The Holidays are Here_ by wuyunyi



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vol 106 Number 47                                                                                                  Friday, November 25, 2011

  The Holidays are Here!    Jeff Bridges Tours Greyston
Cross County Merry & Bright

                                                                                                           L to r: Greyston member Bruce B. Maitri, Director of Pathmaking Dail Moses-Taylor,
                                                                                                                          Jeff Bridges and Greyston Founder Bernie Glassman
                                                                                                             Activist and Academy Award-winning actor    with Bridges brought him to Greyston.
                                                                                                        Jeff Bridges took a tour of the Greyston Foun-        Bridges has been a student of Glassman’s
   The Grinch leading the holiday singers at Cross County Shopping Center’s tree lighting
                                                                                                        dation last week. The tour was led by Greyston   for more than 10 years. He is an active sup-
      The Cross County Shopping Center kicked              More than 1,000 shoppers and families gath- Founder and world-renowned Zen Buddhist           porter of Glassman’s other organization, Zen
off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting. ered near Santa’s workshop for the tree lighting, teacher Bernie Glassman, whose friendship                                  Continued on Page 7
The outdoor mall recently completed its $300 mil- with the Grinch leading with songs and dances get-
lion makeover and is ready for the holiday season. ting everyone ready for the holiday season.

                                                                                                       New Car Wash Gives Cars, and
        Stew Leonard’s Hosts                                                                          Their Owners, the Star Treatment
      32 Annual Turkey Brigade                                                                                                                           River Rd. in Yonkers, is giving cars, and their
                                                                                                                                                         owners, the star treatment.
                                                                                                                                                              The newly-branded car wash and 10-point
                                                                                                                                                         fast oil change service — operated under the
                                                                                                                                                         name Regency Auto Spa for nearly 30 years —
                                                                                                                                                         is now under new management. With a fresh
                                                                                                                                                         look and added enthusiasm, they have been
                                                                                                                                                         nonstop ever since their grand opening October
                                                                                                                                                         1. One noticeable addition to the Star Auto Spa
                                                                                                                                                         landscape is the 20- by 30-foot American Flag
                                                                                                                                                         waving atop a 100-foot high flagpole, arguably
                                                                                                                                                         the tallest in the area. The plaque, affixed at its
                                                                                                                                                         base, gives thanks to the James T. Blanchard
                                                                                                                                                         family who donated the “Stars and Stripes” in
                                                                                                                                                         honor of the men and women who have proudly
                                                                                                                                                         served in the armed forces.
                                                                                                                                                              “We’ve not only freshened up the place
                                                                                                                                                         with brighter colors and a crisper look,” said
                                                                                                                                                         General Manager Pete Ponga, “but we have also
                                                                                                                                                         improved our benefits and customer promo-
                                                                                                                                                         tions.” Star Auto Spa already offers soft-touch
  Photo by Bayan Baker                                                                                                                                   washing with 100 percent cloth, bio-degradable
                                                                                                                                                         products and uses well water. All customers are
     L to r: Stew Leonard’s’ John Talente, Henry Gordon and the Stew Leonard’s Turkey                                                                    given an Express Card which earns them a free
                                                                                                                                                         car wash after 12 and their ninth oil change,
                                                                                                                                                         which always includes a full car wash at no ad-
     Stew Leonard’s continued its long-standing    School, Little Sisters of the Poor of the Bronx,
                                                                                                                                                         ditional cost, will also be absolutely free. In the
tradition of giving thanks to the communities it   Montessori School 31, Mount Carmel African
                                                                                                                                                         next few months, Star Auto Spa will include
serves with its 32nd Annual “Turkey Brigade”       Methodist Episcopal Church of New Rochelle,
                                                                                                                                                         bumper-to-bumper detailing to their ever-grow-
last Thursday.                                     Museum School 25, Paideia School 15, Rob-
                                                                                                                                                         ing list of services.
     Across Westchester and Connecticut, 1,929     ert C. Dodson School, Roosevelt High School,
                                                                                                      By olga luz Tirado                                      Some of the new additions designed to en-
turkeys will be distributed to more than 100       Rosemarie Ann Siragusa School, Sacred Heart
                                                                                                          Star Auto Spa, located at 999 Saw Mill                                      Continued on Page 7
churches, civic groups, elderly housing, senior    High School, School 22 PTA, School 23 PTA,
nutrition programs and schools to help provide     Sinai Free Synagogue of Mt. Vernon, St. John’s

                                                                                                                    La Bella Havana
Thanksgiving day meals for families in need.       Church of the Bronx, St. Joseph’s Medical Cen-
     The Yonkers Stew Leonard’s will be do-        ter, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Tabernacle of
nating 360 turkeys to 39 Westchester organiza-     Prayer Revival Center of Dobbs Ferry, Thomas
tions, many in Yonkers, including:
     Abundant Life Church, Ames Early Child-
hood Center, Cedar Place School, Yonkers City
                                                   Cornell Academy, VIVE School/Yonkers Path-
                                                   ways to Success, Westchester Hills School,
                                                   Yonkers Middle-High School, Seventh Day
                                                                                                                  Reviewed by NY Times
Council, Community Memorial Baptist Church,        Adventist Churst, Mahopac Middle School of           Photo by Greg Baldwin
Elks Lodge # 707 of Yonkers and Mt. Vernon,        Mahopac, Hillside Food Outreach of Yorktown,
Enrico Fermi School, Eugenio Maria de Hos-         Fred’s Food Pantry of Montrose, Food Fight
tos School, Foxfire School, Greyston Founda-       for Vets of Verplanck and Youth Bureau Food
tion, HOPE Community Services of New Ro-           Drive of Peekskill.
chelle, Institutional AME Zion, Kahlil Gibran

                                                                                                                       La Bella Havana owners Jay Adolphus (left) and Frankie Goris

                                                                                                      By Andrew Tobia                                    to compliment everything from the fried plan-
                                                                                                           One of Yonkers’ favorite new restaurants,     tain strips and garlic-bean dip complimentary
                                                                                                      La Bella Havana (formerly Belle Havana), a Cu-     to every table, to the picadillo and paella, to the
                                                                                                      ban restaurant located at 35 Main St. in Down-     burgers and salads and, finally, to several of the
                                                                                                      town Yonkers, was recently visited and reviewed    desserts.
                                                                                                      by Emily DeNitto of the New York Times.                 DeNitto reveled in the décor, including the,
                                                                                                           DeNitto’s article, “Cuban Food, Authentic     “thatched ‘roof’ and bamboo siding,” of the bar,
                                                                                                      and Light,” appeared in the Westchester Din-       the large windows overlooking the street and the,
                                                                                                      ing section of the Times on Sunday, October 30     “walls painted to look like peeling plaster over
                                                                                                      — a mere six months after La Belle Havana’s
          Wishing all of our readers a happy
                                                                                                                                                         brick,” concluding that it all comes together to
                                                                                                      opening. And she had nothing but good things       create a great tropical feel.

           and safe Thanksgiving. Please
                                                                                                      to say!                                                 On its four-point scale (Don’t Bother, O.K.,
                                                                                                           She starts by saying, “…the simple but        Worth It, Don’t Miss), the notoriously finicky

         remember and try to help those less                                                          strong menu offers a range of nicely executed
                                                                                                      offerings.” As somebody who could easily spend
                                                                                                                                                         New York Times gave La Bella Havana the sec-
                                                                                                                                                         ond highest rating of “Worth It.” Owners Jay

           fortunate this Holiday Season.                                                             an hour or more reading restaurants’ menus, de-
                                                                                                      bating what of the many dozens of items to get,
                                                                                                                                                         Adolphus and Frankie Goris have a lot to be
                                                                                                                                                         proud of; though only six months old, La Bella
                                                                                                      I really appreciate a simple menu. She goes on     Havana has a long future ahead of it.
 PaGe 2 - yoNkers risiNG - Friday, November 25, 2011

Yonkers Vets Share Thanksgiving Who Will Be Mayor Spano’s
 Dinner with St. Peter’s Students Key Policy Advisors?
  Photo by Greg Baldwin

            St. Peter’s school students and staff in front of the Thanksgiving feast
                              they prepared for Yonkers Veterans

  Photo by Greg Baldwin
                                                                                                               Who will serve in Mayor-Elect Mike Spano’s administration as Deputy Mayor,
                                                                                                                          replacing Bill Regan (left) and Chief of Staff Lisa Mrijaj

