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       Wave Hill is Named                                                            Lidia Bastianich       Yankee Andy Pettitte
       NYC & Company                                                                  to be Honored       Visits St. Cabrini Nursing
      Culture Spot for May                                                       at First Annual Gala for      Home Residents
                                                                                    Montfort Academy
                                                                               KATONAH, NY -- Chef Lidia               an educational emphasis at The
                                                                               Bastianich, “First Lady of Italian      Montfort. The Academy offers
                                                                               Cuisine,” will                                              senior students
                                                                               be honored at                                               a unique four-
                                                                               The Montfort                                                week summer
                                                                               A c a d e m y ’s                                            archeological
                                                                               first     annual                                            study program
                                                                               gala on Sunday,                                             in Italy, and Ms.
                                                                               May 4, 2008,                                                Bastianich will
                                                                               from 1-6 p.m.                                               speak       about
                                                                               at    Maestro’s                                             the       regions
                                                                               Caterers in The                                             and      regional
                                                                               Bronx.      The                                             foods of Sicily,
                                                                               event, called                                               Rome,         and           Yankees Pitcher Andy Pettitte with St. Cabrini Nursing Home
                                                                               “Celebrate                                                  Abruzzi, where                               resident Marion Villane.
                                                                               the    Angels,”                                             the      students    DOBBS FERRY, NY -- The                   Resident     Council      President
                                                                               will      benefit                                           will tour this       joy      that     pinstripes pitcher     Yolanda Mosiello, and Sr. Jane
                                            Photo courtesy of Mick Hales.      The Montfort                                                summer.              Andy Pettitte generated at St.           Frances Smith, FSP, an avid
RIVERDALE, NY -- NYC &                by offering visitors two-for-one         Academy,                                                         Also being      Cabrini Nursing Home still lingers       Yankees fan for eight decades,
Company, the official marketing       admission from Wednesdays to             Westchester ’s                                              honored at the       among resident and staff days            presented a plaque of gratitude to
and tourism organization for the      Fridays when they present a special      only classical                                              gala are pianist     after his Monday, April 7 visit.         him as he toured the Home’s first
City of New York, has named Wave      coupon at the front gate. Visitors       high school.                                                Pierluigi            The four-time World Series champ         new neighborhood opened in its $55
Hill the Culture Spot for May. The    will also have a chance to participate        The Renaissance-inspired gala      Sampietro, of St. Gregory’s Parish,      spent nearly two hours in attentive      million Major Improvement Project.
spectacular 28-acre public garden     in a sweepstakes to win a one-year,      will honor Ms. Bastianich, top chef,    in Harrison, NY, who has given           conversation, sensitive listening,        Although Sr. Jane Frances has long
and cultural center overlooking the   family/dual membership to Wave           author, and television personality,     private concerts for Pope Benedict,      and autograph signing with residents,    marveled at the All-Star’s pitching
Hudson River and Palisades in the                                              for her appreciation of Italian         and Monsignor Hilary Franco, the         employees, and family members.           prowess, the Franciscan Sister
Bronx will honor this designation                      see Wave Hill Pg. 4     culture and language, which is                   see Lidia Bastianich Pg. 5          On behalf of fellow residents,             see Yankee Andy Pettitte Pg.4



        INSIDE                         Mayor Young Welcomes Sister                                                       Sub Crime                                                        Ill-Legal
             A&E                        City Delegation from China                                                            By Martin McGloin
                                                                                                                                                                Which Way Did They Go George, Which Way
            Pgs. 1, 3                            Yangquan Vice Mayor Presented
                                                                                                                                                                             Did They Go?
                                                      with Key to the City
     AUTOMOTIVE                                                                                                                                                                                 By Hezi Aris
              P g. 9                                                                                                                                              Is an ethical component necessary became evident that those who gave
                                                                                                                                                                to the reporting of the news and is the the rationale behind every entry in
                                                                                                                                                                ethical component                                      the financial ledger,
       BUSINESS                                                                                                                                                 a certainty that the
                                                                                                                                                                news will thereby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       did indeed admit to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the illegality of a
            Pgs. 1, 3
                                                                                                                                                                be reported in its                                     certain transaction.
                                                                                                                             The Crime of the Century           entirety. That is                                      As the reality sank
     COMMUNITY                                                                                                         happened. It was perhaps the biggest
                                                                                                                       financial crime ever committed and
                                                                                                                                                                the dilemma to
                                                                                                                                                                which I recently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in, one of the elected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       officials said, “Hezi,
            Pgs. 1, 4
                                                                                                                       nobody knew about it. When it was        found myself in. I                                     you didn’t hear
                                                                                                                       planned and during its execution it      was attending an                                       that!”
         CULTURE                                                                                                       was not publicly visible. It came
                                                                                                                       from the 1970’s and yet its size and
                                                                                                                                                                announced meeting
                                                                                                                                                                to which specific
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         And so it was, after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       that very moment,
              P g. 1                                                                                                   magnitude were of 21st Century           elected       officials,                               which I too had
                                                                                                                       proportions. It happened through         some of their staff,       The Hezitorial recognized would be
     ECONOMIC
                                                                                                                       securitization, a process where          media who chose                                        the outcome of the
                                                                                                                       assets, financial instruments, and       to attend, (I was the                                  discourse among the

    DEVELOPMENT
                                      MOUNT VERNON, NY -- In the               as part of the annual Sister City       securities are sorted and packaged       only one), and experts in the field people at the table that I realized I
                                      spirit of extending Mount Vernon’s       Agreement.                              and sold off to investors. Think of it   to be discussed, among the public, was in a conundrum over what to
            Pgs. 4, 5                 cultural and educational outreach to         “As the mayor of a city that is     as mixing Fifth Avenue with dollar       were made privy to financial issues. do. Do I report every aspect of that
                                      the world, Mayor Clinton I. Young,       home to people from close to a          store merchandise, and adding a          After a thorough synopsis of the which I heard and saw, quoting each
                                      Jr. hosted a delegation from China       hundred different nations, it is        slick package and red ribbon. It         figures before the officials was as they rose to admitting what had
      EDUCATION                       at City Hall on Wednesday, March         very important to foster strong         has been known to almost all of          explained, it soon became evident transpired and the consequences
              P g. 5                  19th and 20th, 2008. The delegation,     international,       inter-municipal    those involved in this murky money       that some covenants had not been of those entries onto perhaps the
                                      lead by Vice Mayor Zhoalin Liu,          relationships,” said Mayor Young.       making machine. Last August              adhered to as prescribed. A few of very viability of the city which
                                      from the People’s Municipal              “It gives me great pride to have Vice   –September a new phrase became           the elected officials surmised the sustains me, and I believe, it. Does
     FINE REPORT                      Government of Yangquan, China,
                                      arrived in Mount Vernon by an
                                                                               Mayor Liu and the entire delegation
                                                                               here to reinforce the great bond
                                                                                                                       part of popular parlance. Sub prime
                                                                                                                       mortgage rose and battered the
                                                                                                                                                                misconduct during the explanation divulging the facts hamper the
                                                                                                                                                                of the figures. In the questioning city? Will a calamitous reaction
              P g. 3
                                      official Police motorcade escort                                                                                          process that ensued, it quickly
                                                                                           see Mayor Young Pg. 6                       see Sub Crime Pg. 3                                                          see The Hezitorial Pg. 2

    GOVERNMENT
          Pgs. 1, 5, 6, 7             The Plumed     Common Ground                                                                                               Governor Chappaqua
          HEALTH                       Serpent   Coffeehouse Presents Night                                                                                       Paterson Residents
              P g. 7
                                        Bridal       of Acoustic Music                                                                                           Announces
         LETTERS
              P g. 2                                                                                                                                             Wicks Law
LIKE KLOCKWORK                                                                                                                                                   Overhaul
              P g. 3                                                                                                                                            Long-Sought Reform
                                                                                                                                                                  will Help Relieve
           OP-ED                                                                                                                                                   Onerous Local
           Pgs. 1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                            Property Taxes
                                                                                                                                                                ALBANY, NY -- Governor
         PARODY                                                                                                                                                 David A. Paterson announced the
                                                                                                                                                                overhaul of the Wicks Law in the
              P g. 7                                                                                                                                            2008-09 Enacted Budget. This
                                                                                                                                                                historic reform is part of an overall

          PEOPLE                      WESTPORT, CT -- The grand re-
                                                                                                                                                                effort to reduce local mandates
                                                                                                                                                                and lower local property taxes.
              P g. 8                  opening of The Plumed Serpent            HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY                  Havens, Dan’s music is sophisticated     The change, which will cut public
                                      Bridal in Westport took place            -- Common Ground Coffeehouse,           and compelling. In the last few          construction costs for State and
                                                                                                                       years, Dan has toured extensively        local governments, marks the first
           RADIO
                                      March 20, 2008! After months of          http://commongroundfusw.com,at                                                                                                  Photo courtesy of Tom Berg.
                                      renovations, clients, and visitors       the First Unitarian Society in          all over the U.S. and in the United      restructuring of that law in more
              P g. 2                  can enjoy a new level of customer        Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, will            Kingdom. Dan has shared the stage        than 40 years.                           NEW YORK, NY -- Former
                                      service at the luxurious all-            present a night of acoustic music       with The Dave Brubeck Quartet,             “Wicks reform is an essential part     President Bill Clinton and Cirillo
                                      encompassing bridal salon.               from around the globe on April 26,      Vance Gilbert, Muriel Anderson,          of relieving the crushing burden of      World PR agency president John
TRANSPORTATION                           The Plumed Serpent showcases          2008, at 7:30.                          Cliff Eberhardt, Dickey Betts,
                                                                                                                       Levon Helm and many more.
                                                                                                                                                                local property taxes afflicting our      Cirillo,   both     residents   of
              P g. 9                  some of the leading designers                 Appearing will be acclaimed                                                 State,” said Governor Paterson.          Chappaqua, in Westchester County,
                                      within the industry, including Anne      harp guitarist Dan Lavoie, http://            Port o’ Monkeys, featuring         “Today’s reforms, which were             got together at Gallagher’s Steak
                                      Barge, Carolina Herrera, Monique         www.danlavoie.com/, as well as          Chris Wertenbaker, Jeff Greene,          many years in the making, prove          House in New York City, where
WEIR ONLY HUMAN                       Lhuillier, Rivini, Romona Keveza
                                      and Vera Wang.
                                                                               Port o’ Monkeys, http://www.
                                                                               myspace.com/portomonkeys, who
                                                                                                                       Don Hayward, and Paul Harris,
                                                                                                                       uses a wide variety of acoustic
                                                                                                                                                                that when we work together, we
                                                                                                                                                                can get real results for the people of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mr. Clinton was honored by
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Emerald Isle Immigration
              P g. 2
                                         Learn more about The Plumed           play a spicy and eclectic mix of        instruments including flamenco           New York.”                               Center Wednesday, April 9. Cirillo
                                      Serpent Bridal on their www.             traditional and original music from     guitar, steel string guitar, oud,               Under the legislation, the        World represents Gallagher’s Steak
                                      plumedserpentbridal.com Website          around the Mediterranean, Spain,        kanun,bouzouki, guitarrone, yayla        thresholds for triggering Wicks          House, as well as Westchester
                                      where all the elegant and timeless       Eastern Europe, the Middle East         tanbur, violin, flute, harmonium,        Law mandates, which require State        clients Steiner Sports Marketing,
                                      gowns that capture the desires of        and beyond.                                                                      and local governments to issue           New Rochelle, and Empire City at
                                      every bride are to be found.                 Reminiscent of that of Richie                see Common Ground Pg. 3                          see Governor Pg. 6      Yonkers Raceway, in Yonkers.
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                                                                        supporters know that “tolerance” is     consumer goods, such as Hondas,          institutions always survived on           Aris every Thursday, at 8:30 am,
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     Diane M. Grassi                                                    Attorney at Law                         money was worth less, they used          Bernanke, both the general public         Westchester. Join Bob Marrone
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       Bob Marrone                                                                                              valued currency. In 1980 the weak        it, Congress, President Bush, or          from Monday through Friday.
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                                                                                           Good - and Bad - Teachers
        Marilyn Elie                                                    Legislature Overspends; UFT Prevails As Usual; Paterson Talks Tough
  Columns by Politicians                                                                                                By Henry J. Stern
        Paul Feiner              April 11, 2008 - This week was         appreciated in his public statement.    made the cuts in April, instead of in    that the teacher whose students           union’s will than a man who didn’t
        Jeff Klein            a busy one in Albany for New              We wrote Tuesday that Shelly owed       November, they could be smaller.         succeed is likely to be a better          need their money.
     George Latimer           York City’s interests. The defeat         the mayor something, and he may         But logic has never interfered           teacher than one whose identical           The United Federation of Teachers,
     Mary C. Marvin           of congestion pricing on Monday           have believed he paid that debt with    with the time-honored practice of        students generally fail.                  led by the gifted and talented Randi
      Noam Bramson            came as somewhat of a surprise to         the budget, which softened earlier      postponing bad news.                       That aspect of competence should        Weingarten, spends $3 million a
                              those who believed that, after the        proposed cuts in allocations to the     Tenure for Teachers, No Matter           be taken into account in tenure           year lobbying the state legislature.
     Thomas Abinanti
                              sturm und drang, a bargain would          city.                                   Whether the Kids Learn or Not.           decisions. Why give a lifetime            The union endorses candidates,
       Sandy Galef
                              be struck between Silver, Bruno and          The problem with this budget is            Another bill approved by           job to a person who has proven            they support phone banks, they
  Andrea Stewart-Cousins      Bloomberg. In the end, Silver went                                                both houses curtails the school          him/herself incompetent for three         want to be listened to and obeyed.
                                                                        that it is financially irresponsible.
                              with his Democratic Conference,           It increases state spending by 5%                                                years? That would be ridiculous.          Much of their work is necessarily
    Advertising Sales         the people who have elected him           (about $6 billion) while the state                                               But that is what happens in the           on behalf of their less competent
    Display Advertising       Speaker for the last fourteen years.      economy slumps into recession                                                    school system.                            members, because able teachers are
      Darryl Walker              Did he have to leave congestion        mode. For years, I have written                                                      As a graduate of the New York         usually valued for their work. Good
       Jay Santiago           pricing to the Conference rather          that a budget is like a road map;                                                City public schools, my experience        teachers do not have to run to their
                              than just twisting arms? Maybe,           it doesn’t necessarily take you                                                  was that most teachers were very          shop stewards for protection, “they
                              or maybe not. If he ignored his           anywhere, but it shows where you                                                 good and a handful were excellent.        do not sweat and whine about their
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                              rely on Republican votes to reach         like E. J. McMahon and Bill                                                      really stank. I still remember my            Nonetheless, there are injustices
     Frank Shevetone          the magic number of 76, a majority                                                                                         teacher in 8B in JHS 52 telling the       in labor relations, and the days
                                                                        Hammond, there will not be enough
                              on the Assembly. To secure the            money to pay for the programs the                                                class about the death of a colleague.     of unilateral, unchecked rule by
                              votes of the unwilling, “he might         state has included in a budget that                                              “Mrs. Good died last night. And you       management are long over. There
                              have had to incur obligations that        contains virtually no reductions.                                                know why she died, it was because         is a middle ground, based on equity
 Your World,                  he would prefer not to fulfill.” The
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                                                                        Even the vacant office of Lieutenant
                                                                        Governor is funded at $1.66 million
                                                                                                                                                         she was too good. I won’t be too
                                                                                                                                                         good, you can count on that. And
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and reason, between anarchy and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   tyranny. In our school system,

