Swyonkers's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers Thu, 27 Jan 2022 19:32:18 -0500 HamletHub.com Covid Testing But No Appointments Available https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2681-covid-testing-but-no-appointments-available2681-covid-testing-but-no-appointments-available https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2681-covid-testing-but-no-appointments-available2681-covid-testing-but-no-appointments-available

The omicron variant has picked up speed and threatens to infect a large segment of the populations throughout the world.

Westchester County towns have been vigilant about testing and covid clinics have been popping up throughout the area. 

However, the messaging about the testing sites is sorely lacking. The Westchester County Center is scheduled to begin covid testing on December 29th, 2021. Their online application states that appointments are needed. Yet, according to their schedule, there are no appointments available for the next two months. 

Without accurate testing, the path out of the covid pandemic will be slow and devastating. 

  https://patch.com/new-york/whiteplains/county-center-reopens-covid-testing-starting-wednesday                                                                               

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Tue, 28 Dec 2021 20:56:24 -0500
Black Woman Makes Jewish Bread https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2677-black-woman-makes-jewish-bread2677-black-woman-makes-jewish-bread https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2677-black-woman-makes-jewish-bread2677-black-woman-makes-jewish-bread

Some people may think that De'Asia Collins' babka bread is a joke but it is as serious as the oven it is baked in. 

Collins started her company, Bitchin' Babkas two years ago in downtown Yonkers at the age of twenty six. No stranger to the challenge, she started her first business at the age of twenty two and then pursued a masters in business administration.

 Babka is a sweet braided bread or cake which originated in Poland and Ukraine. It is popular in  Jewish households.  It is made with a yeast-leavened dough that is rolled out and spread with a filling such as chocolate, cinnamon, fruit, or cheese, then rolled up and braided before baking.

Although De'Asia is not Jewish, her love of fusion food and the endless possibilities of re interpreting ethnic recipes led her to the babka venture. Buoyed by the eclectic Jamaican cuisine she was raised with and her mother's encouragement, she created the unique business. 

The babka bread comes in many flavors and styles ranging from birthday cakes to chocolate and cinnamon rings. It can be purchased on Etsy or directly from the location at 45 S. Broadway, Apt. 5G Yonkers, NY 10701. 

 https://www.grubhub.com/restaurant/bitchin-babkas-45-south-broadway-yonkers/2701499

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BitchinBabkas?fbclid=IwAR3LmjMsyTNz4eCwmGT3CTnlLwQDhrGT7co_HJbHeHXAwNIWR5_6S51P7iA

De'Asia views her babka as a bridge across the cultural divide. Food is a common denominator. Next step for the business is the creation of a kosher kitchen leading to kosher certification. 

Until then check out the bitchin' babka and the rad rugelach made with love by an Afro American Jamaican entrepreneur.

Call 516-330-1038 to order.

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Mon, 29 Nov 2021 17:30:50 -0500
Westchester Pol Accused of Antisemitism https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2676-westchester-pol-accused-of-antisemitisg2676-westchester-pol-accused-of-antisemitisg https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2676-westchester-pol-accused-of-antisemitisg2676-westchester-pol-accused-of-antisemitisg

Former Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino, spoke at an anti vax rally in Riverdale, Bronx NY on November 14, 2021. Astorino is making his second run for the office of New York State governor.

The rally took place outside the office of New York State Assemblyman, Jeff Dinowitz, a long established politician in the Riverdale, Bronx community.

Participants in the rally displayed swastikas and yellow Stars of David. The symbols are offensive reminders of the Holocaust. Although protestors claim that the symbols are meant to be analogous with the alleged oppression of the vaccine mandate, many deemed the signs as anti Semitic and condemned Astorino for allowing them. Dinowitz stated the following:

“The display of swastikas and yellow Stars of David outside my office today is repugnant and offensive,” Dinowitz tweeted Sunday. “People are perfectly free to express their opinion on vaccines or any issue, but to openly display Nazi symbols outside the office of a Jewish legislator is despicable.”  He also tweeted, "

 
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Nov 14
 
Replying to
Rob Astorino stood right next to these anti-Semitic symbols and said NOTHING. All Republican leaders should condemn this unacceptable use of anti-Semitic imagery. I am sorry to any constituents who passed by this repugnant display outside of my office today
 
Astorino responded,  “I had no idea until I saw this photo,” wrote Astorino, a former Westchester county executive. “If I’d seen it I’d have told them to take sign down. No comparison to those atrocities & yes, I’ve always condemned anti-semitism.”
 
