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                                                   TIMES TRIBUNE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    July 24, 2008

               WESTC                                                                                                                                                                                                                Complimentary

                            Your World, Our Beat; Now You Know!                                                                                                           Volume 3 • Number 97

                       Summer Message                                                                     Joe Torre’s                                                         Letter to the Leadership of
                                      By Francis A. Frobel
                    Village Manager of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson                                 Safe at Home                                                        the Unites States Senate and
           and the increase cost of energy has and are doing everything they can
           caused an adverse impact upon to reduce the time vehicles are left                           Golf Tournament                                                        House of Representatives
           the budget.        Our                             idling. We are also
           employees are aware
           of this financial
                                                               looking at the entire
                                                               Department of Public                           at the                                                                                  By David A. Paterson
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Governor of the State of New York
           concern and are                                     Works        operation                                                                                        Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority            Congress moves quickly to pass
           doing      everything
           they can to reduce the
                                                               to uncover other
                                                               ways in which we
                                                                                                        Trump National                                                       Leader Reid, Minority Leaders
                                                                                                                                                                             Boehner         and     McConnell:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      meaningful measures that stimulate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      economic growth and provide
           amount of electricity                               can reduce energy                         To be Held on July 14th 2008                                          I applaud the results                               relief for families
           and motor fuel used                                 expenditures.                                                                                                 Congress was able to                                  and      communities
           in the carrying out                                    One area in which                                                                                          achieve with the first                                across the nation.
           of responsibilities in                              we are seeking citizen                                                                                        economic stimulus                                       Accordingly, I urge
           the delivery of public                              assistance involves                                                                                           package. The tax                                      you to include the
           services.       We’ve                               the     practice    of                                                                                        rebates have clearly                                  following items in
           recently participated                               having the sanitation                                                                                         softened the impact                                   a second economic
           in a voluntary energy                               workers pickup and                                                                                            of     the     nation’s                               stimulus package:
           audit which revealed                                bring to the curbside                                                                                         economic downturn                                     State Fiscal Relief
           that although we have                              for pickup, household                                                                                          for     millions     of                                During this economic
           taken significant steps to reduce rubbish. Hastings provides rear                                                                                                 American families.                                    downturn, states are
           energy consumption, we can do yard removal of trash. Recent                                                                                                       Yet with job growth                                   facing      increasing
           more. One area which could use time management observations                                                                                                       remaining stagnant                                    demands and costs
           some improvement is in the amount reveal that this practice causes the                                                                                            and gasoline and                                      for programs such
           of time motor vehicles are spent garbage truck to idle for periods of                                                                                             food prices steadily                                  as Medicaid while
           idling. For example the Village time while the workers gather the                                                                                                 rising, it has become                                 simultaneously
           garbage trucks use diesel fuel which trash and bring it to the truck for                                                                                          clear that middle and low-income         attempting to balance already
           has risen in price more dramatically disposal. We believe that if more                                                                                            families need additional assistance      strained budgets. In State Fiscal
           than unleaded gasoline, and our homeowners were to bring the                                                                                                      to weather the economic storm.           Year (SFY) 2009-10, New York
           drivers are aware of this concern                                                (L – R): Donald Trump and Joe Torre. Picture courtesy of Rich Nestro.            It is imperative, therefore, that
                                                         see Summer Message Pg. 7                                                                                                                                                        see Letter Pg. 3

                   INSIDE                                     On the MOVE to                                                        Mount Vernon                               Economic Development
                AUTOMOTIVE                                    End Alzheimer’s                                                         Inspector                               Talk has Lost its Panache
                         Pg. 11                                                                                                     General Finds                            By Hezi Aris                                      The Hezitorial
                  BUSINESS                                                                                                           IDA Out of                                 When the strong mayor form of
                                                                                                                                                                             government made its presence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a motley crew of characters or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weeded them out of the equation.
                         P g. 4                                                                                                      Compliance                              felt in Yonkers, John
                                                                                                                                                                             Spencer          wrestled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Those were simpler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   days. The tentacles of
                                                                                                                                                                             power and control                                     control brought every
                ECONOMIC                                                                                                                                                     from a rudderless City
                                                                                                                                                                             Council and infused
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   aspect of governance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   under the umbrella of
               DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                                                                   it with his vision.
                                                                                                                                                                             The formative years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the executive branch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Yonkers Industrial
                         P g. 6
                                                                                                                                                                             of his administration                                 Development Agency,
                                                                                                                                                                             formalized a paradigm                                 the       Community
              ENVIRONMENT                                                                                                                                                    of governance that
                                                                                                                                                                             today may actually be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Development Agency,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the Yonkers Board
                         P g. 9
                                                                                                                                                                             choking the miracle of                                of Education, the
                                                                                                                                                                             economic development                                  Planning Board, the
                COMMUNITY                                                                                                                                                    rendered in drawings for
                                                                                                                                                                             all to see. All who scrutinize Yonkers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Zoning Board, The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Board of Contracts, the Office
                      Pgs. 1, 4, 5                                                                                                                                           will find government delineated          of Economic Development, the
                                                                                                                                                                             superficially under the executive,       Yonkers Downtown / Waterfront

                FINE REPORT
                                                                                                                                                                             legislative, and judicial branches       B.I.D., the South Broadway B.I.D.,
                                                                                                                                                                             of government. The promise of            the Yonkers Police Department,
                         P g. 4                     10-year-old Maddy Murphy of Hastings-on-Hudson holds close the                  MOUNT VERNON, NY -- The                  vision has been subordinated by          the Yonkers Fire Department, the
                                                 memory of a grandmother who watched musicals and played in the leaves              City of Mount Vernon’s Office            the very construct and design of the     ten unions, and even the political
                                                  with her when she was younger. She now sees firsthand the devastating             of Inspector General has released        strong mayor form of government.         parties. Spencer built a corral of
               GOVERNMENT                        effects of Alzheimer’s each time she visits her grandmother at her nursing
                                                     home. Maddy gladly joins in Memory Walk and was excited to be
                                                                                                                                    a report indicating the Industrial       If Yonkers economic development          development projects. As the baton
                     Pgs. 1, 6, 7, 8                                                                                                Development Agency is not in             barometer is a guage of Yonkers          moved from Spencer to Mayor
                                                                   honored for her fundraising in 2007.                             compliance with New York State           health, Yonkers would be diagnosed       Phil Amicone, the political scene
                                                 OUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- This year              out to march for the cause of            law, seriously lacks internal controls   comatose and wheeled into the            had changed, and the economic
                 HEZITORIAL                      will be unprecedented. Voices are         Alzheimer’s disease.                     and is fertile ground for fraud
                                                                                                                                    waste and abuse. The report falls
                                                                                                                                                                             intensive care unit (ICU). The
                                                                                                                                                                             malady revolves about “control.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      environment had changed. With
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a little over 3 years left to his
                         P g. 1                  being raised around the country, and      People are invited to publicly make
                                                 certainly here in the Alzheimer’s         a bold statement about Alzheimer’s       short of making any accusations               When John Spencer took the          lame-duck term in office, Mayor
                                                 Association’s seven counties.                                                      of actual fraud but, recommends          helm, he was able to impose his          Amicone has yet to put one
               IMMIGRATION                       More and more people are turning
                                                                                                        see On the Move Pg. 5                  see Mount Vernon Pg. 6
                                                                                                                                                                             leadership, will, and vision among
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 see The Hezitorial Pg. 2
                         P g. 1

