The New York Solution to the New York Nightmare of Trump Health Care that Nobody Knows About.

WPCNR Health Intelligence. By John F. Bailey. February 21, 2018:

There’s a bill in the New York State Legislature that no one knows about.

The bill would slash NY residents and businesses  health care costs, preserve and enhance health care availability, lower cost of prescription drugs, speed payments to health providers, hospitals and doctors, and do away with dealing with insurance companies.

It was one vote away from passing the New York State Senate this year.

It is the New York Health Bill (A.4738(Gottfried)/S.4840(Rivera) that according to Madeleine Zevon of White Plains, State Chair of the League of Women Voters Health Committee would cover 100% of New York’s population with no co-pays, deductibles, or premiums. There would be no more private insurance companies.

But no one other than its sponsors knows about it. I didn’t. There to my knowledge has been no in-depth coverage of this plan by major media. When Ms. Zevon told me all about it I was shocked that this bill has not been more widely examined by the “news” media.

Ms. Zevon will tell you all about it on how it can work for New Yorkers  Thursday evening on the next People To Be Heard at 8 PM Westchester County-wide on Verizon Fios Channel 45 and in White Plains city limits on Altice-Cablevision Channel 76. You may also see it on the internet at

She will tell you through charts and figures in clear, eye-opening logic that it will lift you right out of your chair.

You will see how New Yorkers will be covered for all medically necessary services: primary and preventive care, specialists, hospitals, mental health, substance abuse, dental, vision hearing, drugs and medical equipment.

It would be funded by a progressive tax on payroll and unearned income (non-wage), capital gains, dividends and interest.

The bill would save a net $45 Billion a year.

That’s worth writing again just to let it sink in on you.

The bill would save a net $45 Billion a year

It would save $71 Billion by eliminating high administrative costs and lowering drug and medical equipment prices.

The cost of covering everyone in New York would be $26 Billion.  According to a study by Gerald Friedman,Chair of Economics of the University of Massachusetts, by subtracting $26 Billion from the $71 Billion in savings, the net savings would be $45 Billion.

That is an average of $2,200 in savings per person a year.

Why would this bill be good for businesses?

It would, Ms. Zevon says, because businesses would no longer have to buy health coverage for their employees. This would attract businesses to New York State.

Westchester County could eliminate the $276,094,418 it pays in county real estate taxes for Medicaid.

(Wouldn’t that be nice? All county executives would love this. This could happen after the state obtains a waiver available through the Affordable Care Act to roll Medicare and Medicaid funds into one fund.)

To see how all this can work, watch People To Be Heard tomorrow evening where Ms. Zevon talks you through it.

You can also see her explanation in person on Wednesday, March 1 at the White Plains Public Library at 7 PM where she will tell  you more about the bill and Assemblyman Richard Gottlieb, sponsor of the bill will present this bill.

Where is the bill at? It  passed the Assembly 94-46 in November.  In the State Senate there are 31 co-sponsors, one vote short of a majority.

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D.A. Charges New Ro School Secretary Employee with Stealing $35,000 in Pay Checks

WPCNR CRIME STOPPERS NOTEBOOK. From the Westchester County District Attorney. February 20, 2018:

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Marisol Martell (DOB 06/07/1980) of Elmsford was arraigned on a 49-count felony complaint in New Rochelle City Court on charges related to her theft of money from the New Rochelle School District while working as a school secretary.

The complaint charges one count of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree as a Crime of Public Corruption, a class C felony; one count of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony; and 47 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree, each a class D felony.

At her arraignment this afternoon, the defendant was ordered to surrender any and all firearms she owns or possesses to the Greenburgh Police Department, the town where she resides. Bail was set at $3,500 cash/$7,500 bond. The next court appearance is scheduled for March 8, 2018, in New Rochelle City Court.


The felony complaint alleges that from October, 2012, through February, 2017, Martell used her positon to steal over $35,000 from the City School District of New Rochelle. In large part, the defendant stole these funds from the district by taking 45 school district paychecks, each made payable to other staff members. In total, the defendant took school district paychecks made payable to 15 separate staff members, many of whom were part-time employees and athletics coaches. After the defendant stole a check, she forged the staff member’s signature on the back of the check and deposited the City School District of New Rochelle funds into her personal bank accounts.

