The Evolving World of Media: Hezi Aris to Edit the Westchester Guardian

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Zherka_Selim EHezi_Hezitorial Meeting Westchester’s Challenges,  Pertinence, and Relevance with Facts and Respect

Yes, it’s true. Some will be perturbed. Some will lose their last meal upon reading this revelation made privy to very few before this official telling. indulge me remembering our past, present, and focus on the future. You may be surprised that the marriage is prudent, logical, and worthy of you, the voracious reader demanding to know.



It all began when the  Yonkers Tribune took its first breath ten years ago. It was a concept built about emulating successful publishers from throughout the many corners of the world. The vision was to inculcate the best the world had to offer from the many newspaper titles well known even the esoteric titles few know. The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, Les Echos, Berliner Morgenpost, Le Monde, The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Post, The Globe & Mail; you get the idea. I was not prepared for what would come to pass. Times had changed. Acid-tongued bloggers were now in the mix.

The Yonkers Tribune was given birth on the Internet. Its purpose was to disseminate news, as devoid as humanly possible free of an agenda. It survived and flourishes doing just that but the publisher / editor was not in charge; the acid-tongued bloggers were. It was they that fed on every news story that would make the front page. They judged it for readability, for grammar, for spelling errors, for facts, for demeanor, what have you, the acid-tongued bloggers were the most insistent task masters about. They were unrelenting; coaxing, cajoling, demanding, threatening, suggesting, appeasing, challenging, admonishing, ridiculing. They ruled the roost. I learned my place. I would come to serve them by doing my best to meet their expectations.

Yonkers was hard. I stood my ground; so did Yonkers. I had to earn my bona fides. It is a never ending struggle. The news beat is not a simple one. It is intricate in its complexity. It has a tempo, a rhythm, a pulse, and an ethical demeanor. Yonkers is governed from the top down. Challenges are not easily accepted. There will always be a right, there will always be a wrong; my task was to introduce “fairness” into the equation. It is an ever-ending task that must be forged no matter the foe, no matter the issue. Fairness is the glue of accommodation often derided as naive. Fairness has proven to be lasting even beyond right and wrong because fairness permits each to survive to the next issue, the next concern, the next challenge, intact, or somewhat so.

For the Yonkers Tribune the hurdles were many. An Internet Service Provider (ISP) had often taken our operation offline despite having paid for the service a year in advance. Next we suffered the indignity of being relegated to not be accessible in Yonkers City Hall and the Yonkers Board of Education; the Yonkers Tribune and every porn site imaginable. Access is still not permitted; we survived, our readers are the indomitable acid-tongued bloggers of the Yonkers Tribune. I know that because the New York Times designated us such many years ago. Word spread that none consider advertise within our pages. the courts demanded we hand over Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. We refused. It was a turning point for the Yonkers Tribune. 

Our resolve to be fair and equitable to as many voices I was made aware was earning the Yonkers Tribune credentials. We earned the reputation of being hard and tough; people also learned we were fair and balanced. The Yonkers Tribune was the civil side of a hot-blooded, incendiary taskmaster Hezi Aris. Maintaining an open mind prior to, during, and after those heated moments permitted me to chill, distilling in the process a balanced approach offended by issues, behavior, innuendo, or agenda, while exposing the demerits of the overall conduct of its proponents. This reporter was taking on the system at every turn, or perhaps, as much as I could, because that is what the acid-tongued bloggers demanded.

As in all times, and at every time, new demands were asked of this reporter, of the Yonkers Tribune. Bucking the trend from the Internet to the print world, The Westchester Herald was born. It attempted to bring the tone, demeanor learned in Yonkers  throughout Westchester County. It lasted two years in print, and can now be found exclusively online.

For some the vehicle of choice is the tactile sensation one can only appreciate in print. The Kindle, iPad, and other such devices supplant the modality of delivery of news, newsprint, and the like to an ever growing readership. No matter the modality, relevance is based on content. Pertinence is based on interests. All can only be accomplished by bringing a triumvirate of attributes to heel.

