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Director says goodbye to Vote on sewer
‘wonderful’ library staff district draws near
Farber takes top position at Chappaqua Town o cials decry negative
BY CAROL REIF policies and community out-
STAFF WRITER reach, Town Board members BY CAROL REIF A. Garrity Jr.: “You can say you
STAFF WRITER don’t like me. You can say you
said. He’s been professional and don’t agree with my decisions.
Whether the Somers resi- But don’t accuse me of being un-
Andrew Farber is entering a approachable—the latter quality dents in two lake communities ethical or committing a crime.
where a $62 million sewer proj- Because we’re not.”
new chapter in his book-based being so important during these ect has been proposed are for or
against it, they should be able to e supervisor and four board
career. tough times, they said. stick to the facts without resort- members are, he added, “doing
ing to personal attacks, town of- what we each individually think
After serving at the helm of “I, for one, will miss him very is right with everything that
cials say. comes before us.”
the Somers Library for ve-plus much,” Morrissey said. “Getting public input’s what
this town’s about,” Supervisor Garrity’s seen a lot of contro-
years, the 40-year-old bespecta- When Farber broke the news, Rick Morrissey said ursday, versy over issues—cell towers, to
Oct. 8, urging Lake Shenorock name one—over the years, but
cled Ossining resident bid a fond he told Morrissey that it was a and Lake Lincolndale residents never like this.
to “agree to disagree.”
adieu to its sta and patrons this “career move” because the Chap- “November 10th, we’re go- “To think that we’re getting
ing to put this to bed. Exercise anything out of this is ridicu-
week and headed o to his new paqua Library is larger and more your right to vote and then we’ll lous,” he said.
move on whatever the outcome
gig in New Castle. “prestigious.” is.” Lake Shenorock resident
Several Town Board mem- Linda Luciano told the board
Starting next week, he will be “ en the shoe dropped; he’s bers have decried the frequently
contentious nature of the public ursday that she was “deeply
the Chappaqua Library’s new getting a 25 percent increase debate, saying they have been concerned” about a new pro-
unfairly targeted by allega- sewers website, somerscleanwa-
chief, replacing Pamela ornton, in salary,” Morrissey told Town tions that they care more about ter.com, that was launched last
tax revenues than the rights of week.
who retired in August. Board members, adding: “Right property owners.
Said Councilman omas (Foes of the project have a
Farber just happens to be the FILE PHOTO then and there I wished him website, as well—somerssewers.
Andrew Farber is leaving the com.)
second director Chappaqua has Somers Library to become Godspeed.”
lured away from Somers in recent the director of the Chappaqua Farber has promised to help e pro-sewer site’s creators
years; ornton was the rst. Library.
Somers nd a replacement and SEE SEWERS PAGE 4
ornton was Chappaqua’s is actively participating in transi-
director for more than 13 years. tion plans.
She had previously served at the Councilman Rich Clinchy
Somers library for six. to be here,” Alcott said of Farber. jokingly referred to ornton’s
Farber, however, is no stranger Somers o cials, not so much. previous departure, saying he felt
to Chappaqua’s stacks: His mom It was with “a heavy heart” that as if Somers was “the farm sys-
had worked at the library for Supervisor Rick Morrissey an- tem” for the Chappaqua Library.
more than 20 years, according nounced Farber’s resignation on “So this is the price we pay for
to just-retired interim director ursday, Oct. 1. being one of the lowest-taxed
Martha Alcott. Farber brought a lot to the SEE FARBER PAGE 8
“We’re thrilled that he’s going table in terms of new programs,
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The Staff Litter clean up Lasdon Park want to change his colors and sets tors will be required to wear masks
EDITORIAL TEAM o on a journey to understand inside the Conservatory and ob-
Volunteers are needed for Learn that change can be good why it is so important for leaves serve all safety rules.
[email protected] Somers Fall Town-Wide Lit- with new fall exhibit and train to change color in fall. e 2,400 Pre-sale tickets are available
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER ter Cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 17, show, “Autumn Changes: Change square foot exhibit features four through October 5. Admission is
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ADVERTISING TEAM 18. Pick up your litter clean up ry at Westchester’s public garden, over 300 feet of track, surrounded dren up to 24 months free). $7
supplies at Somers Town Hall on Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Vet- by miniature landscapes and ani- per senior. After October 5, online
[email protected] Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To erans Memorial, in Somers, which mated characters tucked within tickets will be sold at regular price
BRUCE HELLER register, email [email protected] opens Friday, Oct. 9. Dates, times an array of colorful plants, owers, of $20 per adult, $10 per child
[email protected] gmail.com. and tickets available at Lasdon- shrubs and trees. (children up to 24 months free).
LISA KAIN Park.org. Tickets will be sold online only $15 per senior.
[email protected] e new exhibit follows a fallen with scheduled viewing times, no e exhibit is presented by
(914) 760-7009 little Tupelo Leaf, who doesn’t tickets will be sold on-site.All visi- Westchester County Parks and
the Friends of Lasdon Park and
(914) 299-4541 Arboretum with support by Hou-
JENNIFER CONNELLY We are your neighbors. lihan Lawrence of Somers, Mary
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(914) 924-9122 We want you to have the facts. Lasdon Park, Arboretum and
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Volunteers increase efforts during pandemic
Food pantry moves to JV Mall
BY JESSICA JAFET said President & CEO Karen Er- “ e Yorktown police have been ing out for the rst time in order PHOTOS COURTESY OF LEANNE DUKE
CONTRIBUTING WRITER ren. “Our agency partners and di- very helpful—we were doing it to keep food on the table, the
rect distributions have been serv- twice a month through June,” she president of Feeding Westchester the need for food remains at an
e non-pro t organization, ing more than 300,000 people per said. “It has been so humbling to explained, and made a plea to resi- all-time high,”Erren said.“We rely
Feeding Westchester, along with month on average—that is more see the number of folks who be- dents who might be able to help on the support of our community
a team of local volunteers, is pro- than double than before the pan- came food-insecure following the out. members to source and distribute
viding hunger relief directly in the demic—and from March through loss of employment.” good, nutritious food to those in
Yorktown area with its mobile food August, more than 13 million “As the county continues to re- need, and anyone can help by do-
pantry at the Je erson Valley Mall. pounds of food or 11 million meals Many in Westchester are reach- build and adjust to the new norm, nating, hosting a food drive or a
were distributed throughout the fundraiser.”
