Mondaire Jones Wins Suit to Stop Post Office from delaying election mail.

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2020. From the Mondaire Jones for Congress Campaign. September 21, 2020:

Today, Mondaire Jones, announced he had won his suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alongside 15 other plaintiffs, against President Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to stop interfering in the November General Election through sabotaging the United States Postal Service. 
 
“The stakes of this November’s election are too high to watch from the sidelines. Now more than ever, our democracy is on the line, our rights are on the line, and the fate of this nation is on the line,” said Jones. “In the midst of a global pandemic requiring more Americans to vote by mail than ever before, we are simply asking for a free and fair election. I’m grateful to the District Court for affirming our right to one.”
 
In response to Jones’ suit, the District Court ordered the USPS to take the following national action: (1) to treat all election mail as Priority and First-Class; (2) to pre-approve all overtime pay between October 26 and November 6, 2020; (3) to submit a list of steps necessary to restore First-Class Mail and Marketing Mail on-time delivery scores to their highest levels; and (4) to allow late and extra trips to facilitate the prompt delivery of election mail. The Court also ordered the USPS to file weekly reports to keep the public apprised of its progress in meeting these goals.
 
The suit was filed on August 17th, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by the law firm Cohen & Green and the Law Office of Ali Najmi, on behalf of Jones, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, and 14 other plaintiffs:

Democratic nominee for State Assembly in the 93rd District Chris Burdick, Democratic nominee for State Assembly in the 94th District Stephanie Keegan, Candidate for New York City Council Seth Rosen, Collegeville Borough Councillor Shannon Spencer, and voters Kathy Rothschild, Diana M. Woody, Perry Sainati, Robert Golub, Mary Winton Green, Marsie Wallach, Matthew Wallach, Mac Wallach, Carol Sussman, Rebecca Rieckhoff.
 
“The Court’s directive to ensure election mail is treated with the highest priority, and to ensure adequate and timely approval of overtime, is critical to protect our right to vote,” said Ali Najmi, attorney for Plaintiffs. “This national injunction will ensure the integrity of the election.”

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Mayor of White Plains Moves to Limit Incursions of 5G Relays in White Plains. Promises October 6 Enactment to Limit Proliforation.

Ruth Moss of 5GAlert Westchester reports White Plains progress on limiting the high intensity radiation of 5G transmission spread in residential neighborhoods, near schools, and residences.

WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE EXAMINER. Special to WPCNR From 5GAlertWestchester. September 21, 2020:

Ruth Moss of 5GAlert Westchester announced today that White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and the Common Council are continuing to work on amending the White Plains telecommunications ordinance to make it more protective. Ms. Moss in a news release writes:

“The Mayor has now promised that the work session between White Plains attorneys and the 3-person 5GAlert Westchester oversight committee is to take place shortly and the results enacted into law on October 6. I hope there will not be another delay.

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Sweet Taste of Autumn for 40 Years is Back! Thompson’s Cider Mill Opens Today on a Perfect Autumn Day at Two Locations, says Westchester County’s “Geoff Appleseed”

WPCNR AGRICULTURAL REPORT. September 19, 2020:

The bees came back and did their job this spring, the apple blossoms held off coming out until after the frosty spring, and has created the sweet taste of autumn, a tradition in the Hudson Valley for 40 years. This is Thompson Cider Mill’s 44th year.

Geoff Thompson proprietor and Cider Master at Thompson’s Cider Mill opened his autumn tradition today at 335 Blinn Road, off Spring Valley Road, a short right, (just off route 134 West Exit 11 off the Taconic Parkway North (Exit 13 A, Southbound) of serving up fresh blends of his best apples today and every weekend Saturday and Sunday.

Mr. Thompson opened today at noon with lines of hard cider fans lining up 335 Blinn Road location(above), and similar cider enthusiasts just a short way down at 1311 on Route 134 (Kitchener Road)

Mr, Thompson, holds up a bottle of his popular hard cider, at the Blinn Road location joined by Yorktown Town Supervisor, Matt Slater, right

To accommodate social distancing at his cozy and quaint cider mill, he has the sweet cider available only at a second location to assure social distancing at Fable: From Farm to Table, 1311 Kitchener Road, Ossining NY, where fresh pressed cider was sold.

By 2;30 Saturday after young ladies at the Fable Farm said they had already had to have 2 resupply runs on the first Thompson sweet cider of the season.

Despite the hottest summer on record in the Hudson Valley Mr. Thompson reports the apples are smaller and juicier and tastier making for the usual unique, savory, refreshing cider blends that has made Thompson’s Cider Mill an autumn tradition. (Be sure and wear a mask)

Thompson told WPCNR the cold March hurt the peach harvest, but the apples are smaller and juicier, making cider perfect, tangy, mellow, refreshing. And you get to sample before you buy.

