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Vol. V No. XXI                                                Thursday, May 26, 2011
                      Westchester’s Most Influential Weekly



 Westchester County                                                           Memorial Day
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     Executive                                                              Eye on Theatre


        Rob
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                    ‘Pee Wee Herman’                                         Movie Reviews


                   Astorino
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                 Fooled Us All                                               Harmless Error
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                                                                        Ray Charles Live in
                                                                                  Concert
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                                                                                   Skype on
                                                                                  Our Dime.
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                                                                      Perceptual Purposes
                                                                                     Only
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                 By Sam Zherka, Page 13                              GOP Nixes Allegations
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 Of Significance
  Feature Section...........................................................................2
                                                                                                       Featuresection
     Memorial day .........................................................................2
  Community Section...................................................................4                Gone, and Largely Forgotten: The Demeaning
     eye On Theatre .......................................................................4
     community..............................................................................6                of Memorial Day
     Northern Westechester............................................................6                              By ROBERT SCOTT
     ed Koch Movie reviews.........................................................6                                       Memorial day, a holiday              By the civil War’s end, hardly an american
                                                                                                                       with its roots deep in the civil     family had not been touched by its appalling
     show Prep ................................................................................8       War, will be observed this year on Monday,           death toll. about 6 percent of white males of
     spoof ........................................................................................8   May 30. For more than a century, May 30 was          military age in the North and about 18 percent
                                                                                                       the traditional date of this solemn holiday.         of their southern counterparts died in the war.
     sports .......................................................................................8       ever since 1971, however, in a concession        Virulent infectious diseases--typhoid fever,
     Truth and Justice......................................................................9          to expediency and a rebuke to tradition, with        dysentery and pneumonia--killed more than
                                                                                                       the uniform holidays act congress shifted            twice as many soldiers as died in battle.
     Music .....................................................................................10     Memorial day to the last Monday in May. The              death on such a grand scale cried out for
  Economics Section ............................................................10                     holiday can now fall on any of the eight days        meaning and emotional justification. Well
                                                                                                       between May 24 and May 31.                                                        Continued on page 3
     Finance...................................................................................12          To many americans, Memorial day is no
  Government Section ...............................................................14                 longer a day of remembrance. Instead, it’s just
                                                                                                       another three-day weekend holiday--an occa-
     Government...........................................................................14           sion for barbecues, picnics and shopping mall              “WVOX and WVIP
  Legal Section ....................................................................20                 sales.                                                      are the quintessential
  OpEd Section...........................................................................21            Lest We Forget                                                community radio
                                                                                                           some 620,000 soldiers died in the civil
  Legal Notices ............................................................................23         War, 60 percent on the union side and 40                   stations in America…”
                                                                                                       percent on the confederate side, making it the                                   -The Wall Street Journal
                                                                                                       bloodiest event in u.s. history, and exceeding
                                                                                                       by more than 50 percent the military deaths in
                                                                                                       World War II. up until the Korean War, the
                                                                                                       death toll of the civil War nearly equaled the
                                                                                                       total number killed in all previous u.s. wars.
                                                                                                       If the same number of americans per capita
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 FEATURE
Gone, and Largely Forgotten: The Demeaning of                                                  When was the last time
Memorial Day
Continued from page 2
before the war ended, women on both
                                              day. supporters of its claim assert that
                                              earlier observances at other locations were
                                                                                                   you dealt with
sides had begun rituals of remembrance
with processions to local cemeteries,
where they decorated the graves of civil
                                              either informal, not community-wide or
                                              were one-time events. On May 26, 1966,        Lexington Capital Associates?
                                              just in time for that year’s celebration,
War veterans. Thus was born the national      President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a
holiday of decoration day that would          presidential proclamation recognizing
later be called Memorial day.                 Waterloo as the birthplace of the holiday.
The Holiday’s Origins                             In the summer of 1865, henry c.
                                              Welles, a Waterloo druggist, suggested
     In 1866, veterans who had served in
                                              that the civil War dead in local ceme-
the union army formed an organization
                                              teries should be remembered by placing
called the Grand army of the republic
                                              flowers on their graves. Nothing came
(Gar). The following year, Gen. John
                                              of this until the following spring, when
a. “Black Jack” Logan was elected its
                                              he brought his idea to former civil War
national commander. For many years
                                              General and seneca county clerk John
to come, the Gar would be a major
                                              B. Murray.
national political force, with membership
                                                  Waterloo’s flags were lowered to
approaching a half-million in the 1890s.
                                              half-staff, and draped with evergreens
Its final encampment was held on august
                                              and black mourning ribbons on May 5,
31, 1949, with six of the 19 living union
                                              1866. Local civic societies and residents
army veterans in attendance. The Gar
                                              marched to the village’s three cemeteries,
disbanded in 1956, after the death of
                                              where ceremonies were held and the
albert Woolson, the last surviving veteran
                                              graves were decorated. In 1868, Waterloo
at age 107.
                                              joined other communities in holding their
     On May 5, 1868, General Logan
                                              decoration day observance on May 30,
proclaimed decoration day as a holiday
                                              as the Gar’s General Logan had urged.
and set the first official observance for
                                                  despite New York’s claim, the tiny
May 30, closing his General Oder No. 11
                                              central-Pennsylvania hamlet of Boalsburg
to the Gar “with the hope that it will be
                                              insists the custom of honoring civil War
kept up from year to year.” celebrated for
                                              dead began there in 1864. On a pleasant
the first time on May 30 of 1868, the date
                                              October sunday that year, a teenage girl
was chosen because it was not the anni-
                                              named emma hunter brought flowers to
versary of a specific battle.
                                              the Zion Lutheran church’s cemetery to
     some two dozen communities have
                                              place on the grave of her father, a surgeon
since claimed to be the birthplace of the
                                              in the union army. Nearby, elizabeth
holiday. evidence also supports the claim
                                              Meyer was placing flowers on the grave of
that southern women were decorating
                                              her son, Pvt. amos Meyer, who had died
graves of their war dead even before the
                                              on the final day of battle at Gettysburg.
end of hostilities. On april 25, 1866, in
                                              emma put a few of her flowers on amos’s
columbus, Mississippi, a group of women
visited a cemetery to place flowers on the
                                              grave. In turn, Mrs. Meyer placed some of      With over 50 years experience, Lexington Capital Associates
                                              her flowers on dr. hunter’s grave.
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battle of shiloh. Nearby were the graves
of union soldiers. concerned over the
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carbondale, Illinois, where a stone in the
                                              in the cemetery was decorated with flags
cemetery claims that the first decoration
                                              and flowers. The custom became an
day ceremony took place there on april
                                              annual event, soon copied by neighboring
29, 1866. carbondale was the wartime
home of General. Logan.
                                              communities.
                                              The Holiday Today
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                                                  In the beginning, the south refused
    In 1966, after much research, the
                                              to recognize the May 30 federal holiday,                     New Rochelle, NY 10801
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                                                                   Continued on page 4
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 FEATURE
Gone, and Largely Forgotten: The Demeaning of Memorial Day                                                                                        On May 30 at arlington National
                                                                                                                                              cemetery, President Obama will attend
Continued from page 3                          May, Washington’s Birthday was moved          Italy during World War II, introduced a bill     solemn ceremonies to honor and remember
other dates, including the birthdays of Gen.   from February 22 to the third Monday          in the senate to restore the Memorial day        the dead. To mark Memorial day at the
robert e. Lee, January 29, and confederate     in February (and celebrated as Presidents     holiday to its original date, May 30. his bill   Fredericksburg National cemetery in
        T Jefferson , APRIL 8, 2010
PresidentHURSDAYdavis, June 3. Michigan        day), and columbus day was changed            and subsequent bills introduced by him at        Virginia, Boy scouts and Girl scouts will
made decoration day an official state          from October 12 to the second Monday in       each session of congress have been allowed       place candles (called “luminaria”) at each of
holiday in 1871. By 1890, every other          October.                                      to die in committee.                             the more than 15,300 graves of civil War
northern state had done the same.                  Formerly called armistice day, Veterans        regrettably, the number of communi-         soldiers buried there. similarly, the 3,553
     The alternative name of the holiday,      day was also shifted from November 11         ties that celebrate Memorial day in the          graves at the Fredericksburg confederate
Memorial day, was first used in 1882, but      (the date hostilities of World War I ended    old-fashioned way with parades, graveside        cemetery will also be illuminated.
failed to gain wide acceptance until after     in 1918) to the fourth Monday of October.     ceremonies and decorations grows smaller             sadly, Memorial day is today but a
World War II. It became the official name      seven years later, this holiday was moved     each year. Manhattan’s traditional parade up     shadow of its former self.
of the holiday in 1967. The following year,    back to November 11 because many other        Fifth avenue and the Bronx parade on the         Robert Scott, a former book publisher, is the
congress made wholesale changes in four        nations continued to celebrate the original   Grand concourse are no more, although            author of Office at Home, a best-selling title
holidays to take effect at the federal level   date.                                         the Brooklyn and Little Neck-douglaston          that rode the first wave of the work-at-home
in 1971. In addition to shifting Memorial          In 1999, sen. daniel K. Inouye            communities still host large parades on          revolution. Now out of print, it is available in
day from May 30 to the last Monday in          (d-hawaii), who lost an arm fighting in       Long Island.                                     local libraries.




communitysection
EYEONTHEATRE—Trio Triste
                                                                                                                                                                    In the other four scenes
                                                                                                                                                              we get him, respectively,
                                                                                                                                                              with his best friend Melvin,
                                                                                                                                                              an experienced and sardonic
              By JOHN SIMON                                                                                                                                   father; an ex-girlfriend, Tara,
                   When Jonathan Marc          Women and Wallace, It augured a fine career                                                                    still a sharp-tongued friend;
              sherman was a very young         for him, and a career of sorts there has                                                                       another best friend, chester,
              fellow back in 1988 he           been. his various other plays have been                                                                        an infantile pothead; and his
              wrote a delightful play called   mounted in good theaters in respectable                                                                        scientist father, raymond,
                                                                                                                                                              against whom he bears a
                                                                                                                                                              grudge for not having been
                          Mission Statement                                                                                                                   loving enough. There is
                          e Westchester Guardian is a weekly newspaper devot-                productions, but none of them equaled,                           mention of a dead mother,
                    ed to the unbiased reporting of events and developments                  let alone surpassed, that teen-age effort.       as in other sherman plays.
                     that are newsworthy and signi cant to readers living in,                     so now we have Knickerbocker by the              Jerry has a a pleasant job with the
                     and/or employed in, Westchester County.            e Guardian           Public LaB, the experimental branch of           Guinness Book of records and is an
                    will strive to report fairly, and objectively, reliable informa-         the Public Theater. It is an 85-minute           expert on trivia, which may fit in with his
                     tion without favor or compromise. Our rst duty will be                  intermissionless comedy that has nothing         rather childish nature, It elicits Melvin’s,
                     to the PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO KNOW, by the exposure                          much “fresh, raw and relevant” about             “It is really hard to pull off the ‘hey, I’m
                     of truth, without fear or hesitation, no matter where the
                     pursuit may lead, in the nest tradition of FREEDOM OF
                                                                                             it, which is the LaB’s mandate. It is            the baby!’ thing when there’s an actual
                     THE PRESS.                                                              routine, sporadically droll, but ultimately      baby wearing diapers staring back at you.”
                            e Guardian will cover news and events relevant to                lackluster stuff, clearly a piece of auto-       and father raymond dashes his son’s
                   residents and businesses all over Westchester County. As a                biography concerning a not so young              hope to graduate from therapy with ‘You
                   weekly, rather than focusing on the immediacy of delivery                 couple expecting their first offspring, with     don’t graduate from therapy. You leave
                   more associated with daily journals, we will instead seek to              the fortyish husband in a dither about           them or they die.” This is as funny as it is
 provide the broader, more comprehensive, chronological step-by-step ac-                     fatherhood.                                      ungrammatical.
 counting of events, enlightened with analysis, where appropriate.                                something sherman manifestly                     a problem with Knickerbocker (also the
      From amongst journalism’s classic key-words: who, what, when, where,                   had to get off his chest, this, but hardly       term for an inveterate New Yorker) may be
 why, and how, the why and how will drive our pursuit. We will use our more
 abundant time, and our resources, to get past the initial ‘spin’ and ‘damage
                                                                                             something the rest of us had to shoulder.        that very nearly the entire action, or inac-
 control’ o en characteristic of immediate news releases, to reach the very                  It all takes place in a booth of the             tion, is confined to that restaurant booth,
 heart of the matter: the truth. We will take our readers to a point of under-               Knickerbocker restaurant, not far from           however well designed by Peter Ksander.
 standing and insight which cannot be obtained elsewhere.                                    the Public, where Jerry is sweating out          This also limits what the able director,
      To succeed, we must recognize from the outset that bigger is not neces-                impending paternity. We see him with his         Pippin Parker, can do, although there are
 sarily better. And, furthermore, we will acknowledge that we cannot be all                  more mature wife, Pauline, in successive         some lively projections on the back wall by
 things to all readers. We must carefully balance the presentation of relevant,              stages of pregnancy, from unnoticeable to             shawn duan, which, however, achieve
 hard-hitting, Westchester news and commentary, with features and columns                    gibbous, in three scenes, the third ending       little beyond being distracting.
 useful in daily living and employment in, and around, the county. We must                   the play on the eve of parturition.                                        Continued on page 5
 stay trim and exible if we are to succeed.
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 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
EYEONTHEATRE—Trio Triste                         rob Bissinger’s sets are on the meager
                                                 side, although the pig in Pig heaven’s
                                                             neon sign sprouts a halo in one
                                                             bacchanalian moment. a. c.
                                                             ciulla’s dances are only sedu-
                                                             lously serviceable, but William
                                                             Ivy Long’s costumes, the
                                                             production’s chief expenditure,
                                                             are worth whatever they may
                                                             have cost.
                                                                 The performances are
                                                             adequate, with Jenn colella’s
                                                             chicky my favorite, followed
                                                             closely by Leslie Jordan’s Big
                                                             al, as funny as the text will
                                                             allow, and especially amusing
Continued from page 4                                        when side by side with the
     Working gallantly is an able cast,        huge Varla Jean Merman, a pretty good
headed by alexander chaplin ( Jerry),          female impersonator. Kyle dean Massey
Mia Barron (Pauline) and Bob dishy             is a personable Billie ray. The show has a
(raymond). staunch support comes from          first act likable enough in its simplistic way,
christine Kirk, (Tara, but couldn’t she be
more attractive?), Zak Orth (chester) and
Ben shenkman (Melvin). a waiter, played
by drew Madland, gets only a couple of
filler lines; a more responsible playwright
would have given him at least one good
one.
     The musical Lucky Guy must also
be autobiographical. With book, music,
lyrics and direction by Willard Beckham,
from hominy, Oklahoma, it concerns a
rube, Billy ray Jackson, from hominy,          but the second act is what grits your teeth.
Oklahoma, who wins a songwriting contest           I refuse to honor The Sphinx Winx with
with a song titled “Lucky Guy,” and comes      more than one paragraph. a supposedly
to Nashville to make it as country western     parodic version of the caesar-cleopatra-
songwriter.                                    antony story, it is about as funny as a
     he falls in with the diminutive car       toothache. Writing, directing, acting and
dealer Big al Wright (used cars of the         design would not do credit to a lowly high
stars), and his cousin G.c. Wright, who        school, and as for the songs (the show
owns Wright Track records.                     thinks it is a musical), even a hurdy-gurdy
     Other characters are Wanda clark,         would be too good for them. If I may be
the record company’s spunky secretary;         permitted to sink to the show’s level, I
her best friend, the beautician chicky         would affirm that the sphinx stinx.
Lay, who is G.c.’s gal; and the diva of the
Grand Ole Opry, Miss Jeannie Jeannine,         John Simon has written for over 50 years
played by a drag queen who goes by he          on theatre, film, literature, music and fine
name Varla Jean Merman. There is a ubiq-       arts for the Hudson Review, New Leader,
uitous male song-and-dance quartet, the        New Criterion, National Review,New York
Buckaroos, who pop up everywhere, as           Magazine, Opera News, Weekly Standard,
Indians, girl singers, and whatnot.            Broadway.com and Bloomberg News; reviews
     Billy ray falls for Wanda and she         books for the New York Times Book Review
for him, but there is trouble when Miss        and Washington Post; and has written profiles
Jaennie starts romancing him, and he           for Vogue, Town and Country, Departures
doesn’t even notice her gender. The humor      and Connoisseur and produced 17 books of
is of the variety of chicky’s question, when   collected writings. Mr. Simon holds a PhD
told that Billy ray was from hominy,           from Harvard University in Comparative
“Is that somewhere near Grits?” also of        Literature and has taught at MIT, Harvard
the Buckaroos, when garbed as Indians,         University, Bard College and Marymount
wearing their feathers in a Mohawk.            Manhattan College.
     The songs are mediocre, except for        To learn more, visit the JohnSimon-
the title song, which is mediocre to fair.     Uncensored.com website.
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 COMMUNITY
                                                                                               the ecosystem at Mount Kisco’s Leonard             The Westchester county Federation

