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Power surge Jefferson Village residents hold up their electric
bills during a rally on Friday, Feb. 11.
Rising electric bills leave
PHOTO: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
Yorktown in shock
BY NICK TRUJILLO tired and lived on xed incomes. creating a nancial emergency receiving a bill that goes 200, hikes like this.”
STAFF WRITER “ e Town Board asked Con for families, for seniors on xed 300, 400 percent higher.” Yorktown resident Vincent
incomes, and our small busi-
Energy bills from New York Ed to come to our meeting on nesses.” Yorktown’s community mem- Caporale said his electric bill
providers Con Edison and NY- Tuesday, answer some questions, bers and small businesses are rose from $200 to $864, an in-
SEG have drastically increased explain to us what’s going on – State Assemblyman Kevin perplexed by the rise in the cost crease of over 400 percent. He
in January, doubling and tripling they didn’t come,” said Yorktown Byrne also attended the York- of their energy use during Janu- added that the increases to his
in price in some cases, leaving Town Supervisor Matt Slater at town rally. Byrne spoke about ary, experiencing exponential in- utility rates are encouraging him
many customers in the region the rally. “Homeowners all over the rise in natural gas prices and creases on their electricity bills. to move out of the area earlier
wondering why. our community are opening the responsibility of utility com- Mario Mancini, owner of A&S than expected.
backbreaking utility bills with panies to be transparent with Pork Store and Fine Foods,
According to statements from no explanation, no warning, and their customers before their bills said his electricity bill was over “I was going to wait four, ve
Con Ed representatives, the no help from the state or the spike in price. $6,000 last month, nearly dou- years before I moved to Florida.
drastic price increases can be utility companies.” bling his previous bill. Now I’m telling my wife, take
attributed to an increase in the “If you’re going pass on an your pension, we’re out of here,”
price of natural gas, which is On the commodities market, increase in energy costs of over “It puts a big strain on my Caporale said.
used to supply electricity to its the price of natural gas is up 37 100 percent, you need to give business,” Mancini said. “It’s
millions of customers in New percent year over year. people notice,” Byrne said. “ e very hard for small businesses to Maria Marisco, a Je erson
York City and Westchester way for them to nd out is not stay in business when we get rate
County. In 2020, the New York In a Jan. 28 memo, Con Ed SEE POWER SURGE PAGE 2
State Public Service Commis- said its proposed rate increases
sion approved Con Ed to raise would be to fund $1.2 billion in
its electricity and gas rates over upgrades its electric delivery sys-
a three-year period, and the util- tem and $500 million to boost
ity company is seeking another its gas distribution system.
rate hike this year (11 percent
for electric and 18 percent for Slater said that after closing
natural gas). the Indian Point nuclear power
plant on April 30, 2021, New
A rally protesting the rise in York State told its residents that
utility rates was held on Friday, they had a plan to o er an al-
Feb. 11, at Je erson Village, ternative power source and that
where the residents who heat electricity bills would not rise.
their homes with electricity are
facing higher bills. Many of the “All the things they said
community’s residents are re- wouldn’t happen are in fact hap-
pening,” Slater said. “ e fact
is that the state has led us into
an energy crisis. A crisis that’s
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The Staff POWER SURGE New York State Governor
FROM PAGE 1
EDITORIAL TEAM Kathy Hochul addressed the It’s very hard for small
BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER businesses to stay in
EDITOR: 914-302-5628 issue in a statement on Feb. business when we get
[email protected] rate hikes like this.
Village resident of two years, 11, calling on Con Ed to review
VIM WILKINSON –Mario Mancini
SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR said the increase in her bill their billing practices that a ect Owner, A&S Pork Store and Fine Foods
could price her out of the Yor- customer supply costs and the
PAUL FORHAN ktown area. way the company communi-
(914) 806-3951 “I love it here,” she said. “But cates changes in supply prices.
