Scarsdale10583 Guide to Summer Camps and Activities for 2016
- Category: Shout it Out
- Published on 03 February 2016
- Written by Lori Gertzog
Though winter is still with us, the end of the school year is just months away – and now is a good time to consider summer plans for your children. Whether you've got a toddler, a tween or a teen, there are many great options for summer growth and fun within a drive from Scarsdale. Here are some local programs to consider for the summer of 2016.
For the Younger Set:
Beth El Day Camp has been the summer place to be for young children since 1951. Widely recognized as the best-in-class day camp in Westchester, Beth El remains the most fun, most trusted choice for young campers and their parents, year after year. Children from ages 2-7 love the sports, swimming in the pool, music, arts & crafts, singing, dancing, nature, storytelling, yoga, karate, and much more. Proudly ACA accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), Beth El Day Camp is also known for its nurturing environment, cutting-edge programming, and commitment to safety. Beth El has the county's finest, best-trained professional staff, and a very favorable child/staff ratio. Whether this is your child's first camp experience or not, at Beth El everything begins with love and ends in fun. Spots fill up quickly so don't wait too long to sign up at www.betheldaycamp.org! For an appointment or questions, please contact Julie Rockowitz, Director at (914) 235-2700, ext. 256 or email@example.com.
Beth El Day Camp
1324 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804
Summer Scene at The Little School combines the fun of summer camp with early childhood learning in a structured, nurturing environment under the guidance of our acclaimed teachers. Children enjoy adventure filled days that incorporate active athletic play, swimming at the Scarsdale Pool, art projects, music, play centers and plenty of time outdoors. Each week features a different Theme Adventure or Special Event, creating added excitement and learning opportunities. Theme Adventures for 2016 include Freedom Rocks, Ocean Odyssey, In the Garden, Superhero Week (Scarsdale Fire and Police visit), Down on the Farm (animals visit KBLS), Strummin and Drummin (music event) and Jolly Roger Pirate Adventure (storyteller visits). This engaging agenda gives children a chance to expand their talents and interests, build self-confidence and create lasting friendships. The program is open to children 3 and 4 years of age. Our 7-week program runs Monday - Friday from June 25 - August 12. The Full Day program is 9-3, with a 9-1 half-day option for 3 year olds. Extended hours before and after camp are available from 7am - 6:30pm. Lunch and a healthy snack are provided each day. For more information, call 914.472.5409.
The Little School
307 Mamaroneck Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Scarsdale Synagogue's Summer Stars Summer Program is the perfect place for your child's first camp experience. This warm and nurturing program is a seven-week camp for children 18 months to 5 years old. The campers are engaged in activities such as sports, music, art, story time, daily water play and much, much more. There are special theme days each week such as Circus Day, Hawaiian Day or Carnival Day. At Summer Stars, friendships are formed and children grow socially, emotionally and intellectually as they engage in fun, stimulating summer activities. We offer a three-day option for Toddlers ages 18 to 30 months and Two year olds may choose 3 or 5 mornings a week. Three to Five year olds may choose a half-day 9:00-12:00 option. For more information, contact us at 914-723-3001 or visit our website at http://bit.ly/summerstars10583. 914-725-5175. The synagogue's main website can be found at: www.sstte.org
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El
2 Ogden Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
St. James The Less Fun In The Sun Summer Program is a morning program for children aged 2, 3, 4 or 5 year-old program or those entering kindergarten in the fall. Staffed by experienced nursery school teachers, Fun in the Sun Summer Program offers outdoor playgrounds, water tables and sprinklers plus music and movement, gym and yoga classes, arts and crafts and fun weekly themes. Directed by Cheryl Smith, the program runs from 9- 11:45 am, Monday through Thursday from June 27 to August 4. For the two's program, there is one counselor for every five campers and for the 3,4,5's, there is a 1 to 7 counselor camper ratio. Fees are $190 per week. For more information, contact Cheryl Smith, Director 914-723-1018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun In The Sun Summer Program
St. James the Less
Crane Road and Church Lane
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Westchester Reform Temple's "Summer Play Place Camp" offers young children a unique 7 week summer experience. The professional staff provides arts and crafts, water-play, stories, games, athletics and snack within a nurturing and loving environment. The 3's and 4's program is enhanced by specialists in music, movement and nature and special theme days. There are separation classes and classes with a loved one to stay as options for children who will be entering a 2's program in September. The little ones also enjoy crafts, water-play and music. Your children will learn, laugh and flourish. For information, please call 914-723-5493 or email email@example.com.
