Swyonkers's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers Tue, 19 Jan 2021 04:41:47 -0500 HamletHub.com Former NYPD Cop Talks Capitol Riots https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2625-former-nypd-cop-talks-capitol-riots2625-former-nypd-cop-talks-capitol-riots https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2625-former-nypd-cop-talks-capitol-riots2625-former-nypd-cop-talks-capitol-riots

Tune into Westchester Eye on the Radio on Monday, January 18th from 3-4pm. 

The guest will be former NYPD Lieutenant,  Bill Rath  At the time of his retirement, he was the most decorated cop in NYPD history.  He was part of the Disorder Control Unit, which dealt with riots.

Rath will discuss civil disorder and what to expect in the present political atmosphere. What should the public be aware of? What are the cues?  How is law enforcement preparing?

Check out the show on WVOX 1460AM.  The show is also streamed live online at www.wvox.com.  Click on the LISTEN icon.

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:28:27 -0500
Capitol Rioter Has White Plains NY Lawyer https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2624-capitol-rioter-has-white-plains-ny-lawyer2624-capitol-rioter-has-white-plains-ny-lawyer https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2624-capitol-rioter-has-white-plains-ny-lawyer2624-capitol-rioter-has-white-plains-ny-lawyer

According to a recent news article. Capitol Rioter, Richard Barnett is being defended by a White Plains, NY attorney. Barnett was prominent in videos when he was photographed with his feet propped upon Nancy Pelosi's desk. He is facing multiple charges in Washington D. C. 

Barnett is a resident of Gravette, Arkansas. His lawyer, Anthony Siano, is located at 333 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607 



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:12:52 -0500
Help for Suicide and Depression https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2623-help-for-suicide-and-depression2623-help-for-suicide-and-depression https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2623-help-for-suicide-and-depression2623-help-for-suicide-and-depression

If you are feeling depressed or anxious and have reached a point of desperation, please pause. There is help out there that is only minutes away. 

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  1. First, you’re in a crisis. Crisis doesn’t just mean thinking about ending your own life.  It’s any painful emotion and anytime you need support. So, you text us at 741741.

    Your opening message can say anything. Keywords like “HOME,” “START” and “HELLO” just help us identify how people hear about us.

  2. The first two responses are automated. They tell you that you’re being connected with a Crisis Counselor and invite you to share a bit more.

    The Crisis Counselor is a trained volunteer, not a professional. They can provide support, but not medical advice.

  3. .It usually takes less than five minutes to connect you with a Crisis Counselor. (It may take longer during high-traffic times)When you’ve reached a Crisis Counselor, they’ll introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said, and invite you to share at your feelings.

  4. You’ll then text back and forth with the Crisis Counselor. You never have to share anything you don’t want to.

    The Crisis Counselor will help you sort through your feelings by asking questions, empathizing, and actively listening.The conversation typically ends when you and the Crisis Counselor both feel comfortable deciding that you’re in a “cool,” safe place. After the conversation, you’ll receive an optional survey about your experience. This helps us help you and others like you! Sometimes that means providing you with a referral to further help, and sometimes it just means being there and listening. A conversation usually lasts anywhere from 15-45 minutes.

  5. Text Us    https://www.crisistextline.org/text-us/


Remember we are here 24/7 for support. If you ever need us don't hesitate to reach out. We're here for you and you've got this.



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sat, 09 Jan 2021 17:47:31 -0500
Yonkers Residents Are Mad About Light Change https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2622-yonkers-residents-are-mad-about-light-change2622-yonkers-residents-are-mad-about-light-change https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2622-yonkers-residents-are-mad-about-light-change2622-yonkers-residents-are-mad-about-light-change

Warburton Avenue residents are seeing red about a traffic light change.  As a result, they are organizing and have started a petition.

Several weeks ago, the traffic light located at the intersection of Warburton and Lamartine Avenues was changed. The normal signal pattern of red, yellow and green was replaced with a steady blinking red light. This allows for traffic to pause briefly and then proceed. The pause is at the discretion of the driver instead of the mandated stop from a regulated signal. 
At issue is the fact that the 30 miles per hour zone is frequently violated now.  Traffic lights between Point Street to Lamartine on Warburton are few. This is a distance of 0.4 miles and a two minute drive. Cars have been observed speeding on that stretch which jeopardizes the intersection.
To compound their frustration, the Bee line bus stop which was formerly located on the NE corner of Warburton and Lamartine, has been moved to the SE side of  Lamartine and Warburton.  That move has eliminated seven parking spaces on a block that was already lacking in parking spots.  
According to Yonkers City officials, the bus stop was to be permanently relocated to the south side of Lamartine because it impeded the new driveway parking entrance under construction  at the Charter School of Excellence extension. The plan was approved by both the City and the County but was scheduled to be implemented at a later  time. 
However, the contractor requested that the County move the bus stop sooner to enable it as part of the construction zone. Apparently, the City was never informed and residents were not advised of the change.   

