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Former Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, now a political commentator on CNN.

This rendering of Memorial Field shows how the tennis bubble overflows onto the track, making it impossible to recreate the track without its removal.

Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, center, was sworn in by New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore last month, with Underwood’s husband, Martin Halpern, holding the Tanach.

The 5,200 slots and video lottery terminals at Empire Casino will be sold to MGM by the beginning of 2019.

Congressman Eliot Engel with veterans and New Rochelle MayorNoam Bramson, State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Habitat for Humanity Westchester Executive Director Jim Killoran

and County Legislator Damon Maher at a Memorial Day ceremony in New Rochelle.

Supporters of the Green Light Bill which, would allow undocumented residents of Westches-ter the right to get driver’s licenses.

By Dan Murphy Six months after the blue wave of Demo-

cratic and progressive support rolled over Re-publican candidates in Westchester County, an analysis by some Republicans has begun about where the party is and how do they stay alive. Six months after his election loss in Westches-ter, former County Executive Robert Astorino

remains the county’s Republican voice. Astorino has left the political stage in

Westchester after serving eight years as county executive, only to lose his re-election badly to George Latimer last November. But there is no Republican voice in the county to take the place of Astorino.

By Dan Murphy The Mount Vernon City Council voted last

week to permit Westchester County to rebuild Me-morial Field, which has sat rotting and abandoned for the last six xxxxx years. The 4-0 vote by the council is basically an act of no faith in Mt. Ver-

non Mayor Richard Thomas, and his on-again-off-again plans to rebuild the legendary stadium and track.

“We feel that the mayor is not capable of the task,” said Councilman Andre Wallace after the

By Dan Murphy While this newspaper, and many other news-

papers across New York State, has been critical of the over-politicization of our government in Al-bany, this time Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature got it right with the appointment of Barbara Underwood to serve as attorney general of New York for the remainder of 2018, after another

Albany disgrace in the resignation of former Attor-ney General Eric Schneiderman last month.

Instead of intervening and attempting to ap-point one of their own, the Senate and Assembly confirmed Cuomo’s appointment of Underwood to become New York’s first female AG, who has im-peccable credentials, including no desire to run for

Last week, MGM Resorts International an-nounced the purchase of Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway for $850 million, in one of the largest real estate-business transactions in West-chester history.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Empire City to the MGM Resorts portfolio,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “This acquisition represents an ex-

cellent opportunity to further solidify our pres-ence on the East Coast and expand our reach into the high-density New York City region. We look forward to welcoming the Empire City team and guests to the MGM Resorts family.”

Part of the payment will be in the form of MGM stock, and the deal is also contingent on whether Empire City is awarded a license for

By Dan Murphy As two-thirds of Westchester County Demo-

crats will determine who will be the Democratic congressional representative for the 16th district on June 27, Congressman Eliot Engel faces a chal-lenge from two Westchester Democrats, Derickson Lawrence and Jonathan Lewis. Both have called Engel out for his 30-year history of service on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where Engel now serves at the ranking Democrat.

Lawrence and Lewis have challenged Engel with being “an interventionist” and supporting U.S. military involvements across the world. But in reality, Engel has used his position on the For-eign Affairs Committee to support Peace in North-ern Ireland, the State of Israel that includes a two-state solution, and speaking out against genocide around the globe.

Engel recently received the “Excellence in

By Dan Murphy As the State Legislature considers a bill that

would grant undocumented immigrants access to state driver’s licenses, the debate has now come into Westchester. The Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act would allow for all New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status, to obtain driver’s license at the Department of Motor Ve-hicles.

A large group of pro-immigrant advocates rallied in Albany last month to seek passage to the legislation.

“It will be a great step for New York’s im-migrants, who will be able to drive to and from work, open bank accounts, buy car insurance, and be less fearful when reporting crimes,” said Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition. “We are expecting to col-laborate with the state and our governor on the work that remains to be done with great interest.”

The pro-immigrant advocates cited the fol-lowing estimates:

The bill would raise $57 million in DMV

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County to Rebuild Memorial Field? We Hope So

Mt. Vernon City Council Votes ‘No Faith’

Meet NY’s New AG for 2018 – Barbara Underwood Everyone Still Wants to Be the Next AG

MGM Buys Empire Casino For $850 Million

The End of the Rooney Era in Yonkers Engel’s Support for Israel,

& a Two-State Solution

Should DMV Give Undocumented Immigrants Driver’s Licenses?

The Future of the GOP in Westchester

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Watch New York Liberty’s new star Kia Nurse at upcoming games at the County Center in White Plains.

The New York Lady Liberty of the WNBA have begun their season with games at the County Center in White Plains. Upcoming games at home include Sunday, June 10 vs. Indiana; Wednesday, June 13 vs. Las Vegas; and June 19 vs. Atlanta. For tickets and more information, visit countycenter.biz.

Celebrating female empowerment, Westches-ter County Executive George Latimer organized an outing to one of the fi rst New York Liberty games at the Westchester County Center. Surrounded by the female members of his administration, the group is coming together to cheer on the WNBA team that now calls Westchester County home.

“We are excited that a professional sports team has once again chosen Westchester County Center as its home venue,” said Latimer. “I look forward to watching the Liberty play its 22nd sea-son, and I think this provides a great opportunity

for all women in Westchester to see the Liberty team as powerful female role models.”

So far the Lady Liberty are two wins-two loses, with their star player Tina Charles averaging 23.5 point per game. A rising star on the Liberty is former UCONN great Kia Nurse, who was drafted in the fi rst round this year. As a rookie, Nurse is already averaging 19 point per game and is the Liberty’s second leading scorer.

A wonderful trade for the Lady Liberty to make would to bring Ossining superstar guard Shaniya Chong back home. Chong was playing for the Dallas Wings but was released last week. Chong would help put fannies in the seats at the County Center.

But now that we have a WNBA team – let’s support it, Westchester, and get out to a game. Two of the Liberty’s games will be played at Madison Square Garden.

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Westchester Collaborative Theater will host an exclusive area appearance Saturday, June 16 of the Vermont-based American roots band Low Lily, a two-time New England Mu-sic Awards nominee that has had two number-one songs on international folk radio and was voted number-one most wanted at the annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a popular event

held at the foot of the Berkshires for close to 30 years.

Low Lily will play sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m. General admission is $20. Cash bar and refresh-ments are available. Purchase seats online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3380868.

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Iona Prep Valedictorian Peter Calicchia, 18, of Tuckahoe, left, with Bro. Thomas Leto, Iona Prep president.

Iona Preparatory School held its 99th com-mencement exercises Thursday, May 24, at Iona College in New Rochelle. A total of 196 seniors graduated, having earned more than $29 million in merit scholarships, with an average award of $60,300. Of note, 7,500 service hours were amassed in senior year alone.

Visa CEO Alfred Kelly Jr., ’76, P’05,’12, of Rye, received the Alumni Award and spoke to the graduates about choices and consequenc-es – specifi cally, the choice to take Iona Prep

with them as they enter the next phases of their lives.

“I would strongly suggest that Iona Prep has gifted to you a number of great treasures: friends, values, study habits and Christ,” said Kelly. “All four of these gifts sound like, to me, gifts that keep on giving… and can be with you the rest of your life.”

This year’s valedictorian was Peter Calic-chia, 18, from Tuckahoe. The Salutatorian was Charlie Flanagan, 17, of Rye Brook.

Iona Prep Graduates 196 During 99th Commencement

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Cucumbers are in season and now you can grab them fresh from the farm. Hilltop Hanover Farm recently opened its farm stand, and will now provide fresh produce to Westchester County.

Shopping at the farm, patrons will fi nd cut fl owers, artisanal local products including honey and maple syrup, fresh herbs and more. Walking through the farm stand is unlike walking through any grocery store; the shop is homey and includes views of the vast farmland. If you have a question about your produce and want to see where it is coming from, you can do so right there and then.

“Supporting our local farms is important for our county,” said County Executive George Lat-imer. “By purchasing from the farm stand we are helping to keep Westchester’s farming history alive and enjoy delicious food. I encourage every-one to visit the farm, buy a bottle of maple syrup, and take in the sights.”

“We had a wonderful Farm Fest at Hilltop Hanover Farm celebrating the opening of our farm stand,” added Greg Brown a member of the Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm. “We are looking forward to a fruitful season producing healthy vegetables for our local community, and educating the public and schools about where their food comes from.”

*** This weekend’s events in Westchester County

Parks include:From Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10, Play-

land Park in Rye will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission and park-ing fees apply. For more information, call 914-813-7010 or go to Playlandpark.org.

On Saturday, June 9, Muscoot Farm on Route 100 in Somers will host “Morning Farm Chores” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. See if you have what it takes to be a farmer by helping out with the daily animal chores. The fee is $6 per person, or $20 for a family of four. Registration is required at 914-864-7286.

Also on Saturday, the Trailside Nature Mu-seum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River will host “Survive!” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join staff and other adventurous 10- to-12-year-olds to compete during the second annual Alternate Reality Game. The fee is $25 and includes all craft materials, code sheets and survival-rations. Regis-tration is required. 914-864-7322.

From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Kensico Dam Plaza, located at One Bronx Parkway in Valhalla will open its Grand Tasting Village. More than 50 local restaurants and more than 200 wines and spirits, along with chef demonstrations and a va-riety of food trucks, will create a gastronomic de-

light for food and wine lovers. All proceeds benefi t the Westchester Parks Foundation. The fee is $85, with a limited number of discounted tickets avail-able at thewpf.org. 914-231-4033.

