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Holocaust Commission stresses Local ofﬁcials
education on day of remembrance oppose I-684 toll
BY CAROL REIF
STAFF WRITER BY TOM BARTLEY also warned of potential payback
CONTRIBUTING WRITER if Hartford lawmakers insisted on
ey might look like a couple
dozen books on a library shelf. implementing the toll proposal.
But to those gathered in North Bedford Supervisor Chris In remarks prepared for deliv-
Salem to mark International Ho-
locaust Remembrance Day, they Burdick went to Hartford last ery at the hearing, he told law-
are so much more.
week to convey the opposition of makers “there are discussions in
ey are a physical reminder
of why humans must rst be able a score of Westchester o cials, the New York State legislature to
to take an un inching look at the
past, however painful, before we including Somers Supervisor Rick respond in kind to the Greenwich
can hope for a future unmarred by
ignorance and hatred, said speak- Morrissey, to Connecticut’s plans toll proposal should Connecticut
ers at the recent re-dedication of
the Fred Bachner Holocaust Col- to collect truck tolls on I-684. move forward with it.”
Addressing a public hearing of Burdick said he was speaking “on
e memoirs and other ma-
terials were donated to the Ruth the Connecticut General Assem- behalf of my community and elect-
Keeler Memorial Library by the
Somers Holocaust Memorial bly’s transportation committee, ed representatives in Westchester
Burdick said the Westchester of- County.” In addition to Morrissey,
Marked by a brass plaque, the
special collection was named in ceholders “take exception” to the they included supervisors Peter
honor of Bachner, the commis-
sion’s late founder. e Somers proposed toll. He called it a threat Parsons of Lewisboro, Warren Lu-
resident was a prisoner at Aus-
chwitz and several other concen- to the well being of many West- cas of North Salem and Matthew
chester residents and said it would Slater of Yorktown,County Execu-
His incredible story, like the
wrenching accounts by other Ho- encourage truckers to detour onto tive George Latimer and state Sen.
locaust survivors in the collection’s
local roads, which were never Peter Harckham of South Salem.
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meant to handle the oversized rigs. Harckham made clear his op-
Connecticut lawmakers are position to the toll plan last year.
considering a package of tolls, e senator found it “particularly
scattered throughout the state, galling” that Connecticut wanted
to nance needed infrastructure to collect usage fees on a road-
repairs. e proposed tolls, $6 to way that New York built and now
Community members $13, include a truck-only reader pays for “road repairs, re and
from Somers and North
above a 1.4-mile stretch of I-684 emergency responses, state police
Salem came together
for the re-dedication running through Greenwich, be- patrol, snow plowing, removal of
of the Fred Bachner
Holocaust Collection. tween the county airport and Ar- deer carcasses—everything.”
PHOTO: CAROL REIF monk interchanges. Harckham said he would pro-
Burdick called for continued pose legislation enacting tolls
bi-state cooperation in addressing SEE TOLL PAGE 3
the states’mutual problems. But he
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COLLECTION Weakened by hunger and illness, and wearing nothing other TOLL
FROM PAGE 1
than thin striped uniforms and torn shoes, many could not keep FROM PAGE 1
pace and were shot dead. ousands also succumbed to starvation on Route 116 in North Salem, Routes 35 and
123 in Lewisboro and Routes 124 and 137 in
volumes, gives perspective to the commission’s mission of educat- and exposure as they were mercilessly herded toward the interior Pound Ridge, as well as a toll on the Hutchin-
son River Parkway in Rye Brook,and elsewhere
ing people—especially the young—about human rights and the of the German Reich. along the Connecticut border, as necessary.”
Shoah: the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazi regime and Bachner—with B-10618 branded on his arm—was among the Town o cials also weighed in on the
toll plan. Somers’ Morrissey, in an email to
collaborators during World War II. few hundred prisoners who made it alive to the Dachau concen- Burdick, said, “Good luck with your appear-
ance in front of the Connecticut General
Speaking Monday, Jan. 27, were SHMC president Steven E. tration camp in southern Germany on Feb. 22. Assembly and of course Somers is in opposi-
tion to this ridiculous proposal. Feel free to
Waldinger and state Supreme Court Justice Lewis J. Lubell. He did hard labor on a construction site until April when word include my name in your testimony.”
North Salem utist Daniella Friedman performed two moving came that the allied forces were approaching. Burdick carried the message of opposition
into the Connecticut statehouse last Friday,
pieces: one from the lm “Schindler’s List” and one the middle Bachner and other inmates were loaded on a train heading to- Jan. 31.
school student composed herself. ward the mountains and were told they were to be shot, Green- A wireless toll reader like the one envi-
sioned on I-684 does not require tra c to
According to Waldinger, the interfaith SHMC encourages berg wrote. stop but instead automatically bills the trucks
rolling beneath it.Still,the Westchester com-
high school students in Somers and North Salem to create proj- “Deciding not to leave things up to fate,” he and two others munity leaders deem it both an imposition
on their residents and a destructive intrusion
ects in visual arts, poetry, music and other artistic mediums that somehow managed to jump o the train undetected. on their roads.
were inspired by Holocaust Human Rights studies. Walking through the frigid forest for days, the three nally “ is proposed toll would create a signi -
cant disruption to the quality of life in many
ose works are showcased,and the students given awards,at the spotted white ags, a signal that the war was over, and American municipalities,” Burdick told the hearing.
“It would prompt trucks to take to the local
organization’s annual “Evening of Re ection and Remembrance.” soldiers. roads, causing congestion, damaging roads
and increasing the likelihood of collisions.”
It also helps schools establish human rights-orientated curricu- Bachner was eventually reunited with his father and brother.
