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Vol. V No. XXIX                                                  Thursday, July 28, 2011
                        Westchester’s Most Influential Weekly



 Mayor Clinton Young                                                      Christian Persecution
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     Caught Red Handed                                                    Brain-Based Learning
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                                                                           Festival International
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                                                                            Not So Grim Reaper
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                                                                                     Fair Housing
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                                                                         Integrity in Journalism
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                                        By Sam Zherka, Page 16              Enablers of the Rich
                                                                                   and Powerful
                  Westchester’s Changing Demographics                                      Page 20


                  Whites Soon to be a Minority
                                                                                      Jaybird Flies
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                                       By Robert Scott, Page 2


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 Of Significance
   Feature Section...........................................................................2
                                                                                                       Featuresection
     radio ........................................................................................2
   Community Section...................................................................4
     Business....................................................................................4
                                                                                                       Westchester’s Changing Demographics—
     calendar ...................................................................................4
     economics................................................................................5
                                                                                                             Whites Soon to Be a Minority
     higher Power...........................................................................6                          By ROBERT SCOTT
     community..............................................................................9                              If you think census numbers are       towns, many still with their original boundaries and
     ed Koch Movie reviews.........................................................9                                   of scholarly interest only to statisti-   each nominally administered by a supervisor. Within
                                                                                                       cians and demographers, you’ve got another think          the towns, six cities and 20 villages were added, each
     Music .....................................................................................11
                                                                                                       coming.                                                   administered by a mayor. Three Westchester towns-
     eye On Theatre .....................................................................12                careful analysis of the 2010 census results           -Mount Kisco, scarsdale and harrison--are now in
     community Theatre ..............................................................12                being dribbled out by the census Bureau reveals           a separate category described as a “town/village.”
   Government Section ...............................................................14                some startling and unanticipated trends.                      administrative nomenclature can be down-
                                                                                                           The most notable statistic is the degree to which     right confusing. For example, there’s a separate
     housing .................................................................................14       Westchester’s population balance has been affected        Ossining town and an Ossining village, a separate
     Infrastructure .........................................................................15        by international migration and high fertility rates       Mamaroneck town and a Mamaroneck village, and
     Government...........................................................................16           among minority groups, especially hispanics.              a separate Pelham town and a Pelham village, as well
     Investigation...........................................................................16                                                                  as a Pelham Manor village. Two villages are shared
                                                                                                       What the Numbers Tell Us                                  by towns: Briarcliff Manor is split between Ossining
     Law ........................................................................................17         Today, hispanics are the fastest-growing popu-       and Mount Pleasant, Mamaroneck between the
   OpEd Section...........................................................................19           lation group in Westchester. In the 20 years between      towns of rye and Mamaroneck.
                                                                                                       1990 and 2010, the county’s Latinos grew by an                Westchester’s area is 500 square miles, 433 of
     Letters to the editor ..............................................................19            astonishing 140 percent and asians by 60 percent.         which are land and 67 are water. at the time of the
     ed Koch commentary ..........................................................20                        hispanics constituted only nine percent of the       2010 census, its population was 949,113. In order
     New York civic......................................................................22            county’s population in 1990. That number grew to          of population size, Westchester’s six cities are
   Legal Notices ............................................................................23        16 percent in 2000, displacing blacks as the largest
                                                                                                       minority group. another decade later, the coun-                                                Continued on page 3
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 FEATURE
Westchester’s Changing Demographics—Whites
Soon to Be a Minority
Continued from page 2                                   Native americans make up an almost
Yonkers (also the largest in area), New            insignificant percentage of Westchester’s
rochelle, Mount Vernon, White Plains,              population (0.1%). recent news stories
Peekskill (the smallest in area) and rye.          alleging that many hispanics are describing
    among Westchester’s towns, Bedford             themselves on census forms as Native
and Yorktown are the largest in area; Pelham       american are not borne out by census results.
is the smallest. Greenburgh is the most            In 1990, Native americans numbered 1,405;
populous; Pound ridge has the smallest             by 2010, that figure had dropped to 1,141.
population. among villages, Port chester
is the most populous; Buchanan has the             Population Density
smallest population.                                    density of a community’s population
                                                   is a function of lot size and the number of
Population Distribution                            multiple dwellings. Overall, Westchester’s
     realtors don’t like to admit it, but choice   population density is 2,193 persons per
of a community by house- or apartment-             square mile.
seekers is often based on two factors: the              Mount Vernon is the most densely
racial or ethnic complexion of a community         populated city, followed by Yonkers and New
and the strength of its school system. The         rochelle. rye is the least densely populated
latter figure, of course, is not measured by the   city. eastchester is the most densely popu-
federal census.                                    lated town, Pound ridge the least dense.
     The “whitest” Westchester city is rye,             among villages, Port chester is the
with an 85-percent white population. among         most densely populated, followed closely by
towns, Pound ridge (94%) and Lewisboro             Tuckahoe. The latter’s 6,486 residents are
(90%) are the leaders, closely followed by         crammed into only six-tenths of a square
somers, North salem and New castle.                mile, making it almost as densely populated
Mamaroneck, North castle, eastchester and          as the city of Yonkers.
Yorktown also are towns with white popula-              Other densely populated villages are
tions of more than 80 percent.                     Pelham, Ossining and Bronxville. Briarcliff
     among villages, Larchmont (88%) and           Manor is the least densely populated village,
Bronxville (87%) have the largest percentage       trailed by Buchanan and croton-on-hudson.
of whites. Pelham Manor, Briarcliff Manor,
Irvington, rye Brook and croton-on-                Population Growth
hudson also have white populations larger               In 1900, Westchester was home to
than 80 percent.                                   184,257 persons. One hundred years later,
     hispanics are the leading minority in the     its population had grown more than five-
city of Peekskill, making up 37 percent of the     fold. Much of this growth occurred in the
population, with Yonkers a close second at 35      southern part of the county. during the first
percent. (Minorities are defined as persons        two decades of the 20th century, the cities of
of any race or ethnic group other than non-        Mount Vernon, New rochelle, White Plains
hispanic, single-race whites.)                     and Yonkers all more than doubled their
     The village of Port chester, 30-percent       populations.
hispanic in 1990, doubled its hispanic                  The      fastest-growing      Westchester
population in 20 years. sleepy hollow (51%),       community in the 20th century, however, was
Ossining (41%), elmsford (38%) and Mount           the town/village of scarsdale with a popula-
Kisco (35%) also had impressive gains.             tion increase of almost twentyfold.
     among cities, the highest percentage of            Following World War II, Westchester’s
blacks is Mount Vernon’s 61 percent, trailed       population soared by 29 percent between
by Peekskill’s 21 percent and New rochelle’s       1950 and 1960. Towns and villages alike saw
18% percent. among villages, elmsford              rapid growth. The town of Yorktown grew
has the largest percentage of blacks (20%),        248 percent. Other big population jumps
followed by Ossining (16%) and Tuckahoe            in this period include the villages of ardsley
(10%).                                             (129%), rye Brook (128%), and Briarcliff
     asians comprise six percent of the popu-      Manor (105%).
lation of the cities of White Plains, rye and           Population changes, however, are not
Yonkers. The village of ardsley claims the         always in the plus column. Between 1970 and
highest percentage of asians (17%), followed       1990, Westchester county’s population actu-
by scarsdale (13%).and elmsford (11%).             ally went down. In the 1980 census, all six
(asians include Japanese, chinese, Koreans,        Westchester cities lost population, as did all
Pakistanis, Indians, Filipinos and Pacific         villages with the exception of Briarcliff Manor.
Islanders.)                                                                 Continued on page 4
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                                                                                       communitysection
 FEATURE
Westchester’s Changing Demographics—
Whites Soon to Be a Minority
Continued from page 3
     The population of Bronxville has gone down steadily since 1940. Mt.
Vernon’s population similarly declined after reaching a high point in 1960.
                                                                                       Palisades Hudson Named One of 100 Largest
Yonkers reached a population high point in 1970 and has not attained that
number again.
     Growth and decline are perfectly natural. communities tend to go
through cycles described as youth, a period characterized by growth, middle
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age, a period of retrenchment, and old age, a time when older housing stocks
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unlike that of the united states, the 2010 census showed major popula-                 by Financial Advisor, a leading magazine for finan-           In 2010, Palisades hudson was named to the
tion groups in Westchester to be 57 percent white, 22 percent hispanic, 13             cial professionals. The firm had $1.053 billion          list of the nation’s largest 50 financial planners by
percent black and five percent asian.                                                  of total client assets under management as of            InvestmentNews, an authoritative weekly trade
    What no census can reveal is the embarrassing statistic that Westchester           december 31, 2010.                                       newspaper.
county’s administrative structure is glaringly redundant. Its property taxes               a registered investment advisor (rIa) is a                Palisades hudson asset Management is the
are the highest of the 3,141 counties in the u.s. Moreover, New York has               financial advisor registered with the securities and     sister firm to Palisades hudson Financial Group
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population growth in Westchester is evidenced by the “white flight” that               1997, so it took us less than 13 years to reach the      ning, cross-border planning, business valuation,
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    although the federal government is responsible for controlling immi-               the firm’s president. “I believe our growth shows        financial planning, and tax services. Branch offices
gration, the federal census counts residents--not their citizenship. Illegal           that our clients have gotten solid, consistent results   are in atlanta and Ft. Lauderdale.
immigrants pay no taxes and are a considerable drain on social services and            from our individualized asset-allocation strategy.”
the economy. unfortunately, we have no firm count of their numbers either
in the nation or in Westchester.
    The bottom line is this: Barring a change in national immigration policy
                                                                                        CALENDAR

                                                                                       News & Notes from Northern Westchester
and fertility rates, if population trends continue as they have in the recent                                                                                                          It looks like
past, by the time of the next census, 2020, one in every three Westchester                                                                                                         former u.s. rep.
residents will be a Latino. Westchester’s minorities will become the new                                                                                                           John hall who
majority, and its dwindling white population will be a minority.                                        By MARK JEFFERS                                                            represented parts
                                                                                                                                                                                   of       Northern
Robert Scott is a semi-retired book publisher and former literary agent, editor,                               I am starting off with some
                                                                                                                                                Westchester and lost his re-election bid in 2010
and freelance writer.                                                                                      sad news to report as the Borders
                                                                                                                                                will not run again for congress in 2012…maybe
                                                                                                           Bookstore in Mount Kisco is
                                                                                                                                                he will re-start the band Orleans, and hope he’s
                        Mission Statement                                                                  closing its doors and going out of
                                                                                                           business; so run over and stock up
                                                                                                                                                “still the One!”
                          e Westchester Guardian is a weekly newspaper devot-                                                                        even though my thumb is certainly not green…
                    ed to the unbiased reporting of events and developments                                on items on your summer reading
                                                                                                                                                this sounds interesting. hilltop hanover Farms is
                     that are newsworthy and signi cant to readers living in,          list. On a lighter note, here’s this week’s “News and
                     and/or employed in, Westchester County.            e Guardian
                                                                                                                                                presenting “Planning Your Late season Vegetable
                                                                                       Notes…”
                    will strive to report fairly, and objectively, reliable informa-                                                            Garden,” on July 30th and with all the heat we’ve
                                                                                             as a professional shopper, here is one of
                     tion without favor or compromise. Our rst duty will be                                                                     been having, we may only grow cactus, give them a
                     to the PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO KNOW, by the exposure                    my wife’s favorite summer events, the Katonah
                                                                                                                                                call at 914-962-2368.
                     of truth, without fear or hesitation, no matter where the         sidewalk sale being held July 29th and 30th. The
                     pursuit may lead, in the nest tradition of FREEDOM OF                                                                           If you are interested in some electrifying music
                                                                                       theme this year is shop! eat! and enjoy! Yep, that
                     THE PRESS.                                                                                                                 come to caramoor in Katonah on Friday July 29th
                            e Guardian will cover news and events relevant to          sounds like my wife…
                                                                                                                                                where musician-composer Gabriel Kahane (piano,
                   residents and businesses all over Westchester County. As a                It looks like Bedford is going to the dogs… the
                                                                                                                                                voice, banjo, electric guitar, loops) and cellist alisa
                   weekly, rather than focusing on the immediacy of delivery           town board has authorized the town clerk to sell
                   more associated with daily journals, we will instead seek to                                                                 Weilerstein team up to perform Kahane’s own
                                                                                       50 non-resident dog park permits to the canine
 provide the broader, more comprehensive, chronological step-by-step ac-                                                                        compositions and unaccompanied cello works by
 counting of events, enlightened with analysis, where appropriate.                     commons dog Park, sounds like a “ruff ” deal to
                                                                                                                                                Bach and Britten. The concert begins at 8:00pm in
      From amongst journalism’s classic key-words: who, what, when, where,             me…
 why, and how, the why and how will drive our pursuit. We will use our more                                                                     the spanish courtyard.
                                                                                             here is one way to stay cool… Go check out
 abundant time, and our resources, to get past the initial ‘spin’ and ‘damage                                                                        There is a new opportunity to learn how to
                                                                                       Yorktown stage’s presentation of “Little shop of
 control’ o en characteristic of immediate news releases, to reach the very                                                                     skate in the chappaqua area. The New castle /
 heart of the matter: the truth. We will take our readers to a point of under-         horrors,” playing through July 31st. call 914-962-
                                                                                                                                                Pleasantville skate Park is hosting beginner skate
 standing and insight which cannot be obtained elsewhere.                              0606 for more information.
      To succeed, we must recognize from the outset that bigger is not neces-                                                                   lessons for children over the age of five, starting
                                                                                             and they’re bringing down the curtain in
 sarily better. And, furthermore, we will acknowledge that we cannot be all                                                                     on august 22nd through august 26th. another
 things to all readers. We must carefully balance the presentation of relevant,        Thornwood… as the Mount Pleasant community
                                                                                                                                                group of five sessions for beginners is scheduled
 hard-hitting, Westchester news and commentary, with features and columns              Theatre will present “curtains” at Westlake high
 useful in daily living and employment in, and around, the county. We must
                                                                                                                                                to take place august 9th to september 2nd. The
                                                                                       school starting July 29th.
 stay trim and exible if we are to succeed.                                                                                                                                      Continued on page 5
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News & Notes from Northern Westchester
Continued from page 4                            natural light, consolidating computer
                                                                                                     When was the last time
    cost for these lessons is $85 for resi-
dents and $102 for non-residents. There
is also a summer skate Park camp for
                                                 terminals, and a fresh look to the room used
                                                 by thousands of children a year. a Friends
                                                 of the Library steering committee is plan-
                                                                                                         you dealt with
slightly more advanced skaters, so if you
are like me, and are not the most agile
person, stick to the beginner lessons! For
                                                 ning fundraisers, such as raffles, a dinner
                                                 dance, and a concert this fall. The library is
                                                 a very important part of the community, so
                                                                                                  Lexington Capital Associates?
more information, call 914-315-1464.             it is vital to come together and reach out! To
    I know the idea of cooking dinner can        learn more or to make a donation contact
seem like a daunting chore and incon-            steering committee co-chairwomen Linda
venient in lieu of the nine million other        Gironda at 914-962-6036 or sara Jo
things going on, but what if you could learn     Karger at 914-528-5180.
how to make something exciting would                   We are off to the cape this week, and
you come?! come to the somers Library,           will bring back sand, shells and sunburn for
reis Park, on route 139 to engage in an          all our friends, see you in two weeks…
interactive and lively cooking demonstra-
                                                 Mark Jeffers successfully spearheaded the
tion, while learning to make delicious
                                                 launch in 2008 of MAR$AR Sports &
meals using chinese vegetables. This
                                                 Entertainment LLC. As president he has seen
delectable event is be presented by Norma
                                                 rapid growth of the company with the signing
chang on July 30th at 12:30pm. register
                                                 of numerous clients. His professional activi-
online at www.somerslibrary.org or call
                                                 ties include being local host and producer of
914-232-5717. This event is sponsored by
                                                 the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Mr. Jeffers
the Friends of the somers Library.
                                                 is an adjunct professor in the Sport Business
    and speaking of libraries… the John
                                                 Management Program at Manhattanville
c. hart Memorial Library in Yorktown
                                                 College and serves on their Advisory board.
has started fundraising to revamp their
                                                 He currently resides in Bedford Hills with his
children’s room in order to increase
                                                 wife Sarah and three girls, Kate, Amanda and
program space, including a self-checkout,
                                                 Claire.
shifting fixtures to make better use of