News & Notes from Northern Westchester                                                         Park.
                                                                                                    don’t forget to stop by clearwater’s
                                                                                               Great hudson river revival, Music &
                                                                                                                                             of Women’s clubs has named Food
                                                                                                                                             Bank for Westchester executive director
                                                                                                                                             christina rohatynskyj as Woman of the
                  By MARK JEFFERS                                                              environmental Festival on June 18 and 19      Year. Great job christina!
                      One of my favorite       new Mary & david Boies emergency                at croton Point Park, call 845-418-3596            Turning to the world of sports…
                  events, the annual           department at the hospital.                     for more information.                              In girls softball…led by Nicole
                  Katonah        Firemen’s          The Pound ridge Partnership is a                and if you like to laugh, try out the    Pineda’s two doubles and two rBI’s, rye
                  carnival, is set for         brand new organization aimed at helping         schoolhouse Theater in croton Falls as        Neck beat Fox Lane 3-2.
                  June 8th. as always,         to beautify the area. We wish them good         they present Neil simon’s “Laughter on             Our friends over at Grand Prix NY in
the carnival is kicked off with the grand      luck as they launch on sunday,                  the 23rd Floor” through June 5. For details   Mount Kisco are holding Youth Novice
parade of fire trucks and local companies           June 5…                                    call 914-277-8477.                                 Two day school for kids ages 8-16 on
marching in step and showing off their              as the classic TV spy spoof show “Get           congratulations to the Jacob Burns       May 28th & 29th. For more info or to sign
shiny engines. I wished my car looked          smart” might say, “No cone of silence           Film center in Pleasantville as they cele-    up call 914-358-3613.
that nice…The carnival runs through            needed here,” as the Boys and Girls             brate their tenth anniversary. It’s a great        If you have an event or story you
saturday June 11th.                            club of Northern Westchester holds its          place to see films and hear guests speak      would like to see in this column, please
     and speaking of parades, american         humanitarian award dinner honoring              about their movies.                           email me at mailto:marsar@optonline.
Legion Post 136 of Mount Kisco will            holly and david singer on saturday June              here’s one for all you photography       net
conduct its annual parade honoring             4th, with a special appearance by “agent        fans out there, “Land used: Photographs            I hope everyone had a safe and fun
Memorial day on May 30th starting at           99” Barbara Feldon, and “would you              of america and abroad,” area photog-          filled prom season; I know my beautiful
10am.                                          believe” Billy Baldwin as the auctioneer.       rapher Benjamin Grinnell looks at the         daughter certainly did…and good luck
     It’s party time at the Westchester        For details, call 914-666-8069.                 relationship between the built and natural    to all our sports teams as they head into
pools…The county has announced that                 “double solitaire,” sounds like a cool     environments. The exhibit is at Gallery       sectional playoffs.
it’s offering birthday parties at saxon        card game, but is actually the latest exhibit   in the Park in cross river, call 914-864-     Mark Jeffers successfully launched MAR$AR
Woods Pool in White Plains, The Brook          at the Katonah Museum of art. The               7317 for information.                         Sports & Entertainment LLC in 2008.
in Yonkers and Wilson’s Wave pools in          “double solitaire: The surreal Worlds of             The awaken Wellness Fair is heading      He is also a local host and producer of the
Mount Vernon. call saxon Woods Pool            Kay sage and Yves Tanguy” runs June 5 -         to college…suNY Purchase to be                Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, a member of
at 914-995-4480 for more information.          september 18th.                                 exact…the popular body-mind-spirit            the National Writers Union, Sports Video
     Good luck to our friends at the                Three cheers for the Fox Lane Middle       wellness fair will be held at the Phys ed     Group, and co-host of the bi-weekly sports
Northern Westchester hospital as they          school teachers, students and parents as        building on campus on June 5, noon to         radio program, “The Clubhouse.”
have announced the opening of the              they planted 114 trees and shrubs helping       5pm. I feel better just writing about it…


 MOVIES




                        Ed Koch Movie Reviews
                        By Edward I. Koch

“Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and                                                                      regarding the slayings. according to          film
                                                                                               harper’s 99-year-old sister, alice, who       will recall his remarkable child, scout,
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’”                                                                       still practices law, harper and Truman        who had adult insights on the human
    This remarkable documentary is                                                             later had a falling out because he was        condition, particularly the oppression of
devoted to the Pulitzer Prize novel, “To                                                       envious of her success. however, capote       blacks.
Kill a Mockingbird,” written by harper                                                         wrote to his friends in New York city             harper willingly gave interviews after
Lee. It is used as a primer in many schools,                                                   asking that they look after harper when       the publication of her book. she stopped
and over 50 million copies have been sold                                                      she moved there. They did indeed and          doing so at a later date conveying she did
since its publication in 1960.                                                                 gave her enough money allowing her to         not think she had been treated well by
    harper was born in Monroeville,                                                            quit her job at an airline and write her      the media. she also declined to be inter-
alabama. For a time, Truman capote                                                             book.                                         viewed for this documentary.
lived there as well, and they became child-                                                         hand in hand with the triumph of             “hey, Boo” is one of the best docu-
hood friends. after writing her book, Lee                                                      her book was the movie of the same name       mentaries I have seen in many years.
went to Kansas with capote where he                                                            in which the protagonist, atticus Finch,
wrote “In cold Blood,” a book about the                                                        a lawyer modeled on harper’s father, was
1959 murders of the clutter family. Lee                                                        played by Gregory Peck. Those of you
conducted interviews of local residents                                                        who have either read the book or seen the
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 MOVIES


             Ed Koch Movie Reviews
                                                                                                                    Banderas is tied up for most of the film                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              was a bomb, but they kept on with the job.
                                                                                                                    and periodically slugged while he tells                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “The Big Bang” lives up to its title, but it
                                                                                                                    his tale, largely in confusing flashbacks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            happens in a seedy motel room, which is
             By Edward I. Koch                                                                                      It was strange to see modern technology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               scarcely the universe.”
                                                                                                                    and special effects used to illustrate such                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Watch Ed Koch’s Movie Revies at www.
                                                                                                                    a trite film. The producers must have
“The Big Bang” (-)                                                                                                 known while making the movie that it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MayorKoch.com.
     I regret having to write about absurd,
god-awful movies week after week, but




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this is another ridiculous film.
     When I arrived at the theater on
a Friday evening after my Bloomberg
radio show, I intended to catch the
8:30 p.m. screening of “Bridesmaids.”
unfortunately, it was sold out, so I decided
to see “The Big Bang” since tickets were
available and it was about to begin. I
had not read any advance reviews of the
movie. Big mistake. It is a shambles.
     a private investigator, Ned cruz
(antonio Banderas), is hired by anton
Protopov (robert Maillet), a giant
boxer who has just been released from a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REDUCE YOUR
life sentence in prison. anton, referred
to as “the Pro,” is searching for Lexie
Persimmon (sienna Guillory), an
ex-stripper with whom he corresponded                              the performers. In this film, neither script
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while incarcerated.                                                nor acting were adequate.
     The film opens with Ned tied to a                                  after seeing the movie I read stephen
chair being interrogated by three men.                             holden’s review in The Times. he sees it
Through flashbacks we learn of the                                 much more as a parody and a highbrow
efforts of a mad scientist, simon Kestral                          effort to bring quantum physics into our
(sam elliott), to build a particle reactor.                        lives in what would otherwise be a simple
he hopes to separate atoms and the                                 film noir. ridiculous. The movie puts
  smallest of nuclear particles and recreate                       down film audiences with a pretentious-
  the big bang that created the universe                           ness that requires a kick in the rear end to
  13 billion years ago. somehow or other,                          all involved. Moviegoers have responded
  never really explained, 30 million dollars                       to this picture in the best possible way by
  worth of diamonds are also involved                              staying away. There were only six other
  which Protopov received to take a dive                           people in the theater the night I saw it.
  in a prizefight with a gangster’s nephew.                             henry stern said: “I agree that
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 SHOW PREP

The Caste System
                                                 bet the house on an external reality, reality         The middle-east is and will remain in       honesty, to say these things. But in that
                                                 being the key word here. a chunk of              mortal combat long after we too are sucked       same vein, I must add what is also clear to
                                                 evangelicals burned away some of their           out of out clothing, Gog and Magog have it       me. In so many ways the culture imbedded
                                                 questionable credibility by insisting that the   out on hBO, and the locusts take the place       in much of religious practice…or is it the
                By BOB MARRONE                   cartoon they refer to as The rapture would       of the rockettes at radio city. For this         other way around…has given us a kind of
                                                 happen this past weekend. Pope John was          you can thank a bunch of poorly educated         caste, like you get when you breaks a leg.
                     If you are reading this,    smart enough to allow for…as they called it      people who are at odds with another bunch        Maybe training wheels are a better analogy.
                 the world did not end,          during Watergate… plausible deniability by       of highly educated folks; their common           Like the woman down the street who tells
                 as schedule, on saturday.       not announcing the contents of the Letter.       denominator being the Man in the sky.            her kids to behave or boogey man will get
                 Too bad as, if they are to      Better to leave the issue open then find out     Of course the latter contest is as much          them, religion works. It also does provide
believed, a lot of folks didn’t bother paying    that the world was past its sell-by date, thus   political as it is religious, but you get my     a moral compass, so long as you remember
this months bill, or using birth control         throwing the same church that cowered            drift. religion, organized religion, is in my    that the boogey man of raging hell fires will
during that peak time of the month.              Galileo into lying about the solar system,       view mankind’s collective adolescent crisis      get you too.
    I can still remember, I will always          into another round of revisionist doctrine.      as it tries to explain itself. Just as Galileo       I wonder though, when the myth of a
remember, 1961, when the then Pope John               “God has his reasons,” or so the faithful   was vindicated, the world didn’t blow up         human-like god is finally put to rest, what
XXIII was to open the Letters of Fatima,         say. It is an easy cop out to any intellectual   saturday, and there have been no miracles        we will use as our spiritual center? Only
revealing to us when the world would end         problem, tragedy or inexplicable event, such     in the modern era, the rest of the nonsense      time will tell. For now, I am gonna go pay
and other mysteries. Well, I guess the Pope      as the death of a loving child. It is bullet     will fall to knowledge and wisdom…one            my bills.
didn’t see his shadow, or the famous letters     proof and guaranteed as only something           can hope… in a few thousand years.
said something akin to “fooled ya.” In any                                                                                                         Listen to Bob Marrone every weekday from
                                                 made up out of whole cloth can be. There              It makes me sad to write this, though.      6-9 a.m. when he hosts the Good Morning
case, el Papa thought better of it rather than   is no arguing with ignorant or religious         I who have benefited from a great catholic
to disappoint the flock.                                                                                                                           Westchester radio show heard on WVOX-
                                                 people, and when both traits exist in the        education and the gift of christian values,      1460 AM radio. Direct email to Bob Marrone
    In both cases of assured or incipient        same person, you are talking with an inert       which I embraced, nonetheless, am
world doom, organized religion almost                                                                                                              to Bob@WVOX.com and visit the www.
                                                 object.                                          compelled in the interest of intellectual        BobMarrone.com website to learn more.