For the previous two years,trucks county.”
loaded with food and produce had
been available once per month at e JV Mall parking lot has
George Washington Elementary served multiple purposes since
School in Lakeland, according to the pandemic began: as a venue
Beth Luft,a school social worker in for graduation ceremonies, tness
the Lakeland School District, who classes, drive-in movie nights—
has been an active volunteer with and when the request came for a
the program. food distribution site, they accom-
modated the community’s need to
“When COVID happened, use their space—allowing families
where we usually had about 85 to obtain food in a contactless way.
people coming, we then had over
200 people and we were like, what “ e mall is a large wide-open
are we going to do?” Luft said. As space, reaching a high volume of
the need outgrew the space at the clients, and has the capability to
elementary school, the operation socially distance clients in a safe
was moved to the Je erson Val- manner, with low tra c volume to
ley Mall, where it currently serves make it safer for walking clients,”
anybody from Westchester who is Erren added.
Another volunteer, Mary Ellen
Over the summer,the pre-boxed Herzog, who is a retired assistant
items were distributed on a weekly superintendent for pupil person-
basis when, at one point, Luft said, nel services in the Lakeland School
507 families came for help. District, had overseen a “backpack
program” some years ag for local
“With the volunteers, who in- students who experienced food
clude social workers, teachers, insecurity. ose families could re-
high school students and others, ceive a bag of non-perishable items
we were averaging 10,000-12,000 twice a month, which ultimately
pounds of food being given out a transitioned to full, mobile food
week,”she said. pantry option beginning in Octo-
ber 2018 that serves both district
Feeding Westchester, which families and senior citizens as well.
sources and distributes food to
towns across the county and has a “It all shut down in March 2020
network of over 300 partners (in- and we were required to pre-box
cluding food pantries, soup kitch- and deliver the items to the cars,”
ens and others), has characterized she said.
this recent period as “unprecedent-
ed.” In moving the mobile pantry Herzog saw an ever-increasing
to the larger site at the mall, they number of people seeking food as-
were able to nd adequate space to sistance as a result of the pandemic
feed many more people, while ad- and was relieved to see the opera-
hering to public health regulations. tion move to the Je erson Valley
Mall in April, where it will con-
“Feeding Westchester is seeing a tinue for the foreseeable future.
demand for food like never before,”
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Due to coronavirus, all events coordinators are still providing Oct. 5 and 19 from 11 a.m. to advantages of each medium. Be Pirro has been ‘hunting ghosts’
will be virtual and require registra- Medicare counseling by phone 12:30 p.m. It’s fall, an inspira- a novice or expert, you’re all wel- for over 15 years, and has con-
tion in order to receive an invitation and by email. Clients can leave a tional season to create more art. come! Please have your supplies ducted hundreds of investigations
to participate.To register, visit som- question and their preferred con- We can draw from nature’s colors for class: canvases, paper, brushes, of haunted houses, businesses, and
erslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717. tact method and counselors will using acrylic paints, watercolors or water cup, palette, and your favor- properties. Join Barry as he talks
get back to them within two busi- watercolor oil pencils. is class ite medium. en the fun will be- about some of his favorite ghost
Events are made possible by ness days or sooner. e SBIC ho- o ers you the time and space to gin! Class is limited to 25 people. investigations, and answers ques-
e Friends of the Somers Li- tline information: 914-231-3260 make new artwork to express tions about what it’s like to be a
brary. or [email protected] yourself. Judika Lieberman is a Virtual Presentation: A Ghost real ghost hunter. Participants will
Important note about the local artist, well-versed in all dis- Hunter’s Favorite Case Files, also have a chance to share their
Senior Beneﬁts Information Virtual Workshop: Painting ciplines and will demonstrate the Tuesday, October 20, 6-7 p.m. true ghost stories.
Center (SBIC): SBIC program in Autumn/w Judika: Mondays, Paranormal investigator Barry
SEWERS Somers,” he said. this process is being pushed so project, Luciano asked, “How do that that information would be
e septic systems in the two hard,” she said. you think we feel when all of the mailed the next day (Friday, Oct.
FROM PAGE 1 proponents you have been talk- 9), said it took time to get the en-
former summer communities are e town has pointed out that ing to behind our backs attack us velopes and ballots printed.
state that their mission is to situated in such a “dense” manner, Lincoln Hall has its own waste- on social media and say horrible
protect drinking water and the he said, “It’s just a matter of time water treatment facility and that things?” He also reminded residents
two lakes, which experts say are before environmental problems facility has a greater capacity than that last year, in the midst of dis-
being harmed by nutrients leaking become greater than they cur- the school currently needs. Some opponents also have cussions about a public vote, the
from faulty septic systems and rently are.” slammed board members because town had learned the state does
runo from fertilized lawns. Besides, town o cials have they do not live in the lake com- not allow absentee ballots in cer-
Luciano agreed that accusing said, the board can’t predict what munities, Garrity said. tain special elections. Now—be-
ose contributing to the web anyone of trying to line his or her the school or future boards may cause of health concerns raised
site are identi ed and their rea- pockets as a result of the project do. “If we could get hooked into a by the coronavirus pandemic—it
soning for supporting the creation was “terrible.” sewer, I’d love to where I live. I’d does.
of Somers Sewer District 2 in- “Lincoln Hall is trying to sell sign up for it tomorrow. But may-
cluded. She also addressed speculation o some property. ey are zoned be some of my neighbors wouldn’t e fact that federal, state and
that Lincoln Hall, a live-in facility R-120, so they can put in 23 Mc- want to and I get that,” he said. county guidance is ever-evolving
Morrissey opined that every- for disadvantaged youth o Route Mansions if they wanted to,” makes it hard to plan ahead.
one has the right to have a web- 202, someday might want to tie Morrissey acknowledged urs- Town leaders also had some-
site and to voice their individual into the sewer system, a worry day. thing to say about complaints Garrity said he hoped the pub-
opinions. among sewer opponents. that the town has dragged its feet lic discourse could “be civil” over
Lincoln Hall representatives getting out information about the the next month.
“As far as Town Board mem- Luciano said she had just found could not be reached for comment voting process, such as how to cast
bers go, look, we’re pro-sewer. It’s out that, in fact, the school is try- by press time. absentee ballots. “ e vote is set; it’s going to
not unethical...We believe this is ing to sell some of its 450 acres. happen. We’re putting it in your
in the best interest of the town of Regarding the negative tack Morrissey, assuring residents hands,” he said.