 ECONOMICS

Europe Accepts a Little Reality
              By LARRY M. ELKIN
                    europe’s top financial       its results be withheld.
                chieftains acknowledged a             Markets did not react favorably to
                formerly unspeakable truth       the seemingly good news about europe’s
                yesterday ( July 22, 2011):      banking sector, because the latest tests,
                Greece cannot, now or ever,      like the round conducted a year earlier,
fully repay the money it borrowed under          lacked credibility. In the rose-tinted “worst
false pretenses.                                 case” scenario envisioned by the regula-
     The world did not end. There was no         tors, no european nation would default
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been that power was unwilling to speak           only is Greece considered a high default
truth to itself.                                 risk – so high that it currently must pay
     Just a week ago, european regulators        35 percent to borrow money for two years
announced that only eight banks failed a         – but Ireland and Portugal already require
second round of continent-wide stress tests
designed to determine whether the banks
                                                 support from fellow europeans, and spain
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Europe Accepts a Little Reality                         the debt. In that case, default is
                                                        still inevitable; it just means that
                                                                                                 period in which the country is deemed
                                                                                                 to be in default will be kept as short as
                                                                                                                                                    chafe at the loss of sovereignty and self-
                                                                                                                                                    determination. recent rioting in the streets
Continued from page 5                                   German taxpayers would be the            possible. The debt will be restructured            in the sort of chafing I’m talking about,
be wiped out if their government defaults      ones taking the losses.                           during that time to give Greece more               though the intensity of the resentment
(depending on the terms and nature of the           Naturally, this does not sit well with       time to pay what it owes and to incur              probably will diminish with time.
default), and which are already dependent      German taxpayers, or with those in other          lower interest costs in the interim. Other             It is possible to ignore reality for a
on the european central Bank for the           european countries that may be asked to           european nations will guarantee a portion          time, sometimes for a long time, but it is
funding they need to stay in business. The     pitch in to cover athens’ unpaid debts.           of the Greek debt. after the restructuring,        never possible to hide from it. Yesterday’s
ecB allows the Greek banks to post their       This is why German chancellor angela              Greece will be expected to stay current on         breakthrough was simply the acknowledg-
Greek government bonds as collateral in        Merkel, in particular, has insisted that          its debt payments without have to borrow           ment of what it will really take to get the
exchange for that funding. The Greeks          private lenders at least share in the “haircut”   new money to pay off old loans. This will          Greek drama to its final act.
accumulated much of this debt after they       that somebody will have to take.                  allow it to escape the “default” label, and
joined the euro currency union, during              so yesterday’s reported agreement            will let it do business with the ecB once
which time Greece regularly hid its poor       among the major players is a step forward.        again.
fiscal condition.                              Germany and other nations would take on                default is as close as a sovereign                 Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®, president
     The ecB has been adamant, or was          more of the Greek risk, but they would not        state can get to being declared bankrupt.          of Palisades Hudson Financial Group a fee-
until yesterday, that no default is permis-    accept 100 percent of the losses. someone         Bankruptcy is not a happy condition, but it        only financial planning firm headquartered in
sible. This protects the ecB’s own financial   else is going to have to accept less prin-        isn’t the end of the world either. creditors       Scarsdale, NY. The firm offers estate planning,
position, since a default would drive down     cipal or lower interest than they originally      have to accept less than they are owed.            insurance consulting, trust planning, cross-border
the value of those Greek bonds that the        bargained for. This will lead to Greece           debtors have to sacrifice current assets           planning, business valuation, family office and
ecB holds as collateral. Of course, out in     being declared in default.                        or future earnings to allow creditors to           business management, executive financial plan-
the real world, the value of those bonds has        The ecB may or may not continue              recover as much as is reasonable in the            ning, and tax services. Its sister firm, Palisades
already been driven down, since everyone       to finance the Greek banking system after         circumstances.                                     Hudson Asset Management, is an indepen-
but the ecB has concluded that default         default is official. I think the most likely           For a country like Greece, bound by           dent investment advisor with about $950
is inevitable unless some deep-pocketed        outcome is that a default will be deemed          currency and treaty to its neighbors, and          million under management. Branch offices are
backer, like Germany, decides to guarantee     to be “selective,” or partial, and that the       unable to unilaterally renounce obligations        in Atlanta and Ft. Lauderdale. Website:www.
                                                                                                 like argentina did a decade ago, default           palisadeshudson.com.
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                                                                                                  A HIGHER POWER

                                                                                                 A Farewell to the 50’s
                                                                                                                                                         however, if I would pontificate 1/10
                                                                                                                                                    of the time about the smell of broccoli in
                                                                                                                                                    the house I would not have to worry about
                                                                                                                   REV. JAMES L. SNYDER             smelling broccoli in the house. If you know
                                                                                                                                                    what I mean.
                                                                                                                        Whoever said, “all               But if it is good, it seems to go by so very
                                                                                                                    good things must come to        quickly. This past week something very good
                                                                                                                    an end,” knew whereof he        came to a very conclusive end. Through no
                                                                                                                    spoke. Why is it that some-     effort of my own, I concluded the fifth
                                                                                                                    thing really good goes by       decade of my life. I am just glad that at the
                                                                                                 so quickly and something really bad hangs          conclusion of this decade I was around to see
                                                                                                 around forever, or so it seems.                    it. What I remember about the 50s is another
                                                                                                      Let me explain a little bit of what I mean.   matter altogether.
                                                                                                      When the Gracious Mistress of the                  as part of the baby boomer generation,
                                                                                                 Parsonage, over my vociferous objections,          another birthday boomed for me. This boom
                                                                                                 cooks broccoli, the smell stays in the air for     was a very significant one. I have bidden a
                                                                                                 months. however, the invigorating aroma            fond farewell to my 50s. ah, what a decade
                                                                                                 of an apple fritter dissipates in a matter of      that was. It is a very good thing that the 50s
                                                                                                 moments. except, of course, when I’m trying        come between the 40s and the 60s. Whoever
                                                                                                 to eat one behind you know whose back and          devised this scenario knew something about
                                                                                                 she can smell it five days before I eat it.        human nature.
                                                                                                      “I don’t smell an apple fritter do I?” she         When you are in your 40s, you, for some
                                                                                                 inquires.                                          unknown reason, think you are still in your
                                                                                                      “You’re not eating an apple fritter?” she     20s. Many people in their 40s have bought
                                                                                                 prods.                                             into the notion that the 40s is the new 20s.
                                                                                                      “There better not be any apple fritters in    henceforth, most people, usually men, treat
                                                                                                 this house,” she demands.                          their body as if it was a 25-year-old man in
                                                                                                      My philosophy is simply this, what she        perfect health. Now, a 45-year-old body does
                                                                                                 can smell can’t hurt me. The only problem is,      not have the wisdom to realize that it is no
                                                                                                 she can smell, and usually it’s a rat, namely      longer 25. and so you have men in their 40s
                                                                                                 me.                                                                           Continued on page 7
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A Farewell to the 50’s                             been a wonderful time for me. It is during the
                                                   50-something the man accomplishes most
                                                                                                     I can say is, hallelujah for the empty nest
                                                                                                     syndrome. I just hope some doctor does
                                                                                                                                                               The Bible gives him instructions about
                                                                                                                                                          getting older.
Continued from page 6                              of his work. during his 40s, he is trying to      not come up with a cure for this empty nest                “The glory of young men is their
running and jumping and doing things that          pretend he is still in his 20s, but by the time   syndrome.                                            strength: and the beauty of old men is the
their body thinks it can do but it really can’t.   he hits that magic 50, he is more interested            The empty nest syndrome is God’s               grey head” (Proverbs 20:29 KJV).
     a body in the 40s is not mature enough        in accomplishing things in his career. Work       way of saying thank you for bringing up                    “The hoary [grey] head is a crown of
for pain to register. In fact, no man in his 40s   is very important at this phase of life.          your family. Now, the house is all quiet and         glory, if it be found in the way of righteous-
would acknowledge the fact that he has the              and work he does, because at this stage      when I go to the refrigerator, there is actually     ness” (Proverbs 16:31 KJV).
pain. his wife, contrariwise, acknowledges         he has a mortgage, a family and bills coming      something in the refrigerator. sometimes I                I bid a fond farewell to the 50s. Thanks
the pain in her life. But that’s another story.    out both his back pockets faster than it goes     just open the refrigerator door and stare at         for the memories.
     Once a man gets into his 50s, he has          in. If he has children, he enters the 50s with    the contents. It is wonderful to go to the
matured enough to the fact that he knows                                                                                                                  The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the
                                                   several teenagers in the house and maybe          refrigerator and actually find something in          Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road,
there are many things he physically cannot         some grandchildren. This is enough to drive       it you can eat.
do. he knows, for instance, a 50-something                                                                                                                Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife,
                                                   any man to work, if not crazy. For any man              It has been a little difficult for me to say   Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at
body is not like a 20-something body, there-       to conclude the fifth decade without perma-       farewell to the 50s. I have enjoyed every year
fore, he can begin slacking off on the physical                                                                                                           352-687-4240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.
                                                   nent residence in the Looney farm is quite        of that decade. I am not prepared to say that        net. The church web site is www.whatafellow-
stuff. although, some 50-something men             an accomplishment.                                I am any wiser but I am prepared to say I am
have not matured enough to understand the                                                                                                                 ship.com.
                                                        By the mid-50s, things begin to become       older. and my goal in life is to get older and
significance of the fifth decade.                  all quiet on the Western front. Many people       older. Because, when you stop getting older
     But in spite of all of that, the 60s have     refer to this as the empty nest syndrome. all     it is all over.                                             
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Casual Hate—The Subtle Side of Christian Persecution                                                                                                         
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                By RAYMOND IBRAHIM                                                                                                                            
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                    Replicated       with          sentiment is to the Muslim world, so              almost tailor-made for him: I was duly                                           
               express permission of the           much so that christians themselves have           informed—that is, reminded—that best                   
               author. First published             almost become immune to it, expecting it,         jobs are reserved for Muslims.                         
               in FrontPageMagazine.               reserving their actual complaints for times           One refined-looking woman expressed                
                                                                                                                                                            
               com on July 20, 2011;               of physical persecution (including but not                               Continued on page 8
http://www.meforum.org/2993/                       limited to Islamist-inspired theft, kidnap-
christian-persecution                              ping, rape, church attacks, etc.).
    earlier this month I participated                  In other words, if the formal speeches
in coptic solidarity’s second annual               held at the capitol documented the
conference in Washington d.c., titled:             hostility and discrimination christians
“Will religious and ethnic Minorities Pay          face under Islam, the informal conversa-
the Price of the ‘arab spring’?” Panelists         tions, held over food and drink, drove the
included Middle east specialists, promi-           point home.
nent members of the coptic community,                  Thus one coptic businessman
and other minority leaders from the                complaining about how he lost a legal case
Muslim world, including Kurds, Berbers,            in egypt, though he was clearly in the
and sudanese animists.                             right, was quickly interrupted by the grin-
    held at the u.s. capitol, nine                 ning fellow across him, who asked whether
members of congress made statements                his opponent was Muslim or christian;
and showed their support, including sue            when the businessman, rather coyly, said
Myrick, chris smith, and Frank Wolf.               Muslim, everyone laughed knowingly,
Walid Phares, a congressional advisor              some even suggesting he was a fool for
who also participated, asserted that their         even going to court.
appearance is encouraging and indicates                a women discussing her baby’s erratic
that at least some members of congress             sleeping habits revealed why: the mosque
“are aware about the plight of minorities          next door, which always blasts Koranic
in general and of christian communities            verses on the megaphone around 4 a.m.,
in the arab and Muslim world, and are              constantly wakes him up in terror and
particularly concerned about the Islamist          tears; and though the baby does not under-
and jihadi threat to these communities.”           stand the words, the mother does, pointing
    Because the conference spanned two             out that most of the verses being blared are
days, I spent lots of time surrounded by           especially hostile to christians, like 5: 17,
christian minorities. The casual anecdotes         5:51, and 9:29.
I heard, spoken not with outrage—the                   any number of copts looked at me
province of the privileged—but simply              incredulously when I inquired why a well
as backdrops to more mundane stories,              qualified copt did not bother applying to
revealed how endemic anti-christian                an important post in egypt that seemed
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Casual Hate—The Subtle Side of Christian Persecution                                                     Other stories were spoken with stoic
                                                                                                    reserve. I have in mind the cigarette-
                                                                                                                                                     unfathomable gap between the few
                                                                                                                                                     formal reports on christian persecution
Continued from page 7                               in the restroom told me—between fits            puffing assyrian couple from Iraq, who           reaching a few american politicians, and
her resignation: though a christian, she            of laughter—how he once tried to use a          had lost everything to the unloosed forces       the daily reality experienced by millions of
sometimes wears the burqa in egypt,                 mosque bathroom in egypt; when the              of jihad—their home, their relatives, their      christians under Islam.
simply so she can go about her daily busi-          Muslims discovered he was a christian,          business, their savings—and are trying to        Raymond Ibrahim, a Shillman Fellow at
ness without being sexually-harassed,               they chased him out, throwing shoes at          begin anew in america. Interesting was the       the DHFC, is a widely published author on
molested, called derogatory names, or spat          him and calling him a “son of a bitch.”         man’s lament, that gone are the “good old        Islam, and an Associate Fellow at the Middle
upon (this recent story certainly validates              Indeed, a resigned sense of humor          days”—under saddam—when christians               East Forum.
her reasoning).                                     seemed to pervade many of these stories—        were afforded some protection.
    some anecdotes were spoken in jest:             as if to say, “since there’s nothing we can          as I listened to all these stories, I
one rather colorful copt I bumped into              do about it, let’s make light of it.”           thought to myself, here is the great and



