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Yorktown News_02.27.20

Vol. 8 No. 48 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, February 27, 2020


Quast supporters
oppose her removal
from commission

Supervisor cites case law on
timing of her reappointment

Yorktown Police Department salutes Lieutenant Tom Gentner. BY KATHERINE BORCHERT want to present what my feelings
STAFF WRITER were,” Roker said.
e removal of Town Clerk She went on to list some of
Retiring lieutenant honored Diana Quast from the Parks and Quast’s accolades in her time on
for 39 years of service Recreation Commission sparked the Parks and Recreation Com-
some controversy at the York- mission, which included the
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT the police department as the sta division com- town Town Board meeting on creation of the town skateboard
STAFF WRITER mander, second-in-command to Police Chief Tuesday, Feb. 18. park.
Robert Noble.
After 39 years of service, Lt. Tom Gentner of- e board voted, 3 to 1, to re- “I’m not going to list every-
cially retired from the Yorktown Police Depart- “I feel very privileged to be able to serve with the move Quast from the commis- thing Diana has done for the
ment on Saturday, Feb. 15. police department,” Gentner said in an interview. sion at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. commission, but I just wanted to
Gentner, who grew up in Yorktown and gradu- “It’s been an amazing experience.” 4, with Republicans Supervisor explain why my vote would have
ated from Lakeland High School, was sworn in as Matt Slater and Councilmen been against what they did,” Ro-
an o cer of the force on Jan. 15, 1981, and was Gentner was also a driving force behind the Tom Diana and Ed Lachterman ker said.
promoted to sergeant in April 2005. modernization of the police department’s digital voting in favor of the removal
In February 2015, he was promoted to lieuten- record-keeping, as well as the public information while Democratic Councilman She also referenced a vote the
ant and nished the last ve years of his career in o cer, e ciently balancing the prompt release of Vishnu Patel remained opposed. Town Board had taken on Dec.
19, 2017, two weeks before the
SEE RETIREMENT PAGE 6 In her opening remarks on Democratic administration of
Tuesday, Democratic Council- Ilan Gilbert administration be-
woman Alice Roker spoke about gan, to appoint o cials to the
the vote, which was taken during Parks and Recreation Commis-
her absence. sion and the Ethics Board for
multiple-year terms. Gilbert re-
“I want to speak about a vote appointed Quast, a Democrat,
you took a couple of weeks ago
when I wasn’t here, and I just SEE QUAST PAGE 12

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GW teacher recognized with award

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT positive things about Mrs.Cooke.I Assistant Superintendent Dr. Karen Gagliardi, George Washington Principal Tracy Norman, Michelle
STAFF WRITER am sure she goes to work each day Cooke, Landon Goh, Christine Goh, School Board President Michael Daly, Kevin Goh, Superintendent Dr.
and fully knows that many people George Stone
George Washington Elementa- rely on her to do her best. is is
ry School teacher Michelle Cooke e ortless for her,” Christine Goh
received the Lakeland Central said in her nomination of Cooke.
School District’s rst Mission Es- “Mrs. Cooke fosters a very inclu-
sential Recognition Award of 2020. sive classroom environment. She
encourages all of her students to
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, school do their best and reiterates that
board President Michael Daly they can do anything if they try
and Superintendent Dr. George and never give up. She fully accepts
Stone held a surprise ceremony at her role and responsibilities to our
George Washington for Cooke, school community and executes
where they presented her with a them to the highest standards.”
certi cate and pin.
Cooke is the fourth recogni-
Daly said they were excited to tion in the 2019-2020 school year
be at the elementary school, cel- and the ninth person to receive an
ebrating Cooke’s dedication to the award overall.
Lakeland School District.
“ e district recognizes and ap-
e Mission Essential Award preciates that the Lakeland Cen-
Program, which began in January tral School District is rich with
2019, aims to recognize district talented and dedicated employees,”
employees’ contributions and ser- Lakeland Director of Communi-
vices that exemplify the district’s cations Jim VanDevelde said. “Ev-
core beliefs, vision and mission. ery sta member has an important
role, responsibility and stake in the
Cooke was nominated by safety, security and success of our
George Washington Elementary students.”
School parent Christine Goh.

“I honestly cannot say enough

the entire family seems
Lee-Hyatt House to embrace the quirks of
this remarkable house,
and, in Katie Feder’s

words, “I try to embrace

the wabi-sabi (accep-

In August 1853, Edmund Hyatt, grand- seph Lee, who lived from 1713 to 1790, tance of transience and

son of Mary Lee Hyatt and Nathaniel reportedly died in the house. He had 10 foible) of our home; Its

Hyatt and great-grandson of Revolution- children, among them the Honorable Eli- imperfections make it so

ary War soldier Elijah Lee, deeded the jah Lee, Revolutionary War veteran and beautiful!”

Yorktown family homestead to his two onetime Yorktown supervisor. Elijah Lee, e Yorktown Land-

aunts, Clarissa and Elizabeth Hyatt, “in who married four times, had 11 children. marks Preservation

consideration of the long and arduous ser- His oldest surviving daughter, Mary, born Commission (YLPC)

vices rendered to their mother.” e Revo- in 1782, united the two founding families is always seeking ap-

lutionary War-era homestead, remark- by marrying Nathaniel Hyatt. e couple plicants for traditional

ably unchanged over 300 years, stands at had ve children and, upon Nathaniel’s landmarking or the
the corner of Route 132 and Crompond death in 1816, Mary continued to live in Lee-Hyatt House
Road, one of the oldest extant homes in the home. In fact, according to the U.S. tinction Program. To

Yorktown. Now, the structure has been Census, she was still residing there with qualify, homes must have

recognized as one of Yorktown’s Homes of her grandson and two of her daughters in added stone oors to the “tavern room” and historical signi cance based on age, archi-

