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CLASSIFIEDS act impact of new bail
LEISURE reform law
OPINION Some local o cials say bill was
Jamison Castrataro soars through well-intended but misguided
the air for her dismount from the
balance beam during the Section 1 BY BOB DUMAS Here in Putnam County, three
championships held Feb. 6 at Carm- EDITOR incarcerated men were recently
el High School. e Indians nished released under the new law, in-
in second place, but Castrataro and Criminal justice activists have cluding Javier Lorenzano-Ferca-
three of her Mahopac teammates long advocated for a change in no, who had been charged with
quali ed for the state champion- New York State’s bail system, felony vehicular manslaughter
ships, which will be held on Satur- saying cash bail creates two sepa- and leaving the scene of an acci-
day, Feb. 29, at Cold Spring Harbor rate levels within the courts—one dent, because the crime was con-
High School. For more photos from in which people of means can get sidered to be “nonviolent.”
the sectionals, see the centerspread out quickly and return to their
on pages 14 and 15. families, while the underprivi- County District Attorney
leged accused of low-level crimes Robert Tendy said the new law
PHOTO: TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL remain in jail awaiting trial, away creates problems on several
from their children and jobs. fronts—one being the di culty
in getting o enders to return to
On Jan. 1, a new law went into court when no bail is set.
e ect that sought to remedy this
problem. Criminal courts are “It is going to mean a lot more
now prohibited from setting cash bench warrants,”Tendy told Ma-
bail for most misdemeanors and hopac News. “We had a pretty
nonviolent felonies. progressive bail statute based on
whether they are a threat to ee.
While that may sound good on I thought it was a pretty good
paper, critics say the well-intend- system.”
ed law has caused chaos within
the criminal justice system, re- Tendy said there are now 40 to
leasing potentially dangerous 50 crimes on the books for which
criminals back onto the streets bail can no longer be set.
and putting the population in
danger. “Some are quite serious, even
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valentines to vets
BY BOB DUMAS
Mahopac’s littlest Cub Scouts gathered at Mahopac Library on
Saturday (Feb, 1) for a project they hope will brighten Valentine’s
Day for military veterans and active soldiers.
As part of a program overseen by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the
young Scouts crafted their own Valentine cards and letters, which
they will send to the congressman, who, in turn, will send them to
the vets and the soldiers.
“ is is a good opportunity to help teach the Scouts how a kind
gesture can go a long way,” said Andrew MeKeel, Cub Scout Pack Members of Cub Scout Pack 371 work on their Valentines for Vets project at the Mahopac Library.
371 leader. “We are trying to show that what
they write here can impact someone else and
make them feel good. Sean Patrick Malo-
ney will receive these letters and distribute
them to various places like veterans’ homes
and hospitals like at Montrose and Castle
Point and even where they may be stationed
“ ey (Maloney’s sta ) have the means to
distribute them, which is great because we
are kind of doing it blindly,” Mekeel contin-
ued. “It gives [the Scouts] a good connection
and helps them grasp the concept of what
a veteran is because that can sometimes be
e Scouts are mostly kindergarteners
(called the Lions Den), but others were in-
vited to join them.
“We brought in older brothers and sisters
to make it more inclusive,” MeKeel said.
It was the rst time Mahopac Scouts have
taken on the project, but this marks the sixth Six-year-old Kai Harrison works on his valentine. Samuel MeKeel, 6, comtemplates his creation. PHOTOS: BOB DUMAS
year that Maloney has sponsored it.
Mahopac’s Laura Spallina inducted
into Tech Center Hall of Fame
Laura Spallina PHOTO COURTESY OF PNW BOCES Mahopac resident Laura Spallina, a clinical coordinator/ inspiration, caring about and teaching our students.”
surgical hospitalist-nurse practitioner at Northern West- Spallina said that teaching the New Visions students is
chester Hospital, has been named the rst inductee into
the Hall of Fame for the Career and Technical Education really rewarding and is happy to spread the word about the
Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES. joys of her career.
Spallina, a former New Visions Health student and Car- “I hope to help others realize how great this profession
mel High School alum, credits her studies at Tech for her is,” she said
Spallina enjoys helping students in the program realize
“My time as a New Vision student helped me learn that their potential.
my true passion was to be a nurse at Northern Westchester
Hospital,” Spallina said. “It is great being part of their journey to nd out who
they really want to be,” she said. “And it is always a success
New Visions Health students intern at area hospitals when New Visions students go to nursing school because
and do rotations with di erent specialists, learning about this profession is a great steppingstone to so many di erent
the various areas of medicine before they even begin col- opportunities. Nurses can change their specialty multiple
lege. times and get to help people every day.”
Spallina, who graduated from Hunter-Bellevue’s School Lois Demaio, director of Advanced Clinical Practitio-
of Nursing in 2010, went on to receive her master’s as a ners-Surgery at Northern Westchester, said that Spallina is
family nurse practitioner from Pace University. She worked most deserving of this recognition.
in labor and delivery at NWH, advanced to patient care
manager and became a surgical nurse practitioner in 2014. “I’m so glad she’s on our team,” she said. “She’s such an
important piece of the hospital and how we function here.”
In addition to her work at the hospital, Spallina also
teaches New Visions Health students, who she welcomes e best part of her job, Spallina said, is meeting new
into the hospital. people and “learning something new every day.”
