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GcraanngceelFeadir The trailway near Birdsall
Road has been repaired
after eight years.
PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER Trailway repaired
Was damaged by Superstorm Sandy
Another Yorktown staple is sitting 2020 out.
e 96-year-old Yorktown Grange Fair will not be Eight years after being damaged during Superstorm ment failed, the county said. Initial inspection revealed
held be this September. It is the rst time in more than Sandy, a portion of the North County Trailway near that the existing drainpipes beneath the surface of the
three decades that the annual agricultural celebration has
been canceled, according to event organizers. Birdsall Road in Yorktown has been repaired. trail bed were broken in an area near the center of
e fair’s Board of Directors made the tough call last Construction was completed as part of a capital the embankment. Trees along the embankment were
week, saying an in-person fair “could be detrimental to
public health.” project to repair and resurface the 22.1-mile long trail- uprooted and fell during the storm, causing erosion,
Like many other events, the Yorktown Grange Fair is way, which stretches from Mount Pleasant to Putnam which led to the failure of the embankment and clog-
going virtual so that it can continue to celebrate local ar-
tisans, farmers and livestock raisers. County along the defunct “Old Put” railroad line. ging and breakage of the drainpipes.
“While the Grange board realizes that a virtual fair e $800,000 repair will be reimbursed by FEMA, During construction, infrastructure repairs were
isn’t quite the same as holding an in-person fair, they
hope that the community will embrace the possibilities according to a press release issued by Westchester made and the slope next to the trail was stabilized. e
and participate in any way they can,” a spokesperson for
the board said. County. e county’s Department of Public Works trail has been resurfaced, new fencing and railings are
e virtual Grange Fair, to be held Sept. 11-13, is cur- designed and planned the repairs. in place, and landscape plantings have been installed to
rently elding submissions. Participants can send in vid-
eos and photos of their art, livestock, Legos, veggies and A portion of the trail collapsed because the embank- screen and further stabilize the slope.
cakes. Judges will review the entries and select winners in
all age groups. A complete list of competition categories
is available on the fair’s website (yorktowngrangefair.org).
Other options, such as a drive-thru fair, are being con-
“ e details are still being worked out, but a display of
livestock and exhibits pulled together from Virtual Fair
participants is a possibility,” the spokesperson said. “Keep
in mind, that while the fair is canceled, community spirit
is still very much up and running. e Grange Fair is go-
ing to continue to nd ways to bolster that spirit in any
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BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER $121,000?” Belfer said. PHOTO: YORKTOWNNY.ORG
EDITOR e home, at an undisclosed address,
One of the 13 affordable homes developed in Yorktown more than two decades ago is
A two-bedroom home is about to hit is about 1,100-square-feet and has two up for sale.
the market in Yorktown, but you won’t bedrooms, one bathroom, a foyer, a deck,
a dining area, and a one-car garage. It is home are available on the town of York- phone number is 914-962-5722, ext. 209.
nd it on Zillow. also part of a homeowner’s association, town’s website, or by contacting the town e clerk can also be contacted by email
e $121,000 single-family residence which provides access to a swimming clerk’s o ce (Yorktown Town Hall, 363
pool and tennis courts. Underhill Ave., Yorktown Heights). e at [email protected]
is one of 13 a ordable homes developed
in Yorktown between 1988 and 1995 as Quali ed applicants cannot earn more
part of the town’s A ordable Housing than 80 percent of the county’s average
Program, said Ken Belfer, chair of the median income (AMI). at is $80,500
town’s Community Housing Board. for two people, $90,640 for three people,
and $100,640 for four people, which is
“ e town no longer has laws and poli- the maximum household size for a two-
cies that mandate the creation of a ord- bedroom home. ere are no residency
able housing,” Belfer said at last week’s requirements for applicants.
Town Board meeting, meaning an oppor-
tunity like this is rare. In fact, it has been For 2019, the combined town, county,
18 years since one hit the market. and Lakeland School District taxes were
$5,590. Homeowner’s association fees
“ is represents a very unique op- are currently $125 per month.
portunity,” Belfer added. “When one of
those homes comes up for resale, when e selected applicant must able to
the owner of the home no longer wants make a down payment and obtain a
it, then it has to be o ered for resale mortgage. If there are no eligible ap-
through the program.” plicants, the town has the ability to in-
crease the AMI limit to 90 percent.
e application window opened Tues-
day, July 21, and will remain open until Deed restrictions prevent the home-
Friday, Aug. 14. e home will be award- owner from reselling the house for a
ed through a lottery. pro t. e house must also be used as a
primary residence, meaning it cannot be
“ is is a fantastic opportunity, because rented by the buyer.
how else can you get a two-bedroom sin-
gle-family home in Yorktown for about Applications for the two-bedroom
Yorktown man Stop-work order
graduates from lifted at par 3
Yorktown resident Kenneth (Kenny) Brown is o to ba- BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
sic training after graduating from the U.S. Military Acade- EDITOR
my at West Point on Saturday, June 13. e 2016 Kennedy
Catholic graduate was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant e redevelopment of the Par 3 golf course in Yorktown
on Saturday, May 23, via an online oath ceremony. While
at West Point, Brown studied military history with a minor has hit more than a few rough patches over the years.
in space science.
