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Dr. Cornel West Shows His Support At Kenneth Chamberlain Civil Case
White Plains — Philosopher, academic, social activist Dr. Cornel West made a rare appearance in White Plains to show his support for the family of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr, who was shot and killed by White Plains Police Officer Anthony Carelli on November 19, 2011.

“No matter what happens just know that the police have been lying and they continue to lie,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., tells BW. “Police dragged the body of a mentally ill man by the feet after he was fatally shot by a cop in Westchester inside his apartment five years ago, an officer who was at the scene testified Wednesday. Why well its simple they wanted to create their own narrative of what happened that day. SHAME ON THE CITY OF WHITE PLAINS!”

Blacks In Law Enforcement of America will hold a press conference in support of justice for Kenneth Chamberlain, a former Marine on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11th at 11:00AM. Court will be closed on Friday and the case will resume on Monday, November 14th. Stay tuned to BW for more of this developing story.

Black Law Enforcement Orgs. Announce Support For Chamberlain Family Fri, Nov. 11
Please join Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, the Westchester Correction Association, the Nassau Correction Association, The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Community Leaders, and Stakeholders as they voice their support for the family of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., who was a retired Correction Officer and Military Veteran.

Where there is no Justice, there is no freedom… (read more)

New Rochelle Cares, An Aging in Place Non-Profit, Holds 1st  Anniversary Party
New Rochelle – New Rochelle Cares, an Aging in Place Non-Profit, held its 1st Anniversary Party at the beautiful home of Ken and Linda Maier, long-time residents of New Rochelle, Sunday, November 6th. Celebrating the event were members, volunteers, partners, supporters and guests.

The Westchester chorale group, The Soundettes, performed a rousing program for the occasion. Representatives of partners included the New Rochelle Public Library, Young Israel of New Rochelle, Trinity St. Paul’s Church, Beth El Synagogue Center, and the Department of the Aging of New Rochelle attended the celebration. Senator George Latimer, a long-time supporter of Aging in Place, attended, as did representatives of Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and Mayor Noam Bramson.

Co-President Arleen Zuckerman listed some of the events hosted by New Rochelle Cares including its grant winning Summerfest, a 3 day Senior Day Camp which hosted over 75 participants. The volunteer drivers have taken members on rides for medical visits, food shopping, attending church services, going to visit friends and to cultural and social events during the past year, covering 562 miles in 80 rides.

Frankie Shahar, Co-President said, “We are excited to grow from day to day with more members, more volunteers and more partners. Our mission of assisting Seniors to stay in their homes and community is being realized. Our monthly calendar of events on their website , is a resource for all New Rochelle residents.”

Aging in Place organizations have over 40,000 members across the country.

Judge Alan Scheinkman Orders City Of  Mt. Vernon to pay for streetlight audit
Mount Vernon – A court decision has been reached in the high publicized dispute between Terrence Horton, principal of Sentinel Technology Services, Inc. and the City of Mount Vernon, revolving around the installation of 4,400 highly efficient LED streetlights throughout Mount Vernon.

In his 23-page decision, Supreme Court Justice Alan D. Scheinkman wrote that Mr. Horton completed the work he was contracted to do in phase one of the contract, the audit of the existing streetlights and should therefore be paid the remaining money for the audit. Judge Scheinkman ruling hinged largely on the fact that former Mount Vernon Public Works Commissioner Curtis J. Woods P.E. (now current Commissioner of the Building Department) signed off on the audit and that it was later approved by former Mayor Ernest D. Davis.

The City of Mount Vernon, argued to not avail, that Mr. Horton never completed the audit. Still it now finds itself paying not only for the audit, but also the interest on the $2.7 million loan it took out to pay for new streetlights, even though no lights were ever installed.

Yonkers Firefighters Sue City To Prevent Lowe’s Going Into Ridge Hill Shopping Center
YONKERS, N.Y. — City firefighters want the Supreme Court to prevent a Lowe’s home improvement store from going into Ridge Hill shopping center until construction is done or planned of a new firehouse, according to lohud.

The union, Local 628 I.A.F.F, is suing to prevent officials in Yonkers from giving a certificate of occupancy for the store currently going up, said the report.

Firefighters are “not in danger from any building” at the plaza, Yonkers fire Commissioner Robert Sweeney told lohud.

The Mutual Aid Association of the Paid Fire Department of the City of Yonkers, also known as Local 628 I.A.F.F., filed the Oct. 21 lawsuit, which claimed that firefighters are in danger.

“They almost want to ignore the issue,” said fire union president Barry McGoey of Yonkers officials. “It’s quite troubling because it’s a tremendous development and it’s a tremendous drain on police, fire and EMS services in the city.”

Chappaqua Confounded by Clinton Loss
Chappaqua – Former Secretary of State, Senator & First Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters in her hometown of Chappaqua are still in shock over Donald J. Trump’s victory in the presidential race on Election Day.

“Totally shocked,” Steve Syrop, who called Clinton a neighbor, told News 12, Wednesday. “I woke up this morning, and I kept thinking I’m watching a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit.”

what a difference 24 hours makes, when many residents were hopeful and just knew Clinton would be victorious, Tuesday morning. When she voted at the Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School, people gathered to wish her well, and many told News 12 they felt confident America would see its first woman president. Many other still uffering from the morning after blues refused to talk to the News 12 crew at all.

BW’s AJ Woodson Drops By Equilibrium Radio On WHCR 90.3 FM
Equilibrium Radio, the first Hip-Hop program to be broadcast on Harlem NY’s own WHCR-90.3FM invites Black Westchester Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson to chop it up on Hip-Hop, politics, homelessness, Rapacon 2016 in Mount Vernon, the Kenneth Chamberlain civil case and making the transition from a Hip-Hop recording artist to his latest endeavor Black Westchester Magazine & People Before Politics Radio, Monday night (read more)

Black Westchester Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson, Judge Nichelle Johnson, Nesta Felix, Chanese Coleman & Jamie Pessin Honored by Mount Vernon City Council (read more)



About AJ Woodson (2395 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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