I’m not going to be able to live She said that even though the
(914) 486-7608 here.” rise in price for electricity, natu-
Maureen Stark said this is ral gas, and fuel were predicted
(201) 317-1139 the biggest monthly increase due to severe winter weather
CORINNE STANTON to her electric bill in the three and the demand for the utili-
[email protected] decades she has lived in York- ties, Con Ed has a responsibili-
JAY GUSSAK town. ty to protect its customers from
[email protected] “My charges have doubled it devastating price increases.
(914) 924-9122 seems,” Stark said. “I have elec-
tric heat, so I now have a devas- Additional reporting by Brian
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Thursday, February 17, 2022 Yorktown News – Page 3
Local legislators fear end of single-family zoning
Proposed state law would allow homeowners to build rental units
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER control. So, therefore, to me, it’s speci cally citing cash incentives rented.
really a dangerous proposal,” said and reporting and evaluation e law would also regulate the
Yorktown Planning Director John requirements. height, size and setbacks of these
Many local governments Tegeder at a YorktownTown Board [Accessory “I just think they need to step units,whichwouldberequiredtobe
entered a state of panic earlier this meeting earlier this month. “We’re dwelling units] back and perhaps do it in steps,” at least four feet o the side and rear
month in response to a proposed the only ones, since we live here the Bedford supervisor said in property lines. Tegeder, Yorktown’s
state law sponsored by their own and work here, that know what our an interview, “where maybe they planning director, was particularly
keep people withlegislator—Sen. Peter Harckham character is. People up in the state require that accessory dwelling concerned about this part of the
disabilities close to(D – South Salem). units be allowed in towns, but let law because, theoretically, it means
cannot even begin to understand
e law would allow accessory what our neighborhoods are like; family members the towns regulate them the way that two accessory dwelling units
apartments to be built on nearly what their character is.” and allow that we want to zone. en, in a on neighboring properties could be
every residential property in the At the same meeting, Yorktown couple of years [they can] tweak within eight feet of each other. He
state—overriding any local law Town Attorney Adam Rodriguez people of color the law to make sure it’s achieving compared it to Yorktown’s more-
already on the books. called it “a usurpation of our home to reside in ZIP what they want to achieve,which is stringent code,which has a 10-foot
rule. It invalidates our accessory codes of greater more a ordable housing.” setback requirement for its sheds.
One Yorktown o cial called dwelling unit law, essentially. It opportunity.
it a “dangerous proposal” while e ectively eliminates single-family Even if Harckham acquiesces on If the nearest local road does
another said, “It e ectively some points of his bill, its original not permit year-round parking,
eliminates single-family zoning zoning in towns statewide.” version is still included in Hochul’s local governments can require
budget, which the state must additional parking—unless the
in towns statewide.” Over in ose comments came about
Chappaqua, a bipartisan group of a week after the New York –State Sen. Peter approve by April 1. unit is within a half-mile of public
town supervisors—from Mount State Conference of Mayors Harckham transportation.
Kisco (D), New Castle (D), North and Municipal O cials issued THE NITTY GRITTY Any application that complies
Castle (D), North Salem (R), a strongly worded memo in e language in Harckham’s bill with the requirements of the state’s
and Yorktown (R)—gathered on opposition to the legislation, and Hochul’s budget are nearly law must be decided on within 90
Sunday to contest the proposed saying, “Any erosion of home rule identical, with a few exceptions. days.
changes. zoning powers are likely to result in distorting what they are and how Harckham’s bill, for example, caps “You have to come [to the town
e law would regulate so-called disjointed development that is out they will bene t our communities.” rental increases on the accessory to get approval], but it becomes a
accessory dwelling units, which of character with a community’s Accessory dwelling units “keep dwelling units at 3 percent per ministerial action,” Tegeder said.
