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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Republicans Claim Democrats Taking Credit Where None is Due

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WPCNR Campaign Trail Telegraph From Frank Cantatore Press Office, October 17, 2003:

Businessman, community leader and candidate for the Fifth District of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Frank Cantatore is questioning the validity of a recent mailer sent to households in White Plains by the Democratic candidates for City Council and his opponent Bill Ryan.

“I recently received a colorful brochure from the Democratic candidates for City Council and County Legislator. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Next to pictures of bucolic landmarks in White Plains there are statements in which Bill Ryan is taking credit for accomplishments he had nothing to do with. I find it very disingenuous for him to take credit for things that he knows he had nothing to do with. In fact, when I questioned him recently at an Editorial Board meeting of the Journal News on whether or not he’s spoken to Mayor Delfino on various city projects he told me he has not. Everyone in White Plains knows that the sole person responsible for the boom times in the city is Mayor Joseph Delfino.”



A direct mail piece was sent out by Democrats claiming that projects such as the ‘hole in the ground’ at Bank Street was “filled” by them. The fact is that Mayor Delfino made a pledge to get it developed. The mailer also takes credit for the new Super Stop and Shop and Fortunoff. At the grand opening of both stores, Mayor Delfino was singled out by executives of each as the main reason they decided to locate in White Plains. At the Fortunoff grand opening, Lou Fortunoff, President of the family store acknowledged it was Mayor Delfino who contacted him and got the “ball rolling”.  It also mentions the Renaissance project, which will have a Starbucks and will feature dancing fountains. The Renaissance project was made possible from proceeds obtained by Mayor Delfino from the City Center developer as well as an innovated partnership with Starbucks which will help fund a land preserve acquisition fund.


“Fortunately the residents of White Plains know better. The reason taxes in the City are low, and the reason there is so much economic activity is due to Mayor Delfino’s efforts. I would hope that Bill Ryan would include the Mayor when he mentions that great things that are occurring in White Plains,” said Cantatore.

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Civil Service Employees Union at Loggerheads With City. Intends to Lobby Council

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WPCNR Daily White Plains Worker. By John F. Bailey. October 17, 2003: Janice Marra, spokesperson for the Civil Service Employees Association told WPCNR today that the CSEA which represents approximately 400 City of White Plains employees is unhappy with the Common Council response towards CSEA demands for a new contract. “The White Plains City Council has not been too receptive to some of our requests,” she said.



George Gretsas, asked about street talk indicating to WPCNR that negotiations with the CSEA were not going well, said that an impass in negotiations had been declared and that a fact finder had come in to review the rationales of both the city and the union, who would make a recommendation that might lead to a settlement, but it was not binding. He said he expected that the fact finder would have their analysis ready within “a few weeks.”

Marra, spokesperson for the CSEA’s Southern Region Office in Beacon, New York, confirmed to WPCNR that the impasse and fact-finder being brought in was true, saying, “The Common Council has stalled things to date. The City Council hasn’t been too receptive to some of our suggestions. Efforts at mediation have been unsuccessful.”

Marra said 400 City of White Plains workers are CSEA members, and that there are 2,000 CSEA members living in White Plains. She said, “We’re looking at starting public outreach in the next few weeks, asking our members to reach out to Mayor Delfino and members of the Common Council to urge them to return to the bargaining table.”

Asked what the sticking points were, Marra said they were not over wages, but benefits, saying the city was asking to raise the cost of some benefits and reduce other benefits. WPCNR has learned privately from sources close to the Common Council that the union is seeking the same level of salary increase as the police and fire unions, 3.5%, and the council has said they are “not going to get it.”

Marra said it was not the union’s policy to negotiate through the media. Mr. Gretsas said it was not the city policy to comment on ongoing negotiations to the media, either.

“We’re looking for the city to be fair to working families,” Marra stated. “We want fair raises, affordable benefits. We urge the Common Council and the Mayor to come back to the bargaining table.”