Further, and in an attempt to conceal her crimes, the defendant also forged the school district Athletics Director’s name upon two false business records: a fraudulent School District Consultant Agreement and a fraudulent School District Requisition Purchase Order.

These two false records alone allowed the defendant to obtain over $4,000 from the district that she then used in an attempt to conceal a series of earlier thefts.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian F. Fitzgerald, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau.



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Lois Bronz, Teacher, Friend to Youth, First African-American Woman Elected to County Legislator Dies at 90


WPCNR MILESTONES.  From the Lee Funeral Home website. February19, 2018:

Lois Bronz passed away on Monday February 12, 2018. Lois was born August 20, 1927. Born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana, she attended St Mary’s Academy and received her bachelors’ degree at Xavier University New Orleans, and a Masters degree in Education from Wayne State University.

Augmenting a long career as an educator, math teacher at every level from K-12 through College/University, Lois had a long career in civic activism and politics.

Her father’s interest in politics stirred in her a healthy curiosity in politics and avid advocacy for citizen participation in government. She became active in voter registration and founded the League of Good Government in New Orleans.

Elected to the Greenburgh Town Board in 1976, she went on to become the first African American Woman elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators in 1993. Later elected as chair in 2002, she then served on the Board until 2009. Legislator Bronz was most proud of her leadership in getting the landmark legislation passed that created the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. She considered “affordable housing” her middle name.

Lois was the loving wife of fifty years to the late Charles Bronz. Besides her loving friends and community Lois is survived by her son Edgar Louis Jr., his wife Mary Irene, Lois’ daughter Francine, four grandchildren: Dorian, Nora Eloise, Edgar Louis III, and Gyasi, and one great grandchild Micah, and a host of nieces and nephews. Her daughter Shelly preceded her in death.

Donations can be made to The Lois Bronz Children’s Center, 30 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains, New York 10607

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George Washington: The First and Role Model for Those Who Would Lead

WPCNR MILESTONES. Reprinted from the WPCNR ARCHIVES. February 18, 2018:

Thursday is George Washington’s Birthday again. The time when we remember the first leader and the best. It is instructive to look at our first leader, George Washington, the father of our nation as we begin President’s Week

One cannot help be reminded of the snowy winter at Valley Forge, when the bedraggled, poorly equipped rebel army suffered but held together, and attacked the Hessians in Trenton on Christmas Eve, 1776, crossing the Delaware River at night. What kind of man was he that George Washington could inspire his troops against all odds?

Washington was a man of tremendous character. Of principle.

Where did he get this character?

He specialized in self-control at an early age. That congressmen, lobbyists, and pundits and yes, Presidents,  means mind-control, reason and responsibility.

According to  the book, The American President, Washington, at sixteen, had formed a code of conduct. He had written a book of etiquette with 110 “maxims” to guide his conduct in matters. In this etiquette book he had written,

Every action done in company ought to be done with a sign of respect to those who are not present. Sleep not when others speak; sit not when others stand; speak not when you should hold your peace; walk not when others stop;…Let your countenance be pleasant but in serious matters somewhat grave…Undertake not what you cannot perform but be careful to keep your promise.

The character sketch provided by the authors of The American President, indicates this personal “rulebook” was a book that Washington wrote over the years and referred to it often, for, they write, for the following reasons:

“for self-control, to avoid temptation, to elude greed, to control his temper. Reputation was everything to him. It had to do with his strength, his size, his courage, his horsemanship, his precise dress, his thorough mind, his manners, his compassion. He protected that reputation at any cost.”

Earning respect by example. Quelling rebellion with a few words.

Washington inspired by example. He lived with his troops. He shared hardships with them, and there was so much respect for him that he was able to talk them out of armed rebellion at the end of the American Revolution.

Washington had been asked by the army to join them to overthrow the Continental Congress, and make himself King.

Washington had been asked by one of the officers of the rebels to join them, and he wrote them,

You could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable. Banish these thoughts from your mind.

