This Month's Winners & Losers



Winners

I-287 commuters. The government finally is going to investigate why it’s seemingly taking longer to finish fixing the Interstate than it took to build the Great Pyramid.

Julieanne Vicinanza. The Yorktown police officer has been promoted to police sergeant, making her the first female to hold that post in the town’s history.

Port Chester residents. After intense negotiations, the village board adopted a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year that cuts its taxes by 5 percent.

Clare Coughlin. The Tarrytown resident won $6,250 as a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? after walking away from answering the sixth question.

Elizabeth King. The Bronxville resident and attorney received the New York State Bar Association’s 2011 President’s Pro Bono Service Award for donating more than 100 hours of free legal services, helping in uncontested divorce cases, unemployment insurance benefits cases, and domestic relations orders.

Losers

County residents. Once again, Westchester homeowners hold the dubious distinction of paying the highest property taxes in the nation.

Maria Villa-Loja. According to police, the Ossining babysitter was caring for six other babies at the time that a seventh baby in her custody died suspiciously.

Raul Ramirez. The Yonkers police officer pleaded guilty to two felony counts of assault and one count of falsifying records for assaulting two people at a bar while on duty and then falsely arresting one of them to help cover up his misdeeds. He agreed to serve eight weekends in jail followed by five years of probation.

Anyone in Westchester who depends on oxygen to survive. A report by the American Lung Association gives a failing grade to Westchester’s air quality: the county has the worst ozone levels in the region, and the second-worst in the entire state.