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Published by Halston Media, 2021-10-29 16:05:09

Mahopac News 10.28.21

VOL. 12 NO. 38 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021

2022 BUDGET

Town tax rate drops, but home valuations rise
Garbage service costs could bust tax cap

BY BOB DUMAS costs make up 71 percent of total expendi- CHART COURTESY OF THE TOWN OF CARMEL $1.6 million. “We will see a surplus for
EDITOR tures—$22.7 million of the $31.8 million 2021,” Maxwell said. “We think it is go-
of total townwide spending. at gure • e Swan Cove project was budgeted ing to slow down [in 2022], but we don’t
As the current $51.4 million prelimi- does not include special districts like sewer $50,000 plus a carryover of $296,000 from know.”
nary town budget stands, property owners and water. last year, for total of $346,000;
would see a 2.72 percent decrease in the However, the X factor in this year’s
tax rate, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Some budget highlights include: • Highway fund – snow removal was budget preparation is the money to be al-
they will pay less when their bill comes • Health insurance costs are up – bud- budgeted for $1.8 million; located for garbage pickup. Currently, the
due. geted for a 6 to 8 percent increase for 2022; proposed budget calls for $3.4 million for
• Mortgage tax revenue - $1.5 million garbage services; however, town o cials
While the tax rate is down—it is at budgeted for 2022; however, through Sep- warn that gure is likely to increase, which
$4.74 for each $1,000 of assessed value tember of this year the town has collected would bust the state-mandated 2 percent
compared with last year’s $4.87—property ceiling on increases in the property-tax
values have increased. So, if a homeowner’s levy. In fact, the board is already taking the
property has seen an increase in valuation, necessary tax-cap-override steps, includ-
it could mean a higher bill than last year ing scheduling a public hearing, in case the
despite the lowered tax rate. cap must be exceeded.

e townwide 100 percent equalized e town already rejected two rounds of
assessed value used for this budget is $5.2 bids for garbage services and is awaiting
billion—an increase of $159 million from responses from a third round. Based on
the previous year, which re ects the higher the rst two rounds of bids, Maxwell said,
valuation of properties. costs could possibly go $1 million over the
$3.4 million originally budgeted.
“ at is a re ection of the homeowners’
market,” said town comptroller Mary Ann “Garbage bids could have an e ect on
Maxwell. where we are at right now,” said Super-
visor Ken Schmitt. “In all likelihood this
e pandemic caused an exodus from will change.”
New York City, people moving northward
to the suburbs, gobbling up homes and Schmitt said he is not sure what is driv-
driving up prices. ing the increased costs.

Under this proposed budget, a property “ e carters say their costs have gone
owner assessed at $370,000 would pay up. e [bid] numbers we are seeing are
about $1,754—a $48 decrease from last really high,” he said. “I don’t want to go
year.
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Celebrating Columbus Day

On Sunday, Oct. 17, in commem- Members of the Italian American Club of Mahopac and the Order Sons of
oration of Columbus Day, the Italian Italy Fr. Donald Licata Lodge gather outside Town Hall to celebrate Columbus
American Club of Mahopac and the Day on Oct. 14.
Order Sons and Daughters of Italy,
Fr. Licata Lodge, Carmel, hosted a Members of the MHS Italian Club took part in the ceremony. Lola Lauro closed the ceremony with “America the
ceremony at the Christopher Co- Beautiful”
lumbus Statue at Carmel Town Hall.
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e master of ceremonies for the
event was Giulio Cefaloni, president
of the Italian American Club of Ma-
hopac and speakers included Mi-
chelle Ment, NYS president of the
Sons and Daughters of Italy; Robert
Ferrito, president of the Commis-
sion on Social Justice OSIA; and
Frank Del Campo, historian and
former town supervisor.

A proclamation by County Ex-
ecutive MaryEllen Odell was read
by Joseph Russo, president of the Fr.
Licata Lodge.

Among the community members
in attendance were local dignitaries,
Girl Scout Troop 1140 presenting
the colors ( ag color guard), and
sta and students from Mahopac
High School Italian Club. Wreaths
were presented by both organiza-
tions.