                                                                                                       By Dan Murphy                                      Commissioner and Police Commissioner from
                                                                                                            As the Mayor-Elect Mike Spano Transi-         within both departments. Several candidates
                                                                                                       tion Team begins its work, with Chairman John      are rumored to be in the running to be the next
                                                                                                       Spano sifting through hundreds of submitted        heads of Yonkers Bravest and Yonkers Finest,
                                                                                                       resumes, the focus will soon turn to who will      including current and retired officers from both
                                                                                                       be the inner circle of Spano’s administration at   departments.
                                                                                                       City Hall. While every position is important,           The Spano Transition Team announced the
                                                                                                       four of the bigger appointments will be Deputy     complete list of its members last week, listed
                                                                                                       Mayor, Chief of Staff, Police Commissioner         below. Spano said that anyone serving on these
                                                                                                       and Fire Commissioner.                             committees will not be considered for a posi-
                                                                                                            The next Deputy Mayor — to succeed            tion in City Hall.
                                                                                                       outgoing Deputy Mayor Bill Regan — will                 The members of the Transition Team will
                                                                                                       have to be a professional manager who can          meet with current City Hall staff during the
                   St. Peter’s students, dressed in their Thanksgivign costumes,                       work with the City Council and unions. They        coming weeks in an effort to be able to rec-
                     with Yonkers Veterans who were honored for their service
                                                                                                       will have to be loyal and have a strong working    ommend organizational and policy changes so
      St. Peter’s School celebrated Thanksgiving         St. Peter’s is celebrating its 100th anniver- relationship with Spano.                           that Spano can hit the ground running when he
a little early this year with a thank you to local sary of Catholic education this year. Many St.           The next Chief of Staff — to succeed out-     is sworn in on January 1, according to a press
Yonkers Veterans for their service to our coun- Peter’s alumni are veterans.                           going Chief of Staff Lisa Mrijaj — will also       release from the team.
try. Last week, Yonkers Veterans joined with St.         For more information, visit www.StPeter have to have a close relationship with the May-               “This will be a bipartisan team with both
Peter’s students to share a traditional Thanks-                                               or and be able to coordinate efforts with the      government and community expertise,” said
giving Dinner.                                                                                         state delegation and the governor in order to      Spano. “We want to include a variety of view-

      Yonkers DWBID Tree
                                                                                                       push through Spano’s planned transformation        points to get the best possible result.”
                                                                                                       of city government.                                     Spano said the Transition Team will con-
                                                                                                            The Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff           sist of an executive committee plus working

   Lighting Set for December 1
                                                                                                       have been the right and left hands of Mayor        groups in the areas of Public Safety, Govern-
                                                                                                       Amicone and Mayor John Spencer before him.         ment Operations, Finance, Economic Devel-
                                                                                                       Spano could use this model, or come up with        opment and Community Relations. There will
                                                                                                       another configuration for his inner circle, per-   also be an Education group that will work with
      Downtown Yonkers will kick off the holi- Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Business Im-
                                                                                                       haps having more than one Deputy Mayor.            the School District and Board of Education
day season on December 1 with its annual holi- provement District, in conjunction with the City
                                                                                                            Fire Commissioner Tony Pagano has an-         in keeping with Spano’s campaign pledge to
day tree lighting ceremony, featuring live music, of Yonkers and the Department of Parks, Rec-
                                                                                                       nounced his retirement, and Police Commis-         provide additional emphasis on improving the
children’s visits with Santa, the lighting of the reation and Conservation. Join the Downtown
                                                                                                       sioner Ed Hartnett is expected to do the same.     city’s schools.
spectacular 25-foot tree and more!                  Yonkers business community for this special                                                                                       Continued on Page 6
                                                                                                       Mayor Spano will likely appoint a new Fire
      The ceremony will be presented by the event.

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Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra      This, Too, is the
  Performs at DiChiaro School  Holiday Season in New York
                                                                                                   By Eric W. Schoen                                                         nuts roasting on the open
                                                                                                         Will I see you online at                                            fire” or a pretzel in hand and
                                                                                                   Target at midnight on Black                                               see the holiday windows in
                                                                                                   Friday? After you finish                                                  stores like Saks Fifth Av-
                                                                                                   your turkey and pumpkin                                                   enue.
                                                                                                   pie, will you be heading out                                                   Stop at Rockefeller
                                                                                                   to Walmart, Macy’s or one                                                 Center, see the “World’s
                                                                                                   of the many stores that have                                              Christmas Tree” and the ice
                                                                                                   late Thanksgiving night or                                                skaters on the rink and won-
                                                                                                   early Black Friday morning                                                derful holiday decorations.
                                                                                                   openings?                                    Eric W. Schoen               Unless you have a friend
                                                                                                         We live so close to New                                             who works in Rockefeller
                                                                                                   York City, yet how many of us take advan- Center in an office building facing the tree, you
                                                                                                   tage of all that the Big Apple has to offer? The won’t be able to watch the tree lighting cere-
                                                                                                   holidays are upon us; the “new” Cross County mony live in person. No fear, as any day in this
                                                                                                   Shopping Center in Yonkers began their yule- area is wonderful. Bill’s Burgers in Rockefeller
                                                                                                   tide festivities with carolers last weekend and Center is a family friendly place with great
                                                                                                   Santa or his helpers will soon be arriving at juicy burgers, sweet potato fries and cupcakes
                                                                                                   malls across the country.                             for desert.
                                                                                                         My goal this week is to encourage you to             Find yourself in Times Square and hungry
                                                                                                   do something different and exciting this holi- on a cold winter day? Edison Cafe at Hotel Edi-
                                                                                                   day season. Be adventurous and explore all that son on 47th Street has homemade soups, deli
                                                                                                   living in the New York metropolitan area has to sandwiches, blintzes and other polish and Jew-
           The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra performing at the DiChiaro School
                                                                                                   offer! Many suggestions are free, low cost or at ish-style delicacies at prices that will not break
                                                                                                   a great discount. You don’t have to be as crazy the bank. You might even run into your favorite
                                                                                                   as I can be, but do you realize that people travel Broadway performers, as this is where they go
                                                                                                   from all over the world to experience Christ- for a nosh. I like Bond 45 (named after Bond’s
                                                                                                   mas, Chanukah and the holiday season in “our Men’s store) on 45th Street for good Italian
                                                                                                   backyard”?                                            food and a great antipasti bar.
                                                                                                         Every year we watch the Macy’s Thanks-               On a clear day you can see forever at the
                                                                                                   giving Day Parade on television. Have you ever revolving roof top bar at the Marriot Marquis in
                                                                                                   gone to see the parade in person? It’s not like Times Square. Drinks at Blue Fin at the W Ho-
                                                                                                   you have to take a plane to get there! The many tel in Times Square put you in the madness of
                                                                                                   cross streets along the parade route provide the it all. Blue Fin also offers a reasonably priced
                                                                                                   perfect opportunity to see the character balloons brunch on the weekends!
                                                                                                   and hear the bands playing beautiful music.                Heading downtown, no trip to NYC for
                                                                                                         I usually get up early the day after Thanks- the holidays would be complete without seeing
                                                                                                   giving to meet friends for Black Friday morning Santa at Macy’s on 34th Street. I am always im-
                                                                                                   shopping. This year, many stores will be open- pressed with the biggest department store in the
                                                                                                   ing at midnight, or late Thanksgiving night. It’s world and love to ride the old fashion escalators
                                                                                                   not like I need something on sale, though I have made of wooden planks.
                                                                                                   scored some good bargains over the years. It’s             Want to get take great pictures of the Statue
                                                                                                   just the experience of standing in the cold, hot of Liberty for free? The Staten Island Ferry af-
                                                                                                   cocoa or coffee in hand with other crazy people fords you with better picture taking opportuni-
                                                                                                   that is so much fun. Black Friday ads are on- ties than the ferries that take you to the Statue.
                                                                                                   line, so you know where to go!                        While downtown, Katz’s on Houston Street is a
                                                                                                         When was the last time you saw the Christ- staple for great hot dogs and deli and, for a big-
                                                                                                   mas show at Radio City Music Hall? This year, ger sandwich, give your waiter a $1 “shtup,” or
                                                                                                   there are many new changes to the show. Have tip. Great knishes can be had at Yonah Schim-
                                                                                                   no fear, the Rockettes will be there, the orches- mels down the street, both savory and sweet.
                           DiChiaro students enjoying the concert                                  tra still moves around the stage and the organs            Other wonderful NYC institutions to con-
                                                                                                   on both sides of the Hall still play beautiful sider in the east side; Bloomingdales’ section of
     On November 10, the Yonkers Philharmon-          The students really enjoyed the program.     music. Discounts for the show can be found at town includes Serendipity for frozen hot choco-
ic Orchestra performed Sergei Prokofiev’s “Pe-   One student commented that this was the first or or just late or Dylan’s Candy Bar on 2nd Avenue. Both
ter and the Wolf” for students at the DiChiaro   time she heard an orchestra. Sherman, Sadewhite   do a Google search for “discounts for Broad- are fun places for the whole family.
school, located on Bronxville Road in Yonkers.   and the orchestra members all gave a wonderful    way shows”!                                                If you really want to impress me this year,
The conductor was James Sadewhite and the        performance!                                            Everyone wants tickets for the “Book of spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Safest
emcee was Robert Sherman of WQXR radio.                                                            Mormon,” “Wicked” and Hugh Jackman’s new place to be in America. Drop your car off at the
                                                                                                   show on Broadway, and ticket prices are not Metro North Station or at the end of a NYC
                                                                                                   cheap. Great fun and family friendly shows subway line and all the way up to 57th Street
                                                                                                   such as “Mary Poppins,” “Big Apple Circus,” you can see the ball drop. Being up toward
                                                                                                   “The Nutcracker” at Lincoln Center, “Priscil- 57th Street also affords you the opportunity to
                                                                                                   la,” “Sister Act,” “The Addams Family” and see the fireworks in Central Park at midnight.
                                                                                                   “Billy Elliot” have tickets available, often at a A walk through Central Park on a crisp wintry
                                                                                                   discount. The TKTS half price ticket booth at night with a touch of snow on the ground is so
                                                                                                   47th Street and Broadway is a good place for picturesque!
                                                                                                   those last minute discount theater splurges, as            It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon
                                                                                                   well as the Web sites I mentioned earlier.            us. Make it a holiday season to remember! Be
                                                                                                         Though I am Jewish, every holiday sea- adventurous! And please, be thankful for all
                                                                                                   son I visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and light a that you have!
                                                                                                   candle. This tradition began with my mother,               This, too, is the holiday season in New
                                                                                                   who always said “cover all your bases.” After York!
                                                                                                   you leave St. Patrick’s, head uptown to see the            Reach Eric Schoen at thistooisyonkers@
                                                                                                   world’s largest menorah at 5th Avenue and 59th
                                                                                                   Street. Or walk down 5th Avenue with “chest-