You can find out more at the Thompson’s Cider Mill Facebook Page. The telephone is 271-2254. Tell them the CitizeNetReporter sent you!

Mr. Thompson who considers himself first and foremost a cider craftsman who creates a different cider blend every week, is known in his day job as the deft Maestro of All Media in these parts as founder of the advertising agency, Thompson & Bender with Dean Bender and Liz Thompson.

League of Women Voters Schedules October 13 Forum for 5-candidate Lowey Congressional Seat. District Attorney Forum Cancelled Due to Republican Candidate Not Responding.

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2020. From the League of Women Voters. September 19, 2020:

The League of Women Voters announced Friday that it will sponsor a virtual Candidates Forum for candidates in the U.S House of Representatives NY CD 17 election. There are five candidates in the race, Joshua Eisen (ECL), Yehudis Gottesfeld (C), Mondaire Jones (D; WF), Maureen McArdle-Schulman (R), and Michael Parietti (SAM).

In another announcement Friday, the League said it was cancelling the virtual forum for the Westchester District Attorney election because one of the candidates, Bruce Bendish did not respond to the League invitation.

The virtual Forum will be held Tuesday October 13, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The League will use the cloud-based video conferencing application Zoom, and participants will join from their chosen remote locations. 

The Forum will also be live-streamed via Facebook and be available for subsequent viewing through Election Day Tuesday November 3. Questions will be solicited from the public.

The New York 17th Congressional District covers parts of central and northwestern Westchester county, and part of Rockland county. The district is currently represented by Nita Lowey, who is retiring at the end of her term. 

League of Women Voters of White Plains president and member of the Westchester LWV executive committee, Stephen Cohen, said, “this Candidates Forum is an important opportunity for residents of the 17th Congressional District to hear where candidates stand on important issues in a calm, respectful, nonpartisan environment 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 candidates in the race will be participating.”

This Candidates Forum is being presented by the League of Women Voters of Westchester in conjunction with the local Leagues of New Castle, Northeast Westchester, and White Plains, and the League of Women Voters of Rockland County.

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Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Honors RGB’S LEGACY by Advancing Her Values

WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. From the WBASNY
 
 The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) is devasted by the news of the passing of the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87. 
But we are not defeated. The news about our Esteemed Supreme Court Justice and Beloved Champion of Women’s Rights and Equality and Justice for All comes at the most difficult and inopportune time.

We are already engaged in a collective struggle to process the pandemic, natural disasters, civil unrest, and political uncertainty. This blow hurts – profoundly. 

Chief Justice John Roberts struck the proper tone in his official statement on behalf the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature. . . . Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice.” 

That is exactly how WBASNY will remember Justice Ginsburg – aka the “Notorious RBG.”

We will remember her in our continued tireless efforts to fight for equal rights for all.

We will remember her in our continued resolve to defend and demand justice for all.

We will remember her in our continued firm and fearless stance in the face of any and all efforts to roll back women’s hard-won rights and political gains. 

We will remember Justice Ginsburg as we champion the causes she championed – in the courtroom, in the workplace, and at the polls. Rest in Progress, Justice Ginsburg – and thank you for showing us the way.  
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FBI GETS ADMISSIONS OF GUILT FROM 2 HORSE DRUG PUSHERS

WPCNR FBI WIRE.From the Federal Bureau of Investigation. September 17, 2020:

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that two defendants, SCOTT ROBINSON and SARAH IZHAKI, each pled guilty today to conspiring to unlawfully distribute adulterated and misbranded drugs for the purpose of doping racehorses in connection with the two cases in which they are charged, United States v. Robinson, 20 Cr. 162 (JPO), and United States v. Izhaki, 20 Cr. 161 (MKV).  ROBINSON pled guilty before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken, and will be sentenced by Judge Oetken on January 15, 2021.  IZHAKI pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil, and will be sentenced by Judge Vyskocil on December 2, 2020.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “Scott Robinson and Sarah Izhaki represent the supply side of a market of greed that continues to endanger racehorses through the sale of performance-enhancing drugs.  Each of these defendants provided the raw materials for fraud and animal abuse through the sale of unregulated and dangerous substances: 

Robinson’s products were manufactured in shoddy facilities with no professional oversight of their composition; Izhaki’s products were smuggled into the country and sold from cars in supermarket parking lots.  These convictions show that our Office and our partners at the FBI are committed to the prosecution and investigation of corruption, fraud, and endangerment in the horse racing industry.”

