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After two adjournments, former City of Rye Golf Club General Manager Scott Yandrasevich will serve a sentence of one to three years in state prison for failing to make restitution to the City of Rye in the amount of $271,120. The sentence was handed down in Westchester County Supreme Court in White Plains on Aug. 6, where Yandrasevich, seen here with wife Anna, was handcuffed and taken into custody.  
Photo/Andrew Dapolite

Yandrasevich sentenced to state prison

After two adjournments, former City of Rye Golf Club General Manager Scott Yandrasevich will serve a sentence of one to three years in state prison for failing to make restitution to the City of Rye in the amount of $271,120. The sentence was handed down in Westchester County Supreme Court in White Plains on Aug. 6, where Yandrasevich, seen here with wife Anna, was handcuffed and taken into custody.   Photo/Andrew Dapolite

After two adjournments, former City of Rye Golf Club General Manager Scott Yandrasevich will serve a sentence of one to three years in state prison for failing to make restitution to the City of Rye in the amount of $271,120. The sentence was handed down in Westchester County Supreme Court in White Plains on Aug. 6, where Yandrasevich, seen here with wife Anna, was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Photo/Andrew Dapolite

By JACKSON CHENScott Yandrasevich, the disgraced former general manager of the Rye Golf Club, will serve a one-to-three-year sentence in state prison for grand larceny and two counts of falsifying records.

The sentence was handed down on Aug. 6 by Supervising Judge of Criminal Courts Barry Warhit after he denied another request by Yandrasevich’s lawyer, Kerry Lawrence, to adjourn the case once again in Westchester County Supreme Court in White Plains. With three charges, the former general manager will serve each of his one-to-three year sentences concurrently.

Following the sentencing, which was attended by Yandraseivch’s wife Anna, he was handcuffed, escorted out of the courtroom and taken into custody.

While the former manager would have received a lower sentence if he paid back restitution to the City of Rye, Yandrasevich was unable to come up with the $271,120 within the time allowed after multiple adjournments. Furthermore, he seemed to show a lack of remorse, according to prosecutors with the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.

The former golf club manager, according to Warhit, was allowed four months’ time since the first adjournment on April 9, 2015. As a defense, Yandrasevich’s attorney said he was unable to pay up due to the recent passing of his mother, who he expected to be a source of restitution.

However, Warhit said that given a four-month timeframe, Yandrasevich’s mother would have given him the money, but didn’t. On top of his mother’s money, the judge added that Yandrasevich made no effort in liquidating his own real estate assets to attempt to reach the restitution amount, leading to his ultimate denial of another adjournment.

“The case was really about decisions and choices that were made,” Warhit said. “It happened over a long period of time and involved many steps on his part, many deceitful acts and of course couple with that undermining relationships with people who trusted him.

“He had to, in order to pull this off, lied to them all the time, routinely. And he did it for greed and he’s now going to go to state prison as a result.”

In assessing the impact that Yandrasevich had on the city, Mayor Joe Sack, a Republican testified in court on Aug. 6 that the former golf club manager contributed to a “severe undermining of trust in our community, our government in general and has caused turmoil with other issues related to the trust of the City of Rye government.”

In Sack’s eyes, the restitution amount was a far more conservative estimation regarding the money he believes Yandrasevich stole from the city during a six-year period—2007 to 2013—in question. According to a Rye City Council commissioned report that investigated Yandrasevich’s actions, the former manager may have stolen upwards of $7 million through invoices from a bogus shell company called RM Staffing.

Unable to recoup any of the money to date, the city filed a lawsuit against its own insurance company, Travelers, to attempt to expedite a $2.1 million insurance claim that has seen no movement since August 2013, back when Yaandrasevich was originally being investigated.

For Leon Sculti, chairman of the Rye Golf Club Commission, Yandrasevich’s sentencing was representative of the efforts of the club’s membership to speak out about the suspicion of wrongdoing initially.

“We had to fight the city manager and the council who did not want this exposed,” Sculti said. “The fact that the Rye Golf Club members could fight through and have a general manager be found guilty of grand larceny just says a lot about the character of the members.”

Yandrasevich was originally charged with 10 felony counts of falsifying records and one felony count of grand larceny in the second degree after forming several shell staffing companies which allowed him to embezzle approximately $342,120 from the city’s golf club.

The former golf club manager, who resigned from the club in January 2013 and was arrested in November of that year, accepted a plea deal on Nov. 6, 2014 and as part of the agreement was required to pay restitution to the city for the money he stole from the golf club and its members.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com 

 
With the cause of the damaged greens identified as a contaminated fungicide, Rye Golf Club is working to have the putting greens playable by Labor Day. File photo

Golf season nearly lost due to wrecked greens

With the cause of the damaged greens identified as a contaminated fungicide, Rye Golf Club is working to have the putting greens playable by Labor Day. File photo

With the cause of the damaged greens identified as a contaminated fungicide, Rye Golf Club is working to have the putting greens playable by Labor Day. File photo

By JACKSON CHEN
After the confirmation of a contaminated fungicide, the Rye Golf Club greens have been closed off for a majority of the golf season, leaving members upset and demanding refunds. 

However, club officials said with recovery efforts, the greens may be open around Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

According to Chip Lafferty,
the golf club’s superintendent, around nine to 12 of the greens may be playable by Labor Day. Lafferty added that the club management may consider opening every other day after Sept. 7 to allow for more turf recovery and limit the amount of foot traffic.

“I can’t reiterate enough, the foot traffic is going to be extremely detrimental to these things,” Lafferty said of the recovery process.

The putting greens at Rye Golf Club were officially closed off on June 1 after membership alerted the club’s management of the turf’s degrading health.

While the cause of the damaged greens was previously unknown, a recall notice from the manufacturers of a fungicide known as Armor Tech Alt 70 was issued on June 16. The golf club used the fungicide, provided by NovaSource TKI, an agricultural crop protection company, for the first time last year and only recently saw the effects of the contamination.

As for the recovery efforts, the superintendent has been over-seeding the greens to promote growth. On top of re-seeding the damaged areas, Lafferty said they have been plugging a few of the greens, and then transplanting healthier turf into the affected areas.

