Animal Whisperer — August 31, 2016

Animal Whisperer

The Mamaroneck Village Board of Trustees is in the process of proposing two local laws that would give them the authority to appoint the village attorney and new members of both the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals-powers that are currently executed by the mayor. If the new laws, which will be named “U” and “T” are approved, they will put before village voters in a referendum this fall. The two proposals were introduced at the August 15th Board meeting and are scheduled for a public hearing on September 6th. Proposed Local Law U-2016 would transfer the mayor’s power of appointing the village attorney to the Board of Trustees, while Proposed Local Law T-2016 would transfer the mayor’s power to appoint members and chairpersons of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals to the Board of Trustees. Under the current VIllage Law of the State of New York, the mayor holds these powers, and the Board of Trustees votes to either approve or disapprove the decisions. Both new proposals which would overrule the mayor’s power must be approved by voters.

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The New York Department of State has determined that the plan to control flooding in the Village of Mamaroneck is consistent with the state’s coastal zone management plan, as well as the Village’s Waterfront Revitalization Program. In an August 17th letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, the State Department made four recommendations which included minimizing the removal of native plants, coordinating plans with village and county officials, and developing a plan to ensure the project’s success and to manage the water quality. The State Department’s approval is a step forward for the project which will impact areas along the 1.8 miles of the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers. Several residents who live along the route are complaining that details have been made public and that their questions have gone unanswered. Village Manager Richard Slingerland told The Local Live that the Village sent three separate letters to the fifty or sixty residents whose property might be affected. The Village Board has also answered questions at monthly meetings as well as a public session that was held in the Emelin Theater with the Army Corps of Engineers. Last week, Eyewitness News on ABC aired a story about one resident who marked off a section of her backyard that she claims “might be swallowed up” not by flood water but by the federal government. VIllage of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum told the reporter that the resident’s worries are premature due to the fact the engineering phase of the project is just beginning and that nothing is ever perfect. He added that the village could never afford this big a project, and that the if the village didn’t start the project now, the federal funds would not be available in the future. The project, he said, will improve the quality of life and the vibrancy of the village.

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During the August 15th Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees meeting, it was announced that work will begin on the “village green” area of Constitution Park. It is expected to be completed by September 2nd. The renovations were made possible by public and private collaborations. The non-profit organization. Larchmont 125, helped to raise $12,500 to get the project started.

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In other news regarding Larchmont 125, they will be celebrating their second annual Larchmont Day Street Festival on Saturday, September 24th, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Larchmont and Boston Post Road. The festival will feature live entertainment, carnival games, big trucks, food truck. The event is free to the public. Don’t miss out on this great event for the whole family!

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There is a new clothing recycling drop-off location in the Town of Mamaroneck. You can donate your clothing, shoes, socks, purses, belts and ties at the town’s 40 Maxwell Avenue Recycling Facility. The effort is to recycle usable items to thrift stores while unwearable items will be turned into rags and cloth.

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In our Round Table Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Suzanne Johnson, an animal rehabilitator and dog whisperer to get an insight on what are our pets are thinking.

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On August 11th, Mamaroneck residents celebrated the last block party of the summer season. Local Live Reporter Alexandra Garcia was there to report on the festivities.

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The 2016 Summer Olympics came to a close on August 21st with Team USA winning 121 medals, including 33 for swimming. In this week’s edition of “In the Spotlight”, producer Cat Galeano went to get an inside look at Larchmont’s Badger Swim Club, where many US Olympic swimmers got their start

Our Pet of the Week is Alice, an out-going 2-year-old Lab-Shepherd-Ridgeback-Hound mix. She’s sweet and friendly with both people and other dogs. For more information on Alice, as well as other pets, go to

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Pet Adoption Show with Westchester Humane Society — August 15, 2016

Pet Adoption Show with Westchester Humane Society

The Local Live would like to congratulate Larchmont Badger Swim Club member, Cody Miller on winning the bronze medal in the 100 meter breaststroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Miller swam the race in 58.56 seconds, which broke the US record for the event and earned him his first Olympic medal.

