TUESDAY! 5:30 PM “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD ELECTION SPECIAL” WITH VOTING LEGAL EXPERT PROFESSOR STEPHEN R. ROLANDI OF PACE UNIVERSITY WHAT’S AHEAD, WHAT COULD HAPPEN AND HOW IT COULD UNFOLD AFTER ELECTION NIGHT

JIM BENEROFE (LEFT) WITH PROFESSOR STEPHEN ROLANDI OF PACE UNIVERSITY, WHITE PLAINS, LONG TIME LECTURER AT JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK ON ELECTION LEGAL ISSUES THE COUNTRY MAY FACE AFTER THE VOTES ARE COUNTED.

JIM BENEROFE AND JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEW PROFESSOR ROLANDI ON

WAYS EARLY VOTING AND ABSENTEE BALLOTS MIGHT BE CONTESTED BY BOTH SIDES

WHAT HAPPENS IF STATE COUNTS ARE CONTESTED.

STATES’ ABILITY TO CHANGE THE ELECTORAL VOTE COUNTS

HOW LONG THE FINAL DECISION COULD BE CONTESTED AND HOW AND WHO ULTIMATELY DECIDES WHO IS PRESIDENT IF WINNER IS NOT CLEAR

TUESDAY AFTERNOON 5:30 PM WHITE PLAINS ON ALTICE CHANNEL 76 AND COUNTYWIDE ON FIOS CH 45 AND ANYTIME ON WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG

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ASTORINO HARCHAM THE MAIN EVENT


League of Women Voters New York SenateDistrict 40 Candidates ForumRegister to Watch and Submit Questions  

The League of Women Voters virtual Candidates Forum for candidates in the New York State Senate District 40 election will be held Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Rob Astorino (Rep, Con, ROS) and Pete Harckham (Dem, WF, I) – Incumbent have been invited to attend.
To register for the Forum, click here. Viewers may sign-in beginning at 6:45 p.m.
The Forum may also be viewed on the League of Women Voters of Westchester YouTubechannel. 
The League also invites the public to submit questions for the candidates to answer during the Forum here. The deadline to submit a question is Tuesday, October 20 at 12 p.m. (noon). Questions will not be taken during the Forum or through YouTube.

For information, contact Suzanne Kavic at lwv.newcastle.president@gmail.com.
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League of Women Voters New York Congressional District 17 Candidates Forum
Missed the Congressional District 17 Candidates Forum? You can watch it here:https://youtu.be/3ajFSwK7ybM___________________________________________________________________
VOTER INFORMATION/RESOURCES 
DEADLINES FOR VOTING IN THE NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTIONOctober 9, 2020 – Last day to postmark voter registration form or to register in person at your county Board of Elections office.
October 24 – November 1, 2020 – Early voting periodOctober 27, 2020 – Last day to postmark application for absentee ballot
November 2, 2020 – Last day to apply in person for absentee ballot.

From the Westchester County Board of Elections: “Please be aware that despite the above deadlines the post office has advised that they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before an election.”
November 3, 2020 – Last day to postmark ballot for general election (must be received by November 10, 2020)
November 3, 2020 – Last day to deliver absentee ballot in person to Board of ElectionsNovember 3, 2020 from 6 am to 9 pm – Election Day For up-to-date and accurate information on early voting polling sites, how to obtain an absentee ballot, and more, please visit Vote411.org or the Westchester County Board of Elections at https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/
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The Happy Rink is Back. Skating Together But Apart.

Ebersole Ice Rink , “The Happy Rink” opened for the winter season Saturday with a circular entrance and exit procedure, one general admission price, and social distancing skating. The rink had a good opening Saturday session. The rink is open today Sunday to the general public from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. The rinks hours during the week are Friday, 3 to 5 PM, Friday 5:30 to 7:30 PM and 8 to 10 PM. Saturday’s session is 1:30 to 3:30 PM and Sunday, 8:30 to 10:15 PM for adults only, and 1:30 to 3:30 PM.
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INSTANT WHITE PLAINS WEEK RIGHT NOW–THE FRIDAY OCT 16 PROGRAM TWO WEEKS TO TO TRUMP-PENSE BIDEN-HARRIS SUSPENSE. HAVE COFFEE BRUNCH COCKTAILS WITH WHITE PLAINS WEEK.

