Author Archives: news

WGO

What’s going on in Rye

Rye Free Reading Room events

Family Story Time Yoga

The last story time yoga and craft theme is “Moving Through the World in Stories” on
Saturday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon. Inspired and trained by Sydney Solis of Storytime Yoga, Master Storytime Yoga teacher Elisha Simpson, CKYT, takes children on a journey of exploration through the body and word. Narrated folktales from around the world interpreted through yoga, present children a way to connect and discover their inner world of creativity, bodies and imagination. Children will create a simple craft based on the stories.

Spin-A-Yarn

This open needlework get-together is open to the public. Get information on needlework and partake in some fabric arts. Bring your own project and supplies and work and chat. Meets Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tales for Tots

For kids 18 months to 3-and-a-half years. Simple picture books, finger plays and songs encourage language development and instill a love of stories in children who are learning to talk. This 20-minute activity meets on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Room. Contact the Children’s Reference Desk at 231-3162 for more information.

Teen Animation Workshop Part 3

The Rye Free Reading Room invites teens to register for a three-part Teen Animation Workshop taught by Westchester artist Susan Darwin on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The sessions will include an overview of animation and instruction in the medium of cut-up magazines and images to create “Monty Python-esque” films.

Participants may bring their own images—photos, magazines, posters and newspapers—ready to cut up or select from a supply of images brought by the instructor. Everything else will be provided, but teens should bring a smartphone or digital camera to test out their animations. To get the most out of the workshop, it is necessary to attend all three sessions. Space is limited. Please pre-register via the event description at ryelibrary.org. This series is sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of the Rye Free Reading Room.

Science Fun Club at the Rye library

Science teacher Johnda Ferrari is conducting a Summer Science Fun Club for children entering third through fifth grade at the Rye Free Reading Room. Visit ryelibrary.org for specific information about each session and to sign up. Pre-registration is required and opens a week in advance of the program. The Westchester Children’s Museum will be at the library to conduct its own series of science programs. The session begins at 4 p.m. and will last approximately an hour in the Meeting Room. For grades three to five.

On Friday, Aug. 21, “DNA Detectives” will be the theme. Lab coats, goggles and lab equipment will be provided as kids are guided through the scientific method of extracting DNA strands from strawberry cells. Pre-registration is required for this event. Registration begins Friday, Aug. 14.

Rockin’ Readers Book Chats

The Rye Free Reading Room invites students entering second and third grade to read and talk about “Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog” by Luis Carlos Montalvan on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The Rockin’ Readers Book Chats, led by the children’s librarian, begin at 3 p.m. and include a discussion, games and refreshments. To participate, sign up online at ryelibrary.org. Go to “Programs and Events,” choose the event and click on the “Register” button. Then pick up copies of the books in the Children’s Room.
For more information, call 231-3162.

‘Every Hero Has a Story’ Ice Cream Party Grand Finale

Participants in the Rye Free Reading Room’s “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program are invited to celebrate their achievements with a Grand Finale at the library on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. The evening will include a “Name That Tune” competition with musical performer Graham Clarke, the awarding of reading certificates and “special prizes,” a raffle and ice cream sundaes with lots of toppings. The event is for Rye Library Summer Reading Program participants only and pre-registration is required to attend. Sign up under the event description at ryelibrary.org, beginning Aug. 13. For more information, call 231-3162.

Storytelling Guild

The Rye Storytellers’ Guild meets at the Rye Free Reading Room one Tuesday evening a month at 6 p.m. to share traditional and personal tales and trade tips on storytelling techniques. On Sept. 1, the group will tell stories about “School Days or Autumn’s Ways.” Listeners, as well as tellers, are always welcome to join the Guild members at their meetings. To learn more, contact Angela at Booksamc@aol.com. For further information, contact Meg Stackpole at 967-0480 or                mstackpole@ryelibrary.org.

Wainwright House

Broadway! 16 Bar Cut Camp

Camp will take place from Monday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for children ages 10 to 13. Performers will learn essential audition tools and techniques, including how to choose the correct 16-32 bar cut to present the best audition ever. Performers will get the opportunity to work with a professional music director and participate in master classes presented by Broadway performers. Camp will conclude with a showcase performance on Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. at Wainwright House. Camp fees are $245 for members and $298 for non-members. Registration is required at wainwright.org.

