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North Salem News 01.16.20

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Vol. 5 No. 42 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, January 16, 2020

Residents rally around Utility companies
Katherine Daniels for Town Board seat held accountable

BY CAROL REIF man Brent Golisano are all Re- NYSEG to pay ‘largest
STAFF WRITER publicans. Councilman Martin settlement ever’
Aronchick is the lone Democrat.
Close to 20 people showed up ity to take his seat if he won. BY CAROL REIF An investigation by the state’s
at North Salem’s organization After keeping everyone in sus- Accepting Moreo’s resignation STAFF WRITER Department of Public Service
meeting last week, apparently not from the Board of Assessment determined that every major elec-
because they were fascinated with pense for nearly a month, Moreo Review was last on a long list of Local o cials are hailing a lo- tric utility company in the state
the minutiae of town govern- informed Lucas that not only resolutions passed by the board cal utility’s acknowledgement that fell short, but the worst of the
ment, but to get some clari ca- would he not be taking the oath on Jan. 7. it didn’t adequately plan for the lot were NYSEG, which serves
tion on what looks like, to them, of o ce, he was resigning as chair two nor’easters that blasted the northern Westchester towns such
a bureaucratic bottleneck. of the town’s Board of Assess- Lucas then opened the oor region in March 2018, knocking as Somers and North Salem and
ment Review. to anyone who wanted to address out power to thousands. Putnam County, and Consoli-
While only four people in the the board. dated Edison,which serves West-
audience at the meeting on Tues- is put the board in the un- ey are also happy that the chester.
day, Jan. 7, were members of the usual position of having to choose First up at the microphone was state has just announced a $10.5
town’s Democratic Committee, someone to ll the vacancy or let Daniels, who said she recognized million settlement—the largest of It also found that Orange &
all were there, they said, to sup- voters do it in next fall’s elections. that the “subject is not on the its kind—with New York State Rockland Utilities and upstate’s
port Katherine Daniels and to ask agenda, but in the spirit of open- Electric & Gas and Rochester Rochester Gas & Electric had
Supervisor Warren J. Lucas and Daniels, a former member of ness, I think we’re all here to ask Gas & Electric, both subsidiaries not complied with state-mandat-
the other three elected o cials on the North Salem Board of Edu- the same question: What is going of AVANGRID Inc., a sustain- ed emergency response plans.
the board why they hadn’t yet de- cation, has argued that as the to happen with the empty seat on able energy company with $32
cided to appoint, or not appoint, second highest vote-getter, she the Town Board?” billion in assets and operations in NYSEG subsequently ac-
Daniels to its vacant seat. should be appointed. 24 states. knowledged committing 18
Daniels acknowledged that ap- violations; RG&E admitted to
Daniels, a Democrat who And her backers are openly pointing her would upset some But they don’t intend to stop three. ey were slammed with
sought a board seat in November, wondering whether politics are Republican voters, but, at the holding NYSEG’s feet to the $10.5 million in nes: $9 million
lost by 12 votes to Republican in play. same time, tapping a Republican for NYSEG and $1.5 million for
would be “controversial” to those re, says Somers Supervisor Rick RG&E.
omas J. Moreo. Lucas, Deputy Supervisor who pulled the lever for her. Morrissey. And they are hoping
Moreo, after throwing his hat Peter Kamenstein and Council- that the settlement money doesn’t e settlement was announced
in the ring, put his house up for “So it does seem like the most get “consumed by the bureau- just days before Christmas by
sale and reportedly moved his logical and fairest option would cracy,” according to North Salem Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
family to Florida. He and the be to leave the seat vacant until Supervisor Warren J. Lucas.
GOP Committee tried to have the election in November,” she “It is beyond unacceptable to
his name removed from the bal- said, adding: “We just want to In 2019, local utilities were leave hundreds of thousands of
lot, but were unable to for techni- know what the plans are.” slammed by the state’s Public customers in the dark for as long
cal reasons. Moreo’s name never Service Commission for inad-
appeared on any campaign mate- Lucas told her that the board equately preparing for the storms. SEE NYSEG PAGE 3
rials and he never made campaign had not yet formally met on the
appearances. matter, but he would let every-
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Thursday, January 16, 2020 North Salem News – Page 3

NYSEG employees with storm restoration DANIELS frustrated”by Moreo’s thwarted attempt to get off the

FROM PAGE 1 responsibilities. Additionally, PSC FROM PAGE 1 ballot, said he’d look into it.

staff and NYSEG will review Nancy Stamm, a member of the town’s Democrat-

as these utilities did last year,” he long-term staffing needs and re- Patricia Hartwell asked whether it would help the ic Committee, and Lucas sparred a bit over whose

said. quirements; board to make a decision if there was a list of who responsibility it was to tell the public about Moreo’s

Some folks were left shivering • NYSEG will maintain at least voted on Nov.5,their political affiliations or a petition status.

in the cold for a week. 175 damage assessment-trained from those who want to see Daniels appointed. “Just educate me here. You tried to get Mr. Moreo

The size of the settlement employees, excluding employees “It breaks down fairly evenly across all the parties, off the ballot. You did everything you thought you

makes it “crystal clear” that utili- who perform restoration work so it wouldn’t help us,”Lucas replied. should do?”