Additionally, more than four consultants have visited the Boston Post Road golf course to help the club tackle the extreme turf degradation they have faced. Leon Sculti, chairman of the Rye Golf Club Commission, said that many of the consultants estimated a similar reopening timeframe of Labor Day, if the weather cooperates.

According to an on-site visit report by the United States Golf Association’s Northeast Regional Director David Oatis, the recovered greens looked great, but had very little wear tolerance. Oatis added that subjecting the freshly-recovered greens to heavy traffic would result in even more damage.

For Jim Buonaiuto, the club’s general manager, patience with handling the greens will help the club avoid reopening them too soon and be subject to the lingering effects of improper recovery for next year.

As for the contaminated fungicide, it also caused notable damage to at least seven other golf courses, with the nearest two being in Darien and Greenwich, Conn., according to Rye Golf Club Commission Chairman Leon Sculti. But for Rye Golf Club, the damages can be translated into a monetary loss.

“Our general manager has taken photos every day and kept detailed records on our revenues last year versus this year day-by-day,” said Rye Golf Club Commissioner Patricia Geoghegan. “So there are a number of financial losses that can be documented that will go into this as well.”

According to Sculti, the club is down $140,000 in revenue from the June 1 closing date to July 15 when he asked Buonaiuto for a projection of monetary loss.

While the golf club manages to get a hold of the damages from the contaminated fungicide, the club members are becoming increasingly agitated over services that are not being provided.

“If you’re not going to have [the course] open until September, give us our damn money back,” said Andrew Papataros, a member of the club for 22 years, who added that golf season is basically over by Labor Day. “I didn’t get the services I paid for in advance and we believe we’re entitled to the refunds.”

However, Papataros, a New Jersey resident and former Rye native, said the golf club is not meeting the members’ demands because they are beholden to a no-refund policy. The member added that since the golf club hasn’t closed its doors, his American Express credit card was still charged with a payment around early June, when the greens were already deemed unplayable.

According to City Manager Marcus Serrano, when the members sign the application, the document clearly states there will be no refunds even if the golf club is closed for any reason at all. The manager added that while there are no refunds, there are still temporary greens as the golf club remains open.

When tackling the legal recourse for the damage to the greens and lost money from customers, the City of Rye has filed a notice of claim against NovaSource TKI and its insurance carrier, according to City Attorney Kristen Wilson.

While Wilson couldn’t disclose the exact monetary amount of the claim, she said it was “certainly an all-encompassing claim and takes into account membership fees that have been paid.”

When asked to elaborate on the claim, Sculti also couldn’t provide an exact number, but said the insurance “included everything under the sun,” and expects part of the claim to be for membership dues.

In an attempt to include the club members in the process, Sculti proposed to take a survey that would include what the membership was seeking. However, city council declined the survey, adding that if there was a possibility of a lawsuit in the future, that the survey could be used against the city.

However, for the insurance claim, the city attorney added that she is cautiously optimistic as the company was very responsive and it is probably in their best interest to settle quickly.

Still, some members were unwilling to wait for the result of an insurance claim that could be lengthy. “In my opinion, they’re just leading us down a path of whatever happens, happens,” Papataros said of the city and the golf club handling the insurance claim.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
The Village of Mamaroneck’s Marine Education Center, located in Harbor Island Park, may soon be subject to improvements, as the village Board of Trustees approved of establishing an advisory committee for the center. Photo/Jackson Chen

Village board OKs marine education committee

The Village of Mamaroneck’s Marine Education Center, located in Harbor Island Park, may soon be subject to improvements, as the village Board of Trustees approved of establishing an advisory committee for the center. Photo/Jackson Chen

The Village of Mamaroneck’s Marine Education Center, located in Harbor Island Park, may soon be subject to improvements, as the village Board of Trustees approved of establishing an advisory committee for the center. Photo/Jackson Chen

By JACKSON CHEN
The Village of Mamaroneck’s Marine Education Center will soon have its own advisory committee to foster the sustainability and future of the center.

After the village’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the creation of a Marine Education Center Advisory Committee during its Aug. 10 meeting, they will begin seeking residents who are interested and will review resumes for consideration.

For the center’s director Katherine Desmond, the commitment to form an advisory group shows that the board understands that the Marine Education Center has been a valuable asset to the village.

“The committee should really be a unity of people who really understand the unique qualities that the center has,” Desmond said, adding that it serves as mostly a hangout for residents and out-of-towners.

Desmond originally established the Marine Education Center in April 2013 as a free educational museum for the wildlife that is native to the Long Island Sound. Now three years into the project, Desmond felt that there was room for improvement, but the center’s day-to-day operations were already a handful for her, her husband Jim Desmond and 15 volunteers.

With a modest amount of volunteer employees, the center was only open during the summer season on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Recently, the center was able to see more guests by extending hours until 2 p.m. with the help of a new volunteer. Following the pattern of a small operation, the center ran with only $5,000 in annual funding that all went toward tank supplies and maintenance.

After establishing an advisory committee, the center may be able to extended their hours, begin fundraising efforts, and achieve a wider outreach in the village.

About approving the committee formation, Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, said there’s a possibility of extending the operation into the winter season or expanding the center into a Village of Mamaroneck museum further down the line.

Desmond agreed with the mayor’s goal of expanding hours and even wanted the center to be open four days a week, but she disagreed with the physical expansion of the building.

“Given the size, we’re not talking about a committee to talk about enlarging our building,” Desmond said. “We’re thinking of a committee that can make it possible for more people coming in.”

While the members of the committee have not been decided yet, Rosenblum said he expects the committee to include ex officio members such as the Recreation Department Superintendent Sandy Mary Korkatzis, and representatives from the village’s boards, commissions and residents.

In the end, Rosenblum said forming the advisory committee is the first step in making sure the center remains an attraction of the village. However, the mayor added that eventually, the marine center should become a part of the village’s Recreation Department.

But for Desmond, she holds some hesitancy in making the center bigger and having it be absorbed into the Recreation Department.