In addition, Cranberry Lake Preserve on Old Orchard Street in north White Plains will host a ponding exploration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn about the critters that inhabit South Pond during a hands-on searching experience. 914-428-1005.

Also on Saturday, Read Wildlife Sanctuary at Playland Park in Rye will host “Eco-Avengers” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Meet live animals and learn how your actions affect them in their habitats with naturalist Anthony Cogswell. Sponsored by the Friends of Read Sanctuary. 914-967-8720.

The Marshlands Conservancy in Rye will hold a volunteer work project Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring work gloves and help spruce up the parking lot. Hand tools will be provided. 914-835-4466.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, Muscoot Farm in Somers will host an art exhibit from noon to 4 p.m. Works by local artist Dorothy Lorenze and friends will be on view in the Main House Gallery. 914-864-7282.

On Sunday, June 10, Muscoot Farm will host a farmers market from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Shop more than 20 unique vendors offering fresh pro-duce, cheese and a variety of local items. For a list of vendors, visit muscootfarm.org. 914-864-7282.

Also on Sunday, Bicycle Sundays will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Bronx River Parkway, which will close to vehicular traffi c for the exclusive use of cyclists, walkers, joggers and those with strollers, from the Westchester County Center to Scarsdale Road – a 13.5-mile loop. Park-ing is available at the County Center. 914-995-4050.

From 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Lasdon Park, Ar-boretum and Veterans Memorial on Route 35 in Somers will host a special conservatory tour. Take a tour of the tropical rainforest exhibit led by Las-don’s horticulturist and learn about rainforests, as well as tropical plants. Weekend admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets are sold at the Shop at Lasdon; the tour is free.

The Marshlands Conservancy in Rye will host “Insects in the Meadow” on Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Observe the life in the large meadow using hand lenses, nets and observation containers. 914-835-4466.

For more information about Westchester County parks and nature centers, visit parks.west-chestergov.com.

Farm Stand Opens at Hilltop Hanover Farm

Other Events Scheduled at County Parks

Hilltop Hanover Farm is a great place for an outdoor visit and a place to buy local, fresh produce.

Westchester County Executive George Lat-imer announced the appointment of 14 members to the LGBTQ Advisory Board, which includes les-bian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allies with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Latimer said: “I am eager to get to work with the LGBTQ

Board, to bring Westchester County up to speed on the issues that matter to the LGBTQ communi-ties,” said Latimer. “This dynamic group of peo-ple will be tasked with making recommendations about new legislation, services, programs, funding, or anything else these advisors feel is appropriate.”

Chairperson of the LGBTQ Advisory Board Christopher Oldi said the board looks forward to working with the Latimer administration on en-suring that the needs of LGBTQ Westchester resi-dents are being met throughout the county. “The advisory board is committed to having open and honest conversations with the new administration in order to provide any advice, guidance or assis-tance that is requested of the board,” he said. “We thank the county executive for his commitment to LGBTQ rights, and I appreciate being appointed to the board.”

The newly appointed LGBTQ Advisory Board members include:

Nicholas Calabro of Eastchester is the direc-tor of integrated care and health homes at Amida Care, a health insurance agency in Manhattan. Calabro is also a nationally certifi ed case manager for the Commission for Case Management, a New York State licensed clinical social worker and a state certifi ed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor.

Noel D’Allacco-Ammirati of Bronxville is the founder and president of Operation PROM, a not-for-profi t organization that provides free prom dresses and tuxedos to students in need. D’Allacco-Ammirati is also an active volunteer for a number of Westchester County non-profi t groups, includ-ing the Westchester County Diaper Bank and the Junior League of Central Westchester.

Nancy Dyer of Sleepy Hollow, is a clinical social worker at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, who also serves as a senior addiction counsel at the outpatient clinic, treating both adults and adoles-cents with substance abuse and dependence, and co-occurring disorders.

Pastor Jim O’Hanlon of Byram, Conn., is the pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Rye Brook. He is also an active member of Westchester United, which joins people of diverse faiths to address an array of important issues. O’Hanlon has been in-volved in the Evangelical Lutheran Church since 2000, and received a Master of Divinity as well as a Master of Sacred Theology.

Christopher Oldi of White Plains is the su-pervising attorney in the Yonkers offi ce of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, supervising all staff attorneys and support staff. He is also the creator of the LGBTQ Legal Project, which represents low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals in areas such as discrimination, housing, government benefi ts and family law.

Joann Prinzivalli of White Plains is the state director and founder of the New York Transgender Rights Organization, which has long advocated for the rights of transgender people throughout New York State, focusing on state and local-level trans-inclusive legislation. Prinzivalli received her J.D. from Saint John’s University School of Law, and is currently the chief counselor at Insignia National Title Agency.

Michael Sabatino of Yonkers is a Yonkers City Councilman and the founding member of the Yonkers Committee for Smart Development, a volunteer organization that advocates for civic economic gain while maintaining respect for the natural environment, social history and varied culture. He also staffs semi-annual LGBT college summits at the various colleges throughout West-chester County.

Danielle Shea of Pleasantville is a clinical social worker and a former administrative investi-gator at HeartShare Human Services in Brooklyn. She conducted investigations into allegations of abuse, neglect and mistreatment of adults with de-velopmental disabilities. Shea was also responsible for training HeartShare staff in gender identity is-sues.

Rachel Simon of North Salem is the associ-ate director of multicultural affairs and diversity programs, LGBTQQ coordinator, LGBTQA cen-ter director and professor of gender studies at Pace University. She advises student groups and trains campus departments to best serve LGBTQQAI students through one-on-one projects, program-ming and training.

Jim Stenerson of Yonkers is the executive director of the Faculty Center for Innovating Teaching and Professional Development at Pace University, as well as co-advisor of the college’s Gay-Straight Alliance Student Organization, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders.

Rob Hornak of Ossining, is the director of in-ternal audit operations at Mastercard. He has long maintained a leadership role with the LGBT em-ployee resource group at Mastercard, as well as at his previous places of employment – IBM, Ameri-can Express and DTCC.

Dr. James Young of White Plains is a social sciences professor and Rainbow Alliance advisor at Monroe College in the Bronx. The Rainbow Al-liance creates a supportive college community that is free of discrimination and harassment, and fo-cuses on topics such as coming out, family, dating, how to deal with hom*ophobia, study tips, organiz-ing safe spaces, and how to respond to sexism.

Sam Gomez-Despain of New Rochelle is a youth worker at the City of New Rochelle Youth Bureau, as well as program director of a number of New Rochelle community groups including My Brother’s Keeper, Network Youth Leadership and the New Rochelle Youth Council.

Vincent Fields of White Plains is a member of Westchester Young Democrats, and treasurer of the LGBTQ Caucus Chair. He is also a board member of The Loft: LGBTQ Community Services Center, as well as a volunteer at Feeding Westchester.

Author Amy Bass will speak about her new book “One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together” on Thursday, June 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Public Library, Grace Greene Baker Community Room, 28 S. First Ave. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Deborah Nel-son at [emailprotected] or 914-668-1840, ext. 231.

The Mt. Vernon Library is also looking for volunteers for Read With Me!, a new sum-mer reading program for children entering fi rst through sixth grade. The program will meet once a week for six weeks, pairing volunteers with children for one-to-one shared reading. Volun-

teers will listen and encourage the children to read, which promotes the love of reading while increasing literacy skills.

The sessions are Mondays from July 9 through Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. One training session is required on either June 25 or July 2, from 11 a.m. to noon. The training will take place at the Mt. Vernon Library.

If you are an adult or a high school student over the age of 16 who is interested in helping children with their reading program during this six-week program, contact the Children’s Room librarian at 914-668-1840, ext. 211, or stop by the Children’s Room Reference Desk for an applica-tion.

Applications will be accepted through July 1.

New Members Appointed To LGBTQ Advisory Board

Author to Speak at Mt. Vernon Library

The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy will host a guided nature hike June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Bye Preserve.

This short hike over moderately diffi cult terrain features rock formations and abundant ferns and mosses. Participants will learn how to read evidence of geologic history in the outcrops and boulders along the route, and re-ceive tips on how to identify the plants they see. Bye Preserve contains deciduous, riparian, and hemlock forests, and harbors locally rare

plants like Red elderberry and American blad-dernut.

The preserve is adjacent to the Mill River Gorge and a large privately-owned forested area that has been proposed for development. Hike leader Krista Munger will explain why protection and management are necessary to maintain habitat for wildlife in the region, and what you can do to help.

Register for the hike at [emailprotected] or 914-205-3533.

Hike at Bye Preserve

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A bomb-sniffing dog is not something you expect to see at a skilled nursing facility. For-tunately, his presence recently at United He-brew of New Rochelle was only a drill. Staged by United Hebrew in partnership with the New Rochelle Police Department, the “Code Orange” emergency drill put the nursing home’s disaster preparation plans to the test, while providing an opportunity for the NRPD’s Critical Incident Team and K9 Bomb Detection Unit to rehearse their own emergency response to the incident.

“United Hebrew is well-prepared for the unique circ*mstances involved in protecting elderly residents who may have limited mobil-ity and difficulty understanding what is happen-ing,” said Rita Mabli, United Hebrew’s CEO. The exercise was designed to test staff response to the “emergency” situation and to facilitate coordination between the facility, and local and county emergency resources in the case of such a disaster.

The mock scenario and drill were planned to meet rules set by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which mandate that health care providers must be prepared to handle all kinds of emergency situations.

