Open Budget Forums Announced by County. Public Suggestions Sought

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From The  Westchester County Department of Communications. October 15, 2018:

County Executive George Latimer announced a new opportunity for County taxpayers  that will give them a chance to make their voices heard prior to the submission of the County Executive’s first proposed Westchester County Budget.

 

The two public input sessions, both held on October 23, will take place from 2p.m-4p.m. at Mercy College-Yorktown Heights Campus located at 2651 Strang Blvd. in Yorktown Heights and from 7p.m.-9p.m. at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, Moot Court Room located at 78 North Broadway in White Plains. These sessions are in addition to the public hearings held by the Board of Legislators.

Latimer said: “My Administration is determined to abide by the principle that government is by the people and for the people. I hope Westchester residents take this opportunity and loudly make their voice heard. It is no secret that our County faces serious financial issues – but together we will work to fix these challenges which lay ahead.”

 

Latimer continued: “The trend of an Administration seeking public input on the proposed budget after it has already been submitted often created contentious public meetings where some taxpayers felt that solicitation of public input was just for show. That will be no more.”

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The Ferryman Takes You Across the River Styx

 

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. Theatrical Review by John F. Bailey. October 15, 2018:

I saw a great play for all time yesterday.

Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman at the classic Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

It is majestic, sweeping, searing, heartbreaking, uplifting in the same degree as the great Shakespeare tragedies that makes brutally shockingly clear the insidious cancer of violence and ambitions  that masked in a cause, destroys the good, the profane, the evil, the powerful, the weak through their own individual selfishness and weaknesses.

A triumphant tour de force that gets a hold of you from the ominous prologue to the shattering you-won’t-see-it-coming climax that drains you, uplifts you, resolves you and wises you up.

The Ferryman may be the most perfect play perfect performed ever written.

There are no spots of dead dialogue though the play is three hours long. No transitions looking for a connection. Not one yawn escaped my mouth.

 

You the viewer as a God from Olympus looks down sees the weaknesses and needs of others playout  their inevitable tragedy.

Hopes dashed, ambitions, explode in collisions of greed, lust, manipulation all those things that are let loose in the chaos of these best of times and worst of times.

The genius of this morality play poses the questions that have always been asked by the creators for the stage in perhaps the most unique format ever and covers them all!

What is moral anyway? Is true love moral if it hurts and destroys? Is lust justifiable if you are unhappy? Is the quest for justice just a mask to assume power and manipulate to your advantage? Is love but a fleeting reason-destroying emotion bringing the lover to ruin?  Is manipulation of the mentally weak and persuadable young a right of the plotting older generation? Is violence the ultimate weapon to get your way as long as someone else does it?

The actors perhaps are the most cohesive reality infused committed cast with a mission Director Sam Mendes has ever inspired to make this drama of the Irish Republican Army as real as today’s headlines.

The IRA was one of the first modern terrorist organizations to use bombs in public places and assassinate informants and the play is based a real member of Mr. Butterworth’s family and the IRA assassination of her husband. As I listened raptly to every line of this play, I marveled how the dialogue was so real, how it flowed, with tides and ebbs from hope, to despair, to evil, just like everyday interaction. Never have I seen a play with no dead spots in dialogue. No scene that does not build the emotional nuclear reaction building in the characters. If the play’s your thing, you will never forget this play.

Director Mendes  has honed, shaped embellished from the most nuanced emotion to the most wrenching display of the evaporation of all hope for character after character.

From the year old baby. Theo Ward Dunsmore who performs flawlessly, to the child actors who precociously interact with some of the best comic lines, (Matilda Lawyer, Michael Quinton McArthur, Willow McCarthy, Brooklyn Shuck, Carly Gold,Will Combs, Bella May Mordus,  to a live goose, and the precocious Pierce the Bunny.

Mendes orchestrates the moves, the emotions, the body languages into the stellar leads– Paddy Considine as Quin Carney and the fiery woman he cannot have, and Laura Donnelly as Caitlin Carney triumphant, tragic tough as nails heroine. Donnelly won Best Actress Award at the Olivier Awards for creating this role. I did not know her until I saw her Sunday, but I know her now and she is beyond Bernhardt.

These two are surrounded by a lovable Irish family, and do not fear. You will understand all the Irish blarney and brogue—that is not a problem. The dialog, the songs of harvest time the green of Ireland shimmer in this play. It is perfectly acted and directed. Serious, funny, touching, tragica it’s what you want in a play.

There is even a villain in this play whose fanatic ambition and genius for manipulation conduct Quin Carney’s family to its denouement brought about by the flaws of all.