CLICK TO SEE THE PROIGRAM.
AUTUMN IN NEW YORK MEANS ELECTIONS
THE HOME STRETCH: BAILEY AND BENEROFE ON THE CAMPAIGN TO REMEMBER
THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS THAT MEAN NOTHING SINCE THE OUTCOME IS NOT IN DOUBT
COVID OUT OF CONTROL NATIONWIDE AND IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY
WHITE PLAINS SCHOOLS, PARENTS, TEACHERS, KIDS IN A 7,200 STUDENT DISTRICT ONLY HAVE 4 COVID INFECTIONS., ASTOUNDING PUBLIC COMPLIANCE!

PLUS COUNTY EXECUTIVE LATIMER ON THE WESTCHESTER COVID SPIKE

THE COUNTY CAPITAL BUDGET — WHY IT’S GOING UP IN THE FACE OF A $150 MILLION DEFICIT

THE IMPECCABLE BEST DEBATE OF THE FALL STAGED BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

THE BAILEY BENEROFE NEWS TEAM 20 YEARS COVERING WHITE PLAINS AND WESTCHESTER IN DEPTH TELLING THE TRUTH, DEALING JUSTICE AND SUPPORTING THE AMERICAN WAY
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ON WPTV’S “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD” LEARN SPANISH IN 6 MONTHS WITH MELISA RALES IN BUENOS AIRES. NOW ON www.wpcommunitymedia.org

MELISA RALES TEACHES ENLISH AND SPANISH LESSONS IN BUENOS AIRES IN A NEW PROVEN EFFECTIVE TEACHING SEQUENCE
MIKE WITT OF WHITE PLAINS TEACHES ENGLISH TO CORPORATE EMPLOYES FROM OVERSEAS. THE TWO TEACHERS COMPARE NOTES THAT COULD REVOLUTIONIZE HOW FOREIGN LANGUAGES CAN BE LEARNED FASTER, USED QUICKER WITH CONFIDENCE

SENORA RALES TAUGHT MR. WITT SPANISH IN WEEKS AND HE WAS SO IMPRESSED HE FEELS HER METHOD COULD ANYONE OF ALL AGES PICK UP SPANISH IN WEEKS.

THEY DEMONSTRATE THE TECHNIQUE ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD AT 8 PM ON FIOS CH. 45 THROUGHOUT WESTCHESTER COUNTY AND CH. 76 ALTICE IN WHITE PLAINS AND AT 8 IN BUENOS AIRES AND THE WORLD ON WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG

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300 New Covid Infections in 3Weeks. County Executive Delivers Urgent Warning to Mask Not Mingle, Keep Social Distance.

WPCNR COUNTY COVIS REPORT. October 14, 2020:

George Latimer, Westchester County Executive delivered serious concern about the latest trend of Covid Infections in the county Tuesday afternoon,

The last three weeks saw 300 new Covid Infections in the county. He warned that if you as a citizen are not wearing a mask in public that you are being selfish and helping to spread the disease and putting others at risk like a drunk driver who drives despite their condition. He said he was very concerned about the trend in Covid infections.

He announced David Tubiolo had now tested negative for the coronavirus after testing positive one week ago causing a cancellation of the State of the County Address and quarantining of legislators who had had contact with Mr. Tubiolo. He said the county would hold its budget forum in virtual format as scheduled next Monday and Tuesday, and that he would deliver the postponed State of the County address October 22.

County Executive on the Westchester County New Covid cases trend.
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THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY: TRIBUTE TO COLUMBUS AND THOSE INTREPID ADVENTURERS WHO CAME AFTER HIM.