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                                                                                                                                                         she waved a ruler over her head
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   anarchy (under the guise of due
                                                                                                                                                                                                   process) usually wins out, in part
                              in prison.”                                                                                                                It happened 62 years ago and I will       because of craven judges, and in
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                                                                        at the Association for a Better
                                                                        New York Tuesday morning, said              New York Civic                       never forget it. How many other           larger part because tyranny doesn’t
                              and institutional relationships, the      the budget was far too high in                                                   children will carry the memories of       have $3 million each year to lobby
                                                                                                                chancellor’s power to deny tenure        incompetent teachers for the rest of      the state legislature.
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                              from the mayor. To try to purge           the opportunity to put his pen          sitting in their classes for a year or   in dispute. There was a story by          according to common sense and
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                              in 1938 to defeat Senators and            to him for signature. Both houses       basis of students’ test scores.          about the Department of Education         the disputants, which usually comes
         $39                  supersede Supreme Court Justices          of legislature will either negotiate       Some teachers may get kids who        planning to consider test scores to       down to who is supplying the most
     Direct your              who disagreed with him.                   a compromise or override his veto,      are not smart, or for other reasons      make tenure determinations. The           boodle.
                                    Remember Spitzer careening          since it will be their own budget       have learning difficulties. The          union says that the chancellor                 The prior administration gave
      credit card             around in the state plane last            that they will have approved. He        word ‘dumb’ has vanished from            wanted to rely solely on test scores,     “Day One” a bad name, but as the
 subscription order to        February threatening legislators          will face the quandary of whether       the language of the educrats, just       but Tweed (the new way to say
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   earth spins the days come and go.
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                              who had voted for Tom DiNapoli            to veto and go down with the ship,      as vicious has disappeared from the
 WTTsubscription@             for Comptroller. Voters like to           or settle for modest reductions. He     bowlderized phrase: “There is no         that claim. As luck would have it,        after the constitutional deadline for
                                                                                                                such thing as a bad dog.” BTW,           Tweed (the building has emerged as        adoption of the state budget. This
      gmail.com               support the little guy, and compared
                              with Bloomberg, Silver is the little
                                                                        will try to position himself on the
                                                                                                                there are two rules beginning with       the educational Vatican, Kremlin or       is the 18th year out of 20 that the
                                                                        high ground of fiscal responsibility.
                              guy who was born, grew up and has               Of course, if the recession       the same seven words: 30-L: “There       Pentagon, even though its eponym          budget has been late. A far greater
                              always lived in the neighborhood          should evaporate, real estate           is no such thing as a free lunch” and    has rightly been in disrepute for         problem however is the failure of
                              called the Lower East Side. Besides,      values skyrocket, and mergers and       31-L: “There is no such thing as a       over a century.                           the budget to deal with fiscal reality.
                              if Silver were removed, the next          acquisitions resume at a rapid pace,    mental note.”                              The singularity of the Incompetent      The day of reckoning is not yet nigh,
                              speaker would have much less              the budget will be close to balanced.       Although test scores cannot be       Teachers     Protection Act        is     but it will come later this year.
                              influence with his members, and           The possibility of an immediate         the only reason to deny tenure to a      illustrated by a provision that the
                              that could be far worse for the State     turnaround, however, is, to put it      teacher, it seems rather obvious that    issue should be investigated by
                              and the City. Look at Spitzer, who        charitably, remote.                     they should be taken into account.       a commission, with a report not            Henry Stern is president of New
                              was supposed to reform the state                                                  If two teachers, with classes of         due for two years. The purpose of         York Civic (www.NYCivic.org) and
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                                                                        What is more likely to happen is
                                                                        that after the 2008 primary and         students of identical intelligence,      that section is to remove the issue           a blogger on public issues.
                              The Swollen Budget                        election are over, a large gap will     get vastly different results at the      for the balance of the Bloomberg            He was New York City’s Parks
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                                                                        be discovered, which the legislature    end of the school year in terms of
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   under Mayors Koch and Giuliani.
                                                                        will have to make substantial
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                                                                   A&E • Business • Op-Ed
                                                          Weir Only Human: Fighting for Her Sisters
                                                                                                                      By Bob Weir
   It happened sometime during the         escape. I arrested the guy and           a strong voice in the courtroom. with it, but that I would refuse to go         charge reduced, over my objections,       machine extolled her virtues as a
summer of 1975. I was working              arraigned him in Queens Criminal         After reading the documents, she along with it in court. I knew, as did         I would pursue an interview with a        “fierce proponent of law and order,
plainclothes duty out of the 105           Court.                                   began writing on a yellow pad as she, that the judge always asked               newspaper and expose the sham             and protector women’s rights.”
Precinct in Queens, New York. My              A few days later, the case was        she spoke to me                                           for the arresting     being perpetrated upon the public            I couldn’t help laughing when I
partner and I responded to a call of,      on the docket for a preliminary          without looking                                           officer’s consent     by the highly publicized new unit         saw the posters of her stating that
“Cries for help,” in an apartment          hearing. I had my facts in order,        up.                                                       when a reduction      and it’s politically ambitious ADA.       she would fight for her sisters against
building. When we pulled up on             my evidence vouchers in hand, and           “I’m going to                                          was requested.            In fact, the ADA didn’t want to       the male dominated hierarchy. But I
the scene, we saw a young woman            the complainant in the courtroom.        reduce this from                                          With a disdainful     take a chance on losing any cases by      didn’t receive true satisfaction until
climbing down a fire escape, crying        Before the case was called, I was        first degree rape,                                        frown on her          going to trial. She knew that every       she ran for Vice-president in 1984.
hysterically. Her clothes were             summoned to the office of the            to       unlawful                                         face, she looked      reduced charge conviction was             President Reagan and VP, George
torn and bloody, and she had cuts          Assistant District Attorney (ADA)        imprisonment               Weir Only Human                toward         the    still a win on her record. I forced       Bush, won a landslide victory over
and bruises on her arms and legs.          in charge of the Sex Crimes Unit.        and        simple                                         lieutenant and        the case to trial, and the defendant      Walter Mondale and his “crime
After we calmed her down and               I was ushered into her office by a       assault,”                                                 nodded.               was convicted on all charges. The         fighting, women’s liberationist”
summoned an ambulance, she told            NYC police lieutenant assigned           she said matter-of-factly. “The           He asked me to accompany him to       victory was bittersweet because,          running mate, Geraldine Ferraro. I
us she had been beaten, raped, and         to her as a liaison. He stood in the     defendant will agree to the reduction a nearby room where he proceeded          although I had vindicated myself          began to believe there was justice in
sodomized by a man she met in a            corner of the room like a sentinel       and he will accept the appropriate to pull rank in order to get me to           and justice had prevailed, the ADA        the world.
bar the previous night. Although           as she intermittently read the arrest    sentence.” The shock on my face comply with the ADA. Since I had                ended up with a win on a felony
she had accompanied him to his             report and looked over her glasses at    must have resonated with her one of the highest rates of arrests                count, instead of the misdemeanor            Bob Weir is a contributing
apartment, she alleged that he had         me. She was the first person to take     because she stopped writing and and convictions in my precinct,                 she had bargained for. I only ran           columnist to Yonkers Tribune
held her against her will, beat her        charge of this new unit, which was       sat back on her recliner. “You don’t which provided me with the undying         into her a few times after that, and       and Westchester Times Tribune.
and violated her several times.            specifically designed to be a tough      have a problem with that, do you, gratitude of my commanding                    it was always in the courtroom, not            BobWeir777@aol.com.
When he fell asleep, she locked the        enforcement arm of the justice           officer?” she said with more than a officer, I told him what he could do        in her office. Soon, she ran for and
bathroom door, broke the window,           system; assuring that sexually           hint of intimidation in her voice. I with his rank. In addition, I told him     was elected District Attorney of
and squeezed through to the fire           victimized women would have              told her that I not only had a problem if the ADA even tried to have the        Queens County. Her propaganda



                                                         Your Freedom of Screech - Use It or Lose It!
                                                                                                                By Joe Klock, Sr.
  What is at times the most precious       best interests. To say that all          like any other weapon, it is useless at the top of the organizational           The truth is that we voters (make         them a piece of your mind. (When,
of our freedoms is frequently              these stewards are now doing             if not readied, aimed and fired. totem pole are obliged to do what              that bosses) CHOOSE not to fight          pray, was the last time you did so?)
the one we most often neglect.             that would be like attributing              Much too often, our complaints they do exclusively for the benefit           City Hall, due to a combination              It’s YOUR country you live in,
  The exercise of this right may be        chastity to the average Frat Boy.        are expressed only                                    of the real bosses -      of     indolence       and    timidity.   YOUR organization you belong to
our best shot at a better life, a better      On the other hand, it would           in barroom banter,                                    namely members,              But the overriding truth is that       and YOUR church at which you
nation and a better structure for every    be unfair to charge that all - or        party       chatter,                                  shareholders,             you CAN fight City Hall, and the          worship. Don’t ever forget that -
organization of which we are a part.       even most - of our public (and           pillow patter and                                     constituents,             County Seat, and the State Capitol        and don’t let “them” forget it, either.
   That to which we refer in these         other) servants are corrupt, inept       over-the-back-                                        teammates and,            and the whole federal bureaucracy             Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner may
reverential terms is our “Freedom          or misguided. However, there             fence awfulizing.                                     in the case of            - but not in barrooms, cocktail           owe an apology to the Almighty for
Of Screech,” an inalienable gift           are sufficiently frequent puffs of       Much too seldom                                       service-oriented          parties, bedsteads and backyards.         putting it that way, but I’ve always
endowed by our Creator and                 smoke in the media to suggest            do we air our                                         enterprises,                We need to challenge our leaders        read great depth into these words
guaranteed by our Constitution,            that the fires of incompetence,          ire and vent our                                      customers.                boldly, openly and as often as            he penned for the musical Camelot:
which it is our solemn obligation          misdirection,            malfeasance,    spleen in direct                                          If, when and          what they do displeases us. When          “It’s not the earth the meek inherit,
as citizens and constituents to            misfeasance and otherfeasances           confrontation with                                    every time you            we neglect to do so, they tend            it’s the dirt.”
exercise at every opportunity.             are burning out of control within        those whom not-             Like Klockwork            fall into one of          to be controlled by lobbyists,
  It is both our right and duty to howl    public and organizational entities.      so-proudly we hail.                                   those categories,         pressure groups, cronies and
like scalded dogs whenever those to           Yet, like so many cows in the                     Ideally,                                  your Freedom of           their own self-serving agendas.
whom we have delegated authority,          pasture, we allow ourselves to           politicians, business superiors, Screech allows you (requires you,                Make no mistake about this, folks:      Freelance wordworker Joe Klock,
and those in whom we repose trust          be herded, fenced in, milked,            church officials and organizational in fact) to take to the woodshed            The only thing that politicians and          Sr. (joeklock@aol.com) is a
and confidence, screw things up.           bilked and exploited by our              bigwigs are doing their jobs all those who are improperly                       power brokers fear is an enlightened       winter Floridian who summers
     Obviously high on the list            “shepherds,” patiently chewing           correctly when they function as discharging their stewardships.                 and empowered constituency.                in New Hampshire. More of his
are elected officials and those            our cud and only occasionally            leaders, rather than autocrats - and  Prominent among these miscreants,           So don’t overlook an opportunity          “Klockwork,” can be found at
appointed by them - these being            lowing      in     passive    protest.   we who march behind their pennants of course, are elected reprehensibles,       to write a letter, send an e-mail, make           www.joeklock.com.
the people responsible for running           Unless we abandon it - because of      should remind them of this fact. who thrive on constituent apathy.              a phone call or, if possible, get nose-
YOUR city, county, state, nation,          apathy, laziness, and/or a shortage of       With rare exceptions, such          “You can’t fight City Hall”             to-nose, toes-to-toes, eyeball-to-
club, association and church in            guts - our right to bitch about things   as dictators, drill sergeants and is a tired old bromide that is as             eyeball and belly-to belly with those
a manner consistent with YOUR              is a powerful force for change; but,     uncaged 800-pound gorillas, those pervasive as it is dead wrong.                in charge of your destiny and give




