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The Somers Record 04.01.21

Vol. 10 No. 50 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, April 1, 2021

Somers schools to receive Happy Easter from everyone at
American Rescue Plan funds e Somers Record! Check out
our photos from the Annual West
BY CAROL REIF of enough space to comply with federal According to Maloney’s estimates, Somers Park Easter Egg Hunt on
STAFF WRITER social-distancing recommendations. But Somers could get $426,000; North Sa- page 18, and send in your own pic-
what it can do is give schools enough lem, $717,000; Yorktown, $835,000; tures of Easter fun to [email protected]
Somers educators are looking forward money to pay for costly initiatives, such Katonah-Lewisboro, $587,000; and We might feature
to the arrival of the school district’s share as small-group tutoring and extending Mahopac, $1,169,000. them in next week’s issue!
of federal relief funds aimed at support- the school day or even year, they say.
ing the safe reopening and operation of All told, Westchester schools are re-
schools across the nation. e $1.9 trillion American Rescue portedly in line to receive more than
Plan Act was signed into law on March $2.5 billion.
However,they’re not making out their 11. Part of it, the Elementary and Sec-
shopping list until the 2021-2022 state ondary School Emergency Relief (ESS- State education agencies must dis-
budget is in the bag.As of Friday,March ER) fund, provides about $122.8 billion tribute the money within 60 days after
26, Somers had not yet received any for- directly to K-12 education. e monies receiving it, Maloney said. However, ac-
mal noti cation from the state Educa- are allocated based on each school dis- cording to the U.S.Department of Edu-
tion Department, said Assistant Super- trict’s proportion of funding they receive cation, school districts will have until
intendent of Business Chris Platania. through Title 1 of the federal Every Stu- October 2024 to allocate funding from
dent Succeeds Act. the bill.
“We expect more information once
the state budget is nalized,” he said. e new legislation also includes $3 e money can be used to ll budget
“Certainly any additional funds for the billion for special education, $2.75 bil- gaps, address learning time losses, meet
district would be welcome.” lion for private schools and additional the needs of disabled or homeless stu-
funding for homeless children and dents and provide summer and after-
e state spending plan is due urs- youth. Also of interest to state budget school programs.
day, April 1, and as of press time, sev- watchers is the fate of foundation aid,
eral issues, including education funding, a key funding source for public schools. “Our schools have been on the front
were still being discussed in Albany.One lines of the pandemic, and it’s only be-
of President Joe Biden’s goals for his rst On Tuesday,March 23,Congressman cause of the heroic e orts of our teach-
100 days in o ce is to get the major- Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat rep- ers, our school boards, and our superin-
ity of K-12 schools open for in-person resenting state District 18, announced tendents that our kids have been able
learning and to equitably expand oppor- that more than $200 million in ESSER to continue their education during this
tunities for disadvantaged students. funds had been earmarked for schools very di cult period,” Maloney said.
in his constituency, which spans West- “We’re going to get our kids safely back
Educators acknowledge that the chester, Putnam, Dutchess and Orange in school and back on track.”
money will help, but it’s unlikely to wipe counties and includes Somers, North
out all of the challenges that have kept Salem, Lewisboro, Mahopac and part of e U.S. Department of Education
schools from fully opening, including Yorktown. had expected to make the relief funds
lingering fears among families and lack available to state education agencies by
the end of March.


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Thursday, April 1, 2021 The Somers Record – Page 3

Your Neighbor

John Lissauer: A legendary musician living in Somers

Produced Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’; works with local school districts

BY NICK TRUJILLO collection of antique books while came in 1995. “I started with my

STAFF WRITER Lissauer and a couple friends were son and then realized that you can’t

still at the house. teach your own kid,” he said. Lis-

Across from Lasdon Park, the “If they had a cellphone in those sauer passed o his sons’ lessons

Katonah Mill Studio is hidden days, they would’ve had me arrest- to a trusted friend but kept with

behind an automatic gate and a ed,”he said. teaching clarinet and saxophone

thick set of shrubs. e historic Upon seeing that Lissauer had lessons to local music students.

property—which has a Katonah taken care of the books and had “I never thought I could teach

mailing address but is located in began to x the property, she of- but it just fell in my lap with these

the town of Somers—is home to fered it to him for a reduced price inspiring students,”Lissauer said.

John Lissauer, a legendary musi- under the promise that he would He keeps himself to eight stu-

cian and composer who has called restore the original buildings. He dents or less due to the time con-

Westchester home for more than has lived there since and kept his straints of his recording schedule.

40 years. promise. Lissauer has taught some of the

Lissauer has produced, com- e property now features four best woodwind players in the area

posed, arranged, and performed barns that were rebuilt by Lissauer. that are brought to him through

on countless recordings through- Two of the barns were turned into his connections to the local school

out his life. His career has spanned the Katonah Mill Studio. Lissauer music programs.

from helping Leonard Cohen said he knew nothing about car- “I found out that I was pretty

write “Hallelujah” (which was in- pentry but learned over time as he good at it because I was coming at

ducted into the Grammy Hall of continued to rebuild the property it from the real point of view,” Lis-

Fame in 2019), to arranging and into a livable home and small farm. sauer said.“A lot of teachers are just

conducting songs for Bette Midler Lissauer relocated his studio teachers; they never did anything

and Whitney Houston, to making from Manhattan to his Westches- but teach. All I ever did was play

music for the soundtracks of mov- ter home when the area received and perform and record.”

ies such as “Se7en,” “Watchmen,” broadband internet connection in Lissauer teaches high school John Lissauer inside of
and “Pokemon: e First Movie.” 1996. His son went through the and college students because “the his Katonah Mill studio.

ese achievements only begin to Somers school system and was enthusiasm is infectious,” he said. PHOTO: NICK TRUJILLO

scratch the surface of what he has involved in the music program, “Plus, they’re open minded to

accomplished during his career. which led to him befriending the stu so I can be wacky. We can try

Lissauer moved to Somers in band directors in the district. wacky things.”