“Laura is so deserving of this honor,”said Caroline Mur- “I enjoy being with patients and advocating for them and
phy, a teacher in the New Visions Health program and a comforting them. In health care, there is always room for
registered nurse. “She has been an amazing resource and further education and growth,” she said.
Article courtesy of PNW BOCES
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Vito’s foolish heart
OF HUMAN Every so often while writ- along, almost writing itself, until expecting a column with roses Alright, so I’m no Word-
INTEREST ing these little columns I got to the part where Rose and and heart-shaped candy boxes, sworth. I o er the poem only
LORENZO serendipity strikes and Vito rst met. Suddenly, I real- or one meant to rekindle love’s as full disclosure. I don’t attach
GARO I discover a column within a ized that I had a more interest- sentimental ame, give me a much signi cance to falling in
column. It happened recently ing story to tell, especially with break. Eternal love is nice work love, especially at rst sight. It
when I was writing about my Valentine’s Day on the horizon. if you can get it, but for every can happen at one tra c light
octogenarian neighbors, Rose Vito fell in love with Rose at two hearts melded together or the next, or both. And yet
and Vito. in sweet love, you can bet that Vito, from the moment he rst
rst sight. Rose had a whole there are at least 10 adrift in glimpsed her, has been madly in
e column was humming other story to tell. So, if you’re what-ifs. love with Rose for 65 years. But
how about Rose?
Put your “ e Beautiful Room Is
Empty,” I know what’s in that Personality wise, Vito is
ease...mind at book without having read it. an opera, large, booming and
• Elder Law And I have feeling that a lot of emotional; Rose a silly song
• Wills & Trusts people can guess what’s in that with a whimsical melody, like
• Estate Planning book. You might be happily vaudeville. One day, we were
• Medicaid Planning married, have a signi cant other, sitting in their cozy living room,
• Guardianships but somewhere in the back of surrounded by pictures of their
• Probates your mind there’s always the one grandchildren, and I asked what
that got away. e one you met I thought was an innocuous
on a train, the perfect stranger question: “How did you two
with whom you danced on air, kids meet?”
the college ing, the one who
left you alone in that beautiful ey met at a wedding recep-
room, wondering what might tion. Rose stood on a balcony;
have been. the most beautiful woman Vito
had ever seen. He marched up
When I was 18 years-old, I the stairs, walked up to her and
wrote a poem that began like said, “I’m going to marry you.”
this: “Half out of mind and half
out of sight/ I fell in love at a “And what did you say?” I
tra c light / I thought it as real asked Rose.
as the most beautiful ower/
But it was only a fragrance that “Nothing. I thought he was
lasted an hour.” crazy.”
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GARO “He died young,” Rose said, BECKERMAN look like someone who’s had contraption that looked, for all
FROM PAGE 12 their face stretched too tight. intents and purposes, like a jock
referring to Sammy. “I have FROM PAGE 10 But I was curious if there was strap. She showed me a picture
anything that I could do that of what someone actually looked
11 grandchildren. If I’d gone turkey necks, they told me there wouldn’t be too much of a big like with the jock strap thing
was nothing I could do—it was deal. around their face and neck and it
eir rst date took place at o with Sammy, Snake Hips genetic—and I came from a was as bad as I had imagined.
long line of turkey necks dating “ ere are some injections we
Carnegie Hall. Toscanini was Sammy, all the girls called him, back to my ancestors in the old could give you that would melt en she told me the price.
country who needed those necks the fat. Or we could do liposuc- “What do you think?” she
conducting the Italian Philhar- what would I have? Eleven to store matzoh balls during the tion in that area.” nally asked.
cold, lean months in Siberia. “I think I could buy a cool
monic Orchestra. Hearing this, bowling balls?” She showed me some before- used car for the cost of the turkey
is was not something diet and-after photos of some of her neck procedure,” I replied. “I’ll
I said, “So, you fell in love over I liked this guy Sammy. or exercise could solve. I would patients and I had to admit, they look so good in it nobody will
need a professional turkey neck looked really great. notice my neck.”
the great Toscanini.” Someone had to stick up for intervention.
“OK, but what’s the recovery My dog Monty now has his own
“No,” said Rose. “I fell asleep him. “So, what can I do about my time?” I asked. Instagram account! To see what
neck,” I asked my dermatologist. he’s doing, come follow him at @
over the great Toscanini.” “But, Rose,’ I said. “You loved Aside from zapping a few sun “Not that long,”she said bright- MontyWearsBoxerShorts.
spots, I generally preferred to ly.“You just have to wear this on
Vito took Rose to the ghts Sammy!” grow old gracefully rather than your head for a week or so.”
on their next date, which she In a loud voice, Vito cried, She whipped out a stretchy
hated. And she discovered that “She loves me!”
Vito, lustful for blood, had a Rose shot back. “Who said
cruel streak. I do?”
I said, “Don’t tell me you fell It was impossible to tell
in love with Vito’s cruel streak?” whether she was serious or not.
Rose shook her head. “I was We nished our cannolis and
already in love with a hand- expressos in ordinary fashion:
some boy from the neighbor- Rose and Vito couldn’t stop
hood. His name was Sammy. talking about their grandchil- SCHIFFREN
He was practicing becoming a dren. I started to fall asleep. But FROM PAGE 8 can be no doubt that her base pected to be better o a year from
ate up the comment like candy. now than they are today. at is
professional pool player.” it was an odd afternoon, one for Republicans. hey have thoroughly hypnotized the highest number Gallup has
And the event concluded with themselves into believing every- ever recorded in answer to the
Vito interrupted. “He wanted I’ve been trying to make sense thing Trump is doing is bad for second question.
