Letters to the Editor

November 2, 2018

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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The Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm hosted its “Fourth Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner” on Thursday, Sept. 27. More than 130 guests enjoyed the meal prepared by Jon Pratt of Peter Pratt’s Inn and March Walker, his executive chef. A number of Westchester officials attended this event, including ...

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Our community and nation are very divided. The only way we can come together and make effective change is by electing leaders who value people over party, integrity over power. That’s why Vedat Gashi is the right choice for NYS Assembly. Gashi is an independent voice, having earned the support ...

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Since joining the Assembly in 2017, Kevin Byrne has served as an effective and independent voice in Albany. He has reached out to both sides of the aisle to get things done, and isn’t afraid to take on important issues that other legislators are unwilling to tackle. In his freshman term, eight ...

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Thirteen years ago, we opened Murphy’s Restaurant after the passing of our family patriarch, Jack Murphy. Since then, our family has treated Murphy’s as a second home. When local families joined us in our dining room, we wanted them to feel like they were joining us around our table for dinner.

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This letter is in response to last week’s letter to the editor written by Robert Puff, “Return of the Puppet Master.” Robert Puff’s highly partisan gross misrepresentation of the facts regarding the proposed new, stronger tree law was nothing more than an attempt to discredit the current ...

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This letter is in response to last week’s letter to the editor written by Robert Puff, “Return of the Puppet Master.” Many of us believe that our quality of life in Yorktown depends more on the preservation of our open spaces for active and passive recreation than on the pouring of asphalt for ...

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For someone raised on the Bill of Rights and traditional American values, it’s been strange and disquieting to hear the press called the enemy of the people. We can see, all around the world, the danger of not having a free and unfettered press. Labels are irrelevant. Liberal or conservative: what ...

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Is former Yorktown supervisor Michael Grace continuing to blur the lines between public servant and private attorney for hire? Mr. Grace (after much self-praise and even more denunciation of his Republican rivals), made an impassioned appeal at the Sept. 4 Town Board meeting to demolish the Highway ...

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A year ago, myself along with then Supervisor Michael Grace and Councilman Gregory Bernard sought to represent you as members of the Town Board. We pointed out to you the effects of what happens when the town is being run by a shadow government, specifically, the influence former Supervisor Susan ...

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The Yorktown Youth Soccer Club held its 42nd annual Labor Day Weekend Soccer Tournament on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. The tournament was attended by 158 competitive travel teams from across the metropolitan area and was held on the campus of Yorktown High School and other locations around ...

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How many blackouts will it take before NYSEG and Con Ed face up to the reality that they cannot continue to patch up a 19th-century power distribution system piecemeal after every outage? If you drive around Yorktown you can still see utility poles propped up with rope and wires drooping close to ...

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In his opinion piece, “John McCain is the name” (Sept. 6), Bruce Apar states that he doesn’t know of McCain’s politics and “someone can question his moral politics for sure, but his moral authority is not so easily dismissed.” Apar thinks a building in Yorktown should be named after McCain. War ...

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During these tough economic times, many businesses and community organizations are being asked to take a position by supporting a certain political party or candidate. It is selfish and unfair for political parties and candidates to put any group in a position where they feel pressured to make a ...

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It seems that the minority party of the Town Board of Yorktown feels that town business is conducted via social media or the local newspapers these days. The minority board members seem to express their concerns about town business in your newspaper, rather than discussing it at a Town Board ...

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Did you know that the term, “VoterID” is being weaponized by the right and is actually used to try and restrict our access to vote? Robert Kesten supports our right to vote! I support Robert Kesten and will vote for him in the Democratic primary Thursday, Sept. 13! VoterID may sound harmless, ...

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America has always been great. Gov. Cuomo’s recent statement asserting otherwise just shows how desperate he is. Sadly, none of the Democrats running for office in Yorktown have condemned his statement.  Not his former employee and Senate candidate Peter Harckham, not his primary opponent Robert ...

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This letter is in response to last week’s letter to the editor from Paul Pace about the Roma Building. I am in total agreement with Mr. Paces’ opinion of the proposed design to replace the Roma Building. It is so weird looking. We shouldn’t try to be Chappaqua Crossing or Clocktower Commons.

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Will Gov. Cuomo’s former employee, Peter Harckham, return the $7,000 of American-bashing money that is keeping his campaign alive? Just this week, Gov. Cuomo put his foot in his mouth saying “America was never that great.” How does a governor of any state say that? Peter Harckham doesn’t have the ...

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This letter is regarding the piece published in the Aug. 16 edition titled, “Tempers flare as sports complex falls behind schedule” (Page 3). I note the squabbling between representatives of Yorktown’s permanent ruling establishment (aka Democrats and Republicans) on the Town Board took place at ...

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