                                                       Cowen Ushers in New                                                             MLB Goes                                 Dumont Masonic Home
                         P g. 3
                                                       Era for Irish America                                                           to Harlem                             Celebrates Summer with an All
            NEW YORK CIVIC
                                                 NEW YORK, NY -- Irish Taoiseach
                                                 Brian Cowen met with the Irish
                                                                                              The lobby group says it accepts
                                                                                           the Taoiseach’s comments that there          Seeking                                     American BBQ
                                                 Lobby          for                                            is no political
                         P g. 1
                                                 Reform (ILIR)
                                                                                                               appetite in the
                                                                                                               US to fix the            Welfare
                      OP-ED                      last week in
                                                 New York and
                                                                                                               problem at the
                                                                                                                                    NYC and NY Yankees
                     Pgs. 1, 2, 3, 4             announced his                                                 moment.               Redefine Crookery
                                                 support for its                                                    However,              Part 2 of a Series
                     PEOPLE                      campaign.
                                                       He spoke
                                                                                                               it          says
                                                                                                               Wa s h i n g t o n     Read Part 1 Online
                     Pgs. 8, 9, 10               out on the                                                    will deliver if
                                                 plight of the                                                 Ireland keeps               By Diane M. Grassi                       Pictured:
                                                 undocumented                                                  asking.                                                          Dumont Masonic
                      RADIO                      Irish saying;                                                             Irish
                                                                                                                                         Just prior to the beginning of
                                                                                                                                    this 2008 Major League Baseball
                                                                                                                                                                             Home Acting Director
                                                                                                                                                                                 of Rehab, Ellen
                         P g. 2                  “It’s a priority for our administration   politicians have been campaigning        (MLB) season, this writer wrote
                                                 to try and sort this out.” Mr. Cowen      for a special amnesty for illegal                                                  Bradish and Dumont
                                                                                                                                    an article entitled, “MLB Goes to
                                                 is determined that his administration     Irish immigrants following the                                                            resident,
                                                                                                                                    Harlem Seeking Welfare,” Part 1
                 TELEVISION                      will succeed where successive
                                                 administrations have failed -
                                                                                           failure of the US Congress to agree
                                                                                           on a normalization process for the
                                                                                                                                    of a series of articles, primarily
                                                                                                                                                                                 Nathan Adams.
                                                                                                                                                                             NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Residents            organized the outdoor event;
                         P g. 8                                                                                                     examining the alleged deceit and
                                                 in regularizing and improving             millions of undocumented migrants        alleged misappropriation of funds        at the Dumont Masonic Home in            including large canopies for shade
                                                 immigration ties between Ireland          in the States.                           regarding the new Yankee Stadium         New Rochelle celebrated summer           and cool breezes to keep everyone
                  WEIR ONLY                      and America.
                                                   The ILIR in the US says it believes
                                                                                               Ciaran Staunton from the Irish
                                                                                           Lobby for Immigrant Reform
                                                                                                                                     It referenced the public entitlements
                                                                                                                                                                             Thursday, July 10, with an All
                                                                                                                                                                             American Bar BQ. Menu selections
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      comfortable. The view of Long
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Island Sound and the marina next
                   HUMAN                         Mr. Cowen is more genuine in his
                                                 commitment to helping illegal Irish
                                                                                           says the group was left “hanging
                                                                                           in the wind” by Bertie Ahern, but
                                                                                                                                    that MLB will be receiving from
                                                                                                                                    the City of New York in the form
                                                                                                                                                                             featured ever-popular hot dogs,
                                                                                                                                                                             hamburgers, chicken, salads, potato
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      door provided a relaxing backdrop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for the festivities.
                         P g. 3                  immigrants than his predecessor           Mr. Cowen understands the issues                                                  chips, watermelon and lemon ices.             Residents, families and staff
                                                                                                                                    of public financing and incentives,
                                                 Bertie Ahern was.                         much better.                                                                      Lynn Cohen, Recreational Director,
mna Pg.9                                                                                                                                                  see MLB Pg. 6                                                                see Dumont Pg. 4
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                                                  Op-Ed • Radio
                                   Economic Development Talk has Lost its Panache                                                                                                                       On
                              From Page 1
    55 Main Street
Yonkers, NY 10701-2739
                              economic development notch onto
                              his belt. As the daily din of gloom
                                                                       will have diminished his supposed
                                                                       base of supporters from one side of
                                                                                                               on a need to know basis by an
                                                                                                               administration more concerned
                                                                                                                                                       its present tax status of paying
                                                                                                                                                       $200,000 per year from reaching its
  Tel: 1-914 / 378.1433,
                              and doom bellow over the financial
                              markets, City Hall is desperate
                                                                       the political divide or the other.
                                                                        While MayorAmicone, Councilman
                                                                                                               about “controlling” the decision
                                                                                                               making process of the City Council
                                                                                                                                                       completion value of $15 million?
                                                                                                                                                       The need for control is choking                 Level
                              for the SFC Yonkers project to be        Murtagh, some developers, and           than seemingly to moving economic       Yonkers potential.
          ext 235
  Fax: 1-914 / 378.0008
                              approved. Non-committal in its
                              expression of thought over the value
                                                                       agenda driven trough feeders decry
                                                                       the stalling antics of some so-called
                                                                                                               development projects forward.
                                                                                                                 The ineffectiveness of channeling
                                                                                                                                                          While the blame game will cause
                                                                                                                                                       some to salivate, City Hall must
Published every Thursday.
                              of development to Yonkersites,
                              Mayor Amicone has lobbed a salvo
                              across theYonkers City Council
                                                                       “naysayers,” City Hall hides the
                                                                       fact that AKRF, Inc., in the case of
                                                                       the Point Street Landing project,
                                                                                                               the projects still in the economic
                                                                                                               development corral has become
                                                                                                               subordinate to the SFC Yonkers
                                                                                                                                                       facilitate economic development if,
                                                                                                                                                       and when it is appropriate to Yonkers
                                                                                                                                                       future viability. Before Yonkersites
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hezi Aris
                              President Chuck Lesnick’s lethargic      as verified by its developer Robert     project. The prospect for Cappelli      fully consider the macroeconomic         approval process over the SFC            MacFarlane, CEO of Homes for            Enterprises, Inc. (majority partner     issues, we may be best to contend                       on
                              Yonkers project. Reticent to make        America Holdings, Inc. (HfA),           of the SFC Yonkers Inc. project)        with the will of Mayor Amicone,
       Co-Publishers          a public challenge, and deflecting       employed by City Hall to update the     prodding approval is likely. Some       President Chuck Lesnick, and their                    WVOX
         Hezi Aris            attention from his own lack of           DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact        sources, who have asked to be           respective surrogates.                               1460 AM
    Joseph F. Spiezio, III    leadership, Mayor Amicone has            Statement), stopped working on          unnamed, believe that when the SFC
                              City Councilmember John Murtagh          the DEIS for 7 months. The FEIS         Yonkers project receives approval,            Background articles:                            Radio
      Editor-in-Chief         demand a deadline date by which          (Final     Environmental       Impact   it will be mothballed. Cappelli              Articulating Economic                NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Listen
         Hezi Aris            the Yonkers City Council is to vote      Statement) is now 1 ½ years late        Enterprises has become smitten by        Development by Hezi Aris; and            to the On the Level with Hezi Aris
                              its approval or disapproval of the       noted HfA Senior Vice-President         the economic development plans           Murtagh Calls for Swift Action           call-in program on WVOX-1460
                              project.                                 Dan Tartaglia. While Lesnick may        slated for Sullivan County.               on Downtown Redevelopment               AM radio this and every Tuesday.
     Managing Editor            Murtagh makes some salient points      not be loathe to move faster, some         Economic development projects         - Concerned Yonkers in Danger
       Tom Bock                                                                                                                                                                                  The show is heard live by way of
                              about needing to move ahead with         of his colleagues are barely capable    can be scrutinized and distilled into   of Losing Major Developer Team;           streaming audio technology on your
                              the SFC Yonkers project. His only        of keeping up with the information      palatable visions and economic                         and                        computer, from 10:00 am through
        Columnists:           result may be to expose Lesnick          before them. Even if the collective     logic. Why would City Hall thwart       South Yonkers to Sullivan County          11:00 am.
         Cam Bock             having cornered himself politically      acumen among the City Council           bringing about the HfA project                    By Hezi Aris                       For those who can’t get enough
        Jim Thomas            between a rock and a hard place. No      membership was stellar, they are        upon which Point Street Landing                                                   radio, consider listening to Hezi
      Dr. Ed U. Cator         matter how Lesnick proceeds, he          collectively or individually kept       is planned for development from                                                   Aris every Monday and Thursday,
     Zuri A. Stanback                                                                                                                                                                            at 8:30 am, as he discusses events
     Diane M. Grassi                                                                                                                                                                             impacting Westchester politics
      Peggy Godfrey
      Anthony Greco
                                                                  Money Doesn’t Talk, It Roars                                                                                                   with Bob Marrone, host of Good
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Morning, Westchester. Join Bob
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Marrone every day from 6:00 am
       Bob Marrone
       Joe Klock, Sr.                                       Paterson Raises $3.3 Million, Ignores Spitzer’s $10K Limit;                                                                          through 9:00 am during your daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                 commute from Monday through
       Henry J. Stern                                                     Local Dental Group Uprooted                                                                                            Friday.
   Roger Witherspoon                                                                                                                                                                                  The call-in talk show format
     Martin McGloin                                                                                By Henry J. Stern                                                                             invites your perspective; share your
       Richie Nestro          NEW YORK, NY – July 16,                  {See the editorial                                    and urge you to           the political arm of Mr. Lasky’s          thoughts. Call us at 914-636-0110.
  William O’Shaughnessy       2008 -- A classic expression of          today       on      the                               read all of it, even      association, has given almost             Those who call are asked to please
  Barbara Barton Sloane       frustration and outrage in American      dentists’ lobby’s                                     if it makes you           $350,000 to New York’s political          stay on topic.
         Vox Populi           popular culture came in the movie,       reward},           real                               slightly ill:             establishment, and Mr. Lasky’s bill
          Bob Weir            “Network,” in 1976. Peter Finch,         estate interests and                                                            slid quickly through both legislative
       Andy Wainer            playing the part of a television         a variety of state                                    Dental Decay in           houses.
  Pastor Anthony Iovine       news anchor who is losing his job,       and local labor                                       Albany                      “What is perhaps more surprising,       society on July 8, the day after he
                              explodes while on the air saying,        unions.        Nearly                                 “Tucked inside the        Governor Paterson signed Mr.              signed the bill they pushed through
        Marilyn Elie
                              “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going       50        individuals,                                first batch of bills      Lasky’s bill on July 7. On July 8,        the legislature? That is a question
       Kelly Fincham          to take this any more.” The cry is       business       groups                                 that Gov. David           Mr. Lasky’s dental association            for him to decide, perhaps with the
      Richard Cooper          picked up by people watching the         and labor unions                                      Paterson      signed      donated $25,000 to the Paterson for       assistance of his ethical advisors.
        Gail Farrelly         newscast, who open their windows         gave contributions                                    last week was a           Governor campaign fund.                   Paterson’s amassing a $3.3 million
                              and shout their indignation out into     of      more      than                                law involving state         “The governor’s people insist there     war chest in just two months and
  Columns by Politicians      the street.                              $25,000 each, a                                       dentists that Joel        was no quid pro quo and that those        ignoring the Spitzer limit of $10,000
        Paul Feiner                That is the way many New            sharp contrast to the       New York Civic Miller, a Republican                 opposing this particular bill have        per individual or group demonstrates
        Jeff Klein            Yorkers feel about politics in our       $10,000 limit Mr.                                     assemblyman from          also contributed to the governor.         the importance of the governorship
     George Latimer           state. They also believe that not        Spitzer voluntarily                                   Poughkeepsie,             Either the new state integrity            and its ability to affect the special
                              much can be done about it. There         imposed on himself.                   called ‘nothing more than proof that      commission or the attorney general,       interests, positively or negatively.
     Mary C. Marvin
                              was an expectation of reform                  “Some of Mr. Paterson’s most corruption is alive and well in the           Andrew Cuomo, should investigate          Paterson’s handling of the dental
      Noam Bramson            with the landslide election of           generous donors have crucial State Legislature.’                                why this small new law came with          society’s prompt expression of their
     Thomas Abinanti          Governor Eliot Spitzer in 2006, but      business before the state. They                                                 such a large and questionable price       appreciation will give an insight
       Sandy Galef            the unfortunate condition of his         include District Council 37, the          “Dr. Miller, the only dentist in      tag.”                                     into the qualitative aspects of his
  Andrea Stewart-Cousins      beautiful mind clouded his ability to    New York public employees the Legislature, voted against the                       It was much easier to pass the bill    fund raising. Does he have any
                              make decisions, and sadly rendered       union, which is seeking expanded bill. And although it would seem to            than to pull a tooth.                     ethical standard for accepting or
     Advertising Sales        him, at least temporarily, unable to     pension benefits; a political action be a small matter - giving the state           What is particularly outrageous       declining contributions, and if so
       Darryl Walker          deal with people in a courteous and      committee associated with the dental society control over New                   about the dental bill is that both        where does it lie?
       Jay Santiago           responsible manner, which is part        New York Racing Association with York City’s dental society - it is an          professional        societies    were      There are about 210 state legislators,
                              of a basic skill-set required of those   which Mr. Paterson is completing almost perfect example of what’s               chartered by the state during the         all with staffs including scribes.
                              who would lead others in a small-d       a deal for a lucrative state horse- wrong with the state government.            19th century. If they are having a        Won’t one of them write an article
  Production / Art Director   democratic government.                   racing franchise; and the real estate      “Here’s the drill: Roy Lasky,        dispute, the proper place to resolve it   defending Albany, or explaining
     Frank Shevetone            The regression in Albany is made       developer Larry Silverstein, a one of Albany’s most powerful                    is the courts or by open competition      why we are mistaken? We would
                              clear by an article and editorial,       major player in negotiations over lobbyists, controls the New York              for membership. For the purchased         love to publish it (unedited) and
                              both in this morning’s Times. The        rebuilding the World Trade Center State Dental Association with a               public officials to give one group        send it to our readers. There are said
                              news item is on B1, jumping to           site in Lower Manhattan.” (for juicy salary that can run to $300,000 a          dominance and subjugate the other         to be two sides to every story, let’s
                              B4. If not for the Times’ necessary      details, link to the article here.)   year, plus benefits. When some            is the modern equivalent of a bill of     hear yours. We will even publish
                              effort to define itself as a national         The editorial we referred to is New York City dentists began to            attainder.                                it anonymously if that is what you

 Your World,                  newspaper, the article would be on
                              A1, where it belongs. The writers
                                                                       aptly titled, DENTAL DECAY question how their dues were being
                                                                       IN ALBANY. It follows two spent, Mr. Lasky called on his
                                                                                                                                                           We have not seen any evidence
                                                                                                                                                       that either group has failed to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 prefer. Do the reformers in Albany
                                                                                                                                                                                                 have anything to say? Call or e-mail
                              are Nicholas Confessore and Danny        fascinating stories by Sam Roberts friends in the Legislature for help.         performed its duties, or that             us.
Our Beat; Now                 Hakim. The headline: PATERSON
                              HAS RAISED $3.3 MILLION
                                                                       on June 23 and June 26, which Lawmakers dutifully passed a bill
                                                                       we linked to when they were that allows the state organization
                                                                                                                                                       legislative intervention is necessary
                                                                                                                                                       to resolve a conflict between two
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Today’s stories capture the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 confidence shown by those who
 You Know!                    SINCE MARCH. Here are a few
                                                                       first published. They depict the run by Mr. Lasky to take control
                                                                       late-session introduction of this of the city’s group, including those
                                                                                                                                                       privately-run, non-governmental
                                                                                                                                                                                                 live and work by the rule of pay to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 play. Spitzer is gone, and they are
                                   “Gov. David A. Paterson has         legislative zinger and its swift who questioned his authority. The                    It is ironic that the Assembly      emboldened.
    Subscribe to              raised $3.3 million since taking         passage by the Assembly. The June state group might also be able to             sponsor of this bill was Deborah             Those of us with different values
 Westchester Times            office, by tapping into a broad          23 story was headlined, IN RIFT take over the greater New York                  Glick of Greenwich Village, first         must understand their current
                              array of special-interest groups and     AMONG DENTISTS’ GROUPS, dental conference that generates                        elected in 1990 as a reformer             position of weakness, and devise
       Tribune.               casting aside the self-imposed fund-     A TALE            OF      POLITICAL millions of dollars in concession           with the support of the Village           new strategies to overcome, or
                              raising limits of his predecessor,       CLOUT. The June 26 item was fees each year.                                     Independent Democrats. Ms. Glick
 Annual Subscription          Eliot Spitzer, according to reports      headlined, IN LEGISLATIVE                 “Mr. Lasky and his supporters         has climbed the loyalist ladder
                                                                                                                                                                                                 at least lessen, the power and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 influence of men whose priority is
         $39                  made public on Tuesday.                  ACT, STATE DENTAL GROUP have made this out as a minor                           during her 18 year tenure in Albany.      self-interest.
                                     “But a close look at Mr.          PREVAILS IN DISPUTE. You dispute that still requires a state                    She now chairs the committee on
     Direct your              Paterson’s reports also suggested        can link to Roberts’ articles, which law. Fortunately, Sam Roberts of           Higher Education and is a member
      credit card             a pronounced return to the kind          you will find enlightening and The Times began following this                   of the powerful Rules committee.
                              of fund-raising practices that have      almost amusing, if it were not for bill through the Legislature and             She is now regarded as a reliable               Direct your comment to
 subscription order to        long raised the ire of government        the outrageous situation he so uncovered the details of how Albany              ally of the Speaker, although she                  Henry J. Stern to
 WTTsubscription@             watchdog groups.                         clearly describes.                    passes what is known as “a contract       was disappointed by his failure to    
                                 “His contributors span the gamut         Because the enactment of this bill bill.” Translation: whoever gives         keep a marine transfer station out of               and peruse the               of Albany’s special-interest groups,     into law is such a classic example of campaign money gets legislation           her district.                                   New York Civic Website
                              including its most powerful unions       why our state government is rotten passed, usually with great ease.                In your opinion, should Governor                    archive at
                              and business groups, like the            at the core, if not to the core, we         “Since January, the Empire          Paterson return the $25,000 check        
                              dentists’ political action committee     reprint the Times’ editorial below, Dental Political Action Committee,          he received from the state dental

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                                 Zuri A. Stanback
WESTCHESTER TIMES TRIBUNE                                                                                         JULY 24, 2008                                                                                                            PAGE 3