“The mission of the marine center is not recreation,” Desmond said. “We want to make sure where the direction we head in includes input and ideas from entities already existing in the village, like the Committee for the Environment.”

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
vote-2015

Republican primary mayoral candidates: Philip Marraccini

Marraccini_Age: 64

Family: Wife, Jayne; three daughters, Toni, Maggie and Christi

Status: Challenger

Political Affiliation: Registered Republican

Current Employment: Aviation consulting and legal work

Political Experience: Former town mayor, 1994-1998; served on airport advisory board

Community Affiliations: Knights of Columbus, a former member
of the Harrison Zoning Board of Appeals

Years in Harrison: Lifelong resident

 

Q: What type of relationship, if any, do you have with the current mayor?  

A: Back when I was mayor, [Ron Belmont] was in the Recreation Department and I got to know him on a working basis.

Q: How would you describe your experiences as town mayor?

A: I think I tended to be hands on. We had a business approach to government, as opposed to a political one. We instituted reasonable measures for saving, most notably in the legal area. In addition, we put in place financial controls and financial planning that haven’t been instituted to my knowledge in the town since. We had a five-year financial plan, a five-year capital plan and I was very active in attracting businesses into the town not by happenstance.

I went out to get MasterCard into Harrison. When I saw they were looking to move into White Plains, I brought them up, gave them a tour and showed them the IBM building that was going to be vacant. It was more being proactive with a result-
oriented approach.

Q: What are your priorities, if elected? 

A: We have to increase the Harrison brand and bring back financial stability to the town. People are concerned about the rising property taxes, declining services and decreasing property values. There was an article from Houlihan Lawrence that showed while all the other communities around us were going up, Harrison property values declined 26 percent. It’s reflective of the fact that we don’t have a town board that’s involved with the planning for the fiscal stability and elevating the brand.

We’ve had tax increases that are within the tax cap, but that’s not something I’d necessarily beat my chest about when there’s pot holes in the roads, when there’s a reduction in the workforce that compromises services. All of the things that make this a premier community to live in have eroded over time. It’s not easy, it’s not going to be done overnight, but we need to have a plan in place.

Q: As development continues to dominate Harrison’s downtown landscape, like the Playhouse Lofts and 249 Halstead Ave., this is ushering in an unprecedented buildup of Halstead and Harrison avenues. If elected, how would your administration ensure smart development, while also adhering to the concerns of residents in the Purchase and West Harrison areas that would like to retain a farm-like
community? 

A: I would have an architectural plan of what our business district should look like. I would have a streamlined process through our Building Department that would encourage development that is consistent with that plan. If you take a look at how our business district develops, it doesn’t develop according to anything but happenstance.

There’s no longevity. You have to see what draws people to the downtown and right now there’s nothing.

This development at the train station [Avalon Harrison] is not going to draw people into town; it’s going to have a negative effect. When there’s intensive residential development, that puts the biggest strain on our services.

Part of what the town has is a fiduciary responsibility to hold the developer’s feet to the fire. What is our plan for Westchester Avenue? I’d like to see a use that is consistent with the community, consistent with taking advantage of the ability to have traffic on and off of I-287 and something that is going to generate revenue, most notably sales tax revenue.

Q: Development is also highlighting some inconsistencies in the zoning code, with the town board having to issue special exception uses with projects that move forward. This is especially important as precedents are being set with the Playhouse Lofts, a five-to-six story allowance in a Central Business District that only allows four stories. If elected, what can your administration do to bring about uniform use and height in certain zones? 

A: You have to take a look at all of the regulations in town. The Building Department doesn’t have the resources to help with enforcement, or to help with execution on the codes that exist. You have to look at the regulatory process and what regulations can be paired down.

I think you have to look at how you can streamline that whole process in the Building Department to expedite conforming development.

Take a look at our signage, we have banners that say “we accept EBT,” to neon signs. There’s no brand to the town. First brand it and then elevate that brand.

Q: For a time, the Chamber of Commerce in Harrison fell by the wayside and went inactive. What could be done to ensure that the new, revitalized efforts, started in April of this year, are sustained and Harrison grows a stronger business community? Are there any business initiatives that could foster a healthier business district? 

A: What the businesses need are customers. We have very few non-service businesses in the town. You really need to put into place, to help this chamber grow, someone who will listen to [businesses’] needs and that will help them achieve what they have to achieve.

Q: Parking is another major concern for residents as seen with the high turnout and initial backlash over the implementation of a residential parking permit system earlier this year. What would be some of your plans to address parking headaches in the town? Would you like to see other areas of the town, such as West Harrison, enact a similar residential
parking model? 

A: I have a plan to be instituted rather quickly to increase parking significantly, but I think it needs more study from a traffic flow perspective before it could be implemented. I understand the reasoning behind the residential permit system. It’s going to be interesting to see how they’re going to enforce that. It’s nice to put the rules in place but when you keep cutting employees and staff, and now you have to patrol a significant area of town, what resources are going to be used to patrol that area. You add another complexity to the town government.

Q: What accomplishments as mayor are you most proud of? What do you see
as the town’s biggest failure during
your tenure?

A: One of the big things we brought was fiscal stability to the town; we were able to make tough decisions that had long-range benefits. Most weren’t put into place because I wasn’t in office to see them through.

We had a plan to improve the town’s infrastructure. The Gleason Place [DPW garage] still needs to be done to be Occupational Safety and Health Administration-compliant and to provide a working environment that’s safe and reasonable for the employees that work hard for the town. We had plans in place for a garage facility up in West Harrison as well. When you look at the fact that all of our DPW trucks get dispatched from Gleason to go to West Harrison, that’s not an efficient way to operate our business.

I think I’m most proud of having that stability to elevate the town. When you can’t maintain what you have, you’re really taking away from the brand of Harrison.

Q: Avalon Harrison, a proposed 143-unit, mixed-use development alongside Harrison’s Metro-North train station, is going to be a hot topic in the months ahead. This is especially true with the recent addition of seven units of affordable housing—a controversial subject in Harrison—added to the plan. Do you think there needs to be more affordable housing options in the town and which locations are suitable? 