Love Hate Love Documents the Journey of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation
                 By Rich Monetti
                     When steve and Liz
                 alderman lost their son
                 Peter at the WTc on
                 9/11, they almost immedi-
                 ately searched for a fitting
manner to remember him. randomly
learning that there are hundreds of millions
around the world who suffer severe mental
illness due to torture, war and terrorism,
the Bedford couple began the Peter c.
alderman Foundation to address this global
epidemic. Ten years later, their story has
received worldwide recognition and is the
subject of a new documentary that has one
of hollywood’s most famous actors as its            very similar circumstances as the founda-       hardy were introduced to the alderman’s.         the festival’s audience speaks for itself.
executive producer.                                 tion. The alderman’s were involved in           The film is not just about us, she says, it’s         Otherwise, Love Hate Love isn’t neces-
     Love Hate Love premiered at the                the memorial committee right after 9/11         the intertwining of three stories with ours      sarily an emotional journey the alderman’s
Tribeca Film Festival on april 26th before          and found it rife with greed, politics and      being the most prominent.                        took after Peter’s death, but they certainly
900 people and was followed with a Q&a              power plays. as a result, they knew a proper         sean Penn wasn’t far behind as he was       understand the concept the filmmakers
with the alderman’s, the two filmmakers             remembrance would have to be done on            affiliated with hardy and Nachman from           were after. In return, they hope recent
and sean Penn. “he’s a lovely guy,” says Mr.        their own.                                      their previously acclaimed documentary,          recognitions such as usaId’s upcoming
alderman, but charm is from what truly                  Out in san Francisco, NBc reporters         Witch Hunt. “When they brought this to           case study on PcaF’s outreach into Liberia
defines the actor/activist.                         dana Nachman and don hardy found the            him,” she says, “he was very, very interested    will become more common place. We’re
     “he lets his actions speak for him.            same type of negative vibe surrounding their    and pleased to executive produce.”               advocating for our patients and raising
he’s gone down to haiti. he’s lived in the          coverage of memorial efforts. There had              after all the preliminaries, the film-      awareness, he says. “That’s what’s important
camps and spent huge amounts of time to             been so much squabbling going on between        makers set out to bring home the message.        about the film.”
guarantee people are doing better,” says the        families that they really wanted to find some   They traveled to one of PcaF’s rehabilita-            Bringing it back to the beginning,
retired oncologist.                                 positive stories where love triumphed over      tive centers in uganda to witness firsthand      Peter alderman no longer just lives in the
     In short, he adds, “he gives ‘til it hurts,”   hate, says Ms. alderman.                        a tragedy that is in no way isolated. “I think   memory of a legion of family, friends and
but interestingly, the film came about under            Through a mutual friend, Nachman and        they were deeply affected,” she says.            individuals helped in places like haiti,
                                                                                                         at the same time, it was more than a        cambodia and africa. “Our daughter just
                                                                                                    walk along side the shoes of their subjects.     gave birth to a baby boy on april 7th and
                                                                                                    “don and dana crawled inside our lives,”         his name is Peter,” she says.
                                                                                                    says steve alderman, and were with us                 One of five grandchildren, he’s the only
                                                                                                    every minute as we functioned over there,        one nearby and is very important to steve
                                                                                                    added the retired oncologist.                    and Liz, but given all the love and the story
                                                                                                         as for the film’s effectiveness in          that now precedes him on celluloid, maybe
                                                                                                    conveying the tragedy and triumph of the         someday many more will feel the same way.
                                                                                                    foundation, Ms. alderman feels she isn’t the     Rich Monetti lives in Somers. He’s been a
                                                                                                    best to comment since she’s seen it so many      freelance writer in Westchester since 2003 and
                                                                                                    times and lives the life everyday. Instead,      works part time in the after school program at
                                                                                                    alderman defers to the festival’s interest in    Mt. Kisco Childcare. You can find more of his
                                                                                                    the work.                                        work at www.happystories.info
                                                                                                         “Its excellence is to me demonstrated by
                                                                                                    the fact that it was accepted at Tribeca,” she
                                                                                                    says, and the onslaught of questions from
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               Brain-Based Learning and The American Dream
                                                                                                                                                      biological raconteurs and reductionists such
                                                                                                                                                      as Paul Greengard, eric Kandel and arvid
                                                                                                                                                      carlsson, performance enhancement in all its
                                                                                                                                                      vistas has been part of the goal of self-insight.
               By DAVID ANDERSON and the UsCORP Team                                                                                                  From the african savanna, through the
                                                                                                      lot, even in the most dire circumstances. Is    hanging Gardens of Babylon to the streets
     Twenty percent. That’s it – 20%! The        new science of brain, the theory of causa-
                                                                                                      there any scientific evidence to support the    of New York city, happiness has always and
number of people who commit to a personal        tion and ultimate solution may have always
                                                 been omnipresent, merely awaiting a new              hypothesis that our brains can biologically     probably will always be the mistress of goal
goal and ultimately achieve it. Whether one
                                                 generation to reinterpret it. certainly the          adapt to and overcome adversity?                achievement.
considers the early 20th century researchers
                                                 ambiance in which these problems emerge                   From a genetic perspective, Nobel laure-        In this series of articles, we will explore
such as Napoleon hill and Joseph rossman,
                                                 does change. can one conceivably compare             ates Margaret Mcclintock and Francois           the best scientific techniques of achieving
Ph.d, who studied creativity whilst an
                                                 our forefathers, hunter-gatherers being              Jacob demonstrated the genetic flexibility as   these goals, whilst being mindful that people
examiner at the united states Patent and
                                                 afforded the luxury of deciding when to              a response to external stimuli. Mcclintock      are not test tubes and so will also explore
Trademark Office, or later researchers in the
                                                 hunt for their next meal? clearly, compared          with her “jumping gene theory” demon-           these ideas within the context of history,
field of procrastination, the figure remains
                                                 to our forefathers, there is a difference in size    strated how genes may respond to external       spirituality, philosophy and the arts. until
remarkably fixed. Fixed despite improve-
                                                 and communication between the prefrontal             stimuli in totally unexpected ways. Jacob on    then, dream big, but don’t forget to be part
ment in education, competitiveness and
                                                 cortex of our brains that control executive          the other hand through his “operon” theory      of the dream.
self-psychology. Fixed, despite the huge
availability of therapists, and approximately    function and our more emotional limbic               demonstrated how genes by switching on
six dozen psychoactive prescription medi-        brain system, which is involved in a number          and off control the proteins they synthesize.
cations. When the bottom falls out of our        of functions including memory acquisition.           This in turn participates in how inheritance
401K’s, 403B’s and Ira’s it is unlikely that          Whilst we cannot control the genes we           manifests itself. In a way, external stimuli
                                                 inherit, much like unwelcome relatives, how          provide a “gymnasium” to exercise these              UsCorp is a global consulting, training
our elected politicians and financial advisers
                                                 they are expressed may be partially under            genetic responses.                              and coaching company comprised of a team of
are going to be any more helpful than the
                                                 our control. similarly, we may not be fully               From the religious scriptures of the       physicians, psychiatrists and business consul-
aforementioned resources in either helping
                                                 in control of environmental factors, how we          Bhagavad Gita, Psalms and the Gospels           tants dedicated to translating the latest scientific
us towards our goals or problem-solving. We
                                                 respond however, may well be under our               through the philosophical works of Kant         research in the neurosciences, medicine, psychi-
may have even made a number of valiant
                                                 control. don’t believe me – read some of             and Bergson, the autobiographical tomes of      atry, business management and leadership to
attempts but failed. small wonder then,
                                                 the autobiographies of concentration camp            Benjamin Franklin, Orison swett Marsden         enhance performance and innovation in the
when awakening at 3am on a regular basis
                                                 survivors such as dr Victor Frankl or look at        and John stuart Mill, the self-help icons       corporate arena as well as our clients’ professional,
and feeling engulfed by a desert of pain and a
                                                 some of the interviewees in steven spielberg’s       Napoleon hill, Norman Vincent Peale and         educational and personal lives. Contact Details:
myopic, distant oasis. Is there any hope?
                                                 shoah Project. In short, there appears to be a       Maxwell Maltz, the psychological explorers      Website: http://www.uscorpn.com , eMail:
     Ironically, King solomon may have been
                                                 wealth of biographic evidence that supports          sigmund Freud, albert ellis, aaron Beck         ustogether@uscorpn.com ,
on the money when he stated that there was
                                                 the hypothesis that we can improve our               and abraham Maslow, to the current                   Telephone: 914-500-1778.
nothing new under the sun. In terms of the


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                        Ed Koch Movie Reviews
                        By Edward I. Koch
Movie Review:                                    his employees. he gets Nick to work from
                                                 sunrise to sunset by holding out the promise
                                                                                                         The plot contains twists and turns with
                                                                                                     the three seeking to hire an assassin, dean
“Horrible Bosses” (-)                            of promoting him to Vice President while            ( Jamie Foxx). The zany antics reminded me
    The title is a misnomer. I would refer       never expecting to keep that dangling               of the three stooges who were popular long
to it as “horrible Movie.” The picture has       commitment.                                         ago, but not with me. Nick, dale and Kurt
a marvelous cast and story, but the script           dale (charlie day) is a dental assis-           engage in similar bickering and slapping of
disintegrates early on. apparently a deci-       tant whose employer, dr. harris ( Jennifer          one another.
sion was made that if the language was           aniston), constantly wants to have sex with             The film is simply terrible. That such
sufficiently blue or worse, and the slapstick    him. Because he is engaged to be married            respectable actors would lend themselves to
aspects were expanded to the maximum,            to stacy (Lindsay sloane), he rejects her           this a movie is surprising. We should all be
the picture would attract a large audience.      advances.                                           saddened by the obvious reduction in taste
It has. The Friday night I saw the film, it          The third distressed employee is                and sensibility of the current generation of
was sold out.                                    Kurt ( Jason sudeikis). When his beloved            moviegoers.
    Three guys have huge problems with           employer, Jack (donald sutherland), dies                Watch Ed Koch’s Movie Reviews at www.
their employers. Nick ( Jason Bateman)           of a heart attack, the firm is left to Jack’s       MayorKoch.com.
works for dave (Kevin spacey) who exploits       vicious son, Bobby (colin Farrell), who
                                                 turns on Kurt and makes his life miserable.
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                Ed Koch Movie Reviews
                                                                                                                                            yelled “The mayor should pet the tiger.”
                                                                                                                                            I responded, “No.” The guest rejoined, “Is
                                                                                                                                            the mayor a coward?” I responded, “No, the
                                                                                                                                            mayor is not a coward and the mayor is not
                                                                                                                                            a schmuck.” That’s Yiddish for fool.
                By Edward I. Koch

Movie Review:                                  by instinct – bit his handlers. he inflicted
                                               severe damage, e.g., 37 stitches to an arm,
                                                                                              his first five
                                                                                              years of life. his first human mother fool-
“Project Nim” (+)                              and tore out another’s cheek, which hospi-     ishly got into the cage with him and was
    This is a fascinating documentary          talized a woman for three months. all          almost killed. speculation was that Nim
about a family with seven children raising     lived and continued to treat this animal as    was angry with her for having deserted
a chimp in the 1970s.                          a human baby and later as a young child.       him.
    dr. herbert Terrace, associated with       as a young child, Nim was five times               The humans involved in the film
columbia university, called on stephanie       stronger than an adult human male. he          stand before cameras and talk as though
LaFarge to mother a baby chimp named           also had sexual feelings and sought to use     they were on a couch speaking with their
Nim on the fifth day of its life. stephanie,   a pet cat for such purpose. The cat could      psychiatrist. It is eerie but overall the
a sort of flower child in attitude, was        not sign so we don’t know what it thought.     picture is fascinating and worth seeing.
delighted to do so. The project was a               at the age of five when Nim was too           When I was young, my mother told me
scientific experiment to hopefully teach       large and dangerous to keep in a home,         never to fool around with a wild animal,
sign language to the chimp enabling it to      he was returned to the lab and placed in       because they can sometimes kill. during
communicate with humans. It worked.            a cage. The doctor at the lab, who has a       my mayoralty, I went with 25 or so busi-
The chimp was also taught to stand on and      German accent and assigned the animals         nessmen to Madison square Garden to
use a toilet bowl.                             for hIV and other testing, reminded me         celebrate its 100th anniversary. as enter-
    Before the experiment was over several     of dr. Mengele at auschwitz saying, “You       tainment, Gunther Gebel-Williams, with
women, some experts in the field of            to the right and you to the left.”             his long flowing blond hair, performed
animal science joined the project. during           Nim, who lived for 26 years, was          with his white Bengali tiger. When the
that time Nim did what wild animals do         visited by those who had raised him during     tiger jumped onto a piano, one guest
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                                          International du
                     THE SOUNDS Festival9th & 10th, 2011 Blues de Tremblant
                                July 8th,
                     OFBLUE a Jam Packed Weekend of Quality Blues, all for free!
                     By Bob Putignano
     This year I attended the                                                                                                                                    last three songs included
Tremblant Blues Fest which is                                                                                                                                    a scorching slow blues
located about ninety minutes                                                                                                                                     instrumental that had my
northwest      of     Montreal,                                                                                                                                  hair standing on end, an
Quebec. This was their eigh-                                                                                                                                     incredible cover of Warren
teenth edition, and my third                                                                                                                                     haynes’ “soul shine”
visit in a row. Tremblant is a                                                                                                                                   followed by blistering and
quaint and beautiful village                                                                                                                                     funky instrumental titled
with excellent eating establish-                                                                                                                                 “Buck Naked” which is
ments, fine shopping, a casino,                                                                                                                                  taken from Mccray’s
scenic sites, gondola’s, and                                                                                                                                     excellent self titled 2007
during the beginning of July                                                                                                                                     cd on Magnolia records,
it’s where you can hear some                                                                                                                                     which if you don’t own; I
very high quality blues for ten                                                                                                                                  highly recommend it. I
consecutive days, all for free!                                                                                                                                  was hanging with WIZN’s
     day one: actually started                             Dana Fuchs                                                    Larry McCray                            dJ charlie Frazier, and
at 5:00pm as I witnessed carl Tremblay          the dirty dozen Brass Band took the            huge crowd surrounding the stage, and                           we both concurred that
charm the crowd with a very enjoyable           stage, but had some unavoidable setbacks.      performed a flawless set with his well           Mccray’s set was of the highest magni-
mix of soul, funk, blues and a taste of jazz.   First their sax player Kevin harris had to     honed and seasoned trio.                         tude, and wondered why an artist as solid
By the way: Tremblay’s young flute player       pull himself off the road due to his fathers       day three: John campbelljohn was             as Mccray isn’t more well known. I can
was excellent especially during her solo on     passing, roger Lewis’ baritone broke and       so good on the first night that I decided        tell you this, if there was another band
hendrix’ “Little Wing.” Next came Nina          he played some kind of small sax, drummer      to go back for a second helping; I was           following Mccray, I would not want to
attal from France who had a fine backing        Terrence higgins was not in attendance as      not disappointed. I also enjoyed delta           follow him, he was that good. Kudos to
band, attal is quite the performer, charmer     he’s currently touring with Warren haynes.     Moon’s set, but this was a slightly different    festival promoter Brian slack for bringing