                                                       Weir Only Human: A Kindly Case of Murder
                                                                                                                         By Bob Weir
    The question has often been           were run over by cars in dark alleys             In the Los                                           septuagenarian             large amount of policies that raised     some of the best detectives in the
asked: Does art imitate life, or vice-    after the women allowed a period             Angeles case,                                            f e m a l e s ,            a red flag when the investigation        world to keep their employers from
versa? This week in Los Angeles,          of time to elapse after the policies         the      attorney                                        according      to          into the deaths began. “It’s your        having to shell out for fraudulent
two elderly women were sentenced          were taken out on them.                      for the black                                            their      lawyer.         fault,” Rutterschmidt admonished         claims. This should have been
to life in prison without parole for         The case reminds me of the classic        w i d o w s                                               When sentencing           Golay. “You can’t have that many         a ground ball for gumshoes to
murdering two indigent men to             movie, “Arsenic and Old Lace,”               denied          that                                      the   murderous           insurances. You were greedy. That’s      uncover. Yet, two old ladies with
collect insurance policies taken out      about a pair of elderly sisters who          his clients had                                           matrons to two            the problem.” Not once did the           a malevolent view of humanity
on their lives. Los Angeles Superior      had an unusual method of ending the          been involved             Weir Only Human                 consecutive               licentious ladies show any signs         and no compunction about how to
Court Judge David Wesley sentenced        presumed suffering of “lonely old            in a murder                                               life terms, the           that they understood the gravity         live prosperously in their declining
77-year-old Helen Golay and 75-           bachelors;” they poisoned them and           c o n s p i r a c y.                                      judge said the            of the crimes they committed. On         years were able to pull off a multi-
year-old Olga Rutterschmidt to two        buried them in the basement. Cary            Rather, he said their idea was to unfortunate victims had been                      the contrary, they talked about it in    million dollar scam. And many
consecutive life terms each. The          Grant, who played their shocked              insure old, sick homeless people and sacrificed on the altar of greed by            cold business terms, as though the       people believe that old age leads
women were convicted of a scheme          and bewildered nephew, Mortimer,             then, believing that they wouldn’t a kindly-looking couple of elderly               murders were just dollar signs on a      to diminished physical and mental
in which they befriended homeless         gave a zany performance as he                last long, merely wait for them to women who no one would have                      ledger sheet that they had added up      capacity. There’s no indication that
men, took out insurance policies          tried to cover up for the seemingly          die in order to collect. The fact that ever suspected of having such evil           incorrectly.                             these two senior citizens were any
on them and then killed them in           kind and gracious, but deadly duo.           2 of them happened to get flattened intent.                                             It causes me to wonder if the        less cerebral or cold-hearted than
murders staged to look like hit-and-      The movie gave audiences a light-            by vehicles that left the scene in the        Part of the evidence that             defense of insanity was proposed         criminally-minded      counterparts
run auto accidents. Prosecutors say       hearted look at murder by employing          middle of the night was nothing convicted them was a secretly                       during the legal proceedings before      half their age. I’ll never look at
the women collected $2.8 million          a series of comical scenes in which          more than a coincidence. Also, the recorded          videotape    of   the          trial. After all, if they believe that   grandmothers the same way again.
before the scheme was uncovered.          the dead bodies were moved from              fact that the women took the men defendants in a lockup after their                 avarice was their only failing, it
Both women were convicted of              place to place to stay ahead of the          into their home, provided food and arrests. The 75 year-old was                     would appear that they have no               Bob Weir is a contributing
first-degree murder and conspiracy        police. Of course, there’s nothing           shelter, while filling out applications criticizing the 77 year-old for             conscience about taking human life.       columnist to Yonkers Tribune and
to murder for financial gain in           comical about murder, but humor              for insurance on the them, didn’t taking out 23 insurance policies                  I also wonder how they were able             Westchester Times Tribune.
the death of Paul Vados, 73, and          has often been used to take some of          mean they were getting them over a period of a few years. She                       to collect almost $3 million from   
Kenneth McDavid, 50. Both victims         the horror out of homicide.                  ready to be a profit center for the told her accomplice that it was the             insurance companies who have

                                                  If You Don’t Wanta and Don’t Gotta, Just Don’t
                                                                                                                     By Joe Klock, Sr.

   Often ignored in the ever-popular      personal) that you’re not using?             the potential you possess? (i.e., Do exchange for being happier and                 bottom and kinda liked it there.”           Mind you, if the status quo,
indoor sport of analysis - both of self   •Could you be a better parent than you       you really want to                                        more      successful?        All change is stressful• even         however undesirable, leaves you no
and others - is what one might call       are? A better friend? A better citizen?      be a better parent,                                            Now, for the         change for the better• and human         available exit strategy, simply grin
the “Gottawanta Factor,” involving a       •Are there any old (bad) habits             friend, citizen, etc.?)                                   BIG         question:     nature tends to resist it; in fact,      (or groan) and bear it, being consoled
powerful force in human motivation:       that you’d be better off without?               In responding to                                       Are you willing -         among the few humanoids that             by the fact that you’ve plenty
   Before you can choose to change,        •Any      new        (good)       habits    those         questions,                                  really willing- to        never do so are wet babies and beach     of company in your discomfort.
then make it actually come about,         you’d       like        to       acquire?    please keep in mind                                       depart from the           walkers who encounter hot sand.              If, however, your misery is
you must genuinely want to change,        •Are        you          uncomfortable       that you don’t have                                       status quo of your            The status quo may hurt, but         avoidable or curable and you
and merely being miserable in             in         certain            situations?    to be any or all of                                       present     lifestyle?    it is familiar, it is not as scary as    simply choose not to do anything
your present state is not sufficient.     •Might        there         be      more     these things; they                                           Before answering       change and it allows the lingering       about it, it makes no sense to
    Consider the hypochondriacs           excitement        in       your      life?   are choices, rather                                       that, be aware that       (even when futile) hope that, if one     compound the pain with griping,
in our midst. However loudly               •Are      there         new        goals    than       imperatives.                                   most people are           just hangs in there, things will get     regretting and self-flagellation.
they complain of their ailments,          you            might              pursue?      Moving right along                                      resistant to change,      better. Like fresh fish, house guests        Those “yes” answers in the
they are immune to any cure                •Could       you        be       happier    (and here comes                 Like Klockwork            even those who            and locker rooms, though, “things”       above quiz need only one catalyst
because they don’t really want            than        you          now         are?    the tough part):                                          are       profoundly      tend to smell worse as time goes on.     to become reality: yagottawanta!
to believe there’s nothing wrong          •Is there room for higher                     •Are you willing to                                      dissatisfied                 I’ve often been bemused by the        Otherwise, you and Minnie Pearl’s
with them. They simply don’t              achievement in your career?                  pay a stiff price, if necessary, to get rid with    their     present      state.   notion, usually expressed from           Uncle Buford are kindred spirits, so
want to mess with the status quo,            It’s likely that you answered             of bad habits and acquire new ones?            There is a certain familiarity       a pulpit, that if all the members        relax and enjoy it!
and we can’t make ‘em do it.              “yes” to most, if not all, of                •Would you do whatever you had with even miserable circumstances                    of a given group could pile their
   Ere you exclude yourself from          the above questions. (If you                 to do to feel more comfortable that make us feel safer and                          problems at the front of the room,
this group, take the following quiz;      didn’t, read them over again                 everywhere          with      everyone? more normal than venturing                  each individual would examine the            (Adapted from Joe’s CD
and take it quickly, because your         with a bit more introspection!)              •Would finding excitement and into new, strange situations.                         heap, then reassume the burden            album, entitled “In Search Of
first yes-or-no answers are probably        Now, take a shot at this more difficult    new goals in your life be worth               A case in point was the late          of his or her individual travails.       Maximence.”) Details available at
the most honest ones:                     query and, if appropriate, change            taking some personal risks? Minnie Pearl’s comment about her                            Maybe so, but wouldn’t it        
•Is there any potential in                your answers to the previous quiz:           •Can you give up some of Uncle Buford: “He warn’t really                            be much better to shed the
your present life (business or               Do you really want to use all of          your existing comfort zones in a failure• he just started at the                    ones      that     are    sheddable?

         Letter to the Leadership of the Unites States Senate and House of Representatives
From Page 1
State will be forced to close a budget    thousands of good paying jobs.               to help close the gap between the         foreclosed properties. Unfortunately,     dire need of assistance. Reducing        to be eliminated entirely, including
gap of more than $5 billion while at      In fact, it is estimated that for            CWSRF’s historical high funding           it appears that this vital provision      the program’s funding from the           prosecution services in the greater
the same time providing Medicaid          every $1 billion invested in                 level and President Bush’s FY2009         will not be included in the final         $5.1 billion authorized level inhibits   New York City boroughs and legal
coverage to increasing numbers of         transportation projects, 42,000              request.                                                            version of      states’ ability to adequately and        defense services across the state.
uninsured New Yorkers.Atemporary          jobs are created, and every dollar           Housing                                                             the housing     effectively plan and serve the home      Currently, New York is not in a
boost in Medicaid (FMAP) to               that is spent on infrastructure              T      h    e                                                       bill to be      heating needs of low-income and          position to make up the 67 percent
prevent further cuts to health care       projects generates about $5.70 in            subprime                                                            sent to the     other vulnerable populations. New        cut to the Byrne JAG program.
and other essential services would        economic activity. For New York              crisis    has                                                       President.      York supports LIHEAP funding at          All states would benefit from the
provide immediate fiscal relief           $410 million in funding could put            affected                                                            In      New     the $5.1 billion authorized level.       restoration of Byrne JAG program
to New York and other states. A           people to work immediately on                countless                                                           York, the       Criminal Justice Funding                 to no less than FY07 levels in a
similar bill was passed in 2003,          over 40 highway, transit and rail            numbers of                                                          state could       As you are aware, Congress cut         second economic stimulus measure.
which provided a 2.95% increase           projects that are shovel-ready.              Americans,                                                          use       the   the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants          Congress has an opportunity to
in the FMAP rate over 15 months.               Similarly, investments in our           including                                                           funds      to   (JAG) program from $520 million          provide an immediate boost to
Infrastructure                            nation’s deteriorating wastewater            thousands of                                                       leverage         in FY07 to $170.4 million in FY08.       the economy and provide fiscal
     Infrastructure spending is one       infrastructure would allow projects          homeowners in New York. In the            state    and     local     investment     State, local, and tribal jurisdictions   relief to American families. The
of the best investments the federal       already in the queue to get underway.        first quarter of 2008, foreclosure        in        foreclosed        properties    in New York depend on the Byrne          State of New York - and indeed
government can make during an             Recent dramatic cuts in the Clean            filings in New York represented           to      sustain     and       stabilize   JAG program to provide critical          the country - will benefit greatly
economic downturn because it has          Water State Revolving Fund                   one in every 256 owner-occupied           neighborhoods       hit     especially    funds to fight violence and drugs,       if these programs are included in a
the dual effect of modernizing our        (CWSRF) mean that the ability of             households, or one in every 167           hard by high foreclosure rates.           with 75 percent of each Byrne JAG        second economic stimulus package.
nation’s deteriorating infrastructure     states and municipalities to address         owner-occupied households with a          LIHEAP                                    dollar flowing directly to local law     Thank you for your consideration
while      also    stimulating     the    critical wastewater infrastructure           mortgage. In some neighborhoods,            Record high home energy prices          enforcement agencies. The FY08           and I look forward to working with
economy through job creation.             needs is compromised. In New York            there are multiple homes under            are placing a tremendous strain on        cut means that New York’s share          you to craft a stimulus measure.
      Transportation spending puts        State, there is an immediate need            foreclosure on nearly every block.        households. As such, New York’s           of Byrne JAG program has been
money directly into the economy           of over $4 billion for 390 separate              The Senate included a provision       LIHEAP program has experienced            reduced from $25 million to $8           Sincerely,
through ready to go projects, makes       projects. In the long term, the need         in its version of the housing bill to     unprecedented demand. Without a           million. Consequently, New York          Governor Paterson
critical and lasting improvements         is much greater: $36.2 billion over          provide $3.9 billion in Community         significant increase in funding, New      has already been forced to freeze
in the network needed to support          20 years. Congress should include            Development Block Grants for              York State will struggle to provide       new crime fighting initiatives and
economic activity, and creates            significant funding for the CWSRF,           communities to buy and fix                a meaningful benefit to families in       several current programs may need
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                                                                                               Business • Op-Ed
                                                                                              Buying a New Life
                                                                                                               By Anthony Greco
    A man named Ian recently sold         mushrooms, and toothpaste with            pretending that we have been friends   been appalled.                             English on the website.                 me now.” It’s better than changing
his entire life on eBay. Why would        fennel.                                   for years? What if the new owner           Just think of how this opposite          Good point. But perhaps, after his    your name to that of Chinese
anyone want to buy someone else’s             I don’t think I could just start      has a mullet                                                gravitational         announcement was misunderstood          industrialist, Yee Meng Shao.
used bursitis when you can get your       wearing someone else’s used shoes,        and only speaks                                             force affects the     he was overwhelmed by the free          Although Yee is a catchy name, I
own brand new bursitis?                   even if I got a great deal on them. It    Portuguese? I’m                                             way Australians       olives and bird seed Australian         don’t think Angelina Jolie would
       You can get a new weird            just seems wrong. Could it be that        not sure I could                                            speak English.        reporters supposedly give their top     marry anyone named Yee Meng
neighbor, alcoholic cousin, canine        the new owner thought he could            sit around the                                              I have to turn        newsmakers. I know; that makes no       Shao. This name just doesn’t look
ear infection, washing machine            avoid the painful breaking-in period      fireplace, ignore                                           up the volume         sense. But neither does selling your    good tattooed on your abdomen.
that never stops, flabby arms, ant        and go right to doing the cha-cha in      his mullet, and                                             on the TV             bad sense of direction or your love       So, my advice to all men ready to
infestation, clothes that don’t fit       Ian’s brown loafers?                      sing Christmas                                              whenever       an     of Doo Wop at an auction.               sell their lives on eBay is to pick a
and kids who think you’re as cool            Part of the deal was that you get      carols         in                                           Australian      is       I read that Ian left his old home    new name that would look good in
as Ward Cleaver. All these things         Ian’s friends too. He introduces          Portuguese.                                                 speaking so I         with nothing but the clothes on         your basic Arial font inked onto a
are readily available at your local       you to them and they become your                Ian’s odd                                             can understand        his back and the several hundred        beautiful woman’s eyelids.
big box warehouse store or at your        friends. How good could these             behavior must                                               what         he’s     thousand dollars he got for his old
next family reunion.                      friends be if he’s willing to sell        stem from living                                            saying. It could      life. (Yes, I too am concerned that        Anthony enjoys putting words
      My gardener’s wife, who is          them off?                                 on the other side                                           be that when he       he had large enough pockets.) He         together, often to form sentences.
studying in a secret part of Brooklyn         And what if you’re one of his         of the equator.                                             announced that        headed for the train station with no      Anthony is also a part-owner of
(it’s no use looking on a map – it’s a    friends and you don’t want to be          (He was a British                                         he was “selling his     idea where he was going to start a         Media Buzz, a NYC marketing
secret) to be a fortune-teller, thinks    sold? The possibility of being            immigrant living in Australia.) It     life on eBay” that he was actually         new life as Brad Pitt.                    company. Direct email to him at
the person who bought Ian’s life          shipped on a freighter across the         must be the opposite gravitational     announcing that he was “sending               Okay, so I made that part up. 
was just interested in acquiring his      world among counterfeit Gucci             pull that causes your brain to come    his loaves to the abbey.”                      But he could change his name
fancy house and car. But you can          perfume and squirrel hides sounds         up with zany ideas for eBay. I’m           But, you say, he has a website         to Brad Pitt. And why not? It’s a
buy a house and car anywhere and          a bit unpleasant. Or what about           sure Ian never would have sold his     chronicling the sale of his life on        common enough name. Folks would
tell the owner to keep his drool-filled   showing up at a friend’s house –          life while he was living in Great      eBay. There could be no mistake            be happy to give him a job just so
pillow cases, his strange cereal with     now owned by someone else – and           Britain. The Queen would have          in understanding his down-under            they could say, “Brad Pitt works for

