My Bill Responding To Jewish Community Centers Being Targeted Is Passed By The NYS Assembly

I am proud to announce that A.7198-A/S.5512-A, legislation I authored as a response to bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers across the nation earlier this year, was passed by the New York State Assembly on Thursday.

The bill would amend 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.  Paulin was spurred into action after bomb threats in February forced evacuations of two community centers in Westchester, including the JCC of Mid-Westchester of which she and her family are members.  About 200 people were evacuated from the JCC of Mid-Westchester, including 100 children who attend the center’s early childhood program.

There have been more than 100 bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers nationwide since the beginning of 2017, actions that coincide with the recent dramatic rise in anti-Semitic crime.

The series of bomb threats not only disrupted everyday activities and put strains on tight-knit communities, but also created questions about the role of government in addressing and stanching these threats of violence.

Protecting our residents is my highest priority. The increase in hate crimes has shaken communities across the state and most recently here at home, the JCC of Mid-Westchester, where my kids went to nursery school.  We must use every means possible, including legislation, to thwart acts of hatred everywhere.

Patrick Gallivan (R-59) sponsored the Senate.

Have Some Fun In The Sun This Weekend In The 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

It seems as if all the spring rains are behind us and we’re expecting wonderful weather in the 88th Assembly District this weekend. There are plenty of movies, concerts, discussions and more to enjoy in our cities, towns and villages this weekend.

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 Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center on Wilmot Road in Scarsdale will host a sidewalk sale from Thursday through Sunday. There will be carnival booths on Thursday and Friday, live music on Friday and Saturday and a North Shore Animal League Pet Adoption event on Saturday from noon-5 p.m. Visit shopgh.com for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host its June Luncheon from noon-2 p.m. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org 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.

    Glenda Davenport

  • The Woman’s Club of White Plains (305 Ridgeway, White Plains)will host June Jazz for the Gardens featuring Glenda Davenport and the Hiroshi Yamazaki Trio at 6:30 p.m. Visit womansclubofwhiteplains.org for more information.
  • The Israeli Film Festival will continue at the JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Avenue, Scarsdale) with a 7:30-p.m. showing of “Hummus! The Movie”. The touching documentary focuses on the food that is “sweeping across America”. Visit jccmw.org for more information.
  • The George Coleman, Jr. Quartet will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) at 7 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.


FRIDAY

  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host The Hudson Flute and Guitar Duo as they perform American, Italian and Latin selections at 3 p.m. Visit nps.gov/sapa 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 stay open until 2:30 p.m. There will be produce, baked goods, cheese and more. Visit downtoearthmarkets.com for more information.
  • The Pelham Preservation and Garden Society’s annual fundraiser will take place at the 530 Monterey Avenue in Pelham Manor from 7-10 p.m. Claudia and Rob Fauber will be hosting and there will be drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Visit preservepelham.org for more information.
  • The Manor Club of Pelham (1023 Esplanade, Pelham Manor) will host its second annual Attic Treasures Tag Sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit themanorclubofpelham.org for more information.
  • The Tuckahoe-Eastchester Lions Club will hold its annual dinner dance at Mulino’s at Lake Isle (660 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 7-10 p.m. This year’s honorees are Tim McGrath and Leonard Spano. Visit tuckahoeeastchesterlions.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will continue its Golden Age on the Silver Screen series with a 1:45 p.m. showing of “Driving Miss Daisy” starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Columbia University Medical Center professor emeritus and Scarsdale resident Dr. Steven Hyler will host a discussion about the film. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The SK Studio Art Gallery (122 Westmoreland Avenue, White Plains) will host an opening reception for Brazilian artist Simone Kestelman from 6-9 p.m. Visit simonekestelman.com for more information.
  • The 2nd Friday Book Club will meet at The Pelham Library (530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham) for a 10:30 a.m. discussion on “The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes. Visit pelhamlibrary.org for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School (25 School Lane, Scarsdale) will host an Early Childhood Music Classes Open House from 10 a.m.-noon. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers will take place at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester (3 Renaissance Square, White Plains) from 6-10 p.m. The area’s top chefs will prepare a six-course feast. Visit showclix.com/event/Tastemakers2017 for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • Soprano Jeanai LaVita will perform in an evening of musical theater at The Greenville Community Church (270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale) at 5 p.m. Visit greenvillechurch.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Green Committee’s Take Back Day will take place from 10 a.m.- 1p.m. on Palumbo Place behind Bronxville Village Hall. The Westchester County Shredder will be there, so bring all your unwanted documents. You can bring electronic waste for proper recycling as well as clean blankets, quilts and towels for a local animal shelter. No pillows

    Jeanai LaVita

    please. Contact bronxvileegreencommittee@gmail.com for more information.

