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July 15, 2020


Peekskill Together: Luis Segarra, Vincent A. Vesce, Lauren Brady and Marlon Mahon Photo Credit: Provided
White Plains Common Council candidates Brian Peroni, Jennifer Puja and Victoria Presser Photo Credit: Provided/ LWV
White Plains Common Council candidates Kat Brezler, Andrew Custodio, AnnMarie Encarnacao and incumbent Nadine Hunt-Robinson Photo Credit: Provided
State Sen. David Carlucci Photo Credit: Provided

Around The Towns: Candidate Endorsements, Voters' Forum, Help For Human Trafficking Victims

Nearly $1 million in federal money has been awarded to a White Plains-based organization that helps survivors of human trafficking.

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison), as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced a U.S. Department of Justice grant from the Office for Victims of Crime totaling $925,000 for My Sisters’ Place, Inc. of White Plains. 

This grant will enable My Sisters' Place to assist more trafficking victims in and around Westchester with comprehensive, timely services to recover and restore stability in their lives. This includes providing specialized education and skills-building professional development to service providers, law enforcement officials, and faith-based organizations to improve their ability to identify, assess, investigate, and refer or provide services to human trafficking victims; increasing the number of collaborative partners who provide critical services and developing an evaluation plan to improve service delivery and outreach efforts.

“The exploitation of women, men, and children for profit is a severe violation of human rights,” Lowey said on Wednesday, Oct. 2. “I am pleased My Sisters’ Place will use these federal dollars to continue their robust assistance for those who have been forced or coerced into unwanted labor, sexual, or other service situations. We must do everything in our power to identify and combat human trafficking, and I will continue fighting to secure resources that protect our region from these atrocities while supporting survivors in our communities.”

“Human Trafficking remains pervasive, under-recognized, and under-reported,” said Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Esq, CEO of My Sisters’ Place. "We are grateful for Congresswoman Lowey’s continued support of this critical need.”

Seven Candidates At LWV Forum 

The League of Women Voters of White Plains will hold a Candidates Forum for the seven candidates running for three seats on the White Plains Common Council. The forum will be on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Church Street School, 295 Church St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Democratic Party-nominated candidates for Common Council in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 election are incumbent Nadine Hunt-Robinson, Victoria Presser and Jennifer Puja. Kat Brezler is running on the Working Families Party line. The Republican Party candidates are Andrew Custodio, AnnMarie Encarnacao and Brian Peroni.

Questions can be submitted via email to or at the Forum.

Senator Snags Champion Award

LiveOnNY presented the Legislative Champion Award to Sen. David Carlucci on Friday, Oct. 4 during a ceremony in New City for his work to increase and promote organ donation. Carlucci represents part of Westchester County.

Friday marked the 7th year anniversary of the signing of Lauren’s Law. Carlucci sponsored the bill in 2012, and the law helped increase the state average of registered organ donors from 21 percent in 2013 to 36 percent today, according to LiveOnNY. Lauren’s Law requires a person to answer yes or skip the question to becoming an organ donor when applying for a driver’s license.

“Sen. David Carlucci is an incredible advocate for organ, eye and tissue donation, said LiveOnNY President & CEO Helen Irving. "I know his efforts go a long way to bring hope to the nearly 10,000 New Yorkers currently waiting for a transplant."

“Its an honor and privilege to be presented with this prestigious award,” Carlucci said.

Carlucci has helped pass an array of bills to increase organ donation, including, paid family leave for a transplant procedure, allowing organ donors to claim tax deductions for related expenses, allowing taxpayers to make a charitable contribution to the Life Pass It On Trust Fund, and allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to register to be organ donors.

Peekskill Mayoral Endorsement

The 5,000-member Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester, representing more than 50 law enforcement associations throughout Westchester County, has endorsed Peekskill Together’s Vincent A. Vesce to be the next mayor of Peekskill.

Vesce, a Republican, is challenging first-term Democratic Mayor Andre Rainey on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Peekskill Together is a bipartisan team of community leaders committed to moving Peekskill forward economically, educationally and progressively as a safe, prosperous and unified community.

“We are pleased to announce our endorsement of you in your campaign for Mayor of Peekskill,” said APA President Keith Olson in announcing the endorsement. “In a time where all too many elected officials throw unwarranted criticism at law enforcement officers, we applaud and thank you for your support for law enforcement."

“It’s an enormous honor to be endorsed in this race by one of New York State’s most prestigious and influential law enforcement associations,” Vesce said. “The vision being advanced by Peekskill Together is both bold and realistic, and our police officers, teachers, shop keepers, and municipal workers all will play a key role in actualizing this city’s true potential."