Located on Route 6 in Shrub Oak, the nine-hole course
Brown will now continue his training at Fort Benning,
Ga. He will rst complete the 19-week Infantry Basic Of- formerly known as Shallow Creek closed in 2007 and was
cer Leading Course (IBOLC) and then take on the chal- donated to the town as parkland. ree years later, the Parks
lenge of Army Ranger School. Following successful com-
pletion of training, Brown will be stationed at Scho eld and Recreation Commission sought to license the 12-acre
Barracks, Hawaii, with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team,
25th Infantry Division. property and received two o ers. e rst o er to turn the
Kenneth Brown course into a family fun center with miniature golf and laser
PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIAN BRUDER tag was selected but the plan eventually fell through, lead-
ing the commission to revisit the second o er from Rocco
Cambareri, a resident and golf professional, who wanted to
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The Staff OBITUARIES GOLF COURSE
EDITORIAL TEAM John F. Conklin FROM PAGE 3
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER On Monday, May 18, John F. Conklin, of Fla- (Michael) Corrao; daughter, Maureen Strong; In 2014, the town agreed to
EDITOR: 914-302-5628 lease the property to Cambare-
[email protected] gler Beach, Fla., passed away suddenly at the age son, John (Lisa) Conklin; 12 grandchildren; and ri’s non-pro t organization,
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER RC Recreation Development.
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 of 86. ve great grandchildren. He is also survived by his Cambareri then started work
[email protected] on an extensive cleanup pro-
John was born on Dec. 23, 1933, in the Bronx, sister, Carol Kern, of Columbia, S.C., and prede- cess; however, he died in 2017
ADVERTISING TEAM before he was able to ful ll his
LISA KAIN to John and Margaret (Hampton) Conklin. He ceased by sisters Lorraine Smith and Joan Brady. vision, leaving the future Valley
Fields Golf Course in a state of
914-351-2424 was a military veteran who served in the U.S. John was an avid sportsman who loved sh- limbo.
Army and the U.S. Naval Reserves. He worked ing, hunting and hiking the Appalachian Trail. A year later, his partner in the
PAUL FORHAN project, Larry Nussbaum, told
914-202-2392 as a methods analyst for Western Electric and After retiring, he hiked the Appalachian Trail the town he would like to con-
[email protected] tinue Cambareri’s work. So, the
CORINNE STANTON Lucent for 27 years. On Oct. 4, 1958, John from New York to Maine by himself. He also Town Board voted to extend the
845-621-4049 length of its agreement with RC
[email protected] married the love of his life, Josephine (McMul- loved spending time with his family. He never Recreation to develop and oper-
JENNIFER CONNELLY ate the course through 2028.
917-446-7757 lan) Conklin. In 1968, they moved to Mohe- had a bad word to say about anyone, was a man
[email protected] Renovation work began in
BRUCE HELLER gan Lake, where they resided for 38 years be- of strong faith in God, and a proud American. spring 2019, but on March 3, the
914-202-2941 New York State Department of
[email protected] fore retiring to Florida. In his later years, John A funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Environmental Conservation is-
SHELLEY KILCOYNE sued a stop-work order and con-
also worked at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak at 11 a.m. struction was halted because the
CO-FOUNDER organization had failed to obtain
914-924-9122 School. Saturday, Aug. 1, with interment to follow at the proper permits.
GABRIELLE BILIK John is also survived by his daughter, Kathleen Assumption Cemetery. Town employees began work-
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/DESIGNER ing with RC Recreation on de-
[email protected] veloping a Stormwater Pollu-
tion Prevention Plan, which was
PRODUCTION TEAM submitted to the DEC earlier
TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL this month. A State Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System
CREATIVE DIRECTOR (SPDES) permit was issued on
PHOTOGRAPHER Friday, July 24, and the stop-
work order was lifted.
CHRISTINA ROSE “A lot of credit goes to our de-
partments,” said Town Supervi-
ASST PRODUCTION MANAGER sor Matt Slater. Pitching in were
DESIGNER the parks and recreation, plan-
ning, and engineering depart-
[email protected] ments. “It was an all hands on
BRETT FREEMAN At times, Slater said, a “heavy
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Yorktown museum Shrub Oak pool reopens
photographs BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER 17 years), $2 for seniors aged 62-69 and free for seniors
e Yorktown Museum, located in the Albert A. EDITOR aged 70 or above. e town’s credit card machine was
Capellini Community and Cultural Center at 1974
Commerce St. has started a collection to preserve the on the fritz, meaning residents must bring cash for now.
historic events of 2020.
With the weather heating up and the coronavirus Residents must also wear a face covering to enter the
e museum is urging residents to donate local im-
ages from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the cooling down, the town is o ering residents respite from pool area, but they can be removed once inside the box
recent Black Lives Matter march that took place on
Sunday, June 7. the dog days of summer by reopening the Shrub Oak or on the X.
“ is has been a historic year for our community pool. e pool is open to residents only. No out-of-town
in many ways and we have an obligation to preserve
the memory of these pivotal events for future genera- Also known as the Brian J. Slavin Aquatic Facility, guests are allowed. As proof, residents must have a gov-
tions,” said Supervisor Matt Slater. “I encourage all of
our residents to search through their photos and vid- the Sunnyside Street pool will remain open until Aug. ernment-issued ID with a Yorktown address.
eos, whether it be on their phones or other devices and
submit them to our museum for proper collation and 23. It will be open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Town o cials said it was important to open the pool
Mondays and Tuesdays). Days will be split into morn- this summer.
ough the Yorktown Museum is closed until Sep-
tember, Town Clerk Diana Quast said the curators’ ing (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and afternoon (3-7 p.m.) sessions, “Maybe people can’t go on vacation this year, so at
work of persevering local history hasn’t stopped.
“with an hour in between to clean the whole facility and least we can a ord you this great facility to come and en-
She encouraged people to upload their own piece of
history to one or both of the town’s new sites. wash down each touch point,” said Jim Martorano Jr., joy, have the kids cool o , and so forth,”said Councilman
“Uploading photos to the Town’s photo-collection the town’s parks superintendent. Tom Diana. “And we’re doing it properly. Social distanc-
sites is as easy as uploading to social media,”Quast said.
To enter, residents must reserve either a square (for ing, masks, friendliness – we just want you to enjoy [it].”