ties have an obligation to prepare during an emergency event; He also told Hartwell that party affiliation isn’t al- Lucas: “The committee did.”

for severe weather and to “develop • NYSEG and RG&E’s Emer- ways an accurate way to predict the way individuals Stamm: “The committee, well whomever. Except

robust storm response programs,” gency Response Organization will vote. you didn’t notify the public.”

said the governor, adding that, if form a group to develop a Storm “So I’m sure you could come up with a thousand Lucas: “It was in the newspaper.”

they don’t, they will be held ac- Response Exercise program to names of persons who would vote for Katherine now, Stamm: “Well, the public didn’t know. He was

countable and forced to change include in-the-field activities and but now it doesn’t make any difference, I don’t think,” leaving.”

“how they do business.” non-tabletop storm response ex- Lucas said. Lucas: “It’s not my job to notify…”

Lucas acknowledged Thursday, ercises, including testing their Addressing other board members, he said, “It’s up Stamm: “Well, whose job is it?”

Jan. 2, that NYSEG appears to be enhanced life-support equipment to you guys. It’s something you can do if you’d like to.” Lucas: “Well, I think it’s Katherine’s, if she wants

making an effort to mend its ways. customer contact and tracking Aronchick said he thought what had been brought to win.”

“Over the past year we have procedures, as well as communica- up was “reasonable.” Stamm: “It’s her job to say, ‘Mr. Moreo’s leaving

seen that NYSEG has in fact in- tion and coordination with mu- However, he said, it hadn’t defined the “entire dia- town so vote for me?’”

vested in technology in our town, nicipal and county governments; logue”about the situation. Lucas: “I would think so, yes. If she wants to win.”

something it has not done for • NYSEG agrees to retain a “I don’t think we can accomplish much if we Stamm: “Oh, OK. Thank you for that…educa-

many years,”he said. third-party consultant, subject to aren’t civil to each other and put partisanship aside,” tion.”

That doesn’t mean that custom- consultation with commission Aronchick said. Andy Pelosi, while acknowledging that the board

ers can relax. staff, to audit and assess the com- Jinx Remson reminded Lucas that at the North was “in a tight spot,” said it should look at it as “an

“The work is still ongoing and panies’ storm response training Salem Senior Citizens Forum for candidates in Oc- opportunity, a profile in courage, if you will.”

more needs to be done to improve and training exercise programs tober, he was asked what would happen if Moreo was “So what I would say to you,when you’re deliberat-

the performance of the network in and NYSEG agrees that share- elected. ing this difficult decision, think about what’s best for

our town,”Lucas said. holders will bear any incremental “And the answer was that past practices would the town.”

The supervisor worried that the costs for the term of engagement dictate that the next highest vote-getter would be It’s certainly possible to have a four-person board,

millions won’t directly benefit the for the consultant. seated,”Remson said. but with a fifth member, especially one with expe-

utility’s customers. “The primary task of a utility is Lucas corrected her: “I didn’t say ‘dictate,’ I said in rience and proven dedication, there would be “more

“While there have been many to supply safe and adequate elec- the past we appointed, just as”the board did upon the fair representation for all,” said Pelosi, a school board

arguments to the contrary, at the tricity to customers,” said Depart- death of Councilman Bruce Buchholtz. trustee.

end of the day, any money taken ment of Public Service CEO John According to Daniels, the person the board ap- Pam Pooley told the board that, while everyone

from NYSEG comes from its B. Rhodes. pointed in 2013 was William J. Monti, now chair- there were rooting for Daniels, they supported the

ratepayers. I doubt we will see it “A key component of that is man of the Republican Committee. board’s decisions and “we’ll back you up in any way.”

directly supporting our homeown- for the utility to be prepared for a Hartwell told the board she wasn’t being critical of However, Pooley urged it to “pick leadership over

ers. It will likely get consumed by storm and to restore power as safe- any individuals in this situation. partisanship.”

the bureaucracy,”he said. ly and as quickly as possible, and “You’ve led a wonderful group of people and I Marvin Stamm, Nancy Stamm’s husband, said

Somers isn’t backing down, we will hold them accountable to think that it’s a great community,” she said, referring while he had no bones to pick with Moreo personally,

either. do just that.” to Lucas. he should have told people the second he knew he

The town had filed a formal There are many “wonderful”residents such as Dan- was going to move. “That would have been the hon-

complaint with the PSC months NYSEG RESPONDS iels who have taken active roles in the community. orable thing to do, to step out of the way,”he said.

before the 2018 storm that According to a statement Fri- “What they’re doing is very time-consuming, trying Efforts to reach Moreo to establish an exact time-

knocked out power to a whopping day, Jan. 3, by manager of corpo- and challenging,”Hartwell said. line of events surrounding his residency dilemma

95 percent of its residents. rate communications Michael “I think that everyone in North Salem is really have proven unsuccessful.