Historic Distinction. 1860. concrete oors where dirt had held sway tectural style, and past ownership or asso-

During the Revolutionary War, the All of these historic details attracted the since the 18th century. Working with fel- ciation with a person or event important to

home commanded a strategic position current homeowners, Katie and Michael low Yorktown historic homeowner Sam Yorktown’s history. rough the program,

on the King’s Highway, now Route 202, Feder, who, undeterred by its location at Ward, owner of the Daniel Strang House, plaques designating the basic facts about

just across the street from the landmarked a busy intersection, fell in love with the they have renovated the 19th century barn each house’s history are fabricated and

First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, quirky home with its solid, center hall behind the property, weatherizing and add- installed on or around the home. YLPC

in a hamlet then known as Crompond layout, its fascinating history, especially ing wide plank oors. e old two-seater will work with each homeowner on ap-

Corners. A previous owner of the home the legendary “tunnel to the church,” and outhouse has become a garden tool shed. propriate wording for the plaque and will

described a collapsed underground tunnel, its classic English garden, created by past ey even have the original wooden “E L assist in research. e cost for the applica-

connecting the house with the church, an owner Judy Chessa. Hyatt. Grocer” sign, discovered in the attic tion and the plaque is $100. Applications

arms depot during the war, and providing e Lee-Hyatt House, so named for its by a previous owner. Upcoming plans in- are available online at www.yorktownny.

an escape route on what was the southern earliest inhabitants, is estimated to have clude restoring the front and back porches org/planning or by emailing [email protected]

defense perimeter for Colonial troops dur- been built around 1740. Its slightly curv- and repairing siding and window frames.

ing the war. ing roof overhang re ects the Dutch ver- When asked what they appreciate in

e lower level of the house was be- nacular style of the Hudson Valley. Dated their home, Katie Feder mentioned that e Yorktown Landmarks Preservation

lieved to be a tavern and cook room. Over as early as 1730, it remains very much as the family loves how antiques and art- Commission would like to acknowledge the

the years, remnants of clay “tavern pipes” built, with porches front and rear. In 1902, works from varying time periods all seem valuable assistance of Tim Beachak and

have been unearthed on the grounds. however, the roof was raised and dormers to t and “get along quite nicely, forming Esteban Baquero of Signs Ink of Yorktown

ese were long 18-inch pipes that were were added. e property also once con- a comfortable, very livable home.” On the in the design, preparation and production of

broken o piece by piece for a clean smok- tained a carriage house, outhouse and two downside, father and son, both 6-footers, Homes of Historic Distinction signage.

ing stem by habitués of the tavern. other buildings. are constantly ducking to get in the lower is article was submitted by the Yorktown

e Lees and the Hyatts were among Upon purchasing the home, Katie Feder, pre-Revolutionary doorways and the gaps Landmarks Preservation Commission as

the founding families of what we now director of the Garrison Art Center, and in the lovely wide oorboards easily har- part of a series highlighting Yorktown Homes

call Yorktown. Lee family patriarch Jo- her husband Michael Feder, an educator, bor popcorn kernels and the stray bit of of Historic Distinction.

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Parks & Rec. website will roll out this fall RETIREMENT

BY KATHERINE BORCHERT He said the “full roll-out”wouldn’t be until the said.“We’ll hopefully be at full capacity by fall.” FROM PAGE 1
STAFF WRITER fall when the next sports brochure is published. Community Pass will allow residents to
public information while also con-
e new Parks and Recreation website “ e spring-summer brochure that was just register for programs, camps and input infor- sidering privacy issues. He is also
Community Pass is looking to be fully opera- posted has all the codes the current software mation to register for pool passes. However, known as the “weather guru” on
tional come fall. the Parks and Recreation Department is using, residents will still need to physically pick up the the police department’s Facebook
so we’re going to continue with that,” Mar- passes at the parks and recreation o ce. page, where he would humorously
“Right now we’re in the process of nalizing torano said. predict weather conditions and
the contract,making sure everything is paid o , Capture Point currently serves 400 munici- snowfall totals for residents.
things of that nature,” said Superintendent of He also said that the sta will have to verify palities across the United States and has been
Parks and Recreation Jim Martorano Jr. addresses, something that will take time with a operating the cloud-based Community Pass Gentner is the recipient of four
program the size of Community Pass,and they for 17 years. Yorktown Police Department
He said once the parent company Capture don’t want to start things too quickly, creating Life Saving Awards, one York-
Point receives the payment of $13,500, which preventable problems. e company is a Payment Card Industry- town Police Meritorious Service
the Town Board unanimously approved at its last compliant company,which means it is mandated Award, multiple commendations
board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, the company “We’ll continue to use the old system for the by credit card companies and the PCI security and many appreciative letters
will begin training the Parks and Recreation sta rst half of this year and then start to slowly transi- standards council to help ensure the security of from members of the public.
and set up the software, which will most likely tion the online system for certain programs, more credit card transactions. e company also uses
take place in April, according to Martorano. of your adult classes and senior classes, things of Equinix and Amazon Web Services cloud to “We are going to miss the day-
that nature, to test the waters a bit,” Martorano ensure no credit card data is stored. to-day interactions and his friend-
ship,”Noble said in an email.“He’s
Come join going out at the top of his game,
and I couldn’t be happier for him.
THE FUN 8March I’m fortunate to have had the op-
portunity to work very closely
under the tents! with him the past four years.”

