Guest Column

December 6, 2018

Though many refer to the holidays as the Season of Giving, law enforcement officials also know it as the Season of Stealing. Especially around this time of year, remorseless criminals will prey on your goodwill and naiveté to bolster their collection of ill-gotten gains. With many people now ...

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The recent revelation that $167,500 of taxpayer dollars have been spent on a historic monument that was initially supposed to be funded by donations raises a host of questions about how Yorktown goes about funding special projects, aka capital projects—and the extent to which taxpayers have an ...

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Since the holiday season has quickly crept upon us, I thought this was a good time for some reminders: Our roads in Yorktown are very busy this time of year, and Route 202 is no exception with the additional construction. When an emergency vehicle is proceeding down the road, you (the driver) ...

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It was the red hair that first caught my attention. “Gregory will look like that when he grows up,” I thought, immediately considering the trajectory of my 6-year-old’s life, wondering if a stint of homelessness could possibly be a part of it. “I’m Maryanne. What’s your name?” Starting ...

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Yorktown’s 2016 tree law needs to be replaced. Some members of the Town Board agree. The law is weak. It’s ineffective. It can’t do what it was supposed to do: achieve a fair and workable balance between the rights of property owners to use and develop their property with the need to protect the ...

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My wife and I recently adopted a dog from a shelter. We love him, but he can be a bit hyperactive—which we learned the hard way last week when we returned home from work and found our living room turned upside down. One way to tire him down would be a nice long walk in the park after work.

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This op-ed was written in response to the article “Location of Historical Yorktown Monument Debated." I am a board trustee of the Yorktown Historical Society and have lived in Yorktown since 1955. At this time, I and a majority of the Yorktown Historical Society board members want to share with ...

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“To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” – Micah 6:8 These words keep ringing in my ears. Especially, as I reflect on what is believed to be the deadliest anti-Semitic attack ever to be carried out on U.S. soil. While anger and frustration flow through me, my Jewish soul keeps ...

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I started my career at a Fortune 100 company in 1973. I progressed through the ranks during a 24-year career, working as a customer engineer, telecommunications analyst, senior network consultant and network manager. I was intimately involved with many small, medium and large companies and ...

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As an active observer of Yorktown politics and a member of the Yorktown Republican Town Committee, I was curious when Supervisor Ilan Gilbert awarded the legal counsel contract for Yorktown to the Marc Oxman Law Group back in January. Mr. Gilbert said that he wanted to take the position in another ...

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I tell anyone who will listen that the greatest accomplishment we have achieved at Yorktown News is the feeling of ownership that members of the community have expressed towards this paper. Of course, keeping up with emails and phone calls can sometimes feel like a full-time job, but I’d be more ...

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An obsession with being right robbed my dad of a lot of happy moments. He always had to be the smartest person in the room, even if the room was a figment of his imagination. I can vividly recall seeing my dad have these imaginary debates with himself. One time, as we drove home from Yankee ...

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Once upon a time, I wanted to be a cop. That’s a scary thought for people who know how clumsy I am, but I have always been obsessed with rules and laws and I wanted to be the person who upheld them. It’s probably a good thing that dream was never realized because being a cop requires nuance.

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For seven-plus years, many of you have opened up Yorktown News, flipped to the opinion section and read the columns of Andy Bazzo and Jim Martorano. With their own unique voices and different ideologies, they served to bring balance to our opinion section. What I mean by that, of course, is that ...

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Laws aren’t written in stone. At least they shouldn’t be. As circumstances and technology change, laws should be updated to keep pace with those changes. If they aren’t, then, as a community, we risk seeing our laws ignored and/or openly violated. Why have laws if they’re not ...

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