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Published by Halston Media, 2020-10-14 14:06:15

Yorktown News 10.15.20

Vol. 9 No. 30 Visit TapIntoYorktown.net for the latest news. Thursday, October 15, 2020

Schools face uncertain
financial future

State aid reduction would
result in millions lost

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Neither district has quanti ed the
EDITOR exact cost of all COVID-related ex-
penditures, which should be made
Seven months after a pandemic clearer in the upcoming budget sea-
altered the educational landscape, son, but both have also invested heav-
Lakeland and Yorktown schools are ily in technology; not just hardware
working to make sense of their nan- purchases and upgrades (Chrome-
cial future. books, tablets, document cameras),
but on bolstered bandwidth to meet
Collectively, the two school dis- the increased demand for virtual
tricts have already spent nearly a learning.
million dollars on personal protec-
tive equipment, such as face masks, Health o ces are also seeing a
hand-washing stations, protective need for increased sta ng. ough
barriers, hand sanitizer and cleaning
equipment. SEE SCHOOLS PAGE 2

‘We nd ourselves in a rather precarious position A motorist makes a donation to a Relay for Life volunteer. PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
trying to move into the future not knowing
Change for change
whether our revenue streams are solidi ed or not.’
Yorktown Relay for Life volunteers were out on Commerce Street on Friday, Oct. 9,
–Tom Cole holding purple buckets and asking passing motorists to spare any loose change as part of
Assistant Superintendent the organization’s fundraising e orts. Visit Pages 16 and 17 for more photos.

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The Staff SCHOOLS expected 20 percent cut in state New York began withhold- district budgets are somewhat
aid holds true. For the 2020-21 ing aid in the fourth quarter of in exible because most costs are
EDITORIAL TEAM FROM PAGE 1 school year, that would mean a the 2019-20 school year, which budgeted to cover labor-related
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER loss of $3.2 million in Yorktown resulted in a $700,000 loss for expenses, which are often insen-
EDITOR: 914-302-5628 Lakeland eliminated four library and a loss of $9 million in Lake- Lakeland and a $250,000 loss sitive to changes in the economy.
[email protected] clerk positions, for example, the land, the districts said. for Yorktown. e state has also Nearly all possible spending re-
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER eight health aides it hired result- paused grant payments, even ductions have been made, Cole
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 ed in a net $200,000 additional “We’ll have to run an opera- those previously approved, such said.
[email protected] cost, according to the district. tional de cit and plug the hole as funds for a new scoreboard in
with whatever cash we have on Yorktown. “We scrutinize every expen-
ADVERTISING TEAM School districts have received hand,” said Tom Cole, assistant diture before it’s made,” Cole
PAUL FORHAN some aid through the federal superintendent for business in Cole praised the work of his said. “We make sure it’s abso-
CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion Yorktown schools. “Right now, colleagues but said it’s not possi- lutely critical to the mission that
(914) 806-3951 stimulus bill passed by Congress frankly, that’s the biggest threat ble to make up the losses from an we have in front of us. We have
[email protected] in March, but it won’t come close on the horizon.” operational standpoint. School taken money from just about
to lling the gap, especially if the every piece of this budget that
BRUCE HELLER we can to support the COVID
(914) 486-7608 PETE PASSED: preparedness that we’ve had to
[email protected] engage in.”
Child Victims Act
LISA KAIN Lakeland, for example, fur-
(201) 317-1139 Toughest Climate loughed 140 employees (bus
[email protected] Protection Legislation drivers, school monitors and
CORINNE STANTON In The Nation food service sta ) who have
(914) 760-7009 since been rehired. e district
[email protected] Permanent also canceled some contracts and
Property Tax Cap delayed lling some positions. In
JAY GUSSAK Yorktown, some savings, accrued
(914) 299-4541 Endorsed by: in such areas as electrical use,
[email protected] were also carried over from the
JENNIFER CONNELLY Vote Tuesday, Nov 3 end of last school year to the be-
(917) 446-7757 ginning of this school year.
[email protected] Paid for by Pete Harckham for Senate PeteForNY.com
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[email protected] Saturday, 10/17 above the state-mandated cap.
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YORKTOWN NEWS DEADLINE he was proud of the work that
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Thursday, October 15, 2020 Yorktown News – Page 3

FEEDING WESTCHESTER

Volunteers increase efforts during pandemic

Food pantry outgrows Lakeland, moves to JV Mall

BY JESSICA JAFET served multiple purposes since

CONTRIBUTING WRITER the pandemic began: as a venue

for graduation ceremonies, t-

e non-pro t organization, ness classes, drive-in movie

Feeding Westchester, along nights—and when the request

with a team of local volun- came for a food distribution

teers, is providing hunger relief site, they accommodated the

directly in the Yorktown area community’s need to use their

with its mobile food pantry at space—allowing families to ob-

the Je erson Valley Mall. tain food in a contactless way.

For the previous two years, “ e mall is a large wide-open

trucks loaded with food and space, reaching a high volume of

produce had been available clients, and has the capability to

once per month at George socially distance clients in a safe

Washington Elementary manner, with low tra c volume

School, according to Beth Luft, to make it safer for walking cli-

a school social worker in the ents,” Erren added.

Lakeland School District, who Another volunteer, Mary El-

has been an active volunteer len Herzog, who is a retired

with the program. assistant superintendent for

“When COVID happened, pupil personnel services in the

where we usually had about 85 Lakeland School District, had

people coming, we then had overseen a “backpack program”

over 200 people and we were some years ago for local stu-

like, what are we going to do?” dents who experienced food

Luft said. As the need out- insecurity. ose families could

grew the space at the elemen- receive a bag of non-perishable

tary school, the operation was items twice a month, which

moved to the Je erson Valley ultimately transitioned to full,

Mall, where it currently serves mobile food pantry option be-

anybody from Westchester ginning in October 2018 that

who is seeking assistance. serves both district families

Over the summer, the pre- and senior citizens as well. Feeding Westchester volunteers at the Jefferson Valley Mall
Feeding Westhester Volunteers pack up food to go.
boxed items were distributed “It all shut down in March

on a weekly basis when, at one 2020 and we were required to

point, Luft said, 507 families pre-box and deliver the items

came for help. to the cars,” she said.