He warned that New York could take un-
lum and programs, supports a book collection at the Somers Li- His mother did not survive the war. speci ed “other actions to bar the toll from
brary and provides scholarships to graduating seniors committed Ruth Bachner and her family had escaped from Vienna and were
Instead of such a “tit-for-tat approach,” he
to human rights. in Belgium when it was invaded by Germany on May 10, 1940. proposed, “let’s work in partnership as our
great states have done so well for many years.”
Waldinger told the crowd Monday, Jan. 27, that he found it In an interview for Westchester Magazine,Bachner remembers
Estimates of usage-fee collections from
“heartening, particularly in these times of increasingly frequent she and her brother had to wear a yellow Star of David on their the proposed tolls statewide run as high as
$180 million a year and are seen as a way to
and disturbing acts of anti-Semitism, that our work has literally clothing. Her parents, desperate to save the children, entrusted bankroll the infrastructure repairs.
touched the lives of thousands of students.” them to a Catholic priest who hid them in a convent. Burdick backed the repairs if not the means
of nancing them. “I applaud your e orts in
Many of those young people are now in their 30s and 40s. To protect her, the nuns changed her name to Marie Renée Le tackling di cult infrastructure problems con-
fronting your state,”Burdick said. “We wrestle
“ at those people are out there with perhaps some heightened Roi. with the same problems in New York.”
level of understanding, empathy or decency because of what this After the war ended,Ruth was reunited with her mother and tak- But a vote on the package of tolls, which
had been expected earlier this week, ahead
commission does, in my view, is the most remarkable legacy of en to the United States, where she met and married Fred Bachner. of the scheduled start Wednesday (Feb. 5)
of the regular legislative session, was put o ,
Fred Bachner,”he said. e couple raised two daughters in Hartsdale—Ellen and raising questions of how much support the
toll proposals enjoy.
Waldinger, paying homage to Bachner’s wife, Ruth, then read a Cindy—before moving to Somers. ey also had several grand-
Other Westchester o cials joining in the
letter from the couple’s daughter, Ellen Bachner Greenberg. children. protest were state Sen. Shelley Mayer, As-
semblyman David Buchwald, mayors om-
Here is her retelling of her father’s story. Ruth Bachner told the magazine that “because of our experi- as Roach of White Plains, Gina Picinich of
Mount Kisco, Peter Scherer of Pleasantville
In January 1945, knowing that the Soviet Army was approach- ences,” she and her husband taught their children “never to hate and Drew Fixell of Tarrytown and supervi-
sors Ron Belmont of Harrison, Paul Feiner
ing, the Germans “wanted to get rid of the evidence—everyone others because they have di erent beliefs.” of Greenburgh, Kevin Hansan of Pound
Ridge, Gary J. Zuckerman of Rye Town,
who had witnessed their crimes.” Fred Bachner died in 2008. In his obituary, he is described as Anthony Colavita of Eastchester, Dana Lev-
enberg of Ossining and Nancy Seligson of
Nearly 60,000 prisoners—in what was known as a “Death a “Holocaust survivor who taught tolerance to children so they Mamaroneck.
March”—were forced to evacuate Auschwitz and subcamps in would understand the atrocities of the Holocaust.”
Nazi-occupied Poland on Jan. 27.
Europe was su ering through one of the coldest winters in its EDUCATION IS KEY
history, with blizzards and below-zero temperatures. Referring to the recent rise in hate crimes and anti-Semitism,
Lubell noted that the “true administration of
justice is more important than ever.”
However, knowledge of the past is also cru-
cial. at’s why people must read the books,
watch the documentaries and lms, listen to
survivors tell their stories, no matter how pain-
ful, he said.
As a Jewish person, Lubell has personally
experienced the sickening results of rampant
“Getting to the heart of it all, it’s not just us
who has to understand what’s happening, but
all faiths and ethnicities,” he said.
Holocaust and human rights education takes
place “one student at a time; one school at a
time; one locale at a time,” Lubell said.
“People need to be sensitive to hatred at every
level so it can’t happen again. It’s up to all of us.”
e SHMC is always looking for new
PHOTOS: CAROL REIF North Salem flutist Daniella members. To join, contact its president, Steve
Friedman performed two pieces. Waldinger, at: Somers Holocaust Memorial
State Supreme Court Justice Lewis J. Commission, Box 301, Somers, NY 10589.
Lubell spoke at the re-dedication.
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Transportation director resigns
Task force o ers safety recommendations
BY CAROL REIF Joe Bernardi has been on ad- Late last Friday, Jan. 31, schools til the district nds a permanent task force looked at the logistical
STAFF WRITER ministrative leave while the dis- Superintendent Dr. Raymond replacement. Bernardi is also the pitfalls of contracting with another
trict’s lawyers conduct an internal Blanch announced that Bernardi district’s chief safety o cer. company at this time.
e Bus P ripple e ect contin- investigation into the way he and had handed in his letter of resigna- Ferone, who started on Mon- She and fellow task force mem-
ues to spread in Somers, with the others handled an incident in- tion. e school board is expected day, Feb. 3, was the Carmel school ber Robert Ondrovic told the
latest splash being the apparent volving the DWI arrest of Royal to act on it Tuesday, Feb. 11. district’s director of transportation board Tuesday, Jan. 28, that the
impending departure of school Coach school bus driver William Peter Ferone was appointed in- for 18 years. Retired since 2011, Royal Coach eet is in good shape,
district’s transportation director. J. Mendez. terim transportation director un- he also has served in interim po- its drivers know the routes and
sitions for Ossining and Mahopac routines and are generally liked
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of foot scrub or 15 minute stretching taken place. was not “unanimous.”
Mindful of both the safety of e task force had an earnest
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