1977, buying the house where fa- By eliminating his daily com- When Lissauer battled throat he did was with Chetcuti, per- Lissauer limits himself to a small

mous Broadway composer and mute to Manhattan, Lissauer cancer nine years ago that required forming a variety of woodwind in- number of performances.“ ree or

“My Fair Lady” writer, Frederick found he saved about 15 hours a surgery to remove glands and sever struments in the pit for the Somers four shows a year is the most I can

Loewe, used to live. e property week, time he could now spend nerves from his tongue and throat, High School musical. stand,” he said. “It’s good for me

dates to the 1800s and at one point teaching local musicians. He was his students and his lessons helped e music directors from Put- because it makes me play.”

was home to the largest farm in the encouraged to teach lessons by him relearn something that had nam Valley and Horace Greeley Lissauer’s woodwind expertise

area, ranging 350 acres according his friend Steven Chetcuti, former come naturally his entire life: how attended the show and got in con- allows him to play a variety of in-

to Lissauer. Somers Middle School band di- to play his instrument. tact with Lissauer after hearing struments during these shows,such

When he rst purchased the rector. “ e students helped me tre- his performance. His connections as the ute, piccolo and di erent

property, it was overgrown and had Lissauer’s rst experience with mendously because we experi- to school music programs spread types of clarinets and saxophones.

not been lived on for over a decade. teaching did not last long. e op- mented together,” Lissauer said. across Westchester once he started “A lot of these things I don’t play

e barns were torn apart and the portunity came after he graduated ey helped him gure out what playing in school shows annually. regularly,” he said. “It forces me to

house was empty. from Yale in 1971. His alma mater Lissauer needed to do with his Lissauer plays with the band practice the instruments I don’t live

“ ey were going to bulldoze hired him to be a music composi- mouth and throat to regain the and theater programs in the school on.”

the whole place,”Lissauer said. tion professor, but Lissauer found ability to create sound in a wood- districts of Somers, Putnam Valley, Due to COVID-19 cancelling

e purchase of the house came he could not answer his students’ wind instrument. “ ey literally Yorktown, Katonah-Lewisboro, all concerts and shows for the year,

under unusual circumstances. Lis- questions on where his ideas would saved my playing.” and Fox Lane. He plays less fre- Lissauer has been unable to per-

sauer toured the property formally come from and quickly left teach- His connection to local music quently with the Horace Greeley, form and has taught lessons less

but stayed there on weekends to ing behind to focus on his studio students and the Somers schools Hendrick Hudson, Peekskill, and frequently. He plans on having the

party with his friends from the city. work in Manhattan as a session got him involved with performing Armonk districts. same involvement in the local mu-

One morning, the owner of the piano player and record producer. in band and theater shows in the e shows usually come dur- sic scene once the pandemic has

property showed up to pick up her His second attempt at teaching local school districts. e rst show ing the same month-long span, so passed.


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The Staff Scholarship established to Employee
honor James Farina brings suit
TOM WALOGORSKY BY CAROL REIF to make golf clubs and had plans walked around with a cheery against
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 STAFF WRITER for setting up his own home disposition and a smile on his Heritage
[email protected] shop, she said. face.”
A scholarship fund has been Hills
ADVERTISING TEAM set up in honor of James J. Fa- Scholarships will be given to “Whenever I would see James
PAUL FORHAN rina  IV, a Somers High School seniors who have earned a mini- in the hallway, he would always BY CAROL REIF
senior who passed away in Feb- mum grade point average of 80 go out of his way to say hel- STAFF WRITER
(914) 806-3951 ruary. and who are either a “scoring lo.  at’s the kind of student he
[email protected] member” of the high school’s was–respectful and polite,”Bayer A cancer-stricken o ce manag-
Farina, 17, was an avid golfer varsity golf team or who are recalled. er has sued Heritage Hills, claim-
BRUCE HELLER who worked as a caddy at two pursuing an art major or minor ing that the Somers condominium
(914) 486-7608 country clubs. He also had a after graduation, “having com- e Farina family has also development demoted her because
[email protected] great passion for art, especially pleted Studio Art and at least asked others to remember James of her illness.
anime drawings and sculpture. two other art classes at Somers by donating food or money to St.
LISA KAIN High School,” SHS Principal Luke’s Food Pantry in his name. According to Brewster resident
(201) 317-1139 To date, $18,000 has been Mark Bayer said. For more information about the Mary Lou Martelli, the move last
[email protected] raised, according to Farina fam- pantry, call 914-277-3122.  year also stripped her of vital ben-
CORINNE STANTON ily friend Helen Mahood. Farina’s family and friends e ts, including employee-provided
(914) 760-7009 wanted to recognize students Farina is survived by his par- health insurance. e lawsuit, led
[email protected] Farina loved playing golf with who shared his passions, Bayer ents, James and Eileen  Farina; Tuesday, March 16, in U.S. Dis-
his dad, said Mahood: “It was said Friday, March 26, adding: his sisters Grace and Claudia trict Court in White Plains, cites
JAY GUSSAK their thing.” e mechanically “James was a quiet student, but the Employee Retirement Income
(914) 299-4541 inclined teen also learned how SEE FARINA PAGE 30 Security Act and New York State
[email protected] Human Rights Law.
JENNIFER CONNELLY See Our Dolphin Robotic
(917) 446-7757 Vacuums! Named in the complaint were
[email protected] Heritage Hills Society and the
SHELLEY KILCOYNE We Carry A Complete Line of president of its board of directors,
(914) 924-9122 BioGuard Pool Treatments Dom Rubino, and Heritage Man-
[email protected] agement Services and property
GABRIELLE BILIK Holiday manager John Milligan.
[email protected] e Society, a nonpro t, manag-
ANY FRIDAY es Heritage Hills’s recreation areas,
PRODUCTION TEAM in March & April, 2021 including the activity center, pools
Complimentary You’ be Obse ed
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Reached for comment last week,
PHOTOGRAPHER BLOW DRY You’ stare at these tones a day Rubino released the following
with Color Service & Haircut statement: “Heritage Hills Society
[email protected] is an equal opportunity employer
CHRISTINA ROSE The Hair Wharf and the Society rmly denies the
ART DIRECTOR/ validity of these claims which are
Social distancing remains our #1 priority for all our clients. without merit and are not factu-
DIGITAL PRODUCTION MANAGER ally based. Additionally, we look
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845-208-8151 Because of the pending litiga-
tion, Rubino said ursday, March
[email protected] 25, he was unable to comment fur-
Jennifer B. Courtain of the New
THE SOMERS RECORD DEADLINE York City law rm Jackson Lewis,
THE DEADLINE FOR ADVERTISEMENTS which is representing Heritage
Hills, called the allegations on
AND EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS FOR Monday, March 29, “unsubstanti-
ated” and said “the legal process is
All the Heritage Hills defen-
FOR MORE INFORMATION, dants “vehemently deny the allega-
CALL TOM WALOGORSKYR AT tions and contend they fully com-
914-302-5830 OR EMAIL plied with their legal obligations,”
[email protected] she said, adding that they “look
forward to being able to participate
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facts will come out and in which
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Thursday, April 1, 2021 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 13

