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Team Hot Chocolate! BY KATHERINE BORCHERT
See more photos on STAFF WRITER
pages 14-15. ConEd customers will see an
increase in electric and gas bills
PHOTOS COURTESY OF over the next three years after
NIRMIT DESAI the state’s Public Service Com-
mission approved the company’s
STEM team advances to championships $1.2 billion increase plan for gas
and electric customers.
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT League Tournament hosted at Crompond Desai, Oindrilla Dey, Dhayashree Ravi
STAFF WRITER Elementary School on Saturday, Jan. 18. and Ryan Zheng, and sixth- graders Akhil e commission approved
Bollimpalli and Vaishnavi Ravindranath. a rst-year electric increase of
Yorktown’s Team Hot Chocolate took e STEM team consisted of fourth- $113.3 million and a rst-year
home second place in this year’s First Lego graders Abhay Nayate, Neha Nitta and Ab- SEE STEM PAGE 4 gas rate increase of $47.2 million.
hinav Ravindranath; fth-graders Saarth In the second year, the company
will increase rates to $370.3 mil-
lion for electricity and $176.3
million for gas. In the third year,
electricity rates will increase by
$326.4 million and gas rates will
rise to $170.3 million.
According to ConEd, a resi-
dential electric customer using
SEE ConEd PAGE 4
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The Staff Dr. Martin Luther ruary 1 at 9 a.m., all are invited Valley Mall makes the Home, vocalist Christine Ohlman &
King Jr. Essay to study Bible with our engag- Lifestyle & Family Show a per- Rebel Montez to appear at e
EDITORIAL TEAM Contest ing Rabbi Robbie Weiner. Ba- fect t. is year’s Home, Life- Winery at St. George, 1715 E
JODI WEINBERGER gels and co ee are provided for style & Family Show expects Main St., Mohegan Lake, Sun-
EDITOR: 914-302-5830 all wishing to explore how the over 1,000 people throughout day, February 9, in pre-Valen-
Yorktown is hosting its rst Bible is a mirror into our lives. the day and provides Westches- tine’s day concert.
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Es- No previous knowledge is re- ter businesses an opportunity to Show time: 7 p.m.
say Contest. quired, and all backgrounds are participate while o ering huge Ticket and Reservation info:
PAUL FORHAN Fourth and fth graders are welcome. opportunities to build relation- Phone: 914-455-4272, thewin-
invited to submit essays fo- Temple Beth Am is located ships, generate leads, and create eryatstgeorge.com
LISA KAIN cused on King’s legacy and what at 203 Church Pl. Yorktown. awareness for your brand. Dance Company
914-351-2424 dreams they have for Yorktown. For information, please call our e 2020 Annual Home,
Essay submissions will be read Rabbi at 962-7500 or email him Lifestyle & Family Show will at YHS
845-621-4049 and selected by the Town Board at [email protected] feature top companies of the
[email protected] Yorktown Chamberand the winners will be invited area in the home industry eld e Yorktown Heights Dance
917-446-7757 to read their essay in front of the such as renovations, remodel- Company presents An Evening
[email protected] Board, as well as have their essay of Commerce ing, painting, roo ng, plumbing, of Dance at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 and
BRUCE HELLER displayed on the town website, in heating, electrical, ooring, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 1. Tick-
Town Hall, the John C. Hart Li- e Yorktown Chamber of more. For pricing information ets are sold at the door. Visit
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My Brother Vinny awarded for work with homelessness
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT once-homeless veterans.
Miritello received a procla-
mation from Yorktown Town
My Brother Vinny and found- Supervisor Matt Slater and the
er Paula Miritello were recently Town Board.
recognized by the Yorktown “When I think about the val-
Town Board for receiving a Vetty, ues of our community I believe
or an Academy of United States you and your organization are the
Veterans Veteran Award for their epitome of that,” Slater said. “I
work with veteran homelessness. have seen the impact Paula [Mir-
e Yorktown nonpro t orga- itello] has had on the lives of vet-
nization went to a two-day event erans and I was so excited to hear
in Washington D.C. to attend that her work received this well
the award ceremony, which hon- deserved honor. She is literally
ors members of the veteran com- saving lives and this is something
munity in various categories such so special for our community to
as leadership, employment and be a part of.”
education. Miritello also received a procla-
“We were really excited to mation from Sen. Pete Harckham,
win,” Miritello said. “It was such a citation from Assemblyman PHOTO: KATHERINE BORCHERT
a humbling experience to be Kevin Byrne and a proclamation My Brother Vinny was recognized at the Yorktown Council Meeting.
amongst so many military, gener- from County Legislator Vedat
als, we met a Navy Seal from Seal Gashi and the Westchester Board
Team Six.” of County Legislators, which de- “We love Yorktown,” Miritello so much. We’re just so thankful.” which will donate .5 percent of
My Brother Vinny was started clared Wednesday, Jan. 22, “Paula said.“My brother, Vinny, who the Currently My Brother Vinny the purchase price of eligible
by Miritello in memory of her Miritello Day”. organization is named after, was is accepting queen size beds, air products to the charity.
late brother, Vincent, and to date Miritello said receiving the born in Yorktown. Yorktown has conditioners and non-used bed- Miritello said all volunteers are
has helped almost 1,000 veter- praise was a humbling experience been so good to us. We were born ding. welcome to help with moves, no
ans by providing clothing, food, and expressed her love for her and raised in Yorktown. It is our ey also have an Amazon matter the level of physical labor
housewares and furniture to hometown. town and everyone has helped us Wishlist and Amazon Smile, individuals can do.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHELSEA LAPLACA
On Friday, members of the Yorktown Leos participated PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE YORKTOWN LIONS
in their 21st annual Midnight Run. Midnight Run is an
organization in which volunteers distribute food, clothing, and Lions Visit Pines Bridge and
personal care items to the homeless on the streets of New York Walden School
City. Prior to the run, the Leos made sandwiches with senior
citizens at the Seabury to distribute. ey drove down to the
city and made numerous stops on the streets of Manhattan.
Photo Submissions On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Yorktown Lions turned in their “civilian clothes” and became Santa
Photos submitted to Yorktown News need to be high-resolution. Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elf on the Shelf, Sponge Bob, Santa’s Elf, Cookie Monster, and Jack Frost for a few
Images that are submitted at a low resolution cannot be hours at the Pines Bridge and Walden Schools at Northern Westchester BOCES. e students were
published. Submit photos to Yorktown News by the Thursday thrilled by the visit.
before the next publication date. Submissons can be emailed to
[email protected] or mail it to Yorktown News, For over 30 years the Yorktown Lions have been visiting these special needs students. e students
Bailey Court, 334 Route 202, Unit C1S, Somers, NY 10589. and the Yorktown Lions love every moment. In addition to exchanging hugs and smiles, the students
Send a self-addressed stamped envelope if you’d like your photo were given ice cream by the Lions. Plus, the Yorktown Lions will be giving each class a gift card of $100
returned. (total amount $1,500) for classroom materials.