“With the volunteers, who Herzog saw an ever-increas-

include social workers, teachers, ing number of people seeking

high school students and oth- food assistance as a result of the

ers, we were averaging 10,000- pandemic and was relieved to

12,000 pounds of food being see the operation move to the

given out a week,” she said. Je erson Valley Mall in April,

Feeding Westchester, which where it will continue for the

sources and distributes food to foreseeable future.

towns across the county and has “ e Yorktown police have

a network of over 300 partners been very helpful—we were

(including food pantries, soup doing it twice a month through

kitchens and others), has char- June,” she said. “It has been so

acterized this recent period as humbling to see the number

“unprecedented.” In moving of folks who became food-

the mobile pantry to the larger insecure following the loss of

site at the mall, they were able employment.”

to nd adequate space to feed Many in Westchester are

many more people, while adher- reaching out for the rst time

ing to public health regulations. in order to keep food on the

“Feeding Westchester is see- table, the president of Feed-

ing a demand for food like ing Westchester explained, and

never before,” said President & made a plea to residents who

CEO Karen Erren. “Our agen- might be able to help out.

cy partners and direct distribu- “As the county continues

tions have been serving more to rebuild and adjust to the

than 300,000 people per month new norm, the need for food

on average—that is more than remains at an all-time high,”

double than before the pan- Erren said. “We rely on the

demic—and from March support of our community

through August, more than 13 members to source and dis-

million pounds of food or 11 tribute good, nutritious food

million meals were distributed to those in need, and anyone PHOTOS COURTESY OF LEANNE DUKE

throughout the county.” can help by donating, hosting a

e JV Mall parking lot has food drive or a fundraiser.”


Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, October 15, 2020

Town, PBA agree on POLICE BLOTTER
new contract
e following items are from the York- petty larceny (Class A misdemeanor). Ac-

town Police Department. Please be aware cused of stealing 10 packs of cigarettes

that these summarizations represent only valued at $116.90 from a gas station. Re-

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER bursement for the costs of books and one perspective. In most cases, attempts will leased without bail. Due back in court on

EDITOR tuition for courses that lead to de- not be made to contact the accused nor Oct. 29.

grees in political science or criminal will pursuits be made to publish additional • Oct. 10, 6:45 p.m. — Arrested a 25-year-

e Town Board has come to justice. information or updates. For those reasons, old Mahopac woman and a 29-year-old

terms with the Yorktown Police Be- When it comes to overtime, of- names of the accused are usually withheld. Mahopac man. Charged the woman with

nevolent Association on a new ve- cers are paid time-and-a-half for • Oct. 1, 12:49 p.m. – Arrested a 33-year- second-degree assault (Class D felony), the

year contract that will increase po- call-outs and court appearances, with old Yorktown woman. Accused of failing man with criminal obstruction of breathing

lice salaries by more than 11 percent a minimum four hours required. to appear in court to answer a ticket, re- (Class A misdemeanor), and both with rst-

through the lifetime of the deal. O cers receive between 16 and sulting in two arrest warrants. Released degree burglary (Class B felony). Accused of

Under the pact, which is retroac- 25 vacation days a year, depending without bail. Due back in court on Oct. 15. entering a home without permission, strik-

tive to 2019, the 59-member force on seniority. Unused vacation days • Oct. 2, 5:20 p.m. — Arrested a 53-year- ing a person in the head with a metal pipe,

will see annual raises of 1.5 percent, can be cashed out at retirement. old Mahopac woman. Charged with petty and choking them. e woman was released

1.75 percent, 2.5 percent, 2.5 percent Yorktown covers 80 percent of the larceny (Class A misdemeanor). Accused on $10,000 cash bail, and the man on $2,500

and 2.5 percent in each consecutive costs of health insurance premiums of attempting to steal items from Macy’s at cash bail. Due back in court on Oct. 15.

year. A detective, for example, would for new o cers. at coverage rises the Je erson Valley Mall. Released with- • Oct. 11, 4:12 p.m. — Arrested a 45-year-

see a salary increase from $121,569 to 85 percent after ve years and out bail. Due in court on Oct. 22. old Ossining man. Charged with driving

in 2019 to $135,205 in 2024. continues into retirement, with eli- • Oct. 6, 8:07 p.m. —  Served a criminal while intoxicated having two previous con-

e force has 59 sworn mem- gible o cers paying 15 percent to- summons to a 23-year-old Yorktown man victions in 10 years (Class D felony), oper-

bers: the chief, Robert Noble; three ward the costs of health insurance. and a 22-year-old Mahopac man. Charged ating a motor vehicle without an interlock

lieutenants; eight sergeants; seven Per an incentive being made avail- both with unlawfully remaining in a town device (misdemeanor) and operating a mo-

detectives; seven school resource of- able to o cers who retire between park after closing (town code violation). tor vehicle with a suspended license (felony).

cers; one crime initiative o cer; 31 Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of next year, the Accused of parking at Blackberry Woods Accused of driving while intoxicated follow-

o cers performing patrol and desk town will pay 100 percent of insur- Park after dark. Due in court on Oct. 22. ing a car crash on Route 202. Released with-

duties, and one tra c o cer. ance premiums for ve years from • Oct. 7, 6:12 p.m. – Arrested a 34-year- out bail. Due back in court on Oct. 22.

