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Somers, North Salem File Complaint Over NYSEG Outages

January 11, 2018

SOMERS, N.Y.-Furor against NYSEG has ramped up in recent months, especially among Heritage Hills residents, but Christmas and New Year’s Day power outages were the final straw for Somers Supervisor Rick Morrissey and North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas, who last week filed a formal complaint against the utility company with the New York State Public Service Commission.

“The ...

Somers Officials Consider Installing Litter Surveillance Cameras

SOMERS, N.Y.-Following the success of neighboring Yorktown’s litter camera law, which has already nabbed two litterbugs in the act, the Somers Town Board is considering a similar law of its own.

Yorktown’s law, approved in July 2016, allows the town to administer fines based on photographs and video recordings—including those submitted by residents. The law was drafted by ...

Somers Town Board Discusses Regulating Sales of Vaping Devices

SOMERS, N.Y.-After hearing testimony from a health professional about the dangers of vaping, the Town Board last week debated possible restrictions on shops that sell what the federal government is calling Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or ENDS.

Jackie O’Connor, a respiratory therapist at Northern Westchester Hospital, spoke at the board’s Dec. 14 meeting, just 10 days after ...

Somers Town Board Approves $13.9M Budget

SOMERS, N.Y.-Somers will spend almost $14 million next year to maintain town services with a pennies-per-thousand tax rate increase.

A budget of $13,930,240 will hike the tax rate from $14.57 for each $1,000 of assessed value to $14.61. Tax-cap compliant, the budget increases Somers’ total property tax levy to $7,288,403.

The Town Board adopted the budget with minimal discussion at ...

Somers Planning Board Member Has Cancer On the Ropes

SOMERS, N.Y.-This past July, a piece of meat lodged in Eugene Goldenberg’s throat led him to a terrible discovery.

“I went over to Northern Westchester Hospital, where they cleared the esophagus and they saw something that looked a little peculiar,” he recalled. “It wasn’t in the esophagus; it was behind the esophagus.”

A battery of tests confirmed the ...

Somers Officials Hash Out Route 202 Sidewalk Alternatives

SOMERS, N.Y.-“Any town that doesn’t have sidewalks,” the cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once famously observed, “doesn’t love its children.”

Somers begs to differ. To be sure, it has worn its lack of sidewalks as a badge of honor from colonial days to the present. Still, it loves its kids, so much so that the town’s first major sidewalk ...

Heritage Hills Residents Decry Frequent Blackouts

SOMERS, N.Y.-Angry and frustrated by what they call chronic NYSEG blackouts, Heritage Hills residents packed town hall last week to demand more-reliable electrical service and better communication with the utility.

“I’ve been out more in the last six months,” said a recent transplant from rural New Jersey, Kenneth Ferraro, “than I was in 35 years [in his former home].

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