A Midsummer Weekend’s Events

Dear friends and neighbors,

Here’s a look at some of the events that are taking place this weekend in the 88th Assembly District. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event that you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The Westchester Chess Club will meet at The Trinity Lutheran Church (25 Crane Road, Scarsdale) at 7:30 p.m. Visit westchesterchessclub.com for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host Neighborhood Nights at Gardella (Ferris Avenue) and Chatterton (Chatterton Avenue) Parks, respectively. There will be barnyard animals and crafts at Gardella Park at 7 p.m. while there will be Magic by Seth Dale at Gardella at 7 p.m. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Band, under the direction of Alan Hollander, will continue to celebrate its 48th season with a concert in Chase Park (32 Chase Road, Scarsdale) at 8 p.m. Visit westchesterband.org for more information.
  • The White Plains Noon Day Concert Series continues at Renaissance Plaza (Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue) from noon-2 p.m. Gunsmoke will perform this week. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host The Summer Concert Series in the Courtyard on City Place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Alwyn & Jolliff will perform. Visit wpbid.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center will host Cinema Sotto Le Stelle, a free outdoor movie festival in Tuckahoe’s Depot Square at 8:30 p.m. This week’s film is “The Barese Icemen of New York”. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • New Rochelle Downtown BID will present the first of three Thursday night concerts in its “Music on the Green” series at 7 p.m. in Ruby Dee Park (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle). Glenda Davenport and the Hiroshi Yamazaki Quartet will perform. Visit newrochelledowntown.com for more information.
  • The George Coleman, Jr. Quartet will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-9:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Bronxville Summer Street Concert Series will kick off with a 6:30 concert on Park Place. Sue and the Fun Ghouls are scheduled to perform. There will also be a car show. Visit bronxvillechamber.org for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The New Rochelle Down to Earth Farmer’s Market will take place at Huguenot Park at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road at 8:30 a.m. and will stay open until 2:30 p.m. There will be produce, baked goods, cheese and more. Visit downtoearthmarkets.com for more information.
  • St. John’s, Wilmot, Episcopal Church (11 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle) will host a Christmas in July: Family Pasta and Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. There will be a casual dinner and a showing of The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. Visit www.stjohnswilmot.com for more information.
  • Temple Israel of New Rochelle will host a Shabbat ShaBeach at Five Islands Park (99 Le Fevres Lane, New Rochelle) beginning at 6 p.m. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The All About the Blues Band will perform in The Roscoe Room at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 8-11:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Council on the Arts will host Friday Night Live at the Hudson Park Bandshell (2-54 Wildcliff Road, New Rochelle) at 7:30 p.m. Greetings From Anywhere is scheduled to perform. Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop from 10 a.m.- noon at Starbucks (1170 Wilmot Avenue, New Rochelle). Talk to the officers, ask questions and get to know the people who are protecting us a little better. Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will continue it’s Afternoon Movies for Adults Series with a 1:45 p.m. showing of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The New Rochelle Grand Market Downtown will take place at 1 Library Plaza at 9 a.m. The market, which will remain open until 2 p.m., will feature fresh produce, baked goods, honey, crafts and more. Visit newrochelledowntown.com for more information.
  • The Bronxville Farmer’s Market will take place at Stone Place at Paxton Avenue from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bronxvilleframersmarket.com for more information.
  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host “A Clash of Cultures: Anne Hutchinson’s Brief Life Near St. Paul’s Church” at 1 p.m. The presentation will explore Hutchinson’s relationship with the local Lenape Indians and the Dutch commercial colony of New Netherland. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.