Music Spin for April

I’m thrilled to be writing this new monthly col- pening and planned events to share with you. Be-
umn for Halston Media, and I look forward to low is a list of the music schedules uncovered, and
getting to know more of you. 2020 was o to comments where appropriate.

a great start with comedy and music performances If you have a space for live music, or would like

when Covid 19 put us all on pause. my help preparing for it, please send an email to

I began in the music business as a venue [email protected] I’m looking forward to

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sharing the details in this monthly
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Downhill from here

MAN possible injury before you even fob in the rst place? Some au- they don’t have to listen to that puddle of water, relentless in the
OVERBOARD mount the bike. Mine has six tomobile executive somewhere damn beeping anymore. “And inexorable march of the cycle of
straps that are supposed to thought it would be a great idea do yourself a favor and hit the life. eir ceaseless song seems
RICK attach to di erent sides of the for people to be able to alert the gym, because those pants are to say to their mate, “We’ve
MELÉN car’s liftgate. Once you’ve lifted authorities if a crime were to be cutting o your circulation.” got to get the hell out of here,
the liftgate and it’s now parallel committed near my car. “Help! this place is going to evapo-
There’s nothing nicer to the ground, you reach up and Someone is trying to steal my e bike ride would be a rate in two days, max.” Further
than taking a bicycle lay the bike rack on it, attach- Dodge Dart!” I shout, and great time to stop and smell the down the trail a snapping turtle
ride on a warm March ing the straps to the top. When several alert citizens who live roses, but everything is still kind sunned itself on a log, casually
day, because with the leaves o you close the gate to attach the in the area respond, helping the of dead. Nature is starting to
the trees the sun hits you from sides, the top is no longer still thieves make o with my car so work its spring magic though, SEE MELEN PAGE 21
everywhere, and you can invade attached and the whole thing and frogs are croaking in a small
peoples’ privacy by looking in falls on your foot. If you try
their windows from miles away. to clip it to the bottom rst,
First, you should make sure you the laws of gravity will teach
are well prepared for the trip. you what you failed to learn in
We took along a couple bottles physics class, and it falls on your
of water, because the electric other foot. It’s at least a two
blender, limes, package of salt man operation, and unlike my
and margarita glasses did not last meeting at work, it might

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bring my own camera instead pulling in opposite directions.
of just using my phone, in case
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that I’m someone who never either gained ten pounds during
runs out of air, but you never covid quarantine, or my pants
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were a little tight and the key
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the car alarm every time I bent
over. Can someone explain why
there is a car alarm on my key

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 OPINION The Somers Record – Page 15

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READING, one else in the audience that e Boogeyman, or Bogey- of mist can be seen rising from Shades of Death Road.
WRITING & night, when the hand came up man, was described in the 1500s the water.
CHOCOLATE from the grave at the end of the in England as a hobgoblin that Kim Kovach has nightmares if
movie! tormented humans or played Also known as “ e Great she eats dark chocolate after 2 p.m.
KIM pranks. Other countries created Meadows Fog,” this marshy
KOVACH Why do people like to be tales with references to a goblin swampland was feared by locals
scared? Stories, books, and who rises at night from a swamp for the annual malaria outbreaks
Iam not a fan of horror mov- movies have been scaring the or bog. Over time, tales of the starting in 1850. Since malaria
ies or horror books. As a pants o of humans for literally Boogeyman made their way to is carried by mosquitoes,
child, I recall watching the hundreds of years. In Germany, America. In Southern states, residents dreaded the hot
black and white 1930s movies of brothers Jacob and Wilhelm the word “booger” referred to a summer months living
“Frankenstein” and “Dracula” on Grimm popularized the idea of demon or ghost. near the swampland
the TV set in our living room. telling and reading scary stories since they often lost
After my family watched Alfred to children. First published in I was surprised to learn that friends and family
Hitchcock’s classic, “ e Birds” 1812, the collected stories known the famous Spanish painter, members to the disease
on TV, I walked upstairs to my as “Children’s and Household Francisco Goya, painted a each year.
bedroom and screamed when I Tales” presented dark tales of frightening scene in 1797 with
saw what appeared to be a small children lost in the woods, the title, “Que Viene el Coco” Local lore suggests
brown bird coming out from goblins, ghosts, witches, and translated as “Here Comes the that a series of mur-
underneath the linen closet door. evil stepmothers. Two hundred Boogeyman.” e haunting ders also took place in
It turned out to be one of my years ago, parents read “Hansel image is of children cowering the vicinity in the
brother’s socks. and Gretel” or “ e Robber in fear in their mother’s arms 1920s. In more re-
Bridegroom” as they tucked their as a cloaked gure approaches. cent times, reports
As a teen, I remember watch- young children into bed at night. Again, try sleeping after seeing of paranormal
ing late night scary movies on Try falling asleep after that! that! activity include
Chiller eater. I also remember claims of
watching “ e Exorcist” in a e scary creature known as If the Boogeyman appears out seeing dead
rundown movie theater out on the Boogeyman is referenced in of the fog and mists, he might be people
Long Island. I never paid good stories around the world. From spotted somewhere near Shades walking
money to watch Texas Chainsaw Eastern Europe to the Brit- of Death Road in Warren along
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Westchester County celebrates
first WOW Awards