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       Classic Residence in Yonkers                                                                       Beczak Presents ‘Do Fish Sleep?’
            Resident Art Show                                                                                  with Dr. Judith Weis

                                                                                                              “Do Fish Sleep?” by Judith Weis                                   Dr. Judith Weis

                                                                                                               Take a fascinating look at amazing fishes of      vent themselves from sinking and some can even
                                                                                                         the world with Judith Weis, professor of biological     walk on land,” said Weis.
                                                                                                         sciences at Rutgers University at “Do Fish Sleep?             “Do Fish Sleep?” features dozens of photo-
         Classic Residence resident Arlene Mayer (left) and art instructor Judy Tulin
                                                                                                         Fascinating Answers to Questions About Fishes.”         graphs and interesting facts from fish biology ba-
                                                                                                               From the 51-foot whale shark to a less-than-      sics to the importance of preserving and restoring
     On Sunday, November 13, the Winter Gar-        their still life, nature and contemporary artwork.   one-half-inch fish in the minnow family, fish cer-      fish diversity and healthy populations. It promises
den at the Classic Residence in Yonkers was         Cathy O’Brien’s beading class displayed their        tainly carry a lot of weight . . . or do they? “A       to be a captivating evening for fish enthusiasts of
brimming with excitement as family, friends and     earrings, bracelets, necklaces and decorative        fish’s heft in water may vary, but these diverse        all ages — naturalists, environmentalists, aquar-
residents gathered for its Annual Resident Art      pins.                                                aquatic animals certainly carry a lot of weight in      ists, scuba divers and students — as well as for
Show. More than 30 resident artists showcased            Classic Residence is dedicated to investing     our ecosystems and environment,” said Weis. Her         those just about to get their feet wet. Signed copies
their creative expressions, many of them exhib-     in unique and new opportunities for our resi-        presentation, “Do Fish Sleep?,” based on her new        of “Do Fish Swim?” will be available for sale.
iting multiple pieces created during Art Classes.   dents to continue participating in their passions    book by the same name, offers a fascinating look              This Rivertalks presentation will be held on
     Classic Residence’s three art instructors      of their lives. We present programming every         at these deceptively simple creatures.                  Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at the Beczak
celebrated with their students and spoke about      day matching our residents’ interests. We know             Weis is an expert on estuarine ecology, yet       Environmental Education Center. Tickets are $10
the inspiration for their art. Judith Leire’s ce-   our residents are cultured, well traveled and like   her presentation is anything but dull scholarship.      and $5 for teachers, students and seniors.
ramics class displayed multiple pieces, from        to have options of diverse programming. Classic      She knows how to make fish facts fun! “Fish actu-             Beczak is located at 35 Alexander St. in Yon-
contemporary figurines to multicolored candy        Residence in Yonkers gives our residents many        ally possess attributes that would make us super-       kers. For information, contact e-mail vgarufi@
dishes. Judy Tulin and David Cuffari teach wa-      choices to continue their learning as they em-       powers — they can change color or sex, produce, call 914-377-1900 ext. 12 or visit
tercolor classes, from which students showcased     brace life to its fullest                            light and electricity, regenerate injured fins, pre-

                                    Ernie & Petey are Ready to Come Home
                                                                                                                               These animals are asking          friendly with both cats and other dogs. He walks
                                                                                                                               for a chance to show you          calmly on a leash but enjoys romping around a
                                                                                                                               their affection and love.         field or park and playing with a ball.
                                                                                                                               If you are interested in a             Petey is a nine pound domestic short hair
                                                                                                                               pet, consider meeting our         with very handsome white and black coloring.
                                                                                                                               beautiful animals. For a          Neutered and about 1 year old, he is very friend-
                                                                                                                               small fee, which includes         ly but doesn’t like to give up his bed,which is
                                                                                                                               neutering/spaying,      li-       one of the best in the cat room!
                                                                                                                               cense and a vet visit, you             Our volunteer adoption coordinator, Leslie,
                                                                                                                               can take the dog or cat of        is available to discuss our adoptable animals
                                                                                                                               your choice home!                 with you. For assistance, call her at 201-981-
                                                                                                                                    Ernie is a very nice         3215 or email her at The
                                                                                                                               bull dog, discovered as           Yonkers Animal Shelter is located at 120 Ful-
                                                         Interested in adopting? The Yonkers Ani-                              a stray in Yonkers. He            lerton Ave.
                                                    mal Shelter is constantly in search of new homes     is about 2 years old, weighs 50 pounds and is
                                                    for all our wonderful pets, both cats and dogs.

