Guest Column

August 15, 2018

Of all the bad news that broke in our small community last week, the story that seemed to generate the most reaction from our readers was that of a new Popeyes chicken restaurant being proposed. This didn’t surprise me very much because I learned long ago that Yorktown residents care deeply ...

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Editor’s Note: Lakeland High School graduate Timothy Callery submitted this essay as part of his application for the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce scholarship. Callery was the salutatorian of the Class of 2018. When thinking of what to write for this essay, it was difficult to fully realize what ...

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Sadly, since the 2016 election, and increasingly as well in the years leading up to 2016, politicians and some media have pushed the political arguments to the margins where it is impossible to find middle ground and any hope for agreement between the political divide. The fire was lit before ...

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Real life is not the movies. Things are not wrapped up in a neat bow, motivations are not explained, and things often don’t make sense. Two weeks ago, a man driving “triple digits” in a Dodge Charger exited the Taconic State Parkway at Underhill Avenue, blew through a stop sign, and t-boned ...

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There’s an old saying, “Our liberty is never safe when the New York State Legislature is in session.” There’s definitely some truth to that. This past legislative session I successfully fought back against several initiatives that would have added to our state’s crushing tax burden, added excessive ...

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So, it appears our small community was thrust into the spotlight earlier this month in a most unexpected way. A little-known Congressional candidate pulled off a major upset in her Democratic primary and became an overnight celebrity. Before this, our biggest claim to fame was that we had a ...

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Contrary to the comments from some Town Board members in the June 14 article about the legal settlement involving the sober home at 482 Underhill Ave., coming up with a new definition for the term “family” is not rocket science. In fact, the work has already been done for the town by the New York ...

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To the long list of problems and unfinished business the current administration inherited from the previous administration, add the issue of $3.2 million in unpaid taxes—or $4.5 million, when interest and penalties are included. (The numbers are as of May 8 and do not include unpaid taxes for ...

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Editor's Note: The following is a statement read by Supervisor Ilan Gilbert at a public hearing for the Public Service Commission in Pound Ridge on April 24. The town of Yorktown is located on the northern border of Westchester County, in a suburb approximately 38 miles north of midtown ...

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Low voter turnout, particularly among young people, has reached crisis proportions—what will we do about it? In terms of the percentage of people voting, the United States ranks near the bottom among developed countries in the world; New York ranks 44th among the 50 states and the District of ...

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The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce proudly serves as the voice of Yorktown’s vibrant business community. A vital part of our mission is to help improve the quality of life for all Yorktowners. The chamber’s Board of Directors is more ambitious than ever, as we work hard to find new ways to enhance ...

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Yorktown is committed to protecting its trees, woodlands and forests. On this issue, there’s no dispute. The issue was decided almost 10 years ago, when the town adopted its first Tree Preservation Law. The issue that remains unresolved today is how to fix the 2016 replacement tree law that’s ...

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During my travels throughout the storm and its aftermath, I had the opportunity of seeing firsthand how hard our town employees worked on behalf of the residents of Yorktown, whether riding with the Highway Department while they were plowing the roads, assisting at the YCCC warming facility, ...

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Councilman Ed Lachterman has an unbridled First Amendment right to critique actions of the new Town Board majority and administration (Feb. 22, “An ‘air of hypocrisy’ at town hall”). But in the court of public opinion, his comments will fare poorly before those who respect objective truth. The ...

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There is an air of hypocrisy blowing over Yorktown and it is coming from town hall. Over the past couple of weeks, I questioned the “temporary” hiring of the Oxman Law Group as legal counsel to Yorktown in a purported “interim” capacity. I have had comments of support and comments questioning my ...

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By Bob Giordano Guest Writer The goal we set in 2014 when the Yorktown Small Business Association was established was to bring the plight of local small businesses to the attention of our citizens and elected officials. The importance of our local small businesses had been grossly ...

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When a developer tells us that his or her plans will not cause any negative environmental impacts, should the town automatically accept their statement? Or, should the town review the developer’s statement to make sure that the town’s interests, and the interests of its residents, are ...

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Every Tuesday at 4:01 p.m., a minute after we put our fourth and final Halston Media publication to bed, I start thinking about next week’s issue of Yorktown News. This is a job that does not allow for much rose-smelling. But, in putting together our Year in Review issue, I must admit that I ...

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As I take stock of the year 2017, I want to thank everyone who has made it possible to publish our four newspapers and four websites. This year, I want to focus my thanks on one particular vendor: the U.S. Postal Service. While I’m of course also appreciative of all our advertisers who fund this ...

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I am writing to Ilan Gilbert and Alice Roker with sincere disappointment and dismay. Alice, I have known and worked with you for over 25 years. I have enjoyed our conversations and our collaboration on many town projects and town social events. Mr. Gilbert, I have also known you for decades as a ...

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Are Yorktown’s residential neighborhoods in danger? Is the town board undermining our existing zoning by an excessive—and inappropriate—use of an obscure provision of the zoning code that allows a parcel to be rezoned to an open-ended, anything is permissible, 100 percent negotiated “transitional ...

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Inserted in today’s issue of this newspaper is a map brochure created by Yorktown Trail Town. As most readers will not be familiar with either the brochure, or the organization behind it, I want to take this opportunity to shed a little light. The Yorktown Trail Town Committee, an all-volunteer ...

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Last month, a reader called my office to complain that there is not enough Yorktown news in Yorktown News. Go figure. Despite my attempts to convince him he was wrong, the man was steadfast in his criticism and kept returning to one topic: business. We don’t write enough about business. I told ...

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