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WPCNR THE SUNDAY BAILEY. By John F. Bailey. Republished from The CitizeNetReporter of June 17, 2007:
This week celebrates a great American Father.
Charles F. Bailey.
He is my father. He was born November 17, 1918.
My father gave me four pieces of advice in life: Always drive an air-conditioned car. Always centrally air-condition your home. Stay out of court.
And, oh yes, don’t sit in traffic. Take the next exit and wing it.
Always take the service road on the Long Island Expressway. (He would have loved a Garmin.)
In retrospect, his advice has served me well. I am always comfortable. I sit out traffic delays in comfort. I have not made lawyers rich.
He was not an emotional man. He was a banker and always wore suits to work. I have fond memories of going to meet him in the days of steam engines in Pleasantville – when train tracks were at grade with Manville Road at the old stone station.
I was most impressed as a young child by how he always smelled of coal cinders when he got off the train – like commuter’s cologne.
Sadly on today’s electric trains you do not get that. And you always heard those steam engines coming. Chuffing doing serious work.
You could see them: Clouds of very busy, inspiring industrious black smoke streaming at the horizon down the line. He’d get off the train.
My mother would move over and he’d drive the old Hudson Hornet home. He always spoke quietly. Never raised his voice. Drank scotch and soda in the winter. “G & T’s” in the summer, martinis with George and Howard two close friends. He smoked Chesterfield, Philip Morris, Marlboros, Kents with the micronite filter.
He set up a Lionel train set in our basement – perhaps our unspoken connection. When I was sent in by train for the first time to meet him at the office during Christmas time, He’d have his secretary Margie greet me at Grand Central Terminal which still is a very big and scary place to me .
He would take me to lunch at Jack’s Monte Rosa Restaurant on 49th Street – which I thought was a very great place. Hub bub, tinkling glasses. Sharp-dressed waitersin white jackets black bow ties.
When I first went to it with him, I was a little disappointed that it was not more glamorous but I was really impressed that Jack the owner greeted him by name. I thought that was great that my Dad was greeted with respect.
When I first started working in Washington, D.C. in 1968 I ate regularly at a restaurant below the television station WMAL-TV where I worked, it was called Marty’s Italian Village. Marty, the owner (who looked like Humphrey Bogart, the only thing missing was the white sport coat) started calling me when I came in around 7 PM, ‘Hi John, how are you?” People would look at me. They thought I was big. I liked that. Feeling big in my small world.
When my father came to visit me in Washington where I worked. I took him around town. I told him when he got off the plane. “Hi, Dad, welcome to my town.” I wanted to impress him. We’re always trying to impress our fathers. At least I was.
Another Father time was when my Dad came out for Dad’s Day at college. I mean this was a big thing to me. He watched me do play-by-play of a football game from atop the press box in 15 degree weather. It was cold. But he watched. Acted impressed. He hated cold weather. No watching from the warm press box for him.
Another time he impressed was when I lost a job where I was working at the television station that I was being considered for. I told him how unfair it was, he put things in perspective:
“Puggy, he said, “The film manager wasn’t going to put you in as his Assistant if you were going to be bucking him all the time.” It put things in perspective. No false sentiment. No making me feel better, he was tough enough to teach by being realistic while telling me not to feel sorry for myself.
Then later in my career, I was fired out of a job completely blindsided. He again intervened, saying to me he thought what the agency head had done was a terrible thing. I needed that at the time.
He also, in a very supportive move, told me if I could make $1,000 a night writing a free lance direct mail package, I should keep trying to do that.
Dads are there to say the right things to you at the right time. Sometimes it is not always the right thing, but they try. Often, if you’re lucky, as I was, they say the right thing. Always — when you really really need it. Not the wrong thing.
With my father, who was not really my father, since I was an adopted child, it was never all about him, it was all about you. Making me better, even when it hurt him to say things that were the truth.
When I bought my first house in White Plains. He never criticized the house. But when I sold it, he complimented me, “I think it’s great how you came out of it (the crummy first house).” He was a personal trainer.
The good ones train you to run a race. If you stumble, no one hurts more than they do. When you succeed, no one is prouder. The good ones push you in front of the cameras, they say interview her or him. They did it.