To upload photos of the COVID-19 pandemic’s
impact on the town, visit dropbox.com/ two or more people) or an X (for singles), which are Residents looking to cool o can also go to Sparkle
request/2cQl9RMirjGgxMkakJiB (Case sensitive)
painted on the lawn surrounding the pool. e socially Lake Beach, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every
To upload photos from the recent Black Lives
Matter march, visit dropbox.com/request/ distant boxes can t parties of two, four, or six. day until Aug. 9. Junior Lake Pool will not open this
E97sHsrFZyXfaHbh5k0k (Case sensitive)
e cost is $5 per adult (18-61 years), $3 per child (3- summer because of un nished construction.
COVID Counter – 20
As of Monday, July 27, York- Board meeting. there’s a vaccine we should expect
town has 20 active COVID-19 After speaking with the West- a rollercoaster when it comes to
cases, according to information the numbers.”
released by Westchester County. chester County Health Depart-
ment, Slater said, “We were as- e Department of Health also
“We went from [a low of ] 8 to a sured that there were no clusters told Slater that a “commonality
high of 21,” said Town Supervisor in the town of Yorktown. is is a of cases is travel to high COVID
Matt Slater at last week’s Town county-wide trend. And that until states.”
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George Stone was not Stepping toward a
only Lakeland Schools better environment
frontman for cover band
Install rooftop solar NOW
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Do you have a sunny roof? STEP UP TO A
Would you like to get 8-15 SUSTAINABLEEmissions by
percent average annual LIFESTYLE
Dr. George Stone: return on your investment? Would
e exit interview you like to help the environment? 3) Get your electric use for the past
Would you like to be more inde- year from your Utility Company. A
At the end of BRUCE Any immediate pendent? Would you like to lower your typical home in Yorktown uses about
Tuesday, June THE BLOG plans? electric bill? How about eliminating 8,000 kilowatt hours per year. Consider
30, 2020, utility rate escalation from the picture if you will be making any signi cant
George E. Stone, My plan is to not for the next 25 years? changes in the near future (adding an
Ed.D. called it a day. think about what electric car, or a heat pump). Note that
everybody has to be I’m guessing that your answer is “yes” New York State legislated “net meter-
to all those questions. ing,” which in its simplest form means
After 10 years as BRUCE thinking about this you get one-to-one credit for the elec-
If so, then now is the time to get tricity put into the grid from the solar,
superintendent of APAR fall. I don’t envy the bids on a rooftop solar system. I mean and at the end of a pay period, you pay
NOW. e federal investment tax for only what was used from the grid.
Lakeland Central challenges they’re fac- credit is 26 percent of the installed cost Consider that your system will only
through year-end and it will drop to 22 generate electricity during the day, and
School District, Dr. ing. I never expected percent next year. is credit will not be you will pull electricity from the grid
in place after that if Congress does not at night and on overcast days. Many
Stone felt ful lled the end of this year to renew it. Take advantage of this incen- people size the system so that at the
tive (plus New York State, incentives end of the year, they are about even (no
enough in what he be the most intensive which are very signi cant). It is a great net cost for electricity). Keep in mind
investment. I have already contracted you will still pay a monthly charge for
had accomplished during his tenure to period of my career. It’s been non-stop, for my system. If you are a ConEd, cus- connection to the grid. It is currently
tomer it is a particularly good invest- about $20 a month. For more informa-
also call it a decade, as he moves on to 24/7. I’ll take some time to decompress. ment, as these electric rates are some of tion on net metering, visit (nyserda.
the highest in the country. Here is how ny.gov/Researchers-and-Policymakers/
spend time with his grandkids, dabble We have a beach home in Maryland you go about it: Power-Generation/Net-Metering-
in journalism, entertain business oppor- where we’re going to stay. I have ve 1) Read and learn a bit about solar
systems. Talk to someone who has a 4) ink about how you want to pay
tunities, and undoubtedly keep moving grandkids I want to spend time with. system. For example, solar panels may for it. You can own the system or lease
generate from about 300 to 400 watts it.
to the beat of his own drum. I’ve been o ered opportunities for per panel. You will need to consider
cost, and how many panels t nicely Ownership: You can pay cash or
Gracious as ever, Dr. Stone amiably consulting and business roles. I’d like on your roof. e electrical output of there are various nancing options. I
all panels will fall slowly over their am aware of rates from 0 to 8 percent.
agreed to spend time with us as he to start writing, working for a paper or lifetime. e output at 25 years can Talk to your solar installer about what
typically range from 85 to 91 percent. options they will make available. I know
looked back at his career and looks to website. SEE APAR PAGE 14 Also, some warranties are better than someone who had a new roof installed
what lay ahead. others. A southern exposure is best, and and a sizable solar system, nanced
a southwest is also very good. Not all the entire project, and lowered their
roofs are appropriate. I highly recom- monthly payments.
mend government-sponsored websites,
which are not biased (nyserda.ny.gov/ Lease or Power Purchase Agreement
All-Programs/Programs/NY-Sun/So- (PPA): A third party company will pur-
lar-for-Your-Home/How-to-Go-Solar/ chase the system, install and maintain
Solar-Options). it, and also get the full advantages of
the nancial incentives. You will sign up
2) Assess the condition of your roof. to pay them for your monthly bills. is
A solar system will last about 25 years
and the remaining life of the roof SEE DEANGELIS PAGE 14
should equal or exceed this. If you hap-
pen to be installing a new roof soon,
install the solar concurrently.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020 OPINION Yorktown News – Page 9
BLM and police the public trust amongst all community I am a white male, I do not presume to and Brown people all over the country,
support not mutually joined by many white people, who are
members and strengthen the relation- speak for the African-American com- seeking change in peaceful protests, are
exclusive nothing but mobs? Having attended
ships our law enforcement professionals munity. Mr. Lachterman seems to think several Black Lives Matters actions in
This was submitted in response to Peekskill, Croton-on-Hudson, West
“Open letter to local lawmakers” (July have with the people they serve in order he can. Point, and Yorktown, I never saw a mob. I
23, Page 9), written by Councilman Ed saw groups of peaceful protesters seeking
Lachterman. to keep our neighborhoods respectful and I base my views on personal experience justice.