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STEM director of Growing Up Boulder, and ConEd ture, implement safety programs and
FROM PAGE 1 FROM PAGE 1
Dibyendu Sengupta, a civil engineer and help low-income customers.
planner. “ e increases in rates over the
e team was coached by Nirmit De- “You have to solve it, you have to build dential electric customer using 600 three-year term of the electric and
sai, Prasenjit Dey, Amol Nayate and Ravi it, you have to test it, you have to learn 600 kWh (kilowatt hours) per month gas rates plan are necessary to meet
Kokku. from experts, you have to get feedback will see an average total monthly bill increased company costs, including
e competition consisted of three from the experts and then eventually you increase of $5.46, or 4.2 percent, in signi cant increases in the property
parts: the robot game, an innovation proj- have to deploy it in the real world and see 2020. In the 2021 year, customers will tax burden representing more than
ect and core values. how it works,” Nirmit Desai said. see an increase of $6.37, or 4.7 per- 40 percent of the increased cost over
In the robot game, the team had to de- The team even brought the idea to cent, in their monthly bills and an in- the three-year period, and to support
sign a robot that was able to navigate an Highway Superintendent Dave Pagan- crease of $5.65, or 4 percent, starting spending for capital improvements
obstacle course, identify objects and per- elli, who posed questions to research and in January 2022. and employee additions, which are
form certain tasks. arranged for it to present its idea to the In addition to electricity, a resi- necessary to improve electric and gas
e team had to come up with an origi- Parks and Recreation Department in dential gas customer using an aver- operations and enhance overall elec-
nal idea for an innovation project for this February. Students hope to test the elec- age of 100 therms per month would tric and gas system integrity, safety
year’s City Shaper Challenge that would tricity idea at town-owned facilities such see an average monthly bill increase and reliability,” ConEd said in a press
help the community. as Granite Knolls or Jack DeVito Track of $11.37, or 7.5 percent, this year; release sent out by the Public Service
“ e kids are asked to think about their and Field. $14.44, or 8.8 percent, beginning in Commission.
neighborhoods, their towns, their local ar- In addition to the STEM opportuni- 2021 and $12.86, or 7.2 percent, start- According to the PSC, the approved
eas and what problems they see and what ties, the First Lego League Tournament ing in January 2022. rate was a 75 percent reduction from
they can do to improve the lives of people taught members of Team Hot Chocolate “ e progressive plan we have ad- the original rate proposal. ConEd had
in that area,” said team coach Nirmit Desai. important core values. opted—endorsed with stakeholder originally sought a rst-year increase
With the increasing need for clean en- “It’s about team spirit, it’s about com- support by environmental groups, of 14 percent in electricity rates alone.
ergy, the team came up with the idea of peting but also helping others at the large business customers and mu- However, state Sen. Pete Harkham
harnessing piezoelectricity, transforming same time,” Nirmit Desai said. “Win- nicipalities in the region—bene ts slammed the PSC for its decision.
movement into usable energy. ning is important, but helping others customers and includes provisions “I am truly disappointed that the
e team designed scenarios in which along the way and learning from them that further important state and com- PSC approved such a large rate hike
plates would be installed in heavily used and learning to work with them is even mission objectives,” said commission for ConEd. is will hurt, and hurt
public places, such as parks or play- more important than winning.” Chair John B. Rhodes. hard, seniors and everyday working
grounds, to power illumination when they As runner-up, Team Hot Chocolate is According to ConEd, the com- people, whose salaries are not rising
are in use. one of two teams from the Crompond pany will be using the rate increases in this economy,” Harckham said in a
Team Hot Chocolate had to research tournament to advance to the Hudson to pursue important energy e cient statement. “We need to hold the line
and test its idea, even consulting such ex- Valley Championship at Dutchess Com- initiatives, non-wire and non-pipeline on energy costs and reconsider these
perts as Mara Mintzer, co-founder and munity College on Saturday, Feb. 8. alternatives, update aging infrastruc- outrageous increases.”
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Happily Ever After Testing conspiracy theories:
e 9/11 Attack
In my 47 years of practicing MY
law, I have witnessed with PERSPECTIVE
admiration and awe how
our justice system attempts to
resolve factual disputes. Jurors JAMES
and often judges are charged MARTORANO
with the duty of rst sifting
through and then evaluating
evidence in light of a standard
established in the law (in a criminal case- proof beyond a reason-
able doubt). To make sure they reach a fair and hopefully accurate
verdict they are instructed to set aside any preconceived notions
or interests, which may unduly color their judgment. However,
Got Talent? ey Do! an unbiased examination of the evidence is not the methodology
incorporated or even preferred by all segments of our society.
A prime example of a rational search for the truth taking a back
If, like the TV show says, seat to other interests was clearly evident in the recent impeach-
America’s Got Talent, it stands
to reason that’s only because singing. She is pursuing a career in ment trial of the President in the United States. e verdict was
towns all across America are lled
with talented people.Towns like the performing arts. predetermined and most Senators exhibited neither the desire nor
BRUCE ERISA McAULIFFE inclination to either fully or impartially explore the articles pre-
at deductive reasoning will be THE BLOG Erisa is an eleven-year-old, solo-
on full display come Friday, Feb. sented by the House of Representatives. But such an occurrence,
7, as 13 of our talented neighbors nger-style guitarist, harmonica
strut their stu at Yorktown Stage although immensely disappointing, is not unique. History is
for a chance to win some cash and
bragging rights. BRUCE player and singer. Erisa is well replete with examples where states of mind such as partisanship,
APAR known in the area for playing her
e truth is, though, they’re all winners worthy of greed, power, prejudice, hatred, racism, ignorance, mysticism or
applause and admiration for simply putting them-
selves out there. at’s why it’s tting to present all custom-made jumbo x30 Emerald blind faith took precedence over rationality. As I’ve noted in past
13 of the entrants to you in this space. If you know
any of them, try your best to be there to cheer them guitar from Ireland. She is a self- columns, a large number of these societal detours from earnest
taught musician who has at least truth seeking fall under the rubric of conspiracy theories.
e competition has youth and adult categories,
with one act from each division walking away with 100 songs memorized, loves blues Let’s examine one of the more prominent conspiracy theories,
$300. As reported last week in these pages, the local
celebrity judges making that call are Councilwoman and classic rock, and now is writing her own songs. namely that the government engineered the 9/11 attacks. is
Alice Roker, Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble,
Town Justice Gary J. Raniolo, and hometown coun- In uences include Bob Dylan and Tracy Chapman. theory is propagated by the likes of Alex Jones of Info Wars
try music star Jessica Lynn. Some character who calls
himself Bruce e Blog is master of ceremonies. Erisa feels blessed to play music and hopes to inspire fame, one of the most egregious purveyors of in ammatory and
e only criterion that was required to perform is other young people. destructive propagandistic misinformation. To evaluate this or
proof of Yorktown residency. is event is in no way
a liated with NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent. MAEVE McELVANEY any theory, we will employ the “SEARCH” method: judging the
For more info, visit yorktownstage.org. Maeve is 14 years old and loves karate. She started theory on its own merits while comparing it to any alternative
YOUTH CONTESTANTS (16 + under) at age four at Suzuki Dojo. She earned her black belt explanation, utilizing the long recognized standards of simplicity,
Sophia is eight years old and attends third grade at at age 9, her second-degree (Dan) black belt at 11, conservatism (not the political kind), scope, and fruitfulness.
Mohansic elementary school. She has a dog named and her adult black belt last May. Karate has taught First, the conspiracy theory: the destruction of the World
Cody, and likes to draw, swim at the Gold sh school,
and train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She also loves to sing her not only ghting and defensive skills but disci- Trade Center was an inside job, carried out by agents of the
and play the piano. Her favorite foods are mac &
cheese, burgers and chocolate ice cream. Sophia is pline and respect for her dojo, and her sensei, Suzuki. United States government to engender support for the invasion of
Polish and Ukrainian.
For Maeve, karate is not just a sport, but a way of life. Afghanistan and Iraq.