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He finished behind gold medalist Adam Peaty from Great Britain and silver medalist Cameron Van Der Burgh from South Africa. Miller spoke to NBC News after winning his medal and said, “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little kid. And you never really think it’s going to happen until it happens”.

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New cuts in transportation for the Mamaroneck School District will go into effect for the upcoming school year. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps explained that due to the challenging budget, the district will cut school busing for students of private and parochial school when schools from the district are closed. Shaps said, “According to the Commissioner of Education, the district is not legally required to transport students to non-public schools on days in which the Mamaroneck Union Free School District is closed”. At the present time, the transportation budget for the new school year is $3.5 million, and he estimates an annual district savings total of $77,000. There are approximately fourteen days in the new school year when Mamaroneck schools will be closed that there will be six days in which parochial or private school students will have to find alternative transportation.

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In an update to a story from last week, the City of Rye is one step closer to pursuing legal action against Westchester County over the management of Playland. As of August 3rd, the City has retained outside legal services in an attempt to challenge the County for lead agency. Due to state limitations, Rye has until August 11th to file the Article 78 lawsuit. According to City attorney, Kristen Wilson, Westchester County unlawfully declared itself lead agency on $60 million worth of upcoming projects last April  Over half the amount is slated to be funded by taxpayers. In addition to the lead agency issues, Rye Mayor Joe Sack demanded better communication from the County and a better say in a slew of proposed Playland projects, including amusement and infrastructure improvements. If filed, the lawsuit would bring a stop to the projects for the foreseeable future While city officials and their legal team consider all options, the clock is ticking on the deadline of August 11th. If the suit is not filed by that date, Rye will lose the right to challenge the County’s actions.

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New York State Senators, David Carlucci and Jeffrey D. Klein, released an investigative report titled “Protecting our Children: How Pokémon Go and Augmented Reality games expose children to sex offenders in Westchester and Rockland Counties”. The investigation listed 100 addresses of registered sex offenders. It revealed that some sexual offender’s residences were located nearby Pokémon stops, in which area game players often visit. In the report, investigators also caught 93 Pokémon characters directly in front of these residences. As a result, the senators concluded that the 2009 New York State Law that prevents sex offenders from social media should be updated to also prevent them from Augmented Reality Games, like Pokémon. In response to the report, Governor Andrew Cuomo has already taken action to add a clause to sex offenders’  parole agreements. Another new law requires game developers to continuously consult the New York State Ses Offender Registry as well as remove all in-game objectives from within 100 feet. Non-compliance could also result in fines of $100 for each incident. Please be alert when you’re out on the street playing Pokémon.

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At this week’s meeting, the  Mamaroneck Town Council announced that there will be major updates and improvements to the Town website. Starting August 22nd, residents will be able to register for some recreational programs online. Traffic and vehicle summons now can also be paid on the web, as long as the Town police issued them. Lastly, starting September 1st, property tax payments will also be accepted on the Town website. Full details on the new system can be found on the Town website. Speaking about the website changes, Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson said that she and council members, “hope it will make life more convenient for residents and more efficient for the Town as well”.



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The Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department also announced that an independent organization, ISO recently evaluated the fire department and based on a 10-point scale with 1-being the best, gave it a 2 rating. Only 53 fire departments in New York State have a rating of 2 or higher. So congratulations, firefighters and thank you for keeping us safe.

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September 16th was announced as a tentative date for a YMCA-run health fair the the French-American School. Nearby hospitals will even be involved at the event. Be sure to mark the date!

In the latest press release from Seventh District Legislator, Catherine Parker, it was announced that the Westchester County Health Department has implemented a plan to protect the County from the potential threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. The plan is to provide free minnows for backyard ponds, water features and free larvacide tablets (commonly known as dunks) for birdbaths, planter drip trays, rain barrels and unused pools. To get free larvvacide tablets, call (888) 364-4723. The Health Department wants to remind county residents to use EPA-registered insect repellents when outdoors and to cover up exposed skin. For more information about Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, visit

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In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Melissa Romita, Humane Society of Westchester Board Member; and Debbie Whitman, Humane Society of Westchester Volunteer about some dogs and kittens that are available for adoption at the Humane Society of Westchester.

