All groups keep coming out with different lists and last one was about violent crime being high, others on walkability and a number on how expensive it is to live in White Plains. Look at Census and a data site online for numbers. Densely populated areas of city are more diverse but southern parts are less diverse and are single houses and condos. There is no low income housing or even affordable houses for teachers and other city workers. I could never afford a house in these areas and I made a decent salary. City in downtown is a mess on the street level. I walk downtown almost everyday and garbage, parking, unmaintained sidewalks and roads that need repaving. Plaza at court house plaza is horrible if you are walking as many do each day. City puts cones at bad spots and someone moves them. Fix them! Everyday shops on Mamaroneck and Post Rd are closing and properties are neglected. Need to put in side by side parking in this area by getting rid of wide sidewalks where planters are empty half the year and poorly maintained if at all. New planting area Main St are horrible but it is like an obstacle course walking there with people waiting for buses. Benches on Mamaroneck and Renaissance Plaza have homeless or unemployed with Jehovah Witnesses, panhandlers, bicyclists and motorized scooters/bikes going on sidewalks. People with huge stolen carts sit at bus stops and other places without anyone taking them off the streets. They are illegal. Enforcement goes after drivers and parkers all the time. Businesses use banned leaf blowers blowing dirt into air and everything into streets with traffic going by. Construction sites are not maintained safely and Cambria Hotel Suites is in its third year! Horrible. Complaints are rarely addressed and on phone Mayor timed me and Transportation Commissioner told me to stop talking and listen to him. I called to complain about new traffic lines and nit to listen to him. He kept cutting me off. I live in White Plains from 1980 and lived on Davis till 1988 when I moved to Franklin. Development has gone out of control. Area near me was leveled but still no building and area is a mess especially on Amherst when it snows. Sidewalk is not always clear of overgrowth. City could be great if things were fixed in a timely manner. Most crosswalks have faded away. When Giuliani in NYC got rid of nuance crime, the city improved and tourists cane. City makes its budget with sales tax and property taxes are lower than surrounding communities. I researched the city history and jeep up to date on changes. You should see where dog owners put poo on Church St across from school (in trees) and sidewalk needs to be redone in many areas. Riding in a car doesn't give you the same view of problems. I have tons of photos of these things. I published a book about the city so I did a lot of research not just in libraries but at street level. City wastes money on things like a fountain and you should watch meetings online to know the waste. Workers need to obey city laws and be accountable for what they are expected to do like cleaning sidewalks around parking lots. View Comment
Back in 1997, a duplicate bank card was made and they inflated my checking account to $17,000 by filling out deposit slips and sending in empty envelopes at the banks ATM. I had to file fraud papers but bank didn't seem to care then and neither did police and FBI who I called. Bank didn't even know I was scanned or realize that there were empty envelopes. The robbers also went into an account I had at Bloomingdales and they called me cause I was buying things I didn't usually buy at store in NYC. I had to cash bonds to have any money. I believe my card was scanned at a gas station where all the pumps were not accepting credit cards and I had to use it at inside teller. Bank at least stopped allowing paying bills at ATM and after weeks my money was returned but now I check my accounts carefully for withdrawals and deposits I didn't make. Now at least when my credit card is used fraudulently, I am notified. Insurance covers ID theft and police have to be notified. It is just horrible that people are so dishonest and are arrogant to think that they will get away with it. Terrorism can come through cyberspace. Movies have shown us this. Be aware that fraud can happy to any of us. Put your money in different banks. Don't pay extra for people to watch your money and when you travel notify your banks and/or take only the cards you will need for trip. Check accounts while abroad. I turn off WiFi on my phone. Be smart cause thieves are everywhere. View Comment
Unfortunately, teens lie and many educators have lost their jobs and even served time. And, the state and public wants to get rid of tenure? I was accused falsely about doing things by students and adults. Our Union gave us some good advice. Never be alone with a student in a room with the door shut, and/or meet in a more public area. My advice is don't have students ever come to your house especially when alone. Our contract prohibited us to drive students home and that was wise. This young man's whole life is ahead of him and why he resigned, is probably cause there would always be doubts. I hope he is given a better opportunity elsewhere. He could have been arrested. Now, retired I would sue the girl and/or district to put an end to teens being believed no matter what. Being a victim of a false charge like this can have long term effects. I would make a complaint with the labor department cause it will happen again and the girl's parents can make a civil case. View Comment
A pay phone where there is no camera might be a better way to keep hidden but Big Brother is everywhere but most payphones are gone. I am glad that these horrible teens got caught cause they are terrorists and our youth do not need any distractions in getting an education. School children have everything to worry about but threats are no new thing. We had a low tech threat at WPHS years ago with words written on lockers. There were no cameras in halls back a ways. When I was a student at Roosevelt in 1970's we had bomb threats all the time and once at a concert the principal asked students to look under their seats. At least back then teachers were notified but most of times at WPHS there were no notifications. When 9-11 occurred, there was no notification and so we used internet. Since then, I watch my back, sides and front for bombs.
Building allows dogs but no where for toileting. The dogs go over vents on Martine, at City Hall and even Tibbits where dogs need to stay on paths. Why allow dogs and not provide a green place for them to go. Not everyone cleans up after dogs and urine kills grass/plantings that the city and/or others pay to decorate. Shame on the City Center Apt including Trump building.