Lucia is a ninth grader who has enjoyed theatre as ZACHARY SUNAZ The counter theory: the World Trade Center fell after being
an avid performer since age six. She plays soccer for
Yorktown High School, and is a self-taught pianist. Zachary is a fourth grade student at Crompond struck by planes that were commandeered by foreign actors not
In her spare time, Lucia enjoys writing, painting, and
Elementary School. He loves to sing and is a mem- employed by or under the direction of our government.
ber of both the Children’s and Contemporary Choirs Basis for adopting the conspiracy theory: 1) e collapse of
at Seton Church, and cants at Mass with his older the towers looked exactly like an explosive demolition; 2) Explo-
sister. Zachary also enjoys taekwondo, playing Mine- sive charges can be seen shooting from several oors prior to the
craft, and participating in various Boy Scout activities collapse; 3) Consistent with the explosive demolition of building,
with his mates from Den 6. the towers fell down into their own footprint; 4) A steel framed
THE PIE BROTHERS building has never collapsed due to re yet three steel framed
Matt Hullstrung (18), Robert Varga (17), Steven buildings collapsed that day; therefore, explosives must be respon-
Fitzgerald (16) and Dan Mangiafridda (15) are sible.
students at Lakeland High School who perform as a The counter arguments: 1) Blasting professionals always
saxophone quartet under the name e Pie Brothers. concentrate on the lower oors. Close examination of every video
e four buddies came together through their love and photograph of the World Trade Center collapse shows that
of playing saxophone--and eating pie. Steven, along each building began to fall at precisely the point where the planes
with his older brothers, is a proud Eagle Scout. hit; 2) Human inhabited buildings are comprised of 70% air and
ETHAN XIAO 30% structural elements and content. During any rapid collapse
Ethan is a 13-year-old eighth grader at Mildred that air must be displaced in some manner. When a structure col-
E. Strang Middle School. He started playing piano lapses, the air within the edi ce is propelled horizontally through
at seven years old, and now is a pre-college student at windows, door frames or any other path of least resistance; 3)
SEE APAR PAGE 13 SEE MARTORANO PAGE 10
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When I visited Greece with my American and everyone their shoes pound concrete restaurants along the shore.
daughter, it was all I expected and I knew back home was Onto Santorini where we visited the
more. First order of business was pronouncing it at least JUST to simulate the sound of
to stay awake at least until 9 p.m. after our three di erent ways. I was JO ANN battle. eir steps are slow, town of Oia with its whitewashed houses
arrival in Athens. Not an easy task, as there is happy to now have the structured and forceful carved into the cli s overlooking the stun-
a seven hour time di erence between Greece coveted, correct pronuncia- ning Aegean. e white houses and blue
and New York and we were dead tired. But, tion, and it had only cost JO ANN during the changing of the roof tops are painted each year to keep the
I knew if we followed Greece’s time schedule, me an eleven hour plane FRANCELLA guards. eir knee-length small town looking postcard perfect.
we would avoid jet lag and be able to enjoy ride and a few thousand
our trip. Euro. Kim and I each ordered three small skirts, consisting of 400 Our tour also took us into Turkey where
gyro and a salad. e meal was beyond we strolled along the roads of Ephesus, an
We arrived at our hotel around noon and delicious and unlike any gyros we had ever pleats, are representative ancient city of ruins on the Ionia coast.
decided to get a bite to eat. After traveling eaten in the states.
eleven hours on a plane and eating three of the 400 years Greece Upon our return home, friends and rela-
meals of airline food, we were ready for We walked around Athens after our tives asked how we enjoyed our trip. Besides
something good…really good. amazing lunch and reached the Presidential was under Turkish occupation. Every 15 telling them that the weather was sublime,
mansion where the changing of the guard the food delicious and the structures, culture
We settled on a taverna close to our hotel. ceremony was taking place. e Greek minutes a soldier approaches the guards and and people amazing, the most important
Alexander was our charming waiter and guards are called Evzones. ey stand piece of information I gave them was that
also the owner of the establishment. He led expressionless for one hour before being straightens the pleats on their skirts to keep I had nally found out how to correctly say
us out to a lovely glass-enclosed structure relieved from their post in a disciplined the word GYRO. So here’s to Greece, a
which housed six small round two-person ritual. Sixty nails on the soles of each one of them in pristine-looking condition. beautiful country with beautiful people and
tables. It was delightful. He suggested we an endless supply of “Yearrr-rows.”
have the gyros. Our tour included a four-day cruise to
Contact Jo Ann at [email protected]
“Yearrr-rows,”Alexander announced loud Mykonos, where we watched the neon I enjoy writing my column and can be found
and proud. I had pronounced it “jiro”and facilitating a Creative Writing Class at the
Alexander was having none of it. I quickly orange sun melt into the Aegean Sea and Somers Library beginning February 4, 2020.
corrected myself. After all, I was certain this I would love to hear your stories.
the iconic windmills can be seen from every
point of the village. One of the windmills
has been turned into a museum. At any
given time, fresh sh are being pulled out
of the sea and being served in the many
Fun Facts Gyros were invented in Turkey in the 18th or 19th
by Jo Ann century. In Greece, the word gyro means turn.
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BECKERMAN he directed the string section. MARTORANO Fruitfulness: Although the conspiracy theory
FROM PAGE 9 predicted hard evidence in the way of taped conver-
Another time he yelled out, FROM PAGE 8 sations, memos, emails etc. linking members of the
Bush administration to the attack, none were ever
“Who’s there?!” and I jumped Simply put, the buildings did not fall in their own found. Instead, suicide notes and videos of the Al
footprint. Several blocks around the site were show- Qaeda operatives in which they admit the planning
“What did I say?” he won- out of bed and hid in the closet ered with debris from the towers; 4) e fact is that and carrying out of the attack were found and veri-
many steel framed buildings have collapsed due to
dered. thinking there was an intruder ed.
re. Each does speci cally in line with its particular e only rational conclusion is that the conspiracy
“Begone,” I replied. in the house. And one time he structural speci cations. is was true in this case as
well. Furthermore, a thorough examination of the theory must be rejected because it is less simple, less
“I said ‘begone?’” he repeated. told me to bring the camels site revealed zero evidence of explosives being present conservative, has less scope and is less fruitful than
but rather presented overwhelming evidence that the the o cial version. In addition to this particular
“Yes.” inside, even though we lived towers collapsed due to the aftermath of being struck conspiracy theory the same SEARCH method
by two planes. criteria can be employed to analyze and judge other
He shook his head. “I would in the suburbs and we weren’t proposed theories.
Now let’s evaluate the competing theories utilizing
never say ‘begone.’ I’d say, ‘Get zoned for domesticated desert the standard of our SEARCH criteria: Why bother? Don’t we create our own reality?
What’s true for you is not necessarily what’s true
lost,’ but I wouldn’t say ‘begone.’ pets. Simplicity: e conspiracy theory is less tenable for me? If we embrace this theory, we abandon any
because it assumes that many more than 19 people notion of truth. Science, politics and any other hu-
I think you heard it wrong. Sleeping with my husband were involved. It also would require that government man endeavor is grounded in the belief that we can
o cials at the highest level were involved. It would and must discover how the world is, not just how we
Maybe I said, ‘poupon.’” was not restful, but it was cer- stand to reason that at least one of them would have experience it or would like it to be.
come forward by now.