Westchester County Execu- Healing Hands: Highlighting guidance. and Urban A airs said: “West- David Lever
tive George Latimer joined the Health and Wellness. Winner: Ida Silver Wiggins chester County is delighted to rec- joins ACLD
celebration of Women’s His- ognize these outstanding women,
tory Month at the County’s First Winner: Nubia Earth Martin (Peekskill) not just as women but as leaders board
WOW Awards. and role models. For too long,
(Yonkers) Not Business as Usual: Fea- women have been denied equal e Board of Trustees of Adults
Seven county women, nomi- turing an outstanding business- treatment and have not been given and Children with Learning and
nated by their peers in their com- The Next Generation: Spot- woman or entrepreneur their due. It’s so rewarding to be Developmental Disabilities, Inc.
munity, were honored for their lighting a woman working with part of an administration that ap- (ACLD) recently appointed Da-
extraordinary work during the children in education or child- Winner: Melissa Manice preciates and promotes the value vid B. Lever to its Board. ACLD
pandemic and beyond. care of women and all people regard- is one of the largest not-for-pro t
(Larchmont) less of gender, race, religion, age or providers of support and services
County Executive George Winner: Frances-Ann Lightsy background.” in Nassau and Su olk Counties in
Latimer said: “Women are the Young Woman of Westches- New York,supporting children and
keystone of our community and (Mount Vernon) ter, a special award honoring a   Robi Schla , Director of the adults with autism, intellectual and
society as a whole. Without their teenager in Westchester County Westchester County O ce for other developmental disabilities,
leadership, the next generation Women Supporting Women: for go above and beyond in their Women said: “ e 2021 WOW and their families.
would not have the drive and Showcasing a local woman who community. celebration of women brought to
ambition we see today. ese ex- continues to lift others. our attention, the many stars that David B. Lever is a founding
ceptional honorees have shown Winner: Joyce Lu (Hastings) shine in Westchester County. e partner at Lever & Ecker, PLLC,
compassion, faith and persever- Winner: Mariana Alonso-Jusa- number of women nominated for a boutique personal injury law rm
ance during one of the most trying e nomination process took extending themselves to those that is based in White Plains, New
times in our lives.” faj (New Rochelle) York. David, a sibling of a person
place last month and more than SEE AWARDS PAGE 33 supported in an ACLD group
Awards were handed out in the Charity Begins at Home: residence, focuses on advocating
following categories: Identifying women helping the 150 nominations were submit- for the legal rights of accident vic-
community with basic needs tims who were seriously injured
like housing or food. ted from all over the county and through no fault of their own. e
Somers resident views his increas-
Winner: Donna Brown (Tuck- judged by a committee made up ing involvement in ACLD as a
way of honoring his family’s legacy
ahoe) of members of the County Execu- of supporting an organization that
has helped his brother and many
Keeping the Faith: For wom- tive’s Administrative Team. others to thrive and live a life lled
en who have provided spiritual with meaning and dignity.
  Crystal Collins, the County’s
“I am personally and deeply
Director of Faith Based Initiatives honored to be given the opportu-
nity to assist Adults and Children
My Front DooCOrNTEST! with Learning and Developmental
Disabilities, Inc. in its future en-
In some cultures, the Show us deavors,” said David Lever, found-
front door is considered ing partner at Lever & Ecker,
the colors PLLC.“ e work that ACLD has
the key in welcoming done over the past 64 years is be-
positive energy. of your yond impressive. I look forward to
working with my board colleagues
In Feng Shui, the chi front door... in continuing to move their im-
(the life force energy) and show us your portant mission ahead, providing
is invited through the creativity in decorating further opportunities for children
front door. We want to your front entrance. and adults with autism, learning
invite our communities Be it farmhouse chic or and developmental disabilities to
rustic country, we pursue enviable lives.”
to participate in want to see it all!
Halston Media’s In addition to his private prac-
tice, David serves on the Executive
inaugural Board of the Justice Brandeis Law
Society for the 9th Judicial District
My Front Door and is supportive of numerous oth-
er causes for change.
“We are thrilled to have David
• B. Lever, founding partner at Le-
ver & Ecker, PLLC join our Board
We want to see how Get Creative! One family from each of Trustees. We know that his le-
people in our towns are of the Halston Media gal background and dedication to
decorating their front helping people with disabilities
newspaper towns lead more independent lives will be
doors and their front (Yorktown, Mahopac, a great asset to the future of our or-
entrance this season. ganization,” said Joseph J. Ortego,
Somers, Katonah/ President of the ACLD Board of
We want to inspire Lewisboro and Trustees.
and be inspired by the North Salem)
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The spirit of Somers

The Somers Highway
Department showing some
Tusker Pride by hanging
a Booster Club banner on
Route 139.


ARENA Bennett told e New York Times last the full scope of nursing homes deaths due mittee,announced that the law rm of Davis
month that the governor had talked to to COVID-19. at charge devolved into Polk & Wardwell LLP had been hired to as-
FROM PAGE 6 her about being lonely during the pan- complaints of workplace bullying and then sist the committee in its investigation, which
demic and alleged he asked her numerous allegations of sexual harassment. drew protest from Bennett’s attorney due to
BACKGROUND personal questions, including whether she the rm’s possible connections to Cuomo.
thought age made a di erence in romantic President Joe Biden has declined to say
Bennett, one of Cuomo’s alleged sexual relationships. She added that while Cuomo whether he thinks Cuomo should resign, Meanwhile, in a Quinnipiac University
harassment victims, was a campaign volun- had never tried to touch her, she felt he was noting the investigation is ongoing and “we poll released on ursday, March 18, 49
teer for Covill in 2017. e following year, propositioning her for sex and the ques- should see what it brings us.” e proceed- percent of voters said Cuomo should not
she was an intern in Washington, D.C. tions made her feel very uncomfortable. ings are expected to be far-reaching and to resign while 43 percent thought he should.
From 2019 to 2020, she worked for Cuomo take months to wrap up.
as a special assistant, an executive assistant Former Cuomo aide Lindsay Boylan e poll was conducted March 16-17.
and a policy adviser. had made similar allegations in 2020. Since Last month, Senate Majority Leader “ ough some of his fellow Democrats
then, multiple women have come forward Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gilli- are clearly ready to usher him out the door
A former member of the Katonah-Bed- with accusations of harassment or inappro- brand became two of the most prominent of the Executive Mansion and point him
ford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, priate behavior. Democratic lawmakers so far to call on the toward the ruway, the vast majority of
Bennett has a history of volunteering for three-term governor to quit. the party sees a next step as necessary. ey
women’s rights and health organizations. Cuomo’s actions have come under great- want a full investigation before deciding
While in college, she founded a task force er scrutiny as a result of accusations that On ursday, March 18, state Assembly whether Cuomo should resign,”said Quin-
on sexual misconduct and assault. his administration deliberately obscured Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman nipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy.
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Contact Us FARINA (Weathers); and eight cousins. To contribute to the scholar-
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VOTED aunts Melissa  Farina, Kristina April 30. ey are expected to be of the check, write James Farina

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Now Accepting New Patients HILLS was again meeting in person, the time position. Her leave of absence

