A quick note to report on the aftermath from the blizzard last night. We had somewhere between fifteen and twenty inches dumped on us, depending upon where the wind drifted the snow and where you place the ruler. The high winds kept the snow off the branches, so we had no major trees down and no one in Hastings lost power.
The National Weather serviceadvises a major winter storm will impact the metropolitan region from today, Sunday through Monday afternoon.
The area to be effected includes Westchester County, among other immediate suburbs of New York City, Northeast New Jersey,, Long Island, and the coastal and interior southeast Connecticut.
The Blizzard warning is in effect from 6:00 am Sunday to 6:00 pm Monday.
White Plains, NY -- At a special meeting on December 22nd, the White Plains Common Council passed a resolution expressing their lack of confidence in Mayor Adam Bradley and asked for his resignation. The meeting was called by Council Member David Buchwald and four other council members. Buchwald has been critical of the mayor since his arrests earlier this year and called him a convicted criminal at tonight’s meeting. It has also been questioned as to whether Buchwald is behind the anonymous RecallAdamBradley.com website. Each member of the Common Council was able to address the mayor giving his or her reasons for expressing the vote of no confidence. The lone no vote came form Councilman Dennis Power who read from a prepared statement charging that Mayor Bradley should be afforded his appeal process and despite his legal troubles, he noted the mayor has contributed to the city moving forward this year despite harsh economic times.
Enough with the Republican Hypocrisy!
White Plains, NY, December 22, 2010 -- Westchester County Board of Legislators ChairmanKen Jenkins (D-Yonkers) (pictured left) released a statement pointing out the hypocrisy of Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino(pictured right) who recently vetoed a transfer of $500,000 from the County Attorney’s office to the Board of Legislators operating budget to offset costs of assigning four (4) attorneys to advise the Board on legal matters. Astorino criticized the Board, expressing that the Board was “setting up its own legal fiefdom and patronage positions”.
Albany, NY -- The Town of Harrison incurred a $10 million cumulative operating deficit over the last five years by enacting unrealistic and structurally unbalanced budgets, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The town failed to accurately monitor the fund balance to ensure that it was not depleted.
Hudson New York
December 20, 2010
Back in 2004, in one of his most recognized messages to America, Osama bin Laden, responding to then President George Bush Jr.'s claims that Al Qaeda hates freedom, rhetorically asked, "If so [if Al Qaeda hates freedom], let him [Bush] explain to us why we have not attacked Sweden, for example."
Law Limits County Executive and Legislators to 12 Years in Office
White Plains, NY -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino has signed a law initiated by the Westchester County Board of Legislators (WCBoL) that limits the county executive to three, four-year terms and legislators to six, two-year terms. “The ballot box still remains the best way to express the will of the people with respect to elected officials,” said Astorino. “But term limits provide a check against entrenched interests gaming the system. They also promote opportunities for newcomers to serve the public. It is for these reasons that I have signed this legislation.”
County Executive Robert P. Astorino Friday announced the appointments of two new commissioners, picking from the ranks long-time deputies who have been serving as acting commissioners.
Edward Buroughs was named commissioner of Planning and Kathleen O’Connor was named commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Both appointments must be confirmed by the Board of Legislators, which previously confirmed their appointments as acting commissioners.
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After the tumultuous years of the Great Recession, a battered people may wish that 2011 will bring a return to kinder, gentler times. But that is not what we are predicting. Instead, the fruits of government and institutional action – and inaction – on many fronts will ripen in unplanned-for fashions. Trends we have previously identified, and that have been brewing for some time, will reach maturity in 2011, impacting just about everyone in the world.
Award-winning Performers Come to Westchester Enroute to Carnegie Hall!
Scarsdale, NY -- The Greenville Community Church announces the fifth event in its 2010-2011 Recital Series, innovative performances of great music held in the sanctuary of Greenville Community Church, located at 270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale, New York. Dr. Corazon Bisda, Music Director of the church, is Artistic Director of the Recital Series. On Sunday, January 9, 2011, at 4:30 p.m., the series will present the University of Johannesburg Choir, an award-winning ensemble under the direction of Renette Bouwer, which will then be on tour in the United States, performing also at Carnegie Hall, New York City, in a performance with Distinguished Concerts International New York.