“Were you dreaming about tainly entertaining. It is more essential than ever, in this ever-confusing
Conservative: e conspiracy theory is less world that we remain resolute in our search for the
mustard?” I said. “Did I say anything else,” he conservative because it con icts with everything our truth. We can and must evaluate competing versions
experts know about explosives. Further, to pull it o of “the truth”by asking two basic questions: 1) How
“Unlikely,” he admitted. asked, hoping for some insight would involve a coordinated e ort among numer- much understanding does the theory produce? 2) To
ous government agencies and a massive number what extent does the particular explanation system-
We were both silent as we into the source of his nocturnal of individuals. Explosives would have to be placed atize and unify our knowledge?
undetected and somehow engineered not to go o
wondered what had inspired mumblings. when the planes hit the towers as well as magically ese two vital questions can only be answered by
leaving no seismographic trace. drawing upon the yardsticks I have outlined above:
him to yell out “begone” in his I thought for a moment. He simplicity, conservatism, scope, and fruitfulness.
Scope: e conspiracy theory has less scope
sleep. Maybe he had dreamed had said some other things but because it raised more questions that it answers. By e quality of our lives and our society in general is
whom, when, and how, were the buildings wired with dependent on the quality of the decisions we make
he was a king’s attendant in a mostly under his breath so I explosives? Why not just blow up the buildings and individually and collectively. Like the juries I de-
blame the terrorists? Why kill so many people? Who scribed earlier, if we are to have any con dence in our
Shakespeare play, or a French couldn’t make them out. installed and operated the remote control devices that judgments, it’s crucial that we base them on a rea-
the conspiracy theorists insist were used? No answers soned examination of the evidence and nothing else.
knight in a Monty Python “I don’t know,” I nally said. to any of these questions have ever been posited. To do otherwise is as foolhardy as it is dangerous.
movie. Perhaps he was a hobbit “Maybe I dreamed it.”
standing his ground in the “Probably,” he said. “’Cuz I
Shire, or a constable clearing would never say ‘begone.’”
the cobblestone streets of Old “OK. Anyway, honey, I have
England from lollygaggers. Or to run,” I said, putting on my
maybe he dreamed it was 200 jacket. “I have an appointment.
years ago and I was berating Would you mind taking the
him for hanging the toilet dog out?”
paper the wrong way and he I thrust the leash at him.
yelled at me to “begone.” “Fine,” he said. “Begone.”
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Stop Cuomo! Sometimes things happen READING, In 2012 in the small Western
that we can’t explain. I WRITING & New York State town of Le Roy,
To the editor: recently read an obscure CHOCOLATE more than 18 high school students
Governor Cuomo is at it again. He wants to pass laws legal- reference to the “Dancing developed twitches, tics and faint-
izing Surrogacy, marijuana and now physician assisted suicide. Plague of 1518.” I needed to KIM ing episodes for months. eories
He already lit up the Empire State Building in celebration of learn more about this! KOVACH for the odd phenomena ranged
the terrible passed late term abortion law. from conversion hysteria to possible
Historical records document
I wish we could vote Governor Cuomo out of o ce. Please
help to STOP him from passing these new proposed laws. the growing epidemic of a toxins in the water and soil from
Contact your Senator and tell him you are opposed to them
and ask him to work at repealing the late term abortion law. dancing mania in Strasbourg. the sites of old factories. Strange!
His contact information is below.
e phenomenon started in July 1518 with one Luckily, some unusual phenomena can be explained.
Senator Peter Harckham
1 Park Place, Suite 302 woman, Frau Tro ea silently twisting, twirling and Have you heard about the fainting goats in Tennessee?
Peekskill, NY. 10566
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Email: [email protected]
Please help by contacting him with your opposition. residents were pulled into ts of public dancing. By in the 1880’s. e goats are bred for meat and milk but
Barbara Gunther August, this dancing epidemic counted as many as this particular breed is characterized by a hereditary
400 victims, many collapsing from sheer exhaustion, condition, myotonia congenita, which causes the goats
with some fatalities. e dancing plague in Stras- to sti en or fall over when startled. Also known as
To the editor:
Birthright of Peekskill would like to thank Gaby Quist bourg didn’t end until September when the remain- Tennessee Fainting goats, Sti -legged goats or Ten-
(Yorktown News, 12/17/19), a senior at Hendrick Hudson ing dancers were taken to a mountain top shrine to nessee Wooden Leg goats, the muscles in their back
High School, who created, made, and donated hundreds of
bags made from t-shirts to our mothers and to mothers in our pray for an end to their su ering. legs tighten up and they topple over when something
Birthright in Ghana. She was honored at our recent luncheon
in December. A number of the bags included diapers, wipes, Across Europe in the 16th century, historical surprises or frightens them!
and other baby products. If you know of an organization that
would like to help our mothers and babies, please call our of- records recount similar dancing plagues in Switzer- Just before the holidays, several news reports
ce for more information (914-737-0344). Birthright is a not land, Germany and Holland, as well. eories for the of homeowners hearing voices turned out to be
for pro t organization helping women and their families cope
with their pregnancies and are only too happy to help these unexplained frenzy and physical movements included hackers talking through the home’s doorbell and
summer fevers, malnutrition, religious mania or even security cameras. Little children were frightened
ingestion of a toxic mold that grows on damp rye when strange male voices claimed to be “Santa” and
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In later years, theories for the dancing plague ranged Last month, a husband and wife in North Caro-
from mass hysteria to neurological disorders. lina heard noises on the rst oor of their home
Saint Vitus, a young Christian martyr born in just after midnight. ey called the police to report
Sicily and persecuted to death by Roman Emperors burglars rummaging around downstairs. e couple
in the year 303, was credited with helping people locked themselves in the upstairs bedroom and
su ering from epilepsy. e term St. Vitus Dance waited for the police to arrive. e o cers searched
was used in the Middle Ages for people a icted the home and discovered that the Roomba robot
with involuntary movements. In time, Saint Vitus vacuum had turned itself on and was repeatedly
became known as the patron saint of dancers, actors bumping into a wall at the bottom of the staircase!
and performers. is was not an isolated incident. Last spring,
Across the Atlantic Ocean, young women and a woman in Oregon called police to report that
adults exhibiting strange behaviors were accused someone was locked in her bathroom and making
of witch craft. e Salem Witch Trials of 1692- noises. Police o cers responded, broke down the
1693 document more than 150 people arrested bathroom door and discovered a Roomba vacuum
and charged with a variety of crimes. Were these zooming back and forth across the oor. Weird!
people really possessed by evil spirits or was a mix of
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FROM PAGE 8
“From the Top”and is principal harpist with
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Scout in Troop 267 of Boy Scouts. In his played with other youth orchestras in the re-
spare time, Ethan likes tennis, which he plays gion. In addition to Carnegie Hall and New
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Rebel girls make history,
ﬁnish fourth at counties
Lakeland boys hoops continue to roll
BY MIKE SABINI
Yorktown Track and
Friday, Jan. 24 (Armory Track
and Field Center, New York City)
Lakeland/Panas and Yorktown
each competed at the Section 1
Westchester County Champion- FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
ships, with both teams coming up
with some great performances. Yorktown’s Roni Brucaj helped
lead the Huskers to wins against
“Our girls team placed fourth Tuckahoe (18 points) and Nanuet
overall, which is the highest team (14 points, 10 rebounds, 6
nish in team history (at the coun-
ty championships),” said proud
Lakeland/Panas coach Ryan John- Lakeland/Panas was victorious
son. on its senior night, against Arch-
Grace Adeyeye nished third bishop Stepinac, 64-24.
