Westchester Stops 7 Weeks of 1,000 a week positive Covid cases. Average New Cases 102 a day for 4 days SAT thru Tues. 12 weeks of Sustained New Case Rise Stopped

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WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the NYS WORKBOOK Covid-19 Tracker. With reporting by John F. Bailey. September 28, 2021:

The Third Wave of Covid-19 in Westchester County is at low tide after 7 weeks of high tide infections of 1,000 new Covid cases a week

The 8 weeks of a steady rise of over 1,000 new cases of new Covid-19 cases in Westchester stopped when the third week of September (September 19 through September 25) recorded 973 new cases of Covid last Saturday, 27 short of 1,000 new cases which had been steady for 7 weeks. The previous week of Sept 12 to 19, 1,164 new cases were reported for the week , 166 a day.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer confirmed this in his covid briefing Monday say number of positive cases had declined 25%.

This has been followed by three days of new cases of 81, 116 and yesterday, 96 new cases, meaning this week if the present rate of new positives continues will mean 679 new cases in Westchester this week, which would mean a 30% drop in the number of new cases this week.

Tuesday the average infection rate dropped to 1.3% of those tested the lowest since September 21. The previous week September 12 to 18 the infection rate averaged 2.4%. From September 19 to 25, the infection rate dropped to 2.0 persons infected of those tested. The trend appears to be lowering.

Testing numbers have been lower which is also encouraging, but when fewer tests are done you get lower number of positive cases. This lowering of testing could mean either people are afraid to get tested for fear of being quarantined even if they have symptoms, or are not feeling symptoms so do not go in to get tested.

Another factor that can be encouraging is new cases from two weeks ago are not passing on the disease as much, which may indicate they are not getting as sick. The two week infection rate from 177 persons testing positive on September 14 on the first 3 days of this week is .6, .7 and .five –infecting less than one person for every 2 persons testing positive. That is below the covid spread containment growth rate of 1 person infecting 1 other person.

Mr. Latimer in his covid briefing Monday pointed out 11,000 persons were vaccinated in Westchester last week, probably as a result of the approval of a third booster shot for over- 65s. He also said hospitalizations for Covid were down to 60, this week.

The number of new infections will be watched closely as schools are starting, socializing is growing, restaurants are opening, entertainment is opening

The new infections since Westchester (and the whole state) relaxed restrictions on July 1 is sobering. Westchester stopped getting vaccinated to a great extent. We socialized. We went out. We did not mask, and the numbers grew.

In the month of July, there were 786 infections in the countyl

In August, in 4 weeks, there were 5,545 new infections.

In September, in three weeks, there were 4,139 new infections

The total new infections in the third wave since July 1: 10,470.

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WHAT’S SO BAD ABOUT DEFAULT? EVERYTHING. GOING 90 MILES AN HOUR DOWN A DEAD END STREET AND THE BRAKES ARE GONE.

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WPCNR NEWS AND COMMENT. By John F. Bailey.

Send off the clowns.

The side show is over.

They are not funny.

It is time to wake up, Washington. The dreams of power have got to stop. Talk about myopia!?

Talk about a self-made destruction of an empire!

The American empire is in its last days.

Who is doing this?

Every Congressman and Senator and yes, the President.

He should send out an Executive Order temporarily raising the debt ceiling as an Emergency Act. Let the Supreme Court make fools of themselves again by declaring it unconstitutional.

This is an emergency.

Now is the time for Democrats and Republicans to start working as persons who love America as they claim and save the declining country, rather showing us the incompetent self-serving, cowardly fools in thrall of madness.

Raise the debt ceiling For God’s sake.

 For George Wasington’s sake, Lincoln’s sake, Jefferson’s sake, John Madison’s John Adams, Alexander Hamilton’s, FDR’s and TR’s sake—and the sake of every American who once had a dream.

It’s Monopoly Money, really. Just print it!

If you do not, Republicans and Democrats, you can kiss the recovery goodbye. Bye bye economy. Bye bye any palm card statements. Make America nothing.

You will have destroyed the greatest hope of the world with your egos and fantasies of finance.

You will never be reelected when Middle America sees their savings go poof!

 Welfare payments stop, medical supplies unable to be paid for for vaccines, and hospitals close because they cannot pay their workers because insurance companies and do not reimburse medicaid and mediccare, because the insurance companies go bankrupt when their portfolio holdings drop to nothing when foreign and national investors sell out as fast as they can. The internet will collapse with sell orders.

How will you explain that Mr. Democrat and Mr. Republican and Mr. President or Presidents to Be?

Remember the movie “Changing Places,” Moguls, Zillionaires and celebrities will all be yelling into their cellphones saying “Sell, Wilbur Sell!”

The real estate market will disappear. Foreclosures will escalate.  It will be known as the burning of the money.

