Corks, Forks, Jazz and Casablanca This Weekend In The 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

What a jam-packed weekend we have on tap in the 88th Assembly District. There are movies, meetings, lectures, dinners, the White Plains Jazz Fest and much more taking place in our cities, towns and villages.

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 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 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 Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will host speaker Dr. Jane Gerber as part of The Women of Reform Judaism Fall Dinner at 6 p.m. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • Concordia College (171 White Plains Road, Bronxville) will host a screening of the Humphrey Bogart classic “Casablanca” at 7 p.m. Visit concordia-ny.edu for more information.
  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host The Ray Blue Quartet, a Peekskill-based jazz ensemble from 7:30-9:30 p.m. followed by Jazz Jam as part of the 2017 White Plains JazzFest. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale) will show the films “Breakfast at Ina’s” and “The Last Blintz” from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
  • Westchester native Kent Patterson will discuss his book “Images of America: Westchester County Airport” at the Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) from 7-8 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 Woman’s Club (37 Drake Road, Scarsdale) will host “From the Branch to the Bottle”, a presentation and sampling of olive oils by the Twisted Branch Olive Oil and Vinegar Tap Room. Visit scarsdalewomansclub.org for more information.
  • The Woman’s Club of White Plains (305 Ridgeway, White Plains) will be hosting “Corks & Forks”, an evening of wine tasting, specialty cocktails and tastings of foods donated, prepared, and served by local restaurants, at 7 p.m. Visit womansclubofwhiteplains.org for more information.
  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host The Pablo Mayor Folklore Urbano Sextet at 8 p.m. as part of the White Plains Jazz Fest. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The City of New Rochelle will host “Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day” from noon-3 p.m. at The Hugh Doyle Senior Center (94 Davis Avenue, New Rochelle). There will be food, a DJ and more. Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.
  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will host an opening reception from 6:30-8 p.m. for the exhibit entitled “The Children’s Hour”. Artists Randy Bolton, Holland Cunningham, Cristina Grassi, Elizabeth Holtry, Scott Hunt, Leslie Lerner, Dennis Masback and Andrew Shears will be on hand. Visit nrca.org for more information.

    Luiz Aragon

  • Jazz pianist Jon Wiess will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-10 p.m. Visit alvinandfriends.com for more information.
  • The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) invites women living or working in Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains to its semiannual Sip & Swirl events for interested new members at Wayside Cottage on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Visit jlcentralwestchester.org for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host its “Back to School Video Dance Party” for teens at Delfino Park (110 Lake Street, White Plains) from 7-9:30 p.m. The event is for middle schoolers. No parents allowed. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle League of Women Voters will host a “Coffee and Conversation” with New Rochelle Department of Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon from 9:30-11 a.m. at the New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle). Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • Larisa Schuckle, a field educator with the Ethical Choices Program Educating for a Better World, will discuss the connection between diet and health at The Tuckahoe Library (71 Columbus Avenue, Tuckahoe) at 4 p.m. Visit tuckahoelibrary.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 and Paxton Avenue from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bronxvillefarmersmarket.com for more information.
  • The Lincoln Park Community Garden (Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle) will host Yoga in the Garden with Yogi Ashley at 10 a.m. Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.
  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host author Stephen Jaffe at 1 p.m. as he discusses the history of New York City and its surrounding communities during World War I. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • The Picture House (175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham) will host the 6th annual Picnic in the Park with a 6 p.m. showing of “Battle of the Sexes”. Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. The film will be followed by a picnic in the park across the street from the theater. Visit thepicturehouse.org for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host its historical fiction book club “Literary Elevenses” from 10-11:30 a.m. There will be tea and snacks. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Thomas Paine Cottage (20 Sicard Avenue, New Rochelle) will host a special Community Day event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and its impact on New Rochelle. Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.
  • The Peter Hand Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriends.com for more information.
  • Selichot Service at Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale) will screen and discuss the Tom Hanks film “A Hologram for a King” at 7 p.m. followed by dessert and a Selichot service. Visit sstte.org for more information.
  • Shaarei Tikvah (40 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale) will host special guest speaker Ruth Messinger, the former president of the American Jewish World Service and Manhattan Borough President, for a powerful evening of learning, introspection, and conversation at 8:30 p.m. Visit shaareitikvah.org for more information.
  • The Paquito D’Rivera Quintet will perform at The White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) at 8 p.m. as part of the 2017 White Plains Jazz Fest. D’Rivera is a 14-time Grammy winner. Visit artswestchester.org
  • The City of White Plains Wellness Week Festival will take place at Tibbits Park (North Broadway and Lake Street from noon-4 p.m. Visit ww.cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The Great White Plains Campout will take place at Delfino Park (110 Lake Street, White Plains) from 2 p.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday. Activities include nature workshops, kayaking, games, magic show, outdoor movie, a campfire, ghost stories, and leisure fun under the stars. Visit cityofwhiteplains.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.
  • Bicycle Sundays return to 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 New Rochelle Opera will present “Leonard Bernstein & Friends” at Iona College’s Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium (715 North Avenue, New Rochelle) at 3 p.m. Visit nropera.org for more information.

