Guest Column

May 12, 2021

In order for Yorktown to thrive, we need to grow. Our population in 2010 was 36,095 and in 2019 it was 36,269—virtually unchanged (according to the census and town data). We need to continue growing the population and the businesses that support our residents. When you have defined borders and ...

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As part of a global push to avoid the harshest impacts of climate change and to slow species extinctions, President Joseph Biden committed his administration to an ambitious conservation goal—to protect 30 percent of U.S. land and coastal seas by 2030. The science behind the plan demonstrates that ...

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What’s behind all the conflicting letters to the editor, articles, and Courtesy of the Floor comments about the Soundview property and Yorktown’s proposed overlay law? First, Some Definitions Overlay districts are special zones placed on top of a property’s existing zoning regulations (i.e., ...

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It is spring and a perfect time to set sustainable cleaning goals! Green cleaning is the process of choosing cleaning products that are better for both people and the planet. Unlike conventional cleaning products, green cleaning products are created using safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable ...

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I once lived with two men around the same age as me. They were my good friends, but we were polar opposites in so many ways. For starters, I was a neat freak and they were not. I took pride in where I lived, so I would spend hours every week cleaning the bathroom, doing the dishes, and ...

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For the past several months, I participated in numerous committee meetings and budget hearings to advocate for more responsible state policy that would put taxpayers first and support essential services that assist public health and safety, as well as our schools, seniors, veterans, and first ...

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The American Rescue Plan brings $3.98 million to Yorktown. Let’s use it to improve our way of life and to stimulate local business. The American Rescue Plan provides $350 billion for states, territories, tribal governments, cities, counties, and towns “to mitigate the fiscal effects stemming ...

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Why not? It’s convenient.  Why not? Because by purchasing bottled water we’re being hoodwinked, and at significant environmental cost. Do you remember the folktale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”? An emperor gets duped into thinking he’s purchased magnificent clothes, which are only invisible to ...

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Supervisor Slater got it wrong. Intentionally. In his opinion piece in last week’s paper, Supervisor Slater continued to misrepresent the facts about the Soundview property. When Supervisor Slater can’t answer questions from the Committee for a Sound Plan for Soundview, he does what he has ...

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By now, you’ve all heard about Underhill Farms, right? You know, the proposed 165-unit development on the former Soundview Preparatory School property that is either a brilliant public-private partnership that will take Yorktown into the 21st century or a traffic-creating monstrosity that is an ...

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In my first campaign for town supervisor, I promised to focus on the burden on residential property taxpayers by growing Yorktown’s commercial tax base, revitalizing our downtown areas, and tackling chronic vacancies such as the former Kmart, Food Emporium, and Shrub Oak Tire Center, which are ...

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Eleven years ago when I founded Halston Media, I made the concerted decision to avoid political endorsements. I always felt that aligning with a political party was not the job of a community newspaper. To be candid, it also just seems to be bad business, especially in a small town. Of ...

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New York State Senator Peter Harckham is a co-sponsor of legislation that shifts the responsibility and costs of recycling from municipalities to the producers of packaging and paper products.  The legislation is called the Extended Producer Responsibility Act, and in other countries around the ...

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Riding a bicycle is a complex task, with many of our 600 human muscles needed to keep us balanced and moving forward. As we have all experienced, an untied shoe, a sandy patch of ground, an animal running in our path or a fly landing on our nose, is all it takes for an unbalanced situation that ...

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New York State’s 2021-22 budget negotiations took a bleak turn last week, when both houses of the legislature announced their plans for over $7 billion in tax increases and a 22.6 percent increase in spending. If enacted, New York will be the top-spending state in the country, with a budget ...

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Passover is celebrated by Jews every year, commemorating the anniversary of the Jewish nation’s miraculous Exodus from Egyptian slavery, as told in the Bible. This year, Passover is celebrated March 27 through April 4. A Seder (ritual, 15-step meal) is traditionally conducted on the first two ...

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Town Supervisor Matt Slater likes to talk “process.” He’s using a process argument to allay residents’ fears about Unicorn Contracting’s controversial Underhill Farms proposal for the historic Soundview property. He’s advising residents to be patient and that their questions will all be addressed ...

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A year ago today, by coincidence, I wrote my first  Coronavirus poem It ended with In this war, we must develop all new weapons and strategies Will we? Yes! But when? and how many casualties will we take? Who knows? Well now, a year later we do know over half a million dead in the ...

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Some aspects of our carbon footprint are easy to identify, such as flying, commuting with a gas-powered vehicle, using single use plastics, etc. But when it comes to our clothing, the impact is not as apparent. As the price of clothing has declined, people are buying more of it, but they are ...

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The other day, I was browsing social media when I came across a post from LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar was upset that Devin Booker, a high-scoring guard on the Phoenix Suns, had not been selected to the NBA’s All-Star Game. For those of you who don’t know, the honor is reserved ...

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The global food system, which spreads across production and post-farm activities such as processing and distribution, is a key contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It’s a problem for which we don’t yet have viable technological solutions. A study conducted by the University of Oxford in ...

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Dear Supervisor Slater and members of the Town Board: As a member of one of Yorktown’s founding families and having grown up attending school in Yorktown from nursery school at “Aunt Verna’s” within the Beaver Conference/Edward Underhill complex, through graduation from Yorktown High School in ...

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