John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher/Editor, Michael Edelman, Esq., National Political Analyst, Victoria Gearity, Ossining Mayor, Tyler H. Walk, Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series Panelist and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large on Westchester On the Level – Monday, December 3, 2018th @10am EDT

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor John Bailey opens the Monday, December 3, 2018th broadcast with respect to issues impacting the City of White Plains and Westchester County government.

1) County Executive George Latimer signed the Home Improvement Licensing Law Amendments, also known as the “Anti-Wage Theft Bill.” This new law requires the County to consider judgements against contractors for non-payment or under-payment of employees when examining new license applications and license renewals.  Contractor applicants also will be required to disclose any business-related judgements against them – particularly those involving non-payment or underpayment. We learn what the impact may be.

2) Pete “Charlie Hustle” Rose, Number 14 of the Cincinnati  Reds and Philadelphia Phillies. Has paid his dues. Will he be exonerated by the Commissioner and recognized in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

3) Ginsburg Development Companies, LLC (GDC)  unveiled its vision and plans to transform the former Westchester Financial Center into City Square, a new mixed-use project at the city block enclosed by Martine Avenue, South Lexington Avenues, Main Street and Bank Street with construction expected to begin in the spring of 2019. It relegates Ginsburg to be the first developer to begin the White Plains second “renaissance,” with four other already Common Council approved projects on hold in the White Plains downtown (The WP Pavilion rebuild; the Bloomingdale Road parking lot project, the Post Road-Mamaroneck Avenue apartment project  (currently just starting demolition), the White Plains Mall project, the 440 Hamilton renovation, the Westchester Avenue apartments project, and the fate of the 4 city-owned parcels on the east side of the White Plains railroad station where proposals to be considered were requested by the city a year ago. This segment: from 10-10:30am. 

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

1) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday announced that Iran tested a ballistic missile capable of delivering multiple nuclear warheads throughout the Middle East and into Europe. Pompeo asserts “we have been warning for some time, that Iran’s missile testing and missile proliferation is growing and is in violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 2231 that bans Iran from undertaking ‘any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology. The implementation of the 2015 nuclear agreement and that the Iranian regime’s pace of missile launches did not diminish after implementation of the Iran nuclear deal in January of 2016. What is America’s next step?

2) Defense Secretary James Mattis in an interview at the Eona;d Regan Library in California said Saturday that Russian operatives attempted to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, apparently confirming for the first time that Moscow attempted to meddle in last month’s elections. “There is no doubt the relationship has worsened. He tried again to muck around in our elections this last month,” Mattis said. With this reality revealed with certainty does the Trump Administration have a plan to counter the voting process from coming under attack?

3) President Trump’s problems are deepening after a dramatic week in the Robert Mueller probe. It is even troubling his political allies. Has Mueller gained the upper hand with attorney Michael “the Fixer” Cohen pleading guilty? Are we witnessing dark clouds closing in on the president?

4) Six White House officials have violated the Hatch Act, according to a letter from the Office of the Special Counsel to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Noah Bookbinder. The six officials are White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah, White House deputy director of communications Jessica Ditto, executive assistant to the President Madeleine Westerhout, former special assistant to the President and director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferré, press secretary for the Vice President Alyssa Farah and Office of Management and Budget Deputy Communications Director Jacob Wood.

The Hatch Act limits certain political activities of federal employees in an attempt to prevent the federal government from affecting elections or operating in a partisan manner. This includes sending partisan messages from social media accounts used for official government business. Aren’t staff instructed before taking the helm of office? Why are they each getting a warning rather than dismissal?

5) Trump on Saturday declared a national day of mourning for next week to honor former President George H.W. Bush and indicated that he would attend funeral services for the late president, who died at the age of 94. This segment: from 10:30-11am. 

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Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity speaks to issues concerning Ossining, the rejuvenating and engaging celebrations of the Chanukah and Christmas holidays that facilitates community. We learn of some of the events planned. This segment: 11-11:30am

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Joining Mayor Gearity will be Ossining Documentary & Discussion Group Panelist Tyler H. Walk during the final 1/2 hour is Cinema Eye award-winning and Emmy-nominated editor Walk whose projects include David France’s Oscar-nominated “How To Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS” discussed the day after AIDS Day.  This segment: 11:30am-12Noon.

eHeziJohn Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher/Editor, Michael Edelman, Esq., National Political Analyst, Victoria Gearity, Ossining Mayor, Tyler H. Walk, Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series Panelist and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large on Westchester On the Level – Monday, December 3, 2018th @10am EDT

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