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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino holds a press conference in front of Hillary Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., after the federal government said a Chappaqua affordable housing development shouldn’t count towards a benchmark number as outlined in a 2009 affordable housing settlement.

Astorino takes housing war to Clinton’s home

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino holds a press conference in front of Hillary Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., after the federal government said a Chappaqua affordable housing development shouldn’t count towards a benchmark number as outlined in a 2009 affordable housing settlement.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino holds a press conference in front of Hillary Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., after the federal government said a Chappaqua affordable housing development shouldn’t count towards a benchmark number as outlined in a 2009 affordable housing settlement.

By CHRIS EBERHART
Hillary Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y. was the latest battleground in the housing war between the federal government and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. 

On July 21, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office said Westchester County should be held in contempt of court and be forced to pay monthly fines of $60,000 for violating the terms of a 2009 affordable housing settlement.

As part of the settlement, which was signed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, and former County Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat, Westchester had to build 750 units of affordable housing in the county over a seven-year period, complete a source of income legislation—which bans discrimination against potential renters and home buyers based on their source of income—and complete an analysis of impediments, which is a review of the barriers affecting the development of affordable housing.

Astorino, who took over the county executive’s office in 2010 after defeating Spano, has strongly contested the settlement from the outset and said the federal government is overreaching and threatening to dismantle local zoning.

Until recently, the analysis of impediments was the main source of contention between the two sides. The eight Astorino administration-completed analyses of impediments, all of which claim Westchester doesn’t have exclusionary zoning, were denied by HUD, and the county executive refused to submit the analyses completed by the federal monitor Jim Johnson, who is overseeing implementation of the settlement, that said otherwise.

Now the two sides are fighting over the financing benchmark put in place by the settlement, specifically involving a development in Chappaqua, Clinton’s hometown, and whether the units should count toward the end of 2014 financing benchmark of 450 units.

The housing monitor said in a May 8, 2015 report that the 28-unit Chappaqua train station development shouldn’t count toward the 450-unit benchmark because the funding was not in place by the end of 2014, and the project’s completion is shrouded in doubt because of litigation and heavy scrutiny by the community and New Castle officials. But the county says the funding is in place and the project is moving forward, so the units should count, which would give the county financing for 454 units.

David Kennedy, assistant U.S. attorney, backed the monitor’s report and said the county should establish an escrow account in the amount of $1.65 million, pending the development of the 24-unit shortfall under the 2009 affordable housing settlement. The money would be returned if the county meets its next financing benchmark of 600 units by the end of 2015. If it doesn’t, the county would lose $68,800 for each unit it’s short.

Rob Astorino leaves his contact information with aides to Hillary Clinton asking her to contact him to let him know if she thought her hometown of Chappaqua was discriminatory.  Photos courtesy Westchester County

Rob Astorino leaves his contact information with aides to Hillary Clinton asking her to contact him to let him know if she thought her hometown of Chappaqua was discriminatory.
Photos courtesy Westchester County

Astorino counter-punched by knocking on Clinton’s door to put her on the spot and ask her in front of a large press contingent if she, as a presumptive Democratic nominee for president, thought her hometown of Chappaqua was discriminatory and if she supports the current administration’s “radical housing policies.”

“It would give many of her neighbors in town and throughout the county some comfort to hear her respond ‘no’ and ‘no,’” Astorino said.

Although the former secretary of state and U.S. senator wasn’t home, Astorino left his contact information with one of her aides and continued with his press conference on her front steps.

“The federal government’s assault on our local communities in Westchester is dumbfounding, shocking and counterproductive,” Astorino said. “Here’s how it works: HUD decides whether your neighborhood meets the quotas the agency believes represent the proper balance of race, income, education and other demographic features. If the zip code doesn’t measure up, HUD then prescribes corrective measures, which essentially come down to running roughshod over local zoning so HUD can socially engineer the character of your community to bring it in line with its quotas.”

Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz, a Yorktown Democrat who has been leading an unprecedented legislative effort to act on behalf of the county, which is typically done by the county executive, in the housing matter, said he has been critical of the county executive in the past, particularly about not filing an analysis of impediments that would be deemed acceptable to HUD.

But Kaplowitz said he’s standing with Astorino on this particular issue.

The chairman said there’s no reason to be held in contempt when the Chappaqua development project is moving forward after receiving final approvals at the beginning of July, and added the the federal government is going after the wrong issue.

“This is like having a kid not doing well in school because he doesn’t do his homework but punishing him for using a red toothbrush instead of a blue one,” he said. “It defies common sense and feeds into the overreaching argument that the county executive has been saying all along.”

Affordable housing was the focus of a recent Supreme Court case that resulted in a 5-4 decision in favor of HUD and disparate impact, which says housing discrimination doesn’t have to be intentional in order to be illegal.

Charles McNally, an HUD spokesperson, told the Review in a previous interview that this Supreme Court decision is “another important step in the long march toward fulfilling one our nation’s founding ideals: equal opportunity for all Americans.”

Astorino said the decision “puts unprecedented power in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.”

Kennedy supported the monitor’s position that a civil contempt motion should be filed against the county, but the county won’t be required to pay fines until federal district court Judge Denise Cote makes a decision on whether to uphold the motion.

CONTACT: christopher@hometwn.com

 
The Town of Mamaroneck was recently awarded a $100,000 grant to study the possibility of installing microgrids for the area surrounding the Town Center. File photo

Mamaroneck awarded $200K to study microgrids

The Town of Mamaroneck was recently awarded a $100,000 grant to study the possibility of installing microgrids for the area surrounding the Town Center. File photo

The Town of Mamaroneck was recently awarded a $100,000 grant to study the possibility of installing microgrids for the area surrounding the Town Center. File photo

By JACKSON CHEN
Both the Town and the Village of Mamaroneck were awarded $100,000 each this month to study an alternative power grid project.

As part of a large overhaul initiative, 83 communities received grant money from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s NY Prize competition. The $40 million competition aims to modernize the state’s electrical infrastructure with the introduction of an alternative system called microgrids. Alongside the town and village, several Westchester County communities were selected, including New Rochelle.

Microgrids, as the name implies, operate as smaller, independent electrical grids that would be able to supply electricity to certain zoned areas, especially during weather emergencies and power outages. After the state recovered from the damage of recent severe storms, the idea of microgrids bloomed to make sure certain municipal areas would still remain operational in the event of blackouts or power outages.

“[The microgrid proposal] really is a great opportunity to address some of the needs in the community,” said Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor Nancy Seligson, a Democrat. “One of the things we heard in the Town of Mamaroneck after Superstorm Sandy [was that] some people wanted to be more energy-independent.”

After the town applied for the NY Prize competition, the town’s staff and Sustainability Collaborative worked with Booz Allen, a Virginia-based engineering consulting firm, to secure the grant to study microgrids.

According to Town Administrator Stephen Altieri, there are two areas within the town to be studied. The administrator added that one of the areas incorporates the Town Center, Mamaroneck High School, the Sarah Neuman Center and the Mobil gas station on Boston Post Road. The town is also looking at another area that includes Hommocks Middle School, the Walgreens on Boston Post Road and nearby apartments.

Altieri said that under normal circumstances the town would operate on the electrical grid supported by Con Ed. “But there will be times of power outages where this [microgrid] can work independently and make sure certain facilities are available,” Altieri said.

Outside the forecasted major storms, microgrids can also account for the unexpected electrical outages that occur because of anything from high winds to traffic accidents.

“Anything that turns the lights off, [a microgrid] has the ability to respond and do it in a very seamless way,” said Pat Wilkinson, vice president and head of Siemen’s Energy Automation Business Unit, who will be working on the town’s feasibility study. “The facilities that are part of that circuit, they don’t have to do anything, the automation technology responds very quickly.”