e town will pay stipends to the the date of retirement, and in the old Mohegan Lake woman. Charged with • Oct. 11, 10:12 p.m. — Arrested a

department’s two canine o cers following years, 85 percent. petty larceny (Class A misdemeanor). Ac- 28-year-old Yorktown woman. Charged

($3,832.50 each) and to the sergeant O cers also will receive annual cused of trying to steal $357.19 worth of with driving while intoxicated (misdemean-

who oversees the detectives’ bureau “longevity payments” ranging from merchandise from Macy’s. Issued an ap- or) and aggravated driving while intoxicated

($7,300). Additionally, the town $500 ( ve years) to $3,000 (25 years). pearance ticket and released without bail. (misdemeanor). Accused of driving with a

will provide an annual $750 cloth- e Town Board unanimously Due in court on Oct. 27. blood-alcohol content above 0.18 percent.

ing allowance for detectives, uniform approved the contract at its Sept. 1 • Oct. 10, 5:31 p.m. — Arrested a Released without bail. Due back in court on

cleaning for all o cers and reim- meeting. 35-year-old Yorktown man. Charged with Oct. 22.

His two tiny babies spent twelve days in
Northern Westchester Hospital’s Level III NICU,
the highest possible level Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit in a community hospital.

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Celebrity picks apples TOWN GREEN
in Yorktown
COVID Counter parking lot at Grace Lutheran put neighbors in touch with
INSTAGRAM/VANESSAHUDGENS Church at the corner of Curry each other (in a safe, socially
• Active: 37 Street and Gomer Street. Be- distanced manner) and to
Vanessa Hudgens, an actress with nearly 40 million Instagram followers, • Last Week: 32 tween 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sat- discover that a lot of know-
picks some apples at Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm. • High: 121 (May 4) urday, Oct. 24, volunteer repair how and practical skills can
• Low: 6 (Aug. 13) coaches will be available to be found close to home. If
Vanessa Hudgens, an actress and On Saturday, Oct. 10, Hudgens • Total: 842 help people make all possible you’d like to volunteer to be a
singer with a large social media fol- posted a photo to her 40-milion Insta- According to informa- repairs free of charge. People Repair Coach at this or future
lowing, joined the many tourists who gram followers of her picking apples at tion provided by Westchester wishing to bring their beloved Yorktown Repair Cafes, please
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, located on County but broken items from home contact [email protected]
ocked to Yorktown over the weekend White Hill Road. (limit two items; no gas-pow- line.net.
to go apple and pumpking picking. Government at ered items) should pre-register
Work via Sign-Up Genius to select a Walk Like MADD
time to attend. is will help Goes Virtual
• ursday, Oct. 15, Zoning us ensure there is not a crowd
Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m. of people waiting to be served. Mothers Against Drunk
Masks are required to be worn Driving will hold its annual
• Friday, Oct. 16, Senior Ad- by all attendees. Walk Like MADD event at
visory Committee, 1 p.m. 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
(signupgenius.com/
• Tuesday,Oct.20,Yorktown go/5080844aeaa2eabf94-yor- e event will be virtual this
Heights Fire District Budget ktown) year. For more information,
Public Hearing, 7 p.m. (Lock- visit walklikemadd.org/west-
sley Road Firehouse) Lamps, small appliances, chester, or call 631-547-6233.
bikes, clocks, fabrics, toys,
• Tuesday, Oct. 20, Town wooden items, crockery, jewel- Fall Softball Is
Board, 7:30 p.m. ry, computers/electronics, even Back
ailing house plants—anything
• Tuesday, Oct. 20, Advisory that is broken is welcome. After a successful summer
Board on Architecture and season, the Yorkville Sports
Community Appearance, 8 e volunteer Repair Café Association is ready to play fall
p.m. specialists almost always have softball with safety protocols in
the know-how to determine place.
• Wednesday, Oct. 21, Con- whether your item can be re-
servation Board, 7:30 p.m. paired, and if possible, make e six-game season will
the repair. consist of three Sundays of
Visit yorktownny.org for double-headers, followed by
agenda information or to learn Repairing an item instead of playo s and a championship
how to watch/participate. discarding it can help reduce
mountains of waste, which SEE TOWN GREEN PAGE 20
Repair Cafe otherwise ends up in land lls.
Repair Café is also meant to
e Yorktown Repair Cafe
is moving outdoors to the

UPCOMING EVENTS FARMERS MARKET AT THE VALLEY
Every Wednesday through November 18, 2:30-
6:30 PM rain or shine. Outdoor market under the
big white tent in the parking lot. Local farmers,
fresh produce and other weekly favorites!

MOVIE SCREENINGS @ JV MALL
October 16, 17, 23, 24
Family-friendly classics. Prices have dropped!
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HALLOWEEN 5K RUN
October 25th, 9:00 AM
Located in the parking lot. All proceeds will
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Thursday, October 15, 2020 Yorktown News – Page 7

My Doctor
told me to stop and
smell the flowers

“Being outside can have a calming effect and
improve your mental and physical health.”

- Dr. Christine Ashour, Family Medicine

Spending time outdoors is as important to
your mind as it is to your body. Dr. Ashour says
outdoor activities can relieve stress, boost your
energy, and improve your concentration and
mental clarity. So take a few moments to enjoy
the fresh air and don’t forget to schedule annual
check-ups for you and your family.
To hear more from Dr. Ashour, visit
wphospital.org/outside

Stay healthy this year.
Schedule your annual check-up.

Call (914) 849-MyMD or visit wphospital.org
to find a physician in Westchester.