Mr. Tergis brings extensive municipal experience to the position, having managed multiple divisions for the City of Stamford, CT for the past four years including Solid Waste and Recycling, Road Maintenance, Fleet Management, Citizen Service Center and Cashiering and Permitting divisions. During his tenure, he improved operational functionality and efficiency by implementing a variety of new programs and projects, generating over $1 million in operational savings annually. Prior to that, he was the Superintendent of Highways for the City of Norwalk, CT.
“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Tergis to my administration and our community,” said City Manager Strome. “His experience is well suited to New Rochelle and the continued efficiency of our Public Works Department.”
Mr. Tergis received his undergraduate and graduate degree in Civil Engineering at Manhattan College, where he also subsequently served as instructor. He succeeds Jeffrey Coleman, who vacated the position in August.
Ossining, NY -- Westchester County will take over dispatching for the Town of Ossining Police Department beginning at 10 am on Wednesday, November 17, Town Supervisor Catherine Borgia (pictured) announced Friday, November 12, 2010. This is a first step in the transition to the Town’s anticipated agreement with Westchester County for the provision of police services in the year 2011.
The Town of Ossining Police will continue to operate as an independent agency during the contract negotiation.
Bronxville, NY, November 10, 2010 -- The Bronxville Police Department is investigating a burglary at a White Plains Road home that occurred on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, between 12:30pm - 2:10pm.. The method of entry was forced entry with the point of entry being a first floor window-stolen from within the residence were assorted items of jewelry. At this point we have not identified any suspects in the investigation but have recovered valuable evidence in our crime scene search. This burglary is similar to two other burglaries we are investigating that occurred on Courseview Road on September 16, 2010, and October 24, 2010.
It is with great sadness that the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson announces the passing of John "Jack" Gavin. Jack served as Village Trustee from 1966-1968 and 1976-1980. Most recently he served as chairperson of the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Disabled. He was a tireless champion of senior, veteran and disabled issues.
According to The New York Times of October 14th, Canada “has declared bisphenol A [BPA], a chemical widely used to create clear, hard plastics, as well as food can liners, to be a toxic substance.” This followed Canada’s ban of BPA two years ago “in polycarbonate bottles used by infants and children.” The compound can still be used in a host of products in Canada, but “the move would make it easier to ban the use of BPA in specific products through regulations.” The decision was “condemned by the American Chemical Council.”
Bronxville, NY, October 18, 2010 -- We are attempting to identify the owner of a dog that bit a child on Meadow Avenue near the Bronxville School on September 30 at about 3:00pm. Without properly identifying the owner and dog the eight year old child will have to be given the rabies vaccine. The dog is described as a small black Pit Bull type being walked by a woman of Asian descent. If you can provide information, please contact the Police Department at 914-337-0500.
Mount Pleasant, NY, October 17, 2010 -- Danroy Henry, a junior at Pace University’s Westchester County campus was pronounced dead upon arrival at Westchester Medical Center. Mr Henry was allegedly shot by a Pleasantville Police Officer. The passenger accompanying Mr Henry was treated for a "minor gunshot wound" Two Police Officers were also shot and are being treated for their injuries and two others are treated for trauma. The culmination of the death and injury are the result of a disturbance at Finnegan's Grill, on 1006 Broadway, at around 1:20 a.m. today.
According to a Mount Pleasant Police department press release, "A large group of unruly patrons" had formed at the front of the bar and in the parking lot.
Public Information Officer Cara Cea, issued a statement on behalf of the Westchester Campuses of Pace University said, “The Pace community is deeply saddened by the news that a Pace University student, Danroy Henry, was shot and killed by a Pleasantville Police officer during an incident outside a Thornwood bar early Sunday morning.. “We extend the deepest sympathies of our community to Mr. Henry’s family and friends. We are working with the police investigation and as appropriate will share more information when it becomes available.”