Letters to the Editor

  • Town Board Hits a Home Run with Granite Knolls

    July 25, 2017

    Editor’s Note: Rob Puff is a Republican candidate for town board.

    Last week, we had the opportunity to see leadership, forward thinking, and strategic vision at its finest with the unveiling ...

  • Siegel Deserves Better

    Your article “Court Clears Yorktown of Wrongdoing Over Tree Law” is as usual stilted against any action taken by a concerned Yorktown resident, Susan Siegel. In the article, you include ...

  • Troubled by Planning Board Decision

    Due to funding issues, I understand the need for having the non-televised special session of the planning board on June 26, as it related to special-use permit for the Shrub Oak International School.

  • We Are a Country of Laws

    In response to Mr. Michael Blum’s letter to the editor, “Drama on the Municipal Channel”, I offer the following response: I watched the June town board meeting, as he suggested, and ...

  • My Own Man

    In a June 29 letter to the editor, David Witkowich questioned my motives for writing letters supporting the Republican leadership in Yorktown without identifying myself as a member of the ...

  • Don’t Hold Our Quality of Life Hostage to Politics!

    Our quality of life depends heavily on our roads. Residents, businesses and first responders all depend on them. Yorktown’s roads are in terrible shape due to a lack of planning on the part of ...

  • Yorktown Librarians Denied Pay Raise

    We would like to thank you for all your support regarding our contract negotiation dispute with the town of Yorktown. We also would like to thank the patrons who supported us as well. We would like ...

  • Town Board Majority Has Disdain for the Public

    Whenever a town proposes a new law, state law provides that there must be a public hearing, with advance published notice, to notify residents and give them an opportunity to be heard on the issue ...

  • Level the Playing Field

    Kevin Murphy has written several letters to the editor dismissing anyone who has taken a position in opposition to Yorktown’s Republican political leadership or any actions that the Republican ...

  • Yorktown Is Pro-Business

    Some of the recent comments from residents regarding the redevelopment of Yorktown are difficult to understand. Over the years, the town of Yorktown was subject to the obstruction and anti- business ...

  • Where’s the Redevelopment in Yorktown?

    I’m curious about recent comments from Yorktown’s current leaders that praise new development in our town. I see only more and more empty storefronts, plus inexplicable new construction ...

  • Retail Apocalypse

    I am trying to understand the business case for building more retail outlets in Yorktown when we already have a glut of vacant stores, with more being added each month. Mitchell’s, our beloved ...

  • Yorktown Officials Should Care About Our Environment

    Most of us recoiled in horror when the federal government first rolled back the landmark 1972 Clean Water Act and then, just last week, pulled the USA out of the Paris Climate Agreement. We live in ...

  • How About Peace?

    “He sent a message,” Andy Bazzo claims in “Thank God, Baseball Is Back,” Coulter, Savage and others are going down the wrong path in criticizing Trump’s bombing of ...

  • Help Preserve Hilltop Hanover Farm

    Hilltop Hanover Farm of Yorktown Heights, a non-profit working farm and environmental center, needs your support. If you believe in preserving open spaces (187 acres at Hilltop Hanover Farm), ...

  • The Ethics of the Ethics Process in Yorktown

    I filed a complaint with the Yorktown Ethics Board on April 4. The complaint questioned why Supervisor Michael Grace did not recuse himself from voting on a commercial tax abatement law (485-b ...

  • What Is Martorano Talking About?

    As Ronald Reagan once started a debate with, “Well, there you go again,” Jim Martorano, in his May 4 column, “Resist Hate,” writes: “The needless invasion of Iraq by ...

  • A Victory for Wetlands

    Last Tuesday night, an unprecedented number of Yorktown residents turned out to express their views at the public hearing on the repeal and replacement of Yorktown’s Freshwater Protection ...

  • The People Have Spoken

    At last week’s Yorktown town board meeting, something extraordinary happened: the board was compelled to listen to the people of Yorktown. A crowd of over 100 people showed up to oppose changes ...

  • Ditching Free Speech

    Once again, Mr. Jim Martorano, in “The Abandonment of Truth and Science” (April 6), uses the faulty, illogical debating technique—the strawman. He spends paragraph after paragraph ...

  • Meaning of Wall Street Bull Has Changed

    I am very upset that this magnificent sculpture, which was donated by Arturo DiModica, has been used by a little-known artist who, by placing her statue of the Fearless Girl in front of the Bull, ...

  • Don't Blame the Yorktown Town Board for Developments

    In order for the town to sustain growth and remain fiscally sound, there must be an increase in the taxable value of the commercially ratable properties along with the returning of exempt properties ...

  • Environmentalists Don’t Want to Destroy Capitalism

    In his Feb. 23 and March 16 columns, Mr. Andy Bazzo makes so many astounding statements about global warming, also known as climate change, that it is very hard to choose from them. But the most ...

  • Yorktown, 'Drain the Swamp'

    Yorktown’s town board is literally allowing large portions of Yorktown’s wetlands to be drained in favor of land development. Have town board members placed their own shortsighted ...

  • A Vocabulary Lesson for Our Supervisor

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” –Inigo Montoya, “The Princess Bride”

    On several occasions our town supervisor has stated ...

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Some Conventional Thinking

I have been asked about my thoughts on the recent settlement between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Westchester County. The principle behind this issue should also be a concern to Putnam residents. What was at stake was whether the federal government had the power to dictate local zoning codes under the auspices of, “Are they racist?”

Whether they ...

‘She’s Not There’

One of the most treasured aspects of our lives revolves around creating, and forever cherishing, our memories. My oldest recollections are inevitably connected to my parents. I vividly recall my excitement as I listened intently, with my mother at my side, to the silver-toned voice of broadcaster Bob Wolff as he skillfully reported the impossible: New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s ...

H’oponopono: That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout

We’re taught in grade school English about synonyms (words with similar meanings) and antonyms (words with opposite meanings). What I don’t recall is learning about contronyms. That refers to a word that can have two contradictory, if not opposite, meanings.

A common contronym in public affairs is “sanction.” The U.S. has sanctions that prevent American companies from ...

Happy Wife, Happy Life

“What did Joel get you for your anniversary?” asked my mom.

“Nothing yet,” I replied. “But it’s a big one, so it should be something good.”

“Any time a married couple doesn’t kill each other for another year, it’s a big one,” she said.

I laughed. My parents were coming up on 56 years together so my mother was practically ...

Finding Your Path After High School

Dear Dr. Linda,

Our son, Joey, graduated high school in June. He was going to work for his uncle who has a landscaping business, but that’s not working out. He’s looking for another job, but the only thing he can find are jobs at fast food places. His dad is screaming that he’s not looking hard enough, but I don’t care about the job right now because I want him to go to ...

Town Board Hits a Home Run with Granite Knolls

July 25, 2017

Editor’s Note: Rob Puff is a Republican candidate for town board.

Last week, we had the opportunity to see leadership, forward thinking, and strategic vision at its finest with the unveiling of the proposed project of the state-of-the-art sports complex to be built at Granite Knolls. Every level of our government—the town board, planning board, architects and engineers, ...

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