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Mamaroneck Avenue restaurant Frankie and Fannucci’s now has a new “Pour Your Own Tap Room”. Local Live Producer Kevin Vachna visited the restaurant to get more information on the new feature.

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At Home on the Sound and MHS Students at DNC — August 8, 2016

At Home on the Sound and MHS Students at DNC

The homeowner of 3 Douglas Lane in Larchmont have appealed the Larchmont residential area development moratorium in a special meeting this past Monday. The homeowner stated that his property was purchased over two years ago with the intention of replacing the structure due to its poor condition. The appeal is based on the extension of the moratorium, the deteriorating condition of the house, and winter approaching. Because homeowner does not plan to subdivide the property, a Planning Consultant recommended that the approval of the appeal would not violate the moratorium’s intent. The Committee to Preserve Larchmont also did not have any objections to the appeal. The Board stated that it was their belief that the homeowner highlighted hardship due to the poor condition of the structure and reached a consensus to grant the homeowner’s appeal. The final decision, along with its documentation, will be presented at the next Village of Larchmont Board meeting on August 9th.

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Cody Miller, a Larchmont Badger Swim Club member, will compete for Team USA at the Rio Olympics. The Local Live spoke with Badger Assistant Coach Dominick Galimi, who said “Cody’s 100-meter breaststroke in 59 seconds, makes him on of the top 5 in the world”. The Badger Swim Club has had its fair share of Olympics from this area and are especially happy for Cody. The proud coach added that Cody is an inspiration for younger swimmers as well as the whole community. You can watch Cody on Saturday, August 6th starting at 2 p.m. where he will compete in the Men’s 100-meter Breaststroke Preliminaries and on Sunday, August 7th for the finals. Go to the Badger Swim Club Facebook page to show your support and the latest on Cody Miller.

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There could be a legal battle regarding Playland, as county and city officials prepare to square off. According to the Rye City Review, the City is claiming that it should be the lead agency for the next round of the county-owned amusement park’s upcoming projects. Rye Mayor Joe Sack accuses the County of failing to follow the law when it declared itself lead agency in May. Sack threatened to file an Article 78 lawsuit if the county did not respond to the city’s request to be included in the decision-making process by July 28th. Representatives for County Executive Rob Astorino responded by disputing the city’s claims and calling for continued county control over parks like Playland. They also stated that the City of Rye is welcome to be a part of the ongoing Playland discussion. The ongoing struggle between the City of Rye and Westchester County dates back to 2014 when the two factions battled over a now-scrapped project to build a field house on park property. Now Mayor Sack considers this potential lawsuit as an attempt to include the city’s interest in the continuing discussion.

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The Mamaroneck Union Free School District is one of 30 Smart School Investment Plans to receive a part of New York State’s $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act. The Act, which was passed in 2014, helps to finance educational technology and infrastructure to provide students access to the latest technology and connectivity needed to succeed and compete in the world. Mamaroneck’s school district will receive a little over $530,000  that will go directly to school connectivity. Governor Andrew Cuomo stated in his press release that through the Smart Schools Bond Act, he is ensuring that all New York students have access to high-speed internet and new technology, regardless of their zip code.

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This week, there were two Round Table discussions. In the first segment, Maura Carlin and Mike Witsch spoke with Elaine Weingarten, Director of At Home on the Sound; Janet O’Connell, Board President of At Home on the Sound about the local program which benefits senior citizens in our community. 

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And in the second segment, Maura and Mike spoke with Joe Liberti, MHS AP US Government and Politics teacher; MHS Seniors Julia Steinberg and Sam Mollin about their trip to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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For our “In the Spotlight” segment, Local Live reporter Cat Galeano visits the newest restaurant to grace Mamaroneck: The Sedona Taphouse!

