DWI’s Lose Cars for 12 Hours Under New County Law

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WPCNR WESTCHSTER COUNTY CLARION-JOURNAL. From Department of Communications. October 23, 2003: County Executive Andy Spano has signed a local law designed to make sure that people arrested for drunk driving in Westchester will have a chance to sober up before they can drive away.

The law was signed Wednesday and goes into effect Jan. 20.

The law, which Spano initiated last May, was approved by the Board of Legislators Monday. It allows police to impound the vehicles used by persons arrested for DWI offenses for a minimum of 12 hours after such an arrest and until the person is able to establish his or her sobriety, unless the car is released to the custody of someone other than the arrestee.

“We want to make sure that this potentially drunk person is not able to drive away his car and hurt someone else,” Spano said. 

With respect to minors, anyone arrested on DWI charges who is under 18 can only be released to the custody of his/her parent or guardian while the minor is still intoxicated. Furthermore, the law prohibits the release of a vehicle driven by a minor arrested for a DWI offense to anyone other than that person’s parent, guardian or third-party owner.  

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Cantatore Censures Ryan Over “Flawed” Inmate Work Program

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WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2003 CHRONICLES. From The Cantatore Press Office. October 23, 2003: Frank Cantatore said today that a report on the County’s inmate work program at Hudson Hills proves he was right for calling for its suspension.

“The report that just came out proves without a doubt that the County’s inmate work program has many major flaws and lapses.  The inmate who escaped, Louis Cortalano was left alone without supervision for over 2 ½ hours before correction officers noticed he was gone. The County Executive is quoted as saying in a recently published article on the subject “[He] thought the County had standard operating procedures that people were following.” His statement was made before the Board of Legislator’s committee on Public Safety, which coincidentally is Chaired by my opponent, Bill Ryan,” Cantatore said, in a statement.

“The fact is that Bill Ryan as Chairman of the Public Safety committee should have known about a program that takes dangerous criminals outside of the jail, to areas such as Hudson Hills golf course, where there are no bars or jail cells. For someone like Mr. Ryan, who touts his public safety achievements at every opportunity, in his literature as well as in public, to the point where I am expecting any day now for him to claim credit for the McGruff character on PSA’s which promote public safety for children. He has once again failed the people of White Plains and Scarsdale. This time it placed an innocent bystander at risk of losing her life. But instead of taking the blame, Mr. Ryan was nowhere when it came to making comments on this very serious issue”, said Cantatore.


“Rather than hailing his so called accomplishments in Public Safety, Mr. Ryan should be assuming responsibility. He should use his office to assure that what happened recently will never happen again. That’s true leadership. The residents of Westchester deserve nothing less, and I will provide it,” said Cantatore.


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World Series Mystique: The Best Ballplayers in the World Mano a Mano.

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WPCNR PRESS BOX.  “View From the Upper Deck” By John Baseball Bailey. October 21, 2003: Every baseball fan should go to a least one World Series game in their lifetime. In no other sport is the air so charged, the stakes as high, the egos as challenged as they are in the 7 games for the ring. Indulge an old fan for awhile as we travel back in time. As Vin Scully would say, “Pull up a chair, we’re just getting under way.”




I have been lucky. I have gone to four. Game 2 in 1957 when Yankee Stadium was Yankee Stadium, Game 4 in 1958, and Game 2 in 1961. And Game 1 of this year’s World Series. The Yankees have lost all four games I have seen.


Yankee Stadium is different today than it was in 1957. Today the walls are shortened, the infield and outfield grass cross-cut instead of the long lanes of grass that extended forever to the black walls in left with the numbers 396, 407, 457 and 461 on them, and the tantalizing 344 in right.


THE BIG BALL PARK 1956: Andy Jelinko’s painting brings to life the Westminster Abbey of baseball as I remember it.. Drink in the vast outfield. The way the grass is cut straight-out. The auxiliary scoreboards in left and right center. The sprawl of the multitudes in the bleachers, and the friendly lazy green hue. The rich red dirt. Note the monuments in dead center looking like gasoline pumps. Photo by WPCNR Sports. From the Author’s Collection.

The seats are dark blue instead of soft aqua green. There are no auxiliary scoreboards in left and right center, with 0’s and 1’s sliding down after each inning with perfunctory finality.


There is no bright sunshine and long shadows to ratchet up the drama. The prefabricated façade hangs on the bleacher advertising today, instead of “lifting the curtain” from its former place of elegance hanging from the roof of the upper deck. There are no posts in the new Stadium. I once sat behind a post at a Series game, but they framed the action.


STADIUM PAST: Yankee Stadium in the 1951 World Series. Note the elegant facade on the upper deck. The higher, grander grandstand, the metal fence running out to the Visitors’ Bullpen in leftcenter and the magnificent sweep of the bleachers, as left field and left center run on forever. Photo: Yankee Stadium: 75 Years of  Drama, Glamor, and Glory.


The outfield is no longer as pretty as it once was. Once it was a great immense green extended to a high black wall from left to right center between the two bullpens, with leftfield a small metal link fence running from left center to the leftfield foul line. Right field from the rightfield bull pen to the foul pole was a short green concrete wall that outfielders could boost themselves up on to make one-hand catches. There was a 344 sign in dead right on that wall.

Ruthville: 1961: The painting is by Bill Pudom, showing Roger Maris belting Number 61. You get an idea of the sweep of the blechers. The drama of the short right field porch (344 feet). From Yankee Stadium: 75 Years of Drama, Glamour, and Glory.


In dead center there were the three monuments to The Babe, Colonel Ruppert and Edward Barrow. Like Billy Crystal, as a kid, I too thought those men were buried there. They let you walk on the field then too, after a game. The crunch of the red dirt on the running track was like walking on gold dust…it was that soft.


The World Series programs were different in the 50s. For decades, individual teams would print up their own programs, providing a colorful history of the era in which the game was played. Now Major League Baseball prints the program that features all eight teams in the postseason.

Series Past: Original Programs from 1957, 1958 and 2003. Photo by WPCNR Sports, The Author’s Collection.


Another nostalgic touch I miss is afternoon games. You never had cold weather for the series as you had on Sunday evening. You listened to the games at school on transistor radios.


I especially associated the World Series with a song, the Gillette jingle that started each World Series telecast, it went “To look sharp, you need a razor that’s right for you. To be sharp, you need a razor that’s right for you…Light, regular, heavy, only way to get a decent shave.” When you heard that you knew it was World Series time.