              John Campbell                               Nina Attal                           Taj Majal                           Dana Fuchs                        Delta Moon

and looker, and rocked                                                       Needless to       configuration than I had seen when               Mccray and company to Tremblant, they
solidly. unfortunately                                                       say this all      delta Moon won the International Blues           both hit the ball out of the park! Note:
the weather Gods                                                             changed the       competition in Memphis. Nonetheless, I           any festival promoter should be aware
did not shine upon                                                           dynamics          really enjoy their swampy blues rock and         of Mccray’s intensity and talents, as this
us as Tinsley ellis hit                                                      of the band.      jammy sounds, as did many of those in the        band will deliver a powerful punch to those
the stage, ellis’s trio                                                      But none of       crowd. eric Bibb’s set was excellent, but        who attend your event(s.) amen.
sounded sharp, but the                                                       this deterred     I also really enjoyed his workshop earlier           so there you have it, another fine year
rains drove me back to                                                       their fearless    as well. dana Fuchs was quite a bit over         of good blues from Tremblant. here’s
my room early.                                                               leader efrem      the top for me, her screeching vocals and        to number nineteen in 2012. By the way
     day two: I enjoyed                                                      Towns       to    her band just didn’t work for my ears.           these good folks are also beginning their
rick      Taylor’s    set,                                                   charge     on     But the best was yet to come from the            preparations for their twentieth in 2013.
and then really got                                                          and deliver       Michigan based veteran Larry Mccray.             as always, thanks much to the entire
knocked out by John                                                          one mighty        Larry literally blew the crowd away with         Tremblant team, especially to catherine
campbelljohn’s perfor-                                                       fine      set,    an incredible tour de force set. his four        Lacasse who treats me so well! until
mance.       campbelljohn                   John Campbell                    complete          piece band was totally in synch with each        next year keep checking their web site for
plays a mean slide with authority, and it                                  with the Big        other as well. But make no doubt about           updates at: www.TremblantBlues.com
was a joy to watch his band jam hard for        easy funk you’d expect from these veteran      it, Mccray’s powerful vocals and searing         Bob Putignano www.SoundsofBlue.com
a little over an hour. Later in the evening     masters from the crescent city. at the         guitar wowed the crowd, as evidenced by
                                                other end of the village Taj Mahal had a       at least four standing ovations. Mccray’s
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Barbarian at the Gate
                                                       whenever I thought it might help people,           the meds are often over prescribed by doctors         is what life is and I am a bit under the gun in
                                                       either individually, or in that way that sheds     for simple life stressors, the nonsense spewed        several areas and have been for some time. I
                                                       light on a taboo subject. I talk about it on the   by the media about their dangers…such as              ame holding up fine and will be fine. But the
                                                       show all the time, and at the insistence of        teen suicide etc., in my view, have killed far        man is at the door.
                 By BOB MARRONE                        one of my old doctors, I have finally begun        more people through suicide than ever hurt                 a minor mistake becomes a serious
                       While I was pondering           work on a book about the experience. But           themselves by taking them. The longest                matter; a troubling thought lingers; a love
                 what to write about this              this, putting it in writing for the first time,    lasting component, though, is the tool set you        affair that has issues is now feeling irretriev-
                 week, the topic found me.             somehow seems permanent and defining in            take out of talk therapy and into life.               ably lost; contentious conversations become
                 Better yet, it revisited me, as       a way that I worry will alter perceptions of            For me, who had the bad fortune to               marathon contests that can never be won;
                 it does every once in a great         me as a person. But a promise is a promise,        become ill before ssrI’s, the talk therapy            and a hallmark commercial suddenly makes
while. We first met 30 years ago, when I was           even to oneself; and, indeed, it is exactly that   was the cornerstone and it saved my life, as          you get a tear in your eye. at first it seems
charging hard into adulthood, accompanied              stigma which I intend to dispel here and           well as channeled me onto a successful one.           normal…but it’s not, at least for you. and
by a new wife, baby and a bag full of neuroses         now. The illness is not defining, or defiling;     But I will tell you without reservation…and           then you know. It’s time to break out the
owing to an unusual childhood.                         and treated properly, not only it ca not only      this is for people suffering right now who            tools. here are some: Get out of your head.
     The initial encounter was harsh, terri-           be beaten, but short circuited, as well.           may be looking for my “credentials”…in the            address what is really bothering you head-
fying and life altering. Over four years I                  The specifics of my life at the present       extremes of agitation and despair, medication         on. Know that you can’t have closure on
was to lose and slowly regain forty pounds,            time are only as relevant as the cause of an       is almost always essential. Not that people           everything at once. don’t break your routine
manage obsessions, confront phobias, lose              accident that breaks one’s leg. It helps to        have not survived without it, of course they          or appointments. If you need help, get help.
and regain the ability to concentrate and,             know, but only in so far as your doctor may        have. But the pain, guilt, agitation, racing          If you need meds ask for them. Most of all,
ultimately, to learn myself and set of skills          need it to address treatment. dealing with         thoughts and anxiety are indescribable to             know it will pass.
that would benefit me for a lifetime. Because          the pain, and forestalling a future incident are   those who do not know it, and frequently                   Finally, for the millions of people who
of the medical bills, I remained in debt until I       more fungible and pretty universal.                fatal. I have often said, and I mean it no less       struggle with this and the few who might
was 38 years old.                                           For those just hit with it, the modern        today: Give me a choice of breaking all four          read this column, we need to share these
     We are talking, here, about depression.           treatments of medication, usually ssrI’s           of my limbs with a bat, or going through the          experiences and let others know that they are
     This is an awkward moment. I have                 (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)          worst of depression again for one day. I will         not alone, that there is help, and that the odds
promised myself for years that when I finally          combined with talk therapy, or some combi-         choose the Louisville slugger every time.             are with us.
got established in the non-corporate media             nation of both, are quite effective. and while     That said, more now about today and tools.                 so, I am off to the tool shed. More
world that I would share what happened                                                                         Most of us who get over the big first bout,      importantly, I have kept a promise.
                                                                                                          will occasionally get a visit, or two, years later.   Bob Marrone is a radio host on WVOX-1460
                                                                                                          It is almost always never as bad, because the         AM. He hosts Good Morning America. Listen to
                                                                                                          mere exercise of beating it precludes a serious       the show every morning, from 6:00 to 9:00 every
                                                                                                          event, and the more insight one develops, the         Monday to Friday, by way of video streaming
                                                                                                          easier it is to recognize the signs and prevent       on www.wvox.com.
                                                                                                          any real damage. This brings us to today. Life

                                                                                                           EYE ON THEATRE

                                                                                                          Not So Grim Reaper
                                                                                                                            By John Simon
                                                                                                                                Back in 1934, when the
                                                                                                                            hollywood movie Death
                                                                                                                            Takes a Holiday opened,
                                                                                                                            the New York Times critic,
                                                                                                          Mordaunt hall (a playwright himself ),
                                                                                                          called it “a really intelligent fantasy.” It was
                                                                                                          based on a 1928 Italian play by alberto
                                                                                                          casella (not known for anything else), and
                                                                                                          was successful despite the word “death” in
                                                                                                          its title, supposed to be anathema at the
                                                                                                          box office. That it wasn’t in this case was
                                                                                                          due, hall speculated, to the close proximity
                                                                                                          of “holiday.”
                                           sofritony.com                                                       The new musical on the same mate-
               A Taste of Puerto Rico In The Heart of New York!                                           rial still has both words in its title, and the
                  Dinner 7 Days a Week I Bar I Catering I Entertainment                                   words will have to battle it out once again.
                                                                                                          Never mind the title, though; what really

                     Sofrito                                               Sazon!
                                                                                                          matters are the music and lyrics by Maury
                                 has a hot little sister and her name is                                  Yeston, and the book by Thomas Meehan
                                                                              I




                                 Now Open at 105 Reade St., Tribeca                                       and Peter stone; the latter, alas, victim of          Photography and idea by Geof Kern; Creative
                                                                                                          death not having taken a holiday.                      Direction by Drew Hodges, Vinny Sainato
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Not So Grim Reaper                                 alice Lamberti, roberto’s fairly merry
                                                   widow, and eric’s teen-aged sister, daisy,
                                                                                                    set by one of today’s best
                                                                                                    designers, derek McLane,
                                                                                                                                                                         casella’s play, written
                                                                                                                                                                    soon enough after World
Continued from page 12                             played rather insufferably by alexandra          which, though elegant, is                                       War One, in which Italy
     The story of the musical concerns             socha. her crush on sirki adds subplot,          somewhat hampered by                                            incurred so many casual-
death’s capricious decision to spend a             as does the creation of a jolly doctor           having to stand in for too                                      ties, was partly meant to
weekend in mufti among mortals, to find            dario albione, permanent house guest of          many outdoor and indoor                                         reconcile people to early
out why they are all so afraid of him, and         the Lambertis and long-time unrequited           locations. Metallic spiral                                      death. The musical might
what life and love and hope are                                    (until late in act Two)          staircases at extreme right                                     have played more effec-
all about and why so precious.                                     suitor of Grazia’s grandma,      and left, however, do Joy Hermalyn, Julian Ovenden, tively here too during
he comes to the North Italian                                      contessa evangelina di           make impressive contribu- Linda Balgord and Patricia Noonan the Vietnam War. even
lakeside villa of duke Vittorio                                    san danielli, another            tions. catherine Zuber’s                                        now, though, it is at least
and     duchess        stephanie                                   permanent            resident.   costumes are opulently                                          superior to much of its
Lamberti, where he falls                                           Incidentally, the occa-          period, and Kenneth                                             competition.
into amply reciprocated love                                       sionally dropped Italian         Posner’s lighting almost                                        John Simon has written for
with their daughter Grazia..                                       word, like “contessa,”           makes up for the absence                                        over 50 years on theatre,
he arrives as the dashing                                          is supposed to add               of a visible lake. The fine                                     film, literature, music and
russian count Nikolai sirki                                        authenticity.                    director, doug hughes,                                          fine arts for the Hudson
(only the duke is supposed                                              The complicated plot-       in his first go at a musical,                                   Review, New Leader, New
to know who he really is,                                          ting—and I haven’t even          comes through respectably.                                      Criterion, National Review,
though in this version two                 Julian Ovenden          mentioned the butler                  There is first-class Matt Cavenaugh, Mara Davi, New York Magazine, Opera
others do too), which elicits                                      Fidele, whom the musical         work from most of the Max von Essen, Alexandra Socha, News, Weekly Standard,
almost more comedy than                                            turns into a crass comic         star-studded supporting Rebecca Luker, Michael Siberry, Broadway.com                    and
drama and provides us with                                         figure, specially so in          cast, notably Michael Patricia Noonan, Simon Jones and Bloomberg News. Mr. Simon
a couple of hours of pleasant                                      don stephenson’s perfor-         siberry (duke), rebecca                Linda Balgord            holds a PhD from Harvard
albeit not quite transcendent                                      mance—has, I repeat,             Luker (duchess), Matt                                           University in Comparative
entertainment.                                                     positive and negative            cavenaugh (eric), Mara Linn (alice),            Literature and has taught at MIT, Harvard
     One problem may be                                            aspects. another innova-         Linda Balgord (contessa), and simon             University, Bard College and Marymount
that the show was almost                                           tion is not turning death        Jones (albione). Peter Pucci’s dances meet      Manhattan College. To learn more, visit
more rewritten than written.                                       at any time into a sinister,     the modest choreographic demands of             the JohnSimon-Uncensored.com website.
casella’s play was rewritten                                       black-hooded figure, but         what is after all a chamber musical.
for the american stage by                                          letting it be throughout         Photography by and courtesy of Joan Marcus.
Walter Ferris, then rewritten                                      the good-looking leading
for the american screen by                                         man, Britain’s Julian
a team of two, one of whom                                         Ovenden, a splendid bari-
was Maxwell anderson, and Julian Ovenden and Mara tone but somewhat less
now reworked by Peter stone                     Davi
                                                                                                                                           IAA gave me a road map on getting into a
                                                                  compelling actor.
and, upon his death, further                                              Neither Ovenden                                                     nursing school and nishing my degree
by Thomas Meehan. The                                                nor the attractive Jill                                                 successfully.   ey helped me realize my
movie contains a good deal                                           Paice, who though
of andersonian poeticizing.                                          accomplished is a bit too                                                 dream to become a Registered Nurse.
     The musical’s book is                                           tall for him, fully conveys
happily free from most of                                            love at first sight, chem-                                                                                          - Rebecca B.
that, and also fairly different,                                     istry that can mitigate
which is both for the good                                           a certain lack in the


