John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher/Editor, Michael Edelman, Esq., National / International Political Analyst, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large on Westchester On the Level – Monday, December 10, 2018th @10am EST

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor John Bailey opens the Monday, December 10, 2018th broadcast with respect to issues impacting the City of White Plains, the Town of Greenburgh, and Westchester County government.

  1. Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is Planning to introduce legislation that would require 10% of all new beds in future assisted living facilities that have not et been approved by the Town be affordable. he informs that one woman’s mother was spending $22,000 a month for all services at an assisted living facility and he will gather input if this is the norm.
  2. The Resolution proposed is CL 2 – 12/12/18: The Resolution scheduling a Public Hearing for 7:30 PM, Wednesday, January 9, 2019, to consider a Local Law amending Chapter 285-10A(4)(f) of the Code of the Town of Greenburgh, entitled “Assisted Living Facilities,” to require that all new Assisted Living Facilities developed in the Town provide a minimum of 10% of living units for persons whose annual incomes meet Westchester County’s Affordable Housing Guidelines and comply with Westchester County’s Model Fair Housing Ordinance.
  3. The Resolution proposed is CL 2 – 12/12/18: The Resolution scheduling a Public Hearing for 7:30 PM, Wednesday, January 9, 2019, to consider a Local Law amending Chapter 285-10A(4)(f) of the Code of the Town of Greenburgh, entitled “Assisted Living Facilities,” to require that all new Assisted Living Facilities developed in the Town provide a minimum of 10% of living units for persons whose annual incomes meet Westchester County’s Affordable Housing Guidelines and comply with Westchester County’s Model Fair Housing Ordinance.
  4. The attack on Pearl Harbor that took place December 7th, 77 years ago remains mired in “infamy”. Will the circumstances ever be fully appreciated? Why are American’s unfamiliar with the capacity to have averted the outcome that would draw America into World War II in the Pacific arena?
  5. Westchester County Executive George Latimer: “For over 10 years, the prospective repair and re-opening of Memorial Field in Mount Vernon has laid fallow for a number of different reasons. While I have only been on this job for almost 12 months, I know Memorial Field well – it was where I had my High School graduation. Earlier this year, we held a meeting with City officials, after which we made the decision to make the offer through an inter-municipal agreement that the County will take the lead on the completion of this project – and solely for its completion – not its management. The Mount Vernon City Council approved the agreement, on Monday night the County Board of Legislators approved the amended agreement and I am signing it here today.” We learn the ramifications and question the drama surrounding the delays.
  6. Westchester County Sales Tax Receipts experienced a lackluster October that was expected to be bolstered by start of school and consumer returns from vacation. As the County Legislature prepares to approve the county budget, the approximate 6% increase in sales tax receipts has failed to continue into the fall. The  County sales tax dollar momentum in July started to slow with a 4.7% increase over 2017  after demonstrating a strong 6% trending through the first six months. What does this portend for Westchester County? Why does the Department of Taxation and Finance that there may be some dollars not yet tabulated and the public await the reconciliation until the final month of the quarter? If the figures hoped for are not realized, what are Westchester County’s prospects? 
  7. Remembering White Plains Mayor Alfred Del Vecchio’s trailblazing urban renewal initiatives that can be recognized as part of the architectural prowess of the seat of Westchester County government 18 years on.  This segment: from 10-10:30am. 

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Analyst Michael Edelman, Esq., speaks to national and international concerns revolving about POTUS. 

  1. New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, likely the next House Judiciary Chairman said it would be an impeachable offense if proven that Pres. Trump directed illegal payments during his campaign. At issue is whether those alleged payments were important enough to “justify an impeachment” since they would be “impeachable offenses.” Whether they are important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question, but certainly they’d be impeachable offenses because even though they were committed before the president became POTUS, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office.” 
  2. Is it true that there is “nothing in the Constitution that prohibits a president from being indicted”?
  3. Andrew Napolitano, Fox News Analyst and Chief Legal Analyst for ABC News, informs that both he and Donald Trump Jr. are expected to face charges related to Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, including possible coordination with the Trump campaign.
  4. White House House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly still cooperating with Mueller’s investigation. Napolitano advises, “The president himself should be extremely uncomfortable about this.”
  5. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy advises that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is revealing his cards into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has moved into a “new phase” after new documents were released to the public. He suggests this latest phase is headed toward impeachment, comparing Pres. Trump to Presidents Nixon and Clinton. Sen. Murphy opines, “This is a president who’s now named as an unindicted co-conspirator,” referencing Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen that implicates Trump in directing Cohen on illegal campaign contributions. “The allegation is that he committed at least two felonies to try to manipulate the 2016 election.” Is he on target? Will the Mueller report be revealed soon?
  6. Sen. Marco Rubio advises, it would be a “terrible mistake” for Pres. Trump to pardon former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort after POTUS commented that he would not take a pardon of manafort off the table. Rubio suggests this would “trigger a debate as to whether pardon powers should be amended.” 
  7. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has downplayed any implication that Pres. Trump violated campaign finance laws during the 2016 presidential campaign, arguing it reflects a broader issue with penalties related to campaign expenditures. “We have to decide whether or not criminal penalties are the way we should approach campaign finance,” he continued. “I personally think if someone makes an error in filing paperwork or in not categorizing a campaign contribution correctly, it shouldn’t be jail time, it ought to be a fine. It’s just like a lot of other things we’ve done in Washington. We’ve over-criminalized campaign finance.”
  8. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie the language federal prosecutors are using to refer to POTUS in an indictment against Michael Cohen makes it sound as if they might have corroborating evidence that the president violated campaign finance law is “that language in the sentencing memo is different from what we’ve heard before.” Christie notes that Trump’s former attorney Cohen has previously said he violated campaign finance law at the president’s direction. “The only thing that would concern me if I was the president’s team this morning about this sentencing memo is the language. The language sounds very definite,” informing Christie that they must have corroborating evidence and that there must be another witness. How perilous is the revelation of Michael Cohen’s conduct as found by Mueller?  
  9. White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow said trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are separate from the arrest of Huawei Technoligies’ Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou executive with Chinese telecom giant Huawei suggesting that the Trump Administration would release Meng Wanzhou as part of ongoing trade talks with China. Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian authorities last week at the request of the U.S. after allegedly violating trade sanctions against Iran. China has demanded her release, and called her detention a possible human rights violation. China has threatened Canada if she is not released. Has Trump created a quagmire that is imploding? 
  10. The departure of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is raising concerns over how the White House will face legal and political challenges in 2019. Is this a misjudgment by Pres. Trump? This segment: from 10:30-11am. 

Thereafter, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris engages in the hyperlocal concerns, county, state, national, and international news with commensurate analysis. This segment airs from 11am-12Noon.

 

 

eHeziJohn Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher/Editor, Michael Edelman, Esq., National / International Political Analyst, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large on Westchester On the Level – Monday, December 10, 2018th @10am EST

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