“ e Star-Spangled Banner” was
sung by Mary Ragonese and Lola
Lauro closed the ceremony with
“America the Beautiful” and “God
Bless the USA.”Attendees enjoyed a
reception after the ceremony.

e sculpture of Columbus erect-
ed in 1992 is the work of a local art-
ist Anthony Padovano, in commem-
oration of the 500th Anniversary of
Columbus landing in the Americas.

e Italian American Club of
Mahopac (IAC) was founded over
90 years ago by immigrant Italians
who built a structure with their own
hands as a symbol of their commit-
ment to establish permanent roots in
this country and become American
citizens. Today the IAC is recog-
nized as a community-focused club
providing cultural, social, philan-
thropic support to the community.

For more information about mem-
bership, hall rental or club activities
visit Italianamericanclubofmahopac.
org or call Giulio Cefaloni at 845-
745-2655.

Article courtesy of the Italian Italian American Club members with the Columbus statue at Town Hall PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB
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day! ! Remember to wear your Monday of each month; new the Information Desk at 845-
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EDITOR: 845-208-0774 more Park on Sunday, Oct. 31, ation o ce at (845) 628-7888. ing “ is Tender Land” by Wil- an eAudiobook on hoopla.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 15

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PAGE 16 MAHOPAC NEWS OPINION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021

OP ED Ya outta ya league, bro

BY JEAN TOCK enon to live vicariously through and wants his son to be a star. Or not “doing this for the $$$.” 7th grade football strategies do
GUEST WRITER your child. maybe the father was a star and Most coaches in public middle so in a mature discussion, not in
misses the attention. a stream of abusive comments
“Ya outta ya league, bro…I Being a parent of three adult schools and high schools are also sent to the coach at 6 a.m. via
don’t know if you’re doing this for children, all of whom played Either way, parents can become teachers. So not only do they Messenger. is situation was
the $$$, but I do know you’re not sports at one point in their lives, emotional when watching their have an interest in the sport they a combination of two separate
preparing these kids for a game! I’m I understand wanting the best children play sports. And coaches coach, but they are also skilled in issues: emotional sports par-
not gonna let my son keep playing opportunity for your child. I know this. It comes with the talking with kids. I’m not a coach, ent plus the “safety” a orded by
with an incompetent coach!” remember my own frustration territory. eir preparation for but I imagine it takes a lot of en- messaging apps. People tend to
in seeing my son not leave the the season usually includes plans ergy to successfully perform your say things through social media
at is not dialogue from the bench during fourth grade foot- for communication with parents. day job and then go to a second or email that they would not say
episode where Tony Soprano ball while the coach’s son played It’s easy for a parent to abandon job where you need to keep kids in person…at least not with the
screams at his son’s football all four quarters. But mine was logic when frustrated by a coach’s motivated, make on- eld deci- same vitriol.
coach. at is an actual message not a frustration born of NFL decisions, but parental frustra- sions, deal with any injuries that
received at 6 a.m. one day last dreams for my son. It just didn’t tion should never be an excuse to occur, and make sure the athletes e next week, my coaching
week by a Putnam County public seem fair that a 9-year-old who unleash insults and threats on a keep their grades up so they can friend scanned the sidelines for
school district football coach had never missed a practice didn’t coach. compete. Dealing with an irate this parent so he could initiate a
(not Mahopac, although I’m sure get to play in the game. parent on top of all that must conversation to help the parent
similar things happen every- To suggest that a middle completely drain whatever energy understand his coaching strate-
where.) e “son” mentioned in e author of the “incom- school coach is “doing this for the is left. gies. e son was at the game
the rant is 12 years old. petent coach” tirade just might $$$” is absurd. After calculating and playing, but the parent didn’t
be living vicariously through the hours spent planning, prac- It saddens me that my friend show up.
It’s one thing to be emotionally his child, feeding his own ego ticing, and playing and dividing received this message because I
invested in your student athlete through his son’s interest in foot- that number into his stipend, think we all want to believe we So, who does all of this mis-
because, after all, she or he is your ball. Maybe this father got cut this particular coach is earning live in a friendly little suburbia placed anger and frustration hurt
child! It’s a whole other phenom- from every team he tried out for roughly $6 per hour. He is clearly where people who disagree over the most?