    Leonard Bernstein

  • Barnes & Noble (680 Post Road, Scarsdale) will host a “Local Author’s Festival” from noon- 4 p.m. More than 30 local authors will have an opportunity to discuss and promote their published books. The bookseller will also host author Barbara Santarelli, who penned “Everything I Ever Wanted” for a discussion at 2 p.m. Call 914-472-0689 for more information.
  • The Angels in the Chamber Ensemble will perform at The New Rochelle Public Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) at 3 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The 2017 White Plains Jazz Fest concludes with an all-day concert on the Jazz Fest Main Stage on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. The SUNY Purchase Jazz All-Stars, The Kenny Lee All-Stars, The Steve Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet, Sage and Donald Harrison are all scheduled to perform beginning at noon. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The Eastchester Town Wide Yard Sale will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library (11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester). Visit eastchester.org for more information.
  • The Hutchinson River Restoration Project will host its annual cleanup of the Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary between 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Shore Road and City Island Road in the Bronx. Volunteers will launch from canoes to help clean and restore the banks of the Hutchinson River, including Pelham Bay Park. Visit eventbrite.com/e/thomas-pell-wildlife-sanctuary-clean-up-tickets-36926519213 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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This is the second consecutive week that I’ve blogged about human trafficking and the largely unseen impact it has had on our society. This is also the second week that I have taken a few days to digest what I was a part of on Friday because rushing to put my thoughts down about such an intense and often gut-wrenching subject wouldn’t be prudent.

I wanted my words to me measured and careful without removing the emotion that builds inside me each time this subject is broached. This disgusting, deplorable practice of buying and selling underage girls and boys, forcing them into lives of violence and shame must come to an end.

The Junior Leagues of Westchester County hosted a legislative breakfast at Greenburgh Town Hall on Friday and for two hours I joined a panel of women who are dedicated to putting an end to sex slavery and human trafficking while helping the victims of these horrible crimes. One of the main topics of the discussion was the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA), a bill that I have sponsored in the State Assembly.

The TVPJA will significantly strengthen New York State’s response to human trafficking, especially of minors, and would make us a national leader in combating trafficking and protecting victims. There are other bills that have been introduced but this is the bill that must be passed. Urge your Assemblyperson or State Senator to endorse this legislation because it is the most comprehensive bill to date. It deals harshly with traffickers while offering more help to the victims.

This is a complex problem that needs our attention immediately. This is not an issue relegated to the shadows of Manhattan or big cities in other states. This problem is in our Westchester communities. We need to put an end to it now. Human trafficking is a $32 billion a year underground industry and it is thriving in New York.