A MEMBER OF THE MONTEFIORE HEALTH SYSTEM


Page 8 – Yorktown News Thursday, October 15, 2020

Compost: e dirty details Looking at the
wn100 Zero 94th Assembly
BY NADYA HALL AND be spread over your garden, potted
District
PHYLLIS BOCK 2040 Yorkto Net Carbon plants, and yard! showdown

GUEST WRITERS STEP UP TO A Will my compost pile smell
SUSTAINABLE really bad?
Interested in composting LIFESTYLE
but unsure where to start? No! To keep your home com-
Here’s what you need to Emissions by post pile from emitting any odors,
it’s all about balance. A well-

know: balanced pile will not smell. If

What is compost? something does smell, try trouble- New York’s
94th As-
Compost is made of decayed tertop container in which to collect shooting with these tips: sembly
District’s election
organic material and can be used to trimmings from meal prep reduces • Check the scraps—meat, dairy, MY
PERSPECTIVE
enrich soil in gardens, potted plants, trips to the composter. It could be oils and pet waste do not belong in

and landscaping.“Organic mate- as simple as a tightly sealed plastic home compost since they slow down JAMES
MARTORANO
rial”is a fairly broad category, but in storage bin, or a snazzy porcelain or the composting process and produce this year features
a newcomer to
this context, it typically means food stainless** container with a handle odors that attract ies and maggots.

scraps and yard waste. Food scraps and charcoal insert that keeps odors • Check the greens—A good politics, Stephanie

(along with grass clippings and co ee down, that you add to until full, and ratio of greens to browns is usually Keegan vs. the in-

grounds) are called “greens,”which then carry outdoors to add into your somewhere around 2 to 1. If there’s cumbent, Assem-

add nitrogen and cause a compost pile compost bin. excess nitrogen, it can cause your pile blyman Kevin Byrne. Continuing my e orts to bring

to heat up. Yard trimmings like dead Fruit and vegetable scraps, house- to smell, so layer in addition browns you information about some of the more prominent

leaves, branches, and twigs are alter- plant trimmings, co ee grounds, tea until it resolves. Find out more about races on our ballot this November, I sought out and

natively called the “browns,”which bags, eggshells, nuts and seeds—are Carbon-Nitrogen ratios here: home- was able to catch up with the challenger last week. Ms.

add carbon and feed the organisms all greens from your kitchen that can compostingmadeeasy.com/carbon- Keegan was gracious enough to answer my questions.

that break the materials down over be composted. Browns from your nitrogenratio.html. ank you for taking time out of your busy schedule

time. ese, together with a bit of air kitchen which can be composted in- • Check the moisture—Like a to talk to me.

and water, make up a compost pile. clude co ee lters, stale bread, paper wet dog, a soggy compost pile can be It’s my pleasure. It always makes me very happy to

Why should I compost? towels and napkins. Chopping up unsightly and smelly. If you’ve had discuss the positive changes I am planning to make.

Compostable materials make up big items like watermelon rinds and a recent heavy rain, add some dry Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where did

at least one-third of the trash we crushing eggshells helps to move the brown material and turn the pile to you grow up? What schools did you attend? Etc.

send to land lls and incinerators. decomposition process along. add air. I’m 61. I grew up in Ardsley. I lived there nearly

Unlike a compost pile, land lls lack 3) Add browns and greens. Mix • Check the air—A soggy pile is all of my life until 21. I graduated from Ardsley HS

the elements to e ciently break in your browns and greens in layers. compacted and non-aerated and can in 1977 and went to Sarah Lawrence College before

down organic materials. Instead A ratio of about two-thirds greens start to smell. Add air by turning the transferring to be closer to my now husband. I’m the

they produce methane, a powerful to one-third browns is a good place pile and supplying space makers like mother of three boys, a daughter, sister, and have been

greenhouse gas roughly 30 times to start. Aside from kitchen browns dry leaves to keep the air owing. an eternal optimist for as long as I can remember.

more potent than carbon dioxide. and greens—yard waste can also * westchestercompostersale.ecwid. Why did you decide to enter this race?

Incinerators, like Westchester’s own be added. Plant trimmings, ow- com After losing my veteran son in 2016, I became a

Wheelabrator facility, are signi cantly ers, remains from vegetable gardens, **epicgardening.com/best-counter- veteran’s advocate, spending two weeks a month in

less harmful and can even produce and small amounts of grass clippings top-compost-bin Washington on my own dime for four years. It has

energy from our waste. Still, incinera- are all greens that can be added to been the honor of my life to use my experience and

tors function at the end of a material’s the compost. Browns from the yard Nadya Hall is the community the experience of my son to help others. I worked very

life cycle, whereas composting diverts include dried grass, leaves, small twigs, environmentalist at Teatown Lake hard on these e orts and was successful in achieving

these materials out of the waste and branches. Reservation and has her master’s degree all my original goals more quickly than anticipated due

stream altogether. Diverting nearly 4) Keep the compost moist. Your in environmental policy from Pace to great support on both sides of the aisle, and several

30 percent of our household trash compost needs water to breakdown University. She is passionate about of the Senators and Representatives I worked with

also means fewer plastic garbage bags, the organic material. It should be the conservation of wildlife and wild suggested that I run. I’m happy to be home helping my

less kitchen odors, and less fuel spent moist, like a wrung-out sponge, but places through science, advocacy, and neighbors.

picking up trash. not soaked. environmental education. Can you describe your typical day of campaigning

How do I compost? 5) Mix compost to add air.Turn- during these di cult times?