We Are In-Network With MetLife, Delta Dental, FROM PAGE 4 suit states. was extended to February.
United HealthCare, Cigna PPO, and Ameritas PPO,
Martelli, who is being repre- However, Heritage Hills told
and We Accept Other Insurances
Martelli’s job duties included sented by Howard Schragin of Martelli she couldn’t work remote-
supporting the Society’s board of the White Plains law rm Sapir ly because she needed to physically
380 Route 202 at Junction of 116
(across from Heritage Hills) directors and residents, answer- Schragin, said Rubino also in- be in the activities center to deal ing questions from visitors and formed her that her health cover- with residents in person, her law-

musical vocal group handling the mail and billing. She age would expire by the end of the suit says.

playing an eclec�c mix of favorites, old and new has worked for Heritage Hills for month and that she needed to take Martelli,who returned to the of-

[email protected] 914-248-5135 16 years. On March 20, 2020, she out COBRA insurance. On Oct. ce March 3, claims that she saw

join Lauren, Colleen and Rick and bring a li�le began working remotely when 21, Martelli provided a doctor’s only two residents during her rst
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that forms in plasma cells.She took ing to do with the current corona- baby gate for her o ce door; signs

an unpaid leave of absence through virus crisis.” to ensure social distancing and

October 2020 while undergoing She attributed those circum- mask-wearing, and to requiring of-

treatment and had hoped to return stances, the complaint says, to “bias ce visits be by appointment only.

to work in November, the lawsuit against her because of her disabil- e PPE and signs were “al-

says. In the interim, however, Mar- ity and perceived health insurance ready in place,”but her requests for

telli had to be hospitalized twice costs.” a baby gate and appointment-only

with pneumonia and have surgery Martelli claims she had been visits weren’t granted, the com-

on a cancer-weakened leg. told earlier that the changes were plaint claims.

According to the lawsuit, Ru- “due to COVID-19, which would However, Heritage Hills o ered

bino sent a letter to Martelli on have enabled her to receive unem- to install a doorbell to announce

Oct. 9 stating that because of the ployment insurance bene ts.” e visitors, a plastic shield around

“nature and importance of (her) complaint also states that she was Martelli’s desk and oor markers

position,” Heritage Hills could not shown a job description “in her indicating “proper social distanc-

grant her an “extended, inde nite new role which was almost exactly ing.”

leave.” He asked her to con rm the same as her former role with e lawsuit states that once

her anticipated return to work and the exception of a new title, lower Martelli returned to work, she en-

for a doctor’s note by Oct. 19, the pay, and part-time status.” e countered a “toxic work environ-

suit claims. But Martelli contends hours were cut to 20 a week.To get ment” that included changing her

she never saw the letter because health insurance, she would have hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to 8:30

she was in the hospital at the time. to work at least 30 hours a week, 2 p.m.,the complaint states.

On Oct. 20, Rubino sent another Martelli said. Martelli also claims that she had

note, explaining that working from Because she needed the money once been unable to get into her

home was not an option because and a way to provide “some nor- own o ce “because it was locked

the activities center had opened to malcy”in her daily routine,Martel- and she did not have access.”

residents and the Society’s board li decided to accept the new part- She is also alleging age discrimi-

nation and has led a complaint

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CLUES ACROSS 25. One point east of due 51. Upset 14. What students receive
1. One who manufactures south 52. 1991 men’s Wimbledon 17. Semitic peoples
6. Science degree 28. Businessmen may have champ 20. Beats per minute
9. Database management one 54. Central Chinese province 21. Family of drugs
system 29. Grass part 56. Predisposition 23. Atrocious
13. Desert 31. Running back Gurley 60. A notice of someone’s 25. Type of microscope
14. Inventor Musk 33. Unwavering death (abbr.)
15. Welsh valley 36. Options 61. One-time Kentucky Rep. 26. __ or bust
16. Round Dutch cheese 38. Annoy 62. Swiss river 27. Icelandic poems
17. Saying 39. Greek mountain 63. Dried-up 29. A citizen of Pakistan
18. Comedian and TV host 41. Pastas 64. Finger millet 30. Very pale
19. Uppermost portions of 44. Fishes 65. __ Allan Poe 32. Metric linear unit
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Page 32 – The Somers Record LEGAL NOTICES Thursday, April 1, 2021