                                                                                                                         Nursing School
and, at times, not so good.
We get, for example, a
                                                                     writing, There are also
                                                                     further inconsistencies
                                                                                                         Prepare
subplot in which Grazia had Alexandra Socha and Max von in the plot that perhaps                             for
a brother, roberto, who died                    Essen                can, in a fantasy, be
in the Great War and whose                                           overlooked.
army buddy sirki claims to                                                What counts most,
have been. (a russian prince
in the Italian army?) It also
                                                                     of course, is the score.
                                                                     Musically, it is consis-
                                                                                                       IAA has helped over 1,500 STUDENTS
                                                                                                       FAST TRACK their R.N. education                                     Infosession
introduces an american,                                              tently good enough,                                                                                    Thursday 8/4
doughty Major eric Fenton,                                           although only intermit-
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truly roberto’s buddy (what                                          tently and fleetingly
is this, the International                                           memorable. The lyrics,                                                                                 from 9am to 7pm.
Brigade?), who disputes the                                          in fact, slightly lag                                                                                  Please RSVP @
claim of the Prince and finds                                        behind the tunes which,                                                                                info@iaaprograms.com
looking into his eyes deeply                                         if not up to Yeston’s
disturbing.                         Julian Ovenden and Jill Paice    Nine, can compete with
     There were in the movie                                       those of his Grand Hotel
two other young women chez Lamberti,                                                                                                                                        Call 888.465.2500
                                                   and Titanic.
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friends of Grazia’s, who fell for the Prince.          Visually, the show consists of a unit
In the musical, they are the american
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Complex; Powerful: Hamlet at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
                                                                                                                                                        long he can keep the secret of his crime.
                                                                                                                                                        his undoing comes in the guise of a play
                                                                                                                                                        within a play – a dramatic device showing
                                                                                                                                                        off shakespeare’s genius. claudius realizes
              By ABBY LUBY                                                                                                                              that hamlet knows of the murder when
                   When             Matthew                                                                                                             viewing the play with Gertrude. It is a
               amendt, as hamlet in the                                                                                                                 play that, by hamlet’s instructions, shows
               hudson Valley shakespeare                                                                                                                the re-enactment of his father’s murder.
               Festival (hsVF) production,                                                                                                              The scene empowers us, the audience,
               speaks the famed line – “To                                                                                                              with more knowledge than the most of the
be or not to be, that is the question” – it’s                                                                                                           characters on the stage.
not your typical dramatic pronouncement                                                                                                                      The complexity of Hamlet is skill-
but rather an intuitive, soul searching                                                                                                                 fully handled by O’Brien who clearly lets
question, one that is pivotal to the multiple                                                                                                           us witness and contemplate the colliding
strains of mental anguish that drive the        things on the bare stage that change are a          Polonius, councilor to King claudius, to            themes of transformation, life and death.
bard’s most celebrated tragedy. amendt’s        single prop or two; the backdrop consisting         reject hamlet’s love, she becomes agitated          This rich work of shakespeare still
straightforward, expressive delivery is in      of costumes of solid colors comprised of            and later obsessively sings what seems to           intensely exemplifies the intricacies of
keeping with the tone of this production        simple lines.                                       be a nonsensical but prescient song, frenet-        human nature, good and evil. The hVsF’s
so adeptly directed by Terrence O’Brien,             When the silver helmeted ghost of              ically pacing the stage. Mudek’s Ophelia            production is a must see. Performances are
artistic director of hVsF. In the festival’s    the murdered King hamlet appears, he                offers an unblemished innocence that                under an open-air tent theater perched
25-year history, this is the very first time    is seen bound by a rope around his neck,            becomes corrupted not only by Polonius,             high atop the banks of the hudson river
Hamlet has been performed.                      the end held by a cloaked, grim reaper. In          adroitly played by richard ercole, but by           on the grounds of the historic 19th century,
     O’Brien approaches the play head on.       a thunderous, amplified voice, the ghost            the overall, pervasive gloom of revenge.            elegant Boscobel estate in Garrison, New
There are no frills or distractions in this     tells hamlet of his murder. shocked by              Without hamlet’s love, Ophelia faces her            York, replete with dramatic views of the
sparsely staged production that pays great      the truth, hamlet has a sudden, fore-               own demise, madness and ultimate death.             hudson highlands. The grounds are open
homage to the words of those powerful           boding insight to life and death. On his                 hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude                two hours early so audiences can enjoy a
characters. In his director’s notes O’Brien     path of revenge, he learns to control his           is played by Gabra Zackman, who is                  picnic repast.
points to the myriad of productions of          madness as he teeters between lunacy and            wonderfully credible in her vacillation                  For tickets hVsF office, (845)
Hamlet that seek to recreate the play and       sanity, keeping the audience glued to the           between happiness with her new husband,             265-7858 or check their website: www.
make it more original by using “conceptual      words that will reveal his changing state           and sorrow over hamlet’s depression and             hvshakespeare.org
wrappers.” This production truly changes        of mind. amendt’s mad hamlet, sports                his ensuing insanity. Gertrude is repellant
gears; hVsF is known for uniquely               crazed, spiked hair and rambling phrases            to hamlet because of her hasty marriage             Abby Luby is a freelance journalist who has
dressing up a shakespeare play with wild        seem both incoherent and mocking when               on the heels of his father’s death to his           covered the Indian Point nuclear power
and off-beat interpretations – its part of      pronouncing the complexity and nuance of            father’s brother, King claudius, played by          plant in New York for over eight years, and
their great appeal to sold-out audiences        double entendres.                                   Jason O’connell. hamlet both condemns               the author of the forthcoming ebook, Nuclear
every summer.                                        The wispy Ophelia, poignantly played           and forgives his mother because “frailty,           Romance, a novel about nuclear dangers in
     But for hamlet, the trappings are          by Valeri Mudek, is first giddy with her love       thy name is woman.”                                 New York. www.abbylu.com
simple. The subliminal, more traditional        for hamlet, her yet unshackled demeanor                  O’connell plays the guilty king with
sound track uses plaintiff, ominous percus-     gracing the stage with delicate movements.          an unwavering, sharp cunning and blatant
sion and minimal sound effects. The only        When she is convinced by her father                 pride over his ascent to the throne, as




Governmentsection
Fair Housing
                                                slated for the community development                those units to include that extra bedroom           residents to stores or parent-teacher confer-
                                                Block Grant (cdBG) after the county’s               will raise the cost of this project by an extra     ences. In essence, hud wants to re-negotiate
                                                analysis of Impediments to Fair housing             $94.3 million. even if you aren’t into forensic     the settlement with Westchester county. By
                By NANCY KING                   choice was rejected (again).                        accounting, you can clearly see that this will      stripping the county of over $4 million in
                                                     so what is the Fed’s beef this time? It        bankrupt the project and thereby prevent its        funding and by ordering Westchester to pay
                     With his signature         seems that hud has stated that Westchester          completion. after all, this is the sort of grand-   out $7.5 million to the anti-discrimination
                on the dotted line and the      is not a diverse county and that though we’ve       standing that nearly bankrupted the city of         center, the Feds have effectively killed a
                statement, “I signed what-      already gotten approval for 164 units and 154       Yonkers years ago.                                  project that by all accounts was moving
                ever I had to in order to get   have already received financing and are on the           hud is additionally also demanding             forward ahead of schedule. The only person to
                the money from hud,”            road to be built ahead of schedule, it just isn’t   that these units not only be built in white         have benefitted from these rulings is adc’s
former county executive andy spano sent         enough for hud. hud spokesman Brian                 wealthy areas but that these units be built in      executive director craig Gurian. he can use
residents of Westchester county and the         sullivan, in a full page letter asserted that       high performing school districts. The latter is a   that money to write more questionnaires just
current administration of rob astorino into     we, the beleaguered taxpayers of Westchester        demand only espoused of late. These units also      in case any of us want to know if we live in
what appears to have been part legal conun-     county have fallen short of our obligations.        have to be on or close to public transportation     segregated neighborhoods.
drum and part political chess maneuver while    It seems that since the vast majority of these      and shopping areas. apparently this is veiled          While we are clearly facing economic
the clock ticks on. a couple of weeks ago,      units were to be two bedrooms and not three,        inference to areas of Northern Westchester          doom by this decision, the lost victims in
housing and urban development (hud)             we may be discriminating against families with      that have fabulous schools but lack the public                               Continued on page 15
pulled $4 million of federal funding initial    more than one child. By the way, re-tooling         transportation needed to get these new
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Fair Housing                                              isn’t too happy to have a republican in the Office
                                                          of county executive in Westchester county. The
Continued from page 14                                    average taxpayer believes the plan set forth by hud
this showdown are those needing affordable                was doomed from the start.
housing. Nobody from hud has asked them                        In the meanwhile, county executive robert
where they would prefer to live. Why would you            astorino is set to travel to Washington, d.c., on
want to be moved to a neighborhood where you              July 27, 2011, to meet with hud secretary shaun
may not assimilate and are not wanted? and what           donovan to discuss whether or not they can find
gives the Federal Government the right to come            their way beyond this impasse. One can only hope
into any municipality and override local zoning           that county executive astorino brings Westchester
laws to create housing. This override does nothing        county taxpayers’s message with him. We’ve had
more than violate the constitution of the state of        enough, and its time for Washington to honor the
New York. This is the sort of grandstanding from          agreement set forth by former ce andrew spano.
Washington, d.c., that really pisses people off           and if the cost is too high, perhaps they should
about their government. Westchester has submitted         sever their ties with craig Gurian and the adc.
the analysis Impediment (aI) to hud five times            I’m certain his departure could save us paying his
and it’s been rejected every single time. Prior to        consultancy fee a few pennies.
2009, there had never been any rejections. so it
seems to even the most politically un-savvy that          Nancy King is a resident of Greenburgh, New York.
the current administration in Washington, d.c.,

 INFRASTRUCTURE

County Executive Astorino Takes Senators on an
Inspection Tour of the Tappan Zee Bridge
                 By NANCY KING
                         under a sweltering July sun,     few steps in planning to replacing them. Instead we
                    county executive rob astorino         recoil in horror when we watch bridges collapse;
                    took New York state senate            such as the I-35 Bridge in Minneapolis which killed
                    Majority Leader dean skelos and       13 and injured 145, or the schoharie Bridge which
                    senator chuck Fuschillo on a fact-    collapsed in 1987 after a heavy rainstorm. It was
finding boat tour beneath the aging Tappan Zee            eventually realized that the beams had corroded,
Bridge. The elderly superstructure was built in 1955      but that was after the collapse
and had an original shelf life of fifty years. right           If something catastrophic were to happen to
now, we’re six years past the “sell by” stamp and the     the Tappan Zee Bridge, it would mean the collapse
bridge is in bad shape. The Tappan Zee Bridge             of more than just the super structure. The old bridge
connects rockland and Westchester counties. an            is a viaduct for not only Westchester, but the entire
estimated 178,000 vehicles cross the span daily. If       region, and it’s economic health. The bridge doesn’t
you’re counting, that’s more than both the Lincoln        have to just fall into the water for this to happen. It
and holland Tunnels combined!                             would take a mere inspection and report by an engi-
     Ten years and $83 million ago, the state             neer who recommended that the bridge be closed
commissioned a study that was hoped by all to find        immediately to cause an absolute economic shut-
a solution as to what to do with the aging bridge.        down that could indeed impact the entire country.
But like all major capital expenditures, the final             sadly our monetary options are slim at this
outcome appears to have gotten lost in the poli-          moment. Initial projections to replace the bridge
tics of it all. sadly enough, that hasn’t stopped the     come in around $9 billion with an extra $6 billion
aging or the rusting to the bridge. as a matter of        tacked on should we put a light rail system in as
fact, some 80 employees of the New York state             well. The only way to pay for a new bridge would
Thruway authority work on the bridge daily. Their         be in the form of some hefty tax increases and a
task is to literally patch the bridge everyday in order   pricey borrowing plan. No matter how it gets done,
to keep it up and to keep the traffic moving safely.      Westchester county executive astorino is calling
In the past ten years, the New York state Thruway         on Governor andrew cuomo to develop a plan
authority has spent $1 billion to the daily repair of     to replace the bridge. If the bridge were to be shut
the bridge and another $300 million to replace the        down tomorrow, the consequences to commerce
bridge deck.                                              and traffic would be unimaginable. While it is an
     so what are we looking at here? a bridge, that       expensive proposition to rebuild the bridge now,
while we are told is safe to travel upon today, may       New Yorkers and all Westchesterites can’t afford to
not be safe tomorrow. But it also exposes the infra-      wait for a disaster to finally commence the building
structure crisis that abounds in the united states.       process.
Our structures are aging and we’ve taken precious         Nancy King is a resident of Greenburgh, New York.
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A Typical Crook                                     The Guardian Guardian Connects the                                                              rossignuolo was awarded another taxpayer
                                                    Dots                                                                                            funded fraudulent contract of $58,250. The
                                                        The Westchester Guardian through                                                            competing bid came from a.B contractors
               By SAM ZHERKA                        New York state Board of elections filings                                                       of 231 West Third avenue, in Yorktown
                                                    confirmed that Michelle capuano is the                                                          heights, New York. a glaring issue arose
                    The Westchester Guardian’s      campaign treasurer for the up-coming                                                            when The Westchester Guardian, upon
                in depth investigation into         mayoral re-election effort to benefit Mayor                                                     investing the alleged address, found it does
                criminality generated from          clinton Young.                                                                                  not exist. The Westchester Guardian made
                within Mt Vernon’s city hall                                                                                                        inquiry by way of Freedom of Information
                and Mayor clinton Young             The How To…                                                                                     Law (FOIL) requests of New York state
himself gets more and more interesting every            In an attempt to funnel Mount Vernon                                                        records and thereby confirmed that no such
day. The Westchester Guardian has spent weeks       taxpayer dollars to the Mayor clinton                                                           company, at that address, had ever existed.
in identifying the players in some of the many,     Young’s election campaign coffers, and                                                          When The Westchester Guardian called
many scams, which continue to cripple Mount         unjustly enrich his inner circle, Mayor Young                                                   the telephone number listed on the bid,
Vernon, its residents, and its tax base.            and his cohorts, under the guise of protecting                                                  914-960-9314, Marta, a woman of hispanic
      In our May 20, 2010, edition, The             public property, the peace, health, safety, and                                                 descent answered the telephone, confirmed
Westchester Guardian identified Brian Bochow        welfare of Mount Vernonites, steer and direct                                                   the number belonged to her, and that she
and his direct connection to Mayor clinton          contracts to politically connected companies                                                    knew nothing of a company named aB
Young and the bid rigging scandals that             such as rossignuolo. They declare certain                                                       contracting.
                                                    jobs and “emergency situations” in order               Water Commissioner Brian Bochow
have rocked Mount Vernon city hall. The                                                                                                                  Further inspection of the document
Westchester Guardian connected the dots when        to side-step and avoid the public bidding         This is done through the likes of Michelle    from aB contracting by The Westchester
it confirmed the involvement of Mayor Young,        process specified within the Mount Vernon         capuano, Mayor clinton Young’s Treasurer      Guardian made it evidently clear the bid had
now current Water commissioner Brian                city charter. Pursuant to section 73 of the       and sister of Franka capuano, the owner of    been faxed to the city of Mount Vernon.
Bochow, the then former deputy chief of             Mt Vernon city charter, the competitive           rossignuolo contracting Inc., and benefi-     Imprinted at the bottom of the fraudulent
staff, and rossignuolo contracting Inc., of 318     bidding process is waived for work deemed         ciary of many fraudulently and criminally     bid was the fax number 914-667-4809, and
east 3rd street, Mount Vernon, New York.            an emergency when so designated by the            concocted bidding practices.                  the words “deli King.” The Westchester
      Brian Bochow, a known, desperate              Mayor and / or other city officials.              Uncovering the Deceptive Deeds                Guardian would come to find that deli
gambler who loves to drink, is married                  In cases where circumventing the                                                            King is owned and operated by Michelle
                                                                                                          It was on december 26, 2008, when
to Michelle capuano. They reside at 415             bidding process is not easily achieved, Mayor                                                   capuano’s family who also own and operate
                                                                                                      Mayor Young personally signed off on a
Gramatan avenue, apt. 2B, in Mount                  Young, with the aid of Brian Bochow and his                                                     rossignuolo contracting Inc., and who
                                                                                                      $111,800 tax payer funded, no bid contract
Vernon, New York. Michelle capuano is               wife Michelle capuano, Mayor Young’s elec-                                                      through another family member, Michelle
                                                                                                      for rossignuolo contracting, Inc. On June
the sister of Franka capuano who, with              tion campaign treasurer, and her sister Franka                                                  capuano, also run the finances for Mayor
                                                                                                      23, 2009, Mayor Young, once again awarded
her husband, are owners of rossignuolo              capuano of rossignuolo contracting Inc.,                                                        clinton Young’s reelection campaign effort.
                                                                                                      his reelection campaign Treasurer Franka
contracting Inc.; the very company, enabled         concoct phony bids to insure the appear-                                                             The dots connected by The Westchester
                                                                                                      capuano’s family a $13,800 no bid contract
by Mayor clinton Young, among other city            ance of a fair bidding process. This fake                                                       Guardian’s scrutiny has confirmed that both
                                                                                                      paid for by Mount Vernon taxpayers. On
officials, through which the city of Mount          semblance of propriety thereby permits a                                                        winning bids and losing bids were designed
                                                                                                      June 11, 2009, rossignuolo was awarded a
Vernon has been robbed blind. rossignuolo           firm such as rossignuolo to be awarded a no                                                     by the same idiots; Mayor clinton Young,
                                                                                                      rigged contract of $49,500 for a job at 406
has been under The Westchester Guardian’s           bid contract and in return funnels a portion                                                    Jr., and his band of the worlds dumbest
                                                                                                      south 1st avenue. as previously reported
scrutiny since their bid rigging schemes were       of the profits generated back to Mayor                                                          criminals.
                                                                                                      in The Westchester Guardian the competing
first uncovered in early 2010.                      clinton Young’s reelection campaign effort.
                                                                                                      bids were fraudulent. On december 2, 2009,