To the editor,
safe for everyone. as a parent of two Black young adults. I On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of Ameri-
I appreciate Councilmember Lachter- cans invaded a British ship and dumped
man’s letter regarding law enforcement Sincerely, had to make sure they understood how an entire tea shipment into the Boston
legislation. Public safety is one of my top Harbor to protest taxation without repre-
priorities. I’ve held numerous meetings Pete Harckham to interact with police if they were pulled sentation. Were they a mob? e British
with Westchester police chiefs and the certainly thought so! But we have learned
Westchester Police Benevolent Associa- New York State Senator, 40th District over when Driving While Black (DWB), from history that they were heroes.
tion on various issues and have awarded Someday, we will learn that the protest-
over $500,000 in law enforcement/public Social justice especially making sure their hands were ers in the Black Lives Matter movement
safety grants to Yorktown and other mu- demonstrations are always where the o cer can see them if were heroes, too. I hope Mr. Lachterman
nicipalities and law enforcement agencies they want to survive the encounter. How will be listening then. Until then, his
across the 40th Senate District. It’s im- many white children must be taught that? views are based on dangerous mischarac-
portant to support law enforcement and terizations. Sen. Pete Harckham and As-
also to listen to the youth of the Black not ‘mobs’ So, when it comes to consideration of semblyman Kevin Byrne, please turn your
Lives Matter movement to help achieve a the various bills before you that address ears to the communities that are crying
more just society. and dying for change.
This was submitted in response to police reform, I ask you to prioritize
ese are not mutually exclusive goals. Melvyn R. Tanzman
I’ve spoken with young advocates in Yor- “Open letter to local lawmakers” (July the views of members of the Black and Mohegan Lake
ktown and elsewhere to learn more about
their perspective on hate, intolerance, and 23, Page 9), written by Councilman Ed Brown communities who have been af- Clean up your
social justice and will work next year to dog’s poop
secure funding to ensure police o cers Lachterman. fected by these policing practices.
receive continued training on racial issues. To the editor,
Dear Senator Pete Harckham and Mr. Lachterman also claims that a very A positive event during the CO-
I’m also planning legislation that will
allow police o cers to have private right Assemblyman Kevin Byrne: small amount of police interactions turn VID-19 crisis was the repaving and
of action against fraudulent claims, and
to raise the police death and disability You may have recently seen the opinion into complaints, and even fewer of them SEE LETTERS PAGE 15
bene t to $500,000. We must increase
written by Ed Lachterman, Yorktown are sustained as police abuse. However,
councilman, as an open letter directed to this is not the position of the Black and
you. In it he asserts a number of things Brown communities, who have been
that I think need to be corrected. Number complaining for many years about police
one is his idea that any true concern for abuses in their communities. Again, we
the Black community would be shown by need to not tell them what to think, we
demanding more policing in their com- need to listen.
munities. I don’t know if you are aware, Finally, it is o ensive that Mr. Lachter-
but Mr. Lachterman is not a member of man continues to refer to demonstrators
the Black community. I believe the Black seeking justice as “mobs” and hysterical.
community is being represented by the Is he saying that the 1,300 people who
groups such as Black Lives Matter that protested on June 7 in Yorktown in a
have been calling for less policing in their Black Lives Matter march, the largest
communities, because the police presence demonstration in Yorktown history, were
there often leads to more violence. As T:9.5a” mob? Is he saying that all these Black
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Our never-ending search for the truth
History has, from time immemo- the sun. reatened and personal belief.” torted truth that forms the genesis of
rial, been witness to a profound conspiracy theories, and this one is no
struggle within the human with death, he recanted. MY is is not an ivory exception. Gates made a video in which
psyche between irrationality and ratio- In the 17th century, PERSPECTIVE tower debate. In our he talks about the e cacy of vaccines in
nality. Our history books are rife with the religious belief that daily lives we con- older people and cautions about the risks
examples of scienti c or even basic ratio- of side-e ects. He guesstimates that one
nal inquiry being vigorously suppressed sickness was a god-giv- JAMES front the challenge of in 10,000 of vaccinated people would ex-
by the powers that be. eir reasons have en malady in response MARTORANO discerning the truth perience discomfort as a side-e ect. On
varied but have generally centered on to a aw of character from falsehood every a massive scale of vaccinated individuals
the suppressor’s perceived self-interest in that would translate into 700,000 people.
maintaining the status quo. was challenged by time we turn on our
is is gold for conspiracy theorists and
Over several centuries, there have been Antoni van Leeuwen- computers or phones. soon that statement morphed into Gates
many forces that have sought to install “admitting” that his vaccine would kill
roadblocks to science or any form of hoek who blamed microorganisms for e problem is so alarming that the Pew 700,000 hapless humans.