Content speaks for itself. Relevance is brought forward by an engaged organization which can only dispense its worth by financial ability and its ancillary promise for longevity. Sam Zherka, the so-called bad boy of publishing working with Hezi Aris, tempered by the acid-tongued blogger contingent is a logical evolution to media landscape. Financial viability, relevant content and pertinent coverage. 
This writing is not meant to alter any perspective of those reading. It is simply a telling of fact. As in al new ventures, credibility will be earned. It will be the reader who will judge its relevance, its content, its pertinence, and its fiscal viability.

Coverage will expand with additional reporting staff whose focus will be where we all live and work, Westchester County. Politics will be on the front plate, not to advocate personalities or specific agenda but to expose positions and to decipher its impact over a broad swath of concerns. It is politics discerned by knowing, watching eyes. None need recoil from our presence; the reporting will be fair. When we stray, your letters to the editor will assuage those concerns. The Yonkers tribune and the Westchester Herald will maintain their independence to afford you an opportunity for daily news updates. The Westchester Guardian will create a synopsis of that which transpired over the week and jump start your into the week ahead.

A new chapter has opened to reveal the Westchester landscape in a discerning light sure to captivate your interests. Besides politics, issues regarding education will be studied, local history celebrated, economic development discerned in all its ramifications and given notice for its contribution to the community’s health or its detraction form it. A community calendar of events, secular and religious will be made. "Globe-hopping" by Barbara Barton-Sloane, or somewhat closer to home with Lee Daniels; automotive reviews conducted in Westchester County will be part of Roger Witherspoon’s  "Shifting Gears" column. Former Mayor Koch’s political Commentary and Movie Reviews are the rage. Former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern’s "New York Civic" column focuses on more politics. Scarsdale based Larry M. Elkin's Palisades Hudson Financial Group writes "Current Commentary", while critics and supporters will write to have their voices heard. Bob Weir’s "Weir Only Human" will grab you with his intellect. I don’t want to tell all in one writing. It will be hard hitting. It will be honest and passionate. I want you to be surprised. I want you involved in what Mr Zherka and I want to prove to you is worthy of your time.

The Westchester Guardian will surprise Westchester. It has matured in concept.  We have matured. This is a new beginning for you and us. This week’s edition will begin by immersing your senses by the reading of The Hezitorial. Its a teaser. There is more to come next week. Promise.   

The continued viability of the Yonkers Tribune, Westchester Herald, and Westchester Guardian will be maintained.

 

 

 

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Comments 27

  1. First of all Mr. St. Hubbins, or whatever your real name is: We KNOW who JOAN is. WHO ARE YOU? Are you even using your own name and what have you done, sir or madam, to improve the world or even your own city? What is your record of challenging the system, a system as corrupt as the one we have in the City of Yonkers. You like to hold her under the to the microscope and she has absolutely no reason to answer to you or anyone else, concerning her private life, if it doesn’t affect her conduct on the city council. Her record speaks for itself. You might want to get your hands on a recent city-wide poll conducted. She did very, very well for someone you continue to denigrate – THE ONLY ONE ON THE CITY COUNCIL TO INCUR YOUR WRATH.

  2. the court papers contend..and you take that as the
    gospel..what if the court papers are thrown out
    what is the motivation of the carboy firm…did they
    do any of the work:?..do they want more of they
    fee…allegations are irrelevant..the judge will
    decide the fee and your points are garbage

  3. Lawyers for ailing 9/11 Ground Zero responders padded expenses, court papers charge
    BY Jose Martinez
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Tuesday, August 24th 2010, 4:00 AM
    Lawyers for 10,000 sickened Ground Zero workers padded their expenses by $400,000 – billing for flacks, lobbyists and so-called experts, court papers filed Monday charge.
    The law firm of Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern was accused of bulking up its bill to circumvent the 25% contingency fee agreement on a $712 million settlement hammered out for ill workers.
    “No World Trade Center responder should pay any of these costs,” said Andrew Carboy, whose firm represents 700 workers, most of them firefighters.
    Carboy’s firm, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, filed papers in Manhattan Federal Court yesterday, laying out its rival’s questionable billing practices.
    The court papers contend that Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern wrongly portrayed more than $220,000 in lawyers fees as costs for scientific and medical experts.
    “This is not the case,” Carboy wrote in the court documents, explaining that one of the so-called experts lost his medical license and was deemed a “threat to public health.”
    A spokeswoman for Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern did not return calls.