    Anne Hutchinson

  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will present “Backstrap Weaving”, an ancient Mayan technique that will be shown to participants who want to weave their own backstrap loom, at 1:30 p.m. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Art Center will also host Tropical Tiki Drink and Draw from 6:30-10 p.m. Those 18 and older can enter but you must be 21 or older to drink. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • The Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be at the Anne Hutchinson School (60 Mill Road, Eastchester) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit westchestergov.com for more information.
  • Joan Henry, a traditional song carrier and hahesh’kah (lead drummer) for elders among the Nde’, Coast Salish, Shoshone, Tsalagi, Chippewa/Cree, and Dakota nations, will host a presentation at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) at 3 p.m. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • GirlAgain (4 Martine Avenue, White Plains) will host a seashell picture-frame workshop at 11 a.m. The workshop is based on American Girls Samantha Parkington (1904) and Rebecca Rubin (1914) and their love of the beach. Visit girlagain.com for more information.
  • The Leslie Pintchik Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The Tuckahoe Farmer’s Market will take place in Depot Square. The market is open every Sunday through the end of November from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit tuckahoe.com for more information.
  • The Eastchester Farmer’s Market will take place in the parking lot of Country Markets of Westchester (344 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Farmer’s Market will run through mid-October. Visit facebook.com/EastchesterFarmersMarket for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Council on the Arts will present “Sunday in the Park With Shakespeare” at 6:30 p.m. in the Hudson Park Bandshell (2-54 Wildcliff Road, New Rochelle). The Lawnchair Theater will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Visit newrochellearts.org for more information.
  • The Westchester County Center in White Plains will host Reptile Expo, the largest reptile show and exhibit in the Northeast, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit reptileexpo.com for more information.

 Please visit www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events for more information about these and other area events.

It’s Already The Middle of July

Dear friends and neighbors,

There will be music, movies and more to enjoy this weekend as we reach the midway point in July in the cities, towns and villages of the 88th Assembly District. Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event that you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The Westchester Band, under the direction of Alan Hollander, will continue to celebrate its 48th season with a concert in Chase Park (32 Chase Road, Scarsdale) at 8 p.m. Visit westchesterband.org for more information.
  • The White Plains Noon Day Concert Series continues at Renaissance Plaza (Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue) from noon-2 p.m. Rat Pack-Good Clean Fun will perform this week. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host The Summer Concert Series in the Courtyard on City Place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ayodele Casel & Storyboard P will perform. Visit wpbid.com for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host Neighborhood Nights at Gardella (Ferris Avenue) and Chatterton (Chatterton Avenue) Parks, respectively. The movie Finding Nemo will be shown at Gardella Park at 8:15 p.m. while there will be a barnyard animal and craft show at Gardella at 7 p.m. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will present Romeo and Juliet at Turnure Park (South Lake Street) at 7 p.m. Visit hvshakespeare.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Arts Council, in conjunction with The Acceleration Project, will present “Pearl Necklace”, from 6-9 p.m. at Wilson & Son Jewelers (18 Chase Road, Scarsdale). It’s a celebration of the Pearl Necklace sculpture installation in Chase Park. Meet Simone Kestelman, the artist, and enjoy drinks and snacks. Visit simonekestelman.com for more information.

    Simone Kestelman’s Pearl Necklace

  • The New Rochelle Jazz Festival will kick off Jolo’s Vegan Restaurant (49 Lawton Street, New Rochelle) from 7-11 p.m. Ras Chemash will perform. Visit facebook.com/NewRochelleJazzFest/ for more information.
  • The George Coleman, Jr., Quartet will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-9:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center will host Cinema Sotto Le Stelle, a free outdoor movie festival in Tuckahoe’s Depot Square at 8:30 p.m. This week’s film is “Fire at Sea”, the story about life on Lampedusa, an island south of Sicily. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Library (530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham) will celebrate Space Week with a 3 p.m. showing of “Space Buddies”. Visit pelhamlibrary.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will continue its Thursday Matinee Movie Series with a showing of the Michael J. Fox film “Doc Hollywood” at 1:30 p.m. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The New Rochelle Down to Earth Farmer’s Market will take place at Huguenot Park at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road at 8:30 a.m. and will stay open until 2:30 p.m. There will be produce, baked goods, cheese and more. Visit downtoearthmarkets.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Recreation Department will continue its Parties in the Park Program with a 6 p.m. celebration in Davis Park (Lyons Road and Scarsdale Boulevard, Scarsdale). There will be live music, entertainment and more. Visit scarsdale.com for more information.
  • Shaarei Tikvah will host a casual Shabbat Service Under the Stars from 5-8 p.m. at a private home. All are welcome, though. There will be music with a nosh to follow. Call 914-472-2013, ext. 300 for information about service’s location.
  • Join the City of New Rochelle as it honors its French roots with a 10 a.m. Bastille Day celebration on the steps of City Hall (515 North Avenue, New  Rochelle). Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.