A: Harrison has been criticized [over affordable housing] and I don’t know what that definition is or what they mean. I don’t think we should be mandated to put low-cost housing anywhere. I think the town is looking to impose low-cost housing standards on the community, but I don’t think that benefits the town or its brand. I think somebody has to undertake a study, is there reasonable cost, housing opportunities in Harrison. I would suggest there are. I don’t think there has been a study to show how many Section 8 tenants we have here, but I know our food pantry is a robust business. I don’t know if there’s been a study to say, Harrison is unique with the number of two-family homes, are those being counted in the pool of affordable units? I may suggest we may have met our burden already if you count those units.

Q: Transparency is always in the foreground during an election cycle with many candidates touting it as a campaign platform. How will you respond to old criticism that your tenure wasn’t the most open—citing in particular, a 1997 New York Times article claiming there were denial of requests for details about municipal contracts and expenditures under the Freedom of Information Act and failure to disclose the agenda of town meetings ahead of time. 

How can you ensure voters that things will be different this time around? 

A: At the time, there was nothing ever substantiated about that article. I can tell you [those claims] were not true. We had one of the most transparent administrations I think out of any administration that’s ever been. This [current] administration, there is no transparency and I can suggest that the mayor is not even the guy in charge of the town board.

At this point in time, I’m not running with a team, with a ticket. I’m running for the people of Harrison. I’m not beholden to anybody and I have an interest in making sure that everything is open and transparent.

vote-2015

Republican primary mayoral candidates: Ron Belmont

Belmont-Ron-2Age: 62

Family: Married; two children, Michelle and Matthew

status: Incumbent

Political Affiliation: Non-affiliated


Political Experience:
Four years as mayor/supervisor of
Town/Village of Harrison

Community Affiliations: Former supervisor for the Department
of Recreation for 20 years

Years in Harrison: Lifelong resident

 

Q: It is extremely unusual for a sitting mayor to face a primary challenge. How surprising was it to hear that Philip Marraccini was back in the fold? 

A: It was surprising to realize and to find out he was challenging me in the primary.

Q: What type of relationship, if any, do you have with the former mayor? 

A: We’ve always had a good relationship. I was superintendent of [recreation] when he was mayor, so we’ll just let it go at that.

Q: What do you remember of his tenure as Harrison’s mayor? 

A: I’d rather not talk about the past.

Q: How would you describe your experiences as mayor? 

A: I think it’s been great. I started calling residents last night, and my wife was helping me, the response was overwhelmingly positive. My people don’t know why this [primary] is happening, but it’s all part of the political process.

Ma Riis Park has been rejuvenated, the library is going to open Sept. 12, that was a great combination of the community, a private individual and the town pooling all the resources together. Verizon FiOS is in town, no other mayor could do that. I don’t boast my accomplishments, but FiOS, I started that before I was sworn in and we got it done. The Metro-North project, it has been in existence for 20-plus years, everyone wanted to do something there, but nothing was ever done. It got done. I’ll be a lot happier when I cut the ribbon and people start living there, but we’re on our way.

These are some of the things that I’ve done, but I don’t say “I”, I say “we” because some people don’t like the way I govern, where everyone’s involved. Fred Sciliano’s been involved, he’s a construction guru, he’s been involved with the library, he’s there two, three times a week. Negotiations, [Councilman] Cannella has experience with that. When it comes to finances, that’s [Councilman] Malfitano’s forte. Councilwoman Amelio has her specialties, the downtown revitilization efforts that have been done. Our bond rating has gone up three points, now it’s a AA1, hopefully maybe we can get triple A.

Q: What are your priorities going forward if you are re-elected to a third term? 

A: I’m going to try and help everyone, and that’s huge. If you live in an area that floods, that’s a priority for you. It’s got to be a priority for me. We’ve done some small flood relief projects; we’re still waiting to do the big ones. We’re in final design for those, once those are done and working with the army corps of engineers, that’s a reality.

If you’re a business owner downtown, our business district needs to be rejuvenated. It looks the same as it did 20 years ago, so it’s in the process of changing. The amount of shops and restaurants that have opened in the last four years is unbelievable, because there’s confidence back in town.

Another priority is getting rid of zombie houses, but when it comes to government, everything’s a process. We need a new courthouse, the [downtown] recreation center is 106 years old, the recreation center in West Harrison is nearly 100 years old. So these are things that have to get done. Our DPW garage needs to get done. Our police station took over a school [more than 30]  years ago. We could really use a new police station, we’ve outgrown it.

Q: Development continues to dominate Harrison’s downtown landscape, like the Playhouse Lofts and 249 Halstead Ave., ushering in an unprecedented buildup of Halstead and Harrison avenues. If re-elected, how would your administration ensure smart development, while also adhering to the concerns of residents in the Purchase and West Harrison areas that would like to retain a farm-like
community?
 

A: Development is good. We’re going to do it reasonably, that’s why we have a planning and zoning board, so we get it done in the right fashion. If we don’t develop, we’re going to dry up on the vine because we have to expand our tax base. We’re trying to develop downtown Harrison and we’re trying to bring people there. We have to get our shops going, our restaurants going. Port Chester did it. Mamaroneck did it—it’s booming now. But those areas took 20 years, it didn’t happen overnight. The development plan is to start moving slow and keep moving in a positive direction.

The other area that has to be developed is Westchester Avenue. Right now it’s empty office space, and office complexes are history. To put luxury, one-to-two-bedroom and studio apartments there makes sense to me. It’ll widen our tax base and keep our services where they are. The infrastructure, sewer and roads are there, it just needs to be re-purposed.

Q: Development is also highlighting some inconsistencies in the zoning code, with the town board having to issue special exception uses with certain projects that move forward. This is especially important as precedents are being set with the Playhouse Lofts, a five-to-six story allowance in a Central Business District that only allows four stories. What can your administration do to bring about uniform use and height in certain zones, or is there a plan to examine the zoning code and make amendments in the future? 