1) Find a dry, shady space. Find ing the compost with a pitchfork or Phyllis Bock is the education director Zoom and phone calls! I’m fortunate to not have a

an area convenient to your kitchen! shovel will aerate the pile. is helps at Teatown Lake Reservation and the previous campaign of my own to compare this one to,

Placing the compost far away from the materials break down quicker. (It co-chair of the Yorktown Conservation so I don’t feel the challenges in the same ways as some

the kitchen means you will be less also keeps any smells to a minimum!) Board. others. I think I’ve spent more time on the phone in

likely to add to it. If done correctly, 6) Watch it break down. As the the last few months than in my entire life before CO-

no smells or animals will bother it or compost pile sits over time, it will Yorktown100 is a 100-percent volunteer VID! I have held a few socially distant events as well,

you! e ideal size for your compost warm up and may even emit steam. group of neighbors working to reduce and every Saturday I attend the BLM rally in Carmel.

area is 3 feet wide by 3 feet deep by 3 at means it’s working! our carbon footprint by 5 percent a year How’s the campaign going?

feet tall (1 cubic yard). You can buy a 7) Add the nished compost to through various programs. Contact us if It’s been quite a ride and I’m actually very optimistic!

bin*, use chicken wire, or choose an your garden. When your compost you would like to learn more, or would I’ve met so many remarkable folks and have a tremen-

area of ground for your compost heap. is ready, it will have shrunk to about like to join. We welcome new members! dous amount of community support. e district is

Be mindful of the potential to attract half its original size and should look Visit us at yorktown100.org or check out traditionally red, but I do believe I have a good chance

wildlife. like dark, rich topsoil. No food waste our Facebook page for upcoming open SEE MARTORANO PAGE 11

2) In the kitchen. A closed coun- should be visible. Now it’s ready to meetings.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 9

e digital citizen

BRUCE (NLP), machine learning ment o ce or printed matter According to Deloitte, the into their government account
THE BLOG (ML), and computer vision by mail—are (spoiler alert!) not forum points to advances that with the ease of accessing a
(CV ). known for their user-friendli- could be realized through arti- bank account. A land developer,
BRUCE ness. suggests Deloitte, could “upload
APAR In a report titled “Govern- cial intelligence as “akin to the blueprints, check the status of
ment Trends 2020,” global It’s not very sexy to talk about invention of the printing press, a building inspection, and then
Thanks to Hollywood’s consulting rm, Deloitte, that, though, or argue about it the steam engine, the automo- click another tab to apply for
hold on our imagination, delves into “the most transfor- over a beer, like we do about bile, and vaccines.” Pretty heady government grants.
we think of AI (arti cial mational trends in government politics, so we tend to ignore stu that. Whether or not such
intelligence) in the most generic, today.” it—until we’re on a website run a startling statement holds true “A homeowner could apply for
even caricaturish, terms. It takes by the Department of Mo- only time (and arti cial intel- an easement, buy a bus pass, and
the form of either a futuristic, GEARS OF GOVERNMENT tor Vehicles or Social Security ligence) will tell. pay taxes, all in one place.”
robotic being (think Termina- Hard to believe that, in the Administration. at’s when
tor) or a shadowy, omnipotent midst of lurching toward our we start cursing at the com- In the meantime, our federal e best part about it may be
presence (think HAL in “2001: national election, most of what puter screen out of frustration. government is on board with AI. that all the personal information
A Space Odyssey”). directly a ects our lives is not Why? Because it’s about as clear To push forward with integrat- that must repeatedly be entered
the personal attacks of politics or as mud to decipher the steps ing AI into its infrastructure, on a government website would
e reality is as mundane as the emotional energy expended needed to apply for a new license It has digitized more than 235 already be embedded as a unique
the ction is fantastic. e AI on hot-button policy issues. or retirement payments. million pages of records, with a digital identi er for each citizen.
that is transforming how our at’s a bunch of noise. goal of one-half billion digitized
lives and our government oper- CITIZEN TOOLKIT pages by 2024. INSTANT TAX FORM
ate and relate to each other is e devil’s in the details of ose are the kind of everyday Equally intriguing is the
mostly about data—documents, the day-to-day, grinding gears EVEREST OF DATA
analytics, social media posts, of government—federal, state, consumer services where data- Sounds impressive, but how potential to vote online, access
emails, chatbots, you get the and local. How can Uncle Sam driven AI is being deployed to e-health records, use a pre-popu-
picture... and the text. (remember him?) be more speed, simplify, and clarify the would that Everest of data help lated tax form, and get a mar-
responsible, responsive, and deliverables that comprise our you or me, or our descendants, riage license or property deed at
e geeky vocabulary of AI e cient, in a way that elevates, citizen toolkit—namely, the who stand to bene t more fully the touch of a few keystrokes.
refers to applications such as or at least sustains, a satisfactory services to which our citizenship from it in future decades?
natural language processing quality of life. and taxes entitle us. e many bene ts available
Deloitte endorses the vi- through AI today barely scratch
at’s what Deloitte’s survey is e unbounded promise, and sion of a “digital citizen.” e the surface of what’s attainable
concerned with. near-magical powers, of AI bene ts include less paperwork, in very short order.
impelled the World Economic improved quality in services,
e interfaces that connect Forum to dub this the Fourth and a faster track for economic In Pittsburgh, AI-equipped
us with government services— Industrial Revolution. development. tra c signals have reduced travel
whether a website or a govern-
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Black and blue lives both matter

