COUNTY EXECUTIVE ASTORINO VOWS HE WILL VETO THE BUDGET PASSED BY THE COUNTY LEGISLATURE

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Office of Communications. December 11, 2017:

Late this afternoon, after the County Legislature had voted 12-5 to approve an expanded budget  2% over and above what County Executive Robert Astorino had submitted, adding job positions and 31 persons to the county payroll and increasing funding of community service organizations, the County Executive issued this statement:

“There’s no reason to raise property taxes on the already overburdened residents and businesses of Westchester. I proposed a budget that was balanced and provided sufficient revenues for county services. For that reason, I will veto the budget and its tax increase approved by the Board of Legislators.”

The Legislature margin of 12-5 must hold if the legislature is to override the promised Astorino veto. All nine Democrats voted for the budget and three Republicans, David Tubiolo, David Gelfarb and James Maisano also voted for the budget. Any one of the Republicans could change their mind, and reestablish the Astorino budget.

David Gelfarb, a Republican, was not reelected in the November election, having been defeated by Nancy Barr. He would be the most likely to change his vote. Mr Maisano could also change his vote. Mr. Tubiolo could, too.

 

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LATIMER “TRANSITION TEAM” ANNOUNCES PUBLIC HEARINGS SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE COUNTY BUDGET MOVING AHEAD

Following organizational meetings held as part of his Transition Team planning, County Executive-elect George Latimer (D-Rye) has announced the public hearing schedule for each of the six subcommittees.

“These hearings are another step in ensuring input from residents and stakeholders in Westchester,” Latimer said. “They are a crucial step in my transition – gathering information that will be utilized so that we all move Westchester forward together,” he added.

Committee Meeting Date/Time Location*
Criminal Justice 12-13-17 – 6:00 pm White Plains Library
Health and Mental Health 12-13-17 – 7:00 pm Yonkers Riverfront Library
Social Services and Human Rights 12-14-17 – 6:00 pm White Plains Library
Administrative Services 12-18-17 – 6:00 pm Mamaroneck Library
Economic Development 12-19-17 – 6:00 pm Mt. Kisco Public Library
Operational Services 12-19-17 – 7:00 pm White Plains Library

The hearings are open to the public. Speakers at these hearing will be limited to three minutes apiece. Written comments can be submitted directly to the committees, by e-mailing them to LatimerTransition2017@gmail.com, in lieu of appearing at the hearings.

The Transition Team, led by County Legislator Ken Jenkins and former County Legislator and Pleasantville Mayor John Nonna, will utilize the information gathered from these hearings to help County Executive-elect Latimer chart a plan moving forward.

The transition process is expected to continue into January.

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COUNTY LEGISLATURE PASSES 2018 BUDGET, 12-5, MAKING BUDGET “VETO-PROOF” IF VOTES HOLD.FIRST BUDGET INCREASE IN 7 YEARS.

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. By John F. Bailey. December 11, 2017:

Westchester Legislators passed  the Westchester County 2018 budget by a vote of 12 to 5. The margin included a switchover of two Democrats who had previously voted for Astorino budgets in the last two years, and were the margin of victory for the previous two years (Mike Kaplowitz and Virginia Perez) giving the Democrats a veto-proof budget, if the margin holds.

It is the first County budget increase in 7 years. Budgets had previously been passed when not enough Democrats voted for the budget to deny County Executive Robert Astorino vetos, allowing Astorino’s refusal to increase the budgets  and taxes to stand.

The Democrats voted to raise the budget this year on the rising tide of the George Latimer victory over Mr. Astorino in the November county executive election.

The budget includes funding for  social programs as well as adding back into the budget, 7 parks curator at a cost of $441,000,  12 engineers ( legislators said to take care of $1.6 Billion in infrastructure needs). Those engineers were on the county staff in 2016, and apparently will have to work a lot harder to get those $1.6 Billion in infrastructure projects rolling. The Board of Legislators did not mention the list of $1.6 billion in infrastructure the Astorino Public Works Department  with the 12 engineers restored on the payroll had neglected, apparently according to the Board.

