Government

May 6, 2021

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Lewisboro officials are asking the state’s help in stopping large commercials trucks from using Wild Oaks Road in Goldens Bridge as a GPS-recommended shortcut. The town would need Department of Transportation (DOT) approval to post signs on state-owned routes 22 and 138, both ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – With help from the pandemic, most of the sewer work that has torn up stretches of Katonah over the past year is now complete, the manager of the $22 million project said last week. In a report to the Bedford Town Board, Ken Kohlbrenner said crews have finished installing ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Despite an opportunity to cash in on newly legal recreational marijuana, Lewisboro residents were clear last week when it comes to selling it in their town. “Please, no,” one speaker implored the Town Board, summarizing the evening’s prevailing sentiment. Their remarks came ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – A controversial tree ordinance, amended since meeting stiff resident resistance last month, met with quick approval last week by the Lewisboro Town Board. The comprehensive and codified rules for tree removal are a first for Lewisboro, the last town in Northern Westchester to ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Opponents of a controversial path across private property on Douglas Drive, providing access to Katonah Memorial Park and other destinations, cannot block pedestrians’ access, the Town Board warned last week. The dispute over a town-asserted easement, simmering in Katonah ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Renewing their appeal of a year ago, Katonah library trustees petitioned the Bedford Town Board last week to increase its financial support dramatically or face “draconian” cuts in library services. Without such a sharp hike in town funding—almost $125,000, bringing total ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. - When Katonah’s Don Coe filled a vacant Bedford council seat a fortnight ago, he added, among other things, a man’s voice to a Town Board composed exclusively of women. But the former Planning Board chair’s bigger contribution by far likely will be his four-decade dedication ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Stopping short of outlawing all outside wood boilers, the Lewisboro Town Board ruled last week that those smokey home heaters—targets of “numerous complaints”—must shape up or snuff out. The board imposed restrictions on any existing units, including a seven-month ban on ...

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BEDFORD/LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Just how much local towns and schools stand to benefit from federal aid under the American Rescue Plan remains largely an open question for local officials. As those 1.9 trillion federal dollars trickle down, they dwindle to billions in state coffers and eventually ...

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LEWISBORO, N.Y. – With tensions running high and COVID-19 at a fever pitch, a member of a private Facebook group made up of Lewisboro citizens had an idea to lighten the mood: Pet photos. Nearly 200 members played along, sharing pictures of dogs, cats, and even horses. But five weeks later, some ...

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BEDFORD HILLS/SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The towns of Bedford and Lewisboro were on track this week to give Albany their frank assessment of local policing and what they can do to improve it. Facing an April 1 deadline for reporting the work of their separate committees, Bedford adopted its “reform and ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Contaminated drinking water has been discovered in at least two wells, miles apart, that serve the Vista section of South Salem, including Meadow Pond Elementary School. In addition to finding the school’s water supply unacceptable, state health officials have hit the ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Donald J. Coe, who served on Bedford’s Planning Board for almost 40 years, has been named to fill a vacant seat on this year’s Town Board. A longtime Katonah resident, Coe emerged from a field of seven candidates, including a current land-use chair, a former councilman, and ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – With the fate of outdoor wood-fired furnaces clearly on the line, Lewisboro’s Town Board will renew a public debate next Monday of this controversial home-heater alternative. A flat ban on the devices is among the options being considered. The burners, also known as ...

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Assemblyman Chris Burdick (D-Bedford) of the 93rd Assembly District spoke with The Katonah-Lewisboro Times last week about the latest news in Albany. Burdick, a former Bedford town supervisor, in his first term as a New York State legislator. On developing the budget The budget that the ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Trying to fill a seat for the second time this year, the Bedford Town Board will try next week to settle on one candidate from a field of seven. The seven, including one who could wind up a challenger in November for the town’s top elected position, have been interviewed by ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – A less-costly way to recapture the past glory of Todd’s Pond is getting a favorable look from an advisory panel seeking solutions for Katonah’s sediment-stuffed waterway. The latest strategy, hydro-raking, is said to come at a fraction of the price of multimillion-dollar dredging ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Washington is whittling down the ability of communities to control the burgeoning cellphone towers rising in their midst, a telecommunications consultant told the Lewisboro Town Board two weeks ago. Susan Rabold, project manager for CityScape Consultants Inc., spoke via Zoom, ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Bedford police Sgt. Richard O’Connell has been discriminated against and passed over for promotion because of his military service, a federal lawsuit contends. O’Connell, an ensign in the Coast Guard Reserve, charges in court papers that his military duties triggered a years-long ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Highlighted by tales of discrimination, contentious dialogue among members, and an obscene “Zoom bomb,” the latest meeting of the Lewisboro Police Reform and Reinvention Committee has made waves in the community. Published a week-and-a-half ago, the video has garnered nearly ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Cameras that provide a photographic record of police actions should be worn by all officers on patrol, separate Bedford and Lewisboro committees examining policing practices in their towns will recommend. Bedford’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Committee made public ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – This time, residents were invited to apply for the job when the Bedford Town Board faced a vacancy, its third in a month. “Hopefully,” Supervisor MaryAnn Carr told last week’s board meeting, “we’ll start seeing interest soon.” Real soon, as it turned out. Before the Feb. 2 ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The fallout from Kitley Covill’s announcement that she will not seek re-election to the county legislature continues to roil local Democratic circles, this week impacting Bedford’s Town Board. Covill’s stepping down has already sparked a Democratic primary in the ...

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What does a town clerk do? It’s a question with no easy answer. They issue all sorts of licenses and permits. They maintain vital records. They notarize signatures. They respond to open-records requests. They run municipal meetings and take minutes. Some perform marriages. And they’re usually ...

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Local school officials are applauding the state’s decision to give school districts the time to hold second votes on their 2020-21 spending plans if they fail. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that absentee ballots for school boards and budgets could be hand-delivered by ...

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Democratic voters will have their choice among five candidates running to replace Assemblyman David Buchwald, who is fighting his own battle for a spot in Congress. The candidates running for state Assembly District 93 are Kristen Browde, Chris Burdick, Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, Mark Jaffe and Alex ...

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sunday, June 7, that the deadline for residents to mail in their school budget/election ballots will be extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he will issue an executive order that will allow ballots to be accepted by hand delivery through 5 ...

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