Editor’s Note: Town BY ALICE ROKER have sworn many of them into To that, I say, “Yes, I can.” ing the police. From sitting
Councilwoman Alice Roker read GUEST WRITER o ce. I support Black Lives Matter where I do, as a member of the
this statement at the Town Board because my life matters, and up Town Board, if it were possible,
meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, shortly Anyone who knows me, Unfortunately, there are far until a couple of weeks ago, I they would get additional fund-
after the board unanimously understands that I will always too many people in our commu- didn’t know how much it mat- ing from me. I believe that every
approved a resolution supporting support a resolution that sup- nity who seek to divide us. ey tered. Someone attempted to dollar the police department is
police o cers and other rst ports the men and women of the say, you cannot possibly support harm me because of something given goes to good use.
responders. It is being republished Yorktown Police Department. “Blue Lives Matter” while, at the he thinks I said at a board meet-
here with her permission. I know many of them. In fact, I same time, support “Black Lives ing. My daughter, Courtney, and Now, let’s talk about “Blue
Matter.” my son, Gregory—their lives Lives Matter.” Not only do I
matter, too. just support it, I wholeheart-
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ROKER APAR MARTORANO ery child will have equal access to the same
educational opportunities regardless of the
FROM PAGE 10 FROM PAGE 9 FROM PAGE 8
nancial status of their families, and that I
Over the summer, I was proud to see times by 25 percent and idling of ipping it! Pete Harckham was able to will always be available to them because I
young people march and say Black Lives times by 40 percent, says De- ip his Senate district two years ago, and I will always be working for them.
Matter. Although many adults came to loitte.
listen, I wish many more would have come. am very much looking forward to working Do you have any nal words for any
Using historical 911 call data, with him when I get to the Assembly! undecided voters who might be reading
ey were not promoting some radical the city of Chicago is studying this?
agenda. What they had to say boils down how it can prevent violent crimes What are the three most important is-
to a few simple words: “Treat everyone through predictive analytics that sues that separate you and the incumbent? If you are looking for someone to rep-
equally.” How radical is that? ey spoke describe where and when crimes resent you who truly cars about the issues
about people who they say were not treated are most likely to occur (think Limiting it to three is a challenge! 1) I that impact your life and the lives of those
equally. ey questioned the wisdom of the Minority Report). am very focused on providing and expand- you love, I encourage you to vote for me.
school districts in Yorktown for their lack of ing quality a ordable health care, including Also, when I am elected, I will be a member
diversity in our schools. All the shortcuts begin to add mental health and addiction services. He of the majority party. is will allow me to
up fast as exponential time savers. voted no on establishing patient protections provide resources to the district that my
Yorktown for Justice similarly challenged Deloitte says more than 1 billion from emergency care charges and voted no opponent has been unable to because of his
me and others for not providing residents hours “can potentially be freed on reduced payment costs for elderly and minority party status.
with a greater picture of Yorktown’s history. up through automation in the low-income patients of both Medicare and
I explained for that, we would need ad- U.S. federal government.” at, Medicaid to $0. 2) I am in support of crim- If people are reading this and want to
ditional funding, but that I, along with my in turn, would untether certain inal justice reform and accountability for all get involved in your e orts, how can they?
former records clerk, would volunteer to help government workers from push- public servants including disclosure of law
make that a reality. We have started look- ing paper around. eir skill and enforcement o cer disciplinary records. He I’ve been blessed by the support I’ve
ing at some of the articles written by Linda time could be redirected to more voted no on the formation of a law enforce- been given, but there’s always more work
Kiederer about Yorktown when she was a substantive tasks, such as research ment misconduct o ce and voted no on to be done! Anyone who wants to put up
member of the Yorktown Historical Society. and development, and analysis, to disclosure of law enforcement disciplinary signs, volunteer to make phone calls, write
We are going through old minute books and improve and innovate services for records. 3) I believe in sensible gun laws postcards, or do texting on behalf of the
looking at ways to get more information out the general populace. and was awarded a 2020 Moms Demand campaign can contact me via my campaign
to the public without costing the town ad- Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction. website at keeganfornewyork.com. I’m also
ditional money. e more we know about it, He voted no on prohibiting domestic abus- always looking for opportunities to meet
and the more pervasive its power ers from purchasing rearms, voted no to new people so I would be most grateful to
I was disappointed when Yorktown for to alter the course of human— prohibit rearms on school campuses, voted folks who would like to host safe socially
Justice was not provided a seat on the Coali- and non-human—knowledge, no on amending background check regula- distanced events, or online meet and greets
tion on Community Safety & Engagement. the more evident it becomes that tions, and has an A rating from the NRA. again, contacting me via the website would
arti cial intelligence is the real be the best way to reach out or to make a
ese are people from di erent walks of life, deal. What would you like to accomplish donation.
but they have one thing in common: they are should you be sent to Albany by the voters?
Yorktown residents. I believe their agenda Bruce Apar is a writer, actor, Again, thank you and good luck.
is simple: treat everyone equally. e other consultant, and community Most important to me is that I help ev- ank you! I’m only in this to help and
members of the Town Board may disagree volunteer. He can be reached at ery single resident in my district understand
with me, but that is the beauty of the country [email protected]; 914-275-6887. that they matter and I care about them. hope this will give folks an opportunity to
we live in: America. get more acquainted who I am and why I’m
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Yorktown thriving in di cult times

Senate, Assembly debate will be held Oct. 17

CHAMBER you can still donate! Head on at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. have been thriving due in part open. We must all do our part!
CORNER over to supportconnection.org What was previously sup- to the sound policies our town e Yorktown Chamber
for more info about this grand council have put in place. With
SERGIO event and to nd out more posed to be an “in person” colder temperatures creeping continues to thrive under these
ESPOSITO about what they do! debate has now transitioned to in, many restaurants have put extreme circumstances, and I
a virtual Zoom debate. We have heaters in place so people may would say without question that
Iam happy to announce that On Friday, Oct. 2, Solaris already received rm con rma- continue to enjoy the outside we are busier than ever. We are
on Sunday, Oct. 4, Sup- Sports Club had its grand tions from Sen. Pete Harckham dining initiatives, but there are continually meeting with citi-
port Connection held its reopening and ribbon cutting. and candidate Rob Astorino, still many other businesses that zens and developers as well as
Support-a-Walk to help raise Solaris has been an integral as well as Assemblyman Kevin are unable to open their doors our members who are looking
money for people who need part of the Yorktown com- Byrne and candidate Stepha- due to New York State restric- for advice or to expand or to
counseling and assistance be- munity and we are excited that nie Keegan. I will say that all tions. I am hoping that the folks come to Yorktown. We are here
cause they are su ering or have they have decided to re-open participants are eager to debate. up in our state capital will take working hard for all the people
su ered from breast and ovar- and have survived the pandemic. Please submit your questions to a hard look at current policies of Yorktown and will continue
ian cancer. A noble endeavor, Solaris has been completely [email protected] for restaurants and indoor din- to do so. Please, if you are not
Support Connection has been renovated and many changes ing as well as take a harder look already a member, consider
doing such a fantastic job and have been put in play. Check it e debate will also be broadcast at those businesses that still joining today!
has helped so many people that out for yourself ! via social media for all to see and are unable to open due to state
we all need to help this organi- I am also happy to announce hear. We are happy to o er this restrictions. I say this with one As always, my o ce, my
zation. ough the walk is over, that the Yorktown Chamber, in event to keep our community caveat, as citizens and business board and myself are always
partnership with the Mahopac and business well informed. owners we MUST continue to and will always be available.
Carmel Chamber, will be jointly adhere and follow all CDC and Simply send us an email to
hosting a debate for the New Lastly, there have been many state guidance to ensure we stay [email protected] or
York State Senate and Assembly store openings and re-openings give us a call at 914-245-4599.
as of late and, despite the pan- Stay safe and be well!
demic, the Yorktown hamlets