Several politicians condemned the display including New York State Attorney General, Leticia James. “These blatant displays of anti-Semitic hate are disgusting, and I stand with Jeffrey Dinowitz in rejecting this shameful, unacceptable behavior to the Jewish community.
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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Mon, 15 Nov 2021 21:16:07 -0500
Yonkers Auto Zone Illegal Side Business https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2675-yonkers-auto-zone-illegal-side-business2675-yonkers-auto-zone-illegal-side-business https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2675-yonkers-auto-zone-illegal-side-business2675-yonkers-auto-zone-illegal-side-business

Hundreds of gallons of gasoline  overflowed onto the intersection of  Elm and Palisades Street in Yonkers. The incident happened on Sunday, November 7, 2021. The accident occurred across the street from Yonkers Fire Station #1. They responded immediately and prevented the gasoline from flowing into sewer drains and waterways. 
 
A gasoline delivery truck was making a delivery, but the tanks underground were full and the tanker was not shut off.  That  caused the overflow. Authorities estimate over 300 gallons were spilled.
 
A few blocks away, more toxic chemicals were being spilled by illegal car repair vans parked in the Auto Zone parking lot located at 286 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY.
 
While the store was open, mobile repair vans were available for business in the Auto Zone parking lot. Despite store signs indicating that repairs were not allowed, the street mechanics operate with impunity. The mobile car repair enterprise changes oil, replaces engine fluids, and repairs auto parts. As a result, they litter the parking lots with debris and toxic waste that eventually ends up in sewer drains in front of the Auto Zone store. This impacts the water supply and the drainage when there is heavy rain. It also adds to the burden and the cost of the clean up.
 
Auto Zone has been the destiny for illegal car repair service on many occasions. 
 
 
Despite the lapse in practice, the repairmen continue to reappear under the watchful eyes of Auto Zone employees. 
 
The concern is not only for the environment but for the public. There is no guarantee that the mechanic is qualified to repair vehicles. The consequences of a bad brake job, or belt replacement are catastrophic.  In addition, a mobile mechanic can quickly vanish if he is found liable for a bad repair job. 
 
Consider Auto Zone a de facto business partner in the operation of illegal car repair. They benefit from the purchase of parts and seemingly allow the continuation of the enterprise. But will they share the responsibility for the toxic cleanup and any liability if a repair job goes wrong?
 
Only time will tell.
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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 07 Nov 2021 16:48:16 -0500
Where Are the Jobs At The New Yonkers Film Studio? https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2674-where-are-the-jobs-at-the-new-yonkers-film-studio2674-where-are-the-jobs-at-the-new-yonkers-film-studio https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2674-where-are-the-jobs-at-the-new-yonkers-film-studio2674-where-are-the-jobs-at-the-new-yonkers-film-studio

The doors of the Lionsgate Studios are about to open. The much anticipated launch of the 100,000 sq. foot entertainment production facility will herald a new venue for movie production houses in the New York metropolitan area. 

Already, another entertainment company has signed up for space in the Y.O. In late October, 2021, the Yonkers Industrial Development Authority granted preliminary approval for Hudson View Associates. The company wants to build a soundstage with offices and storage space at iPark, near the Yonkers Train Station.

The studio will then be leased to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

"According to the developers’ application, the second phase will cost $60 million. But they are asking for tax exemptions on $75 million for the mortgage and the goods and services. The subsidies work out to about $3.1 million in exemptions for sales and use taxes and a mortgage recording tax." - Westfair Business Publications

The developers have asked for a property tax abatement for 15 years. They state that project will create 400 construction jobs, and from 265 to 420 full-time equivalent jobs. Beyond that, there is the rosy prediction by the developers that supporting companies in the complex will create 1,000 to 2,000 new jobs and $65 million dollars in additional economic activity will benefit the City of Hills.

Sounds familiar? You betcha. When the Lionsgate Studios were initially proposed in 2019, they asked for the following. 

"Lionsgate viewed Yonkers as a potentially challenging site given its early stages of redevelopment," National Resources said in its application to the IDA. "Lionsgate would not have come to iPark and the project would not be feasible, but for the financial incentives provided by the IDA, which will result in the project bringing between 265 and 420 jobs to Yonkers."  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dppYQ0uBieU

In addition, the developer requested a 20-year payment in lieu of taxes agreement, a sales and use tax exemption and a mortgage recording tax exemption from the city’s IDA. And once again, the quid pro quo was the jobs incentive.