 THE SPOOF

Queen Elizabeth II May be Related to Johnny Depp, Gets Movie Role as Pirate
                By GAIL FARRELLY
                   as soon as she heard               Brits are appalled that their Queen         but this takes the cake,” he’s told friends,     she is lobbying to have the fifth install-
               experts say that she and          has accepted a role in the forthcoming           continuing, “This morning I was enjoying         ment of depp’s movie franchise re-named
               depp may be 20th cousins,         fifth installment of depp’s Pirates of           a nice lie-ie, when she jumped on the            “Pirates of The river Thames: royal
               her Majesty took imme-            the caribbean series. “she’ll probably           bed, wielding a sword and shouting, Ahoy         Bloodlines Will Out.”
               diate action.                     abandon us for hollywood,” one of her            Matey. Why can’t she be like any other           Gail Farrelly (www.Farrellysisters
    her fashion consultants were called in       disgruntled subjects was heard to say.           spouse and just wake me up with a simple         Online.com) writes mystery novels and
and ordered to design an array of royal          “Next she’ll be joining those Tea Party          Good Morning, Dear.”
                                                                                                                                                   short storiesas well as Op-Eds. Her latest
eye patches. “and throw out those flowery        activists in the u.s.”                               according to the Palace, there’s no
                                                                                                                                                   mystery novel is Creamed at Commencement:
hats,” the Queen demanded, adding “I                  Prince Philip has not taken the news        truth to the rumors that the Queen wants
                                                                                                                                                   A Graduation Mystery. Gail is working on a
much prefer pirate-like motifs.”                 well. “I’ve put up with a lot over the years,    to have captain hook knighted or that
                                                                                                                                                   fourth mystery. The Virtual Heiress.

 SPORTS

120 Teams to Compete in the Scarsdale Memorial Day Soccer Tournament
                    By RANDY VOGT
                        scarsdaLe,               under-12 age groups playing from 8 am            League soccer League and eastern New                  With 120,000 youth soccer players and
                    NY -- 120 youth soccer       to 1 pm. The under-10 and under-13 age           York Youth soccer association. 600 players       more than 25,000 volunteers, the eastern
                    teams––65 girls squads       groups have fun from 2 pm to 7 pm.               have fun every weekend in the maroon-            New York Youth soccer association
                    and 55 boys sides––will          The 65 girls teams will play on sunday,      and-white soccer uniforms of scarsdale.          stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island
be having fun in the 11th annual scarsdale       May 29 with the under-9, under-11 and                This 11th annual tournament is for           to the canadian border. eNYYsa is a
Memorial day soccer Tournament, which            under-12 age groups again playing in the         division 2 teams or lower. division 1 teams      proud member of the united states soccer
will be played all day over Memorial day         morning session from 8 am to 1 pm. The           are encouraged to play in another tourna-        Federation and united states Youth soccer
weekend. all the action takes place at           under-10 and under-13 groups go from 2           ment on Memorial day weekend.                    association. For more information, log on
Quaker ridge elementary school in the            pm to 7 pm.                                          For more information, please log on to       to http://www.enysoccer.com/.
soccer hamlet of scarsdale.                          The tournament is hosted by the              http://www.scarsdalesoccer.org/ or contact       Randy Vogt is director of Public Relations for
    The 55 boys teams will play on saturday,     scarsdale Youth soccer club, a proud             tournament director Mark silvester directly      the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
May 28 with the under-9, under-11 and            member of the Westchester Youth soccer           at mksilvester@optonline.net
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 TRUTH AND JUSTICE

Harmless Error: Is It Ever Really Harmless?
                 By JEFF DESKOVIC
                      “The Constitution entitles        should have been excluded. Perhaps it
                 a criminal defendant to a fair         allowed the prosecutor to improperly vouch
                 trial, not a perfect one.”             for a witness, or failed to exclude uncon-
                      The above quote penned            stitutionally obtained evidence, or issued
                 by Thomas Jefferson in a               erroneous jury instructions. Judges are only
letter to James Madison from Paris on                   human after all, and are bound to make
december 20, 1787 may have partially                    mistakes. an error of some sort in the course
inspired Madison’s response the following               of a lengthy trial may be virtually unavoid-
year. Madison in Letter 51 of the Federalist            able. The question is how should such errors
Papers declared: Justice is the end (purpose)           be evaluated and dealt with? More to the
of government. It is the end of civil society. It       point; how does the appellate court deter-
ever has been, and will ever be pursued until it        mine with a high degree of certainty that
is obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.   the error, or errors, confirmed to have been
     Today the debate continues, certainly              committed below could not possibly have
in our state and federal appellate tribunals.           affected the outcome?
The expression harmless error is frequently                  all too often politics and colleague-
employed in the rulings of the New York                 ship enter the equation, and defendants,
state supreme court appellate division                  however worthy their argument, are denied.
when confronted with an appeal from                     It’s merely a judgment call in any event, and
a criminal defendant alleging wrongful                  appeals panels, including the united states
action, or mishandling by a court below                 supreme court, are famous for choosing
believed to have negatively influenced the              the path of least resistance, or political
outcome of his case. The concept is meant               consequence. When judges do that, they
to suggest that although the petitioner may             commit one of the more selfish, cruel, acts
be factually correct in his assertion that the          that can be committed against factually
trial court in some specific manner improp-             innocent incarcerated victims, and their


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erly dealt with his case, nevertheless, no              loved ones. In most cases the petitioner has
harm was done, the outcome would have                   waited many months, even years, before
been the same had it not. and, therefore, no            receiving a response, only to be crushed by
harm, no foul.                                          an indifferent court clearly disconnected




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     unfortunately, all too often, appellate            from their sworn duty to bring about justice
panels are in no good position to accurately            whenever possible.
assess how differently a trial might have                    speaking of the high court, it peri-
turned out had the judge not committed the              odically addresses the issue; and. in recent
error, or permitted the wrongful act by the             years has, in fact, expanded the categories




                                                                                                                                                                                          OFF&
prosecution he/she permitted. as between                of errors that are subject to harmless error
those errors committed in the presence of               analysis, while at the same time establishing
the jury, and those outside of their presence,          different standards of harmlessness for
the former are clearly more outcome-deter-              different errors and different kinds of review.
minative. Once a bell has been rung it can              Perhaps best remembered for invoking                                             MADE in
not be un-rung. and, as every prosecutor                the Jeffersonian spirit was chief Justice                                         NEW
                                                                                                                                          YORK

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admonishing and instruction offered by a                Delaware v. Van Arsdall, (1986), declared:

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 MUSIC


                     THE SOUNDS ray charles
                     OFBLUE Live in concert
                     By Bob Putignano
                                                                        concord Music Group
What’d He Say?                                  instrumentally swings into resident trom-      and unrehearsed on-stage call
     The first thing that smacks the            bonist Julian Priester’s “swing a Little       by ray that wasn’t one of his
listener is how well recorded this 1964         Taste.” Its pretty hip. a little bit of soul   best decisions. It’s pretty lame.
live set was captured. Wally heider was         exudes on a mostly instrumental “One           Yet another previously unre-
an exceptional recording engineer, and          Mint Julep,” wherein the horn section is       leased bonus track, “Busted,” is
his legacy needs to be spoken about more        dead-on, but it’s performed at a slower        unremarkable and not the least
often. But ultimately, it’s about the music     pace than I’d expected. There’s an inter-      bit memorable.
right? Yes, but we’ve heard many of these       esting classical introduction by charles’          The raeletts don’t add
tunes compiled before. They are a little        piano that shifts into “I Got a Woman.”        much spark to “don’t set Me
different here, but I found this set a little   Kind of odd. seven-plus minutes recited        Free.” “Two Ton Tessie” is yet
too laid back for my ear-buds.                  at a snail’s pace of “Georgia On My            another previously unreleased
     This was ray’s classic ensemble,           Mind” was far too long for me to endure,       addition that could have been                 previously unreleased tracks (yawn) I’m
but it’s the expanded version of fifteen        and was no surprise why it wasn’t offered      left on the cutting room floor, plus it’s     not sure why the concord Music Group
pieces: most notably david “Fathead”            on the original recording.                     terribly corny. “My Baby (I Love her,         felt compelled to revisit this live perfor-
Newman’s Texas tenor and the Memphis                I felt like I was at a funeral, complete   Yes I do)” is a painful dirge it’s so slow    mance. Yes, we all know that ray is one
alto sax-man hank crawford, who typi-           with ray’s church-like organ, on the           and, yes, another bonus track that doesn’t    of the greatest artists of our lifetime, but
cally did the arranging for charles, but        dawdling “That Lucky Old sun,” another         add any substance to this sleepy disc. It’s   unfortunately the most fascinating aspect
Bill dahl’s fine liner notes tell us that       tune that didn’t make it on the original       almost over and “What’d I say” is okay,       about this ray charles Live In concert
these were Quincy Jones’ arrangements           release. another previously unreleased         but other versions are far more igniting.     is how remarkably well it was recorded.
and hank is just listed as the alto saxo-       “In the evening (When the sun Goes             Then ray talks about going to Japan and       That’s it, that’s all. Besides: That’s what’d
phonist. These tracks had seen the light of     down)” just crawls. In fairness, the band      discovering a new groove which is, are you    I say!
day in 1965, but here we get six previously     eventually picks up the tempo during the       ready? “Pop Goes the Weasel,” good night      Bob Putignano www.soundsofBlue.com
unreleased tunes. don’t get too excited.        instrumental passage, but it’s not enough      and amen. That’s how the album ends, as
     after a brief introduction by Los          to save this tardy rendition. supposedly       I scratch my head in disbelief.
angeles d.J. Joe adams, this big band           “Makin’ Whoopee” was a spontaneous                 There you have it, even with the six




economicssection
Revitalize Downtown New Rochelle with a Norman Rockwell Museum
                By PEGGY GODFREY
                     college students came      winning film is the only authorized film       hadn’t painted.                               the city. The first studio he rented was at
                from all over to volunteer      of america’s greatest illustrator. Narrated        after explaining how as a young           360 North avenue. at age 21 he sold his
                for habitat for humanity        by Norman rockwell, the film uses              man he brought sketches to the Saturday       first cover to the Saturday Evening Post
                but they were in for a          actual footage, dramatic reenactments of       Evening Post, he says he became “their        and in l939 he married his second wife
special treat by its executive director Jim     the artist’s work to show how rockwell         man” and referred back to the years when      and moved to 24 Lord Kitchener road.
Killoran, by richard Barclay, producer of       recorded the world around him, and             he lived in New rochelle. Many of the         In l939 he moved to Virginia.
the academy award Winning 1973 Best             reflected the aspirations and concerns of      paintings during that time reflected               an inquiry at the New rochelle
short subject, “Norman Rockwell’s World         a whole generation.” since rockwell and        models and settings from this area. his       Public Library about this film produced
An American Dream,” had been invited            his wife took a bike ride every day for        words, “I paint the way I would like life     the response “No one has taken out
to address them and show that film.             energy, this was used as the theme of the      to be,” crystallizes many of the themes he    the film for five years.” But many New
showing his Oscar statuette, Barclay            picture. The two rode “through memory          embraced such as civil rights and strong      rochelle residents are now taking notice
said, “his heart stopped” when he heard         lane” in the village they called home,         family values.                                of this famous illustrator. doug Fleming
he had won the award. he explained how          stockbridge, Massachusetts. The film               Norman rockwell had moved to              of the Thornton donovan school said
their company had convinced Norman              shows many clips from rockwell’s paint-        New rochelle when he was 17 years old.        rockwell “is about as american as anyone
rockwell to be in the film. The cover           ings, especially faces. rockwell says in the   his family first lived on Prospect street.    can get.”
of the film says: “This academy award           film, there was almost nobody in town he       at that time many famous artists lived in                            Continued on page 11
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Revitalize Downtown New Rochelle with a Norman Rockwell Museum
Continued from page 10                          for the community to rise again and for          throughout Miami International airport,
    Jim Killoran has spoken about his           Main street to be filled with people.            the Brooklyn Museum, and paintings lent
american dream of bringing a Norman             The “average Joe and Jill,” according to         by George Lucas and stephen spielberg
rockwell Museum to New rochelle.                Killoran, “should be the everyday heroes         were displayed at the smithsonian.
seeing resurgence in a “rockwell                rockwell always portrayed.” emphasizing          Killoran emphasized, “art and history can
america” Killoran cites the local world-        Main street in New rochelle, he wants            help revitalize Main street in so No New
renowned artist, charles Fazzino who is         to create jobs and have the hotels filled        ro with more jobs and visitors than any
helping him to establish a local Norman         with tourists. rockwell in his view, saw         game center ever will.”
rockwell Museum. he had Fazzino                 “life as it is,” using the Thanksgiving          Peggy Godfrey is a freelance writer and a
present last summer at the stockbridge          meal as an example, adding, “I don’t             former educator.
Museum to donate a piece to their collec-       think New rochelle knew rockwell
tion. some people feel this ground swell        was New rochelle.” recently Killoran
of interest in rockwell is due to the desire    said rockwell paintings were displayed