Notice of Formation of Olde York Notice of Formation of Lena BOARD OF EDUCATION
Pictures, LLC. Articles of Family Realty LLC. Articles of Somers Central School District
Organization filed with Secretary Organization filed with Secretary Lincolndale, NY
1/15/2021. Office location: 1/28/2021. Office location: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: 
Westchester County. SSNY Westchester County. SSNY The Board of Education, Somers Central School District, will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday, May 11, 2021,
designated as agent of LLC upon designated as agent of LLC upon at 7:00 pm, for the presentation of the budget document.  As permitted under the Governor of the State of New
whom process against it may be whom process against it may be York’s Executive Order 202.15, such public hearing shall be conducted remotely. In accordance with the
served. SSNY should mail served. SSNY should mail Governor’s Executive Order 202.1, the Board meeting will be held via videoconferencing, a recording of which
process to; 294 S. Highland Ave. process to; 7014 13th Avenue, will be available at a later date. The public will have an opportunity to see and hear the meeting, including the
Briarcliff Manor NY 10501. suite 202 Brooklyn NY 11228. public hearing, live and provide comments.  The School District will provide a Zoom link at a later date for the
Purpose: Any lawful purpose Purpose: Any lawful purpose public to see, hear and participate in the public hearing.
A meeting of the Board of Education will also take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, beginning at 7:00 pm to
Notice of Formation of LJS COIL Notice of Formation of Mind Body transact such other business as may lawfully come before such meeting. 
PROPERTIES LLC. Articles of Empowerment, LLC. Articles of NOTICE IS ALSO HEREBY GIVEN THAT said annual budget vote and election, also referred to as the annual
Organization filed with the Organization filed with Secretary district meeting, will be held in the gymnasium of the Somers Middle School, located at 250 Route 202,
Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) of State of NY (SSNY) on Somers, New York on May 18, 2021. 
on 3/16/2021. Office: Westchester 2/8/2021. Office location: The vote shall be upon the following items:
County. SSNY designated as Westchester County. SSNY
agent of the LLC upon whom designated as agent of LLC upon 1. The appropriation of the necessary funds to meet the estimated expenditures for the school year 2021-
process against it may be served. whom process against it may be 22 for school purposes; 
SSNY shall mail copy of the served. SSNY should mail
process to; PO Box 577 Somers, process to; 4 Lake Shore Drive 2. The election of two members of the Board of Education, each for a three-year term, expiring   June 30,
NY 10589. Purpose: Any lawful North Mahopac NY 10541. 2024, to fill the offices last occupied by Heidi Cambareri and Michael D’Anna.
act or activity. Purpose: Any lawful purpose
3. The following proposition:
Notice of Formation of Ondrovic, Notice of Formation of THE RESOLVED, that the Somers Central School District, Westchester County, New York, is hereby authorized to
Hurley & Platek, PLLC.. Articles of BRIDGE LANE GROUP. Articles make various energy conservation and efficiency improvements to and reconstruct various School District
Organization filed with Secretary of Organization filed with facilities, including original equipment, machinery, apparatus, appurtenances, and other incidental
of State of NY (SSNY) on Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) improvements and expenses in connection therewith, at a maximum estimated cost of $8,900,000, and finance
1/28/2021. Office location: on 3/3/2021. Office location: same with a lease purchase financing obligation.
Westchester County. SSNY Westchester County. SSNY AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will
designated as agent of PLLC designated as agent of LLC upon be required to fund the School District’s budget for the 2021-2022 school year, exclusive of public monies, may
upon whom process against it whom process against it may be be obtained by any resident of the School District during business hours beginning May 4, 2021, except,
may be served. SSNY should mail served. SSNY should mail Sunday or holidays, at the School District’s Administrative Offices, 250 Route 202, Somers, NY, or at the
process to; 777 Westchester process to; 7014 13th Avenue, Principal’s Office of each of the following school buildings of the Somers Central School District: Primrose
Avenue, Suite 101 White Plains Suite 202 Brooklyn NY 11228. Elementary School, Route 139, Lincolndale, NY; Somers Intermediate School, 240 Route 202, Somers, NY;
NY 10604. Purpose: Any lawful Purpose: Any lawful purpose Somers Middle School, 250 Route 202, Somers, NY; Somers High School, Route 139, Lincolndale, NY, upon
purpose prior appointment only, subject to any and all applicable laws, regulations and Executive Orders relating to the
COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to social distancing requirements, as well as on the School
PLANNING BOARD District’s website.  A report of tax exemptions, showing how much of the total assessed value on the final
TOWN OF SOMERS assessment roll or rolls used in that budgetary process is exempt from taxation, shall be annexed to the budget
  AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of
PUBLIC NOTICE: the Board of Education shall be in accordance with Section 2018 of the Education Law and shall be filed with
  the Clerk of said School District at the School District’s administrative offices at 250 Route 202, Somers, NY,
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Board of the Town of not later than close of business on April 19, 2021.  The minimum requirement for signatures on nominating
Somers, Westchester County, New York, has scheduled a Remote Publ petitions must be twenty-five (two percent of the voters who voted in the 2019 annual election, in accordance
ic Hearing on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. to consider with Chapter 70 of the Laws of 2021) or at least twenty-five, whichever is greater; an individual must meet any
Lenore Adams – Application for Preliminary Subdivision Approval TM:  other requirements to be placed on the ballot, including applicable residency and age requirements. Vacancies
17.12-2-5 & 41. on the Board of Education are not considered separate, specific offices; candidates run at large. Nominating
  petitions shall not describe any specific vacancy upon the Board for which the candidate is nominated.
An application from Lenore Adams is for an abbreviated Preliminary In accordance with Part 122 of the Rules and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, military voters
Subdivision for a Lot Line Change for 1.439 acres from Lot 17.12-2-5 to who are qualified voters of the School District may apply for a military ballot.  Applications for military ballots for
be added to Lot 17.12-2-41. The property to be subdivided is located at the election of two members of the Board of Education, for voting on the annual school district budget, and for
29 Route 116 and is in an R-40 Residential Zoning District. voting on any propositions, may be requested from the District Clerk by calling that office 914-277-2403 or by
  contacting the District Clerk via email at [email protected]  Upon such request for a military voter
Residents can view the meeting live on the Town's local Cablevision ballot application, such military voter may indicate his/her preference for receiving the application by mail,
Channel 20 or Comcast Channel 22 (Heritage Hills).  The meeting will be facsimile or electronic mail.  Completed military ballot applications must be received by the District Clerk no
streamed live on the Town of Somers NY YouTube page:  https://www.y later than 5:00 p.m. on April 22, 2021. Pursuant to provisions of Section 2018-a of the Education Law, qualified voters who meet the criteria for
  "permanently disabled" and are so certified by the Board of Elections of Westchester County will receive paper
All persons having an interest in the proposed site plan application are ballots by mail.  Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the office of the Clerk of the District.  If
invited to attend the Remote Public Hearing and will be afforded an the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the completed application must be received by the Clerk of the District
opportunity to be heard.  To provide comments and ask questions at the no later than 4:00 pm, seven (7) days before the May 18th annual meeting and election.  If the ballot is to be
Public Hearing residents have several options, as follows: delivered personally to the voter, the completed application must be received by the Clerk of the District no
100-Y100   later than 4:00 pm, one day before the annual meeting and election.
l caps, 1. Dial in through Zoom to join the meeting during the designated time A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots and military ballots are issued will be available for inspection to
by using the following Zoom phone numbers below: qualified voters of the School District in the office of the District Clerk between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  during the five (5) days prior to the election, except Sunday, and on May 18, 2021, the day set for the election,
1 253-215-8782 upon prior appointment only, subject to any and all applicable laws, regulations and Executive Orders relating
1 301-718-8592 to the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to social distancing requirements. 
1 312-626-6799 To be counted, absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. on the date of
the election. 
Your ad1 346-248-7799 AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Board of Education, having provided for personal
1 408-638-0968 registration of qualified voters who are not already registered, such qualified voters may personally present to
could be here.0 register between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in the district office of the
1 646-876-9923 Somers Central School District at 250 Route 202, Somers, New York, upon prior appointment only, subject to
1 669-900-6833 any and all applicable laws, regulations and Executive Orders relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including but
  not limited to social distancing requirements. 
Enter Meeting ID: 599 874 6566 Qualified voters may also register to vote in annual meetings and elections held subsequent to such annual
Please wait in the queue for your call to be answered. meeting and election during the foregoing annual meeting and election in the gymnasium of the Somers Middle
led w/ sSeSrvNicYe2  . comments/questions to: School, Route 202, Somers, New York, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 
ated for Text pm.  A qualified voter is one who is (1) a citizen of the United States of America; (2) 18 years of age or older; (3)
a resident of the School District for 30 days preceding the annual vote and election; and (4) not otherwise
st LLC to 104 914-804-66C13all Brett Freeman at 845-208-8151 prohibited from voting under the provisions of Section 5-106 of the Election Law. 
ul purpose. Your ad  Military voters who are not currently registered may apply to register as a qualified voter of the School District. 
3. Email comments/questions to: out how. Military voters may apply to register to vote with the District Clerk, by calling that office at 914-277-2403 or by
emailing the District Clerk at [email protected]  Upon such request for a military voter application,
to fi[email protected] such military voter may indicate his/her preference for receiving the application for registration by mail,
facsimile or electronic mail.   Such registration application must be received in the office of the District Clerk no
ns   later than 5:00 p.m. on May 11, 2021. Any military voter shall be entitled to have his or her name placed upon
BY ORDER OF THE PLANNING BOARD such Register, provided he or she is known or proven to be to the satisfaction of the District Clerk to be then or
John Currie, Chairman thereafter entitled to military voter status at the annual meeting and election for which such Register is
could be here.Mariann Aakjar, Office Assistant The register of all voters prepared pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law will be filed in the Office of
the Clerk of the School District at 250 Route 202, Somers, NY, and will be open for inspection by any qualified
hoNe Y voter of the School District beginning five (5) days prior to the election, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
avgiecse during the five (5) days prior to the election, except Sunday, and on May 18, 2021, the day set for the election,
au1lb0olwi4shed. upon prior appointment only, subject to any and all applicable laws, regulations and Executive Orders relating
Your adCalYl Borceutort Ftuboreludfienmsdbianoneueatshth8seo4wr5ce.-2a.0r8d-8151 to the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to social distancing requirements. Any qualified voter may,
Somers Call Brett Freeman at 845-208-8151 to find out how. upon examination of such names, file a written challenge of the qualifications as a voter of any person whose
y before name appears on such list, stating the reasons for such challenge.
ate. This notice is also available in Spanish on district website and upon request.
334 Nancy Corrado, District Clerk
To advertise in The Somers Record, call Brett Freeman at
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RE/MAX welcomes new team members

