On Friday, the Democratic Convention announced a winner, New York State Senator, George Latimer, who received 71% of the vote. Despite the overwhelming result, Westchester County Legislator, Ken Jenkins stated that he will continue to seek the Democratic position in the September primary. The winner of the primary will run against incumbent and two-term Republican Rob Astorino in the November election. This race is shaping up to be a hot one, just in time for summer.

There is a new health center on Mamaroneck Avenue near Columbus Park. Open Door Mamaroneck will have its grand opening on Thursday, May 25th.. The community is welcome to visit and tour the new facility, meet the staff and learn about services and programs. For more information, please call (914) 502-1410.

The parking meter fees at the Village of Larchmont’s Metro-North Station will increase from five to six dollars and the twelve-hour, temporary parking permits for residents will double, from five to ten dollars on June 1st. The increases are the first since January 2011 and are being used to raise revenue in the village without increasing property taxes.

The school budget for the Mamaroneck School District passed with 775% of the vote on Tuesday, May 16th, to efficiently top the 60% supermajority that was required for the budget to exceed the state tax cap. The related tax levy, that was increased by 2.25% was more than double the 1.04% that is allowed under the cap. The override of the tax cap will grant the district the ability to avoid cuts to staff, programs and services. Incumbent Steve Warner and newcomer Sam Orans were elected to the school board.  The school budget for Rye Neck also passed with 77% of the vote. Board Trustee Deborah Aulfinger was re-elected and Jennifer Rubin was elected trustee for her first term.

There is a new environmental challenge in the Town of Mamaroneck. Local Live reporter Hannah Urken went to find out more about the reusable bag initiative.

The May meeting for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Local Summit focused on the current state of immigration in our community. The Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck is helping immigrants with the navigation of the new laws. The speakers at the breakfast forum emphasized that immigrants need correct legal counsel in order to get due process regarding their status. Mamaroneck School District Superintendent, Dr. Robert Shaps gave reassurance to parents that their children will be safe in the district. You can watch the full summit at www.lmctv.org.

The Railroad Way Flea Market returned on Sunday, May 21st with over fifty local vendors.

On Thursday, May 18th, the Her Honor Mentoring program held their graduation luncheon and also celebrated their tenth anniversary. Judge Judy Scheindlin and Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino spoke on the rewards of mentoring and the empowerment of our youth. Congratulations to all the mentees!

Rob Astorino will be in the studio live in The Local Live studio on Thursday, May 25th to take the questions of residents. Please join in the conversation, via phone, email or Twitter with the hashtag ask-astorino.

In our LMC Varsity Sports Play of the Week, the Rye Neck Baseball Team was losing to Blind Brook in a league game with major playoff implications. Catcher Jack Sheldon helped to keep the Trojans from increasing the score with a powerful throw.

Our Pets of the Week are Pansy, a two-and-a-half-year-old black and white cat and Sherman, a year-and-a-half-old Beagle. Pansy has a lively personality and would prefer to be adopted with her best friend, Myles, another black and white cat, but she can also be adopted alone. Sherman is a typical Beagle-happy, outgoing, and friendly. He likes to follow his nose wherever it takes him. He is great with other dogs, children and even cats. For more information on either Pansy or Sherman, as well as other pets, please go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org.

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