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White Plains, NY -- A plan to build 34, affordable rental apartments for seniors in Port Chester is moving forward after the Board of Legislators approved funding for the development by a unanimous vote Monday night.

USS Westchester County Memorial

White Plains, NY -- Fifty years ago today, the USS Westchester County was attacked by Viet Cong mines delivered by frogmen as the boat lay anchored in the Mekong Delta.  Twenty five people lost their lives in the attack, including 23 U.S. servicemen. It was the largest loss of life in a single combat instance for the U.S. Navy in the entire Vietnam War. Wednesday, October 31, we honored those who lost their lives that day in 1968, and the survivors of the attack, with a gathering at the Westchester County Center. We mourn all loss of life, but feel a special connection to those who were killed and injured in the attack on this ship which bore our name.  Even after half a century, those who sacrificed for us in Vietnam are never out of our minds.  Nor are those who sacrifice themselves for us today.


PICTURED ABOVE: Families and survivors of the attack on the USS Westchester County on November 1, 1968, gather at the Westchester County Center

 


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A survivor of the attack on the USS Westchester County addresses families and survivors at the Westchester County Center


USS WestchesterCounty Memorial

L to R: Dan Griffin, executive director, Vietnam Veterans of America, Westchester chapter; County Executive George Latimer; Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient and keynote speaker Paul Bucha; Board Chairman Ben Boykin

 

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BOL Seal

White Plains, NY — On Monday night, the Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a resolution supporting the creation and distribution of  special pins for the uniforms of firefighters, police officers and emergency medical service workers who are veterans of our nation's armed forces.

SheroHub Prepares Youth for Awareness of Domestic Violence

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Legislator David Tubiolo (Yonkers & Mount Vernon), Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators’ Committee on Seniors & Constituencies, this week hosted Ailsa Gilliam, founder of SheroHub - a Westchester-based women’s empowerment hub featuring educational video games and other technology solutions, and Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden, the County’s Youth Bureau Director, to discuss the importance of ‘domestic violence awareness’.   


SheroHub, is a Westchester-based women’s empowerment hub featuring educational video games and other technology solutions.  SheroHub, LLC was launched in July 2018 to effect positive social transformation around the prevention of, and response to domestic violence.


According to Legislator Tubiolo, the meeting was intentionally scheduled for October in order to coincide with ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Month’.


The meeting had Ailsa Gilliam introduce a presentation of SheroHub involving youth prevention and awareness regarding domestic violence, along with Dr. Harris-Madden informing how the Youth Bureau helps prevent and will continue to prevent domestic violence.


“Sadly, Domestic Violence is not just prevalent in adults,” noted Tubiolo.  “A staggering 1 in every 9 female teens and 1 in every 13 male teens have reported experiencing physical dating violence in the last year, while 1 in 7 female teens and 1 in 19 male teens reported experiencing sexual dating violence in the last year,” he added.


“We must continue to educate people not only to be aware of domestic violence, but how to prevent it as well.  That is why groups such as SheroHub are so vital to our society.  Working
together, we have the tools we need to continue the outreach and the education for people of all ages, said Tubiolo.”


Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden stated, “To effectively stem Domestic Violence, we must equip our youth with the tools to develop healthy relationships and norms. By reaching youth through their preferred medium, technology, we have the opportunity to engage and model healthy attitudes and beliefs and the avoidance of domestic violence.”


“The statistics on the prevalence of teen dating abuses are shocking. Sherohub leverages video game technology to raise awareness of healthy vs unhealthy relationship dynamics. Its empowerment provided in an engaging and accessible medium that young people identify with. Let’s work together to prevent domestic violence occurring in young people’s lives so they can live to their full potential,” said Ailsa Gilliam.


Domestic violence is the abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting such as, marriage or cohabitation. It may be termed intimate partner violence when committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner. Domestic violence can also involve violence against children, parents, or the elderly. It takes a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual abuse.

 

For more information, contact Ailsa Gilliam at ailsa@sherohub.com.

Leg. Nancy Barr Announces Local Deal as Part of Countywide Program


White Plains, NY — Work to ease flooding in Rye Brook is moving forward after the Westchester County Board of Legislators approved funding for the project, Legislator Nancy Barr (D - Harrison, Port Chester, Rye Brook) announced.


The newly allocated money will pay for engineers to design a solution for the recurring flooding around Avon Circle in Rye Brook and the athletic fields at the Port Chester Middle School.


Barr said, "Flooding is a chronic problem in this area. It affects the safety of the people who live in Avon Circle, including many senior citizens. It also inundates the fields at the Port Chester Middle School, making them unusable for days at a time after a storm.  Unfortunately, increasingly severe and more frequent storms are the new normal, so fixing this problem is more important than ever.  I'm glad that that the county is able to support the Village of Rye Brook, the Town of Rye and the Port Chester School District in making this happen."


Majority Whip MaryJane Shimsky (D - Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington), chair of the Board’s Public Works Committee and also chair of the Saw Mill Watershed Advisory Board, co-chair of the Bronx River Advisory Board and ex-officio member of the Westchester County Stormwater Advisory Board, said, “This is exactly the kind of thing that county government does best – work with local authorities to solve regional problems.  Water doesn’t care about municipal boundaries, so we all need to work together to solve the problems it creates.”


Design work is expected to cost up to $95,000 with the county paying half and the other half being shared by the Village of Rye Brook, the Town of Rye and the Port Chester School District.  The project is part of the Westchester's ongoing, countywide Stormwater Management Law funding program which splits costs with local municipalities.  Funding for phase II, which will include the actual construction, will be evaluated once the design work is complete.