WPCNR COLUMN FROM THE PAST IN HONOR OF COLUMBUS

This column originally appeared on WPCNR on February 1, 2003, and celebrates the Dreamers, the Achievers, the High and the Mighty, of whom Columbus was one–the man who kept a frightened crew together and a mission of three ships across unchartered waters to open half the world. I wrote it about the Apollo 11 Crew, but the sentiments expressed aptly fit Columbus the man and the achievers who risked the unknown:

The Space Blazers:

 The Apollo 11 Crew: Nail Armstrong, Michael Collins,  Buzz Aldrin, Jr. Mr. Armstrong set foot on the moon 51 years ago July 20, 1969(NASA Photo)

The exact hour  was  20:11 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). That was the culmination of the last great American achievement  – the personal computer and the internet were to come as the next great American achievement conquering space — when Apollo 11 with Armstrong in command, with astronauts Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. blasted off to the stars  for real becoming the Flash Gordons, Buck Rogerses, Tom Corbetts and Captain Videos for all-time.

Their mission was a success.

But there have been the tragedies associated with striving for the stars and being the best, achieving the best, working for the good. Those are the persons who keep the dreams alive by their deaths and personal sacrifice. I wrote the following after the explosion of the Columbia Space Shuttle upon reentry after 19 days in space in January 2003.

The fatal Columbia Space Shuttle accident killing all 7 astronauts aboard when the historic spacecraft broke up over East Texas at daybreak on a Saturday morning began a period of national mourning. 
The expected media speculations have started, guessing at the cause of the reentry that went bizarrely, awfully wrong.
The truth is the civilized world takes absolute scientific miracles for granted. We do not appreciate the courage and skills of the men and women creating the future.
Those of us with cell phones, internet connections, high-speed trains, satellite communications and entertainment (all products made possible by the space program), do not realize the magnitude of daring achievements that you and I have come to accept to be executed like clockwork.
I first learned of Columbia’s fate late that Saturday afternoon when my wife mentioned that instead of sports programming being videotaped on our television, there was coverage of a live NASA event on ABC.
(Incredibly, the radio station I had been listening to on the way from a sports clinic had not reported any hint of the accident. That station was Z-100, the most listened-to station in the New York metropolitan area. America Online also on their first up page did not mention the missing craft as of midday. That kind of communications misjudgment is sad.)
As I watched the close of Mr. Jennings’ coverage at about 3 PM, he signed off with no recap, no names of astronauts, and some parting words about what he thought was the cause of the disaster.
I’ll say what he should have said.
Columbia’s seven astronauts who died — we know their names: they were

Columbus, Magellan, Cook, Lewis, Clark, the Wrights, Lindbergh, De Laroche, Earhart, Markham, Gruber, Chaffee, Grissom, White, Gargarin, Komarov, the Challenger Crew, the crew of Soyuz 11. They are a handful of the hundreds of brave men and women who went into the unknown.

Appollo 11′s Crew turned the dreams of the 1950s visualized in television shows like Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (above, Astro, Roger and Tom) and Captain Video, “The Master of Science” below  into reality.

America’s Spacemen and Spaacewomen and the explorers before them are the people who trust in their ability and their vessel to expand the world’s horizons, to know the unknown, whose legacies build a better world. Whose deeds inspire and achievements are the catalysts for achievement to come.


From Cook’s fragile vessel which sailed the Pacific, to the marvel that was the Columbia, the captains courageous who sailed the Roaring 40s, blazed the Oregon Trail, discovered how to fly, and flew the oceans, journeyed to the stars, knew the risks they were taking. 


The media  trivializes their courage, their skills, and the difficulty of what they did and wanted to do, to concentrate on the causes of their failure, as if knowing the cause will make their loss acceptable.

The Magnificent Seven


I do not know Columbia’s Magnificent Seven. I just see their smiling faces in their photograph, and I regret the loss of every one. They had achievement on their faces, pride in their demeanor. Their eyes shown with the glow of being alive and striving to do the great things they set out to do.


