Kathie Lee Gifford Holds Wine Tasting In Westchester's Bloomingdale's

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Kathie Lee Gifford banters with the crowd before her cooking demo with Peter X. Kelly Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
(L to R) Peter X. Kelly and Kathie Lee Gifford
(L to R) Peter X. Kelly and Kathie Lee Gifford Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Kathie Lee Gifford poses for a photo with a fan.
Kathie Lee Gifford poses for a photo with a fan. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Kathie Lee Gifford poses with McKenna Boysan of Stamford, Conn.
Kathie Lee Gifford poses with McKenna Boysan of Stamford, Conn. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Autographed bottles of Kathie Lee Gifford's wine, GIFFT.
Autographed bottles of Kathie Lee Gifford's wine, GIFFT. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
An anxious crowd waits for the cooking demo to begin.
An anxious crowd waits for the cooking demo to begin. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Bloomingdale's in White Plains was packed on Wednesday, June 4, with eager shoppers waiting to meet renowned TV host and actress Kathie Lee Gifford.

Best known for her 15-year run on the talk show, "Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee," Gifford, who now co-anchors the final hour of NBC's "Today" show, came to sign bottles of her new wine "GIFFT," and host a cooking demo with local restaurateur and chef Peter X. Kelly of Yonkers.

The event was part of Westchester Magazine's fourth annual Food and Wine Week, which comprises of 22 events over six days.

Ralph Martinelli of Ossining, publisher of Westchester Magazine and vice president of Today Media, said while previous weeks have had less than 10 events, this year they wanted to aim for something more ambitious.

"All of these events are almost sold out, so people should go out and get their tickets now," he said. "They've been very successful."

GIFFT Wines is a partnership between Gifford and Scheid Family Wines. The wines are grown from Scheid's vineyards in Monterey County, Calif.

"(The wine) is doing really well. We're rolling it out all over the country and people are just loving it," said Gifford. 

"It's got a cleanness to it that you don't necessarily find in California Chardonnays," Kelly said. 

Kelly's cooking demo sought to make a dish that would pair perfectly with Gifford's Chardonnay: fennel-dusted shrimp served on a zucchini pancake with a pink grapefruit glaze.

After the demo, fans were able to take a picture with Gifford, including one pint-size fan, McKenna Boysan of Stamford, Conn. 

Gifford was generous with her time, answering questions about the wine and her career, and taking multiple photos and selfies with fans. 

GIFFT is available at Zachy's Wine and Liquor in Scarsdale, along with other locations. 

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SCARSDALE REVALUATION

In an article on May 21, 2014 written by Joanne Wallenstein at www. scarsdale10583 .com Scarsdale Mayor Bob Steves was asked to comment on the petition for a deferral. Speaking for himself he said, "After a number of conversations and the inadequacies of the prior roll, I see no reason to delay implementation of this roll. There has been nothing that has come to my attention that should delay the reval at this point."

Due to much widespread confusion to many Scarsdale homeowners on all levels of property worth who are having trouble understanding the methodology used by Tyler Technologies, Inc. in determining their reassessments, further clarification would be beneficial.

To better understand and being it is public record listed on the Village of Scarsdale's website
www. scarsdale .com (Assessor section under "Property Inquiry") let us ask upon Mayor Steves to please explain how Tyler Technologies methodology works for example with his own home and property's reassessment and compares to his next door neighbors property. Here's how they compare side by side:

Assessed Value Total: Tentative 2014 AV / 2013 FMV AV / (Adjustment amount)
Mayor Steves' house and property (2 Fairview Rd.): $1,094,000 / $1,104,046 / (Decreased $10,046)
Next Door Neighbors house and property (4 Fairview Rd.): $968,000 / $609,827 / (Increased $358,173)

Property Information
Mayor' house: 0.44 acre
Next Door Neighbors house: 0.38 acre

Building Information/Living Area
Mayor' house: 2534 sq. ft.
Next Door Neighbors house: 1600 sq. ft.

Grade
Mayor' house: B 105%
Next Door Neighbors house: C 100%

(Note: For "Overall Condition" rating as follows: Excellent, Good, Normal, Fair, Poor)
Overall Condition:
Mayor' house: Good
Next Door Neighbors house: Poor

(See the Scarsdale Village website for more details as to how these two properties compare).

Please Mr. Mayor help us in understanding why comparable houses and properties have such large marginal differences in using Tyler Tecnologies' methodology that determines 2013 market value reassessments?

It looks to me that being comparable houses the next door neighbors house is STILL (even with the new assessment) valued lower than the Mayor's. Your point is ???. I am fairly sure your neighbor has either gotten a really good deal in the years prior, or both houses are over-assessed.