Kingdom of a Camp

Camp will take place from Monday, Aug. 17 through Friday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  for children 6 to 9. This music-and-arts-based, prince and princess-themed camp will begin with a music and movement class. The royal staff will help the princes and princesses make their own crowns, activity books and will enjoy royalty-themed movies during their snack break. Camp will conclude with a short presentation and an official crowning ceremony. No performance or artistic experience necessary. Camp fees are $245 for members and $298 for non-members. Registration is required at
wainwright.org.

Health and Wellness Expo

Sample some of the 70+ classes offered this fall. Five dollar mini classes in creativity, yoga and movement spirituality, health, wellness, and the environment. There will be shop holistic vendors and practitioners in reflexology, astrology, chakra, homeopathy and psychic/medium available for appointments.

Free keynote speaker and music performance by Taikasin Ghosthorse. The expo will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch by Butler Bros. Register at wainwright.org

Rye Youth Soccer fall 2015 registration

Rye Youth Soccer will now be accepting online applications for fall intramural teams for coaches, as well as girls and boys grades K through 5. The season will begin on Saturday, Sept. 19 and runs until Saturday, Nov. 14. Complete details on dates and times of the program can be found on Rye Youth Soccer’s website, ryeyouthsoccer.org, under the “Intramural” link on the left side of the home page. For more information, contact registrar Patti Adimari at pattirys@optonline.net or 967-5273. Scholarships are available upon request.

SPRYE

Change of location notice

SPRYE is excited to announce its move into expanded office space at 1 Gateway Plaza in Port Chester. its new office is centrally located within the area it serves—Harrison, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook. It looks forward to serving a growing number of older adults as it enter its fifth year of operation.

SPRYE is grateful to the Osborn Retirement Community for their donation of office space over the last four years. Their generosity was key to growth and sustainability.

Prospective members and volunteers can
call 481-5706 or email director@sprye.org.

SPRYE’s mailing address: P.O. Box 748,
Rye, N.Y. 10580

Rye Playland

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the Read Wildlife Sanctuary at Playland Park will be holding an event called “Insect Walk: Who’s Out There and What Are They Doing?” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find out about these vital creatures as you scout for them at the preserve. Call 967-8720 for more information.

Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com.

 
Playland-18

Rye Playland revenue and attendance up over 2014

By CHRIS EBERHART
Playland had what was considered by many to be a successful season in 2014, and early revenue and attendance figures as of July 19 have already outpaced last year’s numbers. 

Through July 20, 2014, Playland had a total attendance of 230,295 and took in gross revenue of $4.26 million. This year through July 19, which includes the latest numbers obtained by the Review, Playland had a little less than 5,000 more patrons visit the park—235,125—and made nearly $150,000 more—$4.4 million—in gross revenue.

The major difference between this year and last was better weather on July 4—which is generally the busiest day of the year at the amusement park—after a washout in 2014. Through the month of June and heading into the July 4 week, attendance and revenue figures were nearly identical, with 135,587 visitors in 2014 compared to 134,031 visitors in 2015, and a gross revenue of $2.58 million in 2014 and a gross revenue of $2.51 million in 2015.

After July 4, 2015, numbers spiked to 178,998 visitors and gross revenue of $3.35 million, as opposed to 165,353 visitors and a revenue of $3.12 million in 2014.

Westchester County Deputy Parks Commissioner Peter Tartaglia said the numbers indicate about a 6 percent uptick in business over last year.

“Last year, we had the tail end of a hurricane that destroyed most of business on July 4 except for the fireworks show late at night,” Tartaglia said. “This year we had some rain, but it rained early. So from about 4 p.m. on we packed our parking lot and made up a lot of revenue.”

Since hitting a low point in 2013, Playland has been on the upswing in terms of both attendance and revenue, and the driving forces behind that, Tartaglia said, are good weather and an increased number of promotions.

“Weather is always the main factor and will continue to be,” Tartaglia said referring to the amusement park industry, and, in particular, Playland. “Then there are the promotions and discounts that we’ve
been adding.”

Last year, the county started half-priced evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Playland. This year, the county extended that initiative to include Wednesdays and also added a Mother’s Day and Father’s Day promotion, where moms and dads were able to enter the park for free.

“Those are just some of the new promotions,” Tartaglia said.

Playland could see another jump in productivity beginning next year and beyond with Standard Amusements preparing to take over management of what is the only county-owned amusement park in the nation.

The agreement between the county and Standard was approved by the Westchester County Board of Legislators in June. As part of the 15-year Playland agreement, Standard will invest $25 million—$2.25 million in upfront costs to the county and $22.75 million in direct investments into the 87-year-old amusement park—and pay annual rising payments to the county starting at $300,000. The county will also receive 7.5 percent of the profits once Standard recoups its initial investment.