Help me put an end to it. Help me give these people back their lives while punishing the monsters who have tried to take it from them. If you had listened to the stories and spoken to the victims whose lives were destroyed because of trafficking you’d understand why I am so invested in this. My heart breaks for these young men and women that are raped and beaten repeatedly, in many cases several times a day.

notforsaleThese are children. They can’t protect themselves so please, help us protect them. Remember, People Are Not For Sale. Give these children back their dignity, their humanity, their lives. Help me fight the good fight.

These Are Not Victimless Crimes

This is an important week for me yet at the same time it is tinged with a bit of sadness. I will be focusing on victims this week at several events and while I am thrilled to be able to help those who have been hurt, used or abused, I am saddened by the fact that these victims are still out there and are notforsaleforced to suffer.

Today (Tuesday) I held a press conference in Albany which was sponsored by Sanctuary for Families, the largest provider of services to victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking in the State, the New York Center for Juvenile Justice which advocates for improvements in our Juvenile Justice system and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, which represents over 100 organizations State-wide.

Speakers urged the legislature to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act. The TVPJA will strengthen New York laws to fight human trafficking by increasing protection for victims (particularly sexually exploited children), holding buyers and traffickers accountable and preventing the re-victimization of trafficking victims by the justice system.

Tomorrow, The Scarsdale Coalition on Family Violence will present Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Talking With Your Kids About Healthy Relationships at The Scarsdale Women’s Club (37 Drake Road). The meeting will run from 7:30-9 p.m. For more information on the program, contact David Kroenlein at dkroenlein@aol.com or 914-645-5067. For more information on teen dating abuse, visit www.breakthecycle.org.

I’ll be there, too, because no one should have to live in fear of the people who are supposed to love them.

Finally, on Friday, I will be at People Are Not For Sale, a legislative breakfast and informative discussion sponsored by the Junior Leagues of Westchester County. There will be police officials and human rights activists on hand to discuss this ugly and disgusting issue which continues to be a stain on our community and communities throughout the state.

This meeting, which will be held at Greenburgh Town Hall from 9-11 a.m., will mirror what we discussed at today’s press event. Visit jlnw.org to register.

These are not victimless crimes. Let’s take these despicable perpetrators out of the shadows and into the light where they can face justice.

End Human Trafficking Once And For All

I had intended to write this earlier in the weekend but I wanted to give it a bit more thought. What is “it”? It is the issue of Human Trafficking. I have written about this before and spoken about it at length on many occasions and at many venues, including the Assembly floor.

What sparked this particular blog entry was the luncheon I attended Friday that was sponsored by the Scarsdale League of Women Voters. The guest speaker was Emily Amick, a good friend who works for Sanctuary for Families. They are a remarkable group that, among other things, helps the victims of human trafficking.

Emily gave a detailed presentation about the horrors that the victims of human trafficking have to endure. These victims are not nameless, faceless people from some far off land. These are people in New York, in our district, and what they have to endure at the hands of the devious monsters controlling their lives is unimaginable.

These young women, and in some cases men, have their childhood stolen from them. They are used, raped, treated like cattle then discarded when their shelf life has expired. The pimps who own them treat them as if they aren’t even human or worth being treated like a human.

It hurts to hear the stories these girls are telling. It hurts because these people are still out there, being trafficked and taken advantage of. It remains an issue about which so many people aren’t aware. That’s why I am working to bring this disgusting practice to an end. That’s why we need more people like Emily, fighting the good fight, giving selflessly to help those who are less fortunate.

I have introduced legislation that we are working feverishly to get passed that will help curtail this practice and provide greater consequences for those who engage in the buying and selling of these young women.

notforsalePlease make your voice heard in this fight. Spread the word and let everyone know that this is a cause on which we can all agree. These girls are trapped and they need us. Help me, help Emily, help all these girls before it’s too late.

The Junior Leagues of Westchester will be hosting an event on May 24 at the Greenburgh Town Hall. People Are Not For Sale will take place from 9-11 a.m. I will be there as part of a special guest panel. Please make every effort to attend and have your voice heard. Visit http://www.jlnw.org to register.