Politicians use the jobs incentive ploy to move their agendas. Companies finance their campaigns and association with those companies elevate their status. That's politics. But the trickle down impact of those deals rarely reaches the people who need it most.

Lionsgate is staffed by 3,500 people worldwide. In 2020, Lionsgate laid off 15% of staff in its film division as the company adjusted  to changes in the movie business complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Santa Monica-based studio which is similar in size to the new Yonkers studios employed approximately 450 people worldwide. 

Hudson View Associates dangles the carrot of construction jobs. Specifically 400. Yet, a nagging controversy remains between skilled tradesman and the Y.O.

 In 2019,  the city was in dispute with the county’s union building trades. The Yonkers IDA had signed on to a PILOT program that required project labor agreements with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester & Putnam Counties. on projects of $5 million or more in December 2017. That program expired and was not renewed. The program had also established an apprenticeship program jointly run by the city and the Building and Construction Trades Council.

In response, more than 100 members of the building trades staged a protest at Yonkers City Hall against the decision by the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency and its chairman Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano not to renew the workforce rules requirement with the YIDA.

In his defense, Mayor Spano stated the following:  “For the past year, Yonkers required union labor on all major development projects we assist. This experiment failed because the union leadership used it as an excuse to increase prices rather than promote jobs,” Mayor Spano charged in his statement. “As a result, developers stayed away and the pipeline of new projects is empty.”

The Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester & Putnam Counties, countered by denying the mayor’s charges and said the building trades offered a 20% discount on all project work.

The question still remains, will Yonkers construction workers be hired to do the work at a fair rate. Were Yonkers construction workers hired to build the Lionsgate Studios that are about to open? Despite the initial predictions by Lionsgate that the project would generate jobs, how many Yonkers residents have been employed by Lionsgate in the process to date?

As for permanent jobs with the studio, again, the issue of union vs. non union workers remains dominant. A studio operating with an agreement with a movie union has few non union employees.

In 2001,  IATSE secured agreements with Lions Gate Productions covering theatrical and television motion pictures throughout the United States and Canada.

 The  International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, has over 60,000 members. Those members are responsible for editing, sound, camera, make up and all aspects of movie making crafts in general. The New York chapter is IATSE Local 52. That local covers the majority of movie production in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Membership is selective and based on highly skilled workers. https://www.iatselocal52.org/?zone=view_page.cfm&page=Join20Us

In 2014,IATSE Local 52, settled a discrimination suit with the then New York State Attorney General. https://www.nycppnews.com/iatse-local-52-settles-new-york-state-equal-job-opportunity/

Soon, production will begin at Lionsgate Studios in Yonkers. But where are those jobs? https://jobs.lionsgate.com/search/

Yonkers citizens have seen the bait and switch before. It comes with the territory. https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2291-yonkers-jail-project-reneges-on-promises

But maybe this time, the movie will have a happy ending. 

 
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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Thu, 04 Nov 2021 17:33:12 -0400
Local Doctor Offers Kids Covid Vaccine https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2673-local-doctor-offers-kids-covid-vaccine2673-local-doctor-offers-kids-covid-vaccine https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2673-local-doctor-offers-kids-covid-vaccine2673-local-doctor-offers-kids-covid-vaccine

Dr. Nitin Gupta has been a Covid warrior for many months. He is a husband, father and radio host. He is also a concierge pediatrician dedicated to helping and healing his patients. 

His social activist roots have made him the dedicated doctor that he is today. He writes the following:

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Because of covid, my uncle is in a coma and my friend’s husband is in the hospital right now.
I’ve lost too many relatives, friends and colleagues.
I am done with this damn pandemic.
My team vaccinated 20 children today and I am just now processing the importance of what we’ve done today.
I’m wiping away tears of joy because I finally have the ability to win this battle that I, and so many other pediatricians, have been fighting.
According to the AAP, covid became the eighth leading cause of death of US children. Not anymore.
It’s our turn to win now.
I am done losing loved ones.
Rivertowns Pediatrics will vaccinate all children who want the covid vaccine.
If you want a vaccine, you will get a vaccine. You do not have to be a member.
We will do everything in our power to get your child vaccinated but please be patient as we try to fit everyone in.
We will not turn your child away.
We will finally win this.
Please email info@rivertownspeds.com and we will fit you in as quickly as possible.
-Dr Gupta
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Rivertowns Pediatrics is located at
 