                        Sub Crime                                                     Common                                     The                                                 The Fine Print
From Page 1
financial markets with all the fury        them in before we hang ‘em high?
                                                                                      Ground                                   Male Glee                                                             By Lisa Fine
                                                                                                                                                                    Who Knew Abe Lincoln?
of a bunker buster. However this
bomb had much further reach and
could do more harm and not just in
                                           Who will pay for this crime? All of
                                           us. Will the culprits ever be found?
                                           No! Is there political will to catch
                                                                                     Coffeehouse                                Club                                The Yorktown Historical Society is
                                                                                                                                                                    hosting a talk “Peekskill’s Personal
Baghdad. It’s half-life incalculable.
    Many banks initially pretended
                                           these uncommon criminals? No!
                                           Instead of doing the right thing and
                                                                                      Presents                                    of
                                                                                                                                                                    Connections with Abe Lincoln” on
                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 pm, at
                                                                                                                                                                    the Yorktown Community Center.
that this force majeure did not
exist and passed out happy, happy
                                           letting the free market reign, we
                                           have the government investing in the       Night of                                 Yonkers
                                                                                                                                                                    The presentation will be lead by
                                                                                                                                                                    John Curran, Peekskill’s civic
news courtesy of their public              banks. Will it demand dividends and
relations machines. This crime was
committed by those high up in the
                                           returns on our investment? No! But,
                                           why not? Shouldn’t the taxpayers
                                                                                      Acoustic                             YONKERS, NY -- The Male Glee
                                                                                                                                                                    historian and author of several
                                                                                                                                                                    books; he will highlight Peekskill
                                                                                                                                                                    residents who had first person
banking world. Who created this
crap and buried it in with legitimate
                                           get a return on their investment?
                                           Is this what nationalization means?         Music                               Club of Yonkers will present their
                                                                                                                           spring concert on Sunday, May 4,         contact with Lincoln. The program
                                                                                                                                                                    is free and open to the public. Info:
mortgage-backed            securities?     But we don’t use that blasphemous        From Page 1                            2008 at 3:00 P.M. at Saunders High
There will be no congressional             word in America, now do we? We                                                  School, 183 Palmer Road, Yonkers,        www.yorktownhistory.org.                  1pm. Info: 914 962-7500.
investigation. No executive order          call these incursions by government      bass trombone, mandolin, afghan        NY.                                      Helping to Make a Difference              Be      Your      Personal      Best
will ever be issued to find these          into big business, other names.          rebab, nyckleharpe, konkovka,            In addition to their major concerts,   Sunday, April 27, is Mitzvah Day at       Personal Best at 35 Plus, specializes
corporate jihadists. No declaration              On analyzing the media, the        dutar, and various hand drums and      The Male Glee Club of Yonkers            Temple Beth Am in Yorktown. The           in personal training for women
of war will be declared by president       reason for lack of accountability is     other percussion instruments.          has sung at special events held in       purpose of this day is to offer the       35 years and older, has opened
or congress. We will never see an          plain to see. I have never heard or         Tickets are $15 for individuals     Yonkers over the years including         community the time to learn about         at Bailey Court, 336 Route 202
army 140,000 strong surging into           read one story asking for the heads      and $10 for seniors and youths age     the inaugurations of Mayor Phillip       and become involved in projects           in Somers. The new studio offers
the executive offices of Wall Street       of these perps. The weight of all        12-18.                                 Amicone and New York State               that help those in need. Local area       personal fitness training using
and those banking buildings coast          of these business journalists never      Children under 12 are free. For        Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins.          organizations will be represented         the Feminine Endeavors Levels
to coast looking for these corporate       once, that I have seen, even asked       directions and information, call       From time to time the Glee Club has      to provide information about              Program, which focuses on the
terrorists. However there will be          the question, who are these faceless     914-478-2710 or visit                  also entertained residents at nursing    their programs and opportunities          development of posture, stability
money spent. Not on a corporate            criminals. Even in broadcast             http://commongroundfusw.com            homes and other care facilities.         for volunteering including Kids           and correct movement for women.
invasion, or the like, but on a            presentations the subcrime is all           Proceeds from this evening will       The May 4th Concert will include       to Kids International, Yorktown           The studio has two private personal
sandbagging of the taxpayer. In this       a blur and abstract and hard for         benefit Afya Foundation of America,    such memorable hits as “Alexander’s      Community Help/Food Pantry,               training rooms, an aerobic room,
advanced capitalist land an intrusion      us peasants to understand . So           http://www.afyafoundation.org/,        Ragtime Band”, “Say it with              SPARC, Blythedale Children’s              a “playground” for small group
by government to prop up these             complicated, that the average Joe or     founded by                             Music”, “Bridge Over Troubled            Hospital, New York Blood Center,          classes and inventive obstacle
institutions that royally screwed up       Jane could not possibly understand.      Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, resident       Water”, and “America”. The Glee          Pines Bridge School, Con Edison,          course circuits. Info: 914 276-
has already happened. The socialist        It’s like “mind your own business        Danielle Butin. Based in , NY, Afya    Club will also sing medleys from         and Teatown Lake Reservation.             2611.
wing of the US government became           and get back to the malls.”              procures and ships vital supplies      “Guys and Dolls” and “South              Scheduled activities will feature
visible as this coup happened.                 The hardest part to understand       necessary to support medical and       Pacific”. Ilya Speranza, is the Male     children’s fundraising projects             To submit information for The
    On Monday, March 31, 2008,             is that this sub crime has               surgical initiatives worldwide,        Glee Club’s guest artist.                for Make-A-Wish, collection of             Fine Print, please send emails to
Mr. Paulson declared his new               helped to sink the economic              with a primary focus on Africa.                                                 donated items for the Women’s             TheFinePrintNY@verizon.net, call
oversights for this wayward and            ship. Scuttled on Wall Street, a         Supplies are donated and gathered       Admission is free. All are invited      Resource Center Area, creating             914 243-9761, or visit the www.
under regulated industry. Then he          leaky boat of titanic proportions,       from hospitals, surgical centers        to bring family and friends to the      picture books and post cards for            LisaFineCommunications.com
raced off to China. He can’t have          torpedoed with avarice and greed         and corporations. Afya’s goal           concert for an afternoon of lively      children in Afghanistan, letter           Website. Lisa Fine is owner of LF
been that worried or that interested       and with the connivance of political     is to serve as a donation-based                   entertainment.                writing to soldiers, a bake sale and        Communications, Inc. some of
in his own initiative. Out of sight,       subterfuge. What could possibly          clearinghouse for the international                                             more. Temple Beth Am is located at        whose clients may be mentioned on
out of mind. Ditto for King George         be a substitute for this crime? The      health community.                                                               203 Church Place and the event will                    occasion.
who was doing his NATO schtick .           solution is to spend more, which                                                                                         be open to the public from 11am -
The head of the Fed, Ben Bernanke,         is typical of political answers to
in the same week while under               problems; pass it on to the next
congressional questioning said, “A         torch bearer. Consumerism might
recession is possible.” His response       be good for the economy but is
to the bailout of Bear Stearns, to         disastrous for the environment, but
the tune of $29 Billion was, “The          I’ll leave that for another day.
damage caused by a default by Bear            Its hard to believe that the main
Stearns could have been severe             fundamental for our economy
and extremely difficult to contain.”       is buying more cheap consumer
No mention by him of wielding              durables. Is that all that keeps us
justice on those responsible for           afloat? My only worry is where
this sub crime either. Agatha              is the next financial tsunami
Christi was not even mentioned,            lurking? In this market economy
although she might have been               that only has two states, boom or
able to track these fugitives down.        bust, what monetary monster will
  Jérôme Kerviel who is credited to        materialize, is anyone’s guess.
losing USD7 billion for the French                     Politicians have the
bank Société Générale, was found           obligation to tell us why no
in an instant. There were some who         sub crime Spanish Inquisition
were calling for his extradition to        will take place. Pass. They would
America. Interestingly enough, the         rather pretend that they were our
sub crime soldiers are never even          saviors and let us think that they
implied in passing in journals or          alone were solving the problem
on Internet blogs. Some go so far          by serving up mortgage advice
as to state that Mr. Kerviel’s crime       to borrowers, and our money to
could never or would never be              billionaire bankers. That is another
allowed to happen here. Really!            sub crime.
Well where is the hue and cry for
the posse to ride out and bring
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                     Community • Culture • Economic Development
       New York Life Foundation Awards        The Wartburg Offers Open House
            $25,000 to CLUSTER              Tours of Independent Living Cottages
YONKERS, NY -- The New                                                                                                   MOUNT VERNON, NY -- Those
York Life Foundation awarded                                                                                             looking for an independent lifestyle
Westchester’s          CLUSTER                                                                                           with a little less work and worry
Community Services $25,000 for its                                                                                       are invited to tour Lohman Village
Study Buddy Program at a luncheon                                                                                        at The Wartburg throughout
recently. CLUSTER Community                                                                                              May. Several dates and times are
Services was one of six recipients                                                                                       available for guided tours of this
of the 2008 Awards Program.                                                                                              unique supported independent
   The New York Life Foundation                                                                                          living community.
awarded $150,000 in grants to six                                                                                            Lohman Village Open House
organizations, one in Westchester                                                                                        Tour Dates: Saturday, May
County and five representing each                                                                                        3, between 10 AM and 1 PM;
borough in New York City, for                                                                                            Wednesday, May 14, between 4
                                          (L to R): Freda Macon, Assistant Director, Cluster Community Services;         PM and 7 PM; Saturday, May 17,
offering programs that support the
                                          Lutonya Russell-Humes, Director of Youth & Family Programs, Cluster            between 10 AM and 1 PM; and
Foundation’s “Mentoring” program
                                         Community Services; Sy Sternberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer          Saturday, May 31, between 1 PM
area.
                                                  of New York Life; and Toni Volchok, Director, CLUSTER.                 and 4 PM.
                                                                                                                           The tours will leave from Cottage

                                                Wave Hill is Named
                                                                                                                         # 302. For more information
 Yankee Andy                                                                                                             and directions, please contact a       a screened-in Florida room. They           care services, and transportation to
                                                                                                                         residential consultant at 914-513-     are equipped with a personal call          personal appointments.
Pettitte Visits St.
Cabrini Nursing
                                                NYC & Company                                                            5444.
                                                                                                                           Lohman Village is situated on The
                                                                                                                                                                system and the bathrooms are fitted
                                                                                                                                                                with safety features.
                                                                                                                                                                    Lohman Village residents enjoy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lohman Village is overseen
                                                                                                                                                                                                           by a full-time program director
                                                                                                                                                                                                           with the assistance of a courteous
                                                                                                                         Wartburg’s beautiful and secure

Home Residents                                 Culture Spot for May                                                      36-acre campus. It is a charming
                                                                                                                         neighborhood of 31 private, one-
                                                                                                                                                                regularly scheduled transportation
                                                                                                                                                                to shopping, recreational excursions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           professional staff.