Nancy Pelosi so incensed by the the country and that every word
to be a professional bowler, of ever since. fact that Trump had successfully out of his mouth is an utter lie. Last but not at all least,Trump
made an appeal to minority vot- was acquitted from impeachment
Rose.” We call it love because we ers that she ripped up the speech Meanwhile, January employ-
on camera. ment numbers were also an- What a week!
Sammy asked Rose to go have to call it something, this nounced last week, with the U.S. You come at the king, you best
“He shredded the truth, so I adding 225,000 jobs, an uptick, not miss.
with him to California. He strange emotion that has shredded his speech,” Pelosi told showing a strengthening econ-
her House Democrats. “What we omy. And a recent Gallop poll Mara Schi ren, PhD, is a writer,
o ered to stop in Las Vegas enslaved Vito for 65 years. heard last night was a disgrace.” found that 59 percent of those certi ed Functional Medicine
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dreamed of a house lled with grandchildren.
children, same as Rose. All What is love? Is it a red-hot
Sammy dreamed about was ember on a cold night, a wave
being the best bowler in the crashing in the sea, a dream?
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REFORM prosecutors and judges should shouldn’t be tweaked or adjusted;
FROM PAGE 1
have been consulted. ‘[Lawmakers] listened to special interest he says it needs to be thrown out
“[Lawmakers] listened to spe- and legislators need to go back to
though they’re considered ‘non- cial-interest groups and lobby- groups and lobbyists—some well- square one.
violent,’” he said. “Now, if you’re ists—some well intended—but intended—but they owed it to their “It needs to be fully repealed,
caught with a kilo of heroin, bail they owed it to their constituents
and we need to start over,”he said.
can’t be set.” to listen to the attorneys who constituents to listen to the attorneys “Tweaks won’t do it. We need to
who live in this world.’ allow judges the discretion; they
Tendy said the new law is par- live in this world,” he said. “ ey are the ones best suited to make
ticularly egregious because the formed opinions that the current
state is struggling with an opioid system is racist and impacts poor - Bob Tendy these decisions, not some legisla-
crisis. He said some defense at- people, and an argument can be Putnam County District Attorney tors in Albany.”
torneys don’t like the new law be- made if it has disproportion-
Both Tendy and Putnam
cause if they have a client strug- ally impacted people of color and County Sheri Robert Langley
gling with addiction, they can no poor people. But if that is true, said the bail-reform law is a ect-
longer leave them in jail to detox, you x that problem. You don’t ing how law enforcement does it
which is something families will start releasing people into the job and is demoralizing for inves-
occasionally request. He said street. e impact has been im- the new law was not the sole fac- Most agree the old law needed tigators.
the goal has been to get the ad- mediate, and people are dying tor in NYC’s spike in crime. to be changed. But what those ‘It a ects morale,” Tendy said.
dict into rehab or appear in the from it.” “ at 17 percent could be a changes should be is at the center “A lot of work goes into a case,
Putnam County Judicial Diver- Last week, the NYPD released myriad of factors and indicative of the debate. sometimes round-the-clock
sion/Treatment Court, but that its rst monthly crime stats since of many things,” he said. “It’s “ e bail system needed to be work. en you nally make the
can’t be done until they get their the state enacted the bail-reform wrong [to blame the new law]; overhauled; it was a fundamen- arrest and have good evidence
minds clear and become more initiative, and it shows an increase it’s hysteria. ere was a case tally awed system,” Harckham and then the suspects are imme-
agreeable to the idea. Having in nearly all crimes except mur- where the judge had discretion said. “You are supposed to be in- diately released and [the investi-
them detox in jail can help with ders and rapes. at includes a [about bail] and didn’t use it and nocent until proven guilty and it gators] have to ask, ‘What are we
that, he said. 16.9 percent increase in all major then blamed it on the bail law.” shouldn’t be based on income. It doing this for?’”
However, state Sen. Pete index categories, with shootings Tendy said it’s ironic that if an was a racist and a awed system.” Langley said one of his o ce’s
Harckham called that an “old up 27 percent, robberies up 35 o ender has a reputation for not Harckham said that if the greatest frustrations is that detec-
school way of thinking.” percent, burglaries up 18 percent, showing up for court dates, judg- new law is going to be changed, tives and deputies now have to go
“ ere are arraignment diver- auto thefts up 70 percent, grand es still can’t impose bail under the it should be done based on facts back to the same complaints in-
sion programs that can be uti- larcenies up 10 percent and felo- new law. and not hysteria. volving the same defendants.
lized,” he said. “If this is the rst ny assaults up 8.5 percent. Con- “ is is not reform, it’s fool- “We are open to making en- “It’s a revolving door,” he said.
time that we are touching some- versely, murders are down nearly ishness,” the DA said. “If you hancements and amendments for “You have people committing the
one [for addiction] in the crimi- 20 percent. Rapes are also down. have a person who has a history public safety and I think you will same crimes to support them-
nal justice system, it is an indica- But the bail-reform law does not of not returning to court and see changes made, but they have selves because they either have a
tion that the system has failed.” impact the last two crimes since law enforcement locates them a to be fact-based changes.” substance-abuse problem or they
But Tendy argues that the new those violent felonies still require year later and drags them back But Assemblyman Kevin By- don’t have a job and need money.
law wasn’t well thought out, and bail. to court, you can’t set bail for a rnes, who voted against the bail- SEE REFORM PAGE 17
that law enforcement o cials, However, Harckham says that charge of bail jumping.” reform change, said the new law
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REFORM did debate this. I had conversa- we are ramming it through in the sooner, we will,” the senator said. most cases but to just release
FROM PAGE 16
tions with a lot of folks because state budget,” he said. “We voted “We have to get everyone on the people who have been accused of
it was outside my expertise. A lot on it at 3 a.m. it’s not good gov- same page and the governor too.” everything from assault to stalk-
If someone is a repeat o ender, [of legislators] knew there were ernance. But I am encouraged Harckham said he’s met with ing to criminally negligent homi-
that’s problematic for society. strong objections but did it any- that some in the majority have Tendy and commiserates with cide.”