Address: 18 Ashford Ave #3w, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
 
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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Wed, 03 Nov 2021 21:44:22 -0400
Halloween at The Hudson River Museum https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2671-halloween-at-the-hudson-river-museum2671-halloween-at-the-hudson-river-museum https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2671-halloween-at-the-hudson-river-museum2671-halloween-at-the-hudson-river-museum

As covid numbers decline, fun increases. Yonkers was lively once again with Halloween festivities and both the watchful eyes of the Yonkers Police Department and a cooperative community kept the event incident free. 

A first ever Halloween trunk party was held at the Hudson River Museum. The parking lot filled with revelers who went from car to car soliciting candy and greetings. 

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Mon, 01 Nov 2021 09:55:09 -0400
Yonkers Police Star in Car Chase https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2670-yonkers-police-star-in-car-chase2670-yonkers-police-star-in-car-chase https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2670-yonkers-police-star-in-car-chase2670-yonkers-police-star-in-car-chase

Lionsgate Studios has not opened yet in South West Yonkers but became the location of a lot of drama on the night of October 27, 2021.
 
The much touted new biz on the block is slated to be an economic and cultural game changer for the City of Hills. The facility boasts 100,000 sq ft. of stages and productions that will create movies and class A entertainment.
 
Slated to open in November, it had it's first dose of the downtown Y.O when a Yonkers Police chase ended in a vehicle with two suspects crashing into a Metro North track structure support on Buena Vista and Dock Street. The incident was just steps away from the new studios. Complete with lights and action, Yonkers police were in charge of the scene. 
 
The spotlight was on the folks in blue. They starred in the drama as they searched the entry to Lionsgate in pursuit of the suspects that fled on foot. It ended with one person in custody. Police are searching for the second suspect.
 
While the YPD conducted the ground work, a Westchester County Police helicopter hovered above, assisting in the search. A ladder enabled the police to check the Lionsgate premises. 
 
Check out Yonkers Voice for more info. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAQkgzx71p8
Check out SW Yonkers Hamlet Hub for the ending of this story. 
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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Wed, 27 Oct 2021 22:17:19 -0400
Yonkers Video Production Studio Opens Downtown https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2669-yonkers-video-production-studio-opens-downtown2669-yonkers-video-production-studio-opens-downtown https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2669-yonkers-video-production-studio-opens-downtown2669-yonkers-video-production-studio-opens-downtown

Downtown Yonkers is the new frontier for movie making and commercials. Not only is the 100,000 sq.ft. Lionsgate Studio scheduled to open in November but another venue just rolled out the red carpet..

Steve Romano purchased 15 School Street in 2017. He converted the former banana warehouse into a state of the art production facility for commercials, music videos, and other entertainment projects.. 

Now known as Velocity Media Studios, the 10,000 sq. ft facility has been transformed from a grimy concrete box to a sleek, state of the art, industrial hub. https://www.velocitymediastudios.com/

Romano held the grand opening on Saturday, October 23, 2021. The debut also featured an art exhibit attended by a crowd of actors, producers, directors, and skilled film professionals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 24 Oct 2021 17:58:10 -0400
NY State Senator Biaggi Has Covid https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2668-ny-state-senator-biaggi-has-covid2668-ny-state-senator-biaggi-has-covid https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2668-ny-state-senator-biaggi-has-covid2668-ny-state-senator-biaggi-has-covid

NY State Senator Alessandra Biaggi has contracted covid. She issues the following statement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Press Contact: ana@senatorbiaggi.com

 

SENATOR ALESSANDRA BIAGGI ISSUES STATEMENT ON COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS 

 

“Yesterday evening, I tested positive for COVID-19. While I am fully vaccinated and have taken all CDC recommended safety precautions, I unfortunately contracted the virus. I am experiencing symptoms and isolating at home per CDC guidelines.

 

As someone experiencing a breakthrough case, I urge everyone unvaccinated to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has proven to slow transmission of the virus and to suppress symptoms, protecting people from more serious outcomes, including death. All of us must continue to do our part in protecting our community’s health and safety-- that means getting vaccinated. If you have any questions regarding the vaccine or need help scheduling an appointment, please visit vaccines.gov or covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.” 