The drama remains the same though. Although kids rarely get to see the ends of the games.


Every pitch is important. Every mistake is magnified. The uninitiated tourist observer  of the game does not understand they are watching the greatest ballplayers pit their skill levels and instincts against each other. They are trying to outthink, overpower, outrun, outwit, bringing all their concentration to bear on every pitch, play and batted ball.


Each confrontation between pitcher and batter is a test. The pressure is magnified because their reputations ride on the line. Each player has to have amazing self confidence to deal with the canards of criticism heaped on them by sportswriters and commentators who have never been out there inbetween the lines and worked to have the privilege of being out there when no one else is playing in the major leagues because they are not good enough.


SERIES SCORECARDS  from Ballparks of the Past: At left is a replica of the program from the first World Series between Boston and Pittsburgh in 1903. In the center is the 1929 Program for the Philadelphia A’s-Chicago Cubs Series, and on the right is the program from the 1918 Series when the Red Sox and Cubs played. The programs rest on an original Yankee Stadium Reserved Seat. Photo by WPCNR Sports. From the Collection of the Author.


Unlike the Super Bowl or the playoffs in other sports, there are pitching rotations to consider: The competitive matchups adjust each day as the players become familiar with the opposition.


There are various levels of pressures in each game. The First Game there is no pressure. The second game the team which lost wants to even it up, but is still confident even if they lose. The third game is a swing game, the fifth game is perhaps the game with the most pressure in the sequence until the seventh game is reached, at which point the teams have shown they are pretty evenly matched and even the loser has given a good account of themselves.


In the 1950s, when World Series games were played in the afternoon, the sun played an important factor in Yankee Stadium. Left field in the autumn was brutal. I remember watching Norm Siebern freeze, losing three fly balls in left field on a brilliant autumn afternoon when the stadium shadows in the  sixth and seventh innings were dark and long.


The base ball would come out to leftfield hidden a blue fog bank haze of cigarette and cigar smoke  only to reappear dazzled in dappled sunlight. Picking up fly balls was difficult. Siebern’s miscues treated the Milwaukee Braves to unearned runs, as I watched the great Warren Spahn shut out New York, 3-0.  Spahnie’s curve, change, and slider just handcuffed the Bombers that day. I still see him yet.


I was there to see the crafty workhorse righthander Lew Burdette win the first of three games in the 1957 Series in Game Two. Lew was saved by a great catch by Wes Covington in the second inning of that game, when Covington, shading the Yankee pitcher, Bobby Shantz (a lefthanded hitter), to left center was caught way right as Little Bobby as he was called sliced a liner down into the left field corner, a sure double and two Yankees were on.


Covington, not a great outfielder,  raced to the line and backhanded the ball on a line for a double play. It was the last Yankee threat, as Burdette kept the ball low and the Yankees power hitters beat the ball into the dirt the rest of the day.


Some players, after the ignominy of making a bad play in a World Series, are never the same. Norm Siebern was one. After that fourth game in 1958 he never had another good season. He had hit .300 in 1958.


What has not changed around the Stadium at World Series time is the oldtime feel around the ballpark. There are the dark and jammed streets, the smell of pretzels and hot dogs from street corner vendors. The roar of the overhead elevated subway on the IRT No 4 & 6 Lines. You used to be able to see the subway trains from beyond the rightcenterfield bleachers at the old stadium. Now since the park was remodeled in 1974-76, the high wrap-around electronic scoreboard obscures the “EL.”


Dave and Candyce Corocoran Arriving for Game One. The modern entrance to the stadium celebrates the tradition of the Bombers, but has lost the “Roman Coliseum” look which distinguished the old Stadium. Photo by WPCNR Sports.


THE OLD STADIUM WAS STATELY AND RESEMBLED THE COLISEUM OF ANCIENT ROME. I loved the simple game announcement which would read, depending on the opponent: “Milwaukee Today, 1 PM” From Yankee Stadium: 75 Years of Drama, Glamour, and Glory


There is also the massive traffic jam getting into the ballpark, the smell of beer in the air. The brightly lit plazas around the new Yankee Stadium are just too clean and neat. I liked the old cluster of “Baseball Joe’s,” a block long souvenir stand that ran along the first base side of Yankee Stadium that stood there in the 1950s through the 60s before it was torn down to build the parking garage that no one can get out of after the game.


Once inside the park, there is the lining up of the two ball clubs, the pomp of the National Anthem, and finally the game. No matter how official baseball tries to pomp up the start of these games, the game takes over once the first pitch is thrown.



Then for nine innings it is mano a mano. Pitcher trying to outthink the hitter. Fielders trying to align themselves where they believe the hitter will hit the ball. There is strategy too. In the World Series, fundamentals count. The team that executes the fundamentals, building runs by moving the runner, making the unexpected play or the great catch usually wins.


As each game is played the level of intensity is picked up. The teams get to know each other it becomes a contest of who will transcend their abilities the most to determine who is the Champion.


The mental anguish over the bad break. The ability to take defeat and use it to motivate yourself to be better is the lesson the losers take home into the cold winter as they sit in the loser’s dugout watching the other team celebrate on the field. It is bitter. Some cannot handle it, like Donnie Moore the Angels pitcher who committed suicide shortly after giving up a three-run homer to cost the Angels a pennant.


Out after out, threat after threat each game wends its way to conclusion, the tension wound taught. The concentration of players tested. Their abilities to bounce back challenged. Their willingness to reach back for “that little something extra” that wins.


Ahh, the mistakes. They are cruel in that the unfortunate player that makes them is immortalized, perhaps more than the heroes. Fred Merkle of “Merkle’s Boner,” Freddie Lindstrom. Tony Kubek, Fred Snodgrass of “The Snodgrass Muff,” Mickey Owen, Julio Franco, Bill Buckner, Curt Flood, the unfortunate players who in one moment could not make a play that cost a series.


Then there are the pitchers who made the one mistake: Branca, Terry, Torres, Root, Hrabosky, Moore, Whitfield. Cruelly they are remembered for the one pitch they wished they could have back that cost a championship.


Baseball, softball, it is the cruel, unforgiving game that is the supreme judge of player ability.


