Letters to the Editor

January 11, 2019

The Dec. 27 article regarding business in Yorktown is telling as to the blind approach of the current administration toward economic development. It is simply foolish for Supervisor Gilbert to say on the one hand that “You don’t have a downtown or street scene,” yet, on the other hand, he continues ...

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Alas, Councilman Diana’s letter to the editor praising the 2019 budget as a continuation of former Supervisor Grace’s policies shows his lack of understanding of the town’s budget and finances. His letter also shows that he only hears what he wants to hear. If anything, the 2019 budget ...

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Last month, former Yorktown Supervisor and Councilmember Susan Siegel provided a commentary on special projects that our town has been engaged in. Stephen Brown, are you listening? (Re: “Ex-politicians should leave gracefully,” Dec. 13). As an officer for the Yorktown Athletic Club, I found Ms.

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The Dec. 27 issue shows us that the local political season has already begun. In addition to the normal “hoping that the campaigns will be respectful and issue-oriented,” I would really like to see all candidates of both parties make a commitment that they will, if elected, work to make the town ...

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I want to comment on the excellent article about trying to get new businesses into Yorktown (“Business debate rages on,” Dec. 27). But instead of both parties and Mr. DiBartolo sniping at each other, let’s get moving finding tenants. If I remember correctly, Mr. DiBartolo was going to get the old ...

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I have always thought that the proper etiquette in life, politics and sports was to show humility in victory and introspection in defeat. Well I guess in this narcissistic era of Trump, alternative truths, double talk, and distraction, everything we have learned has been turned on its head. So ...

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I was writing this letter praising Supervisor Gilbert’s efforts to bring business to Yorktown when I was dismayed to read the negative comments by his predecessor in Yorktown News. Well, on a positive note, Yorktown welcomed many new businesses in 2018. One of the first decisions any ...

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When a product has obvious defects, those who wish to sell it can fix the problems or they can tout those defects as positive features. Apparently, Mr. Tom Diana, Yorktown councilman, has chosen the latter course. In a recent letter to this paper (“Grace was right all along,” Dec. 27), Mr. Diana, ...

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I read the Dec. 27 Yorktown News article “Business debate rages on” with great disappointment. We are entering our 50th year as Yorktown residents and have been active participants in a wide variety of local groups and organizations. As such, we are always looking for objective information on what ...

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Devising and passing the town budget is the most important task of the Town Board. This process allows our local officials, department heads and citizens an opportunity to evaluate the fiscal health of our town by comparing budgeted figures to actual expenses and revenues. Having completed this ...

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The Lowe’s store under construction at the intersection of Route 202 and the Taconic State Parkway turned portions of Yorktown into a literal parking lot. Traffic congestion was said to have stretched at least a mile in each direction. Is this a sign of things to come once Lowe’s ...

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Has the time come for certain former Yorktown politicians to leave the public limelight and return to private life? I can’t pick up the newspaper without seeing photos of recently defeated politicians taking center stage at ribbon-cutting ceremonies, town events and even Town Board meetings acting ...

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Per Jim Martorano’s column yesterday, Sen. Murphy’s comments were inaccurate. The Child Victims Act would help child sex abuse survivors seek justice as adults by eliminating the statute of limitations for prosecuting child sexual abuse crimes and filing civil lawsuits for damages against ...

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On Sunday and Monday evenings, Oct. 21 and 22, my wife and I, along with thousands of other Yorktown Heights residents, experienced repeated power outages. Talking to NYSEG on Monday morning, they had no record of any failures or outages. On Tuesday morning, they acknowledged that there had been ...

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Your Oct. 25 edition contains an article titled “Historical monument location debated” (Page 3). It describes how members of the Yorktown Historical Society came before the Town Board to voice their objection to the board’s decision to move the monument to mark the Revolutionary War Battle of Pines ...

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You have the power to vote, so be an informed voter. Vote for the best person running for their position by using your eyes and ears. Make your decision on the facts, on the candidate’s platform and performance, on their record and on issues you are concerned about before you vote. As president ...

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When we bought our house several years ago, the previous owners used Yorktown Garden Supply for their landscaping needs. We loved the property so we decided to give them a try. At the beginning, Pam Hirsch was extremely professional, friendly, helpful and a delight to work with. Over time, she ...

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Is your small business under attack? In the last year, it’s come to my attention that local businesses, specifically nurseries and garden supplies, are under attack by what I call “Professional Plaintiffs.” Basically, businesses that have been operating for years and years are scrutinized by ...

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Openness is a key value upon which our current Town Supervisor, Lanny Gilbert, ran his campaign. Lanny believes that by giving access to the people, he empowers them. Openness is a value that combines transparency with access to information to educate and facilitate participation. Back in ...

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Our 10th annual Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Festival and Street Fair on Sunday, Oct. 7, was once again a huge success by any measure. I want to express my great appreciation to our major sponsors, which included: Fidelis Care, Camp Nabby, Yorktown News, the Northern Westchester Examiner, and ...

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A couple weeks ago, Jim Martorano published interviews with candidates to represent us in the New York State Assembly. We initially heard from the challenger Vedat Gashi (D) and later we heard from the incumbent, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R). Throughout the interview, Mr. Gashi made claims ...

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