“It makes people wonder why taken in the campaign against the
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Keegan cited for unfair campaign practices in assembly race
Byrne says such attacks ‘only fans the ames of hate’
BY BOB DUMAS last week that Assemblyman (WFCPC) determined that to compel anyone or any group an image of the truck with the
EDITOR Kevin Byrne’s opponent, Demo- Keegan’s actions were “unfair” to stop doing what it has found “F*** Black Lives” sign a xed to
crat Stephanie Keegan, engaged in response to complaints led to be unfair, nor does it have the it, thereby creating the false and
A non-partisan campaign in unfair campaign practices. by the incumbent’s campaign authority or power to enforce misleading impression that he is
watchdog group founded by the e Westchester Fair Cam- team. However, the Committee, election or other laws. somehow associated with racist
League of Women Voters ruled paign Practices Committee founded in 1991, has no power e Byrne campaign com- behavior.
plained that Keegan, a Somers e Committee found this
resident, shared and promoted “unfair” and wrote that the “jux-
IS YOUR SON an image on social media that taposition of Mr. Byrne’s picture
gave “a false and misleading next to a truck with the words
impression that Byrne refused ‘F*** Black Lives’ violates the
to condemn a racist attack” that following WFCPC principle:
IONA PREPARED? occurred in Carmel earlier this e candidate will not use or
year. condone any campaign mate-
e campaign also complained rial…that misleads the public.
INVEST. INSPIRE. IGNITE. that an image featuring Byrne ere was no evidence provid-
next to an image of a truck with ed that Byrne was in any way as-
a “F*** Black Lives” sign a xed sociated with the truck pictured,
to it, again created “the false and the Committee’s ruling stated.
misleading impression that the In a prepared statement in the
assemblyman is somehow asso- wake of the ruling, Byrne called
ciated with racist behavior.” the truck incident at the rally “a
e rst complaint referred disgusting display of hate” and
to an Aug. 22 incident in which added that “universal condem-
someone interrupted a ra- nation of acts like this are a giv-
cial justice rally on the Carmel en.” He noted that Keegan has
courthouse steps with a sign on since removed the posting from
his truck with the words “F*** her Facebook page.
Black Lives.” ( at person, a “I understand our opponent is
54-year-old Kent man, has since a rst-time candidate, but this
been arrested on misdemeanor type of political attack only fans
menacing charges.) On Aug. the ames of hate and should
25, Keegan shared on Facebook not be tolerated by anyone re-
Maximizing Instruction. Minimizing Risk. a post created by the Putnam gardless of political a liation,”
Young Democrats that included Byrne said. “I do appreciate that
the sentence, “Kevin Byrne re- it appears she has since taken her
SAFE. Our PK-4 - Grade 8 Lower School is 100% in-seat thanks to ample space fuses to condemn racist attack post down from Facebook, even
on our 11-acre, suburban campus, while our 9-12 Upper School is up to 50% in his district.” Byrne com- though it remains on Twitter. It
in-seat on a 5-day cycle. plained that Keegan engaged in is my sincere hope that other
an unfair campaign practice by political candidates and political
SEAMLESS. Prekindergarten through Grade 12, our Gaels don’t miss a beat creating a false and misleading leaders can learn from this and
using Google Classroom and Meet for the all-important live instruction that impression that he refused to avoid engaging in this type of
maximizes learning. condemn a racist attack. discourse. Despite our political
di erences, I believe we can all
e committee found the
SYNCHRONOUS. Our highly credentialed and capable faculty teach on two Keegan statement “unfair,” writ- agree that threats and ugliness
planes simultaneously, so your son receives the exact same instruction whether he ing that the word “refused” im- are never the answer.”
is in-seat or virtual. plies that there was a request to
condemn the act and that Byrne In a prepared statement,
Keegan said that Byrne should
rejected it. have been more forthcoming in
“ ere was no evidence that his condemnation of the inci-
JOIN US FOR OUR FALL Mr. Byrne ‘refused’ to condemn dent.
OPEN HOUSES a racist incident in his district,” “My opponent says a com-
the committee wrote. “On Aug. ment he made on a private citi-
23, Mr. Byrne condemned the zen’s Facebook page constitutes
incident on a resident’s Face- a public statement,” she stated.
book page, and on Aug. 25, Mr. “Voters shouldn’t have to dig
GRADES 9-12 PK-4- GRADE 8 Byrne posted a condemnation through individuals’ Facebook
on his own Facebook page.” pages to hold their leaders ac-
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FARBER library into the future.” TRUNK ings virtually with once a month in
Farber completed a course in the New York person outdoor lesson and fun, follow-
FROM PAGE 1 FROM PAGE 2 ing all CDC guidelines.
Library Association Leadership and Manage- Hebrew Congregation For more information and to regis-
of Somers ter visit: www.ChabadYorktown.com
municipalities in the county,” Morrissey said. ment Program. He also served on the West- or call 914-962-1111.
“We run operations on a shoestring and are chester Library System Directors Association
very scally conservative.” Youth Services Advisory Committee and the
Farber, however, is the rst to admit that a WLS Technology Committee. VIRTUALHEBREWSCHOOLNOW RideConnect program
director is worthless without a good team. While at Somers, Farber created new part-
While moving on is the right thing to do nerships with local businesses, schools and ENROLLING
at this point in Farber’s life, it’s still wrenching residents of Heritage Hills, noted Ronnie Dia- Hebrew Congregation of Somers e RideConnect a program of
to leave such a “wonderful” sta and faithful mondstein, vice president of the Chappaqua has opened enrollment for our warm, Family Services of Westchester has
patrons. Library board. nurturing, comprehensive and fun volunteers willing and able to shop
“I’m sad to go, but I’m looking forward to “We are delighted to have Andrew join our Hebrew School, which will run exclu- for seniors at this time. Ride Connect
new challenges,” he said. sta ,” she said. “He will be a great asset to our sively via remote learning. has volunteers willing and able to drive
Farber parlayed his “very expensive” degree community.” In a loving and collaborative setting, seniors to their medical appointments.
in information science from the State Univer- Asked to identify highlights in his Somers our educational director,teachers,rabbi Ride Connect serves all of Westchester
sity at Oswego into a successful IT career. en tenure, Farber said he’s particularly proud of and cantor connect our students and and southern Putnam Counties. e
the dot.com bubble burst in the late 1990s. the writing and art workshops, youth-oriented families to a rich, vibrant, meaningful number to call to request a volunteer
At the time, the Greenburgh Public Library o erings such as the annual Story Walk and and exciting personal relationship with shopper or a ride to a medical appoint-
was looking for a full-time computer-savvy of building up the library’s program of lend- Judaism and the practical, necessary ment is (914) 242-7433. All services
employee. Not long after he landed the posi- ing non-traditional items such as knitting kits, building blocks to read and understand are free to seniors! Anyone wishing to
tion, it occurred to Farber that with his prob- cake pans, board games and musical instru- the language of prayer. volunteer for RideConnect or nd out
lem-solving and research skills, he had a lot to ments. To learn more about Hebrew more can also contact us (914)242-
o er. He also was a member of the team that cre- School registration, High Holiday ser- 7433 or via email at [email protected]
Meanwhile, he fell in love with libraries. ated the rst countywide “Battle of the Books” vices and our synagogue community, The Schoolhouse
please visit our website, http://www.