A: We study everything, and as I mentioned earlier, I have complete faith in the planning and zoning boards. It’s examined constantly, we look at everything. Everything has to be very specific and everything is looked at individually.

Q: For a time, the Harrison Chamber of Commerce fell by the wayside and went inactive. What can be done to ensure that the new, revitalized efforts, started in April of this year, are sustained and Harrison grows a stronger business community? Are there any business initiatives that can foster a healthier business district? 

A: We’re going to work very closely with the chamber. Holly [Sharpe], the president, is a great person and she’s not even a business owner in town, she just cares about Harrison. My thing is, I try to work with someone on whatever they need—be it signage, parking or sanitation—but I would always work with the chamber and the businesses in town. I don’t want to govern the chamber, they’re on their own, but if they ask me for something, I’d try to get it done.

Q: Parking is another major concern for residents. What are some of your plans to address parking headaches in the town? Would you like to see other areas of the town, such as West Harrison, enact a similar residential parking model? 

A: When it comes to parking, what I tell people is: it’s not that there’s not enough parking spots, there’s just too many cars. When I grew up, there were five of us and we had one car. Today, there’d be five cars. It’s a problem.

For the parking system, it’s moving forward. Permits are being issued, but the signs have not gone up yet. It’s not going into effect until after Labor Day. We tried to do the same thing in West Harrison, but the problem with parking is it has to be a state initiative. We can’t just make parking rules and regulations; it has to come from Albany. The boundary for Harrison [was] in the attorney general’s office and no one addressed it, so I got involved and now it’s a reality. It may not work, but we’re trying new initiatives.

We have to try new things. The easiest thing to do would be to say, don’t park on the streets at night, but that can’t happen. So we’re trying to do the best we can. If we had no overnight parking in the town, sanitation and snow plowing would be much easier.

Q: What accomplishments as mayor are you most proud of? What do you see as the town’s biggest failure during your tenure?

A:  I just think the positive outlook people now have of the town. Everything else leads to that—the bond rating, FiOS, Avalon Harrison and development—flow and the positive atmosphere that people want to live here. Other communities envy us now.

When I first became mayor, we went to other towns to look at sanitation, snow plowing and the police cameras. Now, people are coming here to see how Harrison mulches and looking at our police cameras, and finding out what we’re doing because we’re on the cutting edge of getting things done.

Q: Avalon Harrison, a proposed 143-unit, mixed-use development alongside Harrison’s Metro-North train station, is going to be a hot topic in the months ahead. Is your administration softening its stance on affordable housing and is there more to come? Do you think there needs to be more affordable housing options in the town and which locations are suitable? 

A: We’re studying every locality of every development. We’re always exploring options, as part of the [federal] mandate, and we’ll keep exploring options.

Q: Transparency is always in the foreground during an election cycle with many candidates touting it as campaign platform. Grade your efforts at transparency since taking office in 2011. 

A: I think it’s an A+. I have a weekly column, I call people on the phone—we hide nothing. What we do is out there. My office is always open; I mean that’s part of the reason why I’m always late on things, people walk in and out all day. I think that’s why our meetings go by quickly; people don’t come to the microphone. They don’t have to come to a town board meeting to see me and address an issue.

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Town of Eastchester scores highest debt rating

By CHRIS EBERHART
The Town of Eastchester’s fiscal prudence over the years has led to a bump in its Moody’s rating this year.

Moody’s, which rates investors on the basis of risk and the borrower’s ability to make interest payments, catapulted the town to the highest rating a municipality can receive, which in turn lowers interest rates when the town borrows money.

Eastchester’s $3.9 million in general obligation debt was upgraded this year by Moody’s Investors Service, an independent, unaffiliated research company that rates fixed income securities, from 1aa, the second highest rating, to Aaa, because of the town’s “ample reserves and financial flexibility.”

This allows the town board to borrow for tax certioraris and large-scale capital projects at lower interest levels.

Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita, a Republican, who has stressed the importance of staying below the state-mandated tax cap levy during municipal budget seasons and keeping costs and spending down over the years, said the town is borrowing at a less than 2 percent interest rate.

“We are very proud of our fiscal record,” Colavita said. “In spite of the economy and complete lack of relief of unfunded state mandates, we’ve remained below the [state-mandated] tax levy cap while securing an increase in the Moody’s rating. We can now borrow money at lower interest rates, which saves a lot of taxpayers’ money, and creates
a sense of confidence in our town board that we are watching every penny we spend.”

The supervisor said, with lower interest rates, Eastchester will look to continue its ball field renovations.

In 2014, the town renovated the Chester Heights field by installing a drainage system in centerfield and adding new bleachers and a new backstop, as well as part one of the renovations to the Parkway Oval field by adding a similar drainage system.

This year, the town allotted $30,000 to add handicap-accessible bleachers to Parkway Oval, and now, Colavita said, with the lower interest rates, the town will look to renovate Leewood Park by adding a new turf field and relocating the tennis courts.

“The upgrade in our Moody’s rating now makes this project more feasible because the debt service is almost nonexistent,” he said.

The Moody’s rating isn’t the only indicator of the town’s sturdy financial footing.

Two years ago, Eastchester scored highly on the Office of the New York State Comptroller’s fiscal stress monitoring system, which reviews all financial information of municipalities to identify local governments and school districts that are in fiscal stress. The lower the score, the less likely there is fiscal stress. Eastchester was in the top 10 percent of the state with a score of 9.6 percent in 2013, which was the last time the town was rated.

CONTACT: christopher@hometwn.com 

 
Sunny the Clown provides balloons for the kids at Harbor Island Park.

A family night of fun

The Village of Mamaroneck’s Parks and Recreation hosted its sixth annual Family Fun Night on Sunday, Aug. 9 at Harbor Island Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The night included live music with Frank Pisani and Friends, a campfire and s’mores. Sunny skies made it a perfect day for beach games, kayaking and pedal boat rentals.

-Mamaroneck Review staff

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What’s going on in Eastchester

Eastchester Public Library 

Storytimes to return in October

Our Fall Storytime programs will begin in October this year. More information is available on our website at eastchesterlibrary.org; please note the changes in dates.