Listen to me. If you do not act together to tell yourselves it is ok to raise the debt ceiling, you are dooming the economy.

You will stall the fight against covid.

You will stop social security payments to millions in this country.

You will lower the value of the dollar that will never be thought of as a good investment in the world  again.

You will trigger the biggest crash the stock market has ever seen in one day. Nest eggs of millions of Americans will disappear in smoke as partisanship in Washington destroys the country like it was destroyed in the Civil War.

Obviously, the Republicans and the Democrats are playing “Chicken” like teenagers in souped up Buicks.

Just in case they have not noticed, covid is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeping the country. It’s killing your voters.

The stock market is at an all-time high so when you default that induces a sell-off to end all sell-offs.

Corporations will layoff everybody to preserve their profit margins. Scream for bailouts and you will print money to bail them out.

Consumer spending will drop by a record amount because most will have no money.

Hedge funds will have nothing to hedge within hours. The sell-off on Default Day will be catastrophic.

Service industries will not have service jobs because no consumer will pay for them to be done. You can’t replace your gutters without money to pay the gutter man.

Restaurants, forget it. Theatre forget it. Hollywood forget it. No one will have money to make a motion picture that runs on Netflix if no one can pay for Netflix

Autos. Gas? The gas price will drop to  Depression levels. The oil producing countries economies will be destroyed. My mind reels with the self-inflicted misery this do-nothing congress has decided to create mutually by their political charades focused only on their own selfish desire to be reelected and seize power.

As Hank Snow once sang about an affair, the administration, the Democrats and Republicans are “ like a bad motorcycle going 90 miles an hour down a dead-end street and the brakes are gone.”

Please raise the ceiling.

It is to the Republicans and Democrats’ mutual p.r. advantage to be heroes and raise the debt “to save America”  despite the economic ignorance being espoused by Republican and Democratic Senators who cannot count.

It is time to create money, after all it is our money. We print it. You can print more.

Is it possible for these people to use their brains?

Stop groping and start doing the right thing.

America has been to this brink twice before.

Here’s what happened:

Here is an analysis reprinted from November 2020, about the consequences of default from The Balance.com.  Reprinted under terms of use.

US Debt Default Causes and Consequences

Will the U.S. Ever Default on Its Debt?

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Table of Contents

BY 

KIMBERLY AMADEO

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REVIEWED BY 

ERIC ESTEVEZ

on November 29, 2020

America has never defaulted on its debt. The consequences are unthinkably dire. But in October 2013, Congress threatened to stop raising the debt ceiling, forcing the nation into default. It wanted the president to cut spending on Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid.

The debt ceiling is how much debt Congress allows the federal government to have. If the ceiling is not raised, the U.S. Treasury Department cannot issue any more Treasury bonds. Its ability to pay bills depends on the revenue that comes in. It’s forced to choose between paying federal employee salaries, Social Security benefits, or the interest on the national debt. If it doesn’t pay interest, the country defaults.

At the last minute, Congress agreed to raise the debt ceiling, but the damage was done. During the three weeks that Congress debated, investors seriously wondered whether the United States would actually default on its debt.

This was the second time in two years that House Republicans resisted raising the debt ceiling. The consequences of a debt default may become all too real in the very near future. The country had, at the end of 2019, about $23.2 trillion debt or $70,492 per U.S. citizen.1

Key Takeaways

  • If investors lose confidence in U.S. Treasurys, it creates uncertainty in the financial markets. 
  • U.S. Treasurys affect interest rates and the cost of lending.
  • A U.S. debt default would wreak havoc on the global economy. 
  • America should lower its debt or face economic hardships

How the United States Could Default on Its Debt

There are two scenarios under which the United States would default on its debt. Any default on Treasurys would have the same impact as one resulting from a debt ceiling crisis.

Not Raising the Debt Ceiling

Default would occur if Congress didn’t raise the debt ceiling. Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, in a 2011 letter to Congress, outlined what would happen.2

  • Interest rates would rise, since “Treasurys represent the benchmark borrowing rate” for all other bonds. This means increased costs for corporations, state and local government, mortgages, and consumer loans.
  • The dollar would drop, as foreign investors fled the “safe-haven status” of Treasurys. The dollar would lose its status as a global world currency. This would have the most disastrous long-term effects.
  • The U.S. government would not be able to pay salaries or benefits for federal or military personnel and retirees. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefit payments would stop. So would student loan payments, tax refunds, and payments to keep government facilities open. This would be far worse than a government shutdown, which only affects non-essential discretionary programs.

The Government Simply Stopped Paying Interest

The second scenario would occur if the U.S. government simply decided that its debt was too high and it stopped paying interest on Treasury bills, notes, and bonds. In that case, the value of Treasurys on the secondary market would plummet.

Anyone trying to sell a Treasury would have to deeply discount it. The federal government could no longer sell Treasurys in its auctions, so the government would no longer be able to borrow to pay its bills.

