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ELMSFORD FLOOD DAMAGE--SHIMSKY INAUGURATION WED..PRESENTATION, ANTI BULLYING
Release Date: March 08, 2011


SUNDAY NIGHTS STORM CAUSED LOTS OF DAMAGE TO BUSINESSES AND PROPERTY OWNERS 9A, ELMSFORD---WHAT SHOULD BE DONE???
Sunday nights rain storm caused lots of damage to businesses and property owners in Elmsford and N Elmsford (9A corridor). Councilman Kevin Morgan posted some amazing photo's of the flood on my facebook page earlier this evening. Kevin Morgan joined Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams and Congresswoman Nita Lowey yesterday on an inspection tour. When I took a look at the flooded 9A corridor yesterday I thought I was looking at a lake--it was so bad.
  I have been in contact with Congresswoman Lowey’s office and suggested that we set up a meeting with the Army Corp of Engineers and NYS DEC. In my opinion, what is needed is for either the Army Corp or NYS DEC to oversee a coordinated initiative. Greenburgh can’t act alone. Elmsford can’t act alone. What happens along the river in other jurisdictions impacts our properties.
  It would be great if we could identify short term action steps that could be taken –and long term action steps. If the Army Corp and NYS DEC advise communities along the river of action steps we could/should take – I would be prepared to use TIF funds (this is a special fund that can only be used in the corridor) to follow up.   We might want to also look into setting up an early warning system –so that we can alert businesses/property owners before it’s too late –helping you reduce your losses.
 During the past fifty-seventy years there have been many federal studies of the river. The Army Corp of Engineers has talked about major flood control initiatives for years and they have spent millions on studies...studies...studies...studies..and studies. We don't need studies. We need some action to help the poor businesses and property owners who are devastated when it floods. Smaller, less costly initiatives could be helpful and might get some results.
2 HIGHLIGHTS WEDNESDAY EVENING TOWN BOARD MEETING
SWEARING IN CEREMONY, COUNTY LEGISLATOR MARY JANE SHIMSKY  7:30 pm
 
VIDEO AND PRESENTATION--PLAN TO COMBAT HARASSMENT, BULLYING AND BIAS
Many middle school and high school students who reside in Greenburgh and the villages have been the victim of bullying, harassment and bias. This is not a local problem-- it's a national problem.
Mike Zeldes has chaired a Task Force assisting irvington's  Middle School and High Scool Principals in developing a robust plan to combat harassment, bullying and bias  in the community. On Wednesday, March 9th there will be a brief presentation at the Town Board meeting (after Legislator Shimsky's swearing in ceremony). The 17 minute film was created by students at the HS which candidly and vividly captures the issue from the student's perspective. The creation of this film followed a new awareness of issues of harassment, bullying and bias on campus due in large part to an anonymous "climate" survey taken by students in September which allowed them to explain harassment and bias that either they have witnessed or experienced while attending the HS. The results were eye opening to say the least. The  Student made film premiere will be a part of an overall introduction by the principals  of a plan they hope to fully implement over the next several years and a dialogue with the community at large about this exciting endeavor.  
 
On Wednesday evening we will also pay tribute to former Councilwoman Timmy Weinberg who passed away last week.
Paul Feiner

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