John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor; Michael Edelman Esq., Political Analyst; Victoria Gearity, Ossining Mayor; Joel Motley, Judge Constance Baker Motley’s Son and Film Producer of “The Trials of Constance Baker Motley”; and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large, on Westchester On the Level – Monday, February 17, 2020 @10am ET

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John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor speaks to the following issues:

  1. Governor Andrew Cuomo has constituted a 2020 Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) comprised of healthcare providers with the proposed intent to cut $2.5 billion in state spending for Medicaid which will thereby also reduce federal funding in an equal amount. How does NYS rationalize this proposal vis-a-vis those who have no other means for medical care. NYS residents will not be able to bridge this gap. What are the ramifications? The initial MRT II conducted a public hearing on Feb. 14, 2020. The next hearing will take place on February 18th in Rochester, NY.
  2. The Appellate Divison’s Second Department Ruled Tuesday it would hear the Gedney Association of White Plains vs. French American School of New York, and dismissed the City of White Plains Common Council motion to dismiss the appeal on the ground that the joint appendix was inadequate due to the fact that White Plains did not comply with the Electronic Filing Rules of the Appellate Division. The court ruled that the Gedney Association’s 2018 filing by Daniel Seidel and Claudia Jaffee must “serve and file a supplemental joint appendix containing certain material is granted and must be filed by March 9. 
  3. Women pay more than men for everything from clothing to personal care products with gender defined differential costing on average 42% more for items marketed to women. People refer to this inequity as “shrink it and pink it”? We explore why this differential has this been permitted languish without remedy?

Listen from 10-10:30am

Michael Edelman Esq., Political Analyst speaks to the following issues:

  1. Bernie Sanders seemed the least as of the front runners with the balance of  contenders waning, pulling out front, or grasping to hold on. The New Hampshire Primary had Bernie Sanders bypassing Pete Buttigieg by 1 percent, while Amy Kobuchar placed an unexpected exuberant third place as Elizabeth Warren continued to diminish. So did Joe Biden. In the meanwhile Michael Bloomberg is surging in the polls ready to make a mark onto the Super Tuesday arena. Does Joe Biden have the capacity to climb back to the top? 
  2. Media is revealing concern over Bernie Sanders political dogma which seems intentioned toscrap past American social and economic constructs as Michael Bloomberg enters the fray intending to make a imprint on Super Tuesday. Is Bloomberg being considered a credible alternative to those already on stage?
  3. Is America ready for a socialist candidate (Sanders), a gay candidate (Buttigieg), a Jewish candidate (Bloomberg), or a woman candidate (Klobuchar) in light of Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016 to scuttle the Electoral College achievable?  
  4. Last Tuesday, state House Democrats passed a bill that would add Virginia’s 13 Electoral College votes to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. This agreement would assign each member state’s electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote once states representing a majority of 270 electoral votes have joined. If the Democratic-run state Senate passes the bill and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signs it, compact members would account for 209 electoral votes, just 61 shy of a majority. Is it likely that the 61 additional votes needed to scuttle the Electoral College achievable?    

This segment heard from 10:30-11am

  1. We discuss some of the progressive concepts initiated/ undertaken under the aegis of Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity and the Board of Trustees that have been forward thinking and inclusive.
  1. Her role as a member of the steering committee that created Sustainable Westchester, and as a board member of the Northern Westchester Energy Action Coalition before that, has kept Ossining at the forefront of energy saving programs. We speak to the accomplishments that keep growing and the catalyst that drove the concept forward. We inquire about the prospect of Yonkers likewise joining the Sustainable Westchester consortium.
  2. We learn of the sensibility that brought about gender specific bathrooms as opposed restrooms specific to transgender people.  We learn whether sexual predators’ opportunity to assault targets has diminished and whether transgender people are thereby less vulnerable.
  3. We review how permitting “illegal aliens” driver’s licenses and insurance has been positively received? Are licenses used as identity cards that permit one to register to vote? Has the ability to get a drier’s license also increased the trust between “illegal aliens” and the police? 

This segment from 11-11:30am

The Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series presents the free screening of “The Trials of Constance Baker Motley” this Thursday, February 20th at 7:00pm at Sing Sing Kill Brewery, 75-77 Spring Street, Ossining, NY 10562.

“The Trials of Constance Baker Motley” tells the story of the prominent civil rights lawyer who became the first African-American woman federal judge.

At the height of the civil rights movement, Columbia Law School graduate Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005), joined the NAACP’s legal team. The only woman in the group, she left her husband and infant son in New York for weeks at a time to represent the NAACP in Southern courts.

The first female Black lawyer Southern judges and juries had seen, she stunned them by winning case after case—gaining the right for Black students to enter Ole Miss, The University of Georgia, and Clemson College. After the assassination of one of her closest friends, she returned to New York—and went on to become the first Black woman NY State Senator, the first Black woman Manhattan Borough President, and, with the backing of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the first Black woman named to a federal judgeship.

Joel Motley is the son of Judge Constance Baker Motley and a producer of the film “The Trials of Constance Baker Motley”.

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Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Publisher / Editor-at-Large is your host.


eHeziJohn Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor; Michael Edelman Esq., Political Analyst; Victoria Gearity, Ossining Mayor; Joel Motley, Judge Constance Baker Motley’s Son and Film Producer of “The Trials of Constance Baker Motley”; and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large, on Westchester On the Level – Monday, February 17, 2020 @10am ET

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