After the storms, it filed more Jamison, NYSEG has taken a blessed and I just wanted to say ‘thank you,’” she In the four decades he’s lived in town, Marvin

complaints. Morrissey said he number of steps since the 2018 added. Stamm said he has noticed “some periods of tremen-

and Lucas both testified before storms. “It’s a special town. Thank you. Thank you very dous partisanship.”

the state Senate about the “lack of “We have thoroughly reviewed much,”Lucas replied. “One of the things I thank you guys for is that you

NYSEG’s response to the massive our processes, identified best prac- Resident Andrew Sternlieb, noting that he was have really kept that at a minimum.I think everybody

outage that lasted eight days.” tices, listened to our customers, “one of the people that was harping on Warren to recognizes the job that you guys have done,”he said.

The utility has upped its tree- federal and state officials and mu- look into what the requirements are for residency,” “I realize you’re in a tough spot. But you’re in a

cutting program, installed re-clo- nicipal leaders, and implemented thanked Lucas for following through and taking his tough spot because of political reasons. Because this

sure units that limit the scope of enhanced emergency response concerns “seriously.” group of people’s going to be angry if you appoint

outages and has stationed a fleet procedures,”it read. “As I said in the North Salem News, Tom Moreo Katherine; this group is going to be angry if you

of work vehicles within the town. The $10.5 million in settlement did the right thing.And I want to thank you for help- don’t,”he continued.

“While all this is laudable,it still money will come from sharehold- ing him to reach that conclusion.” Letting politics be the controlling factor “takes

remains to be seen whether all of er funds and be used to “benefit “It was multiple phone calls while I was waiting away from the fact that we’re a small town and we’re

this work can make up for years customers,”NYSEG said. for him (Moreo) to send me a note saying he was no neighbors. It doesn’t make any difference what party

of NYSEG’s lack of investment Exactly how those funds will be longer a viable person, you know, to be sworn in.That I’m registered with, it’s the respect for the thing that’s

in their infrastructure,” Morrissey used will be determined in a sepa- didn’t quite happen. But it worked out OK. At least right.”

said. rate settlement process that will from that point of view,”Lucas said. Marvin Stamm said that as long as board members

The town will, he promised, require the state PSC’s approval. Nancy Aronchick, wife of Councilman Martin can pick someone – Democrat or Republican – they

“continue to pressure NYSEG.” Because “challenging weather Aronchick, asked whether the town could formulate know in their hearts is right for the town, he’s OK

“This most recent PSC finding conditions are increasing in both some sort of policy in case “this kind of thing occurs with it.

and fines against NYSEG will severity and duration,” both com- again, so we’re a little bit more locked down?” “The thing to do is to say to people,‘Look, we have

only matter to town residents if panies are developing a com- The town can’t have election laws than differ from to make the best decision and the best decision is not

their power remains dependable prehensive “resiliency plan.” It the state, Lucas said. However, it could put its 2 cents based on politics.’”

and benefits for their past hard- includes replacing poles, cutting in on the way ballots are set up. Daniels would be “a doggone good fit” for the

ships are realized.” down trees endangering power “It confused the hell out of people and that causes board, he said.

According to Cuomo, a con- lines and upgrading distribution some of the issues and stuff that we’re talking about,” Lucas said he’s been getting input from “both

sent order will be filed with the circuits. Lucas said. sides”and now the board has to figure out what to do.

Supreme Court to settle enforce- “NYSEG and RG&E are Nancy Aronchick also asked whether there was a Lucas said he wasn’t certain whether the board had

ment litigation. deeply committed to providing way to get the county and state to “reconsider”regula- a deadline to make its next move.

It will require the following: safe, affordable and reliable energy tions on “how far ahead of time you’d have to take “No matter what decision we make, we’re going to

• In the near term,NYSEG will for New Yorkers now and well somebody’s name off a ballot?” get beat up; that’s the fun part,”he concluded.

hire and maintain 20 additional into the future,”Jamison said. Lucas, noting that both parties had been “pretty

Page 4 – North Salem News Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is Bachner Holocaust Collec- is the Executive director of a non- as some biographies. e books are New members encouraged!

located at 276 Titicus Road. For tion on January 27, at 7 p.m. pro t and spouse of someone with chosen by the group and are wide Story time and crafts

more information on any of these In recognition of International FrontalTemporal Degreneretia- ranging. Multiple copies of the Mondays

events, call 914-669-5161 or visit Holocaust Remembrance Day, tion. e group is free, open to all, books at the library for people to Stories and Songs – 10:30 a.m., e Somers Holocaust Memorial and requires no registration.Drop- check out and read. for babies from birth to 2-1/2.

Commission will re-dedicate the ins are encouraged and any point.

Reading and Discussion Pro- Fred Bachner Holocaust Collec- Mahjong for Beginners, every

gram, Women in American tion to the Ruth Keeler Memorial Wednesday starting on January 8th Art and jazz at the
Classics with Professor Heather Library. Keynote Speaker: Hon. from 2-4 p.m. Joan Staudinger has Schoolhouse Theater
Ostman. e rst ursday of the Lewis J. Lubell, Justice Supreme o ered to lea and teach another
month at 10:30 a.m. at the Keeler Court, Westchester County Re- Mah Jongg Group for beginners
Library. Copies of the books are freshments Will Be Served. Snow and those who need to refresh their

available at the Library for check- date: January 28. skills.Joan will be with the group for

out. No registration required. Valentine Crafts with the Rec- 6-8 weeks. After that participants e Schoolhouse eater presents a curated evening of Jazz

ursday, February 6: e Scar- reation Department on Tuesday, are welcome to continue on their & Art with tenor saxophone legend, Houston Person, and cel-

let Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, February 11 at 4 p.m. For children own. e group is free but we ask ebrated artist Michelle Cooke. For one night only, Sunday, Jan.

