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Somers Board to Vote on Property Tax Exemptions for Cold War Veterans

October 20, 2017

SOMERS, N.Y.--A public hearing will be held next month by the Somers Town Board on a proposed local law to extend the duration of property tax exemptions for Cold War veterans.

A recent change in state law allows the veteran’s current 10-year exemption to be extended locally for as long as the veteran is qualified. 

“It is a local option for a municipality to adopt this ...

Long-Time Somers Planning Board Member Mourned

SOMERS, N.Y.--Fedora C. DeLucia, a long-time member of the Somers Planning Board, died last week at the age of 86.

Until virtually her final days, colleagues said, the strong-willed Mrs. DeLucia continued to follow the board’s deliberations from her hospital bed, bringing to bear “an encyclopedic knowledge” of details of the projects reshaping her beloved ...

Somers Making Bid for Amazon HQ2

SOMERS, N.Y.--Somers has joined a full-throated county effort to make Westchester the home of a major corporate headquarters for Amazon, a move that could bring as many as 50,000 new jobs to the area.

“When you look at the criteria for what Amazon is looking for, we match up perfectly,” County Executive Robert P. Astorino declared in announcing the county’s pending Amazon ...

State Council to Act on Somers Fire Code Request

SOMERS, N.Y.--Somers expects to learn shortly whether it can enforce tougher fire resistance measures in some home-construction materials than state building codes require.

The State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council was scheduled to meet this week to consider the town’s request, made almost a year ago, to retain its longstanding 45-minute fire barrier requirement even as the ...

Officials Discuss How to Boost Somers' Independence Day Attendance

SOMERS, N.Y.--With far fewer residents attending and a lot shorter hours, Somers’ Independence Day observance is no longer the day-long celebration it once was. Now, town and civic leaders are asking what can be done to restore the event’s one-time luster.

At a meeting last week at the Van Tassell House, some 17 attendees appeared to agree on two points: They do not want to scrap ...

Somers Planners OK Lights at Kennedy Catholic

SOMERS, N.Y.--Kennedy Catholic’s head football coach crossed his fingers last week and circled Oct. 20 on the calendar after lights for night games won official approval of the Somers Planning Board.

Coach Dominick Tassone and a handful of Kennedy Catholic representatives, including the school’s president/principal, the Rev. Mark G. Vaillancourt, attended the Sept. 13 board ...

Somers Environment Committee Chair Steps Down

SOMERS, N.Y.--Michael Blum, whose chairmanship of the Somers Energy Environment Committee made him a key player in local sustainability efforts, recently stepped down due to a move to the West Coast.  

Blum has chaired the town’s environmental advisory panel since January 2015. In that time, the committee has been at the forefront of major initiatives to encourage solar energy and ...

Somers Gathers to Commemorate 9/11

SOMERS, N.Y.--Sixteen years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, about 100 Somers residents attended a memorial ceremony in Bailey Park on Sunday, Sept. 10, to honor those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center. Among the nearly 3,000 people who perished in New York City on that day, three were Somers residents: George Bishop, Richard J. Klares and Joseph Spor ...

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