Even the Threat of a Debt Default Is Bad

Even if investors only think the United States could default, the consequences could be almost as bad as an actual default.

U.S. debt is seen worldwide as the safest investment anywhere.

Most investors look at Treasurys as if they were 100% guaranteed by the U.S. government. Any threat of default could cause debt rating agencies, such as Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s, to lower the U.S. credit rating.

Here’s an idea of just how bad a lower credit rating could be. In April 2011, S&P only lowered its outlook on the U.S. debt from “stable” to “negative.” As a result, the Dow immediately dropped 140 points.3

Impact on the Economy

A U.S. debt default would significantly raise the cost of doing business. It would increase the cost of borrowing for firms. They would have to pay higher interest rates on loans and bonds to compete with the higher interest rates of U.S. Treasurys.

All U.S. interest rates would rise, increasing prices and contributing to inflation.

The stock market would also suffer, as any U.S. investment would be riskier. Stock prices would fall as investors fled to other countries’ safer stocks or gold. For these reasons, it could lead to another recession.

The U.S. Government and Avoiding Default

The surest way to avoid default is to prevent budget deficits that lead to debt. The federal government must raise revenue through taxes or cut spending. But now that the debt is more than 100% of gross domestic product, it will be difficult to cut spending enough to reduce the debt and risk of default4 .5

The other option is to allow the dollar to depreciate enough to make the debt worth less to foreign debt holders, like China and Japan. The Federal Reserve does this by monetizing the debt. It buys Treasurys with credit it creates itself. A default can be avoided if the Fed doesn’t require the interest to be repaid.

Other Countries That Have Defaulted on Their Debt

In 2009, Iceland defaulted on the debt incurred by banks it had nationalized.6 As a result of the banks’ collapse, foreign investors fled Iceland. That prompted the value of its currency, the krona, to drop 50% in one week. It created massive inflation and soaring unemployment.

That same year, Dubai defaulted on the debt created by its business arm, Dubai World.7 Its assets were all in real estate, so when values plummeted, it didn’t have the cash to meet its obligations. Eventually, Dubai negotiated lower debt payments, known as debt restructuring.

In 2010, Greece said it might default on its debt. It threatened the viability of the eurozone itself. To avoid default, the EU loaned Greece enough to continue making payments.8 As of January 2019, it totaled 320 billion euros. 9 It was the biggest financial rescue of a bankrupt country in history. Greece has only repaid 41.6 billion euros. It has scheduled debt payments beyond 2060.

The U.S. debt is so much larger than that of either Iceland, Dubai, or Greece. As a result, a U.S. debt default would have a much worse impact on the global economy.

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WHITE PLAINS AND GREENBURGH WILL INITIATE FIRST “FRESH START” PROGRAM IN WESTCHESTER– FOR FIRST OFFENDERS, LOW-LEVEL OFFENDERS ARRESTED

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROCAH LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNITY-BASED DIVERSION PROGRAM FOCUSED ON REHABILITATION INSTEAD OF INCARCERATION

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. from the Office of Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah September 28, 2021:-

– Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced the launch of Fresh Start, an innovative program that gives second chances to certain first-time, low-level offenders arrested in Westchester County. This initiative takes a constructive, “Community First” approach to criminal justice reform focused on community-based social services instead of incarceration.

Launching as a pilot program in collaboration with Westchester County Executive George Latimer, the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH), the Greenburgh Police Department, the White Plains Police Department, and the Legal Aid Society of Westchester, Fresh Start offers a positive response to low-level offenses that enables the participant to be held accountable while avoiding prosecution, conviction, or confinement. With Fresh Start, a person arrested with an eligible charge will have the option of completing a community-based program instead of appearing in court and receiving a criminal record.

Fresh Start will commence as a pilot program for cases originating from the Greenburgh and White Plains Police Departments this fall, with the goal of expanding the program countywide in the future.

“For Westchester County, Fresh Start is an important first-step toward reducing recidivism, racial disparities and inequalities in the criminal justice system by reinventing, reforming and strengthening the traditional response to crime and conviction. By diverting cases outside the justice system, the District Attorney’s Office can increase public safety by reducing repeat offenders, while reducing its reliance on the traditional retributive responses like confinement, conviction, fines and fees, and warrants,” DA Rocah said. “Fresh Start offers eligible low-level offenders the chance to avoid the courtroom, criminal conviction, and the negative impacts that the system can have on their future and civic engagement.”

Eligible people who are arrested in Westchester County and charged with low-level offenses, such as Disorderly Conduct, Petit Larceny, Theft of Services, Trespassing, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis and more, can avoid appearing in court and a criminal conviction by completing a one-time social services counseling program led by the Westchester Department of Community Mental Health.