  4. First of all Mr. St. Hubbins, or whatever your real name is: We KNOW who JOAN is. WHO ARE YOU? Are you even using your own name and what have you done, sir or madam, to improve the world or even your own city? What is your record of challenging the system, a system as corrupt as the one we have in the City of Yonkers. You like to hold her under the to the microscope and she has absolutely no reason to answer to you or anyone else, concerning her private life, if it doesn’t affect her conduct on the city council. Her record speaks for itself. You might want to get your hands on a recent city-wide poll conducted. She did very, very well for someone you continue to denigrate – THE ONLY ONE ON THE CITY COUNCIL TO INCUR YOUR WRATH.

  5. First of all Mr. St. Hubbins, or whatever your real name is: We KNOW who JOAN is. WHO ARE YOU? Are you even using your own name and what have you done, sir or madam, to improve the world or even your own city? What is your record of challenging the system, a system as corrupt as the one we have in the City of Yonkers. You like to hold her under the to the microscope and she has absolutely no reason to answer to you or anyone else, concerning her private life, if it doesn’t affect her conduct on the city council. Her record speaks for itself. You might want to get your hands on a recent city-wide poll conducted. She did very, very well for someone you continue to denigrate – THE ONLY ONE ON THE CITY COUNCIL TO INCUR YOUR WRATH.

  6. First of all Mr. St. Hubbins, or whatever your real name is: We KNOW who JOAN is. WHO ARE YOU? Are you even using your own name and what have you done, sir or madam, to improve the world or even your own city? What is your record of challenging the system, a system as corrupt as the one we have in the City of Yonkers. You like to hold her under the to the microscope and she has absolutely no reason to answer to you or anyone else, concerning her private life, if it doesn’t affect her conduct on the city council. Her record speaks for itself. You might want to get your hands on a recent city-wide poll conducted. She did very, very well for someone you continue to denigrate – THE ONLY ONE ON THE CITY COUNCIL TO INCUR YOUR WRATH.

  7. The question still stands……what does she know and when did she know it.I think ALL of the CC has faults…..and if wanting to know the truth makes me a hypocrite in the eyes of the likes of you,well so be it.In fairness to CouncilPerson Gronowski,she has had the courage to address these issues forthrightly on this blog,for which I give her credit.I want her to convince me of her integrity,but,if she continues in alliance with Hezi and the strip club owner, I will retain my right to skepticism.

  8. Boondoggle of The Day
    aka lets not only acquire property but also deny abutters their legal rights to develop their own properties.
    Starring Phil Amicone in his “legally distinct” role from the City of Yonkers.
    Yonkers Planning Board to
    consider west-side urban
    renewal plans
    YONKERS — The Yonkers Planning Board will hold
    public hearings tonight on urban renewal and
    master plans for two blighted neighborhoods that
    include proposals for the city to acquire 107 lots.
    Among the plans’ revitalization goals are to bring
    new housing, improved parks, upgraded streets,
    better shopping and new or rehabilitated
    community centers to Nodine Hill and the southern
    Warburton Avenue corridor.
    The Planning Board’s meeting begins at 5:30 in the
    Ceremonial Court Room at City Hall, but the public
    hearings will not be held until after 7 p.m.
    The plan for Nodine Hill — a west-side
    neighborhood whose main thoroughfares are Elm
    and Walnut streets — includes 98 acres. A large
    swath of the area is proposed to be rezoned to
    require two-family homes on 50-foot lots. The
    current zoning is for apartment buildings.
    The Nodine Hill plan proposes that the Yonkers
    Community Development Agency acquire 34 lots in
    the area so that they can be combined and sold to
    developers. The YCDA is a local development
    corporation led by Mayor Phil Amicone but legally
    independent from the city.
    If the Nodine Hill urban renewal and master plans
    are approved by the City Council, the Department of
    Planning and Development would have the power to
    block any proposed development in Nodine Hill that
    it deems inconsistent with the plans.
    The Ravine urban renewal and master plans focus
    on the area around Warburton Avenue between
    Babcock Place, Glenwood Avenue, the Metro-North
    Railroad tracks and the Old Croton Aqueduct trail.
    The plans also include rezoning and a list of 73 lots
    that could be acquired by the YCDA.
    Unlike Nodine Hill, language in the Ravine plans
    gives the YCDA veto power over new development in
    the area.
    Last year the state Authority Budget Office issued a
    critical review of the YCDA, launched in 1964 to
    develop urban renewal plans. The criticisms
    included a failure to submit annual financial
    reports, hold regular meetings and keep proper
    documentation for its properties.