Westchester Reform Temple's "Summer Play Place Camp"
255 Mamaroneck Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Located on an expansive 18-acre property, Breezemont is nestled in its natural surroundings. The campus maintains large green fields, towering trees, and a beautiful lake, which is a unique feature for a day camp. Complete with state of the art facilities, Breezemont preserves the appearance of an overnight camp, while implementing a creatively robust day camp schedule. Ages 3-13 years old. Tours are provided 7 days a week. Please call 914-367-1936 or email Gordon@breezemont.com.
Breezemont Day Camp
62 Cox Avenue
Armonk, NY 10504
Elmwood is a day camp for children ages 3-11 years old. Their mission is for each child to discover, celebrate and be who he or she is supposed to be. They are the ideal size day camp for children. Small groups ensure that Elmwood campers are connected to each other and their counselors. Group size, experienced staff and the intentionally designed facility allows for children to be known and valued. They are able to make new friends, explore, challenge themselves and discover their passions.
Elmwood campers swim twice daily. The instructional swim period is built on the idea of small group instruction and individualized attention for each child.
Elmwood Day Camp's comprehensive programs in athletics, performing arts, visual arts, science, team building and electives are designed for participation, skill development and fun. The program reflects the changing developmental needs of children. Please call to arrange a visit: (914) 592-6121 or www.elmwooddaycamp.com.
Elmwood Day Camp
900 Dobbs Ferry Rd
White Plains, NY 10607
For over 40 years, the JCC of Mid-Westchester has introduced children to the joy of summer camping. They offer seven weeks of camps, with a five day per week or three day per week option, which is ideal for young campers. The day camp introduces campers to a variety of professionally led activities and weekly special events including instructional and recreational swim in our heated indoor pool (beginning with 3 year olds), gymnastics, a variety of different sports activities, arts & crafts, nature. They offer low staff to camper ratio and early drop off/late pick up. Unique to the JCC is its renowned Summer Arts Center (SAC) for the creative and independent child who is interested in the arts. Campers create a custom schedule of up to 20 different classes/week (4/day), all taught by professionals in the field. For campers grades 6 and up who are serious and experienced dance students, there is a comprehensive curriculum of dance and dance-related classes taught by professionals in the state of the art dance studios. The CIT/LIT programs offer teens the opportunity to gain hands-on counselor training and leadership experience with social action initiatives and weekly trips. CITs that successfully complete the program may be asked back for the following summer as junior counselors. Contact Caryn Symons, Director of Camping at 914-472-3300 x 412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Rd
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Camp Ramaquois, "A day camp as complete as sleep-away camp", situated on 44 magnificent acres in nearby Rockland County. From adventurous activities to creative arts to athletic activities, boys and girls, ages 3-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities including instructional and general swim in nine heated pools and boating on a five-acre lake. Seven period programs planned for each age group include a splash park, aerial adventure park, climbing wall, flying squirrel with zip lines, tennis, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, hockey, softball, soccer, recycling bin, ceramics, nature facility with petting zoo, dance, drama, yoga, special events and much more. Facilities include an air-conditioned indoor gym and group bunks with bathroom facilities. Hot lunch is served in an air-conditioned dining room by waiters and waitresses. Junior Camp for 3-6 year olds has a separate campus with age-appropriate activities and facilities. Ramaquois offers pre-teens and teens a regular camp program in combination with an optional Trail Blazers trip program. Day trips planned for 3rd–10th graders; overnight trips planned for 6th-10th graders; Leadership Program for 10th graders. Door to door air-conditioned mini-bus transportation is provided using professional CDL licensed school bus drivers and a bus counselor, who provides safety, as well as planned activities on the bus. Ramaquois is a magical camp where children experience a sense of adventure, meet new challenges, create wonderful memories and make lasting friendships. Visit at www.ramaquois.com or call 845-354-1600 to schedule a personal tour.