Civilization has been created because of people like the crew of the Columbia’s Magnificent Seven, not the incompetence we see demonstrated daily today where technology is concerned.


The Columbia itself had flown 26 missions since launching in 1981. It was guided and outfitted with the best 2003 communications and equipment had to offer.

Not like Captain James Cook’s bark, Endeavour, a 100-foot ship powered by sail that conquered the “space” of his time, the Pacific Ocean. It was the Columbia’s Magnificent Seven’s Endeavour. They were tracked, they were backed up, but they perhaps more than anyone here on the ground knew the high dangers of the shuttle mission.

Liftoff, as their predecessors, The Challenger crew fell victim to, is fraught with risk. Reentry, which needs to be negotiated at precisely the right angle of attack, is equally risky. Soyuz 11’s spacecrew of Dobrovolskiy, Volkov, and Patsayev died in 1971 on reentry, when the Russian cosmonauts took too long to descend.


No guarantees in real life. Machines sometimes run out of miracles.


The magnificence of the explorers’ sacrifice and dedication, is that they accept the risk of “the endeavor.”


They accept the challenge, bear it alone, seizing challenge with an indomitable spirit and confidence, facing death when it comes with the satisfaction that they made the effort, and I suspect analyzing, coping, trying to fix it until the end, the very end.

They never give up.

Columbia’s Magnificent Seven, after 16 days in space, are gone now. My sorrow is with their families who will miss these Magnificent Seven, and who know in their hearts that they died trying to reach the pinnacle of their aspirations.


They are only human.


They tried their best, achieved their best, and experienced what they longed to experience. They dared to live the great adventure.
Not all of us have the courage to follow our longed-for adventures and make them real. You can watch movies that attempt to give that experience by transference. That’s why, I believe, you and I take it so personally when we lose heroic personalities of our time. We wonder what they are like. We glorify them, rightly so.


“Follow Me! ” They Say.


I wonder how those Magnificent Seven felt, how satisfying it must have been, to be at your best, doing what you love, coping with the risks.I envy them that.


The Columbia Crew is the Miracle.


In reality it is not machines that conquer, it is the intrepid personalities, each unique, each contributing, who perform the miracles with God’s help. That they fall short is an example to us, not to take ourselves, our fates, or our existences for granted.


This is true of the everyday people we take for granted: the firefighter, the policeman, the train engineer, the airline pilot, the construction worker. All are highly trained disciplined workers, executing precise tasks for which the non-expert has no feel or understanding . What makes for the desire to achieve? What is out there or up there that leads them on?

The Feel of the Unknown


I took Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s biographical adventure diary, Listen! The Wind down from the bookshelf.

She was the young bride of the aviator-pioneer, Charles Lindbergh. She navigated for him in his aircraft, and ran his radio communications on his many exploratory flights around the world.

In a passage she describes a night flight over the ocean, in which she was operating the radio for her husband Charles, who was at the controls. Mrs. Lindbergh is describing the feelings she has as she tries to tune in the South American coast at sea in the dark of night in 1933, 80 years ago.

The feeling, the courage of the adventurer, the explorer has not changed. This is great:

“Night was the hardest. It would be all right once it was day. I kept saying…We began to hit clouds. I could tell without looking up, for the plane bumped slightly from time to time, first one wing down and then the other. And the moon blackened out for short periods.

Then for longer periods. I could not see to write my messages. I stiffened, dimly sensing fear – the old fear of bad weather – and looked out. We were flying under clouds. I could still find a kind of horizon, a difference in shading where the water met the clouds. That was all. But it seemed to be getting darker.

Storms? Were those clouds or was it the sky? We had lost the water. We were flying blind. I turned off the light quickly (to give my husband a little more vision), and sat waiting, tense, peering through the night. Now we were out again. There were holes through which one could see the dark sky. It was all right, I felt, as long as there were holes.


More blind flying. This is it, I thought is what people forget. This is what it means to fly across the ocean, blind and at night. But day is coming. It ought to be day before long… Daybreak! What a miracle. I didn’t see any sign of day and yet it must be lighter. The clouds were distinguishing themselves more and more from water and sea.