refers to attached or detached living desires, would generate people with disabilities close to year, or 1.5 times the consumer “It’s no longer discretionary in
spaces—complete with kitchens signi cant local opposition, and family members and allow people price index—whichever number is any way. It’s like getting a building
and baths—that are located on the would certainly result in legal of color to reside in ZIP codes of higher. permit. All you have to do is make
same property as an existing single- challenges…” greater opportunity,” Harckham In addition to allowing accessory sure you comply with the technical
family or multi-family home. e A pair of local building said, also noting that they can be dwelling units on single-family requirements. And then the town
units can be rented but not sold. inspectors were likeminded in a revenue source for struggling and multi-family properties, the has no choice but to issue the
Not only has Harckham their views on the proposed law. homeowners. law would also authorize them on permit. If we deny it, there’s an
sponsored a bill, but much of his Carmel’s Mike Carnazza said the “Sadly, our inability to meet “all lots with an existing residential appeal process, which we’ll lose if
legislation’s language has been town already has “laws that seem regional housing needs is the use.” Towns would be able to they complied with those things.”
included in Gov. Kathy Hochul’s to work, and we don’t say no very result of the strict zoning laws require that the primary residence
executive budget. If that version often.” that too many municipalities have be owner-occupied in order for Tom Bartley and Bob Dumas
of the budget passes, the changes “We approve these things 90 enacted, which is why a state plan an accessory dwelling unit to be contributed to this report.
become law, regardless of what percent of the time if they meet for [accessory dwelling units] is
actions the legislature takes on [code requirements], especially for required,”Harckham continued.
Harckham’s bill. septic,” Carnazza said. “I am most e state senator from
“With this legislation, New concerned about septic [capacity] Westchester said he is willing
York legislators can create tens and safety, having buildings too to “work collaboratively” on
of thousands of new, a ordable close [to each other], which can be developing the law. To that end,
homes while giving homeowners a concern to the re departments. Harckham met on Monday with
the opportunity to earn new It seems to me that we did a good town supervisors and mayors in his
sources of income,”the bill reads. job with this and there is no reason senate district.
to push us into something because Bedford Supervisor Ellen Calves
LOCAL CONCERNS we need housing. A law that says said she met with Harckham on
Much of the outrage on the one size ts all doesn’t work.” Saturday, Feb. 12, and “provided
local level stems from the one- Yorktown’s John Landi said he feedback on ways to modify the
size- ts-all approach to regulating recently attended a conference with current legislation so it can achieve
accessory dwelling units. Many other building inspectors, where its aim while preserving zoning
communities, such as Yorktown, the proposed law was a major topic provisions that protect the people
already have their own laws, which of discussion among the attendees. living in these houses.” Harckham,
would be “null and void”if they fall “It would be really taxing she said, was amenable to making
short of the requirements set forth on our re department, our changes.
in the state’s version. roadways, our sewers, our water Calves applauded the legislation’s
Yorktown, with its own law, has department,” Landi said. “It would principal thrust—to increase the
already approved 177 accessory just overburden the town. It would a ordable-housing stock through
dwelling units, according to inundate it with apartments.I don’t accessory dwelling units—but
the town. Normally, accessory nd it to be a good thing at all.” called for changes to safeguard
dwelling units are handled by “certain things that we control and
local planning and zoning boards HARCKHAM RESPONDS want to continue to control.” ey
on a case-by-case basis, but the Responding to the outrage, include setback speci cations,
state’s law acknowledges removing Harckham issued a statement of his parking requirements and owner
“discretionary review” from the own over the weekend, calling out occupancy of a property’s main
process. what he called the “demagoguery” dwelling. FILE PHOTO/BOB DUMAS
“It changes the character of your over his bill. He added that “much e bill as written “may be too A bill sponsored by state Sen. Pete Harckham (D-South Salem) would
single-family neighborhoods to of the rhetoric now surrounding big, too sweeping, as a rst step, but allow homeowners to build so-called accessory dwelling units on
an extent that we no longer can [accessory dwelling units] is greatly some of it is really great,” she said, their properties.