30 Mountain Rd
Pomona, NY 10970
The YWCA on North Street in White Plains offers an array of summer day camp programs: Camp Funkist (ages 4-15) provides non-competitive relaxing days of sports, swimming, visual arts, musical theater, nature, trips, and other age-appropriate summer activities. Intensive full-day Summer Gymnastics for girls and boys offers opportunities for gymnastics to hone their skills. Finally, the YWCA offers Summer Camp for Children with Developmental Disabilities, which is designed to complement extended school-year programs. Parents can also take advantage of summer swimming classes set up around vacation schedules. The YWCA has well-equipped indoor and outdoor facilities. Experienced and qualified staff-lead recreational and instructional swimming. For more information, click here or call:
Camp Funkist and Travel Camp (914) 949-6227 x168
Gymnastics Program (914) 949-6227 x135
Camp for Children with Developmental Disabilities (914) 949-6227 x108
515 North Street
White Plains, New York
Open the door to a delightful and meaningful summer of fun and learning for your bright, curious child. Challenge Camp, an ACA accredited camp in Rye, NY celebrating its 36th summer. Challenge is dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for children aged 4-15 to realize their intellectual and personal potential. They offer over 100 enrichment courses range from 3D printing, architecture, art, chess, coding, cooking, drones, littleBits, magic, Minecraft, robotics, theater, and more. Sports options include Swimming and Fencing. Bus transportation, early/extended day and kosher lunch options available. Please join them for an Open House on Sunday February 28, 2-4PM at their location. For more information, click here or call (914) 779-6024.
School of the Holy Child
2225 Westchester Avenue
Rye, NY 10580
Be sure to make the Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camps part of your family's plans this year! Chelsea Piers offers the area's most flexible day camps for kids aged 3 to 18. Your children will enjoy expert instruction and the area's most dynamic curriculum in the state-of-the art, air-conditioned facilities. Camp offerings include programs for preschoolers and beginner athletes, sport-specific developmental camps for elementary/middle school athletes, and elite sport-specific training for high school athletes.
Camps are available in the following sports: basketball, gymnastics, baseball, ice hockey, ice skating, lacrosse, soccer, Sports Academy (multi-sport), squash, swimming, dance, tennis and volleyball. Campers receive top-notch instruction in their core sports plus a daily recreational period that includes the Splash Zone Water Park & Aquatics Center, Jump & Climb Zone, Ice Rinks, Tennis, Field House and Batting Cages. Bus transportation from Pelham, New Rochelle, Rye and Harrison is available July 5 - 29! Visit the website below for updates on exact locations.
Summer Camp runs June 20 – September 2, and children can enroll in 1, 2 or more weeks. Register online at www.chelseapiersCT.com/camp, or call 203.989.1100. Early Birds that register by April 29, 2015 receive a discount off enrollment fees.
Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camps
One Blachley Road
Stamford, CT 06902
Concordia Summer Camp offers exceptional summer programs for children ages 3 to 18. Programs include Enrichment, General Sports, Slam Dunk Basketball Camp, Musical Theatre, Rock/Pop Music, Piano, Suzuki Guitar and Violin, Chamber Music, Vocal, Songwriting and Composition and Art......and don't miss their water inflatable fun Fridays! All classrooms are air-conditioned. For more information, call 914/395-4848, or visit their website at www.concordiasummercamp.org.
Concordia Summer Camp
171 White Plains Road
The House of Sports is your one stop shopping for weekly sports camps this summer! From ages 3 years old through high school, the House of Sports offers programming for children of all ages and ability level. For our younger campers we offer a multi-sport camp that incorporates both learning and playing a variety of sports each day. For children in 3rd grade and older they also offer sport specific camps in lacrosse, basketball, soccer and baseball. All camps take place in our 100,000 sq.ft., climate controlled facility in Ardsley, and all camps are staffed by professional coaches and instructors. Log onto www.houseofsportsny.com or call 914-479-5419 to learn more!