                                                                                                                         and two- bedroom cottages, with        weekly yoga, educational classes,               The Wartburg Adult Care
From Page 1
                                                                                                                         its own village green and exclusive    and social activities, as well as          Community is conveniently located
                                                                                                                         residents’ clubhouse. The cottages     maintenance and security support.          off Exit 12 of the Hutchinson River
of Peace said she was even
                                                                                                                         feature a large living room, a         In addition, residents have access          Parkway near the Pelham/Mount
more impressed by the depth of
                                                                                                                         full kitchen, walk-in closets, a       to a dining plan, housekeeping,               Vernon border. Directions are
character shown by Mr. Pettitte as
                                                                                                                         laundry area, air conditioning and     on-site physician services, home           available at www.thewartburg.org.
he interacted with residents, staff
and visitors. “He was so obliging
and patient with everyone. He’s                                                                                                                                                                            call 718-549-3200 or visit wavehill.
                                                                                                                         leading public gardens, a revered      visit this garden on the Hudson
a role model for our children,                                                                                                                                                                             org. Accessible by subway, bus,
                                                                                                                         landscape that thrives as a place      and to enjoy its lush beauty and
and that’s what’s so badly needed                                                                                                                                                                          MTA express bus and Metro-North
                                                                                                                         of beauty, inspiration, learning       stunning vistas.”
today,” said the former Hudson                                                                                                                                                                             railroad. Complimentary shuttle van
                                                                                                                         and discovery for all,” said Cathy        For Wave Hill’s complete May
Valley elementary school teacher                                                                                                                                                                           service between Wave Hill, Metro-
                                                                                                                         Marks Weinroth, Chair of the Board     schedule,       visit    nycvisit.com/
and Covenant House worker.                                                                                                                                                                                 North railroad’s Riverdale station
                                                                                                                         of Directors of Wave Hill. “We are     culturespot.
  “Many of our residents would love                                                                                                                                                                        and the end of the 1 train. Limited
                                                                                                                         delighted to welcome many new             The mission of Wave Hill, the
to go to a game at Yankee Stadium,                                                                                                                                                                         parking available: $8 per vehicle
                                                                                                                         visitors as the NYC Culture Spot       28-acre public garden and cultural
but are no longer able to do so,”                                                                                                                                                                          on-site; free parking nearby with
                                                                                                                         this month.”                           center, is to celebrate the artistry and
SCNH Administrator             Barbara                                                                                                                                                                     shuttle van service. Visit wavehill.
                                                                                                                           “Many people do not realize how      legacy of its gardens and landscapes,
Gaughan told the southpaw as he                                                                                                                                                                            org     for van   schedules, public
                                                                                                                         green New York City is or the size     to preserve its magnificent views
left for practice. “Your visit brought   From Page 1                                   Photo courtesy of Mick Hales.
                                                                                                                         and beauty of its many parks and       and to explore human connections           transportation information and
back to them wonderful memories                                                                                                                                                                            directions.
                                         Hill. Coupons will be available          such as Teddy Roosevelt, Mark          gardens. The Bronx has some of         to the natural world. Hours of
of baseball, childhood, and family.”                                                                                                                                                                           NYC & Company is the official
                                         from May 1 to May 31 at the NYC          Twain, and Arturo Toscanini. The       New York’s most picturesque and        operation: Tuesday–Sunday: 9am-
St. Cabrini Nursing Home is a not-                                                                                                                                                                          marketing and tourism organization
                                         & Company Visitor Information            site celebrates its vitality through   flourishing gardens, illustrated by    5:30pm. Admission: adults, $6;
for-profit, 304-bed “Quality First”                                                                                                                                                                          for the City of New York. Produced
                                         Center in Midtown Manhattan, the         programs in horticulture, education    the serene masterpiece that is Wave    children under six, free; children six
skilled nursing facility which is                                                                                                                                                                           by the NYC & Company Foundation,
                                         Federal Hall Visitor Information         and the arts—offerings that include    Hill, NYC & Company’s Culture          and older, $2; students, $3; seniors         the Culture Spot program promotes
sponsored by the Missionary Sisters
                                         Center at 26 Wall Street, and online     school     partnerships,     summer    Spot for May,” said Barbara            65 and older, $3; members, free.            cultural tourism in all five boroughs.
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and
                                         at nycvisit.com/culturespot.             internships for teens and a summer     Lorber, executive vice president of    Wave Hill is located at West 249th                  For information, visit
part of a long tradition of caring for
                                         Over its 165 year history, Wave Hill’s   science institute for teachers.        the NYC & Company Foundation.          Street at Independence Avenue in                   nycvisit.com/culturespot.
the elderly and chronically ill.
                                         scenery has inspired luminaries             “Wave Hill is among the nation’s    “There’s no better time of year to     The Bronx. For more information,



                                                                                           Greedy in Brooklyn
                                                    Well-connected Developer Seeks Still More Subsidies for Brooklyn Arena Scheme
                                                                                                             By Richard Cooper
  Real estate developer Forest City      action is carried out by the Empire                                                                                    new headquarters, should need more         be protected from subsidizing the
Ratner, headed by Bruce Ratner,          State Development Corporation                                                                                          money. As I noted in my article            theft of others.
will seek more subsidies from New        (ESDC), a NY State agency. Thus                                                                                        “Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain                  Richard Cooper is the export/
York City taxpayers for the Atlantic     the attempts of property-owners                                                                                        Abuse Scheme Confronts Reality”              import manager of a Long Island
Yards development in Brooklyn.           to defend themselves in court are                                                                                      http://www.groundreport.com/US/                manufacturing firm. He is the
The project includes an arena for the    combatted by state taxpayer-paid                                                                                       Atlantic-Yards-Eminent-Domain-                former Chair of the Libertarian
Nets basketball team, which Ratner       lawyers.                                                                                                               Abuse-Scheme-Confron which                      Party of New York www.ny.lp.
recently purchased. The project            I wonder whether eminent domain                                                                                      links eminent domain with the               org. The group is holding its state
will employ eminent domain in            supporters such as Senators Clinton                                                                                    money issue and economy in                      convention on Saturday, April
downtown Brooklyn to transfer            and Schumer have steered federal                                                                                       general, the expansion of the money            26th at the Reception House in
property from existing owners to         funds to this project and whether                                                                                      supply encourages malinvestments.           Flushing, Queens, NY. It will have
the developers.                          other funds have come from the                                                                                         Similarly, the availability of              psychiatrist Dr. Mindy Thompson
  The story was broken by blogger        decisions of federal agencies. That                                                                                    subsidies and eminent domain                     Fullilove of the Root Shock
Norman Oder of the Atlantic              means that all American taxpayers                                                                                      encourage uneconomic schemes.                  Institute www.rootshock.org as
Yards      Report http://www.dddb.       are picking up the tab for this                                                                                            The Atlantic Yards real estate           a speaker on how urban renewal
net/php/press/080407MoreSubsidy.         legalized theft.                                                                                                       scheme is legalized theft. The                          ruins America.
php. Over $305 million in city               It is not surprising that Forest                                                                                   Empire       State     Development             This article was first published
subsidies are not enough. There          City Ratner, which was a partner of                                                                                    Corporation is a body whose                       by Richard Cooper on the
are subsidies from New York State        the New York Times in an eminent                                                                                       mission is legalized theft. It should          groundreport.com Website and
as well and the eminent domain           domain scheme for the newspaper’s                                                                                      be abolished. The taxpayers must                  reprinted with permission.




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                                                  Economic Development •Education • Government
                                                   Veterans Rally to Save New Rochelle Armory
                                                                                                                By Peggy Godfrey
    Ron Tocci, former New York           “Projects should not be planned to       for shows, exhibits, and expos. It       could say to the developer that          not want to preserve the Armory, it     Rochelle.”
State Commissioner of Veterans           satisfy developer’s profit margins,”     could be used for sporting events,       the Armory must stay. I lay this         will revert back to the State of New          James Murphy, adjutant of
Affairs, surrounded by veterans and      he said, “but to listen to the wishes    like basketball, to tournaments, and     problem at their feet. There are         York.                                   American Legion Post 8 recounted
New Rochelle residents at a Press        of the citizens of the city.”            ice hockey events. In all, it could      thousands of names on petitions to         Several leaders of Veteran groups     his application to Mayor Bramson
Conference and Rally outside the            Peter Parente, the new president      be self-sustaining. He emphasized        save the Armory but pleas to save        spoke at the Press Conference. Robert   for heritage status for the Armory
New Rochelle Armory on April 8,          of the United Veterans of New            “no other municipality has ever          the building have thus far gone          Foster, Westchester County VFW          Building. After waiting six months
reiterated his adamant opposition        Rochelle, Commander of VFW               taken down or                                                unheeded”.           Commander, recounted how he             for a reply, Murphy was told by
to the City’s push to demolish           Post 439, and co-chair of the Save       demolished                                                        The City of     had grown up in New Rochelle.           Mayor Bramson that the Heritage
the Armory building. Citing the          Our Armory Committee, himself            an      Armory.”                                             New Rochelle         “Tearing down this building would       Committee disqualified the Armory
thousands of men and women who           an Iraqi War veteran, stated             He said New                                                  purchased the        be tearing down the memory and          because there was no City of New
had either trained or been deployed      there had been attempts to work          Rochelle Mayor                                               Armory building      spirit of the 300 men and women         Rochelle official signature for the
to wars from this building, he felt      with the former and present City         Bramson      and                                             from the State       who died in battle and are virtually    application. Murphy questioned
respect should be accorded to those      Administration for over the past ten     the City Council                                             of New York for      in the bricks of this building.”        why no City Official could sign the
veterans by preserving the Armory        years on ways to renovate and use        came to the                                                  $1 in 1997 with      Bob Guirl, Jr., past commander          application.
as a centerpiece of the proposed         the Armory building. He stated that      recent United                                                the stipulation      of both the American Legion Post            As the Press Conference drew
Echo Bay development. He also            there were more than 300 men and         Ve t e r a n s                                               “that         said   50 and County Commander, who            to a close, Ron Tocci emphasized,
questioned why there was need            women from this area, who were           meeting to hear                                              premises shall       lives in Pelham, cited the history      “no one gains anything from
for more residential housing units,      killed in action, who passed through     their pleas for                                             be improved and       in this Armory. “The World War          this development plan as currently
especially when environmental            this “sacred building.” There have       saving the Armory building, but          maintained for park, recreation, .....   II Veterans were the greatest           proposed. We are not against
problems were considered. These          also been three Medal of Honor           asserted, “They just don’t care.”        and other public purposes”. Forest       generation that ever lived. They        development,” but questioned,
problems include traffic congestion,     recipients, nine Distinguished             Reinforcing this viewpoint, Linda      City Residential is proposing to         defeated enemies and preserved our      “who made this decision about
noise pollution, a sewerage plant that   Service awards, and three Navy           Levine, a former New Rochelle City       tear down the Armory building            democratic country.” Dr. Martin         having 700 housing units on this
needs upgrading, and the increased       Crosses earned by citizens in the        Councilmember, stated, “Members          and build a smaller “community           Scherr, past president of the United    site? There are more suitable
services required, especially the        area over the years.                     of the New Rochelle City Council         center”, as well as build a 300 unit     Veterans of New Rochelle and past       alternative uses for this property
schools. He reminded the group                Parente suggested uses for a        have the right and responsibility to     hotel, 600 residential apartment, 62     Commander of the New Rochelle           in keeping with the wishes of the
assembled outside the Armory             restored Armory building could           dictate to developers, not the other     town houses, and 42 condominiums         Post 62 Jewish War Veterans and         citizens of New Rochelle.”
that the City had recently voted to      include a Military Museum, a New         way around. This meeting would           on the site and surrounding              Department of New York Executive
demolish all the military buildings      Rochelle History Museum, even a          not be necessary if the mayor            area. John Verni, an attorney and        Committee member, called the
on David’s Island, thus the Armory       Norman Rockwell Museum. The              and city council had done their          member of the Save Our Armory            effort to tear down the Armory
is the last historical military          Armory could even be a new mini          job and focused on the needs of          Committee, warned that, according        “a shame. It’s one of the jewels
building that can be preserved.          Westchester County Center, used          the community. The city council          to the original deed, if the City does   on the Crown of the City of New



Lidia Bastianich                         CNR Celebrates Opening                                                                  Greenburgh Town Board Approves
 to be Honored
From Page 1
                                          of the Wellness Center                                                                   Work for Taxes Pilot Program
pastor of St. Augustine’s Parish, in
                                                                                                                                                               Applications Being Accepted
Ossining, NY                                                                                                               GREENBURGH, NY -- Greenburgh                                                     accepting applications from seniors
   Founded in 2002, The Montfort                                                                                           Town Supervisor Paul Feiner                                                      interested in participating. If the
Academy has been named one of                                                                                              announced that the Greenburgh                                                    program is successful, Greenburgh
the top 50 Catholic high schools in                                                                                        Town Board has approved a pilot                                                  will consider expanding the
America for the past three years.                                                                                          program in which eligible senior                                                 program. “I also will reach out to
The school is one of only three                                                                                            citizens can work for the town on a                                              the county, school districts and
in New York State to earn the                                                     College has reframed our approach        part time basis and receive income                                               encourage them to consider a
prestigious designation in 2007,         NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- On                   to health and well-being, bringing       to assist them in paying property                                                similar initiative,” said Supervisor
which is awarded by the Acton            April 8, members of The College of       that knowledge to our students and       taxes. Seniors will receive $8 an                                                Feiner.
Institute for the Study of Religion      New Rochelle Community joined            the greater community.”                  hour and can work up to 100 hours.                                                       The resolution that was
& Liberty.                               President Stephen J. Sweeny and              Building materials of granite,       Participants must be 65 years old or                                             unanimously adopted by the
   “This is a success story for any      Board Chair Michael N. Ambler            bluestone trim and 30 different styles   older and have a household income                                                Greenburgh Town Board enacting
school, but remarkable for a school      at a ribbon-cutting ceremony             and colors of glass complement           of not more than $36,000.                                                        this program took place at the Town
that began just six years ago,” says     celebrating the opening of the           the primarily collegiate gothic            Feiner said that he hopes that this                                            Board meeting of April 9, 2008.
David Petrillo, headmaster at The        College’s new $28 million Wellness       architecture of the Campus. The          pilot program, which is based on
Montfort Academy. “This gala             Center. The official dedication of       ecological design of the building        successful programs that exist in                                                   For more information contact
celebrates the school’s success and      The Wellness Center will take place      as a metaphor for wellness will          about 125 municipalities around                                                    Supervisor Feiner at pfeiner@
will help ensure its future growth.”     on April 24, 2008.                       be eligible for certification by         the nation, including Boston and                                                    greenburghny.com or call him
                                                                                                                                                                    Until the NY State Legislature
     The Montfort Academy is an              The first new building on the        the U.S. Green Building Council          Boulder, will motivate the NY State                                                at 993-1545/438-1343. For an
                                                                                                                                                                    changes the law the income seniors
award-winning classical high school      New Rochelle Campus in almost            under its Leadership in Energy and       Legislature to adopt legislation                                                 application, contact the Supervisor
                                                                                                                                                                    receive will be taxable.
for boys and girls. Its purpose is       50 years, The Wellness Center            Environmental Design (LEED)              authorizing Income Tax Free Tax                                                  or Pauline Kirkland at pkirkland@
                                                                                                                                                                       The Town of Greenburgh will
to promote the highest ideals of         includes:                                Green Building Rating System®.           Credits. Communities all over NY                                                         greenburghny.com.
                                                                                                                                                                    be starting the program on a small
scholarship, sportsmanship, moral        • State-of-the-art fitness center            The first Catholic college for       State have contacted the Supervisor      scale; 15 participants. They are now
development       and     citizenship,   • Gymnasium with arena-style             women in New York State, The             expressing interest in the program.
providing its students with a            bleachers                                College of New Rochelle was
classical education that will last a     • Competition basketball/volleyball      founded in 1904 by the Ursuline
lifetime.                                courts                                   Order. Today, it comprises the
  “As an independent Catholic high       • Interior suspended running track       all-women School of Arts &
school in the Archdiocese of New         • Six-lane NCAA competition              Sciences, and three schools