The New Rochelle Police Department de-scended upon the facility after being called upon to investigate a “suspicious package” in the first floor lobby. Upon arrival, police were informed by nursing home staff about a backpack left in the lobby by a disgruntled employee who made threats before leaving the facility. The K9 unit performed a perimeter and article search, while a partial evacuation of the area took place. The police team determined there was no immediate threat.

“Our staff responded swiftly, and our local police department worked efficiently to defuse the situation,” says Rita Mabli, president and CEO of United Hebrew. “We’re all pleased by the results of the drill, which ensures we are well prepared to reinforce the safety of the residents in our care.”

The Critical Incident Unit that responded

to the mock threat included six police officers and Valor, a German Shepherd K9 explosive bomb detection dog with seven years of experi-ence. The unit is one of three critical emergency services units at the NRPD, ensuring the depart-ment is always ready to respond to high-intensi-ty situations, according to Salerno.

“This drill worked because it not only helped one of our partners in the community, it benefits our department, as well,” said Sgt. Joe Salerno, team leader in the Critical Incident Unit at NRPD. “It’s a great proactive training exer-cise for us to do together and better prepares us for the future. Residents are reassured that Unit-ed Hebrew has the proper measures in the place to handle any type of emergency.”

This was not the first time United Hebrew practiced a coordinated response to an emergen-cy situation, according to Mabli. Her staff has also rehearsed what to do in an active shooter situation, how to handle a plane crashing into the building, and how to contain a chemical spill. United Hebrew also provides regular in-service training for its staff on situations particu-lar to the care of an aging population, such as the wandering of residents diagnosed with Al-zheimer’s or dementia.

According to CMS, the rules apply to 17 different types of health care providers, includ-ing hospitals and long-term care facilities. Pro-viders must adhere to four best practice stan-dards: developing an emergency plan, creating a communications plan, having a training pro-gram, and developing appropriate policies and procedures. United Hebrew is well-prepared to meet the mandate, according to Mabli.

“We’re ready,” he said. “Advance planning is essential to caring for our seniors. Our resi-dents’ health care needs don’t stop when disaster strikes, so time we spend anticipating and pre-paring for emergencies is time well spent. We do everything we can to protect our ‘family,’ and that is how we think of our residents.”

For more information, call 914-632-2804 or visit www.uhgc.org.

Mount Vernon Kiwanis recently an-nounced the formation of the new Mt. Vernon “STRONG” Key Club. The two Kiwanis clubs will hold their first joint service project, a pan-cake dinner, Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the gymnasium of Sts. Peter and Paul and Saint Ursula Church to raise funds to send as many as 15 Mt. Vernon youngsters younger than 13 for a week at Kamp Kiwanis.

“Students Taking Responsibility and Own-ership Now and Graduating” is a group of tal-ented junior and senior high-school students who will be shepherded by their Kiwanis facul-ty advisor and former Mt. Vernon High School Key Club member Candice Offutt. She will be assisted by Mt. Vernon School District repre-sented by Kiwanis members Donna Jackson and Jeanne Casino, who are also former MVHS Key Club members.

The first Key Club in the city of Mount Vernon was founded in 1956 and its mem-bers over the years have included Westches-ter County Executive George Latimer, Village People performer Alexander Briley, and Ninth

Judicial District Justice James Hubert.Dr. Sherry Ward, the district’s adminis-

trator for career and technical education, will also provide support for the Key Club’s service leadership projects.

About a dozen children ages 8 to 11 have already been identified by their school coun-selors in the Mt. Vernon City School District on the basis of need for a once-in-a-lifetime, one-week rural camping experience that Ki-wanis provides at its accredited upstate camp in Taberg, outside Utica. They will leave by bus Sunday, July 8.

“We are happy to sponsor a Key Club once again in Mt. Vernon so Kiwanis can continue to inspire service leadership in our Kiwanis family,” said Kiwanis Club President Geral-dine Christiana. “How wonderful it is that the older students are helping younger children in Mt. Vernon by raising funds for them to enjoy a week in an upstate summer camp.”

For more information about the pancake dinner fundraiser, contact Christiana at [emailprotected].

The New Rochelle Police Department stages a “code orange” drill at United Hebrew.

United Hebrew of NR Partners With Police for Disaster Drill

New ‘STRONG’ Key Club Supports Kiwanis Fundraiser

Statewide Abstract Corporation hosted its first charity golf outing to benefit St. Jude Chil-dren’s Research Hospital on May 21 to support its ongoing mission of never charging families of sick children for treatment, travel, housing or food. More than 100 golfers turned out to enjoy golfing at the beautiful Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains and support St. Jude. Thanks to the golfers and the multiple sponsors, the out-ing raised $55,000 for the cause.

“On behalf of the children and families of St. Jude, we thank you for your support of our mis-sion,” said a spokesperson for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Contributions like yours are critical to the life-saving work taking place at the hospital. We are grateful to our friends from Statewide for the incredible time and effort they put in to coordinating this day of fun and giving. We look forward to seeing you all again soon and thank you for joining us in our mission of finding cures and saving children.”

Sponsors for the event included Rev Design, Elite Floors Inc., Scott Rogenar of Dean Ma-sonry Supply, Fidelity National Title Group, PKF O’Connor Davies, First American Title Insurance Co., Stagg Group, Hudson Search, Ed Albano and the Michael Edmond Team at Keller Williams, Shawn Conly of Loan Depot, Asset Preservation Inc., Stephen Hoppe Land Surveyor, Webster Bank, Universal Engineering Services, Stew-art Title, MVR Insurance Agency, the Tamarack

Foundation, Donald Braun Esq., Aries Wine & Spirits, ASAP Mortgage, Rowan Land Surveying, and J. Burke Capital Partners.

“We are truly humbled by the success of this event and all those who came to golf, as well as our generous sponsors,” said Kenneth Meccia, president of Statewide Abstract in White Plains. “We know it is all thanks to the relationships we build every day with friends and colleagues alike. We are looking forward to hosting this event again next year and for years to come.”

Statewide is a leader in the title insurance business, with a rich heritage built nearly 40 years ago by the Meccia Family. Jim Meccia, board chairman, founded Statewide in 1979 and built the company on principles that still characterize the business today: “Stay close to the client and be a good listener. Our job is to make their job easier and effortless.”

Statewide began with four employees and a small office in White Plains and as the real estate market continued to prosper, the company suc-cessfully grew in response to the emerging needs of both long-term and new clients. In 2007, the company expanded and opened an office in Man-hattan, as well.

Statewide Abstract (www.statewidea.com) has offices in Westchester at 202 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; and in Manhattan at Rock-efeller Plaza. For more information, call 914-683-5900.

Statewide Abstract Corp. Golf Event Raises $55K for St. Jude

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Malachy McCourt

The Untermyer Performing Arts Council and the American Irish Association of Westchester County will sponsor a panel discussion and book signing with acclaimed Irish American authors Malachy McCourt and C. S. Farrelly on Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m. in the Cola Community Center at Untermyer Park, 945 N. Broadway, Yonkers.

The guest authors will participate in a ques-tion-and-answer session about the influence of American-Irish culture on their latest literary re-leases, “Death Need Not Be Fatal” (Hachetter Book Group) and “The Spephed’s Calculus” (Ca-van Bridge Press). Bob Stauf, host of the Yonkers Emerald Focus television program and longtime American Irish Association leader, will moderate the program. Light refreshments will be served.

Born in New York and raised in Limerick, McCourt is the author of several books and the sibling of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt. The Washington Post calls his newest publication “A wake in book form” and say it is “chock full of tales that are quite funny even when – maybe especially when – they deal with death.”

Farrelly’s debut novel is a fast-paced po-litical thriller examining what happens when cor-nerstones of U.S. identity – religion and capital-

ism – clash with its principles of justice. Mystery Tribune calls it “compulsively readable fun” that “asks serious questions about the nature of power.” A former resident of Yonkers and board member of New York’s annual first Irish Theatre Festival, Farrelly now lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

The American-Irish Association of West-chester is a 43-year-old organization, the premier Irish-American Association of Westchester, and annually promotes scholarships for member fami-lies, hosts Irish Heritage Day each summer and an honoree dinner dance each fall. Its primary goal is to keep the Irish-American tradition alive in West-chester County.

The Untermyer Performing Arts Council is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to continu-ing the tradition of Minnie and Samuel Untermyer, bringing musical entertainment to the treasure of a park and the people of Yonkers throughout the year. For information on this or future programs, contact Untermyer Performing Arts Council at 914 375-3435.