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LETTERS

The Support-a-Walk spirit and California, to name a few. ousands loved ones. If you haven’t had a chance to cash bail” law that his opponent, Peter
was felt throughout the walked in unity with us. Love lled the donate to the walk, we welcome you to do Harckham supports; 2) Improving our
nation
air and the message was clear: no one has so at supportconnection.org. police—not defunding them; 3) Reduc-

to be alone with breast or ovarian cancer. As the founding executive director of ing taxes and excessive regulations to

Support Connection’s professional peer Support Connection, I continue to be jumpstart the economy; 4) and Giving

To the editor, counselors, all cancer survivors, are here to overwhelmed by the power of caring ex- parents more choice over their child’s

Sunday, Oct. 4, marked Support Con- o er you educated guidance and support. hibited by those who believe in Support education.

nection’s 26th annual Support-A-Walk. We are so grateful to our sponsors and Connection’s mission. When we estab- As Westchester County executive, Rob

ank you to Halston Media for your donors that have helped Support Connec- lished Support Connection years ago, we built a bipartisan coalition that is needed

support and promotion of the Support-A- tion raise money at the walk so that we can could never have imagined that Support now more than ever in our country. He

Walk. Your sponsorship of the walk over o er free peer counseling services, support Connection would grow into a nationally earned the highest credit rating of any

the years continues to help us reach both groups, wellness and educational programs recognized organization that has provided county in the state.As our state senator,he

people who donate to us and those who for women, their families and friends who help and support to thousands of people will hold Albany politicians accountable;

utilize our free breast and ovarian cancer are dealing with breast or ovarian cancer. nationwide. It is the dedication of so many those who condone anti-police rhetoric

support services. e “Your Neighbor” fea- Preparation for the Support-a-Walk is that continues to make this possible. and pass laws that contribute to lawless-

ture along with information about teams a labor of love. is year, as we changed e Support-a-Walk captures the es- ness that are part of the problem. ere

and your post-walk spread of photos gave the format, it required extra skill and sence of human kindness and our orga- has never been such a toxic environment

your readers an opportunity to get to know dedication. Support Connection’s direc- nization’s spirit—you never have to walk for police and people who just want to

Support Connection. tor of fundraising activities and outreach, alone with a breast or ovarian cancer diag- live safely. What solutions do Rob’s op-

is year, due to the COVID-19 pan- Melissa Higgins, did an excellent job co- nosis. ank you from the bottom of my ponent o er when law-abiding people

demic, we couldn’t have thousands in ordinating the event preparation. Barbara heart to Halston Media and all those who call 911 and do not get trained police of-

FDR Park gathering to celebrate life, pay Cervoni, Support Connection’s director helped make the Walk a success. cers to come to their aid? Should they

tribute to loved ones, and walk to support of services and communication, did an With much gratitude, wait for a social worker to answer a life

people impacted by breast and ovarian amazing job coordinating publicity for the Katherine Quinn threatening emergency? NO! New York

cancer. While we missed the gathering, walk. Other sta members and volunteers Executive director, Support Connection State is controlled by one party, far-left

our walk took on a new look this year. assisted with preparations. A special thank Democrats. e answer is that we restore

Since we help people nationwide, we in- you to honorary chairpersons, Kacey Astorino will work to balance in Albany and send Rob to ght
rebuild New York common sense and mainstream values.
vited people to “Walk with Us, Wherever Grean and Chereese Jervis-Hill, as well
Keep our communities safe! Vote Rob
You Are,” whether it be near or far. as walk ambassadors, Kendra Ekulund

It was heartwarming to witness people and Kathleen Michel, who helped spread Astorino for state senate.

joining in teams across the country to be the Support-a-Walk spirit. It would be To the editor, Jo-Ann and Brian Sillik

a part of the Support-a-Walk. In addition impossible to thank everyone in this let- All law-abiding people know that New Shrub Oak

to New York, we had people walking in ter. Please visit supportconnection.org/ York certainly needs rebuilding! e only

many states including New Jersey, Con- support-a-walk-recap to view our digital way to live in a free society is to feel safe.

necticut, Florida, Maryland, North Caro- journal that includes sponsor thank yous, Rob knows that and has a plan to restore SEE LETTERS PAGE 15

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LETTERS in Afghanistan for two years, returning Teachers Union. He has been endorsed by resulted in all Baumann employees to be
FROM PAGE 14
home with PTSD. He needed help and Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie laid o (which included losing all our

Vote for these three never got it—waitlisted too long to be Sanders and 45 local leaders. VOTE for bene ts) and eventually Baumann ling

seen and helped by veteran’s resources. Mondaire Jones! for bankruptcy by May 1.

candidates Su ering from PTSD and addiction, he Jennie Sunshine Originally, when I spoke to this paper in
passed away. Shortly after that devastating Yorktown Heights April, I was quoted as saying, “Baumann

