Port Chester Trustee, Activist Heads Rep. Mondaire Jones’ District Team
February 4, 2021
Port Chester village trustee and well-known community activist Joan Grangenois-Thomas will head freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones’ district team in Rockland and Westchester counties.
Grangenois-Thomas, a public relations professional who won election in Port Chester as an independent candidate in 2019, is a longtime member and former president of the Port Chester-Rye NAACP.
“As this team’s fearless leader, Joan Grangenois-Thomas will bring her strong record of community activism, passion for racial and economic justice, and love of public service to deliver real change for the great people of Westchester and Rockland,” Jones, D-White Plains, said in a statement.
Jones, who represents New York’s 17th congressional district which includes Rockland and part of Westchester, has assembled district team he said is reflective of the diversity of the district.
Joan Grangenois-Thomas, photographed Sept. 25, 2018, has lived in Port Chester for the past thirty years. She is the leader of the grassroots group Sustainable Port Chester Alliance.
Other staff members include:
Jesse Malowitz, director of constituent services, who worked for Jones’ predecessor, Rep. Nita Lowey.
Kathlyn Connolly, scheduler and executive assistant, who held the same role for Lowey.
Tendrina Alexandre, Rockland district representative.
Camila Gomez, Westchester district representative, a former Lowey staffer.
Jonathan Nwaru, Westchester district representative, a former state Senate staffer.
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Sunday, June 14, 2020
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Thursday, June 18, 2020 2:48 AM
by Sustainable Port Chester Alliance Board Member, Zeltzyn Sanchez Gomez
Civic Engagement Town Hall (5/19/20)
ALLIANCE Food Bank Town Hall
Below are the resources we covered during our Town-Hall Call on April 26, 2020
I. FOOD PANTRIES AND ASSISTANCE
Food Emergency Hotline: 1-914-294-4440
The Salvation Army
– Delivers Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
– Assisted by Caritas, The Carver Center, and Feeding Westchester
– Contribute by texting PORT CHESTER TO SA to 41444
The Carver Market @ The Carver Center
– Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 to 5pm
– Saturday 11am to 3pm (unless food supply is depleted)
Don Bosco Food Assistance
– Lunch served from 11:30am to 1:00pm
– Food Pantry: Tuesday and Saturday 7:30am to 9:30am
– Reach Don Bosco Center at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 914-522-9541
– Or donate at: www.donboscocenter.com or send a check to “Don Bosco Community Center” in the memo write: soup kitchen/food pantry
II. SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER – MID HUDSON OFFICE
– Andrea Giraldo (Small Business Association)
– (845)-802-9150 or email at email@example.com
– Find more information at SBDC website: www.nyssbdc.org/?fbclid
III. PANDEMIC HEAL INFO
– COVID-19 Information and FAQ’s https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus
– Coronavirus (COVID-19) State Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
– People under self quarantine or exposure to known case: 1-866-588-0195
– Westchester County COVID-19 Information call: 211
– County Legislator Nancy Barr: 1-914-995-2820 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
– Office of Assemblyman Steve Otis: 1-914-939-7028
– Office of Senator Shelley Mayer: 1-914-934-5250
– Report price gouging to NY State Attorney General Leticia James: 1-914-422-8700
IV. OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED
• Filing for Unemployment
• June Primary Election
• Democratic Presidential Primary
• Democratic Primary for WC Co.
• Absentee Ballot Applications
EARTH DAY, 2020
Following these challenging times, Sustainable Westchester believes that the goal to create more resilient, healthy, and sustainable communities is going to be more important than ever. Clean energy is a foundation on which these communities will be built and we are continuing to do the work that helps all of our communities achieve this goal.
We are often asked, “What can we do?” There are several ways to make changes that not only support renewable energy and “green” the grid, but also result in the reduction of energy usage and cost savings.
As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we want to share actions that can be taken now, from the comfort of our homes, to make an impact.
We invite you to share and pass this information along, in part or in its entirety, in your community newsletters, emails, social media posts or to friends and neighbors.
REZONING IS COMING! – Port Chester has moved one step closer to a major rezoning with the publication of the second draft of the proposed new “Form-Based” code. The proposed rezoning will bring major changes to the village by allowing much taller buildings in the downtown area. A well-thought-out rezoning could bring new tax revenue, well-paying jobs, truly affordable housing and an improved quality of life to the village, while a bad one could lead to low-wage, dangerous jobs, increased traffic and bottlenecks, overcrowded schools, displacement of existing residents and small businesses and a visible change in the character of the village and its neighborhoods. It will ultimately be up to the Board of Trustees to refine and adopt the code, which could be passed as soon as this February.