“We put a lot of time into put- way.” signaled they are willing to revisit some of his concerns. She also agreed that some
ting together a discharge planner Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said it. But I don’t think ramming it “I appreciate very much the changes to the law were needed,
to help them overcome addic- he would be amenable to chang- through in another budget [will approach Bob Tendy is taking,” but the current version of bail re-
tion,” the sheri continued. “We ing the law yet again to address work]. We need a standalone he said. “We met for two hours. form goes too far.
have a caseworker, an employee some of these concerns, but for clean, full rebill; start over with We are looking for actual facts “We don’t want to see anyone
from Arms Acres. e planner some the question is how and public hearings. Some reforms and what incidents may or may whose situation doesn’t warrant
evaluates them to see if they can when. Tendy said it can’t happen can be made—some were incar- not have occurred because of it be kept in jail needlessly while
be an outpatient or in-patient in soon enough cerated for an unfair period of [the new law]. I do think they awaiting trial, but that’s where a
a controlled environment. Social “ ey are taking way too long,” time. We can have those conver- have some legitimate concerns judge’s discretion comes in,” she
Services makes sure they have all he said. “If I was a legislator and sations. Advocates say New Jer- and I appreciate them sharing said. “Legal experts say that in
the paperwork in order, so treat- knew that someone who was sey did it, but they did it di er- them with me in a constructive some cases being held in jail on
ment continues. is [new law] going to die was my child [as a ently over a couple of years and way. If someone is a proven ight bail before trial can actually help a
has thrown a monkey wrench result of the law], I would move funded training. risk, if someone has a history of defendant. ose who are su er-
into all that.” heaven and earth to get this “Let’s do it now; we shouldn’t noncompliance, we should let the ing from drug addiction or men-
Tendy said the new law was changed immediately. is is an wait for the budget,” Byrne con- judge take that into account.” tal illness often have more sup-
“almost encouraging” o enders easy x. You have the ve [New tinued. e criminals know about County Executive MaryEl- port services available to them in
to commit crimes. “You don’t York City] boroughs wagging the this, and they are using it and len Odell also complained that jail than when they are released.
have to worry about spending dog that is New York State.” gloating about it. It is o ensive the new law took the decision- Considering we are in the midst
any time in jail and don’t have to Byrne said the original bail- and demoralizing.” making process out of the hands of an opioid epidemic that is kill-
worry about cleaning up your act. reform law was part of the bud- Harckham said that he, too, of the judge. ing thousands of people every
It’s a dangerous message to send,” get package. He said that can’t knows some changes need to be “ ey can no longer listen to year, requiring addicts to spend
he said. “You are almost encour- happen again with any revised made but thinks it will indeed the facts and weigh whether the time in a drug-free environment
aging them to commit more version because it would take too happen when the budget is nal- person in front of them poses a can be lifesaving. Again, this
crimes.” long. ized in March. threat to society,” she said. “In- should be up to a judge who has
Langley also said that it makes “ ere’s a huge problem when “If we can get something done stead, judges have no choice in studied all the facts to decide.”
it harder for investigators to use
informants during drug investi-
“It puts informants in harm’s
way,” he said. “When a suspect
gets put right back out on the
street, the rst thing they’ll do
now is look for the last person
that they sold to. It’s hard now to
nd people to help us.”
Tendy said it seems as though
many lawmakers didn’t even read
the complete bill before voting
on it, because if they had there
would have been a di erent out-
come. But Byrne said everyone
knew exactly what they were do-
ing, both those who voted “yes”
and those who vote “no.”
“I reject that that argument,”
Byrne said. “Everyone knew, and
we sounded the alarm that it
was going to be a problem. We
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Mahopac legends honored in moving ceremony
Fitness center named for Keevins; Corace, Collins go into Hall of Fame
BY SKIP PEARLMAN placed in the Hall of Fame. “I
CONTRIBUTING WRITER can’t believe all the alumni who
have come back. And the girls I
e Mahopac community coach now at Mercy, they came
showed their love for a trio of over. It’s just an awesome night,
coaching legends last Friday and a lot of emotions. It’s just
night (Feb. 7) during a moving tremendous… it really makes
ceremony at halftime of the Ma- you feel like all the hours you put
hopac vs. Brewster boys basket- in are worth it.”
ball game on Senior Night. Collins said of being honored,
Former coach and athletic di- “It’s not necessary, but it’s appre-
rector, Gerry Keevins, had the ciated. When you start coaching,
school‘s tness center named this is not your goal. I am for-
after him, and former coach tunate—with the support of my
Joe Corace and current veteran family. Mahopac is a great place,
coach Vin Collins were both in- I’ve worked with some great
ducted into Mahopac’s Hall of mentors, some great coaches,
Fame. and it’s truly an honor tonight.”