1850 of all ages. that you register by contacting the 19, Person will perform in his 35th annual concert at the School-

ursday, March 5: A Country Snow Crafts with the Recre- library and make a commitment to house. e afternoon begins at 3 p.m. with a wine and cheese

Doctor, Sarah Orne Jewett, 1884 ation Department on Tuesday, come to most of the sessions. reception for the opening of Cooke’s new exhibition, “Light.”

ursday, April 2: e Custom January 21, at 4 p.m. For children History and Biography book Continue through the night with Houston Person’s performance

of the Country, Edith Wharton, of all ages group at 7 p.m. e exhibition is open to the public, but tickets are

1913 Monthly Early-Onset Demen- e history and biography book required for the show.

group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the “We are thrilled to have Houston back at the Schoolhouse
second Tuesday of the month. for his 35th annual concert,” said Artistic Director Bram Lewis.
“It’ll be a day of cultural touchstones - Michelle Cooke’s elegant
e group reads books on various art and Houston Persons’ soulful jazz—and we expect it to be
historical topics or periods as well extremely popular.”
ursday, May 7: Short Stories, tia Caregivers Support Group,
Flannery O’Connor, 1950’s every Monday starting on January Houston Person is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and
record producer. He has recorded over 75 albums as bandleader
Gift of the Somers Holocaust 27 from 6-7 p.m. e group will and performed and/or recorded with such greats as Etta Jones,
Johnny Hammond, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls,
“buAssinaelsosc,awl esmreallylMemorial Comission The Fredbe facilitated by Tanya Steel who among many others. He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award
in 1982.
on the advice from
Michelle Cooke is an American artist and sculpture. She has
appeared in dozens of solo and group exhibitions across Amer-
ica and throughout the world, including National Museum for
Women in the Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Villa de
Massenzia, Rome, Italy. Her slide registry is listed at e Mu-
seum of Modern Art. She received the Guild Hall Best Sculp-
ture Award in 2012.

our professional “Opening night marks Michelle’s return to New York and a
rare opportunity to meet the artist,” said Gallery Director and

colleagues... Joe Tock, Curator Ker Berdimurat Beckley. “ e exhibition will include
the artist’s signature glass installations as well as her ethereal
graphite landscapes—both representative of Michelle’s focus on

a true professional, the complexity of shadow and light.”
Tickets for the Houston Person concert are $40 (general

he treats people as admission). Performance begins at 7 p.m. Reserve tickets at or by calling e Schoolhouse eater
box o ce at 914.277.8477.

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Nacho Sunday

Do you hear it? Listen again? SEASONAL I knew at that moment it was time Sunday BBQ
I hear it. It’s the collective TIDBITS for a Nacho Sunday. Chicken Nachos
sigh we all have as we plop
in our oversize couches and sip our e ritual of Nacho Sunday came 6-8 servings
soon after the holiday rush many years Ingredients
• 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken (traditional
hot coco and be glad the mad rush LAURA ago. I decided that my family needed flavor or BBQ flavor rotisserie chickens work great)
of the last two months are over. CAMPAGNA down time and Sunday was the best • 1/2 - 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good day for it. It also reminded me of how • 1 bag tortilla chips
• 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
holiday with the trimmings, songs when I was a kid nothing was open on • 2-3 cups shredded Cheddar/Monterey Jack
and sappy card commercials, but I Sunday and it was family time.
also love doing nothing! e rules for Nacho Sunday are simple. Do all of Stir the chicken and BBQ sauce together. If chicken
has been precooked and cold, warm in microwave
I lived in my car for the last three months. I am your errands on Saturday, including purchasing the for 1-2 minutes. Spread chips in single layer on
baking stone or cookie sheet. Top with some BBQ
sure you all have experienced the same thing. Always ingredients for nachos, and stay home all day Sunday. chicken, red onion slices and cheese. Repeat with
chips and chicken, onion and cheese until you
on the run and never seem to be at home. e car Showering on Nacho Sunday is optional, but stay- have at least 3 to 4 layers. Drizzle a little more
sauce over the top of everything. Broil for about
becomes your sanctuary, your place of peace while ing in comfy clothes is required. Puttering around 3-5 minutes, watching closely so the nachos don’t
burn. Serve warm with sour cream.
you drive from one place to another. ere were times the house, nally reading that book you have been
Letters to the editor and op-ed submissions may be edited.
during those three months I wasn’t sure where I was putting o or laying on the couch watching TV are The views and opinions expressed in letters and op-eds are not
necessarily those of North Salem News or its affiliates. Submissions
headed or how I got there once I arrived. It wasn’t suggested. At around 4 p.m. make a nice big plate of must include a phone number and address for verification. Not
all letters and op-eds will necessarily be published. Letters and
that I was exactly tired, I was more preoccupied mak- your favorite nachos. op-eds which cannot be verified or are anonymous will not be
published. Please send your submissions to the editor by e-mail
ing lists on paper, on my iPhone and in my head, of I am a collector of many things, but my favorite
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my destination and beyond. wonderfully on Nacho Sunday. Our Nacho Sundays