How Government Can Help Business; How Government Can Hurt Business
         in the Town of Ossining
                     BY PETER J. TRIPODI IV
                          The        primary    development. shopping locally is an              restricts permitted uses of certain busi-
                      responsibility      of    important aspect to increasing both the          nesses, and prohibits the re-opening of
                      government is to
                      help maintain a good
                                                pride of one’s community and the devel-
                                                opment within that community. The more
                                                                                                 certain businesses if they cease to operate
                                                                                                 for over a year. This plan also restricts the
                                                                                                                                                      
                      quality of life for its   diverse local businesses become, the more        Town to only certain types of businesses,        
residents. however, there comes a time          residents stay “in house” when purchasing        when in reality we should open our arms          
when government involves itself in certain      various goods and services. The only way         to a diverse business base.                      
aspects not necessarily within its realm of     to have a diverse business base is to increase       If we cannot support local businesses,        
                                                                                                                                                   
responsibility.                                 the amount of local businesses; and the          we are doing an extreme disservice to our
    Locally, the Ossining Town Board has        only way to do this is to create policies        taxpayers.                                      
                                                                                                                                                                           
options available that would further the        that are open and welcoming to businesses.       Peter J. Tripodi IV is presently a Town of      
economic prosperity of local businesses,        The Town’s comprehensive Plan does the           Ossining Councilman (R, I, C). He is also       
or hurt them. The Town Board’s ability to       opposite.                                        a candidate for Mayor of the The Town of        
not understand basic economics is not only          This Town’s comprehensive Plan                                                               
                                                                                                 Ossining.
frustrating, but dangerous to the health        limits the expansion of certain businesses,
and prosperity of the Town of Ossining’s
businesses. While it is my opinion that
government should not involve itself in
places where it doesn’t belong, it can still
help bolster and support sound economic
policy for their local businesses. There
are two reasons for this: the first is that
local businesses provide tax revenue that
subsidizes residents from paying higher
property taxes. The theory is simple --
more businesses means residents will pay
less property taxes. Thus, more business
= less tax burden on residents. Therefore,
local government should be actively
looking to improve and increase the
success of local business. unfortunately the
Town of Ossining’s comprehensive Plan
does the opposite.
    The second reason for sound govern-
ment policy regarding local business
is community spirit and community
Page 12                                    The WesTchesTer GuardIaN                                   ThursdaY, MaY 26, 2011


 FINANCE

Microsoft Calls Skype on Our Dime
                                                                                                                                                 Facebook and Google already know
                                                                                                                                            this. Both companies are interested in
                                                                                                                                            becoming a one-stop hub for people to
                         By LARRY M. ELKIN                                                                                                  stay in touch with everyone they know.
                                                                                                                                            If Facebook had an integrated voice or
                             Microsoft’s             If it cannot constructively                                                            video chat system, our instant messages
                         agreement to buy        use its cash, Microsoft should                                                             and wall posts this week would probably
skype for $8.5 billion may turn out to           return it to shareholders so they                                                          have included audio and video, even if we
be a bad bargain, but that does not mean         can reinvest it elsewhere. This               little money. Those pennies add up to        had to pay a modest fee. Facebook and
Microsoft ceO steve Ballmer made a               is where the tax laws get in the way. To      millions of users and $860 million in        Google, in fact, were both candidates to
mistake. his company has all the upside,         bring a single dollar of that overseas        annual revenue, but no profits for now.      buy skype, though they probably never
while you and I are on the hook for              cash home, Microsoft would face a u.s.        Microsoft hopes to change this through       considered paying anything close to
approximately half of any losses.                tax rate of 35 percent. This would leave      greatly expanding the skype user base        what Microsoft agreed to spend.
     Our irrational tax laws made it             65 cents of that dollar to pay to share-      by integrating the service into every-            Microsoft is at risk of becoming
rational for Ballmer to spend a fortune          holders. If the 65 cents is paid in the       thing from the Xbox game platform to         irrelevant in a world dominated by infor-
acquiring a company that makes no                form of a dividend, another 15 percent        Windows itself.                              mation aggregators like Google, social
money.                                           federal tax, or about 10 cents, will be            It is a gamble that just might work,    networks like Facebook and Twitter,
     Microsoft built an enormous cash            due. That leaves 55 cents for the share-      because despite all our connected-           communications companies like Verizon
hoard in the decades that its Windows            holder. But some shareholders face state      ness these days, there is still room for     and aT&T, and the hybrid hardware-
and Office software dominated the                and local taxes up to about 10 percent,       improvement. consider my family’s situ-      software-content business that apple
personal computer industry. That domi-           and they could pay another 10 cents on        ation this week.                             has built far more successfully than
nance is coming to an end, but the cash          that dividend, leaving those unfortunate           My wife and elder daughter were         Microsoft. This ultimately justified
is still sitting there. Much of it is overseas   investors with only 45 cents of the repa-     traveling in spain together, while I         Ballmer’s extravagance.
as a result of foreign sales.                    triated dollar.                               hopscotched the country on a busi-                especially when he could be extrava-
     When companies accumulate cash                  so Microsoft reached out to skype.        ness trip. Our younger daughter attends      gant on the taxpayer dime. some will
far in excess of what they need to operate,      skype happens to be incorporated in           college in the chicago area and was          see this as a reason to close so-called
management comes under pressure to               Luxembourg, so money invested to buy          interviewing for a summer journalism         loopholes in the corporate tax laws,
either return it to shareholders in the          its stock is not considered repatriated       internship. My mother was visiting           making u.s. companies pay american
form of dividends or share repurchases,          to the u.s. No american taxes are due.        friends in california. My wife’s father      taxes immediately on income they earn
or to spend it on expansion and corpo-           If the deal turns out to be a big success,    was visiting doctors in New York.            anywhere in the world. But doing so
rate acquisitions. It would be wonderful         Microsoft can continue to keep skype’s             We had a lot of family news to share,   would only hand a major advantage to
for shareholders if Microsoft could              foreign-generated profits overseas,           and this week, our family did most of        foreign firms, whose home countries
deploy its assets to produce another             deferring american taxes indefinitely.        the sharing on Facebook. We made             tax them lightly or not at all, and never
cash cow like Windows, or a hardware             If the deal is a disaster, Ballmer can tell   minimal use of cellphones in europe,         on earnings generated abroad. This
home run like apple’s iPhone, iPad or            shareholders not to feel bad, because the     where aT&T would charge us about             leaves their companies free to repatriate
iPod. But the company’s track record is          alternative of giving them the money          $2 per minute for voice calls. We could      foreign-source profits to expand business
unimpressive.                                    would have caused half of it to be taxed      have talked for much less on skype,          and payrolls at home.
     Windows made Microsoft a one-hit            away, regardless.                             but none of us use it. We could have              We made it irrational for Ballmer
wonder. The Office software suite is a               This logic helped Ballmer justify         had video chats using the software that      to invest his company’s stockpiled cash
big commercial success that piggybacked          the very rich price he agreed to pay for      came with our laptop computers, but we       domestically, and rational for him to
on the success of Windows. Nearly                skype, whose specialty is transmitting        did not want to bother setting it up. a      overpay for a corporation based abroad.
everything else Microsoft has released           video and voice calls from computer to        more smoothly integrated voice or video      don’t blame Ballmer for making a bad
for the past couple of decades is basically      computer for free, and to ordinary tele-      phone system could have captured our         deal. Blame thoughtless tax policy for
irrelevant to a company its size.                phones anywhere in the world for very         business.                                    making a bad deal look good.
                                                                                                                                                 Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®, presi-
                                                                                                                                            dent of Palisades Hudson Financial Group
                                                                                                                                            a fee-only financial planning firm head-
                                                                                                                                            quartered in Scarsdale, NY. The firm offers
                                                                                                                                            estate planning, insurance consulting, trust
                                                                                                                                            planning, cross-border planning, busi-
                                                                                                                                            ness valuation, family office and business
                                                                                                                                            management, executive financial planning,
                                                                                                                                            and tax services. Its sister firm, Palisades
                                                                                                                                            Hudson Asset Management, is an inde-
                                                                                                                                            pendent investment advisor with about
                                                                                                                                            $950 million under management. Branch
                                                                                                                                            offices are in Atlanta and Ft. Lauderdale.
                                                                                                                                            Website:www.palisadeshudson.com.
                                      The WesTchesTer GuardIaN                                        ThursdaY, MaY 26, 2011                                                     Page 13