St Patrick’s Parade Special Menu Gentner said that he is going
to miss the people in the police

AM “I’ll still miss the relationships
I’ve cultivated over the years,”
an employee relationship, you be-
THE PARADE— (Cash only) come friends and family.”
Concert With THE
AFTER HAPPY CRABS He said he would still drop by
the department to visit; however,
MUSIC LINEUP— • Feb 29 - The FORCE: he’ll wait for the person taking
a live music experience over his position to settle in.
• March 7 - Mahopac’s own SLOWBURN
Gentner volunteered with the
• March 8 & March 14 - THE HAPPY CRABS Yorktown Fire Department and
was one of 10 o cers from Yor-
Largest selection • March 18 - LIVE BLUES BAND ktown who volunteered on 9/11,
of Craft Beer and for our Blues & Brews night special which he said brought him closer
Liquor around! to his faith.
• March 21 - Crossfire
He said his decision to retire
Weekly musical events at this time felt right and though
including freestyle nights he doesn’t have any immedi-
ate plans, he plans to still have a
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Gentner said he was fortunate
to be a police o cer, which was
what he wanted to be when he
grew up, something he found out
later on when he was helping his
mom clean out her attic. ey
stumbled upon one of his kin-
dergarten projects, which had a
drawing of him as a police o cer,
and said: “I want to give tickets to
people who run red lights.”

“I just thought that was amaz-
ing, that my plan for myself was
that I wanted to be a reman, but
there was another plan in place,”
Gentner said.

“It was an amazing career.
When you do something as a job,
you don’t become satis ed at it
but when you have a passion for
it, I’ve heard people say, ‘ e de -
nition of vocation is something
you want to do.’ I’ve impacted
and interacted with so many
people over my career and it’s just
been amazing.”

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Tools for clear thinking From Simon & Garfunkel
from the great minds
to Elon ‘EDM’ Musk

part satisfying, but always tion to western thought can be You know that getting older is BRUCE
getting old when you click a THE BLOG
MY exciting. Whatever our credited to Plato. Spotify playlist labeled Pop
PERSPECTIVE goal is—it is always vital 2) Once we have our compo- Classics, innocently (as in naively) BRUCE
that we develop methods expecting to nd Simon and Garfun- APAR
JAMES of thinking that allow us nents, look for patterns. One of kel or e Police, and instead wonder
MARTORANO to utilize our brains to the my graduate school professors if you’ve been slipped a hallucinogen enough to co-opt an entire sport. Ever
aptly described mathematics as when, instead, you see indecipherable listen to the band Tennis? ey serve
names like M.I.A., Daft Punk, and up indie pop that their fans love.
maximum, avoiding faulty the study of patterns. e same Fun.
Some of the artist names could pass
thinking which is so ram- can be true for any systematic I’m all in on that last one, by the for Net ix titles, like 5 Seconds of
way. Still, I had to confusedly wonder, Summer. Or Shotgun Willy.
pant in the modern era. analysis of any issue. Patterns, who stole my decades? Aren’t what I
Recently, an assistant In several of my recent col- patterns, patterns. call forever “classics”the only classics TEST DRIVE A TESLA TUNE
district attorney sent umns, I have alluded to the 3) ink systematically that truly matter? No, of course not. Others appear to be e orts at
me 2,700 pages of “dis- search method, modeling, about what you have observed.
covery” relating to a client’s and scienti c testing as tried Aristotle is the father of this After I collected myself, I said to identity theft writ large, such as Elon
that same self,“Of course our pop “EDM”Musk. At least that’s what I
criminal matter. Reviewing the and true techniques to help method; in thinking itself, he classics are not Gen X or Millennial thought when I rst came across it,
pop classics. Why would they be? only to discover it is the Tesla titan
voluminous information to sift us think more clearly. Today I saw structure. As a result, he Time doesn’t stand still, silly.”(I have himself. In his spare time, he cut a
to presume that Gen Zers—roughly track called “Don’t Doubt Ur Vibe.”
apart important information would like to share with you is credited with the introduc- ages 8-23—have a few more miles (BTW, EDM is electronic dance
to put on their tender treads before music.)
from what was super uous, I practices that we can adopt tion of what we call logic today. classifying as “classics”their earliest
musical memories.) Back in the day, drinking in cutting-
realized that this is a process which were utilized to perfec- Statistics, probability and deci- edge rock-and-roll (and some bever-
at modest revelation set me on a ages) in the frat house at Syracuse U.,
we all undertake in this age of tion by some of the more note- sion theory are all o shoots of journey of curiosity to survey the state we thought band monikers like Led
of today’s musical artist brands. Zeppelin were, like, heavy, man.Too
mass and indiscriminate com- worthy minds of all time. ey this approach. cool for school. Who would know one
FROM COLDPLAY TO day there’d be group names worthy
munication. can be broken down into basic 4) Put your conclusion to WORDPLAY of a zombie movie title, like rap rock
band Hollywood Undead.
Of course, our task is less steps that will help us get to the test. Professor Liz Kraus From a myopic Boomer perspective,
a lot of the monikers seem out there, I went to look for a throughline
intimidating if our objective where we want to go. taught one of my favorite but what do I know? It’s not to say I over the decades, harking back to
didn’t Spotify some fascinating uses what the musical artists I call classics
is to navigate our day-to-day When confronted with a courses in graduate school on of wordplay (no relation to Coldplay), called themselves.
along with expressions of self-identity
lives focused on the mundane. di cult question whether it is Philosopher Charles Sanders that sound like they came out of a SEE APAR PAGE 10
50-minute session on the couch.
However, looming beyond our philosophical, scienti c or oth- Pierce. Pierce believed, and I
For instance, what’s one to make of
everyday routine lay critical erwise: agree, that science is the only the artist named Iamnotshane? How
about the very dark $uicideBoy$.
choices involving, among other 1) Break the problem down self-correcting human endeav-
Other musicians are ambitious
things, the very direction of into simpler components. Sir or. In the same vein, famous