One morning, I thought I woke up wide awake. I include a heaping plate of BBQ Chicken Nachos,

proceeded to get my morning co ee started. I have a something I discovered while on vacation. I never

percolator. I love the sound of the blub as the co ee imagined such a thing existed! It is the perfect dish

hits that little glass dome on the top. I reached for to showcase my collection. I love going to BBQ

my co ee and scooped the appropriate amount into restaurants on my vacations and purchase their

the co ee basket. I added water and plugged it in. I homemade sauces. I was once told by a waitress that

carried on with my morning routine. When it was they do not sell their sauce, it was a restaurant secret.

time to pour the co ee, I discovered that it was mud. I told her I would pay for a sample. She went into the

I mean MUD! I carefully pulled the top o and the kitchen and returned a few minutes later with a small

pungent odor of Oreo cookies hit me in the face. I plastic take out container with their secret sauce. I

had inadvertently grabbed the ground Oreo cookies handed her a $10. My husband laughed at my antics

that my daughters used for holiday baking and left in and said they probably use generic sauce from the

the freezer. I cleaned the pot, grabbed my keys and local supermarket. Probably, but I like to think not.

my bags that I am forever toting around with me for On a recent visit to Colorado, I was taken to Gas Sta-

no reason other than to be a pack mule, slipped into tion BBQ. It’s a BBQ joint in the back of an actual

my shoes which were in the dark garage and headed gas station. Probably the best I have had in a long

for the nearest Dunkin Donuts. When I arrived at time! My daughter was able to smuggle their sauce

work and hour and half later I was feeling pretty good in her check in bag when she ew in for the holidays.

about my morning, even after the Oreo co ee blend. She found it funny when she opened her bag upon

at was until one of my students screamed out in arrive and found a TSA yer stating that her bag was

front of the whole student body that I was wearing searched because of the sauce.

two di erent shoes. I looked down and it was true. I It’s been a crazy few months and now the calendar

had a blue suede shoe and a black leather one on. So is marked and Nacho Sunday is o cially on! I can’t

much for thinking I had woken up wide awake. wait to dig in and chill out.


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Thursday, January 16, 2020 OPINION North Salem News – Page 9


Do you know about WAZE? I signs and getting where male voice told me where “Maybe we can turn that o now,” Ken
didn’t. I found out about it when I need to be by trial and suggested.
I asked a friend for directions to error. I never felt like I JUST to go straight, make turns
her home in Heritage Hills. My sense needed a GPS system, JO ANN and even pointed out “Okay, I’ll give it a try.” No luck. It
of direction is dismal and I was certain I besides, there is always a hidden police cars and wanted to get me to New Jersey and there
would get lost within the maze. gas station where I could was no stopping it.
stop and get directions. JO ANN pot holes. THIS WAS
My friend wanted to make the trip easy FRANCELLA AMAZING! “Just turn o the volume,” said Ken.
for me, so she introduced me to WAZE e gas attendant always Oh good. I know how to do that. With
on my phone. I had seen the word but knows how to steer me Later that night I the volume turned o completely, we
was afraid to tap on it because I’m still in the right direction. continued our conversation about what
not comfortable with all the things my explained to Ken what color to paint the family room. Suddenly
new phone is capable of. When I tapped on the word, a full we heard, “In 950 feet, turn left.” And
screen road map appeared. I was asked I had learned about ten seconds later we heard, “ ere is a
“Oh, I didn’t even realize I had a GPS the address of my destination. It already pothole on your right in 120 feet.”
on my phone,” I declared. I had actually knew from where I was starting my trip. WAZE. We were visiting our daughter “I thought you turned o the sound?”
just recently learned what the letters GPS “I did. It must have a mind of its own.”
represented and just wanted to say GPS, is was all new to me as I am just an at her home in New Jersey the follow- I checked that the volume was turned o
like I knew what I was talking about. old-fashioned girl and have had to be and still it continued to direct us.
dragged kicking and screaming into the ing weekend and although we know how “I’m beginning to feel like we’re in a
If I’m sounding just plain dumb, I am 21st century more than once. horror movie where the cell phone is a
when it comes to technology. I’m the to get there, we still used WAZE just demonic entity trying to take us some-
very rst person to admit that technol- I entered the address of my destination where remote and sinister.”
ogy and I don’t get along. I know I could and the map came to life. A friendly fe- because it was new, exciting and fun. A WAZE continued speaking to us until
easily apply myself, spend hours playing we nally heard the words, “You have ar-
with my phone to learn all the wonderful Fun Facts quarter of the way into our hour and a rived at your destination.”
things it can do, but I simply don’t want by Jo Ann
to. For the last fty- ve years, I’ve been half trip, the cheery, helpful female voice [email protected]
used to getting directions, reading road
became annoying; and as we tried to carry

on a conversation, we were constantly be-

ing interrupted by voice telling us that in

1,045 feet we should turn left.