                                                                                                                                  T HE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE
York faithful to the Magisterium of      swimming pool                            which admit women and men:
the Church, we guide each student        • Multi-media “smart” classrooms         the School of New Resources
to ‘Seek Wisdom, Practice Virtue         • Faculty offices, conference and        (for adult learners), the School of
and Keep the Faith,’” says Petrillo.
  The gala will begin with cocktails
                                         seminar space
                                         • Meditation room
                                                                                  Nursing and the Graduate School.
                                                                                  The main campus of the College
                                                                                                                                             SCHOOL OF NEW RESOURCES
and a silent auction, followed           • Contemplation roof garden.             is located in lower Westchester
by dinner and dancing and a live             “With the construction of the        County, 16 miles north of New
auction. Cost per ticket is $300.        Wellness Center, we have once            York City.
                                         again refined our educational vision
  For more information on the            by looking toward our strengths to       The College maintains five other
“Celebrate the Angels” gala, or to       create a new way of teaching and          campus locations in New York
    order tickets, please call           learning about health and wellness,”     City. Visit the College’s website at
         914-767-0325.                   says President Sweeny. “The                          www.cnr.edu.




    DiNapoli: Chappaqua SD Did Not
   Competively Bid Contracts or Obtain
     Required Background Checks
ALBANY, NY -- The Chappaqua                                                       The audit recommends that
Central School District did not                                                   school officials:
adhere to state law when it made                                                  • Provide proper oversight and
$455,000 in purchases without                                                     ensure that the district’s purchasing
competitive bids and did not obtain                                               policy is followed;
criminal background checks for 26
independent contractors, according
to an audit released by State
                                                                                  • Amend its purchasing policy to
                                                                                  address procurement of professional
                                                                                  services;
                                                                                                                                     MAIN CAMPUS
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Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.                                                   • Ensure the district has written and                 29 Castle Place
 “Competitive bidding requirements                                                signed agreements in place with                        New Rochelle
are designed to ensure that school                                                professional service providers;
districts don’t pay more than                                                     • Ensure that all claims have proper                 New York 10805
necessary for goods and services,”                                                documentation and are properly                         914-654-5528
DiNapoli said. “By not adhering                                                   reviewed; and
to these requirements, school                                                     • Comply with Education Law and
districts may be unnecessarily                                                    obtain criminal background checks
wasting taxpayer dollars. And not                                                 on independent contractors.
performing criminal background                                                        The district generally agreed
                                         district did not comply with its own
checks could put children at                                                      with the audit’s findings and its full
                                         policy requiring written contractual
risk. Chappaqua needs to start                                                    response is included in the audit. To
                                         agreements       with     professional
abiding by these requirements.”                                                   view the audit, visit: http://www.
                                         service      providers,      including
         General Municipal Law                                                    osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/
                                         $348,000 for special education
requires school districts to solicit                                              schools/2008/chappaqua.pd f.
                                         services from 29 providers.
competitive bids for purchases
                                               State law requires that all
in excess of $10,000 and for
                                         employees        and      independent
public works contracts in excess                                                  In order to improve accountability
                                         contractors who have direct contact
of $20,000. While the law does                                                     of the state’s schools, DiNapoli’s
                                         with students must have criminal
not require competitive bidding                                                    office will audit all of New York’s
                                         background        checks     including
for professional services, it does                                                   834 school districts, Board of
                                         fingerprinting. Auditors determined
require school districts to adopt                                                 Cooperative Educational Services
                                         the district did not perform criminal
written policies and procedures for
                                         background checks on 26 out of
                                                                                   (BOCES) and charter schools by                                                   Come to the Open House. Talk to a Financial
obtaining professional services.                                                     2010. The State Comptroller’s
   DiNapoli’s audit, covering July
                                         41 independent contractors who
                                                                                    office has completed 400 school                                                 Aid Counselor and Career Planning Advisor.
                                         had direct contact with students.
2006 through October 2007, found                                                     audits and approximately 200
                                            Auditors also learned the district
the district failed to competitively                                                   school audits are currently
bid $455,000 in purchases from 11
                                         did not ensure that claims from
                                                                                                underway.                           OPEN HOUSE
                                         special      education       providers
vendors that required competitive
                                         were properly reviewed. In one                                                                Sat., April 19
bidding. The audit also found
the board failed to adopt written
                                         instance, a physical therapist was                                                          from 12–3 pm                   www.cnr.edu
                                         paid $194,000 for services that                                                              All Campuses                  snr@cnr.edu
policies and procedures for
                                         were not supported by proper
procuring professional services.
                                         documentation.
     Auditors also determined the
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                                                                                                          Government
 Mayor Young Welcomes Sister                                                            Governor                                                             Mayor’s Column
  City Delegation from China                                                             Paterson                                                                        By Mary C. Marvin
                                                                                                                                                                    Mayor of the Village of Bronxville
From Page 1
between the cities of Yangquan and       with the “Key to the City.” The
                                                                                        Announces                          This week Consolidated Edison is                                                75-CONED. Con Ed also has a
                                                                                                                           sending work crews with a certified                                             website which discusses their tree
Mount Vernon.”
  Yangquan is located at the western
                                         delegation also toured the MRI and
                                         Hyperbaric Departments at Mount                Wicks Law                          arborist to Bronxville to trim trees
                                                                                                                           along its power lines. Con Ed
                                                                                                                                                                                                           maintenance program. The website
                                                                                                                                                                                                           can be visited at www.conEd.com.
foot of the Taihang Mountains,
southwest of Beijing, China.
                                         Vernon Hospital. They also caught
                                         a performance by Grimes School                 Overhaul                           contracts the work to the Asplundh
                                                                                                                           Tree Service Company. You will
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Safety Supervisor for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Asplundh Tree Company is Jose
Yangquan, as a newly developed           students who performed Chinese            From Page 1                             spot the familiar orange trucks                                                 Jordan. Mr. Jordan can be reached
industrial city, is the political,       songs and dances. Vice Mayor Liu          multiple construction contracts for     in most Village neighborhoods.                                                  at (631) 205-9323. Asplundh is
economic and cultural center of the      said the children’s performance           most public works projects, will be     There are two main electrical                                                   scheduled to complete the work
eastern part of Shanxi Province.         reminded him of his own childhood         increased to $3 million in New York     service feed lines in the Village.                                              along the Mount Vernon Loop in
Locally, Yangquan plays an               in China. The delegation also dined       City, $1.5 million in the downstate     The first and smaller one is called                                             the next several weeks.
important role in the trades of coal     at local eateries and toured the city.    suburbs, and $500,000 Upstate.          the “Tuckahoe Loop”, running                                                     The Village Board of Trustees spent
mining, energy, heavy, and chemical      Both leaders committed to establish       This will mean a 60-fold increase in    through the Sagamore Road,                                                      many hours last week finalizing the
industries of Shanxi Province,           video-conferencing to connect             the current threshold in NYC, a 30-     Kensington Road and Avon Road                                                   2008-2009 Village budget. A tax
which has been defined as the key        school children in Mount Vernon           fold increase in downstate suburbs,     sections of the Village. The trees                                              rate increase of 8.87% allows us to
area for investment by the Chinese       and Yangquan. They also discussed         and 10-fold increase for Upstate.       along the Tuckahoe Loop were             the best preventive action Con Ed      reach a full complement of police
central government. Internationally,     a business exchange symposium to          The prior $50,000 threshold, which      serviced last year and will not be       can take to assure the least amount    officers and fill a vacant position in
Yangquan has maintained wide             connect Chinese business owners to        was in effect before these reforms      a part of this year’s tree trimming      of service interruption or potential   the Public Works Department.
economic trading relationships with      Mount Vernon.                             were adopted, dates back to 1961        program. The larger of the two           injury to people and property.            A fully staffed police department
48 countries and regions all over             “I am pleased to visit Mount         for state contracts and 1964 for        electrical feed lines is the so-called       Informational material supplied    will allow us to reinstitute some
the world.                               Vernon and meet Mayor Young,”             local government contracts, and had     “Mount Vernon Loop”, which runs          to the Village by Con Ed states        walking patrols, increase the
 The first Sister City agreement was     noted Vice Mayor Liu. “This               never been adjusted for inflation.      throughout the Village leading in        that the utility uses “professional,   frequency of the traffic and speeding
signed in 1995 by former Mount           is a wonderful opportunity to                   Contracting entities will be      from Mount Vernon. Con Ed is             qualified tree trimmers who employ     details and hopefully reinstitute
Vernon Mayor Ronald Blackwood,           further our economics and cultural        able to avoid the Wicks Law             focusing this year’s tree trimming       arboriculturally correct methods       some programs with the Bronxville
who invited the delegation from          relationship between the two cities.      requirements through use of project     work along this route which covers       of trimming. Every effort is made      School.
Yangquan to visit the city. Mayor        I look forward to future projects         labor agreements. At the same           almost 90% of Con Ed’s right-of-         to minimize the impact on the             In the Public Works Department,
Blackwood later visited the City of      and dialogue.”                            time, subcontractor protections         way throughout our Village.              appearance and health of the trees.”   we are seeking to hire a maintenance
Yangquan to further strengthen the               The official Sister City          will also be strengthened to ensure         Tree trimming near the power         Unlike the Village, private property   worker with electrical skills to aid
cultural, business and educational       Agreement was signed during a             that employees on public works          lines is important for many reasons.     owners have the right to deny          in the repair and maintenance of
relationship between the two cities.     special ceremony in the Mayor’s           projects are treated fairly and that    In times of wind and rain storms,        access. If the tree is on private      our street lights. Our previous two
    Mayor Young also rolled out          Conference Room on Thursday,              the original intent of the bill – to    trees that are old, diseased or          property, outside of the Village’s     hires in the Department have skills
the red carpet for the delegation        March 20, 2008.                           protect subcontractors from bidding     overgrown fall and take out power        right-of-way, the property owners      as a master carpenter and a tree
and presented Vice Mayor Liu                                                       fraud – remains intact..                lines and disrupt service to homes       will be contacted directly by Con      trimmer. Their specialized training
                                                                                                                           and businesses. Trees in bad             Ed or its agent.                       has decreased the need and expense
                                                                                                                           condition can fall unexpectedly           If you have any questions regarding   of outsourcing some of the small,
            Burrows Promotes Term Limits                                                                                   in comparatively calmer weather
                                                                                                                           environments as well. A regularly
                                                                                                                                                                    the program or would like to share
                                                                                                                                                                    thoughts or opinions with Con Ed
                                                                                                                                                                                                           but specialized projects.


                   for Legislators                                                                                         scheduled tree trimming program is       about the tree trimming, call 1-800-




