1.9MM that helped to keep Fujifilm in Westchester County. Spano praised Fuji Film for being a good corporate citizen in the county, singling out their lead sponsorship that brought the New York Philharmonic to Westchester County, as an example of the company’s involvement.

HAPPY TO STAY IN WESTCHESTER, FUJI FILM EMPLOYEES, observe the Governor’s news conference. Stamford, New Jersey and locations outside the New York Tri-State area were considered in Fuji’s three-year search for a new USA Headquarters location. The Summit was announced as their choice today. The company will be closing its Elmsford location.

Largest Lease Deal in Westchester in Two Years. Moving from Elmsford to Valhalla Venue

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. said in a news release that the company is leasing 164,000 square feet, part of the second and all of the third and fourth floors at 200 Summit Lake Drive in Valhalla. This expands by 64% its current headquarters in the Taxter Corporate Park, which the company will vacate and move into the new Summit heaquarters in April, 2003. Current space at the Taxter facility comprises just 106,000 square feet.

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Swimmers in Long Island Sound Warned of Swimmer’s Itch

WPCNR Getaway Gazette. From Westchester County Department of Communications. August 2, 2003: The county warned residents about a new parasite in Long Island Sound that is causing “Swimmer’s Itch” in persons bathing in the Sound along County and Connecticut beaches. Residents are urged to shower as quickly as possible after swimming in the Sound.
In a news release this morning the county reported widespread complaints about swimmers experiencing irritating “Swimmer’s Itch” after trips to Long Island Sound beaches.

The County Department of Health attributes this to a parasite found in the intestines of water birds which infests Long Island Sound snails. The snails, found on the beaches then pass the parasite along to swimmers.

The county does not report any ill effects on swimmers other than itching after swimming in the waters.

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Housing Authority Appoints Mack Carter

WPCNR Morning Sun.August 2, 2002: Former member of the White Plains Planning Board, Mack Carter, has been appointed by the Housing Authority to succeed Anthony Tascione as Executive Director, it was announced by the Housing Authority Thursday.

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Gas Prices Rise in Westchester

WPCNR MILKMAN’S MATINEE NEWS. From Westchester County Department of Communications. August 2, 2002:
Gas prices have been creeping up in Westchester County.
County Executive Andy Spano announced the new average price for regular gas, as of July 30, is $1.615 per gallon, a slight increase from the previous average of $1.584.

The prices were found in the latest survey done by the county’s Department of Consumer Protection. The complete survey can be found at

Of the 400 gas stations surveyed, a station in New Rochelle had the lowest price at $1.479. Stations in Katonah and Port Chester had the highest at $1.799.

So far this year, gas prices have been wavering, with the lowest prices from December to February, an increase in March, and then another decrease in April.

Spano said, “Despite the fact that prices are increasing, motorists who want to save money should shop around. The survey showed a 30-cent difference between the lowest- and highest-price stations.”

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Mr. and Mrs. White Plains Can Now Give Common Council “Guidance” at Public Forum

WPCNR Morning Sun. August 1, 2002:City Hall announced yesterday that a Public Forum will be established before Common Council meetings for citizens to bring matters to the attention of the Council and the Mayor. The first such forum will be held Monday evening at 7 PM, prior to the start of the regular monthly Council meeting at 7:30 PM. Call the Mayor’s Office at 422-1411 if you wish to sign up to speak at Monday evening’s council meeting.
According to the Mayor’s Office, citizens will be limited to 3 minutes’ time to address the council, and to secure the right to speak, any person wishing to do so much sign up in advance by telephoning the Mayor’s office, which can be reached at 422-1411. At three minutes each, a total of 10 persons a meeting may address the Common Council in such a forum.

The establishment of the Public Forum, makes good on a campaign promise of vanquished Mayoral candidate Robert Greer, and Councilman Glen Hockley.

The Public Forum portion of the Council meeting, however, will not be televised on Government Access Channel 72.

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Attorney General’s Office to Inspect Faulty Vote Machine Friday

WPCNR Morning Sun. July 31, 2002. The New York State Attorney General’s office team evaluating whether to bring a quo warranto court action in Supreme Court on behalf of Larry Delgado to remove Glen Hockley from the White Plains Common Council, will interview White Plains officials and will inspect the District 18 voting machine which had been determined to jam in last November’s election.

The private inspection will take place Friday morning at Fire House Number 2 in White Plains where the suspect voting machine has been stored, the Attorney General’s press officer, Mark Violette reported to WPCNR today. Mr. Violette said he did not know if his attorneys would undertake a full dismantling or breakdown of the machine. He did not think so.

WHAT INSPECTORS SAW LAST NOVEMBER, when the back of the District 18 Voting Machine was removed. After all counters had been returned to zero counts, the Delgado counter jammed at “39,” and could not be rolled back to zero by trained, certifed election machine technicians. The Attorney General’s office may inspect the machine further to see what went wrong, but a press spokesman said he did not know if a more thorough inspection was going to be conducted Friday. White Plains officials would be interviewed he said.
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Marc Violette, Press Officer for the Attorney General said the inspection would be private and not open to the media. Jeffrey Binder, Mr. Delgado’s attorney said he was not attending and that he respected and appreciated the Attorney General office procedure.