Currently, Standard and the county are in a co-management period, a time when Standard is shadowing the county in order to better understand how the park is run. The co-management concludes at the end of October, at which point Standard will make a final decision if it wants to stay in or opt out of the agreement.

“So far [the co-management period] has been good,” Tartaglia said. “They’ve been observing and asking questions like ‘Why do you do this?’ or ‘When do you do this?’ So far, it’s been productive.”

CONTACT: christopher@hometwn.com

At the end of June, the 2014 and 2015 attendance and revenue numbers for Playland were nearly identical with 134,031 and 135,587 visitors in 2015 and 2014, respectively, and gross revenues of $2.51 million and $2.58 million in 2015 and 2014, respectively. The major difference was the July 4 weekend weather which allowed the 2015 numbers to surge.

At the end of June, the 2014 and 2015 attendance and revenue numbers for Playland were nearly identical with 134,031 and 135,587 visitors in 2015 and 2014, respectively, and gross revenues of $2.51 million and $2.58 million in 2015 and 2014, respectively. The major difference was the July 4 weekend weather which allowed the 2015 numbers to surge.

 

GOP-FRONT

GOP candidates dropped from Ind. line

Mayor Norman Rosenblum, left, and Deputy Mayor Lou Santoro have been disqualified from maintaining the endorsement of the Westchester County Independence Party after a challenge from village Democrats revealed a deficiency of required petition signatures. File photo

Mayor Norman Rosenblum, left, and Deputy Mayor Lou Santoro have been disqualified from maintaining the endorsement of the Westchester County Independence Party after a challenge from village Democrats revealed a deficiency of required petition signatures. File photo

By JACKSON CHEN
The mayor and deputy mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck will no longer appear on the Westchester County Independence Party ballot line in the November election after challenges to their petition revealed an insufficient amount of signatures.

When announcing their re-election campaign in June, Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Deputy Mayor Lou Santoro were both endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. After receiving those endorsements, the parties and the selected candidates were responsible for gathering a required amount of signatures from registered voters within each party for the endorsements to stick.

While the petitions contained a sufficient amount of signatures on paper, Stuart Tiekert, a Democratic district leader, challenged the validity of the signatures for each of the party lines that Rosenblum and Santoro garnered.

Tiekert—who is working on the Democratic campaign of Dan Natchez for mayor and Thomas Burt for trustee—and his efforts led to a ruling from the Westchester County Board of Elections which said that Rosenblum and Santoro would not appear on the Independence Party line for the village’s November elections because the petitions of that party were short by four valid signatures.

According to the Board of Election’s ruling, the petition for Rosenblum and Santoro contained 43 signatures. However, the board ruled that 22 of Tiekert’s objections to the signatures were valid, leaving the duo with only 21 valid signatures. Rosenblum and Santoro required 25 valid signatures, leaving them four short.

After the challenge, Rosenblum and Santoro appealed the Board of Election’s ruling, which moved the case to the Westchester County Supreme Court. However, Judge Mary Smith upheld the board’s determination that 22 of the 43 total signatures were invalid, leaving the two candidates with the option of pursuing the matter by utilizing subpoenas to prove the identity of some of the signatures.

However, Rosenblum said they decided not to object to the court’s decision. The mayor added that this was his first time experiencing a petition challenge, prompting him to hire Jeffrey Binder, an attorney based in White Plains.

“You could continue to fight and subpoena people, but that’s not why I’m running for mayor,” Rosenblum said. “I’m not running for mayor and Lou [Santoro] isn’t running for trustee to support a court case.”

The mayor said Tiekert’s actions were egregious and contributed to the stigma of personal agendas instilled in local politics.

“This is typical as far as someone trying to win an election not by people voting, but by technicalities and legalities,” Rosenblum said, adding that he expects Tiekert’s challenge to backfire on the Democratic candidates.

But for Democratic candidate Dan Natchez, the invalid signatures and subsequent court proceedings showed a lack of preparation and review.

“A good number of signatures weren’t even in the village,” Natchez said. “If you don’t know what the boundaries are in the village carrying your petition, that says a lot.”

The Independence line will now fall by the wayside with neither of the tickets carrying that voting block on the November ballot.

In offering some explanation in losing the Independence line, Rosenblum said that the majority of the 22 rejected signatures may have been the result of a lawsuit between the leaders of the Independence Party and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. In a lawsuit filed in June 2014, Astorino was accused of populating the Independence Party enrollment with thousands of Republican staff, family and friends in an attempt to win the endorsement during his run for re-election for county executive in 2013.