BRONXVILLE, NY -- A press
                                                    By Hezi Aris
                                                                                       “Andrew O’Rourke as county
                                                                                                                           An Evening with Legislator Williams at
                                                                                                                                 Lake Isle Country Club
release was today received by                                                      executive and Steve Tenore
our office. The first contact                                                      as chairman of the Board of
with Westchester County Board                                                      Legislators served their time and
Legislator Gordon Burrows this                                                     moved on,” said Burrows, noting         MOUNT VERNON, NY -- On                                                          Mayor Clinton I. Young, and the
organization has with him and/or                                                   the similarity of tradition between     Thursday, April 17, 2008, friends of                                            Mount Vernon High School student
his office since he was elected to                                                 those of yesteryear and those closer    Mr. Williams will host An Evening                                               organization, Future Business
office. The press release began by                                                 to our time. “Kay Carsky, Paul          with Legislator Williams at Lake                                                Leaders of America (FBLA),
Burrows proposing the imposition                                                   Noto and Ursula LaMotte followed        Isle Country Club in Eastchester,                                               Mr. Williams sponsored a panel
of “term limits for county                                                         that pattern.”                          NY. The fundraising event will                                                  discussion on law and business
legislators, saying ‘We need citizen                                                “The problem,” Burrows added, “is      include an art sale and art auction                                             careers. Westchester lawyers from
legislators, not career politicians.’”                                             career politicians become dependent     highlighting works by artist Michael                                            various disciplines participated.
While the concept is salient and                                                   on a core group of contributors,        Escofferey, as well as The Likkle                                               The program took place at Mount
worthy of study it is disingenuously                                               often contractors and developers,       Bag Band for dancing.                                                           Vernon High School on February
postulated by Legislator Burrows         and the special interests.”               and the career politicians may not        As the newly elected 13th District                                            28, 2008.
whose personal plans are to depart             “Term limits were once a            even notice the apparent conflicts.     Legislator, Lyndon Williams (D-                                                      Legislator Williams recently
politics at the end of this term; he     voluntary tradition in American           Take the Board of Elections             Mount Vernon) has embraced the                                                  announced that the construction
will retire from office to devote        history,” continues the press             building controversy, for example.”     position with as much enthusiasm                                                contract for the redevelopment of
quality time to his young family. An     notice. “Our early leaders drew                  Burrows notes that, “The         as he did his past Mount Vernon          “Funding for programs like ‘Invest-    Petrillo Plaza, a major transportation
aspect of his thinking process that      their model from Lucius Quinctius         administration has asked the            City Council position. He has            In-Kids’ provides important benefits   hub in the City of Mount Vernon,
demands to be known, rather than         Cincinnatus. Cincinnatus was              Board of Legislators to buy             been appointed to the Budget and         for underserved children, such as      has been approved and the project
omitted from it, and thereby from        called from his farm to lead Rome         a warehouse at 450 Saw Mill             Appropriations Committee, the            after school programs, homework        is now in its pre-construction phase.
subsequent discourse in the public       in a war the Roman Republic was           River Road in Elmsford from a           Community Services Committee             assistance, job-readiness training     The $3 million federally and county
arena.                                   losing. Cincinnatus was appointed         politically connected developer.        and the Generational, Cultural and       and skills, appreciation for the       funded development will begin this
    “Being a county legislator is a      dictator, won the war, and 16 days        The warehouse, some critics feel,       Ethnic Diversity Committee.              arts and culture, and the kind of      spring.
part-time job for citizen legislators.   after he was appointed dictator           is inconvenient and overpriced.            At his urging, the County Board       positive influences that will help
We are starting to get to a system       he quit and returned to his farm.         ‘A politically connected developer      approved      an     inter-municipal     them to overcome socio-economic        To acquire a ticket to An Evening
where the career politicians are         Cincinnatus was the model for             would have less influence if there      agreement with the City of Mount         challenges,” Williams said.             with Legislator Williams, please
just too influential,” Burrows said.     Presidents Washington, Jefferson,         were more citizen legislators           Vernon, through its Youth Bureau, to        As president of the Westchester     call Mr. Williams – 914-667-8338
“When that happens, nobody wins          Madison and Monroe, who retired           and fewer career politicians,’”         fund the county’s “Invest-in-Kids”       Black Bar Association (WBBA) and            or Anne Sampson Allen –
but the big campaign contributors        after serving two terms.”                 concluded Burrows.                      Program at a cost of $152,691.           in conjunction with Mount Vernon                 917-797-7207.



   Abinanti Applauds Governor’s Opposition to                                                                                     Board Approves Major Technology
Broadwater Long Island Sound Natural Gas Facility
GREENBURGH, NY -- County                                                           March 11, 2008.
                                                                                                                                  Upgrade for County Clerk’s Office
Legislator Thomas J. Abinanti (D,                                                       The resolution describes the
WF, I, Greenburgh) is applauding                                                   Long Island Sound as “a precious        WHITE PLAINS, NY -- The                  said Legislator José Alvarado (D-      need for ten current positions in the
Governor David A. Paterson’s                                                       asset for the people of Westchester     County Board this week approved          Yonkers), who chairs the County        County Clerk’s Office at an annual
opposition to the Broadwater                                                       County” that would be harmed            $500,000 to fund the overhaul of         Board’s Committee on Budget &          recurring savings of approximately
Liquefied Natural Gas project                                                      if Broadwater’s proposal was to         the technology used in the County        Appropriations.                        $570,000.
proposed for Long Island Sound.                                                    go through. The facility and its        Clerk’s Land Records Division.              County Legislator Ken Jenkins          In addition to enabling electronic
    “The proposed facility would                                                   tanker traffic would permanently        The new IT system will enable land       (D, I, WF-Yonkers), Government         submission of land records data, the
pose a serious risk of accident and                                                remove existing lobster ground and      records data to be electronically        Operations Committee Chair,            new system will increase accuracy
terrorist attack and carry negative                                                interfere with recreational uses,       submitted for the first time.            added, “This is an example of the      and reduce processing time. With
environmental consequences,” said                                                  commercial fishing and tourism               “In 2007, the Land Records          Board of Legislators identifying       the addition of such built-in features
Abinanti, the chair of the Board of                                                in the Sound, according to the          Division of the County Clerk’s           an opportunity in its oversight        like a calculator to eliminate errors
Legislator’s Environment & Energy                                                  resolution, which was introduced        Office recorded and/or filed 168,962     responsibilities. When operational,    and the option to pay online, the
Committee.                                                                         by Abinanti and Legislator Judy         land records. This new system will       the county will recoup the cost of     new system will also be more
      The Westchester Board of                                                     Myers (D, Mamaroneck).                  not only streamline this enormous        the system in the first year.”         consumer-friendly.
Legislators passed a resolution                                                      “The governor was right on target,”   undertaking, but will also result in       Once fully implemented, the new
in opposition to Broadwater                                                        said Abinanti. “The people of our       a savings to the county taxpayers,”      system is expected to eliminate the
Energy’s plan at its meeting on                                                    area appreciate our leadership.”




                                                                                                                                   Mayor Young Still
            save the date!                                                                                                        Accepting Letters for
                                                                                                                                  Youth Empowerment
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Darryl
                           April 14
                                            GENTLE YOGA WORKSHOP 1PM
                                            Gramatan AARP @ Sinai Free Synagogue
                                                                                                                                        Council                                                                 Walker
  short term                                Route 22, Mount Vernon                                                         MOUNT VERNON, NY -- Mayor
                                                                                                                           Young would like to let all young
                                                                                                                                                                    will be Friday, May 2, 2008. Letters
                                                                                                                                                                    should be sent to:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to
  rehabilitation

                           April 28
                                            AUTHOR BOOK READING 3PM
                                            “Hauntings of the Hudson River Valley”
                                                                                                                           people in Mount Vernon, ages 10 to
                                                                                                                           18, know he is still accepting letters
                                                                                                                                                                    Mayor Clinton Young, Mount
                                                                                                                                                                    Vernon City Hall, One Roosevelt
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Advertise
  skilled nursing                           Vincent T. Daquino                                                             of interest in serving on the newly-
                                                                                                                           created     Youth     Empowerment
                                                                                                                                                                    Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in the
                                                                                                                           Council. The Council will meet           The letter should include the
                                            CLERGY CONFERENCE 9AM-12PM                                                     on a regular basis to discuss issues     following information:                    Westchester
  alzheimer’s &            April 30         “Ministering to the Caregiver”                                                 that impact young people on a daily
  dementia care                             8:30AM Registration & Continental Breakfast                                    basis, and will prepare reports on
                                                                                                                           those issues, and concerns, and
                                                                                                                                                                    Your Name, Address, and School
                                                                                                                                                                    that you attend; describe your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Times
                                            STROKE PREVENTION SCREENINGS 9AM-5PM
                                                                                                                           make suggestions for making
                                                                                                                           Mount Vernon an even better place
                                                                                                                                                                    personal goals and aspirations.
                                                                                                                                                                       “Finally, tell me what you would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tribune
  respite                  May 7            conducted by Life Line Radiology in recognition of
                                            National Stroke Awareness Month
                                                                                                                           to grow up.
                                                                                                                                “Our young people need and
                                                                                                                                                                    like to see in Mount Vernon for our
                                                                                                                                                                    youth,” concluded Mount Vernon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  914-
  palliative care                          All events held at Westchester Rehab unless otherwise noted.
                                                                                                                           deserve to have input in the future
                                                                                                                           of this city,” said Mayor Young. “I
                                                                                                                                                                    Mayor Clinton Young.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               378-1433,
                                                   Please phone 914.699.1600x337 for more info.                            am appealing to the youth in our
                                                                                                                           city, from every ethnic and socio-         The information requested by              Ext. 235
  hospice                                                                                                                  economic background, to tell us          Mayor Young may also be directed
                                                                                                                           what they need and what we can do        by email to Brian Bochow, Deputy
                                                                                                                           to help them be successful. Now is                Chief of Staff, at
                                                                                                                           the time to step up and be heard.”            bbochow@cmvny.com.
                                                                                                                              The final deadline for all letters
WESTCHESTER TIMES TRIBUNE                                                                                  APRIL 17, 2008                                                                                                            PAGE 7

                           Government • Health • Parody
     Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner         Jenkins Challenges Yonkers
        and Yonkers Councilwoman              Councilmember Gronowski to
         Joan Gronowski to Abolish                Focus on Reassessment
            County Government                                                                                              YONKERS, NY -- County
                                                                                                                           Legislator Ken Jenkins (D,I,WF-
                                                                                                                           Yonkers) is calling on Yonkers City
                                                                                                                                                                                                              specific threshold.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In closing, Jenkins challenged
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gronowski and other local leaders’
                      Announce Formation of Citizens’ Committee                                                            Councilmember Joan Gronowski to                                                    failure to own up to the fact that
GREENBURGH,           NY        and      April 30th at 7:30 PM. We’re             limited control over three quarters      focus her energies on the issue of                                                 county government is of great
YONKERS, NY -- Greenburgh                looking for people who are willing       of the budget –do we need to have        reassessment.                                                                      benefit to county residents and local
Town Supervisor Paul Feiner              to spend the time to research            this added level of bureaucracy,          “Reassessment is a City of Yonkers                                                municipalities. Jenkins referred to a
and      Yonkers   Councilwoman          the steps Connecticut took to            said Feiner and Gronowski. County        controlled issue,” said Jenkins.                                                   May 2004 opinion piece entitled
Joan Gronowski announced the             successfully eliminate this level        government services could easily         “Councilmember Gronowski and                                                       “Expanded Westchester County
formation of a citizens’ task            of government. We also want to           be handled by local governments or       her colleagues on the City Council                                                 government is here to stay” by
force to explore the possibility of      explore the potential impact the         by the state.                            have the power to immediately                                                      retired Journal News Senior Editor
eliminating Westchester County           elimination of county government           The meeting on the 30th is open to     move to end the disparity of the state                                             Milton Hoffman in which he
government. Feiner, a former             would have on services and taxes.        the public. We’re looking for citizens   equalization formula by performing                                                 said, “it is inconceivable to find,
Westchester County Legislator,               Councilwoman Gronowski and           who have expertise in budgets,           a full valuation for Yonkers.”                                                     especially when county taxes rise,
has advocated the abolishment of         Supervisor Feiner decided to hold        finance, research, government to              Jenkins said that the choice                                                  the knee-jerk reaction of some
county government since he was           the meeting on April 30th –the last      help. This is the first of a number      by city leaders to ignore the                                                      residents and local public officials
a County Legislator. He wrote an         day taxpayers can pay their county       of meetings that will be held on the     reassessment issue and rely on                                                     who advocate the abolishment
op-ed in the NY Times in 2000            taxes. The elected officials said, “We   topic. At future meetings, we expect     the state equalization rate is what                                                of county government. One can
–while serving as a Legislator.          feel that the combined municipal         to invite officials from Connecticut.    made the county’s reasonable tax                                                   excuse private citizens who feel
Councilwoman Gronowski also              and county real estate taxes are         We also will invite budget experts,      increase of 3.89% in its adopted                                                   tax pain, but the idea is laughable
has experience working in county         forcing people to consider whether       county and state officials to            2008 budget amount to almost 24%                                                   when it come from the very public
government. She served as assistant      they can remain in Westchester. It’s     upcoming meetings.                       in homeowners’ tax bills. Jenkins                                                  officials whose communities have
to former Westchester County             becoming unaffordable; and decent,           Please email Paul Feiner at          noted that this is not the first time                                              shifted their responsibilities and
Executive Alfred Del Bello. The          hardworking, long -time residents           pfeiner@greenburghny.com or           Yonkers has been hit with such a                                                   accompanying costs to county
Councilwoman is now serving her          are moving out.”                         Councilwoman Gronowski at Joan.          large disparity; the last time was in                                              government. They should know
first term.                                Approximately 75% of the $1.78          Gronowski@yonkersny.gov if you          2004.                                                                              better.”
    A community meeting/strategy         billion county budget are mandates          are interested in participating.        “The problem is not that the county    Yonkers residents paid 13% less             Over the years, local governments
session will be held at the Will         from the state and/or federal              Feiner’s phone is 993-1545 and         raised its tax levy by 3.89%. The        than the county rate. She can’t have      voluntarily transferred their own
Library in Yonkers on Wednesday,         governments. If the county has             Gronowski’s phone is 377-6633.         problem is that Yonkers continues        it both ways. She can’t support the       welfare, health and probation
                                                                                                                           to outsource to the state the task of    equalization formula some years           departments to the county. Bus
                                                                                                                           putting a fair value on property,”       and then grumble about it in others.      lines, once franchised by local