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Boys and Girls X-Country Teams Finish Third In League Championships

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WPCNR PRESS BOX. By John F. Bailey. October 16, 2003: Despite the League Championships starting early, the White Plains High Varsity Cross Country team got off their bus and jogged immediately to the starting line, no time to warmup,  and off they went, as the League Championships started about 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Despite not having a warmup, Senior Mike Smayda won the race with an 18:13:97 and his Sophomore running mate, Jeff Bergman finished third, at 18:47:02 on the 3.1 mile course giving White Plains a Third Place finish in the League Championships behind Scarsdale and Yorktown.

ONE AND THREE: Mike Smayda first place finisher (left) in the League 1B Sectional Championships Wednesday, with Third Place Finisher Jeff Bergman, right. Joanna Drucker of the Girls Varsity X-Country team congrats the boys. Smayda and Bergman were chosen for the “All-League Boys Cross Country Team” for their Performance this season.  Kaylin Gilmartin-Donohue, Tamiko Younge, and Juliana Bailey of the Girls Cross Country Team were also named to the “All League Girls Cross Country Team.”Photo by WPCNR Sports.


           The Girls Varsity also finished third their strongest showing in several years with Eighth Grader Kaylin Gilmartin-Donohue finishing first at 21:33:56, Senior TamikoYounge finishing sixth 22:56.82, and Juliana Bailey 13th, at 23:39:09, in the field of 49 runners. Ursuline won it. Yorktown was second, and White Plains third.


K.K. ALL THE WAY: Kaylin Gilmartin-Donohue wins her sixth Cross Country Race, crossing the finish line at 21:33:56, despite taking a wrong turn on the course and falling 5 seconds behind at one point. Ms. Gilmartin-Donohue was named to the All League Cross Country Team. Photo by WPCNR Sports.


Smayda said the lack of a warmup did cause him to cramp up severely at the top of one of the hills on the Westchester Community College course. Other White Plains boys commented that the course was quite muddy in the woods, and that the wind resistance of the 30 to 40 knot breezes made balance and pace difficult. Because of the early start to the meet that was on the schedule for a 4:30 PM start, WPCNR could not photograph the boys race which was finishing when WPCNR arrived at 4:10 P.M.

TAMIKO YOUNGE NAILS 7TH in the Championship in a field of 49 Runners. Photo by WPCNR Sports.


            This was the third meet that was run on the Westchester Community College course, and each meet has had organizational problems. At the first meet there, it started twenty minutes late. At the second meet, it started on time, but girls races were started too close to the boys races, and the finishers overlapped. And, at Wednesday’s meet, the action began early ahead of the scheduled time.

            Another problem with the Westchester Community College Course is the scheduling of athletic events on the field where the races are started and finished. In Wednesday’s meet, this policy resulted in placing the finish line behind the bleachers, which had the effect of treating the cross country runners as not as important as the so-called major sport taking place on the field. There was plenty of room to finish the race alongside the athletic field.


The 2003 Varsity Girls Cross Country Team at the Start: L to R, Tamiko Younge, Juliana Bailey, Kaylin Gilmartin-Donohue, Akina Younge, Kirstin Smayda, Rachel Salazar and Joanna Drucker. The team turned in one of the strongest showings of a Girls Cross Country team in years, winning four meets with a team of only 7 girls.  Juliana Bailey, Kaylin Gilmartin-Donohue and Tamiko Younge were named to the “Girls All League Cross Country Team.” Photo by WPCNR Sports




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”Get Organized White Plains” Raises $50,000 for Family Services of Westchester

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WPCNR MAIN STREET LINE. From Rick Ammirato, The Mayor’s Office. October 15, 2003: Throughout the month of September, the residents of White Plains, NY took the advice of Mayor Joseph Delfino and Real Simple magazine by cleaning out their cluttered closets, overstuffed garages and messy basements in a unique community-wide fund raising effort to help get organized for their own good and to benefit a good cause – Family Services of Westchester.


ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, THE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER on the streets of downtown White Plains to celebrate getting organized and shop for some bargains from among the nearly 10,000 items collected from the community.  And shop they did.  The campaign raised $50,000 to benefit Family Services of Westchester, a non-profit organization that has been serving the Westchester community for 50 years.  Specifically the funds will be used to renovate and modernize the client services waiting area of FSW’s White Plains office and turn waiting time into productive time. Official City of White Plains Photo By Rick Ammirato, The Mayor’s Office.


HANDING “THE HANDLE” ON OVER: Grant Schneider of White Plains, Associate Publisher, Marketing, Real Simple Magazine presents a $50,000 check to Tom Sanders, President, Family Services of Westchester. L to right are Scott Hancock, Advertising Manager, Palm Inc.; Anne Martin, Marketing Director, Westpoint Stevens; Casey Preist, Vice President Marketing, The Container Store; Grant Schneider, Tom Sanders, President, Family Services, and “America’s Favorite Mayor,” Joseph Delfino. Official City of White Plains Photo by Rick Ammirato, The Mayor’s Office.

“We appreciate the support of Mayor Delfino and are honored to be the beneficiary of Real Simple magazine’s Get Organized America,” said Tom Sanders, President of Family Services of Westchester.   “Just like Real Simple magazine and Mayor Delfino, our organization is dedicated to improving lives.  This contribution will go a long way to help a lot of people.”

Residents shop in one of the big tents on Main Street last weekend. Official City of White Plains Photo by Rick Ammirato of The Mayor’s Office.

Real Simple magazine’s Get Organized America made it easy for residents to donate their clutter.  The month-long donation drive offered house calls; drop boxes for small items and a manned donation center.  To give residents the tools and know-how, Real Simple and its sponsors, The Container Storeâ, MasterCardâ, Martexâ, Volkswagen and Palm Inc., distributed free organizing kits and hosted a series of free organizing seminars.


For more information visit WWW.GETORGANIZEDAMERICA.COM  or call 1-866-4-DECLUTTER (1-866-433-2588).

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Boom Continues: Firms Acquire Sears Lease will add 2 to 6 Retail Tenants.

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WPCNR MAIN STREET LINE. From the Mayor’s Office. October 15, 2003: Two development firms, Ivy Equities and Barrow Street Capital, LLC, have acquired the lease on the Sears building, 275 Main Street, on the east end of Main Street at North Broadway. At a news conference Wednesday morning for what was described as a “groundbreaking,” the Mayor’s Office reports that the developer plans to invest $17 Million in refurbishing the building to house what they hoped would be 2 to 6 retail tenants in a mini mall they call The Shoppes on Main.

275 MAIN STREET: To be renovated to house The Shoppes on Main. Photo by WPCNR News.

MAYOR JOSEPH DELFINO AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE ANDY SPANO BREAK GROUND Wednesday morning at 175 Main Street, next to City Hall. The firms developing the property are Ivy Equities of Montvale, New Jersey, and Barrow Street Capital, a pension-fund advisor. According to the official news release from Rubenstein Associates, the firms “recently acquired the leasehold” on the three-story, 270,000 square-foot store where Sears did business. Official City of White Plains Photo by Rick Ammirato, The Mayor’s Office.

“We’re about to transform one of the city’s most famous single-user structures into one of the county’s finest multi-tenant retail developments,” said John A. Saraceno, Jr., Ivy’s Chief Investment Officer.

No tenants have been signed for the three-story space yet. Patrick A. Smith, of Staubach Retail Services, introduced as the exclusive leasing agent and retail consultant for The Shoppes on Main Street  said: “We expect to be able to announce some major tenant signings by year-end, and we’re hoping to begin moving retailers into their stores by spring.”

Refurbishment of the retail space is expected to be completed by the end of June, 2004 within eight months, the news release reported. The three-story venue sill undergo a complete electrical upgrade, be outfitted with a new heating and air conditioning system, new escalators, new tenant installations and a major garage upgrade that will feature new lighting, improved security and a new traffic pattern.