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                      CSEA Letter to Members                                                                                                                  Astorino Proposes
      The following letter was sent by CSEA Unit
9200 President Karen Pecora to November 16 to
all of the union’s members:
                                                                                     don’t let this happen!
                                                                                           One could say that placing the President of
                                                                                     the union on the lay off list is coercion and black-
                                                                                                                                                            0% Tax Increase… Again
      To all CSEA Unit 9200 members:                                                 mail. If the President caves on other issues to save
      On November 15, Westchester County Ex-                                         her job, they will also win by badly tarnishing the
ecutive Rob Astorino released the 2012 budget. He                                    image of CSEA after they leak out that our Presi-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “There is
cut out many programs and proposed 210 layoffs                                       dent caved on issues to save her job. Blackmail,
of workers, most of them CSEA members.                                               as I said.
                                                                                           In the last two years, CSEA members have
      Mr. Astorino stated that the layoffs are a direct
result of the unions, specifically CSEA, not agree-                                  been challenged by the County Executive to sub-                                                                            no such thing
ing to a small contribution to our health benefits,
as all private sector employees and other state and
                                                                                     mit ideas to contribute to the solution of the budget
                                                                                     woes. Our members are well educated, intelligent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                as an essential
municipal CSEA members are already doing. He
is using this tactic to divide and conquer the work-
                                                                                     individuals that have ideas and solutions that can
                                                                                     save the county millions upon millions of dollars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   service if
force. He has Commissioners and other bosses                                         as soon as next year. The county wants nothing to                                                                             you can’t
gathering up the employees who are targeted for                                      do with our ideas and, in fact, has done everything
job cuts, and telling them that their jobs are being                                 to disregard any idea we might have for substantial                                                                          afford it.”
                                                                                     savings, including disciplinary actions. The Coun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               County Executive
cut because “the union” is not negotiating. He also
demeans county employees by implying that we do                                      ty Executive sees only one way to save money —
not deserve our current pay as he recites statistics
regarding private sector salaries in Westchester.
                                                                                           We, the union, all of us, must stand together to                                                                      Rob Astorino
      The fact is that we have been in negotiations                                  protect our jobs and our livelihood. It may not be
with the county for the past few months; as we                                       you this year, but it may be next year. Now is the                   County Executive Rob Astorino
have witnessed in the past, negotiations take a very                                 time to stand together in solidarity. We must reach
long time, as there are other issues to negotiate in                                 out to the legislators and ask them for help.
                                                                                                                                                         Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino        Probation has 15 layoffs, or seven percent of the
addition to our health benefits. We have histori-                                          We are asking all CSEA members, all union
                                                                                                                                                   presented his budget plan for 2012 last week.          department; Public Works has 30 layoffs, or 12
cally not been able to ratify a contract within two                                  members and their families to attend all public
                                                                                                                                                         The proposed budget cuts $100 million in         percent of the department; and Parks has 26 lay-
years of expiration. He is using tactics to scare and                                budget hearings. Write a short three minute speech
                                                                                                                                                   spending and gives the homeowners and taxpay-          offs, or nine percent of the department.
cause panic among ourselves. He forgets that the                                     explaining what you do for the public; explain you
                                                                                                                                                   ers of the highest taxed county in the country               The 210 layoffs will save the county approx-
last agreement took almost three years and that we                                   are a taxpayer and resident of Westchester County
                                                                                                                                                   relief in the form of a zero percent property tax      imately $14 million. The average current salary of
endured the period of highest costs due to the world                                 and no one benefits from one layoff, much less 210.
                                                                                                                                                   increase. Astorino’s $1.6 billion spending plan        a county worker is $71,324; when fringe benefits
record price of crude oil that pushed up food, gaso-                                 Speak to the legislators and the public, explain to
                                                                                                                                                   is the second year that he has proposed a budget       are added to salary, the average compensation of a
line and other prices in 2006, 2007 and 2008.                                        them what you do.
                                                                                                                                                   with no new taxes and a fulfillment of his cam-        county worker rises to almost $110,000.
      One thing we do agree on is that county taxes                                        This is your job now! Speak on your behalf,
                                                                                                                                                   paign pledge, which won him election two years                     Additional Cuts and Savings
compose 15 to 20 percent of the total Westchester                                    or speak on behalf of coworkers, at the three public
                                                                                                                                                   ago.                                                         Astorino’s plan to balance the 2012 budget
property owner’s tax bill. Westchester County                                        hearings to save your jobs. You are the union and
                                                                                                                                                         “My budget is responsible and follows my         calls for eliminating the $114 million shortfall
workers did not cause the economic crises; we are                                    now is the time to act and become active.
                                                                                                                                                   principles of providing tax relief, preserving es-     with:
middle class taxpayers. On the contrary, our taxes                                         Your union officers/negotiating team heard
                                                                                                                                                   sential services and promoting economic growth,”             $83 million to come from across-the-board
were used to bail out the millionaires in Wall Street                                from many members and we understand that you
                                                                                                                                                   said Astorino. “I was elected on a promise that I      cuts in county departments;
firms.                                                                               expect your officers to do whatever it takes to
                                                                                                                                                   would control county government taxes and, with              $14.5 million to come from bond restructur-
      We have never refused to meet with the coun-                                   avoid layoffs. That is what we are doing; negotiat-
                                                                                                                                                   this budget, we have done so for the second year       ings; and
ty and, in fact, have two sessions scheduled for this                                ing with the county in good faith to reach a contract
                                                                                                                                                   in a row. This was particularly difficult because            $16.5 million in one-time savings.
month.                                                                               that will save our jobs. Let’s not forget we have the
                                                                                                                                                   our revenues are basically flat, but the automatic           “It is not enough to simply balance the bud-
      CSEA represents all of the lowest paid sala-                                   entire contract to negotiate, not just the one issue
                                                                                                                                                   increase in costs of health care and pensions for      get; how you do it is critical,” said Astorino. “This
ried workers in Westchester County. His health                                       the county is focusing on, our health benefits. Forc-
                                                                                                                                                   our employees continue to soar and are rising be-      budget is structurally sound because most of the
care contribution demands will cost approximately                                    ing us to rush into a contract without addressing all
                                                                                                                                                   yond our ability to pay.”                              actions will produce recurring savings for years to
$7,000 for a family plan. That would be a $7,000                                     of the important issues that affect our membership,
                                                                                                                                                         Painful cuts are a part of Astorino’s spending   come. The ratings agencies like at least two thirds
cut in pay. The present work rules, benefits and                                     for the sole reason of balancing a budget strictly
                                                                                                                                                   plan, and will become the norm for local govern-       of budget actions to be recurring in nature. This
other benefits we have are the result of 64 years                                    on our backs with health care contributions, is not
                                                                                                                                                   ments and school districts now having to live un-      budget has 73 percent recurring actions, which
of other CSEA 9200 Negotiating Teams working                                         negotiating in good faith.
                                                                                                                                                   der a two percent property tax cap and are still not   should be viewed very favorably by ratings agen-
for the membership. He wishes to remove many                                               The County Executive and the department
                                                                                                                                                   getting any help for state mandates.                   cies.”
contract items and undo 64 years of progress. We                                     heads are trying to instigate the members to rally
                                                                                                                                                         Cuts to spending include 210 layoffs. To               Last week, one of the three ratings agencies
have been working hard since 2010 to do the work                                     against the Negotiations Team. If there is fighting
                                                                                                                                                   present a balanced operating budget, which is          reaffirmed the county’s AAA ratings.
of more than 500 real workers who retired; he is                                     amongst the rank and file, it is easier for the county
                                                                                                                                                   required by law, Astorino had to address a pro-                       Revenues Remain Flat
hiring exempt cronies who do not have to take civil                                  to get what they want.
                                                                                                                                                   jected shortfall of $114 million for next year. He           The key obstacle to balancing the budget
service exams as well as hiring friends of the ap-                                         We are asking you to stand with us in solidar-
                                                                                                                                                   had hoped to close $19 million of the shortfall        was that revenues could not keep pace with costs.
pointed Commissioners.                                                               ity to fight these layoffs. It’s an old cliché but it still
      Of the 210 targeted positions, some are CSEA
                                                                                                                                                   by having unions contribute to the cost of their       On the revenue side, for example, there is little to
                                                                                     works; united we stand, divided we fall!X
                                                                                                                                                   health benefits, whose $100 million-a-year bill is     no growth expected in 2012.
officers, mine being one of them. I have been a                                            Our next step is to exercise our rights as
                                                                                                                                                   currently paid entirely by taxpayers.                        The county property tax levy, which ac-
county employee for more than 21 years; many of                                      employees and taxpayers by attending the Public
                                                                                                                                                         Under his “jobs for savings” plan, Astorino      counts for 32 percent of all revenue, is being held
the targeted positions belong to long term employ-                                   Budget Hearings and addressing our representa-
ees (what ever happened to last in, first out)? We
                                                                                                                                                   had asked Westchester’s unions to make the same        flat at $548 million. Sales tax, which accounts for
                                                                                     tives on the Board of Legislators. Tell them how
                                                                                                                                                   health care contributions as those recently ac-        28 percent of revenue, is projected to rise by only
believe this action, as well as Mr. Astorino’s state-                                important the work you do is to all the taxpayers
                                                                                                                                                   cepted by state unions. Without the concession,        3.25 percent to $364 million. Mortgage and ho-
ments, are a direct intent to bust the union. Please                                                                 Continued on Page 9
                                                                                                                                                   balancing the budget required 210 layoffs.             tel taxes are both expected to come in basically
                                                                                                                                                         “Tough choices had to be made, and I regret      flat at $13.5 million and $5 million, respectively.
                                                                                                                                                   that layoffs are necessary to balance this budget,”    Together, the two taxes account for about one per-
                                                                                                                                                   Astorino said. “I had asked our employee unions        cent of revenues.