  In addition, Warburton is a main thoroughfare to the down town area and is heavily traveled. A slowdown in traffic at the intersection would impact traffic in both directions.

One homeowner is directly affected by the change.  They state, "I can't even get into my driveway now. People have no place to park and are partially blocking it."  The homeowner is also angry that residents were left out of the loop in the decision.  "They never consulted us. I don't think this would have happened in more affluent neighborhoods in Yonkers."

Nevertheless, neighbors have vowed to fight the change. A petition campaign has been organized as well as other actions. 




aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Mon, 04 Jan 2021 16:52:57 -0500
Yonkers Cop Injured in Car Pursuit https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2621-yonkers-cop-injured-in-car-pursuit2621-yonkers-cop-injured-in-car-pursuit https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2621-yonkers-cop-injured-in-car-pursuit2621-yonkers-cop-injured-in-car-pursuit

Yonkers Police were involved in an incident that has led to a serious injury of a YPD sergeant.  The YPD statement reads as follows:


"YONKERS POLICE: “This morning at approximately 2:07 AM an unmarked Yonkers Police unit was working a crime suppression detail in the area of Central Park Avenue in response to recent commercial burglaries which include local car dealerships.

They observed a white Honda Pilot loitering in the area which appeared to be casing commercial locations; the Honda Pilot then drove southbound on Central Park Avenue passing several red lights.

Officers checked the license plates which were reported stolen.

The unmarked unit with the assistance of marked units attempted to pull over the Honda Pilot but they refused to stop and instead fled southbound on Central Park Avenue at a high rate of speed.

Yonkers Police pursued the Honda Pilot, which was discovered to be stolen from a dealership on Long Island, on to the southbound New York State Thruway. On the Thruway, the Honda Pilot collided – rear-ended – with a marked Yonkers Police unit driven by a police sergeant.

Both vehicles were disabled on the Thruway; the occupants of the Honda Pilot fled on foot on the southbound service road and the police sergeant required extrication – he was transported to a local area trauma center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The Thruway was temporarily shut down but is now reopen.

Police and Detectives are actively investigating this incident working to develop information, identify and apprehend the suspects. No other injuries have been reported.

Additional information may be released as it becomes available"

aseward100@aol.com (YPD) Public safety Tue, 29 Dec 2020 15:32:26 -0500
Yonkers Police Commissioner Speaks About Tragic Traffic Accident https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2620-yonkers-police-commissioner-speaks-about-tragic-traffic-accident2620-yonkers-police-commissioner-speaks-about-tragic-traffic-accident https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2620-yonkers-police-commissioner-speaks-about-tragic-traffic-accident2620-yonkers-police-commissioner-speaks-about-tragic-traffic-accident

Yonkers Police Commissioner, John Mueller, was a guest on Westschester Eye on the Radio on 12/28/2020.

The Commissioner spoke about the tragic traffic accident that occurred in south west Yonkers, on 12/22/2020. The accident ended with five fatalities. https://youtu.be/pvR2GCTCgoQ

The interview can be heard at this link:  https://youtu.be/pvR2GCTCgoQ


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Tue, 29 Dec 2020 13:05:10 -0500
Yonkers Police Commissioner Mueller Speaks About Tragic Car Crash https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2619-yonkers-police-commissioner-mueller-speaks-about-tragic-car-crash2619-yonkers-police-commissioner-mueller-speaks-about-tragic-car-crash https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2619-yonkers-police-commissioner-mueller-speaks-about-tragic-car-crash2619-yonkers-police-commissioner-mueller-speaks-about-tragic-car-crash

Yonkers Police  Commissioner, John Mueller, will be a guest for the entire hour on Westchester Eye on the Radio on Monday, 12/28/2020.

Tune into the discussion about current issues involving YPD and the department's plans for 2021.

The show will broadcast on WVOX 1460AM and also be streamed live at wvox.com. 

Check it out from 3-4pm

Comments can be posted on the Westchester Eye on the Radio page on Facebook during and after the show. 