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By John Buckley, Esq.The days and weeks

following your death will be extremely upsetting and stressful to your loved ones. As an estate attorney, I can tell you that a ma-jor contributor to survivor stress is having to search the deceased’s home to locate critical legal and financial records. Here’s a checklist of the type of documents you should or-ganize in an easily found “Bucket List” folder:

a. Your Last Will and Testament – the original is needed to probate your estate. Remember, if you make copies of the Will, do not remove staples from the original. A disassembled or re-stapled Will causes problems in Surrogate Court.

b. Trust Documents – if you have created a Trust, place the trust document in your folder along with supporting documents like Letters of Appointment and Pour Over Wills.

c. Deeds – remember to include your house and cemetery plot deeds as well as deeds for all out-of-state properties in your folder. Don’t for-get time share ownership documents.

d. Ownership titles to your automobiles.e. Stock certificates, bonds and U.S savings

bonds.f. A list of all bank accounts, with bank

names and branch addresses, account numbers as well as user names and log-in passwords, if internet based.

g. A list of safety deposit boxes.h. A list of open mortgages and credit cards

with lender or issuer names, account numbers and telephone contact numbers.

i. Copies of your life insurance policies, the policy carrier and the name and telephone num-ber of the agent through whom you purchased the policies.

j. A list of your IRA’s, 401(k) and/or 403(b) accounts, and private pension documents.

k. Copies of annuity contracts, including the issuing insurance company and agent contact

names and telephone num-bers.

l. Copies of your tax returns for the past seven years as well as the names, addresses and telephone numbers of your tax pre-parer and accountant.

m. Copies of your homeowner, umbrella and business insurance policies with agent names and tele-phone numbers.

n. Copies of partner-ship and corporate operat-ing agreements.

o. Proof of loans you may have made, the amounts unpaid and the names, addresses and tele-

phone numbers of the persons to whom you have made the loans.

p. Documentation showing loans you may have taken from private parties and any other private party to whom you owe money. Include the names, addresses and telephone numbers of anyone to whom you owe money.

q. Copies of your marriage license and di-vorce decrees.

r. A list of your memberships in unions, church groups, veteran and fraternal organiza-tions.

s. A list of important documents, informa-tion and photos stored on your computer with log-in names and passwords.

t. Obituary information. Make sure you list the things you know your kids will forget. Awards, organization memberships, the name of long deceased parents and siblings, even the names of pets you loved can be placed in your obituary.

Your foresight in assembling the bucket list will be a comfort to your family and will facili-tate the distribution of your belongings to the per-sons to whom you intend.

This article is written by a member of the Oxman Law Group, PLLC (www.oxmanlaw.com). Any comments or inquiries are welcome and can be directed to Marc Oxman at 914-422-3900 or [emailprotected].

The Lawyer’s Desk: The Ultimate (Kick the) Bucket List

John Buckley

“The Cooling Effects of Vertical Greenery,” “the Genetics of Melanoma” and “Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease” were just three science research posters presented by Regeneron STEM scholars at the inaugural Yon-kers Partners in Education/Regeneron STEM Symposium on May 29.

The evening program was kicked off by YPIE Regeneron STEM Scholars Manager Jake Scho-field who thanked Regeneron, a leading biotech-nology company based in Tarrytown, for its gener-ous sponsorship and explained the unique science research program, including the dedication it takes for students to participate in such a demanding program after school in addition to its other re-sponsibilities.

YPIE Executive Director Wendy Nadel ac-knowledged the posters around the room and mar-veled at the students’ progress since they were ac-cepted into the prestigious program last year.

“You have the opportunity to create new knowledge and that’s what you’re doing here to-night,” said Sam Wallis, YPIE chief program of-ficer to students. Last Spring, with support from Regeneron, YPIE began the YPIE Regeneron STEM Institute, a four-year science research initia-tive enabling academically ambitious, low-income students to participate in original science research, similar to their peers in more affluent school dis-tricts.

Working alongside mentors from STEM fields, Regeneron STEM scholars are conducting research on a topic of their choice with the ultimate goal being participation in regional and national science competitions. Potoula Gjidija, Regen-eron’s associate director of corporate citizenship, called the inaugural symposium “a celebration of the YPIE/Regeneron shared mission to inspire young minds and advance the future of science.”

Regeneron is dedicated to inventing life-transforming medicines by investing in scientific

research and technology. Before introducing the two featured student speakers, Gjidija explained the dearth of science research opportunities in the Yonkers Public Schools and the hope that the YPIE program can be a model for other low-income com-munities in the region and throughout the country.

Hazel Montes, a 10th-grader from Roosevelt High School, admitted she was nervous about the workload when accepted into the YPIE Regener-on STEM Institute. But she’s grateful for all she’s learned – not only about her research topic, kidney transplants and chimerism – but also about how to organize her time. With her parents looking on proudly, Montes shared her hopes of becoming a medical researcher in a children’s hospital one day.

Perpetua Uduba, an 11th-grader from Yon-kers High School, originally was worried that there were too many topics already being explored. But after extensive research, she realized how much there still is to be done. Uduba will be testing how to cool urban areas with vertical greenery walls, an especially relevant topic given the rising tempera-tures and the city where she lives.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Dr. Rich-ard Torres, an inspiring senior staff scientist at Re-generon who shared his personal journey growing up with immigrant parents, attending an under-resourced high school in the Bronx, and working multiple jobs throughout college to support him-self. He credits his enduring love of science, his hard work and his caring parents for his success today.

“No road is blocked; keep your grades up and you can do whatever you want to do,” Torres encouraged before taking questions from eager scholars and their parents.

To find out more about the YPIE Regeneron STEM Scholars Program, and how you can be-come a mentor or make a donation, contact Wendy Nadel at [emailprotected]

Legislator John Testa was joined by his legislative colleagues recently in unanimously passing a bond act in the amount of $3.9 mil-lion for major rehabilitation work at George’s Island Park in Montrose. The legislation was an amendment to a previous bond act in the amount of $210,000, which was for the design phase of the George’s Island project.

Some elements of the rehab include design and construction of two playgrounds and picnic areas that will replace the existing ones. The new playgrounds will conform to current ac-cessibility standards. Another major element of the project will be the rehabilitation of the boat launching docks, which were last renovated nearly 20 years ago. The sanitary septic systems that service the comfort station buildings will be completely rebuilt. The septic system is a criti-cal piece of the island’s infrastructure in protect-ing the Hudson River.

The funding will also allow for the restora-tion of the peninsula shoreline, drainage work, landscaping and other associated site work. The work will take approximately one year from be-ginning to end and will start once the bidding

and contracts process is completed.Following the passage of the bonding, Tes-

ta, who was a member of Westchester County’s Parks Board from 2012 to 2018, said: “George’s Island Park is a really wonderful part of West-chester County’s parks system and I am very happy to see this rehabilitation project coming to fruition. My family and I have made a lot of memories and had a lot of fun at George’s Island over the years – as have many Westchester fami-lies. As a legislator and a former member of the Parks Board, I feel very fortunate to be a stew-ard of our parks, which contribute so much to our quality of life here in Westchester County.”

George’s Island Park is a 208-acre water-front park offering magnificent views of the his-toric Hudson River. It contains tidal wetlands, a fresh water pond and wooded trails, and pro-vides boat access to the Hudson River, as well as areas for nature study and picnicking. In win-ter, it is a favored spot for viewing eagles on the Hudson. A trail network links it to the Hudson River Greenway. This park has archaeological significance and sensitive natural areas, espe-cially along the shoreline.

Regeneron & YPIE Team Up For STEM Symposium

George’s Island Park to Get $3.9M in Upgrades

YPIE-Regeneron STEM students Citlalli Rojas and Aishe Samadder, with an admirer of their submissions.

George’s Island Park, a hidden gem in the Westchester parks system, will get $3.9 million in upgrades.

Op-Ed: How Public is the NR Board of Education?

By Peggy GodfreyAt most public meetings the New Rochelle

Board of Education has a habit of holding ex-ecutive sessions for an hour, usually before their public meeting. Although some general topics such as personnel matters are usually cited as reasons before the board enters into the closed sessions, questions about the necessity of such frequent secret meetings have been raised by members of the community at their public meet-ings.

School boards set polices for the public schools and the superintendent of schools is charged with following these policies. Of course, the board of education can follow recommenda-tions of the superintendent of schools, but they should also initiate new policies and mandates based upon local public concerns raised.

In the last year in New Rochelle, several crises have had to be addressed by their elected board of education members. While there have been some recent resignations of board of edu-cation members, the recent killing of an off-campus student during the school day which prompted the assignment of police presence in and near the New Rochelle High School build-ing, highlights this concern.

A recent school board meeting attracted an enormous number of people who spoke out with great concern on recent events. One recent board of education resolution was the hiring of a violence coordinator and the initiation of an independent Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth. But when a dearth of school board members fail to openly comment on residents’ concerns (as was evident before this hiring took place), the inevitable conclusion is that these board members either don’t care, don’t want the public to know how they feel on the topic under discussion, or how to address the public.

The board of education is a public body that obviously has found ways to keep their

views private. And their hiring of a violence co-ordinator does not decrease their accountability on these problems. Indeed, the present practice of this board of education is to only allow the president of this board to speak to groups, clubs and at meetings. Why has no present board of education member publicly objected to this practice?

It should be noted that during the election process each year, at least a few of the school board candidates express their commitment to transparency, and pledge to represent the public after the election. But it seems after the elec-tions there has been no visible increase in public discussion or disclosure by board of education members. “Running (and winning) is every-thing” appears to be the most important out-come.

Residents who are old enough to remem-ber how people of New Rochelle in the early 90s wanted to change from an appointed school board (by the mayor) to an elected school board. This change was made. Now this elected meth-od of selected school board members has been clouded by the present mayor (Bramson) who gives financial support from his campaign fund to certain school board candidates (who usually win). While this is perfectly legal, it appears to blur the line between elected and appointed school board member selections.

Has New Rochelle become a one party-controlled city? This is a difficult question to answer because of an extremely large number of enrolled Democrats in the city. Do the vot-ers who are not Democrats know this mayor has given financial aid to school board candidates? The recent New Rochelle school budget pro-posal did not pass, and another budget vote is scheduled in June.

Many questions remain about the public’s view of the school budget so, hopefully, there will be more discussion before this vote takes place June 19.