    Julius Rodriguez

  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will host an opening reception for its Faculty and Student Showcase from 6:30-8 p.m. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Jazz Festival will continue at Jolo’s Vegan Restaurant (49 Lawton Street, New Rochelle) from 7-11 p.m. Brian Carter and some special guests will perform as part of a Bastille Day celebration. Visit facebook.com/NewRochelleJazzFest/ for more information.
  • White Plains native Julius Rodriquez will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-10:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will present “$aving Banksy”, a film about a misguided art collector attempting to save a Banksy painting from destruction, at 7 p.m. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will show the Academy-Award winning film La La Land at 1:45 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) will present “Pirates of Penzance, Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit wppac.com for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The New Rochelle Grand Market Downtown will take place at 1 Library Plaza at 9 a.m. The market, which will remain open until 2 p.m., will feature fresh produce, baked goods, honey, crafts and more. Visit newrochelledowntown.com for more information.
  • The Bronxville Farmer’s Market will take place at Stone Place at Paxton Avenue from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bronxvilleframersmarket.com for more information.
  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host a discussion about the life and times of Alexander Hamilton at 1 p.m. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.

    Alexander Hamilton

  • The 22nd annual Cycle for Sight will take place in Pelham. The 25-mile ride, which will begin at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Boston Post Road and Fowler Avenue) at 9:15 a.m., will provide financial support for a medical mission to the Dominican Republic. Visit volunteerhealthprogram.com/faq-1/ for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host Bartow’s Literary Elevenses from 10-11:30 a.m. Laura DeRiggi and Caitlyn Sellar will lead an historical-fiction book club where literature and tea blend for a savory adventure. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Jazz Festival continues and will move to Ruby Dee Park on the New Rochelle Library Green. Performances begin at 4 p.m. Visit facebook.com/NewRochelleJazzFest/ for more information.
  • The Peter Hand Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host Sound Check: A Closing Party for “From the Streets”, the latest ArtsWestchester exhibition that is closing, from 7-11 p.m. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will continue its Words Around the World series with a discussion about “The Dinner” by Herman Koch at 11 a.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.

SUNDAY

  • The Tuckahoe Farmer’s Market will take place in Depot Square. The market is open every Sunday through the end of November from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit tuckahoe.com for more information.
  • The Eastchester Farmer’s Market will take place in the parking lot of Country Markets of Westchester (344 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Farmer’s Market will run through mid-October. Visit facebook.com/EastchesterFarmersMarket for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Jazz Festival will continue in Ruby Dee Park on the New Rochelle Library Green beginning at 4 p.m. The Carl Bartlett, Jr. Quartet and Jasper Cain and The Rhythm Collective are scheduled to perform. Visit facebook.com/NewRochelleJazzFest/ for more information.

Please visit www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events for more information about these and other area events.