According to the Indictments, the Superseding Information to which ROBINSON pled guilty, the Superseding Information to which IZHAKI pled guilty, and other court documents, as well as statements made in public court proceedings:

From at least in or about 2011 through at least in or about March 2020, ROBINSON conspired with others to manufacture, sell, and ship millions of dollars’ worth of adulterated and misbranded equine drugs, including performance-enhancing drugs intended to be administered to racehorses for the purpose of improving those horses’ race performance in order to win races and obtain prize money. 

ROBINSON sold these drugs through several direct-to-consumer websites designed to appeal to racehorse trainers and owners, including, among others, “horseprerace.com.” 

ROBINSON contributed to the conspiracy by, among other things, sourcing chemicals used to create custom PEDs that were advertised and sold; falsely labeling, packaging, and shipping those PEDs to customers across the country, including in the Southern District of New York; and collecting, reporting, and responding to employee and customer complaints regarding the misbranded and adulterated products advertised and sold online.

 Among the drugs advertised and sold during the course of the conspiracy were “blood builders,” which are used by racehorse trainers and others to increase red blood cell counts and/or the oxygenation of muscle tissue of a racehorse in order to stimulate the horse’s endurance, which enhances that horse’s performance in, and recovery from, a race, as well as customized analgesics which are used by racehorse trainers and others to deaden a horse’s nerves and block pain in order to improve a horse’s race performance.  

The drugs distributed through the defendants’ websites were manufactured in non-FDA registered facilities and carried significant risks to the animals affected through the administration of those illicit PEDs.  

For example, in 2016, ROBINSON received a complaint regarding the effect of his unregulated drugs on a customer’s horse: “starting bout 8 hours after I give the injection and for about 36 hours afterwards both my horses act like they are heavily sedated, can barely walk.  Could I have a bad bottle of medicine, I’m afraid to give it anymore since this has happened three times.”  Commenting on this complaint, ROBINSON wrote simply, “here is another one.”

In a separate conspiracy, from at least in or about February 2018 through at least in or about November 2019, IZHAKI conspired with others to transport, sell, and deliver, tens of thousands of dollars of erythropoietin, a “blood builder” drug intended to increase a horse’s racing performance, which had been smuggled into the country from Mexico. 

This drug was covertly transported into the United States and sold by IZHAKI, who believed it would be used by racehorse trainers to illicitly improve their horses’ race performance.  IZHAKI also offered for sale amphetamines, and a substance that IZHAKI referred to as “the Devil,” which IZHAKI claimed would mask the presence of potent drugs in a human or animal’s body.

The defendants are among 27 individuals charged in a series of Indictments arising from an investigation of a widespread scheme by racehorse trainers, veterinarians, PED distributors, and others to manufacture, distribute, and receive adulterated and misbranded PEDs and to secretly administer those PEDs to racehorses competing at all levels of professional horseracing.  

By evading PED prohibitions and deceiving regulators and horse racing officials, participants in these schemes sought to improve race performance and obtain prize money from racetracks, all to the detriment and risk of the health and well-being of the racehorses. 

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ROBINSON, 46, of Tampa, Florida and IZHAKI, 45, of Manalapan, New Jersey, each pled guilty to one count of conspiring to unlawfully introduce and receive with the intent to redistribute for pay or otherwise adulterated and misbranded drugs in interstate commerce, and to misbrand drugs in interstate commerce.  This offense carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  The maximum potential sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Acting U.S. Attorney Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI New York Office’s Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force and its support of the Bureau’s Integrity in Sports and Gaming Initiative. Ms. Strauss also thanked the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the New York State Police, and the New York City Police Department for their support of this investigation, and the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance and expertise.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Mortazavi, Benet J. Kearney, and Andrew C. Adams are in charge of the prosecution.

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County Executive Latimer Introduces Covid Aid Grants to Businesses Under 99 Employees…up to $49,000 . Rehiring Employees, Re-Equipping Business to Protect Against Covid the Focus. 200 Businesses Estimated to be Helped. Applications Available Monday

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. September 17, 2020:

Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced a $10 million funding initiative yesterday to support small businesses and nonprofits facing challenges due to COVID-19. Westchester County Business FIRST: Financial Investments for Recovery and a Sustainable Tomorrow is a new grant program designed to offer immediate financial relief to organizations in Westchester County that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer gets to the nitty gritty of Westchester “Recovery” introducing Business FIRST

Applications will be accepted from September 21 through September 30, 2020 at https://westchestercatalyst.com/business-FIRST-programs/

Bridget Gibbons, Westchester County Director of Economic Development gives details of the program.

To be eligible, organizations must be in good standing with Westchester County and are required to demonstrate revenue losses of at least 25% from March 7, 2020 to present due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The applicant must establish that the organization was a financially viable operation prior to March 7, 2020, the date Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202 declaring a disaster emergency. The organization must have been open as of Feb. 1, 2020, currently be in operation, or closed temporarily and plan to reopen for business in 2020.

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