These communities need to step up lower income housing. Even homeless problem is often in just a few communities and only in certain neighborhoods within these communities. I can't fault data when I go to these communities, I can see the lack of diversity by income. Often see maids waiting for buses and restaurant workers on bicycles living in areas living outside the communities they work in. How about dumping the homeless from airport in other communities other than White Plains and Mt Vernon. Are these communities taking section 8 recipients cause they can go into housing that already exists? County transportation needs to go to these areas where low income housing is available. Silver Lake probably has lower rents and within walking of Supermarket and White Plains. Put in single homes instead of large apartments to fit into a neighborhood. Rich people don't want the people doing their lawns, cleaning their homes or cleaning dishes in a local restaurant living next door? This is why I feel we haven't change our immigration laws because these people can be exploited. I am ashamed of the people fighting FASNY cause they want to keep their neighborhood exclusive unlike the rest of the city that has the biggest burden to house the low income, and disabled. They get the benefits of the downtown but don't have homeless sitting outside their homes. View Comment
Problem not knowing who my representatives will be in future because this is not the first time I find myself in another district living in the same place. Voting signs still up in parts of White Plains while on election day there was no sign at Eastview. Very sad that people do not vote and government will probably not change till more do vote. Redistricting is all political and often dividing up communities by streets.
Just listened to the first round of people who spoke Mon since there was no live broadcast. Nothing different was said from previous hearings but again no one understands where the city gets its operating money and that is from sales tax, not business tax but sales tax revenues spent by many who do not live in the city. Schools buy from local businesses and so will FASNY. Doubtful if they buy pizzas that it will come from outside the city. I love the bringing back the natural look of the land and no more herbicides to keep the lawns green. Many comments were from others and hearsay is not proof of anything. Clapping and heckling by those in crowd prove why hearings should never be at outside places and people who spoke before tried to speak again. No one from this group can speak for the other neighborhoods in White Plains and especially from where most of the city lives. Not much diversity in the Gedney Farms neighborhood. Every major change in White Plains has drawn opposition but here no one is being forced out. I hate the signs and I would bit want to live with this in my area. I hate all signage and avoid this area because of it. I can see why the school bought this property cause there is no other like it in lower Westchester. There are things the city can do to improve the area if the school comes in for traffic but parents leaving off students by public bus stop for high school is horrible. Making North street one way is just not going to happen as one woman suggested. Sidewalks can go in but they will be on private property and have to be maintained (clear of snow, grass). Multiple houses will be a loss of open space and a construction disaster. Adding more city roads will be worse for everyone. View Comment
Districts have changed so not sure who will be my representatives in Jan. not sure even what people are running cause I got no mail. If Teachout doesn't win or Credico, I will vote for Astornio and against every incumbent cause Congress and our state needs drastic changes. I hope people vote but there are only now ads for primary on TV.
Complaints about poorly maintained construction sites often go no where when you contact White Plains government. Construction on Main St for Cambria Hotel Suites continues to create a hazardous situation even after the sidewalk went in. Often left on sidewalk is construction supplies/ debris. Cone by bus stop over something like wires sticks up in middle of sidewalk. Garbage for stores opened sometimes are near curb but others by store and this becomes an obstacle course. Dog feces left between containers. Construction began in 2011 and no store or hotel room is open yet in 2014. Construction site on Maple Ave/ Waller is horrible. Garbage remains with now piles of dirt next to the narrow uneven sidewalk. Wood fence on Maple is open with dirt leaning on poles over sidewalk. Sewer top left open. Gate is not secure and can easily be knocked over on Maple. I even spoke to Mayor on phone about these sites as well as enforcement but the problems continued. The city only acts with complaints so the dangerous sites continue unless numerous people complain. Curb cuts or sidewalk areas not put in when there is construction on sidewalk. Pees have to walk into on coming traffic. Police if at sites talk to construction workers, use their phones and ignore pedestrians/traffic. They let bikers on sidewalk and in crosswalks. View Comment
I stopped getting the Journal when they were going to charge me double and they kept demonizing teachers reporting how teachers and unions was the cause of the economic downfall caused by businesses giving bonuses when they were suffering loses and banks giving mortgages to credit risky people. NY ended up with Tier 6 for teachers but they didn't go after overtime for police and/or firemen, facing disabilities and mayors and/or other politicians who got pensions after serving less than what other public employees have to. And, then they gave themselves brand new digs! Posting salaries and then who had registered guns was over the top. I loved reading the paper and used to bring it to school to share with students. I have been buying the NY Times. Why not outsource like many businesses to get out of paying taxes.
Very nice. Makes more sense for the students/adults who go to this building. I just hope they can keep the basket as it is now. This might also be a good idea for the high school and even some of the city parks. Not everyone plays tennis. View Comment
For freebies check out the TILI Shed in White Plains. Leave things and take things for free. Businesses throwing out usable garbage should contribute to eliminate garbage left on sidewalks. I got so many great items and had a great place to leave them. There is the Westchester Treasure Hunt also to give away and find things. They are on hold but offer other sites. FB has a tag sale online. Why pay for something you can get for free? View Comment