Other County staff positions that were restored were 10  positions Mr. Astorino removed from the County Executive’s office at a cost of $782,000 according to the Journal News. The Democrats also added 14 persons to the Board of Elections.

The Board of Legislators said they needed to keep government running at the level depended upon by Westchester residents.

The  increase in budget  adds additional jobs  restored by the legislature as well as a series of increases in allotments to mostly non-profit community service organizations.

The new budget raises  taxes 2%  –  half of the allotted tax cap of 4.4%. These funds are, the legislature said, to help cover the over $30M of fictitious revenue included by the Astorino Administration budget proposal which the County’s independent auditors advised the Board of Legislators to delete. The $30 Million consisted of the Astorino plan for leasing the Westchester County Airport to balance the budget he had submitted, that was rejected by the legislature.

There is the possibility the legislature may approve such a lease of the airport because they will examine it in January when the incoming George Latimer administration takes over. The legislature is also waiting a first payment by Standard Amusements due December 31, to start the Standard Amusements Playland lease that has been dragging on for two years. If Standard does not make the payment, Mr. Latimer has said he will reexamine that Playland deal, too.

“Our financial situation is not a pretty one, but I am proud this legislature was able to come together in a bi-partisan manner to pass a budget that manages the County’s finances responsibly for the people of Westchester,” said Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining). “We just received another negative outlook from the credit rating agencies; we needed to get real with our finances…”

 

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MAYOR ROACH GIVES STATE OF THE CITY TO COUNCIL OF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS TUESDAY AT 7

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December Meeting: Holiday Meeting and Election with Mayor Roach
The December Meeting  of the Council of Neighborhood Associations will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Education House, 5 Homeside Lane, White Plains, NY. (NOTE: This meeting will begin at 7:00 pm because sandwiches will be served.)
Continuing the Holiday Meeting tradition, our Special Guest will be White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, who will talk about the state of the City and take questions.
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The White Plains Salvation Army Needs You to Make This Year’s Bell-ringing Street Campaign its best year ever–when your help is needed more than ever.

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New Corps Officers Jenny and Sam Alarcon of  White Plains Salvation Army Mission Invite you to ring bells  for good for the Salvation Army in White Plains, New York, USA

WPCNR SIDEWALKS OF WHITE PLAINS. December 9, 2017:

You’ve always admired them, standing on corners in the snow and cold smiling and ringing their bells of cheer, giving back to the community.

You’ve always wanted to ring those wonderful bells that Salvation Army volunteers in White Plains greet you with every year at malls and street locations  throughout the city — right?

Now’s your chance to fulfill that dream this week and through the holidays

If you want to volunteer to ring those holiday bills, wear the Salvation Army red celebrating the joy of giving and spreading holiday cheer, and fill your red pot with needed donations that keep the good coming that the Salvation Army does  for White Plains through the year ,contact The Salvation Army  at

 914-949-2908.

Call now while you’re thinking about it!

(If after hours, wait, leave a message in the telephone mailbox,we’ll get back to you.)

The Salvation Army mission wants you, Mr. and Mrs. And Ms. White Plains to help ring the Salvation Army bells,  feel good doing good with every donation from passersby, shoppers, and the spirit of White Plains that goes into your cheery red pot.

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New White Plains Salvation Army Major Jenny Alarcon and Salvation Army Board Member, White Plains Television’s John Vorperian, stopped by White Plains Television Studios Friday morning to spread good cheer and give an update on The Salvation Army’s annual charity collection to fund all The Salvation Army White Plains services for 2018.

Their interview will be televised Thursday evening, December 14 on White Plains Television’s People to Be Heard at 8 PM on White Plains Altice-Cablevision Channel 76 and countywide on Verizon Fios Channel 45, and again on both networks at 7 PM, on Saturday December 16 on those same stations it is also available Thursday on the internet at www.wpcommunitymedia.org at anytime  and also YouTube and at the www.whiteplainsweek.com site on Friday, December 17.

