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Yorktown Schools: Some Books to Stay Following Review

May 18, 2022

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – At least four challenged books will remain in Yorktown Central School District’s student libraries, the superintendent has announced.

Superintendent Ron Hattar said he was following the recommendations of the district’s Book Review Committee, which reviewed “Lawn Boy” by Johnathan Evison, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, ...

Lakeland Budget Passes; Kolesar, Kaufman, Marchese, Burfeind Elected

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland Central School District voters re-elected the incumbent school board members and overwhelmingly approved the budget, according to unofficial results of Tuesday’s election.

Marianne DiSalvo Kolesar (1,331 votes), Adam Kaufman (1,217), and Becky Burfeind (1,113) will remain on the Board of Education. They will be joined on the board by newcomer Michael ...

Yorktown Schools: Budget Passes, Incumbents Re-elected

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Voters in the Yorktown Central School District chose to stick with the status quo on Tuesday, as the incumbent school board members were re-elected by nearly a 2:1 margin, according to official results.*

The $108.8 million budget, which will result in a 1.9% tax increase for district residents who live in Yorktown, was approved 1,672 to 673. A proposition ...

Meet the Yorktown School Board Candidates

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Six candidates are running for three seats on the Yorktown Central School District Board of Education. The three-year terms will be decided in a district-wide vote on May 17. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the French Hill School. Voters will also be deciding a $108.8 million budget, which would result in a 1.9% tax increase for district residents who live in ...

U.S. News Rankings: Report Cards Are out on Yorktown, Lakeland

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s two high schools rank among the best in the nation, according to the latest US News rankings.

Out of nearly 18,000 public high schools in the country, Yorktown High School came in at 687. In New York State, the school ranked 70th.

Lakeland High School ranked 1,538 in the country and 150 in the state.

US News grades the schools in six ...

School Resource Officer Proposed for Crompond School

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown school officials are so enamored with the police officers who roam the high school and middle schools, that they’ve decided to expand the program into one of their elementary schools.

At the April 25 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Ron Hattar said he wanted to add a school resource officer (SRO) to Crompond Elementary School. The officer would ...

School Board Elections in Lakeland, Yorktown Draw Crowded Fields

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Twelve candidates are vying for four seats on the Lakeland Central School District Board of Education.

The nine-member board usually has three seats up for grabs every year. However, the resignation of trustee Angela Conti created an even-more-crowded field. Her seat, which has since been filled by board-appointee Marianne DiSalvo Kolesar, expires at the end of the ...

Lakeland School Board Adopts 2022-23 Budget

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – A $175.7 million budget for the 2022-23 school year, a 4.41% increase from last year, was adopted last week by the Lakeland Central School District Board of Education.

If approved by voters, this budget would raise property taxes by 1.99% district-wide. 

Superintendent Karen Gagliardi said that the cost of most of the necessary services for Lakeland Central ...

Yorktown School District Voters to Decide $108.8 Million Budget

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Central School District’s $108.8 million spending plan is slated to rise by nearly $6.9 million in 2022-23, a 6.77% jump from a year ago. To avoid passing those costs onto local taxpayers, the district is digging deeper into its cash reserves and relying on a $2.7 million spike in state aid.

All told, property taxes are expected to rise by 1.91% in the ...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the 2022-23 NYS Budget

May 18, 2022

After another marathon budget week in Albany, the Assembly, Senate, and Gov. Hochul finally came to an agreement and finished the state’s 2022-23 budget. Due at midnight on April 1, the complete budget was not passed until approximately 9:30 a.m. on April 9. Any private-sector job or business loses when it fails to meet basic deadlines, but not for the leaders of our state.

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Critics Stand in the Way of Progress

May 8, 2022

It’s always easy to find people opposed to change. They’ll throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. This irresponsible behavior is without regard for people that have built solid reputations and track records.

In the case of Unicorn Contracting Corp., and their plans for Underhill Farm in Yorktown, a few outspoken residents, opposed to any change, have made false and ...

A Letter to My Future Great-Grandchild

In “Cyrano,” a touching movie that seemed to go largely unnoticed this year, there is a delicate and moving song, “Wherever I Fall.” The backdrop is simple — three soldiers, about to go on a suicidal mission, write farewell letters to their loved ones. The first soldier writes to his wife and children, the second to his girlfriend, and the third to his dad. All three ...

Tales of Ties and Tails

That headline-grabbing, delinquent supply chain has now wormed its wayward way into graduation ceremonies, of all things. In some cases, cases of caps and gowns and hoods (those sash-ish affairs that denote academic degree) are backlogged in production or in transit, leaving schools to scramble to ensure their alumni-in-waiting are decorously adorned, as tradition dictates.

Shortages of sashes ...

Your Next Chapter: Estate Planning Considerations for the Newly Retired

Congratulations on your retirement!

Like many, you probably have a bucket list of things you would like to accomplish such as travel the world, spend more time with your grandkids and take up a new hobby. While these are all excellent ambitions, the milestone of retirement is also a good time to ensure your finances, beneficiary designations, estate planning, and long-term care strategy are in ...