Farber went on to head the library’s Young competition, a trivia tournament for youth.
Adult Services Department while simultane- e library had just expanded its hours hebrewcongregationofsomers.org. You Theater
can also email [email protected]
ously earning his master’s in library science at when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing it
City University at Queens. and other community institutions to regroup. gregationofsomers.org or call 914- Upcoming Zoom readings include:
When hiring Farber in 2015 to replace re- While the library is open, its hours are lim- 248-9532.We look forward to hearing Oct. 23: “Great Catherine: Whom
tiring director Pat Miller, the Somers Library ited and, Farber predicts, the upcoming budget from you! Glory She Still Adores” by George
Board of Trustees returned to its mission to will be “a challenge.” Chabad of Yorktown Bernard Shaw and “ e Lady with
the Dog” by Anton Chekhov
“provide residents of all ages with informa- But he’s con dent that the sta and whoever
tional, recreational and cultural resources and steps into his shoes will be more than up to it. Oct. 30: Les Liaisons Dangereuses
programs in a welcoming atmosphere condu- “I’m extremely grateful for all the support CHABAD HEBREW SCHOOL Nov. 14: “Scramble!” by David
cive to learning and enjoyment.” from the town, the board of trustees, sta and Join the Chabad Hebrew school for Wiltse
Farber, said then-board president Jim Hasl, the public,” Farber said, crediting their col- an exciting year of Jewish education For more information on how to
“understands this mission well and possesses laborative e orts for the library’s success. “It’s and fun! join the Zoom readings, visit e-
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To Protect and Serve A much-needed
THE him then (I was just twelve) so cry. You wonder, as each child
SEASONED his stories about being an army is born, what life has in store paint the breeze.
CITIZEN medic always fascinated me. for them and if they will real- WHATWAS With hand upon heart I
Jason was one of the fortunate ize their potential. I was never ITHINKING? thank the Lord For this my
ADRIENNE who survived the Korean War surprised that my son wanted native land,
KAVELLE and our wedding gift from the to follow the road he chose. He RUTHANN
government was his honorable grew up watching “Emergency!” SCHEFFER For all I love is here within
My grandson, Brian, discharge. and “Adam-12” and at the age
has just joined the of ve announced he wanted to her gates.
United States Army Our son, Chris, Brian’s dad, become a police paramedic. He
and will become a medic. He became a paramedic before go- accomplished all that before his My soul is rooted deeply in
is following, somewhat, in both ing on to college and was at one 21st birthday and went on, while
his father’s and grandfather’s time the youngest paramedic working, to earn both bachelor’s the soil on which I stand,
footsteps. in the state of New York. I am and master’s degrees. Now his
proud that three generations, son is choosing his own path, “… is is my country! For these are mine own
When my husband, Jason, was father, son, and grandfather, all one which was obviously in u- Grandest on earth!
nishing his freshman year at answered the call to help others. enced by his father and grandfa- I pledge thee my alle- United States.
Hartwick ther. Both Brian and Chris have is is my country! Land of
College, the government Brian is my youngest grand- joined my son-in-law Curtis as
o ered all college students a child. I clearly remember the members of the volunteer re my choice!
chance to sign up for one year, day he was born. Donna’s department…they make me very
then go back to school, unin- parents and Jason and I sat in proud. giance, America, the bold, is is my country! Hear my
terrupted, if they would agree the hospital waiting room, bond-
to stay in the Reserves for six ing. is was to be their rst As Brian grew he became an For this is my country to proud voice!
years. So, at eighteen, Jason and only grandchild while Jason excellent athlete, baseball being
became a soldier. I didn’t know and I already had six. Never the his greatest love. Chris coached have and to hold. I pledge thee my allegiance,
less, each new life is exciting and
miraculous and we were all look- SEE KAVELLE PAGE 11 What di ’rence if I hail from America, the bold.
ing forward to hearing that rst
North or South For this is my country! To
Or from the East or West? have and to hold.”
My heart is lled with love (Lyrics and music by Don
for all of these. Raye and Al Jacobs)
I only know I swell with Once again, love of our
pride and deep within my country and ag came to the
breast SEE SCHEFFER PAGE 11
I thrill to see Old Glory
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SCHEFFER with lots of walking and architecture. e choir and passed by the Monuments and community for 18 years, has
sightseeing. One of the major organ selections were moving the Marine Corps Memorial. closed: “We made this deci-
FROM PAGE 10 highlights was attending a play and spiritual—a perfect way Quite a few men were former sion out of concern, respect
at the Ford eater. Sitting in to start a Sunday morning and military and our country and and love for you and each
forefront for me several years the theater was a poignant re- the long trip home. her ag were quietly discussed. member of our Upper Class
ago when I traveled, via Upper minder of Abraham Lincoln’s Of course, there were several family. We truly hope you
Class Bus Tours, to Washing- assassination; he was carried to I cannot sign o on this col- guys who kept us laughing and understand.”
ton, D.C. for the weekend. a house across the street where umn without telling you about conversation was never at a
As we rode into D.C., I truly he died. my fellow travelers. e cama- standstill as we ate our meals I will always remember the
felt patriotic as I gazed upon raderie was instant: from the together. many trips I took with Upper
the Washington Monument, A most meaningful experi- time we stepped into the bus Class and the fun, often wacky
Lincoln Memorial and Je er- ence for me was attending until the last step out Sunday I close on a sad note. experiences and highlights.
son Memorial. mass at the National Cathe- evening. I couldn’t help notice Because of the pandemic,
dral, a dramatic and Gothic the quiet respect as we slowly Upper Class, after serving the ank you for the memo-
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e moon is in the 7th house
MAN looking for signs of life. ere surface and suck out samples to line until you’re back to normal. else’s planet. It’s mind boggling
OVERBOARD are a bunch of what used to be bring back to Earth. If there are I used to get car sick when my to think how much there is up
lakes on Mars, and scientists any earthworms in there then Mom parallel parked the car, so there, and how much we’ll never
RICK think that there could be evi- we’ll have to rename earthworms that was the end of that dream. know about it. And so we make
MELÉN dence of microbes there under- I guess. ere is more than one I went back to imagining myself up a bunch of stu and it makes
neath the beds. If it’s anything camera on board the Persever- enjoying a career in consulting, us feel better. I know that there
And if Jupiter aligns with like the evidence of microbes ance, so scientists at the com- which has been everything I ever are people who put a lot of stock
Mars, then peace will underneath my bed, this should mand center could conceivably dreamed it would be since no in their horoscope readings, but
guide the planets, and be one of the most success- experience a rare simultaneous one has ever consulted me. I’m not going to change my be-
love will steer the stars, just like ful missions ever. Scientists are organism. havior based on whatever’s going
the song says. Unfortunately, that probably expecting that microbes I fantasize that it’s me step- on Mars, 38,586,816 miles away
won’t happen again for another on Mars will be a lot like they If you’re as old as I am, you ping down from the Lunar on a good day. When the Moon
32,000 years, so somebody else are here on Earth, not exactly the can remember when Apollo Module, balancing my co ee cup is in the 2nd or 3rd house, I’ll
is going to have to steer the stars life of the party, usually the butt 11 landed on the moon, with in one hand and holding onto start paying more attention.