GPS stands for Global Positioning
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Wine and Wolves
On December 5, the Wolf Conservation Center celebrated 20 years of success in their mission of education and conservation
at their annual holiday fundraiser, Wine and Wolves. The event, held in the grand ballroom at Le Chateau in South Salem,
was a festive gathering where guests enjoyed exceptional hors d’oeuvres, wine, and cocktails, and shopped one-of-a-kind
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Susan Taylor and Karen Pasieka

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APAR escapes their clutches and the obligatory
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distinction of Lend Me a Tenor as LAUNCHING LAUGHS

the rst straight play (not a musi- With both Tito and Max dressed in

cal) in the dinner theater’s 45-year identical clown regalia, the audience is

history, it is doing something else for asked to accept that the other charac-

the rst time: not charging for the ters would readily mistake one for the

dinner portion of the meal-and-show other. And we do accept it, because it’s

package. You pay $57 a person for a farce, for goodness’ sake, not a reality

both. Quite a deal for a very tasty TV show. at visual gag becomes

meal. the fulcrum on which many a hearty

Mr. Ludwig’s farce fared very well laugh is launched in Act II. e rst

when it opened on Broadway run in act moves at a more purposeful pace, as

the late ‘80s, snaring several presti- Act I farce set-ups are wont to do.

gious awards. Since then, it’s been Running in circles around the twin

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North Salem split a pair of tournament games last week against John Jay and Bronvxille. Liz Squire (15.5 Anthony Foglia scored 10 points in North Salem’s loss on Wednesday,
points per game, 10 rebounds per game, 5 blocks per game) and Julia DeSanto (12.5 points per game) Jan. 8.
Girls basketball gets
1/6-1/12 come-from-behind

tourney win

Squire, DeSanto named All-Tournament

Don’t see your team’s results or statistics listed? Coaches, parents John Jay (Cross River). go. But the Broncos held on, improving their record to 7-2.
or players can send them to [email protected] North Salem entered the fourth quarter down 33-27. North Salem’s Liz Squire (12 points, 10 rebounds, 5
ey took the lead, 37-36, with just 3:27 to go. Up 40-36
Girls Basketball (6-5) blocks) and Julia DeSanto (11 points) were named All-
with 90 seconds to go, a board-crashing Megan Wright Tournament.
NORTH SALEM 55,WESTLAKE 51 caught the o ensive rebound and laid it up in one smooth
Monday, Jan. 6 (Westlake High School) motion, all but sealing a North Salem victory. In the consolation game of the tournament, John Jay de-
A dominant performance by senior co-captain Liz Squire feated Peekskill, 63-38. e tournament was sponsored by
Liz Squire continued to be a force on both o ense and the North Salem Booster Club, which also treated commu-
(26 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks) propelled the Tigers defense. Matching up with Cornell-bound Kendall Miller, a nity members to a pancake breakfast.
to a 4-point road victory over Westlake. 6-foot-2 forward, Squire put up 19 points, 11 rebounds and
5 blocks.Teammates Julia DeSanto (14 points) and Aman- UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Also contributing to the victory were seniors Julia DeSan- da Marano (9 points) also led the way for North Salem. North Salem was scheduled to begin league play at 4:30
to (12 points, 5 assists) and Leah Wright (9 points).
BRONXVILLE 42,NORTH SALEM 36 p.m. Tuesday ( Jan. 14) at Putnam Valley. e Tigers will
NORTH SALEM 47,JOHN JAY CROSS RIVER 40 Saturday, Jan. 11 (North Salem High School) match up with Valhalla for the third time this season at 6:15
Thursday, Jan. 9 (North Salem High School) North Salem met Bronxville in the championship game p.m. ursday ( Jan. 16), at the Kensico School. ey will
In the rst round of a four-team tournament at North wrap up their busy week at 11 a.m. Saturday ( Jan. 18), with
of their tournament. a home game against Rye Neck.
Salem High School,the Tigers scored a big win over visiting It was a back-and-forth a air for 32 minutes, with North
Salem cutting Bronxville’s lead to just 3 with 40 seconds to

Thursday, January 16, 2020 SPORTS North Salem News – Page 15

ROUNDUP Barrella, an eighth grader, Gergley (19 saves), in a 3-2 loss
placed second at the Hendrick to Monroe-Woodbury.

Boys Basketball Hudson Sailor Classic, falling by “Overall it was a very fast
pin (3:50) in the 99-pound nal paced game,” said BYSNS co-

(2-6) to Luca Duva of John Jay (Cross head coach Joey Bonitatibus.

River). “ e team played well but the

Senior Zach Lupinacci won few mistakes we made, they capi-

DOBBY FERRY 53, NORTH the 145-pound title, pinning talized on. I’m proud of the way

SALEM 38 Hen Hud’s Nicholas Cepeda in the team is starting to click.”

