Swyonkers's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers Wed, 12 May 2021 08:33:42 -0400 HamletHub.com 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
Yonkers Cop is Missing https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2631-yonkers-cop-is-missing2631-yonkers-cop-is-missing https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2631-yonkers-cop-is-missing2631-yonkers-cop-is-missing

The Yonkers Police Department needs the public's help in locating an active YPD sergeant with possible health issues. The department has issued the following statement:


Robert Byrnes
12/13/1972 - 48 Years Old
Sex: Male
Height: 5'8
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair: Light Brown
Eyes: Blue
Race: White
Additional information: Robert Byrnes is a 48 year old missing vulnerable adult who is a current Yonkers Police Department Sergeant.
Robert Byrnes has been experiencing recent health problems and may potentially be a danger to himself. Robert was last seen within the City of Yonkers but may currently be in the area of Far Rockaway Beach, Queens NY.
He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, a brown winter Carhartt style coat, a brown and white wool hat and khaki cargo pants.
Anyone with information about the current whereabouts of Robert Byrnes is asked to contact the Yonkers Police Department at (914) 377-7900; emergencies dial 9-1-1. Case # 21018298. ###
aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Tue, 16 Feb 2021 09:03:42 -0500
Hispanic Style Cheese Causes Illness https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2630-hispanic-style-cheese-causes-illness2630-hispanic-style-cheese-causes-illness https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2630-hispanic-style-cheese-causes-illness2630-hispanic-style-cheese-causes-illness

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Hispanic-Style Fresh and Soft Cheeses


Posted February 12, 2021

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 7
  • Hospitalizations: 7
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 4
  • Recall: No
  • Investigation status: Active
What People at High Risk Should Do

You are at higher risk for severe Listeria illness if you are pregnant, aged 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system due to certain medical conditions or treatments. If you are not in these groups, you are unlikely to get very sick from Listeria.

  • Don’t eat any Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses (like queso fresco, queso blanco, and queso panela), until we identify a specific type or brand that is making people sick.
  • Call your healthcare provider right away if you have these symptoms after eating Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses:
  • Pregnant people typically experience only fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. However, Listeria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
  • People who are not pregnant may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.
What Everyone Else Should Do

Make sure the Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses (like queso fresco) you eat have labels that say, “Made with pasteurized milk.”

Be aware that Hispanic-style soft cheeses made from pasteurized milk have caused Listeria outbreaks. Although pasteurization of milk kills Listeria, products made from pasteurized milk can still become contaminated if they are produced in facilities with unsanitary conditions.

What Businesses Should Do

Restaurants and retailers that serve or sell Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses should follow FDA’s safe handling and cleaning adviceexternal icon.

Symptoms of Listeria Infections
  • Listeria can cause severe illness (known as invasive listeriosis) when the bacteria spread beyond the gut to other parts of the body.
  • Pregnant people, adults 65 years or older, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness.
  • Pregnant people typically experience only fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. However, Listeria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
  • People who are not pregnant may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.
  • Symptoms of severe illness usually start 1 to 4 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria, but may start as early as the same day or as late as 70 days after.
  • Listeria can also cause common food poisoning symptoms, like diarrhea and fever. People who experience these symptoms usually recover without treatment.
  • For more information about Listeria, see the Listeria Questions and Answers page.
aseward100@aol.com (CDC) Life Sun, 14 Feb 2021 10:33:30 -0500
Yonkers Jail Owner Daniel Wolf Passes Away https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2628-yonkers-jail-owner-daniel-wolf-passes-away2628-yonkers-jail-owner-daniel-wolf-passes-away https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2628-yonkers-jail-owner-daniel-wolf-passes-away2628-yonkers-jail-owner-daniel-wolf-passes-away

Famous art dealer, Daniel Wolf, has passed away at his home in Colorado. Wolf was married to the equally famous architect, Maya Lin. 

The Tribeca power couple is well known world wide for their prominent positions in photography and design. 

Wolf purchased a former Yonkers jail in 2013, and rehabbed it to house his art collection and utilize as a public event space for the local community. Shortly afterwards, he decided not to fulfill that promise and kept the facility private for his expansive collection. When asked in an interview with Eye of Photography Magazine about the jail, Wolf was quoted:


"Will the former jail be open to the public?

Not to the general public, only to professionals, museum directors, curators, collectors etc. I want the public to see that material, but that is another business altogether and I leave that to the museums, where I hope my collections will eventually reside.

Why don’t you want to open it to the general public, like a museum?
I’m not interested in spending my time teaching. I’m interested in spending my time collecting. I’m addicted."

Additional info can be found at this link: https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2291-yonkers-jail-project-reneges-on-promises


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Fri, 29 Jan 2021 17:59:03 -0500
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. 

How Does it Work?

  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