rational inquiry. Who they are may have
changed but their methods have not. the propagation of many diseases not the Research Center decided to take a poll e a iction of internet-aided con-
Fueled by fear, hatred, prejudice, bias or spiracy theories knows no geographic
just plain ignorance, organized religions, patient’s wrongful acts. His remarkable among technologists, scholars, strategic or national boundaries. It is a world-
tyrants, governments, politicians, organi- wide problem. Consequently, it was not
zations of all shapes and sizes, and even and lifesaving discovery of bacteria didn’t thinkers and others asking about their surprising to see the head of the Russian
some groups in the scienti c community, Communist party, joyously observing
have from time to time sought to destroy face the same threats as Galileo, but his opinion on whether our information yet another opportunity to sew chaos
and discredit by any means necessary in the United States, join the fray. He
those who would dare challenge their ndings were hotly disputed. environment will improve in the next 10 used social media to con rm my college
belief system. buddy’s paranoid video by propagating
One would hope that in modern times years. the uncorroborated charge that Gates
Even though we are inquisitive and other “globalists” supported a covert
creatures by nature, there are countless we would be able to readily distinguish When I rst approached the ques- mass chip implantation with subsequent
examples of strenuous opposition to our DNA altering results, under the pre-
search for the truth. Let me cite just a between reality and fantasy, truth and tion myself, I was inclined to take an text of a mandatory vaccination against
few: in early times, Greek philosopher coronavirus. is ridiculous accusation
Socrates was tried, convicted and ex- lies. Unfortunately, in the age of the optimistic view that in the next 10 years has no basis in fact but is welcomed in
ecuted for asking basic questions about many quarters that are more than happy
the foundations of Athenian morality; internet and social media, that is not our information environment will be to embrace any theory that comports
in 1616 Galileo was accused of heresy by
asserting that the earth revolved around the case. e problem for us today is improved by changes that will reduce SEE MARTORANO PAGE 15
that when we read a statement, fact or the spread of lies and other misinforma-
ction, printed on our computer, tab- tion. My sunny outlook changed when
let, or phone, it looks exactly the same. one of my best friends from college sent
e statement, “the earth is at,” can be me a video with a dire warning attached
typed with as much passion and convic- to it. e video that you may have also
tion as what we know to be the truth. witnessed was of a young woman who
Hence the at earth people have gained swore that she had information from a
millions of followers. e situation has doctor that evil Bill Gates was planning
gotten so bad that in 2016 Oxford Dic- to use vaccines to implant microchips in
tionary awarded “post truth” as the word people. is was part of his attempt at
of the year. ey de ned that term as world domination no less with 700,000
“denoting circumstances in which objec- poor souls being sacri ced callously in
tive facts are less in uential in shaping the process.
public opinion than appeals to emotion Often, there is some thread of dis-
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DEANGELIS APAR pay lot here, and you get a lot. academics—we raised the bar.
Dr. Brendan Lyons is your Almost as much as your educa-
FROM PAGE 8 FROM PAGE 8
successor as superintendent. tion chops, you also are a local
option still reduces your monthly payments and elimi- What do you see happening Were you involved in the hiring celebrity for fronting a rock ‘n’
nates the need to own and nance the installation. with students come the fall? process? roll cover band—with the great
Both options reduce your carbon footprint equally. name Unfunded Mandate—that
I don’t foresee them coming at’s one thing I wanted to played a lot of fundraisers. What
5) Get three quali ed contractors to provide bids back full blown like last Septem- stay out of. In my experience, it’s are your music plans—any world
to you. is can all be done online. Contractors can ber. I think it has to be a hybrid, not a good idea. I knew a lot of tours?
view your roof on the internet and work up an estimate rotating students in and out, with the candidates. If it works out
remotely. is may take two iterations, since they may split sessions, guring out how to well, it’s great, if it doesn’t work I will sorely miss that experi-
all size the systems di erently. It is your choice how big pay for that, and how to do both out well, then it’s on you. I know ence. It helped balance my life
a system you will get. Get pricing from all of them on in-person and online classes. Brendan, he’s well-rounded. He quite a bit, but if there are gigs
a system of the same installed (nameplate) capacity. If should do ne. here, I would be happy to come
you are purchasing a system to own, you should pay less Before you were hired by back and play any kind of func-
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tives). Pay attention to the warranties. was centered in other states. How there anything you would have that also helped make a statement
does your New York experience done di erent? that we really support the arts. So
6) Discuss the nal layout on your roof with them. compare? many of our alumni have gone
Make sure you have access for maintenance and repairs I always try to do my best and on to exceptional careers in that
and are happy with the visual appearance. My family’s from Brooklyn, but treat everybody with respect. I try
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e process will take quite a few months and, in and spent most of my career in ever I do. “Hamilton.”
some cases, nearly a year. ere is currently a backlog Delaware. I’ve worked in four
due to construction stoppage earlier in the year due to systems in four states, and the What are you most proud of Farewell thoughts?
COVID-19. ere is not much time left to get a system education we provide here is far during your tenure here? is is de nitely the best run
installed this year. Remember that the 26 percent feder- superior to anywhere I’ve been.
al ITC ends in December of this year. ere are several I had interviewed in two other e reputation of Lakeland has of my career. It’s been wonderful
knowledgeable people on our team that are willing to places, and I am so glad I ended really grown, by putting our core working here. I love this place.
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LETTERS percentage of the White popula- grade-school campuses and MARTORANO
tion: 0.0019 percent college campuses, is out of hand.
FROM PAGE 9 If you dare to bring a conserva- FROM PAGE 10
• Black murder victims as a tive thought to the forum you
reseeding of the North County percentage of the Black popula- are run o or shouted down. with their worldview. ese declarations are what in football
Trailway. ey also improved the tion: 0.017 percent Even worse, your appearance is terminology would be called “piling on,” since millions of
drainage with rocks that blend canceled. People like Barbara are Americans from di erent political stripes and for a variety
into the area. Westchester Coun- • White murder o enders as a the ones who want to sti e free of reasons are already leery of getting any COVID vaccine
ty made a great trail even better. percentage of the White popula- and open speech. ere was no when and if it is o ered. Ironically, our president’s hawking
tion: 0.002 percent hate in his presentation. ere of anti-government and anti-science propaganda is coming
What ruins this bucolic set- were facts that some did not home to roost in ways he never imagined.