A packed gymnasium—in- Collins has coached, and
cluding former athletes who continues to coach, and taught
played under the trio, current at Mahopac for more than 40
and former coaches, family years. He started a 41-year run
members and a large contingent as gymnastics coach in 1979,
of players from the Mercy Col- and has been an integral part of Legendary coaches Vin Collins, Joe Corace and Gerry Keevins were honored last week at Mahopac.
lege women’s team Corace’s cur- the football program as well.
rently coaches—showered the Collins-led teams have won
trio with love, as they were each four Section 1 championships
introduced by Athletic Director and 12 Divisional titles. He’s
Frank Miele. been named Section 1 Coach of
“It’s a tremendous honor,” the Year six times, and has been
Keevins said following the cer- Section 1 Gymnastics Coordi-
emony, as he admired the t- nator since 1993.
ness center with his family sur- Corace coached lacrosse (boys
rounding him. “I spent over 35 and girls) for 27 years (and is in
years here, coaching gymnastics, his 40th year of coaching). He
football, then as athletic direc- led Mahopac teams to four Sec-
tor, and I’m happy to have had a tion 1 titles, and one New York
hand in developing this facility, State championship with the
the elds, the lights, the turf, the boys team. Corace is a three-
tness center, the new gym— time Coach of the Year, and a
and developing the football pro- member of the Hudson Valley
gram. e strength program was Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
a major part of it, including in Keevins had a 36-year career
girls sports. So I’m very proud at Mahopac, ending in 2003.
of it, and very thankful. Tonight Keevins coached football from
was a great tribute, and I’m very 1971-2003, compiling a re-
thankful for it.” cord of 154-74-4, winning nine
Corace and Collins were also league titles, and making play-
visibly moved by the honor, and o appearances in all but one
the turnout of current and for- season. He was named MSG PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN
mer players and coaches. Coach of the Year in 1984, and is
a member of the College Foot- FAB FIVE: Five of Mahopac’s most inﬂuential coaches over the last 40 years: Gerry Keevins, Frank Miele,
“It’s really overwhelming,” ball Hall of Fame. Joe Corace, Vin Collins and Ted Georgalas, in front of the Mahopac Hall of Fame wall
Corace said, after his plaque was
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Six seniors on the Mahopac hockey team were honored on Seniors Julia Israel, Sophia Cotroneo, Chase Santoriella, Danny Schum, Aidan Martin and Cooper
Senior Night, a 6-5 defeat to Fox Lane at Brewster Ice Arena Betancourt
on Saturday, Feb. 9.
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Schum (assistant captain), Cooper Betancourt (captain) and
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Schum scored 4 goals in the hard-fought loss. Ryan Caraher BETANCOURT
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assist; and Nick Stiller had 1 assist.
CLARKSTOWN 7, MAHOPAC 4
Caraher had a hat trick in the Indians’ 7-4 loss to Clarkstown
at the Palisades Mall on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Schum added 1 goal
and 2 assists; Martin had 1 assist; Nick Biagini had 1 assist; and
Matt Luczkowski had 1 assist.
MONROE WOODBURY 6, MAHOPAC 4
Mahopac dropped another contest to Monroe-Woodbury on
Monday, Feb. 10, at Ice Time Sports in Newburgh.
e Indians were led by Caraher (2 goals), Schum (1 goal),
Jordan Donatone (1 goal), Israel (1 assist), Betancourt (1 assist),
and Martin (1 assist).
Mahopac’s nal regular-season game will be against Horace
Greeley at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Brewster Ice Arena.
PAGE 20 MAHOPAC NEWS SPORTS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020
WRESTLINMG ahopac sends 13 to
Section 1 championships Fitzpatrick
BY SKIP PEARLMAN sectionals) improved his season Xander Smith (106), Aidan
CONTRIBUTING WRITER record to 37-2, while Roa (third Muldoon (120), Ryan Kick (126), opponent in
at sectionals last year), upped his Brock Fitzpatrick (170), Londrim a 170-pound
e Mahopac High School season mark to 34-3. Hasanramaj (220), and Larry
wrestling team performed well Nardecchia (145) all took seconds semiﬁnal.
at divisionals—qualifying an Indians coach Steve Tornambe at the divisional tournament. Liam Condon
impressive 13 grapplers for this said the duo is peaking at the right
weekend’s Section 1 champion- time, and ready for this weekend’s James Russo (132) and Liam of Mahopac
ship tournament, with action tournament. Condon (170) took thirds, and wins a third-
opening Saturday at Sleepy Hol- AJ Watts (138), and Sa ullah place bout at
low High, and concluding Sunday “ ey both looked tough,”Tor- Ahmed (195) both placed fourth 170 pounds.
with semis and nals at Clark- nambe said. “Angelo beat a good in their respective weight class-
stown South High. kid in the nals, pinned him in es. Mahopac‘s Sam Przymylski
the third, and had a dominant earned a wildcard at 106 pounds.
Sophomore Angelo Centrone performance.Tyler has been mov-
and senior Tyler Roa, team cap- ing well, he’s looking tough, and “A couple of the kids surprised
tains, both took rsts at last Sat- I think they’re both right where me,” the coach said. “AJ taking a
urday’s Division II tournament at they should be. fourth was good for him, Liam
Westlake High School. looked very good. Ahmed came
“I think the picture looks great up big, that was nice to see. And
Wrestlers needed a top-four for both of them to advance,” the it was good to see so many of our
nish in order to advance to this coach said. “Both of them are guys qualify. Six seniors and seven
weekend’s championships. looking to get to the nals, and underclassmen—that’s a good
Centrone (second at last year‘s they’ll be ne if they can stay fo- thing.”