They know what you should do, but they can’t tell you, because you won’t do it if you’re a kid.
But the more subtler of them tell you any way in hopes it will sink into the rebellious offspring mind. My dad was subtle.
Another fond memory: My father took me camping once at a friend’s cabin in Pennsylvania. Funny thing was there was such a great comic collection we wound up sleeping in sleeping bags on the porch of the cabin. That was funny.
Another time when I was being threatened in college over a position at the radio station, I asked him if I should just abdicate and assign a play-by-play position to the person who was being forced on me. He advised me to “stick to your guns,” so I reported the threat to the Dean.
The position was compromised, but I was never threatened again. He never shared my love for baseball and sports. In fact he never played catch with me all that well or that often.
I mean I could have made the big leagues (pipe dream) if he played catch with me more. But that’s a small criticism. I wish I had more of his financial acumen. But I do not.
As you grow into your 30s and 40s, little things they say to you you begin to understand. My father never struck me, but always disciplined me with quiet words. I have not always been that way as a parent myself, being somewhat volatile. I wish I had his even temperament. He always asked me to take care of my mother. And the only time he really got mad at me was when I had made my mother upset with me.
He was a little like Humphrey Bogart in movie roles in the way he disciplined, I remember he would say admonitions quietly. Such as when I got an F in an English course at college. He told me, that was the last F I would get at Ohio Wesleyan, because the next one he would stop paying my tuition.
That had an effect. And that was when tuition was only $3,000 a year.
I have taken to, after my children have grown, telling them always “Be careful,” “Don’t do anything stupid because someone suggests it,” “Do not go anywhere alone without telling people where you are going,” “Don’t lose your temper,” “Don’t tailgate.” In hopes that when I am not with them, they will remember it when they need it.
I think of him every day of my life. I become more like him every day. He is always lingering in the background of my thoughts. I do not know what he would think of what I am doing now. But, he’d say — “If that’s what you want to do. Do it.” He also would say, “You have to make yourself happy.”
I also think, even today of what advice (laconic as always) he’d give me in a situation. I wish I could discuss property taxes with him. Banking today and how it has become a predator system.
I especially have to salute him, because I am an adopted child.
That alone makes me appreciate his love and acceptance with a sense of awe to this day. He loved me like his own son. Because in his mind, I was. He took responsibility.
You never outgrow your need for Dad. The good ones are immortal, alive and with you in your head when you need them. They are ghosts that comfort always.
Immortality is leaving a good memory of you with the ones who knew you.
Because what you give them, lives on for generations.
Your children will talk of you because of the good things and behaviors you gave them when you needed them and you never lose those tools Dad gave you.
EXCITING NEWS ~ the WPCSD will be represented in the national conversation on Equity in America’s Schools! We are thrilled and #WPProud that Board President, Rosemarie Eller; Faculty member, Yolanda Rodriguez and WPHS student, Rina Stanghellini will participate on the virtual panel on June 22, 2021 (1-3PM).
New Plan Will Seek to Create a Community-wide Vision for City
WPCNR MAIN STREET JOURNAL.Special to The CitizeNetReporter. June 16, 2021:
The City of White Plains has begun the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, which serves as a guiding document for land use regulations, such as zoning code updates, and capital improvements.
The current plan was prepared in 1997 and updated in 2006, with subsequent amendments in 2012. The new plan will respond to current economic and demographic trends, while also reflecting changing priorities among the White Plains community.
The Comprehensive Plan, together with other planning and land use documents that are regularly updated by the City, including the 5-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing, White Plains Transit District Strategic Plan, open space inventory planning, and comprehensive affordable housing regulations, provides City decision-makers with a framework to guide sound planning and development decisions.
The Planning Department will work with its consultant, BFJ Planning, on this effort. BFJ has provided professional expertise in planning and related fields since 1980. The firm has extensive experience with community engagement and consensus building throughout the New York Metro region and the Hudson Valley.
Mayor Tom Roach said, “The theme of the Comprehensive Plan, One White Plains, is intended to convey the vision that the plan can and should serve as a means of further bonding us together as one community. With One White Plains, we are looking forward together and thinking holistically about how to ensure the continued vitality of our city.”
