Government

February 8, 2019

BEDFORD, N.Y. – The impact of Con Edison’s abrupt freeze on new applications for natural gas service was expected to vary widely throughout Westchester, with the major blow likely to be felt in the county’s southern cities. Government officials were still scrambling this week to assess the scope ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Christopher Castellon, a prospective Eagle Scout with Vista Troop 101, is proposing to build a lean-to at Onatru Farm Park. This 8-by-12-foot wooden structure would be built on the western side of Elmwood Road, Castellon explained at the Jan. 15 meeting. The Adirondack-style ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Planning Board members have scheduled an extra meeting for Thursday, Jan. 24, to review a 42-unit affordable housing complex as they attempt to decide the project’s fate by their self-imposed Feb. 26 deadline. At the Dec. 18 meeting, member Greg LaSorsa identified several ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – Drivers can’t see a stop sign recently installed to bring Mount Holly Road’s southbound traffic to a halt at Mount Holly Road East, a nearby Katonah resident complains. Francis McInerney, whose home overlooks the “T” intersection, said the sign was “placed behind a tree so...it ...

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WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – Westchester County will no longer prosecute what it deems to be “low-level” marijuana offenses. Under this new policy, announced by District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, possessing two ounces or less of marijuana will no longer result in a criminal conviction. Two laws will ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Bedford is asking Westchester County to provide some $53 million in financing to complete sewer installations in Katonah and Bedford Hills. The Town Board voted unanimously last week to seek the funding, even as Supervisor Chris Burdick acknowledged that the likelihood of ...

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – In May, reports surfaced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had lobbied his former staffer, Pete Harckham, to run for the 40th State Senate District against two-term incumbent, Terrence Murphy, a Republican from Yorktown. Seven months later, Cuomo, a New Castle resident who happens to be ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – After appeals by residents, studies by engineers and coordinated actions by two towns, signs will soon command traffic entering the intersection of Mount Holly Road and Mount Holly Road East from any direction to come to a full stop. The bucolic “T” intersection of the two roads ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The Bedford Police Department has returned home. After about two years of working out of a small space in town offices next door, the department’s 53 employees have moved into their newly renovated headquarters that cost the town more than $8 million to complete. Chief ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Under pressure from the federal government, the Lewisboro Town Board last week voted to adopt a “model ordinance” governing affordable housing in town. The ordinance was given the green light at the board’s Dec. 10 meeting, weeks after federal housing monitor Stephen Robinson ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. - Permanent speed tables have been installed at three intersections on Cherry Street in Katonah: Reyburn Road, Quicks Lane and Kelly Circle. The permanent speed tables were installed following a trial with temporary ones, which successfully reduced average speeds for 85 percent of ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The Stayin’ Alive Charity has awarded CPR training dummies to the Katonah-Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Michele Berliner and Christy Saltstein of Armonk, who co-founded the charity after their husbands were seriously injured in the fury of Hurricane Sandy, made ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – After brief discussion and no public comment, the Bedford Town Board adopted last week a “fiscally prudent,” property-tax-compliant operating budget for next year. All told, the $39 million allocation hikes total property-tax collections by 2.8 percent, to more than $25 million, ...

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UPDATE: The Lewisboro Town Board adopted the "model ordinance" at its Dec. 10 meeting. Housing monitor Stephen Robinson commented on Lewisboro's current status: "I have met with Peter Parsons, the supervisor of the town of Lewisboro, and others about the model ordinance and the particular ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – At its Nov. 5 meeting, the Lewisboro Town Board had its first chance to break down Supervisor Peter Parsons’ tentative budget, which proposes to raise taxes by 6.4 percent, or $272,351 in excess of the state’s cap on property taxes. Prior to the hour-long budget discussion, ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – An experimental effort to slow down speeding drivers on 30-mph Cherry Street has proved successful enough to warrant permanent status, the Bedford Town Board agreed last week. In separate votes, the board decided to remove three rubber “speed tables” (though signs on the ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem has acquired an adjacent Buck Run parcel in its continuing efforts to expand the center’s services. Already in the works was a new educational center that would be built on property at 3 Buck Run. With the latest acquisition, of 1 ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Installing sewers in downtown Katonah could be a reality—and be underway—by this time next year. But the town promises to minimize potential obstacles to holiday shopping. Any construction in the business district will stop in November and December, Supervisor Chris Burdick told ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Neighbors of Lukoil gas station on Route 123 are skeptical that a proposed car wash will have no adverse environmental impacts on the community. In fact, they say, the car wash will only exacerbate problems at a troublesome water treatment facility. At the Oct. 16 meeting of ...

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UPDATE< 10:53 a.m., Nov. 1: Bedford has been switched back to its primary water supply, the Delaware Aqueduct. BEDFORD, N.Y. - Residents need not worry about any health hazards if their water is browner than usual, the Department of Public Works said Tuesday in an email to residents. On ...

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GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Efforts to rebuild the Goldens Bridge Firehouse, damaged by a fire in 2014, received a quarter-million-dollar boost from state Sen. Terrence Murphy, who presented firefighters with a New York State grant late last month. Murphy’s office said the money will fund a fire ...

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LEWISBORO, N.Y. – A prospective Eagle Scout has received positive feedback from the town after proposing a ga-ga pit for Lewisboro Town Park. A variant of dodgeball, ga-ga is typically played in an octagonal or hexagonal fenced area. Players slap a ball with an open hand toward their opponents, ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – The state Department of Transportation is “actively exploring” funding options to resurface Interstate 684 in Katonah, a representative has told The Katonah-Lewisboro Times. Elected officials, first responders and residents have all contacted the Department of Transportation ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – A Katonah woman enlisted the Bedford and Lewisboro town boards last month in her continuing crusade to raise awareness of the heartbreak of stillborn children. More common than generally understood, stillbirths strike one pregnant woman out of 160 nationally. Among them, in 2013, ...

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LEWISBORO, N.Y. - In its second year, New Dawn Family Resource Center plans to expand its services for domestic abuse victims. The center, in a discreet location in Lewisboro, brings together a consortium of services funded by North Salem, Somers, Pound Ridge, Bedford and Lewisboro and grants ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. - Bedford’s master plan, the document that guides planning in town, needs a refresher, Planning Director Jeff Osterman told the Town Board last week. The plan was last updated in 2003, but, Osterman said, there have been several substantial changes to the town, especially in ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Last year, the town of Bedford was sued for discrimination over its long-standing practice of giving its first responders, employees and residents the first chance to apply for middle-income housing whenever it became available. Two civil rights organizations claimed the ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Bedford residents dreading visits from door-to-door commercial solicitors no longer have to hide behind a couch, ignore repeated knocks, or politely decline an unwanted sales pitch. A newly created Do Not Knock Registry will allow homeowners to opt out of this type of commercial ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. - After delays and financial setbacks that have put the project nearly $1.4 million over budget, the new Bedford Police Department headquarters is slated to open at the beginning of the fall. The project included a total “gut renovation” of the 39-year-old building at 307 Bedford ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Legislation signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has paved the way for the transfer of a wastewater treatment plant that services the Taconic and Bedford Hills correctional facilities to the town of Bedford for $1. The underutilized treatment plant, owned by the state, has ...

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