Page 4 – Yorktown News Thursday, February 17, 2022
LAKELAND CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Police intervene at rowdy meeting
BY NICK TRUJILLO lic comment period would end ations where folks fear for their how members of the community e negative
STAFF WRITER prematurely if civility was not physical safety during or after behaved at the meeting. environment is caused
maintained, an audience member school board meetings, we will
Frustrations with the commu- shouted, “How German of you.” continue to do our best to miti- Paul Edwards, who spoke at by a small group of
nity reached a boiling point at a Kaufman was stunned and en- gate those situations,” Noble said. the meeting in favor of the dis- individuals who
Feb. 10 Lakeland Board of Edu- acted a ve-minute recess in an “If arrests are the proper course of trict’s DEI initiative, was on the chose to disrupt and
cation meeting, prompting school attempt to regain control of the action, we’ll make them. We will receiving end of shouts from the disrespect not only
board president Adam Kaufman meeting. continue to do our best to protect crowd, as audience members ac- their community but
to request the removal of two peo- everyone and hope that civility cused him of not staying on the the work the board is
ple for repeated interjections, and “To call a Jewish man sitting soon prevails.” topic of the budget. Edwards was meeting to accomplish
later causing the police to escort here German like that? And im- at the lectern when the “German” for the students of
school o cials to the parking lot. plying what you’re implying?” said In the wake of the meeting, a comment was made, prompting
Kaufman in response to the heck- community “Meet & Greet” with the board to pause the public- Lakeland.’
School o cials repeatedly at- ler. Lakeland Superintendent Karen comment period.
tempted to keep the public com- Gagliardi was canceled. e event –Adam Kaufman
ment portion of the meeting on e Yorktown Police Depart- was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. “When they said it, they knew President, Lakeland BOE
topic, which was the 2022-23 ment declined to comment on 15, at the Je erson Valley Mall. what it meant,” Edwards said in
school budget. But comments whether it is investigating any an interview. “If you’re that so state’s framework on diversity, eq-
quickly turned to the topic of incidents that took place dur- “ e Je erson Valley Mall did emboldened, that’s who you are. uity, and inclusion.
masks, Critical Race eory, and ing or after the meeting. Police not feel comfortable hosting the You’re that comfortable when you
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chief Robert Noble did, however, event due to their concern over speak, that’s who you are.” Perlman went on to explain
policies. To watch the meeting, con rm that his o cers escorted the possibility of planned disrup- SOS’ position to Yorktown News.
please visit TAPintoYorktown. school board members from the tions,” the district said in a state- Meanwhile, Magdalena Perl- “SOS believes that the K-12
net. meeting because of “alleged hos- ment. man, a research analyst for the curricula should be rigorously
tile behavior” in the parking lot. SOS (Save Our Schools) Lake- grounded in the core subjects as
When Kaufman said the pub- Residents across the political land Chapter, also expressed dis- well as in the founding principles
“If there continues to be situ- divide expressed displeasure with appointment in the behavior of embodied in the Declaration of
community members. Independence and the Constitu-
CARPET tion of the United States: liberty,
“SOS Lakeland has worked justice, and equality for all. We
HARDWOOD for nearly a year to be the collab- contend that our children should
orative, deliberate, and transparent be taught how and why the U.S. is
REFINISH group to address the Lakeland the largest, most free, and success-
HARDWOOD board members and the commu- ful multiracial society in human
FLOORING nity regarding DEI and changes history; we also a rm that stu-
being introduced in the district dents should learn, and to a great
CERAMIC TILES that will a ect children for gen- extent already have been learning,
erations,” Perlman said in a state- the truth about racial injustice in
AREA RUGS ment to Yorktown News. “For our nation.”
those reasons,it is most regrettable
WINDOWS ’N BLINDS PreSsSidaaenllte’es!!Day to acknowledge that the discourse Interruptions from the audi-
at the Feb. 10 BOE meeting was ence have become commonplace
unacceptable for all parties con-
cerned. It disrupted community SEE LAKELAND BOE PAGE 13
concerns being brought to the
BOE, such as those by SOS re-
garding use of the American Res-
cue Plan (ARP) ESSER funds...”
e group is concerned that ac-
cepting the ESSER funds — El-
ementary and Secondary School
Emergency Relief — would re-
quire the district to follow the
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Guiding Eyes proposes expansion
Charity wants to buy 12 acres for new kennel
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER ity organization that calls York- – which breeds, trains and pro- Road since 1954. Even after were questioning the plan, say-
town home is looking to grow its vides dogs to people with vision opening an outreach center in ing the property has not had any
presence in the community. loss – has been headquartered Yorktown Heights last year, the other suitors during his time in
A nationally recognized char- Guiding Eyes for the Blind on Yorktown’s Granite Springs nonpro t, which has 1,400 vol- o ce.