our lives. Questions that con- Isaac Newton and Rene Des- philosopher and science critic,

cern our educational and career cartes preached this method Karl Popper, suggested that it

goals, our family and where we and used it successfully. So if is the falsi able aspect of scien-

want to live are all decisions you are completely stuck, sim- ti c theories that makes them

that require that we identify plify it by building a model. believable. A good scientist

what is truly important. Be- Galileo was a master at this. takes risks. If a theory is valid,

yond these choices, we are also e Wright brothers used it will withstand the scrutiny

free to join the greatest think- a miniature wind tunnel to of any test. Both Galileo and

ers in history and ask ultimate develop their theory of avia- Newton were famous for tak-

questions about ourselves and tion. e principle here is the ing risks and their extensive

our place in the universe. at power of simple abstraction, a SEE MARTORANO PAGE 9
endeavor is part perplexing, thinking-tool whose introduc-

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 9

MARTORANO eyes to a new and astounding view of the
relationship between space and time. It

must be noted that, in conjunction with

experimentations conferred on them our ability to “think outside the box,” is

signi cant respect and credibility in the our willingness to commit ourselves to a

scienti c community. process of careful calculation.

5) ink socially but avoid its pitfalls. 7) Creative processes take time. We

Every philosopher and scientist oper- need to allow our ideas to “ruminate.”

ates within a social and cultural milieu. Descartes once observed, “those who

e most obvious example is omas travel slowly may yet make far greater

Hobbes whose political philosophy progress than those who run.” Some of

was greatly in uenced by the fears he the more advanced corporations allow

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LETTERS APAR and activist Odetta, I had never
heard a singer on the radio who
Politics, not law Yet Matt Slater, and the other over the activities of the board. FROM PAGE 8 didn’t have both a rst and last
name, so I knew right then that
To the editor: Republicans on the Yorktown Diana Quast is the Yorktown MUSICAL PSEUDONYMS the times were changing. (Yes,
Diana Quast has served on One common characteristic of Elvis Presley came to be known
Town Board, have removed Town Clerk and has NO supervi- by his rst name alone, but Dylan
the Yorktown Recreation Com- emergent music groups in 2020 is was organically singular, in both
mission for 14 years. During her Quast from the Commission and sory responsibilities over the Parks the absence of birth names. ey’ll name and talent.)
time on the Commission, Quast refer to themselves as anything
worked to help many wonderful replaced her with Rick Romanski. & Recreation Department. other than who they really are. WE USE LETTERS. U2?!
projects come to fruition, includ- And whereas a lot of 2020
ing the Patriot Skate Park, the Not one of those three Town At the request of Councilman e queen of nom de musique
Yorktown Paw Park, the new monikers for this generation is groups lean on just letters, like
playgrounds at Jack DeVito Board members has stated a single Lachterman, Supervisor Slater has Stefani Joanne Angelina Ger- UMI or T.R.U., they should tip
Veteran’s Memorial Field and manotta, aka Lady Gaga. their high hat to Bono and U2.
Track, the Holiday Electric Lights reason why Rick Romanski is a manufactured a reason to remove
Parade, and Ivy Knolls Park. In the 50s, singers had real Something that has no prece-
All of that work was done as a better choice for the Recreation a stellar performer because of names, like one of my favorites, dent is someone using their physi-
volunteer. Bobby Darin. Oh, but wait one cal dimensions in their brand, as in
Commission than Diana Quast. partisan politics, not law. sec. His born name is Walden Royce Da 5’9”, whose name is the
And let’s not forget her work Robert Cassotto. height of self-awareness.
on the Granite Knolls Sports Diana Quast deserves noth- Former Supervisor Gilbert
Complex! is enormous project OK, there’s always an excep- If I had to pick a favorite cur-
has turned out to be the talk of ing but praise for her dedicated appointed Republicans, Demo- tion, but is there a more evocative rent group name, it would be the
the county. is project alone real name than that of immortal one that is an ingenious model of
earned Quast kudos for a job service on the Recreation Com- crats, and Independents to various country singer Patsy Cline? Oops e ciency. e name of the group
very well done. Quast brought again. Her actual name is Virginia also is its email address, [email protected]
this project in on time and within mission, all at no cost to the volunteer boards and commis- Patterson Hensley., which is perfectly suited
budget. No one has questioned to one of its releases, titled “blah
her abilities. No one has ques- Town. But instead of o ering sions. Within ve weeks of his Oh, well, so much for that crazy blah blah.”
tioned her dedication. theory of mine.
praise, Councilman Lachterman inauguration, Supervisor Slater at gives me an idea, so excuse
POSITIVELY DYLAN me while I go o to start my own
gave her the boot. And the newly has gone back on his promise to As for one-word names today group. I’m calling it Reply All.
Rest assured its music will be as
elected “nonpartisan”Supervisor be nonpartisan! like CHIKA and COIN and annoying as the name implies.
Lizzo, long before Madonna
asked his newly appointed lawyer * Case Law: Ryan v. Green (Ciccone) brought single-name Bruce Apar is a writer, actor,
performers back in vogue, I re- consultant, and community
to nd a legal reason to justify her 58 NY 295 (1874) and Attorney member, as a high school student, volunteer. He can be reached at
hearing a radio DJ introduce a [email protected]; 914.275.6887.
removal. General Opinion 1988 NY Op debut recording by a singer whose
name I heard as “Dillon”(b. Rob-
It is my understanding, from Atty Gen (Inf.) 77 (NYAG), Car- ert Allen Zimmerman).