ting is the appearance of dog • Black murder o enders as a like to hear and might have hurt
feces every few feet. Last week, percentage of the Black popula- their feelings. In Italy, the home of a strong anti-vaccination move-
during the high temperatures, tion: 0.014% ment, this bizarre and unsupported microchip theory has
the trail smelled putrid from Barbara Pose states that been embraced with open arms. One popular Italian video,
Baldwin Place down to Granite Washington Post Dr. Yancopoulos made inac- which has been trending on Facebook, claims that the
Springs Road. We all enjoy this • Numbers of persons killed by curate statements in regard pandemic has been “invented.” Stefano Montanari, an Ital-
trail; how can you be so sel sh? police in the US with no deter- to police killing Black people. ian researcher with a degree in pharmacology, challenges
Here is a great suggestion: Find mination as to justi cation: 404 Well, she is wrong. [dailycaller. American Alex Jones of Infowars for the title of “Promoter
a stick or branch and toss your • Percentage of persons killed com/2019/11/24/epidemic- of the Darkest and Most Divisive eories Imaginable.” His
dog’s excrement into the woods. by police in the US with no racist-police-shootings]. leading entry into the world of misinformation is that the
determination as to justi cation: globally made up epidemic is actually a conspiracy to get
en our walks or bike rides 0.00012 percent Now what is “this non-verbal the entire world tted with micro-bots under the guise of
wouldn’t have to be disturbed by What does this mean over message needs to be corrected.” vaccinations. e end result, according to Montanari, is an
your lack of consideration. time? During the last year of Was there a subliminal message unfathomable amount of money and corruption bene tting
the Dinkins administration transmitted that I missed? In her the pockets of a select few.
Yorktown has a $500 ne for there were approximately 2,200 closing, she states, “Apologizing
littering. is ne should be homicides in the City of New for ‘any’ hurt suggests the hurt So, as it stands today, my sentiment to the question posed
enforced on the North County York—the majority of the vic- might be too sensitive rather by the Pew Research Poll is that I am in agreement with the
Trailway. tims being minority. In the last than that the speech was wrong.” verdict of the majority (51 percent) of the experts polled who
year of the Bloomberg adminis- What? ere was nothing wrong believe that things will not improve over the coming decade.
Mary Wolchan tration there were approximately with the commencement speech Unless something is put in place to lter the hate, prejudice,
300 homicides in the City of other than it did “hurt” some and outright lies now oating freely about, we remain far
Yorktown Heights New York—the majority of people’s ideas on what is going too vulnerable to fake news that preys upon our most basic
the victims being minority. e on in our society. e “young instincts. We crave answers that reinforce our previously
Stats tell the story di erence in numbers are quite adults” have been dealt a lesson embraced beliefs and manipulative actors are more than
signi cant. I think that we can in reality; something our public happy to feed us with a steady diet of bogus news, without
This was submitted in re- safely state that the policing schools have no way of teaching, the smallest shred of corroborative evidence.
sponse to “YHS should do more e orts in the City of New York it seems. An example is a former
than apologize” (July 23, Page have saved tens of thousands of student, Alexandria Ocasio-Cor- Perhaps we will adapt and nd ways to astutely sift
13), a Letter to the Editor writ- lives, predominantly minority. tez. I will leave you with that. through the “information” we receive and recognize the lies
ten by Barbara Pose. from the truth. How important is this? e recent pandemic
To the editor, Jay Kopstein My two children graduated presents a life or death test of our ability to see through false-
from the Yorktown School Dis- hoods and, despite what opportunistic politicians may tell us,
e address given to the Yorktown Heights trict and were taught to respect apprehend what could be a lifesaving reality. It took quite a
graduating class of YHS was our country and even how our while for humankind to embrace the innovative techniques
not a rant nor was it hostile. It Nothing wrong government functions. of Socrates, Galileo’s view of the universe, or the ndings of
is clear that the author of “YHS with graduation Leeuwenhoek, but eventually it did. Unfortunately, given the
should do more than apologize” Respectfully, shape we’re in now and the possibility of a lifesaving vaccine
has a skewed vision of today’s speech Francis T. McVetty in the near future, we don’t have a moment to waste. Keep
climate. Let us look at the facts that mask on, my good friends.
and numbers that come from This was submitted in re- Yorktown
the US Census Bureau, the 2018 sponse to “YHS should do more
FBI Uniform Crime Report than apologize” (July 23, Page Overwhelmed
(FBI UCR) and the Washington 13), a Letter to the Editor writ-
Post. e Washington post is ten by Barbara Pose. Caring For Your
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Thursday, July 30, 2020 Yorktown News – Page 17
More than 400 cars stolen from local towns since March
BY CAROL REIF have been from a uent neighbor- Lake Casse area in early June. a State Police car. ally in North Castle Town Court
hoods. Please do not assume this And on Monday, July 13, State He continued south after the and released without bail. He is
State Police are asking for the
public’s help as they try to curb a will not happen where you live,” Police from the Somers barracks, collision—in the northbound scheduled to appear in court on
recent spike in car thefts and vehi-
cle break-ins in the Lower Hudson the Troop K release added. partnering with Pleasantville and lane—causing the troopers to halt Tuesday, Aug. 4.
It also goes without saying that New Castle police, arrested an their pursuit. He was charged with third-de-
Since March 1, they and local
police have investigated more than valuables should not be left inside 18-year-old male after he allegedly Seconds later, the same car sped gree Criminal Possession of Stolen
400 stolen vehicles cases in West-
chester, Putnam, Dutchess and cars. Police also advise owners to stole a car and led authorities in a north in the southbound lanes. Property,a Class D felony; second-
close their vehicle’s windows and, chase that caused two collisions. Troopers were forced to “take evasive degree Reckless Endangerment;
According to State Police, nu-
merous arrests have been made and when possible,park in well-lighted, Around 1:15 a.m. that morning, action”to avoid another collision. and third-degree Fleeing an O -
many of the cars—although dam-
aged—have been recovered. conspicuous areas. troopers had tried to stop a 2010 Pleasantville police, who had cer in a motor vehicle, both Class
But, they said, like attening the Multiple cars have been stolen Audi A4 on Interstate 684 for a been monitoring the chase,spotted A misdemeanors.
