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News Anchor(s): Maura Carlin

Nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” or undocumented youth, who came to this country illegally as children are in jeopardy of being deported due to President Trump ending the DACA program that President Obama started in 2012. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals protected the children from being deported. Trump ordered Congress that legislation to end the program within a six-month period. Local public officials quickly reacted to the news. US NY State Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted: “It’s time to give Dreamers the path to citizenship that they rightly deserve and pass the DREAM Act”. Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker joined Gillibrand and added, “Feeling very angry today over end of DACA. Our country is better than that. Congress must pass Dream Act. Thanks Kirsten Gillibrand for the new hope”. NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo tweeted: “Racism and bigotry are the greatest threats this country faces. In New York, we believe in diversity. #DefendDACA”. Village of Mamaroneck Mayor, Norman Rosenblum called on Congress to find a way to provide full citizenship to DACA recipients whom he referred to as “law-abiding and hardworking:. The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Resource Center has helped over three hundred individuals apply for DACA and renewals. Co-executive Director, Jirandy Martinez said, “they have lived, studied and worked among us and in our communities for most of their lives”. She noted that there six months to build a strong movement in support of the Dreamers. She urged that supporters get informed, connect with local groups and “join our fight”. The CRC will hold a forum for DACA recipients and updates on Thursday, September 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Our Round Table on next week’s show will feature a discussion regarding DACA.

The two Democrats who are hoping to face Republican incumbent County Executive, Rob Astorino this November squared off in a primary debate that was held last week. The debate was organized by the League of Women Voters and was held at the Chappaqua Library. Both County Legislator Ken Jenkins and State Senator George Latimer vowed to support the winner of the primary which will be held Tuesday, September 12th. Astorino has won the past two elections, even though registered democrats outnumber republicans by a margin of two to one in the county. Latimer linked Astorino’s politics to being similar to President Trump’s who took only 31% of the vote in Westchester. Jenkins, who argued that he would be best for the position, stressed his support for the democrats and hopes that the party will be able to avoid the mistakes made in 2009 and 2013 which led to victories for Astorino.
This past Saturday, residents and officials of the Village of Mamaroneck convened at Columbus Park to celebrate the Founders of the Police Benevolent Association All Stars Womens Softball and Mens Basketball teams. The teams played from 1970 to 1973 and had a positive impact on the community. They also unveiled a special plaque with the new name for the basketball court. The court will now be known as The Weign Carrington Court. Carrington helped build the court and was a local peacemaker.

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Local Live reporter, Mike Witsch spoke with the new Executive Director of the Larchmont Mamaroneck Continuing Education Center, Diane Cashman.

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Comedian Kaitlyn Murphy, a Rye Neck High School graduate, has put together a parody video of the Chainsmokers and Halsey’s song, “Closer” entitled “Further”. Here’s a sneak peek. If you want to see the entire video, check it out on Youtube.com at her channel, www.youtube.com/kaitlynmurphy.

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Our Pets of the Week are Courtney, a tortoiseshell cat and Shirley, an adorable pup. Courtney, whose breed gets its name for resembled a tortoise’s shell, gets along with other cats. She is very laid back and would be suitable for a calm home. Shirley is shy and sweet. She is housebroken and sleeps quietly through the night. She is a little skeptical and needs a calm, quiet home preferably with another friendly dog to feel comfortable.. She would not be good in a home that has a cat. To adopt either pet or to learn about other pets, please go to www.ny-petrescue.org.
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