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QUAST may have a con ict of interest ‘ is isn’t political; this is following the rules.’
due to his for-pro t business, Ki-
FROM PAGE 1 ids Sports Inc., a soccer program
to the commission during the which uses town facilities for

last days of his administration, practices and camps at a fee. —Matt Slater
but at issue was the fact that her “What measures have been put

appointment began on Jan. 1, after into place to avoid any con ict or Town Supervisor
Gilbert’s administration ended. any appearance of con ict and to

In an interview with Yorktown assure the public that no member

News, Slater said that though of any commission has motives

there is no statutory law that pro- beyond what’s in the town’s best rection. What do you hope to ac- state]. We had Capture Point in have an opening on the commis-

hibits the practice, there is com- interest?” Stone asked. complish with the new team that the work session; for four years, sion and the board will make a

mon law which prevents lame- Slater said at the meeting and in you could not accomplish before?” they’ve been trying to come into decision as to who’s willing to or

duck appointments. an interview that members on any Slater said in an interview that the town. Why did it take four expresses interest and wants to be

“ ere is common law, which board or commission must recuse the decision to take the Parks years to put our parks registration involved.”

is case law, which the town attor- themselves from voting on matters and Recreation Commission in online? We’ve got it done in six In what Slater described as a

ney has researched, that deemed if it creates a con ict of interest. a di erent direction came from a weeks. e commission’s moving political move, resident Mark

the appointment is invalid,” Slat- Resident Fran DiBernardo litany of issues with town parks in a new direction, they’re updat- Lieberman presented Quast with

er said. “ is isn’t political; this is read aloud previous statements that go back many years. ing their bylaws, they’re profes- a homemade certi cate of ap-

following the rules.” made by Slater in Yorktown “If they want to go out and tell sionalizing how they operate and preciation for her services on the

During courtesy of the oor, News. all the accolades, if the commis- I think that’s a good thing.” commission.

many residents spoke out to pro- “When I hear ‘a decision was sion is getting all the credit for Attempts to reach Quast for Slater said later in the meet-

test Quast’s removal and listed made to move it forward and the great things that we’ve seen comment were unsuccessful. ing and in an interview that he,

her accomplishments on the bring a close to the issue,’ I hear in our town, and I fully acknowl- DiBernardo also expressed at the Town Board and Parks and

commission. evasion, because there really isn’t a edge them, there’s also blame and the meeting her concerns with Recreation Supervisor Jim Mar-

Shrub Oak resident Marcia good justi cation underneath it,” you can’t have one without the the removal of Quast and the torano Jr. are currently working

Stone protested the 14-year com- DiBernardo said. “When I hear other,” Slater said. resignation from the commis- on recognizing Quast and Capo-

mission veteran’s removal and ‘the decision to move in a di er- He went on to cite issues with sion of Town Comptroller Pa- rale for their service to the town.

expressed concern that Quast’s ent direction was made’ I would the Par 3 Golf Course project, tricia Caporale, saying “there is In response to accusations that

replacement, Richard Romanski, like to hear the details of that di- which, he said, was shut down by zero diversity” with the remain- his motives were political, Slater

New York State for failure to ob- ing members all having stakes in said that he and the board passed

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at Granite Knolls, which are il- Caporale said that her decision members to Yorktown’s Climate

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your kitchen shields, according to the town after Quast’s removal was based the Feb. 18 meeting.
code. Both of these projects were on the conversation surrounding “ e Climate Smart Commu-
overseen by the Parks and Recre- department heads on the com- nity Task Force members were

ation Commission. mission. also appointed [the same night];

“You can look at the insur- “I gured after 14 years it was that’s a very diverse group of

ance issues we’ve been having, time to exit stage left,” Caporale people of di erent political a li-

you can look at grants that have said. “At this point, I’m going out ations, backgrounds, ethnicities

been missed, I can go through the with my head held high from my and gender,” Slater said.

whole thing and I’m not trying to accomplishments over the last 14 On the board are two Demo-

do that,” Slater said. “I’ve been years.” cratic district leaders, Sarah Wil-

trying to avoid having this con- Slater said that the board has son and Paul Moskowitz, who he

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One thousand and counting

My Brother Vinny honored for work with homeless vets

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER award ceremony is presented by the Academy of United States Veterans.
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Miritello, who works full-time with the New York City Department of En-

In June 2013, two weeks after a chance encounter with a homeless veteran, vironmental Protection,has poured her blood,sweat and tears—and oftentimes Wayne Reese, also known as Ve
Paula Miritello found herself inside the VA Hudson Valley Health Care Sys- her own money—into helping once-homeless veterans start over. Brother Vinny.
tem, a facility in Montrose that provides health care to veterans of the United
States military. “Without us, there is no other organization doing what we’re doing,” Mir- • Croton Lions Club – $500
itello said. “We are the rst stop when a veteran is starting over. [ e govern- • Somers Lions Club – $5,000
e veteran, who was recovering from a substance-use disorder, had told ment] provides housing, but can you imagine trying to start over when you go • New York State and Bermuda L
Miritello that he was leaving the VA and was bound for government-subsi- home and your home is empty? And you sleep on the oor?” • Lions Club International – $10
dized housing, but that he did not have any furniture. Miritello, who founded “I’m shocked,” Miritello said afte
the charity My Brother Vinny in memory of her late special-needs brother, e magnetic Miritello, who jokingly refers to herself as a “fake general,” for a loss of words. I’m very, very
o ered to help the veteran. She gave him her card, which he gave to the people has recruited many people to her cause over the years, including some of the well... We need foundations like [th
at the VA, who invited Miritello in for a meeting. veterans she once helped. teed budget. ank you from the bo
“ ey explained to me about [a program] where veterans go into their “ ey see how much I love it and they know how much it means to me,” Miritello encouraged people to co
homes,” Miritello said. “ ere is nothing in place to give them furniture, but Miritello said. “We’re not waiting for someone to tell us what we should do; held this year on Sunday, April 26,
they provide them housing. So, I said I can help every once in a while.” we’re doing it. When people ask me what we do for fun, it’s this.” fundraiser for a charity that relies en
“None of us are drawing salaries.
e man she met six-and-a-half years ago became Veteran No. 1 of 1,012 e community Miritello calls home has also been a strong supporter of her us. We don’t even take a tip,” Mirite
(and counting). For her work in providing furniture to once-homeless veterans, charity work. Not only did hundreds come out to celebrate the 1,000-veteran that is paramount to our veterans.”
Miritello and My Brother Vinny were honored at the Veterans Awards, also milestone at e Winery at St. George on Sunday, Feb. 16, but everything at
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Osteoporosis: e secret to reducing your risk

