David Buchwald All In for 17th NY Congressional District Seat.

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WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2020. From Buchwald for Congress. October 14, 2019:

Assemblymember David Buchwald of White Plains announced this weekend his candidacy for Congress in NY-17. His video announcement can be seen here.

“Hi, I’m David Buchwald. Today I announce that am running for NY-17 to serve as a member of Congress in the next election. I want to thank Congressmember Nita Lowey for her years of service, her integrity and for being a strong progressive voice against the dangerous extremism of Donald Trump. I pledge to continue her work with the same integrity, progressive vision and true blue Democratic values. This will not be an easy election, but I have never shied away from a fight.”

White Plains David Buchwald at a recent presentation
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CNA AT SERENDIPITY “THE HOSPITALITY LAB” TUESDAY NIGHT, 7:30

SERENDIPITY LABS HOSTS THE WPCNA

The October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:30PM at 44 SOUTH BROADWAY (1st Floor).

The WPCNA will be touring the newly opened Serendipity Labs location and will be welcomed by Serendipity Labs staff who will give an overview of the company and answer any questions by attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

Serendipity Labs recently opened their newest location in White Plains. Located on the first floor of the 44 South Broadway building, which is in the BID (Business Improvement District) part of White Plains and adjacent to the Westchester Mall, this location is centrally located for anyone looking to occupy some available work space. 

Serendipity Labs is in the hospitality business, not the office rental business. Each Serendipity Labs workplace is staffed by members from the local community.  Serendipity Labs network is growing through owned, managed and franchised locations in office buildings, high-rise residential projects, hotels and retail properties, with over 100 locations currently under development. 

Membership plans range from full-time, dedicated offices, to co-working plans to occasional drop-in plans, Serendipity Labs offers productive, welcoming environments that meet the on-demand workplace needs of remote and mobile workers, business travelers and project teams.

Their hospitality teams also deliver offsite meeting and corporate event experiences. Serendipity Labs members can choose the way they want to work, connect, collaborate and thrive. Members also get corporate service standards in technology, security, communication, and document management. 

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PAUL FEINER, GREENBURGH SUPERVISOR CALLS FOR HATE CRIME REGISTRY COUNTYWIDE

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. By Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor. October 13, 2019:

A PROPOSAL TO HELP COMBAT HATE CRIMES–POLICE, WESTCHESTER SHOULD COMPILE A HATE CRIME REPORTING FORM THAT WOULD BE SHARED AND HELP US TRACK HATE CRIMES 

Our county has experienced numerous Anti Semitic incidents in recent months.  Scarsdale, White Plains, Pleasantville have experienced Anti Semitic incidents in the last few weeks alone.  The problem is escalating.

There have been rallies and commentaries expressing disgust at what has been happening but we need to do more than just be outraged.A suggestion that I think could help us deal with this crisis:  a Hate Crime reporting form that would enable us to track hate crimes. 

I suggest that a meeting of government officials, the police, representatives of the DAs office, and civic leaders be held to discuss implementation.  The hate crime reporting form should be compiled by every law enforcement agency in the county and shared with each municipality.  Much of the information should be made public.


To further outline what might be in the form these are suggestions: more about collecting data on the crimes.

It would work like domestic violence stating if police respond to a crime and there is any element of hate they must record:- the location- the offense (graffiti, hate speech, physical violence,..)- the victim (perhaps it is a person or a school facility or a monument)- how the incident/crime is categorized (so many are criminal mischief) or even if a charge is filed


A separate part that is equally as important is:- follow-up process with victim (with DV information is given about local resources, with this my thought was always the Westchester County Human Rights Commission is given as a resource, but there should be other resources listed)-

if the perpetrator is caught- punishment vs. initial charges

We need  to first collect data to know what is happening and where. Just getting the police to respond to each incident and record it seems essential. The follow-up might really be with the DA’s office, which is why it is great that you are including them on the email. 
 

I am going to copy the District Attorney of Westchester, the Jewish Council of Westchester, the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Westchester, NAACP, WESPAC and Anti Defamation League and organizations that advocate for individuals of the Muslim faith, CAIR, AMWA and leaders of the LGBT community as well as the Westchester Human Rights offices, the Governor’s office, the County Executive.  

This suggestion was originally made to me by human rights activist  Jodie Reaver. 

The point of collecting the data is to begin to understand t is occurring in our localities. Once that is understood then perhaps education and outreach can occur to address  the underlying causes of hate. 

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REAL ESTATE BLUES: NO RECOVERY. NO BOOM. NO BUST. LOW INVENTORY MELANCHOLY. Co-ops Attractive as Entry into Home Ownership.

WPCNR REALTY REALITY. From the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors. October 9, 2019:

Overall residential sales decreased by 1.6% in Westchester County in the 3rd quarter of the year, due to a 16-1/2% decline in Co-op sales. (from 545 last year’s 3rd quarter down to 455 in July-August-Sept 2019).

Single Family Homes in Westchesterland grew 1% from 1,919 in July-August-September last year to 1,939 this year.

The median price of a Single family home grew 3% to $699,000 from $678,500 a year ago.  The average sales price of a single family home sold in this year’s third quarter is $907,900 compared  $879,313 last year, a slight rise of 3%.

Condominium sales rose 3.2% from 401-to 414, while the average sale price of a condo rose 2.4% to $467,396 up from $456,396 a year ago, pretty much of a “wash.”

The HGAR analyst are concerbed about low inventory: “There was virtually no relief from the low inventory numbers that Realtors have been bemoaning for several years and that continues to be a hindrance to sales growth. With a low inventory, buyers often find it difficult to find housing that fits their criteria.”