To the editor, moment, Stephanie went to Washington, is the only one to blame,” which I wish to

Sen. Pete Harckham (peteforny. D.C., visiting every single politician she Yorktown Schools to correct into “Yorktown is the only one to
com) deserves to remain our NY state could meet with to see how she could help blame for bus issues blame.” At the time, I was pressured by
senator. He is strong and unifying. I veterans and make a di erence. Creating our union rep to under no circumstances
was impressed with him 10 years ago alliances with top brass and gaining put any fault on the Yorktown School

when I witnessed his eloquent and fair political clout, she has vowed to bring To the editor, District. After all, “they were on our side”

moderating of a contentious town hall all that she’s learned—back here to serve When I rst read the article “Bus (quote of union rep). Unfortunately, that

meeting with the public—featuring us—to better the lives of veteran’s and rst contractor responds to concerns” proved to not be the case. As a 26-year

then Congressperson John Hall. He has responders, for children and families, for (Yorktown News, Oct. 8), I didn’t know if Yorktown resident, I know too well how

continued to prove himself to be a man the environment and to bring better quality I should laugh or cry. But then I felt my long Baumann had been serving this

of strength and character in his careful businesses and jobs to our communities. blood pressure rising and knew I needed community. I also know that Baumann

and attentive governance and observation VOTE for Stephanie Keegan! to respond and set the record straight. was always giving the Yorktown the best

of the dismantling of Indian Point, Mondaire Jones (mondaireforcongress. Since September 2014, I had been a deal, and it’s why they were around for

with his concern for the well-being and com) is a fantastic candidate to replace bus driver for the York with Baumann such a long time.

care of the Indian Point workers and retiring Nita Lowey in Congressional and Sons. I loved the job, connected well Meanwhile, Baumann, knowing it

surrounding community. He’s fought for District 17. Raised by a single mother with the kids on the bus, and always took was di cult to get and keep drivers, it

an increase in school aid, more funds for in Rockland County, Mondaire has my job extremely serious. Before each run, had to o er a decent contract to keep

veteran’s programs, for rst responders always worked hard. Now as an attorney, I would say a little prayer for the kids to them there. One of those bene ts was 42

and for law enforcement agencies. As nonpro t leader, activist and champion get safe to school or back home. e kids’ weeks of work guaranteed per school year,

an environmental advocate, he’s helped of children and working families, he will safety was always my only priority. at which covers the school year minus the

secure millions of dollars for clean water. ght for working people and the rights being said, the ONLY ONE to blame summer break. But all that didn’t matter to

I’m grateful for his countless food drives of women and the LGBTQ community. for the current problem is the Yorktown Yorktown, and so they decided to “throw

throughout this di cult economic and He supports a living wage and the Green School District and its superintendent, Dr. us all under the bus!”

trying time, bringing in thousands of New Deal, which will provide 20 million Ron Hattar. Meanwhile, Yorktown had $6 million

pounds of food for our neighbors. Keep good paying jobs. An excellent speaker (I In case you missed previous articles in set aside in their 2019-2020 school budget

Pete. VOTE for Pete! have heard him personally), he is articulate this paper, here is a little recap: When for transportation. Divided by 10 months

Stephanie Keegan (keeganfornewyork. and knowledgeable about all the issues. COVID-19 hit us in March and schools in a school year, that’s approximately

com) will be an amazing assemblyperson He will ght for quality health care for closed, Yorktown decided to not follow $500,000.00/month. So, where did the

in the 94th District. Already having her all and for restoring the SALT deduction through with their contract and stopped almost $2 million go for March through

heart in the right place as a mom, former for homeowners. He is an advocate paying Baumann. eir excuse was that June, since Baumann was not going to get

educator and military advocate, she is for teachers and public schools and is Baumann was an outside contractor and paid?

unstoppable now wanting to work hard supported by the American Federation of because buses were not rolling, therefore SEE LETTERS PAGE 18
for you! Her son, Daniel, served honorably Teachers and the New York State UnitedT:9.5B” aumann should not get paid. is then

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LETTERS unemployment?
FROM PAGE 15
I never hold any grudges against

anybody and I am blessed to have

en in June,when the 2020-2021 found a new job. For the rest, I will

school budget needed to be voted on, stick to what my mother always used

Yorktown’s lack of transparency was to say: “Let it be. What goes around,

astonishing. is paper mentioned comes around.”

weeks ahead that Yorktown would Patrick Van den Bergh

place the Zoom link for the budget Yorktown Heights

hearing on June 8 on the district’s

website the weekend before the Prayer for police
Monday hearing. For three days, officers
myself and several other Yorktown
residents searched the website, but

no link to be found? en came the To the editor,

vote by mail-in ballot, resulting in a Heavenly Father,Your Word directs

2,442 YES votes and 892 NO votes us to pray for all those in authority,

(out of a population of 36,394). Aren’t that we may lead quiet and tranquil

our school taxes already high enough? lives in all devotion and dignity. ank

And do most Yorktown residents you for calling men and women to

really don’t seem to care where there serve as police o cers who help keep

money is going? law and order in our neighborhoods

For Dr. Hattar to complain now and communities.I am a retired police

and trying to shove the blame onto o cer since 1983 from the village of

the new bus company, who by the North Tarrytown Police Department.

way literally only had a few weeks to Please protect them with your

prepare, is simply unfair! powerful angels and cover them with

For months, none of us heard the love of your dearly beloved Son,

from the district, rumors were even Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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TOWN GREEN monthly via Zoom video confer- nd viable treatment options. Early Voting 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays until

FROM PAGE 6 ence, and women nationwide are How the program works: Nov. 18. e mall is located at 650

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game. ere are four available e rst monthly session will or alcohol addiction—with the Oct. 24 through Nov. 1 for the more information, visit facebook.

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