for a while. But did you know of a “how many organisms does that choppy video that even the ladder with the other, and I
that Mars is going to be closer it take to unscrew a lightbulb” back then was still better than see that my co ee is dispersing And I’ll keep an eye out for
to the Earth this month than it joke, etc. No one has mentioned some talk shows I’ve seen dur- into outer space, and It takes Asteroid 2018 VP1. It’s going to
will be for the next 15 years? You the fact that, who the hell really ing the coronavirus age. Who seven hours to prepare one cup, pass very close to Earth the day
won’t even need your glasses like knows what to expect? e rover didn’t imagine themselves as an and I lose concentration and trip before the United States elec-
you did when it was 214 million could run into a an angry mob astronaut, looking down at that down three rungs of the ladder. tion. Hopefully there won’t be a
miles farther away. It will look of genius microbes up there, just cloudy blue planet Earth? You’d Everyone’s waiting for me to say monumental disaster. I’m talking
like a red star in the Southern waiting for a big hunk of raw cup your hands over your mouth something memorable. “ at’s about the election, the asteroid
sky because of its large concen- material that they can turn into to simulate a static-y radio trans- one small step for man,” I say, is only about six feet long, so
tration of what is essentially rust. their own spaceship, or even bet- mission. “ e Eagle has landed!” “and yet I almost killed myself.” I worst case scenario it might dent
Mars has been left out in the ter, a huge espresso maker. A chimpanzee ew a space mis- take a couple photos of the place, somebody’s car. But this month
Solar System for a few billion sion in 1961, so how hard could but there are co ee droplets I’m keeping the shades to my
years too long, it seems. e probe, dubbed Persever- it be? en I saw this centrifuge all over the place ruining the house closed, because if there is
ance, will have a microphone on contraption that they use for photos, and I have no idea that life on Mars, they’re closer than
In fact, there is a rover from it, so that if any of the microbes training that spins you around someday people will think the they’ve been in quite a while, and
NASA on its way to Mars right want to get up and make a in a giant circle, even worse than whole thing was a hoax. I don’t want them peeking into
now, and when it gets there next speech or do a little stand up the Black Widow ride at the car- my living room and making fun
year it’s going to rove around comedy (no one expects the nival that I threw up after. At the We’re making such a mess of the naked eye I’m watching
microbes to have feet though), end they scrape you o the side of this planet that some people them with.
they can feel free to do so. It has of the simulator with a spatula are hitching their star to the
a drill that will go down into the and hang you from a clothes stars, and maybe someday we Say hello at: [email protected]
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Support for LETTERS
many years. To assert he wants residents to stop putting human e SLSPC urges a “Yes” vote for We support the establishment of
To the editor: to aid their abusers in any way is waste into the earth through Somers Sewer District No. 2 on Somers Sewer District No. 2 as
e letter by Ms. Elliott- beyond absurd. septic systems. e limits of November 10. More information a vital step toward protecting our
these systems have been exceeded can be found on our website at most valuable natural resource –
Wood’s (Sept. 24) criticizing Let’s stay grounded in facts. and it is unhealthy to continue www.SomersCleanWater.com our water – and we urge you to
praise of Assemblyman Byrne’s If you are going to try and in this way. Further fundrais- vote “Yes” on November 10.
work across the aisle appears to criticize someone, use a source. ing opportunities for the sewers Somers Clean Water is a
intentionally try and disinform Don’t peddle disinformation. I exist but cannot be pursued until project of the Somers Lakes Michael Schwarzchild, Somers
the public. don’t know Ms. Keegan, but if this grant is accepted. North Sustainability Projects Commit- Lakes Sustainability Projects
this is the type of campaign her Salem, Yorktown, Bedford, and tee (SLSPC). We are a group of Committee
Albany Democrats, including surrogates are running then our New Castle have already moved residents and concerned citizens Somers
Sen. Harckham, have worsened decision is easy. I’m voting for ahead on their sewer projects. who care about the quality of
our state’s nancial problems Byrne and Astorino. our drinking water and our lakes. SEE LETTERS PAGE 14
by creating larger de cits each
year. Democrat legislators like Rosalie Cicogna OPEN HOUSE
Harckham ended the property Saturday, 10/17
tax relief program (S7509B). Re- Somers from Noon - 2PM
member when some of us used
to get an extra check in the mail Support for sewer Come Tour
if our local municipalities stayed district Amazing
within the tax cap? No more. Fortune Ridge
To the editor:
ey also took sales tax money e Somers Lakes Sustain- Just 2 miles north
from county governments to of Croton Falls
o set state budget gaps, and gave ability Projects Committee (Rt 22 to Deans Corner
the Governor unilateral power (SLSPC) has announced that its Rd. to Stonehollow Dr.)
to cut aid to our schools by new website, www.SomersClean-
more than 20% (S7503C). is Water.com, is now online. e • Stunning New High-End Construction — these prices won’t last!
is because the Democrats have site was created to provide resi- • 16 Di erent Floor Plans • Square Footage from 2,200 to 3,500
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As for Assemblyman Byrne’s committee is to do the research Come choose the site for your Dream Home!
record, Ms. Wood continues the and present the facts. en, ev-
false narrative that he opposed eryone gets to make up their own C: 914-282-6440
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LETTERS sta , faculty, families, and the exibility as we strive to educate come this far, and we will get listen respectfully to one another,
community. rough an amaz- your children safely through this through this together. because this will help both sides
FROM PAGE 13 ing collaborative e ort over the public health crisis is absolutely understand each other as human
summer, our district was able remarkable. Go Tuskers! beings, recognize the similarities
A message of to devise and implement a plan With gratitude and hope for in their objectives, and nd com-
thanks that allowed us to reopen our ank you to our students, our shared future, mon ground.