While accusations of fraud seem to be the defining factor in the Astorino lawsuit, Rosenblum said that wasn’t a factor in the Democrats’ challenge.

“I have no problem with the election law, it clearly says in there the purpose of this type of review is to avoid election fraud,” Rosenblum said. “There was certainly no fraud in this case; it was a matter of technicality.”

While the mayor and Santoro are four valid signatures short of appearing on the Independence line in November, Rosenblum said the important factor is that they were still endorsed by the party.

On the other hand, the Democratic candidates Natchez and Burt will only appear on the Democratic Party line and they faced no challenges to their petitions. Critical of the invalid signatures, Natchez said that the village’s elected officials should follow the rules of the democratic process and that their willingness to cut corners has cost the taxpayers of the village.

Tiekert declined comment.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
SERRANO1

Serrano settles into new position

Marcus Serrano, the City of Rye’s new manager, has occupied the second floor of City Hall for more than a month now. File photo

Marcus Serrano, the City of Rye’s new manager, has occupied the second floor of City Hall for more than a month now. File photo

By JACKSON CHEN
More than a month into his new managerial role with the City of Rye, freshly-hired Marcus Serrano has been adjusting to a new environment and attempting to improve communication throughout the city’s departments. 

Serrano, who was hired by the Rye City Council on June 10, left his village administrator position with the Village of Dobbs Ferry to fill Rye’s city manager’s office. At the time of his departure from the village, Serrano was being paid an annual salary of $170,000, according to his Dobbs Ferry employment agreement, which was renewed on May 26. The city manager is now being paid an annual salary of $195,000 by Rye and will maintain his residency in Peekskill.

The new manager was expected to begin approximately Aug. 11, but Serrano said that after discussions with the village board in Dobbs Ferry, he was able to jump into the new job earlier than anticipated on June 29. After arriving early, however, Serrano took a nine-day unpaid vacation early into his employment with Rye, and returned to the office around the third week of July.

“I’m very thrilled to work with the department heads and staff that have such heart and soul for the city,” Serrano, 53, said of his experience so far in Rye. During the month that he has been in office, Serrano said he has been working with many department heads to achieve better communication when tackling city tasks.

“Everybody’s been working on their own, per se,” Serrano said. “[In] every single department, people have been saying we’ve been waiting for direction on certain items.”

Contrasting the messy administration of former city manager Scott Pickup, Serrano said he wants the department heads to feel comfortable in reaching out to him to bounce ideas off of.

“I can’t tell what kind of management skills he had or how he worked with department heads,” Serrano said, referring to Pickup. “But I’m the type of person to meet with department heads, to go down and talk with them.”

To combat this isolation, the city manager wants to incorporate software and day-to-day policies that would help departments communicate more easily with each other to improve efficiency and promote a more collaborative effort when working on certain projects. However, Serrano said he was still currently in the data-gathering stage of his initiative.

As for working with the council, the city manager said it’s been a pleasure to see how involved they are when tackling issues.

“They want to hear all the opinions and gather all the data first before making the decision,” Serrano said of the council’s process. “I think they’re being very thoughtful in the process from what I’ve seen so far.”

For the mayor and City Council, Serrano has been just as involved in the city’s ongoing issues as they have, according to Mayor Joe Sack, a Republican. The mayor added that Serrano’s enthusiasm and engaging personality has rubbed off on the council.

“He has pretty seamlessly picked up on all the issues we’ve been dealing with,” Sack said of Serrano. “He already is conversant in just about every issue we touch on a daily basis.”

In drawing from his experience with Dobbs Ferry and his administrative roles within Peekskill and Ossining, Serrano said his easy assimilation into Rye was made possible by many different situations he’s faced in the past.

“Since I started in the ‘80s, I’ve always been talking to residents, taxpayers and the community members,” Serrano said. “I think years of experience of looking at taxes, water, garbage; I’ve dealt with every single issue.”
However, one of the larger responsibilities Serrano was thrust into was finding replacements for key city staff members. After Dawn Nodarse retired in June, the city clerk’s office has only Deputy Clerk Diane Moore manning the fort. Several weeks into Nodarse’s retirement, Serrano said he’s expected to interview a candidate for the position next week.

On top of receiving interest for the city clerk position, the city manager is planning to send out advertisements for a replacement for the transitional Police Commissioner Bill Pease, who was hired by the former city manager Frank Culross.

