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Friday, January 11, 2013

01/11/13 SHOCKING VIDEO: Rye Town Town Supervisor Joe Carvin Said The Parks Will Be Tended To By Outside Contractors Who Are Better, Than The Three Full Time Employees Managed By Carvin

Rye Town Park Neglect January 5 2013.wmv


Port Chester Residents Are Worried That Joe Carvin's Cost Saving Parks Plan Will Not Work In The Long Run.

Hopefully, Carvin's Plan Will Work Out Better Than The Rye Town Supervisor's Forgien Farm Investment Fund.

Following the termination of the Rye Town parks foreman and his two employees last month. Port Chester residents have raised questions regarding the maintenance and care of the two parks the town oversees.

Rye Town and Crawford Parks are coveted outdoor spaces for Port Chester residents, and those who frequent their pathways, lawns and sand, have raised some questions.

Who will change the light bulbs, empty to trash, open the gate to the beach and make sure things are running safe and smoothly?

However, following the firing of the three town parks employees (and four other Town employees) on Dec. 7, local Port Chester residents have started to speak out about disrepair at Rye Town and Crawford Parks.

One area resident 
Deidra Curran released a Youtube of showing broken lights and signs, lights on in the locked bathrooms, and locked beach gate.On January 6, Rye city councilwoman Catherine Parker sent an email to Rye Town Parks Commission Chairman Joe Carvin expressing concern that safety is at risk.“You would do well to follow the example of former NYC Mayor, Rudy Guiliani, who understood that this kind of neglect becomes the tipping point for vandals to start to think no one cares about the property, and to then do further harm,” Rye city councilwoman Parker wrote.

Rye Town Supervisor Joe 
Carvin basically has just passed the buck and said that that his secretary, Bishop Nowotnik is the head of facilities management now, and he needs to do more with less.

The supervisor has also expressed that the town expects the volunteers at the Friends of Crawford Park and Rye Town Park community organizations to do more to help out.

Laura Klein, the President of Friends of Crawford Park has said that she is concerned about the future of the park.

The problem is that y
ear over year the Joe Carvin has cut services to our parks.Greenway Property Services (GPS) now has a contract through March, 2013 to provide one worker who works half time Monday through Friday to empty trash at the parks and one handyman on Fridays to tend to general maintenance issues.

Just about everyone, but Joe Carvin understands that this is not enough manpower to properly maintain our parks.
GPS will report larger issues to Bishop Nowotnik, so that they can be bid out at an additional cost to the town Of Rye.The total cost for the two part-time GPS guys is about $1200 a week.

01/11/13 PRESS RELEASE: Black Crowes Port Chester Concert Tickets Are On Sale Today At TicketProcess

TicketProcess recently announced that they are offering Black Crowes tickets to their upcoming tour dates, including tickets to the Capitol Theater In Port Chester.

(PRWEB) January 11, 2013
TicketProcess.com has garnered thousands of followers on social media sites, and many of them wait with anxious anticipation to hear each announcement. The recent announcement that they will be offeringBlack Crowes tickets will certainly send a large amount of fans their way in upcoming days. Always prepared to handle to demands of the masses, the site has secured a bevy of Black Crowes concert tickets to all of the upcoming dates on their tour, which begins Tuesday, April 2 at the Capital Theater in Port Chester, New York.
The tour will hang out on the East Coast for the first half of April, making stops at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 before a visit to the iconic House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, April 11. The final show in the region will be at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on Friday, April 12.
The Black Crowes sprang onto the scene several decades ago with an innovative sound that captivated listeners, and their skills have been refined to the point of legendary over course of their career. Having played some of the largest venues on Earth in recent years, the time has clearly come where the talented bunch enjoys filling more intimate and private locations. Each of the venues visited on this tour is worth the price of admission on its own, and fans can be sure that the Black Crowes will come ready to put on a show.
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01/11/13 Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino And A Coalition Of Legislators Eliminated The Contracts For the Port Chester Neighborhood Health Center In The 2013 County Budget.

For more than 30 years, Westchester’s neighborhood health centers have had contracts with the county’s Department of Health to provide public health services and, most recently, screening and treatment of communicable diseases.
Because Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's refunding this will be the first year that the Port Chester neighborhood health center will provide services without county support,Westchester County’s neighborhood health centers were operated by three nonprofit organizations with locations in Yonkers, Greenburgh, Mount Vernon, Port Chester, Sleepy Hollow, Ossining, Peekskill and MountKisco.

This healthcare refunding undermines the public-health safety net that has existed in Westchester for nearly four decades.

The Port Chester neighborhood center is 
the family doctor and dentist for thousands of village residents, the majority of whom have low incomes, are African American or Latino, and do not have employer-based health coverage or are covered by Medicaid.The Port Chester health-center patients are commonly described as the working poor — and in this means people who live and work in areas where there are low-wage jobs in the service economy.

