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June 24, 2022

There are 933 town clerks across New York State. Our own Bedford town clerk, Lisbeth “Boo” Fumagalli, was just elected first vice-president by her fellow clerks who are members of the New York Town Clerks Association – NYSTCA. Next year, she will assume the presidency. They couldn’t have chosen ...

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A few weeks back, I wrote that, like the weather, hamlet vitality is something that everyone talks about but nobody does anything about. I may have been wrong. Katonah resident Jeff Muti recently founded an organization named Destination 39.3 dedicated to doing just that — revitalizing our hamlets.

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A while back, friends of ours picked us up to head out to dinner. As we were heading up Cherry Street, I tapped my pockets, and a flash of panic came over me as I realized I had forgotten my phone. Sensing my twitching, our friends offered to turn around and go back home so I could grab it. After a ...

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The Bedford Town Board refuses to make up its mind on what to do about pot shops. At last Tuesday’s board meeting, they scheduled a public hearing to allow retail marijuana dispensaries in our hamlets. That hearing is scheduled for June 7. But the ink is barely dry on the resolution they just ...

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The music stopped just after midnight Friday when State Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister certified new congressional district maps for New York after a few tense months of legal — and political — wrangling. For current electeds and their would-be challengers, it set off a chaotic weekend of ...

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Years back, I was lamenting the number of empty storefronts in our hamlets to my friend and former Bedford Supervisor Lee Roberts. She responded — “missing teeth.” Those empty storefronts always reminded her of missing teeth. That term is always ringing around in my head when I notice vacant ...

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A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from Liz Gereghty, who serves as a trustee on the Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education, inviting me to meet for coffee to chat about my experiences as KLSD Board of Education president 15 years ago. Back then, our board went out to the community with a bond ...

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I’m from Kentucky. So, the first Saturday in May is nearly a religious holiday in our family even though we moved from the Bluegrass State to New York when I was a little tyke. So many rich traditions and vivid memories stir this time of year when the Derby gets ready to go. There won’t be a dry ...

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The town of Bedford gets sued a lot. Two separate lawsuits are in the news just this week. The first involves a lawsuit by Mr. and Mrs. Camillo Santomero against the town over the 2017 town law regulating historic homes. The other – which seems to be headed towards a settlement – is related to a ...

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My last couple trips to the Post Office have ended with getting a receipt inviting me to fill out a short survey about my experience. Since the postal worker was so cheerful and nice, I pointed my phone at the survey and filled it out. It was four or five questions. I gave him a great review. The ...

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The Masters in Augusta, Georgia, is as Jim Nance of CBS likes to say, “a tradition like no other.” I had the good fortune of being invited as a guest by a wonderful and generous friend to attend this past weekend. I was on my best guest behavior. Maybe I will get asked back. The Masters is a ...

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There may be hope for democracy after all. I previously wrote about the nutty partisan gerrymandering of our congressional districts that slices up many of our towns and school districts giving them multiple congressional representatives where before they had just one. The partisan intent of the ...

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Whenever he was asked, “How’s your wife?” Henny Youngman would always come back with “Compared to what?” That’s the question the Empire Center for Public Policy challenges us to ask our local government leaders with its brand-new study of towns, cities and school districts called “Benchmarking ...

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Goats eat a lot of things, but not plastic. Plastic along with metal and glass are the major components of America’s effort to recycle. Bedford has always been at the cutting edge of the “single stream” recycling movement. Several years back, the town mandated that carters separate recycled ...

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Do you have an organization or group you are involved with that constantly amazes you with how well run it is? For me, it is the Community Center of Northern Westchester. The Community Center was born over 30 years ago. Originally, volunteers from several houses of worship wanted to expand on a ...

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The goats are coming to Katonah and Bedford, and I am not talking about Tom Brady and Wayne Gretzky. It’s more like Billy the Kid and his gang. The most entertaining part of Bedford’s Town Board meeting on March 1 was the discussion about the environmental benefits of bringing goats to ...

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Five-story apartment buildings in Goldens Bridge and Katonah? That could happen when new rules in Governor Hochul’s budget start to take hold. There was bipartisan outrage from elected officials about the governor’s proposed new accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and transit-oriented development ...

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New York is the caboose of the return to normalcy train when it comes to lifting COVID restrictions. Recent trips to Florida, Virginia, and the Carolinas confirm that those states are different worlds compared to here. Even cruise lines are starting to lift restrictions. When Gov. Hochul lifted ...

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Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. With a hat tip to rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, that lyric was ringing in my head when seeing that the Bedford Town Board has once again placed their leaf blower law on the agenda for more discussion this week. This may be the seventh ...

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What do Katonah and the Bronx have in common? After the recent redrawing of New York’s legislative districts, they share a congressional district. You would think a district snaking and undulating all the way from Co-op City in the south to Putnam Valley in the north—at one point barely a mile ...

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Like many in our community, I received a letter recently jointly signed by Westchester Power and the town of Bedford. Westchester Power is a program created by Sustainable Westchester, which is a not-for-profit created by a consortium of towns in Westchester to support environmental initiatives on ...

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