Thunder-Boomers Predicted Again for Thursday PM

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WPCNR WEATHERSCOOP. From National Weather Service. June 27, 2002. 11:30 A.M. E.D.T.: “Weather Central” is again warning the White Plains area to expect strong thunderstorms this afternoon. The 6-hour thunder-front that deluged White Plains with one inch of rain last evening may be back for an encore.
905 AM EDT THU JUN 27 2002




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Council Interviews Police Commish.

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WPCNR Police Gazzette. June 25, 2002. 8:00 AM. Dr. Frank Straub, the Mayor’s nominee to become the next White Plains Commissioner of Public Safety was interview by the Common Council in Executive Session Monday afternoon.
Dr. Straub was seen leaving City Hall at about 7:10 PM, and Council President Benjamin Boykin told WPCNR that he found Dr. Straub “very impressive.” Councilman Boykin said he could not comment further about the directions of the Executive Session interview with the NYPD Assisstant Commissioner, but Dr. Straub’s appointment would be on the agenda for next Monday’s Common Council meeting.

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Not Enough in FEIS:Boykin. Gerrard Advises Set Guidelines in Findings

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WPCNR Morning Sun. By John F. Bailey. June 25, 2002. 8:00 AM E.D.T. Prior to voting to accept the New York Presbyterian Hospital draft Final Environmental Impact Statement early this morning, Councilpersons Benjamin Boykin and Rita Malmud were strong in their assertion that not enough clarity had been provided by the hospital in their supplmental information provided last Thursday.
Prior to entering into historic Executive Session, Common Council President Benjamin Boykin and Councilperson Rita Malmud said the hospital supplemental information on the nature of research and the number of trees to be destroyed on Site 8 was not detailed enough.

Boykin was blunt, commenting on Section 2 of the supplemental information on the business structure: “I was very clear. I said I wanted to know what it was to be done and who it was to be done with. To be quite frank about it, this doesn’t get the job done. I don’t know what it means. I don’t think this (the FEIS) provides the appropriate information I need.”

Gerrard says detail not needed in FEIS for it to be accepted.

Michael Gerrard, of Arnold & Porter, the environmental law advisor agreed, saying – “This (the Section 2 answer) is not quite adequate.”

However, Gerrard said it was not enough reason to reject the FEIS as incomplete. He suggested instead that it gave the city cause to create “a procedure for the city to review the research,” as the hospital developed potential research projects for the biomedical complex. “This is not needed to be in the FEIS,” Gerrard concluded.

When Councilman Glen Hockley asked for clarification, Gerrard said, that as part of the Findings statement,

“The Common Council shouls set guidelines for what ancillary means, and what research you will allow to go forward.”

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Marathon Exec Session Drones Into Sultry Night. Council Accepts FEIS, 6-1

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WPCNR City Evening Star Reporter. By John F. Bailey. June 25, 2002. 12:15 A.M. E.D.T.: The Common Council started deliberating in Executive Session with their environmental attorney, Michael Gerrard, Monday evening at 8:40 PM and at midnight were still at, wrangling over their options. As of midnight, no public vote had been called on the resolution as to whether the Council would accept the New York Presbyterian Hospital Final Environmental Impact Statement.

At 12:10 AM, Tuesday morning, George Gretsas, the Mayor’s Executive Officer, reported to WPCNR that the Common Council had accepted the Final Environmental Impact Statement as complete by a vote of 6 to 1, with Councilman William King abstaining.

FEIS BUSTERS: The usual suspects gather nervously in the Mayor’s Conference Chamber Monday evening to consider with Michael Gerrard the implications and consequences of accepting the New York Presbyterian Hospital draft Final Environmental Impact Statement.
All Photos by WPCNR

In what was billed as the final session of the “Gerrard Talks,” the council got under way with Mr. Gerrard at 7:27 PM, and adjourned to Executive Session at 8:40 PM to get into the hot and heavy issues.

Based on the concerns expressed repeatedly over the first five sessions of the “Gerrard Talks,” WPCNR speculates they were discussing specifically how they could demand more information on the FEIS, and how they could limit the scope and execution of the New York Presbyterian Hospital project, or perhaps deny it all together in their eventual Findings Statement. Obviously after three hours in seclusion with Michael Gerrard, the Council feels comfortable with their options.

