9/12/2009 11:24:36 AM

 

 

We are gathered here today as a community to honor those who died on this day eight years ago in the attack on America.

 

The day was one of horror, insanity, inconceivable destruction and death.   Eight years later, we are still trying to do what we can to deal with such tragic loss. 

 

We are still trying to help one another to heal and the healing is not without pain.

 

Here at the Rising Memorial, we have a place of peace and remembrance.

 

A place of hope and renewal.
A place of life.

 

A place for families and friends to come and spend time together… and, we know that that will always be needed.

 

Those who died were husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors and fellow citizens.

 

Only the passage of time may help lessen the terrible pain of our loss.  But, time will never diminish our deep love and appreciation for them.

 

The 111 Westchester victims of the September 11th attacks are held dear in our hearts and will live always in our collective memory.

 

God bless them.

 

Below is a gallery of photos from the memorial ceremony - click on photos to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/12/2009 1:18:07 PM

What:

Westchester County Board Chairman Bill Ryan (D, I, WFP-White Plains) and Westchester County Legislator John Nonna (D, I, WFP-Pleasantville) will present a proclamation on behalf of the Westchester County Board of Legislators to Salvatore De Raffele, owner of the North Castle Diner, commemorating his 50th anniversary since its opening.
 

Who:

Speakers to attend are (still in formation):

  • Westchester County Board Chairman Bill Ryan (D, I, WFP-White Plains)

  • Westchester County Legislator John Nonna (D, I, WFP-Pleasantville)

Where:      

North Castle Diner
720 North Broadway (at Reservoir Road)
White Plains
 

When: 

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 11am SHARP!
 

Why: 

This year marks the beginning of the second half-century that the North Castle Diner has been doing business as an eatery at its location in North White Plains.   In 1958, Salvatore De Raffele purchased the property at 720 North Broadway to operate as a diner.  For years, the business was known as the Sherwood Diner.  In 1966, the business name changed to the North Castle Diner, honoring the town in which it is located.  The North Castle Diner is currently operated by Paul De Raffele, the son of its original owner, who continues the tradition of providing a convenient and welcoming place for local residents to gather and enjoy good company and good food

Program Will Authorize More Than $150,000 for the Village of Port Chester

9/14/2009 10:31:20 AM

 

 

(Port Chester, NY) ~ Westchester County Legislator Martin Rogowsky (D, WFP-Harrison) is pleased to announce that the Village of Port Chester has received a $150,000 community development block grant (CDBG) from the federal government for the Don Bosco Community Center.  The grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.  The grant will be used to provide exterior repairs at the Center.

 

The Don Bosco Community Center, established in 1928, has served the Port Chester community through recreational activities, neighborhood/community events, and by providing multi-lingual youth/adult social and supportive services.  The exterior of the building is in need of repair as the infrastructure has aged.  The project will include the re-pointing of brick mortar joints on the front façade, side stucco repairs, steam cleaning of brick, replacement of front entry doors, rebuilding of front entry steps, installation of new front exterior lighting, replacement of side entrance door and replacement of five gymnasium windows.

 

“I’m glad that I was able to help Port Chester and the Don Bosco Community Center in obtaining this grant, as this project will help provide much need repairs to its infrastructure,” said Rogowsky.   The annual CDBG funding plan is now in its thirty-fourth year and is a joint partnership involving the federal government, the County and the local villages, towns and city governments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Will Authorize More Than $70,000 for the Village of Port Chester

9/14/2009 10:36:13 AM

 

 

(Port Chester, NY) ~ Westchester County Legislator Martin Rogowsky (D, WFP-Harrison) is pleased to announce that the county has secured a $70,000 grant through a partnership with the Human Development Services of Westchester to help the Port Chester Neighborhood Preservation Company (PCNPC).  The grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will provide mortgage foreclosure prevention services to qualifying residents.

 

The Port Chester Neighborhood Preservation Company (PCNPC), a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved housing counseling agency since 2008, has served the Port Chester community by providing tenant assistance and advocacy, mortgage foreclosure prevention, eviction prevention, financial literacy, moderate home renovation and rehabilitation to homeowners and housing counseling for low and moderate income households.

 

“I’m glad that I was able to help Port Chester and PCNPC in obtaining this grant, as this project will help provide much-needed support for those at risk of losing their homes,” said Rogowsky.   The annual funding plan is a joint partnership involving the federal government, the County and the local villages, towns and city governments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/14/2009 10:39:24 AM

 

 

(White Plains, NY) ~ At the request of Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains), the Board of Legislators unanimously approved the application of the Village of Scarsdale for flood mitigation funding.  The approval will direct to Scarsdale $1.45 million dollars in much-needed County funds for Bronx River area flood control. The funding was made available from a Flood Action Plan, which calls for the county to allocate $10 million a year for the next five years to reduce the impact of flooding during severe storms.  “This is one more example of how the County works collaboratively with its municipalities to protect its citizens,” said Chairman Ryan. “Although we can’t eliminate flooding throughout the county during terrible storms, we do have the capability to mitigate some of the more severely hit areas, in order to avoid additional loss of public and private property.”

 

The county’s Flood Action Task Force, the governing body that spearheaded by creation of the Flood Action Plan, formed in 2007 to address the flooding crisis in the county and to put in place a Flood Mitigation Program using county funds designated for this purpose.

 

The funding will be allocated for four projects within Scarsdale. They include George Field Park, Cooper Green, Brewster Road between Olmstead Road and Hartcourt Road and the south side of Butler Field.  The other projects selected for the first round of funding are located in Rye Brook, Mamaroneck and Tarrytown. Federal and local funds will also help to finance these flood-mitigation projects.  Only one of the four projects approved was for Scarsdale that Ryan represents.