That actor is Stuart Graham as Muldoon the manipulative IRA leader. His use of blackmail, cruelty, irony in the most elegant of dialogue that chills will remind you of the rich, the powerful, the evil of today.  Graham delivers smarmy coldness, misogyny and blackmail with a darkness of evil and an inevitability of triumph.

Justin Edwards creates a heartwarming Tom Kettle, a mentally challenged workman who has long had an admiration  for Caitlin Carney (Laura Donelley). When Caitlin’s husband is found in a bog, shot in the head with hands tied behind him, the victim of an apparent IRA assassination, Mr. Edwards in a poignant eloquent proposal asks Carney to marry him because he has loved her since she first smiled at him. This sequence among many in the play will hold you spellbound. The scene is perfect. Like every scene in this play.

The actors perfect.

Tom Glynn-Carney as Shane Corcorcan renders a Frankenstein transformation of a teen gradually being seduced by the prospect of justice for the starving members of the IRA who are on a hunger strike during the Margaret Thatcher administration. As his eyes become more wild and bright, the possibility of violence becomes more attractive to him until he becomes—his believability of inflection, the ease at which a good person buys in to hate and cruelty to the innocent.

Fionnula Flangan is touching as the reminiscing Aunt Maggie Far Away whose prophecies and memories and pronouncements to the children (“Love is nothing but sorrow”) ring hollowly true.

The acerbic Irish nationalist , Thatcher-hating  chain-smoking Aunt Patricia Carney, acerbically correctly played pitch perfect by Dearbhla Molloy, and the lovable Irish uncle Patrick Carney (Mark Lambert) are integral foils. I mention these players to deliver just how seamless, all-in this cast is.

It is harvest time in Ireland at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, a harvest you will never forget.

You will see yourself in this play no matter who you are. You, as Gods from Olympus will be staring down at earth from the mezzanine, become parts of this beloved family, wondering what justice really is. Wondering how it can possibly end right and send you into Autumn in New York feeling wiser, better, and knowing what you have to do.

And it’s funny, too.

I will never forget this play.

Neither will you.

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THE SETTING OF HER NEXT BOOK IS EVENTS LEADING TO THE BATTLE  OF WHITE PLAINS. SHE CAME TO WHITE PLAINS TO RESEARCH THE PURDY HOUSE FOR ACCURACY AND FOR INSPIRATION

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County Executive Brainstorms with Small Businesses at County Center

Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Director of Economic Development, Bridget Gibbons address the throng of small business owners and Chamber of Commerce executives at the Little Theater at the Westchester County Center Wednesday.

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communicatins. October 11, 2018:

For the first time ever, Westchester County, through County Executive George Latimer, brought together business owners, Chambers of Commerce and local leaders from across the County for a conversation on how to find common solutions to common challenges. Over 160 people from all over the County, including all types of businesses, non-profit organizations and representatives from 25 different chambers and business groups gathered at the Little Theater in the County Center for this hybrid informational and networking event.

Latimer said: “I’ve always thought, and I think attendance at this event proves it, that the best effort we can do is put people with like minds and like interests in the same room together, let them meet each other, network together, share information together and out of that will come new and vibrant ideas that each of us can use individually.”

Prior to the event, a survey was sent out to all the local Chambers to share with their members so that the County Executive and the Office for Economic Development could learn more about the concerns and challenges facing small business owners in Westchester.

The Wednesday event included presentations and discussions, some based on those results, with Westchester County Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons, Senior Business Development Director for Small Business from Empire State Development Ray Salaberrios and Assistant to the County Executive, Community Liaison Shari Rosen Ascher, who organized the event, to help attendees learn about resources and incentives available from the County and State.  Also included in the event was a “speed networking” segment, which tasked attendees with stepping out of their comfort zone, switching tables at the sound of a whistle and finding new people to chat with.

Gibbons said: “At the County’s Office of Economic Development, we really want to listen to local businesses and hear what they have to say – and find out how the County can help. Small businesses are the engine of Westchester’s economy and we must embrace them for us to succeed. The CE has a philosophy of openness and transparency, which is why we are hosting this meeting today, and it’s my job to make sure small businesses feel included, valued and listened to.”

Ascher said: “Our survey received an incredible number of responses, over 200, which allowed us to find common themes and concerns among Chambers of Commerce members. From that, we were able to develop an agenda to find ways to bring all stakeholders together and make this first of its kind event a success.”