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Mahopac rolls past Brewster on Senior Night
Indians also beat Greenburgh;
fall to JJEF, Ketcham
BY SKIP PEARLMAN McMahon added. “We had no
CONTRIBUTING WRITER energy to start the game. We did
come back, and we went up in the
e Mahopac High School third (Mahopac led by seven after
boys basketball team rolled to three). But in the fourth quarter
a stress-free 50-37 victory over they chipped away, and we didn’t
Brewster last Friday night on Se- make enough plays in the last few
nior Night. e Indians didn’t fare minutes.”
as well Monday at John Jay (East Matt McMahon led the In-
Fishkill), falling to the Patriots, dians with 12 points, and John PHOTO: SKIP PEARLMAN
50-47. Cosentino and Ryan Reilly each Mahopac seniors Mike Kertelits, Matthew McMahon, Adam Mitchell and Tommy O’Brien on Senior Night
Mahopac also posted a 54-44 added 8 points for Mahopac,
victory over Greenburgh-North which nishes regular-season play them had season-highs, and they and scoring o the bench. It was ter when a team smacks us in the
Castle last ursday (Feb. 6), and at 9-9. 3-5. all played all but the last two min- a solid win.” mouth.”
lost to Roy C. Ketcham two days Last Friday night on Senior utes. It was a special night for the e prior Tuesday against e Indians were set to close
earlier on the road, 54-39. Night at Mahopac, the Indians team and our program. ey’ve RCK, Matt McMahon (who out regular-season play Wednes-
In Monday’s loss at John Jay, had their way with a struggling worked hard all year, and they de- was named All-League) led the day (Feb. 12), hosting New Ro-
the Indians came out at, but still 4-14 Brewster Bears squad. served this night.” Indians with 9 points and 4 as- chelle. First-round playo games
managed to put themselves in po- Matt McMahon had a sea- In Mahopac‘s win over Green- sists, Bastone added 8 points, 5 are scheduled for Feb. 22.
sition to win in the nal minutes. son-high 18 points to go with burgh-North Castle, Vin Bastone rebounds and 3 assists, and Pat- “I feel good about the playo s,”
“It was back-and-forth, and 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Mike led the way with 14 points, 6 re- rick McMahon had 6 points. McMahon said. “We’ve had our
we did have a chance at one shot Kertelits had 8 points and 5 re- bounds and 6 assists. Luke Syku “We played one of our best ups and downs, but the guys are
to tie it at the end,“ said Indians bounds, Adam Mitchell had 6 had 12 points, and Mike Calla- halves of the season in the rst all veterans now. We’ve done this
coach Tom McMahon. “But it points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, han added 9. half, and led 22-15 at the break,” 20 times. We’re ready. We have
was from half-court, a heave that Tom O’Brien had 4 points, 3 as- “ at was a very good team ef- the coach said. “But RCK got Cosentino back (he’s been out
did not fall. sists and 3 steals, and Chris Clark fort,” McMahon said. “Vin has hot in the third, and hit all 13 of with an inury), that’s big for us.
“We nished the league 1-3 on had 6 points. been playing great, and this was their shots. at turned the game Our strength has been defense,
the road, and we’ve been very up- “I was very happy for our four another strong game from him. around. ey’re a good team, but and defense can win games in the
and-down, especially on the road,” seniors,“ McMahon said. “All of Mike also gave us good minutes we have to learn how to react bet- playo s.”
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Mahopac posts 64-57 win over Lourdes
Closes season with 38-34 triumph over John Jay
BY SKIP PEARLMAN sive win of the season last Wednesday PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITER (Feb. 5), as the Indians rolled to a 64-57
league victory over Our Lady of Lourdes, Mahopac seniors Olivia Conlin and April Heady with their parents at Monday’s Senior
Mahopac High School’s girls basketball handing the Lady Warriors their only Night game
team may have posted their most impres- league loss of the season.
over Roy C. Ketcham the prior Tuesday, playo tournament, which gets underway
Caitlyn O’Boyle brings the ball up Monday Lourdes (14-4, 7-1) led 19-15 after a
vs. John Jay. quarter, but the Indians defense held the with Klammer’s 20-point performance with outbracket games on Feb. 15 and
host to 9 points in the second, with the
‘Pac taking a 30-28 lead into the break. leading the Indians. O’Boyle and Melanie rst-round action Saturday, Feb. 22. Quar-
Mahopac (14-6, 7-3) won the third (19- DeMeo each added 11 points for Ma- ter nals are set for Friday, Feb. 28, semi -
17) and fourth (15-12) and hung on for
the win. hopac. nals (at the Westchester County Center)
Coach Chuck Scozzafava said he wasn’t e Indians are expected to host a rst- on March 5, and nals (at the County
round game in the upcoming Class AA Center) on March 8.
“I really felt like we should have beat
them the rst time (a 67-65 OLL win) we
played,” Scozzafava said. “We just missed
a few chances at the end. But this time we
played well, and nished it.”
Caitlyn O’Boyle led the way with 14
points for Mahopac, Mia Klammer added
13, and Kristina Rush had 12.
