Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders came to our general area. Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made a visit to SUNY-Purchase, while Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders spoke at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx. Local Live reporters Cat Galeano and Sheyla Navarro were there to report on the events. We will more on both events next week.
At the latest Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees meeting, more than twenty Mamaroneck residents voiced their opinions and concerns to the Village Court about resolutions to the flooding issue in our area. The discussion lasted for over three hours. Resident reactions flared regarding The Harbor Coastal Zone Management Commission’s recommendation to the Department of State. The Commission suggested that the $70 million dollar Army Corps of Engineers Flood Mitigation Plan is inconsistent with our Local Waterfront Rehabilitation Program, also known as LWRP. They claimed that the plan is inconsistent with several policies. What exactly is the LWRP and what effect does it have on the Army Corps Project? The LWRP is a document that was originally adopted in 1984. It consists of 44 policies which aim to promote a balance between economic development and preservation of our coastal resources. If the New York Department of State finds inconsistencies with our local LWRP, the Army Corps of Engineers flood mitigation plan will not move forward. Following the comments from the public, Mayor Norman Rosenblum and the Board decided that they require more information in order to make a decision on what will most benefit the community. Village Manager, Richard Slingerland told the Local Live that the project’s study stage has cost the Village about $8.3 million dollars.
At the same meeting, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees discussed the Village annual budget for 2016-17, which was released on March 18th. Village Manager, Richard Slingerland stated that Village spending has increased by 2.7%. If the budget passes, Village residents could expect a slight property tax increase of 0.3%. At this time, the decision is still under revision. We will continue to follow this story and will report any developments.
Residents of the Carlton House Apartment Complex in Larchmont reported that shots were fired this past Tuesday night. The Town of Mamaroneck Police responded to 911 calls from several residents who heard the gunfire. One family had a stray bullet come through the siding outside of their house, went through the sheetrock and landed in a glass liquor cabinet. The homeowner who did not want to be identified, stated that they were very scared. No injuries were reported. At this time, the police do not know who or what was being targeted. The police also found a parked purple Lexus convertible with several bullet holes. The police have been patrolling the Apartment complex on North Chatsworth in an effort to calm the residents and to look for suspects.
In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with Christie Derrico, Village of Mamaroneck Justice, Chris Saphire, New Gen Cafe Manager and Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO of Archie Comics about the role of women in today’s society and whether to choose home or career in honor of Women’s History Month.
Last week, more than 350 high school students, counselors and youth-workers, including several from our community, took part in Prideworks, an all-day conference for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth and their allies. The Local Live was there to file a report. We are hoping to have some of the recipients on a future Round Table discussion.
Amanda is a beautiful cat who was rescued from the streets by a pet rescue volunteer. She was shy at first but has gained more confidence to come out of her shell, thanks to lots of love. She is friendly and loves to be petted. She is ready for her forever home. For more information on Amanda as well as other pets, visit the website, www.ny-petrescue.com.
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