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021 MAHOPAC NEWS PAGE 29

Nightmare Circus returns to Mahopac

Homemade Halloween scares await

Step right up! Come inside the Admission of children under 10 The Ring Master, played by Alexa Cappelletti PHOTOS COURTESY OF DOMINIC CAPPELLETTI
circus tent and enter the world of will be at the discretion of the Boogers the Clown
an eye-corrupting, mind-distort- parents. Carrying babies though Joseph Cappelletti, left, and Dominic Cappelletti prepare
ing funhouse, where the clowns the haunted attraction is not per- the Circus.
and carnies have their own de - mitted. Nightmare Circus is not
nition of fun. Nothing is what recommended for guests who are
it seems in this mind-boggling pregnant, have heart conditions
maze of optical delusions, death- or are in general poor health.
defying acts and remorseless ma-
niacal clowns that will have you COVID-19 rules:
running for the exit. One group will walk through
the haunt at a time.
at’s right... the Nightmare All guests will be required to
Circus has come back to Ma- wear face coverings and social
hopac. distance at all times.
Guests must be a minimum of
Nightmare Circus is a free 6 feet apart while waiting in line.
family-operated home haunted Do not attend if experiencing
house. is is not a professional a fever or u-like symptoms.
haunted house, which makes it
even scarier! e Circus is the e Circus is located at 24
brainchild of Dominic Cap- Sycamore Road on Mahopac
pelletti and his father Joseph. Point. ere is no onsite parking.
It began modestly several years Nightmare Circus is located in
ago and has grown every year a gated community. Park at the
since, with help from family and Chamber Park (by the Tompkins
friends. Mahopac Bank) and walk into
the neighborhood. is event is
It will be open Hallows Eve, free but they do accept dona-
7-10 p.m., and Halloween night, tions that go towards Saint Judes
7-9 p.m. Children’s Hospital.

Due to the nature and strong For more info, email Night-
themes of our attractions, Night- [email protected] or call
mare Circus is recommended for 845-803-1208.
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SHERIFF chief of the seventh largest po- rity Committee. women of the Sheri ’s Depart- critical component of modern,
FROM PAGE 6
lice department in the state. McConville said he is running ment by leading them and the e ective and e cient law en-

“I was a captain during 9/11, for sheri because he wants to Department in the right direc- forcement agencies.”

during transfers from 911 to when the NYC transit system use his 30 years of leadership and tion—through di cult times McConville said one of the

other law enforcement agencies. was shut down for rst time in management for the Putnam and matters with respect and biggest challenges facing the

Information could then be ob- its history and resumed opera- County Sheri ’s Department compassion Sheri ’s O ce is keeping the

tained without a transfer from tions after performing inspec- and the residents of Putnam. “I will ensure that the under- citizens of Putnam continually

one agency to another. is can tions of key infrastructure in six “Over the last 10 months, sheri and all law enforcement safe while remaining within al-

only be done by properly sta ng and a half hours,” he said. we have been through a lot as a professionals have the requisite located budgets.

and training all those who will be He served as a member of the community,” he said. “From the training,” he said. “And I will “Over 75 percent of the Put-

in this position and will require a policy and procedure manual pandemic to civil unrest and the aim to be like my good friend, nam County budget is used for

law enforcement presence in this team, rewrote the department scal challenges ahead, we have the late Sheri Butch Anderson, state mandates. While meet-

area for police-related matters.” manual in 13 months, served as been dealing with one crisis after said, a sheri who will treat oth- ing this obligation, he said, the

stepping-stone for the state Ac- the next, with no end in sight. I ers as he wants to be treated.” county provides $30 million an-

KEVIN MCCONVILLE creditation have the experience, indepen- As part of his platform, Mc- nually for the Sheri ’s Depart-

Kevin McConville grew up Investigation and aided the dence and skills needed to lead Conville said he will listen to the ment operations.