“I’m looking for somebody with experience, someone who’s pleasant to work with,” Serrano said, adding that it won’t be a challenge to fill in the gaps. “I think we have a good possibility of getting some good candidates for both positions.

Working so far in Rye, Serrano said he normally tends to one or two residents a day who usually are directed to a more appropriate department. But the city manager is still capable of handling an upset resident. Serrano said he was recently met by a frustrated resident after a garbage truck damaged his property. After explaining that he couldn’t simply cut the resident a check, Serrano said he explained the process until the resident’s angry demeanor turned into understanding.

“At the end of the day, I don’t get a bonus for saying ‘no’ to people,” Serrano said. “I’m out here to help as much as I can and run through the process people have to go through.”

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
SUBWAY

Tuckahoe Subway passes through Planning Board

Subway will become part of Tuckahoe’s Main Street landscape after the village Planning Board passed the application with a 3-1 vote during its July 21 meeting. Melba Caliano was the lone dissenting vote, and David Barra, the newest member of the Planning Board, abstained from voting.

The franchise sub shop will occupy a vacant storefront at 73 Main St.

Throughout the review process, village residents vocalized their displeasure with a Subway coming into Tuckahoe and raised a number of concerns including traffic and parking, taking revenue away from local businesses in the area and not fitting in with the Tuckahoe landscape.

Caliano said she voted against the project because the food Subway would be serving isn’t healthy and its opening would add to an already congested Main Street corridor.

“The overarching principle in zoning and planning is the protection of the public’s safety, health and welfare,” Caliano said. “And it’s clear to me that Subway is not offering the type of food choices that people should be partaking of. And it’s clear to me that it will bring traffic to the area, so we have health and we have safety [concerns]. Those reasons are why I’m not voting for it.”

Subway’s architect defended the project by saying there are two Subways in Greenwich, Conn.

“That’s the most exclusive town in the Northeast,” Leonard Brandes said. “So it’s not like it doesn’t belong in a particular town setting. I don’t think that attitude works.”

The village residents who were against the project are currently forming a petition that urges the Board of Trustees to change its zoning code to prevent other fast food establishments and chain restaurants from entering Tuckahoe.

Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, told the Review in a previous interview the trustees are working with Village Administrator David Burke to discuss their options regarding a potential zoning change.
The goal would be to follow in neighboring Eastchester’s footsteps to establish a ban on fast food by first deciding which food establishments exist and then which would be considered appropriate and which would be prohibited by the village.

-Reporting by Chris Eberhart

vote-2015

Two attorneys campaign for Carvin’s seat

Former trustee of the Village of Rye Brook, Gary Zuckerman, left, will go up against former Rye Town Attorney Aldo Vitagliano for the open Rye Town supervisor seat in the November election. Current supervisor Joe Carvin announced that he would not seek re-election to a thid term this year. Photos courtesy Gary Zuckerman, Aldo Vitagliano

Former trustee of the Village of Rye Brook, Gary Zuckerman, left, will go up against former Rye Town Attorney Aldo Vitagliano for the open Rye Town supervisor seat in the November election. Current supervisor Joe Carvin announced that he would not seek re-election to a thid term this year. Photos courtesy Gary Zuckerman, Aldo Vitagliano

By JACKSON CHEN
After the incumbent supervisor for the Town of Rye declined to seek a third term, two local attorneys will be facing off to fill the open position. 

Combined with his experience as a former Village of Rye Brook trustee and current Planning Board chairman, Gary Zuckerman, 70, recently announced his intention to run for the Rye town supervisor position on the Democratic line. Opposing Zuckerman, the former Rye Town Attorney, Aldo Vitagliano, 57, wants to bring his expertise of law and local government to the race.

The Town of Rye is comprised of the Rye Neck section  of the Village of Mamaroneck and the villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook, where Zuckerman holds eight years of experience as a trustee and 10 years of experience on the Planning Board.

As for Vitagliano, who will be running on the Republican line, he’s spent nine years with the Town of Rye covering property tax enforcement and certioraris and has currently been working as a special counsel to the town since 2008.

“When Joe Carvin decided he was going to step down and people were looking for candidates, I had the credentials,” Vitagliano said. “It was the right time for me to consider stepping up and doing a little more public service.”

While Vitagliano, a Port Chester resident, currently manages his own private practice that handles mostly family transactional law, he wants to bring his experience with local governmental law back to the Town of Rye.