Resolution Drawn Up for Public Voting.

The Common Council was required by the Department of Environmental Conservation State Environmental Quality Review regulations to accept as complete or deny as incomplete the Final Environmental Impact Statement by Thursday, June 27. Consequently a 4-page resolution had been drawn up for Council action at the conclusion of the Executive Session for the Council to vote on which they approved at slightly past midnight.

The Resolution concludes, “the Common Council finds that the Final Environmental Impact Statement is adequate and accurate and responds to comments received regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement,”

The Resolution continues, acknowledging that the Council “accepts the FEIS for consideration in making environmental findings.”

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White Plains Week Discusses Corcoran Bid, Police Commish, Hospital FEIS

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WPCNR White Plains Variety. By John F. Bailey. June 24, 2002. 12 Noon E.D.T.: The city news roundup show, White Plains Week televised on Cable Channel 71 this evening, will wrap up the Police Commissioner Story and evaluate the surprise Republican invitation to Candyce Corcoran to run for the New York State Assembly in the 89th District this evening.
Host John Bailey with reporters Jim Benerofe, the “Eric Severeid of White Plains” of Suburban and Alex Philippidis, the Editor of Westchester County Business Journal wrap up last week’s news shockers and shakers beginning at 7 PM on Channel 71.

On tap tonight will be exclusive photos of the Fortunoff Ground-Breaking, the location of the new soccer field in Saxon Woods Park, as well as a preview of the final round of the New York Presbyterian Hospital “Gerrard Talks VI.”

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City Hall Organizing Common Council Tour of Indian Point

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WPCNR NOON NEWS. Special from the Mayor’s Office. June 24, 2002. 11:45 A.M. E.D.T.: The Mayor’s Office is organizing a Common Council tour of the Entergy Nuclear Station at Indian Point, WPCNR has learned. Actual date of the visit has not been determined, however the trip is a “do.” Arrangements for media to accompany the Common Council at the fact-finding trip will be available.

The trip to the Indian Point facility is a serious Council effort to make an informed decision on whether or not to consider a resolution calling for the decommissioning of the plant.

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2002 Independence Day Celebration KaBOOMS July 3

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WPCNR NOON NEWS. From Dept. of Recreation & Parks. June 24, 2002. 11:30 A.M. E.D.T.: White Plains Recreation announced this morning that the 2002 traditional White Plains fireworks will be held Wednesday evening, July 3 at White Plains High School.
The festivities will begin at 6:30 PM and continue to 8:30 PM, featuring live music by the White Plains Pops Band, children’s performers and a visit from Ronald McDonald, with refreshments provided by the White Plains Parent Teacher Association. The Pops Band will perform beginning at 7 PM, and at 9 PM Independence Day Ceremonies will begin, followed by the traditional fireworks under the stars on the High School grounds.

The extravaganza regularly attracts upwards of 10,000 persons. Parking is free.

The fireworks this year are being co-sponsored by Hudson United Bank, Heineken USA and the New York Power Authority.

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CCOS Seeks Gravitas Signatures for Anti-NYPH Ad. WPCNR Poll Results.

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WPCNR Environmental Enquirer. By John F. Bailey. June 24, 2002. 9:00 A.M. E.D.T. Concerned Citizens for Open Space, the grassroots White Plains association of environmentally sensitive citizens is planning on running a full page ad or ads in local media to demonstrate community opposition to the New York Presbyterian Hospital project.
The advertisement, WPCNR has learned, has been seeking signatures of White Plains residents, the names of whom will be printed in an advertisement, urging the Common Council to vote down the New York Presbyterian Hospital biomedical/proton accelerator project.

Citizens being approached are neighborhood association activists and concerned residents and names readily recognizable by the Common Council members.

The substance of the advertisement calls on the Council to reject the hospital project on the grounds that it violates residential zoning now in place on the property, desecrates open space that could be used for a park, and that the project itself will create a negative impact on the adjacent neighborhoods. No organization other than Concerned Citizens for Open Space is mentioned in the ad, as far as our information indicates.