One White Plains will investigate a wide range of themes with a goal of strengthening the connections that exist within our community, including: housing, future development, economic opportunities, transportation infrastructure, public health, parks and natural resources, equity and inclusivity, sustainability and climate change.
The process for creating the framework and developing policy recommendations for One White Plains will be guided by a Steering Committee with assistance from City staff and its consultants. The process will also include extensive community engagement to create a sustainable long term vision for the future of the City of White Plains.
The One White Plains process will consist of three phases:
Phase 1: Imagine (2021)
Phase 2: Plan (2022-2023)
Phase 3: Implement (Ongoing)
Phase I: Imagine One White Plains (2021)
As an initial phase, Imagine One White Plains will create the framework for a successful Comprehensive Plan Update, with a focus on the following key outcomes:
An inclusive community outreach strategy informed by initial outreach to representative stakeholders.
An analysis of existing conditions based on review of the previous Comprehensive Plan, recent planning documents, policies, and demographic data.
A defined scope for One White Plains, including a preliminary Vision Statement and Planning Goals based on public input.
A vision survey and community workshop to help guide the Vision Statement, Planning Goals, and Themes of One White Plains.
Phase II: Plan One White Plains (2022-2023)
Phase II: Plan will kick off in 2022. The second phase of the process will consist of inclusive community engagement strategies to help develop the content of the Plan. Phase II will lead to
creation of a planning document with strategic recommendations to achieve the Vision Statement and Planning Goals to create One White Plains.
The City has created a webpage dedicated to the Comprehensive Plan, www.onewhiteplains.com that will be updated regularly throughout the planning process. The City has also created a kick-off vision survey question to which we are inviting residents to respond, as well as a generic email address: firstname.lastname@example.org to collect general community comments. Both the vision survey question and general comment portal may be accessed through the Comprehensive Plan webpage. Participation is quick and easy.
Council President Nadine Hunt-Robinson said, “As we update our Comprehensive Plan, we are well aware that White Plains is a very diverse city and it is important to engage the myriad community stakeholders in the process, including neighborhood residents, workers, nonprofits, educational and religious institutions, healthcare facilities and the business sector. Our inclusive process will create one vision for ‘One White Plains.’”
Council Member Justin Brasch said, “As White Plains grows, I am thrilled that we will be kicking off a thorough update of our Comprehensive Plan. We need a vision to guide us in the 21st Century. This process must be as inclusive as possible, all voices need to be heard. With proper planning we can keep White Plains as the livable, safe, diverse and economically strong city we all love.”
Council Member John Martin said, “As Chair of the 1997 Comprehensive Plan and the 2006 Update, I am particularly aware of the critical importance of having a Comprehensive Plan that is updated and useful to city leaders and citizens in guiding the next phase of our City’s future. Our existing, citizen driven Plan has been instrumental in guiding us to where we are today and I look forward to a broad based effort in creating this new Plan.”
Council Member Vicki Presser said, “I hope that everyone in the White Plains community will take note of the City’s determination to update our Comprehensive Plan. The Plan will serve as a blueprint for the future of White Plains and the well-being of its residents, taking into account the many components of a healthy, thriving municipality. But in order to succeed, it needs all of us to engage in the planning process, through an array of public outreach and community input opportunities that will be available. Please watch for your chance to be heard.”
Council Member Jenn Puja said, “I am looking forward to an inclusive and thorough comprehensive plan update process. By utilizing various methods to obtain suggestions and opinions, thoughtful and strategic input will be generated. I look forward to working along with community groups, all neighborhoods, and city partners in providing a variety of opportunities to capitalize on the information our residents would like to share. The future of White Plains is in reach and I am confident that our entire city will come out of this process with a clear, comprehensive and complete vision for years to come – one that benefits our community, our residents and future generations.”
WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS.From the White Plains Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Ricca, June 16, 2021 :
As you know, Governor Cuomo announced additional changes to the New York State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Guidelines for large scale events (this is the guidance that covers Highlands Move-Up Day and WPHS Commencement).
The text of the guidance is included below this message. We recognize and respect that everyone feels differently with regard to NYSDOH health/safety standards and the WPCSD will continue to do our very best to serve all members within our community and make everyone as comfortable as possible.