                          Fantastic Sams’ Hair Salons is ‘Stylin’ in New York/Westchester
                                                                               Full Service Hair Salon Brand Plans Local Growth;
                                                                                Calls for 20-25 New Salons in the Next Five Years
BOSTON, MA -- Competition for             brand presence.                                                                                                             and dedicated corporate support           In addition to creating a business
affordable hair care services in New            “New York and Westchester                                                                                             structure, as well as a strong desire   ownership opportunity for a local
York/Westchester is getting stiffer.      is a strategic market for us as we                                                                                          to develop an emerging concept          entrepreneur, each new Fantastic
Fantastic Sams, one of the nation’s       continue to grow our brand and                                                                                              in a high-growth industry. The          Sams salon location will contribute
largest full service hair salon brands,   meet our national development                                                                                               average initial investment to open      to New York and Westchester’s
is expanding its “no appointments”        goals,” said Jeff Sturgis, CFE                                                                                              a Fantastic Sams salon (ranging         economy by creating 8-12 new
necessary concept throughout New          and Vice President of Franchise                                                                                             from $100,000 to $225,000) and          jobs, allowing for over 250 jobs to
York/Westchester. With one salon          Sales and Development. “The                                                                                                 the company’s fixed fee royalties       be created with expansion.
currently operating in the area and       demographics, consumer lifestyle                                                                                            make it one of the most competitive        Fantastic Sams first franchise in
over 30 in the state, the industry        and strong business climate in                                                                                              opportunities in the industry.          Westchester County is in Hartsdale,
leading brand is looking to open          Westchester specifically meet the                                                                                              “Our franchise partners find our     NY, located at 417 North Central
an additional 20-25 locations in the      Fantastic Sams expansion model                                                                                              brand an attractive investment,”        Avenue. Hours of operations are
next five years.                          criteria and position the area for                                                                                          added Sturgis. “Offering a solid,       Monday-Friday, 9:00am-8:00pm;
   The New York and Westchester           tremendous growth and success.”                                                                                             proven system of success, Fantastic     Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm; and
expansion announcement is part               Already a big player in the $59                                                                                          Sams allows a franchisee to go into     Sunday, 12:00 Noon-5:00pm.
of an aggressive national growth          billion hair salon industry, Fantastic                                                                                      business for themselves, but not by     Telephone: 914-287-2017.
strategy to accelerate the company’s      Sams offers a full range of hair salon                                                                                      themselves.”
franchising program and nearly            services catering to men, women                                                                                                 Fantastic Sams is also fueling          For franchising opportunities
double the number of salons in the        and children of all ages. Customers                                                                                         interest in its development plans         in New York/ Westchester, call
next five to seven years. Currently,      at any Fantastic Sams can expect          are all available; as well as beard    products.                                  with the rollout of a cutting-edge,        (877) 383-3831 or visit www.
Fantastic Sams has nearly 1,400           the full service treatment from a         and mustache grooming, facial            To augment the market’s growth,          client-centric salon design. The 
salons operating in the United            professional team of stylists up-to-      waxing, and rejuvenating hair          Fantastic Sams is currently seeking        new salon prototype centers on               Learn more about Fantastic
States and is targeting growing           date on the latest trends and fashions.   treatments. Fantastic Sams’ menu       franchise partners who want to             providing customers with a casually       Sams on its corporate Website:
metropolitan areas where Fantastic        Haircuts and styles, straightening,       of services are also complemented      invest in a proven business model          upscale and gender neutral salon    
Sams has already built a significant      coloring, highlights, and texturing       by an exclusive line of hair care      with a solid operating system              experience.

                      M. Fraitag Plumbing and Heating Inc.,                                                                                                              Dumont Masonic Home Celebrates
                                                                                                                                                                         Summer with an All American BBQ
                       Honored in National Campaign for                                                                                                               From Page 1

                               89 Years of Success
WOODBRIDGE,             IL      and          As part of the impressive group        contractors such as M. Fraitag         residential, builder, commercial
YONKERS, NY -- During 2007,               of more than one hundred “75              Plumbing and Heating Inc., who         and hospitality markets. Gerber
Gerber®       Plumbing      Fixtures      years or more” eligible plumbing          deserve recognition for their hard     products are sold exclusively to
LLC, a leading manufacturer of            contracting firms from across the         work, dedication and resilience in     the plumbing professional and are
vitreous china plumbing fixtures          country who entered the promotion,        this industry,” stated Chairman of     supported with “Best-in-Class”
as well as faucets and fittings,          M. Fraitag Plumbing and Heating           the Board Ila Lewis, granddaughter     customer service.
celebrated its 75th anniversary by        Inc. will receive a commemorative         of founder Max Gerber.                   For more information on Gerber,
launching a national search for           gift from Gerber to honor their               The grand prize winner of the        call 630-754-0278 or visit www.
plumbing contracting firms who            accomplishments and endurance in          campaign, along with five secondary   
had reached or exceeded the same          the industry and their community.         prize winners, was selected at              For more information on M.
75-year milestone. At the end of              “The ‘75 Years of Professional        random to receive Gerber product       Fraitag Plumbing and Heating Inc.
Gerber’s “75 years of Professional        Performance’ campaign, created as         from a Gerber wholesaler.                       call 914-963-6895.
Performance” campaign, Yonkers’           a gesture of gratitude to the entire         Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC                                                   enjoyed the strolling musician and      excellent opportunity for everyone
very own M. Fraitag Plumbing              plumbing trade, the real source of        is a leading manufacturer of                                                      sang along with familiar melodies.      to take time out from their busy
and Heating Inc. was honored for          Gerber’s longevity and success,           vitreous china plumbing fixtures as                                               Barbecues are an excellent way          schedules and just have a good
attaining 89 years in business.           helped to highlight plumbing              well as faucets and fittings for the     Pictured above right: Dumont             to socialize and enjoy wonderful        time. New memories are created
                                                                                                                             Masonic Home resident, Effie             food. The flavor that an outdoor        while the old memories of previous
                                                                                                                             Dunham and daughter, Junita              grill provides boosts morale and        family reunions and outings are
                                                                                                                                       Dunham.                        encourages     conversation    and      rekindled. What a great way to
                                                                                                                                                                      laughter that lasts well after the      celebrate and enjoy the summer!”
                                                                                                                                                                      barbecue is over. Judith Fenster,
                                                                                                                                                                      Administrator, said, “This is an

                                                                                                                                                                     The Fine Print
                                                                                                                                                                                 By Lisa Fine
                                                                                                                           Lunch at Lasdon and Free Jazz                                                      first M&M Play Development
                                                                                                                              Don’t miss the last few concerts                                                Project. They are calling for full
                                                                                                                           at Lasdon Park and Arboretum on                                                    length scripts and plays that are
                                                                                                                           Route 35 in Somers. Bring a picnic                                                 appropriate for performances in
                                                                                                                           lunch, blanket or chair and enjoy                                                  community rooms and libraries.
                                                                                                                           free jazz on the lawn on Friday July                                               The company is a theatrical troupe
                                                                                                                           25 and Friday August 1, starting at                                                and works in conjunction with
                                                                                                                           12 noon. Info: 914 864 7264 and                                                    YCP TheaterWorks, a 46 year old
                                                                                                                                                                       community theatre company, that
                                                                                                                           Hudson Valley Shakespeare                                                          brings quality, live theatre into
                                                                                                                           Festival – Family Night                                                            intimate settings throughout the
                                                                                                                             On Tuesday July 29, the Hudson                                                   Hudson Valley. Submissions are
                                                                                                                           Valley Shakespeare Festival, at            exhibition through August 10. With      due by October 15 and finalists
                                                                                                                           Boscobel in Garrison, is offering          20 artists participating, sculptures    will have readings in spring 2009,
                                                                                                                           pre-show workshops designed to             have been installed at 5 landmark       which will be produced by M&M
                                                                                                                           introduce families to Shakespeare          sites in Garrison/Cold Spring           Productions. For an application
                                                                                                                           through participatory theatre games        including Boscobel, Garrison’s          or more information email
                                                                                                                           and improvisation. The workshops           Landing, Manitoga, the Desmond- or
                                                                                                                           will offer family members and              Fish Library and the Cold Spring        visit
                                                                                                                           children the opportunity to become         Waterfront Park. The exhibition
                                                                                                                           more acquainted with the play they         is free and a trolley ride is also        To submit information for The
                                                                                                                           are about to see. Geared towards           available to view the art, views         Fine Print, please send emails to
                                                                                                                           children ages 8-15, the workshop           and vistas. Info: 845 424-3960 and, call
                                                                                                                           is open to the general audience.                914 243-9761, or visit the www.
                                                                                                                           Info: 845-265-9575 and www.                Call for Scripts – M&M Play     
                                                                                                                                          Development Project                     Website. Lisa Fine is owner of LF
                                                                                                                           Garrison        Sculpture      Tour            Melinda O’Brien and Michael           Communications, Inc. some of
                                                                                                                               The Garrison Art Center at 23          J. Muldoon, co-founders of              whose clients may be mentioned on
                                                                                                                           Garrison’s Landing is holding              M&M         Productions      Acting                  occasion.
                                                                                                                           their second annual outdoor juried         Company, have announced the