RE/MAX Classic Realty of grown up in North Salem. He Chavels and Robert Barclay join his team - and
to add their expertise to his own. Contact e
Somers is happy to announce joins the team after an extensive Lawrence Zacks Team with all your Real Estate
questions - they look forward to helping you!
two new members of e Law- career of over 25 years in

rence Zacks Team with the ad- public service. He is dedicated,

dition of Anna Chavels and helpful, knowledgeable and an

Robert Barclay. expert negotiator. Rob’s vast e Lawrence Zacks Team, RE/MAX Classic Realty
is located at 249 Route 202, Suite 3, Somers, NY
Anna Chavels’ extensive edu- experience has given him a ‘no 10589

cational background includes nonsense’ approach that serves PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE
business, psychology, education his clients well. Along with his

and Human Resources. She at- professionalism, he o ers top- Anna Chavels Robert Barclay

tended college in Canada and notch customer service and

the U.S., where she attended personal attention. Rob recently PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Mercy College as well as Ford- bought a home in Somers and
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Somers will conduct a public hearing on April 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via
ham University. Anna moved to has had an impressive start in his Remote Access on a proposed Comcast Franchise Agreement between the Town of Somers, NY and Comcast.
Westchester as a child, raised her new Real Estate career. Meeting Access details are as follows:
own family here, and has over 15 Both Anna and Rob are View on TV:
Residents can view the meeting live on the Town's local Cablevision Channel 20 or Comcast Channel 12
years of Real Estate experience. excited to help you, your friends, (Heritage Hills).
She loves working with people and neighbors with all of your View on the Internet:
The meeting will be streamed live on the Town of Somers NY YouTube page:
and nds great joy in helping Real Estate needs - both are
each client nd their new home. Somers residents and have Call In during designated time during the meeting to provide comments and ask questions:
Dial any of the following Zoom phone numbers:
Anna is compassionate, a great extensive experience working in 1 253-215-8782, 1 301-718-8592, 1 312-626-6799, 1 346-248-7799, 1 408-638-0968, 1 646-876-9923, 1 669-
listener and will always go the the area. And Lawrence Zacks,  
Enter Meeting ID: 599 874 6566
extra mile for her clients. with a successful track record Please wait in the queue for your call to be answered.
Robert Barclay is a and nearly four decades in Real Text comments/questions:
Westchester native, having Estate, is thrilled to have Anna  
Email comments/questions:
LEGAL NOTICES Town Board -- [email protected]
LLC FORMATION NOTICE LLC FORMATION NOTICE All persons having an interest in the proposed local law are invited to attend the public hearing and will be
afforded an opportunity to be heard.  A copy of the proposed local law will be made available by contacting the
Blk + Gld NY LLC, Arts of Luk’s Highland LLC, Arts Office of the Town Clerk during regular business hours.
Org. led with Sec. of State of of Org. led with Sec. of State By Order of the Town Board
of the Town of Somers
NY (SSNY) 3/4/2021. Cty: of NY (SSNY) 2/17/2021.  
Patricia Kalba
Westchester. SSNY desig. as Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. Town Clerk
agent upon whom process as agent upon whom process Dated: April 1, 2021