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the offi ce in November. “I am honored to serve the people of New

York as acting attorney general,” said Underwood after taking the oath of offi ce from NYS Chief Judge and Westchester resident Janet DiFiore. “The work of this offi ce is critically important. Our offi ce has never been stronger, and this extraordi-narily talented, dedicated, and tireless team of public servants will ensure that our work continues without interruption.”

The New York Times got it right when it said of Underwood, “It is not much of an exaggeration to say that Ms. Underwood, after nearly fi ve de-cades in the law, has seen and done it all.”

Underwood was appointed New York solici-tor general in January 2007. Prior to her appoint-ment, she served as counsel and as chief assistant to the United States attorney for the Eastern Dis-trict of New York. From 1998 to 2001, she was the acting solicitor general and principal deputy solicitor general of the U.S. She has held executive positions in the Queens and Brooklyn district at-torney’s offi ces and served as a trial attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Offi ce.

She has argued 20 cases in the United States Supreme Court, as well as many cases in the state and federal courts of appeals. She has served as chair of the Executive Committee and chair of the Council on Criminal Justice of the New York City Bar Association. She was professor of law at Yale Law School, visiting professor at New York University School of Law, and adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. She was a law clerk to Chief Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Justice Thur-good Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. She re-ceived a B.A. from Harvard University (Radcliffe College) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated fi rst in her class.

The last three attorneys general of New York State were political-prosecutors, and two of them – Andrew Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer – went on to run and serve as governor. Underwood brings no political ambition or desire for the public spotlight to her post, which we welcome.

“We have a mandate to enforce the laws pro-tecting people against discrimination, protecting workers, protecting against pollution,” she said. “And at a moment when all of those protections seem to be under attack at the federal level, it feels especially important and satisfying. But I don’t bring an alpha-male personality for sure. I think I bring the ability to bring people together and get consensus and offer help and guidance that doesn’t threaten them. Is that because I’m a woman? I don’t know. But it feels connected to something a lot of women are socialized to do, which is to help rather than compete.”

It was also a breath of fresh air to hear sena-tors and Assembly members praising Underwood regardless of party. For once, New Yorkers ap-pointed a statewide offi ce-holder without any bit-ter debate.

“Since being appointed to the committee that oversaw the candidate interviews, I have main-tained that this is about qualifi cations,” said State Sen. Terrence Murphy. “For that reason, and after

carefully examining all who stood to serve our state, Barbara Underwood rose above the rest. I wish her the best in this role and I know she will serve New York admirably.”

State Sen. Shelley Mayer added: “It was my honor to vote in favor of confi rming Barbara Un-derwood as the new attorney general for New York State. Attorney General Underwood brings with her an unparalleled breadth of experience. I was glad to be a part of a historic moment for the state as we saw the confi rmation of our fi rst female at-torney general.”

AG Underwood will also serve as an im-portant check and balance to President Donald Trump’s administration and whatever the future holds. On the recent presidential pardon of Con-servative journalist Dinesh D’Souza, Underwood stated: “President Trump’s latest pardon makes crystal clear his willingness to use his pardon power to thwart the cause of justice, rather than ad-vance it. By pardoning Dinesh D’Souza, President Trump is undermining the rule of law by pardoning a political supporter who is an unapologetic con-victed felon. First it was Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Then it was Scooter Libby. Now it’s Dinesh D’Souza. We can’t afford to wait to see who will be next. Lawmakers must act now to close New York’s double jeopardy loophole and ensure that anyone who evades federal justice by virtue of a politically expedient pardon can be held accountable if they violate New York law.”

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission announced that the rollback of net neutrality will offi cially take effect June 11, with Underwood stating: “A free and open internet is critical to New York, and to our democracy. The re-peal of net neutrality would allow internet service providers to put their profi ts before the consumers they serve and control what we see, do, and say online. This offi ce has proudly led the suit to block this illegal rollback of net neutrality – and we cer-tainly won’t stop now. We look forward to making our case in court.”

With Underwood not interested in running for AG in November, several Democrats continued to express interest in running for the statewide offi ce. However, Cuomo put his imprint on who he thinks should be the next AG, by endorsing New York City Public Advocate Letisha “Tish” James as the Democratic nominee.

James, who will be the fi rst African-American female to run statewide, will now run on a NYS Democratic Party-endorsed slate of Cuomo for governor. Kathy Hochul for lieutenant governor, and James for AG.

Cuomo’s support for James has dampened the hopes of some with Westchester connections from running for AG. Westchester resident and former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara never threw his name into consideration but has still not ruled out a run.

Bharara is currently a professor at NYU Law School and has a weekly podcast called “Stay Tuned with Preet.” If he were to run, Bharara has the support of the Reform Party and its chairman, Guardian Angels founder and radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa.

Westchester Assemblyman Tom Abinanti and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who repre-sents northern Westchester, had both expressed an interest in running before the State Democratic Convention at which James was nominated.

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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE PLANNING BOARD THE VILLAGE OF TUCKAHOE, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the PLANNING BOARD, of the Village of Tuckahoe, will hold a public hearing on TUESDAY EVENING, AT 7:30 PM on: June 19th, 2018 At the Village Hall, 65 Main Street, Tuckahoe, New York to consider the application of: Power Learning Residing at 273 Columbus Ave This property is located at: 273 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY 10707 And is also known as SECTION: 42 BLOCK: 9 LOT: 15 The nature of the application is for certificate of occupancy. All interested parties are urged to attend this public hearing at which time they will be afforded the opportunity to express their views and or submit written communication to the Village Clerk of The Planning Board, 65 Main Street, Tuckahoe, NY 10707 Date: 5/2/2018

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Seniors and Health Care

By Elias HagosSocial Security District Manager, Yonkers

Retirement doesn’t have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn’t have adequately sup-ported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or desire, choose to work part-time or seasonally to supplement their retirement income.

Retirees (or survivors) who choose to receive Social Security benefi ts before they reach full re-tirement age (FRA) and continue to work have an earnings limit. In 2017, the annual earnings limit was $16,920 for those under FRA the entire cal-endar year. In 2018, it is $17,040. If you earn over the limit, we deduct $1 from your Social Security monthly benefi t payment for every $2 you earn above the annual limit.

In the calendar year you reach FRA, which you can check out at www.socialsecurity.gov/plan-ners/retire/ageincrease.html, you have a higher earnings limit. Additionally, we will only count earnings for the months prior to FRA. In 2017, the limit was $44,880. In 2018, it is $45,360. In the year of FRA attainment, Social Security deducts $1 in benefi ts for every $3 you earn above the limit.

There is a special rule that usually only applies in your fi rst year of receiving retirement benefi ts. If you earn more than the annual earnings limit, you may still receive a full Social Security pay-

ment for each month you earn less than a monthly limit. In 2018, the monthly limit is $1,420 for those who are below FRA the entire calendar year. The 2018 monthly limit increases to $3,780 in the year of FRA attainment.

Once you reach FRA, you no longer have an earnings limit, and we may recalculate your ben-efi t to credit you for any months we withheld your benefi ts due to excess earnings. This is because your monthly benefi t amount is calculated based on a reduction for each month you receive it before your FRA.

So, if you originally fi led for benefi ts 12 months before your FRA, but earned over the limit and had two months of Social Security benefi ts withheld, we will adjust your ongoing monthly benefi t amount to refl ect that you received 10 months of benefi ts before your FRA, and not 12.

Most people understand that if they work while receiving benefi ts before FRA, their benefi t may be reduced. What most people do not consider in their retirement planning is that we recalculate your Social Security monthly benefi t at FRA to credit you for Social Security benefi t payments withheld due to earnings over the limit. Explain-ing the earnings limit is another way that Social Security helps secure your today and tomorrow. Understanding both the earnings limit and the pos-sible recalculation of your ongoing Social Security benefi ts will provide an additional perspective on retirement for you to consider.

Dozens of Harrison restaurants and mer-chants are preparing their offerings for A Taste of Harrison scheduled Sunday, June 10. Library supporters who make a “modest” donation to the library will receive wristbands enabling them to sample the fare offered by restaurants in down-town Harrison.

“A Taste of Harrison is a great event for the town,” said Mayor Ron Belmont. “It showcases the downtown restaurants and merchants and raises money for the library. Plus, you get to en-joy some excellent food. It’s a win-win-win for everyone.”

Restaurants, merchants who donate raffl e prizes, and other contributing sponsors including Willow Ridge Country Club underwrite the costs of the event so that all proceeds go to support the library through the Harrison Public Library Foundation. A cadre of HPLF volunteers makes

it all possible.“I’m very excited that the Taste of Harrison

has returned for 2018,” said County Legisla-tor Nancy Barr. “It’s a fun (and delicious) way to raise money for the Harrison Library. Many thanks to the restaurants, volunteers and residents who come together to make the day a success.”

A Taste of Harrison is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in downtown Harrison. To join the fun, library supporters pur-chase wristbands that identify them to the partici-pating restaurants. Wristbands are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event for adults. Children are admitted for $15 and those 4 and under are admitted free.

Tickets can be ordered online at www.har-risonpl.org/taste-of-harrison or purchased at the downtown Halperin Library or West Harrison Branch Library.

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The Westchester Chapter of the Hear-ing Loss Association of America held its an-nual Blair and Anita Mazin College Scholarship Award ceremony June 9 at the Greenburgh Pub-lic Library. In celebration of the 10-year anni-versary of the scholarship awards, the chapter awarded 10 $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors and adults with hearing loss who are pursuing a college degree or vocational training from Westchester, Rockland and Put-nam counties, and New Jersey.