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 21


Finateri earns wild-card berth to state tournament

Yorktown senior captain nds out on his 18th birthday

BY MIKE SABINI thought my season was over, and cause it’s been one of my goals

CONTRIBUTING WRITER it really gave me a huge boost of the whole season, to make it to

motivation to train harder,” said the state tournament, and that

Yorktown senior captain An- Finateri, a ve-year varsity wres- I’m now also a part of a group

drew Finateri nished second in tler. of some of the best wrestlers,

the 120-pound division of the Fama was thrilled to hear the to go through Yorktown,” said

Section 1 Division 1 Tournament. news as well. Finateri, who was MVP of the

But Finateri’s season didn’t end “Both the coaching sta and Yorktown Duals on Dec. 14,

there Andrew were very excited, but with a 5-0 record.

e senior earned one of Sec- know that just making it up Finateri said that there are a

tion 1’s 14 wild-card berths to there is not enough,” Fama said. few reasons why he was able to

the 2020 New York State Public “Now it’s time to focus on get- put himself in position to reach

High School Athletic Association ting on the podium.” states.

Wrestling Championships, to be is is the second time in “My hard work, persistence

hed at the Times Union Center three years that a Yorktown with my training, and keeping

in Albany on Friday, Feb. 28, and wrestler has made it to states, my head up through tough loss-

Saturday, Feb. 29. as Connor omas also made it es are the reason I was able to

Finateri, who won his 100th- as a wild card, at 152 pounds, in make it to states,” said Finateri,

career match earlier this season, 2018. who will be attending Stevens

earned his berth upstate by reg- Fama said that to have two Institute of Technology this fall

istering three consecutive years wrestlers in three years make it to study engineering, along with

of being All-Section, which gave to states, means that the pro- competing on the wrestling team.

him enough points to earn the gram is going in the right direc- Two other reasons why Fi-

wildcard-berth, according to Yor- tion. nateri is headed upstate is because PHOTO: BOB CASTNER/CASTNERPHOTO.NET

ktown coach Eric Fama. “It’s proving to the young he is a very technical and tactical Yorktown’s Andrew Finateri wrestles on Senior Night (Jan. 23) against
Finateri found out that he made group that we have, that hard wrestler, according to Fama. Hen Hud.
work pays o ,” Fama said.
it to states in a text from Fama on “He puts in a lot of extra work

the morning of Feb. 19, which Finateri is ecstatic to join outside the wrestling room,” the beginning of the season. achieve my goals,” Finateri said.

made for a great birthday gift for omas as Huskers who have Fama said of Finateri. “As long as I keep training “If I wrestle hard for a full six

him, as he turned 18 that day. made it upstate. Finateri said his goal is to be hard every day and listen to my minutes, I’ll be able to nd suc-

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Rebel girls 4x200
relay earns trip

to states

Huskers, BYSNS fall in playo s

BY MIKE SABINI make it count.”

CONTRIBUTING WRITER As a group, Salazar said that

Lakeland/Panas being adaptable was the key to
and Yorktown their success.
Track and Field
“We had a last-minute change
in our rst leg runner to Taryn
Hodge, who absolutely killed it,”
Salazar said. “We all rely on each

other so much and truly do sup-

SECTION 1 STATE QUALIFIER port one another all of the time.

Sunday, Feb. 23 (Armory Track After we didn’t run as well as we PHOTO COURTESY OF RYAN JOHNSON
and Field Center, New York City) wanted to in semis, we knew we
had to kick it up a notch and nail Lakeland/Panas’ state-bound 4x200 relay team: Taryn Hodge, Lauren Salazar, Makayla Waugh and JaLia
e Lakeland/Panas girls our hando s. We improved sig- Williams

4x200 relay of Taryn Hodge,

Lauren Salazar, Makayla Waugh, ni cantly and would have been town coach Brian Mundy. “ ey performed a little,” Mundy said. they outscored the Huskers 20-5.

and JaLia Williams placed sec- happy about the result of our re- couldn’t just key on her on the “When kids graduate, there are Leading the Huskers in Rock-

ond at the Section 1 State Quali- lay even if we did not qualify. We perimeter with other kids shoot- some things you just can’t replace. land County were brothers Roni

er in a time of 1:46.43, the re- have come so far this season and ing well. She did a good job mov- But you just hope that the leaders Brucaj (14 points) and Eddie

lay’s fastest time of the season. knowing we can count on each ing without the ball and was able have set a good example of what Brucaj (11 points, 10 rebounds).

at quali ed the relay for other, is something I believe, that to hit four threes.” type of person and player the un- Roni Brucaj is one of ve se-

the 2020 New York State Pub- helped us tremendously.” e three players to which derclassmen need to be, in order niors on the team, along with

lic High School Athletic Asso- Aaron McGirr (sixth, long Mundy was referring were Em- to bring success to the program.” Rob Miller, Matt Mahoney,

ciation’s Indoor Track and Field jump, 20 feet, 2 inches), Ashley ily Ward (8 points, 8 rebounds, ere is indeed a bright fu- Sean Vogel and Martin Kopacz,