House of Sports
1 Elm Street
Squire Advantage and Squire Sports Camps at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale squires is celebrating its 43rd anniversary of operation! An open house and carnival is scheduled for Saturday March 12th from 1-4pm. There will be door prizes, bouncy houses, carnival games and food! Instructors and coaches will showcase their courses and tours will be given. Courses are taught in air-conditioned classrooms by certified teachers. Hot lunch is included and transportation is available. Squire Advantage Primary (grades K-3) and Advantage Choice (grades 4-9) is created for campers who wish to custom design their own schedule by choosing courses in the fields of swimming, computers, sports, fine arts, science, cooking, music and more. There are more than 50 different courses to choose from! Squire Sports Camps are divided into two different sports programs. Squire All Sports Academy (Ages 6-15) allows for instructing and playing of many different types of sports throughout the day. Sports include tennis, basketball, soccer, baseball, flag football, etc. Squire Tennis Academy (Ages 6-15) is a fun and challenging tennis experience designed for beginners to experienced players. Squire Camps programs run from June 27th until August 12th, 2016. Click here to visit their website or call (914) 328-3798 for more information.
Squire Advantage and Squire Sports Camps
Maria Regina High School
500 W Hartsdale Ave
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Westchester Skating Academy: Weekly camps for all ages and abilities. Mini Camp, designed for preschool through eight-year-olds, includes two daily skating lessons, plus nature, science, magic, soccer, and crafts from June 13-July 1 and Aug. 15-Sept. 2. Figure Skating Camp with Olympic coaches runs for 11 weeks beginning June 20th. Hockey Camp runs for nine weeks beginning July 5th and offers excellent player development. For more information, click here.
Westchester Skating Academy
91 Fairview Park Dr
Elmsford, NY 10523
And if you need help finding the right spot for your child, consider contacting a camp advisor:
Spectacular Summers: If you are thinking about camp or a teen program for your child for this summer or next, Ellen Wylie of Spectacular Summers would be happy to help you. Ellen has many years of experience in the industry and knows the camps and teen programs well. Every summer, Ellen personally visits and observes many camps while they are in session. During the rest of the year, she speaks to and meets with directors and obtains feedback from families she has placed. As a result, Ellen has the up-to-date knowledge and information to make the right recommendations for each child. She would be happy to share her personal knowledge and expertise with you. Ellen will gain a thorough understanding of your child and what you are looking for and then provide well-thought out suggestions. The service is free of charge to parents. Ellen is highly respected by camp directors and parents alike. To find that spectacular summer program for 2016 or 2017, call Ellen Wylie at (914) 722-2644 or email email@example.com. Visit her website here http://www.spectacularsummers.com.
Scarsdale Recreation Department day camp, sports camp and teen travel camp
Badger Day Camp: 119 Rockland Avenue, Larchmont
Camp Hillard: 26 Elizabeth Street, Scarsdale
Camp Mohawk: 200 Old Tarrytown Road, White Plains
Mount Tom Day Camp: 48 Mount Tom Road, New Rochelle
Shop the Dale for Valentine's Day
- Category: The Goods
- Published on 04 February 2016
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Valentine's Day is just days away .... and village retailers have great gifts in store.Toast your valentine with Veuve Cliquot, or shower him or her with flowers, chocolate, personalized gifts, or jewels. Everything the heart desires can be found when you shop the dale for Valentines Day.
Say it with flowers: The Scarsdale Village Flower Shop has red, pink, lavender and white roses by the dozen along with orchids, lilly's and even fruit baskets. Prices start at $50 and they'll deliver your bouquet. Stop by the shop at 7 Harwood Court or call soon to order at 723-0852. Click here to select your gift.
RedGinji Jewelry by Rachel Chalchinsky, offers an international collection of hand made, one of a kind gold and silver jewelry set with precious and semi precious stones. Great original gifts for women and teens for Valentine's Day. Multiple styles: Bohemian, business chic, casual, vacation jewelry and Bat Mitzvah. RedGinji will have two shows open to the public in February.
