Celebrate June’s Arrival In The 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

Enjoy a beautiful early summer weekend in style by taking in everything the cities, towns and villages of the 88th Assembly District have to offer. There are carnivals, movies, music, great food and much more.

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 you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The Church of the Immaculate Conception School (53 Winter Hill Road, Tuckahoe) will host its annual ICS Carnival beginning at 6 p.m. The Carnival will run through Sunday and will feature rides, games, food and much more. Visit icschoolonline.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Youth Bureau will hold its third annual Summer Employment Summer in the City Fundraiser at Mulino’s at Lake Isle (660 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Visit newrochelleny.com/205/youth-bureau for more information.
  • The League of Women Voters will hold “Convention 2017” at the Scarsdale Women’s Club (37 Drake Road, Scarsdale) beginning at 10:30 a.m. There will be a meeting followed by lunch and a presentation by Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York. She will be speaking on ethics reform in Albany. Visit lwvw.org for more information.
  • The After Dark Book Club will meet at The Pelham Library (530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham) at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “The Last Painting of Sara De Vos” by Dominic Smith. Visit pelhamlibrary.org for more information.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle will host its Summer Kickoff at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 6:30-10 p.m. There will be drinks, appetizers and more with proceeds going to support the programs at The Boys and Girls Club. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The New Rochelle Down to Earth Farmer’s Market will open for the season at Huguenot Park at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road at 8:30 a.m. and stay open until 2:30 p.m. There will be produce, baked goods, cheese and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Visit downtoearthmarkets.com for more information.
  • The Bronxville Spring Sidewalk Sale will ring Sidewalk Sale will take place on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Park Place. Find great bargains,

    Mozart

    vendors, food, raffles and more. Visit bronxvillechamber.org for more information.

  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host “First Friday! Music & Trolley” at 5:30 p.m. The New Rochelle-based group Glenwood will be performing while the trolley makes hourly loops to City Island. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • Concordia College (171 White Plains Road, Bronxville) will host The Bands Bash Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Schoenfeld Campus Center. Visit concordia-ny.edu for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host Outdoor Adventure Teen Night at Delfino Park (110 Lake Street, White Plains) from 7-9 p.m. There will be laser tag, rock wall climbing, obstacle courses and more. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The Hudson Chorale, Westchester’s largest chorus, will perform Requiem, featuring Mozart’s interpretation of the Christian mass for the dead, in an 8 p.m. performance at St. John the Evangelist Church (148 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains). Visit hudsonchorale.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will host “The Friends Big Book Sale” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Visit nrpl.org for more information.

SATURDAY

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo, The Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. and the White Plains Community Action Partnership will sponsor a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at the Thomas Slater Center (2 Fisher Court, White Plains) at 11 a.m. Visit prepare.ny.gov for more information and to register.
  • The New Westchester Symphony Orchestra will perform at The Tuckahoe Community Center (71 Columbus Avenue, Tuckahoe) at 1 p.m. The performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library. There will be refreshments, raffles and a Chinese auction. Call 914-961-2121 for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Grand Market Downtown will open for the season 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 opens for a new season at Stone Place at Paxton Avenue from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bronxvilleframersmarket.com for more information.
  • The band Plan B will be the first performers in the Bronxville Summer Concert Series with a 6:30 p.m. show at Park Place. Visit bronxvillechamber.com for more information.
  • The White Plains Outdoor Arts and Craft Festival will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Tibbits Park (North Broadway and Main Street, White Plains). The festival is the largest source of arts scholarships for White Plains High School. Visit whiteplainsoutdoorartsfestival.com for more information.
  • The LOFT Community Center (252 Bryant Avenue, White Plains) will be hosting The LBGT Pride Event and Festival from noon-5 p.m. There will be food, raffles, vendors and more. Visit loftgaycenter.org for more information.
  • The Greenacres Neighborhood Association in Scarsdale will host its outdoor movie night with a showing of “Moana” at 8:30 p.m. on Greenacres Field. The rain date is Sunday June 11.
  • The Peter Hand Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 6:30-10 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Senior Citizen Expo will take place at The Hugh Doyle Center (94 Davis Avenue, New Rochelle) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a one-day exposition to gather information and resources to improve and enrich the quality of life. There will be free workshops, refreshments, health screenings, beauty care tips and more. Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Soap Box Derby will take place at 8 a.m. in New Rochelle at the junction of Quaker Ridge and Sussex Roads. Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will present Italians and the World of Music from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Learn about Guido D’Arezzo, Antonio Vivaldi, Giacomo Puccini and more. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Civic Olympics will take place at Glover Field (East Sandford Boulevard, Pelham) from 9 a.m.-noon. More than 100 children grades K-5 will participate. Visit pelhamcivics.org for more information.