in the 55-meter hurdles (8.83 sec- Nicolas DeSantis, Declan Ful-
onds). JaLia Williams was fth lerton, Patrick Hickey, omas
in the 55-meter dash (7.57) and Fraleigh and Kyle Delulio are the
sixth in the 300-meter run (43.23), Rebels’ ve seniors.
while Brooke Sayre placed third in PHOTO COURTESY OF RYAN JOHNSON “It meant a lot to win against
the 1,500-meter run with a season Lakeland/Panas, with their fourth-place plaque, at the Westchester County Championships Stepinac,” DeSantis said. “We
best time of 4:55.36. actually have good relations with
Lauren Salazar and Taryn High School) the entire Stepinac team, because
Hodge placed second and fourth ishing 10th (9:00.26). Lakeland beat Eastchester, 76- Yorktown defeated Tuckahoe, their head coach (Rick Lee), was
in the long jump, respectively, with Ashley Dobransky was sev- 68,led by Augie Karaqi (25 points), 69-57, led by the trio of Roni one of our assistant coaches last
leaps of 16-9.5 and 16-1.5. enth in the shot put (31 feet), and Rob Nardelli (21 points), Jack Brucaj (18 points), Rob Miller year, so it was a fun, friendly, dual
“ e girls 4x200-meter relay Keira Flaherty placed eighth in the Kruse (12 points), Je rey Owusu (10 points) and Tony Granitto meet.”
team showed some true grit plac- 1,500-meter run (5:08.92), to lead (8 points) and Aidan Welcome (8 (10 points). Spencer Maja (106, forfeit),
ing second, even after a catastroph- the Husker girls squad. points). “We just moved the ball on Gio Russo (113, forfeit), Alex-
ic fall and injury on the third leg,” “ e team performed well, at a “We played great defense from o ense and capitalized on open ander Russo (120, forfeit), Aus-
Johnson said. very tough meet,” said Yorktown start to nish,” Karaqi said. “Al- shots,” Brucaj said. tin Bergen (126, pin), Cooper
at relay team of Millie Li- coach Keith Smith. “We look to though Eastchester started to Schmidt (132, pin), Yan Ryzy
chtenwalner-Seabaugh, Makayla improve our performances at next knock down big shots towards the YORKTOWN 49, NANUET 44 (138, forfeit), Khefren Ramon
Waugh, Salazar and Williams ran week’s Class B championships on end of the game, we held our com- Monday, Jan. 27 (Nanuet High (145, forfeit), Christopher Ci-
it in a time of 1:49.9. Saturday.” posure and sealed the deal.” School) raco (160, forfeit), Fullerton (170,
e Rebels’ boys squad nished e Section 1 Class B champi- Brucaj (14 points, 10 rebounds, major decision 16-3), DeSantis
11th out of 34 teams.Leart Bakraqi onships are scheduled for Saturday, LAKELAND 61,FOX LANE 51 6 assists), Sam Pincus (11 points), (182, pin), and Hickey (285, pin),
placed third in the 300-meter dash Feb. 1, and the Class A champi- Monday, Jan. 27 (Fox Lane Jack Prybylski (10 points), and all recorded victories for the Reb-
(36.98) and Andrew Correa n- onships, in which the Rebels will High School) Miller (6 points, 5 rebounds), els.
ished third in the high jump (5 feet, compete, will be Wednesday, Feb. Kruse (21 points), Karaqi (18 ignited the Huskers, to a 49-44 “We were able to come away
9 inches), while the 4x200-meter 5. Both meets will be held at the points), and Nardelli (17 points), victory against Nanuet. with the victory against Stepinac,
relay team of Mario Mignone, Armory Track and Field Center. paced Lakeland, to a 61-51 tri- Lakeland/Panas because of our hard work in prac-
umph against Fox Lane. tice, and our extreme focus when
Bakraqi, Ethan Scott and Quintin Lakeland Boys we get on the mat,” Bergen said.
Hodge placed third (135.88). Yorktown Boys Wrestling (9-5)
JOHN JAY CR 63, LAKELAND/
As for Yorktown, on the boys Basketball (11-3) Basketball (6-8) LAKELAND/PANAS 64, PANAS 21
side, Aaron McGirr was sixth in
the long jump (19-6), with the
3,200-meter relay of Derek Mem- LAKELAND 76,EASTCHESTER 68 STEPINAC 24 Thursday, Jan. 23 (Walter
mesheimer, Patrick Ryan, Rolando Wednesday, Jan. 22 (Eastches- YORKTOWN 69,TUCKAHOE 57 Tuesday, Jan. 21 (Lakeland SEE ROUNDUP PAGE 19
Turcios, and Colin McCarthy, n- ter High School) Friday, Jan. 24 (Yorktown High School)
Thursday, January 30, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 19
Lakeland’s Amanda Cole had strong rebounding games in losses last week to Horace Greeley and Hen BYSNS goalie Matt Gergley made
Hud. 22 saves in defeat to Carmel.
FILE PHOTOS/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
ROUNDUP bus said. “We went down late in “Hendrick Hudson is a solid Sailors, who improved to 11-1, as LAKELAND 61, GREELEY 48
the third but never gave up and team and it was good to compete they trailed just 42-36 at the end Monday, Jan. 27 (Horace
FROM PAGE 18 scored with half a second on the against them,” Hormazabal said. of the third quarter.
clock. Unfortunately one mistake “Caitlin Weimar is a very good Greeley High School)
Panas High School) in overtime caused the loss. I’m player and is very tough to de- “We did a really good job of Devane (21 points, 9 re-
John Jay (Cross River) defeated proud of this team for never giv- fend. Unfortunately, things didn’t moving the ball around to nd
ing up and putting their hearts go our way at the end, but we def- the open player, to get a good bounds), Hormazabal (14 points)
Lakeland/Panas, 63-21, with Gio into that game.” initely know that we can compete shot o , and we all were active on and Nichole Ljuljic (11 points),
Russo (113 pounds, decision against any team.” the defensive end,” Hormazabal spurred Lakeland, to 61-48 vic-
8-7), Bergen (126, pin), Shane e BYSNS are scheduled to said of the Hornets’ play through tory against Horace Greeley.
Coster (138, pin) and DeSantis return to action at 2 p.m. Satur- Lakeland hung tough with the three quarters.
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Thursday, January 30, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 23
SWIM AND DIVE
Yorktown wins on Senior Night
Lakeland-Panas improves to 9-1
A Yorktown-Somers swimmer competes e Yorktown-Somers boys swim
against Mamaroneck on Jan. 14. team beat Mamaroneck, 49-45, on
Senior Night on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Yorktown-Somers (5-6) fell to
Yonkers on Jan. 16 and to Wappingers
on Jan. 21.
LAKELAND PANAS KEEPS WINNING
e Lakeland-Panas-Putnam Valley
swim and dive team improved to 9-1
with wins last week over Mamaroneck
( Jan. 21) and Peekskill-Croton-
Hendrick Hudson ( Jan. 22).
Seniors on the Yorktown-Somers team are
Nicholas Carchi, Ethan Jeon, Sam Nolan, Ian
Schwartz, Connor Townes and Jack-Henry Whalen.
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GLYaMNkASeTIlCaS nd-Panas perfect heading into postseason
e Lakeland/Panas/Putnam hopac, and the sectional cham-
Valley gymnastics team recently pionships on ursday (Feb. 6),
completed an undefeated regu- at Carmel High School.
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Thursday, January 30, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 25
A Yorktown wrestler is in control.
FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
Huskers’ Cermele places sixth at Mahopac
BY MIKE SABINI rst one at Clarkstown South on
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Jan. 22, with the host prevailing
Yorktown gained a lot of valu- Andrew Finateri (126, pin),
able experience at the Peter Ca- Pisani (138, pin), Carter (145,
ruso Mahopac Tournament on pin), Dean Patierno (152, pin),
Jan. 25, with ve of their wrestlers Dan Mo at (160, pin), Christian
going 2-2 in a very competitive Sinagra (170, pin) and Cermele
tournament. (195, pin), all garnered victories for
One of those Husker grapplers, the Huskers.
sophomore Rob Cermele, placed A day later, Yorktown hosted
sixth in the 195-pound weight their senior night, losing to Hen-
class. He said it really meant a lot drick Hudson, 49-36, with Joe
to him to place sixth. Tornambe (99, forfeit), Constan-
“I’m very proud of myself, for tine (106, pin), Finateri (126, pin),
all that hard work I put into this,” John Falcone (132, pin), Patierno
Cermele said. (145, pin) and Sinagra (170, pin),
Cermele credited various people getting into the winners’ circle.
for placing at the tourney, which e senior night was emotional
also drew wrestlers from Byram for the graduating Huskers. Fi-
Hills, Carmel, Darien (Conn.), nateri was glad to have his nal
Greenville, John Glenn, Our Lady home match as a Husker end in
of Lourdes, Mahopac, Middle- pinning his opponent.
town, Peekskill, Pine Bush, Put- “It was my last time ever wres-
nam Valley, Rondout Valley, Roy tling at home on that mat,so it was
C. Ketcham, Smithtown East, and a great feeling ending on a good
Somers. note with a pin, and knowing that
“I would have to say that the I wrestled well,” Finateri said.
coaching sta , the support from Joining Finateri in the Husker
my teammates and family, re- senior class are Chris Cahan,
ally encouraged me to work hard,” Dominick Sanfardino, Dean Pa-
Cermele said. “All the hard work tierno, Christian Sinagra, Matteo
at practice really paid o .” Cermele, Dominick Ochoa and
Cermele said the experience of Pisani.
wrestling at Mahopac this past “We have a big senior class with
weekend will pay o down the a lot of experience and leadership,
road as well. with ve captains and three re-
“It prepared me for the tough turning all-section wrestlers, who
competition coming up later on,” will be lost,” Fama said.
Cermele said. Pisani, Sanfardino, Finateri,
e other Huskers who went Sinagra and Patierno are the
2-2 were Chris Constantine (99 Huskers’ captains with Finateri,
pounds), Nicolas Carducci (106), Patierno and Sinagra, the return-
Marc Pisani (132) and Dillon ing all-section wrestlers.
Carter (145). Yorktown added a nal match
“Rob has started getting some to their regular season, as they are
more con dence the last few scheduled to nish it at New Ro-
weeks,” said Yorktown coach Eric chelle at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.
Fama. “As a team we made some 4, four days before the divisionals
nice strides today to prepare for begin.
the postseason.” “It’s a nice tune up before the
Yorktown (9-15) also had two postseason,” said Fama, who is a
dual meets during the week; the 2004 New Rochelle graduate.
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Thursday, January 30, 2020 LEGAL NOTICES Yorktown News – Page 27
SUPREME COURT OF THE other papers in the Westchester pending for further information (1) that debt collectors, in bene ts;
STATE OF NEW YORK County Clerk’s O ce. on how to answer the summons accordance with the Fair Debt 8. Public or private pensions;
and protect your property. Collection Practices Act, 15 9. Veterans’ bene ts;
COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER THE OBJECT OF THE U.S.C. § 1692 et seq., are 10 Federal student loans,
ACTION Sending a payment to your prohibited from engaging in
INDEX NO. 57771/2019 mortgage company will not stop abusive, deceptive, an unfair debt federal student grants,and federal
D/O/F: May 15, 2019 is to foreclose a mortgage this foreclosure action. collection e orts, including, but work study funds; and
recorded in the Westchester not limited to:
SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS County Clerk’s O ce on the YOUR MUST RESPOND 11 Ninety percent of your
MORTGAGED PROPERTY: 4th day of June, 2007 in Control BY SERVING A COPY OF i. the use or threat of violence; wages or salary earned in the last
Number 471500142 covering THE ANSWER ON THE ii. the use of obscene or profane sixty days.
1802 Amazon Road, premises k/a 1802 Amazon ATTORNEY FOR THE language; and
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547 Road, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547 PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE iii. repeated phone calls made TO THE DEFENDANTS,
a/k/a Section 25.11, Block 1, Lot COMPANY) AND FILING with the intent to annoy, abuse, EXCEPT THE ESTATE OF
WILMINGTON PT CORP 6. THE ANSWER WITH THE or harass. STEVEN DOWD:
Plainti , COURT. (2) If a creditor or debt collector
-against- NOTICE receives a money judgment e Plainti makes no personal
YOU ARE IN DANGER OF e following notice is against you in court, state and claim against you in this action.
CHRISTOPHER QUINTIN AS LOSING YOUR HOME intended only for the defendants federal laws may prevent the
who are owners of the premises following types of income from TO THE DEFENDANTS:THE
ADMINISTRATOR AND HEIR If you do not respond to this sought to be foreclosed or who being taken to pay the debt: ESTATE OF STEVEN DOWD:
summons and complaint by are liable upon the debt for which 1. Supplemental security
AND DISTRIBUTEE TO THE serving a copy of the answer on the mortgage stands as security. income, (SSI); If you have obtained an order
the attorney for the mortgage 2. Social security; of discharge from the Bankruptcy
ESTATE OF STEVEN DOWD; company who led this YOU ARE HEREBY PUT 3. Public assistance (welfare); court, which includes this debt,
foreclosure proceeding against ON NOTICE THAT WE 4. Spousal support, and you have not rea rmed
if living, and if he be dead, you and ling the answer with ARE ATTEMPTING TO maintenance (alimony) or child your liability for this debt, this
the court, a default judgment COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY support; law rm is not alleging that you
grantees, mortgagees, lienors, may be entered and you can lose INFORMATION OBTAINED 5. Unemployment bene ts; have any personal liability for this
your home. WILL BE USED FOR THAT 6. Disability bene ts; debt and does not seek a money
heirs, devisees, distributees or PURPOSE. 7. Workers’ compensation judgment against you. Even if a
Speak to an attorney or go discharge has been obtained, this
successors in interest of such to the court where your case is PLEASE BE AWARE:
SEE LEGALS PAGE 28
of them as may be dead, and
their husbands and wives,
heirs, devisees, distributees
and successors in interest, all
of whom and whose names
and places of residence are
unknown to Plainti ; JANINE
B. QUINTIN AS HEIR
AND DISTRIBUTEE TO
THE ESTATE OF STEVEN
FUNDING LLC; PEOPLE
OF THE STATE OF NEW
YORK; UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA; “JOHN DOES”
and “JANE DOES”, said
names being ctitious, parties
intended being possible tenants
or occupants of premises, and
corporations, other entities or
persons who claim, or may claim,
a lien against the premises,
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Page 28 – Yorktown News LEGAL NOTICES Thursday, January 30, 2020
LEGALS The above captioned hereby fixed as the ____ day of Ave./Charney, Craig/$4,557.68 • 37.15-2-56/82 Burgess Rd./
proceeding is hereby commenced _____________, 20___.