What I noticed Saturday evening was how things have changed since I was last at a Series game. The umpiring was not as good. I did not know the umpires. In the 1950s, you knew the umpires. They were as much stars as the players because they were well-respected and you never had a controversial call in a World Series: Augie Donatelli, Frank Umont, Al Barlick, Dusty Boggess, Jocko Conlan, Nestor Chylak, Frank Dascoli, Frank Secory, Bill Summers, Jim Honochik, just to name some I remember. The umps Saturday night missed a couple of calls. I can never remember that happening in the 50s Series.

 MANO A MANO: “Ugie” Urbina, Man on the Mound for the Marlins, fans on their feet, going at Alphonso Soriano of the Bombers in the 9th with the winning run on. Photo by WPCNR Sports


In the bottom of the eighth and the ninth Saturday night, watching “Ugie” Urbina pitch out of a jam in the eighth and the ninth was a throwback. For the first time all season, I saw a reliever come in and put out a fire. Ugie rose to the occasion throwing a terrific pitch a changeup to Jorge Posada in the eighth for the last out.


In the ninth, he froze Alphonso Soriano on a change on a 3 and 2 count. That’s real pitching, throwing change-ups on a full count. It was that confidence the concentration that just is a little bit better that one time.


Watching these individual confrontations between players consumed by the game, concentrating at such a high level is what the World Series is all about.


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THAR SHE BLOWS! Renaissance Plaza Fountain Shoots Its Geysers for First Time.

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WPCNR MAIN STREET LINE. By John F. Bailey. October 21, 2003: Renaissance Plaza, the state-of-the-art center city meeting and greeting showplace fountain under construction for six months at the junction of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenues, neared completion Wednesday afternoon with a flawless test of its fountain waterpower for the first time. With City Executive Officer George Gretsas looking on, the 4 “ponds” were “streamed” sending a tower of water up three stories, and impressing traffic on Main Street.

THAR SHE BLOWS: Renaissance Plaza “Tower of Water” erupts regally three stories Wednesday afternoon. The Mayor’s Executive Officer George Gretsas said the rocket of water can climb even higher. He said ongoing water tests will be happening all week, as the music is now being programmed at the fountain. He said the music can only be sequenced in time with the fountain eruptions so downtown pedestrians will be seeing sporadic displays through the week in preparation for a grand opening of Renaissance Plaza one day next week. Photo by WPCNR News.

“CITY HALL, WE HAVE WATER:” Fountain frolics for first time Wednesday afternoon. The colored lights and spotlights that will enhance the programmed water displays are another element that will add to the slender sprights and spritzes of splashing water. In the background is the “Starbucks Solarium” that the Mayor’s Office reports will be turned over to Starbucks for a December opening next week. Photo by WPCNR  News

RENAISSANCE PLAZA TOWER OF WATER from Main Street, Wednesday. Reports are that the Fountain “Column” can achieve even greater heights than the three stories shown here. Photo by WPCNR News

LOOKING GOOD FOR NEXT WEEK: An ebullient George Gretsas, the Mayor’s Executive Officer reports that Renaissance Plaza Fountain will open officially some day next week. He said the weather forecasts are being considered, the programming procedure being sequenced, but said all looks good for an on-target opening next week, after six months of construction. Photo by WPCNR News.


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Cantatore, Ryan Challenger, Calls for Converting St. Agnes to Senior Housing

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WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2003 CHRONICLES. From the Cantatore Press Office. October 20, 2003:  Frank Cantatore today called for the conversion of the former site of the St Agnes hospital to affordable senior citizen housing. “We have too many senior citizens in this county who are on fixed incomes who do not have the financial wherewithal to maintain a roof over their heads because of skyrocketing taxes, taxes that are making it impossible for them to stay in homes they have paid for long ago. The County should step up and provide the necessary incentives so that the site does not remain dormant for too long. It should be converted into affordable housing, not another office building,” said Cantatore.


St. Agnes hospital recently shuttered its doors in White Plains because it was continually running at a deficit. The hospital had attempted to partner with the Westchester Medical Center, but in the end was unable to maintain suitable profit margins for it to remain open.


“The site on which the hospital sits is ideal for affordable senior citizen housing, it has transportation and shopping nearby. It also has access to healthcare facilitates and soon many wonderful destinations in the downtown area of White Plains. As a businessperson I have the background and ability to introduce legislation that would be both affordable for seniors as well as for county taxpayers. My opponent, Bill Ryan as Vice Chairman of the Board has talked a good game, but has failed to present viable solutions for our seniors,” said Cantatore.

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A Little Will Rogers, A Little Gary Cooper, Hickey Sees Village Within A City

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WPCNR Campaign 2003 Chronicles. By John F. Bailey. October 20, 2003: Dan Hickey, Republican candidate for Common Council laid out the reasons he is running for Council to WPCNR in an interview in his home last week. Mr. Hickey revealed a lot about what’s different in his campaign. He takes stands, goes out on a limb and says what he’d do, something he’s been doing for White Plains for 38 years as a patrolman, commander, and finally Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety before his retirement last year.

Dan Hickey Takes on City Hall. Photo by WPCNR News

Cornerstones of his grassroots campaign are: Redevelopment of Mamaroneck Avenue, Fiscal Irresponsibility by the Council, and the council’s ignoring the city infrastructure preparedness for development.


Hickey denied the charge he is just running for revenge against the present Administration for not getting the Commissioner of Public Safety job. Hickey dismisses that, saying he was planning on retiring anyway within a year at the time, and therefore this did not bother him. He said people had talked to him about running for the council, but he rejected it.


His wife, though, encouraged him to run. He thought very hard about it, and realized that given the problems he saw the city facing over the next two years, he had the knowledge to help.


Hickey Knows City Hall



He told me that  no one running for council knew as much about the inner workings of the city and the problems they were creating and are about to face as he does. He feels compelled to run as an independent voice who can ask the hard questions from a basis of experience in the city government.  


He says he is taking no money from the Republican Party because in return, he would have to pledge loyalty to Mayor Joseph Delfino. Frank Cantatore denied this to WPCNR last week.



Cappelli Projects will Not Solve the Mamaroneck Avenue Problem. “Village Within a City” Will.


Hickey tackled the Mamaroneck Avenue situation as a flaw in the Renaissance revival the city is envisioning:


“The Galleria took business off Mamaroneck Avenue twenty years ago, and it has taken twenty years to bring business back,” he explained. “No one’s coming up with anything to revive Mamaroneck Avenue. Every administration is putting the cart before the horse. People live downtown already on Martine Avenue, East Post Road, North Broadway. You already have the people there. There is nothing on the Avenue to draw them.