Daybreak—thank God—as if we had been living in eternal night—as if this were the first sun that ever rose out of the sea.

Note: This column originally appeared February 1, 2003 on WPCNR

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WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. October 12, 2020:

Dear John, 

From day one, testing has been among the most vital tools we have to accurately assess — and slow — COVID-19’s spread in New York. Today, we are building on our nation-leading testing program by deploying an initial 400,000 rapid result test kits in every corner of the state. These rapid test kits — that take 15 minutes to get a result and do not require sending a specimen to a lab — will be available to every county in New York State, including to local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies and other health care providers. 

The rapid tests can be used to control new outbreaks, conduct surveillance testing and help schools in “yellow zones” test students and staff, one of the new requirements of the Cluster Action Initiative to monitor COVID-19 spread.

These rapid test kids will assist health care institutions throughout the state to quickly spot outbreaks and keep families and communities safe. Rapid testing is one tool in our battle with this virus. As always it must be used in combination with mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.
Together, using all tools, we can stop the spread.  

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Coronavirus newsletter will not publish on Monday, October 12. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, October 13. In the meantime, stay up to date on Twitter

Here’s what else you need to know Monday morning:

1. We are carefully watching the total COVID hospitalizations. Yesterday, there were 779 total hospitalizations. Of the 139,300 tests reported yesterday, 1,526, or 1.14 percent, were positive.

The average positivity rate in the 20 hot spot ZIP codes in Brooklyn, Queens, Rockland and Orange Counties was 5.4 percent.

The statewide positivity rate, excluding these ZIPs, was 0.90 percent. (1.1 is the infection rated required to maintain a stable control of the COVID spread.) Sadly, we lost six New Yorkers to the virus.  

2. Search to see if you live or work in a Cluster Action Initiative Zone. As part of our Cluster Action Initiative, there are new restrictions in six clusters in the State, which allow us to stop the spread from these clusters and protect our progress in the fight against COVID-19. Look up your address to see if you live or work in a COVID-19 Hot Spot Zone where there are new restrictions. Maps of the six cluster zones can be found here.  

3. Ads from the “Mask Up America” campaign have been seen 38 million times. The national campaign, with videos featuring the voices of Paul Rudd, Billy Crystal, Ellen Pompeo, Anthony Mackie and more, have aired on TVs across the country more than 115,000 times. Watch the entire PSA campaign here.  

4.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You aren’t trapped because of COVID. If there is an issue where you face imminent harm, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you need help, you can call the State’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906, or text 844-997-2121.  

Coronavirus Updates here. 
Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 
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BOYKIN ON THE TUBIOLO COVID-19 SITUATION. All Legislators covid negative at this time.

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. October 9, 2020:

On the morning of Thursday, October 8, the Board of Legislators was informed that Legislator David Tubiolo has tested positive for COVID-19.Legislator Tubiolo is doing well and has been isolating since learning of his positive result on Wednesday.

He is working with the Westchester County Department of Health and contact tracers to identify those he has been in contact with.

The Board of Legislators offices will be closed for deep cleaning. Legislator Tubiolo was last in the Board office on Thursday, October 1.

All Legislators and Board Staff that have been in contact with Legislator Tubiolo beginning on October 1 were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, October 8 and the Board is working the Department of Health to ensure that the appropriate protocols are followed for the health and safety of legislators, staff and the public.I, along with the Board Staff that have received results to date have all been negative.

Thank you for the concerns that you have expressed for County Executive George Latimer (who tested negative), his staff and for the Board of Legislators and our staff.

We will keep you informed as conditions evolve.If you attended the Italian Heritage Flag Raising event outside of the County Office Building on Thursday, October 1, please contact the Westchester County Health Department (914-995-5800) or your medical provider as soon as possible (if you have not been contacted) to determine if you need a COVID-19 test.

Sincerely, Benjamin Boykin,

Chairman of the Board of Legislators

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