THE JOURNAL NEWS: Prof. Greg Holtz Weighs In – Diversity Index Another Way to View Census Data

“More and more white people are moving out and going South or going into alternative places to retire, and they’re being replaced by a more diverse population, mostly Latinos,” said Gregory Holtz, professor of public administration at Pace University. “The people moving out aren’t going to look exactly like the people moving in.”

Published March 24, 2011

By Dwight R. Worley

Westchester and Rockland are among the most diverse counties in the state, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday.

In the past decade, the counties have seen Hispanics, Asians and other minorities become a larger percentage of their populations. While communities with high numbers of minorities aren’t necessarily the most diverse — especially if they’re dominated by one group or have few non-Hispanic white residents — experts say the shifting demographics have bought a greater mix of races and ethnicities to the region.

“More and more white people are moving out and going South or going into alternative places to retire, and they’re being replaced by a more diverse population, mostly Latinos,” said Gregory Holtz, professor of public administration at Pace University. “The people moving out aren’t going to look exactly like the people moving in.”

Westchester and Rockland are the fifth and the seventh most diverse counties, respectively, in New York — behind the five counties of New York City — according to the USA Today Diversity Index. The index, developed by the newspaper, measures the likelihood that two people chosen at random from a particular area would be of different races and assigns a score of 0 to 100. A higher score indicates greater diversity.

Westchester’s index of 61.7 in 2010 is up from 55.1 in 2000. Rockland went from 46.4 to 53.9, while Putnam’s index of 30.7 compares to 19.4 a decade ago.

Wylene Branton Wood, president of the African American Historical Society of Rockland, said diversity is important, but even more critical is different groups learning about one another and working together.

“I think diversity means more than co-existing,” Wood said. “It means respecting each other’s traditions, working together to build a better community.”

Towns and villages, including Stony Point, Elmsford and Chappaqua, have also seen changes in their population mix.

Elmsford and Spring Valley are the most diverse communities in Westchester and Rockland, respectively, according to the index. Elmsford’s index of 78.8 increased from 72.4 in 2000; Spring Valley’s score rose nearly 5 points to 76.3.

The data also show:

• The region’s large cities and villages are among the most diverse areas. Peekskill, Yonkers, Ossining, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw all ranked high with scores over 70. White Plains has a score of 68.3.

• Largely white sections of Westchester and Rockland experienced the largest diversity gains.

Buchanan’s index score of 36.5 in 2010 is up from 12.2 a decade earlier, while Chappaqua’s score rose 22 points, to 40.6.

In Rockland, Stony Point had the biggest gain: 38.1 last year versus 20.2 in 2000.

• Despite a growing Hispanic population, Port Chester became less diverse, according to the index.

Its score dropped to 65.5 in 2010 from 68.3 in 2000.

A couple of other areas also saw a drop in diversity, including New Square — 2.2 in 2010 versus 6.7 in 2000 — and Kaser, whose score dropped about a point to 2.3.

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Half-Million Dollar Grant Helps Pace Women’s Justice Center Help Abused Women

Pace Women’s Justice Center to receive nearly $500,000 Federal Funds to provide legal services for victims of violence, sexual assault and stalking in Westchester and Putnam Counties.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Cara Cea, Pace University (914) 906-9680,


Center will partner on comprehensive services with El Centro Hispano, Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, Victim Assistance Services and Hope’s Door

WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 10, 2009 –Sonia S (not her real name) was broken, physically and emotionally, as she struggled up the steps of an office in White Plains one winter morning last year. Her boyfriend had beaten her and chased their two children into a freezing back yard.

Yet with the help of the organization in that office, the Pace Women’s Justice Center, and its attorneys, law students, and community-based partnering agencies, she received custody of her children and she and they received shelter, an emergency protective order from Family Court, child support, safety planning, counseling and other essential support services so that she could move forward with her life free from violence.

As the economy adds stresses to households, women and families in Westchester and Putnam counties affected by domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking will continue to get such services, thanks to a federal grant of nearly a half million dollars to the Pace Women’s Justice Center, a pioneering legal services program at Pace Law School (

The grant of $495,933 was obtained with the support of Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Congressman John Hall and US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

It goes to a center which over nearly 20 years has served almost 20,000 domestic violence victims and survivors and their children, and has trained hundreds of lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and police officers.

Pioneering The Center will use the funds to continue its partnership with four local shelters and community-based agencies — El Centro Hispano, the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, Victim Assistance Services, and Hope’s Door, formerly the Northern Westchester Shelter.

It will continue funding the work of attorneys, conducting legal clinics at partnering agencies, providing outreach particularly in underserved areas, such as Latino communities, and working with its partners to provide essential social services.