Ivy Equities is an owner and manager of office buildings primarily, including 399 Knollwood Road in White Plains and 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue in Rye.

Staubach Retail Services, the consultant advising and leasing The Shoppes on Main Street, is a major player in retail leasing with 50 offices around the world. They take properties and match retail tenants to the property advantages. For more on this giant firm, visit their website at www.staubach.com.


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Stag Out Late Stumbles into Creations Plus in Broad Daylight.

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WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. October 15, 2003: City Hall reports that a male deer with a full set of antlers was first spotted about  10:15 A.M. Tuesday morning, clip-clopping at a good clip down Martine Avenue having just cleared a wooden barrier. The deer was in a panic, George Gretsas, the Mayor’s Executive Officer reported, amd sought refuge by bolting into the Creations Plus beauty salon on Martine Avenue.


TASER GUN: Photographed at a recent WPPD News Conference on the Crime Rate. White Plains Police Officers carry this crowd control device which they used to immobilize the deer cornered in Creations Plus Tuesday Morning. WPCNR News File Foto.


Officers responding used a Taser dart to stun the animal. Gretsa said it was a tough situation for the police, reporting the deer to be a medium sized animal. “Obviously, they could not shoot it,” Gretsas explained given the number of persons in the area. He said an officer used a Taser gun which shoots a dart on an electric cord to shock and temporarily immobilize. While the dear was stunned, officers “hog-tied” the deer, in preparation for relocating it to the woods, but unfortunately, Gretsas reports, the animal expired. He was to be buried in the Gedney yard.


Gretsas described the police as very sad they could not save the deer, and said that perhaps the stress of the situation proved too much for the animal.


Jim Benerofe, of suburbanstreet.com, notes that deer have wandered into White Plains before. He recalls one jumping into the window of a jewelry store about a decade ago on the first floor of the Bar Building. Five years ago a black bear wandered into White Plains, along Mamaroneck Avenue near Bryant. Then the Police were able to tranquilize the bear with a sharpshooter’s tranquilizer dart and were greatly admired and praised for saving the bear’s life.

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Mayor Delfino and the Mayors Get Together Again October 22

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WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From The Mayor’s Office, New Rochelle. October 14, 2003:  Mayor Timothy Idoni announced today that the City of New Rochelle will host the Second Annual Westchester Mayors Business Summit. The event will be held at the Surf Club, in New Rochelle, NY, on October 22, 2003 at 8 A.M. and will be sponsored by Morgan Stanley and Trans Regional Airways.  The Summit will bring together the Mayors of all the cities of Westchester County and will provide an overview of business initiatives in their respective cities.
The Westchester Venture Group, The Westchester County Association, The Westchester Information Technology Cluster and The Westchester County Business Journal are all collaborating to present the Business Summit.

“The Business Summit will once again be a platform for the Mayors to meet with new sources of investment and explore alternative financial solutions.” Said Mayor Idoni. ” We are delighted to host this important event, and to
discuss our plans for the continued revitalization of New Rochelle and our sister cities.”

The following Mayors will attend the Business Summit:

            *    Mayor Timothy Idoni – New Rochelle
            *    Mayor Joseph Delfino – White Plains
            *    Mayor Ernest Davis – Mt. Vernon
            *    Mayor Steve Otis – Rye
            *    Mayor John Spencer – Yonkers

“We are pleased to present the Business Summit once again this year,” said Anthony Fardella, President of the Westchester Venture Group. “During the past year two firms have been funded as a result of the various networking
events held throughout Westchester County. One firm received $500,000 and the second $1.7 million. We are hopeful for continued collaborative efforts with all our co-presenting Organizations.”

To attend, please register online at www.westchesterventuregrp.com or call Vincent Bocchimuzzo at 914-699-2020 ext 118.

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