Wednesday, Jan. 8 (Dobbs the nals at 1:19. Rivera placed

Ferry High School) second at 220 pounds. Cole (160, UPCOMING SCHEDULE

North Salem dropped their fth), an eighth grader, and Mi- e BYSNS took on Harri-

fourth consecutive game with a chael Daly (132, sixth), a fresh- son on Monday ( Jan. 13) at Rye

15-point road loss to Dobbs Ferry. man, also placed. Playland.

e Tigers shot well from the “It was another good learning Indoor Track
oor (42 percent) but lost the experience for our young team,”

turnover battle, 15 to 8. Dobbs Somers coach Ron DiSanto said.

Ferry also made the most of their “Zach dominated all day, win- 38TH YALE

second-chance opportunities, ning all matches by pin. Rivera INTERSCHOLASTIC TRACK The girls distance medley relay team at Yale University
grabbing 11 o ensive rebounds and Barrella had very solid days. CLASSIC

to North Salem’s 4. Dom, Ryan and Daly all plac- Friday, Jan. 10 (Yale Univer-

Anthony Foglia led the Tigers ing as eighth-and ninth-graders sity, New Hampshire)

with 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-4 FT) made a statement that the youth Boys 4x400 (4:06.16, 10 of 11)

and 4 rebounds. Steven Herlihy of this team has a bright future.” • Nicholas DiGiacomo

(9 points, 3-3 FG), Shane Wal- e team placed ninth out of • Jake Greenberg

dron (7 points, 2-5 FG, 2-4 FT) 22 squads and had the fourth • Henry James

and Kevin Ryan (6 points, 3-4 best winning percentage. ey • Alexander Laqueur

FG) also had solid games. were without Kim and Gall, Girls Distance Medley Relay

who sat out to avoid exceeding (13:05.05, 4 of 12)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE the maximum number points a • Juliette Intrieri (1,200 meter)

North Salem opened league wrestler can total in a season. e • Katie Mogg (400 meter)

play Monday ( Jan. 13) at home limit is 20 points (two points for • Emma Litch eld (800 meter)

against Putnam Valley. ey were a tournament and one point for a • Ava Jolley (1,600 meter)

scheduled to travel to Bronxville dual meet).

on 6:15 p.m. Tuesday ( Jan. 14) SECTION I LEAGUE III C

and Edgemont at 11 a.m. Satur- UPCOMING SCHEDULE CHAMPIONSHIPS

day ( Jan. 18) Somers/North Salem were Sunday, Jan. 12 (Armory

Wrestling (2-3) scheduled to compete 4:30 p.m. Track, New York City) PHOTOS: TWITTER/@NS_TIGERS

Tuesday ( Jan. 14) at Walter Pa- e girls team nished in
nas, at 4:30 p.m. ursday ( Jan. fourth place out of seven Section The boys 4x400 relay team at Yale University

YORKTOWN 49, SOMERS/ 16) at Pawling, and at 9 a.m. Sat- 1 League III-C teams. e boys

NORTH SALEM 33 urday ( Jan. 18) at the Westches- team nished in seventh place. 26) Karlie Dell, 9.56 Boys 1,000 Meters

Wednesday, Jan. 8 ter City Championships (Yon- Boys 55 Meters (Prelims) 28) Nicole Federice, 10.00 7) Jake Greenberg, 3:02.98

Dominic Barrella (North Sa- kers High School). 23) Robert Moia, 7.87 Girls 55 Meters (Finals) 12) Matt Renda, 3:11.73

lem) picked up a win by pin at 99 Hockey (4-7) Girls 55 Meters (Prelims) 6) Katie Mogg, 7.97 13) William Armbruster,
pounds in Somers/North Salem’s 6) Katie Mogg, 7.98 3:11.97
49-33 loss to host Yorktown. Girls 3,000 Meters
23) Laura Lazri, 9.00 1) Juliette Intrieri, 11:07.31 SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 16

Also earning wins were Ryan MONROE WOODBURY 3,

Cole (160, pin), Peter Kim (170, BYSNS 2

pin), A.J. D’Orazio (182, deci- Friday, Jan. 10 (Ice Time

sion), Mike Rivera (220, pin) and Sports Complex, Newburgh)

omas Gall (285, pin). e BYSNS were led by Cal-

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Swimming laps
for wild cats
Club Fit swimmers raise money for Panthera

SPORTS EDITOR Last year, the team raised money for
Alan Rabinowitz, co-founder of Panthera, died in 2018.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, nearly 80 two organizations: Sparrow’s Nest and
swimmers from Club Fit Je erson Valley Panthera, the latter of which received an is year’s Swim-a- on at Club Fit toward the production of a documentary.
hit the water and raised money for Pan- unprecedented $16,000. Je erson Valley will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations can also be made directly to
thera, a charity organization dedicated to All money raised for Panthera will be put Panthera’s website.
the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat “Normally we raise about $5,000,” said
species and their ecosystems. Kerri Going-Balbino, head USA swim
coach at Club Fit Je erson Valley.
e organization was co-founded by
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, a Mahopac resident Before the Swim-a- on, team mem-
who died in 2018. His daughter, Alana, a bers collect donations from family and
Mahopac High School senior, is on the friends—either a lump sum or per lap. In
Club Fit team. 2019, one generous donor pledged $20 per
lap to a swimmer who ended up swim-
Every year for the past decade, the team ming 216 laps, or 4 miles ($4,320), during
has held a Swim-a- on, where the team’s the three-hour event. In total last year, the
swimmers, aged 7-18, swim laps and raise team swam 108 miles.
money for a charity organization. Past
charities include St. Jude’s Children’s “ ey (the swimmers) think it’s impor-
Research Hospital, Sparrow’s Nest, and tant to give back to the community and it’s
a great night,” Going-Balbino said. “It’s
just a great event all around.”