Championships. ey will take Dobransky (eighth, shot put, 4 assists), Jesse Barer (8 points, ture ahead for the Huskers, who who played their nal game in a

place on Saturday, March 7, at personal best throw of 32-9.75) 8 rebounds, 3 assists), and Olivia started two freshmen (Ward and Husker uniform.

the Ocean Breeze Track and and Keira Lucas (6 points). Lucas), one sophomore (Severi- “ e whole team battled the

Field Facility, on Staten Island. Flaherty (ninth, 1,500-me- A big reason why the Huskers no), one junior (Zeolla) and one entire game, and I’m proud of

“I am so proud of these la- ter relay, personal best time of were able to hang tough with the senior (Barer), against the Sailors. their e ort all season,” Pavella

dies,” said Lakeland/Panas coach 5:57.79), stood out for Yorktown. Sailors was because of their de- “ ere is a lot of youth in this said. “ e seniors will be missed;

Ryan Johnson. “ ey had to ght “ e team performed well to- fensive play. program, but the fact that we Roni, Rob, Matt, Sean, and Mar-

through some major injuries but day and they ended their season “I thought we did a decent job have allowed the younger kids tin.”

stepped up in the clutch.” on a high note,” said Yorktown in the zone after the rst quarter,” to get valuable competitive game
BYSNS Hockey (6-15)For Salazar, a senior and a sec- coach Keith Smith. “ ey are all Mundy said. “Most of the game experience, is going to help them
ond-year track captain, this is her looking forward to the spring.” we had the pace slowed down and the program drastically in

second trip to states in the last Yorktown Girls and that eats up time o the the future,” Mundy said. MONROE WOODBURY 11,
three years on this relay. Basketball (10-12)
clock, which limits their posses- Yorktown Boys BYSNS 3
“It is so exciting that I am sions. We knew we were going to
making it back to states this year,” Wednesday, Feb. 19 (Brewster
said Salazar, who was also a cap- have to live with giving up some Basketball (11-11) Ice Arena)
open looks outside in order to
Monroe-Woodbury jumped

tain for Lakeland’s state champi- HEN HUD 45, YORKTOWN 42 protect the paint. Unfortunately, out to a 4-1 rst-period lead, and

onship eld hockey squad in the Friday, Feb. 21 (Hendrick they ended up hitting the one TAPPAN ZEE 60, YORKTOWN 34 continued to build on it, en route

fall. “We had missed qualifying Hudson High School) more outside shot they needed.” Friday, Feb. 21 (Tappan Zee to an 11-3 triumph, against the

last year by tenths of a second, No. 15 Yorktown gave host One player who stood out High School) host BYSNS.

and it’s great to have another ex- No. 2 Hendrick Hudson, led by defensively for the Huskers was No. 16 Yorktown hung tough Hart Nullet (1G, 2A), Sava

citing and nail-biting race that Marist-bound Caitlin Weimar, Alyssa Perrino. for a half against top-seeded Tap- Makarenko (1G), Jonathan Gra-

resulted us in qualifying for states all they could handle but the Sail- “And (Ashley) Zeolla was kept pan Zee, trailing just 8-5 at the ham (1G), and Matt Gergley (19

on March 7. ors beat the Huskers in a highly in check, so we rotated Alyssa end of the rst quarter and 24-16 saves) earned their way into the

Salazar said they Lakeland/Pa- competitive contest, 45-42, in the Perrino in and she played a lot at halftime, before falling to the box score for the BYSNS in their

nas faced sti competition in the rst round of the Section 1 Class of minutes,” Mundy said. “By far, host, 60-34, in its opening round regular-season nale.

state quali ers. A Tournament. the best defensive game she has Section 1 Class A contest.

“Our anchor leg, JaLia Wil- e Huskers were led in scor- played this season.” “I thought we played great CLARKSTOWN 4, BYSNS 3

liams, fought for it at the line and ing by Melissa Severino’s 16 As for the team’s play this sea- defense, and missed some easy Saturday, Feb. 22 (Palisades

it resulted us in coming in second points. son, Mundy was pleased with its opportunities around the rim Center Ice Rink, West Nyack)

and automatically qualifying,” “Melissa was helped by the fact performance. early,” said Yorktown coach Mark e No. 10 BYSNS almost

Salazar said. “Today’s race could that we had three other kids hit “From where we were the rst Pavella. came back in their Section 1

have been our last 4x200 of the two threes each, and that kind of week of the season to where we Tappan Zee took control of the SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 23
season, so we knew we had to opened it up a little,” said York- ended up, I actually think we out- game in the third quarter, where

Thursday, February 27, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 23



Division 1 rst-round game

against No. 7 Clarkstown, but fell

to the host, 4-3.

Trailing 3-1 in the second pe-

riod, the BYSNS cut the Clark-

stown lead to one on a goal by

Frankie Vigiletti, assisted by Ian

Woloshyn and Connor Brooks,

before tying it on an unassisted

score by Makarenko.

BYSNS’ co-coach Joey Boni-

tatibus said that hard work and

determination were the keys to

the comeback e ort.

“ ey had this drive to win

like I’ve only seen in a few games

before,” Bonitatibus said. “Smart

hockey, dump and chase, with a

hard fore-check.”

Clarkstown garnered what

turned out to be the game-win-

ning goal with just 1:47 remain-

ing in the second period.

Brooks scored the rst goal of

the playo contest in the opening

period, courtesy of an assist from

Matt Gergley made 20 saves in Yorktown’s graduating seniors: Rob Miller, Roni Brucaj, Sean Vogel, Matt Mahoney and Martin Kopacz
goal for the BYSNS.