Upon completion, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office will decline prosecution of the offense. If the offender does not participate, fails to complete the program, or gets arrested again, they must appear in court as originally scheduled.

An evaluation of a similar program in New York City found a 75 percent reduction in future conviction, and improvements in 16 of 17 other measures of public safety. Participants were also found to be less likely to have a new violent felony re-arrest and had fewer new arrests than those in the comparison group. Further, the evaluation also found overwhelmingly positive perceptions of the program by participants, which may be connected to the program’s 98 percent successful completion rate.

“The biggest battle is the first battle, and that is believing in yourself. These offenders have committed minor crimes and we believe that with early intervention, we can get them on the right path so they never have to enter a courtroom,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “The Fresh Start Program allows offenders to take part in a community-based program and avoid a criminal conviction. It also aligns with our mission to make sure we are doing our part to ensure that young women and young men take personal responsibility for their actions, and learn how their behaviors impact others so they are better prepared to become a productive member of society. I want to thank District Attorney Mimi Rocah and the Department of Community Mental Health for spearheading this important initiative.”

“The program, developed by the District Attorney’s Office and DCMH, is intended to help individuals avoid future involvement in the criminal justice system by focusing on the personal impact of criminal justice involvement,” said DCMH Commissioner Michael Orth. “Eligible people are identified at the earliest point of contact with law enforcement, and provided an opportunity to avoid further involvement in the criminal justice system. By completing the three-hour program, offered as an extension of DCMH’s ‘Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities’ program, they will not be prosecuted, and the case will be closed.”

“We are excited to participate in this innovative initiative,” Greenburg Police Chief Christopher McNerney said. “We believe that early intervention, such as the Fresh START program, can keep individuals out of the criminal justice system while offering meaningful resources. We look forward to collaborating with our District Attorney’s Office to bring this program to the Town of Greenburgh.”  

“The White Plains Police Department is honored to partner with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Greenburgh Police Department on a promising program to give first time offenders a second chance,” White Plains Police Chief Joseph Castelli said.

“The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County enthusiastically supports Fresh Start,” Executive Directory Clare Degnan said.  “LASW thanks District Attorney Roach for championing this pilot, Community Mental Health for their expertise, and the White Plains and Greenburgh Police Departments for their assistance. This program will allow participants to avoid the stigma of a criminal record. We look forward to working with all the stakeholders to provide the people of Westchester innovative and restorative justice alternatives.”

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JOHN BAILEY’S WHITE PLAINS ROUNDUP ON WVOX THIS MORNING ON THE DENNIS AND TONNY “GOOD MORNING WESTCHESTER” TODAY’S REPORT!

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JOHN BAILEY THE CITIZENETREPORTER, BROADCASTS WEEKLY AT 7:50 AM ON THE DENNIS AND TONNY “GOOD MORNING WESTCHESTER” PROGRAM ON WVOX 1460 AM AND WVOX.COM

“GOOD MORNING DENNIS AND TONNY FROM WHITE PLAINS NY USA WHERE IT’S 62 CLOUDY WPCNR DEGREES. LAST NIGHT AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COMMMON COUNCIL, WHITE PLAINS WAS PRESENTED WITH A $1.50  75% INCREASE IN PARKING ($3.50 FOR 2 HOURS) FOR THE CITY CENTER GARAGE TO AVOID KITE REALTY THE NEW OWNERS OF THE CITY CENTER DEFAULTING OCTOBER 15 ON WESTCHESTER COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY REVENUE BONDS.

“THE DEFAULT PROBLEM DEVELOPED DUE TO COVID—FROM JULY 2020 THROUGH JANUARY 2021 CITY CENTER GARAGE REVENUES DECLINED  33% FROM AMOUNTS COLLECTED PRE –PANDEMIC WHILE  OPERATING COSTS OF THE GARAGE DECLINED 5%, NET INCOME DECLINED 60%.

. THE CITY HAS KNOWN THIS SINCE MARCH 12 AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THIS ISSUE HAS APPEARED IN PUBLIC.

IT RAISES THE QUESTION FOR WHITE PLAINS ABOUT HOW MUCH PARKING REVENUES IN THE REST OF WHITE PLAINS HAVE DECLINED AND HOW MUCH WHITE PLAINS HAS BEEN MADE WHOLE BY COVID AID.

 ANOTHER ISSUE WHITE PLAINS (AND OTHER TOWNS AND CITIES) FACES AS IT PREPARES THE 2022-23 BUDGET BEGINNING IN JULY IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL HAVE TO  RAISE PARKING FEES AT METERS AND CITY GARAGES IN THE REST OF THE CITY TO PREVENT GARAGE MIGRATION FROM THE CITY CENTER FACILITY TO THE LESS EXPENSIVE MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS AND GARAGES

REMEMBER FASNY?