Wednesday, February 10th at Houlihan Lawrence real estate office 32 Popham Rd Scarsdale
Monday, February 22nd at Skinny Buddha 6 Depot Place Scarsdale
Imagine Candy is your source for the most scrumptious and the most fun Valentines for friends, teachers, children, parents ... and lovers.
They offer a curated selection that ranges from Traditional Valentine Hearts filled with famous Belgian Chocolate Truffles to Chocolate Roses - available in bouquets and boxes; to the most amazing Caramels decorated with a Chocolate Heart... and very special hand painted Belgian Chocolate Hearts....
More possibilities for gifts at every budget ... Heart Pillows and Plush Pants, Hot Sipping Chocolate, Belgian Chocolate Pretzels, Giant Non-Pariel Heart Lollipops, Red Foiled Lips and Hearts, Cherries Soaked in Armagnac and dipped in Dark Chocolate, Heart Paperweights from Kenya, Emoji Heart Pillows, Red Foiled Slippers, Heart Mugs to fill with your favorite candy or chocolate ... and more.
Visit Imagine Candy at 22 Harwood Court in Scarsdale Village-914.723.7887, our Candy concierge is here to help you find the perfect Valentines.
Eye Gallery: Come see the new red pieces from Celine and Cutler and Gross at the Eye Gallery of Scarsdale! See and be seen in the latest eyewear from the Eye Gallery of Scarsdale, 8 Spencer Place, Scarsdale, (914) 472-2020, www.eyegalleryny.com.
Current Home: Who needs Cupid when you have Current Home? Beautiful acrylic art you can customize for the one you love plus a wide range of imaginative gifts and accessories. Current Home, 8 Palmer Avenue, Scarsdale, (914) 723-2462, www.currenthomeny.com.
Say "I Love You" with these beautiful Valentines gifts from La Dentelliere on East Parkway. Pictured here:
Stainless steel heart spoons $10 each
You Mean the World to Me book $14.95
Heart French Sugars $18.00
Heart glass candy dish $58
Heart Frame $48
Heart Scoop $52
Red Italian Pitcher $178
Manila Blahnik Book $150
La Dentelliere, 20 East Parkway, Scarsdale, (914) 725-2800, www.ladentelliere.com.
This year, gift her another type of rose.... sparking rosé! Zachys recommends Veuve Clicquot Rose, an elegant wine with a delicate "range of flavors, including white raspberry, spiced plum, pink grapefruit zest and a base note of a smoky minerality." Toast to your love with a bottle of bubbly! $58.99.
Zachys 16 East Parkway, Scarsdale, (914) 874- 8000, www.Zachys.com.
Judge Miriam Cedarbaum Remembered in Scarsdale
- Category: People
- Published on 09 February 2016
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Longtime Scarsdale resident Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum passed away on February 5 at the age of 86 after suffering a severe stroke the week before. She lived in Greenacres with her husband Bernard Cedarbaum for many years. He died ten years ago after a 49-year marriage.
She was a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School. Appointed in 1986, Judge Cedarbaum served as a United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York for decades, taking senior status in 1998. She clerked for Judge Edward Jordan Dimock and then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
At one point in her career, she served as the Village Justice in Scarsdale.
Judge Cedarbaum was a Trustee Emerita of Barnard College, and she was a member of the American Law Institute. She was awarded the Columbia Law School Medal for Excellence in 2015.