Mahopac honored seniors April Heady
and Olivia Conlin on Monday on Senior
Night, where the Indians concluded regu-
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Becker among the decade’s best
Mahopac High School softball pitcher
Shannon Becker was honored Monday at
Mahopac for being the only active player
to be named to LoHud’s All-Decade soft-
Becker, a junior, still has two seasons to
pitch for the Indians, and could make the
next decade team as well. Becker is already
a three-time All-Section selection, and a
two-time League 1A Pitcher of the Year,
with a 19-4 record last season to go with a
0.39 ERA. She received national attention
when she threw a perfect game and struck
out all 21 batters, a rst in New York State.
Shannon Becker (center) is surrounded by
(from left): Mike Mongon; Athletic Director
Frank Miele; brother Chris; coach Christina
Giansante; and parents Bob and Rhonda.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 LEGAL NOTICES MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 25
LEGAL NOTICE and then at said o ce publicly D.P.C. Cash deposits will not be installing new ceiling panels in Bid security and proof of
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID opened and read aloud for: accepted. Any Bidder requiring
documents to be shipped shall the lter building. quali cations to perform the
NOTICE IS HEREBY make arrangements with REV
GIVEN that sealed bids will be and pay for all packaging and Bids should exclude sales Work shall be as described in the
received at the o ce of the Town shipping costs.
Clerk of the Town of Carmel, CONTRACT #C 260 and compensating use taxes on Instructions to Bidders.
Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Avenue, Deposits will not be refunded
Mahopac, New York, 10541, CARMEL SEWER DISTRICT 2 to any non-bidder (including materials incorporated into the Bidders shall comply with
until 11:00 a.m. on ursday, material suppliers,subcontractors,
the 27th day of February, 2020 SAND FILTER BUILDING or those that provide quotes to work. A bid bond in the amount all special and statutory
at which time all bids will be Bidders).
opened and publicly read and ROOF REPLACEMENT equal to at least ve (5%) percent requirements in accordance with
recorded by the Town Clerk not Questions should be sent to
less than ve (5) days subsequent 11 OLD ROUTE 6 Ablen Amrod, P.E. via email at of the Bid will be required with the Instructions to Bidders.
to publication of this notice in the aamrod@delawareengineering.
o cial newspapers of the Town CARMEL, NY 10512 com or Fax at (518) 452-1335. submission of each bid. e Contract time of
of Carmel for the following: All questions shall be received
All bidders must comply with by March 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in successful bidders, to whom the commencement and completion
BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR order to receive consideration.
THE TOWN OF CARMEL Section 103(a) and 103(d) of contracts are awarded, will be will be as speci ed in the
RECREATION AND PARKS Please note that www.
2020 SUMMER CAMP the General Municipal Law debiddocuments.com is the required to provide a payment Agreement.
PROGRAM designated location and means
relating to non-collusive bidding for distributing and obtaining and performance bond equal to e Bid Bond Form is
All bidders shall comply with all bid package information. All
Section l03-A and 103-D of and waiver of immunity against Bidders are urged to register to the full amount of the Contract. contained in the Proposal.
the General Municipal Law ensure receipt of all necessary
relating to non-collusive bidding criminal prosecution. information including bid Bids will be received on an Each bid shall be accompanied
and waiver of immunity against addenda. All bid addenda will
criminal prosecution. Contract Documents, be transmitted to registered itemized unit price basis. New by a Bid Bond,or Certi ed Check
plan holders via email and
Speci cations may be obtained including Advertisement for will be available at www. York State and Federal Prevailing accompanied by a Certi cate of
at the o ce of the Town Clerk at debiddocuments.com. Plan
the above address, between the Bids, Information for Bidders, holders who have paid for hard Wage Requirements shall apply Surety, the coverage of which is
hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. copies of the bid documents will
Monday through Friday. Labor and Employment, need to make the determination to this project. speci ed in the Instructions to
if hard copies of the addenda
Bid envelopes shall be marked Additional Instructions, Bid are required for their use, and And as more fully described Bidders.
“BID” plus item bid. All bids coordinate directly with REV
must be submitted on bid form Documents, Agreement, for hard copies of addenda to be in the Contract Documents is project is subject to the
furnished by the Town of Carmel. issued. ere will be no charge for
General Conditions, General registered plan holders to obtain (Plans and Speci cations) and provisions of Article 5-A of the
e Town Board of the Town hard copies of the bid addenda.
of Carmel reserves the right Requirements, Speci cations, as required to complete the General Municipal Law of the
to reject any and all bids and Bids actually received by mail
abandon the proposal or may Contract Drawings and any or by hand after the appointed PROJECT. State of New York.
reject all bids and re-advertise for time on the date speci ed shall
new bids at a future date. Addenda, may be examined at no be rejected. One original and one e foregoing is a general For any reason whatsoever,
copy of the bid forms must be
By Order of the Town Board of expense on line at the following submitted. description only and shall not or for no reason, the Town
the Town of Carmel
website: www.debiddocuments. A MANDATORY Pre-Bid be construed as a complete reserves the right to waive any
Ann Spo ord, Town Clerk Conference will be held on
com under ‘public projects’, or Tuesday, March 3rd 10:00am description of the Work to be SEE LEGALS PAGE 27
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID at the Carmel Sewer District performed for this Project.
at the Town of Carmel Town WWTP, 11 Old Route 6,
NOTICE IS HEREBY Carmel, New York 10512.