unteers and breeds 500 dogs an- “Part of me doesn’t understand
nually, is not done expanding. how we could sit and hope that
YORKTOWN VOLUNTEER Last week, Guiding Eyes someone else is going to pop up
AMBULANCE CORPS revealed that it was in discus- when we have someone, who is a
sions to buy a 12-acre parcel global brand who calls Yorktown
on Route 202 that sits behind home, that does amazing work,”
Signs Ink and the Mobil gas Slater said. “Hoping for some-
station. Vacant except for a run- thing else, I’m not sure how real-
down house, the land is owned istic that is.”
by Temple Israel of Northern Diana, the deputy supervisor,
Westchester and is accessible echoed those sentiments.
from Mohansic Avenue. “Personally, I don’t see any-
Ordinary People Doing “We need more kennel ca- body jumping down the throats
pacity than we have today,” said of anybody to buy this property,”
John Donnelly, Guiding Eyes’ Diana said. “Let’s get something
board chairman. “We love where on the property rather than just a
Extraordinary Things we are in Yorktown, and we don’t broken down, beat up old house
want to move. But we really can’t that’s not doing anything. is is
do anything more than we’ve al- something that’s going to help
ready done on the land that we a lot of people. It’s not going to
occupy today.” be just another vacant store that
Before agreeing to buy the people are going to complain
The Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps land, Guiding Eyes wants assur- about in the town of Yorktown.”
ances from the Town Board that e conceptual plan does not
NEEDS VOLUNTEERS it will support the organization’s spell out how big the building
plan to develop a canine kennel. would be and where it would be
e property lies in a so-called located. But representatives for
If you are interested in becoming a YVAC volunteer and receive interchange district, which does Guiding Eyes said its facilities
valuable professional medical training, using the most advanced not permit such a use, so the would probably be located on
board would likely have to re- the north side of the property,
technology and tools available to serve write its code to make the plan as far away from their Mohansic
your community, YVAC has
work. Avenue neighbors as possible.
Some board members ini- e building would feature a
a place for you. tially hesitated at the plan, cit- kennel and a dog hospital, which
ing a lack of property taxes the would not be open to the public.
You provide the land would generate because of With the board’s blessing,
Guiding Eyes’ nonpro t status. “We would move ahead and buy
time, we provide But after some convincing ar- [the property] and we’d move
the training. guments from Town Supervisor ahead and build an absolute
Matt Slater and Councilman rst-class facility that everyone
Tom Diana, the board members would be proud of,” Donnelly
said they wanted more time to said. “It would be attractive, it
review their options. would be perfectly maintained
Councilman Sergio Esposito, and cared for over a long-term
the former Yorktown Chamber basis. We’re not a store. We’re a
of Commerce president, called it not-for-pro t, so we can’t o er
a “tough one,” saying the prop- those other things. But just like
erty could be “an attractive com- we’re a great neighbor where we
mercial space.” are today, we would take very
“I know there haven’t been a good care of this property.
lot of people who have looked at “I can’t guarantee anything in
this property, but you also didn’t life, but our plan would be to be
have a Trader Joe’s that’s com- there forever,” the Guiding Eyes
Visit us at ing in across the street to kind chairman added. “We love York-
of entice somebody to come look town. We love what it represents.
www.yvac.net at that property,” Esposito said, We’re really proud to bring peo-
before noting that Guiding Eyes ple from around the country to
is a respected organization that this location to train with a guide
would likely occupy the site for dog.”
decades. e board was slated to recon-
Similarly, Councilwoman Lu- vene the issue at an upcoming
2600 Loretta St., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 ciana Haughwout said, “I just meeting. Before adjourning the
want to sit with it for a second. issue, Slater got in the nal word.
914-245-YVAC at area is becoming some- “We have a global brand look-
thing of an attraction now.” ing to expand right here in Yor-
Slater seemed incredulous ktown,” he said. “I think that’s
that his colleagues on the board signi cant.”