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Sat, 26 Dec 2020 15:16:12 -0500
Yonkers Police Dept Statement on Fatal Car Accident https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2618-yonkers-police-dept-statement-on-fatal-car-accident2618-yonkers-police-dept-statement-on-fatal-car-accident https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2618-yonkers-police-dept-statement-on-fatal-car-accident2618-yonkers-police-dept-statement-on-fatal-car-accident

The following is a statement from the Yonkers Police Department regarding the fatal car accident that occurred on 12/22/2020 in south west Yonkers.
Yonkers, NY – With deep sadness, Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner John J. Mueller regret to inform that five individuals have died as a result of a two-car collision last night. The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department offers its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims.
On Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020, at approximately 9:23 PM, members of the 3rd Precinct observed a white 2009 Infiniti sedan being operated in an erratic manner with equipment violations in the area of South Broadway and Prospect Street. Officers attempted to stop the sedan for vehicle and traffic law violations in front of 47-85 Riverdale Avenue. The sedan appeared to pull over in front of the location, then immediately accelerated at a high rate of speed southbound on Riverdale Avenue.
Police followed the vehicle on Riverdale Avenue.
The Infiniti continued to accelerate beyond reckless speeds as it approached the intersection at Culver Street. A silver 2006 Nissan sedan, occupied by four young men, all 18-years of age and Yonkers residents, was making a right turn south onto Riverdale Avenue from eastbound Culver Street.
As the Nissan entered the intersection, the Infiniti collided with the Nissan, resulting in catastrophic damage to both vehicles; the force of the impact split the Nissan in half. All four occupants of the Nissan were ejected from the vehicle and died at scene.
The driver and single occupant of the Infiniti, a 36-year-old resident of Mount Vernon, was extricated from his vehicle and transported to a local area trauma center where he died from his injuries. Police were immediately on-scene and cordoned off the area. Both criminal and internal investigations were initiated.
Mayor Mike Spano stated, “Last night’s car accident on Riverdale Avenue was nothing short of tragic. Four young lives were cut short by the recklessness of one individual. Let this be a lesson to all who drive at excessive speeds – it not only puts your life at risk but also the innocent lives with whom you share the road. My deepest condolences and prayers go to the families of those lost, especially during this holiday season.”
Police Commissioner John J. Mueller stated, “On behalf of the men and women of the Yonkers Police Department, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those young men; this is an unspeakable tragedy brought upon by the reckless behavior of one individual, who also suffered the ultimate consequence.
I want the families and all community members to know that the Yonkers Police will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident and will make all our resources available to support the families.”
Detectives and investigators from the Major Case Squad, Crime Scene Unit, Digital Forensics Unit, and Traffic Unit all responded to the scene to interview subjects and witnesses, recover surveillance video, and reconstruct the accident scene. Detectives have recorded statements from several witnesses, and video along the Riverdale Avenue corridor has been recovered.
The investigation is on-going as Detectives continue to develop information and recover evidence. The occupants of the Nissan are identified as Brandon Sierra, Randy Brisbane, Tamari Watkins, and Anthony Cruz. The driver of the Infiniti is identified as Devon Haywood. Additional information may be released as it becomes available. 
aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Wed, 23 Dec 2020 07:53:02 -0500
BREAKING NEWS: Multiple Fatalities Yonkers Car Crash https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2617-breaking-news-multiple-fatalities-yonkers-car-crash2617-breaking-news-multiple-fatalities-yonkers-car-crash https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2617-breaking-news-multiple-fatalities-yonkers-car-crash2617-breaking-news-multiple-fatalities-yonkers-car-crash


A  serious motor vehicle accident has occurred at the intersection of Post St. and Riverdale Avenue in south west Yonkers.
The accident happened at 9:30PM on 12/22/2020 ending with four fatalities. 
There are conflicting reports from witnesses on social media that state  it began with a police car chase which culminated with a head on collision.
YPD has not issued a statement regarding the cause of the accident. 
More details to follow. 




aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Tue, 22 Dec 2020 20:11:46 -0500
Yonkers Art Gallery Latest Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2616-yonkers-art-gallery-latest-exhibit2616-yonkers-art-gallery-latest-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2616-yonkers-art-gallery-latest-exhibit2616-yonkers-art-gallery-latest-exhibit

Downtown Yonkers Warburton Galerie 16 is not letting the pandemic infect the art scene. The world class gallery opened it's final exhibit for 2020 on December 19th. All works will be on view until Feb.6th. 

The gallery is located at 16 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701.  (732) 829-2511

Participating artists are located in New York City and Yonkers.

Social distancing is strictly observed.

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sat, 19 Dec 2020 18:26:53 -0500
ICE Fears Fake Covid Vaccine https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2615-ice-fears-fake-covid-vaccine2615-ice-fears-fake-covid-vaccine https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2615-ice-fears-fake-covid-vaccine2615-ice-fears-fake-covid-vaccine

The Department of Homeland Security is warning the public about counterfeit Covid vaccine. Be sure that your doctor is authorized to admninster the shot. 

More details can be found at these links:



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Thu, 10 Dec 2020 20:38:54 -0500
Be on Lookout for Local Porch Thief https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2614-be-on-lookout-for-local-porch-thief2614-be-on-lookout-for-local-porch-thief https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2614-be-on-lookout-for-local-porch-thief2614-be-on-lookout-for-local-porch-thief

Be on the look out for a brazen porch pirate in Mount Vernon and surrounding areas. 

