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BOCA RATON, FL, WHITE PLAINS, NY, and YONKERS, NY — March 2, 2020 — John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher / Editor, opens the broadcast.
- Westchester County sales tax receipts increased 37% in January 2020 over the January of 2019. ($63,836,271 last month compared to the prior year $46,716,3810.It was the first full month of the county’s 1% increase sales tax increase at the start of the county 2020 fiscal year. The 37% increase, if it is maintained the next 11 months on average would easily beat the 27% increase for the year prognosticated by the County Budget creators. WPCNR made inquiry of the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance if the euphoric result was based on unusual internet sales taking place just before Christmas and not reported until January? The answer was not forthcoming. If they don’t know, who does? And if they don know, how can communities focus on the consumers changing buying habits? Are the results a win for the County but a disappointment to most villages, towns, and cities in Westchester County? Do the results reveal an unknown that NYS Department of Taxation & Finance is as of yet unable to decipher the how and why?
- On “People to Be Heard” John Bailey made inquiry of Dan Seidel of White Plains with respect to where the Gedney Association’s Appellate Court appeal orchestrated by a Pro Bono legal team vs. the French American School of New York (FASNY) is heading?
- Attorneys for the developer planning to build a signature gateway project replacing the White Plains Mall requested a 3-years extension at a Special Common Council meeting. Is there an explanation for such a delay, what is the catalyst / rationale for such conduct, and is there a monetary penalty for the delay. If not, why not?
Listen from 10-10:30am.
Political Analyst Michael Edelman, Esq., speaks to issues that resonate on the national and international political landscape.
- The South Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary conducted Saturday, February 29th revealed Joe Biden with a vibrant 48.44%, Bernie Sanders @ 19.90%, Tom Steyer @11.33% who withdrew after the results were tallied, Pete Buttigieg @ 8.25%, Elizabeth Warren @ 7.06%, and Amy Klobuchar @ 3.15%. What do the numbers say and are they expected to be influential in the multi-states Super Tuesday contests when Mike Bloomberg will make his initial entrance into the disparate Democratic Presidential contests. Surprise announcement on Sunday, March 1st that Pete Buttigieg has pulled out. Is Elizabeth Warren, perhaps Amy Klobuchar next?
- Roman Polanski won best director for “An Officer and a Spy” (J’Accuse) at a fractious ceremony for the French Oscars, the Cesars, that ended in walkouts and recrimination in Paris early Saturday. The entire French academy had been forced to resign earlier this month amid fury that the veteran, wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977, had topped the list of nominations. Polanski won best adapted screenplay, and best director, and the picked up the award for best costume design. The #MeToo movement has assuredly been emboldened in France over the Polanski affair, as does the verdict that indicted Harvey Weinstein in America reveal a change in attitude. Are men and women rewriting acceptable standards of conduct between the sexes? And if so, what does it portend?
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evidently not being easily contained no matter how aggressive the response. As the virus spreads hospitals are expected to be overwhelmed. What has been revealed is that the international supply chain has forced various industries to come to a halt incapable of containing because the supply chain is no longer connected. Stock markets are collapsing, oil prices are plummeting, recession has yet to knock on our door, the meteoric stock market ride is collapsing. President Donald Trump is worried the virus that originated in Wuhan, China may cost him a re-election win later this year.
Listen from 10:30-11am.
Westchester County Board Legislator (WCBoL) José Alvarado, representing LD-17, speaks to the issues that impact the legislative district to which he was elected only two months ago. We ask what issues he finds most compelling, how the members of the WCBoLs give expression to issues of concern specific to their district, and by what means does each delegate create consensus and support for specific concerns or if all is defined by Westchester County Executive George Latimer?
Listen from 11-11:30am.
Thereafter, Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Publisher / Editor-at-Large engages in hyperlocal, county, state, national, and international issues with commensurate analysis.
Listen from 11:30am-12Noon.