New registrants must come to the library and bring proof of the child’s age—copy of passport, birth certificate, etc.—in order to sign up. Returning registrants who participated in Story Time during the Spring of 2015 and had regular attendance may pre-register via email, and will receive an email with instructions on how to do so.

For Preschool Story Time, Eastchester and Tuckahoe library card holders receive priority. Non-residents will be placed on a waiting list; if there are still openings one day prior to the beginning of the program, spots will be offered to those on the waiting list.

Free technology lessons

If you need help accessing the library’s digital collections, call the Reference Desk at 721-8103 to make an appointment for a free one-on-one technology lesson.

Bronxville Public Library

Mahjong

Become an expert player in mahjong, the Chinese game of skill and luck. Geared towards beginners and amateurs to learn the basic rules and strategies. Master a social, competitive game that requires practice, strategy and a little bit of luck. Taught by Regina Klenosky, a player and teacher for decades. On Mondays, 11 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, call 337-7680 ext. 24 or email bronxvillelibrary@gmail.com.

Teen Movie Monday

This week’s movie is “The Dark Knight,” screening Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. Running time: 152 minutes.

Social Needlers

Join us for a knitting and crochet hour every Wednesday, 11 a.m. to noon. We chat and socialize while making beautiful items which we donate to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. For more information, call 337-7680 ext. 63 or email cutchel@wlsmail.org.

Thursday Matinee

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” will be screened on Aug. 20 at 1:30 p.m. Rated PG. Running time: 122 minutes.

Family Film Friday

On Friday. Aug. 21, “Monsters vs. Aliens” will be screened at 3:30 p.m. Rated PG. Running time: 94 minutes.

Tuckahoe Public Library

For adults

Learn how to download e-books in a workshop on Monday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Get another chance to learn how to download free music with Freegal on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. Also, join the knit and crochet group that meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Please call to register at 961-2121.

Books and Coffee

Discuss what the newest and hottest books for the coming colder months over a cup of joe. Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m.

August Movie Series

The next movie for grown-ups is “5 Flights Up,” which will be screened on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. Running time: 92 minutes.

Italian Storytime

Bring your bambini for a storytime in italiano. On Thursday, Aug. 20 at 1:30 p.m. Registration required, call 961-2121.

Puzzle Time

Come play with our puzzles and share a story. Open to ages 3 to 6. Friday, Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. Registration required, call 961-2121.

Bronxville Free Outdoor Summer Concert

The next concert is That Duo Show, with the Antique Car Show on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Parkway Road and Palmer Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m. Courtesy of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce. The entertainment is free, and food from Bronxville eateries is available for purchase.

As a result, street parking along Parkway Road between Milburn Street and Palmer Avenue will be temporarily suspended that afternoon and traffic will be diverted through Leonard Morange Park beginning at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Susan Miele at 337-6040 or director@bronxvillechamber.com.

Eastchester Recreation

Both programs listed are at Haindl Field, located at Rescigno Drive and Burnham Road in Eastchester. Registration is accepted only at the Recreation Office and can be delivered in person or by mail. Registration for most programs is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, with in-person registrations processed before mail-in registrations.

If at any time you have any questions or concerns regarding any of our programs, please call our office at 771-3311. The Recreation Department Office is located on the second floor of the Town Hall building at 40 Mill Road; please feel free to stop by on any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Also visit eastchester.org for more
information.

First Play Soccer Camp

 This soccer camp pushes the fun factor for children. Each day players will enjoy learning soccer skills including dribbling, passing, shooting, tournaments and more. For ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 11. Dates: Monday, Aug. 24 to Thursday, Aug. 27. Three sections are available: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $179; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $149; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $119.

Soccer Squirts

This program involves soccer-based games, promotes the development of motor skills and is an excellent form of exercise. Soccer Squirts includes a wide range of activities that promote balance and coordination with a ball at the feet. The emphasis is on fun and more fun. For ages 3 to 5. Monday, Aug. 24 to Thursday, Aug. 27, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for $69.

Jewish Music and Arts Festival

The 41st Annual Jewish Music and Arts Festival of Westchester will be held this year on Sunday, Aug. 16 from noon to 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway. The festival wraps up Westchester County’s series of cultural heritage celebrations for 2015.

Musical entertainment includes headliner Bobby Doowah, Welt from the Jewish Community of France, Westchester Klezmer, Cantor Randy Herman with members of Kol Hazzanim and Nafshenu Orchestra featuring Israeli dancing by Camp Zeke, and family entertainment, including face painting and balloon artistry. Kosher food will be available for purchase and vendor exhibition will consist of Jewish art and Judaica.

Admission and parking are free. The event will be held rain or shine. Bring blankets or chairs for seating on the lawn.

The Jewish Music and Arts Festival of Westchester is presented by the Westchester Jewish Council, the Westchester Klezmer Program, Kol Hazzanim and the Cantors of Westchester in cooperation with Westchester County Parks. For more information, contact the Westchester Jewish Council at pam@wjcouncil.org or call 328-7001.

 

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What’s going on in Mamaroneck

Mamaroneck Public Library

For regular programs and events, visit mamaronecklibrary.org.

All Ages Hour

Come in every Saturday at 11 a.m. for stories that will appeal to all ages of kids and their caregivers. Stay or come at 11:30 a.m. to do a craft simple enough for the little kids and creative enough for the big kids. No registration required for both events, and both activities meet in the Children’s Room on the second floor.

Teen Monday Movies

The next movie is “Spare Parts,” rated PG-13. This drama is inspired by the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students who enter the National Underwater Robotics Competition  and face-off against some of the brightest minds at MIT. Showing in the Teen Room on the lower level on Monday, Aug. 17. Running time: 83 minutes.

Saturday Dance at the Movies

The next dance-themed series of films being screened are in honor of Bob Fosse, American dancer, musical theater choreographer, director, screenwriter, film director and actor. Movies will be screened on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room. Admission is free. For more information, call the reference desk at 630-5888.