FROM PAGE 27 to enforce the payment of • 15.19-1-24/2002 East Main Anderson, Jennifer/$8,930.51
delinquent taxes or other lawful
charges which have accumulated St./Baron, Sal & Hochroth • 37.18-1-48 & 49/Allan
and become liens against certain
lawsuit to foreclose the mortgage property. The parcels to which SERVICE OF ANSWER: Audrey/$33.336.27 Ave./Crompond Realty
will continue and we will seek a this proceeding applies are Every person having any right,
judgment authorizing the sale of identified in Schedule A of this • 15.20-1-33/1704 Decautur Corp./$20,514.70 & $33,856.50
the mortgaged premises. Petition which is annexed hereto title or interest in or lien upon any
and made a part. This document parcel of real property described Rd./Roseenberg, Louis & • 47.14-1-17/Baptist
Dated: January 13, 2020 serves both as a Petition of in this petition may serve a duly
Sandy J. Stolar, Esq. Foreclosure and a Notice of verified answer upon the attorney Gloria/$107,514.66 Church Rd./Maceluch,
Foreclosure for purposes of this for the Tax District setting forth
THE MARGOLIN & proceeding. in detail the nature and amount of • 15.20-2-16/3415 Deborah/$58,150.27
his or her interest and any defense
WEINREB LAW GROUP, LLP EFFECT OF FILING: or objection to the foreclosure. Mohegan Ave./Rosenbaum, • 48.6-1-37/15 Overlook
All persons having or claiming Such answer must be filed in the
Attorneys for Plaintiff Office of the County Clerk and Lester/$2,725.03 Commons/Camerota ,
to have an interest in the real served upon the attorney for the
165 Eileen Way, Suite 101 property described in this petition Tax District on or before the date • 15.20-1-26/581 Panorama Catherine/$19,463.41
are hereby notified that the filing above mentioned as the last day
Syosset, New York 11791 of this petition constitutes the for redemption. Dr./Riello, John & Maldo, • 48.06-1-42/2-4 Woods
commencement by the Tax
516-921-3838 District of a proceeding in the Theresa/$27,123.52 View Ct./Krokus, B & Vecchio,
court specified in the caption
#98257 above to foreclose each of the • 16.5-2-42/1246 New L/$49,311.09
tax liens therein described by a
foreclosure proceeding in rem. Rd./Shrub Oak Athletic • 48.14-2-20/314 Chestnut
NATURE OF PROCEEDING: Club/$4,614.65 Ct./Beaudreault, Allan
This proceeding is brought
• 16.10-2-11/Glen Rd./Nutley. R./$155,608.40
against the real property only
PUBLIC NOTICE and is to foreclose the tax liens A & Marallo, L./$2,679.04 • 48.18-1-19/730 Croton
described in this petition. No
NOTICE IS HEREBY personal judgment will be • 16.10-1-23/3535 Stony St./ Heights Rd./Dahlke,
GIVEN, that the Town Hall entered herein for such taxes or
Offices, Town of Yorktown, other legal charges or any part Waterman, Lillian/$38,705.34 Scott/$2,509.05
located at 363 Underhill Avenue, thereof.
Yorktown Heights, New York, FAILURE TO REDEEM OR • 16.16-2-8/643 Oakside • 59.10-2-35/Vine Rd./
will be closed for Records PERSONS AFFECTED: ANSWER:
Management Inventory on This notice is directed to all Rd./Davis, Dominick & Sheahan, Timothy/$6,981.04
Thursday, February 6 and Friday, In the event of failure to
February 7, 2020. persons owning or having or redeem or answer by any person Maureen/$60,826.24 • 70.11-1-16/Dell Ave./107
claiming to have an interest in having the right to redeem or
NOTICE IS FURTHER the real property described in this answer, such person shall be • 16.16-3-51/3331 Nutly Devries Ave. Corp./$10,149.55
GIVEN, that the following petition. Such persons are hereby forever barred and foreclosed
departments or divisions of notified further that a duplicate of all his or her right, title and Circle/Jettelson, Arthur & • 70.15-1-2/Dell Ave./107
departments will also be closed of this petition has been filed interest and equity of redemption
for Records Management in the office of the Enforcing in and to the parcel described Blossom/$438,526.32 Devries Ave. Corp./$90,905.16
Inventory on Thursday, February Officer of the Tax District and in this petition and a judgment
6 and Friday, February 7, 2020: will remain open for public in foreclosure may be taken by • 16.17-1-22/3295 Amelia LLC FORMATION NOTICE
inspection up to and including default.
The Yorktown Parks and the date specified below as the Dr./Zakowski, Ann/$69,732.77
Recreation Department located last day for redemption. Dated: Yorktown Hts., NY
at 176 Granite Springs Road. • 17.13-2-2-132/23D Dorset NHST House LLC, Arts
RIGHT OF REDEMPTION: of Org. filed with Sec. of State
The Yorktown Planning Any person having or claiming Ct./Patten, Marion/$4,660.60 of NY (SSNY) 12/2/2019.
Department located at 1974 Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig.
Commerce Street. to have an interest in any such • 17.18-1-3/269 London as agent upon whom process
real property and the legal right against may be served & shall
The Yorktown Refuse & thereto may on or before said Rd./Mocerino, Vincent & mail process to Nelson Salazar,
Recycling Department located at date redeem the same by paying 66 Edgewood Rd., Katonah, NY
2279 Crompond Road. the amount of all such unpaid Theresa/$74,436.27 10536. General Purpose.
tax liens thereon, including
The Yorktown Museum located all interest and penalties and • 25.8-2-3/Lakefront
at 1974 Commerce Street. other legal charges which are
included in the lien against such Ave./Bandman, Robert &
The Yorktown Water real property, computed to and
Department located at 1080 including the date of redemption. December ____, 2019 Lynn/$2,687.02
Spillway Road, Shrub Oak, New Such payments shall be made ________________________
York. to Barbara A. Korsak, Receiver _____________ • 25.8-2-22/3169 Lincoln Dr./
of Taxes. In the event that such Barbara A. Korsak
The Yorktown Section 8 office taxes are paid by a person other Receiver of Taxes Abbott, Michael/$7,557.67 LLC FORMATION NOTICE
located at 1974 Commerce than the record owner of such real State of New York )
Street. property, the person so paying County of Westchester) ss: • 25.8-2-38/Wenonah Trail/
shall be entitled to have the tax I Barbara A. Korsak, being duly
The Records Division of the liens affected thereby satisfied of sworn, depose and say: I am the Caro, John & Diane/$1,009.79 Notice of Formation of
Yorktown Police Department records. Enforcing Officer for the Town Tournade LLC. Art. Of Org. filed
located at 2281 Crompond Road. of Yorktown. I have read this • 25.8-2-39/1646 with SSNY on 12/03/2019. Office
LAST DAY FOR Petition which I have signed, and Location: 46 Storm Street, Apt.
DIANA L. QUAST, TOWN REDEMPTION: I am familiar with its contents. Wenonah Trail/Caro, John & #2F,Tarrytown,NY 10591. SSNY
CLERK The contents of this Petition are designated as agent for the LLC
the last day for redemption is true to the best of my knowledge, Diane/$34,383.84 upon whom process against it may
TOWN OF YORKTOWN based upon the records of the be served. SSNY shall mail process
Town of Yorktown. I do not • 25.16-1-11/2950 Fox Hall to: 46 Storm Street, Apt. #2F,
CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL know of any errors or omissions Tarrytown, NY 10591. Purpose:to
in this Petition. St./Flamingo Park Homeowners engage in any and all business for
CLERK ________________________ which LLCs may be formed under
____________ Assc./$124,844.33 the New York LLC law.
Barbara A. Korsak
Sworn to before me this ____ • 26.18-1-15/3290 Old
day of _______________,
2019 Crompond Rd./Mandaley
Notary Public Builders, LLC/$105,001.93
Richard S. Abbate • 26.18-1-20/2485
363 Underhill Avenue Crompond&Old
Yorktown Hts., NY 10598
Partners/$36,601.00 LLC FORMATION NOTICE
Gomer St./Legato, Rosa & Notice of Formation of 433
COMMERCE ST., LLC Art.