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  Operation Smile Trains 46 Students to                     Scarsdale Teen Named Grand Prize
   Serve on Overseas Medical Missions                         Winner in “Teen Hero Awards”
      Pelham Manor Student to Attend Mission Training
              at San Diego State University                              Program
NORFOLK, VA -- From July 29-             China, in 2007. Barron said,             Operation Smile’s International                                    $15,000 Prize to be Donated to Charity
August 1, forty-six students from        “I witnessed children receiving          Student Leadership Conference                                                                                            the children had a flimsy shelter
                                                                                                                           YONKERS, NY -- Tara Suri,
13 states from America, Ireland,         surgeries and saw first-hand how         and a Mission Training Workshop                                                                                          that would often be destroyed by
                                                                                                                          17, of Scarsdale, NY, and Taco
Mexico, and Paraguay will attend         it changes lives. By the time I was      in 2007, both held in Limerick,                                                                                          storms. After volunteering in India,
                                                                                                                          Bell Foundation for Teens will be
Operation Smile’s Mission Training       packing to go home, 154 lives were       Ireland, Claire traveled to Cebu,                                                                                        I also wrote a novel about sex
                                                                                                                          presented with a trophy and giant
Workshop at San Diego State              changed. 154 children can now            Philippines, in January 2008 to                                                                                          trafficking that I hope to publish.
                                                                                                                          check presentation to her and
University in San Diego, California.     kiss their parents. 154 can walk         volunteer on an Operation Smile                                                                                          Now, HOPE has morphed into a
                                                                                                                          selected charity on Wednesday,
Operation Smile is a worldwide           down the street without facing           international medical mission.                                                                                           larger movement: Turn Your World
                                                                                                                          July 23, 2008 at the Taco Bell/Pizza
children’s medical charity that          discrimination. Operation Smile          After the mission, Claire said,                                                                                          Around. I see youth as a movement
                                                                                                                          Hut Restaurant – 1920 Central Park
provides free reconstructive surgery     has taught me to put others before       “One of the most important lessons                                                                                       capable of effecting massive change;
                                                                                                                          Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710
to children and young adults             myself, and to believe anything          I learned was the importance and                                                                                         I strive to empower that movement.
                                                                                                                               The Taco Bell Foundation
around the world who suffer with         is possible. Unfortunately, over         universality of a simple smile. A                                                                                        I started Turn Your World Around
                                                                                                                          for Teens, in partnership with
facial deformities. The intensive        70 children were turned away in          smile is a symbol of hope, peace,                                                                                        (http://www.turnyourworldaround.
                                                                                                                          ThinkMTV, recently held the Teen
workshop trains students and adult       Linyi. I volunteer with Operation        love and friendship that is timeless                                                                                     org) to innovatively implement
                                                                                                                          Hero Awards, a nationwide search
sponsors to effectively teach basic      Smile because it allows me to have       and irreplaceable.” Claire co-                                                                                           social-change initiatives and help
                                                                                                                          to honor amazing teens making
health care to families and patients     an affect on the world. By raising       founded an Operation Smile                                                                                               youth turn their passions into
                                                                                                                          a difference in their community
during Operation Smile international     that extra dollar and volunteering       Student Association at Starkville                                                                                        action. Youth become involved in
                                                                                                                          by helping others. The Teen Hero
medical missions. Each student will      one more hour, I hope to change          High School in 2006. To date, the                                                                                        our Turn-Your-World program,
                                                                                                                          Awards program, launched during
have the opportunity to participate      lives one more smile at a time.          club has raised more than $10,000.                                                                                       which helps them develop a service
                                                                                                                          April’s National Volunteer Month,        Teen Heroes’ charities of choice.
in a mission within the next year.       This organization gives students              Thousands of students serve                                                                                         project, or they participate in our
                                                                                                                          invited individuals to nominate
The student is from Pelham Manor.        something to do that’s not just          as Operation Smile volunteers                                                                                            other initiatives, like HOPE, or
                                                                                                                          teens by submitting an essay online
   The Mission Training Workshop         behind the scenes.”                      working to provide service, raise
                                                                                                                          at               Winning Essay By                        [Connect a Kid], which seeks to
will train students to effectively          Another student who has traveled      funds and spread awareness in
                                                                                                                             A total of 39 teens from across       Tara Suri:                              increase access to technology in
teach oral rehydration therapy,          with Operation Smile is Claire           more than 500 Operation Smile                                                                                            developing nations. We have raised
                                                                                                                          the country were selected as              Shocked by the poverty and sexism
burn care and prevention, proper         Crawford, a 17-year-old high             Student Associations across the                                                                                          nearly $25,000, and our initiatives
                                                                                                                          Teen Heroes. Essay entries were          I encountered in India, when I was
nutrition and dental care to families    school senior from Starkville,           United States and around the world.                                                                                      have impacted hundreds around
                                                                                                                          judged based on three criteria:          thirteen, I founded HOPE (Helping
and patients during Operation            Mississippi. Claire was born with a      These students learn about the                                                                                           the world while also developing
                                                                                                                          Impact and Difference, Inspiration,      Orphans Pursue Education) to
Smile      international     medical     cleft lip and cleft palate and turned    values of commitment, leadership                                                                                         a new generation of leaders. Kids
                                                                                                                          and Leadership. The Taco Bell            provide all children with the
missions. These important sessions       her misfortune into an opportunity       and volunteerism, instilling in them                                                                                     from as far as Israel are creating
                                                                                                                          Foundation for Teens is recognizing      opportunity to reach their potential.
will prepare the students to give        to help children around the world.       for life the importance of giving to                                                                                     environmental projects, eradicating
                                                                                                                          the Teen Heroes by giving a grant to     HOPE has improved access to basic
interactive health presentations         Claire can relate to the thousands       others.                                                                                                                  poverty, improving education and
                                                                                                                          an eligible charity of their choice.     necessities, especially education,
to patients and families at the          of patients Operation Smile treats        Since the program began, hundreds                                                                                       healthcare, promoting peace and
                                                                                                                             Suri was among those selected         in orphanages in India and Sudan,
mission site and local schools and       each year. After enduring nine           of students have participated on                                                                                         much more. Please consider my
                                                                                                                          as the winner and has designated         where most of the children were
orphanages. At least two students        corrective surgeries, Claire knows       medical missions to countries                                                                                            application so I may spread and
                                                                                                                          the Apne Aap International as her        abandoned as infants. In India,
and an adult sponsor are part of         what it’s like to feel different         such as the Philippines, Kenya,                                                                                          amplify my message of the power
                                                                                                                          $15,000 grant recipient. In total,       HOPE financed the construction of
every Operation Smile international      and how scary surgery can be for         Cambodia, Brazil, Jordan, China                                                                                          of youth!
                                                                                                                          Taco Bell Foundation for Teens is        a dormitory, drastically improving
mission team, which includes             youngsters. That’s why she started       and many others in the developing
                                                                                                                          awarding $225,000 in grants to the       the children’s lives; previously,
plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists,     “Claire’s Bears,” a project which        world. Through their school- and
nurses, a pediatrician, dentist,         raises money to purchase teddy           community-based         fund-raising,
speech pathologist and other
medical volunteers.
  Barron Frazier, 18, from Norfolk,
                                         bears with stitches above their lips,
                                         made available by the Cleft Palate
                                         Foundation, to give to children
                                                                                  student volunteers raise an estimated
                                                                                  $1.2 million annually for Operation
                                                                                  Smile (
                                                                                                                                        Westchester’s Furniture Bank
VA, volunteered on an Operation
Smile medical mission in Linyi,
                                         undergoing surgery to correct
                                         facial deformities. After attending                                                                   Gets a Facelift
                                                                                                                            Pepsi Bottling Group and The Junior League of Westchester on the
                                                                                                                                                    Sound Help Out
                                  On the MOVE to
                                  End Alzheimer’s
From Page 1

and participate in Memory Walk.          result in help for the vital services    Sunday, October 12, 2008 in
The     Alzheimer’s      Association     and programs provided by the             Rockland County
– Hudson Valley, Rockland,               Alzheimer’s Association’s local          Saturday, October 18, 2008 in
Westchester, New York Chapter            Chapter.                                 Ulster County
needs you to continue this 2008             Sponsors have already joined to          Just take the following steps to
trend.                                   bolster this year’s record fundraising   participate: sign up today online
   Nationally, Memory Walk is the        goal.                                    or call 1-800-872-0994 for a
Association’s biggest fundraiser.            Memory Walks will be taking          brochure form, set your personal
Their local goal is the highest it’s     place in each of seven counties          and team goal, raise the money, and
ever been, because the need is           in the Alzheimer’s Association           walk! Your success will be cause
perhaps the greatest it has ever         -     Hudson         Valley/Rockland/    for celebration. Walk with the
been. Millions of Americans now          Westchester, NY Chapter coverage         Alzheimer’s Association this fall to
have Alzheimer’s disease; 500,000        area. Walks begin September and          end Alzheimer’s.
of them are individuals under age        continue into October, and are a
65. And every 71 seconds, someone        sincerely empowering way to spend
in America develops Alzheimer’s.         a Fall morning. Find one that fits
A startling new statistic has            your schedule:
emerged:       as baby boomers           Sunday, September 21, 2008 in            For more details about the process,
approach the greatest risk for the       Putnam County                              dates and locations, check the
disease, it is known that 10 million     Sunday, September 28, 2008 in            website,
will be diagnosed in their lifetime if   Sullivan County
a cure or prevention is not found.       Saturday, October 4, 2008 in Orange
  People can take the cause into your    County
own hands, and join Memory Walk          Sunday, October 5, 2008 in                                                       (front row, left to right) Pepsi Bottling Group’s David Deasy, Stephanie Dalbo, Ed Yee and Shana Martino, (back
to make a difference. Memory             Westchester County                                                                 row, left to right) Tim Eremin, Prashant Srivastav, Nate Kane and Richard Badurski volunteered at Furniture
Walk can bring teamwork, a healthy       Saturday, October 11, 2008 in                                                                                          Sharehouse, Westchester’s Furniture Bank.
workout, fundraising together to         Dutchess County

          Summ  er Movies    eck
                   Y’s Back D
    Outside on the                                       Mats will be set up for the kids
                                                         (who are invited to come in their PJs or
                        Enchanted                        favorite film-themed costumes).
                        Thursday,                        Parents -- bring your own lawn chairs.
                        July 10,
                        8:00 pm

                                                   The Chronicles of Narnia
                                                   The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
                                                   Sunday, July 20, 8:00 pm