Thursday, February 17, 2022 Yorktown News – Page 7
Weddings could be a cash cow for struggling farmers
BY BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER ternational Spirits and Wines in we have to be cognizant of writ- A TOWERING PROPOSITION tion to a $25,000 payment to the
Mount Kisco ing something that doesn’t allow A new wireless tower is being town, Homeland Towers said it
“Farm events are more popular things you didn’t expect or…may proposed for town-owned prop- would equip the pole with Yor-
An all-star roster of restaura- than they were, whether it be a upset people in that neighbor- erty near the intersection of Hill ktown’s antennas, which are used
teurs, brewers, and farmers lob- wedding or an outdoor meeting,” hood.” Boulevard and Route 6 in Je er- for emergency services.
bied a receptive Town Board last Albright told the Town Board. e board will draft legislation son Valley. e property has been desig-
week on legislation that could “We just think the timing is and farm the idea out to its ex- e monopole would support nated as parkland, requiring the
transform Yorktown’s many right.” perts and advisory boards. four wireless carriers. In addi- state legislature’s approval.
farms into wedding venues. Deacon said being able to host
Logging into the virtual Zoom weddings would help his farm’s FIRE SMOKE
meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, were: bottom line. WIND WATER DAMAGE
• Joe Bueti, owner of the Vil- “As a farmer myself, it’s hard to
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Livin’ La Vida Divas
BRUCE a performance of Arthur Miller’s of it all is what makes the frolic- Appearing in “Divas” at Ridgeﬁeld Theater Barn through Feb. 26 are
THE BLOG “Death of a Salesman,”with some behavior go down easy. (from left) Deborah Connelly, Tim Huber, and Nancy Sinacori.
their archrival playing the highly
BRUCE coveted role of Linda (Mrs. Willy) Summing up their relationship, Recognition also is due to seating. Bring your own food and
APAR Loman. Among the funny bits Clarice asks,“Why do we con- versatile Timothy Huber, who beverage to enjoy, starting one
here is a cutting commentary on stantly insult each other?”to which plays multiple roles with equal hour before showtime. And the
One-act compilations – the sincerity of saying “Congratu- Bethel replies,“Maybe because parts panache and smarm, bring- friendliest people who run the
where several unrelated lations”to a fellow actor you’ve there’s nobody else left worth ing to his strong turns a con dent place. Led by executive director
short plays are strung just seen on stage. It’s not only insulting.”Still, as we learn in one and magnetic stage presence. Also Pamme Jones, their infectious
together to form a full-length laugh-out-loud-worthy but rings of the better vignettes, where there making brief and e ective appear- energy and their appreciation of
production – are staples of local true. Nearly clearly knows his way is some suspense in nding out ances are Catherine Cavender and every patron make for an always
theater. around theater people and politics. which one of the self-regarding Tarah Margaret Vega. Shout-out convivial atmosphere that warms
drama queens will get top billing too to sound designer Ben Warner the theater-going experience.
Connecticut’s Ridge eld Subsequent vignettes place on a theatrical poster, the appella- for the atmospheric musical inter-
eater Barn production of Divas Bethel and Clarice at auditions, tion “divas”is intended as a term of ludes between acts. Bruce Apar is a writer and actor,
is a distinct departure from that a funeral, a publicist’s o ce, and, endearment; indeed, it’s a lot more who is appearing this March in the
formula. decorous than that more brusque is delightful production can M&M Performing Arts production
Currently on its stage, through nally, the afterlife. word that starts with a “b”and be seen through Feb. 26 at Ridge- of Arthur Miller’s “ e Price at
Feb. 26, are seven pieces by one While there may be some over- rhymes with itches. Lyndhurst” in Tarrytown. He can be
writer, Jack Neary, all of which earnest mugging at times – where eld eater Barn (ridge eld- reached at [email protected]; 914-
showcase a pair of colorful, actorly the dialogue itself e ortlessly does At times, the showbizzy shtick theaterborn.org), which is one of 275-6887. For tickets > Lyndhurst.
creations – acid-tongued Bethel the mugging – the two leads play can become a tad redundant, but my top three places to enjoy local org/events/winter-theater.