GIVEN THAT sealed Bids will Hall, 60 McAlpin Avenue,
be received at the O ce of the Work shall include but is not
Town Clerk, Town of Carmel, Mahopac, New York 10541, limited to:
60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac,
New York 10541, until 11:00 am between the hours of 9:00am and Replacing the roo ng structure
local time of March 13, 2020, and roo ng material of the sand
3:00pm, Monday through Friday
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beginning February 13, 2020.
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Tompkins Mahopac Bank free With plastic bag ban looming,
seminar on ﬁnancial fraud Stop & Shop to offer free reusable bags
Committed to protecting lo- To help customers make the transition away Riverkeeper; and the Westchester Land Trust.
cal businesses and its customers from carryout plastic bags ahead of the statewide “Sustainability is a priority at Stop & Shop, and
from the risks of fraud,Tompkins ban set to take e ect on March 1, Stop & Shop will we’re committed to encouraging the use of reus-
Mahopac Bank (TMB) will host o er free reusable bags at its store locations across ables and to helping our customers make the tran-
a workshop on “Financial Fraud New York, including Mahopac. sition,”said Gordon Reid, Stop & Shop’s President.
and Data Protection for your Beginning Feb. 22, Stop & Shop will have infor- “By charging 5 cents for paper, we’re encouraging
Business” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, mation tables set up at stores to answer questions our customers to make the switch to reusable bags,
from 5:30-7 p.m., at its Mahopac about the upcoming ban and to provide giveaway while also supporting local non-pro ts that are do-
branch at 630 Route 6, Mahopac. items including a free reusable bag for every cus- ing important work to protect and preserve the en-
While there is no cost to at- tomer who brings in one or more carryout plastic vironment in New York State.”
tend the informative talk, space is bags for recycling, with a limit of one per customer Paul Gallay, Riverkeeper president, said he was
limited, and an RSVP is required per visit while supplies last. e plastic bags col- happy to see the store take “positive steps for the
by Feb. 21. Interested parties can lected will be recycled into composite wood, which community.”
contact Sue Musumeci at smusu- Steve Alfano is used for things like decking, park benches, and “While New York’s plastic bag ban will help keep
meci@tompkins nancial.com, or
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call 845-621-0561, to reserve a seat. Refreshments will be served. In New York cities or counties that have chosen 5-cent fee for paper bags will help customers make
“Fraud prevention is vital to the evolution of businesses in the to implement a 5-cent paper bag reduction fee, the transition to reusable bags,” he said. “And the
Hudson Valley,” said Tompkins Mahopac Bank Vice President of Stop & Shop will collect and remit the funds to the donations from those fees will go to help three or-
Cash Management Steve Alfano. “We are dedicated to equipping government, per the state law. At stores where the ganizations—including Riverkeeper—that work
business owners, leaders and those in charge of nancial security city or county has chosen not to institute the 5-cent diligently to protect the regional environment.”
with the tools they need to safeguard their companies and clients paper bag reduction fee, Stop & Shop will charge 5 Reid said Stop & Shop recycled approximately
from risks related to fraud, including data and identity theft. At cents per bag in an e ort to encourage its customers 350 million pounds of material including plastics
this seminar, we will review real-life scenarios and provide concrete to use reusable bags. Stop & Shop will donate the and cardboard in 2019, diverting 73 percent of the
strategies to prevent fraud before it occurs.” funds collected from this charge to local environ- company’s waste from land lls.
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Provisions concerning this Doing your own TAXES?
FROM PAGE 25 requirement are detailed in the
informalities in the bids or to By Order of the Town Board of
reject any and all bids. No bidder the Town of Carmel Don’t be a cottonheaded
may withdraw their bid except Ann Spo ord, Town Clerk
by written request submitted at
least twenty-four hours before LEGAL NOTICE
the time of opening or until the ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID
lapse of 45 days after the actual
opening thereof. NOTICE IS HEREBY
e Town is exempt GIVEN that sealed bids will
from payment of sales and be received at the O ce of the
compensating use taxes of the Town Clerk, Town of Carmel,
State of New York and of Cities 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac,
and Counties on all materials to New York 10541, until 11:00
be incorporated into the Work. AM on Friday, February 28,
ese taxes shall not be included 2020, at which time all bids will
in the Bid. be publicly opened, read and
e Town will furnish recorded by the Town Clerk for
the required certi cates the following:
of tax exemption to the
CONTRACTOR for use in CONTRACT #C263
the purchase of supplies and SEWER JETTING
materials to be incorporated into CARMEL SEWER DISTRICTS
the Work. #1,#2,#3,#4,#5,#6,#7
e Town’s exemption does All bidders must comply with
not apply to construction tools, Section 103(a) and 103(d) of
machinery, equipment or other the General Municipal Law
property purchased by or leased relating to non-collusive bidding
by the CONTRACTOR, or and waiver of immunity against
to supplies or materials not criminal prosecution.
incorporated into the Work. Speci cations may be obtained
Non-Discrimination in at the O ce of the Town Clerk,
Employment: at the above address beginning
It is the policy of the Town ursday, February 13, 2020,
that their Contractors shall between the hours of 8:30 AM
comply with all Federal, State, - 4:30 PM Monday through
and local law, policy orders, rules Friday.
and regulations which prohibit Bid envelope shall be marked
unlawful discrimination against “BID” plus bid title and number.
any employee or applicant for e Town Board of the Town
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creed, color, or national origin, to reject any and all bids and
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without discrimination because By Order of the Town Board of
of race, creed, color or national the Town of Carmel
origin. Ann Spo ord, Town Clerk
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