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An e-newsletter issued by the Westchester Municipal Officials Association

May 2013

A Letter from Our New President

Dear WMOA Members,

I am honored to have been elected the 77th President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association, succeeding our enthusiastic, energetic colleague, Dennis Pilla.

During his term, President Pilla guided our deliberations with county and state governments and other coalitions, always exhibiting his accustomed, unfailing humor and good sense.

WMOA is a non-partisan consortium of the local elected and appointed officials of the county who are recognized and respected throughout New York State. The primary duty of local government is to provide for the safety, security and well-being of our residents.

With the current state-imposed cap on increases to the tax levy and other mandated burdens, that mission, however, is becoming more difficult to perform individually. WMOA facilitates fulfilling that duty and others by exploring the development of legislation, while also discussing new technological solutions to our common and individual problems. We lobby for the passage of those laws, which will improve the lives of our constituents and our ability to provide the services they need and deserve. We oppose laws which we believe to be deleterious to those purposes.

As president, I look forward to serving in the year ahead with my colleagues Mary Marvin, first VP and mayor of Bronxville; Tom Roach, second VP and mayor of White Plains, Mary Foster, recording secretary and mayor of Peekskill, and Leo Wiegman, treasurer and

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mayor of Croton-on-Hudson.

Thank you for this honor.

Sincerely yours,

William Hanauer Mayor of Ossining


The Westchester Municipal Officials Association (WMOA) is an organization of, and for, the 45 cities, villages and towns in Westchester County. Since 1938, WMOA has united local government officials in an active countywide network. The WMOA provides a forum for its member municipalities to study issues of mutual concern and to take action on such issues that will have a beneficial effect upon the public safety, health and welfare of its members' citizenry. Don't forget to check us out on the web: www.wmoaonline.net Annual Dinner Meeting This month's dinner meeting in Ardsley was spirited and well-attended, as WMOA welcomed its new president and finished its business before the summer hiatus.

Here are a few photos from the evening.

Dennis Pilla passes the plaque to incoming President William Hanauer.

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Yonkers Council President Chuck Lesnick, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bransom, WMOA President William Hanauer, and Peter Porcino, Mayor of Ardsley.

Robert Meehan, former WMOA president; Drew Fixell, mayor Tarrytown; Dennis Pilla, William Hanauer, Chuck Lesnick, Phil White, former WMOA President, Steve Otis, Assemblyman.

Exclusive Invitation

Former WMOA President Joe Solemine Invites You...

To an exclusive screening of '42' which tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke 's color barrier, followed by a special talk by three-time All Star pitcher, team mate on the Dodgers and friend of Jackie Robinson, Ralph Branca at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday May 21, at the Pelham Picture House, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham.

Born in Mount Vernon, NY, Ralph Branca is a former starting pitcher in . From 1944 through 1956, Branca played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944-53, 1956), Detroit Tigers (1953-54), and (1954). When Robinson made his debut in 1947 Branca stood next to him when players on the opposing team refused to take the field. He is the only surviving member of that team.

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Long-time Pelham resident and former professional baseball player, Joe Solimine Sr., will host the special event and introduce Branca and the evening's moderator baseball historian Marty Appel.

Appel was the Yankees' public relations director and a television producer over a span of 20 years and is the author of 18 books including 'Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.' He was regularly in touch with Jackie Robinson over 'Old Timers Day' appearances, and interviewed him in 1967 while a college sports editor. Appel was a long time Westchester resident and now operates Marty Appel Public Relations in .

The event is being underwritten by Nicholas & Lence Communications a New York-based strategic communications, public relations and government affairs firm. The firm's CEO, Christyne Nicholas is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Picture House.

Tickets are $20 each with The Picture House members attending for free. For more information or to RSVP to the screening please email [email protected] or call (914) 738-3161. To become a member of The Picture House or to make a donation visit www.thepicturehouse.org or email [email protected] or call (914) 738-3161.

WMOA Officers

William Hanauer, President; Mayor, Ossining Mary Marvin, 1st Vice President; Mayor, Bronxville Tom Roach, 2nd Vice President; Mayor, White Plains Mary Foster, Secretary; Mayor, Peekskill Leo Wiegman, Treasurer; Mayor Croton-on-Hudson Dennis Pilla, Immediate Past President Drew Fixell, Past President; Mayor, Tarrytown Chuck Lesnick, Past President; Yonkers City Council President Lee V.A. Roberts, Part President, Supervisor, Bedford Anne M. Janiak, Executive Director Jerry Faiella, Finance Assistant Lester Steinman, WMOA Counsel

Newsletter written by Laura Fahrenthold-Pittman

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