Anton/$70,404.81 Of Org. filed with SSNY on
1/21/2020. Office Location:
• 27.11-2-48/Christopher County of Westchester SSNY
designated as agent of the LLC
Lane/Christopher Court upon whom process against it
may be served. SSNY shall mail
Holding Corp./$43,811.02 process to Ekrem Cebel 2368
Evergreen road, Yorktown, NY
• 27.14-1-6/Broad St./Prebeck, 10598. Purpose: any lawful
Otto & Gertrude/$1,682.15
PETITION AND NOTICE OF St./Prebeck, Otto &
SUPREME COURT OF Granite Springs Rd./Leffel,
THE STATE OF NEW YORK Anneke/$10,003.76 LLC FORMATION NOTICE
COUNTY OF • 37.11-1-42/2285 Saw Mill
WESTCHESTER SCHEDULE A River Rd./Exclusive Holdings NOTICE OF FORMATION
OF LIMITED LIABILITY
------------------------------ TOWN OF YORKTOWN LLC/$17,817.15 COMPANY: A1 Distribution,
LLC. Articles of Organization
-------------------------------- FORECLOSURE PETITION • 37.13-1-7/1930 Baldwin were filed with the Secretary
of State of New York (SSNY)
-----------X TAX PARCEL ID/PROPERTY Rd./Hildegard,Latta/$81,474.66 on 12/18/19. Office location:
Westchester County. SSNY has
In the Matter of the Foreclosure LOCATION/OWNER NAME/ • 37.14-1-48/Saw been designated as agent of the
LLC upon whom process against
of Tax Liens by Proceeding in AMOUNT Mill River Rd./Weyant,
Rem Pursuant to Article Eleven • 6.18-1-32/3000 Navajo Whitney/$18,645.87
of the Real Property Tax Law by Rd./ZAT Construction • 37.14-1-61/1990 Gilbert St./
the Town of Yorktown Corp./$30,776.59 Davis, Alex & Muriel/$1,524.41
------------------------------ • 6.18-1-37/76 Route 6/ZAT • 37.14-2-68/1977 Commerce
-------------------------------- Construction Corp./$279,191.07 St./Friendly Ice Cream SEE LEGALS PAGE 29
-----------X • 15.16-1-47/3196 Lakefront Corp./$76,178.78
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LEGALS Protecting assets when
FROM PAGE 28
it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC you need long-term care
to Rocco Vignola, Esq., 3111 East Tremont Avenue Bronx, NY
10461. Purpose: any lawful act.
LLC FORMATION NOTICE Many of our clients believe GUEST home of 19.78 months. us, the
that because of their age and CORNER Medicaid applicant would have
Operation Restoration NY LLC, Arts of Org. led with Sec. of circumstance that it is too late for to privately pay for nursing home
State of NY (SSNY) 10/15/2019. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. them to protect their assets from care for 19.78 months. ose pay-
as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail the cost of long-term care. While ANTHONY J. ments will be made by using the
process to BlumbergExcelsior Corporate Services, Inc., 16 Court it is always better to start the ENEA applicant’s monthly income, such
St., 14th Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11241. General Purpose. process when one is younger and as social security and/or pension,
LLC FORMATION NOTICE in good health, it is never too late required minimum distribution
to do the planning. along with payment required by
Whitlist LLC, Arts of Org. led with Sec. of State of NY It is not unusual for clients privately (“spenddown”) until the promissory note being repaid
(SSNY) 9/26/2019. Cty: Westchester. SSNY desig. as agent upon who are in their 80s and 90s to she had no more than $14,000 to the applicant.
whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 37 engage in long-term care plan- in savings. (Presently the amount is calculation requires a
Pound Ridge Rd., Bedford, NY 10506. General Purpose. ning by transferring their assets would be $15,750.) variety of factors to be considered,
to a Medicaid Asset Protection To the dismay of my col- such 3 as the private pay cost of
Trust to start the clock running league, his mother’s situation the nursing home, the monthly
PUZZLE SOLUTIONS on the ve-year lookback period was a classic example of a case income of the applicant and an
for nursing home Medicaid eligi- requiring the implementation actuarial calculation of the promis-
Corresponding to Last Week’s bility. Doing so does not impact of a Medicaid crisis plan. If and sory note and/or annuity payment
January 23 Issue the client’s eligibility for home when a single individual (no to be made during the period of
care Medicaid (which does not spouse, divorced or widowed) ineligibility for Medicaid. e
have a look back period). needs to enter a nursing home amount paid to the nursing home
In fact, one can be a nursing for long-term care, and he or must always be less than the nurs-
home resident and still be able to she has assets or resources that ing home’s private pay rate, pursu-
protect approximately 45 to 50 are signi cantly greater than the ant to Medicaid regulations.
percent of one’s assets by imple- amount permitted for Medicaid Once the ineligibility period
menting a Medicaid crisis plan. nursing home eligibility ($15,750 imposed by Medicaid has expired,
Several years ago, after com- for 2020), the implementation of the Medicaid application is
pleting a presentation for a local a Medicaid crisis plan is often the brought up to date and resubmit-
bar association, a fellow attorney most logical and prudent option ted, and the applicant should
approached me and recounted available. then be approved for nursing
a conversation he had with a In the simplest of terms, a home Medicaid. If the potential
member of the Board of Direc- crisis plan is a plan wherein, applicant is married, a crisis plan
tors for the nursing home where immediately prior to the ling is not utilized as a Medicaid ap-
his mother was admitted (the of a Medicaid nursing home plication with spousal refusal is
fellow attorney was also a mem- application, approximately 40 normally the best option.
ber of the Board for the nursing to 50 percent of one’s assets are While the implementation of
home). It was explained to the gifted to children and/or other a crisis plan would be necessary
attorney that because his mother loved ones. At the same time, the for an asset-owning applicant for
(a widow) had $500,000 in balance of one’s assets are trans- nursing home Medicaid, it would
non-IRA/retirement savings she ferred to the same children and/ not be necessary if Medicaid
needed to pay the nursing home or loved ones in consideration home care was a viable option.
of a special promissory note or us, as can be seen from
annuity agreement signed by the the above, it is never too late
children or others in favor of the to engage in Medicaid and
Medicaid applicant. e promis- long-term care planning. e
sory note or annuity must comply implementation of a Medicaid
APARPR with the requirements of the crisis plan, when possible, is an
De cit Reduction Act of 2005 extremely valuable tool in helping
(DRA). e transfer is a loan that to prevent the unnecessary dis-
will be repaid during the period sipation of all of one’s life sav-
of ineligibility for Medicaid ings in the event nursing home
described below. care is required. However, if one
PUBLICITY WITH PERSONALITY Once the gift and loan are has engaged in Medicaid asset
made and the applicant has no protection planning in advance
other non-retirement assets in of needing nursing home care,
his or her name, the application the ability to shelter and protect
for nursing home Medicaid is virtually all of one’s life savings
led. Because a gift (uncompen- from the cost of care is even more
sated transfer) has been made, likely. Planning well in advance
the application will be denied of needing care is the best course
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calculate the period of ineligibility
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