Police are on the hunt for a porch pirate who they say stole more than $1,000 worth of Christmas gifts from the brother of former Mount Vernon mayor, Richard Thomas. 
 Surveillance cameras captured the robbery at the house on Hutchinson Boulevard in Mount Vernon.
According to the home owner, Butch Thomas, "She jumped out of the car, walked all the way up here, nonchalant, and gathered my things as fast as possible and got out of here. And somebody was in the car waiting for her," said Thomas.
The thief had an accomplice and was driven away in a BMW SUV. A surveillance cameras at a BP gas station just up the street was able to see the vehicle clearly as it stopped at a light and then headed into Pelham
aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Wed, 09 Dec 2020 15:18:39 -0500
Yonkers Police Crack Down on Local Restaurants https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2613-yonkers-police-crack-down-on-local-restaurants2613-yonkers-police-crack-down-on-local-restaurants https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2613-yonkers-police-crack-down-on-local-restaurants2613-yonkers-police-crack-down-on-local-restaurants

As the strident voices to defund police resonate in the background, Yonkers police continue the crackdown on covid restriction violations. 

Margarita’s Restaurant & Lounge at 332-334 South Broadway in Yonkers: On Sunday, Oct. 25,  Yonkers Police Department officers discovered  over 100 patrons crowded inside after midnight, which was a curfew violation.  This was twice the maximum occupancy rate allowed under COVID-related regulations. Patrons were not wearing masks, and dancing, and smoking hookah, according to  the State Liquor Authority

There was also  a DJ blasting music, audible a block away. The following evening, SLA investigators conducted a follow-up inspection, and again found similar circumstances.


Sahara Café at 473 South Broadway in Yonkers: On Sunday, Oct. 25, State Liquor Authority investigators and officials with the Yonkers Fire Department conducted an investigation at the establishment.  There were  124 patrons packed shoulder-to-shoulder inside the restaurant. The occupancy allowed prior to the pandemic is 48. Under covid regulations, they are allowed only 24 people. Hookah smoking was observed which is a violation of the NYS Indoor Smoking Act. 

In addition, Sahara Cafe was cited for illegally expanding into their backyard. Yonkers Fire Department issued a stop work order. 


Uptown Bar & Grill at 623 South Broadway in Yonkers: On Saturday, Oct. 17, YPD conducted a check of the premises, and found 168 patrons crowded inside the establishment. The maximum legal capacity was 88 before the pandemic. This means that 44 patrons are now permissible under COVID-related regulations.

As per the other restaurants in violation, people were not wearing masks, there was no social distancing and hookah smoking was prevalent throughout the premises.  

Uptown Bar and Grill  is a repeat offender, with pending charges for multiple violations issued by the SLA a month earlier. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APU4kioik7A  (Margarita's Restaurant posted August 2020)

https://youtu.be/T4AvZ-fToBU  (Sahara Bar and Grill posted August 2020)


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Tue, 08 Dec 2020 15:00:44 -0500
Dollar Tree Makes Money From Poor Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2610-dollar-tree-makes-money-from-poor-residents2610-dollar-tree-makes-money-from-poor-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2610-dollar-tree-makes-money-from-poor-residents2610-dollar-tree-makes-money-from-poor-residents

Dollar Tree's stock continues to rise at the expense of poor service in the low income section of South Yonkers. 


Even at peak shopping hours, a staff of only three cashiers is active. That is not sufficient to serve an extensive line of shoppers that wraps around one aisle and extends past two others.

The average wait in line to purchase an item is twenty minutes. As the holidays approach, and more people flock to the store for bargains, the wait time will increase. The corellation between stock price and wait time is amusing. 

When lines were shorter, Dollar Tree sold at $94.55 per share. As the lines grew longer, stock shot up to $111.35 as of November 24, 2020. Cost cutting played a role in the stock's succes. But that cost cutting comes with a price. 

A previous article detailed how long store lines contribute to Covid. https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2604-long-lines-in-yonkers-stores-make-covid-worse

Calls to Dollar Tree management promised a fifteen person staggered limit in the store. That never happened. 

As south Yonkers teeters on becoming  a red zone again, Dollar Tree execs can thank the south Yonkers residents for their Christmas bonus. 



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Tue, 24 Nov 2020 21:38:15 -0500
Yonkers Activist Demands Cat Spay Help https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2608-yonkers-activist-demands-cat-spay-help2608-yonkers-activist-demands-cat-spay-help https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2608-yonkers-activist-demands-cat-spay-help2608-yonkers-activist-demands-cat-spay-help



Petition on Change.org #25886031, http://chng.it/JG6T77bqHD currently circulating).


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sat, 21 Nov 2020 10:48:50 -0500