On the other hand, Zuckerman, who is also running on the Conservative line, said he comes from a nonpartisan government background since there is little to no political influence in Rye Brook’s government. Outside of the village, the candidate also serves as an advisor to the Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz, a Yonkers Democrat. On top of his various governmental roles, Zuckerman also works as a real estate attorney.

“When I decided that I would run for supervisor, one of the things I saw was that there was a lot of conflict, sometimes between parties, between areas of the town,” Zuckerman said. “It’s the same thing that’s being reflected on a national basis, on a state basis, even in the county, that people were aligned in parties in different areas.”

Using his experience with Kaplowitz as a springboard, Zuckerman said he wants to bring the Board of Legislators’ coalition type of government, where opposing parties may work together on certain issues, to the Town of Rye.

“In any local government, there are issues of who gets jobs, issues of qualifications, of how you do things,” Zuckerman said. “And we are going to look and see the best way to efficiently operate town government, without regard to party affiliation.”

While Zuckerman has several detailed ideas on his drawing board, Zuckerman said he intends to focus on making the town’s assessment office as efficient as possible.

“There has been some controversy over assessments and I think that we simply need to look at the office and how the assessments are done,” Zuckerman said. “We also need to make it easier for the residents of the town to know what their assessments are and, if necessary, to protest them.”

As for Vitagliano, he said the key to working with the town’s assessment office is communication and transparency.

“I would expect that my style of governance would follow what I have done many times in my life, which is to explain, teach and help,” Vitagliano said, adding that he had years of experience managing tax assessments and certiorari cases.

Since the town encompasses three different areas of Westchester County, two of the major roles of Rye Town include tax assessment and oversight of Crawford and Rye Town parks.

“It’s time for a strategic reinvestment in our parks,” Zuckerman said, adding that the parks should be considered town assets to be maintained and improved. “This is a gem that is used for community purposes by people in Port Chester, people in Rye Brook, people in Rye Neck.”

While the Democratic candidate applauds Carvin, a Republican, for his efforts to reduce the town’s overall tax burden, Zuckerman wants to continue the town supervisor’s fiscal discipline.

Carvin has held office since 2007. And since then, the supervisor has reduced spending, downsized the town government’s operations, relocated the town offices to Port Chester Village Hall and turned down an annual stipend for the supervisor position.

After threats of town dissolution—a proposal first brought forward by Carvin—fizzled recently, Zuckerman said he wants to make the municipality even stronger.

“We have a Town of Rye today and it’s our job, if we’re fortunate enough to be elected, to make it the most efficient, well-run town in the county,” Zuckerman said.

Similar to Zuckerman’s remarks, Vitagliano said he’s not running on a dissolution platform. As an alternative to removing the town, the Republican candidate said he would prefer to run a “solid, honest, and minimalistic government for Rye Town.”

Vitagliano said he wants the town government to maintain a parental role over the individual municipalities where Rye Town would mostly handle their jurisdictional duties, but step in to assist the villages when necessary.

The Rye Town supervisor is elected to a four-year term.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Carvin could not be reached for comment, as of press time.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
The Village of Mamaroneck will be spending more than $640,000 on LED streetlight upgrades that are expected to cut energy costs and greenhouse emissions. File photo

Village to spend $640K for LED upgrades

The Village of Mamaroneck will be spending more than $640,000 on LED streetlight upgrades that are expected to cut energy costs and greenhouse emissions. File photo

The Village of Mamaroneck will be spending more than $640,000 on LED streetlight upgrades that are expected to cut energy costs and greenhouse emissions. File photo

By JACKSON CHEN
A $640,000 project will be making the Village of Mamaroneck greener with plans to retrofit the village streetlights with LED upgrades.

The agreement for the project was promptly adopted during a special village Board of Trustees meeting held on July 27. According to the agreement, the village’s more than $640,000 payment to Lumen Light Solutions, a Yonkers-based company, would yield an analysis and upgrade of the 1,455 streetlights throughout the village.

“We’re really excited to implement this from an energy-saving perspective and then a cost-saving perspective down the road,” said Trustee Ilissa Miller, a Democrat.

On top of the installation of the light-emitting diode, LED, fixtures, Lumen would also study problem areas where some streetlights may either produce too much light or are too dim. After the study is completed, the village would be tackling a five-year implementation period, according to Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican.

While the project may take some time to complete, Marc Karell, co-chair of the village’s Committee for the Environment, said the village would average a savings of $150,000 during its first year of running LED bulbs.

“I call it the first-year savings and of course the rate is only going to go up in the future,” Karell said of his conservative estimation, adding that the village’s savings would likely rise nearly 4 percent every year.