Now that the town and Booz Allen have secured the $100,000, they will now be working alongside Siemens and Power Analytics, two large power industry corporations, to move forward with a feasibility study regarding microgrids. The study would measure the costs involved, architectural designs and the overall system of installing the microgrids.

“Implementing a microgrid is really a process of identifying what we consider a critical load,” Wilkinson said of the areas that would be the most desirable for the microgrid installation. “So the feasibility aspect of this is looking at exactly what is considered the critical loads.”

Barely a mile away, the Village of Mamaroneck will be tackling the same feasibility study with the help of Steven Winter Associates, a research and consulting firm. Alongside the Town of Mamaroneck, the village was awarded the same grant through the efforts of Murphy Brothers Contracting, on 416 Waverly Ave., who applied for the funding mechanism. The project was lent support by the village’s Micro-Grid team that included Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, and aims to strengthen the village’s resiliency in the face of hurricanes and other natural disasters.

For Murphy Brothers, the microgrid would be a part of the second phase of construction of the Mamaroneck Self Storage Facility. According to Michael Murphy, the company’s director of new project development, the coverage of the microgrid would include the main village offices at 123 Mamaroneck Ave. and the headquarters of both the fire and police departments.

While Wilkinson said feasibility studies for each municipality can vary in length, he added that it may be completed within the town in the next four months.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
Federal agency moving into Midland Avenue location

Federal agency moving into Midland Avenue location

Federal agency moving into Midland Avenue location

Federal agency moving into Midland Avenue location

By JACKSON CHEN
A federal agency’s building permit for the property at 600 Midland Ave. is currently under review after its proposal was recently approved by the Rye City Planning Commission. 

According to the city’s Building Department, the representatives of the property submitted an application for a building permit on July 21.

The property was purchased by 600 Midland Avenue, LLC, for $6 million on Dec. 30, 2014, according to records on file with the city assessor’s office. The two-story building was previously occupied by USAlliance Federal Credit Union, which has since moved its offices to the Kohl’s Shopping Center on Boston Post Road in nearby Port Chester.

The Midland Avenue property is a privately-owned building, but the tenant is expected to be a federal agency, like the FBI, according to City Planner Christian Miller. While the FBI is headquartered in Washington, D.C., the federal agency has a local office in White Plains.

The site plan for the Rye property also indicated that the building would be occupied by a tenant managed through the General Services Administration, the agency that handles real estate matters for the federal government. Since the building is owned by the LLC, the property would not see any tax exemptions, according to the city assessor’s office. The property’s assessment translates to a market value of $6.4 million.

Since the new owners are planning to keep the building for office use, the proposal would adhere to the city’s B-4 zone that only allows the space to be used by office buildings. However, the applicant is planning to repurpose the 30,000-square-foot property by adding an extra 1,700 square feet, new concrete sidewalks and a perimeter security fence with an access gate.

“They’re doing a modest expansion and…they’re not really changing the footprint of the building,” Miller said.

After three meetings in front of the Planning Commission, there were discussions regarding the perimeter fence and off-site queuing, where cars would line up along a sidewalk to enter. Besides traffic concerns, the commission discussed the addition of sidewalks that would create approximately 1,100 square feet of additional, impervious surfaces, where water cannot pass through that would lend itself to more flooding concerns. However, the proposal was eventually approved, after taking into consideration that the developers would include double the amo-
unt of wetland mitigation to offset the increase of impervious surfaces.

Michael Huntress, the pro-ject’s applicant, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
Mountco, a Scarsdale-based construction and development company, presents a $1 million check to Rye Interfaith Housing Corporation for its combined work on Rye Manor. The two corporations are joined by state, county and city officials. Photo/Jackson Chen

Rye Manor renovations adds 30-year lifespan

Mountco, a Scarsdale-based construction and development company, presents a $1 million check to Rye Interfaith Housing Corporation for its combined work on Rye Manor. The two corporations are joined by state, county and city officials. Photo/Jackson Chen

Mountco, a Scarsdale-based construction and development company, presents a $1 million check to Rye Interfaith Housing Corporation for its combined work on Rye Manor. The two corporations are joined by state, county and city officials. Photo/Jackson Chen

By JACKSON CHEN
A Rye City nonprofit organization for senior affordable housing was given another $1 million for their work with a Scarsdale-based construction company that recently renovated Rye Manor so it can last another 30 years.

Rye Interfaith Housing Corp., an organization that sponsored the original creation of Rye Manor, first developed the 100-unit structure in 1987. The nonprofit was created by five churches in the city to specifically address the novel idea of affordable housing back in the ‘80s, according to Rye Interfaith President Bruce MacLeod. Throughout the years, Rye Manor has remained the sole project the organization has worked on.

After getting city approval, the complex located at 300 Theall Road was built and expected to operate as a senior affordable housing unit for the next 30 years under ownership of Rye Interfaith.

Nearly three decades later, the aging housing complex required extensive renovations and a renewal of its U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development contract, which allowed the complex its affordable housing status.

“It came time to think about moving forward and the building needed some work,” MacLeod said. “We talked to a number of different developers and chose the Mountco folks to put together a group to buy it.”

The company was able to renovate the four-story complex with new windows, roofing, interior work, and upgrades to the heating, elevators and electrical work. According to Mountco, Rye Manor remained fully occupied by its residents throughout the renovation process that started approximately two years ago.

“I’m very happy with what they did with my apartment and I think the renovations were very nice,” said Meg Treganowan, a Rye Manor resident. She added that the renovations included new countertops for her kitchen, new tile flooring and a vanity mirror in the bathroom.

The renovations and assistance of Rye Interfaith are expected to allow Rye Manor to endure another 30 years, according to Joel Mounty, president of Mountco Construction and Development Corp. After the work was completed, Mounty presented Rye Interfaith with a $1 million donation to commemorate the guidance efforts of the nonprofit organization.

According to MacLeod, Rye Interfaith worked with the development company throughout the process in a consulting role, providing ideas as to which renovations to focus on.

The million dollars given to Rye Interfaith’s consulting was on top of another $1 million that Mountco provided  to fund the organization’s operating costs and efforts for more local affordable housing
developments nearly two years ago.

“We have $2 million to support and help affordable projects in some minority way,” MacLeod said, but he added “we’re not a developer; we’re just a source of community support and financing.”

MacLeod said the organization has looked at a couple of projects, but that it was too soon to make any determinations and didn’t want to share any further details with the Review. The president added that past concerns about the negatives of affordable housing have seemed to dissipate, since Rye Manor has stood for 30 years without having any type of negative impact on the city.

CONTACT: jackson@hometwn.com

 
A bill to move the Eastchester Fire District elections from December to November never made it to the New York state Senate floor during the legislative session, and Sen. George Latimer said he has yet to receive an explanation. File photo

State doesn’t vote on EFD election change bill

A bill to move the Eastchester Fire District elections from December to November never made it to the New York state Senate floor during the legislative session, and Sen. George Latimer said he has yet to receive an explanation. File photo

A bill to move the Eastchester Fire District elections from December to November never made it to the New York state Senate floor during the legislative session, and Sen. George Latimer said he has yet to receive an explanation. File photo

By CHRIS EBERHART
 Since 2010, the Eastchester Fire District has been unsuccessfully trying to move the fire commissioners’ election from December to coincide with Election Day in November in an effort to bolster voter turnout. But another New York state legislative session has now ended without a change.

This year, as in years past, the bill, which requires approval from both houses of the state Legislature, a signature from the governor and authorization from the Westchester County Board of Elections, passed in the Democratic-majority state Assembly but never made it to the floor of the Republican-led Senate. So, the 2015 fire election will once again be held in December.

State Sen. George Latimer, a Rye Democrat who carried the bill in the Senate, said there was no reason why the bill hadn’t been voted on.

“We did everything we could,” Latimer said. “We filed the bill in January, so it wasn’t like it was a last-minute June bill. We prioritized it. We interacted with the majority. We had elected officials in the area lobby for it. I’m at a loss to explain why it never came to the floor. And whatever the [Republicans’] opposition to the bill is, they haven’t made public.”

Latimer sent a letter to state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Huntington Republican, asking for clarification about why the bill did not pass, but has yet to receive a response.

Dennis Winter, chairman of the Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioners, has been pushing the move for years and said the inability to pass the bill is “discouraging,” but the fire district will again push to move the date to November next year.

The bill passed the Assembly in 2011 and 2012 but died in the Senate both years. In 2013, the bill passed both houses after what Winter called an “aggressive” effort by Latimer in his first year as a senator. Shortly after, the bill was signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But issues with the election date move were raised by the county Board of Elections. Taijan Jones, an executive assistant to the county Board of Elections commissioners, told the Review during a previous interview that the fire district elections and elections run by the county Board of Elections have different standards with respect to factors such as petition filing and machine use, and that the language of the bill in 2013 had to be altered to conform to Board of Election standards.

Latimer said the bill, amended in 2014 to reflect the changes required by the Board of Elections, was resubmitted during the 2014 legislative session but was shot down by the Senate because of last-minute concerns over wording. Latimer said the objections were voiced too late in the legislative session to change the wording in time.

The issues brought up by the Senate in 2014 were addressed in the 2015 submission to the state Legislature, but for reasons unknown to Latimer, the bill never made it the floor of the Senate after passing the Assembly.

 CONTACT: christopher@hometwn.com

 
The cast of Godspell performs “We Beseech Thee.” Photos/John Vecchiolla

The word of God with an edge

The cast of Godspell performs “We Beseech Thee.” Photos/John Vecchiolla

The cast of Godspell performs “We Beseech Thee.” Photos/John Vecchiolla

By Michelle Jacoby
“Godspell” has been spreading the word of God through rock music set to lyrics from hymns and psalms for more than 30 years. 

John Fanelli has returned to the Westchester Broadway Theatre and has previously directed “Peter Pan,” “Big River,” “Seussical” and “Ragtime” with Standing Ovation Studios. Fanelli, along with associate director Jonathan Stahl produce this high-energy show with a talented 10-person cast.

The story focuses on the last days of Jesus, played superbly by Gilbert D. Sanchez. Sanchez exhibits a natural calmness and goodness that you would expect if you were to meet our Savior. His attire of a Superman tank top, suspenders and red Converse make him relatable to believers and the audience.

Xander Chauncey as John the Baptist and Judas provided the controversial scenes with Sanchez. The basis of the show is teaching the Bible through parables with the actors dressing and behaving like clowns. The important messages of kindness, tolerance and love are expressed through humor and vaudeville-type antics.

The fun isn’t just for the actors. The variety of music is upbeat and catchy, and the audience joins in by clapping and singing to some of the favorites: “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Day by Day,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts” and “By My Side.” Stephen Schwartz, composer and alumnus of Carnegie Mellon’s theater department, was hired by producers to write a new song score for the off-Broadway version of “Godspell.” Schwartz incorporated a variety of musical styles, from pop to folk rock, gospel and vaudeville.

The success of the musical numbers is based on the talented actors’ ability to pull it all together; this cast does just that. Each member sings a passionate solo while keeping a light, fun atmosphere that expresses a true camaraderie. Members of the ensemble are Josh Kenney, Kareema Castro Khouri, Greta Kleckner, Nicholas Park, Devon Perry, Nathan Andrew Riley, Corinne Scott, Sarah Smithton and Karley Willocks.

The cast performs “Prepare Ye.”

The cast performs “Prepare Ye.”

To keep the show current, the stage is set in a city with a working subway system that arrives on time. Politically correct jokes and a mention or two about the upcoming presidential election keep the audience on their toes. Bible verses, great music, singing and dancing—“Godspell” provides it all.

Musical direction by William Stanley; Steven Loftus, scenic designer; Matthew He-mesath, costume designer; Vic-
tor Lukas, production stage manager; and Andrew Gmoser provided the dramatic finale with his lighting design.

This Bill Stutler and Bob Funking production of “Godspell” is playing now through Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. For more information call 592-2222 or visit broadwaytheatre.com.

Havana Jeans fill the street in downtown Rye on July 23. Photos/Bobby Begun

Sunny skies for a sidewalk sale

The weather always is a factor in any sidewalk sale. And on July 23, 24 and 25, the weather more than cooperated in Rye for the annual Sidewalk Sale on Purchase Street.

Vendors lined the sidewalks displaying items for sale and showcasing their merchandise to eager patrons. The event was sponsored by the Rye Chamber of Commerce and included items up to 75 percent off.

-Rye City Review staff

Bass guitarist Caesar Monitto from the Just Nuts Band.

Nardone kicks off Harrison street concerts

Dennis “Dion” Nardone bro-ught the Harrison crowd out
for the town’s first of three street concerts.

As part of the Harrison Summer Concert Series, three events were scheduled to take place in the streets of Harrison. The first one kicked off on Wednesday, July 22 in front of large crowd camped out downtown on Harrison and Halstead avenues. Alongside Nardone was the Just Nuts Band, who played a mix of doo-wop and disco for the evening crowd. The next street concert is scheduled to take place on July 29 when Jackie Dimaggio and Christopher Macchio on First Street and Halstead Avenue.

-Harrison Review staff

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Column: Why Rye needs to rein in future costs

I am a big fan of our city’s employees. During my time on the council, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication, expertise and effort that the staff in every department brings to their jobs, helping to make our city run. However, there is one benefit City of Rye employees receive that is likely to eventually imperil the city’s finances if it is not brought under control.

Historically, the city has paid 100 percent of the premiums associated with healthcare benefits upon retirement for qualified employees. It’s a contracted benefit and it varies by group. For the police and fire departments, a minimum of 20 years of service is required, with no minimum retirement age. For other groups, individuals must be 55 upon retirement, with five years vested in the New York state retirement system, and required years of service to the city varies by department—DPW and clerical is 10 years while the Administrative Pay Group is zero years.

In its first step to address this growing issue, the city’s most recent contracts with the Administrative Pay Group and the clerical unit call for new employees to contribute a portion of their retirement healthcare premium. I think it is important to continue to make similar changes for future employees of the city. Here’s why:

In 2014, the City of Rye paid $1.7 million in retirement healthcare costs. This represents 5 percent of our 2014 operating revenue, excluding the enterprise funds (golf club and boat basin). Forecasting what these costs will be in future years is difficult because it involves numerous assumptions, including rates of increase in healthcare costs, employee retirement ages and life expectancy. Given rising healthcare costs and increased longevity, I think it is reasonable to assume that without changes, the city cost of retirement healthcare premiums will far outpace our tax cap. Assuming a 5 percent annual increase in retirement healthcare costs, and a 1 percent increase in revenue over the next 10 years, the annual cost of retirement healthcare will eat up an ever-greater share of the city’s revenues.

Approximately one-third of the city’s revenue comes from sources other than property taxes (discretionary revenue). Much of it is interest rate dependent and, therefore, variable. Mortgage tax, building permit and sales tax revenue are all likely to decline as interest rates rise.

Essentially, the city’s future finances are likely to involve a rising cost structure, flat to slightly increasing property tax levy and declining “discretionary” revenue.