A Short Week Means Another Weekend Is Here

Dear friends and neighbors,

Concerts, movies, farmer’s markets and more highlight what will be an incredible weekend in the cities, towns and villages of the 88th Assembly District. There’s plenty to do and see as the summer heats up.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place in the 88th. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event that you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The White Plains Noon Day Concert Series continues at Renaissance Plaza (Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue) from noon-2 p.m. Linc-Carnival will perform this week. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host The Summer Concert Series in the Courtyard on City Place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Brain Cloud will perform. Visit wpbid.com for more information.
  • The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services will host a guidance program on county services for seniors at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Band, under the direction of Alan Hollander, will continue to celebrate its 48th season with a concert in Chase Park (32 Chase Road, Scarsdale) at 8 p.m. Visit westchesterband.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Chess Club will meet at The Trinity Lutheran Church (25 Crane Road, Scarsdale) at 7:30 p.m. Visit westchesterchessclub.com for more information.
  • Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will show “The Woman’s Balcony” at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Summer Israel Film Series. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • The George Coleman, Jr. Quartet will be performing at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-9:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will host the “Friends Big Summer Book Sale” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Visit nrpl.org for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The New Rochelle Down to Earth Farmer’s Market will take place at Huguenot Park at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road at 8:30 a.m. and will stay open until 2:30 p.m. There will be produce, baked goods, cheese and more. Visit downtoearthmarkets.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will show “About Schmidt”, starring Jack Nicholson, at 1:45 p.m. as part of its Golden Age on the Silver Screen Series. Scarsdale resident Dr. Steven Hyler will host a post-film discussion. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • Alvin and Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) will host First Friday with Jazmyn from 7-10:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The New Rochelle Grand Market Downtown will take place at 1 Library Plaza at 9 a.m. The market, which will remain open until 2 p.m., will feature fresh produce, baked goods, honey, crafts and more. Visit newrochelledowntown.com for more information.
  • The Bronxville Farmer’s Market will take place at Stone Place at Paxton Avenue from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bronxvilleframersmarket.com for more information.
  • Historian and journalist Alison L. Cowan will discuss the story of Deborah Sampson, the woman who disguised herself as a man to fight in the American Revolutionary War, in a 1 p.m. presentation at the St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon). Visit westchestergov.com for more information.
  • The Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be in New Rochelle (515 North Avenue) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit westchestergov.com for more information.

    Deborah Sampson

  • GirlAgain (4 Martine Avenue, White Plains) will host a Doll T-Shirt Design Workshop at 11 a.m. for young ladies who are American Girl fans. Visit girlagain.com for more information.
  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will host “Intro to Fair Isle Knitting” with Stephanie Lieberman Paley at 2 p.m. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • The Leslie Pintchik Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • Tuckahoe Fireworks by Grucci will take place from 7-10 p.m. at The Parkway Oval. There will be food and entertainment. Visit etcoc.com for more information.
  • Saturday Jazz at Jolo will take place from 8-10 p.m. at Jolo’s Vegan Restaurant (49 Lawton Street, New Rochelle). Chip Shelton and the Peacetime Ensemble will perform. Visit chipshelton.com for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The Tuckahoe Farmer’s Market will take place in Depot Square. The market is open every Sunday through the end of November from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit tuckahoe.com for more information.
  • The Eastchester Farmer’s Market will take place in the parking lot of Country Markets of Westchester (344 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Farmer’s Market will run through mid-October. Visit facebook.com/EastchesterFarmersMarket for more information.

 Please visit www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events for more information about these and other area events.

Wrapping Up Another Productive Legislative Session

The 2017 legislative session concluded last week, and I am pleased to announce several victories for the people of New York State.  I authored 16 bills which passed both the Assembly and the Senate, including my bill to end child marriage which has already been signed into law. Here is a closer look at the legislation:

Signed Into Law

Chapter 35 Ending Child Marriage

Prohibits the marriage of minors under the age of 17 and strengthens the process to obtain court approval for marriage of minors at least 17 but under 18 years of age.

Awaiting the Governor’s Signature

A.2093-B/S.5273-A Falsification of School Records

Prohibits unauthorized and false alterations and tampering of any official student records, files, or data maintained by the school or college.

A.1982/S.3295 Crohn’s and Colitis Fairness Act

Amends the public health law to make employee-only restrooms in places of business open to those in the general public who have an eligible medical condition, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, which requires immediate access to a restroom.

A.2965/S.4172 Notice of Child Abuse in Foster Care

Requires reports of suspected abuse of a child be sent to the social services district charged with the care of such child when the child has been placed in a foster home in a different social services district.

A.7198-A/S.5512-A Hate Crime Threats Against Community Centers

Amends the penal law to include community centers in the definition of a “public place” as it relates to bomb threats and other offenses against public order. I was spurred into action after bomb threats in February forced evacuations of two community centers in Westchester, including the JCC of Mid-Westchester, where my family and I are members. About 200 people were evacuated from the JCC of Mid-Westchester, including 100 children who attend the center’s early childhood program.

A.1112-B/S.2139-B Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ License Plates

Authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars or their spouses, bearing the words “Veteran of the Iraq War” or “Veteran of the Afghanistan War.”

A.288/S.3745 Electric Car Charging

Requires utilities to offer customers the option to purchase electricity solely for the purpose of charging an electric vehicle. This would enable the utility to offer cheaper time-of-day or off-peak rates for charging, encouraging customers to charge their vehicles at times that are most beneficial for the grid.

