Government

April 5, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y.-March lived up to its reputation this year by coming in like a lion with two massive nor’easters that knocked out power for more than 160,000 residents in the Hudson Valley. Many found themselves dealing with fallen power lines, utility poles and trees, virtually trapping them in ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-North Salem Middle School students went to Washington D.C. last week to learn how history has influenced the future. Highlights of the trip included a wreath-laying ceremony and tour of Arlington Cemetery and visits to the Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and ...

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Editor's Note: The hearing mentioned in the article below has been moved to Hearing Room A at the Capital Building in Albany.  Now with the storms behind us, some residents have sought restitution, but most want answers as to why it took the two utility companies so long to respond to the ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Street lights in North Salem and Croton Falls will be upgraded with energy-saving bulbs this summer, cutting down on electricity and maintenance costs. In North Salem, 158 light poles owned by NYSEG will be updated with LED lights at a cost of $5,500 to the town. Supervisor ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-As a 17-year-old senior in high school, I have not been impacted by many national and political events the way I have been by the tragedy in Parkland, Fla. All across the country, countless numbers of people grieve for the kids who lost their lives so abruptly. In response to ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Unlike many of its customers, NYSEG is feeling the heat. Elected officials pulled no punches when asked about the preparation and response of the utility company to the two March nor’easters that slammed North Salem and Somers, with many calling for the resignation of all ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The administration at North Salem Middle/High School has always stressed the importance of safety as it works to create a comfortable learning environment for students, teachers and staff alike, and many feel this attitude has only strengthened since the school shooting in ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Developers of a dilapidated gas station on Fields Lane presented an amended site plan at the Planning Board meeting Feb. 21, restarting a process that town officials thought had wrapped up last year. Last March, the Planning Board approved a site plan for the vacant gas station ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced on Thursday, Feb. 22, that it is looking for a retail concession vendor to rent a building adjacent to the Purdys Metro-North train station. The building, which is currently vacant, is approximately 285 square feet. The ...

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SOMERS, N.Y.-Dozens of residents in Somers have seen their electricity bills from New York State Electric and Gas increase dramatically in the last month, angering customers who’ve been dealing with frequent outages and what town leaders say is poor customer service by the utility. “NYSEG chose ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The Town Board has decided to pick up the bill for the euthanasia and cremation of what Supervisor Warren Lucas called a “problem dog.” The board voted at its Jan. 23 meeting to approve the $208 payment to Brewster Veterinary Hospital, months after the dog, a female pit bull ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The Town Board last week agreed to increase the fees to attend day camp to cover additional bus transportation costs as well as more competitive wages for its employees. Leadership at North Salem Day Camp say the camp is being pressured to pay its employees closer to $15 an ...

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SOMERS, N.Y.-A meeting last week by the town supervisors of North Salem, Somers and other towns in Putnam, Dutchess and northern Westchester counties with representatives of New York State Electric and Gas will beget another, either this month or next, according to Somers Supervisor Rick ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The Town Board has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the estate of a court clerk in which she claimed she was discriminated against and not reappointed in 2015 due to medical issues she was facing. The months-long legal dispute ended Tuesday, Jan. 23, when the Town Board ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Water rates will likely go up next year. The Town Board was expected to vote on water rate increases on Tuesday, after the publication deadline for North Salem News. A public hearing was held on the rates earlier this month but no one was at the meeting to comment. If ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Hearts carved into the wooden posts of an entrance hall at Finch Farm in 1853 by James Finch in honor of his new bride, Maria Vail, will be preserved into perpetuity now that the Town Board has designated the property a historic landmark. The Historic Preservation Commission ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Christmas and New Year’s Eve power outages were the final straw for North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas and Somers Supervisor Rick Morrissey, who together last week filed a formal complaint against NYSEG with the New York State Public Service Commission. The utility company ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.—The North Salem tax receiver’s office saw a surge of traffic last week following the county executive’s order allowing Westchester municipalities to collect partial payment of April 2018 property taxes, something which Tax Receiver Karen Roach said is unprecedented.Town employees ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Mandatory Paid Family Leave (PFL) goes into effect Jan. 1 in New York State. As that deadline nears, North Salem officials are considering their options for town employees. According to New York State’s website, ny.gov, PFL is an employee funded insurance that offers ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-When the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps called, the Town Board responded. Last week, the board approved a municipal spending plan of $9.4 million that included $21,500 more than planned for the group, whose members had pressed for the financial boost at meetings with the ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.—Things have settled down in the town clerk’s office, after a few-months-long shuffle. Longtime Town Clerk Veronica “Ronnie” Howley officially filed her resignation at the end of September, to the sadness of other town officials. She had been in the position since ...

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This story was published prior to the Nov. 28 Town Board meeting, at which the board approved changes to the tentative budget and presented the town clerk with the 2018 preliminary budget. Those details, as well as any announced public hearings, will appear in a separate, future article. NORTH ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Peter Bisulca, a North Salem resident and former supervisor for the town, passed away Nov. 13.   Bisulca was an active community member, town officials said. He was interim supervisor for the town of North Salem from 1987 to 1988 and served as president of the North Salem ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--The almost-one-acre idle lot along Route 22 (formerly the site of Dino & Artie’s Automatic Transmission Co.) is currently vacant, but to some, it appears to be full of possibilities. The North Salem Open Land Foundation has expressed interested in repurposing the 0.8 acre ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.—Democrats performed well in the Nov. 7 election, winning contested races across Westchester County. According to unofficial results, Democrats won 12 of the 17 district races for the county Board of Legislators. Incumbent Republican County Legislator Francis Corcoran was ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Two years after the murder of North Salem resident Lois Colley, authorities announced today that an arrest was made. Esdras Marroquin Gomez, a former laborer who had worked on Colley's 300-acre estate, was arraigned today before Judge Barbara Zambelli on an indictment ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Now that the once notoriously bumpy Bloomer Road has been improved and resurfaced, the Town Board has expressed concerns that the going just might be too smooth for motorists. And on Nov. 2, the state Department of Transportation approved the town’s petition to lower the speed ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--October went out with bang, thanks to a tropical storm that ravaged the East Coast at the end of October, leaving many Westchester residents without power on Oct. 30 and some even longer. Lights started going out on the night of Oct. 29 as winds reached 57 mph and knocked down ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Democrats in county races performed well last night. Incumbent Republican County Legislator Francis Corcoran in the District 2 race (which covers North Salem and a small portion of Somers) was defeated by Democrat Kitley Covill, 8,212-6,614.  Democrat incumbent Michael ...

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This Election Day, when voters go to the polls, they will not only be asked to choose their representatives for local and county offices, they will be asked to approve or reject three statewide ballot proposals. Here’s the gist: Proposal 1: Convening a Constitutional Convention  New Yorkers ...

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