The caberets draw people from out of town. Very few of the patrons are local people. We need something to get people shopping at our stores (on Mamaroneck again).”


What will draw the locals back downtown?


Hickey suggests how: he would create “The Village Within a City” to give Mamaroneck Avenue its own identity.  


He takes the idea from created “villages” that string stores together along created plazas such as Clinton Crossing and Woodbury Commons that have become “destinations” in Connecticut and Rockland Counties. His plan would repackage Mamaroneck Avenue with wrought-iron arches over the  Avenue  at Maple Avenue and Mamaroneck and Main Street and Mamaroneck, compatible with the new cityscape design.


Arches would proclaim Mamaroneck  Avenue “The Village of White Plains


“The best thing about this approach,” Hickey said enthusiastically, “is you don’t have to build anything, we already have the buildings.” He suggests attracting individual specialty stores such as Pier I (furniture), Country Curtains, The Wine Enthusiast, or gourmet stores, such as a cheese or coffee specialist, antique and collectors’ outlets to compliment the specialty stores now on the Avenue, that include, in this reporter’s opinion, The Gourmandise, Carroll-Condit Gallery, and Thompson’s Art Store.


He sees these kind of niche merchants offering a different selection of goods than found in the giant discount stores at the City Center, the Galleria, and The Westchester. He feels this can be done by the city offering incentives to landlords along Mamaroneck Avenue in a cooperative effort to lure both maverick, mainstream and upscale destinations with personality and uniqueness to create a shopping attraction different than the malls.


“They (the specialty stores) won’t come unless you ask them,” Hickey notes. “The landlords have to play a part in this, offer incentives to open a store, and the city should give investment credits, also.”


Encourage Free Parking on Weekends.


“It’s not going to connect with one just one store,” Hickey said. He feels you need to make it easier to shop the Avenue. One way to do that he says is to have free parking on weekends, or charge $1 for all day parking.


“Another thing you could do is close off  Mamaroneck Avenue weekends, creating a walking mall each weekend,” Hickey suggested.


Traffic Not Being Planned Well. Calls for Independent Studies with Teeth.


Mr. Hickey was just warming up over coffee, as he eased into another major issue: traffic.


“Even though parking revenue will go away, redirecting of parking has to be done,” Hickey said, based on his long experience with traffic patterns with the police department, says changing traffic patterns is inevitable.



“You have to take parking off Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street and create more one-way streets,” Hickey said. “It’s a political decision to do that, and it will probably be postponed until the Mayor runs again. We have to do independent studies of traffic patterns, and not accept developer predictions. It has been my experience that people will find their own way around White Plains, (going against the predictions of the experts).”


New Revenues have to be all New Dollars. He Says.


Hickey said “I’m not against smart development, I’m against desperate development. Desperate Development is building before we have a plan. Two towers have grown into four towers. They (the council) all want to have their legacy. But, no one will take the blame if something goes wrong.”


Hickey is troubled that the $50 Million revenues predicted for the City Center are being heavily counted on to keep the city solvent over the coming years. White Plains only collects 2% of that which works out to only $1 million more a year. He says that the $50 Million handle also has to be totally new dollars, and does not take into effect how much revenue the City Center stores will draw from other malls and retailers in town. He notes that there is no sales tax on theatre tickets, but notes the city will get sales tax on concessions.


City has run out of  margin, Hickey says.


Mr. Hickey is fiscally conservative. He blames the council for allowing gimmick financing to feed development that has raided the city’s financial reserves to handle fiscal setbacks.


Hickey criticizes the city for borrowing the $23 Million for the new parking garage. He sees a property tax increase: “Unless they start watching, property taxes are going up.”


City Must Cut from Within.


Hickey said his long experience in the police department taught him the necessity of managing departments efficiently.  He points out the police department is 40% of the city budget. He said he and Commissioner John Dolce worked very hard to keep budgets within line: “Each manager was responsible to cut costs without cutting services. You created a synergy between departments.”


He pointed out that when he left the Department of Public Safety was at $33 Million for 2001-02  and the 2003-04  Public Safety Budget is now at $40.8 Million. Hickey said this was not a criticism of the new management of the department, noting the changes to the department to be prepared for terrorism and the growing city.


He blamed the badge drain, now officially declared ended, on the department being the lowest paid in the county at the time. He said he corrected this by working out a workweek restructuring that gave White Plains police more vacation time, by varying their workweek, equalizing their pay structure with the rest of the county.


He did say though that all city departments had to view budgets with a watchful eye: “The first thing a bad manager does is say I need more money and more manpower. A manager’s job is to give the best service for the least amount of money.  I’m not going to rubber stamp every budget that’s put it, if I’m on the Council.”


Hickey Studies Efficiencies for a Living.


Hickey is uniquely qualified to eyeball budgets, of all the candidates with the exception of Robert Greer, who has been on the city budget committee for over ten years, Hickey analyzes budget management on a free lance basis for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, specializing in management studies.


“The city has to start combining departments, such as bringing the Planning Department and Building Department together, combining Traffic and Public Works. You would have to look at the departments. A city should be run like a company,” he stressed.


He said he fully expected a property tax increase for next year, and said that if there is not one, it would be because Mayor Delfino is up for election in 2005, with higher fees charged for city services.


“Like a Kid in a Candy Store”


Hickey criticized the city’s drawing down of the city’s fund balance to pay for union settlements, and the calling in rainy day funds such as a parking authority debt and community development funds to aid in the construction and operation of the Renaissance Plaza and the city’s new community theatre, and to pay for the city’s street facelift.


He says this is a seductive practice,   that has left the city with out financial backup. “They depleted them all. They’re like a kid in a candy store.”



Other Concerns.


Mr. Hickey touched on a number of issues, pointing out that he felt the city has made a mistake in not fighting the St. Agnes Hospital closing. His reasoning was  that St.Agnes had always been the emergency backup for White Plains Hospital Medical Center, Port Chester and New Rochelle when they are overcrowded. “Now you do not have that option,” Hickey said.


On illegal and unsafe housing, a hot button of late, Hickey said that these cases are very hard to prove against landlords, saying that in many cases he was involved in, he had solid evidence based on bills and records that the landlords were guilty, but the judges were very reluctant to convict. “Courts just don’t want to do it. They delay for years. It is not as easy, as it is being made to sound (to get tough with landlords),” Hickey said.