 INVESTIGATION

Yonkers Mayor Amicone’s Ineptitude Exposed in Alleged Firefighter’s Theft of Gasoline Inquiry
                  By HEZI ARIS
                      Yonkers Mayor Phil                                                                                                            to prove the allegation of theft despite what
                  Amicone, Yonkers Fire                                                                                                             Yonkers Fire commissioner anthony Pagano
                  Commissioner anthony                                                                                                              advises will be the thrust of the legal action
                  Pagano, and           Human                                                                                                       taken against this individual. There is a stum-
                  Resources commissioner                                                                                                            bling block before legal remedy may be sought,
                  Brian Lucyk are on the same                                                                                                       that is, the individual must go through his union
page. They want a Yonkers Firefighter alleged                                                                                                       to challenge the allegations made against him
to have been involved in the stealing of gasoline                                                                                                   within 30 days of the filing and only then, may
approximately 13 months ago to be now fired.                                                                                                        the administration proceed to prove their case.
The accused individual will in approximately                                                                                                             Were the case sufficient to prove the alle-
3 weeks time have completed the required                                                                                                            gation of theft of gasoline, one should expect
number of years of service on the force to                                                                                                          Yonkers Corporation Counsel to have
qualify for his pension. The Yonkers Tribune /                                                                                                      brought the issue before a court for legal remedy
The Westchester Guardian have learned that the                                                                                                      months ago. commissioner Pagano stipulates
allegation against the accused individual are                                                                                                       the seemingly lengthy time for the investiga-
circumstantial and are not sufficiently solid               Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone                Yonkers Fire Commissioner Anthony Pagano      tion to be completed was stymied by rules,
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 INVESTIGATION                                                                                               LAW

                                                                                                            Crack Down on Tax Cheats Signed Into Law
regulation, and avoiding incurring overtime.           the amicone administration still find itself
      In the meanwhile, amicone, Pagano, and           incapable of proving the alleged theft before a
Lucyk instead hope to coerce the accused indi-         court of law or an independent administrator?
vidual to quit. They would rather deny him             do they want to force this man from his job to       AG Schneiderman’s Legislation Closes “Helmsley Loophole” That Let
an independent arbitrator, as specified under          validate their ineptitude and premature, and as      Tax Evaders Off The Hook; Goes Into Effect in 90 Days
article 75 of the Civil Service. It would be up        of yet unproven allegation by fiat? Is it because    Schneiderman: This Law Ensures No More Free Passes For White
to tan independent arbitrator to decide whether        they believe they have the power to do what
there is sufficient evidence to deny this man to       they will? Will the amicone administration
                                                                                                            Collar Criminals
be permitted to continue his employment.               abide by law, rules, and protocol or does that           aLBaNY, NY -- adding a critical new
      The issue at hand is not whether this indi-      no longer matter? What about protecting              tool in the fight against white collar crime,
vidual is entitled to his pension earnings. That       the taxpayer’s pocket book? The silence              attorney General eric T. schneiderman’s
is a given as far as commissioner Pagano today         surrounding this yet to be divulged issue proves     legislation to close a loophole that let tax
stated, but if he indeed was involved in the           once again that managing the news, rather            evaders off the hook was signed into law
theft of gasoline, why should he be qualified          than its telling in a timely manner, permits         today by Governor andrew M. cuomo.
to receive his pension? commissioner Pagano            those who disrespect the law and protocol from       The attorney General’s program bill,
rightfully advises that issue is not within his        maintaining an upper hand when their rights          which was drafted in collaboration with
purview.                                               are not above the law. The accused could also        New York county district attorney cyrus
      True to form, Mayor amicone made a               have brought the amicone administration to           r. Vance, Jr., amends a law that prohib-
big stink when it was divulged gasoline was            court for legal remedy. he has not.                  ited the state from prosecuting income
found stolen back in 2007-2008. The 2009                    This is a dance that is often played in the     tax cheats who have been previously
incident(s) alleged in the report yet to be            city of Yonkers. These below standard antics         prosecuted in federal court for the “same
publicly noticed, could have been mitigated had        of government are not exclusive to Yonkers;          criminal transactions” even if the crimes
Mayor amicone’s administration chosen to               they are prominent in other locales throughout       are distinct. The law will go into effect in
                                                                                                                                                            Attorney General Schneiderman
implement the recommendations made april               much of Westchester County.                          90 days.
2, 2009, by then Yonkers Inspector General                  In the end, nothing will be remedied.                                  Continued on page 18
Philip a. Zisman in the document he issued             The triumvirate, in this case, of amicone,
under the title of “city Fleet Gasoline usage.”        Pagano, and Lucyk, have allowed the clock
The reality is that Mayor amicone feigned              to run out; the accused will have earned(?) his
concern. he had no interest in resolving this          pension, while they scream that he committed
issue. had Mayor amicone been concerned,               theft which they alleged but are incapable of
subsequent, similarly alleged thefts could have        verifying before a court of law or an indepen-
dissuaded some people from attempting gaso-            dent arbitrator. Perhaps, when the accused
line, or totally stopped it altogether. Instead,       earns his pension, he will be smart enough
the backroom antics of amicone, Pagano,                to sue amicone, Pagano, and Lucyk for his
and Lucyk, as deemed appropriate by Mayor              besmirched reputation by their unproven
amicone, are now collectively attempting to            words.
demonize an alleged thief by denying him his                david simpson has chosen not to respond
right to an independent arbitrator. What are           to our inquiry. Neither did commissioner
they trying to prove?                                  Lucyk.
      are they interested in stopping any and all           I humbly suggest Mayor amicone resign
future gasoline thefts? Why don’t they place a         his seat as mayor post haste; and drag some
security camera that would be activated when           corporation counsel nitwits with him, for their
the gasoline pump is turned on? Instead of             gross ineptitude. Yonkers has lost big time
using the last four digits of an individual’s social   under amicone’s administration for circum-
security number, why do they not demand                stances that rarely occurs elsewhere. Yonkersites
each person create their own pin number,               lose taxpayer money by the thefts that have been
similarly to the way in which banks have an            perpetrated under their watch. despite the high
individual create their own pin numbers for            salaries afforded amicone, Pagano, and Lucyk,
ones’ credit and debit cards. The discovery of         they have shown themselves unwilling to right
Social Security numbers by any Firefighter             the wrongs that could be easily righted.
can likely be accomplished within minutes were              Mayor amicone hopes to get his pound of
that the unlikely intention of any Firefighter.        flesh, but will unlikely be able to prove his case
What that proves is how easily the prospect            specifically because the mitigating modalities
of security, as presently maintained, is prone to      recommended by Inspector General Zisman
continued misuse and likely theft. Many who            were not implemented, as they should have
use these pumps are unaware of the param-              been. Mayor amicone, even if he knows what
eters for which they are permitted use of this         he knows in his heart to be what happened
gasoline. some people drive cars for both city         will not be able to prove anything. Yonkersites’
business and personal business to this day.            wallets will be exposed to allegedly continuing
      Why has the amicone administration               theft and still amoicone will have done nothing
maintained such lax standards to dissuade theft        to take any corrective course to thwart any simi-
of services? Why does this issue come to light         larly alleged reoccurrences.
three weeks prior to gaining his pension does
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Crack Down on Tax Cheats Signed Into Law                                                          state presented its case. despite the fact
                                                                                                  that the defendant had evaded taxes in
                                                                                                                                                items, contracts, and pension fraud.
                                                                                                                                                     schneiderman also established a new
Continued from page 17                           legislation (s.5776) eliminates a loophole       both jurisdictions, the court dismissed the   Taxpayer Protection Bureau to target
    “Tax evasion is a crime, but for too long,   in the so-called “double jeopardy” provi-        state charges on the grounds that they were   corrupt contractors, pension con-artists,
white collar criminals have benefited from       sion in the state’s criminal Procedure Law       based on the “same criminal transaction” as   and large-scale tax cheats who rip-off New
a gaping loophole in state law that has let      that prohibited state prosecutors from           the federal tax charges. The schneiderman     York state government and its taxpayers.
them off the hook. This legislation unties       seeking charges against tax criminals who        law simply fixes this flaw that has impeded   The attorney General bolstered the
the hands of state prosecutors so that all tax   have already been charged in federal court       New York state’s ability to prosecute and     Medicaid Fraud control unit and has
violations can be prosecuted to the fullest      for separate, but related federal tax crimes.    collect unpaid state taxes.                   already secured tens of millions of dollars
extent of the law,” said Attorney General        The legislation was sponsored by senator              attorney General schneiderman            in recoveries for New Yorkers. and he
Schneiderman. “By cracking down on tax           Martin J. Golden and assemblymember              has made restoring New Yorkers’ faith in      fulfilled his pledge to appoint a public
violations, this law ensures there will no       Joseph r. Lentol.                                government a top priority of his admin-       integrity officer to all 13 of the attorney
longer be one set of rules for the powerful           The so-called “helmsley loophole”           istration. since taking office, he has        General’s regional offices so that citizens
and another for everyone else. The days of       first gained attention following the inves-      announced a sweeping new initiative that      can feel safe reporting local corruption to
giving tax evaders a free pass are over.”        tigation of billionaire hotel operator           will give the attorney General’s office       an independent prosecutorial authority.
    endorsed by the district attorneys           Leona helmsley for income tax evasion            the authority to investigate and poten-
association of the state of New York,            by federal and state prosecutors. after          tially prosecute any wrongdoing involving
attorney       General       schneiderman’s      the federal criminal case went to trial, the     government spending, including member


 GOVERNMENT

Changes Ahead for New Rochelle                                                     A Senior Building, Utility Potholes, and the
                 By Peggy Godfrey                                                  Possibility of a Forensic Audit
                     The New rochelle                 New rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson         contracted to fix the holes and then bill         of the Fevang indictment and to know
                 city council addressed          made note that several payments will be      the utility but that this concept be made         further if an internal investigation would
                 the issue of utility            made to the city, such as the $60,000        part of future contractual agreement              take place. Legal counsel Katherine Gill
                 potholes,        possibly       for improvements to the Maple avenue         with any and all utilities. New York city,        added restitution, if appropriate, would be
                 changing one senior             Parking Lot. One tenant, George              among other communities have three to             “in order” at a future time. even so, st.
                 building to a taxable           Imburgia, said he would like to know if      five year windows of responsibility for           Paul asked, “Why is the city continuing
status, and the recent indictments. These        this will result in higher rents, and if so, utilities, but New rochelle has only a            to do business with them? When strome
are the items slated for the July agenda         he does not support this change. another     six months mandate. councilmember                 answered we don’t know the involve-
that will be taken up at future meetings.        resident said that the expansion of the      Marianne sussman believes many                    ment of these vendors, st. Paul said
     The 35 Maple avenue senior citizen          community room, a stated intention           potholes are not fixed for months at a            that the department of Public Works
housing structure now over 30 years              by Mountco, was not necessary. Only          time. councilman Lou Trangucci added              “did not follow policies and procedure,”
old requires needed renovation asserted          25-30 people use this room when there        that even when a subcontractor does the           emphasizing “human error costs lives and
representatives of Mountco company.              is a specific function. he wants to know     work, the street might still need blacktop-       money.”
Mountco plans to install new bath-               if the upkeep of the building will be as     ping. The biggest problem was to identify             The discussion eventually led to the
rooms and kitchens in all l09 units. The         stellar as it is now. In what ways will the  the potholes and informing the utility.           time when present city Manager chuck
transformation process of the senior             change from profit to nonprofit effect the        The continuing controversy and               strome, then in the employe as assistant
citizen building will thereby change the         residents?                                   concern over the indictment of richard            Manager when Fevang was first investi-
109 units to a taxable building structure             councilman Jared rice initiated         Fevang were brought up by councilman              gated, despite no impropriety found at the
with housing and urban development               another discussion regarding potholes        richard st. Paul who had questions about          time, should have done anything more at
(hud) section 8 subsidies. section               created by public utilities. he stated that  the city’s follow-up procedures. he ques-         the time. It was at that point that Mayor
8 subsidies would become available to            the current city policy, which generally     tioned how they spot-check invoices.              Noam Bramson called for an executive
those eligible tenants who would thereby                                                      Finance commissioner howard rattner
                                                 obligates utilities for a period of six months                                                 session.
qualify to pay pay 30% of their income           to repair potholes they generated, was       said vendors were called to confirm                   after a lengthy executive session
for rent. Mountco Vice-President John            an insufficient timeframe. The concern       bids. While there are four cost “tiers” of        hiatus, Mayor Bramson pressed st. Paul
Madeo advised there is a contract for            revolves about New rochelle’s inability to   invoices, there is no breakdown by cate-          by asking whether he knew of other
his company to acquire the property. he          find the “trenches” that should be readily   gory when spot-checking. city Manager             misconduct by employees, accusing him
gave assurances that none of the present         recognized. Public Works commissioner        chuck strome, emphasized that crim-               of using Mccarthy-like tactics. st. Paul
tenants will be relocated.                       alexander Tergis suggested a vendor be       inal charges are “not investigated,” and          responded by telling Bramson he had
                                                                                                              that New rochelle was             had mischaracterized his posture. st. Paul
               LETTERS TO THE EDITOR                                                                          advised to hold up delving        adamantly asked for a forensic audit and
               Please submit your Letter to the Editor electronically, that is by directing email to          further over Fevang by the        a review of the hiring process, suggesting
               WHYTeditor@gmail.com Please confine your writing to between 350 and 500 words.                 Office of the Westchester         a whistle blower protection law be added.
               Your name, address, and telephone contact is requested for verification purpose                county district attorney.         Peggy Godfrey is a freelance writer, and
               only. A Letter to the Editor will be accepted at the editor’s discretion when space            st. Paul requested to know        former educator.
               permits.                                                                                       if the city could be using
               A maximum of one submission per month may be accepted.                                         the same vendors who
                                                                                                              were named in the telling
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 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
                                                 homes are more likely to have emotional           balanced budgets, significantly reduced            had still not been fixed after two days, I
                                                 and behavioral problems, to engage in             spending, and reduced deficits without             made my first call ( June 24, 2011). a very
                                                 crime, to fail in school, to abuse drugs and to   important revenue enhancement and a                polite gentleman named Ben answered the
                                                 be on welfare as adults. until this problem       complete overhaul of our tax policies?             phone, took the info about the broken light
                                                 is openly and forthrightly addressed, our              ask any Tea Party advocate to sign            and told me that the light would be fixed
                                                 nation and the Black family, will continue        a pledge rejecting their or their family           in a day or two.
                                                 to suffer serious consequences.                   members’ social security or Medicare. ask               My second call was on June 27, 2011.
                                                     sal dye                                       any compassionate citizen what happens             Ben told me my location was on the list,
Pie In the Sky Suggestions                           New rochelle, NY                              when the states’ request for money to              and the repairman would get to it soon.
     reinvest the Family structure to                                                              support health, care, food, and other basic             My third call was on June 29, 2011.
move Mount Vernon Forward” in your               The Forgotten Tenets of                           needs cannot be met based on new federal           Ben told me the repairman is still working
July 21st issue was replete with pie in the      Governance                                        requirements. Perhaps we need to adopt             on the list and would get to me soon. Later
sky suggestions but fails to zero in on the           What has become of the bedrock value         an isolation strategy to ensure no aid to          that day, I spoke with Mount Vernon
central issue regarding family structure         of the american politician, that is, the          anyone... fat chance!                              city councilman edwards, who took the
in the Black community. While no one             tenets of governance for the good of the               ask any psychologist or social scien-         information and promised to do what he
dares broach the subject due to america’s        people. Politicians are signing pledges from      tist about the necessity of work and if you        could to remedy the situation. My fourth
climate of political correctness (neo            Grover Norquist at the expense of their           understand even a part of the above, you           call was on July 1, 2011. I was told “You’re
Fascism?), the discussion should center on       duty to their constituents and fealty to the      will understand why we have so many                on the list and we will get to you soon.”
the fact that the Black community has now        elective process of this great nation. almost     public service jobs. If people are not             We went through the weekend and the
an illegitimacy rate of almost 80%! This is      as bad, this epidemic of a loss of values and     engaged in a job, they will rebel in some          Fourth of July celebration without lights
a shocking statistic when we discover that       responsibilities has infected all parties, and    fashion and that includes the unemployed           on the block, so I made a fifth call on
in those reactionary days of 1958 the rate       the inability to govern in a complex world        Tea Party members. Is anyone else offended         Tuesday, July 5, 2011. On this occasion,
was 12%.                                         leaves little hope for compassionate correc-      and disheartened by an unwillingness or            Ben abruptly stated, “There is nothing I
     What has caused this ominous trend          tive action.                                      inability to address complex issues in an          can do! You will just have to wait until the
in our society? Many experts attribute the            In short, we are myopic, lack critical       even more complex world and tired of the           repairman gets to you!”
increase to our liberal, democrat social         thinking, and the ability to see clear rela-      continuation of ideological simplicity?                 at this point I asked Ben for his
policies, which has substituted government       tionships among the complexities forming               Warren Gross                                  supervisor’s phone number (which I have
handouts for a responsible, supportive           these major issues. It took us many years              New rochelle, NY                              tried several times and got no answer).
father figure. damon Jones, your columnist       to get into this mess and it should take a             Letter to the editor                          On Thursday night, July 7, 2011, the light
states, “those families with children should     graduated plan, something like Bowles                                                                came on, but only for 4 hours. since then,
be provided with “meaningful assistance,”        simpson approach to start working our             Quality of Light Issues                            the light has been out, up to today, July 13,
whatever that connotes. Not once in his          way out. start with the variables: states are         I noticed a street lighted in front of         2011 (which incidentally is the date of the
article does Jones allude to the problem         required to have balanced budgets, many           443 east 4th street, between Garden and            e-mail to the Westchester Guardian).
of illegitimacy, which has decimated the         corporations are sitting on record profits        egmont avenue had stopped working.                      respectfully,
Black family. unquestionably those chil-         because they can escape the cost implica-         The numbers on the pole to which the                    hugh Bennett
dren brought up in one-parent households         tions through outsourcing jobs and avoid          light is affixed are 13KV and W56. I                    Mount Vernon, NY
are clearly going to “feel neglected.”           domestic regulations. Put in very simple          noticed the light not working on June 22,
                                                                                                   2011. I thought it would be fixed the next         Editor’s Note: The light in question was still
     The harmful effects of growing up           terms… the issue is and was JOBs. does                                                               not fixed as of July 19, 2011.
without a father in the house are well docu-     anyone expect job creation given the              day, so I waited before contacting the dept.
mented. children raised in single parent         current situation. does anyone expect             of Public Works. When I realized the light