  9. reviled only by those who don’t understand what
    the law means and what the law is…and tort reform
    is a good idea..which i fully support ,but anytime
    you suggest that people who are injured by someone
    elses negilgence shouldn’t be compensated you are
    espousing a position that no one agrees with..not
    even ultra conservatives and libertarians..

  10. Thanks Hezi
    Its been an interesting journey of eight or so years
    I’m glad to have been a part of it.
    I’ll have to see the direction you take in order to decide to continue.
    Best of everything.

  11. Don’t even waste any more time explaining anything to a lousy “slip and fall” lawyer. His occupation is one of the most reviled occupations in America. They are the ones that should be regulated. $8.3 million taxpayer dollars for a woman that fell on a city street because she wasn’t watching where she was stepping! $5.2 million taxpayer dollars for a man stuck in an elevator and tried to free himself before help arrived! I could go on and on, but you people all know the type. Bottom feeders one and all!

  12. get over yourself, derek…why don’t you pick on a councilmember who DOESN’T do anything useeful, for a change, instead of focusing on her all the time. Of all the hypocrites that have served on this council, you pick on the one person who consistently speaks her mind and conscience. You seem to personify the word perfectly, yourself.

  13. get over yourself, derek…why don’t you pick on a councilmember who DOESN’T do anything useeful, for a change, instead of focusing on her all the time. Of all the hypocrites that have served on this council, you pick on the one person who consistently speaks her mind and conscience. You seem to personify the word perfectly, yourself.

  14. get over yourself, derek…why don’t you pick on a councilmember who DOESN’T do anything useeful, for a change, instead of focusing on her all the time. Of all the hypocrites that have served on this council, you pick on the one person who consistently speaks her mind and conscience. You seem to personify the word perfectly, yourself.

  15. So as Zuckerman states in his own words the public sector workers are the “new, privileged, elite class”, right? So does this mean that the private sector was the “old, privileged, elite class”? Why was it alright for the private sector to thrive and profit from the economic boom time in the late 1990’s through perhaps 2003? Did you hear the private sector bemoaning the union worker and their benefits then? No, the silence was deafining or at least couldn’t be heard over the loud party music the private sector was playing. When times are good it’s good for you and when times are bad it’s bad for me? No, fiscal responsibility is a two way street. “Save for a rainy day” has never been truer. Things will turn around, they always do. And when it does, the private elite will go back to their lives and once again pay little or no attention to those civil servants who do all the things they themselves could never or would never do. Don’t begrudge me my just wages and I promise not to spit in your latte’. Deal?

  16. Hey anon, don’t blame Hezi for Shep. Shep is his own worst enemy. He proves the old adage correct, keep you mouth shut and appear stupid, open it and remove all doubt.
    We take another tax hit with NO improvement in services and this dope asked the school supt. “What can we do for you?” Hey how about we start with accountability.

  17. What a terribly sad day for you and for the Citizens of Yonkers. That you would fall under the money spell of that person is quite sad.
    I have been very critical of you Hezi over the years, but it has always been done for good reason and in the hope that you would do better. While you may have ignored me that is far as it went. Unfortunately your new master is not so benevolent. As you well know he has a tendency to sue people that make negative comments about him, so clearly since he now pays you I can no longer feel comfortable about making making comments about anthing Yonkers oriented here as it may offend your Masters agenda. I cannot be assured that you will protect IP addresses going forward as you are now his boy.
    I understand that you need money and have to earn a living. But being his slave is not the way to do it.
    And what is with the “Fair and Balanced: crap? Since when? While I do not like the guy one bit, is calling the Council President “Lesnick the Liar” or your seeming personal vendetta against Dennis Shepard “Fair and Balanced?” Amongst many others….
    Please…
    YT for all its faults has been an important source of news about Yonkers as well as just plain entertaining. I have spent countless hours eviserating such useless candidates as missy mosiGone, spaNO and Ms. Scarf. What will I do without you?
    Prediction: 90 days and your back.

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