                     Join the thousands of homeowners                                                                                              to pay for part of the cost of their health care —
                                                                                                                                                   just like everyone else does these days — as a way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Federal and state aid is a mixed bag; federal
                                                                                                                                                                                                          aid expected to decline by $10 million, to $200
                                                                                                                                                                                                          million, and state aid expected to rise by $3 mil-
                     who have saved up to $700 on
                                                                                                                                                   to save these jobs, but to date they have refused.”
                                                                                                                                                         The 2012 budget proposes 210 layoffs and         lion, to $245 million. State and federal aid make
                                                                                                                                                   157 net position eliminations. That leaves the         up about 26 percent of the county’s revenues with

                     their annual home energy costs*                                                                                               county with a workforce of 4,504 employees,
                                                                                                                                                   down from 4,871. The layoffs are proposed in de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          the remainder coming from fees, investments,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          rents and other income.
                                                                                                                                                   partments across the board.                                            Expenses on the Rise
                                                                                                                                                         For example, Social Services, the county’s             Expenses, on the other hand, continue to
                                                                                                                                                   largest department in terms of budget and person-      soar with automatic escalators built into many
                                                                                                                                                   nel, has 71 layoffs, representing a six percent cut.                                 Continued on Page 8

                                                                                                                                                        A People’s Town Hall at the
                                                                                                                                                        Yonkers Riverfront Library
                                                                                                                                                        Come to the Yonkers Riverfront Library            to your elected officials. You will also have op-
                                                                                                                                                   on Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. to hear              portunities to take action to ensure that the tax
                                                                                                                                                   New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness’ Ron Deutsch           remains in place.
                                                                                                                                                   explain the “Millionaire’s Tax” and what the                The talk is sponsored by: Westchester for
                                                                                                                                                   loss of revenue will mean for our state.               Change; MoveOn, Southern Westchester Chap-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Workers of America, Local 1103; Mt. Vernon
                                                                                                                                                   this year, share your concerns about the need          United Tenants; WESPAC; AQE; Take 19; and
                     MAKING HOMES MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT.                                                                                           for New York to invest in its future and speak         Community Voices Heard, Yonkers Chapter.

                     Most New Yorkers qualify for a free or reduced-cost comprehensive
                     home assessment, also referred to as an energy audit, and
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 PaGe 6 - yoNkers risiNG - Friday, November 25, 2011

Spano’s Advisors
                                                                                                                                  ‘Rip’ Reawakens at
                                                                      Stefanie Capasso;
Continued from Page 2                                                 Jim Ciliberti;

                                                                                                                               Yonkers Riverfront Library
                                                                      Jim LaPerche;
     “I wish to thank the commitment of                               Carl Petrillo;
Mayor Amicone, Council President Lesnick                              Dennis Robertson;
and Schools Superintendent Pierorazio in par-                         Pete Samaha; and
ticular for their offers of assistance and sup-                       TJ Sharkey.                                                Rip Van Wrinkle is rubbing the sleep out                                              creative writing fellowships at the acclaimed
port as we move forward with a smooth and                                   government operations                          of his eyes. He’s stretching his arms and legs.                                             Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He cur-
productive transition to benefit the people of                        David Alpert;                                        He’s trying to reach for the “Snooze” button.                                               rently lives in Massachusetts.
Yonkers,” said Spano.                                                 Mike Curti;                                          But it’s time for this sleeper to awake!                                                         This event is free and open to the public.
     The Executive Committee will be chaired                          Joan Gronowski;                                            Join Yonkers-raised author Nicholas Di-                                               Copies of the book will be available for pur-
by Spano’s brother John, who managed Spano’s                          John Khader;                                         Giovanni in the Yonkers Room of the River-                                                  chase and signing. Light refreshments will be
campaign and who is a former State Commis-                            Shelley Mayer;                                       front Library on Thursday, December 8 at 6                                                  served.
sioner of General Services. Symra Brandon, a                          Lou Picani;                                          p.m. as he reads from his hot-off-the-presses                                                    Yonkers Riverfront Library, located at One
former Councilmember and current Chair of                             Dominick Savarese;                                   book “Rip,” a modern-day satirical retelling                                                Larkin Center, is handicapped accessible. Park-
the Yonkers Democratic Committee will serve                           Wayne Soifer;                                        of Washington Irving’s classic Rip Van Winkle                                               ing is available at the nearby Buena Vista Park-
as Vice-Chair. Other members are: Pauline                             Geraldine Tummolo; and                               tale.                                                                                       ing Garage.
Galvin, an attorney with a practice in Yonkers                        Jim Veneruso.                                              DiGiovanni is a novelist, essayist and jour-                                               For more information, contact Anne Camp-
and former Chair of the Yonkers Democratic                                   Economic Development                          nalist. In 2010, he was twice the recipient of                                              bell at 914-375-7966.
Party; John Jacono, a former member of the                            Alfonso Alvarez;

                                                                                                                                                  Holiday Book Sale
Yonkers City Council and current Chairman                             Kevin Cacace;
of the Yonkers Republican Committee, who                              Al Ciufutelli;
is also a retired school principal and retired                        Bob Flower;
administrator of the New York Psychiatric In-
stitute; Wilson Terrero, Currently a member of
the Yonkers Council representing District Two
                                                                      Peter Grotto; and
                                                                      Deborah Rothberg.
                                                                              Community Relations
                                                                                                                                                   at Will Library
and a member of the city’s business commu-                            Dr. Jim Bostic;
nity, who was also instrumental in forming the                        Terri Lucadamo;                                           Friends of Yonkers Public Library are                                                  wide range of topics will be on sale. Books are
Yonkers Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and                              Warren Murphy;                                       sponsoring a Holiday Book Sale on Saturday,                                                 individually priced.
has been active in the local retail and real estate                   Steve Sansone;                                       December 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yon-                                                     The Will Branch is located at 1500 Central
business community; and Jim Cavanaugh, for-                           Bob Stauf;                                           kers Public Library Grinton I. Will Branch.                                                 Park Ave. in Yonkers. For more information,
mer Eastchester Supervisor, former President                          Ann Vizzini; and                                          Books ranging from like new to gently                                                  call 914-337-1500.
of the Westchester Municipal Officials Associ-                        Larry Wilson.                                        used in condition, perfect for gift giving, on a
ation and former President of the Battery Park                                       Education
City Authority under Governors Pataki, Spitzer                        Mark Baiocco;
and Paterson, and who is currently associated                         Kelly Chiarella;
with Empire Strategic Planning.                                       Bobbie DiBattista;
     The Executive Committee will work with                           Bob Ferrito;
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 Seniors and Health Care
           Social Security Column:                                                                               St. John’s Cancer Program
           Questions and Answers                                                                                      Accredited by ACS
By Susan Sobel, Social Security District                  For more information, visit              The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the             tient care, surveying facilities to evaluate compli-
Manager in Yonkers                         or call us toll-free at 1-800-772-      American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted          ance with the 36 CoC standards, collecting stan-
Question                                            1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).                           Three-Year Accreditation to the Cancer Program at       dardized and quality data from accredited facilities
     I received a notice from Social Security       Question                                             St. John’s Riverside Hospital.                          and using the data to develop effective educational
recently. It said my name and Social Security             Can I apply online for retirement ben-               “It is appreciated that the dedication of many    interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at
number do not match Social Security’s records.      efits?                                               individuals is recognized and it is important for our   the national, state and local level.
What should I do?                                   Answer                                               community to understand that quality cancer care              Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer
Answer                                                    Yes. It’s quick and easy. Apply online and     can be given in a comfortable community hospi-          program ensures that a patient will have access to:
     It’s critical that your name and Social        save yourself a trip to the office. Once you         tal environment,” said St. John’s Cancer Program              • Comprehensive care, including a range of
Security number, as shown on your Social            submit your online application electronically,       Committee Chairman and Chief of Hematology/             state of-the art services and equipment;
Security card, match your employer’s payroll        in most cases, you’re done. There are no forms       Oncology Norman Rosen, M.D.                                   • A multispecialty team approach to coordi-
records and your W-2 form. If they don’t, here      to sign or documents to send in. If we do need             The Accreditation Program, a component of         nate the best treatment options;
is what you need to do:                             more information to process your application,        the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer            • Information about ongoing clinical trials
     Give your employer the correct informa-        a representative will contact you.                   programs and reviews the programs to ensure they        and new treatment options;
tion exactly as shown on your Social Security             For more information about applying on-        conform to those standards. Accreditation by the              • Access to cancer-related information, educa-
card or your corrected card; or                     line, visit or call us        CoC is given only to those facilities that have vol-    tion and support;
     Contact your local Social Security of-         toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-          untarily committed to providing the highest level             • A cancer registry that collects data on type
fice ( or call       0778).                                               of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigor-        and stages of cancers and treatment results and of-
1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) if              Question                                             ous evaluation process and review of their perfor-      fers lifelong patient follow-up;
your Social Security card does not show your              If both my spouse and I are entitled to So-    mance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with             • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of
correct name or Social Security number.             cial Security benefits, is there any reduction in    CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an          care; and, mostly importantly
     For more information, visit www.socialse-      our payments because we are married?                 on-site review every three years.                             • Quality care close to home.                                         Answer                                                     “Achieving the Three-Year Accreditation is a            Through an exclusive partnership with the
Question                                                  No. We independently calculate each            major milestone for St. John’s Riverside Hospital,”     American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the
     Are Social Security numbers reassigned         spouse’s Social Security benefit amount. Each        said St. John’s Vice President Cheray Burnett. “We      public with the information on the resources, ser-
after a person dies?                                spouse receives a monthly benefit amount             have worked to certify the quality of cancer care       vices, and cancer treatment experience for each
Answer                                              based on his or her own earnings. Couples are        so that our community can be reassured they will        CoC-accredited cancer program. This information
     No. We do not reassign Social Security         not penalized simply because they are mar-           receive only quality care and support services at St.   is shared with the public on the American Cancer
numbers. In all, we have assigned more than         ried. If one member of the couple earned low         John’s Riverside Hospital.”                             Society’s Web site at and through
460 million Social Security numbers and each        wages or did not earn enough Social Security               The core functions of the CoC include setting     the American Cancer Society’s National cancer In-
year we assign about 5.5 million new numbers.       credits to be eligible for retirement benefits, he   standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer pa-     formation center.
The current system has enough new numbers           or she may be eligible to receive benefits as a