      Free Health Education Program on                                                                                     said Jenkins. “City leaders must
                                                                                                                           confront the reassessment issue
                                                                                                                           now and go to full valuation. That’s
                                                                                                                                                                    Full valuation is the only way to
                                                                                                                                                                    add predictability and stability to
                                                                                                                                                                    the tax base.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              municipalities, were teetering at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              brink when the county stepped in to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              create the Bee-Line system. When
          Arthritis and Osteoporosis                                                                                       the only way to ensure fairness.
                                                                                                                           That’s the only way to ensure that
                                                                                                                                                                         Jenkins said that the county
                                                                                                                                                                    stands by, willing to support the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              municipalities were ordered to shut
                                                                                                                                                                                                              down polluting garbage incinerators,
MAMARONECK, NY -- A free                                                                                                   these wild property tax gyrations        full valuation effort by Yonkers and      it was the county government that
health education program, “The                                                                                             never happen again.”                     other municipalities still using the      stepped in to build transfer stations
Health of Your Bones: Prevention,                                                                                              Jenkins noted that the property      state equalization formula.               to move the garbage and a modern
Detection and Treatment of                                                                                                 assessment problem dates back to            “As the Chairman of the County         plant to dispose of it.
Arthritis and Osteoporosis,” will be                                                                                       1940 when William F. Bleakley,           Board’s Government Operations                   Do we really want to shift
held Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to                                                                                         Westchester’s first county executive,    Committee, I have the commitment          county responsibilities to a state
8:30 p.m., at Sarah Neuman Center                                                                                          noted that the assessment issue          of my legislative colleagues to take      government that for 20 years has not
for Healthcare and Rehabilitation.                                                                                         needed to be resolved.                   on the unpopular and controversial        adopted a budget on time and has
A light dinner is included.                                                                                                   “Had Councilmember Gronowski          issue of reassessment and develop         reneged on many promises to local
    Speakers include: Michele L.                                                                                           done her homework, she would             legislation to create a commission        governments, including sharing
Rohr, MD, specialist in gynecology                                                                                         have determined that over a ten          to do the analysis for revaluation        revenue? In fact, to help deal with
at Greenwich Hospital; Robert D.         System. A specialist in exercise         Department of Senior Programs and        year period, annual increases in         of Westchester County,” said              that revenue shortfall, Westchester
Small, MD, orthopedic surgeon and        will be provided by the Arthritis        Services, National Osteoporosis          county taxes, which account for          Jenkins. “This commission will            government is unique in sharing a
director, Westchester Orthopedic         Foundation.                              Foundation, Visiting Nurse Service       about 25% of the entire property         be charged with determining               portion of county sales-tax receipts
Institute of White Plains Hospital        Co-sponsors of the event are: The       of New York, and Rye YMCA.               tax bill, averaged 4.51%,” said          property values countywide and            with most local governments and
Center, and Jodie Ferrari RD,            Arthritis Foundation, Greenwich                                                   Jenkins. “Interestingly, Gronowski       working with communities to               school districts.”
at Sarah Neuman Center, the              Hospital, White Plains Hospital          For additional information and to        was silent when as a private citizen,    make sure that there is equity in tax          Jenkins noted that 48 of 50
Westchester Division of The              Center, The Health and Wellness          accomplish your registration, call       Yonkers residents paid less than         assessments. This would include           states have functioning county
Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare        Coalition of the Westchester County               914 864-5166.                   the adopted county rate three years      addressing provisions for those on        governments.
                                                                                                                           in a row including one year where        fixed incomes or incomes under a


     The Wartburg to Host Panel Discussions on                                                                                               Parody: Let the Music Play
          Ethics and End of Life Issues                                                                                                                                     By Anthony Greco
MOUNT VERNON, NY -- The                  professionals a framework for            Savage, LLP, will also participate.          Music – the great connector –                                                  must now make a somewhat formal
Wartburg will present two panel          managing end-of-life issues, will be        All are invited to attend. Please     connecting words, people, melodies,                                                agreement with whoever gives a
discussions in which notable             on May 8, at 9 AM in the Conference      RSVP by May 2, to Judy Benke, at         beats, radishes, etc. Musical tastes                                               hoot (don’t look at me) about your
eldercare professionals will explore     Center at The Wartburg.                  914-513-5330. Light refreshments         help define who we are. Like the                                                   musical preferences. You’ve had
the moral dilemmas arising at the          Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, a professor       will be served at both sessions. The     tangy smell of a high school locker                                                thirty years to decide. Take a stand!
end of life, the principles of ethical   at The College of New Rochelle,          Wartburg is located near Exit 12         room, songs bring back memories,                                                         After this final decision, if
decision-making, and the effects         and a consultant to The Hospice          of the Hutchinson River Parkway,         can make you happy/sad, or leave                                                   it     becomes       ABSOLUTELY
of decisions on families and health      Foundation of America, will serve        off East Lincoln Avenue in Mount         you with a pesky case of jock itch.                                                NECESSARY, you may be granted
care providers.                          as moderator. Panel members              Vernon. For directions please visit      But like other preferences in life,                                                permission to change your musical
   The first session, appropriate for    will include Wartburg’s Medical          www.thewartburg.org                      your musical tastes evolve, as you                                                 style. For instance, you’ve picked
caregivers and family members,           Director, Dr. Frank Polcari, their              The Wartburg Adult Care           become the sophisticated, full-                                                    soft rock as your “thing”, and
will be on Tuesday, May 6, at 7PM,       Chaplain, The Rev. Carol E. A.           Community is a not-for-profit            fledged adult most people will learn                                               then you come to your senses and
in the Berkemeier Auditorium at          Fryer, the Director of Nursing, Ms.      Lutheran ministry serving people         to despise.                                                                        realize that Olivia Newton-John is
The Wartburg.                            Paulette Watson, and Social Work         of all faiths with residential options      Can you remember the first song       Osbourne picture lying on my              as exciting as nasal spray. If you
   The second session, designed to       Manager, Ms. Caryl Sands. Noted          and health-related services for older    you ever learned? I think mine was       face. Adhesive tape wasn’t the fine       now pick Rap Music and again
offer healthcare providers, clergy,      eldercare attorney, Bruce Bozeman,       area adults and their families.          a lovely Calabrian folk tune, called     product it is today.                      realize your delirium, you could
attorneys, and other eldercare           Esq., of Bozeman, Trott &                                                         “Oh, How My Big Belly Chirps,” a           But as time passed, I expanded my       be relegated to listening to Al Gore
                                                                                                                           tribute to pork fat.                     tastes and entered the next phase of      books on CD for the rest of your
                                                                                                                               At about four or five years old      musical enjoyment – tuba wrestling.       life.
                  Trans Fat Ban Enforcement                                                                                you start to recognize the music
                                                                                                                           your parents listen to. My father
                                                                                                                                                                    No, no, that’s much later. The next
                                                                                                                                                                    phase is experimentation with other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The best part of all this musical
                                                                                                                                                                                                              experimentation is that by the time
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Starting             “Avoiding trans-fats is just one way     Joshua Lipsman, Commissioner             was born one day later than Elvis        genres. At approximately 20 years         you are 45 years old, you will
Thursday, April 9, 2008, restaurants,    to eat smarter.’’                        of Health. “They are to food             Presley, which I hoped would have        old, this huge, varied world opens        become so persnickety, closed-
cafes and school cafeterias that             Natural vegetable oils such          what leaded gasoline was to cars:        influenced Dad’s taste in music (not     up before you, and you (I hope by         minded, and down right crusty
sauté or fry foods must do so in         as olive, canola, peanut, corn,          unnecessary and harmful. Trans-          his taste in jump suits).                now you realize that in this article      – you will be so settled with your
oils that do not contain trans-fats,     soybean, safflower and sunflower         fats contribute to coronary heart          Dad did not become a rock ‘n roller    “you” strictly means “me”) are            musical choice – you wouldn’t
or risk a citation and fine from         oils have no trans-fat and are high      disease and stroke.’’                    – unless you consider the 10-disk        now willing to try different things:      even give a fair listen to a band that
the Westchester County Board of          in unsaturated (good) fats.                  In April 2006, the Health            Lawrence Welk Accordion Series, a        Indian food, leg warmers (not             descends from the heavens made
Health.                                      Health Department inspectors         Commissioner first wrote to              precursor to Jimi Hendrix. In fact,      really), attending a ballet (definitely   up of: Mozart, George Washington
    The ban became part of the           now check for trans-fat oils             restaurant owners inviting them          dad still holds the Beatles and their    not), watching soccer, foreign films      (bassoonist), Enrico Caruso, Elvis,
county’s Sanitary Code on Jan.           whenever they inspect restaurants        to switch to monounsaturated             long hair responsible for everything     (James Bond movies) and naturally,        and Noah (the ark guy, also terrific
9, but the Westchester County            and other licensed food service          and polyunsaturated cooking oils         that is wrong with society.              music that doesn’t cause your eyes        on glockenspiel).
Health Department provided a 90-         establishments. Those still using        and be listed as part of the Be           At about ten years old, you discover    to bleed.                                     Imagine the freedom. If you’re
day grace period through April           trans-fat oils will be cited and can     Fit Westchester program on the           the world of radio, and since you’ve     (Note: At this point, if none of this     lucky enough to live well into your
9. During this time, nearly 1,000        be fined up to $1,000. All licensed      county’s website. About 665 food         yet to develop your own musical          sounds familiar or accurate, you          retirement years, you will have 30-
eateries were found to have made         food service operators were notified     establishments participated in this      barometer, you think it’s all good       should stop reading immediately           40 years of not having to worry
the switch to cooking with healthier     of the new code amendment in             voluntary ban, out of 3,000. To          – even Seals & Crofts.(By the way,       and switch to my article in this          about what’s new in the world of
oils that contain no trans-fats.         January.                                 increase participation, the Board of     if you’re wondering, how I know          month’s Shoe Shine Entrepreneur           music, about what those dang teens
    “Healthy      eating     is   the        “No one will miss trans-fats,        Health decided that a ban would be       all this stuff and can make such         entitled, “Tassels Bite”.)                are screaming about or what body
cornerstone of a healthy life,’’ said    and your body will thank you for         appropriate.                             generalizations, keep in mind I               After ten groovy years of            parts they’re piercing. You’ll hate
County Executive Andy Spano.             not consuming them,’’ said Dr.                                                    may actually research this topic one     experimenting with all kinds of           them all and they will hate you.
                                                                                                                           day.)                                    wacky genres, on your thirtieth           Utopia is just around the corner.
                                                                                                                              At fifteen, rock music ruled my       birthday, you must permanently               Unless, you live around the corner
                                                                                                                           entire existence: clothes, hair,         select your musical style. Yes, you       from a sewage dump. Then, your
                                                                                                                           speech, attitude, even choice of         may still occasionally listen to an       toenails will probably turn yellow
                                                                                                                           dinner biscuits. Centerfold pictures     opera (yeah, right) or get drunk          and brittle, and Fats Waller vs.
                                                                                                                           from Circus Magazine wallpapered         and go line-dancing, (please, do not      Snoop Dogg will be the least of
                                                                                                                           my walls and ceiling. Many               attempt line-dancing without being        your worries.
                                                                                                                           mornings I awoke with an Ozzy            adequately liquored-up) but you              Rock on!



                                                                                                                                  Call
                                                                                                                             Darryl Walker
                                                                                                                              to Advertise
                                                                                                                                 in the
                                                                                                                              Westchester
                                                                                                                             Times Tribune
                                                                                                                                  914-
                                                                                                                               378-1433,
                                                                                                                                Ext. 235
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                                                                                    People
   Jennifer Fava Recipient
    of “Good Gal” Award




      Dana Mayclim (left), Co-Chair NYSRPS Awards Committee,
                      with Jennifer Fava (right).
                                                                          Fire Department
YORKTOWN, NY -- Jennifer Fava, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation
for the Town of Yorktown, was awarded the New York State Recreation
and Park Society’s Robert W. Miner Memorial “Good Gal” Award on April
1st at the 2008 Conference and Business Expo held in Saratoga Springs.