Hearing that the rebels who were planning insurrection against the new country due to not having been paid by the Continental Congress, Washington rode to Newburgh, New York, on March 15, 1783, to meet with the dissident insurgents. Washington spoke to the rebellious group, saying,

“Gentlemen, as I was among the first who embarked in the cause of our common Country; as I never left your side one moment, but when called from you on public duty; as I have been the constant companion and witness of your Distresses…it can scarcely be supposed …that I am indifferent to your interests. But…this dreadful alternative, of either deserting our Country in the extremest hour of her distress, or turning our Arms against it…has something so shocking in it that humanity revolts from the idea…I spurn it, as every Man who regards liberty…undoubtedly must.”

The would-be rebels fell silent, digesting what he had said. Then Washington withdrew a letter from Congress, but could not read the text, withdrawing some eyeglasses from his tunic, remarking,

“Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles for I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the service of my country.”

The men present were reported to have tears in their eyes at this gesture of Washington’s and abandoned their plot out of respect for their leader.

Washington retired from the military, surprising the entire new country. His action surprised King George III of England, who was astonished that Washington had refused to hold on to his military authority and use it for political or financial gain. The defeated King of England, remarked, “If true, then he is the greatest man in the world.”

Seeker of Diverse Views. How to pick a cabinet.

As President, George Washington invented the Presidential Cabinet, whom he referred to as “the first Characters,” persons who possessed the best reputations in fields and areas of the jobs he was filling. Washington said on political appointments, “My political conduct and nominations must be exceedingly circumspect. No slip into partiality will pass unnoticed…”

Washington tolerated the relentless clashes between Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, and Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, but lectured them on the necessity for tolerance and moving beyond partisanship:

“I believe the view of both of you are pure, and well meant. Why then, when some of the best Citizens in the United States, Men…who have no sinister view to promote, are to be found, some on one side, some on the other…should either of you be so tenacious of your opinions as to make no allowances for those of the other? I have great esteem for you both, and ardently wish that some line could be marked out by which both of you could walk.”

The Constitution Should be Protected

When George Washington left office after two terms, he made a farewell address which warned future generations of Americans about foreign entanglements and partisanship in the republic:

I shall carry to my grave the hope that your Union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the Constitution may be sacredly maintained; and that free government…the ever favorite object of my heart…will be the happy reward of our mutual cares, labors and dangers.”

Washington died in 1800, three years after leaving office in 1797. He was saluted on the floor of congress as being “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

He was the first and best. The ultimate role model for any leader.

Note: The American President By Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., Philip B. Kunhardt III, and Peter W. Kunhardt (Riverhead Books. Penguin-Putnam, Inc.,1999) is the source for this information on George Washington.

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Maisano Appointed Head of Westchester County Consumer Protection

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. February 19, 2018:

County Executive George Latimer named longtime County Legislator Jim Maisano (R-New Rochelle) as the Director of the Department of Consumer Protection in a news conference today at the Michaelian Building in White Plains

Latimer said: “We are of different political parties, and we remain in different political parties, but we have a shared commitment to the people of Westchester County.”

Maisano said: “I am so excited and grateful that this Administration has given me this opportunity. It is incredible that George reached across party lines to show that the most important thing is the County of Westchester. We have a fabulous County government and everyone, Democrats, Republicans and Independents should be working together to make this an even better County.

Maisano was elected to the County Board of Legislators in 1997, Maisano served in numerous leadership positions, including most recently as Vice-Chairman of the Board from 2014-2017, and Minority Leader from 2010-2013.

For over two decades as a legislator Maisano focused, on the areas of governmental and fiscal reform, environmental protection and improving municipal recreation and parks.

In addition to his public service, Maisano brings a wealth of legal experience to the job. He currently practices law at his own firm in New Rochelle, concentrating his practice on business litigation, real estate, wills, estates and probate actions.

Maisano, raised in New Rochelle, is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he worked as a landing support specialist in embarkation and logistics. Maisano served as platoon sergeant, supervising and training a platoon of marines. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant, and received several awards and commendations during his service to our country.

Latimer said: “Jim and I have a long history of working together to tackle the challenges facing our County – no matter our party affiliation. He has always advocated for the people of this County based on what he thought was the right thing to do, regardless of politics. I look forward to continuing our work together as he heads this department, which serves as the peoples’ watchdog.”