against may be served & shall against may be served & shall

mail process to Larry Lazar, mail process to Josef Lukacovic,

PLLC, 122 E 42nd St, Ste 2100, 31 Briarbrook Dr., Briarcli

New York, NY 10168. General Manor, NY 10562. General

Purpose Purpose

Elite Development,LLC,Arts Blava Highland LLC, Arts WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK
of Org. led with Sec. of State of Org. led with Sec. of State PUBLIC NOTICE:
of NY (SSNY) 10/16/2013. of NY (SSNY) 2/27/2021. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Board of the Town of Somers, Westchester County, New York,
has scheduled a Remote Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. to consider Somers
Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. Sanitation, Inc., Application for Site Plan Approval and Special Exception Use Permit.
as agent upon whom process as agent upon whom process The application is for Improvements and Additions to Existing Transfer and Recycle Facility for the property
known as 241 Route 100: TM:  28.10-1-9 & 7.1 (to be merged).
against may be served & shall against may be served & shall  
Residents can view the meeting live on the Town's local Cablevision Channel 20 or Comcast Channel 22
mail process to James Telesco, mail process to Viera Lukacovic, (Heritage Hills).  The meeting will be streamed live on the Town of Somers NY YouTube page:
194 Park Avenue Suite1, West 31 Briarbrook Dr., Briarcli  
All persons having an interest in the proposed site plan application are invited to attend the Remote Public
Harrison, NY 10604. General Manor, NY 10562. General Hearing and will be afforded an opportunity to be heard.  To provide comments and ask questions at the Public
Hearing residents have several options, as follows:
Purpose Purpose 1. Dial in through Zoom to join the meeting during the designated time by using the following Zoom
phone numbers below:
AWARDS cally. It has tested our strength  
and has strengthened our resolve. 1 253-215-8782
FROM PAGE 26 And it the midst of it all, women 1 301-718-8592
in Westchester have stepped up 1 312-626-6799
in need during the pandemic is to do what is needed to be done, 1 346-248-7799
evidence of the community of care working tirelessly to help their 1 408-638-0968
we are so fortunate to have in this community; their clients, their 1 646-876-9923
County. We thank them for all children, their co-workers, neigh- 1 669-900-6833
they did and do every day.” bors and strangers, friends and  
family.” Enter Meeting ID: 599 874 6566
  Martha Lopez, the County’s Please wait in the queue for your call to be answered.
Director of Minority Women’s   During the event, the virtual  
Business Program and Immigrant audience of more than 300 heard 1. Text comments/questions to:
A airs said: “Celebrating those from guest speakers who have 914-804-6613
women who have lifted us up dur- made their own impact in West-  
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you rock!” and business roles leaving many  
inspired and motivated to take ac-  
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County’s Director of Policy and New York Emmy Award win- John Currie, Chairman
Programs for Small Business ning WABC-TV reporter Naveen Mariann Aakjar, Office Assistant
and Chambers of Commerce Dhaliwal served as the Mistress of
said:  “ is past year has taken a Ceremonies. To advertise in The Somers Record, call Brett Freeman at
toll on women; economically, psy- 845-208-8151 or email [email protected]
chologically, spiritually and physi-

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Is now the time to gift your TRUNK Convocation. e entire award
is based on service and merit in
commercial real-estate holdings? FROM PAGE 9 giving back to the community. It
is not based on academic or ath-
As has been well document- GUEST entity owning the premises, and Rec, and then click on Pro- letic merit but on the principles
ed, the current federal CORNER thus, allowing the transferor to gram Registration Site. For any of giving from the heart and
estate and gift tax exemp- further discount the value of questions call (914)232-8441 or making those around you better
tion of $11.7 million per person the property gifted by utilizing email [email protected] by your actions. Applications are
ANTHONY J. a discount for lack of market- due by April 30. Contact Tracy
is scheduled to sunset (expire) on Somers High Reimann for any additional in-
School PTSA formation at 914-393-7544.

Dec. 31, 2025. ENEA ability and a minority interest

Unless the current exemption discount. is discount will SCHOLARSHIP DRIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR

is made permanent on or before further reduce the amount of e Somers High School COMMUNITY SERVICE

Dec. 31, 2025 (which is highly the gift tax exemption utilized PTSA is currently accepting e Somers Lions Club is of-

unlikely because of the present political environ- by the gift. donations to their Scholarship fering ve $1500 scholarships

ment in Washington), on Jan. 1, 2026, the new Finally, as if the above were not su ciently Fund. Each year, the SHS PTSA to students attending Somers

federal estate and gift tax exemption will be ap- convincing that a once in a lifetime opportunity awards up to three $1,000 schol- schools who show dedication to

proximately $6 million per person. us, in a mere exists to shelter assets from estate taxes, the current arships to graduating seniors. community service. Full details

four years, it is likely that if one does not act, they low interest rate environment makes it an oppor- ese  scholarships are intended and application can be found by

will have lost the opportunity to take advantage of tune time to utilize estate planning tools such as a to recognize volunteer service to visiting

a total of $5.7 million of gift tax exemptions that Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT). SHS and the community. Any

presently exist. us, incurring the possibility of ere are many factors beyond the estate tax donation amount is appreciated. PAINT NIGHT

signi cant federal and state estate taxes upon their bene ts that need to be considered before one gifts For more information, please On Friday April 23, the

demise. assets. Perhaps most important being whether one email Vicki Durso at shsptsas- Somers Lions Club will be host-

It should be noted that in November 2019, the is comfortable making the gift and whether the [email protected] ing a virtual Paint Night with

IRS advised taxpayers that if they make taxable gift should be made outright or to a trust. How- Somers Lions Club the proceeds going to “Somers
Cares.” e cost is $25.00 for the
lifetime gifts after 2017 and die after 2025, the ever, in the current environment with the potential

exclusion used in calculating the gift will be the likelihood of both federal and state estate tax link and all supplies (wine glass,

amount when the gift was made and not that of exemption being reduced, taking steps to reduce HERBINATOR brushes and paints). Pick up of

2026. us, they will not claw back into one’s fed- one’s taxable estate is imperative. SCHOLARSHIP supplies will be in keeping with

eral taxable estate the amount gifted on or before As we have done for the last social distancing guidelines and

Dec. 31, 2025. Anthony J. Enea is a member of Enea, Scanlan, two years, the family & friends the class will be conducted by an

In addition to the signi cant bene t of gifting and Sirignano, LLP of White Plains. He focuses his of the late Herb Reimann are art teacher. If interested, contact

resulting from the current federal estate and gift tax practice on Elder Law, Wills, Trusts, and Estates. He awarding a scholarship in his Dawn McEvoy at dawn.mce-

exemption, the COVID-19 pandemic has signi - is the past chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs memory. e Herbinator Schol- [email protected] or Tracy

cantly reduced the value of commercial real estate Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is arship  is a one-time cash award Reimann at [email protected]

(apartment buildings and retail spaces), particularly the current chair of the 50+ Section of the NYSBA. to a graduating high school se- or (914) 393-

in New York City and other large cities. Values have He is the past president and founding member of nior to be awarded at the Senior 7544.

dramatically fallen because of current projected va- the New York Chapter of the National Academy

cancy rates and rent defaults. us, many properties of Elder Law Attorneys. He is the president of the

have lower current valuations, thus, allowing one to Westchester County Bar Foundation and a past

convey said properties to loved one’s and/or trusts president of the Westchester County Bar Association. WHY DO WE

for loved one’s while maximizing the current gift tax He is also a certi ed elder law attorney as accredited ADVERTISE

exemption amount. by the National Elder Law Foundation. Anthony J. IN HALSTON

is bene t is further enhanced if one does not Enea can be reached at 914-948-1500 or at [email protected]

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