Our Pet of the Week is Anna, a beautiful domestic black and white long-haired cat. She is house-trained, spayed and up to date on all her vaccinations. She is currently living with a foster family and loves to cuddle. So if you’re looking for a cat that thoroughly enjoys being part of the family, then Anna is the cat for you. For more information on Anna and other adorable pets, go to

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From BFF’s To Frenemies — August 1, 2016

From BFF’s To Frenemies

Last Thursday, a male sixteen-year-old camp counselor from the Village of Mamaroneck Day Camp was arrested and charged with first degree sexual abuse of a female camper, according to a Village of Mamaroneck police report. The offense is considered a felony and the counselor will be tried as an adult. Village Manager Richard Slingerland sent a letter to parents of the campers to alert them of the situation. The Local Live will keep you updated with any new developments.

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At the Village of Mamaroneck Board meeting, the Trustees debated about their recommendations on the consistency review of the Army Corps of Engineers Flood Plan. They finally passed an unanimous resolution which conveyed their support to the Department of State. The Board, with the exception of Trustee Ilissa Miller, adopted three specific notes to the Department of State.

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First, the village will continue to have a strong interest for the design of a flood risk management project. Second, the Village is supporting a project that will move forward to the funding and design phase. And finally, the Village will use the Chazen Associates Report as a recommendation to the consistency of the project with the LWRP. The report will include aspects of the project that will be amended and adjusting during the design phase in order to make the project more consistent with the LWRP. There are still concerns with some residents that if the Board does not act now, the Army Corps of Engineers will move on, and major flooding will continue to persist in Mamaroneck. Other residents pointed to the impact that it will have on economic development in the region.If the Department of State finds that the report is consistent, then the Army Corps should expect to hear approval for the project by February 2017. Then, the measure will go to the US Congress to get financial approval. This will be decided between late spring and early summer 2017. The conservative estimate is that actual work on the project will not begin until 2019.

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Also during the meeting, Trustee Leon Potok attempted to pass an amendment that would focus on alternative parking meters to the multispace meters from the back parking lot on Mamaroneck Avenue. Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Trustee Louis Santoro did not vote in favor to open the motion. Trustee Potok was on the forefront for installing the multispace meters, insisting that the meters were the best solution for the Village and that they would “pay for themselves”. The 18 multispace parking meters that were purchased back in 2007 have so far cost the Village of Mamaroneck $117,900.

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 3.39.38 PMFollowing complaints from neighborhood residents, the Village of Mamaroneck Zoning Board of Appeals voted to add restrictions to Ralph’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream’s hours of operations and its zoning classification, on July 18th. The owner of Ralph’s, Scott Rosenberg, is now threatening to file a lawsuit against the Village. He told the Rye Review, “They allow you to open a business and then make decisions without any kind of due diligence. I’ll file an appeal and I’ll sue them”. He must apply for a special permit by August 17th or his certificate of occupancy could be canceled. The Zoning Board decided to move up the business’ closing time from 1:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and from midnight to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Local Live contacted Scott Rosenberg for comments on the potential lawsuit of the Village, but as of yet, he has not returned our call.

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Following complaints from the residents in the  neighborhood, the Village of Mamaroneck Zoning Board of Appeals voted to add restrictions to Ralph’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream’s hours of operation and its zoning classification, on July 18th. The owner of Ralph’s, Scott Rosenberg, is now threatening to file a lawsuit against the village. He told the Rye Review, quote, “They allow you to open a business and then make decisions without any kind of due diligence. I’ll file an appeal and I’ll sue them,” end quote. He must apply for a special permit by August 17th or his certificate of occupancy could be canceled. The zoning board decided to move up the business’ closing time from 1 a.m to 10 p.m Monday through Saturday and from midnight to 11:30pm on Sundays. We reached out to Scott Rosenberg for a comment regarding his potential lawsuit of the village, but he has not yet returned our call.

In our Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with Lisa Schuman, Psychotherapist and Director of the Center for Family Building.about friends and the meaning of the word “frenemies”.


This week’s “In the Spotlight” features local restaurant Rani Mahal, which has been serving authentic Indian food in the Village for ten years. Local Live reporter, Jack Mollin spoke with the owner.

Our Pet of the Week is George, an adult male Basset Hound. He is house-trained, current on all his vaccinations and is eagerly waiting for his forever home. For more information on George or other adorable pets, please go to

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