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:26:48 -0400
Riverdale Residents Protest Homeless Shelter at Yonkers Border https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2667-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border2667-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2667-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border2667-riverdale-residents-protest-homeless-shelter-at-yonkers-border

 Leafy North Riverdale has been described as, "the last bastion of gracious living in New York City." The neighborhood is affluent and mostly free of serious crime with the exception of automobile vandalism. It features a mixture of private residences and apartment buildings. The most northern portion rests on the south west Yonkers border. 

Traditionally an enclave of Irish Catholics,  the neighborhood has seen an influx of Orthodox Jewish families.

Yet although it remains relatively crime free, it is not without problems. In a neighborhood where the average single family home is valued at $800k, developers and the City of New York have made consistent attempts to build high rises and homeless shelters in the area. Having failed in their efforts, they sought out other locations in Riverdale.

Thirty blocks south at 5731 Broadway between 234th and 236th,  in Kingsbridge, The City of New York succeeded in 2017 by authorizing a new building destined for luxury living to be converted into an 80 unit dwelling for homeless families. Riverdale Assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz referred to it as a “bait and switch.” The community was outraged but North Riverdale was spared. North Riverdale was not immune to the homeless problem but it remained relatively isolated to Ewen Park.     

"A rare example, some residents say, can be found in Ewen Park.

“In the evenings, you can’t really go to the park anymore,” said Deena Fellner, a landlady who lives and works at a house near the park. “If we had more police attention, these people wouldn’t be hanging out there.”

She and other Riverdalians said they feel increasingly threatened by the homeless people who sleep at the park at night, hang out during the day and use the area as a bathroom." -Riverdale Press 2015 

                  

 

By 2017, the NYC homeless shelter game plan was already in motion. But the initiation process started in 2016. That year, the City of New York quietly moved 50 homeless men into the Van Cortlandt Motel located at 6389 Broadway. Eventually, the men were moved elsewhere, only to be replaced with 40 homeless families. Once again, the community protested and once again, their fears were validated.

In 2016, Paul Taylor 48. a resident of the Van Cortland Motel, was charged with robbing the Chase Bank at 5656 Riverdale Avenue. Six days later, he robbed the Citibank across the street from that location.

It would be only a matter of time before, The City of New York would look further north in Riverdale for more locations. And early in October 2021, they found one at the Bronx/Yonkers border.

Bronx Community board 8 was duly informed by the City of New York that 6661 Broadway, a row of small commercial stores would be purchased and managed by a contractor to the Department of Homeless Services. The proposal is for a five story facility to be constructed that will house 130 homeless men. The shelter, according to the City will be staffed with social workers, job counselors, and an abundance of cameras and security. The men will be allowed to work, and are free during the day to pursue their own interests. Curfew is set at 10pm.

No sooner than the notice was made public, an outcry from community residents was launched on Facebook. It was followed by a zoom meeting held by Community Board 8 on Wednesday, October 13th.

Over 400 people attended. A rep, Erin Drinkwater, from the City of New York, defended the proposal while irate neighbors held sway over the City Hall missive. Her words fell upon deaf ears. The “I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more.” mantra had begun to take effect.

Also in attendance was the proposed contractor, Matthew Okebiyi an accomplished Nigerian born entrepreneur and the son of Nigerian diplomats.

Okebiyi's experience with social services began in 1998. He formed the African American Planning Commission also known as AACPI, which established a domestic violence center in an undisclosed borough. Other facilities followed to fulfill the needs of persons with HIV and temporary housing for the homeless in general.

All housing for the general homeless population sponsored by AACPI. is situated in low income areas throughout Queens. The Bronx and Brooklyn.

On March 8, 2019, Randy Santos 24, a resident of the Hotel Fortune, which was managed by AACPI, sexually assaulted a female employee who was in the process of letting him into a room.

Six months later, and no longer residing at the Hotel Fortune, Santos was charged with bludgeoning four homeless men to death in unprovoked attacks in Chinatown. At that time, he had fourteen prior arrests.

Yet, both DHS and Okebiyi propose to provide a well managed operation that will not interfere with the North Riverdale neighborhood.

Many dispute that.

Ruby and her family own King Wok. The Chinese take out restaurant has been a staple in the community for twenty five years. She was raised nearby. They have been told that although they have a four year lease, there is the probability that the building will be razed where their business is located. They will have to start all over again.