Hickey concluded with a definitive statement about what voters could expect from him on the council, “I don’t like what’s going on. Taxes are going up. They’re just giving the city away. Just give me a try.”


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Girls Boys Varsity X-ers Finish 6-7 in Coaches Invitational

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WPCNR PRESS BOX. October 20, 2003 UPDATED WITH PICTURES, 4 PM, October 20, 2003: On a slick, muddy and treacherous course, the White Plains High School Varsity girls and boys Cross Country teams, small in numbers, big in heart, finished sixth and seventh in fields of 12 and 14 schools in the coaches’ supermeet held Sunday at the Westchester Community College course in the Westchester Rockland Dutchess Track & Field Coaches Association Invitational.


AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: After 3-1/2 miles, Kaylin Gilmartin-Donohue finishes eighth among 104 runners, clocking a 20::48:54. Juliana Bailey, shown below, passes three other runners,  running in 22:16 to place 25th nd Tamiko Younge, 34th among 104 runners in their 5K race. Photos by WPCNR Sports.








AROUND THE FAR TURN: White Plains Mike Smayda rounds the top of the stretch on his way to  5th  on the 3.1 mile course with a time of 17:39:90. Jeffery Bergman notching 15th  at 18:22:92  in the field of 89 runners. Jeff put on a finishing burst to just hold to 15th, in a terrific clutch effort. Photo by WPCNR Sports



THEY’RE OFF: The second Varsity Boys race begins. The White Plains boys  Jeff Bergman, left and Mike Smayda are one/third of the way in from the right. The start, runners say, is the most important part of the race, saying you have to grab a position and maintain that pace. Photo by WPCNR Sports.


CAVALRY CHARGE: The White Plains Girls are in orange at the center of the photo; L to Right: Bailey, Gilmartin-Donohue, Tamiko Younge and Kirstin Smayda. Runners report they usually pick a teammate whose pace they can maintain and they truly run together. Photo by WPCNR Sports

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7 In a Row: Tigers Upend Roosevelt, 40-13. Spencer scores 5 TDs

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WPCNR PRESS BOX. By John F. Bailey. October 18, 2003 UPDATED October 20, 2003, EXCLUSIVE NEW PHOTOS ADDED October 20, 2003 6:15 P.M.: White Plains won its tenth straight football game over two seasons, and completed their first undefeated regular season at 7-0 since 1993 with a 40-13 victory over the Indians of Roosevelt today. Spencer Ridenhour was unstoppable, scoring five touchdowns, (giving him 51 touchdowns in his White Plains career),including a 40 yard run from scrimmage in the first quarter that answered a Roosevelt touchdown. White Plains lead 26-13 at the half, despite a frisky, quick-strike passing Roosevelt team. White Plains begins the Sectional Playoffs next Saturday afternoon against Gorton at Parker Stadium. Defensive adjustments in the second half cut down the Indians’ passing game. Garry Morello scored the other Tiger TD late in the fourth quarter.

HE’S GOING. HE’S GOING. HE’S GONE: “33” Spencer Ridenhour cruising at the 10 yard line on his 40 yard touchdown run in the first quarter Saturday afternoon, to make the score 13-6, White Plains. Spencer had a career day, as White Plains ran at will on the Roosevelt defense. Photo by WPCNR Sports.


Roosevelt was wary of White Plains ball control strategy that the Tigers have used all season when they win the toss, (kicking off with the notion of trapping their rivals deep with their great defense). The Indians elected to kickoff to the Tigers. This did not present a problem.


White Plains moving South to North marched 65 yards in 10 plays from their own 35. On third and 6 from their 39, Spencer Ridenhour got the call, the Indians’ line was mowed down and Ridenhour ripped up the middle to a first down on the Roosevelt 43. On the Tiger second play from the 42, Ridenhour rambled around left end to the Indian 29. It was Ridenhour up the middle to the 15, then to the 12. It was Ridenhour left, Ridenhour right, he was unstoppable.


For a change of pace, Quarterback Mike Devere handed off to Ryan Smalls who following precision pulling guards rolled around right end on a sweep to the Indians 3. After an incomplete pass Devere gave it to Captain Ridenhour UP THE MIDDLE THROUGH THE GUT for the touchdown. Pablo Siaba drilled the PAT and White Plains lead, 7-0 with 8:22 remaining in the first quarter.


Misdirection and Precision Passing Surprise.


Roosevelt was almost stalled on their first series but a pass interference penalty kept them alive on their own 26. Roosevelt’s quarterback connected on a 45-yard pass and run play setting up for a first down on the White Plains 23. It was the longest pass completion on the Tigers this season. Roosevelt then passed over the middle to the Tiger 22. On the next play a holding penalty called back a touchdown.


 But, in a most disturbing sequence, Roosevelt proceeded to throw two more touchdown passes in the next 9 plays, having another called back again on a hold. On 4th and 17 at the White Plains 30, John Smith caught another precision pass at the Tiger 5 to set up a first and goal, finally scoring on a another drill pass over the middle in the back of the endzone. It was 7-6, and stayed that way as the 2-point conversion failed.


Section 1 playoff rivals will take notice of the way fast receivers were weaving and finding seams in the Tiger secondary on this drive. But, when the Tigers switched to zone coverage later in the half, this shut down the passing lanes.


The Captain takes over.


White Plains took over at their 28 after the kickoff. Ryan Smalls, “The Prosecutor” restored order in the courtroom by slipping, sliding, and sleight of hand, reeling around left end to the sideline, eluding several tacklers for a 22-yard gain to midfield. On first and 10 from the 49, Captain Ridenhour went off-tackle for 11 yards to the Roosevelt 40.


Then, to show the Indians they were living in a fool’s paradise, the Tiger line blew out the Indian line on the next play springing Ridenhour into the secondary. He powered through the secondary and kept going, and going, and going, tacklers dropping by the wayside. Breaking loose at the 30, he was ahead of the war party! He went all the way, 40 yards from scrimmage for his second touchdown at 2:35 of the first quarter. Pablo missed the point wide left, and White Plains lead 13-6.


Fearsome Foursome Walls Them Up, Sets WP up at 39.


After the KO, Roosevelt started up at their 21. Evan McGuire swooping in from right defensive end, reasserted the authority of the White Plains defense, sacking the quarterback at the 16. Ryan Smalls bulldogged the next runner pushing Roosevelt back to the 13. A third down pass fell incomplete way down field. A poor 25 yard punt followed and White Plains took over at the Roosevelt 39.


