WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor John Bailey opens the Monday, September 24, 2018th broadcast regarding issues impacting the City of White Plains and Westchester County government. 1) In a unanimous vote, municipal leaders from all across Westchester County voted to approve the Latimer Administration’s “Update on the Westchester County Shared Services and Taxpayer Savings Plan.” The revised plan was submitted to the NYS Division of the Budget on September 14, 2018.
The 2018 plan, which includes eight new proposals on top of the one proposal from the 2017 plan, would begin in 2019 with matching funds made available by New York State in 2020. The updated plan projects $7.5 million in 2019 savings, $9.3 million in 2020 savings, and $27 million in recurring savings which will benefit taxpayers, make government services and operations more efficient and enable the County and municipalities to receive state matching funds.
After three public hearings, input from local officials and outreach to a variety of stakeholders including labor and school district officials, the Shared Services Panel, which includes the Mayor/Supervisor of each municipality in Westchester County, voted unanimously (35-0 of the leaders who attended the vote, with 11 county leaders not present for the vote according to the detailed Amended Westchester County Shared Services and Taxpayer Savings Plan issued to the press) to approve the 2018 County-wide Shared Services plan. 2) The League of Women Voters of White Plains will be participating in National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on Tuesday, September 25th. The League will assist voters to register or update their registration if they have moved. October 12th is the last day to register or update your registration in New York State. 3) Ken Jenkins, Deputy County Executive engaged in an interview on the broadcast of People To Be Heard with John Bailey and Jim Benerofe on Saturday, September 22nd. Topics discussed center on Minorities and Women owned businesses, the establishment of a directory of Minority-women owned businesses to level the playing field. This segment from 10-10:30a
Political Analyst Michael Edelman, Esq. immerses us on issues of national and international importance that revolve around and about President Donald Trump. 1) The Washington Post reported Saturday that White House aides pressed Kavanaugh about his sex life and drinking habits with the expectation that the judge will face uncomfortable questions during a Thursday hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee. Was this prudent of Judge Kavanaugh? Will the Kavanaugh fight risk worsening the Trump GOP’s gender problem? Kavanaugh accuser’s legal counsel said, “Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her.” 2) Republican lawmakers and multiple Trump administration officials were asked on Sunday talk shows about a New York Times report Friday that said Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire during conversations with the president last spring, as well as reportedly proposed recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office. Rosenstein denied the report and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the idea “absurd” and told ABC’s “This Week” she was never part of such an effort. 3) Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday he believes “a bureaucratic coup” led by enemies of President Trump is taking place at the Justice Department, and the senator asked that a new special counsel be appointed to investigate. Graham, a veteran member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the comments on “Fox News Sunday” in response to questions about a New York Times report that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump and possibly using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. 4) Reuters reported on Saturday that Comcast outbid the competition to purchase European broadcaster Sky, edging out 21st Century Fox with a $40 billion offer. Will the takeover by Comcast lessen 21st Century Fox influence capacity on the European stage? Does it impact its prowess in the US? Listen in from 10:30-11am.
Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris analyzes and reviews disparate hyperlocal and international news thereafter from 11am-12Noon.
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