 ECONOMICS

‘Perceptual Purposes Only’ – In Other Words, More Amicone Spin
             By HEZI ARIS
                   Yonkers Mayor Phil        was there for his 15 nanoseconds worth of              Tony Giumbruno, the mayor’s
              amicone’s FY 2010-2011         fame before the channel 78 cameras. he             Liaison with the Yonkers city council
              Proposed Budget is center      gloated about how he put on his creative           stressed the need to accept the resolution
              stage, but then again, the     cap and came up with the TFI concept               presented before them. he did not touch
backdrop is not; attempts at deflection      which in reality, if adopted by coY, would         upon the “experts” not making the time
are everywhere. Witness the special          be the fourth evolution of a concept that          to brief the one and only body that stands
Meeting called upon at the behest of         had its roots in New York City when New            before adoption of the TFI or not.
Mayor amicone to learn and grasp a new       York city found its bonding capacity had               It was said that NYs comproller
financing mechanism. The new instru-         reached its legal limitation and they ther-        Thomas DiNapoli is on board with the
ment is being designated the city of         after devised a mechanism to skirt their           TFI concept for Yonkers; also that senator
Yonkers Transitional Finance authority,      own legal parameters to gain access to the         Jeff Klein is for it. even that assembly
or simply TFI. The purported ratio-          financial markets. But Yonkers is not New          speaker Sheldon Silver is for it. Proof        regard to a Capital Improvement Plan
nale for creating a new authority is to      York city.                                         of their respective positions were not         budget (c.I.P.), based on departmental
establish it so that it may issue bonds           The TFI exhibits many tentacles. The          presented to the city council member-          requests that total $352 million for 2012,
to finance capital projects and educa-       first is its construct as an authority, recently   ship. This reporter did speak to some          yet no funds, that is zero, zilch, nada, are
tional expenditures of the city school       admonished by NYs comptroller and                  members of the albany delegation who           requested. does Mayor amicone expect
system and refinance the city of Yonkers’    Governor andrew cuomo a mechanism                  advised they are not on board with this        to fill the holes later? Will the Yonkers
(coY’s) indebtedness as exists in the form   they were not in support. The TFI requires         concept. One of the main concerns noted        city council approve the budget with
of General Obligation bonds. It seems        a governing board of directors comprised           among some of the albany delegation is         the c.I.P. asked to be funded yet devoid
straight forward, but it is not.             of the mayor and his appointee, and the            that the TFI is another “one shot” that        of numbers stipulating the sum of the
     While one would suppose the             city council President, and the majority           keeps kicking Yonkers’ financial ills to the   c.I.P.? The comptroller won’t be able to
“learning process” would begin before        and minority leaders. It can also employ           next year, and the next, etc.                  sign off on that.
the Yonkers City Council member-             personnel. TFI would in a sense shrink the             What is also troubling is that a reso-         comproller diNapoli won’t be able
ship within the city council’s august        Yonkers city council from a total member-          lution has been prepared for adoption          to accept the actuarial conjecture promul-
chambers, the tone and purpose of this       ship of 7 to 3 people. While there are other       should the Yonkers city council give its       gated on earnings from the yet to open
briefing seminar-like experience began       authorities presently in existence, the mayor      approval prior to the issue being vetted.      ridge hill development Project stipu-
in city hall’s elevator. It was a conver-    presides on most of them, personally or by         Interestingly enough, from the alleg-          lated to be in excess of $1.5 million.
sation that took place as the elevator       way of surrogates. Not a problem except            edly april 15th inception of the TFI           Besides, with the budget required by law
moved from the first floor to the forth      that the TFI will be able to skirt the will        concept to May 17th, the Yonkers city          to be passed by June 1, 2011, how can
floor. standing in the elevator were         of The People if their legislative house, the      council heard not one word. even so,           one be certain ridge hill will be up and
Johnathan a. Ballan, esq., member of the     Yonkers city council, can be overruled by          blank spaces are designated in a senate –      running by the Fall when Forest City
Boston firm MINTZ, LEVIN, COHN,              such an authority who deems it appropriate         assembly resolution to which no senator        Ratner have proven its projections to be
FERRIS, GLOVSKY AND POPEO,                   to fund projects rejected by the Yonkers           or assembly person has underwritten            unreliable at best?
P.c., and shai Markowicz, a citibank         city council. The TFI reduces the value of         their name. The likelihood of tweaking             another source of revenue stipulated
vice-president and bond expert. as the       the Yonkers city council and continues to          the resolution if adopted as it is presently   was for revenue sources of $865,000 by
elevator lethargically moved from one        build on emboldening an evener stronger            proposed is unlikely to be suffered by         the Yonkers Parking authority in the
floor to the next, Mr Ballan was overhead    “strong Mayor” form of government.                 any sponsors among the New York State          FY 2010- 2011. To date, the YPa has
telling Mr Markowicz that the purpose        With Mr Ballan’s early departure, and              Legislature.                                   only received $577,000 and anticipate to
of the presentation was for “perceptual      Mr Markowicz’s inability to comprehend                 The legislation asked of the Yonkers       receive an additional $288,000 by the end
purposes only.” They were not there to       or respond to questions requested of him           city council further does not stipulate        of the fiscal year which represents nine
teach anything, they were there for show.    in turn, Minority Leader John Murtagh              the TFI must designate funds it would be       months’ worth of revenue. This, is in total
and so they were.                            suggested a postponement to Friday, May            able to raise on the financial markets for a   juxtaposition to the estimated revenue
     The tone was set when Mr Ballan         20, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., a time not all of the      specific reason prior to its being devised     of $3.65 million stipulated. Further still,
advised that he had a limited amount of      councilmembers may be able to attend. Prior        as an authority. The TFI proposed for          acid-tongued bloggers possess and read
time as he had to attend a function in       to convening, it was learned Friday that a         Yonkers, the evolutionary successor to the     city hall documents that indicate that
which his child was attending. Bless him     majority of the council members could not          New York city Model, and the Nassau            the city is “limited” in how much of this
for being a great dad; admonish city hall    attend the Friday meeting. It is presently         county, and the cities of Buffalo and          revenue source can actually be included in
for not sending another person to brief      uncertain when this issue will come before         erie, except for New York city, occurred       their 2011-2012 projections.
the Yonkers city council respectfully.       the Yonkers city council again.                    while each was under a financial control           Yonkersite Kevin Gorman, in atten-
his dissertation was such as to promote           csea President Bobbi diBattista               board. The TFI is a Trojan horse that will     dance at Thursday’s briefing said, “The
the TFI vehicle being proposed. he           was in attendance and spoke to the fact            permit a financial control board over coY.     “perceptual purpose” is to refinance the
became obtuse in his comprehension of        that she was led to believe that the $20               as Yonkersites and their elected           capital budget accounting yet the real
questions asked and would oftentimes         million for which the TFI was necessary            representatives wrap their heads about         purpose is to refinance the General
proclaim, ‘I don’t see it that way!’ and     to garner those funds were not in house.           this issue, Mayor amicone’s Proposed FY        Municipal budget. This is a ‘deception’
would continue to obfuscate and stall,       It seems city hall is not being open with          2010-2011 Budget languishes with little        contrary to laws and general accounting
thereafter promoting an idea he would        at minimum, one of the unions who are              scrutiny. how could Mayor amicone              principles – circumvention is unethical at
not or could not decipher for the Yonkers    slated to lose more employees in the               fathom to receive approval from NYs            the least.”
city council membership. he knew he          financial conundrum facing coY.                    comptroller Thomas diNapoli with
Page 14                                    The WesTchesTer GuardIaN                                        ThursdaY, MaY 26, 2011



Governmentsection
Westchester County Executive Rob ‘Pee Wee Herman’ Astorino Fooled Us All
By SAM ZHERKA
     Many of us remember the discontent               his first pick of Kevin Plunkett, esq., for                                                   sculti, and Jc cerino to name just a very few;
county residents had with the overly bloated     deputy county executive should have worried                                                        more are expected to take up employment in
and wasteful county government under the 12      all decent hard working county taxpayers.                                                          Westchester county government under the
years of andrew spano’s administration. The           Mr astorino’s sole purpose for county                                                         auspices of Mr astorino.
disconnect between the political machine         government is seemingly not to govern and                                                               The most controversial, self-serving,
and the average Westchester county resident      take care of The People’s business, but to                                                         dumbest, and most transparent hire of them
whose concerns and wishes were for less taxes    steer county contracts and make sure that                                                          all is the appointment of union Big Wig
and smaller county government caused             Plunkett’s former law firm, partners and                                                           and Westchester county conservative Party
the down fall of the mighty three-term           cohorts, line their pockets with big money                                                         chairman hugh Fox, Jr., as special assistant
former county executive andrew J spano.          deals while selling the county tax payers                                                          to the county executive for a salary of $90k
robert astorino, the current Westchester         down the river.                                                                                    per year.
county executive rode that wave into office           The mystery question is why did robert                                                             Many in political circles agree that
with the backing of the The Westchester          astorino pick Kevin Plunkett as his deputy?                                                        county executive astorino bought and paid
Independence Party which delivered the           One insider who spoke upon the assur-                                                              for the next conservative Party endorsement
winning punch of nearly 14,000 votes.            ance of maintain his/her anonymity told                                                            with a Fox’s taxpayer funded salary for his
     dr. Giulio cavallo, the chairman of The     The Westchester Guardian that Plunkett and                                                         next county executive election.
Westchester Independence Party is now            astorino worked together while astorino                during a time of extreme financial               rounding out a couple of the many of
second guessing his decision. When asked         was on the Mount Pleasant school Board.            concern and economic disaster county            those who have had jobs created for them
what he thought of astorino’s performance        dr. Guilio cavallo, when asked of the              executive robert astorino had the nerve         in exchange for political campaign contri-
so far, dr cavallo repsonded only by saying,     connection responded, “rob told me he              to appoint Ned Mccormack as communi-            butions by their families are Laura sanchez
“this could be the biggest mistake the party     knew Kevin Plunkett since he was a little          cations director in charge of press releases,   and Brendan Murnane. Over the weeks and
ever made. as the old saying goes ‘you’re        boy.”                                              twitter, and facebook, and was subsequently     months the political patronage has inten-
better off with the crook you know than the           another trusted source told The               given an additional $18,000 raise almost        sified and the 9th floor is getting ever so
crook you don’t know.’”                          Westchester Guardian that Kevin Plunkett           immediately after being initially appointed     crowded.
     since Mr astorino took office, he has       helped with the criminal defense of former         at lower pay. To justify the raise, astorino         The Tea Party movement, those
eliminated hundreds of county jobs and           Mount Vernon Police Lt. robert astorino,           now refers to Mr Mccormack as his senior        concerned with bloated government, and the
simultaneously created hundreds more for         sr., the county executive’s father, in the         advisor.                                        every day citizen who struggle paying their
his friends, political hacks, donors, wives,     1994 FBI police corruption, sting operation            Perhaps the most interesting observa-       taxes and putting food on their table can all
girl friends and boyfriends of associates and    which netted the senior astorino an indict-        tion of all the new hires have been those       be sure of one thing, that is, that county
family members and those with ties to law        ment and Federal jail time for corruption.         coming from Yonkers’ lame duck Mayor Phil       executive robert astorino, nicknamed
firms who have been bilking the county           Many have speculated that the appoint-             amicone who was slapped with an $8 million      “Pee Wee herman” had us all fooled, but no
coffers for years. Basically, rob astorino has   ment of Kevin Plunkett as deputy county            jury verdict in Federal court last October.     longer.
turned Westchester county government             executive by astorino Jr, is payback for that      since that time, the astorino administra-
into a family business.                          legal defense.                                     tion jas hired amanda Modguno, christine




Joe Crotty Committed to Yonkers’ 5th Council Race                                                                                                   the race. I intend to do just that,” crotty
    YONKERS, NY --                                             official apparatus. It belongs       district. New York state election Law
despite not obtaining official                                 to the people outside of the         allows for candidates not selected at           said.
support from party insiders                                    organization--the republican         local party conventions to gather signa-            Joe crotty is seeking to replace the
at the Yonkers republican                                      voters--who are looking to           tures on designating petitions in order to      term-limited and announced republican
city committee convention                                      support republican candi-            be placed on that party’s primary ballot.       Mayoral candidate John Murtagh as the
Friday night, May 20, 2011,                                    dates that will bring energy                                                         member of the Yonkers city council repre-
republican Joe crotty vowed                                    and a fresh approach to repre-       “as a district Leader myself, I certainly       senting the 5th council district. The 5th
to take his message to the                                     senting their values on the          respect the nominating process and those        council district includes the crestwood,
streets and prevail in the                                     city council,” said Mr. crotty.      that participate in it. however, the stakes     colonial heights, Garrett Park, Lawrence
september 13th primary for                                                                          of this election are too high to not give       Park West, Mohegan heights, seminary
Yonkers’ 5th city council seat.                             The      convention        was          voters a chance to select the strongest         heights, armour Villa, sunnybrook,
                                                            comprised of a very small               republican candidate to represent the 5th       cedar Knolls, Longvale, sunnyside, and
“The Yonkers republican Party does               number of republican Party activists when          city council district. Many of those who        Bronx river road neighborhoods of east
not belong solely to the small number of         compared to the much higher number of              had to publicly vote for the now designated     Yonkers.
people who are members of the party’s            GOP registered voters in the 5th council           candidate tonight have urged me to stay in          Learn more about Joe crotty
                                                                                                                                                    by     visiting    www.josephcrotty.com.
                                         The WesTchesTer GuardIaN                                       ThursdaY, MaY 26, 2011   Page 15


 GOVERNMENT

Martinelli Gets Ready to Rumble
Will Primary GOP Bosses’ Pick in Yonkers Mayor’s Race
    YONKers< NY -- richard Martinelli,              he’s now looking for a promotion and a pay
the conservative republican businessman             hike.
and candidate for Mayor of                                              “It’s a fact that Yonkers
Yonkers, vowed to “take this race                                  GOP has a bad track record
to the people” after being defeated                                when it comes to picking a
in Friday’s Yonkers republican                                     candidate for Mayor; they are
committee’s designating conven-                                    completely out of touch with
tion. Martinelli, who once served                                  rank and file republican voters.
as Yonkers city council President                                  The average republican wants
was bested by sitting city                                         a Mayor who has a private
councilman, lawyer and politician                                  sector background and knows
John Murtagh. The evening vote                                     how balance a budget, rein in
by GOP Party bosses took place                                     spending and shrink the debt
at the ukrainian Youth center on                                   load that is breaking the back of
Palisades avenue, Yonkers.                                         our city and its taxpayers. That’s
    richard Martinelli said, “Friday night the      why I’ll take this race to the people and be on
GOP leadership got their way; they nomi-            the ballot in the september primary. We will
nated a professional politician and lawyer as       defeat John Murtagh!”
their candidate for Mayor.                              The last two republican Mayors of
    “The Party bosses simply don’t get              Yonkers were not the pick of their Party’s
it. They don’t seem to understand that              convention in their initial campaigns and
republicans, like the majority of the voting        went on to defeat the party bosses in hotly
public, are sick and tired of the career politi-    contested primaries.
cians and their backroom deals. For the past            richard Martinelli is also seeking
eight years my opponent has been part of the        the nomination of the conservative and
problem and cynically, like most politicians,       Independence Parties.