The 10-year anniversary scholarships were awarded to four Westchester high school seniors: Mathew Annechiarico of New York School for the Deaf (White Plains) to attend the Roches-ter Institute of Technology, Mikael Iommazzo of Tuckahoe High School to attend Quinnipiac University, Jolissa Louissant of Gordon High School (Yonkers) to attend Mercy College, and Eliana Rosenzweig of Blind Brook High School (Rye Brook) to attend Tufts University.

“All of us at the HLAA Westchester Chap-ter are so proud to be able to offer college schol-arships to a record number of applicants in 2018, our 10th year of the awards program,” said Scholarship Award Chairperson Karen Ratner. “To date, we have awarded a total of 35 scholar-

ships to deserving students from our area who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants. Anita and Blair and their family would be very proud of the continuing success of this program.”

Begun in 2008, the scholarship award pro-gram is named after Blair and Anita Mazin, a successful deaf couple from Douglaston, who were members of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (the predecessor organization of HLAA), who were killed from carbon monoxide poison-ing in their home. Unfortunately, they had their hearing aids and cochlear implants off and could not hear the carbon monoxide alarm going off. The scholarship program was funded in their memory.

The Hearing Loss Association of America is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with more than 150 chapters throughout the nation and is the voice for people with hearing loss. For more information about HLAA, go to www.hearing-loss.org.

The Westchester Chapter of HLA was founded in February 1983 by Miriam Koryn and Rosalyn Fein, and holds monthly meet-ings, social gatherings, distributes a newsletter, and maintains a comprehensive website, www.hlaawestchester.org.

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According to the Alzheimer’s Associa-tion, approximately 5.5 million Americans are currently living with Al-zheimer’s and, by 2050, the number could rise as high as 16 million. Along with a diagnosis of Al-zheimer’s or other type of dementia comes the com-plex question of mental capacity. Elder law attor-ney Anthony J. Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirigna-no, LLP in White Plains and Somers, recently ad-dressed common signs of diminished capacity and the legal and ethical im-plications involved at an education program for the New York State Bar Association.

“Mitigating Bias: A Focus on Clients with Capacity Concerns” marks the latest speaking en-gagement for Enea, who has spent more than 30 years protecting the rights of seniors, the disabled and their families. The program was sponsored by the NYSBA’s Elder Law and Special Needs Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

“As an elder law attorney, I determine my clients’ legal capacity with cognitive, behavioral and emotional assessments on a regular basis,” said Enea. “Common signs of diminished cog-nitive ability include short-term memory loss, diffi culty fi nding the correct words, speaking in a vague or disorganized manner, lack of mental fl exibility, and trouble comprehending and fol-lowing a logical path. Another red fl ag is disorien-tation with reality – not knowing where they are or what they’re doing. It is also important to pay attention to emotional reactions and note if your

loved one isn’t showing appropriate emotions in everyday situations.”

A person’s demean-or, body language, dress and appearance may also be clues to a possible ca-pacity issue. “Behavioral signs of incapacity can range from poor groom-ing and hygiene such as soiled clothing or not be-ing dressed appropriately, to delusions and halluci-nations,” continued Enea. “Uncharacteristic confu-sion about basic instruc-tions, repeating tasks, and diffi culty recalling past decisions are often early

signs of diminished capacity.”If diminished capacity is suspected, it’s bet-

ter to act sooner rather than later. Seek profes-sional help from your loved one’s doctors, a so-cial worker experienced with older adults, and/or a geriatric care manager. From a legal perspec-tive, Enea emphasizes the importance of planning early – before diminished capacity is present.

“Advanced planning is essential now more than ever. A proactive approach often consists of executing a combination of documents that include a Durable Power of Attorney with broad powers, an Irrevocable Trust funded with one’s home and a portion of one’s liquid assets, ad-vance directives such as a Health Care Proxy and HIPPA form, and a Revocable Living Trust to al-low continuity of management of one’s assets in the event of incapacity.”

Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, is located at 245 Main St., White Plains. For more informa-tion, call 914-948-1500 or visit www.esslawfi rm.com.

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Jim Maisano took a post in the Latimer ad-ministration; local town supervisors like Tony Colavita and Ron Belmont are busy holding their own in Eastchester and Harrison. State Sen. Terrence Murphy is also battling to keep his position this fall.

Some Westchester Republicans we have spoken to off the record talk about “hanging on for the blue wave to subside,” and to make sure “there is a Republican Party in five years in Westchester.” How to do that is the question, when all the motivation and energy appears to be with the progressive-Democratic-indivisible voters.

Astorino has taken a position as a political commentator for CNN. He frequently appears on the Erin Burnett show at 7 p.m. weeknights as the Republican commentator in a sea of lib-eral viewpoints on CNN. “I enjoy it,” he said about his new gig to journalist Fred Dicker on

his radio show, which can be heard weekdays at 4 p.m. on WVOX 1460 AM.

Astorino is now commenting on the nation-al news of the day, and recently opined on the Roseanne Barr controversy. “What Roseanne said was disgusting and I have no problem with ABC canceling her show,” he said. “But I do have a problem with, is when other liberal hosts say something offensive and over the line and they get a slap on the wrist. There is a complete double standard.”

Dicker asked Astorino about the future of the Republican Party in New York, or the lack thereof. “My sense is that the New York Repub-lican Party is headed for one of the biggest de-feats in recent memory,” said Dicker, who said he believes that GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro has no enthusiasm behind his campaign, and that lieutenant governor candi-date Julie Killain from Rye is also a bad pick because the GOP should have picked someone from upstate to balance out the ticket. (Molinaro is the Dutchess County executive.)

“All the Republican candidates will have to prove themselves and put together a plan and offer an alternative to what the Democrats have been doing to this state for a generation,” said Astorino. “If you want four more years of the same thing then keep voting Democrat. This is a difficult and crazy year, but anything can hap-pen. Julie (Killian) is very good on mental health issues and in working against the opioid crisis. She’s a woman, which also helps, but a lieuten-ant governor candidate isn’t going to make or break the election.”

Another dilemma for New York Repub-licans like Astorino, Molinaro and Killian that Dicker pointed out is the Trump factor. Many New York Republicans are “never Trumpers,” including Molinaro, who said he did not vote for Trump in 2016. But when President Donald Trump was recently in New York City on the same date as the state Republican Party dinner, the Republican president of the U.S. did not at-tend.

This is the key question for Westchester Republicans moving forward: How do you unite the anti-Trump Republicans and Independents with the dwindling number of Republicans in the county who support Trump?

Astorino, like many, was unable to answer that question, but offered the following alterna-tive: “You have many different types of Repub-licans. Trump lost New York by 35 points in 2016. Do you really want Andrew Cuomo for another four years? If not, then get out and vote Republican.”

Ironically, Astorino works for CNN, whose rising star is host Chris Cuomo, brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I wonder how CNN will cov-er the race between Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon,” said Astorino. “And if Cuomo runs for president, how will they cover that race?”

In the weeks to come, Rising Newspaper will offer some thoughts from Republicans across the county as to what comes after the blue wave, which is expected to be a strong as ever this November.

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Obituary NoticeDr. Robert P. Campbell

Robert Parker Campbell, “Bob,” 97, of Evanston, Ill., on May 7, 2018. Beloved hus-band of the late Lois J. Campbell; loving father of Robert P. Jr. (Nancy) Campbell and Kathy A. Campbell; devoted grandfather of Michael, Kevin (Caitlin), Scott and Katie Campbell; adoring great-grandfa-ther of Calvin Campbell; dearest brother of Donna Campbell; fond uncle to 12 nieces/nephews.

A devoted fam-ily man in every way throughout his life, he cherished his children and grandchildren and was an integral part of their lives. He was an avid sailor, tennis player, reader, Chicago Cubs fan, admirer of the fine arts and a loyal friend/men-tor. His advice was much sought-after and his nurturing, warm approach, and his light-hearted, calm, friendly demeanor was evident.

Born in Wenona, Ill., in 1921, he graduated from Illinois State University in 1943 and was a U.S. Navy pilot from 1943 to 1946. Marry-ing his college sweetheart in 1945, they settled in Arlington Heights, Ill., beginning Bob’s 41-year career in education. As a teacher, then prin-cipal and assistant superintendent in District 25 for 23 years, he then became the superintendent of schools in District 4 in Barrington, Ill.; then superintendent of the Harrison Central School District, Harrison, from 1975-80; and completed his career as the superintendent of District 65 in Evanston, Ill., from 1980-1987. He earned his MA and EdD from Northwestern University in educational administration. After retiring from District 65, he taught at Northwestern Univer-sity in the School of Education and Social Pol-icy. During his career he also taught at Bradley, DePaul, Loyola, University of Illinois and Pace University.

While superintendent in Harrison, and throughout his career, Dr. Campbell was an advocate of the fine arts in education and early childhood education. He and his wife, Lois, initi-ated the Harrison Arts Council that still operates. The Campbell Cultural Arts Scholarship was es-tablished in his honor, and he was awarded the

New York Day Center’s annual award for out-standing service to pre-school children.

At District 65 in Evanston, Ill., he insti-tuted the expanded child-care before/after-school programs and all-day kin-dergarten. He was hon-ored for his contribution to arts education with the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Award and the Kennedy Center/Alliance for Arts Education’s Out-standing School Admin-istrator national award. In 1986, he received a Northwestern University

Alumni Merit Award, which honors alumni who have distinguished themselves in their profes-sion.