in Cold Spring where he lives successful prosecution of a man us through this crisis. members’ concerns and issues “ e need to be able to man-

with his wife and family. He has responsible for murder. “I understand how important and address them in a timely age a budget, patrol and jail op-

a bachelor’s degree in criminal While at the MTA, McCon- it is to stand up for the rule of manner. Secondly, he will have erations is utterly important,”

justice and a master’s in pub- ville developed and maintained law while ensuring equality and the Sheri ’s Department ac- McConville said. “I have that

lic administration from Marist cooperation and relationships justice for all our residents,” he credited. experience and am well-trained

College. with local, state and federal law added. “I am dedicated to the “Accreditation is the gold in budget preparation.” He

He was employed by the Met- enforcement agencies. He estab- pursuit of justice and will en- standard by which law enforce- said it was also important to be

ropolitan Transportation Police lished a Transit Task Force to force the law, without fear or ment agencies are judged. I will “transparent and honest with the

Department, where he rose in review and identify crime trends favor. I possess the management ensure the Sheri ’s Department legislative bodies at the county,

the ranks from police o cer to and patterns in the transit sys- experience needed to run a s- is held in the highest esteem by town and village levels, as this

detective, sergeant, lieutenant, tem by working with the chief cally responsible department.” other law enforcement agencies,” was a common practice when I

lieutenant – executive o cer, executives of our transit systems. McConville pledged that, if he said. “Accreditation provides served as chief of the MTA Po-

captain-commanding o cer, He also served as a member of elected, he will ensure the safe- instruction, practices and guide- lice.”

rst deputy chief and nally the Governor’s Homeland Secu- ty and security of the men and lines to the members. It is a

LEGISLATOR our green infrastructure. For ex-
FROM PAGE 8
ample, Albany County recently

partnered with Westchester and

platform of transparency and ac- Su olk counties to increase their

For today, retirement countability. purchase power in the obtaining
and every moment
in between. “I will speak truth to power of electric vehicles for county

and stick up for good govern- use.”

ment and the people of Legis- Reing also accused the county

lative District 7,” he said. “Too executive and Republican-dom-

often we see legislators like Neal inated Legislature of scal mis-

Sullivan telling other legisla- management, citing a 14 percent

tors to shut up. at unprofes- pay hike—to $40,000—the leg-

sionalism goes unchecked by islators gave themselves.

the incumbent. In 2019, when “In 2017, Mr. Castellano

the attorney for the Sheri ’s voted to give himself an enor-

Department PBA copied Mr. mous raise. We cannot stand for

Castellano on a letter asking for part-time elected o cials giving

Tier 4 planning isn’t about getting a new 403(b) criminal charges to be brought themselves raises while increas-
or buying financial products. It’s about becoming
educated and empowered around the events against Legislator Paul Jonke, ing our taxes every year,” Reing
and decisions in your personal financial life. It’s
about being prepared. Maybe it’s time. Mr. Castellano appeared to re- said. “Since being elected, Mr.

Call me today for your initial Confident spond, in part, by helping the Castellano has voted to raise our
Retirement conversation.
Legislature pass a con dential- county property taxes by nearly

ity law. Legislative District 7 20 percent. We cannot a ord

needs strength and leadership, three more years. I will move to

not passing the buck.” reduce the legislators’ salaries.”

Reing said the Legislature Reing said the biggest chal-

Confident Retirement approach needs to do a better job protect- lenge Putnam faces is working

ing the county. toward responsible government

Michael A. Bucci 203.302.6744 “I mean that in two ways,” he that allows seniors to live here
Financial Advisor
41 W. Putnam Ave. said. while on xed income and to
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elected, I will make sure that “ ere is currently no creativ-

our Sheri ’s Department is ity in the legislative majority on

provided for in a supportive yet how to reduce the tax burden,”

scally responsible manner. For he said. “We must work in con-

example, I will not take advan- junction with other local gov-

tage of the Triborough Amend- ernments. ere can be no more

ment which forced our deputies, defunding the sheri ’s marine

dispatchers, unit without in-depth consul-

and other union laborers to tation with Carmel PD.” Re-

work without a contract for ing called that a “hasty political

years” Reing said. decision that puts lives at risk

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