doors and our remote learning who have been resilient as they Your Somers Central School
To the editor: classrooms to students on time in navigate new technology and District Board of Education First, we ask you to sign a letter
Dear Somers Faculty, Sta , September. It hasn’t been easy. comply with physical and social Dr. Lindsay Portnoy, President on our website: https://braveran-
demands. Your ability to exibly Heidi Cambareri, Vice President gels.org/hat/ to hold America
and Community, ank you to our teachers, adapt from what you are accus- Together. We are trying to get as
Unprecedented is a word none who are doing a heroic job as tomed to and thrive is completely Dr. Ifay Chang,Trustee many signatures as possible.
pioneers of a new model of remarkable. Joseph A. Marra,Trustee
of us will ever want to hear again, instruction. We realize that Michael D’Anna,Trustee Braver Angel is also imple-
yet unprecedented remains the the work is more challenging And nally, thank you to the MaryRose Joseph,Trustee menting an initiative called With
best word to describe this school and more exhausting than ever entire Somers community. You Chadwick Olsen,Trustee Malice Toward None, inspired
year. e way our Somers Central before, and we understand the have supported the SCSD to by President Lincoln’s second
School District has responded is anxiety and risk that accompa- ensure our budget accommodates Braver Angels inaugural address as the Civil
best stated using a di erent word: nies in-person instruction right the nancial rami cations of the War neared its’ end.
Remarkable. now. We recognize and appreci- pandemic, allowing for the social To the editor:
ate your enthusiasm and your and physical capital required to I am the New York State We encourage people to go
A year ago, none of us would commitment to your students. make this year a success for our to the Braver Angels website:
have imagined a scenario in youngest citizens. Coordinator for Braver An- braverangels.org/what-we-do/
which students and teachers e work you are doing is the gels – an organization whose with-malice-toward-none/ to
would be wearing masks all day, most remarkable of all. It has been an enormous and goal is to reduce the heated learn more about the With Mal-
desks six feet apart, with limited continued e ort to make school political polarization that has ice Toward None program and to
extra-curricular activities, no fall ank you to the administra- “work” during the pandemic. And deeply divided our country. e take the pledge below:
performances, football, volley- tors, to all the support sta , to though it took only a few weeks upcoming election may make
ball, or cheerleading. Who could all involved in transportation, to face our rst two positive this situation even worse regard- Regardless of how the election
imagine a year where teachers are food service, and medical care. Covid-19 cases, we are optimistic less of the outcome. ere will turns out, I will not hold hate,
asked to teach to a class where To all who have been involved that the measures put in place be winners and losers. How each disdain, or ridicule for those
half the children are on Zoom, in disinfecting, rearranging, and will minimize and contain the side perceives and treats the other who voted di erently from me.
the other half are at home, and maintaining our physical space spread and keep our SCSD sta will be crucial. Whether I am pleased or upset
some learn completely remote to best ensure the safety of all in and students safe. about the outcome, I will seek
from home? Yet here we are. And the buildings and on the buses, Braver Angels’ mission is to to understand the concerns and
the remarkable part is that our You all are truly remarkable. Lastly, a thank you to all who help restore civility by fostering aspirations of those who voted
faculty, sta , students, and com- have been complying with the and creating opportunities for di erently and will look for op-
munity worked collaboratively to ank you to the SCSD fami- social distancing, mask-wearing, respectful dialogue essential to portunities to work with people
make this scenario a reality. lies. We appreciate your feedback and health and safety measures. understanding one another – in with whom I don’t agree.
and the extra time that you have As a community, we need to order to stem the vitriol and
We would like to express our committed to supporting your stand together and continue to polarization. Randy Freeman
utmost gratitude to ALL the children in this new learning make the di cult choices that
Somers Central School District setting. Your patience, grace, and prioritize public health. We have We are NOT trying to change Somers
political views. We aim simply to
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LETTERS communities, was granted ten million dollars for the creation of a sewer dis-
trict for Shenorock over twenty years ago. Although Somers is the only town
FROM PAGE 14 that has not moved forward with this project, we nally have that opportunity.
Since the US Environmental Protection Agency says that more than 40 septic
In favor of sewers systems per square mile is considered high density and there are 316 septic
systems in Lincolndale, (0.37 square miles) the town is including Lincolndale
To the editor: in the proposed sewer district.
Regarding the pending Somers sewer proposal (yes, again), it is of note
ose who oppose the sewer district have stated that the town board is
that it has been repeatedly indicated that there are many deteriorating and ramming this through so they can collect more money in taxes because sewers
failing septic systems in the areas of concern. This would suggest that the will bring in more development. Since it has taken over twenty years to act
county department of health has failed to take action in its role as monitor. on this grant, I would say that this does not constitute, “ramming it through”.
Had offending homeowners been cited for violations, we might not be at As far as more development, the town has stated over and over that they are
the point of having to make the difficult choice now before us. Individu- not changing the zoning laws which would have to be changed to bring in
als would have covered their own costs of compliance rather than area-wide more development. Opponents charge that the town is purposely keeping ev-
expenses being paid by those even with compliant systems. Personally I have eryone in the dark. I have been to several of the informational presentations
spent upwards of $6,000.00 over the last 2 years to remain in compliance. and public hearings. ere is nothing “in the dark” that hasn’t been presented.
Beyond this, the costs of connecting each individual home remain un- e opponents continually ask the same questions and the town continually
known. These will not be insignificant in the crazy quilt of homes that is gives the same answers. e information is also on their website www.somer-
Shenorock. There can be little doubt that sewers would be far superior to sny.com. ere is nothing that they are hiding.
the current collection of septic systems but there remain far too many un-
knowns for many homeowners to comfortably vote in favor of the proposal. ank about it, everything the goes down your drain leeches into your yard
and eventually ends up in the water supply. I nd that disgusting. Wouldn’t
Howard Fields it make sense if all that went down your drain went to a sewage plant for
My father-in-law, who lived in Lincolndale and was an active member of
Vote yes for sewers the LLPOA in the 60’s and 70’s always stated that the long term solution for
the life of the lake and water supply is to have sewers. He understood that, I
To the editor: hope the residents of Shenorock and Lincolndale understand that as well.
As a lifelong resident of Shenorock, I would like to encourage the resi-
dents of Shenorock and Lincolndale to vote yes on the proposed Sewer
District on November 1Oth. The Town of Somers, along with four other Somers
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Tuskers look to build on ﬁnals appearance
Magaletti takes over as new coach
BY ROB DIANTONIO Aimee Maoriello Bella Del Vecchio defends
CONTRIBUTING WRITER against Lakeland in last
season’s section ﬁnal game.