Mike Devere on first down passed to a new receiver, Junior Shawn Jimison who caught the ball in the left flat, cut back into the center of the field for 9 yards. On  third and 1 from the 30, Spencer got the call and with the usual tidy work by the offensive line of Indelicato, Robles, Corretti and Della Posta and McGill ploughed to the 20, first down.


Ridenhour swung around left end 19 yards for his third touch down on the very first play of the second quarter. With Siaba returning to normalcy, the PAT made the score 20-6 with 11:53 to go in the half.


Pop Up Punt Yields 4th  Ridenhour TD in 15 minutes.


White Plains defense bottled up three runs by Roosevelt forcing another fateful punt from the Indians’ 16 yard line. Not a situation you want to be in playing White Plains. The Indian punter shanked the punt straight up in the air, and White Plains downed it on the Roosevelt 26. At least 4 Tigers were around him when he booted, so I believe it was partially blocked. Opponents should kick from deeper behind the offensive line. The Tigers have scored at least 10 times this season thanks to rushed punts that have given them terrific field position.


Mike Devere fired over the middle to  Mike Johnson who snared the pass on the fly and for a first down on the Roosevelt 15. After a hold pushed WP back to the 29, Devere called # 33 and Spencer Ridenhour lugged to the 22.



SPENCER RIDENHOUR’S WONDERFUL DAY CONTINUES: “33” is finally brought down on the very next play when QB Devere called on Ridenhour again. This time he went around left end and Captain Ridenhour got all the way to the 2.  Photo by WPCNR Sports


“MR. TOUCHDOWN WHITE PLAINS” SCORES NUMBER 4, HIS 50TH OF ALL TIME: He scored his 4th touchdown on the next play and it was 26-6, with 7:42 left in the first half. Spencer is diving into the end zone (his foot high in the air) after Gary Morello (22) cleared the lane. We believe that’s Evan McGuire blocking another Indian tackler, as Spencer beats the last defender. Mike Devere (15) watches TD Number 4. The score made it 26-6, Tigers with 8 minutes to go in the first half. Photo by WPCNR Sports


It was Ridenhour day at the Palmer Bowl. He simply could not be stopped, rushing for over 200 yards, most of that in the first 15 minutes of this game.


Roosevelt Shows Terrific Heart.


Roosevelt, though showed terrific competitive fire by coming back strong. On 3rd and 26, another long pass and run set them up with a first and 10 on the White Plains 10. Mike Lane saved a touchdown by catching up to Roosevelt’s John Smith at the White Plains 10. However, the Indians scored on 2nd and 19 on a touchdown pass to Smith in the right corner of the end zone, and the half ended at 26-13.


White Plains had another scoring chance before the half that was ended by a fumble, and  Keith Shaw intercepted a Roosevelt pass to end their bid to get back in the game.



MARCHING WITH FLORIDA SEMINOLE PRECISION AT HALFTIME, The White Plains High School Marching Band unvieled some intricate formations of their own, showcasing block movements, pinwheels and coordinated weaves worthy of a college band. Photo by WPCNR BandCam


Second Half Adjustments Close the Lanes


Rooselvelt’s halfback options and passes were adjusted to by the White Plains defense in the second half, and they did not move the ball well. Sweeps were mitigated and a stronger pass rush kept Roosevelt off the board.


After Roosevelt was stopped on their opening series of the second half, White Plains marched 40 yards in 11 plays, taking 7 minutes off the third quarter clock, only to lose the ball on a fumble at the Roosevelt 20.


Corretti Sack and Fumble Snatch Buries Roosevelt. 


John Corretti crashed into the Roosevelt backfield causing a fumble at the Roosevelt 32 yard line, and returned it to the Indians 17, putting the Tigers in business again midway in the third quarter. Three handoffs to Ridenhour later, and Spencer had scored his 5th touchdown and 51st of his White Plains football career, with 2:22 to go in the Third Quarter, the Tigers held a 33-13 lead.


THE LONE RIDENHOUR RIDES AGAIN: Probably Spencer Ridenhour’s greatest day as a running back concluded with his fifth touchdown of the autumn afternoon as he scored standing up through the middle of the Roosevelt line. Ridenhour, ball-tucked under steps into the endzone after Sean McLaughlin (16), Peter McGill(5), Michael Della Posta (51) and Jason Indelicato(61) once again built him an Interstate to the Endzone. Photo by WPCNR Sports.


White Plains so dominated this game, Jason Indelicato did not have punting practice until the 10 minute mark of the 4th quarter, when Roosevelt finally stopped a White Plains drive naturally (no turnover).


Gary Morello scored the Tigers final touchdown with 6:25 to go in the contest after Evan McGuire intercepted a Roosevelt pass.


Gorton is Tigers’ first playoff opponent.


The Section 1 Seeding Committee has scheduled White Plains to host Gorton (5-2) at Parker Stadium next Saturday as the Section 1 Playoffs begin. Kickoff is at 1:30 P.M.


White Plains victory over Rooselvelt gave the Tigers their first undefeated regular season since 1993, and their first League Championship since then.


White Plains defeated Gorton earlier this season.








In Westchester’s Most Picturesque Stadium


Photos by WPCNR Sports

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D’s Rest on Laurels; Revise History at Lacklustre Women’s Club Forum

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WPCNR Southend Standard Register. By John F. Bailey. October 16, 2003: A Luncheon and Candidates’ Forum was held in the civilized atmosphere of the great hall of the Womens Club of White Plains mansion on Ridgeway Wednesday afternoon before an audience of  approximately 75 persons and 20 candidates for Common Council, County Legislature, and County Judgeship contenders.


Democrat Common Council Candidates Benjamin Boykin and Robert Greer took credit for moving the city forward the last five years, and denied they were a “rubber stamp” for City administration policies. They promised adequate review of the Louis Cappelli 221 Main hotel project, Greer saying the 221 project would be “scaled down,” and that negotiations with the New York Presbyterian Hospital were continuing.

Republican candidates attacked the Democrat council in its entirety for being “asleep” on illegal housing issues, and for letting the New York Presbyterian Hospital parkland “slip through their fingers.”