                                                                     School of Rock                                       (left to right) Pepsi Bottling Group’s Nate Kane, Stephanie Dalbo and David Deasy provide a new coat of paint
                                                                     Sunday,                                                                                           to Furniture Sharehouse.
                                                                     August 17, 7:30 pm
                                                                                                                          LARCHMONT, NY -- Volunteers              that      PBG employees          had    It accepts donations of gently-
                                                                                                                          from the Pepsi Bottling Group            the opportunity to volunteer            used furniture for re-distribution
                                                                                                                          (PBG) and The Junior League of           with. Volunteers spent the day          to needy families in Westchester
                                                                                            The Princess                  Westchester on the Sound (JLWoS)         painting Furniture Sharehouse’s         County. Furniture Sharehouse is
                                                                                                                          contributed their time on June 13        warehouse facility located at           a New York State not-for-profit
                                                                                            Bride                         to make interior improvements            the Westchester County Airport.         organization, and is tax-exempt
                                                                                            Thursday,                     at       Furniture         Sharehouse,      “Furniture Sharehouse is grateful    under IRS section 501(c)(3).
                                                                                            August 21,                    Westchester’s Furniture Bank.            for the commitment of the Pepsi         Donations are tax-deductible to
Raindates: If it is raining on the afternoon of a                                           7:30 pm                             Furniture Sharehouse collects      Bottling Group and Junior League        the fullest extent permitted by law.
scheduled outdoor show, check our website,                                                                                gently-used or new home furnishings      of Westchester on the Sound to help, for information about whether                                                                         from homes and businesses in the         make this community resource a
the movie will run and, if not, when it is rescheduled.                                                                   community, and redistributes them        more valuable asset to Westchester
                                                                                                                          free of charge to those in need. These   County,” said Kate Bialo, founder            About The Junior League of
                                                                                                                          include families and individuals         and director of Furniture Sharehouse.          Westchester on the Sound
                                                                                                                          moving out of homeless shelters                Since its opening in April              Founded in 1933, It serves
                             $7 per person                                                                                into permanent housing, women            2007, Furniture Sharehouse has              the communities of Harrison,
                                                                                                                          and children escaping domestic           served more than 290 families              Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New
          Including free popcorn and lemonade!                                                                            violence, young adults aging out         in       Westchester          County.     Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye and
 You can purchase tickets online with no service charge at                                                                of foster care, working families                For donation information,         Rye Brook. For more information,
                                                                                              struggling to stay ahead and victims     visit     www.furnituresharehouse.        join us September 4 at 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                          of fires or other natural disasters.     org or      call       914-834-1294.    for an information session. Please
                                                                                                                              Furniture Sharehouse was one                    Furniture Sharehouse,          call 914-833-2119 for reception
                                                                                                                          of 20 non-profit organizations           Westchester’s Furniture Bank, is a           location and to confirm your
  5625 Arlington Avenue (off 256 St., near Skyview), (718) 548-8200                                                       in Westchester County, NY,               community project of The Junior            attendance, or visit us online at
                                                                                                                          and      Fairfield    County,      CT,   League of Westchester on the Sound.       
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                                                                                     Economic Development
        Mount Vernon Inspector                                                                             MLB Goes to Harlem Seeking Welfare
          General Finds IDA                                                                                                  NYC and NY Yankees Redefine Crookery
                                                                                                                                                   Part 2 of a Series
          Out of Compliance                                                                                                                     Read Part 1 Online
                                                                                From Page 1
From Page 1
an immediate detailed independent      whether the City has lost revenue as     including a direct cash payment to       the majority would be funded either      of their interactions and deals have            Similarly, the United States
operational and financial audit of     the result of the lax operation of the   MLB to the tune of $5 million in         directly or indirectly by public         led to all of their various conflict-of   Congress has gotten involved;
the Agency.                            Agency.                                  order to lure the tenancy of its new     subsidies.                               -interest scenarios.                      as both NYC as well as the NY
    Contrary to State law and the        The Inspector General was asked        baseball broadcast network offices            But the machinations of the            What got the ire of the NY State       Yankees have hired lobbyists to get
express rules of the New York State    to review the official transcripts       into a new high-rise building in the     funding, as well construction            Legislature was perhaps best              face-time with various members
Comptroller, the Agency has failed     of public hearings which were            historic neighborhood of Harlem.         costs, are now just part of the story    described by NY StateAssemblyman          of Congress serving on various
to make annual reports to the Mount    conducted by the City Council              Since March 2008, the New York         and now includes both ongoing            Richard Brodsky, Chairman of              finance committees who may have
Vernon City Council and has failed     in February of this year and to          City Council has approved and            federal and state investigations on      the Committee on Corporations,            influence over the IRS and input in
to implement an effective tracking     comment on the testimony and             ratified the complete rezoning of the    a multitude of issues                                   Authorities          and   its special consideration for the NY
system for the administration of       evidence submitted.                      entirety of Harlem in order to level     where there is no                                       Commissions. “These        Yankees.
its PILOT (payments in lieu of           The full report is available in .pdf   up to 76 neighborhood businesses         shortage of actors to                                   decisions are being           But certain members of Congress
taxes) projects. The report further    format at                 as well as many residences, to           this drama. One would                                   made in secret, in these   believe that it would but set a
states that required supplemental                                               completely and forever change            think that the NY                                       Soviet-style meetings      terrible precedent for sports stadium
schedules to the Agency’s annual                                                the skyline of this once hallowed        Yankees’ new stadium                                    and it is outrageous.”     construction all over the nation
report which is filed with the                                                  neighborhood.                            would not necessitate                                   Brodsky             was    and that there was good reason for
State fail to properly identify and                                                 The rezoning will provide for        so many state and                                       referring to a meeting     reeling in the financial structuring
describe the PILOT projects being                                               the construction of buildings over       federal agencies and                                    between the NY             of such ventures, especially at a
administered by the Agency.                                                     20 stories high and is a boon for        investigations which                                    Yankees and Mayor          time when states are considerably
It was observed that the outside                                                big business looking to cash in on       include          nefarious                            Michael Bloomberg’s          strapped for cash.
accounting firm which performs                                                  lower real estate costs, especially in   characters involved in a script better   administration and its Economic                Among the amenities that the
the Agency’s annual audit did not                                               light of the present mortgage crisis,    suited for Broadway.                     Development Corporation office            NY Yankees claim they need the
certify that it employed the legally                                            and with property values in flux.          However, the new Yankee Stadium        during the month of June 2008.            additional financing for is a larger
mandated audit standards.                                                          That prior report also discussed      construction now includes the                 It was revealed that NYC is          video scoreboard. It is curious
   The Inspector General concluded                                              the parameters and arrangements of       issues of alleged graft within City      seeking relief from the Internal          as to why in June 2008 that the
that, based upon the sworn                                                      the initial public financing of both     Hall – including the former Giuliani     Revenue Service (IRS) to receive a        NY Yankees all of a sudden had
testimony of Agency officers                                                    new stadiums for the NY Yankees          administration – the hiring of state     special waiver from a law that the        a need to enlarge the scoreboard
and an inspection of the Exhibits                                               and the NY Mets, set to be ready         and federal lobbyists for both the       IRS amended in 2006 concerning            decided upon a few years earlier in
produced to City Council, it is                                                 for Opening Day 2009; and both           U.S. Congress and the Internal           the amount of tax-exempt bonds            its finalized plans. Could it be that
impossible to determine exactly                                                 beneficiaries of such funding.           Revenue Service, a state probe of        that may be allotted for the public       over the winter the Kansas City
how many PILOTs are active and                                                      But upon further inspection, in      construction fraud and violations,       financing of sports stadium               Royals installed a new scoreboard
their status. Three different lists                                             addition to the now realized and         a Manhattan District Attorney’s          facilities.                               at Kauffman Stadium, which is
of projects were presented listing                                              recently disclosed cost-overruns         Office racketeering investigation,           The Yankees’ argument is that         now the largest of its kind in North
from 7 to 15 PILOTS and the lists                                               by the NY Yankees, these rather          an FBI probe, the Seminole Indian        the amendment should be waived            America?
were never reconciled during the                                                complex, and in some cases               Tribe involvement – with its own         retroactive to 2004, when the             If there were not so many serious
hearings. Equally troubling was                                                 unorthodox arrangements extended         federal problems – and the lack of       original agreement with NYC was           issues involved in this whole matter
the apparent cavalier attitude of                                               the NY Yankees by the City of NY,        oversight by the NYC Economic            finalized. However, over $940             it certainly would be comical. But
some of the Agency’s key officials.                                             date back to former Mayor Rudi           Development Corporation, the             million in tax-exempt bonds have          this is past the point of comedy. It
The Treasurer testified that she did                                            Giuliani’s administration in the         NYC Buildings Department, the            already have been floated for             is but greed, abuse of power and
not implement a tracking system                                                 mid-1990’s.                              NYC Parks Department as well             Yankee Stadium alone.                     thievery in the dead of night put on
because it wasn’t her job and she                                                    And as recently as mid-June         as the NY Yankees’ own oversight            With the NY State Legislature’s        the backs of New York residents
could Are members the necessary                                                 2008, the Yankees are looking for        problems.                                shortfalls in its present annual          which has probable national
transactions without the need for                                               even more handouts from NYC and             In order to simplify, this part of    budget, Brodsky, among other              ramifications for all professional
a written tracking system. The                                                  New York State taxpayers; between        the series discusses the involvement     legislators, feel that the $60 – $70      sports franchises. It must thoroughly
Inspector General called this                                                   $350 – $400 million in funds -           of the New York State legislature as     million in lost NYC revenue, as the       be examined by all of the officials
very troubling and until a full and                                             bringing the total and final cost of     well as the IRS. Part 3 will delve       direct result of issuing more tax-        and agencies involved.
complete independent audit is                                                   the new Yankee Stadium to nearly         into the more involved details           exempt bonds, could be better spent          As we will see in the next report,
performed it cannot be determined                                               $2 billion, up from its current total    concerning NYC and the NY                on its infrastructure in desperate        you cannot make this stuff up!
                                                                                of $1.3 billion. Of the $2 billion,      Yankees organization and how both        need of repairs.
WESTCHESTER TIMES TRIBUNE                                                                                   JULY 24, 2008                                                                                                          PAGE 7

                          Economic Development • Government
         A New Plan Being       Summer               Mayor’s Column
        Devised to Save New     Message                                                                                                                                  By Mary C. Marvin
                                                                                                                                                                    Mayor of the Village of Bronxville

         Rochelle’s Armory                                                        From Page 1
                                                                                                                             In this year’s capital budget, there
                                                                                                                           is a line item under Public Works
                                                                                                                           for $75,000 to begin long needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                             professional municipal government
                                                                                                                                                                                                             for the 21st century. Improving
                                                                                                                                                                                                             our public works facilities is the
                             By Peggy Godfrey                                                                              facilities review and planning for                                                final piece in a long term effort to
                                                                                                                           our Department of Public Works                                                    upgrade Village owned buildings.
    Promising to have an alternate                                                                                         headquarters and garages located                                                      We are in the early stages of
plan for the Echo Bay development                                                                                          on Palumbo Place. Public Works                                                    discussion and redesign for the
by the next meeting of the Save                                                                                            facilities have not been updated                                                  Department of Public Works and
the Armory, Save New Rochelle                                                                                              since their construction in 1942. We                                              the Trustees wanted residents to be
Committee, Ron Tocci, co-chariman                                                                                          originally hoped that rehabilitation                                              aware of a sometimes unnoticed need
of the committee, clearly identified                                                                                       of public works facilities could have                                             in our Village. Preliminary thoughts
the need for a bank account where                                                                                          been incorporated in the Village         facilities in which to work and it is    include reconfiguring the space to
money collected can by placed.                                                                                             Hall renovation project. However,        time we did the same for our Public      improve efficiency. Public Works
David Litzky, father of Alex Litzky,                                                                                       the specialized planning required,       Works employees. We exist with a         Superintendent, Rocco Circosta,
who is hiking from New York                                                                                                the increased cost and most              most efficient department of only        is preparing recommendations to
to Maine to raise money to save          because retail is prohibited when                                                 importantly spreading our attention      23 gentlemen who manage to care          meet department needs.
the armory is distributing pledge        accessing PILOT (payment in lieu                                                  too thinly to keep all projects on       for our parks, water flowers and            Please be assured that Palumbo
forms.                                   of taxes) money. Lewis concludes         trash to the curbside themselves,        budget, convinced the Trustees to        trim trees in addition to collecting     Place will be reopened once
     The Committee to Save the           the city should open an ice facility     we would see a reduction in the          review the Palumbo Place complex         garbage,       recyclables,      grass   the school staff is relocated this
Armory is now an ad hoc                  within the armory and follow the         amount of motor fuel used and an         as a separate project. Our goals are     clippings and yard waste on a daily      Fall. With some intelligent planning
committee according to Tocci; and        terms of the deed. Lewis goes on         increase in worker productivity.         to give our valuable Department of       basis. Many of you know them and         and an eye on cost, we can update
everyone is welcome to attend            to say, “Although New Roc City           Obviously, homeowners are under          Public Works staff an efficient and      we are proud that they enjoy their       our facilities to make them more
the meetings. Several weeks ago          development and the armory are           no obligation to deviate from the        modern workplace.                        work, know the residents and make        environmentally friendly, efficient,
Tocci spoke to Abe Naparstek, the        not connected, it’s all connected        past practice which is allowed under        Housed in a very tight structure,     a career working for our Village.        safe, and most importantly provide a
representative of the designated         to me because Bramson clearly            Village regulations; however we          staffers have a lunch room, lockers           We also want to make sure           work place worthy of the gentlemen
developer of Echo Bay, about an          has forgotten who elected him and        believe that if a slight modification    and restrooms within feet of each        going forward that our facility          who help us every day.
alternative plan and Naparstek           he seems to be working for the           with regard to this practice works to    other. The roof has multiple leaks       is      environmentally      friendly,       With only 100 people working
wanted to see it to determine if it      developers, not the residents.”          occur we would witness a reduction       which our insurance carrier has          clean and safe to meet mandated          for your Village in all departments
makes economic sense.                        Discussion on how the armory         in the expense to the Village for the    directed that we fix immediately.        requirements.                            including police, public works,
    Peter Vasapolli, a member of         building should be used ensued.          purchase of motor fuel.                  The vehicle bays, now 70 years                 We are extremely proud of          parking and administration, the
the New Rochelle Youth Hockey            Jim Killoran, Director of habitat for       We also want to remind everyone       old, were constructed for 1940’s         the Library and Village Hall             Village has a lean, talented and
Program had been commissioned by         Humanities, noted that the deed said     of the responsibility (and the law)      vehicles and are too low and too         renovations. They are not only           dedicated staff that meets the ever
Mayor Noam Bramson to find a place       the building must be used for public     to separate household rubbish from       tight for the storage of any modern      attractive but they meet the needs of    increasing need of our citizens.
for the ice rink because Cappelli        purposes and it is those purposes        items which can be recycled. We          equipment. As a result, 80% of our
closed his ice rink, said he would       that must be enumerated. While           urge maximum recycling to assist         truck fleet must be stored outdoors
no longer be silent. Vasapolli said      the armory covers less than one-         the Village in reducing the cost         which is not only aesthetically
Parks and Recreation Commissioner        half an acre, the property contains 3    to dispose of trash at the County        unattractive to neighboring homes
William Zimmermann had told his          ½ acres, all of which should be for      transfer station. All of us can help     but reduces their useful life by 25%,
l00 member group a few years ago         public use.                              in reducing this cost by recycling       leading ultimately to more taxpayer
that the armory was the only place             Because many people don’t          paper, plastic, aluminum, metals,        expense in vehicle replacement.
the rink could be placed, but now        know what the deed to the armory         and junk mail from your household             Due to the tiny bays, many
the city is saying it is off the table   states, it was decided to create a       trash.                                   vehicles cannot be repaired on site
because of the Echo Bay proposal.        fact sheet on possible uses for the         This summer the staff is working      and the work our mechanics can do
  Ken Lewis who is also a member         armory such as an art or veterans        on several matters of importance.        must be done outside, regardless of
of the Local Hockey program has          museum, for dances, a convention         These       include      consideration   the weather.
trouble understanding how the city       center, tennis or basketball. While      of improvements in both the                  We have given our police and
can act in a manner that totally         Lou Felicione felt there were l,000      availability and the convenience of      administrative staff first rate
disregards its residents. The city       different uses for the armory, he felt   both on and off street parking. Right
purchased the armory property in         “respect” for those veterans that        now we are surveying commuter’s
1997 with a clear restrictive deed.      served there should be paramount.        opinions on some changes in this
They had an obligation to use the        Tocci added, “Saving the Armory          regard. For example, presently
armory for recreational purposes         means a plan incorporating 26            we are considering reducing the
and maintain its condition. Lewis        acres of waterfront.” He felt a          number of daily parking meters
equates a recent decision by The         strong summary is needed for a           available for commuters and
City of New Rochelle and its             flier to be distributed to the public.   offering an increased number of the
carefully selected IDA in granting       County Veterans Historian Ken            annual parking permits. We are also
additional tax incentives to New         Kvuetzer felt legal action may be        looking to add available metered on
Roc Associates as a nail in the          needed to stop the demolition of the     street parking along Main Street
coffin to local ice hockey players       armory.                                  for the convenience of shoppers.
on the school and youth level. The          The next meeting was announced        We have joined with the Town of
incentives amount to approximately       for Monday July 28 at the American       Greenburg and other villages in an
$25 million in tax breaks to be          Legion Post 8 Hall at 7:30 p.m.          effort to secure a lower competitive
used to reconfigure New Roc City,        Gene McLeer, Commander of the            price for the Village’s annual road
including closing the New Roc Ice        American Legion, said he expected        repaving program. These are just a
Rink. The city is skirting laws with     a lot of veterans to attend the          small representative sample of the
respect to the armory deed and also      meeting.                                 list of assignments we are presently
skirted the guidelines for IDA’s,                                                 working toward completion.
                                                                                    Let me close this letter by thanking
                                                                                  those Village residents whom
                                                                                  financially support Chemka pool
                  AKC Registered                                                  membership and a special thank
                                                                                  you to all who joined the dedication
                                                                                  ceremony of Kinnally Cove.
                                                                                  Summertime outdoor activities are
  English Bulldog, French Bulldog, English Mastiff,                               abundant in the Village. We are
      Bull Mastiff, American Eskimo, Papilon,                                     so very fortunate to have a wide
               Boxer,Yorkshire Terrier,                                           range of leisure time activities
                                                                                  for all age groups. Swimming,
                                                                                  fishing, tennis and hiking are just
                   with 1 year health certificate,                                a small representative sample of
                            Price: $580                                           the activities available. New for
                                                                                  our residents is the ability to access
                                                                                  the Hudson River. While we have
          Contact:                                    not yet posted the list of rules and
              Enclose your: Name, Address,                                        regulations governing the use of
                                                                                  the riverfront boardwalk, kindly
           Country of Residence, Phone Number                                     note that the sandy beach area is
                        Thank You                                                 intended for the launching of canoes
                                                                                  and kayaks and no swimming is
                                                                                        We urge residents to submit