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Mike Breen Receives GOP Designation                                                      School Budget Elections 2011
for 5th Council District                                                                 By NANCY KING
                                                                                              a few months ago I was a guest
                                                                                         on a radio show where we discussed
                                                                                                                                       high for a district that fails to deliver
                                                                                                                                       year after year. defeated by only five
    YONKers, NY -- Mike Breen                                       Breen           is
received the nod to become the GOP                              counting on all of his   the impact of being america’s highest         votes (403-398), many of the residents
candidate for 5th council district at                           supporters to now go     taxed county. at that time, the county        who turned out to vote were either fixed
the May 20, 2011 Yonkers republivan                             out and obtain for       was wrangling on whether the astorino         income seniors or those who no longer
city committee. he has pledged                                  him, and the other       administration was delivering us real         had children in the district. In speaking
himself to actively and tirelessly work                         republican candi-        tax relief or was Ken Jenkins and             to several voters in the parking lot of
to become elected to that position on                           dates, the signatures    the Westchester county Board of               Woodlands high school, the over-
November 8th. “I want to thank my                               they all need to put     Legislators. In the end it really didn’t      whelming response was that residents
party for it’s overwhelming support, I                          them on the ballot.      matter because the amount of savings          were just not seeing the results of having
am truly honored,” stated Breen.                                Breen       observed,    was so miniscule that it barely made an       one of the largest per student expense in
    Mike Breen thanked everyone who                             “This is a very          impact on our tax bills. also discussed       the county. achievement test scores are
worked for his overwhelming support.                            exciting time for        was the fact that the largest part of a tax   among the lowest in the county while the
he looks forward to becoming the 5th                            me, over the years
                                                                                         bill here in Westchester county comes         drop out rate remains one of the highest.
district’s next republican councilman.    I have worked with many of you on the
                                                                                         courtesy of your local school district. The        Mount Vernon also saw their budget
Breen proudly stated that he’ll be        campaign trail. It is now my campaign. I
following in the footsteps of former      know how to win it, with hard work and         upshot of this conversation is that we will   go down. By a vote of 651 yeas to 1649
councilman John Murtagh, Gordon           support from you, the foot soldiers, of our    never really have tax relief in our county.   nays, the people of the city of Mount
Burrows, and Tom dickerson.               great Yonkers republican Party.”               although the county taxes are high, the       Vernon said no to an increase of over
                                                                                         school taxes are even higher still. But it    7% that would have been added to their
                                                                                         also seems as my colleague pointed out,       school tax bill. The Mount Vernon
                                                                                         the people who live here actually like the    district, like Greenburgh central 7 has
                                                                                         title of being the highest taxed county in    continued to dip into the taxpayer’s
                                                                                         the nation. The school district budgets       wallet while failing to provide quality
                                                                                         that were passed did so with consider-        education for their students.
                                                                                         able ease.                                         On a bright note however, voters
                                                                                              This year, faced with monetary cuts      did elect rosemarie Jarosz to the school
                                                                                         from albany, most school districts took       board. Ms. Jarosz will hopefully bring a
                                                                                         a hard look at themselves and started         no nonsense, pragmatic voice to a school
                                                                                         cutting in order to deliver budgets that      board which clearly didn’t bother to
                                                                                         were thought to protect the integrity         listen to it’s constituents.
                                                                                         of education while also attempting to              In the end, the people in Westchester
                                                                                         ease the sticker shock of the average         really believed that voting yes on these
                                                                                         Westchester taxpayer. school boards           budgets would increase their property
                                                                                         and their respective business offices real-   values, while doing something positive
                                                                                         ized that to pass a budget this year, they    “for the kids.” It also reaffirms the theory
                                                                                         would have to curtail their spending.         that no matter how much the average
                                                                                         This strategy must have worked; thirty-       taxpayer of Westchester county likes to
                                                                                         six out of thirty-eight school districts      bitch, moan and complain about their
                                                                                         passed their budgets on Tuesday May           taxes, they like the distinction of being at
                                                                                         17th. In Westchester county, only             the top of that highest taxed list.
                                                                                         Greenburgh central 7 and the Mount            Nancy King resides in Greenburgh, New
                                                                                         Vernon city school district saw their         York. She is an investigative reporter for
                                                                                         budgets defeated.                             The Westchester Guardian.
                                                                                              Greenburgh had proposed a 5.9%
                                                                                         increase in the school tax. That is really


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Astorino v. Jenkins
                                              through his anger? anger might initially         although Oros apologized to Meyers          governing floors and all parties need to
                                              get you off your keister and spurn you           and it seemed the two worked out their      check their egos at the door when they
                                              to do some work but when it takes over           differences, Ken Jenkins saw fit to have    arrive for work. each man has waxed
                                              the sum and substance of your day, it            a county Police Officer waiting for Mr.     to their constituents that they are the
By NANCY KING                                 is nothing but counterproductive. Ken            Oros and his assistant the following        “guy in charge” and that county govern-
     election cycles are always sort          Jenkins’s ire toward rob astorino is so          Monday morning when they appeared           ment is working well. But in this mixed
of fun to watch. This year’s cycle in         palpable that it is written all over his face.   at a committee meeting. sheesh, talk        martial arts match there are no winners.
Westchester is like going to mixed                 In the latest round of the match,           about your tax dollars at work. It should   Jenkins has lost; astorino has lost; and
martial arts match. In one corner of the      we have Jenkins having police escort             be more like talk about your tax dollars    we’ve lost, holding the bag and paying
ring we have county executive rob             / remove hugh Fox, Jr. for clapping              being wasted. aren’t there more serious     the exorbitant bills. They both should
astorino and in the opposite corner we        loudly in support of the Mount Vernon            terrorists than George Oros?                take note the vox populi has recognized
have chairman of the county Board             residents who were in attendance at a                For the most part, astorino himself     that neither one is in charge. Maybe it is
of Legislators Ken Jenkins. Like any          legislative meeting a couple of weeks            has more or less laughed off and down       time to abolish county government , for
good mixed martial fighters, they both        ago. Their tennis program was cut and            played these incidents. he has even         right now it seemingly serves no purpose
come with an entourage of supporters          in the spirit of free speech, they came          vetoed that redistricting plan. But that    and isn’t even remotely entertaining any
that would be entertaining to watch if        out to protest and question why. They            doesn’t give him complete absolu-           more.
their actual actions weren’t so pathetic.     clapped in support for one another               tion when it comes to the way county        Nancy King resides in Greenburgh, New
In the past two weeks, the news out of        until chairman Jenkins told them that            government is being run. Things need        York.
the Michaelian Office Building is both        there would be no clapping in his hall           to be tightened up on both of those
embarrassing and disgraceful. More            of law. If it were to continue, he would
importantly, the childish behavior being      have them removed. The crowd duti-
exhibited by all parties is preventing        fully fell in line save for one: hugh Fox,
them from doing they were elected to          Jr. From the back of the room, Mr. Fox
expedite. That’s right, these two mixed       continued to clap. Making good on his
martial arts wannabe’s work for us. as        promise of a swift punishment, Jenkins
early as January 2010, it was evident that    had him escorted out. Never a shrinking
there was no love lost between the eighth     violet, Fox climbed onto a table and
and the ninth floors. We however, held        touched Jenkin’s prematurely hung
our breath hoping they would be able to       official portrait and it down it fell. Fox
put aside party politics and actually get     put it back on the wall and went on his
something accomplished. so far the only       way. The strangest part of this story is
thing either side has done has been to        the portrait itself. usually the outgoing
provide us with the theatre of the absurd.    chair gets his portrait and a little brass
     as Ken Jenkins exercised his role as     plaque after their term is up. Jenkins
chairman of the Board of Legislators          has his up there now. Talk about having
we began to see several anomalies in the      good self esteem! But it was this ridicu-
legislative branch of government. even        lous antic between these two men that
with a supermajority of democrats, the        brought forth why Ken Jenkins is mad.
republicans would remain strangely            It seems he just not happy with the hires
silent during their Monday evening            that have been elevated to the 9th floor.
legislative votes. as usual, everything was        Fox is s retired Yonkers Firefighter
passed by a 17-0 margin. No questions,        and union leader in addition to being the
no comments, no outrage and seemingly         chair of the conservative Party here in
no support for their compatriot on the        Westchester. he was hired for over 90K
9th floor. With each vote, it seemed the      as a labor specialist presumably to help in
chairman became more powerful. We’ve          what will be tense contract negotiations
been treated to the he said/he said argu-     with the csea. The fact that he is still
ment over who delivered a bigger chunk        collecting his pension while performing
of tax relief, (we don’t care and it wasn’t   this job may have been the catalyst for
enough anyway), the political posturing       Jenkins’s anger though Fox’s “I don’t give
over program cuts and restorations and        a damn what you think about me” atti-
the whimsical gerrymandering of the           tude really should have been left in the
legislative districts. all the while the      union hall of Yonkers.
republicans have remained silent and               George Oros, astorino’s chief of
appear to be playing on Team Jenkins.         staff also came under fire by Jenkins
     But what has wound Jenkins up like       and the Legislative body for sending
this? Its no secret that he would like to     an off color email about Judy Meyers.
be the next county executive and that         describing her as breathless and loosely
is his right in a democracy. sure he’s        paraphrasing a scene from “When Harry
playing the “I’m a better leader” role but    Met Sally,” Oros meant to send the
doesn’t he realize that even the simplest     offending email to an aide. Mistakenly it
observer of county politics can see right     went right into Judy Meyers inbox. ha.
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces Legislation to Bar Discrimination Against Unemployed
     YONKers, NY – senator andrea           in some form because they are unem-            reported that the unemployment rate in
stewart-cousins (35th district- d/          ployed. senator stewart-cousins says           New York state was 8%.
WF/I) last week announced at a press        their experiences are representative of             “This legislation levels the playing
conference in her district office, the      an increasingly common hiring practice         field in the job market and makes sure
introduction of senate bill 5316. The       throughout New York and the nation.            that those who have been hit hardest by
bill would make the unemployed a                “It is fundamentally unfair for            the recession are not at a disadvantage in
“protected class” in New York and make      employers to refuse to hire, or even           the hiring process,” she continued.
it illegal for employers to deny out-of-    accept applications from individuals who            On display at the press confer-
work applicants an interview or position    are out of work. With the unemploy-            ence were several job advertisements
solely because they are jobless. It would   ment rate in the state still at staggeringly   by New York employers that expressly
also prohibit employers from posting        high levels, this prevents people who          stated that applicants would only be
job advertisements that discourage the      have lost their jobs through no fault of       considered if they were employed. In
unemployed from applying to vacant          their own from getting back on their           one case, a craigslist ad for a building
positions.                                  feet. It is discriminatory, it is wrong        superintendent position in The Bronx
     The bill is co-sponsored in the        and it must not continue,” said senator        stated “You MusT currently be
assembly by assemblyman Keith               stewart-cousins.                               employed as a superintendent - This is
Wright.                                         This announcement came on the              a reQuIreMeNT.” senator stewart-                 “We have an obligation as legislators,
     Joining senator stewart-cousins at     same day that the New York state               cousins’ legislation would make these        to do what’s right and make sure that the
the press conference were several unem-     department of Labor is set to release          discriminatory job ads illegal in New        unemployed have a fighting chance at
ployed Westchester residents who said       its latest unemployment statistics.            York, similar to a law signed by the         being a part of this economic recovery,”
they had all experienced discrimination     Last month, the department of Labor            Governor of New Jersey in april.             the senator added.