Dan Hickey promised he would be able to listen and respond best to constituents’ concerns because he was the only person chosen by “the people” to run for council (having defeated Rosa Munoz for the third Republican Common Council nomination). Hickey also expressed concern about the direction the city was headed in development, casting doubt on the city’s infrastructure capacity and criticizing rosey city financial projections as “over estimated.”


The luncheon format gave candidates an opportunity to mingle and ingratiate themselves as responsive to the concerns of  about 60 longtime residents of White Plains. The forum itself was moderated by Rita Malmud, White Plains Common Councilperson who is not running for reelection.


The forum format consisted of a 3 minute introduction from each Common Council candidate, and a 2-minute statement from each of the Common Council candidates, and the County Legislature Candidates. Messers. Binder, Bernstein, Hickey, Boykin, Sheehan, and Greer  and Messers. Frank Cantatori and William Ryan were followed by a procession of  9 County and New York Supreme Court judgeship candidates who spoke for 3 minutes each. This allowed just three questions to be asked when the floor was opened for questions. The format left much to be desired. There was not enough time for questions from the floor, due to the lengthy procession of Judgeship candidates who used up a good 30-minutes.


Womens Club Notes They are All Clean-Cut Judge Types. No Slewas, No Kubeys.


The Judgeship candidates stated their life and career histories and the offices they had worked with, and the uniqueness of their court experience qualifying them for their sought positions. There were no crusaders here.


Judge Joseph Alessandro remarked to the two reporters present, before he spoke, “We really can’t say anything.” No words any judgeship candidate spoke referred at all to why they were nominated to run by their parties, and how they would conduct their judgeships if they were elected, or what mattered to them about the state of the law and due process today. Robert Nouri, one of the candidates, encountering WPCNR at Chef Andrea’s Restaurant in West Harrison, explained to WPCNR that the New York State Judicial Conference prohibits judges by law from commenting on legal issues, what they would do if elected. However, to listen to recitation of resumes as the Womens Club did yesterday, tells the public nothing about which judge candidate would be best for the position.


White Plains Future: Six Views


Taking the Council candidates in the order in which they appeared, Jeffrey Binder said he and Sheehan were running to “wake up the Common Council,” and criticized the present Common Council for being “unresponsive to the city’s needs,” that, if elected he and Mr. Sheehan would work to keep property taxes low “to keep young people coming into the city,” and he personally hoped to open “a major cultural institution” affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art, for example, to make White Plains a cultural destination.


Arnold Bernstein, said he was active “in the lifeblood of the city for 18 years,” and mentioned he had run campaigns for Ms. Malmud, Mr. Boykin, Glen Hockley, and Adam Bradley. Bernstein denied Binder’s charge the Council had been asleep, saying “Our council is very active. Our people are very involved.”


Dan Hickey came across as the most passionate speaker, noting he has been a lifelong resident of White Plains, and had worked for the Department of Public Safety for 38 years, rising to Deputy Commissioner and Acting Commissioner of Public Safety. “I’m the only candidate here selected by the people, not endorsed by any party, and with no financial help from any party.” Consequently, Hickey said, “I am the only one who can speak independently for you.”


Hickey said he knew the problems of White Plains, charged the Council “had not been listening,” that taxes were going up, that revenue projections were “unreliable,” and he had ideas to conserve city spending.


Benjamin Boykin as President of the Common Council defended his record, saying he was proud of ushering in the White Plains Renaissance, and said he was behind creating a trolley system to improve navigation and relieve traffic in the downtown.

He credited his Council with “restructuring the Department of Public Safety,” creating the 6% affordable housing minimum requirement in new apartment complexes, and took credit for approving projects that have generated the “White Plains Renaissance.”

Boykin denied Council sonombulance: “We (the Council) are fully engaged in the process.” He said the Council strongly pushed for the Safe Streets Initiative, the Safe-Housing Task Force, and approved new moderate income housing (South Kensico Avenue).


Timothy Sheehan noted that “some like change, some like it (the city) to stay the same,” however he pointed out the Common Council has had nine years to enact the Poughkeepsie law that would challenge illegal housing and they had not done it. He said that he and Binder have put together a list in their palm guards of  “changes we would like to see” if they were elected to the Common Council, saying, “We are the only candidates who have done that.” He said Binder and he brought “new blood” to the Common Council.


Robert Greer, incumbent Councilman said he was acutely aware of the need for monitoring and evaluating the need for parking and the infrastructure as the downtown development came online.


Frank Cantatore, Candidate for County Legislature in the 5th District, opposing incumbent William Ryan, said that taxes were his main concern, and criticized his opponent for being on watch while county property taxes soared last year. Cantatore predicted a larger increase last year. Cantatore proposed that St. Agnes Hospital, recently closed, be converted to senior housing.


William Ryan, the incumbent County Legislator, remarked that in three of four years, tax cuts were delivered to county residents, and that the county problem was caused by state mandated services costs being passed on to the counties (by a Republican



Two Questions on Traffic and New York Presbyterian Hospital.


After some thirty minutes of judge candidates holding forth, the floor was opened to questions.


The first questioner asked of the Council candidates “what about all the traffic in White Plains?”


Binder said,  “It’s terrible,” then seriously said he was for “a complete traffic analysis” by an independent firm. He also said he was for reviving the extension of Grove Street to add a seventh artery out of White Plains in the westbound direction. (Currently there are six: Hamilton Avenue, Martine Avenue, Quarropas, Post Road, and Maple Avenue, and farther down to the South, Bryant Avenue.).


Mr. Bernstein gravely said, “It (traffic) is not a laughing matter.” He said the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the 221 Main Street project needed to be scrutinized as to traffic impact downtown and its projected influence on the neighborhoods. He said, “No one’s taking it (traffic) lightly.”


Dan Hickey lit right into the question, saying “You ain’t seen nothing yet. No one’s thinking about the traffic.”

The man who was with the White Plains Police Department for 38 years, said when urban renewal was conducted in the 70s and 80s, “we redid the whole infrastructure. We planned for that,” charging that the city has underestimated the effects the double developments of the City Center and the 221 Main Street hotel project will have on traffic.


Benjamin Boykin following Hickey’s dire warning, said the Council would look seriously at the effects of the 221 Main Cappelli-Bland Hotel project when the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is submitted. He also cited the city hiring of Eugenie Baird and Jeff Zupan, two renowned urban and transit consultants as evidence the council was planning with intelligence. He promised that the council would see that “cars and pedestrians have to live together.”