                    Part Time Work                                                your suggestions for program
                                                                                  improvements and urge you to
                    ••••••••••••••••••                                            consider serving on the various
       We are looking for an Accounting/Sale’s                                    appointed committees which play
                                                                                  such a vital role in ensuring citizen
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      maintain your regular job and work for us.
           If interested you can email us at for more information.                                       Employment
                    Part Time Work                                                As part of our expansion program,
                                                                                       a small company is looking
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   As part of our expansion program, our company is                                    account managers and sales
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 looking for Part Time Work from home account man-                                month plus benefits and takes only
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                                       Government • People
 Change in Human Rights               Parking        Georgene Mongarella Becomes
  Law Extends County                Lots Spaces President of the White Plains Rotary
  Services to Thousands Waiting List                                                                                       WHITE PLAINS, NY -- The
                                                                                                                           White Plains Rotary, the largest
                                                                                                                           in New York State, has named
   Helps Save Money in City Budgets
                                    Submissions                                                                            Georgene Mongarella, owner of the
                                                                                                                           design firm The Color Schemer of
                           By Bill Ryan                                                                                    Scarsdale, NY, its new president.
      Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators
    Late last session, the Board of     case, if filed with the State, could
                                                                                                                             In true Rotary fashion, Mongarella
                                                                                                                           is deeply involved in her community.
Legislators passed my legislation
giving      Westchester’s    Human    in New
                                        languish there for years. And we all
                                        know that justice delayed is justice
                                                                                                                           She teaches her profession, interior
                                                                                                                           design, at the Scarsdale High
                                                                                                                           School, and serves on the Board
Rights Commission countywide            denied.
jurisdiction. This month that law,
which ensures all our residents
                                     RochelleBut our Westchester County
                                        Commission is one of only two that
                                                                                                                           of Architectural Review, also in
                                                                                                                           Scarsdale. She chaired the Scarsdale
equal access to justice, took effect.   can handle cases from beginning to         NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The City            Showhouse in 2005 which worked
   This means if you’re one of the      end without state involvement. So it       of New Rochelle has announced the       to preserve the Rowsley Estate
nearly 460,000 residents living in      can bring about a quick resolution.        creation of waiting lists for parking   (home of the Scarsdale Women’s
municipalities with local human         Meanwhile, each local human                spaces in the City’s permitted lots,    Club.) She served on the Board of
rights offices—Yonkers, White           rights office can continue to exist        beginning August 1, 2008.               the American Society of Interior
Plains, Mt. Vernon, Mamaroneck,         as currently constituted. Their long         “The interest in permit parking has   Designers (ASID) for three years.
New Rochelle, Rye City and              years of expertise and ties to the         increased over the last few years,        She is on the Boards of United Way
Peekskill—you now have the option       community, along with their ability        and we have more demand than            of White Plains, the Westchester
to file a complaint with the County     to educate and make referrals,             capacity,” noted Parking Manager        Coalition of the Hungry and
Commission. Previously, you had         can only enhance the County                George Rainone. “This system will       Homeless and the Gift of Life
to use your local office.               Commission’s work.                         provide an equitable opportunity        (through Rotary 7230). She also
  This resolves a very big problem.       And here’s a note on fiscal impact.      for those interested in spots that      serves as a Trustee for the Scarsdale
For the most part, these local          For cities like White Plains, relying      open up.”                               Historical Society and volunteers
human rights offices have scant         on the County Human Rights                     Requests for placement on a         on design projects for terminally ill
resources and limited jurisdiction.     Commission to provide service to           waiting list may be submitted by        children through the Make A Wish
By state law, they must transfer any    local residents saves money in the         mail or email ONLY and will be          Foundation. .Mongarella is the
cases they can’t resolve through        city’s operating budget.                   entered on a first come, first served   personification of the Rotary motto,
discussion or mediation to the New          Want more information on the           basis. Requests should include the      “Service above self.”
York State Division of Human            Westchester County Human Rights            applicant’s name, address, home             “I am thrilled to be serving as
Rights for action. And that office      Commission? Give me a call at              and daytime phone numbers,              Rotary president this year,”she said,    Community Image Builder.               there for her in support of her goals;
is already significantly backlogged     (914) 995-2827.                            email address along with a first,       as strains of the tune, “To Dream            Her clients include six of the     her life’s goal is to make the world
with thousands of cases. Your                                                      second and third choice of lots.        the Impossible Dream” played in          New York Yankees, one New York         a better place. Those who know
                                                                                   Handicapped parking should also         the meeting room. Among other            Giant, and Nick Wolff of Century       her well think she is setting the bar
                                                                                   be noted.                               awards she has received, were the        21 Wolff, who sponsored her in         quite high for the rest of us.
     DiNapoli Completes                                                                Applicants will be registered
                                                                                   on all three lists and notified of
                                                                                                                           2007 ASID Presidential Award
                                                                                                                           and Westchester ARC’S 2007
                                                                                                                                                                    Rotary. She, and her husband Joe,
                                                                                                                                                                    reside in Scarsdale. He is always

    Tuckahoe School Audit
                                                                                   openings as they occur. Requests

                                                                                                                            Westchester Students Make University
                                                                                   may be sent to:
ALBANY, NY -- New York State            were significantly deficient. In
Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli          addition, district officials needed
announced his office completed
the audit of the Tuckahoe
                                        to improve the district’s procedures
                                        for monitoring and certifying the
                                                                                   SNAIL MAIL:
                                                                                                                                  of Delaware Dean’s List
Union Free School District.             payroll. After November 2006, the                                                  NEWARK, DE -- The following
                                                                                   George Rainone, Department of
    “My office’s audits of school       superintendent did not pre-approve                                                 University of Delaware students
                                                                                   Development, 515 North Avenue,
districts, charter schools and          overtime hours, and the district                                                   from your publication’s readership
                                                                                   New Rochelle, NY 10801.
BOCES help schools improve their        had no written documentation                                                       area made the 2008 spring semester
financial management practices,”        to show that overtime was                                                          Dean’s List. Named to the Dean’s
                                                                                   Submissions prior to August 1
DiNapoli said. “These audits are        authorized. Auditors also found                                                    List are full-time students with grade
                                                                                   will not be accepted. For further
tools for schools to make sure          that during the 2006-07 fiscal year,                                               point averages of 3.33 or above (on
                                                                                   information,   contact   Parking
proper policies and procedures          the district did not use the request for                                           a 4.0 scale) for the semester, with
                                                                                   Manager George Rainone at
are in place to protect taxpayer        proposal process or obtain written                                                 no temporary grades as of June 20.
dollars and provide students with       or verbal quotations when procuring
the best possible education.”           physical therapy and rehabilitation             Parking applications may be            Sabrina N. Ali, a Freshman
    Tuckahoe Union Free School          services for special education             obtained from the City Clerk’s          University Studies major in the
District – Internal Controls            students. In addition, officials did       office at 515 North Avenue,             College of University Studies,                 Melissa Christine Katz, a        the College of Health Sciences,
Over        Selected      Financial     not comply with its purchasing             New Rochelle, NY 10801 or               from    Yonkers,   NY    10705.          Senior English major in the            from Bronxville, NY 10708.
Activities (Westchester County)         policy by failing to obtain quotes         downloaded from the city’s website:           David Charles Bendet, a            College of Arts and Sciences,                Alison Elizabeth Ryan, a
      District officials made $1.2      prior to hiring five contractors                   Sophomore     Economics     and          from Tuckahoe, NY 10707.               Sophomore Anthropology and
million in budget transfers             for services totaling $456,680.                                                    Finance major in the College of               Sarah Winslow Meadows, a          Communication Interest major in
without board approval and the                                                                                             Business and Economics, from             Sophomore Chemistry major in           the College of Arts and Sciences,
district’s    accounting    records                                                                                        Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706.            the College of Arts and Sciences,      from Bronxville, NY 10708.
                                                                                                                               Noah Aaron Berger, a Senior          from Tuckahoe, NY 10707.                 Ashley Lynne Hofmann, a Senior
                                                                                                                           Psychology major in the College                   Jaimie Marie Allison,         Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional
                                                                                                                           of Arts and Sciences, from               a      Senior      Communication       Mgmt major in the College of
                                                                                                                           Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706.            and Sociology major in the             Human Services. Educ&Public
                                                                                                                                  Nicole Sarah Horne, a             College of Arts and Sciences,          Policy, from Eastchester, NY
                                                                                                                           Senior English major in the              from Bronxville, NY 10708.             10709.
                                                                                                                           College of Arts and Sciences,              Anthony Attinello, a Senior Health
                                                                                                                           from Hastings, NY 10706.                 and Physical Education major in

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                                People • Television
     Investment Banking Veteran Frank O’Hagan Joins Ridgewood Savings Bank
                                                               Senior Vice President James Korona Retires After 11 Years of Service
RIDGEWOOD, NY -- Ridgewood                                                          William C. McGarry, Chairman,    certainly be an important asset for   announced the retirement of James      Chartered in 1921, Ridgewood
Savings Bank announced the                                                        President, and Chief Executive     us in this area.”                     J. Korona, Senior Vice President       Savings Bank (www.ridgewoodbank.
appointment of Yonkers resident                                                   Officer of Ridgewood Savings          Frank O’Hagan commented, “I        and Chief Investment Officer after     com) is the largest mutual savings
Frank O’Hagan as Vice President                                                   Bank, said, “We are pleased to     am very pleased to have joined        serving the bank for more than 11      bank in New York State with $4.1
and Investment Officer.                                                           welcome Frank O’Hagan to the       Ridgewood Savings Bank and am         years. His retirement caps a 39-year   billion dollars in assets serving
    Mr. O’Hagan joins Ridgewood                                                   Ridgewood Savings Bank family.     looking forward to continuing its     career in banking, on Wall Street,     customers throughout the New York
with more than 25 years of banking                                                Investment is a core strength of   tradition of engaging in strategic    and in the secondary marketing of      metropolitan area.
experience. Previously, he was                                                    our community-focused bank.        and       successful   investment     mortgage loans.
Vice President, Investment Officer,                                               Frank brings considerable top      management.”
Business Development Officer and                                                  management experience which will       Ridgewood Savings Bank also
Loan Review Officer at Pamrapo
Savings Bank, a Bayonne, NJ-
based community bank. Prior to
working at Pamrapo, Mr. O’Hagan
provided securities investment and        Treasurer at Whitestone Savings
balance sheet management counsel          Bank.
to community banks throughout the             At Ridgewood Savings Bank,
                                                                                                  New Rochelle Rowing Club Fundraiser
New York metropolitan area as a           Mr. O’Hagan is responsible for the
Vice President at financial services      Bank’s investment portfolio of more
firms such as Tucker Anthony, Inc.,       than $800 million in mortgage-
Sandler O’Neill + Partners, LP            backed, agency and corporate
and Shay Financial Services, Inc.         securities. His position also                Enjoy a summer day with other canoeists and kayakers in friendly competition.
He also previously worked as an           encompasses management duties
Examiner-In-Charge at the Federal
Home Loan Bank Board and as a
                                          and serving as a member of the
                                          bank’s Asset Liability Committee.                                                          Win prizes!
     EUREKA Premiers on                                                                            Paddle across New Rochelle’s Waterfront
        SciFi Channel
                                                                                                            Barbecue on Pine Island to follow
                                                                                                                     for Participants and their Guests

                                                                                                        Individuals and Clubs Welcome!!!