Many Port Chester 
patients are employed in landscaping, housecleaning, house painting or by restaurants, dry-cleaners, and the like. Since the early 1980s, neighborhood health centers have worked closely with the county’s Department of Health in the delivery of services to residents who couldn’t go to a local doctor because of income and health-coverage issues.

While Westchester County operated a number of its own clinics across the region, employing its own doctors and dentists to provide care to low-income residents, it had to get out of doing so when managed care took hold in the mid-1990s.

Because county clinics weren’t comprehensive and didn’t meet rigorous standards expected by Medicaid managed care and other insurers, it made economic and clinical sense to outsource the work to neighborhood health centers
The model was a good one as reimbursement could be maximized in the health centers where it couldn’t in county clinics; health centers had a lower cost of doing business without a government salary and benefit structure; and health centers could meet managed-care standards for comprehensive service delivery.County Executives DelBello, O’Rourke and Spano recognized that paying health centers to deliver mandated public-health services to the uninsured made sense.Historically, the county has provided nearly $3 million annually to three organizations do this work, with $1 million of that coming from the state.In the 2013 budget, the county executive and a coalition of legislators eliminated these funds in total, walking away from the available state funds in order to save county taxpayers $2 million.While this may sound like a good deal for taxpayers on the surface, many would argue that a minimalist approach to public health is indeed foolish and that spending money on combatting communicable disease is necessary and important for the health and safety of every resident of the very dense Port Chester.No one can argue that the $2 million is a significant sum of money, but many Westchester County heath professionals have made the case that there are other ways to get these savings with refunding the Port Chester and other health centers.

For example, merging the Westchester County Health Department with its Mental Health Department (as the City of New York did years ago) would provide cost savings through the elimination of redundant positions.
The effort would also lead to a more integrated approach to health. Further, savings could be achieved through a more prudent approach to employee and retiree health spending, either through utilization management or managed networks of providers.An annual budget is about priorities and just about everyone is disappointed that the Port Chester neighborhood health centers wasn't a priority for County Executive Rob Astorino.

Port Chester 
shouldn’t be famous for epidemics of disease that are entirely preventable;, just because County Executive Rob Astorino was penny wise and pound foolish.

Westchester County has 
never skimped when it came to the health and safety of its residents and County Executive Rob Astorino should not begin doing so today.

Port Chester needs its neighborhood health center.

01/11/13 Elected Assemblyman Steve Otis to Be Sworn In Saturday

The ceremony to swear-in Steve Otis as a member of the New York State Assembly will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Rye City Hall.

via Port Chester News http://www.topix.com/city/port-chester-ny/2013/01/elected-assemblyman-steve-otis-to-be-sworn-in-saturday?fromrss=1

01/11/13 The State Of Connecticut To Pay For Port Chester Commuter's Reduced Fare Tickets

Connecticut Commuter Rail has agreed to pay Metro-North the difference on each Port Chester reduced fee monthly pass, but the ticket price is still going up.
Metro-North won’t raise monthly fares from Port Chester as much as initially planned, because doing so would have led to a quirky price difference between Greenwich and Port Chester.
Monthly passes from Port Chester to Grand Central Terminal were supposed to jump from $247 to $269 in March, when fare and toll increases across the Metropolitan Transportation Authority take effect.
A monthly ticket from Greenwich, Conn. to Grand Central is now $263 — $6 less than what Metro-North planned to charge in Rye Port Chester, even though it is closer to Manhattan.
Without an adjustment somebody who lives in Port Chester will just buy a Greenwich ticket and get on in Port Chester, thus causing the State of Connecticut to pay a higher railroad subsidy.
To prevent this Metro-North plans to only raise the monthly fare from Port Chester to match Greenwich. Because Metro-North will be charging commuters in those towns $6 less than it planned, Connecticut Commuter Rail has agreed to pay Metro-North the difference on each Rye/Port Chester monthly pass.
That’s expected to total roughly $300,000 this year, but that amount will be less than the subsidy owed if Port Chester residents were buying Greenwich tickets.

There is also 
quirky price difference, between Connecticut and Westchester buses in Port Chester. A Port Chester commuter can get on the number 11 bus to Stamford pay $1.30 ask for a free transfer and then immediately get off the bus. 
The transfer will allow a Port Chester commuter to pay about half price, thus saving about $30 or $40 per month on the morning commute.

01/11/13 Port Chester Residents Can Make Bowls To Fight Hunger

Port Chester residents can sign up now to make clay bowls at The Clay Arts Center, as part of The Volunteer Center of United Way's efforts to fight hunger in Westchester.

esidents can sign up at Port Chester’s Clay Art Center for January workshops to craft a unique clay bowl to help fight hunger in Westchester. 

The center is partnering with the Volunteer Center of United Way to create a new program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The “Bowls for Hunger” workshops are free to the community in collaboration with local not-for-profit organizations throughout the county.

These workshops are a wonderful way to bring the community together to be creative and at the same time to raise awareness about the needs right here in our own village.

The bowls created during the workshops will be glazed and fired by Clay Art Center volunteers and donated to the Hope Community Services soup kitchen in New Rochelle. Each of the Hope Community Services clients visiting the soup kitchen will receive a clay bowl to take home as a reminder of the day. 