 HEZITORIAL

Integrity in Journalism                            focused newspaper began publishing in
                                                   1843. shutting the publication down
                                                   could not relieve News corporation from
                                                                                                   Press to have begun. demanding an FBI
                                                                                                   inquiry is us congressional representative
                                                                                                   Peter King. allegations that the now defunct
                                                                                                                                                          The Westchester Guardian must
                                                                                                                                                      traverse adversarial environments on every
                                                                                                                                                      front. The city of Yonkers has engaged in
                 By HEZI ARIS                      the unsatiated feeding frenzy that had          News of the World operation attempted to           stealing our newspapers. a personal judg-
                                                   come about. arrest of its former execu-         hack into the voicemails of 9/11 victims and       ment against Yonkers Mayor Phil amicone
                     The empire built
                                                 tive editor and editor came to pass. staff,       their families, has shocked the sensibilities of   to the tune of $8 million has yet to be satis-
                 under the aegis of News
                                                 working for the present British govern-           many people. at issue for every community,         fied. Following his lead, The city of Mount
                 corporation’s media mogul
                                                 ment and scotland Yard, once connected            international, national, statewide, or local, is   Vernon has recently, allegedly engaged in
                 rupert Murdoch has come
                                                 with News corporation, has also stepped           the same. can the public trust the media to        similar conduct. The Yonkers Tribune, an
                 under governmental scru-
                                                 down amid demand for in depth investiga-          deliver the news, unfettered by competing          online sister operation of The Westchester
tiny cajoled to fever pitch by public disgust
                                                 tions. The public outcry heard in the British     interests, and still maintain an ability to        Guardian, when its publisher hezi aris,
over recent allegations of phone hacking
                                                 Isles resonated among law enforcement             discern and navigate the boundaries of             asked questions too pithy for their intel-
and corruption allegations by News of the
                                                 in the united states. a Federal Bureau of         decorum? What are those parameters, and            lectual prowess to respond to, much less
World, a national english tabloid shuttered
                                                 Investigation (FBI) inquiry has been said         do they change and fluctuate in demeanor           comprehend, chose to deny access to the
in the past few weeks. The populist, celebrity
                                                 by an anonymous source at the associated          from one community to another?                     website approximately 8 years ago that
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                                                   be fired if they even said, “hello,” to anyone    office. Perhaps she is incapable of responding    whether it be revealed as demeanor or actual
Integrity in Journalism                            working for The Westchester Guardian. By          to our inquiries? Be assured she will come        deed.
continues to this day. They simply did not         whim or design, there are some elected offi-      before media to spin some innocuous event;             What is your take on this issue? do
want to be exposed. They wanted to control         cials who bristle when their wrong doings         she just can’t handle the tough questions.        you trust media? What do you expect from
the news. Their conduct / policy has failed.       are exposed. Once revealed, they exhibit               Must media put up with this childish         media? are you getting what you want from
It is this conduct that goes to the heart of the   righteous indignation for being found out.        behavior? I say we must not.                      media? are you involved in the politics of
issue of censorship by government. That is         Yet they believe they are above the law and            The People will not tolerate abuse by        daily living: politics, education, economic
not their purview and the u.s. constitutions       deserving of more than The People, and so         media and The People must not tolerate            development, zoning, among other issues?
attests to that very fact. When elected, they      often too thin-skinned to seek help for their     abuse or aberrant behavior of those they          When you see something do you say some-
are expected to be transparent, instead, most      addiction prior to their being exposed, e.g.      elect to office.                                  thing? I don’t mean a package left on a train
become opaque in their approach to the             anthony Weiner’s so-called sexual addic-               Media must deliver the news as it is,        or a bus or plane, though I should hope you
public and media alike.                            tion. should media have allowed him his           rather than being mesmerized, swayed, and         would speak up in those circumstances,
      Whether the allegations regarding News       transgressions? Why did media permit it           seduced by advertising money. Media must          but do you reach out to media to right the
corporation prove true or not, elected offi-       during the days of the Kennedy administra-        deliver the news whether the powerful are         wrongs that are evident to you? does media
cials must learn to respond to media. That         tion with regard to Marilyn Monroe. had           peeved or not. But we must deliver the news       respond to your inquiry or your assertions?
is because the Fourth estate, designated by        the president’s not been tolerated, women         by abiding by the rules, regulations, protocol,   Or do you accept being yessed to death by
the founding fathers appropriate and proper        would have earned respected years ago.            and demeanor appropriate to the communi-          government who do not respond but play
to be a conduit for reporting on news and               Westchester county Legislators who           ties from which we report and about whom          you?
information gleaned between those elected          stray beyond the law are able to keep it out of   we report. We must deliver every credible              The Westchester Guardian is a small
to serve the public good and the public who        the public realm. You and I would be thrown       voice wanting to be heard who desires to          operation. We do what we can with the
elected them. For politicians to deny the          into the slammer and forgotten. That too          serve the public good devoid of our personal      staff we have. We may come up short in
public access, by denying access to media,         must cease.                                       agenda. every voice is relevant and perti-        the public eye. even so we strive to meet
or favoring some media and not others,                  senator Jeff Klein (democrat) got            nent. even those some may feel do not             your expectations. If you see something, say
is anathema to the democratic discourse            bent out of shape recently when The               reach a level of credibility to their personal    something. Your name need not always be
espoused to endure within our shores yet           Westchester Guardian revealed the staff           liking are best heard. It is the discourse that   exposed, because the issue is neither you
inexorably is purely spin. discourse is denied     of his Independent democratic coalition           will allow us to reach understand, possible       nor I. Whatever your sensibility, it will not
by the omission of information that would          (Idc) was partially sustained under a             consensus, and still maintain our direction       be encroached upon. The issue is whether
permit the public the knowledge upon which         revenue stream offered through the magna-         together. Media must not, though so many          the concern is greater than the personalities
to reach conclusion and possible consensus.        nimity of Majority Leader and senator             do, curtail, dismiss or even mitigate those       involved. When that is so, retribution cannot
Too many government have chosen to be              dean skelos of the republican Party. If this      who do not agree with the personal tenets         be a threat anyone should fear.
patriarchs who believe only they know best,        was an embarrassment, why did senator             of those who direct any specific media outlet.         The time for games is over. Mr
but The People are no longer children. The         Klein choose to go down a road he could                The Westchester Guardian can be              Murdoch will soon learn that. It was under
People deserve to be respected, not kicked to      have avoided but chose instead to believe         trusted to maintain its credibility among         Mr Murdoch’s watch that this crisis came
the curb or shunned.                               the facts could be hidden and not revealed?       public judgment and the court of law.             about; the public is now challenging his
      The city of Yonkers does not respond to      his conduct puts into question the veracity            Those that play the game of favoritism,      prowess and influence. I know it humbles
any inquiry asked of it by the Yonkers Tribune     of his conduct. remember folks, we are the        who expect to glean favor by giving notice        us at the Yonkers Tribune and The Westchester
or TheWestchester Guardian Westchester             messenger, not the instigator of this conduct.    to some, yet not to others, who reveal truths     Guardian. serving the public good is our
county government has only a few weeks                  similarly senator susie Oppenheimer          that suit themselves, but not the greater         only goal. count on it.
ago warned all personnel that they would           has not returned many inquiries of her to our     good, will expire under their own inequity,

 ED KOCH COMMENTARY

Congress: Enablers of the Rich and Powerful                                                          the house of representatives, are keeping
                                                                                                     their promises to vote no on any proposed
                                                                                                     tax increases. It won’t work. americans are
                                                                                                                                                       praised by the american public for doing
                                                                                                                                                       what is clearly in the national interest -
                                                                                                                                                       requiring the debt ceiling to be raised to
                By ED KOCH                                                                           smart enough to see through the subter-           pay the country’s ongoing expenditures.
                    The republicans are            the power to raise the limit on borrowing         fuge. The Mcconnell plan keeps evolving               Mitch Mcconnell, the republican
                playing with fire.                 unilaterally” by a maximum of 2 trillion,         from day to day, so at this point, we don’t       Party, and all of its representatives in
                    They have embarrassed          300 billion dollars which would bring the         know its final form.                              congress who stand by and support the
                their leader in the house          ceiling close to 17 trillion dollars.                  The President’s offer for some time          Mcconnell farce deserve a stern rebuke by
                of representatives, speaker             The President could then raise the           has been to reduce the national debt by           the voters in the 2012 presidential election.
John Boehner, by rejecting his efforts to          debt ceiling in three approximately equal         four trillion dollars over a ten-year period,     The result will be that the democrats will
arrive at a reasonable compromise with             increments before the 2012 presidential           funded by expense reductions and revenue          once again have a majority in both houses,
President Barack Obama on the extension            election offset by expense reductions and         increases. republican Tea Party adherents         and President Obama will be reelected.
of the debt ceiling.                               revenue increases he proposes without             believe a debt ceiling increase to be funded          In the judgment of many, the
     The republican leader in the u.s.             requiring their implementation. If the            only by expense reductions is politically         republican Party is leading our great
senate, Mitch Mcconnell, worried that a            republican congress votes no to any of the        and morally the only arrangement they can         country into another recession. Most
failure to extend the debt ceiling could cause     incremental increases, the President would        support.                                          americans, myself included, believe in a
an economic catastrophe, has come up               then veto the congressional resolution                 The republican majority in the house,        capitalist economy with reasonable rules to
with a proposal. according to a Los Angeles        defeating his proposed action and his veto        led by speaker Boehner, is incapable of           restrain Wall street and bank excesses that
Times editorial of July 14, his proposal           would then prevail. This political chica-         imposing party discipline and allowing            brought on the Great recession of 2008.
would provide “that congress eject itself          nery is clearly intended to convince the          more moderate voices to prevail over the              The failure to enforce existing rules
from the debate and give President Obama           public that the republicans, who control          Tea Party faction. The President should be                               Continued on page 21
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Congress: Enablers of the Rich and Powerful                                                  cut the securities and exchange
                                                                                             commission’s fiscal 2012 budget request
                                                                                                                                                  We the taxpayers have not for the most
                                                                                                                                            part been made whole. Most americans
Continued from page 20                        representatives is deliberately depriving      by $222.5 million, to $1.19 billion (the       believe that those who brought this
and to adopt stronger rules was due in        the s.e.c. of the funds needed to carry        same as this year’s), even though the          country to its knees economically have
part to the objections of then Federal        out its new responsibilities. This course of   s.e.c.’s responsibilities were vastly          not been held accountable. In the debacle
reserve chairman alan Greenspan,              action is particularly outrageous because,     expanded under the dodd-Frank Wall             involving trillions of dollars of lost wealth,
former Treasury secretary robert rubin,       as stewart writes, “the s.e.c. isn’t           street reform and consumer Protection          few if any ceOs of major corporations
and former chairman of the securities         financed by tax revenue, but rather by fees    act. charged with protecting investors         have been criminally pursued. Yes, some
and exchange commission, arthur               levied on those it regulates, which include    and policing markets, the s.e.c. is the        corporations and individuals have paid
Levitt, Jr. Levitt later apologized for his   all the big securities firms.”                 nation’s front-line defense against finan-     large civil fines while not even having to
actions. Greenspan admitted publicly               Let me quote a portion of his analysis    cial fraud.                                    admit wrongdoing, but those fines in the
after the Great recession that he was         and his powerful conclusion:                        “a little-noticed provision in dodd-      millions of dollars are considered the cost
wrong to support self-regulation instead           The economy is still suffering            Frank mandates that those fees can’t           of doing business.
of regulation by congress. I have not         from the worst financial crisis since          exceed the s.e.c.’s budget. so cutting its           Large corporations are using their
seen rubin offer either an admission of       the depression, and wide-spread anger          requested budget by $222.5 million saves       connections and power in congress to
error or apology respecting his role in the   persists that financial institutions that      Wall street the same amount, and means         seek to rig the rules once again to allow
debacle.                                      caused it received bailouts of billions of     regulated firms will pay $136 million less     them to enrich themselves at the expense
    a brilliant article in the July 16 New    taxpayer dollars and haven’t been held         in fiscal 2012 than they did the previous      of the american taxpayers.
York Times by James B. stewart sounds         accountable for any wrongdoing. Yet the        year, the s.e.c. projects.”                          When will congress realize that they
an alarm. he reports that we are on the       house appropriations committee has                  The excesses of Wall street and the       should be the servants of the people, not
cusp of repeating the 2008 Wall street        responded by starving the agency respon-       big banks have been intolerable for years.     the enablers of the rich and powerful who
meltdown because of a lack of s.e.c.          sible for bringing financial wrongdoers to     The major securities firms and large banks     fill their campaign coffers?
regulation. That agency was given new         justice – while putting over $200 million      have in many cases more than recov-
authority under the dodd-Frank Wall                                                                                                         The Honorable Edward Irving Koch served
                                              that could otherwise have been spent on        ered the losses they sustained during the
street reform and consumer Protection                                                                                                       New York City as its105th Mayor from
                                              investigations and enforcement actions         Great recession. They were assisted by
act of 2010 to protect investors and regu-                                                                                                  1978 to 1089.
                                              back into the pockets of Wall street.          federal loans and other federal programs,
late markets.                                      “a few weeks ago, the republican-         all provided courtesy of the american
    The republican-controlled house of        controlled appropriations committee            people.