Eureka is America’s favorite small        Dynamics. Her mission? Stream-
town of geniuses where the poten-         line Eureka’s scientific excesses for
tial for comedic catastrophe lurks        commercial gain - but she also ap-
around every friendly street corner.      pears to have ulterior motives.
The hit series returns to SCI FI for
its 3rd season with 8 all-new epi-
                                              New episodes will also resolve
                                          last season’s cliffhangers including
                                                                                                                            Saturday August 2, 2008
sodes beginning Tuesday, July 29 at       Allison’s answer to Nathan’s pro-                                                    Rain date: Sunday August 3, 2008
9:00PM ET/PT.                             posal and Henry’s fate as the man
  With Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson)       who betrayed Eureka in order to                                                     Sign in and coffee: 9:00 A.M.
now firmly installed as Eureka’s          save it. Zoe will join the workforce                                                                       at the
sheriff, there’s still much he doesn’t    and Deputy Jo Lupo’s struggle to
know about the goings-on at top
secret research facility Global Dy-
                                          find a man who can keep up with
                                          her will take an unexpected turn.                                           New Rochelle Rowing Club
namics - but each time havoc is un-       We’ll meet more of the Carter fam-
leashed it usually leads Carter back      ily when Jack Carter’s freewheel-                                            Hudson Park, New Rochelle, N.Y.
to the lab. The series also stars Salli   ing, new age-y sister Lexi (guest                 Fee for Kayakers (includes Picnic): $35 • Guest Fee for Picnic Only: $10
Richardson as Allison Blake, Joe          star Ever Carradine) comes to stay
Morton as Henry Deacon, Ed Quinn          with her brother and niece.                                                 RSVP: by July 27th
as Dr. Nathan Stark, Jordan Hinson          Co-creator Jaime Paglia and Char-
as Zoe Carter, Erica Cerra as Dep-        lie Craig (The X Files, Brimstone)
uty Jo Lupo, and Neil Grayston as         are Executive Producers and Tha-
Douglas Fargo.                            nia St. John and Bruce Miller are                For more information contact: Rich Bauer –
   Season three kicks off with a ma-      Co-Executive Producers. Eureka
jor shake up at Global Dynamics ar-       is produced by the NBC Universal
riving in the form of cutthroat busi-     Cable Studio.
nesswoman Eva Thorne a.k.a. THE
FIXER (guest star Frances Fisher).
Thorne is the new head of Global
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                                                                                                People • Sports
                                                                                        From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: I was intrigued        constituent elements than if they are   energy savings, cooling, beauty and      instance, suggests roofing surfaces
to hear that there were a number       concentrated downstream. In order       recreation,” he says.                    that reflect the sun’s heat so as to
of ways one could modify or            to achieve this goal, landscape         The U.S. Environmental Protection        reduce the urban heat island effect
construct a roof on a house or         architects have developed so-           Agency       (EPA)        encourages     while improving residential energy
office facility that would provide     called “green roofs,” which utilize     the creation of green roofs for          efficiency. According to the group,
great environmental benefit. Can       living plant matter and soil on top     mitigating the urban “heat island        “a cool roof reflects and emits the
you enlighten?       -- Bill Teague,   of a building in order to absorb,       effect,” whereby temperatures in         sun’s heat back to the sky.” Builders
                                       collect and reuse rainwater while       crowded cities can soar some 10          can check out CRRC’s website for
Menlo Park, CA
                                       preventing run-off. Many buildings      degrees Fahrenheit higher than           a database of information on the
                                       employing green roofs are able to       in less developed areas nearby.          radiative properties of various
   Most buildings are designed to      find abundant uses for the water        Other benefits, says the EPA,            roofing surfaces so as to make the
shed rain, and as such are built       they collect, from watering exterior    include: providing amenity space         smartest choice for clients and the
with hard, impenetrable roofing        plantings at ground level to flushing   for tenants (in effect replacing a       environment.
surfaces. As a result, rainwater       toilets inside.                         yard or patio); reducing building          Another quality that makes certain
bounces off and collects as runoff,    According to Steven Peck of the         heating and cooling costs due to the     roofs greener than others is how long
picking up impurities—including        Toronto-based non-profit Green          buffering effect of the plant matter     they last. Metal roofs are known to
infectious bacteria from animal        Roofs for Healthy Cities, green         and soil; filtering pollutants like      be relatively maintenance free and
waste as well as harmful pesticides    roofs can play an important role        carbon dioxide out of the air and        last longer than shingles in most
and fertilizers—on the way to          in maintaining ecological integrity     heavy metals out of rainwater; and       situations. Slate roofs also have
municipal storm sewers, which in       within otherwise paved over areas.      increasing bird habitat in otherwise     an excellent reputation for lasting
turn eventually empty out into local   “The roofscapes of our cities are the   built-up areas.                          long, although getting work done
bodies of water.                       last urban frontier—from 15 percent        Beyond going all out to build a       on them can be expensive when
    Minimizing this run-off means      to 35 percent of the total land         “living” green roof, certain inorganic   they do need repairs. The Slate
that more impurities will remain       area—and the green roof industry        materials can also make an existing      Roofing Contractors Association
in local soils where they can be       can turn these wasted spaces into a     roof greener. The non-profit Cool        reports that sea green slates can
broken down more easily into their     force for cleaner air, cleaner water,   Roof Rating Council (CRRC), for          last anywhere from one to two
                                                                                                                        centuries, depending on where the
                                                                                                                        slate is quarried and how well it’s
                                                                                                                        eventually installed.
                                                                                                                            CONTACTS: Green Roofs for
                                                                                                                        Healthy Cities, www.greenroofs.
                                                                                                                        org; CRRC,
                                                                                                                           Got an environmental question?
                                                                                                                        Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/The
                                                                                                                        Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box         Green roofs utilize living plant matter and soil on top of a building in
                                                                                                                        5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit it      order to absorb, collect and reuse rainwater while preventing run-off.
                                                                                                                        at:        Pictured: A green roof demonstration project at the Chicago Center for
                                                                                                                        thisweek/, or e-mail: earthtalk@             Green Technology. Photo by Andrew Ciscel, courtesy Flickr.

                                                                                                                          Call the WTT to advertise 914-562-0834

  East Hartsdale Farmers
   Market Live Outdoor
       Music Series
           Live Music and Entertainment at the East Hartsdale
                          Train Station Stage
           Saturdays in July, August, September and October
                           Performances (as of July 8, 2008)…

   July 12 th – Jonathan Flaks: One Dog, Man (Solo Performer)
         “A little bite of Classic Rock” – 10:00am to 2:00pm

   July 19 th – Lois Colin and the Westchester Harp Ensemble –
                         10:00am to 11:00am

          July 26 th – Charles Montgomery – 12 noon to 2:00pm

    August 2 nd – Julie Corbalis: Rock & Pop 1950’s to present –
                        10:00am to 11:30am
      Also; - Al Frankel, The Blues Dogs – 12:30pm to 2:00pm

      August 9 th – Solar Punch – Solar Powered Environmentally
                   Inspired Music with a Rock Flair

                September 6 th – Lois Colin (Time to be announced)

           September 13 th – Jonathan Flaks (Time to be announced)

   Octo ber 11 th – Ceasar Cantori – Emerging Jazz Artist (Time to be

                 We are looking for more jazz artists!
        Please contact Judith Be ville, Town Clerk at 993-1500
WESTCHESTER TIMES TRIBUNE                                                                                     JULY 24, 2008          PAGE 11

                                     Shifting Gears: Less is More - The Compact, Luxury SUV
                                                                                                              By Roger Witherspoon
  The moonless night sky was clear,      women into the Infiniti lineup.           button – the key itself stays in your
the mountain road winding through           In that regard, the EX35 is more       pocket or purse, and you can lock or
the Hudson Highlands just south          of a sedan with the higher styling        unlock the doors with the push of a
of West Point was dry and dark, it       of a crossover SUV. In that stance,       button built into the handle.
was the tail end of a very long day      it provides the higher ride than the         Like most SUVs, there is a lot
and for a change there were no deer      average sedan, though the interior        of room in the cargo area, and the
to break the monotony of the unlit       seems cozier than the wide open           rear seats can fold flat if additional
road.                                    space one expects to find in an           space is needed. But passengers in
  Presuming I was alert and awake,       SUV. And with a price tag of about        the rear need to be short or children
the solitude of the road should not      $45,500, it is aimed at both young        in car seats because the leg room is
have mattered. But suddenly there        professionals seeking luxury in           limited. And if the riders in the front
was a flashing light on the dashboard,   small packages and empty nesters          are tall, there is virtually no rear
the increasingly loud ringing of a       now able to spend money on                leg room at all. That lack of space
chime and an unseen hand began           their own creature comforts. For          in the rear might be acceptable
gently pushing the steering wheel        that kind of money, one might             in a sporty car like Infiniti’s G37
towards the left. That combination       reasonably expect more than a few         sedan, since sports car owners are
of events – particularly the ghost       conveniences in the EX35, and in          not really interested in passengers.
hand opposing mine on the steering       this case, the car delivers.              But one might expect more space in
wheel – caught my attention, and             Under the hood, the EX has a          a vehicle billing itself as an SUV,
I realized the car was drifting off      297-horsepower V-6 engine which           and the EX35 – despite its strengths
the right side of the road. I quickly    is strong enough to push the car          – could lose out to real sedans.
worked with the unseen hand to           to a top speed of 142, steep hills
steer the car back to the center of      included. There are few SUV’s             2008 Infiniti EX35 AWD
the lane, and broke the silence by       that one would attempt to push            MSRP: $45,415
finding Usher on the hard drive in       well into triple digits – aside from      EPA Mileage: 16 MPG City; 23
the car’s Music Box, cranked up          the Porsche Cayenne, Jeep Grand           MPG Highway
the sound from the 11-speaker Bose       Cherokee SRT, and BMW, which              Top Speed:       142 MPH
system and let his hard-driving          were designed for road racing. All        Performance/ Safety:
song “Yeah!” reverberate through         others threaten to roll over when         3.5-Liter,      aluminum       alloy,
the Hudson River Valley.                 the speedometer passes 80. But            DOHC V-6 engine producing 297
    Then, I gave a passing nod of        the smaller EX35, with traction           horsepower and 253 pound/feet
thanks to the safety engineers           controls rollover stabilizers, and        of torque; all wheel drive; 5-speed
at Infiniti – the upscale part of        18-inch wheels, is still a car – rather   automatic transmission with manual
Nissan – who designed an alert           than a small truck passing as a car       mode with paddle shifts; anti-lock
for drowsy drivers into the new          – and cruises in the low hundreds         brakes; snow mode; 4-wheel, power
EX35. It is one of many features         as easily and securely as any sport       assisted front and rear disc brakes;
which mark the EX35, a car billed        sedan.                                    double-wishbone front suspension;
in the Infiniti television ads as             Inside, the EX35 features soft       multi-link rear suspension; power
the personal, luxury SUV. And            leather seats – which are heated in       steering; traction control; security
personal is probably an appropriate      the front – and leather padding on        system with vehicle immobilizer;
term. The EX35 is shaped like the        the doors and dash. There is also         18-inch aluminum alloy wheels;
Infiniti FX45, the large, $50,000,       real maple wood trim throughout,          xenon        auto-leveling      front
“crossover” SUV which is nearly          instead of the usual amenity of           headlights; active front lighting
a foot longer. In length, the EX35       highly polished plastic painted to        system; fog lamps; intelligent cruise
is also a good six inches shorter        look like wood. There are touch           control; lane departure prevention
and its height four inches smaller       screen controls for the all functions,    and warning system; driver & front
than the Nissan Murano, the              which are definitely easier to use        passenger seat mounted, side impact
popular, $37,000 crossover whose         when driving than searching for           air bags; roof-mounted curtain side
nimbleness, comfort and styling          buttons or maneuvering a joystick.        impact air bags.
largely defined this segment of the      This is especially easy in you
car industry.                            want to change the navigation             Interior/ Comfort:
   It would be facile to say that the    orientation, or change songs on the       AM/FM/XM satellite radio; Bose
EX is the junior version of Infiniti’s   CD or stored hard drive and don’t         premium audio system with 11
venerated FX series, the mid-sized       want to push the buttons on the           speakers and 2 subwoofers; single,
SUV with the exaggerated wheel           steering wheel, which also control        in-dash, CD player; compact flash
wells, bold and aggressive stance        the audio or cruise controls.             slot; 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive;
and V8 engine cranking out nearly            The EX also features Bluetooth        touch screen navigation system;
400 horsepower which can run at          technology, and pairing phones is         voice activated navigation, audio,
high speeds over highways and            easy. Once the link is established        and phone; Bluetooth; tilt &
byways or zip across the mild off        the car automatically searches            telescope steering wheel; leather
road courses. The typical FX buyer       for, and finds the cell phone and         seats; power folding rear seats;
is a middle aged man, while the          reconnects as soon as the engine is       maple wood trim.
EX35 is intended to draw more            turned on. This is done with a push

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    • 5,300 Video Gaming Machines                                               • Live Entertainment                                   • Fine Dining                           • Live Harness Racing

                  Your staycation
          We’re giving away over $500,000 in cash and prizes.
                            It’s just another reason to come experience Empire City Gaming at
                             Yonkers Raceway. As if 5,300 video gaming machines, fine dining
                            and live entertainment weren’t enough. Make Empire City Gaming                                                                                                                      T:20.5 in

                                                            your staycation destination this summer.

                                                                   The Jackpot Next Door.

          EXIT 2 NY STATE THRUWAY                                                                                                                    EMPIRECITYGAMING.COM
          Must be an Empire Club Member. Visit a Promotions Booth for complete rules and details. Must be 18 years of age or older to play video gaming machines or wager on horses. Please play responsibly.

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