                                                                                                          Osteoporosis Awareness Group Meeting
for several more generations.                       spouse.

                                                                                                              The Osteoporosis Awareness Group (OAG)             Admission is free.
Bridges Tours Greyston                              ston Bakery, which has provided jobs and op-
                                                    portunities for hundreds of individuals.
                                                                                                         will hold its Annual Holiday Party meeting on                The Holiday Party will be held in Building
Continued from Page 1                                    The bakery’s mission is to work as a force
                                                                                                         Monday, December 5 from 7 to 9 p.m.                     4 of the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, located at
                                                                                                              Martin Gordon, an OAG member, will tell            785 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains. For more
                                                    for personal transformation and community
                                                                                                         those who attend about free exercise groups in          information, call 914-725-5229.
Peacemakers, and is leading a fundraising effort    economic renewal while operating a profitable
                                                                                                         Westchester. Please bring a calcium-rich dessert.
“Heads for Peace.” Bridges has personally cre-      business that bakes high quality gourmet prod-
ated 108 ceramic heads that are sponsored, or       ucts. The Greyston Foundation is a $15 million
leased, by individuals who share the intention to
embody and promote peace around the world.
                                                    integrated network of for-profit and non-profit
                                                    entities that provide jobs, workforce develop-          A New Lift in the Treatment
                                                                                                                  of Migraines
     Bridges toured Greyston Foundation in          ment, childcare, housing, after-school programs
support of Glassman’s vision to create a sus-       and a comprehensive HIV health care program.
tainable community which serves the needs                “I’ve known about Greyston for a long time
of the disenfranchised in Southwest Yonkers.        and decided to come here with Bernie today and
Founded in 1982, Greyston Foundation reaches        see the great things that they are doing,” said           Suffering from migraine headaches with no          WESTMED plastic surgeon Adam Hamawy will
more than 3,200 community members annually          Bridges.                                             relief?                                                 present information about a minimally invasive
through its programs. Greyston has become a              For more information, call 914-345-2800              You may be a candidate for an innovative           surgical procedure that has helped many.
national model for comprehensive community          or visit                           treatment option. Get the details at a free pre-             For more information or to register, call 914-
development and is best known for the Grey-                                                              sentation at WESTMED’s Ridge Hill office in             681-3101.
                                                                                                         Yonkers on Wednesday, November 30 at 6 p.m.

New Car Wash                                        Station, it is the company’s way of showing
                                                    appreciation for the, “contributions these folks
Continued from Page 1                               have made to our great city.”
                                                          In addition to significant onsite improve-
hance the Star customer experience include free     ments, Star Auto Spa has launched its customer
coffee between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. from Mon-          communication with a Web site which will fea-
day to Friday and between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.        ture current promotions, and an eNewsletter
on Sundays. The company has kept all of the         that will provide subscribers with coupons, Car
original staff members and retained the Men’s       Care Tips and helpful consumer web links. Fa-
Day (Tuesdays) and Ladies’ Day (Wednesdays)         cebook updates and daily Twitter postings (@
discounts.                                          StarAutoSpa) will include important Yonkers
     However, they have added the $2 off full       news and information such as daily forecasts,
service car wash for holidays and will soon cre-    alternate side parking suspensions and recycling
ate periodic Star Discount Days for teachers,       notices as well as current company promotions
police, firefighters, nurses, civil servants and    and deals.
more. According to Ponga, who has logged over             For more information on Star Auto Spa,
                                                                                                            Since its founding by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in 1888, Saint
25 years of automotive experience as the previ-     visit
ous owner and operator of Morsemere Service                                                                 Joseph’s Medical Center has been meeting the health care needs of Yonkers and
                                                                                                            surrounding communities. Located in Southwest Yonkers, Saint Joseph's Medical
                                                                                                            Center consists of a 194-bed acute care teaching hospital and a 200-bed nursing
                                                                                                            home and features comprehensive out-patient programs. It is also a sponsor of low-
                                                                                                            income senior housing for frail elderly.

                                                                                                            In response to new developments in medicine and the needs of the community,
                                                                                                            Saint Joseph’s has grown dramatically over the years into a modern, progressive
                                                                                                            medical center.

                                                                                                            Today, Saint Joseph’s offers:
                                                                                                            s An expanded Ambulatory Surgery Center
                                                                                                            s On-site 64 slice spiral CT Scanner and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
                                                                                                            s Dedicated hospital-based Inpatient Renal Dialysis Services
                                                                                                            s A Hospital-based Nursing Home
                                                                                                            s One of the busiest Emergency Services in Westchester County
                                                                                                            s A Designated Stroke Center
                                                                                                            s Comprehensive Mental Health Services
                                                                                                            s A Family Health Center to provide affordable primary care
                                                                                                            s Oncology Services
                                                                                                            s Geriatrics Services and 165 units of Senior Housing
                                                                                                            s A State-of-the-art Department of Surgery for ambulatory, laser and laparoscopic
                                                                                                            surgery, micro-neurosurgery for back and neck compression pain, and Holmium
                                                                                                            laser and lithotripsy for treating kidney stones
                                                                                                            s Pain Management
                                                                                                            s The only accredited Family Medicine Residency Program in Westchester
                                                                                                            s Highly advanced diagnostic services, including Cardiology, Radiology and Labo-
                                                                                                            ratories, as well as a full range of rehabilitative therapies
                                                                                                            s Women’s Health Services, including accredited low-dose mammography
                                                                                                            s Patient Representatives and Pastoral Care for spiritual and emotional support

                                                                                                                               For more information, call 914-378-7000
                                                                                                                                    or visit
                                                                                                                                  Saint Joseph’s Medical Center
                                                                                                                           127 South Broadway s Yonkers, New York 10701
 PaGe 8 - yoNkers risiNG - Friday, November 25, 2011