“I thought the team played proud of their last game.” “ is is a bunch of young kids each other, trust each other, and Michael D’Erasmo, Cal Du ,

extremely well tonight,” Boni- Overall, Bonitatibus saw the from competing high schools. played like a family. We have a Dylan Delaney, and Hellebo

tatibus said. “ ey never gave season as a success, for a squad ey don’t know or play with lot of returning players, so we will Hawken were the players from

up, even when they were down. whose players were made up of each other,” Bonitatibus said. be back to compete, even harder Yorktown. Samantha Miley and

We outshot our opponent (29- student-athletes from Brewster, “ e di erence between the next year.” Maya King, the team managers,

24), but unfortunately the pucks Yorktown, Somers and North team that started the season and Makarenko, Nullet, Allen are also from Yorktown.

didn’t bounce our way. I’m really Salem. now is incredible. ey support Rondel, Francesca Mangione,

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For love of the game

BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER to volunteer as recruiters for St. who might be a good t for the
John Fisher College, a private program.

school with which they have ey’ll speak to their coaches

Irondequoit. Herkimer. Liver- little personal connection. and parents, handing out cards

pool. Brunelle, a standout for the with details and contact informa-

A review of St. John Fisher Huskers more than four decades tion. But contact with students

College’s football roster will ago, also played football for a is kept to a minimum until their

usually nd athletes from towns Division III school (Brockport). season has ended, as to not to dis-

in northern New York, places He then tried out for the Mon- rupt their varsity experience.

closer to the school’s Rochester treal Alouettes, a professional “We don’t pressure these kids,”

campus. But sprinkled in among team competing in the Cana- Bergman said. “We’re not jump-

them are kids from Pleasantville, dian Football League. ing all over them.”

Hopewell Junction, and the At Brockport, Brunelle played Last year, they collectively

Bronx. for Bud Sims, the program’s win- spoke to 190 student-athletes,

So, what would make a young ningest coach. Now, at 82, Sims four of whom committed to St.

student-athlete want to travel coaches tackles and tight ends John Fisher College.

more than 300 miles to play for at St. John Fisher College. at “To tell you the truth,”

a small-but-respectable Division connection led Brunelle to vol- Brunelle said, “that was a biggie,

III program that doesn’t o er unteer for the college, and then getting these four kids. is year,

athletic scholarships? recruit his two friends. hopefully it catches on a little bit

For love of the game, of course. All retired, Brunelle, Bergman more.”

It’s what also drives Tim and Holden travelled to doz- Tuition at St. John Fisher Col-

Brunelle Sr. (Yorktown), JR ens of Section 1 and Section 9 lege is roughly $50,000 a year,

PHOTO COURTESY OF JR BERGMAN Bergman (White Plains) and games and practices throughout according to the school’s web-
Tim Brunelle, Sam Holden and JR Bergman
Samuel Holden (Pleasantville) the fall season, scouting players site. Unable to o er nancial as-

sistance in the form of athletic

scholarships, the recruiters have

their work cut out for them.

e Rochester college has ro-

bust pre-med and business pro-

grams, but for local high school

students who want to continue

their playing career at a Divi-

sion III school, state schools like

Cortland or Brockport are more

appealing nancially.

But the biggest challenge,

along with the lack of scholar-

ships, is managing expectations,

which often focus on the most-

competitive schools, those in

Division I.

“A lot of parents, they think

their kids are all DI,” Bergman

said. “Unfortunately, that’s not

the case.”

Football, to be sure, builds

leadership skills, forms lifelong

bonds, and teaches account-

ability and host of other life les-

Add Value sons. But facing high costs, long
hours, and a minuscule chance
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rational and it doesn’t dissipate.
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NOTICE TO BIDDERS engineering plans prepared SSNY designated as agent for the PHOTO: KATHERINE BORCHERT
TOWN OF YORKTOWN, NY by Charles A. Manganaro LLC upon whom process against
Consulting Engineers, dated it may be served. SSNY shall Owner Laura Sosa cuts ribbon to celebrate Lala’s Exotic Cuts’ grand
NOTICE IS HERE GIVEN February 2019. mail process to: 46 Storm Street, opening.
that sealed bids will be received Apt. #2F, Tarrytown, NY 10591.
by the Town Clerk, Town of Speci cations may be obtained Purpose:to engage in any and all Yorktown welcomes
Yorktown, Westchester County, at the o ce of the Town Clerk in business for which LLCs may new salon
NY until 11:00 A.M. on the 13th said Town Hall or on the Town’s be formed under the New York
day of March, 2020 at the Town website at LLC law. Town, county and state o cials joined salon owner Laura Sosa
Hall 363 Underhill Avenue, and sta to celebrate the grand opening of Lala’s Exotic Cuts, lo-
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 e Proposer assumes the LLC FORMATION NOTICE cated at 1895 Commerce St., on Friday, Feb. 14.
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A. Capellini Community and the employees of the Town of led with Sec. of State of the ribbon surrounded by community o cials, family and friends.
Cultural Center. Yorktown. Whether sent by mail NY (SSNY) 9/26/2019. Cty:
or means of personal delivery, the Westchester. SSNY desig. as Sosa was congratulated by County Legislator Vedat Gashi and
Speci cations may be obtained Bidder assumes the responsibility agent upon whom process against presented with certi cates by Supervisor Matt Slater, Tito Davila
at the o ce of the Town Clerk in for having the bids in at the time may be served & shall mail on behalf of Sen. Pete Harckham, and the Yorktown Chamber of
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website at All bids are to be returned to Bedford, NY 10506. General
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withdraw their bid within thirty TOWN OF YORKTOWN 10536. General Purpose.
(30) days after the actual date of

addressed in care of the Town
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TOWN CLERK Arts of Org. led with Sec. of
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of March, 2020 at the Town Ave, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.
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