Timothy Sheehan commenting on the traffic question, said “You have to know what the end result is going to be. Change is inevitable.” He recommended that Court Street be widened to four lanes to ease north south flow.


Robert Greer said that within four months the 221 Main project will be reviewed and the advice of the city’s expert consultants would be considered carefully in determining the extent of the project. He said he felt the buildings “had to be scaled down.”


The next question came from a member of the audience who wanted to know about the situation involving the New York Presbyterian Hospital potential parkland. This person was unfamiliar with the 2000 council decision in which the city refused to refer out a plan advanced by NYPH that would have provided 60 acres of parkland to the city in exchange for retail development on the site.


Jeffrey Binder said the decision not to refer out the plan that offered parkland from the hospital “It would have meant a public preserve, a valuable resource. They let it go, instead of doing the right thing.”


Mr. Bernstein said “I think you’re going to see the parkland,” in the near future, indicating that it was not lost to the city.


Mr. Hickey called the NYPH 60 acres “a missed opportunity.” He also recalled that in his experience, the New York Presbyterian Hospital had always been “a good neighbor” to the city. He said if the council had referred the plan out, they would have had an opportunity to negotiate from strength. He said he would call for independent experts to negotiate with the hospital for the parkland. “I think there’s still time to do that.”


Mr. Boykin said Plan A, the plan the council refused to refer out that offered the 60 acres, “was the wrong plan for the city.” He said Fortunoff’s is now in the right spot (at Maple and Bloomingdale Road).

Boylin insisted the city was “at the table” with the hospital exploring ways hospital parkland could still come to the city.

He also insisted the 60 acres as part of Plan A, “was never a gift. We would have to lease it or buy it.”


Timothy Sheehan responded with incredulity: “This is most disturbing. This is issue denial. Some times, some days, you can’t believe what you’re hearing. I guarantee you they’ll pass it up again.”


Robert Greer, detached himself from Boykin’s position, saying the land offered in Plan A, was one of the most contentious issues the council had dealt with, and said he had voted for referring the plan out. He assured the questioner the land was at this time still “on the table,” and the city was holding ongoing talks to secure parkland in exchange for rezoning.


Hospital Spokesman calls Boykin statement on “ land never a gift”



To clarify the exact nature of the New York Presbyterian Hospital 2000 Millenium Plan in which the hospital had offered 60 acres as part of a rezoning for a portion of the property to be commerical, WPCNR contacted Geoffrey Thompson of Thompson  & Bender, the spokesman for New York Presbyterian Hospital.


Thompson said Boykin’s comment was “not relevant,” because the Plan was never referred out by the Council for consideration, at which time the details of the 60 acre transfer were to be worked out.


He said the hospital’s position had always been that the land was not for sale, but that the Plan A intention was that the 60 acres would be “conveyed” to the city in some way, either in a token $1 year lease or some other arrangement.


Because, the Plan was not referred out, the details of the transfer were never negotiated with the city, but Thompson said it was always the spirit of the plan to deed the land to the city in a way that its acquisition would be seamless for the city, but, he said, “there was nothing ironclad about how the transfer was to come about.”


“I think it (Boykin’s statement) is highly gratuitous (to claim it was never a gift),” Thompson said.




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‘Evita’ Opens at the Helen Hayes in Nyack: Oscar Smalls’ Opening Night Diary:

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WPCNR STAGE DOOR. By Oscar Smalls, The Helen Hayes Theatre Company. October 17, 2003: Evita, the long-waited-for production of the Broadway hit opens this evening at the Helen Hayes Theatre Company in Nyack.
This musical masterpiece starring Broadway’s Felicia Finley premiers at the Helen Hayes Theatre Company in Nyack from October 18 – November 2. Tickets are $32.50 to $47.50. For tickets or more information, call the Box Office at 845-358-6333 or visit their web site at

What is the last week prior to opening night like? Here is Oscar Smalls’  Countdown to Opening Night Diary of what Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were like at the Helen Hayes.

Wednesday, October 15: The cast and crew are in the middle of “tech week”, which is getting the lights, music, costumes, sets, actors and crew all working seamlessly together.

Robert Levinstein (stage manger) was running things effortlessly even though he had actors, tech people and musicians all looking to him for answers on entrances and exits, light cues and position marks.  In between light cues, Stephen Purdy (musical director) was busy getting in extra rehearsal time on the number “The Lady’s Got Potential”. Although rehearsal came to a halt when Evita herself (actress Felicia Finley) could not locate a crucial costume piece, a marabou robe, the robe was found and Ms. Finley came onstage instantly back in character and on went the show. Everyone stopped for a moment to listen to her sing…wow…and then on with the tech rehearsal!

As the office staff of the Helen Hayes was winding up it’s day at 5:00, the cast and crew had only begun their lunch break, with a full evening of work (and play!) to go.

Thursday, October 16: Despite the fact that the lobby of the Helen Hayes is still littered with boxes of props and set pieces, lighting equipment and cords running all over the place, Meredyth Mindte, the Helen Hayes Production Manager, insisted that this is all quite normal. In fact, she said rehearsals were ahead of schedule and in her words, “just swell!”.

The cast was taking extra time to rehearse some of the musical numbers. For instance, the number Rainbow Tour takes place on chairs with wheels and there was problem with the chairs slipping out from underneath the actors while they moved around…not good. Today was the first day the actors got to work with the chairs they will be using in the show. So with several runs at it and some giggles in between everyone felt comfortable and safe!

The choreographer, Kim Jordan, was reworking some of the dance pieces on the number, And the Money Kept Rolling In.  Sometimes what looks great in a rehearsal studio doesn’t always fill a stage once you get there. With a few minor adjustments, Kim’s vision came alive to create one of the most exciting musical moments in the show.

Friday, October 17: The final rehearsal day! Will the light cues be seamless? Will the song transitions flow? Will the audience be blown away? We’ll find out tonight!

After weeks of planning and endless days of rehearsals, EVITA finally gets the last ingredient – an audience. Tonight’s invited dress rehearsal is reserved for the employees and colleagues on the show’s corporate sponsor – LeCroy Corporation.

With the final touches on costumes and lights, orchestrations and sets, the excitement is in the air is palpable. EVITA is ready to mesmerise and enchant!

The Helen Hayes Theatre Company in Nyack, NY is within 30 minutes from most towns in Westchester and Bergen Counties and only 20 minutes from the George Washington Bridge. “Evita” is sponsored by LeCroy Corporation.

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