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the Sect’y of State of NY           (SSNY) on July 28 2011. Of-                                          we would love to bring yourbaby into our family.
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                                    ignated as agent of the LLC
ed as agent of the LLC upon                                             Martine Avenue, 3L, White              ADoPT: A loving home, financial security            camps. Minutes to state game lands. New survey,
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wich, CT 06830. Purpose:                                                SSNY shall mail process
                                    10801. Purpose: any lawful                                           TION? Forever Families Through Adoption is here           *Business, *Criminal Justice. Jobplacement assis-
any lawful act.                                                         served to: Nalinie Sooma-
                                                                        roo, 210 Martine Avenue,         to help. We offer no-pressure counseling, financial       tance. Computer available. Financial Aid if quali-
                                                                        3L, White Plains, NY 10601.      assistance, and many different families/options.          fied.SCHEV certified Call 888-201-8657 www.
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gent Research LLC Arts. Of         Good All Under LLC. Arts.            Consulting LLC Arts. Of Org.
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      LEGAL NOTICE                        LEGAL NOTICE                  Notice is hereby given that
                                                                        CIO Cuisine Corp has ap-         Astorino Proposes                                               “Last year, we greatly improved on the pro-
                                                                                                                                                                   posed budget by further reducing the tax levy and
Notice of formation of SO-         Notice of formation of Striv-        plied for a license, 1256268,    Continued from Page 5                                     reinstating vital services, thanks to the open dia-
CIAL MEDIA SCHOOL LLC.             ers Row Media Group, LLC.            to sell Beer and Wine at
                                                                                                                                                                   logue we had with the people of Westchester dur-
Arts. Of Org. filed with NY        Arts. of Org. filed with the         retail in a restaurant under
Secy of State (SSNY) on            Sec. of State of NY (SSNY)           the Alcoholic Beverage Con-
                                                                                                         contracts.                                                ing this process. The Westchester County Board
8/31/2011. Office location:        on 5/11/11. Office location:         trol Law at 28 Columbus                Materials and supplies were projected to in-        of Legislators remains committed to no county
Westchester County. SSNY           Westchester County. SSNY             Ave, Tuckahoe NY 10707,          crease by $3 million, to $441 million. Even with          tax increase this year and we will scrutinize every
designated as agent of LLC         designated as agent of LLC           WESTCHESTER COUNTY               low inflation, the costs of gasoline, electricity and     line of the County Executive’s spending plan to
upon whom process against          upon whom process may                for on premises consump-         heat continue to rise. Medicaid expenses, despite         make sure that we continue to make prudent in-
it may be served. SSNY shall       be served. SSNY shall mail           tion, CIO Cuisine Corp           a three percent cap, will increase by $4.5 million        vestments in the Westchester’s future prosperity.”
mail process to: Stephanie         copy of process to the LLC,                                           next year to $216 million.                                      These budgets now go to the Board of Legis-
Schwab, 29 Highland Ave.,          37 Main St. Apt 206, Yon-            #3023     11/25 – 12/2                 Salaries, even with a 10 percent reduction in       lators, which has until December 27 to approve a
Yonkers, NY 10705. Pur-            kers, NY 10701. Purpose:                                              the workforce this year, were projected to go up          final spending plan for next year.
pose: Any lawful act.              any lawful activities.
                                                                                                         $9 million in 2012. The CSEA, the county’s larg-                The proposed budgets are available on line at
                                                                                                         est union, is just finishing a six year contract in
#6233 10/21 – 11/25                #6238 10/28 – 12/2
                                                                                                         which the union received an eight percent salary                CSEA Westchester President Karen Pecora
                                                                                                         increase over the last two years. In addition to the      issued a rebuttal to Astorino’s budget plan in the
                                                                                                         salary increase, the contract calls for lucrative step    form of a letter to her members: see “CSEA Letter
                                                                                                         increases, which are additional payments for the          to Members” on Page 5.
   Room 102, Yonkers, New York 10701, will receive sealed bids for the following projects                first five years in a job, and longevity payments

   until 2:00 PM, on the dates listed below. Sealed bids will be publicly opened and read                for those in a job more than five years.
   at the address above. Solicitation documents are available at the above address Monday                      Pension costs will increase by between $10
   through Friday, except holidays, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Please call 914-377-6030 to confirm               and $13 million, depending on the final size of the
   availability. The City welcomes and encourages participation by local and minority and
   women owned business enterprises.
   Bid 5669 – opening 12/09/2011 – supply bulk quantities of 36% phosphoric acid as need-
                                                                                                         workforce next year.
                                                                                                                      No Pension Amortization
                                                                                                               The pension costs for 2011 are $68.5 mil-
                                                                                                                                                                       Proudly serving the City of Yonkers
                                                                                                         lion. While the county could initially pay a lower
   Bid 5632 – opening 12/14/2011 – perform repairs to Police motorcycles as needed.                      amount by opting into the state’s pension amor-
   Bid 5660 – opening 12/14/2011 – supply Mueller water distribution parts as needed.
                                                                                                         tization program, Astorino said he was rejecting
   Bid 5654 – opening 12/14/2011 – supply International Truck parts and repairs as need-
   ed.                                                                                                   the move because of the long-term borrowing                     Nick Sprayregen, Publisher
                                                                                                         costs associated with program. The interest rate 
   #1103 11/25                                                                                           charged by the state is currently five percent; that
                                                                                                         will drop to 3.75 percent in 2012.                            Daniel J. Murphy, Editor-in-Chief
                                                                                                               “By paying our pension bill in full this year,
                                                                                                         the county will save $3 million,” Astorino said.
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                                                                                                         the proposed budget preserves essential services,
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                                                                           summaries of budget actions in key departments.
                                                                                                               Business Council of Westchester (BCW)
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                                                                                        Friday, November 25, 2011 - yoNkers risiNG - PaGe 9

                                                                                                          Historic Hudson Valley’s Holiday Season
         Fireman Ed Visits WMC
            Transplant Patient

                                                                                                                                 Jonathan Kruk in Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”

                                                                                                                For more information on or tickets (where                 at Washington irving’s Sunnyside
                                                                                                          applicable) for the following events, call 914-               Thanksgiving weekend is “Holiday Pre-
                                                                                                          366-6900 or visit, unless           miere” at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside from
                                                                                                          otherwise noted.                                         Friday to Sunday, November 25 to 27.
                                                                                                                         “A Christmas Carol”                            The romantic homestead of America’s
                                                                                                                A brand-new event at the Old Dutch Church          “Founding Father of Literature” is fully deco-
                                                                                                          kicks off the holiday season as master storyteller       rated for the holidays in authentic period style.
                                                                                                          Jonathan Kruk will star in a new performance of          Costumed guides present tours that focus on his-
                                                                                                          Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Friday           toric traditions of the winter holidays. Hands-on
                                                                                                          and Saturday, November 25 and 26, and Satur-             workshops for children add holiday cheer to the
                                                                                                          days, December 3, 10 and 17.                             festivities.
                                                                                                                Following up on 12 sold-out evenings of                 Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors,
            Westchester Medical Center heart transplant patient and avid Jets fan                         his Washington Irving’s “Legend” performance             $6 for children 5-17, and free for children under
         Christopher Mayer, 21 of Waldwick, NJ (right), gets an unexpected visit from                     in October, Kruk will once again welcome visi-           5 and for Historic Hudson Valley members. Sun-
       the ultimate Jets fan — Ed “Fireman Ed” Anzalone. Mayer underwent lifesaving
           heart transplant surgery at Westchester Medical Center on October 26.                          tors into the historic, candlelit interior of the cir-   nyside is at the end of West Sunnyside Lane in
                                                                                                          ca-1685 Old Dutch Church. This lively re-telling,        Tarrytown.
                                                                                                          complete with musical accompaniment, brings to                    Candlelight tours in December
                                                                                                          life Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and            Visitors can enjoy evening candlelight tours
                                                                                                          the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.        at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and Van Cort-
CSEA Letter                                               The Northern Westchester County Regional
                                                     Public Hearing on the budget will take place on
                                                                                                                Parking for the event is across the street at      landt Manor on Saturdays, December 3, 10 and
Continued from Page 5                                                                                     Philipsburg Manor, located at 281 North Broad-           17. The first reservation each evening is at 4 and
                                                     Wednesday, November 30 at Somers High School,
                                                                                                          way in Sleepy Hollow, where attendees can enjoy          the last is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $6
                                                     located at 120 Primrose St. in Lincolndale, at 7
                                                                                                          complimentary hot chocolate, cider and cookies           for children aged 5 to 17 and free for those under
in Westchester County and that we will not be        p.m.
                                                                                                          while browsing for holiday gifts at the Philips-         5. Historic Hudson Valley members receive a $5
coerced into taking the fall with what amounts to         On Tuesday, December 6, the third and final
                                                                                                          burg Manor Museum Shop.                                  discount per ticket.
huge pay cuts to solve economic issues that we did   Regional Public Hearing on the 2012 Budget will
                                                                                                                Performances are at 4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. on               At Van Cortlandt Manor, the evening begins
not cause.                                           take place in the Board of Legislature Chambers
                                                                                                          each of the five nights. Seating in the church is        with a tour of the decorated Manor House, which
      The Southern Westchester County Regional       on the 8th Floor of the Michaelian Office Building
                                                                                                          very limited and tickets may be purchased in             features a harpist in the formal parlor. A guide
Public Hearing on the 2012 Budget will take place    in White Plains at 7 p.m.
                                                                                                          advance. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for          carrying a candlelit lantern then brings visitors
on Tuesday, November 22 at New Rochelle High         Yours in solidarity,
                                                                                                          children under 18. Members of Historic Hudson            to the site’s Ferry House, where a first-person
School, located at 265 Clove Rd. in New Rochelle,    Karen Pecora, President
                                                                                                          Valley receive a $5 discount per ticket.                 account of “Twelfth Night” takes place, featur-
at 7 p.m.                                            CSEA unit 9200
                                                                                                                       Thanksgiving Weekend                        ing the Lord of Misrule who leads the festivities.
                                                                                                                       at Van Cortlandt Manor                      Inside the Ferry House, visitors are encouraged
                                                                                                                At Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hud-           to dance to fiddle music. Afterwards, it’s time to
                                                                                                          son, visitors can try their hands at more than a         toast the season with cider and cookies near the
                                                                                                          dozen colonial-era crafts and tasks during Hands-        warmth of a bonfire.
                                                                                                          On Heritage Crafts on Thanksgiving weekend,                   At Sunnyside, candlelight tours bring an
                                                                                                          Friday to Sunday, November 25 to 27 from 10 to           1850s Christmas to life. Visitors are escorted
                                                                                                          4 p.m. each day.                                         down a lantern-lit path and the house is decorat-
                                                                                                                The grounds will bustle with activity as           ed with holly, evergreens and candles. Excerpts
                                                                                                          visitors are encouraged to learn about traditional       from Irving’s Christmas tales and family letters
                                                                                                          winter work of the 18th century in an interactive        are the evening’s theme. Visitors can also par-
                                                                                                          way. Guides wearing period clothing demon-               ticipate in caroling. Hot cider is served beside a
                                                                                                          strate each task. Visitors can help make candles,        roaring fire.
                                                                                                          churn butter and stitch brooms. They can also try             Sunnyside, Van Cortlandt Manor and
                                                                                                          their hands at wool spinning, cider-pressing, soap       Philipsburg Manor are open weekends through
                                                                                                          making, cheese-making and open-hearth cook-              December and are closed on Thanksgiving Day
                                                                                                          ing. The chance to help Van Cortlandt Manor’s            and Christmas Day. Historic Hudson Valley Mu-
                                                                                                          blacksmith forge iron hooks and other items is           seum Shops, including the flagship at Philipsburg
                                                                                                          particularly popular with youngsters.                    Manor, are packed with gift possibilities and
                                                                                                                Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors,      special Hudson Valley holiday merchandise that
                                                                                                          $6 for children aged 5 to 17 and free for children       can’t be found at traditional retailers. All are part
                                                                                                          under 5 and Historic Hudson Valley members.              of the network of sites owned and operated by
                                                                                                          Van Cortlandt Manor is located at 525 South Riv-         the non-profit Historic Hudson Valley. Old Dutch
                                                                                                          erside Ave. in Croton-on-Hudson.                         Church is owned and operated by the Friends of
                                                                                                                        Thanksgiving weekend                       Old Dutch Church & Burying Ground.