Murtagh Eclipses Martinelli to Garner Endorsement as Republican Candidate for Mayor of Yonkers
             By HEZI ARIS
                  It was on Friday, May     county Board Legislator serving                                                                 after the close of the convention, Mr
              21, 2011, that Yonkers city   district 15, and carmen Goldberg, first                                                     Martinelli came to Mr Murtagh to shake
              council Minority Leader       time candidate for Westchester county                                                       his hand in congratulatory fashion and
              John Murtagh earned           Board Legislator to serve district 17,                                                      wished him well.
              1,800 weighted votes in the   to the Westchester county Board of                                                              The evening did not however begin
Yonkers republican city committee           Legislators (WcBoL).                                                                        on such gentlemanly gestures. Liam
convention to eclipse challenger                Brian carter, was nominated for                                                         McLaughlin, representing the Martinelli
richard Martinelli, the former Yonkers      Yonkers city council district 1 without                                                     faction contended that those counted
city council President. even this editor    opposition. Minister carter is 51 years of                                                  among district 3 did not legally gain
believed Mr Martinelli was the stronger     age. he was nominated by Jim Faulkner                                                       their position as more than 50 percent
of the two. I was proven wrong.             and seconded by Jim castro-Blanco.                                                          of the district comprises a quorum but
    a roll call was taken. Of the 17,380    Minister carter could not attend the                                                        that when new names were added to the
votes that could be cast, 560 abstained,    convention.                                                                                 district, there were less than 50 per cent
richard Martinelli earned 6,940                 Jay Bryant, an investment banker,                                                       who still held their positions. Westchester
weighted votes, John Murtagh garnered       with a history of starting charter schools,                                                 county republican committee Legal
8,759, and carlo calvi wound up with        a registered democrat will seek a Wilson                                                    counsel Guy Parisi was chosen to be
1,321 weighted votes.                       Pecula in order to run as a republican.                                                     the final arbiter in advance of the argu-
    Mr Murtagh said, “I am grateful         Mr Bryant advised that he believes in                                                       ment of legitimacy of the district office
                                                                                                Mayoral Candidate John Murtagh
but humbled to carry the message” [we       the tenets espoused by the republican                                                       holders. after the issues were vetted, Mr
republicans espouse]. We mmust “move        Party. Jim castro Blanco nominated                                                          Parisi decided the Westchester county
together and continue this work of our      Mr Bryant and Mike ramondelli                  issues. unabashedly he said, “I intend to    republican committee held sway over
mayor on behalf of our city.”               stressed his support of Mr Bryant and          deliver a victory in a few month’s time.”    the Yonkers republican city committee
    The committee deemed it appro-          advised that the 3rd district is “critical         The second shocker of the evening        and advised that the people representing
priate and propitious to recommend          in gaining a republican Majority for           was in designating endorsement to one of     district 3 were validate in their positions.
the candidacy of incumbent candidate        Mayor Murtagh.” Mr Bryant his exper-           three candidates. In order of their being        at issue now is whether Mr
Bernice spreckman for Westchester           tise lens itself to the financial issues and   nominated were Mike Breen, Joe crotty,       Martinelli will continue his campaign
county Board Legislator serving             concerns that plague the city and noted        and stephen cerroto. Mr Breen garnered       effort. The loss at the convention must
district 14, and incumbent candi-           that education is not what it could be.        4,464 votes, Mr crotty earned 768 votes,     smart.
date Gordon Burrows for Westchester         he intends to first focus on those two         and Mr cerroto received 58 votes.
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GOP Nixes Allegations
                                                                                            roth. “That’s against the rules since               style patronage that is now economically
                                                                                            you are not allowed to talk politics in             unsustainable.”
                                                                                            the supervisor’s office. Instead, Weaver’s               cronin said that the divisiveness in
                                                                                            office is a place to solve the town’s prob-         the GOP is part of the attempt to hold
                By ABBY LUBY                                                                lems.” roth is considering tossing her hat          on to the old political model. “It’s clear
                     The       Westchester        “I believe those charges are without      in the ring for town supervisor.                    that the interest of this [old guard] group
                 county        republican     merit,” said Frank Benish, a GOP                  Murphy claimed that she respects                is not in selecting the best candidate but
                 committee will not take      committee member. “Mrs. Murphy’s              Weaver and the office he holds.                     rather protecting their own little bit of
                 any action in response       presence on our committee has been like           For many, it’s more of the old guard            turf. Its not about good governance but
                 to alleged wrong doings      an albatross around our necks. We are         versus the new guard; the old guard refer-          protecting a small group of people with
                 by North castle GOP          trying to cleanse ourselves of this stigma    ences the late supervisor Jack Lombardi             set interests.”
chairperson rosemary Ballantoni.              and have asked her to resign. Of course       who was at the town’s helm for over 40                   as of press time, the North castle
county GOP chairman doug colety, in           she has declined to do so.”                   years, regularly appointing friends and             GOP still hadn’t endorsed candidates
responding to a list of accusations made          Murphy holds that certain rules have      family town jobs. Town board member                 for town posts up for re-election in
by some North castle GOP committee            been broken. “I care that if people want to   John cronin is particularly concerned               November including town supervisor ,
members against Ballantoni, said the          run for office that they have that oppor-     that Murphy is invested in keeping the              five town board members, a town clerk
county wasn’t authorized to take any          tunity. all I want is for fair, open and      Lombardi practices alive rather than                and two town judges. Martino said he was
disciplinary action.                          transparent government.”                      scaling back health and retirement bene-            considering running for town judge.
    “There are no provisions in the county        When Bellantoni assumed the GOP           fits long enjoyed by town employees;                     Bellantoni said they were unable to
by-laws that permit us to remove a town       chair, she appointed William Potvin           benefits that cronin said are deleterious           nominate any candidates because of the
chairman. We cannot adjudicate it,” said      as parliamentarian who subsequently           to the town’s economy.                              long list of interviewees attending last
colety.                                       conducted an audit of past committee              “If a person works on the police force          Thursday’s GOP meeting. “We will have
    certain North castle GOP members          voting records and minutes from 2009          for ten years, they can retire with a life-         to convene on another date, probably next
have claimed Bellantoni did not adhere        to 2010. Benish said the audit revealed       time health care plan for their entire              week. We didn’t expect that we would
to particular procedural rules and voting     how under Murphy’s watch there were           family and a retirement package. That               have so many people to be interviewed.
statutes. committee members who made          no minuted meetings that proved               means if you start work at age 20, by
these charges include North castle            certain members were actually voted in                                                            Abby Luby is a Westchester based, freelance
                                                                                            age 30 you can go fishing for the rest              journalist who writes about current, local
supervisor Bill Weaver, Loronda Murphy,       as committee members; members that            of your life,” said cronin. “residents of
and doug Martino. They are being              included Murphy’s husband, Vinny                                                                  news, environmental issues, art entertain-
                                                                                            North castle are paying for that. It’s the          ment and food.
legally represented by attorney Vincent       Murphy, and Parks and recreation              old guard protecting jobs, the real old
J. Messina Jr. of sinnreich Kosakoff &        advisory Board Vice chairman Neal
Messina in suffolk county. Messina did        Bauman, neither of whom had produced
not return phone calls to The Westchester     signed petitions initially required to gain
Guardian by press time.                       membership on the committee.
    Bellantoni said the allegations were          “When Loronda was chair, she rotated
meant to provoke the GOP.                     people in and out of the committee on a
    “These are a pack of slanderous           whim,” explained Benish, adding that
fabrications that are insulting and irrel-    under Bellantoni, Murphy lost the paper
evant and have no credible basis. The         vote and with it, her power, setting the
people who backed these allegations           stage for an embattled GOP committee.
have conspired deliberately and are not           doug Martino, who ran unsuccess-
behaving like loyal republican committee      fully for Westchester county Judge in
members or citizens,” she said.               2010, has sided with Murphy in the alle-
    Bellantoni was unanimously elected        gations against Bellantoni.
to the North castle GOP chair in                  “We want to maintain our sense
October, 2010 when Murphy, the then           of integrity and that the endorsements
chairwoman, was forced to abdicate the        which come out of the committee have
committee’s top post after being arrested     real legitimacy. That’s why we want to
for alleged real estate fraud.                make sure the process works properly.”
    Murphy, who insists she never                 Murphy’s biggest ally is North castle
stepped down, but rather took a leave         supervisor Bill Weaver, said Benish.
of absence, denied wanting to oust                “I think Loronda is being severely
Bellantoni. “We’re not here to get rid of     manipulated by our current supervisor.
the chairwoman. I just want to make sure      she might be holding out for Mr. Weaver
the rules are followed,” she said. a deci-    to author a letter in her upcoming trial.                                             sofritony.com
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Legalsection
Ongoing Litigations with The Town of New Castle                                            official purposes.
                                                                                                secondly, why would John Walsh want
                                                                                           Gennaro Faiella not to answer the question
                                                                                                                                           stopped coming to work or showing up.
                                                                                                                                           Penny Paderewski’s son Jerrod has since
                                                                                                                                           returned to work as of april 21, 2011.
By JEFFREY S. CHIARA as told to HEZI ARIS                                                  as to other employees’ leaves of absence.       during the time Jerrod was out of work on
                                                                                           could it be the fact that certain employees     an alleged back injury he was seen driving
                                                                                           on any given occasion leave work for no         down to the highway dept. on paydays to
     First, John Walsh of the White          my many conversations I have had with
                                                                                           apparent reason and are not written up          collect his pay checks and it was noticed
Plains law firm hodges Walsh & slater,       her. she said, “We know it is a game
                                                                                           for unauthorized leave? are they trying         and said that he looked and seemed to be
is claiming that my attorney alan Wolin      with Mike Molnar,” that the Town was
                                                                                           to hide the fact that the Town of New           fine; plus he was seen by several employees
had asked Mike Molnar and Gennaro            not taking this situation lightly and Mike
                                                                                           castle has allowed another employee to          driving all about the Town of New castle
Faiella to answer certain questions that     Molnar will not skate on these charges we
                                                                                           tell the deputy commissioner of the             and throughout the Village of chappaqua.
appear in his eyes and The Town of New       prepared to impose on him, that in the eyes
                                                                                           d.P.W to ‘F- off ’ or ‘Go F-yourself ’ after        also at issue is whether Penny or
castle’s administration’s eyes as lacking    of the Town of New castle we consider
                                                                                           that deputy commissioner had overheard          Jerry Moerschell left a message on Jerrod’s
relevancy and could jeopardize confiden-     these very serious charges.” also the fact
                                                                                           that person ranting and raving about the        answering machine telling Jerrod to report
tial matters regarding other employees is    that since these charges that Penny and
                                                                                           poor working conditions there, and asked        to their doctor for clearance for him to
not true at all.                             the Town were going to impose on Mike
                                                                                           him if he wanted to go upstairs and talk to     be able to return to work? did Penny or
     here is why. First every time Mike      Molnar involved five other employees that
                                                                                           him about his disgust with the way things       Jerry Moerschell call Jerrod several times
Molnar was summoned by Penny                 were told to appear at Town hall to have
                                                                                           are being run there? That the person who        in one day and leave messages asking him
Paderewski or Gennaro Faiella to appear      a meeting in the conference room with
                                                                                           told him to ‘F-Off ’ or ‘Go F-yourself ’        to call them back and asking him where he
at the Town hall offices to handed disci-    Penny Paderewski to discuss their concerns
                                                                                           had recently been missing from work for         was? did anthony Vaccaro mail a letter
plinary charges written up by either Penny   about Mike Molnar creating a hostile work
                                                                                           a week and when he did show up, did so          to Jerrod stating that he needs to return to
Paderewski or Gennaro Faiella he would       environment and that he had threatened
                                                                                           several hours after the start of the business   work immediately? Was Jerry Moerschell
not show up and disappear from work for      several of them on different occasions.
                                                                                           day.                                            running around the d.P.W. shop shouting
no reason. This had happened on several      some of whom were directed to write up
                                                                                                Thirdly, did Mr. Walsh advise Mr.          out questions as to where Jerrod was and
occasions about which other employees        their complaints and concerns from Penny
                                                                                           Faiella to refuse to answer questions about     what’s going on? did the Town of New
and myself have made several queries. I      to do so. In this way, she as well as the
                                                                                           other employees that have being disci-          castle request that Jerrod go for several
was told by Penny Paderewski in one of       Town could send it to their attorney for
                                                                                           plined? again, what is it that Mr. Walsh,       I.M.e’s (Independent Medical exams)
                                                                                           as well as Penny Pederewski and Gennaro         claiming that there was nothing wrong
                                                                                           Faiella, do not want people to find out? It     with him? did the New castle Town

      Direct Hard Money
                                                                                           is a fact that Penny’s son Jerrod, who works    Board members authorize for a private
                                                                                           for the d.P.W. in the highway depart-           investigator to follow Penny Paderewski’s
                                                                                           ment, has had several confrontations with       son Jerrod around like they did with me on

            Lender
                                                                                           other employees. In one case Penny’s son        several occasions?
                                                                                           spit, yes spit, on another employees face.          Fourthly, are all the Town Board
                                                                                           Plus the fact that when several of Penny’s      Members, Penny Paderewski or Gennaro
                                                                                           son’s altercation took place, he was appar-     Faiella worried about all the other alter-
                        14% Interest                                                       ently on probation, which meant that if, he     cations which involved other employees
                                                                                           did anything considered insubordinate or        with one another that were reported to
                    1 Year Bridge Loans                                                    unsatisfactory, it was automatic grounds        supervisors and apparently not dealt with
                                                                                           for the Town Board and Gennaro Faiella,         coming to light? are all the Town Board
                                                                                           as well as Penny Paderewski, his mother,        members, Penny Paderewski and Gennaro

  $20,000-$1 Million
                                                                                           to terminate him. But I guess since it is       Faiella worried about these alleged inci-
                                                                                           her son, the Town of New castle Board           dents involved close friends of certain

  Secured by Real Estate
                                                                                           members and Gennaro Faiella were asked          supervisors or foreman, since that appears
                                                                                           look the other way. Kind of like when John      to be the case? Is that why they kept it

  Immediate Answer
                                                                                           P. Vize admitted he was involved with the       under wraps? Was it to avoid any Official
                                                                                           pension fraud scam by which he falsified        disciplinary charges being handed out

  Closing in 7 Days
                                                                                           official documents (Time sheets). But that      that would result in those charges going
                                                                                           is another story for another day.               into their close friends’ personal files and
                                                                                                how about the fact that Penny’s son        thereby could have resulted in their being
                                                                                           Jerrod was out of work for several months       terminated from employment? are all the
                                                                                           after claiming he injured his back. This        Town Board members worried that people
                                                                                           happened after Jerrod found out that            might find out that the recently promoted
                                                                                           another employee was going to be out of         Foreman charlie Bergstrom is very good
  Call G. Morales                                                                          work due to an injury they suffered on the      friends with one particular Board member,
                                                                                           job. after Jerrod overheard that conversa-      namely John Buckley? The same Board
  914.632.1243                                                                             tion, he said “if he is going to be out of      Member that was heard on a televised
                                                                                           work than I am going to also go out on a        Town Board meeting, while sarcastically
                                                                                           back injury.” I overheard that said some-       smirking, and after making
          T. 914.632.1243 • Mon.-Fri. 10AM-6PM                                             time in January or February when Jerrod                                Continued on page 21
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 LEGAL
Ongoing Litigations with The Town of New Castle                                                  can go on here about all the other things          make lampshades out of their skins.” That
                                                                                                 that the Town of New castle Board                  is disgusting, immoral, pitiful behavior
Continued from page 20                         their names on any document related to my         members along with Penny Paderewski                by any person and the fact that The
this announcement, is seen throwing a          disciplinary charges were acting out in a         and Gennaro Faiella have been hiding               Board Members of New castle allowed
piece of paper down and then saying, “I got    retaliatory manner. all those charges were        from you all. I have loads of documenta-           this individual to remain employed and
this one,” meaning he was going to read off    acts of blatant retaliation by them upon me;      tion, taped conversations, and statements          even allowed him to be promoted is also
the Town Board’s decision at which time        all due to the fact that I was perusing legal     from other employees on how I was treated          disgusting. It is basically saying they have
they had voted unanimously to promote          actions against them for their condoning          unfairly. But since they seem to want to           have no morals either. Walsh claimed I was
charlie Bergstrom to head Foremen of           Mike Molnar’s acts and his egregious anti-        continue to play these childish games I will       a “disgruntled” employee. That is a false
The d.P.W. highway division.                   semitic comments directed towards me.             let the courts handle this matter.                 accusation. I worked for the Town for 14
      Now for the most important part.              another very important point….                    disgruntled I am not, as Mr. Walsh            and half years and never once did I get a
Mr. Walsh along with his associates at the     When Mr. Walsh and/or his associate was           put it. I am just a loving caring father of        bad job review or did they ever mention
law firm, and as well all the Town of New      questioning me, what was the relevance of         two wonderful children, Matthew 13                 to me that I was troublesome. as a matter
castle Board members, Penny Paderewski,        inquiring into my wife’s salary with regard       years old, Nicole 9 years old, and a loving        of fact I have a recorded conversation with
and Gennaro Faiella, all failed to mention     to being relevant in may case? My attorney        husband to my wife shari, who felt that he         Penny Paderewski were she said, I was not
that I was trumped up on phony, bogus,         and I told Mr. Walsh and/or his associate         needed to do what is right and stand up for        the problem; that I was an excellent worker
and ridiculous disciplinary charges after I    it had no bearing in this case whatsoever.        his wife, his in-laws, his children, as well as    and a hard worker, that they, the Town
filed my lawsuit. so what that says is that    That people, was a blatant attempt by the         his own religious beliefs and customs. No          knew it was Mike Molnar who was the
the Town of New castle Board members,          Town of New castle to pry into my and             one has any right to call another person a         problem.
Penny Paderewski, Gennaro Faiella and          my loving wife’s privacy. They had no right       ‘Jew Lover’ on a daily basis or say, “hitler
anyone else that was involved with or had      to even conceive to ask such a question. I        had the right idea to skin the Jews and