(Nancy Sinacori) and her faithful o each other impressively, to the rapid- re repartee keeps it all theater in the lower Hudson Val-
foil, Clarice (Deborah Connelly). well-timed comic e ect. In their moving speedily along. ley. e reasons are several: Cabaret
ey play veteran theater thespians contrasting personas and their
who’ve seen it all and have some- stubborn camaraderie, which peeks TRAUMA OF The Price Is Right
thing piercing to say about it all, through sheepishly at random mo- AUDITIONING
and about each other. It’s not that ments, they win us over as long- Yorktown resident Bruce Apar is featured in the upcoming M&M
they stab each other in the back. su ering frenemies. In holding the ere are moments when Performing Arts Company production of Arthur Miller’s classic
eir verbal knife ghts are full stage for the entirety of the show, belonging to theater culture – as drama “The Price” in the Grand Picture Gallery at Tarrytown’s
frontal. Fortunately, for them and Sinacori and Connelly staunchly actor, writer, director, or theater Lyndhurst Mansion March 4-20. He plays furniture appraiser
for the audience, it’s all in harmless, manage their formidable workload person of any sort – adds nuance Gregory Solomon (seated) in the powerful play that examines
good fun. with solid professionalism. and subtext to appreciating the with compassion and humor the relationship of two estranged
Neary places the two competi- shenanigans these two revel in, brothers who meet after many years to dispose of their family’s
tive and catty comrades-in-arts in CAMPY THEATER such as the scenes sending up the belongings. The cast includes Yorktowners Michael Muldoon
something akin to mini-situation ere are no weighty messages trauma of auditioning and other (right) as Victor Franz and Melinda O’Brien (who also directs) as
comedies or sketches that each last vicissitudes of life in the theater. Esther Franz, and Richard Troiano (left) as Walter Franz. Tickets
not much more than 10 minutes. here. No high drama. Just fun are on sale at Lyndhurst.org. To purchase tickets by phone: Call
stu , listening to a couple of 60ish Yet, even those whose typecast 1-888-718-4253 opt. 1.
CONGRATULATIONS actors, virtually joined at the hip, theater role is audience member
NOT tease and tolerate each other with doubtless will roll with the theater-
all manner of jokey repartee and knowing humor and backstage
In the opening scene, they are glib throw-away lines. It’s all about dishing that animates all seven
not so much enjoying as enduring the theater and acting. One of one-acts.
my tablemates aptly categorized
the style employed by Neary as Co-director Paulette Layton
“campy,”or humorously exagger- has done a ne job taking the reins
ated. at’s as good a description of this production after original
as any of what we’re witnessing director Michael Ferrara moved
here, and the tongue-in-cheekiness out of town since the originally
scheduled performance dates of
At the intersection of science and politics
MY spirits of over 200,000 people who would have loved it. can Museum of Natural History, stepped up to the microphone and
PERSPECTIVE excitedly gathered to celebrate e theme of the fair was “ e who had harnessed “cosmic rays”at opened: “If science, like art, is to
the opening of the World’s Fair his laboratory in Manhattan, sent perform its mission truly and fully,
JAMES in Queens. My aunt and uncle, World of Tomorrow.” ere was them by cable to the Queens site, its achievements must enter not
MARTORANO Michelina and Mike, were among an unmistakable optimism in the lighting it up in a dazzling display only super cially but with their in-
the attendees and later returned air, and a belief that science and of scienti c magic. And none other ner meaning into the consciousness
On April 30, 1939, neither home with a cherished orange spire democracy would surely lead us than Albert Einstein, the opening of the people.”