The Alliance is following this process closely and advocating for the community, but your opinion counts, so get involved! You can follow the process at plantheport.com and read the Alliance’s proposal for the rezoning on our website. Share your thoughts by writing to email@example.com or by attending the Board of Trustees meetings on November 4 and November 18.
UNITED HOSPITAL SOLD – Let’s get it right this time! The former United Hospital site, which has been sitting empty for 14 years, has been purchased by developers Rose Associates and Bedrock Capital, who reportedly plan to move forward with the large residential / hotel / retail project originally proposed by Starwood in 2017. The Allianceis watching closely to ensure that the site is developed in a way that benefits the whole community. Rose Associates will be presenting at the Board of Trustees meeting on November 4; come make your voice heard, or watch the meeting broadcast on local cable or live streamed online if you cannot attend!
2020 CENSUS: Complete Count! – The 2020 Census is approaching fast and Alliance members Joan and Zel are co-chairs! Many Port Chester leaders believe that the village’s population was significantly undercounted in the last census in 2010, and we’re organizing to ensure that that doesn’t happen again. At the urging of Mayor Falanka and the Board of Trustees, Port Chester residents formed a Complete Count Census Committee to raise awareness of the issue and make sure residents are ready to be counted.
What you should know about the 2020 Census:
The Census is important to Port Chester and will affect everything from state subsidies to redistricting to planning for our village’s future.
Every household is supposed to respond to the Census and can do so online for the first time ever, as well as by phone or using traditional paper forms, online forms and phone interviews.
You should plan to respond between mid-March and mid-April, 2020. You will be asked to provide details about every person in your household as of April1, 2020.
Your responses are completely confidential and no one should be afraid to respond.
The local Complete Count Census Committee has formed five Sub-Committees (Seniors & Veterans, Faith-based organizations, Small Businesses, Non-Profit organizations, and Youth & Education) and is still looking for volunteers to help out. You can volunteer and get involved by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Census Bureau is seeking applicants to fill paid Census enumerator positions to collect response door-to-door next April.
A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR PORT CHESTER? – Alliance members are forming a subcommittee to study how Port Chester can help fight climate change by eliminating the use of fossil fuels. We’re planning a Climate Town Hall on Tuesday December 10 at 7pm (location TBD). Want to get involved? Email email@example.com.
In other climate news, the Village Manager has assembled a Sustainability Committee with a focus on recycling food waste (led by firstname.lastname@example.org).
WILL DEVELOPMENT DESTROY OUR HERITAGE? – Gregg Hamilton and Richard Hyman, members of the Alliance have compiled a list of almost 100 buildings and structures for consideration as historic structures to protect them from demolition or alteration by development. This list of addresses being considered was compiled by New York State authorities based upon year of construction and was given to the local Planning Department.
Report: Myth-Busting the 2019 Port Chester Board of Trustees Race
April 1, 2019
During the run-up to the recent election of Port Chester’s new Board of Trustees, some candidates made false or misleading statements about community benefits, union labor, and affordable housing. Many of these claims sounded quite similar to talking points from the real estate industry. To help residents and policymakers separate fact from fiction, Sustainable Port Chester Alliance has published a new report and summary debunking these myths. Read more.
Alliances Launches “Stay and Thrive: A Blueprint for Fair Rezoning and Development in Port Chester”
Resumen ahora disponible en español
February 19th, 2019
Today, Sustainable Port Chester Alliance released our policy statement on the planned rezoning of Port Chester. The document, “Stay and Thrive: A Blueprint for Fair Rezoning and Development in Port Chester,” outlines the policies we believe need to be implemented to ensure that the rezoning truly benefits our community. Read more.
Alliance Demands Village Study Rezoning Impacts
On October 15th, Sustainable Port Chester Alliance members and supporters turned out for the Port Chester Board of Trustees’ public scoping hearing for the form-based rezoning of Port Chester. Alliance members demanded that the Mayor and Trustees study the way the rezoning will impact housing, jobs, schools and small businesses in our community. See full story here.
Vote Port Chester Registration Event Brings Animated Party to Garcia’s
More than a hundred people drifted in and out of Garcia’s on Sunday, September 30, for the Vote Port Chester event sponsored by the Alliance and The Capitol Theatre. Sustainable Port Chester Alliance is comprised of community members, labor unions, religious groups and activist organizations, and is dedicated to civil rights activism in the community. See full story here.
Community Survey of Port Chester
On July 14th, the Alliance launched our Community Survey project. Over the summer, the Alliance members spread out across the Village to talk with Port Chester residents about the most important issues we face – such as affordable housing, education, good jobs and immigrant rights – and how we can improve things. We will continue this effort thoughout the year.