It was a memorable season for Somers’ eld hockey team in
2019. e Tuskers reached the Section 1 Class B nals and trailed FILE PHOTOS/ROB DIANTONIO
just 1-0 at halftime to powerhouse Lakeland. ey went on to fall
4-0, concluding their campaign with an 11-4-4 record. Ryan Mellor
Fast forward to 2020 and Somers has a new head coach in Amy Nadia Pennella
Magaletti, who was the assistant coach last season under Michelle
Armstrong. Magaletti previously coached at Rye Neck, where she
was the varsity head coach.
“As a coach I want to develop not only the student-athlete but
the person,”Magaletti said of her coaching philosophy.“I want the
girls to trust their own instincts as well as their teammates. We are
a unit that can accomplish more together.”
e start of the season has been delayed by over a month due
to COVID-19. Players must wear masks during practices and
games. Coaches have also had to adopt new practice methods.
“COVID-19 has changed the style of practice to help make
sure our student-athletes stay safe and healthy,” Magaletti said.
“We are following the guidelines given to us. We are always think-
ing about spacing and to give reminders to keep their distance
during breaks. It seems like they have acclimated pretty well to
wearing masks during play. We were sure to have more breaks as
we began the season since this was a di erent way to work out
Isabella Del Vecchio, a senior captain and mid elder, is a key
playmaker for the Tuskers and will lead the team o ensively. She
netted three goals in a 6-1 semi nal win over Pelham last season.
Ashley Hersh eld and Aimee Maoriello are the team’s other se-
Senior Nadia Pennella, sophomore Teagan Ryan, sophomore
Lauren McCartin, and senior Ryan Mellor should all aid Del Vec-
chio on the o ensive end of the eld.
“I can’t wait to see who else steps up in our new season and be-
comes a strong role model on the eld,” Magaletti said.
Carleigh Carbonaro and Trinity Buckler, both juniors, will vie
for time in net.
“ ey are both strong and skillful goalies,” Magaletti said. “I’m
looking forward to seeing what they can do this season.”
Maoriello and junior Lily Carino will be leaders on defense for
Magaletti believes that versatility is a strength for Somers.
“We are a well-balanced, athletic team,” she said. “We have
players that can be put in new positions and still come out looking
Magaletti said one of her goals for the Tuskers is “to create a
strong team bond and work together to always improve ourselves
as athletes and students.”
“We will be taking each new day and building ourselves up,” the
coach said. “Being one team and using all of the amazing abilities
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Visiting spectators banned from fall sports
Home teams can allow two guests per player
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER LocalLive
With family and friends barred from
Only home spectators will be allowed at watching road games, the services of
high school athletic contests throughout livestreaming companies are perhaps more
the region this fall, Section One declared relevant than ever.
last week. In recent years, many school districts in
Two spectators per home athlete will the area have contracted the services of Lo-
be allowed. Crowdgoers, much like the calLive, a Connecticut-based company that
athletes and coaches, will be required to allows friends, family members and fanatics
distance when possible and wear masks. to watch their favorite varsity sports teams
School districts may elect to be more re- from the comfort of their own home.
strictive than the state’s Department of e free service is also being used to
Health guidelines. Schools are also being broadcast concerts and other special events,
encouraged to o er health screenings for like graduations.
spectators and have them provide contact Districts have contracted LocalLive to
information for tracing purposes. install high-de nition cameras in their au-
“If deemed necessary, school districts ditoriums, at their elds, and in their gyms. FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
may choose to be more restrictive and place e cameras are controlled remotely. A crowd of students at a Lakeland High School football game in September 2019.
additional limitations on the number of ere are other bene ts for players and
spectators at their athletic events,”wrote the coaches. All broadcasted games will be ar-
Section One Executive Committee in a let- chived on LocalLive’s website, making it who is also CEO. ci c home games at non-partner schools.
ter to school districts. “In addition, the host easier to review game footage. It also allows LocalLive has grown from 10 schools in Cameras are installed and controlled
district has the ability to restrict any specta- players to make highlight reels for use in 2017 to nearly 100 in 2020, said Devaney, remotely by “game producers” who are
tor from being in attendance who does not recruiting. a former reporter for the Journal News and trained and hired by LocalLive, Devaney
comply with the guidelines set forth by the Neighboring districts, such as Bronxville, MSG Varsity. explained.
[Department of Health], [New York State Briarcli , Fox Lane, John Jay (Cross River), LocalLive has contracts with schools in ey can be anywhere in the country and
Public High School Athletic Association], and Somers, have contracted LocalLive to more than 15 states, Devaney added, with operate the PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras
the local health department and/or host broadcast their homes games, meaning cer- the largest focus in southern New York, by connecting an Xbox controller to their
district.” tain North Salem road games will be avail- northern New Jersey and Fair eld County computer. e game producers are paid per
e Section One Executive Commit- able online. (Connecticut). is fall,LocalLive has intro- game and their skills are rated by Local-
tee is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, Kevin Devaney Jr.,vice president of digital duced individual streaming at some schools, Live. e better the rating, the more jobs
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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – DAHLIA PEPE
All-League senior ready for ﬁnal season at Somers
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER in uence you? salad and an iced matcha latte.
SPORTS EDITOR e person who has had the
My friends and I go there at
Somers senior Dahlia Pepe will biggest impact on my career has
continue her soccer career next to be my dad. He has always in- least twice a week and it is espe-
year at Franklin and Marshall. spired me and encouraged me to
She plays the sport year-round, always keep improving my game. cially good after soccer practice.
in the fall with Somers High He would never pass up an op-
School and the rest of the year portunity to train me at the eld What is something about
with her club team, Connecti- and for that I am truly grateful.
cut FC ECNL. At Somers, she yourself people would be sur-
has earned All-League honor- What is your favorite
able mention honors (freshman) memory of playing soccer at prised to learn?
and has been named All-League Somers?
(sophomore and junior). Something about myself that
My favorite memory from
How are you gotten through playing soccer at Somers is people might be surprised to
this period of social distancing? during my junior year at the
What have you been doing to sectional semi nals. In double learn is that I am right-handed
keep busy and stay ready for the overtime with 14 seconds left
fall season? before PKs, we were given a free and left-footed.
kick 5 yards out of the 18-yard
Although the pandemic has box. I was picked to take the What is your favorite spot to
given us many challenges, I’d like kick and I ended up scoring the
to think that it has allowed me to golden goal to clinch a spot at vacation? Where is somewhere
enforce a workout routine. Also, the sectional nal. It was a game
it has made me more disciplined I will forever remember. you have not visited yet but
about getting ready for the sea-
son and staying t while being Do you have any pre-game would like to in the future?
mostly at home. roughout the rituals?
o season, I typically workout six Although I have only been
times a week and those workouts One of my pre-game rituals is
consisted of going on runs, cy- a very long and intricate hand- there once, my favorite place
cling, lifting weights, and swim- shake with my best friend and
ming laps in my pool! fellow senior teammate, Noelle I have visited is South Africa.
