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Friday, October 5, 2007

10/05/07 - Mayor Dennis Pilla And The Port Chester Board Of Trustees Are opening up the selection process for two vacant trustee seats

Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla


The new trustees, who will be paid an annual salary of $5,200 each, are expected to serve until the March village election, when all seats except Pilla's and Democrat Daniel Brakewood's are set to expire.


In October, the village Board of Trustees will be considering eligible residents who are interested to be temporarily appointed to our village Board. You can find more information on our home page.

The future of Port Chester is very exciting! We are becoming a more progressive community and have attracted major developers. There is an exciting change that is underway in our village. All of this combines to make Port Chester, "Westchester's best kept secret"!

Source: Mayor's Corner @ http://www.portchesterny.com/

Reporter: Dennis Pilla, Mayor Of Port Chester

10/05/07 - Ever Since Bernie Abel Got Caught Cheating On His Property Taxes It Is The Same Ole Westmore News Crap Every Single Rye Town Election.

Same Crap Different Year


Every Rye Town Election The Republican's Call Up The New York Times, because no one in their right mind takes Bernie "I Forgot To Pay Over 100 Proprty Tax Bills" Abel and The We$tmore $nooze seriously.


Dean P. Santon, a trustee of the Village of Rye Brook, sees it differently....

I haven't seen any evidence of any wrongdoing by the town,'' Mr. Santon said. ''Mr. Abel has been carrying on for a year, basically repeating himself. Mr. Abel is the antagonist. But he's entitled to his opinion.''


.......''In 8 of the last 10 years, there hasn't been an increase in town taxes,'' Mr. Morabito said.

The Morabito and Abel families have both lived in Port Chester and known one another for generations. They had long been neighborly, as many with deep roots in this small town are. But the men began feuding last year, when Mr. Morabito initiated the tax reassessment. Besides making property taxes more equitable, the town is hoping through revaluation to avoid or at least reduce costly legal challenges to its tax assessments, Mr. Morabito said. In the last 10 years, the town has paid $18 million in tax reimbursements because of such cases, he said, and the challenges ''hurt the schools more than anybody.''

Mr. Abel, a retired Air Force fighter pilot and real estate broker, founded The Westmore News 40 years ago so that he would have a venue to express himself.

''In the daily paper, I could only write a letter,'' Mr. Abel said by telephone from his winter home in Florida. ''I was opinionated. I felt I saw injustices and I wanted to correct them. I said 'Heck, to get my point across, I think I'll start my own newspaper.'''

In the early 1980's, Mr. Abel retired from the paper. He handed the reins over to his son Richard, who is now the publisher, and Richard's wife, Jananne, now the editor. He was content, he said, to putter around the office, help with school pickups for his grandchildren and enjoy his time to himself.

But when the town government ordered the townwide property tax revaluation Mr. Abel said, he could no longer keep his opinions to himself.

''He kept going on and on about reval,'' Richard Abel said. ''I don't happen to agree with him on the subject, but I said 'Dad, if you feel so strongly about it, I'll give you a column.'''

Last fall, Bernard Abel wrote his first Town Crier column. He hasn't missed a week since.
''I started digging and I thought perhaps reval wasn't the whole story,'' Mr. Abel said. ''Perhaps the story was the type of government they were running.''

No argument, it seemed, was too big or too small for the Town Crier.

One column chastised a town board member for not fencing in his pool.

Another criticized the entire town board because a Korean War memorial, built by a veterans' organization, includes the board members' names in letters that are larger than the names of the war heroes. In the column, several board members have been accused of nepotism and unethical behavior in their private dealings with town contractors. And the column has accused the town government of bid rigging.

''You tell me who is abusing whom?'' Mr. Morabito said in a telephone conversation. ''Every week there is an article against me, against the town board or about what's bad in the town of Rye. It's been 57 weeks in a row now. It never stops.''

Mr. Morabito said he and the town board didn't respond orally or in writing to any of the columns.......

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Source: New York Times

Publication Date: December 21, 2003

Reporter: Debra West

We$tmore $nooze - Bill Of Rights -You have the right to remain stupid and to keep sending Richard "The Drama Queen" Abel 30 bucks for biased reporting.

Anything you think will be replaced with meaningless information.

If you choose to read the hopelessly biased We$tmore $nooze you will only see more of the Same Old Crap.

Knowing or understanding your rights won't make a bit of difference, because you are funding the Abel's Personal Vendetta against the Town Of Rye.

Call 939-6864 To Cancel Your Subscription To The Hopelessly Biased We$tmoe $nooze.

10/05/07 - Port Chester Residents Are Being Warned - Don't Lose Your Home To Greedy Hedge Fund Guys And Their Predatory Subprime Loan Investments.


Business in the Burbs: Westchester starts subprime awareness campaign


"We're going to do everything we can to educate the community," said Geoffrey Anderson, executive director of Westchester Residential Opportunities. Ownership of a home is "an American dream."

"We need to keep that dream alive," he said.


'Don't Borrow Trouble' is the theme of a campaign started yesterday in Westchester County to alert consumers to the dangers of subprime mortgages.

The subprime market provides loans for homebuyers who have less than perfect credit. The mortgages usually have adjustable interest rates, and the rates have been resetting this year to levels that are onerous for many borrowers.

The Westchester County Clerk's Office said 1,593 foreclosure actions were commenced in the county through September, an increase of 40.8 percent year over year. The number of foreclosure judgments reached 476, up 52.6 percent.

"There's not a month when somebody doesn't call my office and say, 'What can I do?' " County Clerk Timothy Idoni said at a program promoting the campaign yesterday outside the County Courthouse in White Plains.

A toll-free telephone number (877-WRO-4YOU) and a Web site (http://www.dontborrowtroublewro.org/), have been set up for county residents who are having problems keeping up with mortgage payments. Westchester Residential Opportunities of White Plains will counsel callers on their options. People who live outside the county will be referred to counselors in their area

........ in their area. The Westchester campaign will post signs, in English and Spanish, at five train stations: Port Chester, New Rochelle, White Plains, Mount Vernon and Yonkers. Notices also will be posted inside county Bee-Line buses. 'We're going to ......

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Source: The Journal News

Reporter: Jerry Gleeson. Reach him at jgleeson@lohud.com or 914-694-5026.


Avoiding foreclosure

- Call 1-877-WRO-4YOU


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