   City of New Rochelle 2007
   Employee Service Awards
10 Years Service:                   Anthony Jones, Police Sergeant
City Manager
Janice Carroll, Secretarial         Public Works
Assistant                           John Clemente, Deputy
                                    Commissioner
Fire
Robert Cacase, Firefighter          Engineering
Frank Rainone, Firefighter          Peter Ceccarelli, Sanitation Worker
Eric Sarracino, Firefighter         Steven Formisano, Sanitation
                                    Worker
Law                                 Mark Mercurio, Laborer – RC
Bernie Shapiro, Corporation         Richard Panton, Auto Mechanic
Counsel                             Nicholas Woods, Motor Equipment
                                    Operator
Police
Ana Childs, Senior Typist           25 Years Service:
Regina Conklin, Principal Clerk     City Clerk
Evangelos Geralis, Detective        Roxie Washington, Principal Clerk
Robert Torr, Detective
                                    Fire
Public Works                        Eric Lore, Fire Captain
Marvin Bernard, Sanitation Worker   Henry Senno, Fire Captain
Marlon Jackson, Sanitation Worker   John Williams, Fire Equipment
Sean Steppe, Sanitation Worker      Mechanic
                                    Parks & Recreation
Youth Bureau                        Frank Bernabei, Recreation
Michelle Oliveros, Youth Worker     Supervisor
                                    Police
20 Years Service:                   Lynn Capecelatro, CSO
Finance                             Suzanne Gisin, Detective – Retired
Lisa Waldron,                       Denise Waters, Detective
Account Specialist III              Public Works
                                    Raymond (Marty) Hines, Traffic
Fire                                Shop Foreman-Ret.
Virginia DiFalco, Administrative    Joseph Quatrochi, Working
Assistant to Fire Commissioner      Supervisor
Paul Johnson, Fire Lieutenant       MaryAnn Mohrmann, Dispatch Ck
Barry Nechis, Fire Captain
James Zippilli, Fire Lieutenant     30 Years Service:
                                    City Manager
Parks & Recreation                  Kathleen Reilly, Secretary to the
Brian O’Rourke, Working             City Manager
Supervisor
                                    50 Years Service
Police                              Harriet Newton
Matthew Brady, Police Sergeant      Mary Lou Sullivan
Christopher Hearle, Police
Lieutenant
WESTCHESTER TIMES TRIBUNE                                                                                    APRIL 17, 2008                                                                                                       PAGE 9

                                              Automotive • In Memoriam
                             Shifting Gears: Automated Luxury in a Computerized Lincoln
                                                                                                              By Roger Witherspoon

     If you like slapstick comedy,      the dash is the color screen which             I have been in cars where the         mirrors; tilt & telescope steering
Ford’s commercials for its              can be tilted for better viewing. The      traction control system was               wheel with fingertip audio and
computer-driven SYNC system are         navigation system utilizes a touch         overwhelmed by ice and snow and,          cruise controls.
hysterical.                             screen, which makes it intuitive           in a form of electronic fit, simply
   There are a series of short spots    and easy to use. It does, of course,       disconnected the drive train and
where a motorist, spoiled by            respond to the extensive directions        left me stuck. But snow was just          Roger Witherspoon is the automotive
Ford’s voice activated operating        of SYNC which lets you keep your           another interesting surface to the         columnist to the Dallas Examiner,
system, forgets they are no longer      hands on the wheel.                        traction control system of the MKZ,         Westchester Times Tribune, and
in a Lincoln MKZ and crashes into             The Lincoln comes with a             which did not skid on level surfaces       Yonkers Tribune, amongst others.
reality when they try ordering doors    Bluetooth phone system which               or slide when going up steep hills.
or windows around. And while            automatically detects and connects              I pulled into an empty mall
it may not be nice to laugh at the      to your cell phone as soon as you          parking lot and began driving slow,
image of a harried woman who is         enter the car. It, too, can be activated   figure eights to test the traction. Not
obviously late for work run full tilt   by SYNC, or pushing a button on            until the speedometer passed 35
into a glass door which refused to      the steering wheel.                        miles per hour did the wheels skid
move, the commercial does make a             The entertainment system has          slightly, though the system quickly
point: Ford’s SYNC system can be        AM and FM radio, and if that               corrected for the conditions and
habit forming.                          isn’t enough there is the Sirius           regained control. Fifty miles an hour
    SYNC, developed by Microsoft        satellite radio, and the six-disc, in-     proved too much for the Lincoln’s
and Ford, is simply the latest          dash CD player. Or, you can plug           system – but that was faster than
in voice activated control of           either a memory stick or iPod into         any sane and sober person has any
automotive systems and sets a           the Lincoln’s USB port and play            business driving in deep snow, and
standard for easy to use technology     1,000 or so of your favorite jams,         not many off-road vehicles could
that rapidly becomes an integral        switching effortlessly between             have kept up.
part of the driving experience. And     systems by using SYNC.                        Which makes the Lincoln MKZ
it adds to the styling, performance,       And as for the quality of sound,        an easy ride for all conditions and
and interior design which makes the     it doesn’t matter if you are playing       all occasions.
Lincoln extremely competitive in a      ‘Trane’s mellow Love Supreme or
tough, mid-sized sedan market.          jamming to Usher’s Yeah! – the             2008 Lincoln MKZ AWD
    Ford has put a lot of work into     THX-II audio system, with a 12-            MSRP: $38,840
the driving experience, pricing the     channel, 600-watt amplifier and            EPA Mileage: 17 MPG City; 24
Lincoln MKZ into a category where       14 speakers turns the MKZ’s cabin          MPG Highway
it can compete with Mercedes,           into a rolling home entertainment          Performance / Safety: 3.5-Liter
BMW and Infiniti in terms of            center.                                    DOHC V-6 aluminum engine
quality, if not performance.                In terms of styling, the Lincoln       producing 263 horsepower and
  The MKZ is a large sedan, a four-     brand aims for an understated classy       249 pound-feet of torque; six
door with enough leg and head           look, with simple lines flowing from       speed automatic transmission; 4-
room in the rear for a pair of NBA      the wide, distinctive chrome grill         wheel disc brakes; reverse sensing
forwards. And if extra trunk space is   to a tapered rear. Under the hood,         system; 17-inch 8-spoke wheels;
needed, the rear seats can fold flat.   the MKZ has a 263-horsepower               halogen headlights and fog lamps;
There is soft leather throughout, the   V-6 engine which is not intended           all wheel drive; independent front
seats as well as the padding on the     to drag race an Infiniti M, but            and rear suspension; power rack
dash and arm rests – something that     has more than enough power to              & pinion steering; traction control;
is appreciated during long trips. The   cruise in triple digits all day. More      dual-stage driver and passenger
front seats are heated or air cooled,   importantly, the MKZ handles like          front air bags; side curtain air
with three temperature settings,        a high performance sedan.                  bags for front & rear. Interior/
and both front seats are powered.         Just as the crocuses were beginning      Comfort: AM/FM/ Sirius satellite
There is a dual climate control         to make their annual appearance in         radio; 6-disc CD player with MP3
system which is actually capable        my garden, winter decided to dump          and USB connections; THX II
of pumping air conditioning to the      nine inches of snow on the region in       premium sound system with 14
passenger and heat to the driver.       its own frigid salute to the coming        speakers; power sunroof; SYNC
  Overhead is a sun roof, which tilts   of spring. There was little traffic,       voice activated navigation and
and has enough overhang to keep         and the streets had yet to be plowed;      entertainment system; leather seats
the front seats dry even during a       which seemed like a fine time for          and surfaces; heated and cooled,
heavy downpour. In the center of        leisurely drive.                           powered front seats; heated exterior




New York Water Taxi to Lower Hudson
    River Line Commuter Fares
YONKERS, NY -Effective May
1, New York Water Taxi will re-
duce fares on its Hudson River
Line commuter service between
Haverstraw and Yonkers to lower
Manhattan by 17 to 20 percent. The
lower fares are a reflection of the
concerted effort between New York
Water Taxi, The Port Authority of
NY/NJ, the Lower Manhattan De-
velopment Corporation, the City of
Yonkers, the County of Rockland,
and the NYS Department of Trans-
portation to reduce traffic on high-
ways through the increased use of
waterborne transportation.
   Beginning May 1, 2008 the one-
way rate of $12.00 will drop by 17
percent to $10.00. The 10-trip rate
will drop from $110.00 to $90.00,
an 18 percent reduction. The 40-trip    and plans for the summer of 2008           controlled interiors and upholstered
rate of $400.00 will be reduced to      include the addition of pleasure           seating, a café/bar and an open air
$320.00, a decrease in cost of 20       cruises and midweek and weekend            deck. Each vessel can accommo-
percent.                                promotions.                                date 149 passengers on two decks.
   New York Water Taxi’s Hudson            Parking for the Yonkers Pier is         The Hudson River Line service of-
River Lines includes commuter ser-      available at the Yonkers Parking           fers passengers free muffins, coffee,
vice at 6:10 am, and 7:00 am, 7:50      Authority’s Buena Vista Parking            beverages, and other amenities.
am, and 8:30 am from Yonkers to         Garage located on Main Street.             For Hudson River Line schedules
Yonkers to the World Financial           The New York Water Taxi’s unique          and fares, please visit www.nywa-
Center and Pier 11/Wall Street in       yellow catamarans sport black and          tertaxi.com/commuters/hudson-
Manhattan, with daily departures        white checks, are handicapped ac-          river/
from Lower Manhattan to Yonkers         cessible, offer comfortable climate




                                                                                                     In Memoriam
Andrew C. Betts, 65, of Yonkers,        online register book visit www.            winter, raking leaves in the fall and     raised and educated, attending local   in the Morris Park section of The       Vernon, Vicky Pope of Yonkers, his
died on April 7, 2008. Beloved          westchesterfuneralhome.com.                mowing her lawn in the summer.            Yonkers schools. Mr. Gianzerra         Bronx where they were active            beloved brothers and sisters Robert
husband of Joan Jennings. Loving                                                   Tina is survived by her devoted           was a cement truck driver for the      members of their community. He          Willis of Germany, Keith Willis
father of Robert and Linda Betts.       It is with great sadness that we           sons, Peter, Nicholas, and Richard        Nelstat Cement Company in New          had recently retired to Florida where   of Virginia, Norman Willis of
Dear brother of Thomas and              announce the passing of our beloved        and her loving grandchildren, Peter,      Rochelle for many years and was        he passed away at the age of 72.        Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Kenneth
James Betts, and Elizabeth Leckie.      mother, Valentina Gentile of               Liana, Rachel, and Jonathan. She          a member of Local 456, working                                                 Willis of Las Vegas, Nevada,
Cherished grandfather of Stephanie,     Yonkers, NY on Thursday, April 3,          is pre-deceased by her beloved            right up to his death. He was an       David Willis, Jr., 73, of Yonkers       Quanzella Butler and Alice Willis,
Tyler, and Trevor Betts, Robert and     2008. She was 84 years old. “Tina”         husband, Nicholas. Visitation was         avid motorcycle enthusiast. Mr.        passed away on April 5, 2008.           both of Pottstown, Pa, his cherished
Kaylee Boegel, Claire and Jack          was born to Pietro and Lucia Ruga          at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home             Gianzerra is survived by close         He was born on June 28, 1934 in         15 grandchildren and five adored
Jennings. Loving stepfather of Tom      in Poughkeepsie, NY. She graduated         on Monday, April 7, 2008. Mass of         family and many friends. Visitation    Pottstown, PA, to David Sr. and         great grandchildren. Also surviving
and Chuck Jennings and Leslie           from Hunter College in The Bronx           Christian Burial was celebrated in        was held at Whalen & Ball Funeral      Elnora Grattison Willis. He was         are David’s two daughters-in-law
Boegel. Andrew served in the U.S.       with a teaching degree in English          Christ the King Church on Tuesday,        Home on Tuesday, April 8, and          raised and educated in Pottstown        Tonsie Pope and Yolanda Pope. The
Army from 1961-1963. He bartended       and received her Masters Degree at         April 8, 2008. Interment followed         Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Funeral      where he graduated from Pottstown       Family received friends on Monday
at Salerno’s in Tuckahoe for over       New York University. She married           at St. Joseph Cemetery. Donations         services were conducted at the         High School. David proudly served       and Tuesday, April 7 and 8, 2008 at
20 years. He was Vice President         Nicholas Gentile, a fellow teacher         in her memory may be made to St.          funeral home on Thursday April         his country in the U.S. Air Force for   the Whalen & Ball Funeral Home.
of Waverly Engine Company and a         whom she met at Benjamin Franklin          Jude Children’s Research Hospital,        10, 2008. Interment followed at St.    four years. He worked as a truck        Religious services were held on
member for over 30 years. Visiting      High School and married in 1946.           501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN           Joseph Cemetery. Whalen & Ball         driver for Iodice Transportation for    Wednesday at the Funeral Home.
at the Westchester Funeral Home,        After raising her children, Peter,         38105. Whalen & Ball Funeral              Funeral Home, 168 Park Avenue,         25 years retiring in 2000. David        Interment followed at the Baptist
Inc., 190 Main Street, Eastchester,     Nicholas, and Richard, she returned        Home, 168 Park Avenue, Yonkers,           Yonkers, NY 10703, (914) 965-          was an avid fisherman, he loved         Cemetery in Douglasville, PA.
NY on Wednesday, April 9, 2008.         to work as a substitute teacher in the     NY 10703, (914) 965-5488, www.            5488, www.whalenandballfh.com.         doing cross word puzzles, drawing       Whalen & Ball Funeral Home,
Mass of Christian Burial, Friday,       Yonkers school system, spending            whalenandballfh.com.                                                             sketches and jazz music. David          168 Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY
April 11, 2008, at Immaculate           her early years at Gorton High                                                       Howard Klein on April 8, 2008.         is predeceased by his parents, his      10703, (914) 965-5488, www.
Conception Church, Tuckahoe, NY,        School and then at Yonkers High             William J. Gianzerra, a lifelong         Beloved husband of Marilyn.            grandparents Abbey and Leroy            whalenandballfh.com.
followed by interment at Calverton      School. She was an avid reader             Yonkers resident, died on Friday          Devoted father of Senator Jeffrey      Rose and his wife Gloria Ross. He
National Cemetery. Friends who          and fluent in Italian and French.          April 4, 2008. He was 52 years            Klein, Lisa Schneider, and son-        is survived by his loving children
so wish, may contribute to the          Up to the time of her passing, she         old. He was born on April 4, 1956         in-law Ira Schneider. Loving           Roderick Pope of Yonkers, Byron
Calvary Fund, 1740 Eastchester          was a familiar figure on upper Park        to William and Rose Romanchik             grandfather of Jake and Zachary.       Pope of Yonkers, Richard Scott
Rd, Bronx, NY 10461. To sign the        Avenue, shoveling snow in the              Gianzerra in Yonkers where he was         Howard Klein raised his family         of Queens, Pamela Jenkins of Mt.

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