Karell and the committee were responsible for introducing the idea of the LED counterparts to the village administration after they submitted a report inclusive of several ways to save energy within the village. The 10 committee members alongside Democratic Trustee Dave Finch also produced several studies on the village’s carbon footprint of energy use and greenhouse gases.

“Reviewing the information, we saw that streetlights were a really huge usage of the village’s energy,” Karell said, adding that the lights were running off decades-old technology.

After the committee submitted their recommendations, the board felt upgrading the streetlights with LED bulbs gave them the most “bang for the buck,” Karell said. The co-chair added that the upgrades would reduce the streetlights’ energy usage by 50 to 60 percent and reduce the village’s emission of greenhouse gases by 250 metric tons, or approximately 12 percent of the village’s total carbon footprint.

While the results will only be seen after implementation, the village’s green actions follows suit of many neighboring municipalities in embracing the onset of LED lighting. The villages’ nearby communities like the Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont already installed a fair amount of LED lighting in their streetlights and municipal buildings.

Since the need for LED lights has been noted in the village for a while, the board seized an opportunity to piggyback a similar recent agreement between the City of New Rochelle and Lumen Light Solutions. New Rochelle’s contract allowed many municipalities to essentially jump into working with Lumen to install LEDs.

On top of the village’s agreement with Lumen, they’ve also retained an energy consultant firm called Brite Energy to oversee the project that would replace all of the village’s streetlights.

For Rosenblum, the approval of the LED upgrades was a simple choice that would brighten a green future for the next generations.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
This rendering, which is how the project would be seen from Summerfield Street, depicts the five-story apartment building, which neighbors say will loom over their one-to-three story neighborhood. 
Rendering courtesy DELV DevelopmentRendering courtesy DELV Development

Summerfield to return to Planning Board­­­­­

After a nine-month layoff, the Summerfield Gardens project is expected to return to the Eastchester Planning Board in September for final site plan approval, according to the developer’s attorney.

Among the final preparations for the project was DELV Development’s plan to fix the storm and sewage pipes in the area that were discovered cracked in certain points, causing flooding and sewage backup during heavy rainstorms.

David Steinmetz, the attorney for the developer, said everything is in place to go in front of the Planning Board in September, at which time the board would decide whether to give the project its final site plan approval.

First introduced in 2012, the Summerfield Gardens development calls for the construction of a 92-unit apartment building for seniors 55 or older with an accompanying underground garage on the site of Ted Hermann’s Auto Body, which is located at 151 Summerfield St.

Because of the size of the project and the amount and significance of the 11 variances requested with the project, along with the potential for environmental impacts, the proposal drew the attention of North Eastchester residents who neighbor the property.

Since the project’s inception, droves of area residents filled Eastchester Town Hall during every land use board meeting in opposition of the plan.

The story left off in November 2014, when the Zoning Board voted 4-1 in favor of granting the 11 variances. The Zoning Board included a 30-month expiration date for the approved variances from the date of the final site plan approval. During that time, the developer has to obtain a building permit and complete a substantial amount of construction.

Construction is estimated to be completed between 18 and 24 months.

-Reporting by Chris Eberhart

Dennis Bolger on guitar and lead vocals for The Mighty Fergusons at Flint Park. 

Mighty Fergusons fight off poor weather

On Thursday, July 30, The Mighty Fergusons took the stage in Flint Park as part of the Larchmont Summer Concert Series. Braving some inclement weather, the groove-oriented jam band belted out tunes to those in attendance that remained. The band, who plays songs from artists like Phish, Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, Bob Marley and Sublime, held court for more than an hour.

-Mamaroneck Review staff

 

 

 

WGO

What’s going on in New Rochelle

New Rochelle Library 

Free programs for all continue

Adventures abound at the New Rochelle Public Library this summer. Whether it’s checking out great books and DVDs, being part of an exciting workshop, or enjoying a performance in the Ossie Davis Theater, the library continues to offer terrific summer experiences for all ages.

A full listing of all weekly workshops for children and teens, information about the daily “Summer Fun on the Patio” at Huguenot Children’s Library, and a wide array of classes and services for adults can be found by visiting nrpl.org.

In addition to the weekly workshops, a number of family-friendly programs will take place in the Ossie Davis Theater of the main library during the weeks of Aug. 10 and 17.

Needlework

Needlework workshops help participants start, fix or finish a knitting, crochet, needlepoint or embroidery project. Expert guidance is provided by Rosalie Hollingsworth and Charlotte Kastenbaum. Meeting Saturday, Aug.8 from 10 a.m. to noon on a drop-in basis in the Community Gallery on the first floor.