DeMarinis. We have been doing
How old were you when you it since freshman year on varsity I went there on a school trip
started playing soccer? Do you and we can’t go a game without
have any early memories of doing it right before the rst and it’s a trip I will never for-
when you started? whistle.
get. Somewhere I haven’t visited
I started playing soccer when What are your post-high
I was 5 years old. One of my school plans, athletically and but I would love to visit in the
favorite things early on in my academically?
soccer career was, at di erent future is de nitely Switzerland.
times, having my mom and dad I plan to continue my athletic
as my coaches. Since they have and academic career at Frank- It is a beautiful country and it’s
had great soccer careers in their lin and Marshall College. I’m
life, it was truly amazing to have beyond grateful that I can con- unlike anywhere I have ever
them to kick start my soccer ca- tinue to play the sport I love at
reer. the next level. been.
Who has had the biggest What’s your favorite place If you could o er one piece
impact on your career so far? to eat locally and what’s your
What did this person do to go-to order? of advice to younger athletes
Hands down, my favorite local what would it be and why?
place to eat is Bobo’s Cafe. My
go to order is the Bobo’s house If I could give one piece of ad-
vice to younger athletes, I would
tell them that no matter the
amount of talent you have, you
should always keep improving
your work ethic. Talent can only
take you so far in life; it’s your
work ethic that can truly bring
If you could compare your-
self to one athlete who would it FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO
be and why? Dahlia Pepe controls possession in the midﬁeld.
If I could compare myself to
one athlete, I would say Tobin
Heath, because we both have My go-to app on my phone forming at the level you know
a wide variety of skills and we is probably Instagram because you can?
both can be extremely nifty I like seeing everyone’s pictures I think about the fundamen-
with the ball, especially in tight along with sports news and tals. It’s the best way to simplify
spaces. highlights. the game and it allows me to take
What is the go-to app on How do you adjust your a step back from the complexity
your phone and why? game when you are not per- of what I’m doing. Additionally,
I try to just keep working hard
Saving a Life EVERY 11 MINUTES and never put my head down.
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aloneI’m never to play on the road?
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the road is at Yorktown. ey
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e pandemic and the presidential election
How will they impact federal and NY estate tax exemptions?
It is undeniable that the CO- increased to $5.85 million per GUEST at its current amount, however, federal exemption is scheduled
VID-19 pandemic has had person was to be more competi- CORNER there is a concern among many to drop on January 1, 2026 or
a signi cant and detrimental tive with the federal exemption estate planning attorneys and even earlier. When the above is
impact on the scal well- being and to prevent the a uent from ANTHONY J. CPAs that a Vice President taken into consideration with the
of our local, state and federal leaving New York for tax friendly ENEA Biden victory with control of the potential for assets to be valued
government.Trillions of dollars states; and states that do not house and senate could easily lower as a result of COVID’s im-
in stimulus packages and huge have a state estate tax/death tax, York Estate tax rate of sixteen result in the exemption being pact and with interest rates being
budget de cits at all levels of gov- such as Florida, North Carolina, (16%) percent, not just the excess reduced to $3.5 million or lower very low, the planning and gifting
ernment do not bode well for the Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Colo- above the exemption. and that the tax rate will increase options are even more attractive.
future of the New York and Fed- rado and others. at being said, from the present forty percent to
eral estate tax exemptions, which it appears that COVID-19 and Irrespective of what happens as high as sixty percent. Clearly taking advantage of
are respectively, $5.85 million the increase of crime in urban with the federal estate tax exemp- the larger exemption before the
dollars and $11.58 million dollars areas may have already pushed tion, budgetary pressure may Although, Vice President election or before a new Congress
per person for the year 2020. the a uent to depart New York result in the New York exemption Biden has not stated that he is sworn in is the smartest way to
for these more friendly states. e being reduced and the New York would do so, as part of the reduce one’s taxable estate both
Large budget de cits will ability to work remotely has also estate tax rate being increased. Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, for New York and Federal Estate
place signi cant pressure on the had a signi cant impact on the 2021 will de nitely be an inter- Biden has already expressed his tax purposes. For the a uent this
State of New York to cut back willingness of people to relocate. esting year for taxation issues in priority to raise a variety of taxes may be a classic case of “If you
spending and raise revenues by New York. on corporations and the a uent. snooze, you lose!”
every means possible including, If one does not properly plan
reducing the estate tax exemption for estate taxes in New York the With respect to the fed- e concern among many estate Anthony J. Enea, Esq. is a member
and increasing the estate tax rate. tax impact can be devastating. eral estate and gift tax exemp- and gift tax authorities is that the of Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano,
Perhaps a harbinger of things to New York has an estate tax “cli .” tion($11.58 million) per person pressure from the left wing of LLP of White Plains and Somers,
come is the new Millionaire’s tax If one’s estate passes to someone for 2020 (if not made perma- Biden’s party will make a decrease New York. He focuses his practice on
being implemented in New Jersey other than their spouse and is nent by 12/31/2025 it drops to in the exemption amount and Wills, Trusts and Estates and Elder
on those making more than $1 approximately $6 million per an increase in the tax rate almost Law. Mr. Enea is the Past Chair
million per year in income. ve percent greater than the person) even before the pandemic inevitable. of Elder Law and Special Needs
New York Estate Tax exemption struck and in anticipation of the Section of the New York State Bar
One of the reasons the New ($5.85 million) then the entire es- 2020 Presidential election, two Earlier this year the IRS an- Association (NYSBA). He is the
York Estate tax exemption was tate is taxable at the highest New prominent Senate Democrats nounced that if one made taxable current Chair of the 50+ Section
proposed legislation reducing gifts in reliance on the existence of NYSBA. Mr. Enea is the Past
Tie-dye boutique the federal estate tax exemption of the current estate and gift tax President and Founding member
opens in Somers to $3.5 million per person and exemption, and if said exemp- of the New York Chapter of the
lower. Whether the exemption tion is later reduced, then, in that National Academy of Elder Law
will remain at the present amount event the IRS would not seek to Attorneys (NAELA). Mr. Enea
will hinge upon the results of the “claw-back” into the calculation of is the President of the Westchester
upcoming election. President the size of one’s taxable estate the County Bar Foundation and a Past
Trump has expressed his inten- amount gifted before the current President of the Westchester County
tion that the exemption remain exempt amount changed. Bar Association. He can be reached
at (914) 948-1500 or at [email protected]
is in e ect gives the green esslaw rm.com.
light to those wishing to reduce
the size of their estate to make
large taxable gifts before the
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