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Charities Can Be the Nation’s Conscience                                                     than $200 billion now given annually by
                                                                                             individuals).
                                                                                                  That loss should be accepted by chari-
                                                                                                                                            because politicians and the public repeat-
                                                                                                                                            edly assert, “don’t cut my group” and
                                                                                                                                            “don’t tax my group.” But we face “a
                By ALLAN LUKS                                                                ties as the cost of leadership needed by the   looming crisis,” according to the bipar-
                     If charitable groups     Budget Office recently reviewed 11             country now.                                   tisan National commission on Fiscal
                 accept a decrease in         options for revising the income tax treat-          contributing is a basic way we feel       responsibility and reform. The commis-
                 the tax deductibility of     ment of charitable giving, and it grouped      linked to one another. reducing how            sion further warns that, unless special
                 contributions, they would    them into four categories. all establish a     much and how many people give to               interests stop lobbying to “exempt them-
                 prompt      corporations,    floor below which contributions would          worthy causes will cut important help          selves from shared sacrifice,” our economy
                 special interest groups      not be deductible. One proposal retained       provided by human service, health, educa-      could shrink by 2% in 10 years. We need
and others to do their part for the greater   tax deductibility only for donations           tional and cultural organizations. Yet, if     3% growth just to begin to increase jobs.
good.                                         exceeding $1,000 per couple or, alter-         the charitable sector publicly accepted            If the nation’s 800,000 public charities
    among the many proposals to raise         natively, 2% of a person’s adjusted gross      a tax change and the potentially lower         that file returns with the Internal revenue
taxes and cut and reallocate govern-          income. under this example, the report         donations that would result, this action       service speak out and say that they will
ment spending to regain our country’s         estimated that individuals who itemize         would provide desperately needed lead-         accept the proposed tax treatment change
economic health, one of the most sensi-       deductions would pay $15.7 billion in          ership to help move the country toward         for contributions, they would exercise their
tive is decreasing the tax deductibility of   additional taxes yearly to the government.     fiscal recovery.                               role as the public’s conscience. They would
charitable contributions.                     But charitable agencies could experience a          We do not have an economic recovery       force a good part of the private sector to
    The independent congressional             loss of up to $3 billion (1.5% of the more     plan that the country can rally behind                                 Continued on page 22
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Charities Can Be the Nation’s Conscience                                                                 I was a nonprofit leader for three
                                                                                                     decades and am now a university professor
                                                                                                                                                        and Medicare and accept the need to
                                                                                                                                                        reduce benefits or pay a greater cost. The
Continued from page 21                            endless list of special-interest groups to         teaching about social change. Institutions         choice — for my children and grandson —
look into the mirror and ask whether              accept government spending cuts and tax            and individuals always resist giving up            is clear.
certain changes and compromise may be             increases proposed for their own areas, as         benefits, and too many elected officials just
                                                  proof of their genuine interest in jump-                                                              Allan Luks, the former director of Big Brothers
best for their own, their children’s and the                                                         go along with that. But people will change         Big Sisters of New York City, is director of the
nation’s future.                                  starting the economic recovery.                    and support good-citizen actions if an
                                                      The general public looks to the                                                                   Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders and
    The charities’ public calls also would                                                           aroused public spotlight is shined on them         a visiting professor at Fordham University’s
embarrass and provoke the leaders of              nonprofit sector to be the conscience of           and they’re forced to look in the mirror.
                                                  our nation. That is why individuals and                                                               Graduate School of Social Service. He is
manufacturers, corporations, banks, hedge                                                                charities can hold up this mirror. But         the author of four books, among them “The
funds, associations concerned about social        institutions yearly donate $260 billion, and       the clock is ticking.
                                                  65 million americans volunteer their time.                                                            Healing Power of Doing Good.” The views
security and Medicare, and the rest of the                                                               I am a beneficiary of social security          expressed here are his own.


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            Jaybird Flies                         Jay Walder is Not Casey Jones,
                                                                                                                                                        system is in a financial bind comparable to
                                                                                                                                                        that which faces the united states, except
                                                                                                                                                        that it cannot run up fourteen trillion dollars
            By HENRY J. STERN                     Jumps from NYC to Hong Kong because MTA Nears Fiscal Crash                                            in deficits and then ask for more. sooner or
                                                                                                                                                        later, probably sooner, fares will rise and
                                                                                                     a good choice for the position, with a fine        interest on the MTa’s indebtedness will
     Jay Walder is no casey Jones.                on practically one day’s notice, even though
                                                                                                     environmental record. Nonetheless, we              increase. The state and city, traditional
     unlike the iconic railroad engineer, who     it took more than two months after that to
                                                                                                     recount the story now to tell you how it was       sources of additional funding, are, as we
kept his hand on the throttle while his train     find a successor (Walder).
                                                                                                     done, which is in accord with the important        know, undergoing severe fiscal problems
plunged down curving tracks to disaster,               sander was not the only Paterson
                                                                                                     rule 26, “No prints.”                              and highly unlikely to substantially increase
and by doing so saved the lives of many           commissioner to be fired practically
                                                                                                          Walder chose to accept what could be          transit subsidies, if indeed they are willing
people, the MTa chief Jay Walder did not          instantly. On October 21, 2010, just twelve
                                                                                                     the best transit job in the world, at a multiple   to retain them. One cannot mention state
even complete two years at the helm of the        days before the election of Governor
                                                                                                     of the salary, which was begrudged to him          aid without recalling with sorrow the
transit authority before he jumped ship for a     cuomo, the environmental Protection
                                                                                                     in New York. he thus avoided the fate of           disgraceful decision of the New York state
more secure and lucrative berth in a private,     commissioner, Pete Grannis, who had
                                                                                                     his predecessor sander and his colleague           assembly to eliminate the commuter tax
profitable transit system.                        served since the start of the spitzer admin-
                                                                                                     Grannis.                                           on May 17, 1999, a date which will live in
     Walder was not shanghaied in the dead        istration and before that, spent 32 years in
                                                                                                          Last night, I watched The call on             infamy in mass transit history. how long
of night; he is going voluntarily to MTr          the assembly, was told to clear out imme-
                                                                                                     New York 1. People called and emailed the          should Walder remain at the helm of a ship,
(Mass Transit railway), a railroad colossus       diately by Larry schwartz, at the time a key
                                                                                                     station to express their views on Walder.          which takes on more water each year?
headquartered in hong Kong. any idea              aide to Governor Paterson. The trumped-
                                                                                                     almost all were very negative, with the                 We believe that Jay Walder is, by and
where they might bank?                            up charge against Grannis was that he had
                                                                                                     exception of richard ravitch, the former           large, a decent, honorable, hard-working and
     actually, Walder had a number of             sought to avoid budget cuts for his agency,
                                                                                                     lieutenant governor, as well as MTa chair.         competent bureaucrat, who will be missed
good reasons for his secretive flight from        which every commissioner worth anything
                                                                                                     ravitch was highly complimentary, as was           after he is gone. he is not an inspirational
New York and the MTa. The first is the            does every year. Grannis was told that
                                                                                                     Mayor Bloomberg. The hostile attitude              figure, nor did he attempt to be one. Nicole
impoverishment of the system he is leaving.       Paterson would not speak to him about the
                                                                                                     of the public came because of the service          Gelinas, giving Walder a mixed review, asks
The MTa has consistently been undersup-           matter and that his dismissal was final. he
                                                                                                     and personnel reductions that Walder was           today in The Post ( July 22, 2011): “can the
ported, not given enough money to operate,        got the news as he was preparing to deliver
                                                                                                     obliged to make because of the lack of public      next MTa chief be a fighter?” One answer
let alone to build and maintain the system in     a speech and receive an award from an envi-
                                                                                                     funds and steadily rising expenses, most but       to that question is that the MTa chief is an
good repair. Before he came, they overspent       ronmental group at what became his last
                                                                                                     not all of which were uncontrollable. how          appointed, rather than an elected official.
wildly, in part because of bureaucracy, over-     supper in office.
                                                                                                     many years should one devote to serving            Major funding decisions are made by the
engineering, and weakness before unions, as            The question arose as to why Grannis
                                                                                                     people who think you are doing a lousy job,        elected, and it is the job of the appointed to
well as traditional corruption, particularly in   was fired just then. Why not leave it to the
                                                                                                     when in fact you are doing a very competent        do the best they can with the resources that
construction and real property. Walder did        incoming governor (cuomo) to choose his
                                                                                                     job at an obviously thankless task?                they have been given.
not want his reputation endangered by too         cabinet? Why should Grannis’ 36 years of
                                                                                                          One could tell that many of the                    Of course, they can and should demand
many years presiding over a system subject        state service end in peremptory dismissal?
                                                                                                     disgruntled callers were transit employees or      more; that is what commissioner Pete
to those perils.                                  One plausible explanation is based on
                                                                                                     union activists. even so, there were precious      Grannis (who was from 1974 to 2005 an
     second is the apparent indifference          where Larry schwartz is now. Governor
                                                                                                     few callers who admired the service they           elected official, given to expressing his own
of Governor cuomo to the plight of the            cuomo has appointed him secretary to
                                                                                                     received from the MTa or its departing             opinions) did in October 2010, for which he
MTa, and the absence of any effort to             the Governor, which is the equivalent to
                                                                                                     chairman. If there were an attempt to jam          was summarily politically beheaded in what
develop a relationship with Walder. It was        chief of staff on the national level and the
                                                                                                     the switchboard, it succeeded. If there            appears to be a pre-election housecleaning.
not nearly as bad as Governor Paterson,           same post schwartz held in the Paterson
                                                                                                     were not, the negative sentiment was more          Fortunately, Grannis has found a new job in
who refused to speak with Lee sander,             administration.
                                                                                                     authentic. Of course, no one likes waiting         what appears to be a more congenial setting,
Walder’s predecessor, or even to return his            It is likely that, in firing Grannis on the
                                                                                                     for a train on a hot platform, being squeezed      so his public service can continue and his
calls, because sander had been appointed by       spot, schwartz was serving his new master,
                                                                                                     or crushed inside a car, or being delayed          pension clock keep running.
his predecessor, Governor spitzer. sander         cuomo, and sparing the governor-elect the
                                                                                                     for an indefinite period, whether by “the               “speak truth to power” is a noble slogan,
did not have the luxury of another job offer      embarrassment of firing an environmental
                                                                                                     dispatcher” or by “train traffic ahead.”           but truth is better spoken by those with no
as Walder did, so he hung around until he         icon. cuomo has the right to choose his
                                                                                                          The underlying fact is that the transit                                Continued on page 23
was dismissed by Paterson on May 7, 1999          own commissioners, and Joe Martens is
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                                                                                                                                                                       Mamaroneck, NY 10543 Purpose: Any lawful activity.
                                                    Suitable for any type of business. Contact      process to The LLC 50 Manhattan Ave – 2H NY, NY 10025. DE
                                                                                                                                                                       Registered Agent: Paul Williams 1422 Arlington St Ma-
knowledgeable and professionally skilled as                                                                                                                            maroneck, NY 10543
                                                    Jaime: 914.632.1230                             address of LLC: 800 Delaware Ave PO Box 8702 Wilmington,
Walder. But once such a person is hired, s/he                                                       DE 19801. Arts. Of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, PO Box 898
must be given the appropriation that is needed                                                      Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity.                     INNOVATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT LLC Articles of Org.
                                                                                                                                                                       filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/5/2011. Office in West-
for the MTa to do the job right.                     Pastor- Conduct worship service to                                                                                chester Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom pro-
                                                                                                    Notice of formation of R. Jaundoo Realty LLC. Filed with
     P.s. It is ironic that people now go from       congregation; Prepare and deliver              the Secy. Of State of NY(SSNY) On 02/09/11. Office loca-           cess may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to
New York to hong Kong in order to triple             sermons; Be available for personal             tion: Westchester County. SSNYdesignated as agent of LLC           The LLC 36 Dalewood Dr Hartsdale, NY 10530 Purpose:
                                                     discipleship and counseling. Req. MA           upon Whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall             Any lawful activity
their wages.
                                                     in Divinity, Resume to: New York Great         mail process to the LLC, 4021 Paulding Ave Bronx NY 10466.
Henry J. Stern writes as StarQuest. Direct           Faith Church 261E. Lincoln Avenue, Mt.         Purpose: Any lawful activity.
mailto:StarQuest@NYCivic.org. Peruse Mr.             Vernon, NY 10552
                                                                                                    TI VALDEZ LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Articles of Org. filed
Stern’s writing at New York Civic.                                                                  NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/5/2011. Office in Westchester Co.
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