AARP Driver Safety Program

Refresh your driving skills with AARP’s Smart Driver course on Monday, Aug. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The class will teach drivers defensive driving skills, safety strategies and new traffic laws and rules of the road. The class does not include exams. Upon completion of the class, drivers can save up to 10 percent on their car insurance and remove up to four points from their license. Course materials are provided. Please bring lunch and a pen. Class fees are $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members. Registration is required and space is very limited. Sign up at the reference desk or call 630-5887.

Larchmont Public Library

For regular programs and events, visit larchmontlibrary.org.

Saturday Morning Yoga

Start your day with yoga and learn about its history, philosophy and practice. Instructor Damien Germino guides participants to understanding the poses and breathing techniques that will bring peace and beauty to relieve stress while you stretch. Appreciate how to incorporate the exercises and meditations into your daily life to make this year one of contemplation and concentration on centering yourself while finding gratitude and empathy for others. Yoga can have profound positive effects physically when it is practiced regularly as well as provide a foundation for relaxation and spirituality. Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Village Center. No registration required, but please note you will need to bring your own yoga mat or blanket to use on the floor.

Open play mahjong and chess

Start the week off with a game of mahjong or chess. No instruction is provided and we recommend that you bring your own mahjong or chess pieces. Come join the fun and make some new friends. Meets every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. unless the library is closed.

Heroes Movie Matinee

Hear the true story of a group of young boys who become sports heroes by winning the 1980 Olympics in hockey. The 2004 hockey-themed Disney movie “Miracle” will be screened on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Michael P. Coords Activity Room. No registration required. Rated PG. Running time: 136 minutes.

Fairy House Craft Time

Children can create fanciful fairy house structures from a variety of art, natural and recycled materials on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. The purpose of this workshop is to create an opportunity for youngsters to engage in the magic of the realm of fairy and nature in all its wonder. This activity is presented by the Westchester Children’s Museum. To register, visit larchmontlibrary.org/fairy-house-craft-workshop.

Family Time with a therapy dog

Come relax with your family and a therapy dog on Friday, Aug. 21 from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  Children will learn to practice kindness, patience, respect, compassion and good manners with a loving therapy dog. Children and adults will take turns petting the dog, asking questions and sharing stories. For children ages 3 and up and their caregivers. Register online at larchmontlibrary.org/registration-for-therapy-dog-program.

LMCTV

Internship program

LMCTV is offering an internship program for interested and qualified students from neighboring area schools. The program includes training in field and studio television production, development of documentary video and news projects. The program provides training in Final Cut Pro, and creates promotional clips for series shows, station promos and public service announcements. Interns can learn hands-on production techniques by assisting with the production of existing shows.

‘The Local Live!’

Tune in to LMCTV’s hyper local, interactive news show Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. on Cablevision Channel 75, Verizon Channel 36. During the show, join the discussion. Call 381-0150, email thelocallive@lmctv.org or tweet @thelocallive.

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic 

Westchester County residents can bring their dogs, cats and ferrets in for free rabies vaccinations on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SPCA of Westchester, 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor. Call 941-2896, Ext. 10 to schedule a required appointment.

Cats and ferrets must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. No examinations will be given and all pets must be supervised by an adult.

Under New York State law, dogs and cats must receive their first rabies vaccine no later than four months after birth. A second rabies shot must be given within one year of the first vaccine, with additional booster shots given every one or three years after that, depending on the vaccine used. Owners who fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep the vaccinations up-to-date may be fined up to $2,000.

Rabies is a fatal disease that is spread through the bite or saliva of infected animals. Those animals most commonly infected are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. However, domestic animals such as cats and dogs are also at risk because they can easily contract rabies from wild or stray animals.

A pet that is up-to-date with its rabies vaccinations would only need to get a booster dose of vaccine within five days of the pet’s exposure to a known or suspect rabid animal. Animals not up-to-date with rabies vaccinations would need to be quarantined or potentially euthanized following contact with a rabid or suspect rabid animal.

Senior citizen programs

The Town of Mamaroneck Senior Center operates under the auspices of the Town of Mamaroneck Community Services Office. The center, located at the VFW Lodge Post 1156, 1288 Boston Post Road, is completely accessible with handicapped restroom facilities and ample parking. The center provides a wide variety of recreational, social and educational activities year round, open to seniors 55 and over.

Most activities are free or have a nominal charge. Some classes have a fee for participants. A monthly calendar of events and programs is available at the center and at townofmamaroneck.org/senior-center. The present membership fee is $35. Non-resident members may pay a higher fee for events or trips held outside the center. Identification and proof of residency is required. For membership information and a calendar of events, call activities coordinator Maria Gallagher at 834-8840.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Did you know that every 67 seconds an American is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Or that the price tag for this disease, which has no cure, no effective treatment or way in which its course can be slowed, will total $226 billion in the U.S. in 2015 alone? Alzheimer’s affects more people in the U.S. than any of the other top 10 diseases, yet it receives the least financial support.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the single greatest source of funding for research, education and treatment. Please join us and bring your spirit and energy to a walk near you. To locate a walk, for information on how to form a team, join a team, contribute time or make a donation, visit
alz.org/hudsonvalley.

The 2015 walk for Westchester County is taking place on Sunday, Oct. 4, meeting at the White Plains High School, 550 North St., near the Bryant Avenue entrance. Check-in is at 9 a.m., with a welcome and the walk starting at 10 a.m. To sign up, visit alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900. For more information, contact Terry Kean at 253-6860 or tkean@alz.org.

 

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What’s going on in Harrison

Harrison library events 

The Harrison Public Library will be closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Visit harrisonpl.org for updates and more information.

English conversation group

Non-native English speakers can practice their English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting and learn about the Harrison library, too. No registration necessary. Group meets Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon at Uncle Henry’s Bar and Grill, 309 Halstead Ave.

Wiggle and Giggle

On Tuesdays with Dawny Dew. There will be two 30-minute sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event will include songs, puppets, music and laughs for ages 6 months to 5 years. Sponsored by the Friends of the Harrison Public Library. Meets at the Harrison Jewish Community Center, 130 Union Ave.