  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host Colonial Day at noon. The day will feature colonial-era style music, crafts, dancing and games. There will also be special tours of the Church and of the colonial section of the historic cemetery.  There will also be hay rides through the six-acre burial yard and talks exploring interesting aspects of colonial life.  Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • 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 Eastchester Historical Society’s Community BBQ will take place from 3-7 p.m. at Eastchester Town Hall (40 Mill Road, Eastchester). Visit eastchesterhistoricalsociety.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.
  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will host “A Celebration of Irish Song and Dance” at 1:30 p.m. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • New Rochelle’s Lincoln Park Community Garden (Lincoln Avenue between Memorial Highway and Prince Street) will unveil its Compost Bin Mural in a 4 p.m. celebration. Visit newrochellearts.org for more information.
  • The City of White Plains Juneteenth Parade and Festival will take place at 11 a.m. at parade on Mamaroneck Avenue. The festival begins at noon at Martine Avenue and MLK Boulevard. There will be bands, dancers, drummers and more. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The City of New Rochelle Children’s Fishing Derby will take place at Huguenot Park (North Avenue and Eastchester Road, New Rochelle) at 9 a.m. Visit newrochelleny.com for more information.
  • Concert pianists Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva will perform at The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) at 3 p.m. in a concert entitled “Russia, A Composer’s Revolution”. Visit nrpl.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 North Avenue Mile Road race will take place in New Rochelle beginning at The Thomas Paine Cottage (20 Sicard Avenue, New Rochelle) at 9 a.m. and heading south down North Avenue. My Sister’s Place will be the official beneficiary of this year’s event. Visit newrorunners.org for more information.
  • 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.- 3p.m. The Farmer’s Market will run through mid-October. Visit facebook.com/EastchesterFarmersMarket for more information.
  • The Weinberg Nature Center (455 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will host a Spring Eco-Fest from noon-4 p.m. There will be nature hikes, an animal show, ice cream and more. Visit weinbergnaturecenter.org for more information.
  • The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will host its Annual Carnival from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be food, live music and more. Visit reformedchurch.org for more information.
  • The Israeli Film Festival will continue at the JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Avenue, Scarsdale) with a 5-p.m. showing of “On the Map”, which is the story of the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team. Visit jccmw.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale)will host its annual Congregational Meeting and Brotherhood Barbeque beginning at 10 a.m. with Rabbi Brown’s presentation “Pig Latin, Klingon, Esperanto, and Hebrew: A Mostly Light-Hearted Reflection on How Language Brings Our Collective Hopes and Dreams To Life”. There will be a noon barbeque and a Social Action Project. Gently used dorm gear will be collected for Grad Bag, a non-profit green initiative that collects, refurbishes and redistributes gently used dorm supplies to college-bound freshmen from low income households. Visit sstte.org for more information.
  • The Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute (1 Mead Way Bronxville) will present “650/Where Writers Read” from 2-5 p.m. It’s a literary showcase where writers read their works aloud in five minutes or less. Visit read650.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Writers Center Spring Festival of Writing will take place at The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Lazarus Gallery United Hebrew of New Rochelle (391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle) will hold an “Art of Gardening” opening reception at 3 p.m. The exhibit features 50 works from 33 artists depicting scenes in nature. Visit unitedhebrewgeriatric.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, Lawrence Park Hilltop Association, Jack and Jane Bierwirth, Si and Vicki Ford, Mary Marvin, Joe and Erin Saluti and Bruce and Irena Stern are hosting a farewell reception and fundraiser for the Bronxville History Center in honor of Eloise Morgan, longtime Bronxville resident and Village Historian. The Eloise Morgan History Fund is being established to further the work of future Bronxville Village Historians in preserving the community’s history. Contact Irena Choi Stern at irenachoistern@gmail.com for more information about the event’s location and time.

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

A Busy First Weekend in March

Dear friends and neighbors,

March is here and with it comes the first signs of spring. Head out this weekend and enjoy the weather as temperatures are expected to be near 50 degrees. There is plenty to do and see in the villages, towns and cities of the 88th Assembly District.

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@Assembly.State.NY.US.

FRIDAY

  • The St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site (897 S. Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon) will host a jazz and swing standard concert at 2 p.m. Call David Osborn at (914) 667-4116 for more information.
  • Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) will host its annual two-day Women’s History Conference to kickoff Women’s History Month. Premilla Nadasen, a member of the history faculty at Barnard College, is the keynote speaker as this year’s conference focuses on “Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice”. The conference runs on Friday from 4-8 p.m. while Saturday is an all-day affair beginning at 9 a.m. Visit sarahlawrence.edu/womens-history/conference.html for more information.
  • The Sarah Lawrence College Art of Teaching Program will show “Maestra” as part of the Fall/Spring 2015-2016 Film Series at 6 p.m. in The Esther Raushenbush Library Great Room. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.