                    friday, november 25

                       Stores open at
                    12am on black friday!
                     enjoy special savings,
                      entertainment and
                         win prizes!
                                                                                                            Photo by Donna Davis

                                                                                                                      News 12 Westchester Anchor Brian Conybeare Receives his honor from
                                                                                                                              Youth Theatre Interactions Board Member Elliot Black

                                                                                                               In last week’s issue of Yonkers Rising, we          ber. We incorrectly identified him as YTI Vice
                                                                                                          incorrectly identified an individual in the picture      President DeForest Raphael. The new caption
                                                                                                          above.                                                   above reflects our correction.
                                                                                                               The man on the right is Elliot Black, a                  We apologize to Black, Raphael and YTI.
                                                                                                          Youth Theatre Interactions (YTI) board mem-

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 PaGe 10 - yoNkers risiNG - Friday, November 25, 2011

 ShopRite Receives Corporate Citizenship Award from WDOM

                                             Above (l to r): Members of Shoprite Supermarkets, Mayor-Elect Mike Spano and Westchester
       Disabled on the Move Board President Gail Cohn and Executive Director Mel Tanzman pose at Westchester Disabled on the Move’s annual Spirit of Independence Celebration

 News 12’s Janine Rose Honored

  News 12 Westchester News Director and General Manager Janine Rose is pictured at the
Habitat for Humanity of Westchester’s recent “Transforming Yonkers through Volunteerism &
   Love” event with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester Executive Director Jim Killoran             L to r: Westchester Disabled on the Move Executive Director Mal Tanzman presenting
                                                                                                   ShopRite Supermarkets Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs Tom
by habitat of humanity Westchester                   In addition to anchoring News 12              Urtz with the 2011 Corporate Citizenship Award at the Spirit of Independence Celebration
     News 12 Westchester News Director and      Westchester evening newscasts, including the          Westchester Disabled on the Move (WDOM)       ees, customers and members of the community.
General Manager Janine Rose was recently hon-   Yonkers specific news edition, Rose hosts        recently awarded ShopRite Supermarkets with the         In addition, ShopRite will be accepting cash
ored by Habitat for Humanity of Westchester     “Newsmakers,” a weekend program that focus-      2011 Corporate Citizenship Award at its annual     donations upon checkout at its Westchester store
with its “Celebrating Our Yonkers Heroes”       es on the people and events making headlines     Spirit of Independence Celebration.                from now until 26 to assist WDOM. All proceeds
award. The award was presented to Rose for      throughout the area. She is also News Director        The award acknowledges ShopRite’s com-        will benefit its Independence in our Community
her journalistic excellence and comprehensive   and General Manager for News 12 Hudson Val-      mitment to a corporate culture which values and    program.
reporting on topics affecting the Westchester   ley. She grew up in Yonkers and is currently a   accommodates people with disabilities as employ-
community.                                      resident of Pelham.

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                                                  Yonkers Million Dollar View

  Photo by Donna Davis
 This picture, taken by Yonkers Rising photographer Donna Davis, shows the recent fall foliage as seen from the Yonkers Pier. These views can be seen from many areas of the downtown
   waterfront, including from apartments at Hudson Park, X20 Restaurant and the Riverfront Library. They can also be seen any day just by taking a walk along the riverfront esplanade.
                                                                   Catch a peek before the snow comes this winter.

Gumbusters Clean up Downtown                                                                                        WBT Presents
                                                                                                                ‘Home for the Holidays’
                                                                                                            Westchester     Broadway        Theater’s
                                                                                                      (WBT) Christmas production this year, run-
                                                                                                      ning from November 30 to December 23, is
                                                                                                      “Home for the Holidays,” by Tony Javed and
                                                                                                      David Edwards.
                                                                                                            The musical follows the life of the
                                                                                                      typical American family from the day after
                                                                                                      Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve as they await
                                                                                                      the arrival of their son from the war in Af-
                                                                                                      ghanistan and daughter from her West Coast
                                                                                                      college and their younger children prepar-
                                                                                                      ing for a Christmas pageant. You’ll watch as
  Photo by Donna Davis
                                                                                                      they surmount the challenges of modern life
                                                                                                      and, ultimately, rediscover the true meaning
                                                                                                      of the season.
                                                                                                            During the play, you’ll enjoy favor-
                                                                                                      ite songs like “White Christmas,” “The
                                                                                                      Christmas Song,” “Carol of the Bells,”
                                                                                                      “Jingle Bells,” “Here Come Santa Claus”
                                                                                                      and “Home for the Holidays”; old standards
                                                                                                      such as “Count Your Blessings” and “We
                                                                                                      Need a Little Christmas”; and discover new
                                                                                                      classics! Come “Home for the Holidays” to
                                                                                                      Westchester Broadway Theatre.
                                                                                                            Tickets for dinner and the show are
                                                                                                      $75 for adults, $67 for seniors and $52 for
                                                                                                      children and students. The show will be per-
                                                                                                      formed on Thursday at 11:30 a.m., Thursday,
                                                                                                      Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday
                                                                  Photo by Donna Davis                at 12 and 5 p.m. Beverage service and gratu-
                                                                                                      ities are not included in the ticket price.                       Photo by John Vecchiolla
     The Gumbusters team recently cleaned up    terfront Business Improvement District, the ef-
                                                                                                            For more information or to purchase
the sidewalks of Main Street in downtown Yon-   forts have paid off, as all of Yonkers prepares for                                                     The cast of “A Christmas Carol,” last year’s WBT
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    TGI Friday’s Opens At      More Holiday Festivities at
Cross County Shopping Center Cross County Shopping Center

                         Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone, City officials and
                         TGI Friday’s management at the ribbon cutting

                                                                                                              Top: Holiday Square at
                                                                                                          Cross County Shopping Center

                                                                                                        Above: The Grinch with 2 happy kids
                                                                                                               at the Holiday Kickoff

            TGI Fridays staff and management posing with their proclamation from
                  the City of Yonkers at their new restaurant at Cross County

     Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicione, Council           ebrate its grand opening.
President Chuck Lesnick and Councilwoman                 The entire staff attended, marking the first
pat McDow recently joined with the manage-          day of business of what is sure to be one of Yon-     Right: A giant toy soldier getting
                                                                                                          some kids ready for the holidays
ment and staff of the Cross County Shopping         kers new favorite destinations.
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