Ms. Alarcon with her husband, Samuel are the new Corps Officers appointed in July to manage the diversified services the White Plains Salvation Army offers:

The daily Food Pantry program, counseling services, the music program for youngsters, tutoring and an after-school day care program that’s a life-saver for White Plainsians.

Always wanted to help? In the holiday spirit? Call 914-949-2908 and ask about bell-ringing on the streets of White Plains or in malls,  or leave your name if interested in volunteering in any capacity for the White Plains Salvation Army.

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SNOWY SATURDAY–WARM UP WITH A VERY HOT WHITE PLAINS WEEK-THE DEC 8 PROGRAM– ON THE INTERNET

JOHN BAILEY JIM BENEROFE PETER KATZ

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THE LEADING EDGES OF TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE OLD AMERICAN WAY

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GEDNEY ASSOCIATION SUES THE CITY TO OVERTURN FASNY APPROVAL–IS THERE A CHANCE?

 FASNY HASSLE CONTINUES

150 SURROUND REPUBLICAN HEADQUARTERS IN WHITE PLAINS–WITH CREATIVE SIGNS PROTESTING THE TRUMP TAX REFORMS

DEMOCRATIC COUNTY LEGISLATORS PROPOSE INCREASING ASTORINO BUDGET 2% — PUSH FOR 50 NEW JOBS–

HOUSING UP TURN — WILL TRUMP PROPERTY TAX CAP KILL HOUSING?

PAUL FEINER TO THE RESCUE: PAY 2018 PROPERTY TAXES BY END OF YEAR AND CUT THE BURDEN

GOVERNOR CUOMO GIVES MORE TO A FORGOTTEN PUERTO RICO–A TOUCHING VIDEO

AND MORE:

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Feiner from Greenburgh: Governor Cuomo Should Allow Westchesterites to pay 2018 property taxes Now to Ease 2018 Monster Tax Hit

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. December 7, 2017:

Dear Editor:

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has objected to the congressional action that may lead to the elimination of the real estate tax deduction for many New Yorkers whose taxes exceed $10,000 could help many property owners in Westchester save money if he calls a special session of the NYS Legislature quickly and the Legislature authorizes municipalities to accept partial payments of  the 2018 municipal, county, fire district and school taxes in 2017, rather than in 2018.

Many of my constituents have contacted me hoping to pre pay this year some of the property taxes that are expected to be due in 2018. They want to pay the taxes now, before the new federal tax code goes into effect.

If they had that ability many taxpayers in wealthier suburban communities could save thousands (perhaps tens of thousands) of dollars because of the  anticipated new code limiting deductions.  Property owners can pay the 2nd half of the school taxes in December because the taxes are due by the end of January but they can’t prepay the county, town taxes.

The problem:  Section 90 of the Real Property Tax law does not authorize local Tax Collectors to accept tax payments in advance of the tax warrant being issued. And the county/town warrants won’t be finalized before the end of the year.

If the Legislature and Governor would amend the law to allow residents of NY to pay part of next year’s real property taxes before the end of this year many people would be able to avoid the impact of the new in 2018.

Some cities and municipalities in other counties in NYS will have their town and county warrant done December 31st as they normally collect taxes in January.

What that means is that residents in other counties can pay their 2018 tax warrant this year while Westchester can’t —unless NYS does something about this quickly.

Paul Feiner

Supervisor, Town of Greenburgh

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WPTV’S PEOPLE TO BE HEARD: WHAT’S DOING IN WHITE PLAINS REAL ESTATE RIGHT NOW. ALSO SEE THE EXPERTS RIGHT NOW ON YOUTUBE AND WHITEPLAINSWEEK.COM

JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS

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CHRISTINE RICCI  AND STEVEN SCARNATI

OF  KELLER-WILLIAMS REALTY IN WHITE PLAINS NY USA

SATURDAY 7 PM

 ON THE INTERNET  INSTANTLY RIGHT NOW 

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WHAT LIES AHEAD IN THE WHITE PLAINS REAL ESTATE MARKET

WHITE PLAINS PRICE TRENDS

WHO’S MOVING IN? WHO’S MOVING OUT?