THIS 11 YEAR STRUGGLE FOR THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK RIDGEWAY COUNTRY CLUB PROJECT STILL AWAITS REVIEW BY THE APPELLATE COURT IN BROOKLYN.

WELL ACCORDING TO DAN SEIDEL THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLANTIFF, THE GEDNEY FARMS NEIGHBORHOOD, THE CASE IS STILL NOT SCHEDULED. NO COURT DATE YET.

SEIDEL ALSO SAID THE PROJECT IS ESSENTIALLY DEAD BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO BUILD THE PROJECT,

BECAUSE TIME (10 YEARS GOING ON 11) HAS GONE BY HE BELIEVES A NEW ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW SHOULD BE DONE.

HIS SUGGESTION IS FOR WHITE PLAINS TO BUY THE PROPERTY BACK FROM THE SCHOOL AND WHILE OPENING THE PROPERTY FOR HOUSING AND PUTTING IT BACK ON THE TAX ROLLS.

GRAFMAN MAKES A COMMON COUNCIL RACE

ALLAN GRAFMAN A PUBLIC RELATIONS MEDIA CONSULTANT IS NOW RUNNING FOR COMMON COUNCIL IN THE FALL REPRESENTING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE COMMON SENSE PARTY.

I SHOULD BE INTERVIEWING HIM NEXT WEEK. HE IS RUNNING AGAINST INCUMBENTS JOHN MARTIN,JUSTIN BRASCH, AND RICHARD PAYNE, A FIRST TIME CANDIDATE. MR. GRAFMAN WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE HIS CANDIDACY AND THE INCUMBENTS THEIR VISION AND MR. PAYNE’S WHAT THEY BRING TO THE TABLE AT THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FORUM FOR COMMON COUNCIL CANDIDATES MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 7 PM VIA ZOOM (VIRTUALLY),

SCHULTI SHUNS FORM WITH LATIMER

IN THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACE, GEORGE LATIMER’S OPPONENT, CHRISTINE SCHULTI  DECLINED TO APPEAR AT THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CANDIDATES FORUM IN OCTOBER, THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ANNOUNCED. THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS GAVE NO EXPLANATION FOR HER DECLINING TO APPEAR.

SCHOOL OPENING

WHITE PLAINS SCHOOLS OPENED LAST WEEK WITH SOME CONFUSION ON THE SCHOOL BUSES  PARTICULARLY AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS JOSEPH RICCA SAID THAT IS BEING STRAIGHTENED OUT WITH THE BUS COMPANY. SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS JOSEPH RICCA SAID THAT IS BEING STRAIGHTENED OUT WITH THE BUS COMPANY.

PARENTS ASKED ABOUT A CAFETERIA INCIDENT INVOLVING AN ALTERCATION AT THE HIGH SCHOOL BETWEEN STUDENTS AT LUNCH HOUR. PARENTS ASKED HIM ABOUT IT LAST FRIDAY ON DR. RICCA’S WEEKLY ZOOM REPORT, ASKED ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEIR STUDENTS CAME HOME THURSDAY TALKING ABOUT IT. DR. RICCA SAID THE SCHOOL IS COUNSELING AND DEALING WITH THE PARTICIPANTS AND TALKING WITH THEIR PARENTS. HE SAID THERE WERE NO INJURIES. HE SAID HAD THEIR BEEN INJURIES, PARENTS WOULD HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED. HE SAID LAST WEEK WAS THE FIRST WEEK STUDENTS HAD SEEN EACH OTHER IN AN IN-SCHOOL SITUATION SINCE LAST SPRING AND THIS MAY HAVE BEEN POSSIBLY CONTRIBUTING TO THE THE ALTERCATION.

HE SAID THERE WAS ONE INFECTION OF COVID IN A CLASSROOM IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THAT CLASSROOM WAS NOW ON LEARNING REMOTE.  HE CALLED ON PARENTS NOT TO SEND CHILDREN TO SCHOOL IF THEY APPEARED SICK IN ANY WAY.

WPCNR SUGGESTS SCHOOLS EVERYWHERE SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE  SIMMERING TENSIONS THAT MAY BE LURKING AT THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL LEVELS AND BE PREEMPTIVE WITH COUNCILING AND CALMING STUDENT FEELINGS ABOUT THE NEW ENVIRONMENT.

WHITE PLAINS MALL MAKEOVER INTO HAMILTION GREEN PRESENTED

LAST NIGHT RXR REALTY PRESENTED THEIR NEW PLAN FOR BUILDING HAMILTON GREEN THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNED TO REPLACE THE WHITE PLAINS MALL AND WAS READY TO START THE FIRST PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION.

RXR HAS SECURED AN AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE THE BALANCE OF THE PROPERTY FROM THE FORMER OWNER AND PRESENTED A DESIGN THAT EXPANDS THE OPENING SPACE AND ELIMINATES THE ABOVE GROUND PARKING STRUCTURE PREVIOUSLY PLANNED AND PUTS 4 STORIES OF IT UNDERGROUND.

