Letters to the Editor

  • Yorktown Is Pro-Business

    June 21, 2017

    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 ...

  • Yorktown Has Potential

    Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to a letter written by Robert Reiss titled “No More Banks in Yorktown!”

    I’m in agreement here with Robert Reiss on adding another ...

  • Murphy’s Redevelopment Is Uninspired

    Am I alone in being slightly disappointed in the proposed plan for the redevelopment of Murphy’s? While I understand that there are many stages to go through and that the planning board will do ...

  • Yorktown Board Has a ‘Bully’ Pulpit

    Editor’s Note: Melvyn Tanzman is seeking the Yorktown Democratic Committee’s nomination for town supervisor.

    The Yorktown Town Board does not televise or use a public address system ...

  • A Greater Need for Accuracy

    In the summer of 2016, New York State passed a law requiring school districts to conduct testing of all potable water sources or outlets for lead contamination and to take responsive action. The ...

  • McDermott Left out Crucial Facts

    Since Town Attorney Michael J. McDermott saw fit to reference me in his defense of the new policy requiring groups using town hall to have insurance policies (March 23, Page 10), I’d like to ...

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He Said, She Said, and the Truth

We spend so much time teaching our children not to bully one another and not to gossip, but all too often adults don’t practice what they preach, especially given the often toxic and viral nature of social media.

Given the series of events last week regarding a disputed story involving the Somers girls and Yorktown boys lacrosse players, it seems that Somers school administrators were ...

Grace Responds to Dismissal of Ethics Complaint

June 14, 2017

Editor’s Note: At last week’s town board meeting, the board voted to accept the dismissal of the ethics complaint filed against Supervisor Michael Grace. In a unanimous decision, the town’s ethics board rejected the complaint filed by Mark Lieberman alleging a conflict of interest by the supervisor’s vote to adopt the town’s 485-B tax abatement program.

The ...

Maybe I Was Wrong

So, last week, after 150-plus days in office, President Trump finally had a full cabinet. Even with a Republican-controlled Senate and only needing 51 votes, it took this long for his nominees to be confirmed.

We were introduced to them last week and as they went around the table introducing themselves, they all had kind words to say about their new boss. Within minutes, the media was saying ...

If Watergate Happened Today

When President Trump called the mainstream media “the enemy of the people,” he called into question the very underpinnings of a free and vibrant democracy. The function of a free and undeterred press is so important that our founders made its protection part of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Similarly, our third president, Thomas Jefferson, unlike President Trump, had this ...

Mom + Pop Culture Talk Shop

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 the common misperception of what empty storefronts signify.

POP CULTURE: Mom, did you see that new empty storefront in the strip mall?

MOM CULTURE: No, Pop. Which ...

Music to Nobody‘s Ears

I winced as we sat in the audience of an experimental music concert played by a string quartet. Calling it music was being generous. It was more like the sound of a subway car screeching on the tracks, mixed with nails on a chalkboard, and choruses of crying babies on an airplane.

“I don't get it,” I whispered to my husband as the quartet tweaked their instruments so violently ...

Looking at the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading

Dear Dr. Linda,

In one of your recent columns a parent asked if his son should attend the school’s summer reading program. The father didn’t want him to go because the father had had a bad experience with a summer reading program when he was a kid. Here’s my question. My daughter’s school is providing a summer reading program and her teacher recommends that she attend ...

Yorktown Is Pro-Business

June 21, 2017

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 attitude of Democratic board members and one R.I.N.O. supervisor who made investments in Yorktown more of a gamble than necessary.

One example is their refusal to work with the JV Mall, causing a ...

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June 7, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - TAPinto.net, a network of 65 franchised online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, broke its all-time readership record with 853,958 readers and 2,103,803 pageviews in May 2017, up from 639,508 readers in May 2016.  TAPinto also registered more than 6 million readers and 20 million pageviews during the last 365 days, breaking its all-time ...