Disney Summer Hit Parade

The final film in the Disney Summer Hit Parade series will be “Treasure Island” (1950) which will be shown on Monday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater. Rated PG.
Running time: 96 minutes.

Family Film

The last family film, “Treasures of Matecumbe” will be screened on Monday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater. Rated G. Running time: 117 minutes.

Adventures in Architecture

Explore the world of design through fun building projects and neighborhood investigations that reveal New Rochelle’s amazing architecture. Design a fantasy dream house, build a soaring skyscraper, construct working models of bridges and propose improvements to the city’s downtown. Think big and build big, using the tools and strategies of architects and engineers, and sharpen math and science skills—all while having a great time with educators from the Dobbs Ferry-based ArchForKids. Event is on Tuesday, Aug. 11 on a drop-in, first come, first served basis beginning at 12:45 p.m. Program starts at 1 p.m. and runs for one hour in the Meeting Room.

Live show for the Younger Set

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, a series of films from Picture Books for the Younger Set will provide enriching entertainment for children ages 2 to 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The stories that will be featured include: “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” “Wild About Books,” “Inch by Inch,” “Five Creatures,” “Blueberries for Sal,” “A Story A Story” and “Millions of Cats.” Meets in the Ossie Davis Theater.

Animal Embassy

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, children grades two to five are invited to join Animal Embassy for an exciting South American adventure and a chance to meet a spectacled owl, a red-footed tortoise, a red-eyed tree frog, chinchillas, a Boa constrictor and more. Participants will have a chance to explore the Pantanal region of Brazil with amazing photographs and stories. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis at the 100-seat Theater Stage/Meeting Room.

Free video workshops for teens

The main library is offering free workshops for teens interested in entering the “I Found It at the Library” short video contest, which has a $1,000 first prize. New Rochelle residents in grades nine through 12 are invited to unleash their creative energy and capture the magic of the New Rochelle Public Library with a 60 to 90 second spot themed “I Found It at the Library.” Deadline for submissions is midnight, Sept. 7.

Free workshops taught by industry professionals include “Introduction and Overview” on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and “Editing 101” on Monday Aug. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm.

The free workshops will be taught by Tony Ely, a media producer who is also a professor of media production at Manhattanville College and a teacher at Southern Westchester BOCES; Michael Castaldo, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts who works in the media department at Manhattanville College; and Arsalan Danish, an independent filmmaker and staff producer for MasterCard.

To register for the workshops, email videocontest@nrplfoundation.org or call 813-3706. For more information on the contest,
visit nrpl.org.

New Rochelle’s Down to Earth
Farmers Market

The New Rochelle Down to Earth Farmers Market is open Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Located at Huguenot Park and Twin Lakes, off North Avenue.

On Friday, Aug. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., find out what the Beth-El Food Ambassadors have cooking in a demo as part of a weekly recipe series.

On Aug. 21, sample some tomatoes when the Seasonal Tastings series makes a stop in New Rochelle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle

West End Summer Fest

The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle is hosting its first annual West End Summer Fest to take place on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; rain date is Sunday, Aug. 16. Summer Fest will be held at Columbus Elementary School’s playground area, located at 79 Seventh St. There will be live outdoor bands, festival food, waterslides, bouncy houses, games, arts and crafts, vendors selling their crafts and much more. This Summer Fest is for all ages. A $5 charge will get you an all-access ride pass. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit bgcnr.org, call 235-3736 or email events@bgcnr.org.

New Rochelle Art Association

100th Annual Open Juried Show

Call for entries. Submission deadline is Friday, Sept. 4. Work will be displayed from Saturday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 25 with an opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 27.

This year’s judge is Carole Perry, artistic director of The Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, N.Y. With an M.A. in art history, Perry has an extensive background in curatorial work, having previously worked as an exhibition manager at the Guggenheim Museum and as a freelance curator for several years.

Notes on submissions: Media allowed are oil and acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, graphics, sculpture, fine crafts and photography/digital. All work must be original—no giclée prints—and completed within the last three years, not shown before in an NRAA Open Juried Show.

There will be a minimum of $2,500 in cash and awards.

Entry instructions: Jurying for acceptance is by JPEG image format sent to nraajuried2015@gmail.com or by CDs mailed to Gina Kingsley, 57 Rockland Place, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801.

Visit nraaonline.org to download a prospectus and for more information, including
entry fees.

Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Thursday at noon. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com.