A.464-B/S.2098-B Elephant Protection Act

Prohibits the use of elephants in any type of entertainment act. This will protect elephants from the physical and psychological harm caused by the living conditions, treatment and cruel methods necessary to train them to perform in entertainment acts such as circuses.

A.2750-A/S.2392-A Attorney’s Fees in FOIL Cases

Awards attorney’s fees to a prevailing party who has gone to court to challenge an agency’s refusal to provide records requested under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), when the court finds that the agency had no reasonable basis for denying the records.

A.474-A/S.1170-A Financial Literacy Course for Public Assistance Participants

Allows social services districts to offer participants in public assistance employment programs the option to complete a course in financial literacy and personal finance.

A.7394-A/S.5990-A Municipal Sustainable Energy Loan Program

Updates the municipal sustainable energy loan program, also known as property assessed clean energy or “PACE,” to enable municipalities to finance more renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

A.473/S.2516 Disability Coverage for Probation Officers

Authorizes counties to provide disability coverage for probation officers injured in the line of duty.

A.6571/S.5190 Energy Storage Deployment Program

Directs the Public Service Commission to set a target number of energy storage installations and create programs to encourage more energy storage systems to be installed. Energy storage enables renewable energy to be used continuously which reduces the need for energy produced using fossil fuels.

A.7793-A/S.6749 Domestic Violence Voter Confidentiality

Enables victims of domestic violence to vote safely, by making it less burdensome to apply for a court order to keep their voter registration records confidential. The bill also expands the scope of the court order to include other records with respect to an individual in addition to the registration record itself. This will ensure that any records containing the voter’s address will not be made available to the public.

A.3198-A/S.2911-A Combat Veterans’ Paid Leave for Healthcare Services

Grants additional paid leave to combat veterans who are state employees for healthcare related services.

A.260/S.4069 Property Tax Exemption for Fuel Cells

Provides that micro-hydroelectric energy systems, fuel cell electric generating systems, micro-combined heat and power generating equipment systems, and electric energy storage equipment and systems are eligible for the real property tax exemption which is currently available only to solar, wind and farm waste energy systems.

Enjoying The Holiday Weekend In The 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

It will be a long Independence Day holiday weekend for many of us and what better way to spend it than by enjoying all events happening in the 88th Assembly District. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event that you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The White Plains Noon Day Concert Series continues at Renaissance Plaza (Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue) from noon-2 p.m. Cruise Control will perform this week. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information

    Hannah Gill and the Hours

  • The Westchester Band concert series returns with a 7:30 p.m. performance at The Scarsdale Municipal Pool (311 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale). There will also be a fireworks show. Visit scarsdale.com for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host The Summer Concert Series in the Courtyard on City Place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hannah Gill and the Hours will perform. Visit wpbid.com for more information.
  • The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services will host a guidance program on county services for seniors at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.

FRIDAY

  • The City of White Plains will hold its Independence Day Celebration at White Plains High School (550 North Street, White Plains) beginning with a 7:30 p.m. concert by Bruce Springsteen tribute band Tramps Like Us. Fireworks will follow. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Down to Earth Farmer’s Market will take place at Huguenot Park at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road at 8:30 a.m. and will stay open until 2:30 p.m. There will be produce, baked goods, cheese and more. Visit downtoearthmarkets.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Reformed Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will host a “Star-Spangled Shabbat Service” at 6:15 p.m. featuring music of the American and Jewish experience to help celebrate Independence Day. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The Victor LaGamma Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Eastchester Library (11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester) continues its EPL Film Series with a 1:30 presentation of “A Sense of an Ending”. Visit eastchesterlibrary.org for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The New Rochelle Grand Market Downtown will take place at 1 Library Plaza at 9 a.m. The market, which will remain open until 2 p.m., will feature fresh produce, baked goods, honey, crafts and more. Visit newrochelledowntown.com for more information.
  • The Bronxville Farmer’s Market will take place at Stone Place at Paxton Avenue from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bronxvilleframersmarket.com for more information.
  • The Ground Floor Co-Working Gallery (547 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host an opening reception for “All I See is Red: A Themed Exhibit Curated By Lisa Post” from 1-3 p.m. Visit newrochellearts.org for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The Tuckahoe Farmer’s Market will take place in Depot Square. The market is open every Sunday through the end of November from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit tuckahoe.com for more information.
  • The Eastchester Farmer’s Market will take place in the parking lot of Country Markets of Westchester (344 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Farmer’s Market will run through mid-October. Visit facebook.com/EastchesterFarmersMarket for more information.

