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May 12, 2022

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Bedford lawmakers are looking to decide next month whether marijuana retailers can set up shop in town. That’s the latest the Town Board can OK licensing the now-legal cannabis dispensaries in Bedford and still assure a town-wide vote on the matter in November. A divided board ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Signaling the near-certainty of sharply higher Con Edison bills this summer, the Bedford Town Board signed off last week on yet another increase in how much Westchester Power can pay for bulk electricity. It marked the second time last month that the municipal power-buying ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – A contentious meeting of the Lewisboro Town Board led to the decision to give both the Juneteenth and the Pride in the Park celebrations $1,000 in support from the town.   The monetary support is based on a request from the Juneteenth organizers and a report from the town’s ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – As a study of northern Westchester telecom needs wraps up, Bedford’s Wireless Facilities Working Group was expected to meet soon to discuss a local master plan for wireless communications. In the county-commissioned study, CityScape Consultants Inc. is recommending wireless ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Muscoot Reservoir may soon be treated with copper sulfate to combat its blue-green algae bloom. The Lewisboro Planning Board moved to put the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation’s request to treat the water in the hands of Jan Johannessen, the town’s wetlands ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Five months after forbidding retail cannabis shops in Bedford, the Town Board will take a second look next week at allowing the dispensaries and taking a cut of their sales. Prompted more by the calendar than any new information, the review is meant to give town officials ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Mobil gas station property at the corner of Bouton Road and Route 35 in South Salem has been listed for sale. The asking price is $3.9 million. The listing by Avison Young notes that the property has not been listed for sale for over 80 years. The 4.72-acre property ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Looking to set guidelines for its funding of community events, the Lewisboro Town Board will discuss next week how money should be allocated for holiday observances and other celebrations. The board is expected to take up recommendations of the town’s Parks and Recreation ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Bracing for a second wave of dramatic hikes in utility bills, Westchester Power is asking member municipalities in its power-buying consortium to increase the maximum price it can pay to independent electricity providers. The consortium needs its 23 Westchester members to ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – It may not be perfect. It may—likely will—need some tweaks down the road. But for now, a change in Bedford regulations will muzzle gasoline-powered leaf blowers for much of the year and spell out exactly when they can fire up. In a unanimous compromise last week, the Town ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. - Dana Mayclim, the heartbeat of Lewisboro’s parks and recreation programs for almost two decades, is leaving to run leisure-time activities in the village of Briarcliff Manor. The Croton native will leave behind her 56-mile daily commute to Onatru Park and “23 years of ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Two Lewisboro business owners have big ambitions for their newest project. John Swertfager and Skaz Gecaj, who own Apex Fitness in Cross River’s Orchard Square shopping center, are looking to build a café/yoga studio across the street on the corner of Route 35 and North Salem ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – As expected, the Town Board doubled last week what were deemed outdated penalties for sounding false fire alarms. Saying most false alarms are transmitted through error, not mischief, by systems linked directly to a firehouse, Supervisor Tony Goncalves said he hoped the ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Kitchen scraps would be composted, not tossed out with the trash, under a voluntary, pandemic-delayed recycling program now being dusted off by the Lewisboro Town Board. Residents who embrace the idea would bring food waste to a central location—a couple of sites are under ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The Town Board scheduled separate April 5 public hearings on its latest effort to muffle gas-powered leaf blowers and on plans to let goats keep vegetation under control. Instead of an outright blower ban, Supervisor Ellen Calves said, the town will introduce a narrowing ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – County Legislator Erika Pierce has a simple message for customers of New York State Electric and Gas who signed up for the utility’s day/night metering option. “You’re getting screwed in every possible way,” the chair of the county board’s Environment, Energy & Climate ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – A Huntville Road sidewalk, recently resurfaced with asphalt to the dismay of nearby homeowners, could soon be replaced by the concrete one they wanted. The controversial walkway was among a number sidewalks earmarked for upgrades in a memo prepared by Public Works ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – A proposed increase in how much Bedford’s veterans of the armed forces can save on town property taxes will be up for discussion next month. The Town Board has set a public hearing for April 5 on a proposal by Assessor Harold Girdlestone that would allow the town, in ...

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VISTA, N.Y. – For any emergency response entity, having modern communication systems is an essential piece of keeping the community safe. After using its current radio equipment until the end of its shelf life, the Vista Fire Department is set receive an upgrade to its communications ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Goats could be called on to combat Bedford’s invasive vines and other pasture threats in what Supervisor Ellen Calves calls a “temporary vegetation ma-a-nagement program.” The eat-anything animals are being touted as a climate-friendly way to control invasive species that ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Lewisboro residents like their cellphones but most find wireless service spotty both at home and while driving around town. In a survey last summer, two-thirds of the respondents said they would make greater use of their phones if they had a better wireless network. The ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Calling Lewisboro’s fines for false fire alarms “very old and very low,” Supervisor Tony Goncalves will seek residents’ input tonight on a proposal to double the penalty for summoning volunteer firefighters to a nonexistent emergency. Goncalves, at the Feb. 28 meeting, said ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Like tenants mounting a rent strike for lack of heat and other complaints, Lewisboro officials are holding back March’s $10,000 lease payment for the former Lewisboro Elementary School—citing a lack of heat and other complaints. The onetime schoolhouse, still owned by the ...

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WASHINGTON – Congress passed and sent to the White House last week legislation that included more than $2.4 million in spending to make Vista water cleaner and Bedford Hills pedestrians and motorists safer. Swift White House approval was expected. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of Cold Spring had ...

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KATONAH, N.Y.  Host Brett Freeman was joined by New York State Sen. Pete Harckham of the 40th Senate district in this week's episode of Hudson Valley Uncensored.  You can listen to it by clicking HERE.  The senator answered questions on topics ranging from bail reform to his bill on ADUs ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – With this month’s middle-school swastika clearly on their minds, Lewisboro lawmakers last week renewed efforts to create a formal body to recognize and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion. The panel, similar to one created two years ago in Bedford, “could address in a ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. -- The episode starts with some sad news about a fire in Heritage Hills, which resulted in the death of a woman and her dog and a discussion about keeping safe and helping out in the wake of disasters. Tom Walogorsky, the editor of The Somers Record, discusses the fire. You can ...

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WESTCHESTER, N.Y. - Local officials last week hailed Gov. Kathy Hochul’s decision to remove accessory dwelling units (ADU) legislation from her Executive Budget for 2023. Critics had passionately argued it would remove home rule from zoning decisions. Hochul explained the reversal Thursday, ...

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GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Local volunteers are bringing their green thumbs to Goldens Bridge in the hopes of creating a community gathering space. The Goldens Bridge Hamlet Organization recently received the blessing of the Lewisboro Town Board to move ahead with creating a public park at the ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Bedford residents are being asked their opinion of wireless service today as well as what they would like to see, and not see, in the future. It’s all part of a study, launched in 2020, to measure wireless telecom infrastructure needs across a broad swath of northern ...

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