coronavirus curve, there are ways
to nip car thefts in the bud. or broken into in North Salem, tra c violation in Lewisboro. e the suspect and went after him. After he was arraigned, the teen
Police are begging owners to Lewisboro and Somers in recent driver ed south on the highway, Once in the Chappaqua area, was taken by EMTs from the
lock their vehicles and to never,ever
leave the keys or key fobs inside— months. Mahopac in Putnam exiting at Route 22. the teen lost control and struck a Somers Fire Department to North-
“the most common factor shared
among these cases,”they said. County was hit with a string of According to police, he tried to utility pole. Arrested by New Cas- ern Westchester Hospital in Mount
“Many of the vehicles stolen car break-ins and a car theft in the make a left-hand turn and ran into tle police, he was arraigned virtu- Kisco for medical evaluation.
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Jenna McCrudden Erin Daly FILE PHOTOS/ROB DIANTONIO
Lakeland’s All-American duo headed to college
McCrudden and Daly ready for next step
BY MIKE SABINI starting to cancel their seasons, wait to go and play at UConn. As last 11 Class B state titles, is be- wanted it a little bit more,” Mc-
CONTRIBUTING WRITER but luckily the MAC (Kent’s of now, our season is still on for cause of the chemistry. Crudden said. “When we actually
conference) is still on for the fall.” fall, and I am very excited to get got to the state nal, we had noth-
It was a great ride for Lake- the opportunity to play for the “Our entire senior class has ing to prove; we were just happy to
land’s Jenna McCrudden and McCrudden said that, at the coaching sta .” been playing on the same team be back so we could try again. We
Erin Daly, who ended their ca- outset, she really just wants to since seventh grade,and Jenna and didn’t have the nine-year streak
reers by winning a state title and keep improving and keep getting McCrudden, who moved to I have been together since third,” in the back of our heads; it was a
earning All-American honors. better at KSU. Lakeland from Putnam Valley in said Daly, who rst played with fresh start, and we could play for
seventh grade, and Daly might be McCrudden in the Shrub Oak the team that was there, not the
Now, Lakeland’s dynamic duo, “Going into the fall season, I leaving Lakeland but the strong Athletic Club. “Playing together last nine teams that had won be-
McCrudden, an o ensive super- want to go and get some playing bond between the two of them for so long really helps with devel- fore us.”
star, and Daly, the Hornets’ de- time,” McCrudden said. “ ere will never be broken. oping a successful dynamic, which
fensive leader, are headed o to are so many people on the roster enabled us to work well together Daly felt that losing the state
play in college. at Kent that are so talented, and “Erin was one of the rst peo- on the eld. Jenna and I were able championship in 2018 was a real-
it’ll really be a ght to get on the ple I knew from Lakeland when I to nd a good balance, with her ity check.
McCrudden is excited for the moved here, so we’ve known each primarily leading the o ense, and
opportunity to play at Kent State eld this year. More importantly, other for a long time,” McCrud- myself with the defense.” “We were not pushing our-
University. I want to win the MAC cham- den said. “During the season, all selves hard enough,” Daly said.
pionship. I’m so grateful to be a the seniors were really close, and McCrudden said that losing in “As a result, in the summer of
“I have been waiting for this part of a program that is so com- we did a lot together outside of the state nals in 2018 was a hard 2019, many of us worked nearly
for so long, and I’m so excited petitive, and I really do think that practice and games. I think hav- thing to comprehend and it took every day, on our own, to better
for this opportunity to play at we can win.” ing a team that was close made awhile to mentally recover from, ourselves. After feeling what it
Kent State,” McCrudden said. it easy to understand each other but it also set the Hornets up for was like to come so close to win-
“I’ve been working really hard Winning is also Daly’s goal at and communicate.” success in 2019. ning, and then right at the end
this summer to hopefully make a UConn. to lose it all, I was determined to
di erence there. Unfortunately, a Daly said the success Lakeland “Everyone was working harder never feel that again.”
lot of the college conferences are “At UConn, ultimately [the has enjoyed, winning 10 of the in the o season and everyone
goal is] to win a national cham-
pionship,” Daly said. “I cannot
Thursday, July 30, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 19
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Time to talk about mascots
I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news, but give Sen. Harckham the kings actually fall under sort of mascot tied to Native American
state Sen. Peter Harckham is coming for chance to clear up confu- MARSH your bill’s de nition?” culture. Few people believe these com-
your mascots. He’s starting with the Ma- sion over his bill. MADNESS “No,” Harckham munities are being intentionally insensitive.
hopac Indians, and once he’s forced them to For most of them, it’s the opposite. ey
bend the knee, he’s coming for the Horace On ursday, July 9, BRIAN said.“ ose aren’t races. see it as a way to honor the settlers of their
Greeley Quakers and the Valhalla Vikings. a bill Harckham led MARSCHHAUSER Native Americans are communities. So, it serves nobody well to
threatened to with- a race. So, that’s what
He won’t stop until he’s ripped the heart out hold state funding from we’re con ning this to.” assume people are bigoted just because they
of every community in the name of political school districts that have In the senator’s bill, support keeping a mascot you might think
correctness. race-based mascots. e a “race-based mascot” is problematic. For many residents, their
What’s next? Will farmers be o ended districts, per the bill, would have three years is de ned as: “Any person, animal, or object parents were Indians. eir grandparents
by the Yorktown Huskers? Will the Evil to comply before taking a nancial hit. used to represent a school district which is were Indians. It’s a point of pride in com-
Empire be o ended by the Lakeland/Panas Five days later, after it created a stir, derived from a speci c race or ethnicity or is munities like Mahopac.