RXR ASKED FOR A SITE PLAN EXTENSION AND THE ATTORNEY SAID IF APPROVED, THE PROJECT COULD START IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2022.

(CORRECTION: IN THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS TRANSCRIPT I REPORTED THE GARAGE INCREASE WAS APPROVED. IT WAS NOT BUT SHOULD BE ON NEXT MONDAY’S AGENDA.)

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Republican County Executive Candidate Christine Sculti Declines to Participate in LWVWP Candidates Form. LWV Cancels the Event

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WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2021. From the League of Women Voters White Plains. September 26, 2921:

The League of Women Voters of Westchester has announced that the planned Westchester County Executive Candidates Forum has been canceled because the Republican candidate declined to participate.

League policy requires that for a Candidates Forum to be held, there must be at least two participants.  LWVWP president, Stephen Cohen, said, “It is disappointing that the residents of White Plains and all of Westchester County will not be able to hear the candidates in the County Executive race discuss with each other their views on the issues of importance to Westchester.  League Candidates Forums are an opportunity to hear from the candidates in a calm, respectful, nonpartisan setting that encourages civil discourse. The Forums have even greater importance today when candidates’ options for making themselves known to their constituents are greatly curtailed.”

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WOMEN’S HEALTH PROTECTION ACT PASSES HOUSE! SENATE GETS IT NEXT

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Today, 218 members of the U.S. Congress voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. This is the first time in history, the House of Representatives has voted on proactive legislation to protect abortion rights.

The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) is federal legislation that works toward a future where all of us are free to make the personal decisions that shape our lives, our futures, and our families, without political interference.

The passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act is the first step in ensuring equal access to abortion care—everywhere and for everyone. The passage is essential for social and economic equality, reproductive autonomy, and the right to determine our own lives.

The bill passed 218-211 with Representative Henry Cuellar (D., Texas) joining Republicans in voting “no.”

What comes next?
The  WHPA now goes to the Senate. At this time, we do not have any details on when the bill will be introduced.

However, it is imperative that everyone urge their Senators to support the Women’s Health Protection Act!

We need everyone united to get the WHPA passed in the Senate. Our strength is in our numbers.
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WHITE PLAINS WEEK SEPT 24 REPORT 7:30 PM ON FIOS COUNTYWIDE CH 45 AND IN WP, OPTIMUM CH 76 AND ANYTIME ON WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG

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JOHN BAILEY AND THE NEWS WITH FRIENDS
YES, VOTERS THERE WILL BE A REAL ELECTION! GRAFMAN PUTS HAT IN RING MAKING A RACE OF IT
MTA SHOCKS COMMUTERS — WEAR A MASK OR GET $50 FINE AND LOSE YOUR RIDE 3 MILLION RIDING-POSSIBLE 120,000 UNMASKED. MTA IS GOING TO STOP THAT COMPLETE MTA NEWS CONFERENCE
COVID FLATTENING OR STEADYING? 8 STRAIGHT WEEKS OF 1,000 NEW INFECTIONS A WEEK IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY- ON TRACK FOR ANOTHER 1,000 NEW CASES.
WVOX AUDIO OF RON BELMONT AND JOHN BAILEY CONVERSATION ON HARRISON SCHOOL OPENING, HARRISON COVID SITUATION AND WHO’S RENTING ALL THOSE NEW APARTMENTS IN HARRISON?
EXCERPT FROM PEOPLE TO BE HEARD WITH STEPHEN FERRI AND JOHN BAILEY ON THE NEW WPPAC SEASON –THEATRE IS BACK!
MISS LIBERTY IS CRYING
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MR. JONES WEEK IN WASHINGTON

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Dear Neighbor, 

After spending an incredible few weeks in New York’s 17th Congressional District, meeting with constituents throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties, I’m back in Washington during a very busy week. As the first week back in session comes to a close, I want to give an update on what I’ve been working on.  

Standing with our Haitian-American Community

On Wednesday, I stood alongside my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus to address the horrific treatment of Haitian migrants at our southern border. In NY-17, we have one of the largest Haitian-American communities in the nation, and I’ve been fighting to fix our deeply broken and unjust immigration and refugee systems. These systems rip families apart, terrorize immigrant communities, and deport folks who have called our nation home for decades to countries they have never known—like our neighbor from Rockland County, Paul Pierrilus.

In response to this week’s disturbing images of Haitian migrants being treated with cruelty, inhumanity, and indignity at the southern border, I joined my colleagues in calling for a thorough investigation into Border Patrol’s actions. I also reiterated my calls for the Biden Administration to immediately halt deportations to Haiti in the midst of an ongoing humanitarian and civic crisis, specifically the fallout from a record-breaking earthquake and the assassination of the Haitian president in recent months, and return to America those individuals who have been unjustly deported. It’s long past time our immigration system centers the humanity and dignity of all, and that’s exactly what I’m fighting for. 

