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George Floyd's Life Mattered

Join the WESPAC Community for a Vigil for George Floyd today, Friday, May 29th at noon at the Fountain in downtown White Plains (Main and Mamaroneck) George Floyd's Life Mattered. Dress in black. Wear a face mask. Keep ten feet apart. We vigil to offer Mr. Floyd the dignity that he was not afforded at the time of his death. George Floyd's Life Mattered. Black Lives Matter. #GeorgeFloyd #Justice4Floyd #LetUsBreathe We have a few signs but please feel free to bring your own.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Presidential, Congressional, State & Local Primaries – Tuesday, June 23,

Voting in Person • Early voting for the June 23 primary elections will take place from Saturday, June 13 through Sunday, June 21, throughout the county. (Polling sites to be determined.) • Primary Election Day - June 23, 2020, polling sites will be open throughout the county for in-person voting from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Polling sites to be determined.) If you wish to vote by absentee ballot here is what you need to know: Requesting an Absentee Ballot Application • All eligible voters will be mailed applications to request absentee ballots for the June 23, 2020 primary elections (both the presidential primary and congressional/state/local primary elections). These maili

TO BE EQUAL: Even While Physically Distant, 2020 Grads Find Ways to Celebrate and Inspire

“No one does big things by themselves. Right now, when people are scared, it’s easy to be cynical and say let me just look out for myself, or my family, or people who look or think or pray like me. But if we’re going to get through these difficult times; if we’re going to create a world where everybody has the opportunity to find a job, and afford college; if we’re going to save the environment and defeat future pandemics, then we’re going to have to do it together.” – President Barack Obama, National High School Class of 2020 Commencement Like proud fathers everywhere, I was looking forward to the high school graduation of my only son this spring. It’s a rite of passage not only for the y

2020 CENSUS UPDATE: Transportation and Response Rates

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- (5/25/2020 -- Results of the 2020 Census will impact how much federal money New York receives for its roads. Transit agencies like the New York State Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are encouraging people to complete the Census because its results affect how more than $675 billion in federal funding is spent on transportation. The Census Bureau estimates that every person that is not counted equals a loss of approximately $2,500 per year to local municipalities. Every 400 people who are not counted equates to a loss of about $1,000,000 in funding each year -- for the next ten years. Everyone living in Westchester County should be

MEET THE CANDIDATE: Asha Castleberry-Hernandez

Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, one of eight Democratic candidates running for New York’s 17th Congressional District, has received a series of high-level endorsements from the veteran community. Her campaign recently announced that Asha Castleberry-Hernandez was endorsed by the U.S. Army Major General, Dana J. H. Pittard (Retired), the first commander of Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq (JFLCC-I) against ISIS and also the former White House Military Aide to President William J. Clinton. Asha advised Mr. Pittard on military operations at U.S. Army Central in the Middle East region. Earlier this week, Asha Castleberry-Hernandez also received an endorsement of her congressional candidac

$3 Trillion HEROES Act promises more COVID-19 relief for consumers and businesses

As the nation’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) tracks the spread of COVID-19, by mid-May, at least 1.6 million infections and over 92,000 deaths occurred. This data includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S Virgin Islands. At the same time, the Bureau of Labor’s most recent unemployment data for the month of April showed that over 36 million people have filed for unemployment and affected all major employment groups. One bit of data also showed that Black America’s unemployment rate of 16.7% was surpassed by that of Latinos at 18.9%. Similar data for others showed that of Asian-Americans to be 14

WC Youth Bureau Offers Development Training in Collaboration with Cornell University

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- As a part of the Westchester County Youth Bureau’s Professional Development series, Director of Training with ACT for Youth Center for Community Action at Cornell University Jutta Dotterweich will present, “Putting on a Positive Youth Development Lens.” The virtual event is FREE and will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at 10a.m. utilizing the Webex video conferencing service. This offering is designed for program staff and youth allies who are interested in the evidence based Positive Youth Development framework, along with effective strategies to support children, youth, and families with every day challenges, and in particular scaffolding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LWV Announces Virtual Candidates Forum for District Attorney Candidates

TARRYTOWN, NY -- The League of Women Voters of Westchester County Education Foundation announced today that it will sponsor a virtual Candidates Forum for candidates in the Democratic Party Primary Election for Westchester District Attorney. The virtual forum is scheduled for Thursday May 28, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The two candidates in the primary are Mimi Rocah and Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. As it is neither practical nor prudent for participants to be co-located for this event, the League will use the cloud-based video conferencing application Zoom and participants will join from their chosen remote locations. The Forum will be live-streamed and also be recorded for subsequent

Former Westchester County Resident Elected a Biden Delegate

Melvin Burruss, Esq. of Louisa,VA was elected a Biden delegate to the Democratic seventh congressional district and state convention for the Virginia State Democratic Party. Because of the pandemic, both of the voting will be virtual (on line). Burruss will be voting for four Biden national delegates to go to Milwaukee, WI on August 17, 2020 - August 20, 2020 to represent the seventh congressional district of Virginia. The two highest female vote getters and the two highest male vote getters will attend the National Convention. Burruss, will also vote for one elector who will cast the electoral college vote in November 2020 for Virginia in the national election in November 2020.