Peter Strauss, a former Mayor of Scarsdale and a neighbor from Greenacres said, "My wife Laura and I knew Miriam well. We also knew and admired her talented and community-minded late husband, Bernard, who was one of our memorable Village Trustees and was awarded the Scarsdale Bowl in 1999. Miriam and Laura had similar Brooklyn backgrounds, both having attended The Brooklyn Jewish Center Sunday School which was designed according to the Reconstructionist theories of Mordecai Kaplan whose principles Miriam admired. Closer to home and Scarsdale, in 1997 Miriam conducted the wedding ceremony of our daughter, Diana, and Michael Norwood, a Scotland Yard Homocide Detective. Earlier, Miriam was a member of a committee I chaired (1976-77), appointed by Joe Hofheimer, then School Board Chairman, to study the way in which the Scarsdale School Board negotiated its agreements with the Scarsdale Teachers Union. Until then the common practice was for the School Superintendent and the Board Chairman to negotiate directly with the Teachers Union. My committee, after extended study, unanimously recommended to the Board that it cease bargaining directly and hire a professional labor negotiator to conduct the negotiations on behalf of the Board. The Board, in a split vote, adopted the committee's recommendation, hired a professional negotiator, and that practice has continued to this day. Miriam was a significant force on that committee."
Former Scarsdale Mayor Ed Morgan remembered Cedarbaum, saying, "With the passing last week of Miriam Cedarbaum, Scarsdale has lost one of its most notable, wise and lovely residents of recent decades. Miriam was a life member of the Scarsdale Forum, although in the past few years she had lived in Manhattan. Miriam and her husband Bernard Cedarbaum were both lawyers with distinguished backgrounds, who came to Scarsdale to live, raise their children, and be involved. And they were involved, both in Scarsdale and beyond. Both were members of the American Law Institute, a group which admits less than one tenth of one percent of American lawyers, including most Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and many other very prominent members of the legal profession.
In addition to her legal career in Manhattan as a corporate counsel and in private practice with Davis, Polk & Wardwell, Miriam was active in Scarsdale, among other things serving for several years as Scarsdale's Village Justice, handling both civil cases, and criminal cases in their early stages, in addition to the traffic matters perhaps best known to Scarsdale residents.
From there, Miriam was appointed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan to be a federal judge, specifically a U.S. District Judge handling trials in one of the busiest courts in the United States, in the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. During the decades which followed, Miriam handled thousands of cases, many of them major civil or criminal matters. Most publicized of these was the trial of Martha Stewart on insider trading charges. Through it all, Miriam remained Miriam, as we saw her on her visits to Scarsdale and elsewhere. Those of us who were privileged to know her shall miss her greatly."
In 2015 Cederabaum was awarded the Medal for Excellence by the Dean of Columbia Law School. In an email from Dean Lester he says:
"This honor is reserved for those who best exemplify the qualities of character, intellect, and social and professional responsibility. Miriam Cedarbaum was one of eight women in her 1953 law school graduating class and a pioneer in her legal career. After graduating from the Law School, she served as a clerk to Judge Edward Jordan Dimock of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She also served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York; as an attorney in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General of the United States; as first assistant counsel for the New York State Moreland Act Commission on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law; as associate counsel at the Museum of Modern Art; and as a senior attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Later, she served on the bench in the Southern District of New York for 29 years, presiding over dozens of high-profile cases, including the sentencing of Faisal Shahzad, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to an attempted car bomb attack in New York City's Times Square. Judge Cedarbaum was a friend to many in our community, a loyal supporter of the Law School, and an example and inspiration for generations of faculty and graduates."
Judge Cedarbaum is survived by her two sons, Daniel Goldman Cedarbaum (Caryn Jacobs) and Jonathan Goldman Cedarbaum (Alice Winkler), her four grandchildren, Jacob Cedarbaum, Samuel Goldman Cedarbaum, Louis Cedarbaum and Dahlia Cedarbaum, and by her companion Bob Ehrenbard.
The funeral service is planned for Tuesday, February 9, at 11:30 a.m., at Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 East 87th Street in Manhattan. Burial will immediately follow the funeral service, at Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.
Elevated Levels of Radioactivity Reported in Groundwater at Indian Point Power Plant
- Category: On Our Radar
- Published on 08 February 2016
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Last week we alerted you to concerns about cryptosporidium and giardia in surface water in the Kensico Reservoir. This week, another threat to the Westchester water supply has surfaced. Entergy, the owner and operator of the Indian Point Power Plant in Buchanan New York issued a report showing elevated levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen in 3 of 40 testing sites of the groundwater at the site.
Entergy claims that the tritium did not affect any sources of drinking water, on or offsite, and says they are putting remediation plans in place.