Providing Relief for Hurricane Ida and Afghan Refugees

On Tuesday, I was proud to help pass legislation to fund the government through December. This bill is important not only because it will keep our government open and operational, but also because it contains billions in critical emergency relief to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and other natural disasters, as well as billions in funding to help support our Afghan refugees. Hurricane Ida was devastating to communities across our district. As we continue to recover, I’ll keep working to ensure that anyone impacted by this storm receives the relief they need and deserve. 

Addressing our Climate Crisis

On Thursday, the House voted to pass the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes an amendment I introduced to address our climate crisis. This amendment would require the Department of Defense to commit to addressing the climate crisis by submitting a plan to Congress to reduce the Department’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with science-based targets. The Department of Defense is the single largest consumer of energy in the United States, the world’s largest institutional consumer of petroleum, and a source of devastating pollution at home and abroad. Addressing our climate crisis requires an all-of-government approach, which is why I introduced this amendment, and I’m thrilled that it passed in the House this week. 

Establishing an Afghan Special Envoy 

Along with my amendment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our military, the NDAA passed this week also includes another amendment I introduced to establish an Afghan Special Envoy position at the White House. This Special Envoy would oversee the evacuation of people in Afghanistan as well as connect them with groups in the United States that would help with their resettlement. As we continue to welcome Afghan refugees into our country, this Special Envoy will be critical in helping to support their safe and efficient resettlement. We have a moral obligation to provide safe refuge to those whose lives have been impacted by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and my amendment will help ensure we meet that obligation. 

Protecting Reproductive Freedom

Today, the House voted to pass critical legislation in the fight for reproductive freedom: the Women’s Health Protection Act, which I’m proud to cosponsor. Reproductive rights are under assault in this country, with the Supreme Court working to strip the American people of the fundamental right to safe and legal abortion. Earlier this month, the Court silently allowed Texas’ draconian abortion ban, SB 8, to take effect, all but entirely banning abortions and paying anyone, including anti-abortion activists, to act as “bounty hunters” by suing people who help provide abortions. And in just a few weeks, the Court will hear arguments in a case where it may overturn Roe v. Wade nationally. 

But today, House Democrats are fighting back against this outright assault by voting to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify Roe v. Wade in all 50 states and guarantee the right to safe and legal abortion once and for all. Do you agree that we should protect reproductive freedom for all?

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As this busy week comes to a close, I’m as grateful and honored as ever to serve as your Representative in Congress. As always, my office is here to serve you. If you or your family need assistance with a federal agency or help related to COVID-19, please call my office at (914) 323-5550.   Sincerely,  Mondaire Jones Member of Congress 
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Rockland Office Coming SoonImageEstimado Vecino,Después de pasar unas semanas increíbles en el Distrito 17 del Congreso de Nueva York, reuniéndome con constituyentes a través de los condados de Westchester y Rockland, estoy de regreso en Washington durante una semana muy ocupada. A medida que la primera semana de sesiones llega a su fin, quiero dar una actualización sobre lo que he estado trabajando.

Apoyando nuestra Comunidad Haitiano-estadounidense

El miércoles, estuve junto a mis colegas en el Caucus Afroamericano del Congreso para abordar el terrible trato a los migrantes haitianos en nuestra frontera sur. En NY-17, tenemos una de las comunidades haitiano-estadounidenses más grandes de la nación, y he estado luchando para arreglar nuestros sistemas de inmigración y refugiados profundamente quebrantados e injustos. Estos sistemas destrozan a las familias, aterrorizan a las comunidades de inmigrantes y deportan a las personas que han llamado hogar a nuestra nación durante décadas a países que nunca han conocido, como nuestro vecino del condado de Rockland, Paul Pierrilus.

En respuesta a las imágenes inquietantes de esta semana de migrantes haitianos tratados con crueldad, inhumanidad e indignidad en la frontera sur, me uní a mis colegas para pedir una investigación exhaustiva sobre las acciones de la Patrulla Fronteriza. También reiteré mis llamados para que la Administración Biden detenga de inmediato las deportaciones a Haití en medio de una crisis humanitaria y cívica en curso, específicamente las consecuencias de un terremoto récord y el asesinato del presidente haitiano en los últimos meses, y regrese a Estados Unidos aquellas personas que hayan sido deportadas injustamente. Ya es hora de que nuestro sistema de inmigración centre la humanidad y la dignidad de todos, y eso es exactamente por lo que estoy luchando.