Accordingly, there are some important adjustments to the requirements for both Highlands Move-Up and WPHS Commencement.
Please review the following:
1. Masks are strongly encouraged, but not required, for vaccinated individuals.
2. Unvaccinated individuals (adults and children) must wear a mask throughout the event(s).
3. Proof of vaccination/negative test result are no longer required upon entry to the event(s).
4. Physical distancing (seating) will be observed at both Highlands Move-Up and WPHS Commencement.
5. Contact tracing cards are no longer required.
Please note that official updates/reminders/communications from both Highlands and WPHS will be forthcoming via the district’s K12 Alerts System.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school (Highlands and/or WPHS). Please be reminded that the New York State Department of Health guidelines for PreK-12 school operations has not been modified at this time.
The new guidelines (from the New York State Department of Health) issued today to the White Plains School District:
· As announced by Governor Cuomo on June 15, 2021, MOST COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted as 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. As New York surpassed that threshold, the State’s health guidelines—including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing—will become optional for most industries, including pre-K-12 education end of year events, provided however there are two exceptions that continue to apply to end of academic year celebrations:
o Masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals, pursuant to federal CDC guidelines.
o Large-scale indoor event venues — defined as venues that have an indoor capacity of greater than 5,000 —will still follow the State’s existing health guidance for large events. Specifically, consistent with the State’s implementation of the CDC guidelines, proof of vaccination can be used to eliminate social distancing and remove masks for fully vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated or unknown vaccination status individuals who are over the age of four must continue to present proof of a recent negative diagnostic COVID-19 test result and wear masks within the venue. However, social distancing can be reduced or eliminated between tested attendees, allowing venues to reach 100 percent capacity in all sections. (See below and linked materials for additional guidance.)
WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From Westchester County Chairman of the Board of Legislators Benjamin Boykin. June 16, 2021:
The New York State Excluded Workers Fund was established in April to provide cash payments to workers who have suffered income loss due to COVID but who are not eligible for unemployment insurance or related federal benefits due to their immigration status or other factors.
This will be a one-time payment for help with income that was lost between March 27, 2020 – April 1, 2021
To be eligible you must currently live in New York State and must have lived here before March 27, 2020. Additionally, you may be eligible if a person who was the major source of income in your household died or became unable to work because of illness from the virus.
Such workers must be below a particular income threshold and provide sufficient documentation to establish work-related eligibility and residency in the state.
Applicants may qualify for one of two tiers of compensation based on the documents they are able to provide: Tier 1 can provide up to $15,600 in benefits; Tier 2 can provide up to $3,200 in benefits, not including taxes.
To apply for Tier-1 assistance you will need:
Tax returns for tax years 2018, 2019, or 2020 with a valid Individual Taxpayer Identification (ITIN) number or
W-2 or 1099 forms for tax years 2019 or 2020 or
Employment letter with dates of work and the reason for no longer being employed or
6 weeks or more of pay stubs or wage statements from the 6 month period before you lost income or
Wage Theft Prevention Act (WPTA) Wage Notice given by employer at time of hiring showing that you were employed in the 6 months before you lost income
Elegibilidad Para el Fondo de Trabajadores Excluidos del Estado de Nueva York
El Fondo de Trabajadores Excluidos del Estado de Nueva York se estableció en abril para proporcionar pagos en efectivo a los trabajadores que han sufrido pérdida de ingresos debido a COVID pero que no son elegibles para el seguro de desempleo o beneficios federales relacionados debido a su estado migratorio o otros factores.
Este será un pago único por ayuda con los ingresos que se perdieron entre el 27 de marzo de 2020 y el 1 de abril de 2021.
Para ser elegible, debe vivir actualmente en el estado de Nueva York y haber vivido aquí antes del 27 de marzo de 2020. Además, puede ser elegible si una persona que era la principal fuente de ingresos en su hogar falleció o no pudo trabajar debido a una enfermedad del virus.
Dichos trabajadores deben estar por debajo de un umbral de ingresos particular y proporcionar documentación suficiente para establecer la elegibilidad relacionada con el trabajo y la residencia en el estado.