Laptime for Babies

Songs and fingerplays with Miss Claudia. This 20-minute program is specifically designed for non-walkers. Caregiver participation is required. Meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the Harrison Senior Center, 216 Halstead Ave.

Movers and Shakers

Meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for 30 minutes of songs, rhymes, finger plays, dancing and fun. For ages 1 to 3. At the Harrison Senior Center, 216 Halstead Ave.

Calling all artists

Artists who are interested in exhibiting at the Harrison Public Library, located at 2 Bruce Ave., for approximately one month during 2016 are invited to submit samples of their artwork for review by a Juried Art Committee sponsored by the Harrison Council for the Arts.

The samples and related items may be submitted in person at the library on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 after 9:30 a.m. and must be picked up the next day, Saturday, Oct. 3, after noon. No sign up or appointment required. Two-dimensional art only is eligible. The samples must include two different pieces of the actual art, preferably framed, the artist’s resume and 12 copies, all different, of the artist’s work in the form of 35 mm slides, photos or prints.

All entrants will be notified by Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 via U.S. mail. Ten winners will be selected, plus three alternates. Choice of month will be on a first come, first served basis—February and March are not available.

For more details, visit harrisonpl.org by
going to “Events & Programs/Juried Art Program” or contact Dan Briem at the library at dbriem@wlsmail.org or 835-0324, or Connie Perrotta
at cpcpone@yahoo.com or 315-1922.

West Harrison library events

Hours starting Monday, Aug. 3: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; closed on Sundays.

Story Time

Great stories, music and fun for ages 1 to 5. No registration necessary, bring your friends. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for 30 minutes.

Mommy and Me Yoga

Come and participate in a special yoga class with your baby. Mats and blankets will be provided or you may bring your own. For babies under 12 months and their mother or caregiver. Open to all. On Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Room. Call 948-2092 to sign up or for more information.

Open Play Time

Come into the library and meet other parents, grandparents, caregivers and children. Open for children ages 1 to 5. Make new friends, play, read and have fun with some special toys. Meets Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Crochet and knitting class

Want to learn how to knit or crochet a simple scarf? Join our class. Come anytime between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Bring hooks, needles and yarn or practice with ours. Walk-ins are welcome. No registration needed. Call 948-2092 for more information.

Mahjong class

Learn mahjong at the West Harrison Library every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Classes for beginners and people who need to refresh their skills. For more information, visit the library or call 948-2092.

Mother Goose Time

Songs, dancing and fun for the little ones ages 3 and under. Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Harrison Recreation

Download brochures and applications for all recreation programs, unless stated otherwise, at harrison-ny.gov. For more information, questions, sug-
gestions and/or comments, email recreation@harrison-ny.gov.

Basketball camp

For boys and girls third through eighth grade. Camp runs from Monday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sollazzo Center at 270 Harrison Ave. Camp will help children develop techniques including ball handling, shooting, dribbling and passing, instructed by Gary Chiarella. Camp fee is $220. Checks can be made payable to the Town/Village of Harrison. Children should be sent to camp with their lunches; lunches will be refrigerated.

Event rentals

Available at both the West Harrison Senior Annex and the Veteran’s Memorial Building in downtown Harrison, the building rental fee for events is $450 for 5 hours with a $300 security deposit. Add on additional space at either center for $100 plus an additional $100 security deposit. For questions and available dates call 670-3035. To rent the facility, you must have a 2015 Harrison resident identification card.

Volunteer opportunities

The Harrison Recreation Department has many opportunities for high school students through senior citizens to volunteer with youth programs and senior programs. For more information, call 670-3035.

Harrison Senior Center

Harrison has two very active senior citizen clubs sponsored by the Recreation Department.

The West Harrison Group meets on Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. at the Leo Mintzer Senior Annex Building, located at 251 Underhill Ave., to discuss items of interest, play bingo and discuss activities coming up in the near future.

The Downtown Group meets every Friday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, located at 210 Halstead Ave.

The membership fee for both groups is $24 per year and refreshments are served at gatherings.

There is also a drop-in center at the Harrison Community Center, at 216 Halstead Ave., Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where you may enjoy television, cards and socializing.

Come by the Tuesday exercise classes from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the community center.

For more information on recreation and social activities, call the Senior Citizen Center at 670-3000 ext. 3172.

South East Consortium

The Harrison Recreation Department is a member of the South East Consortium for Special Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides year-round therapeutic recreation programs for children and adults with disabilities. South East offers a variety of programs and activities designed to develop physical, social, cognitive and emotional skills. These programs and services are open to all residents in the member communities. Children and adults are also allowed to participate in the regular recreation programs if some accommodations are made in cooperation with SEC on a case-by-case basis. For more information regarding inclusion programs, contact the SEC at 698-5232 or visit secrec.org.

Summer Concert Series

The summer concert series ends the season with two more performances. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, rhythm and blues band Reunion will bring the beat on the corners of Thatcher and Halstead Avenues, and on Thursday, Aug. 20, southern rock band Sundown will be playing at the West Harrison Village Green. Both concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Call the Harrison recreation hotline at 670-3039 for more information.

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic 

Westchester County residents can bring their dogs, cats and ferrets in for free rabies vaccinations on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SPCA of Westchester, 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor. Call 941-2896, Ext. 10 to schedule a required appointment.

Cats and ferrets must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. No examinations will be given and all pets must be supervised by an adult.

Under New York State law, dogs and cats must receive their first rabies vaccine no later than four months after birth. A second rabies shot must be given within one year of the first vaccine, with additional booster shots given every one or three years after that, depending on the vaccine used. Owners who fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep the vaccinations up-to-date may be fined up to $2,000.

Rabies is a fatal disease that is spread through the bite or saliva of infected animals. Those animals most commonly infected are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. However, domestic animals such as cats and dogs are also at risk because they can easily contract rabies from wild or stray animals.

A pet that is up-to-date with its rabies vaccinations would only need to get a booster dose of vaccine within five days of the pet’s exposure to a known or suspect rabid animal. Animals not up-to-date with rabies vaccinations would need to be quarantined or potentially euthanized following contact with a rabid or suspect rabid animal.

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