Letters to the Editor

  • No Need to Get Personal

    September 6, 2017

    Editor's Note: This letter is in response to Melvyn Tanzman’s letter.

    I did not mention any comments made by Mrs. Siegel. I did not mention comments made by any specific individual. I ...

  • Thanks, Dave Paganelli

    Yorktown residents can walk, run, jog or bike safely once again using a paved path running from Gomer Street to Katrina Drive that has been inaccessible for years due to the dumping of ...

  • Keep It Civil

    It’s obvious that we are already into election season, and I fear that the tenor of letters is only going to get worse. Frankly, there is no need for personal attacks or innuendo. We all live ...

  • The City of Yorktown

    Supervisor Michael Grace likes to say that “Yorktown is a big town with a small town feel.” From the residents’ perspective, it seems that “Yorktown is a big town starting to ...

  • Arrogance is Not Leadership

    This letter is in response to Supervisor Michael Grace’s comments in his interview with James Martorano.

    Mr. Grace, you said you believe your role in our town is to “keep people in ...

  • What Has Kopstein Accomplished?

    To quote a politician who was popular in the 1980s, “Well, there he goes again!” Jay Kopstein’s letter accuses a critic of the majority of the town board of inaccuracy, without ...

  • Finish the Mohansic Trailway

    As a 17-year resident of Yorktown Heights, I can truly say I am enamored of our rich set of biking and hiking trails. This is the kind of place I used to seek out for vacations; it’s an ongoing ...

  • Democrats are Hypocrites

    I read Ilan Gilbert’s letter accusing Donald Trump of promoting hate in America by stating there were good people on both sides of the Charlottesville event.

    My question to you, sir, is ...

  • Demanding More of Byrne

    Recently, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne reported on his first legislative session in Albany. We commend him for the measures he proposed and co-sponsored in the state Assembly, which were passed with the ...

  • Lagonia Leads by Example

    As a fourth-generation Yorktown resident, a mother and a teacher, I have seen a wide variety of community educational collaborations of the Yorktown Justice Court under the guidance of Judge Sal ...

  • What About Stoney Street?

    I read that Supervisor Michael Grace is concerned about the size of the prospective sign to be placed on Route 6 at the Jefferson Valley Mall.

    Why was he not concerned about the monstrosity of the ...

  • Bigotry Has No Place Anywhere

    Editor’s Note: Ilan Gilbert is the Democratic candidate for town supervisor.

    Last week (Aug. 15), I attended the vigil for the victims at Charlottesville, Va., at the First Presbyterian ...

  • Consider the Source of Criticisms

    I am writing in response to Susan Siegel’s latest letter regarding the proposed plans for Granite Knolls park (“The true cost of Granite Knolls,” Aug. 10). I say “latest ...

  • Debate Is Healthy, but be Accurate

    We are now in the beginning of the local political process. In any healthy representative democracy, there are differing opinions as to the local issues of the day. Discussions of these issues either ...

  • What About Kids Who Don’t Play Sports?

    Yorktown politicians have always acted as if being in favor of more ballfields, improved ballfields, and building new “state-of-the-art” sports complexes ensures re-election, and maybe ...

  • The True Cost of Granite Knolls

    What will the Granite Knolls sports complex end up costing taxpayers? The numbers keep changing, both for the construction of the complex as well where the money to pay the bills will come from.

  • Spend More on Infrastructure

    Supervisor Michael Grace has misconstrued my comments about Yorktown’s inflated fund balance. I did not express displeasure with the recent audit report—quite the contrary—I am ...

  • Town Board Hits a Home Run with Granite Knolls

    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 ...

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Is Yorktown’s Zoning Being Undermined?

September 13, 2017

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 zone”?

It’s time to take a closer look at this emerging ...

The Art of the Deal

I have written repeatedly that the media cannot separate Trump from his supporters.  They did not create him, so they, no matter how hard they have tried, cannot take him down. Only Trump can separate himself from his supporters.

Last Thursday I woke up to headlines saying Trump, Schumer and Pelosi have brokered a deal that will enshrine amnesty on the “Dreamers,” promise more ...

My Birthday Question

When I was 20, I was confronted with the following allegory: imagine that the wisest person who ever lived is dying. As a parting gift to the planet, the wisest one has agreed to travel the world and answer people’s questions. Luckily, after waiting in line for hours, you are able to ask your one question. What is your question?

Actually, this allegory is from a whole family of questions ...

Man of Letters

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about Pop’s penchant for writing Letters to the Editor…

MOM: Whatcha doin’ there, Pop?

POP: Writin’, Mom.

MOM: Writin’ what?

POP: A ...

A Shampoo by Any Other Name

“What’s in the bag?” I asked my mother as she got into the car. She had just come out of the hair salon and apparently had been talked into buying some high-end hair products.

“New shampoo,” she said with some excitement. “My old shampoo was terrible. It really dried out my hair.”

“What brand were you using?” I asked. She thought for a ...

To Home School or Not to Home School

Dear Dr. Linda,

We’re only into the second week of school and our fifth-grade son, Joey, doesn’t want to go to school again. He’s never liked school. For years we blamed his teachers. Then we put him in private school and it didn’t get better.

He’s a bright kid and self-driven. When he’s home, he’s never bored. He’s not playing video games or ...

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