Brindando ayuda a los Refugiados Afganos y al Huracán Ida

El martes, estuve orgulloso por ayudar a aprobar la legislación para financiar al gobierno hasta diciembre. Este proyecto de ley es importante no solo porque mantendrá a nuestro gobierno abierto y operativo, sino también porque contiene miles de millones en ayuda de emergencia crítica para ayudar en las secuelas del huracán Ida y otros desastres naturales, así como miles de millones en fondos para ayudar a apoyar a nuestros afganos refugiados. El huracán Ida fue devastador para las comunidades de nuestro distrito. Mientras seguimos recuperándonos, seguiré trabajando para asegurarme de que cualquier persona afectada por esta tormenta reciba el alivio que necesita y merece.

Combatiendo nuestra Crisis Climática

El jueves, la Cámara votó para aprobar la Ley de Autorización de Defensa Nacional (NDAA) anual, que incluye una enmienda que presenté para abordar nuestra crisis climática. Esta enmienda requeriría que el Departamento de Defensa se comprometa a abordar la crisis climática mediante la presentación de un plan al Congreso para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero del Departamento de acuerdo con los objetivos basados en la ciencia. El Departamento de Defensa es el mayor consumidor de energía en los Estados Unidos, el mayor consumidor institucional de petróleo del mundo y una fuente de contaminación devastadora en el país y en el extranjero. Abordar nuestra crisis climática requiere un enfoque de todo el gobierno, por lo que presenté esta enmienda, y estoy encantado de que se haya aprobado en la Cámara esta semana.

Estableciendo de un Enviado Especial Afgano

Junto con mi enmienda para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero en nuestro ejército, otra de mis enmiendas, que establecería un puesto de enviado especial afgano en la Casa Blanca, también se aprobó como parte del proyecto de ley más amplio de la NDAA. Este Enviado Especial supervisará la evacuación de personas en Afganistán y los conectaría con grupos en los Estados Unidos que ayudarían con su reasentamiento. Mientras seguimos dando la bienvenida a los refugiados afganos a nuestro país, este Enviado Especial será fundamental para ayudar a respaldar su reasentamiento seguro y eficiente. Es nuestra obligación moral brindar refugio seguro a aquellos cuyas vidas están en peligro por la actual crisis humanitaria en Afganistán y estoy orgulloso de que mi enmienda nos ayude a hacer precisamente eso.

Protección de la Libertad Reproductiva

Hoy, la Cámara aprobó una legislación fundamental en la lucha por la libertad reproductiva: la Ley de Protección de la Salud de la Mujer, que estoy orgulloso de copatrocinar. Los derechos reproductivos están siendo atacados en este país, con la Corte Suprema trabajando para despojar al pueblo estadounidense del derecho fundamental al aborto seguro y legal. A principios de este mes, la Corte permitió que entrara la draconiana prohibición del aborto en Texas, SB 8, que prohíbe por completo los abortos y paga a cualquiera, incluyendo los activistas antiaborto, para que actúen como “cazarrecompensas” al demandar a las personas que ayudan a proporcionar abortos. Y en unas pocas semanas, la Corte escuchará los argumentos en un caso en el que podría anular Roe v. Wade a nivel nacional.

Pero hoy, los demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes están luchando contra este ataque directo votando para aprobar la Ley de Protección de la Salud de la Mujer, que codificaría Roe v. Wade en los 50 estados y garantizaría el derecho al aborto seguro y legal de una vez por todas.Ya que esta semana ocupada llega a su fin, estoy tan agradecido y honrado como siempre de servir como su Representante en el Congreso.Sinceramente,
Mondaire Jones
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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SPONSOR COMMON COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM

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The League of Women Voters of White Plains today announces that it will sponsor a virtual Candidates Forum for candidates in the election for seats on the White Plains Common Council.

The virtual Forum will be held Monday October 18, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The League will use the cloud-based video conferencing application Zoom. Participants will join from their chosen remote locations. Invitations to register for the Forum and submit questions for the candidates will be sent shortly.

The Forum will also be live streamed via YouTube and be available for subsequent viewing through Election Day Tuesday November 2. 

There are four candidates running for three seats on the White Plains Common Council. The candidates are, Justin Brasch (D), Allan Grafman (R, Common Sense), John Martin (D), and Richard Payne (D). Members serve at-large for four-year terms. They have all confirmed they will participate in the Forum.

League of Women Voters of White Plains president, Stephen Cohen, said, “This Candidates Forum is an important opportunity for residents of White Plains to hear where the candidates for Common Council stand on important issues in a calm, respectful, nonpartisan setting that encourages civil discourse. The Forums have even greater importance today when candidates’ options for making themselves known to their constituents is greatly curtailed. We are pleased that all four candidates in the race will be participating.”

Note that there is no challenger in the White Plains Mayoral race. League policy is that Candidates Forums are not held when a candidate is running unopposed. Therefore, LWVWP will not host a Candidates Forum for the mayoral election.

For information contact: LWVWP.CF@GMAIL.COM
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