Violette told WPCNR today that a three-attorney “screening committee” for quo warranto proceedings would be meeting with White Plains election officials Friday morning to discuss what they knew about the events election night, viewing the voting machine.

Violette said the attorney general’s office is now in the process of verifying the 103 affidavits submitted by the Delgado legal team, from voters voting last November 6 in District 18, who said they voted for Mr. Delgado.

No timetable.

Mr. Violette told WPCNR there was “no timetable” for the Attorney General’s office since no court order interval was in play. Violette said there would be no news conference following his attorneys’ inspection and interviews Friday morning. “We’re doing this work ourselves,” Violette said, “the time frame is open.”
The Story So Far:

At the time when the voting machine was originally ordered inspected by Judge Francis Nicolai of New York State Supreme Court, last December, the machine counter drum tabulating the Larry Delgado votes (top row, second from left) could not be “rolled back” from the “39” count by a professional election machine maintenance technician. (Note nothing but blank roller in the Delgado slot, while all other counters are at “0.”) Both Mr. Hockley’s attorney, Adam Bradley, and Mr. Delgado’s attorneys John Ciampoli and Jeffrey Binder, agreed the machine was jammed.

LEGAL ADVERSARIES AGREE MACHINE JAMMED: Carol Lee Sunderland, of the Board of Elections, left, Jeffrey Binder, Delgado attorney, and Adam Bradley, Hockley attorney conference calling last November at the Board of Elections in which the two camps agreed based on election machine expert advice that the voting machine had jammed.
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No Need to See the Guts.

Attorneys for Mr. Delgado, John Ciampoli and Jeffrey Binder, told Judge Nicolai when the Judge asked them, that they did not think it necessary to execute a thorough breakdown of the machine to determine what set of circumstances actually caused the “Delgado line jam.” The two legal counsel were satisfied to establish that the voting machine had, in fact, jammed at count 39 for Mr. Delgado, approximately 100 votes less than Mr. Delgado’s Republican council running mates, Robert Tuck, and Mike Amodio. The attorneys contended this obviously meant Delgado who had outpaced Amodio and Tuck citywide had obviously lost 100 votes at least, giving him the election over Hockley.

Courts order new election. Court of Appeals Says “Nyet.”

The establishment that there was something wrong with the Delgado counter mechanism was the basis for two consecutive rulings by Judge Nicolai and the Appellate Court in Brooklyn, calling for a new election in White Plains between Mr. Delgado and Mr. Hockley, his rival for the council seat.

The New York State Court of Appeals reversed this decision, officially making Glen Hockley the winner of Mr. Delgado’s Council seat, on the grounds that Mr. Delgado’s only recourse was a quo warranto proceeding, effectively ruling that courts in New York State did not have the jurisidiction to right election night irregularities.

Attorney General’s Office Mulls Now Acts.

In June, the Delgado legal team delivered 103 affidavits of signed affidavits from voters who had said they voted for Mr. Delgado last November 6, enough voters to provide Mr. Delgado with a margin of victory over Mr. Hockley.

The effort to inspect the voting machine Friday morning is the first action the Attorney General’s office has taken to move on Mr. Delgado’s request for a quo warranto proceding.

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Hudson River Bandits Battling 12’s Win Harrisburg Tournament with 6 in a row!

WPCNR PRESS BOX. July 29,2002. Special to WPCNR: The Hudson River Bandits 12-and-under-team, New York’s fastpitch softball ambassadors, with players hailing from towns all over the tri-county area, Buchanan, Chappaqua, Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville, Putnam Valley, Valhalla, Verplanck, and White Plains completed their 2002 season with a perfect 6-0 weekend in the Harrisburg Pennsylvania Invitational Fastpitch Tournament.

DUH BANDITS WIN!: Posing for the traditional Championship portrait, the 12-and-under Hudson River Bandits, smiles a foot wide, celebrate their winning the Harrisburg Pennsylvania Invitational Sunday. The club responded under pressure with players playing in new positions, pitchers hanging tough in the clutch, and playing virtually error-free ball all weekend long, winning six-straight games to finish 21-18-2 for the year, on the heels of a terrific 1-2 week at the ASA Nationals. The players are, Seated, L to R: Gina Guiliano, Juliana Bailey, Kristen Brown, Jillian Gallagher, Rachael Costello. Standing L to Right, Heather Clausen, Kirby Wright, Niki Tamburri, Kiki Guernier, Emma Covello, and Cody Picker. Coaches are Emmett Covello, standing left back, Jim Tamburri, standing to the right. Standing center back: John Bailey, Statistician.
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The 12’s Banditas hung-on with a nail-biting 6-5 win over their worthy adversaries, the hard-hitting, fleet Northampton All-Stars in the Invitational’s Championship Game Sunday evening. The victory came after the Bandits shut-out two teams earlier in 100-degree sun, heat and humidity in the Susquehanna River Valley.

In a late bulletin, word has just come in that the Bandits 16-and Under Team, nipped the Pennsylvania Silver Bullets, 2-1 in the gloamin’ Sunday night to take the Sixteens Championship, for their second Championship of the season.

The five Bandit teams, 18s,16,14s, 12s and 10s, went 19 and 7 on the weekend for “the most successful weekend in Hudson River Bandits history,” according to Bandit magnate and founder, Rudy Nedek. Mr. Nedek is currently negotiating television rights for 2002 Bandit games.

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