 Please visit www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events for more information about these and other area events.
 

My Child Marriage Bill Was Signed Into Law

I am proud to announce that my  bill (A.5524-B/S.4407-B) raising the minimum age to marry to age 17 was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Tuesday-afternoon ceremony in the Red Room of the New York State Capitol. The law prohibits the marriage of minors under the age of 17 and strengthens the process to obtain court approval for marriage of minors at least 17 but under 18 years of age.

I am thrilled that the Governor has taken this historic step and signed the bill into law. His unwavering support went a long way toward getting this done. Children who are 14 and 15 years old should be worrying about their schoolwork and spending time with their friends, not whether they have to get married. Girls marrying much older men are being abused physically, mentally and emotionally.  Marriage at such a young age destroys the lives of young girls. I am relieved we have changed this outdated law so that we can end this intolerable practice.

Senator Andrew Lanza, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, and I were on hand for the signing.  Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of New York and a staunch advocate for the bill, was in attendance as was Safia Mahjebin, who had become the poster child for ending child marriage in New York.  Mahjebin has courageously spoken out about her own experience as a young woman from a traditional community in which girls are pressured and threatened to comply with the practice and are often subjected to abuse if they resist their parents’ demands. Keerthana Nimmala and Jenise Ogle from Sanctuary for Families, advocate for victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence, and a tireless proponent of the legislation, also attended.

“With the signing today of the law banning child marriage, New York State has taken an important step forward to end a human rights violation,” said Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, Executive Director of Sanctuary for Families. “Sanctuary for Families has seen firsthand that young girls who are forced to marry are more likely to suffer domestic violence and are much less likely to complete their education.  We thank Governor Cuomo, Assemblywoman Paulin and Senator Lanza for their leadership and for standing with us against gender inequality and child exploitation. Marriage is now a milestone of adulthood, not childhood.” 

The minimum age to marry in New York State under previous law was fourteen. A 14-or 15-year old could marry with parental consent and court approval while a 16- or 17-year old could marry with parental consent. Prior law enabled children to be forced into marriage by their parents who brought their children before the court or the court clerk to provide their “consent”. In reality, the consent was a sham as the parents had forced their child to marry, threatening the child with ostracism, beatings or death if the child refused.

According to Fraidy Reiss, executive director and founder of Unchained At Last, nearly 4,000 minors were married in New York between 2000 and 2010 and more than 84 percent of those children were minor girls married to adult men. Unchained At Last is the only nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages. 

“This is an important first step toward ending the human rights abuse of child marriage in New York State,” Reiss said. “I applaud Assemblywoman Paulin for her leadership.”

The court approval process to authorize the marriage of 14- and 15-year olds under prior law did not provide adequate protections against abuse or fraud by the parents or guardians to force a child to marry.  The newly signed law strengthens the court process which will now apply to marriages of persons who are between 17- and 18-years old.  The new law requires, among other things, the appointment of an attorney for the child who has received training in domestic violence that includes a component on forced marriage, as well as requires the court to hold an in camera interview, separately with each minor party, and make specific written findings.  The law also provides that if the court approves the marriage, each minor party will have all the rights of an adult, including the right to enter into a contract, except for specific constitutional and statutory age requirements. 

“New York has recognized child marriage as a human rights violation,” Ossorio said. “We urge the rest of the country to follow suit.”

Putting An End To Child Marriage In New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed my child marriage bill into law today. I couldn’t be prouder. This is the culmination of a great deal of work on the part of so many people. From the Governor, to the advocates, to my fellow legislators. I would like to thank everyone who helped make this very important piece of legislation become a law. No longer will children be forced into marriage in New York State.