    The Victor LaGamma Trio

    The Victor LaGamma Trio

  • Speak with Pelham Weekly/Pelham Plus editor Maggie Klein during her Talk with Maggie Sessions in Pelham. Klein will be at Renaissance Bagel (309 Fifth Avenue) at 8:15 a.m.; at JM Café (129 Wolfs Lane) at 9:30; and Bakery at Four Corners (4668 Boston Post Road) at 10:45. Visit pelhamplus.com for more information.
  • The Victor LaGamma Trio returns to the main dining room of Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle), where they will perform from 7-10:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School Artist Series will continue at 8 p.m. with a performance by violist Naomi Graf at the Greenville Community Church (270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale). Visit hbms.org for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The Cranberry Lake Preserve (609 Old Orchard St, White Plains) will host a Winter Movie Day at 1 p.m. A nature-themed movie will be shown and popcorn will be served. Visit parks.westchestergov.com/cranberry-lake for more information.
  • Concordia College (171 White Plains Road, Bronxville) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the OSilas Gallery from 5:30-8 p.m. There will be cocktails, Hors d’ oeuvres and more. Visit concordia-ny.edu for more information.
  • The thrift shop at White Plains Presbyterian Church (39 North Broadway, White Plains) will be open from 9:30-1 p.m. All proceeds will go to local philanthropies. Visit womansclubofwhiteplains.org for more information.
  • The Manor Club of Pelham (1023 Esplanade, Pelham Manor) will present “Broadway on the Esplanade II”, a cabaret show featuring acclaimed vocalist Natalie Douglas, at 8 p.m. Visit themanorclubofpelham.org for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale will kick off its weeklong Festival of Music of the Classical and Romantic Periods with a 7 p.m. performance of Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation (468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains). The Suzuki Strings, Symphonette and Chamber Orchestra will share concert with the Festival Orchestra on Sunday (7 p.m.) at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Student soloists and recitals can be heard at the HB Music School at 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The New Westchester Symphony Orchestra will perform at The Church in the Highlands (35 Bryant Avenue, White Plains) as part of the ACMP Worldwide Play-In Weekend. Showtime is 2:30 p.m. Visit newsymphony.org for more information.
  • The “Cook by the Book” Club will hold its monthly meeting at The New Rochelle Library at 2 p.m. to discuss and share thematic recipes. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The transFORM Gallery (20 Jones Street, New Rochelle) will host the “Larger than LIFE” opening reception from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with the gallery’s spring exhibit. Visit transformgallery.com for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will feature the Pysanky Workshop, which will detail the art of creating intricately patterned Ukrainian Easter Eggs, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.

    Ukrainian Easter Eggs

    Ukrainian Easter Eggs

  • The Leslie Pintchik Trio returns to the main dining room of Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle), where they will perform from 7:30-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Binetto Grumo Music Festival Concert will be held at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) at 2 p.m. Visit wiccny.org for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The Westchester Knicks of the NBA Developmental League will take on the Maine Red Claws in a 5 p.m. contest at the County Center in White Plains. Visit westchesterknicks.com for more information.
  • The White Plains Centennial Concert will take place at 5 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church (on the corner of Main Street and Mamaroneck Ave). Flutist Mindy Kaufman and pianist William Wolfram, both White Plains High School alumni, will perform. Visit dtmusic.org for more information.

    Flutist Mindy Kaufman

    Flutist Mindy Kaufman

  • The Bronxville Women’s Club (135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville) will host the Spring Green Fashion Show and Luncheon at noon. There will be fashions for men, women and children on display. Visit bronxvillewomensclub.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Council on the Arts will host its Variety Showcase in the New Rochelle Public Library’s Ossie Davis Theater from 3:30-5 p.m. It’s a live music/spoken word performance. It will be followed by the NRCA’s Exhibit Reception in the library’s main lobby. Visit newrochellearts.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Picture House (175 Wolf’s Lane, Pelham) will continue the Worldview Series with a presentation of “They Will Have to Kill Us First” followed by a discussion with director Johanna Schwartz at 7 p.m. The film focuses on Islamic hardliners taking over the northern part of Mali and banning all forms of music. Visit thepicturehouse.org for more information.
  • The Music Conservatory of Westchester Children’s Concert will take place at the White Plains Library at 2 p.m. Visit whiteplainslibrary.org for more information.
  • The Woman’s Club of White Plains (305 Ridgeway) will host an indoor tag sale from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 914-997-4998 or visit womansclubofwhiteplains.org for more information.
  • The JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale) will continue its Jews Around The World lecture series as Rabbi Avi Weiss presents “Open Up The Iron Door: Memoirs of a Soviet Jewry Activist” at 2 p.m. The program is in collaboration with The Hebrew Institute of White Plains. Visit jccmw.org for more information.

 For information about these and other events in our area, please visit http://www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events.