OP–edsection
 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
                                              the senate. We look forward to a final               They are not informing us that
                                              bill agreement that will include these           from 2007 to 2010, the city increased               “I tell my friends who
                                              provisions which we intend to support.
                                                   Thomas abinanti
                                                                                               its allocation of property taxes to the              tan about Jaime. She
                                                                                               city side by 43% while the schools
                                                   robert castelli                             only garnered 3.3%. Nor are they                     died from melanoma
                                                   sandra Galef
                                                   dr. steven Katz
                                                                                               informing us that the Municipal                      before she turned 30.
                                                                                               employees’ numbers were reduced
                                                   George Latimer
Ethics Regulations and                             amy Paulin
                                                                                               6% while the schools 21.73% while
                                                                                               enrollment increased almost 10%.
                                                                                                                                                   I know tanning isn’t safe.
Compliance                                         Michael spano                                   They are not informing the                      You could die - just
                                                                                               public that there is state funding for
dear editor:
     as members of the New York                                                                Pre-Kindergarten but the district has               like Jaime did.”
state assembly, both democrats
                                              Inform and Educate v.                            decided to eliminate the program.                   -Amanda Asplin
and republicans, we are supportive            Influence and Advocate                               They are not informing the public
of legislation that would reform the              some Yonkers officials are using             the Mayor’s Ida school property tax
state’s ethics regulations and compli-        their official position to influence             exemptions total $21,243,791.50.
ance for elected and other government         public opinion and advocate an agenda                Question is why are they so intent
officials and lobbyists. We specifically      regarding the school’s budget. court             on undermining the public schools?
support:                                      decisions have stated public resources           Is there a correlation with the excep-
• Income transparency – public                can only be used to objectively inform           tional financial incentives given the
  disclosure of external sources of           or educate - not to influence and                financiers and investors, including the
  compensation                                advocate partisan opinions.                      Yonkers charter school? Is Yonkers
• Independent enforcement – a sepa-               They are not informing us that the           following      Mayor       Bloomberg’s
  rate entity to enforce ethics provisions    school unions had previously given               fostering publicly funded charter                   Learn more about
  throughout state government                 up two 4% pay raises while the city              schools operated by select persons                  Jaime’s skin cancer at
                                              side of the budget had received 4%,                                                                  www.aad.org/PSA
• Pension forfeiture – loss of pension                                                         intent on making money?
  vesting and eligibility upon convic-        and more recently the school Board               Kevin Gorman
  tion of a job-related felony                had arbitrarily withheld funding of              Yonkers, NY 10705
     We recognize there are on-going          previous step increases contrary to an
negotiations involving the Governor           arbitrator’s decision that they must
and the leaders of the assembly and           pay.
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                                                                                                          LEGAL NOTICES
                                                                                                                                                      NOTICE OF SALE                   Z & Q, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec.    SC Barlow LLC Articles of Org. filed NY
                                          SALE
                                                                                           Lexington Capital Associates Lexington        SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF WEST-                 of State (SSNY) 4/26/2011. Office in         Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/28/2010. Of-
                  SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER                                    Capital Associates, LLC Articles of Org.      CHESTER,       CITIMORTGAGE,           INC,   Westchester Co. SSNY design. Agent of        fice in Westchester Co. SSNY design.
LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED                           filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/14/2011.      Plaintiff, vs. VIOLET JARVIS, ET AL.,         LLC upon whom process may be served.         Agent of LLC upon whom process may
HOLDERS OF GSAMP TRUST 2005-AHL2, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI-                           Office in Westchester Co. SSNY desi gn.       Defendant(s).                                 SSNY shall mail copy of process to The       be served. SSNY shall mail copy of
CATES, SERIES 2005-AHL2, Plaintiff against                                                 Agent of LLC upon whom process may            Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure         LLC 125 Westchester Ave #FS03 White          process to C/O Seavest Inc. 707 West-
LENOX BLIDGEN, et al Defendant(s).                                                         be served. SSNY shall mail copy of pro-       and Sale duly filed on May 12, 2010, I,       Plains, NY 10601. Purpose: Any lawful        chester Avenue, Suite 401 White Plains,
Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on April 19, 2010.                  cess to The LLC P.O. Box 376 Great Neck,      the undersigned Referee will sell at pub-     activity.                                    NY 10604. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
                                                                                           NY 11021. Purpose: Any lawful activity.       lic auction at the Westchester County
I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Lobby of the Westches-                                                                                                   BUONINFANTE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP,              Notice of formation of R. Jaundoo Re-
ter County Courthouse, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, White Plains, N.Y.       Park Scorpion, LLC Articles of Org. filed     Courthouse, Lobby, 111 Dr. Martin Luther      NO. 2, L.P. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec.   alty LLC. Filed with the Secy. Of State of
on the 22nd day of June, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. premises Beginning at a the corner             NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/24/2011. Of-        King Jr. Boulevard, White Plains, NY on       of State (SSNY) 4/15/11. Office in West-     NY(SSNY) On 02/09/11. Office location:
formed by the intersection of the westerly side of McClellan Avenue with the south-        fice in Westchester Co. SSNY design.          June 08, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., premises          chester Co. SSNY design. Agent of LP         Westchester County. SSNYdesignated
westerly side of Vernon Avenue; Thence running northwesterly along said south-             Agent of LLC upon whom process may            known as 8 Waring Row, Yonkers, NY. All       upon whom process may be served.             as agent of LLC upon Whom process
westerly side of Vernon Avenue 54.17 feet to the southeasterly line of Lot No. 19,         be served. SSNY shall mail copy of pro-       that certain plot, piece or parcel of land,   SSNY shall mail copy of process to The       against it may be served. SSNY shall
Block 7 on said map; Thence southwesterly at right angels to said southwesterly            cess to The LLC 8 White Lion Dr. Mon-         with the buildings and improvements           LP 685 Esplanade Pelham Manor, NY            mail process to the LLC, 4021 Paulding
side of Vernon Avenue and along said southeasterly line of Lot No. 19, Block 7, 94.50      trose, NY 10548. Purpose: Any lawful          thereon erected, situate, lying and being     10803. Purpose: Any lawful activity.         Ave Bronx NY 10466. Purpose: Any law-
feet to the northerly line of Lot No. 25, Block 7 on said map; Thence easterly along       activity.                                     in the City of Yonkers, County of West-                                                    ful activity.
                                                                                                                                         chester and State of New York, Section        BOUNINFANTE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP,
said northerly line of Lot No. 25. 6.03 feet to the northeasterly corner of said Lot 25,   United Trade Alliance L.L.C. Articles                                                       NO. 1, L.P. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec.
Block 7; Thence southerly at right angels to the last mentioned course and through                                                       2, Block 2027 and Lot 33. Premises will
                                                                                           of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY)         be sold subject to provisions of filed        of State (SSNY) 4/15/11. Office in West-
Lot No. 25 Block 7. 45 feet to a corner; Thence easterly at right angles with said last    3/7/2011. Office in Westchester Co.                                                         chester Co. SSNY design. Agent of LP
                                                                                                                                         Judgment Index # 15748/08.
mentioned courses and through Lots Nos. 24, 23, 22 and 21, Block 7 on said map,
100 feet to the westerly side of McClellan Avenue; Thence northerly along said
                                                                                           SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom
                                                                                           process may be served. SSNY shall mail        Eco-Mail Development, LLC Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                       upon whom process may be served.
                                                                                                                                                                                       SSNY shall mail copy of process to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Classified Ads
westerly side of McClellan Avenue 69.76 feet to the point or place of beginning.                                                                                                                                                        Prime Retail - Westchester County
                                                                                           copy of process to The LLC 9-7 Nicole         filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY)        Barbara Buoninfante 685 Esplanade            Best Location in Yorktown Heights
Said premises known as 286 McClellan Avenue, Mount Vernon, N.Y. 10553.                     Circle Ossining, NY 10562. Purpose: Any       on 3/17/2011. Office location: Westches-      Pelham Manor, NY 10803. Purpose: Any         1100 Sq. Ft. Store $3100; 1266 Sq. Ft. store
(Section: 165.28, Block: 4047, Lot: 13).                                                   lawful activity. Registered Agent: Spie-      ter Co. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on        lawful activity.                             $2800 and 450 Sq. Ft. Store $1200.
Approximate amount of lien $ 548,267.38 plus interest and costs.                           gel & Utrera, P.A., P.C. 1 Maiden LN, 5th     2/19/10 SSNY designated as agent of                                                        Suitable for any type of business. Contact
                                                                                                                                         LLC upon whom process against it may          Westchester Creative Arts Therapy
Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale.           Fl NY, NY 10038.                                                                            Projects, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY      Jaime: 914.632.1230
                                                                                                                                         be served. SSNY shall mail process to
Index No. 13231-09. Frank C. Praete, Jr., Esq., Referee.                                   Ayrie Golden Eagle Strategic Holdings,                                                      Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/15/2011. Office in              Office Space Available-
                                                                                                                                         The LLC 38 E Lake Drive Katonah, NY
DeRose & Surico                                                                            LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State                                                 Westchester Co. SSNY design. Agent of            Prime Location, Yorktown Heights
                                                                                                                                         10536. DE address of LLC: 2711 Center-
Attorney(s) for Plaintiff                                                                  (SSNY) 1/12/2011. Office in Westchester                                                     LLC upon whom process may be served.         1,000 Sq. Ft.: $1800. Contact Jaime:
                                                                                                                                         ville Rd Ste 400 Wilmington, DE 19808.
213-44 38th Avenue                                                                         Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon                                                          SSNY shall mail copy of process to The       914.632.1230
                                                                                                                                         Arts. Of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State,
Bayside, N.Y. 11361                                                                        whom process may be served. SSNY                                                            LLC 25 Constant Avenue Yonkers, NY           Deer Mngmnt seeks Lead Application De-
                                                                                                                                         PO Box 898 Dover, DE 19903. Purpose:
                                                                                           shall mail copy of process to Corporation     Any lawful activity.                          10701. Purpose: Any lawful activity.         veloper in Larchmont, NY to support analy-
                                                                                           Service Company 80 State St Albany,                                                         Notice of Formation Arita Advisory Ser-      sis, design, impl & testing of new & existing
                                                                                           NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity.       Notice of Formation MLS Moki, LLC                                                          bus systems & serve as lead programmer
                                                                                                                                                                                       vices, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY
                                                                                           Registered Agent: Corporation Service         Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 4/8/2011.                                                    for custom app dev related areas incl soft-
                                                                                                                                                                                       4/28/2011. Off. Loc.: Westchester Cnty.
                                                                                           Company 80 State St Albany, NY 12207.         Off. Loc.: Westchester Cnty. SSNY des-                                                     ware coding, database design, & report
                                                                                                                                                                                       SSNY designated as agent of LLC whom
                                                                                                                                         ignated as agent of LLC whom process                                                       writing. Resumes to Deer Management Co
                                                                                                                                                                                       process may be served. SSNY shall mail
                                                                                                                                         may be served. SSNY shall mail process                                                     LLC., ATTN: JAmbrosino, 1865 Palmer Av-
                                                                                                                                                                                       process to: c/o The LLC, P.O. Box 170,
                                                                                                                                         to: c/o The LLC, P.O. Box 5, Alpine, NJ                                                    enue, Larchmont, NY 10538, Ref. job code:
                                                                                                                                                                                       Bedford, NY 10506. Purpose: all lawful
                                                                                                                                         07620. Purpose: all lawful activities                                                      LAD-029. No calls/emails/faxes EOE.
                                                                                                                                                                                       activities.
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