THE LENDING CLIMATE

EFFECT OF THE NEW TAX LAW ON REAL ESTATE

SHOULD YOU PUT YOUR HOME ON THE MARKET NOW OR WAIT?

SHOULD YOU BUY A HOME NOW OR WAIT?

ON WHITE PLAINS TV’S  ”PEOPLE TO BE HEARD”

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THE COUNTY’S MOST RELEVANT INTERVIEW PROGRAM

 

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76 Years Ago: The Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor. Remembering the Day of Infamy

Out of the Sun

A Memorial 

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Out of the sun on quiet Sunday morning they came

Birds of death blazened with red suns raining fiery havoc on Battleship Row.

One by one, ruthless planes dove, destroyed wantonly to their nation’s eternal shame.

Thunderous explosions scattered fiery death in Sunday dawn’s glow.

Flames belched from bowels of stricken Arizona, America’s pride,

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On Hickam Field pilots raced to planes to defend 

As their birds were crippled on ground by Zeros’ glide

Gunners in turrets on ships floundering filled skies with flack’s din.

In search of aircraft carriers, marauders could not find

Ruthlessly strafed and bombed leaving Pearl

 Smoking ruin. Ships sunk, burning as raiders flew  back into the Sun

 

The day of infamy had been ignited in the Zeros’ swirl.

 America listened a world away, somber FDR

Spoke of this day that will live in infamy.

America must never forget that Pearl Harbor Scar

When an unsuspecting America slept in complacency.

To the 2,403 perishing that day under merciless bombs

Hails of bullets,terror of torpedos out of nowhere

America must remember forces against our freedoms

Relentlessly work always to  remain aware of surprise of deadly bombs’ glare.

Vigilence is the price of freedom always to be defended

Against those who would destroy our republic from within

By dark forces in far off places we have offended.

 

The answer is not curtailing freedom at home rather it to champion.

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The USS Arizona lies today  in Pearl’s waters, bleeding lives

Of her men through the eerie eternal slick marking the rusting hulk.

Beneath Pearl’s waters, the blood of free people oozes from the shadowy bulk,

Bleeding forever, freedom’s spirit living eternally in lost lives remembered.

The Arizona never rests.

 Note: The Pearl Harbor attack took place 76 years ago today at 7 A.M. Honolulu time –just about 12 noon Eastern Standard Time.  Its aftermath is dramatically depicted at

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/pearlhbr.htm

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FASNY ISSUES STATEMENT ON GEDNEY ASSOCIATION SUING FOR DISMISSAL OF COMMON COUNCIL APPROVAL OF ITS RIDGEWAY CAMPUS

WPCNR WHITE PLAINS LAW JOURNAL. From the French American School of New York. December 6, 2017:

The French American School of New York issued this statement to WPCNR this evening, dismissing the Gedney Association law suit filed this week to stop the school campus construction in its tracks:

“This lawsuit is yet another waste of time, resources and taxpayer money.  FASNY’s application for a School has been the most exhaustively studied in city history, which resulted in a significantly reduced compromise plan. To suggest that the environmental review in any way fell short is absurd.

The Gedney Association has lost all four prior legal actions.  We are confident that the court will dismiss this latest attempt by two individuals, including the president of the Gedney Neighborhood Association, which has opposed any attempt to utilize the property, including for recreation.

The outcome of recent primary and general elections in White Plains clearly demonstrated that the vast majority of citizens of White Plains do not oppose the School and, in fact, support the members of the Common Council who, after a seven-year review process, voted in favor of the reduced plan.” 

 

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