Los solicitantes pueden calificar para uno de los dos niveles de compensación según los documentos que pueden proporcionar: el nivel 1 puede proporcionar hasta $ 15,600 en beneficios; El nivel 2 puede proporcionar hasta $ 3,200 en beneficios, sin incluir impuestos.
Para solicitar asistencia de Nivel 1, necesitará:
Declaraciones de impuestos para los años fiscales 2018, 2019 o 2020 con un número de identificación de contribuyente individual (ITIN) válido o
Formularios W-2 o 1099 para los años fiscales 2019 o 2020 o
Carta de empleo con las fechas de trabajo y la razón por la que ya no está empleado o
6 semanas o más de comprobantes de pago o declaraciones de salario del período de 6 meses antes de que perdiera ingresos o
Wage Theft Prevention Act (WPTA) Aviso de salario proporcionado por el empleador al momento de la contratación que muestra que estuvo empleado en los 6 meses anteriores a la pérdida de ingresos
WPCNR GOVERNOR CUOMO’S CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the Governor’s Press Office. June 16, 2021:
Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity is 0.40%, Lowest in the Country–Record Low for 18 Consecutive Days, Has Declined for 71 Consecutive Days
Additional State-Run Drive Through Testing Sites –including Glen Island in New Rochelle to Close Beginning Friday, June 18
9 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday afternoon updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress combatting COVID-19.
The Governor announced the demobilizing of additional state-run drive-through COVID-19 testing sites across New York State beginning Friday, June 18. These testing site closures follow historically low positivity rates and an 88 percent decrease in drive-through testing demand from January to May 2021.
“COVID-19 has been the most trying and difficult time in our lives, but New York State is finally moving forward into the future. Vaccination rates are up and COVID numbers are down, and we’re reducing restrictions across the board,” Governor Cuomo said. “We need New Yorkers to continue getting vaccinated, and that’s why we’ve launched a variety of incentives across the state. The pandemic is on the decline, but vaccination is the key to our success and I encourage any New Yorkers who haven’t taken the shot yet to do so right away.”
The state-run drive-through test sites will close as follows:
Friday, June 18
Binghamton – Binghamton University
Lot ZZ South
Rockland County – Anthony Wayne Rec Area
Anthony Wayne Rec Area
Exit 17 Palisades Parkway
Bear Mountain, New York
Suffolk County – Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University
South P Lot
Stony Brook, New York
Niagara County – Niagara County Community College
Niagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, New York
Friday, June 25
Albany – SUNY Albany
1400 Washington Avenue, Collins Circle
Albany, New York
Queens – Aqueduct Racetrack
110-00 Rockaway Boulevard
Queens, New York
Rochester – Monroe County Community College
Monroe Community College
1000 E. Henrietta Road
Rochester, New York
Westchester County – Glen Island Park 350 Weyman Avenue
New Rochelle, New York
Bronx – Bay Plaza
The Mall at Bay Plaza
200 Baychester Avenue
Bronx, New York
Today’s data is summarized briefly below:
Test Results Reported – 55,438
Total Positive – 320
Percent Positive – 0.58%
7-Day Average Percent Positive – 0.40%
Patient Hospitalization – 650 (+33)
Patients Newly Admitted – 91
Patients in ICU – 161 (-2)
Patients in ICU with Intubation – 88 (-4)
Total Discharges – 183,801 (+54)
Deaths – 9
Total Deaths – 42,882
Total vaccine doses administered – 20,212,046
Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 112,891
Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 597,373
Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 67.6%
Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 60.6%
Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 70.0%
Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 61.6%
Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 55.9%
Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 49.6%
Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 58.0%
Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 50.3%
Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
Central New York
New York City
Western New York
Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
Borough in NYC
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
Yesterday, 320 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,092,599. A geographic breakdown is as follows:
Yesterday, 9 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 42,882. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:
All New York State mass vaccination sites are open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-serve basis. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccines.gov to find information on vaccine appointments near them.
Yesterday, 39,435 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 79,050 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows:
People with at least one vaccine dose
People with complete vaccine series
Increase over past 24 hours
Increase over past 24 hours
Central New York
New York City
Western New York
The percentage of New Yorkers 18 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is as follows, divided by region: