Swyonkers's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers Wed, 04 Aug 2021 06:32:20 -0400 HamletHub.com South Yonkers Developer Creates Illegal Driveway https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2653-south-yonkers-developer-creates-illegal-driveway2653-south-yonkers-developer-creates-illegal-driveway https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2653-south-yonkers-developer-creates-illegal-driveway2653-south-yonkers-developer-creates-illegal-driveway

In May 2021, SW Yonkers Hamlet Hub published an article about the destruction of a South Yonkers neighborhood. https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2644-yonkers-developer-ruins-neighborhood

The developer responsible for the blight, was admonished by the City of Yonkers and removed the vehicles from the lot. The lot became green once again as wild flowers and plants reclaimed the corner plot. 

The respite lasted only three months. Although fewer in number, the prohibited vehicles are back again. And even though, they appear to have legitimate plates, the fact remains that they are not supposed to be there. Their proximity to multiple and single family residences poses an air quality threat. The water run off from the lot is potentially hazardous due to engine fluids leaking into the soil. The sewers that collect that water are already clogged with debris from the area.

This causes flooding in heavy rain which then impacts the traffic flow on Warburton Avenue. 

However, the worst violation is the unauthorized creation of a driveway where heavy vehicles mount the sidewalk and drive onto the lot. In a city where homeowners have to fork over big bucks for permits to alter a sidewalk, this owner does it for free. The corner of Willow and Warburton is strictly for pedestrian traffic. There is the disturbing fact that the Charter School of Excellence is only one short block north from the lot. Soon, children will be walking on that sidewalk to the school destination.

There are no safe guards to protect those children from trucks illegally exiting and entering that lot. Due to the height of those vehicles, a small child is not visible behind a truck that is backing out of the lot onto the sidewalk. What will prevent those vehicles from sliding in the snow and ice during the winter months?  Why is this allowed to continue when it puts children in jeopardy? Where are the public officials that are sworn to protect the people of that district that voted for them?

Do the lives of Black children matter in the City of Hills?


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Tue, 03 Aug 2021 21:35:00 -0400
Westchester County Offers Free Back to School Vaccine Clinics https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2650-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics2650-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2650-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics2650-westchester-county-offers-free-back-to-school-vaccine-clinics

Call Westchester County Health Department for an appointment and to determine eligibility

 The Westchester County Department of Health will now book appointments for its free back-to-school vaccine clinics in Yonkers on Mondays and Thursdays from July 26 through the end of August and on Friday in White Plains from July 23 through the end of August for children to have the vaccines they need for school.

Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “Our clinics have the vaccines children need to start their in-person learning on time, including COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 12 and older. I also encourage families with their own healthcare provider to call now and avoid the September rush, because there are many families who must catch up on visits they missed during the past pandemic year.”

All children who do not have their required immunizations must have their first dose of vaccinations within 14 days from the first day of school. This requirement follows legislation enacted in 2019 that removed non-medical exemptions for children in public, private or parochial school through 12th grade as well as childcare programs. Parents and guardians of these children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses within 30 days of the start of school.

The County Health Department can help. Families with no insurance, ChildHealth Plus or Medicaid, should call the County Health Department to schedule an appointment for vaccines at no charge.  Call (914) 995-5800 to find out if you qualify and to make an appointment for these Back to School clinics:

At the County Health Department, 20 S. Broadway, 2nd floor in Yonkers:

  • Mondays, July 26, through Aug. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays, July 29 through Aug. 26, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

At the County Health Department, 134 Court Street in White Plains

  • Fridays, July 23 through Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Anyone who would like a Covid-19 vaccine is welcome to come to these clinics with no appointment during these times.

The Westchester County Department of Health provides free immunizations by appointment to eligible children and students of all ages who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines.

Ask your healthcare provider which vaccines your children need. All 7th and 12th graders must get the meningococcal vaccine, and all students must be vaccinated against whooping cough, measles and mumps.

Health Navigators available through the Health Department can help families and individuals sign up for the health insurance they need. Those without a regular doctor can learn where to go for ongoing primary care. For more information, call (914) 995-6350.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County Dept. of Health) Life Wed, 21 Jul 2021 08:32:30 -0400
Teenager Killed in South Yonkers https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2649-teenager-killed-in-south-yonkers2649-teenager-killed-in-south-yonkers https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2649-teenager-killed-in-south-yonkers2649-teenager-killed-in-south-yonkers

Yonkers Police Investigate Fatal Shooting on Cliff Street

​2021-07-18 @1100; Preliminary information subject to change:

Yonkers, NY – Just after 9:00PM on July 17, 2021, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the area of 53 Cliff Street in the confines of the 3rd Precinct on a report of shots fired. Responding officers located a victim at that location with an apparently fatal gunshot wound. The area was cordoned off as units initiated a criminal investigation.

Detectives from the Major Case Squad, Crime Scene Unit, and Digital Forensics Unit are currently continuing that investigation. No arrests have been made at this time. The victim is identified as an 18-year-old resident of the State of North Carolina. The investigation is ongoing at this time and more information may be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7724 – all calls will remain confidential. 100% anonymous tips can be sent by texting the key word YPD plus the tip to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be sent to us directly through the Yonkers PD Tips app which can be downloaded for free to any Apple or Android device.

Media Contact:
Sergeant Frank DiDomizio
Office of the Police Commissioner
(914) 377-6923

aseward100@aol.com (YPD) Public safety Sun, 18 Jul 2021 12:08:06 -0400
Celebrate the South County Trailway’s 30th Anniversary with a bike ride. https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2648-celebrate-the-south-county-trailway-s-30th-anniversary-with-a-bike-ride2648-celebrate-the-south-county-trailway-s-30th-anniversary-with-a-bike-ride https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2648-celebrate-the-south-county-trailway-s-30th-anniversary-with-a-bike-ride2648-celebrate-the-south-county-trailway-s-30th-anniversary-with-a-bike-ride


Put on your helmets, pump those tires and pack your water for a bike ride on the South County Trailway to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Wednesday, July 28, 11 a.m., where the trailway meets Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers.

The South County Trailway boasts a long and rich history. The 14.1-mile paved bicycle and pedestrian path is located primarily on right-of-way lands of the former Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad, which was affectionately referred to as the “Old Put.” It provided freight and passenger service from 1881 to 1958 between the Bronx and Putnam County.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “The Westchester County Trailways are the most used facilities in our park system. They provide visitors with a great outlet to get a bike ride, jog or stroll in, pounding the pavement on centuries of history. Traces of the “Old Put” can even be found along the South County Trailway and I am thrilled to celebrate this milestone for such a historic trail.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Our Trailway system is celebrated everyday by visitors who use it as a naturally essential outlet for physical and mental health. The 30th anniversary of the South County Trailway is special as it is exciting to see how far it has come in such a short amount of time.”

If you would like to participate in the celebratory bike ride, please RSVP to westchestercountyparks@gmail.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Life Wed, 14 Jul 2021 05:08:15 -0400
Yonkers Politics Exposed in New Book https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/politics/2647-yonkers-politics-exposed-in-new-book2647-yonkers-politics-exposed-in-new-book https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/politics/2647-yonkers-politics-exposed-in-new-book2647-yonkers-politics-exposed-in-new-book

Patricia Vaccarino  is an American writer. She has published three novels and three nonfiction books.  Ms. Vaccarino grew up in Yonkers, New York.

At fourteen she began writing a novel about Yonkers that eventually became her first literary work, YONKERS Yonkers!: A story of race and redemption  Her first Yonkers book is about growing up in Yonkers during the 1960s and 1970s. The Heart of Yonkers was published April 2, 2020.

Her latest book, Death of a Library, is a passionate yet scathing expose of the demise of the Yonkers Carnegie Library. Steeped in political intrigue and back room deals, the library met it's end before a suitable case for it's redemption could be established. An excerpt from the book reads as follows:

"The Yonkers Carnegie Library was commonly held to be the most beautiful building in the city. No one seemed to know for sure why it was destroyed.

The circumstances that led to the death of the library are steeped in half-truths, incredible lies, and wild rumors that range from political corruption to bumbling incompetence. One rumor focuses on the true intentions of the Mayor of the time, Angelo Martinelli, and his desire to undo the white flight to the east side of Yonkers. Rumors hinting of racism—the area surrounding the library had become increasingly populated with blacks and Puerto Ricans—is also explored as a reason why the library was destroyed.

Corruption in Yonkers city government has also been alleged, and while without having a smoking gun, it’s hard to prove people took money under the table, the chronic pattern of cronyism is undeniable. Among the rumor mill, claims persist that Angelo Martinelli wanted to build a sleek high-rise tower to replace both the Yonkers City Hall and the library. Other rumors suggest the library was razed to make room for a bridge to New Jersey.

Another allegation accuses Yonkers City Council Member Harry Oxman of sacrificing the library to spare his small-time dry cleaning business. And finally, the library itself has been accused of being its own worst enemy. What really happened?"

Patricia will be a guest on Monday, June 21st, 2021 from 3-4pm on Westchester Eye on the Radio. Tune into WVOX 1460AM or listen online at wvox.com.



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Politics Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:26:10 -0400
Yonkers Man Arrested for Rape https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2646-yonkers-man-arrested-for-rape2646-yonkers-man-arrested-for-rape https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2646-yonkers-man-arrested-for-rape2646-yonkers-man-arrested-for-rape

On May 18, 2021, the New York State Police from the Cortlandt barracks in conjunction with the Putnam County Child Advocacy Center arrested Fabian Huiracocha Barbecho, age 36, of Yonkers, NY, for two counts of Rape in the 2nd degree, a class D felony.

After receiving a law enforcement tip, members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Cortlandt began investigating two instances of alleged rape.  Investigation determined Huiracocha Barbecho raped a victim under the age of 15-years-old in both Philipstown and the city of Peekskill.

Fabian Huiracocha Barbecho was arraigned before the city of Peekskill court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail, $30,000 secure bond, or $40,000 partially secure bond.  Huiracocha Barbecho was next scheduled to appear before the court on May 20, 2021.

aseward100@aol.com (New York State Police) Public safety Fri, 21 May 2021 19:49:08 -0400
Yonkers Developer Flaunts Local Laws https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2645-yonkers-developer-flaunts-local-laws2645-yonkers-developer-flaunts-local-laws https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2645-yonkers-developer-flaunts-local-laws2645-yonkers-developer-flaunts-local-laws

The home made parking lot at the corner of 1 Willow Pl. and Warburton Avenue has been vacated.  A lone diesel fueled truck remains as a reminder that the new lot owner still maintains dominance of that corner. 

He created his own driveway with a lock and a wire fence that neatly rolls to the side allowing cars to enter via the sidewalk. There is neither a curb cut nor lowering of the sidewalk where pedestrians and school children pass. He has even posted his own official, yet ambiguous No Parking sign. It can be interpreted as dissuading motorists from parking on Warburton, blocking his illegal personal entrance. It should be noted that this is in violation of The City of  Yonkers street regulation where parking is actually legally allowed. It can also be seen as a veiled reference against parking in a lot that is already locked. 

The sewer at the end of the sidewalk is already beginning to flood in heavy rain.  The small stone retaining wall, along with grass and trees which worked to stem the water flow was dismantled in the process of creating the DIY lot. This has the potential of flooding that section of Warburton, impeding traffic flow. This could slow down emergency service vehicles.

Although the Warburton lot may be on the road to recovery, the area behind it could pose even more problems. 

A fleet of landscaping vehicles including heavy duty industrial equipment is parked next to several multiple family dwellings. Returning trucks idle for several minutes next to those houses, waiting to be admitted to the parking area. The diesel exhaust fumes hover in the air and eventually dissipate in the houses nearby.  

"Smoke from diesel engines contains microscopic airborne
carbon particles that result from fuel combustion. The smoke from properly
maintained diesel engines should not be visible. Exhaust fumes that are thick
and black occur when diesel engines are poorly maintained or maintained
improperly. Particulate matter can damage the respiratory system."
In addition, the owner has created two additional driveways on the 1 Willow Pl. property for those trucks. Were those additions done with the supervision and permit process of  the City of Yonkers engineers?  Are large diesel trucks allowed to be stored on property designated as an M zone?
The entire process of clearing the lush tree filled lot has left a gaping, debris filled landscape. The previous greenfield has deteriorated into a toxic dump that grows larger each day. 
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano stated the following in April 2019.
“Throughout this spring and summer, we are taking direct action to restore the health and vibrancy of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Spano. “Whether it’s beautifying a street, planting trees or encouraging greater recycling among our residents, we are continuing a partnership with our communities to improve our city and its image.”
Two years later, it is spring again. The sidewalk remains broken and unnavigable on Willow Pl. Several trees have been ripped up and the recyclables have been commissioned to the base of remaining, defoliated timber,  furthering their demise. A partnership with the new owner appears to be non existent. The image of 1 Willow Pl, is a bad one. 
Contrast that image with the Charter School Extension which is under construction just one block away. The institution is a shining star in the midst of the Yonkers school system. Soon hundreds of eager students will pass through those streets with excitement and the expectation of a community that will provide for them. As a community member, 1 Willow Pl must come into compliance.
aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Thu, 13 May 2021 21:07:00 -0400
Yonkers Developer Ruins Neighborhood https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2644-yonkers-developer-ruins-neighborhood2644-yonkers-developer-ruins-neighborhood https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2644-yonkers-developer-ruins-neighborhood2644-yonkers-developer-ruins-neighborhood

The controversial developer of the Glenwood Power Plant shelved her bid last week to convert a JFK Marina green space into a parking lot.  Community groups rallied to protect the cherished space and the developer, Lela Goren, respectfully bowed out from her proposal. This was a great example of community working together. 

However, a few minutes away, yet another battle for green space is looming. A vacant lot located at the corner of 1 Willow Place and Warburton Avenue, was recently purchased. The new owner allegedly plans to build an apartment complex. But in the interim, the property has become a storage space for several cars and landscaping equipment. Trees and grass were ripped out converting the lot into a large, dirt eyesore.

The lot is surrounded by residential properties, one of which , was constructed as a mixed income replacement for Cottage Gardens. When 188 Warburton Avenue opened a few years ago, Yonkers Mayor Spano stated the following:

“Today’s opening points to the positive momentum occurring right now in Yonkers as we revitalize our neighborhoods and improve the lives of the residents who live here,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “We are building a stronger, a more sustainable community for residents, thanks to the support of our federal, state, private and our local community partners for their commitment to Yonkers and we look forward to the great improvements that will be made to this very deserving neighborhood.”

Rather than the neighborhood improving,. the lot with an ever increasing supply of damaged cars, poses not only an environmental threat to the area but a safety issue also. 

Cars are observed being unloaded at night by a transport truck. The lot, which is on an incline, offers no safeguard should a car accidentally roll off.  The trajectory is heavily trafficked Warburton Avenue which is directly in the path of a sliding vehicle. 

In addition the environmental hazards are numerous. The distance of the lot to private houses is minimal. Engine fumes easily filter into those homes causing health problems. The elimination of multiple trees and grass cover has removed the safeguard of water retention which prevented flooding.  Soil contamination from potential oil leaks and transmission fluid can be absorbed into the sewer system at the edge of the property. Although the argument can be made that it is minimal, it still undermines the effort of a cleaner, greener Yonkers. 

The aesthetic of damaged, used cars in the middle of a residential neighborhood lowers property values. At a time when The City of Yonkers struggles to balance a budget, the loss of tax revenue compounds the problem. And the promise of an improved living environment for Cottage Garden residents is obliterated by wanton blight steps away from their door.

A property owner has an obligation to the area where that land is located. That obligation not only benefits the community but enhances the owner's property also. 

If allowed to continue, 1 Willow Place will set a precedent for future developers in the area. Sadly, the hope for a better life of 188 Warburton Avenues residents will fade into yet another promise delayed. 




aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sat, 08 May 2021 16:52:08 -0400
Glenwood Power Plant Parking Shelved https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2641-glenwood-power-plant-parking-shelved2641-glenwood-power-plant-parking-shelved https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2641-glenwood-power-plant-parking-shelved2641-glenwood-power-plant-parking-shelved

The disputed JFK Marina parking lot conversion has ended.  The developer of the Glenwood Power Plant, Lela Goren, has withdrawn the proposal to build a parking garage in the JFK Marina with rooftop recreation and green park features. 

An assemblage of Yonkers community groups worked to prevent Goren, a private developer, from building a parking garage in JFK Marina. An online petition garnered over 1,300 signatures. The project's plan was to establish a home for climate solutions in Yonkers with green jobs, educational programs and a  partnership with local Groundwork Hudson Valley.

 The coalition of community organizations does not want to see the City of Yonkers allow a private developer, for private benefit, to build a multi-story structure  in the middle of the community’s only waterfront park.  They support the redevelopment of the Glenwood Plant Project  The issue was the proposal of a garage on public parkland.  

 Plant greenhouses would provide free  organic produce to the community. But protesting groups claimed that it would come at a high price.  The 1,100 foot expanse is the sole remaining area of open public parkland along the Hudson River waterfront in Yonkers. The Hudson River view and the Palisades are considered to be one of the best in that corridor. 

The summer season offers picnic facilities, sports, and fishing. In addition access to boats moored along the pier, it is a respite for locals that do not went to venture far away. 

Despite the objections to the park, groups in support of the parking lot conversion were equally vocal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctR19l7HR64

For now, the issue of where to build a parking lot for the Glenwood Power Plant Project, remains in limbo. 


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Wed, 28 Apr 2021 15:45:34 -0400
Another Stabbing in Yonkers Getty Square https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2640-another-stabbing-in-yonkers-getty-square2640-another-stabbing-in-yonkers-getty-square https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2640-another-stabbing-in-yonkers-getty-square2640-another-stabbing-in-yonkers-getty-square

A man was stabbed in a downtown Yonkers clothing store today. The store, Hip Hop Jeans is located at 11 Palisade Avenue in the Getty Square section. https://youtu.be/9HeaUZO0WkQ


The stabbing comes on the heels of yet another stabbing that ended in a fatality three days earlier. Just blocks away, a store owner, was stabbed to death when he pursued a shoplifter in broad daylight. https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2639-arrest-in-yonkers-fatal-stabbing

Police are investigating.

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Fri, 23 Apr 2021 19:16:44 -0400
Arrest in Yonkers Fatal Stabbing https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2639-arrest-in-yonkers-fatal-stabbing2639-arrest-in-yonkers-fatal-stabbing https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2639-arrest-in-yonkers-fatal-stabbing2639-arrest-in-yonkers-fatal-stabbing

Yonkers, NY – On Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 at approximately 5:40 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to 240 New Main Street at the Premier Fashion clothing store on a report of a stabbing incident with the victim at scene and the suspect having fled on foot. First Responders located the male victim with apparent stab wounds to his chest and rendered medical aid; he was transported to a local area trauma center where he ultimately died of his injuries. At the same time, police officers began canvassing for the suspect and cordoned-off the crime scene. A criminal investigation was initiated.
Detectives from the Major Case Squad, Crime Scene Unit, and Digital Forensics Unit responded to the scene to interview subjects and witnesses, process physical evidence, and recover surveillance video. Investigation has yielded that the male suspect was involved in a physical altercation on New Main Street with a local cab driver; the suspect then entered the Premier Fashion clothing store and allegedly attempted to steal a baseball cap; he was then approached by the store owner who attempted to stop him; an altercation ensued outside the store on New Main Street when the suspect allegedly stabbed the store owner in the chest more than once and fled the scene.
Detectives quickly developed information identifying a person of interest. Within 24-hours of the incident, investigators located the suspect in the village of Elmsford yesterday morning and placed him into custody without incident.
Mayor Mike Spano stated, “Job well done by our men and women in blue for their work in apprehending this individual. Their swift and accurate work can now ease the minds of the area businesses and residents. We will continue to invest in measures that will keep our neighborhoods safe and secure to help prevent incidents like this happening again.”
Police Commissioner John J. Mueller stated, “Great job by our Yonkers Police Officers, Detectives, and Supervisors in apprehending this criminal in short order, who will now be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and face the consequences of his actions. I hope this arrest brings some degree of relief to Mr. Martinez-Campos’ family and community; and sends a clear message to those individuals who would perpetrate violence in our City, that the Yonkers Police is ever committed to quickly finding you, arresting you, and delivering you into the Criminal Justice System.”
The suspect is identified as Tyrese L. SHUBRICK, a 21-year-old resident of Yonkers Avenue in this City. SHUBRICK was booked on one charge of Manslaughter 1, a Class B Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law; he is scheduled to be arraigned later today. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. Yonkers Police Detectives are continuing to work the case and enhance the investigation; additional information may be released as it becomes available.
The victim is identified as Ruben Martinez-Campos, a 47-year-old resident of New Main Street in this City. The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department offers its sincere condolences to his family, friends, and community. 
Video of the stabbing can be seen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLC4uRyYagQ
aseward100@aol.com (YPD) Public safety Thu, 22 Apr 2021 14:20:18 -0400
Local Student Creates Virtual Community to Bring Westchester Together Around the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/neighbors/2637-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic2637-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/neighbors/2637-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic2637-local-student-creates-virtual-community-to-bring-westchester-together-around-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-pandemic

“We Are Westchester” - Fox Lane High School Student Creates Virtual Community to Bring Westchester Together Around the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic

Ella Bahari, a junior at Fox Lane High School, is creating a virtual community within Westchester where she is inviting people to share their experiences during this time of social distancing to come together in a visual way.

Ella has created an inspirational photo sharing project called  “We Are Westchester” on Facebook and Instagram pages for community members to share photos of themselves holding up signs that say: “We Are _____”.  People are encouraged to fill in the blank with a word that is unique to themselves, such as “We Are Heroes” or “We Are Hopeful”, etc. You can send your photos to wearewestchester.20@gmail.com, or through Instagram and/or Facebook messages. Here are the links to Ella's We Are Westchester social media pages:

On her social media pages, Ella has gotten posts that say: “We Are Strong Together”, “We Are Learning” and “We are Winners”, just to name a few. Ella’s idea is to help people express how they have been keeping their spirits up during this past year and to remain hopeful that we will emerge from this in the not too distant future.

Ella says, “The idea is to create awareness and to solidify a sense of community to express how COVID-19 has affected life in Westchester. With this project, my goal is to create a platform to help inspire and support one another, and to remind us that as a community, we will make it through this challenging time. We are all looking forward to when life returns back to normal, but we want to be here now to support one another.”

In addition to creating virtual community, Ella has created a fundraiser on GoFundMe to benefit the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry which has been significantly challenged during this past year as the issue of food insecurity has affected many families in Westchester. Ella says, “I didn’t just want to create a virtual community without giving back to the most vulnerable in our area in a real, substantive way. As a community, we should feel the need to help out however we can.”

The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that feeds our neighbors in need in Westchester. Before the pandemic, the food pantry served 300 families per week but, now due to COVID-19, 500 families per week rely on the donations from the food pantry.  

When it’s safe again to be out in the community, Ella’s plan is to print out and display some of the photos in an area in Northern Westchester that will become a public art space where Westchester residents can congregate and remember the challenges that we all faced and overcame with each other's support during the pandemic.

As Ella says to all of her supporters, “Thank you for helping to create virtual community at a time when we need it most.”

kerry@ducey.org (Submitted) Neighbors Mon, 15 Mar 2021 09:56:06 -0400
Andrea Cousins Calls for Cuomo Resignation https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/politics/2636-andrea-cousins-calls-for-cuomo-resignation2636-andrea-cousins-calls-for-cuomo-resignation https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/politics/2636-andrea-cousins-calls-for-cuomo-resignation2636-andrea-cousins-calls-for-cuomo-resignation

NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins has issued a statement for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign.


Statement From Senate Majority Leader
Andrea Stewart-Cousins 

"Everyday there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government. We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the Covid-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project.

New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it. We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign."


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Politics Sun, 07 Mar 2021 12:26:49 -0500
BREAKING NEWS: Man Shot on Warburton https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2633-breaking-news-man-shot-on-warburton2633-breaking-news-man-shot-on-warburton https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2633-breaking-news-man-shot-on-warburton2633-breaking-news-man-shot-on-warburton

A man has been fatally shot at 157 Warburton Avenue near Ashburton at 9pm.  It is unknown if the shooting occurred outisde of the house. The man was found inside.

Witnesses report hearing seven shots fired. 

Police searched for for a white BMW series 5 connected to the shooting. That vehicle was located in Mt. Vernon but the suspect is still being sought. 



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:22:42 -0500
Dobbs Ferry School Board Diversity Issue https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2632-dobbs-ferry-school-board-diversity-issue2632-dobbs-ferry-school-board-diversity-issue https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2632-dobbs-ferry-school-board-diversity-issue2632-dobbs-ferry-school-board-diversity-issue

The Children’s Village https://childrensvillage.org/  operates the Education and Employment Center called OPTIONS (opportunities, power, training, innovations, optimism, nurturing, success) located at 30 Broadway in Yonkers, NY. This center helps out-of-school youth complete their high school education and develop  work readiness skills.

 Westhab, a community service agency located in Yonkers also works with Children's Village. A housing facility for teens and young adults has been in operation for several years. 

 Some staff that work at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry live within the facility. The Children’s Village operates the D’Assern Housing complex in Dobbs Ferry. It has 112 apartments located close by The Children’s Village residential campus.  Children living in the apartments attend the Dobbs Ferry public schools. Yet the parents of those children are not permitted to hold office on the Dobbs Ferry School board. Some argue that this contributes to the lack of minority members on the the Dobbs Ferry School board  https://www.dfsd.org/domain/55

 The school board claims the the problem is with the State Legislature and not the board. They state that the Children's Village property is in the confines of the Greenburgh 11 School District, not Dobbs Ferry. The Greenburgh 11 district is a Special Act District which serves residential special education students only. The Greenburgh district pays tuition to the Dobbs Ferry School  District for the children of the Children's Village staff workers that live on Children's Village property to attend the Dobbs Ferry schools. As a result, the parents/staff that are renters in the Children's Village apartments are not considered residents of the Dobbs Ferry school district.  They live in Dobbs Ferry but not within the school district boundaries. 

 Westchester Eye on the Radio will feature the topic on  March 1, 2021. from 3-4pm. Tune into WVOX 1460AM or listen online at wvox.com


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Fri, 26 Feb 2021 21:04:19 -0500