Rebels? We’re heading down a slippery Harckham’s bill was amended. e nancial based on certain characteristics of a speci c I asked Harckham what he would say
slope, folks. e John Jay Indians already penalty was removed and replaced with a race or ethnicity.” to a resident who feels protective over that
changed their name, and it’s only a matter mandatory discussion on racial sensitivity Truth be told, that de nition does leave identity.
of time before PETA decides Wolves is to be held at least once per year at a public some room for interpretation, so it’s no “I would say the community is about the
o ensive, too. We better get used to the idea school-board meeting. surprise people took it and ran with it. But student-athletes,”Harckham said.“Boost-
of seeing teams like the North Salem Woke Harckham, in a Facebook post, said the it goes back to my point about intellectual ers and parents and fans, they’re going to a
and the Somers Kale Chips. rst version of the bill was “errantly as- dishonesty. Does anybody really think he’s high-school game to support the student-
Sarcasm aside, I watched with a mix- cribed”to him. Confused over how such an going after Vikings? Especially with the athlete; not the mascot.
ture of delight and sadness a few weeks as error could be made, I called the senator up nancial penalties now being removed from “What’s one person’s pride is somebody
people worked themselves into a frenzy over and asked him to clarify. his bill, it seems especially disingenuous to else’s pain,”he added.“Some people try to
our state senator’s bill aimed at eliminating “It was not the version that was supposed be xated on this point. It’s a classic case of dismiss this as political correctness. It’s not.
“race-based mascots”in New York State. As to go live,”Harckham told me.“ ere were de ecting from the real discussion. It’s insensitivity.”
someone who values fairness, I’m frustrated a couple of versions being kicked around.” When I saw Harckham’s rst version of Harckham didn’t go into this blindly. e
that we have seemingly lost the ability to Some speculated that he amended his bill the bill, I cringed a little. As a student of freshman senator said he consulted with
discuss polarizing issues in an intellectually in response to the negative feedback. But, if human behavior, I know the quickest way Mahopac community members before l-
honest manner. Given enough time, every you take Harckham at his word, that’s not to make someone resent you is by forcing ing his controversial bill.
debate will devolve into a battle of cheap what happened. Without proof that he’s them to change. People tend to double “Some are very set; they’re proud of what
partisan talking points. being untruthful, I accepted his explanation down when you call them out on their it is,”Harckham said.“Others are very
I’ll admit to being doubly unquali ed to with some skepticism. at’s his story and perceived de ciencies. is type of change o ended by it. en there are people in the
speak on this issue because I’m not from he’s sticking to it. is best when it’s organic. Whatever motiva- middle who say,‘You’re right, we need to
Mahopac and I’m not Native American. Next, I asked the senator,“What exactly tions he had for changing his bill, Harck- have those conversations.’ e conversation
For those reasons, I won’t make this column is a race-based mascot? Will mascots like ham seems to understand this. doesn’t mandate an outcome.”
about me and my thoughts. But I wanted to Horace Greeley Quakers and Valhalla Vi- “ e point is not to penalize; the point is Even if this bill becomes law, the only
to incentivize these conversations,”Harck- requirement is a conversation, which I hope
ham said. In neighboring Cross River, for is more honest and productive than the
$1000 OFF example, John Jay High School recently re- rhetoric I’ve seen in response to Harckham’s
tired its Indians mascot without government bill. Nothing is lost from self-re ection.
intervention. But it didn’t happen overnight. As the senator told me,“Let’s get beyond
In fact, was a result of decades of debate. the name-calling and let’s begin having
Your Kitchen Per Hackham, Mahopac is one of 120 those conversations in our communities
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LEGALS Mogul Drive, Mohegan Lake, 2020-2021 School Year (and a Business,at the Yorktown Central Yvette Segal
NY 10547. Purpose: any lawful ve-year period if approved by School District Business O ce, District Clerk
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purpose. the voters) for the Yorktown 2725 Crompond Road,Yorktown Yorktown Central School District
Westchester. SSNY desig. as LEGAL NOTICE Central School District (Home- Heights, NY 10598, no later Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
agent upon whom process against REQUEST FOR BIDS to-School, Sports and Field Trips than ursday, August 6, 2020 at
may be served & shall mail and Summer School [4 years]). 10:00 AM local time, at which LEGAL NOTICE OF
process to c/o Joseph Brody, 716 STUDENT time the bids will be opened via PUBLIC HEARING ON
South Columbus Ave., Mount TRANSPORTATION Bid Documents for the Webex video conferencing, but DISTRICTWIDE SAFETY
Vernon, NY 10550. General proposed transportation contracts not read aloud. Bidders and other
Purpose 2020-2021 is on le and publicly exhibited interested parties can request PLAN
YORKTOWN CENTRAL online at www.Yorktown.org bid submission information and
PLLC FORMATION NOTICE under the Business Department will receive such information NOTICE IS HEREBY
SCHOOL DISTRICT “Open Bids”. A copy of the bid through an alternate information GIVEN that the Board of
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with SSNY on 7.15.20. O ce Cole, Assistant Superintendent unopened to the rm. All rms hold a public hearing on the 13th
Location: Westchester County. e Board of Education, for Business at [email protected] must also sign and return the day of August, 2020, at 7:30 P.M.,
SSNY designated as agent of Yorktown Central School org. Bid Certi cations, along with at Lakeland High School, 1349
the PLLC upon whom process District hereby invites the All bid proposals must be their bid. e sealed opaque East Main Street, Shrub Oak,
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2020, 10:00 AM.” considered for adoption by the
Corresponding to Last Week’s July 23 Issue ere will be a pre-Bid Board of Education. A copy
meeting on July 31, 2020 at 10 of the Districtwide Safety Plan
AM local time via Webex video with proposed changes is posted
conferencing. on the District website at www.
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refuse to waive, informalities in District Clerk at [email protected]
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and all bids, as it determines to be e District will be following
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District. distancing and speakers will be
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