Throughout his career he was known for innovative curricular programming, including advanced courses in middle schools, design and implementation of the fine arts programs, per-sonalized instruction based on individual learn-ing styles, intensive reading instruction for low-er-achieving children, and outdoor education. He was a member of nine professional organizations and led numerous civic organizations. He repre-sented all Illinois school administrators on the Illinois Project for School Reform.

At Northwestern University, he served on the board of the School of Education Alumni As-sociation and as its National Policy Committee chair. He was passionate that every child should have an excellent education and worked tireless-ly toward that end through his career.

Dr. Campbell’s memorial service is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Elliott Chapel at Westminster Place (Presbyterian Home), 3131 Simpson St. (Golf Road), Evanston, IL 60201. Burial will take place in Memory Gardens Cem-etery in Arlington Heights, Ill. Sign the guest book at Donnellan Family Funeral Services (www.donnellanfuneral.com).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Evanston School Children’s Clothing Asso-ciation (www.escca.org/1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston, IL 60201), or Foundation 65 (www.foundation65.org/P.O. Box 750, Evanston, IL 60204).

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live table games on or prior to Dec. 31, 2022, and MGM Resorts accepts such license by Dec. 31, 2024. If table games come to the casino before then, MGM will pay an additional $50 million.

The sale is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2019, and several approvals are re-quired, including from the New York Gaming Commission.

“With Empire City’s approximately 40 per-cent share of gross gaming revenues in the mar-ket, we believe there are significant opportunities for MGM Resorts to further drive growth,” said Dan D’Arrigo, executive vice president and chief financial officer of MGM Resorts International.

The sale of Empire Casino-Yonkers Race-way marks the end of an era in Westchester for the Rooney family, owners of the property since 1972. The family, led by Tim Rooney Sr., has operated the raceway up until 2006, when slot machines were added, as a true neighbor and partner to both Yonkers and Westchester County.

The sale had been rumored for some time, but many were still sad to see the ownership change. “The Rooneys were the best partners that any community could ask for,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.

The question now becomes: What will hap-pen to the 97-acre property where the casino and raceway now sit? MGM is expected to enhance the gaming experience to the 5,200 slot machines and video lottery terminals already at Empire Casino, and may upgrade the total entertainment experience by adding or improving the dining or adding a hotel. The removal and relocation of the raceway is another option that MGM is said to be considering over time.

The two big gambling questions for the future of the casino and MGM are: Will there be sports betting and table games permitted? The Rooney family and Empire Casino have lobbied hard for casino-style table games to be permitted not only at Yonkers, but across New York State, to compete with Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Another big unknown that may have sparked the deal is the future of sports betting in New York State. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal restrictions on sports gambling re-stricted states’ rights, opening the door for New York State to legalize sports gambling. Justice Samuel Alito Jr. wrote, “Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own.” Gov. An-drew Cuomo and the State Legislature must now come up with legislation to allow sports wagering at casinos, online, or both.

With the purchase of the Casino, MGM will be ready for both table games, sports betting, and online gambling, if they are approved in Albany. MGM has experience in online gambling from its New Jersey site, and from table games and sports wagering from its Las Vegas properties.

Empire City Casino has been profitable since opening more than 10 years ago, with public re-cords showing annual net revenue of $230 million. What changes MGM will make to a legendary Westchester location to further enhance the gam-bling experience is unknown.

“We are thrilled to welcome MGM to Yon-kers, as it’s committed to building upon Empire City Casino’s successes and taking the next steps into developing it into a world class entertain-ment destination,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “Attracting MGM’s first-class brand is a recognition of our city’s ongoing renaissance and transformation. We look forward to working with MGM in continuing to make Yonkers a great place to live, work and play, and we thank Empire City Casino and the Rooney family for all their support and friendship over the years. Without their lead-ership, vision and success, this MGM partnership would not be possible for the City of Yonkers.”

When Spano proposed video lottery gaming at Yonkers Raceway years ago while in the New York State Assembly, he was met with strong push-back, and many dismissed Yonkers as a prime location for gaming and destination tour-ism. Today, Empire City Casino is Yonkers’ larg-est employer and largest property taxpayer.

“The agreement to sell Empire City Casino to MGM Resorts International promises to be a ma-jor economic milestone for the City of Yonkers, Westchester County and New York State,” said John Ravitz, executive vice president of the Busi-ness Council of Westchester. “The iconic property has been operated with pride and foresight by the Rooney family since 1972 and under their stew-ardship evolved from its origins as Yonkers Race-way to today’s multi-faceted entertainment com-plex. Empire City has emerged a major economic driver with more than 1,200 employees and a $45 million annual payroll, nearly 8 million annual visitors, and one of the most successful gaming operations in the nation.

“The proximity of Empire City to New York City and the entire metropolitan area is unrivaled, while its potential for far greater financial success with the addition of full gaming license remains untapped,” he continued. “Gaining a full gaming license for Empire City has long been a top leg-islative priority. We look forward to continuing these efforts with the new ownership. We thank the Rooneys for their deep commitment to West-chester County and for creating the solid founda-tion for future success.”

Public Service Award,” by B’nai B’rith Interna-tional. In a speech accepting the award, he stressed his concern about a resurgence of anti-Semitism and the importance of Israel’s security.

“For over 16 months, I have been urging the president to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism,” he said. “Frankly, it’s outrageous that the administration has not ap-pointed a Special Envoy on Anti-Semitism yet. It is urgent, and I renew that call tonight.

“We must provide Israel with the support it needs to defend itself – by itself. This includes its defense against missiles and rockets, through im-portant cooperative programs like Iron Dome, Da-vid’s Sling and Arrow. But we must also provide rhetorical and diplomatic support… We must also ensure that the United States abides by the Memo-randum of Understanding negotiated by Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama to pro-vide Israel with the assistance it needs.”

In a statement, Daniel Mariaschin, B’nai B’rith International CEO, said: “Congressman Engel’s exemplary service to his constituents, to the country, and to a strong U.S.-Israel relation-ship is truly worthy of being recognized. He’s been a trusted friend to the Jewish community. We have valued our relationship with him over so many years. In every respect, Eliot Engel is a true mensch.”

Engel recently joined 113 members of the House Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism in calling for the Special Envoy post to be filled.

“Without a Special Envoy, the United States lacks the focus of a person solely dedicated to spearheading our important diplomatic efforts in the fight against anti-Semitism,” he said. “Ap-pointing this important position will make clear to foreign governments that combating anti-Semitism remains an American priority and that the U.S. maintains its traditional leadership in the fight.

“Anti-Semitic views, rhetoric, and threats to the safety and security of Jewish communities are on the rise around the globe. Violent Anti-Semitic extremist groups, now closely connected through the internet, are borrowing and refining strategies and tactics from each other. In Europe, Anti-Se-mitic sentiments and violence have skyrocketed, including murders, physical harassment of Jews, demonization of Israel and its supporters, and Ho-locaust distortion. According to the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, ‘Europe’s largest Jewish communities are experiencing a normalization and mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism not seen since the Second World War.’ As history has repeatedly shown, Anti-Semitism is often the ‘canary in the coal mine’ that preludes the rise of other forms of bigotry and prejudice,” wrote Engel and the many other members of Congress.

Engel recently recounted his visits to Israel with former President Barack Obama.

“During my time in Congress, I have traveled to Israel many times, including the recent trip with President Obama, and I remain committed to the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel,” he said. “Not only are the U.S. and Isra-

el close strategic allies in the dangerous Middle East, but we have a great deal in common. We are democracies and nations of immigrants from all corners of the globe. We are proud to embrace the highest ideals in our laws and policies, while generating an extraordinary caliber of science and culture, benefiting not only our two countries, but the entire world.

“I firmly believe that we must stand with Is-rael as it faces a variety of threats and challenges. Today, the most serious danger Israel must con-front emanates from Iran. It is simply unacceptable that a country with a history of supporting terror-ism and calling for the destruction of Israel could have a nuclear weapon.

“Further, I am deeply concerned by the dan-gers of terrorism from Hamas in Gaza and Hezbol-lah in Lebanon. Israel should not have to live under the constant menace that thousands of unguided rockets could again rain down on the Jewish state. That is why I was the lead Democratic sponsor of a resolution condemning Hamas rocket attacks on Israel and why I have strongly supported Ameri-can assistance to Israel to expand the effective Iron Dome and other missile defense systems,” said En-gel who has also supported a “two-state solution” to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The “two-state solution” would create an independent Israel and Palestine, and is the main-stream approach to resolving the conflict.

Finally, last year, Engel received the honor of being the first Jewish member of Congress to have himself put on a stamp of a foreign country. Haaretz, reported: “Eliot Engel has become the first U.S. congressman to be featured on a postage stamp in Kosovo. There’s a Jewish story behind why a Muslim-majority nation honored Engel this week with a two-euro stamp.

“Engel was among a cadre of U.S. lawmakers and public figures who urged the Clinton adminis-tration to intervene during the Kosovo war in 1999, heading off what many feared would be a geno-cide of Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians at the hands of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic. Many of the same figures were part of the push to recognize the Balkan state when it declared independence in 2008.

“Among those out front in the push to protect Kosovo were Engel… as well as the late Holocaust memoirist Elie Wiesel. Ask Kosovar Albanians why, and more often than not they’ll explain that it’s because the men are Jewish. Albanians saved Jews during the Holocaust, and Jews subsequently returned the favor is how it usually goes.

“Engel is aware of the valor of Albanians dur-ing World War II. But he and others say they were haunted by America’s reticence to intervene on be-half of the Jews during the Holocaust and driven not to repeat history. ‘What do you see in terms of on the ground, the people there, do you see de-spair?’ Engel asked an American fact-finding team at a 1998 hearing. ‘Is there a feeling that the United States has abandoned them?’