Both Governor Cuomo, who lives in New Castle, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino issued statements on the news. The two have been rivals since the 2014 race for Governor when Astorino challenged Cuomo.
Cuomo issued his statement on Saturday 2-6, and called for a full investigation. He said, "This latest failure at Indian Point is unacceptable and I have directed Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos and Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to fully investigate this incident and employ all available measures, including working with Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to determine the extent of the release, its likely duration, cause and potential impacts to the environment and public health."
Astorino said he met with Entergy and that "these elevated levels are more than one thousand times below federal permissible limits." He pledged that, "The county will continue to verify and monitor the situation. Getting the facts and understanding them are critically important to serving the public interest. False hysteria is not. "
This is just the latest issue at the aging power plant where one unit is now 40 years old. The plant was closed twice in December due to mechanical malfunctions – and for 19 days in May and July of 2015.
In Opposition to the 2016 Scarsdale Homestead Tax Option
- Category: Bulletin Board
- Published on 08 February 2016
- Written by Joanne Wallenstein
Below is a letter from Christie Place resident Richard Garwin:
I am Richard Garwin, living with my wife Lois Garwin at 1 Christie Place, Unit 402W since September 2010—5 years ago. We had lived for 55 years in a house at 16 Ridgecrest East which we sold in order to buy our condominium apartment at Christie Place. Our ages: 87 and 88. Our three children attended and graduated from the Scarsdale schools.
For Scarsdale to adopt Homestead would be a misuse of the law, the stated purpose of which is to "prevent any large shift to the residential class of properties" as a result of revaluation. Homestead would apply only to the 42 residential units on Christie Place and not to the cooperative apartments in Scarsdale that are of comparable size and market price. Contrary to the implication that the traditional valuation of residential condominium units is "special interest legislation" for Christie Place, it was the only valuation approach possible under NYS law. Although the NYS legislature passed Homestead legislation in 1981, Scarsdale could consider it only after the revaluation of 2014, when the Village Board unanimously rejected the Homestead option.
The Christie Place development is an award-winning public-private partnership which made possible the 42 residential suites that can be sold only for occupancy by a resident over 55, two restaurants and three commercial units, plus off-street parking for the residents, the short-term municipal garage on Christie Place, and underground commuter parking, for which the Condominium provided the mortgage—all on 1.73 acres of land. The Village controls, manages, and profits from 310 of the 370 parking spaces; on weekends and holidays the 234 underground commuter parking spaces are available to all for free.
According to the Village Assessor at the Joint Board meeting of 02/01/2016, the 42 condos are valued for tax purposes in 2016 at $31 million, and under Homestead they would be valued at a market sales price of $59 million, so that the tax bill would just about double if Homestead were adopted. As a matter of fact, without Homestead, my own tax bill doubled last year as a result of the 2014 revaluation and would apparently double again if Homestead is adopted.
The Town of Greenburgh will consider adopting Homestead as it completes its revaluation, but Greenburgh has 5,000 residential condominium units in contrast to the 42 in Scarsdale, If Scarsdale adopts Homestead it risks turning Christie Place from a triumph of public-private partnership into a travesty.
It was not in the distant past that the Village leadership saw the Christie Place development as a good package deal, including the traditional approach to real estate tax on the 42 residential condominium units. Less than two years ago, the Village Board confirmed that judgment. I ask it to do so again.
Here are remarks from Mayor Carolyn Stevens, made at a joint meeting of the Village Trustees and Board of Education on May 27 . "Earlier this week I attended the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) Annual meeting in Saratoga, New York. One of the reasons I attended was that Scarsdale was awarded First Place in the area of Economic Development for the Christie Place development. NYCOM found the project to be an innovative and creative. The project, as many of you know, involved a public/private partnership that provided the Village with many benefits, including much needed parking, senior housing, and accessibility to transportation, while adding to the vitality of the Village center with retail on the first level and housing above. In addition, the development provides the Village with several streams of revenue. For all these reasons, the NYCOM board found the project to be a model of progressive and innovative problem solving."