“The Pace Women’s Justice Center is a critical resource for women in our community suffering abuse or harassment,” said Lowey. “I am thrilled to have helped ensure their vital work enabling women and children to live free of violence will continue.”

“The Center has broken fresh ground in legal services by providing a critical safety net for hundreds of families every year, strengthening our state’s ability to reduce domestic abuse,” said Hall. “Especially in tough economic times, these services are so important to Hudson Valley residents.”

“The Pace Women’s Justice Center was the first law school legal center in the United States devoted to training attorneys on domestic violence issues,” said Gillibrand, a lawyer herself who is helping lead efforts to eliminate violence in New York. “This grant provides more than legal representation. It provides holistic, comprehensive services to forestall problems. And it will keep the Pace Women’s Justice Center working with a mix of agencies, shelters and centers around Westchester and Putnam.”

Said Jane Aoyama-Martin, Executive Director of PWJC, a lawyer who has fought domestic violence for over 20 years: “Each year, the Center provides legal services to battered women and their children in their struggle to free themselves from violence and abuse. Thanks to Congresswoman Lowey, Congressman Hall and Senator Gillibrand, this grant will allow the Center to continue its partnerships and collaborations to provide comprehensive legal and social services to Latina victims and survivors.”

About PWJC: Founded in 1991, over nearly 20 years the Center has grown from a legal resource and training center into a highly respected, multi-faceted institution serving over 2,500 victims and survivors of domestic violence each year. Because of its affiliation with Pace Law School, the Center has been able to make law students an integral component of its innovative programs, providing the students with practical experience and skills. In addition, the use of law students has improved the delivery of quality legal services to the surrounding community in a very cost-effective manner.

In addition to providing direct legal services, the Center sponsors a Family Law Lecture Series, a Moderate Means Divorce Panel, Elder Law Clinics, Elder Abuse Civil Legal Services, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Trainings, and a Legal Helpline that receives over 3000 calls/year. The Center is located in Gail’s House at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603, and its helpline is at (914) 287-0739.

About Pace Law School: Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. With an Environmental Law program consistently ranked among the top three in the nation (US News & World Report), the school also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and Comparative Legal Studies, and an SJD in Environmental Law. Pace is also the first law school in the nation to offer a course of study focused on climate change law, which is included as a specialty track in its Master of Laws in Environmental Law. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

Professional education at Pace University: For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality professional education resting on a firm base of liberal learning, amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Over 200 Area High School Students to Compete in Science Fair at Pace

Over 200 students from 26 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties will gather on Saturday morning at the Pace University Briarcliff campus for the much anticipated 8th annual Progenics – Regeneron – Siemens – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.

Posted on behalf of WESEF:


SATURDAY, MARCH 15th, 2008
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Pace University Dining Hall
Briarcliff Campus
235 Elm Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Over 200 students from 26 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties will gather on Saturday morning at the Pace University Briarcliff campus for the much anticipated 8th annual Progenics – Regeneron – Siemens – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair. Students will be showcasing their accomplishments in a competitive venue featuring individual and team poster presentations to be judged by local experts in the fields of math, science and engineering.

The Progenics – Regeneron – Siemens – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, known as “WESEF”, is made possible by the generous contributions of local corporate sponsors including
Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Siemens Medical Solutions, Acorda Therapeutics and Pace University. Additional sponsors include Fujifilm USA, Carl Zeiss Microimaging, Inc., Entergy, Psychogenics, and Ciba. In total, these sponsors have donated close to $100,000 for this year’s event.

Nearly 75% of all students who enter the fair will be recognized with awards made possible through the generous donations of the sponsors. The grand prize will be awarded to eight individual and four team projects. These finalists, whose outstanding work earns top scores in the fair, will win a week-long, all expenses paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the “superbowl” of science fairs. At the international fair, more than 1,500 students from over 50 countries will compete for $4 million in prizes and scholarships to be awarded this year.

Student projects focus on a wide range of topics in all areas of science, math, engineering and psychology. The diversity of students’ interests is evident by the titles of their projects – from Breast Cancer tumor vesicle proteomics research to preventing diabetic blindness and monitoring declining Box Turtle populations in Westchester County. The majority of students in the fair are seniors who have honed their research skills over the course of their high school career. However, occasionally younger students are able to complete research projects; this year, one 9th grade team from Somers High School will be presenting their research aiming to improve reading comprehension in young children using audio books.

The public is invited to view the presentations from 3:30-4:30. The Press is invited to capture the excitement during the day’s events. For more information please contact:

Michael Blueglass
WESEF President
4 Benjamin Green Lane
Mahopac, NY 10541
(H) 914-248-7679
(W) 914-243-0561
(Fax) 914-248-9658