Homeowners are deeply concerned. The average price of single family houses surrounding 6661 Broadway is $800k. Owners work diligently to maintain the pristine appearance of the largest investments they have ever made. Pumpkins, American flags, and the occasional baby carriage dot the landscape. Children run and bounce along the sidewalk with abandon. It is a good life for families.

Contrary to statements made by Erin Drinkwater at the zoom meeting regarding, the drop in property values, it has been shown that homeless shelters do cause a decline. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/25/nyregion/nyc-homeless-shelters-property-values.html

Despite the assurance by both the City of New York and AACPI, there is no guarantee on the cap of the number of homeless men. There is no guarantee of the vetting process. There is no guarantee that it will not be populated with sex offenders or those with a criminal background

A tremendous amount of money is involved. Will the AACP budget allow for all the expenditures necessary? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/nyregion/jack-brown-homeless-nyc-core-services.html  The GuideStar website charity navigator profile lists the current AACPI  receipts as $46,305,607. Their assets total $19,204,981. Raymond Okebiyi, is the chief financial officer of AACP. He is Matthew Okebiyi's brother.  Matthew Okebiyi's annual salary is $500k.

If not, will more residents be added to boost revenue? In addition, due to the fact that the proposed shelter is on the border of Yonkers, has there been an outreach to the City of Yonkers soliciting cooperation? Yonkers is presently experiencing an increase in crime. As a result, policing strategy has changed and personnel placed in high crime areas. Can Yonkers police handle cross border incidents related to the proposed shelter?

West 262nd Street and Broadway stands significant. The outcome is poised to impact the future of tidy middle and upper middle income residents who labored tirelessly to earn their “piece of the rock.” A poorly operated shelter could signal the destruction of the neighborhood. as well as the political aspirations of elected officials involved.

Both Alessandra Biaggi and Jaamal Bowman have adopted a “wait and see” position. Although they sent political aids to the zoom meeting, they have yet to make an official statement either for or against.

Biaggi's term is up in 2022 and Bowman's in 2023. Both garnered huge support in the Riverdale community. And although both benefited from the Democratic Progressive wing agenda as well as endorsements from political superstars such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, that was yesterday.

Today, the people of North Riverdale are restless. A rally was held on October 16th 2021 at the proposed site. A large crowd gathered at 10:30am. They carried signs and chanted in protest. They took a break from raking leaves and playing with the grandchildren. They moved appointments at the beauty salon to be there. They caucused with familiar faces and chatted with new ones. Their sense of betrayal is palpable.  https://youtu.be/Ou5QatI4tIc

Some will move, retreating in desperation. Some will stay and face the consequences of a misguided political agenda. Ruby's family will be forced to re format their retirement plans. And North Riverdale residents will be forced to re think which politicians they will support.

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It is different this time because the people are mad as hell and they aren't going to take it anymore.

https://www.change.org/p/riverdale-petition-regarding-proposed-130-men-s-homeless-shelter-at-262nd-street-and-broadway/u/29728701?cs_tk=Atz2ZLBy3A2ZRTgJdGEAAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvGNNC0ovh00bseRr_iIGg0E%3D&utm_campaign=95e6f7e789b84c49ba216ad9a1b5c5d0&utm_content=initial_v0_5_0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs

 

Additional reporting by News 12:  https://bronx.news12.com/riverdale-residents-blindsided-over-plans-to-build-homeless-shelter-in-neighborhood?fbclid=IwAR18olQblfgb5EkzR-wT8oz4g-svnz19Tg-ylzLM5PO6KMYIzULsdgrYJ2U

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 17 Oct 2021 13:00:31 -0400
Yonkers Synagogue Welcomes Police https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2666-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police2666-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2666-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police2666-yonkers-synagogue-welcomes-police

The rain did not stop the festivities at the Greystone Jewish Center/Chabad of Yonkers.

The Yonkers community gathered to take part in the Faith in Blue weekend which promotes building bridges and breaking biases with law enforcement.

The event was held at the synagogue which is located at 600 North Broadway in Yonkers.

Yonkers police and community members turned out for a day of fun, hand shaking, cotton candy and chess.

One officer sweetened the event by becoming the official cotton candy maker. Another YPD member, Detective Autumn Edwards, was the queen of the chess board.

Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz performed his duties by putting on Tefillin with officer Dean Campana of the 3rd precinct in Yonkers. (see video by Robert Kalfus) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp6YhatMgz0

The Chabad's mission is to reach out to others with acts of goodness and kindness. They are a community-based nonprofit organization whose efforts are rooted in traditional Jewish values.  Many of the programs help the needy regardless of background.