SUNDAY

  • Bicycle Sunday will take place on the Bronx River Parkway from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. between the Westchester County Center in White Plains and Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. The 13.1 mile loop will be open to bikers and closed to car traffic. Visit westchestergov.com for more information.
  • The Tuckahoe Farmer’s Market will open for the season in Depot Square. The market will be 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 make its debut in the parking lot of Country Markets of Westchester (344 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 10 a.m.- 3p.m. The Farmer’s Market will run through mid-October. Visit facebook.com/EastchesterFarmersMarket for more information.
  • The Play Group Theatre (One North Broadway, White Plains) will present Urinetown, a musical about love-struck Bobby Strong, at 2 and 7 p.m. Visit playgroup.org for more information.

    Die Fledermaus

  • The Taconic Opera will perform Die Fledermaus by Johan Strauss (sung in German with English dialogue) at The Music Conservatory of Westchester (216 Central Avenue, White Plains) at 2:30 p.m. Visit taconicopera.org for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School Jazz Studies Program students will present “All That Jazz” in Chase Park (32 Chase Road, Scarsdale) from 5-6:30 p.m. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The Hudson Chorale, Westchester’s largest chorus, will perform Requiem, featuring Mozart’s interpretation of the Christian mass for the dead, in a 4 p.m. performance at St. John the Evangelist Church (148 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains). Visit hudsonchorale.org for more information.
  • The Community Church of the Pelhams (448 Washington Avenue, Pelham) will host a worship service to honor and welcome refugees. The church is hosting a refugee family from Syria. Several speakers will discuss the refugee crisis, including parishioner Rhonda Morgan, who will talk about her recent trip to Germany and how that country is handling its refugee situation. Visit communitychurchofpelham.org for more information.

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

 

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Kudos To The City Of Albany On Its New Gun Safety Law

I was thrilled when I learned that Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox and Albany Common Council Member Cathy Fahey held a press conference this morning to announce the city’s new firearm safe storage law, which went into effect on January 1. The law requires that firearms be locked and safely stored when not in the owner’s immediate possession or control.

This law is one of the first of its kind passed in New York State in more than a decade. It’s also a law that I would like to see passed at the State level.

This law is a version of my bill, A.53-A, also known as Nicholas’ Law, which passed in the Assembly last June but stalled in the Senate. The measure was named after 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, who was fatally shot in December 2010 at his friend’s home in Wilton, New York.  Nicholas had been playing with his friend, who found his father’s unlocked and loaded handgun and shot Nicholas in the head.

Nicholas Naumkin

Nicholas Naumkin

Albany joins Rochester, Buffalo, Westchester County and New York City, which have existing safe storage laws.

Chief Cox, his department, the Albany common council and the city of Albany deserve a great deal of credit and praise for making this happen. I am also so pleased that the Albany police department will provide free gun locks at its headquarters and two police stations.

While education about the dangers of unintended access to loaded firearms is critical to preventing accidental injuries and death of children, we must also impose sanctions to hold individuals responsible when they don’t lock or store their guns when out of their possession.

Nicholas’s Law is reasonable and clear: if your gun is not on or near you, lock it up or put a lock on it.  If you don’t, you’ll be held accountable with criminal penalties. That will be the case in Albany now and hopefully, someday soon, it will be enacted statewide.

New Rochelle High Senior To Join Us In Albany

I told everyone yesterday that I would be looking into seeing who would be joining the students from White Plains and Scarsdale High Schools next month for the Students Inside Albany Conference. Well, the New Rochelle League of Women Voters will be sending up New Rochelle High senior Urenna Neogwugu.

Urenna is a first generation Nigerian American who attended schools in New Rochelle for the past 13 years.  She is a talented musician, participating in the PAVE vocal group and choir at school. Urenna also sings in her church choir and dances. She would like to attend either Washington University or Cornell and study medicine. I have no doubt Urenna will reach her goals.

Join me in congratulating her and all the students who will be visiting me in Albany next month.

Welcoming Some Potential Young Politicians To Albany

White Plains High School sophomores Raina Kadavil and Ana Maria Suarez will be coming up to Albany from April 14-17 as part of the League of Women Voters Students Inside Albany Program. They will have an opportunity to tour the complex and shadow their Assembly person and Senator for an afternoon while attending a session on the chamber floor.

Kadavil has been an active participant of the White Plains Reads and the Greening Project. She is also the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Youth Legacy Award. Suarez is a community center volunteer who enjoys working with children. She hopes to major in pre-med when she goes to college.

Congratulations to both girls. It’s wonderful to see teenagers who like to get involved with their communities and on a much larger scale. Perhaps there will come a day where I’ll be seeing one of these young women alongside me as a Senator or Assemblywoman in New York.