Leah Caro, President of Park Sterling Realty in Bronxville explained the drop in Westchester co-op sales was due to the popularity of co-ops which has increased the average price of co-ops on the market. “When sales go up, prices go up, and people wait until affordability goes down. Now is actually a great time to buy a co-op, but you have to have all your ducks in a row, prepared to meet the average down payment on co-ops which is 10% to 20%.”

Caro said generally co-ops will allow about 80% financing but you as the buyer have to have a cash reserve. Caro noted inventory of co-ops for sale is down, too contributing to the higher prices.

The report from HGAR was bullish on commercial developments: “The region is experiencing an active commercial market with several economic development projects in progress: LEGOLAND in Orange County and a $100 Million film studio in Yonkers.”

The average price of a co-op sold in the last three months was $212,251, up 3% over last year at this time (when it was $205,792. Co-op prices are the lowest priced residential ownership entry market . Caro said the price of a co-op can range from$50,000 to 2 Million.

HGAR touted Westchester County positives : “Tourism in every county in the region had significant increases for 2018 and unemployment remains at historic lows. A healthy economy with low mortgage interest rates indicates that the housing market is on solid ground for the foreseeable future.”

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Gedney Farms Open Letter to White Plains Common Council: The Future of the Ridgeway Country Club. Requests “Discussion” with Council on Preserving Open Space, Locking in Current Zoning (Forbidding “MacMansions”) Forever

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From the Board of Directors of the Gedney Association. October 9, 2019:


Dear Members of the Common Council:

As you know the French American School of New York (FASNY) put approximately 48 acres on the market for sale earlier this year. More recently we have learned from potential purchasers that FASNY is entertaining offers for the entire former Ridgeway Country Club property.

The former golf course property is one of the largest remaining open spaces in the City. Importantly, the entire property is designated as an environmentally sensitive site characterized by watercourses, wetlands, steep slopes, a lake and pond. The Comprehensive Plan states that should a golf course no longer be feasible then the property should be developed at the lowest density residential zone.

In recognition of these features, the Common Council, a number of years ago, unanimously rezoned the property to the R-30 zone. The R-30 zone permits detached single-family homes on minimum lots of 30,000 square feet.

The former Ridgeway Country Club property is characterized by other unique features. Primary among them are that:

  • it is divided into four tracts separated by local neighborhood streets; 
  • it adjoins the historic Gedney Farms neighborhood, the oldest subdivision in the City; and
  • it threads through the Gedney Farms single family neighborhood.

It is not a single, large 129 acre parcel separated from the adjoining properties. Indeed, the former golf course’s parcels are narrow, ribbon-like tracts that back up upon single-family detached homes. Therefore, it is essential that any proposed development be in conformity with the existing character of the Gedney Farms neighborhood and adhere to the R-30 zoning classification. Any subdivision plan must be carefully designed so all non-buildable areas are deducted before any calculation of the number of R-30 residential lots.

Lastly, The Gedney Association expects the Common Council to mandate preservation of the same amount of usable open space as proposed in earlier applications.

When appropriate, we are prepared to discuss in greater detail the neighborhood’s views and concerns regarding the possible development of this very important property with you.

Very truly yours,

The Board of the Gedney Association

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White Plains Garden of Remembrance Vandalized

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Department of Communications, October 8, 2019 5:21 PM:

COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER STATEMENT ON GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE VANDALISM

“On the eve of Yom Kippur, the highest of holy days in the Jewish faith, anti-Semitic materials were discovered today at the Garden of Remembrance in downtown White Plains. We are enraged by this act and heartbroken that individuals would target members of our community on the most solemn day in their tradition.  County Police are actively investigating and reviewing video of the area; we seek to find and punish those who did this act.  We as a County, people of all faiths, stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters today and always.”

The Garden of Remembrance. White Plains, NY, USA
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WHITE PLAINSWEEK THE OCT. 4 PROGRAM YOUTUBE AND wpcommunitymedia.org

The YouTube link for 10-4-19 wpw —

 https://youtu.be/2REj4ByqQgM

JOHN BAILEY AMND JIM BENEROFE ON MAK VINTAGE MARY ANN KEENAN ON GOVERNMENT, HOW THE COMMON COUNCIL HAS CHANGED, OPEN GOVERNMENT AND HER THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF WHITE PLAINS

PLUS THE RED LIGHT CAMERA WINDFALL

THE REDESIGN OF ROUTE 119–THE LATEST WHITE PLAINS “FIX”

  • ROBERT MARTIN COMPANY TARGETS HEALTH CARE EXPANSION 
  • BERNIE SANDERS HEALTH
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SEIU 32BJ STAGES RALLY IN YONKERS AT ANOTHER BUILDING DRAGGING ON UNION NEGOTIATIONS AT UNION WORKERS’ PERIL.

WPCNR LABOR LEGACY. From the Service Employees International Union 32BJ:

After working over a year without a contract, the building service workers at 1160 Midland Avenue (Yonkers) have had enough.

The dragged-out negotiations have cost the workers their health insurance, forcing them to take to the streets yesterday to demand that the building management and their cleaning contractor finalize an agreement with the workers’ union, 32BJ SEIU.

“These workers have patiently tried to see negotiations through to the end, but management has stalled so long it has finally cost the workers their health insurance,” said Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President of 32BJ and head of the union in the Hudson Valley.

“The workers need their healthcare—Michael Flarida, the building superintendent, suffers Type 2 diabetes and has now been saddled with a $1,500 bill for his medication. Union members and our community allies are rallying to support the workers in their demand for a fair contract now.”

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