There were 4623 incarcerated people over 65 in federal prisons during the first week of May. Until May 12, Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s one-time campaign manager, was one of them. The 71-year-old petitioned the court for release to home confinement because of his age, heart condition, and “fear of coronavirus.” Yet the federal correctional institution that housed Manafort had no coronavirus cases, and Manafort had served fewer than two years of his more than seven-year sentence. Recently developed federal guidelines suggest at-home confinement for those at risk who have served more than half of their sentence or have less than eighteen months of jail time left to serve. Manafort meets non

NYS Coronavirus Update: Find a Testing Site Near You -- Reminder of Mental Health Resources

Back on March 13th, which feels like a lifetime ago, New York set a goal that was ambitious at the time: conduct 6,000 tests per day. Today, we have met a far more ambitious goal and are able to conduct 40,000 tests a day. We have ramped up our testing capacity to the point where the supply exceeds the demand. New York’s diagnostic testing criteria have been expanded further. If you are eligible, I encourage you to get tested. Testing is available to: • Any individual who has COVID-19 symptoms • Any individual who has had contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19 • Any individual who is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine • Any individual who is empl

Investigate Not Just Ahmaud’s Death, But the System that Let His Killers Escape

“The sad truth is that Ahmaud’s case isn’t unique at all. He is a representation of the ongoing level of distrust that a large part of our communities have in law enforcement and elected officials and the importance of placing reform like-minded people in office who will uphold the highest standards of the law for everyone, regardless of color. The anger and frustration being expressed by professional athletes and people of color all over the country stems from a centuries-long thread of violence against the black body that goes without consequence or justice.” – Former NFL Player Malcom Jenkins, co-founder of The Players’ Coalition The pattern is nauseatingly familiar. An unarmed person

President Obama Addresses HBCU Class of 2020

(5.17.2020) -- On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Barack H. Obama II, the 44th president of the United States, joined the celebration of more than 27,000 students from 78 schools, during the “Show Me Your Walk H.B.C.U. Edition” live stream event presented by JPMorgan Chase. President Obama’s commencement address for the graduates of historically black colleges and universities is printed in its entirety. ************ Hi, everybody. Congratulations to H.B.C.U. Class of 2020. Michelle and I are so proud of you. Graduating from college is a big achievement under any circumstances. And so many of you overcame a lot to get here. You navigated challenging classes, and challenges outside the classroom.

Oprah Asks Graduates of 2020: “What will Your Essential Service Be?”

(05.17.2020) -- During “#Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020”, which streamed live on May 15, 2020, the famous and fabulous relied on social media to acknowledge the accomplishments of graduates. The non-traditional graduation celebration, which marked a rite of passage, included a traditional commencement address. Oprah Winfrey, the media executive, television producer, actress, talk show host, and philanthropist, delivered the address. Her remarks follow: ************ Hello, everyone. I know you may not feel like it, but you are indeed the chosen class for such a time as this — the Class of 2020. You’re also a united class, the pandemic class that has t

NAACP Issues Statement on Manafort Release from Federal Prison Due to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2020) – Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement about today’s release of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort from federal prison based on concerns about COVID-19. “Mr. Manafort was released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his seven-year term for bank and tax fraud in home confinement. Mr. Manafort, who is 71-years-old, had served one-third of his sentence and the prison where he was living has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Bureau of Prisons has indicated that it is ‘prioritizing for consideration’ for home release those persons who have served more than half of their sentence or who have 18 months or less of th

NYS Coronavirus Update: North Country Added to Regions Ready to Begin Reopening -- New Results of Fr

In the face of the challenges presented by the pandemic, we have worked to provide up to date, clear information. As we reopen we are doing so with that same goal. In order for all New Yorkers to see for themselves where their region stands, we have designed a user-friendly Regional Dashboard, that is updated daily. The dashboard will help keep you informed about the whole state and about your region in particular. We have reached this point only because New Yorkers did their part and took the necessary steps. We will need the same active commitment moving forward. Here’s what else you need to know tonight: 1. The North Country is ready to begin reopening on Friday, May 15th. Along wit

Ida B’s Pulitizer – Both Too Late and Right On Time

Exactly one hundred and thirty-six years to the day after Ida B. Wells was thrown off a Chesapeake and Ohio railroad train, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize special citation for her “outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans in the era of lynchings.” The creator of the New York Times’ 1619 Project, Nicole Hannah-Jones, received a Pulitzer on the same day and reminded us that the New York Times, in 1894, described Wells as a “slanderous and nasty-minded mulatress.” The path between “nasty-minded mulatress’ and Pulitzer Prize winner was not a smooth one. Ida B. Wells had many detractors, from all quarters, in her time. White folks c

Cities are the Economic Engine of the Nation; Congress Must Act to Deliver Relief

“Cities are the economic engines of the nation and home to the workers who make those engines run. The result of the growing pandemic is that most of these engines, which account for 91 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product and wage income, have slowed, and many have stopped. Reliable economic forecasters are reporting that the nation will experience economic contraction during 2020, with income and consumer sales down significantly in real terms. This means that cities will suffer significant revenue loss at the same time their expenditures are increasing in response to the crisis - clearly an untenable situation.” – U.S. Conference of Mayors Garbage strewn in the streets. Buses and tra

Latimer Delivers Masks Donation to Mount Vernon

(MOUNT VERNON, NY) – Following last week’s donation to churches in Greenburgh, County Executive George Latimer delivered masks today in Mount Vernon to Grace Baptist Church, Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon Heights Congregational Church and Westchester Muslim Center. Latimer said: “We are continuing this mask distribution process across Westchester County - particularly targeting communities with high numbers of positive cases. We are making sure we are reaching those most in need to help us stop the spread and continue the positive path we are on.” Today, Latimer was joined by Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, County Legislator Lyndon Williams


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