Two New Constables Sworn In; Supervisor
Attends Eagle Scout Investitures

Left to right:  New Town of Pelham Constable Ray Mena; Chief Constable Stephen Conte; Town Supervisor Daniel McLaughlin; New Constable Corey Dawkins.

By Stephen E. Lipken


Pelham Town Supervisor Daniel McLaughlin welcomed the public to the March 6th Council meeting, terming March, “an Irish month in Westchester County.”


McLaughlin then introduced Chief Constable Stephen Conte, who presented new Constables Corey Dawkins and Ray Mena, both of whom were sworn in by Supervisor McLaughlin.


Next, Deputy Supervisor/Councilwoman Rae Szymanski gave the Flycar Report for February, totaling 60 calls, consisting of 33 calls in Village of Pelham; 24, Pelham Manor; 1 on the “Hutch” and 2 on I-95.  Average time for the backup units was 9 minutes and 59 seconds.


“First of all, I would like to tell everybody that Flycar is basically an Emergency Room on wheels,” McLaughlin added.  “When the Flycar is called, it assesses whether Basic Life Support or Advanced Life Support system is needed.  Empress is on the phone with an Emergency Room…


“The Flycar is housed in Pelham Manor Firehouse, directed by 60 Control.  They do not respond to VOP or PM, they respond to 60 Control.  We pay Empress for someone to staff the Flycar 24/7, 365 days a year.  There is a two-year contract beginning on January 1st with a 60-day cancellation period,” McLaughlin concluded. 


Councilwoman Kristen Burke called attention to a new Mental Health Court, where Justice Adam Kagan had his first arraignment on March 6th.  Burke explained that Mental Health Court encompasses people ending up in the system needing support services besides jail. 


Supervisor McLaughlin said that he attended the investiture of Dennis and Sean Condon as Eagle Scouts on Friday, March 3rd at the Daronco Town House.  


Dennis’ Eagle Scout project involved building two ADA-accessible vegetable planting beds and tables on Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum property. Sean’s project renovated a hallway used by New Rochelle YMCA daycare program including replacing lights, non-uniform, stained ceiling tiles and repainting their walls with YMCA signature colors.