Letters to the Editor

June 17, 2021

Here’s an update to last week’s story, “Town Board to probe leak,” about how the board was planning to hire a special counsel to investigate the leak of the Ethics Board’s report recommending that a member of the Planning Board be reprimanded for unethical behavior. (And kudos to Brian ...

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To be clear, I’m not writing about the recent Yorktown Ethics Board’s review of a Planning Board member. It’s an interesting story in and of itself, and the local newspapers have pointed out that having a real estate agent on a Planning Board is considered by many to have the perception of ...

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On Monday, June 7, at approximately 1:30 p.m., while the outside temperature was above 90 degrees, customers in the Yorktown Heights area of the NYSEG service area suffered another power outage. It should be noted that a NYSEG contractor was working on the power poles on Route 202/35/118 in the ...

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Your article, “Planning board member says resignation was voluntary” (Yorktown News, May 27), goes only so far in describing the details of this case and the conclusions of the Board of Ethics. For the record, I believe a more detailed look at the facts is needed: 1. The article leads with the ...

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Mr. Glass was right to come forward, but what happened?! I want to thank Mr. Glass, a longtime Yorktown resident who came forward and spoke at Courtesy of the Floor two weeks ago about an ethical issue involving a conflict of interest with a former Planning Board member. If it weren’t for Mr.

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It’s time to begin the process of easing back restrictions that go beyond NY State and CDC Guidance.  When the pandemic started the town board properly implemented the guidance at that time and went above and beyond the accepted protocols to keep us safe.  The measures were necessary especially ...

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At first glance (giving everyone the benefit of the doubt), the perception projected is that altruistic elected officials are working hand and hand with a developer on the Soundview property in a methodical and transparent fashion to improve Yorktown for the benefit of all. When you peel back ...

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I recently toured the former Soundview Preparatory School property in Yorktown to learn more about an exciting project proposal that seeks to put the property back on the tax rolls, help preserve a valuable piece of local history, increase housing opportunities for seniors, provide public access to ...

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The proposed Yorktown Heights Overlay District that would allow both commercial and residential development on the same property makes sense for the Yorktown Green Shopping Center but not for the historic Soundview property. Yorktown Green is part of the business district. The Soundview property is ...

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Marisa Ragonese is exactly who we need on the Lakeland Board of Education. She has over 16 years of experience mentoring teens at a teen center she started in Astoria, Queens, and then later as a director for a county-wide civic engagement program for Westchester’s teens and preteens. What ...

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You might have heard that the Yorktown Town Board is considering a change to town rules that would effectively greenlight a plan to turn the historic Soundview property at the corner of Route 118 and Underhill Avenue into a mixed-use strip mall. Regardless of whether you support or oppose the ...

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This letter is published in response to “Don’t Overdevelop the Soundview Property,” a Letter to the Editor that was published last week by Miriam D. Messing Curtin. I do believe that Miriam D. Messing Curtin is entitled to her opinion. I tend to disagree with it. Having been a resident for ...

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Yogi Berra said, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” As a 32-year resident, it is frustrating to watch the Town Board’s apparent willingness to allow mixed-use overdevelopment and commercialization of the Soundview property by subjectively seeking to include this property in the Yorktown ...

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I’m glad to see Yorktown joining Westchester County’s food-scrap recycling program. As an organic gardener for over 30 years, composting is essential to my success. I would encourage residents that if they have a garden, please look into setting up a compost area on your property for leaves, grass ...

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The April 8 edition of Yorktown News had two articles or commentaries published concerning the Underhill Farms/Soundview site. As Mr. Marschhauser pointed out, legislation concerning overlay districts has not been enacted, nor have formal plans been submitted for review.  However, innuendo and ...

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Patricia Sullivan-Rothberg’s recent opinion article (“Supervisor Slater Got It Wrong”) reminded me why I did not vote for her when she ran for Town Board two years ago. Her opinion perfectly displayed how little she actually knows about town business. Supervisor Slater didn’t get it wrong, ...

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I am writing in response to the article titled “Yorktown’s White Oak Farm in the Midst of Maple Sugaring Season,” published in your newspaper on March 19. I wanted to address the small, tight-knit community that we share in our town. With many Ma and Pa shops in our town, seeing a familiar face ...

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The Kavovit family, on behalf of Rob Kavovit, wish to reach out to all of those who have messaged, called, or emailed us all. We have lost an amazing son and brother to his siblings. A loving wife and two beautiful sons have lost a husband and father. It is amazing to see and hear the impact Rob ...

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I was deeply moved by Bruce Apar’s column, “The Gift of a Lifetime” (March 18). The comparison of his son, Harrison, with Rocky was striking. But the reference to Alexander Pope was particularly apt. Pope’s growth was stunted at the age of 12 by a disease, according to some sources. He only grew to ...

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In reading last week’s essay by Susan Siegel (“Don’t Be Fooled About the Soundview Property”), I realized that she once again is against any progress in the town. If she took the time to see all the benefits to the town besides tax revenue and all the residents who would enjoy the benefits, she ...

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I am writing in response to the article titled "Yorktown's White Oak Farm in the Midst of Maple Sugaring Season," published in your newspaper on March 19. I wanted to address the small, tight-knit community that we share in our town. With many Ma and Pa shops in our town, seeing a familiar face ...

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There are so many negative comments about this project. “It will increase traffic”; we already have traffic. This developer’s plan is to enhance the traffic flow at Route 118 and Underhill Avenue. We can use that. Residents are under the impression the beautiful main building will be ...

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I want to thank you for the article in the March 11 issue on the prototype Tesla home. It is a welcome article to highlight what can be done to reduce or eliminate personal carbon footing. I want to remind readers, however, that you don’t need a brand-new large house with 24kWh worth of panels on ...

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As schools begin to reopen fully, I want to take this time to thank our families for the opportunity to serve you over the past few months.  It has been a wonderful experience meeting and getting to know your children. It’s refreshing to see the many talents and abilities the future of our town ...

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