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The County Shared Services Plan Unveiled on Facebook Oct. 15

There will be a public presentation of the Westchester County’s newly adopted Shared Services Plan. The Plan was adopted unanimously by the Shared Services Panel in September, and is expected to yield $27 million dollars in savings once fully enacted. Please log on to the County’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/westchestergov/) on October 15 at noon to watch the public presentation.

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FLU SHOTS HEA! GET YOUR FREE FLU SHOTS HEA FROM WESTCHESTER COUNTY

COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER GETTING HIS FLU SHOT LAST YEAR FROM DR. SHERLITA AMBLER. WPCNR Photo Archive

WPCNR FLU WATCH. From the Westchester County Department of Health. October 9, 2018:

County Executive George Latimer announced that the County Health Department will offer free flu vaccines for students at any college on Tuesday, October 23 at Westchester Community College and for residents age 3 and up at the County Clinic in White Plains on Tuesday, Oct. 30th.

Latimer said: “Don’t put off your flu shot any longer — make an appointment for one today. Flu can be miserable, and this vaccine will help keep you and your family healthy well into 2019.”

While the clinics are open to all, they are intended for people without insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines. Register online for these flu vaccine clinics at www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/60. Appointments are available as follows:

  • College students, October 23, Westchester Community College Student Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Residents age 3 and up, October 30, County Clinic, 134 Court St., White Plains, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Flu shots are also available for a fee from many area pharmacists and medical offices.

The County Health Department plans to provide up to 1,700 flu vaccines this fall. It has focused its public vaccination efforts on people who lack the means to get vaccinated elsewhere by bringing flu shots to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries throughout Westchester. The County also will give free flu shots to any college student on Tuesday, October 23 at Westchester Community College.

“Everyone six months and older should get an annual flu shot,” said Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD. “Flu can make otherwise healthy adults and children very ill and it can be deadly. When healthier people get an annual flu shot, they help protect the people around them, including infants too young to be vaccinated, seniors and people with chronic health conditions, who are more vulnerable to flu complications.”

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Clean Apartments AND Buildings for another 4 Years. SERVICE EMPLOYEES RATIFY NEW CONTRACT

WPCNR STATE OF THE UNION. Special to WPCNR from the Service Employees Union Internation 32BJ. October 4, 2018:

Early this evening, hundreds of residential building workers held a vote to ratify an agreement with property owners and managers that will provide workers almost 11% in raises over four years, fully protect their health and retirement benefits, and maintain the current rules governing staffing. The contract, an agreement on wages, benefits, and basic rights on the job, was approved by a nearly unanimous vote.

It was reached on Friday, September 30, between the workers’ union, 32BJ SEIU, and the managers and owners’ organization, the Building and Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region (BRI).

The agreement covers 1,400 superintendents, porters, handy-people, door attendants and others who work at 500 properties across Westchester and Rockland counties.

“This agreement honors the valuable contributions of the hardworking men and women who keep our apartment buildings, co-ops and condos running,” said Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President of 32BJ SEIU.

“They dedicate themselves day in and day out to the support of 100,000 residents in the Hudson Valley, and keeping the buildings they live in clean and well-maintained. With this ratified contract, our members, our families, and these 100,000 residents are moving forward together.”

“As a father who knows the importance of the health benefits, I am extremely pleased with the agreement ratified today,” said John Ryan, a member of the bargaining committee and superintendent of a building complex in White Plains.

“Years ago, our health insurance helped my oldest son beat a chronic and debilitating childhood condition. Now, he drives a truck for a living right here in the Hudson Valley. I’m proud to be able to continue my job knowing our healthcare, wages, and staffing levels are secure.”

“This contract is a victory not only for these hardworking supers and porters, but for the entire Hudson Valley,” said New York State Senator Shelley Mayer, who spoke at the strike-authorization vote and a massive union rally in Scarsdale.

“These workers provide the skills and dedicated attention that keeps our buildings running. The staffing and benefits protections and the wage increase will help our communities as a whole, since everyone benefits from a strong, reliable, healthy and experienced workforce. I commend BRI for working constructively with 32BJ SEIU to find a fair and timely resolution of these issues.”

Negotiations between 32BJ SEIU and the BRI began on August 15. As contract expiration neared, 32BJ members gathered on September 13 at the Westchester County Center for a vote that authorized the bargaining committee to call a strike, if  necessary.

Workers then rallied to show their strength in Scarsdale on September 26 with community allies like Make the Road CT and Indivisible Westchester, as well as with the unions represented by the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body, and elected officials from the state legislature and the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

The tentative deal was struck on Friday, the last day of scheduled negotiations, thus eliminating the need for a strike, and tonight’s ratification vote was scheduled shortly thereafter.

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