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 10 Oct 2021 17:15:58 -0400
A Plumber Gets Flooded https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2664-a-plumber-gets-flooded2664-a-plumber-gets-flooded https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2664-a-plumber-gets-flooded2664-a-plumber-gets-flooded

Boris, the owner of 24/7 Sewer Cleaning, was content to know that soon, he could leave his tools behind and fly off to a well deserved vacation abroad.  So he and his wife packed their bags.  Shortly afterwards, they awoke along with their toddler far away from the hustle and bustle of the New York metropolitan area. 

After a few weeks, it was time to return home and get back to work. . But what they saw when they returned home was a nightmare. Storm Ida had whipped through their town and destroyed their house. 

Seven feet of water filled the basement. Their car was destroyed and the house was no longer fit for occupancy. Boris the plumber became his own customer. 

Yet, Boris is back in business 24/7. He understands your needs more than ever now and is ready to help with your plumbing. 

24/7 Sewer Cleaning can be reached at 516-534-9075.  They service NYC and Westchester County. 

 

 

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sun, 03 Oct 2021 19:52:48 -0400
Assistance for Pregnant Women https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2663-assistance-for-pregnant-women2663-assistance-for-pregnant-women https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2663-assistance-for-pregnant-women2663-assistance-for-pregnant-women

In Westchester County, Black women are more likely to deliver babies with low birth weight, more likely to have premature births, and more likely to have their babies die. With those statistics in mind – and hoping to change them – the County has launched a pilot program with the Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network Children's Health and Research Foundation to offer doulas to qualifying Westchester County pregnant women.

County Executive George Latimer said: “I know that as a man I can never fully understand the birthing process – but as a husband, a father of a daughter and the grandfather to a young girl – I can tell you I am listening to you and I hear you.  We can do better when it comes to these alarming statistics, and we will. You can count on my continued support of this most important issue.  I commend the Office for Women, the Women’s Advisory Board and the many local organizations committed to this work who have advocated tirelessly on the issue of improving birth outcomes for Black women.”

Certified doulas have been shown to increase positive health outcomes, including reducing birth complications for the mother and the baby.  The Program will cover labor/birth and postpartum doulas, offer Medicaid to eligible pregnant mothers.

Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD said: “By providing doulas we aim to reduce cesarean rates, shorten labor, reduce requests for epidurals, reduce use of Pitocin and increase breastfeeding, while providing environments of respect, and active listening.  We want our moms to feel safe and cared for. Research proves that when pregnant women’s voices are heard, positive birth outcomes are increased.”

In 2019, the nationwide maternal mortality rate for black women was 44 per 100,000 births – that is two and a half times the rate for white mothers (17.9), according to the CDC. In other words, black women are two and a half times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women.

The pilot program will begin with $75,000 with options to expand.

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aseward100@aol.com (Office of County Executive) Life Sun, 03 Oct 2021 09:50:27 -0400
Painted Mannequins Art Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2662-painted-mannequins-art-exhibit2662-painted-mannequins-art-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2662-painted-mannequins-art-exhibit2662-painted-mannequins-art-exhibit

Imagine a large front yard populated with one hundred decorated mannequins. No, it is not a harbinger of Halloween, it is the first exhibit of it's kind in New City, NY

On October 8th, the Art Reborn exhibit will open. The exhibit is a collection of 100 mannequins designed and decorated by 140 different artists during the pandemic lockdown. 

The exhibit sponsored by the Dan and Trudy Reagan Foundation, will run until October 11th at 29 Woodland Road, New City, New York. It will feature not only outdoor art but break dancers, cosmetology demonstrations and other activities. It is free to the public.

Former affordable housing developer, Daniel Regan purchased the raw mannequins from retail outlets that were going out of business. Regan and his wife, Trudy formed the Dan and Trudy Regan Foundation in 1990 after he retired from his business. Regan, an artist himself, wants the foundation to be a charitable organization that helps not only other artists but support groups such as schools in Nepal.

Regan is in talks with other venues to exhibit the mannequins throughout the year at local facilities.

A rain date will be announced if the weather is inclement. Call 845-323-3107 for details. Updates can be found on Facebook or on Instagram at artists.mannequins.

 

 

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aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Thu, 30 Sep 2021 01:57:10 -0400