“When Engel’s stamp was presented to him, he said: ‘I’m deeply honored and surprised that this was being done. I had no idea. My work to promote the U.S.-Kosovo relationship has been among the most meaningful endeavors of my years in Congress. I’m happy to have helped people’s lives and promote prosperity in the region,’” said Engel to Haaretz.

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fees and sales and gas taxes, and $26 million in one-time revenues. The Green Light NY coalition supports the measure, which would give all New Yorkers – including undocumented immigrants – the right to apply for driver’s permits and licens-es. The bill is also known as the Green Light Bill.

Currently, 12 states and Washington, D.C., permit all residents to apply for driver’s licenses without checking their immigration status.

The Yonkers City Council passed a resolu-tion supporting the Green Light Bill on May 22 by a 4-3 margin, with four Democrats voting “yes” and three Republicans voting “no.” Coun-cilwoman Corazon Pineda-Isaac, who introduced the resolution and who has been an unwavering supporter of immigrant rights, said the issuance of driver’s licenses to all who pass the DMV exam and road test would ensure safer streets, increase

revenue for the state, and lead to a better quality of life for those residents who have to drive to and from work, take their kids to school, and drive loved ones to hospitals.

“Although the responsibility to pass the Green Light Bill falls with New York State, the passing of this resolution at the city level dem-onstrates a show of support and commitment from our elected offi cials for all of our city’s resi-dents,” said Pineda-Isaac. The Council Chambers were full of supporters, including members of the Yonkers Sanctuary Movement and Obreros Unidos de Yonkers, a day laborer organization in Yonkers.

According to Diana Sanchez of the Yonkers Sanctuary Movement: “Yonkers witnessed the re-silience of the people through their stories, and the Yonkers Sanctuary Movement is grateful now more than ever that the City Council listened to their community and their needs by passing (a resolution in support of) the Driver’s License Ac-cess and Privacy Act.”

Opponents to the Green Light Bill included Yonkers Councilmembers Mike Breen (minority leader), John Rubbo and Anthony Merante. All three Republicans said that a driver’s license is also a form of secure identifi cation and they had concerns about anyone and everyone obtaining a license and then using it to get on a plane.

“You have to be a legal resident to get a driv-er’s license,” said Breen.

One of the speakers at the council meeting was a taxi driver from Yonkers who had been driving for 20 years without a license. He said he would be happy that he could now obtain a driver’s license.

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Back by popular demand, Groundwork Hud-son Valley’s annual sunset cruise is set to sail Thursday, June 14 to a new location. Board the Majestic Princess yacht from the Science Barge on Yonkers’ waterfront for a round-trip sail down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy an evening with co*cktails, dining and dancing with a DJ.

For more information, visit www.ground-workhv.org/event/2018-statue-of-liberty-sunset-cruise.

The “Science at Sunset on the Science Barge” summer lecture series is scheduled Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. from June 21 to Aug. 9. The

speaker series includes a view of the Hudson Riv-er while the sunsets. Speakers present on various topics that range from environment, sustainability, science education, history of the Hudson River, history of the Yonkers downtown waterfront, etc.

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vote. The county legislator representing Mt. Ver-

non, Lyndon Williams, who has been trying to help get Memorial Field rebuilt and funded by the county for years, and Legislator David Tubiolo, worked with County Executive George Latimer to have the county accept the takeover from the City of Mt. Vernon.

“It is time for Memorial Field to be restored and to be enjoyed by the people of Mt. Vernon again,” said Latimer. “The county legislators that represent the city are the ones that initially asked for the county to step in. I am pleased that the Mt. Vernon City Council passed a resolution to turn over the renovation of the fi eld to the county. We are perfectly prepared to go in and get the work done. Memorial Field is an iconic fi eld with a rich history, and we intend to get the job done and give it back to the people of Mt. Vernon.”

The county would return to a plan agreed on in 2008, which allocated $12.7 million, mostly county money, to rebuild Memorial Field. That project was delayed and sidetracked during the reign of former Mayor Ernie Davis, who, accord-ing to published reports, used the county money to construct a tennis bubble at the site. County gov-ernment then withheld $6 million of its funds for the project, and while the privately-owned tennis bubble still stands, the fi eld has crumbled and now has illegal dumping on the site that will need to be remediated.

Latimer added: “There’s serious county mon-ey in this; we’re going to work off the agreement that’s still in place… The time for decisions and debate is over. I want to see this thing get done.”

But the county will have to work with Mt. Vernon City Hall, and Thomas’ administration, before any real work on construction can begin. Thomas, after more than a year of just talk, has started to move on Memorial Field’s demolition and reconstruction lately, demolishing the grand-stands and removing the tennis bubble.

The tennis bubble at Memorial Field, while popular, must come down to make room for the new fi eld and track, as there is not enough space for both. Thomas’ decision to remove the grand-stand and the fi eld has resulted in some backlash, including the council’s move to pass a resolution calling on the county to take over.

Thomas said taking back the tennis center was “a necessary and critical” part of rebuilding Memorial Field – a longstanding political football in the city.

Thomas has sued contractors and prior ad-

ministrations over the loss of tax dollars, illegal dumping, and years of wasted time at the fi eld.

“The goal is a new, better-than-before Me-morial Field,” said Thomas. “A multi-purpose complex with a regulation, eight-lane track, tennis courts and a fi eld that will accommodate football, soccer, lacrosse, as well as concerts and other ac-tivities.”

Last month, Thomas was indicted for illegal use of campaign funds.

The City Council and former Mayor Davis claim that Thomas took down the tennis bubble and grandstands without following procedure or seeking any approvals fi rst.

“What we’re looking at is not having the mayor, who is out of control, derail and damage Memorial Field while he’s under investigation,” said Councilman Wallace. “We’re very concerned with that.”

Thomas issued the following statement after the council vote for the county takeover:

“We are transforming Memorial Field into a destination for sports, competition, and families again. The process involves removing both the dirty dirt and tenants that refuse to pay back-rent amounting to more than hundreds of thousands. These costs are unacceptable to our taxpayers and children who were disinherited when the fi eld shut a decade ago. The City Council is clearly not think-ing with a business mindset, but a political one. They ought to be concerned about their obligations to defend the taxpayer and create a better future rather than living in a past of broken politics and promises. They ought to stop ducking the tough is-sues of holding Ernie Davis and Maureen Walker accountable for squandering millions at the fi eld with nothing to show. They, like County Executive George Latimer, should join the call for District Attorney Anthony Scarpino to investigate if laws were broken, tax dollars stolen, and how illegal de-bris wound up at our park. The decision to evict the tennis operator liberates the city to fi nd a respon-sible party that will pay their fair share for using our public space. As I pledged, we will give Mount Vernon back a bigger, better, revenue-generating Memorial Field no matter what is in the way.”

While we welcome a county takeover of Me-morial Field, there are many roadblocks before any work can begin. The fi rst step may be, once and for all, to fi nally determine, how the original $7 million in county funds for the fi eld 10 years ago were used. Perhaps Scarpino’s offi ce is best suited to answer that question for the taxpayers of Westchester.

Then the fi eld needs to be cleaned of contami-nated debris, and then work can begin – but only with the consent of all of Mt. Vernon city govern-ment.

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Feeding Westchester President and CEO Leslie Gordon, left, joins employees of Danone North America to celebrate winning the Feeding Westchester’s 2018 Golden Scoop Competi-

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Feeding Westchester, the leading hunger-relief organization serving Westchester County, hosted its 10th annual Golden Scoop Corporate Competition on May 18 to help raise aware-ness of hunger. Nineteen corporate teams of 20 employees competed against one another to see who could repack the most meal kits in one hour.

Danone North America was announced the winner, packing 220 boxes, 15 pounds each. The grand total packed by all teams was 3,545 meal kit boxes (53,175 pounds), a total of 44,312 meals that will be delivered to individu-als who are hungry in Westchester.

“This year’s annual Golden Scoop Com-petition had the most participants ever,” said Leslie Gordon, president and CEO of Feeding Westchester. “Nearly 400 people participated in an exciting hour of energy-filled spirited competition in our distribution center – all for a good cause. We are grateful to everyone who participated this year and even more grateful that we have their support to continue our mis-sion to end hunger in our neighborhoods.”

This year’s participants were: AQR Capi-tal Management, BMLS Legal, Bunge, Chubb,

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Danone North America will be presented with the coveted Golden Scoop Award at Feed-ing Westchester’s 11th annual Hunger Heroes awards breakfast Thursday, June 14 at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. The company will keep possession of the trophy for one year, until next year’s competition.

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Dads will be treated to free admission with the purchase of a child ticket and are encour-aged to enjoy the venue’s numerous attractions, including the newly opened LEGO City Builder and LEGO Ninjago City Adventure – a two-story, 2,300-square-foot play structure with more than 20 interactive features.

This year, Father’s Day falls during LEGO-LAND Discovery Center Westchester’s month-long birthday bash celebrating the 40th anni-versary of the LEGO Minifigure. Partygoers will enjoy birthday-themed builds in the Model Builder academy, Minifigure trading with Series

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The Dads Go Free offer may be redeemed online using promo code 181009 and is valid for one free one-day adult ticket with the purchase of a full-price, one-day child ticket to be used June 16 or 17. The offer is also valid on walk-up tickets with the coupon (either printed or displayed on a smart phone).

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