In 2014, the city recorded a retirement healthcare liability of $78 million, up 18 percent from $66 million in 2013. This increase was driven largely by an increase in expected longevity. This liability represents the current value of the estimated future payments for retiree healthcare.  This is an unfunded liability, which means that the city has reserved no money to pay for expected future expenses. We pay each year’s retirement healthcare benefits out of operating revenue, and we are not alone—most municipalities carry similar unfunded liabilities. Since 2008, the earliest year for which numbers are available, our unfunded liability has grown an average of 7 percent annually.

To put the $78 million in perspective, Rye collects roughly $22 million in property taxes each year. If we were to shut down City Hall and all of its services—no trash collection, road repair, etc.—and somehow continue to collect property taxes, it would take us 3.5 years to fully fund this liability.

I’m not advocating for setting aside current revenues to fund this future liability, but I am suggesting that we begin to think about reducing the city’s commitment to financing 100 percent of retirement healthcare costs for future employees.

Even if imposed starting today, the impact of this change wouldn’t be felt for roughly two decades. Continuation of the status quo will allow retirement healthcare to consume an ever-increasing portion of our operating budget, and there may come a point when our options will become even less palatable: large property tax increases above the tax cap, reductions in services and/or utilizing contractors rather than employees. This is an issue that requires long-term advance planning to head off significant future problems.

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What’s going on in Mamaroneck

Mamaroneck Public Library

Book sale

In the book sale room, lower level. On Saturday, Aug. 1, all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everything is 50 percent off. To volunteer at the book sale, contact John Hofstetter at 698-4789.

All Ages Hour

Come in every Saturday at 11 a.m. for stories that will appeal to kids of all ages 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.

Advance Readers’ Copies Raffle

Read books before they are released. Come in and enter to win the entire basket of advance readers’ copies. Enter to win by providing us with your email address. Participants will be signed up to receive information on library programs, events and new books and movies. The drawing will be held on Monday, Aug. 10 to celebrate Book Lover’s Day. Call 698-1250 for more information.

Smash some CDs

Open to middle and high school teens. Create art using broken CDs. Part of the “Unmask!” program. Registration required as space and materials are limited. Contact the Mamaroneck Teen Library at 630-5875 for more information. On Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. for one hour in the Program Room on the lower level.

English conversation group

For adults. Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meets in the Historical Society Room on the first floor. Make friends while you practice your English. Registration is suggested but not necessary. Contact the Adult Reference Desk or call 630-5887 for more information. 

Super Summer Kids Movies

“Big Hero 6” will be screened on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room on the lower level. Rated PG. Running time: 102 minutes.

Larchmont Public Library

Heroes Movie Matinee

“Bolt” will be screened on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Michael P. Coords Activity Room. For ages 5 and up. No registration required. Rated PG. Running time: 96 minutes.

Stranger than Fiction book group

Join us as we read and discuss the New York Times bestseller “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World” by Mark Kurlansky. Books are available in the library beginning four weeks before the group meets. Meets on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.

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 and can provide a foundation for relaxation and spirituality. Saturdays, Aug. 1, 8 and 15, 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.

Managing chronic health conditions

Learn how to manage chronic health conditions on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Village Center. Do you have a chronic condition or care for someone who does? Registering for these classes will empower you to better manage chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and you’ll learn how to communicate more effectively with health care professionals. You’ll also learn health care cost savings techniques by avoiding trips to doctors and hospitals and learn to enjoy an enhanced quality of life. Classes are open to residents of Westchester County who are 55 and up. Registration is required. For information and to register, contact Rebecca Bent at 813-6263 or email rqbe@westchestergov.com.

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.

At Home on the Sound

Gentle Chair Yoga

With instructor Arlene. This one-hour gentle chair yoga class is designed specifically for the members of At Home on the Sound. No prior experience is necessary for this popular class. Come by and give it a try, then feel refreshed and renewed for the rest of the day. Fee is $10, payable to instructor. Every Monday in August at 11 a.m. Meets at United Methodist Church, 546 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck.

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.

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