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Protecting assets when you need long-term care

Many of our clients believe that because his mother (a widow) had GUEST nursing home of 19.78 months. a crisis plan would be necessary
because of their age and circum- $500,000 in non-IRA/retirement CORNER us, the Medicaid applicant would for an asset-owning applicant for
stance that it is too late for them to savings she needed to pay the nursing home Medicaid, it would
protect their assets from the cost of nursing home privately (“spend- ANTHONY J. have to privately pay for nursing not be necessary if Medicaid
long-term care. While it is always down”) until she had no more ENEA home care for 19.78 months. ose home care was a viable option.
better to start the process when one than $14,000 in savings. (Presently payments will be made by using the
is younger and in good health, it is the amount would be $15,750.) promissory note or annuity must applicant’s monthly income, such us, as can be seen from the
never too late to do the planning. comply with the requirements as social security and/or pension, above, it is never too late to engage
To the dismay of my colleague, of the De cit Reduction Act of required minimum distribution in Medicaid and long-term care
It is not unusual for clients his mother’s situation was a classic 2005 (DRA). e transfer is a along with payment required by the planning. e implementation
who are in their 80s and 90s to example of a case requiring the loan that will be repaid during the promissory note being repaid to the of a Medicaid crisis plan, when
engage in long-term care plan- implementation of a Medicaid crisis period of ineligibility for Medicaid applicant. possible, is an extremely valuable
ning by transferring their assets plan. If and when a single individual described below. tool in helping to prevent the un-
to a Medicaid Asset Protection (no spouse, divorced or widowed) is calculation requires a necessary dissipation of all of one’s
Trust to start the clock running on needs to enter a nursing home for Once the gift and loan are made variety of factors to be considered, life savings in the event nursing
the ve-year lookback period for long-term care, and he or she has and the applicant has no other non- such 3 as the private pay cost of home care is required. However, if
nursing home Medicaid eligibil- assets or resources that are sig- retirement assets in his or her name, the nursing home, the monthly one has engaged in Medicaid asset
ity. Doing so does not impact the ni cantly greater than the amount the application for nursing home income of the applicant and an protection planning in advance of
client’s eligibility for home care permitted for Medicaid nursing Medicaid is led. Because a gift actuarial calculation of the promis- needing nursing home care, the
Medicaid (which does not have a home eligibility ($15,750 for 2020), (uncompensated transfer) has been sory note and/or annuity payment ability to shelter and protect virtu-
look back period). the implementation of a Medicaid made, the application will be denied to be made during the period of ally all of one’s life savings from
crisis plan is often the most logical by Medicaid and Medicaid will ineligibility for Medicaid. e the cost of care is even more likely.
In fact, one can be a nursing and prudent option available. calculate the period of ineligibility amount paid to the nursing home Planning well in advance of need-
home resident and still be able to created based on the dollar value of must always be less than the nurs- ing care is the best course of action.
protect approximately 45 to 50 In the simplest of terms, a crisis the gift. For example, if the appli- ing home’s private pay rate, pursu-
percent of one’s assets by imple- plan is a plan wherein, immediate- cant has $500,000 of resources and ant to Medicaid regulations. Anthony Enea, Esq. is a member
menting a Medicaid crisis plan. ly prior to the ling of a Medicaid makes a gift of $250,000, in West- of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano,
nursing home application, ap- chester County, said gift, utilizing Once the ineligibility period LLP with o ces in White Plains
Several years ago, after com- proximately 40 to 50 percent of the divisor of $12,636 per month imposed by Medicaid has ex- and Somers. He is a past chair of
pleting a presentation for a local one’s assets are gifted to children (the Medicaid regional nursing pired, the Medicaid application is the Elder Law and Special Section
bar association, a fellow attorney and/or other loved ones. At the home rate for 2019, as the North- brought up to date and resubmit- of NYSBA and past president and
approached me and recounted same time, the balance of one’s ern Metropolitan region for 2020 ted, and the applicant should then Founding Member of the New York
a conversation he had with a assets are transferred to the same has not yet issued), would create a be approved for nursing home Chapter of NAELA. He is a member
member of the Board of Directors children and/or loved ones in con- period of ineligibility for Medicaid Medicaid. If the potential appli- of the Counsel of Advanced Elder
for the nursing home where his sideration of a special promissory cant is married, a crisis plan is not Law Practitioners of the National
mother was admitted (the fellow note or annuity agreement signed utilized as a Medicaid application Academy of Elder Law attorneys. His
attorney was also a member of the by the children or others in favor with spousal refusal is normally telephone number is 914-948-1500.
Board for the nursing home). It of the Medicaid applicant. e the best option.
was explained to the attorney that
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