This past Tuesday, at the New Hampshire primary for president, the winners were Donald Trump with 35% of the Republican vote and Bernie Sanders with 60% of the Democratic vote. As we had reported previously, Mamaroneck High School sent 150 students to experience the primary first-hand. There were ninety campaigners, twenty-one reporters and nine broadcasters. The primary experience was to be documented for a retrospective on the exciting. The students were tasked with engaging the crowds of supporters, as well as the candidates themselves. Student-reporter, Will Roberts was able to actually meet Marco Rubio, a man whom he declared, “the most electable candidate”. Understandably, being able to meet Rubio in person was different from merely following the candidate’s campaigns. Roberts stated that the entire experience made it feel “like you’re part of something really big”. Fellow student, Spencer Solomon praised then-candidate, Governor Chris Christie (who has since left the campaign), for exhibiting feelings of personability and a certain “guy next door” quality that separated him from other politicians in the primaries. Another student-journalist, Talia Land had her own interactions with Hillary Clinton. Land noted the high-energy and overall excitement found at one of Clinton’s last rallies before the formal primaries, giving a sign of emerging hope from the Clinton campaign despite the early reports of her low numbers in the state. Land ended her report by recounting the moment that both Hillary and Bill Clinton went into the crowd to meet supporters which was a highlight for all. The overall goal of the trip was to engage the student-journalists in a way that would transcend the theories and practices that are only read about in textbooks and provide the students with first-hand experience by the end of the journey, exposing them to a political landscape that will shape the near future in a way that they soon won’t forget. We will have the students back in our studio next week and have them share their memories and lessons learned from this once in a lifetime experience. Since we were the first ones to break the news about their trip to New Hampshire, we want to keep supporting our young journalists, broadcasters and campaigners. If you want to read their articles, you can go to their website at www.medium.com/new-hamp-2016.
During the February 8th Village of Mamaroneck municipal meeting, the so-called “Dog Law” was very popular among Village residents. The public hearing lasted for a little over an hour. Members of the community, animal rights activists, pet store owners and members of the Board of Trustees passionately discussed two proposed local laws. The laws seek to protect dogs and cats from puppy mills. The laws are identified as “Proposed Local Law A-2016 and “Proposed Local Law D-2016”. Proposal “A” requires the village to regulate pet store owners and allows them to sell animals from licensed USDA breeders. Proposal “D” forbids the sale of commercially-bred dogs and only allows the sale of pets from rescue organizations. The attempt to protect dogs and cats dates back to August of 2015 when puppy mill protesters and animal rights activists rallied in front of the Mamaroneck Avenue pet store, “Best Breeds Puppies and Kittens”, whose former owner Rich Doyle faces animal cruelty charges. Board members joined the discussion and made their own comments about the process. Former Trustee, Andres Bermudez commented on Trustee David Finch’s criticism about the whole process of making the dog law. Trustee Leon Potok closed the comment section by requesting input from the community on the following questions: “how will this impact buyers of more common puppy breeds?”, “will they go to other cities in Westchester to buy mill puppies after the banning in the Village?” Potok also wondered if local buyers would accept the law and buy rescue dogs, or if rather than focusing on the seller, would it be more effective to focus on changing buyer behavior. If you’re passionate about protecting animal rights, make sure to pay attention to the public hearing on February 22nd for these two local laws. On the same day, there will also be a presentation at 7:00 p.m. from the Industrial Redevelopment Steering Committee. The chair of the committee, Andres Spatz explained more.
In other news, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees unanimously passed the “Proposed Local Law C 2016” which authorizes the Village to exceed the property tax levy if necessary. There wasn’t any public input at the public hearing prior to the passing of this law. While there wasn’t any opposition to the law in the Village of Mamaroneck, this was not the case in the Village of Larchmont. Just opening a public hearing to discuss a replica of this proposal received opposition. Larchmont resident, Michael McSherry expressed concern about how high the tax levy would go up, if at all. Another highlight of of the Larchmont meeting was a presentation proposing a pilot project for the addition of bike lanes in the Village of Larchmont and the Town of Mamaroneck.
The Local Live will continue to follow this story and will update you when we receive any new information. If you want to watch more from this meeting or others, you can go online to www.lmctv.org and click municipal meetings under the video tab.
In our Round Table discussion, Mike and Maura spoke with Diane Lyras, from New Age Beginnings to find out more about the zodiac, astrology and Valentine’s Day.
In sports this week, with Mamaroneck losing 69-56 to Gorton, Mamaroneck’s Miles Haughton amazed the crowd twice to make our play of the week.
Need a romantic dinner spot for Valentine’s day? The Spice Kitchen is offering a whole lot of romance.
Our pet of the week is Bo, a handsome Portuguese Water Dog who absolutely loves people and everyone loves him too. He has a lot of energy and an enthusiasm that spills over into his play. He’s a very loving dog who needs a forever home that will be committed to consistently training and helping being the best he can be. Teens and older children are preferred. He’s not suited for the city and would be best in a fenced-in property. If there are other dogs in the home, they should tolerant and willing to let Bo be the boss. Please note that only those with prior dog experience will be considered for this wonderful pup.For more information and to browse other adorable pets, go to www.ny-petrescue.org.
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