Maisano said: “I am very pleased to continue my public service in a ‘hands on’ position where I can really help the people of Westchester County. The Department of Consumer Protection is important and I am honored that County Executive Latimer has entrusted me to direct the County’s efforts to safeguard our residents from unscrupulous businesses and dangerous products. I will make sure that the Department of Consumer Protection is a robust, efficient and transparent operation.”

Maisano will officially begin his new duties on February 26.





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Sing Sing Prison Museum Launches. Fund Raising Drive for $650,000 in matching funds from State sought to Renovate, County may contribute.


Site of planned Sing Sing Prison Museum: former power house serving the prison. Plans for the 2025 targeted opening were announced today in Ossining.

WPCNR County Clarion Ledger. By John F. Bailey. February 15, 2018:

Just outside Sing Sing Prison this afternoon County Executive George Latimer, the Mayor of Ossining, Assembly woman Sandy Galef and other dignataries announced a $25 Million to $30 Million project to create a museum of prison history, focusing on Sing Sing Prison which is approaching its 200th anniversary of its founding in 1825.

The project seeks to renovate the abandoned power house (adjacent the entrance to the prison) into a 4 story museum.



The project, Latimer said, would generate 135,000 visitors to the facility and the town of Ossining, generating 230 full-time jobs, plus construction jobs. The Mayor of Ossining, Victoria Gearity (left) hailed the project as bringing a halo affect of jobs and revenue to the city. Sandy Galef, Assemblywoman, right, thanked Mr. Latimer for throwing the County support for the project. Latimer said the county may contribute funds to the project, depending on how the county budget unfolds in 2018.

The project director said the museum would contain memorabilia and exhibits of the Sing Sing past, including a model of an electric chair; uniforms of guards and prisoners, typical cells, and lecture halls.

There would be a movie theater that would exhibit prison-based films. He also said there would be exhibits emphasizing  the rehabilitation of prisoners that has made Sing Sing a model of  incarceration success with a recidivism rate of  released prisoners, just 4% compared to other prison average of as high as 70%.

Sing Sing Prison Museum expects to renovate the rusted girders  and railingless stairways leading to its upper floors and replace windows of the old power house by the beginning of 2019. By the end of 2019 they expect to complete design and exhibit plans. The project is expected to be completed tentatively in the beginning of 2025.


A major feature of the museum will be restoration of the original 1825 cell block shown here in the heart of the Sing Sing complex, which will be connected to the museum building,

Ms. Gold said the cost of the project is expected to be at least $25 Million or higher.The County Executive said the county might contribute financing to the project depending on how the county financial status evolves.


The wall of Sing Sing Prison today.

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Catherine Borgia and Unions Rally. Will Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bill. Formula Would Have Employees Earn Days of Paid Sick Time By Hours WORKED going Forward. Retroactive Service May be Considered.


Legislator Catherine Borgia (in red jacket left of podium) with Legislators, Nancy Barr (Port Chester and County Chair of the Board of Legislators, Benjamin Boykin, behind podium, leading raucous rally in the Michaelian Building rotunda today in White Plains, NY USA

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. By John F. Bailey. February 14, 2018:

County Legislator Catherine Borgia and numerous labor organizations representing some 70,000 transit bus monitors, custodians, and other job positions announced she would reintroduce her  paid sick leave bill that was held in committee last fall by the Astorino administration.

The bill, if passed, would make it law that businesses with more than 5 employees and offering no paid sick leave would have to count the number of hours per week an employee worked and total them up to provide paid sick days for the employee.

The bill allows an employ to accumulate one hour towards a paid sick day for each 40 hours worked. If the bill as constituted became law, if an employee did not without paid sick leave, he or she would for each 40 hours worked earn an hour of a paid sick day.

WPCNR asked Ms. Borgia how many paid sick days would be earned  if  an employee worked 50 weeks with approximately  40 hours a week.

The employee would have earned 5 full sick days with pay, Borgia told WPCNR.

She told WPCNR the bill may change in committee to build in a retroactive feature, that loyal employees could use past work history to earn paid sick days more quickly.

Currently the bill does not include any retroactive service “credit.”

The news conference featured employees telling of their need to stay home to tend sick children and their loss of pay, and possible loss of job.

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