Community members ages 8 and up can participate in events that will produce up to 200 bowls in a single day. Workshops will be Jan. 19 at: 

Clay Art Center - Session One from 1 to 2 p.m. and Session Two from 2 to 3 p.m.

To sign up for a Bowls for Hunger workshop, visit the special events page at www.volunteer-center.org. Spaces are limited. 

Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, is a not-for-profit ceramic art organization offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by appointment.

01/11/13 THE PORT CHESTER TOPIX NEWS MESSAGE BOARD: Port Chester Police Charge Subway Robbery Suspect

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Port Chester Police Charge Subway Robbery Suspect

TOP STORY: Port Chester Police Charge Subway Robbery Suspect

(The Port Chester Daily Voice)
John McFarlane of Bridgeport has been charged in connection to the armed robbery of a Subway sandwich shop in Port Chester on Dec.

Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla announced on social media today that the Port Chester Police Department made separate arrests today of the recent Subway armed robbery suspect and the South Regent Street murder suspect.

The mayor praised local law enforcement officials on Facebook saying"Our PD is second to none, and has a very high closure rate. The bad guys can run, but they can't hide." Mayor Pilla has become a fan of using social media as a way to connect with the residents of the Long Island Sound village of over 30,000 residents.

 He uses social media to take action and show real customer service.

There is no team behind his social media efforts responding on his behalf. He is behind it all making a difference, and at a very fast pace. He is all about answering questions and providing his residents with any help that they need.

Mayor Pilla uses social for is encouraging residents to become active in Port Chester Government and to volunteer in the community.

Although Mr. Pilla uses social networks most of the time as a way to communicate his thoughts and ideas to residents, he still communicates with residents in traditional ways.

Connecting with residents through social networks is done on a daily basis for Mayor Pilla.

He is always out on different locations making a differences and cleaning up the village.

Through social media he keeps the residents up to date about what he has been up to and what they can do to help out. Ever since, he has made a difference through using these social networks.

A White Plains man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting of a 21-year-old man this August in Port Chester.

01/11/13 The Raw Port Chester News Feed (AM Edition)

'Career criminal' indicted in Port Chester killing
The Journal News | LoHud.com
A White Plains man was arraigned Thursday on murder charges in connection with the fatal August shooting of a 21-year-old man. Jaerue Williams, 27, who was described by prosecutors as a "career criminal," was indicted on murder, manslaughter and ...
Port Chester Police Charge Subway Robbery Suspect
The Daily Voice
by Anna Helhoski Police & Fire 2 hours ago Comment. John McFarlane of Bridgeport has been charged in connection to the armed robbery of a Subway sandwich shop in Port Chester on Dec. 26. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Port Chester Police Department ...
White Plains man charged in Port Chester slaying
Newsday (subscription)
11 shooting death of a 21-year-old man in Port Chester. Jaerue Williams, 27, a parolee who lives on Old Mamaroneck Road in White Plains, fatally shot Wilfredo Rivera of Port Chester at 12:15 a.m. at 16 S. Regent St. in the village, prosecutors and ...
White Plains Man Charged in Murder of 21-Year-Old Port Chester Man
A White Plains man already under indictment for a burglary in Larchmont has been charged with murder in the August 2012 slaying of a 21-year-old Port Chester man on South Regent Street in Port Chester. Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore ...
Connecticut Man Charged in Subway Shop Robbery in Port Chester
Lt. James Ladeairous said John Mcfarlane, 32, of 202 Federal St., Bridgeport, CT, is being held in the Bridgeport Correctional Center on unrelated charges as a result of the investigation of the robbery at 302 Midland Ave. in Port Chester. Westchester ...
White Plains Man Arraigned In Port Chester Killing
The Daily Voice
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A White Plains man was arraigned Thursday in Westchester County Court in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man in Port Chester, Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced. Jaerue Williams, 27, is charged with ...
Family remembers dedicated tree worker
Greenwich Time
The brother of Alvarro Lopez, Walter, and Walter's wife, Karen, at their Port Chester, N.Y., apartment. Alvarro Lopez died after falling from a tree while working at 41 Bush Ave., in Belle Haven Monday, Jan. 7, 2012. Photo: Frank MacEachern | Buy This ...
Stamford Legion's Scott Giorgi Named Coach Of The Year
The Daily Voice
"I'm kind of upset that 2012 ended,'' said Giorgi, a West Harrison resident and a Port Chester native. "It was a good year for me. I didn't want it to turn to 2013. I wish I could rewind 2012." Stamford, which lost in the state championship in 2011 ...

Port Chester Police Charge Subway Robbery Suspect

John McFarlane of Bridgeport has been charged in connection to the armed robbery of a Subway sandwich shop in Port Chester on Dec.

via Port Chester News http://www.topix.com/city/port-chester-ny/2013/01/port-chester-police-charge-subway-robbery-suspect?fromrss=1

01/11/13 New Today in Port Chester

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