WPCNR Poll on Issue Sluggish.

In a recently concluded WPCNR Poll which ran for two weeks, only 50 readers of WPCNR expressed opinions on this issue, which is surprising because WPCNR has a documented Webtrends readership of 2,000 daily visitors a month, and 10,000 page views.

73% of Poll-Respondents Want Project.

In that poll of 50 voters, 9 said the project should be rejected outright, 32 said the project whould be approved on an interior site away from Bryant Avenue, and 9 said the project should be approved as proposed on the Bryant Avenue side. This is less interest than was expressed by our readers in the poll we conducted during the Louis Cappelli City Center Approval Process(64).

Most Recent WPCNR Poll Consistent with Earlier NYPH Poll

In an earlier WPCNR poll on the very same issue, when 56 votes were cast, 57%, 32 persons said the biomedical/proton accelerator complex should be denied on Bryant Avenue, but moved to an interior location.

Twenty-two votes, or 39%, said the biotech center should be approved as proposed on Bryant Avenue. In both polls, the numbers asking for the project to be denied altogether were very low: 18% and 4%.

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Harrison Says “Hurrah” for Bradley. Insurgent Matusow Matador Endorsed.

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WPCNR Morning Sun. From the Bradley Press Office. June 24, 2002. 8:30 AM E.D.T.:The Harrison Democratic Committee has endorsed Adam Bradley, candidate for State Assembly in the 89th District, was overwhelmingly endorsed by Harrison at the end of last week. Bradley now has been endorsed by two key Democratic organizations in the southern end of the 89th District, and the Independence Party, in his attempt to primary incumbent 10-year veteran Assemblywoman Naomi Matusow.

Christina Hughes, Chair of the Harrison Democratic Committee, stated: “The Harrison Democratic Committee overwhelmingly and enthusiastically endorsed Adam Bradley over incumbent Naomi Matusow, and we look forward to having him serve the Community as our next representative in Albany.”

Hughes added: “The Committee has been most impressed by Bradley’s knowledge and commitment to issues of concern to the Community, and we believe he will provide the kind of leadership we need in the State Assembly.”

Since Bradley’s entry into the race, only three weeks ago, he has received a growing list of important endorsements, including the White Plains Democratic Committee, the Harrison Democratic Committee and the Independence Party. White Plains and Harrison are two of the largest communities in the Assembly District.

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Gerrard Talks VI Scheduled to Come to Close Monday with Council Vote on FEIS

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WPCNR Friday Night Final. By John F. Bailey. June 22, 2002. 1:00 AM. EDT.UPDATED MONDAY, June 24, 2002 1:30 PM EDTThe Common Council will meet Monday evening at 7:00 PM at City Hall to vote on whether or not to accept the New York Presbyterian Hospital Final Environmental Impact Statement. The decision must be made Monday evening, in order tomeet the deadline of June 27 for either acceptance or rejection of the FEIS as “complete.” The Council response has to be written by the Planning Department and submitted to state authorities by Thursday.

“PLEASE REVIEW THIS. THERE WILL BE A POP QUIZ ON MONDAY”: Commissioner of Planning Susan Habel hands out New York Presbyterian Hospital “Final Answers” to Councilpersons’ questions on research, tree loss, ancillary activities, and concerns raised during the Gerrard Talks (with Arnold & Porter environmental legal counsel, Michael Gerrard), last Wednesay evening. The new document is available at the White Plains Public Library and the Planning Department.
Photo by WPCNR

Mayor Joseph Delfino told WPCNR Friday that Thursday evening’s session of the Gerrard Talks V, consisted of much discussion of distribution of employees expected at the research facility, their hours, and comings and goings on the site. WPCNR has been advised by City Hall that the Council must decide by Monday whether or not to accept the FEIS. Four votes are required for acceptance.

A city hall source advised WPCNR that a likely date for a Council decision on the hospital’s biomedical research and proton accelerator cancer treatment center for its White Plains campus is the Common Council meeting of August 5.

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