rain nor a bone-chilling memento (which, years later, my to a better future. Indeed, a model night’s guest speaker, explained
wind could dampen the sister was allowed to touch!). My community appropriately entitled “cosmic rays”to the enthralled While the jubilant fairgoers
parents, with their wedding a year “Democracity”was on display. audience. At the appropriate mo- imagined a better world with
away, considered going but decided ment, the Great Man, who had democracy spearheading the way,
against it.Too bad, I know they For the opening ceremony, just turned 60 the month before,
Professor W.H. Barton Jr. of the SEE MARTORANO PAGE 11
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Beyond the ree Rs
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MARTORANO truth? It is of no surprise that seventeen Department, NASA, and the Navy. All determined. Similarly, our democracy must
authoritarian leaders over the last cen- these agencies had their mission, and their foster a freewheeling forum for competing
FROM PAGE 8 tury, including Benito Mussolini, Rodrigo capacity to search for the truth, undermined ideas with the results never preordained.
Duterte, Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdogan, by a politically motivated desire to bend sci- Partisanship can never be allowed to
across the ocean, Adolf Hitler was harbor- and Idi Amin, have attempted to strip sci- ence to t partisan needs. tarnish the truth. Yet today, thanks to bad
ing other ideas. His invasion of Poland was ence of its independence. Even in our own actors, we live in a world where scienti cal-
only months away, and the threat he and country, we’ve witnessed rsthand, during e negative consequences of this trend ly proven realities are shunned in favor of
other tyrants posed to both democracy and our former President’s administration, an were never more evident than when the “alternative facts,” where books are banned
science was going virtually unnoticed by the unhidden attempt to destroy the very es- government was forced to respond to the and sometimes burned, where horrendous
free world. Even after Hilter’s demise, gen- sence of scienti c inquiry. Covid-19 pandemic. From the very begin- parts of our history are o -limits in schools
erations of scientists recounted his revulsion ning of the pandemic, the prior administra- for fear of being o ensive, where dangerous
for science as an independent enterprise. It has been well documented that the tion chose to discredit science. We can only conspiracy theories are embraced as factual,
last president’s attacks on science have speculate as to the number of lives that and, most recently, where a violent insur-
e most-oft repeated anecdotes involve negatively impacted virtually every agency might have been saved if politicians had rection is deemed by a major political party
Hitler’s meetings with Max Planck, Nobel that employs science in its decision-making fully and wholeheartedly joined forces with to be “legitimate political discourse.” Our
prizewinner and science administrator, and processes. irty-nine of his anti-science the scienti c community. once-solid faith in a science-enhanced fu-
Albert Speer, Hitler’s armaments minister. restrictive directives involved the Environ- ture has been replaced by a cynical distrust
According to Planck, when he tried to mental Protection Agency (EPA). ese Unfortunately, we don’t have World’s for long-held democratic principles and
persuade Hitler that doing away with Jewish directives included disbanding a committee Fairs any longer. Even worse, the optimistic even for each other.
scientists might be harmful, Hitler report- that studied air pollution, disregarding the faith in a science-enhanced future, shared
edly dismissed the idea, saying: “So we’ll EPA scientists’warnings on the dangers of by almost all the 200,000 in attendance Our democracy has inspired countless
do without science for a few years.”Even asbestos, and ordering scientists to downplay on that rainy opening night, has somehow movements around the world which are
during the Second World War, when leaders the harms from a chemical that damages been supplanted in a large part of our witness to many brave souls risking their
had begun to see the utility of science for fetal hearts. Other attacks critically devas- population by a hateful distrust of science lives to ght for the freedom that we too
the war e ort, Speer related in his postwar tated other agencies’ability to protect our and truth-telling in general. Why is this often take for granted.Today, we must make
memoirs that the concept of the atomic citizens and to protect our environment and concerning? Democracy and science both our voices heard in support of the mission of
bomb “strained Hitler’s intellectual capacity.” wildlife. e list of groups and laws that depend for their survival on a commonly both science and democracy. In these trying
were targeted is exhaustive: the Department held trust in truth. A scienti c e ort, to times, I am reminded of the sage words of
Hitler’s scorn for science’s search for truth of the Interior, the Endangered Species Act, yield accurate results, must rely on observa- one of my heroes, Carl Sagan: “Science is far
is a common trait for tyrannical rulers. Once the National Environmental Policy Act, the tions free from other considerations. Even from a perfect instrument of knowledge. It’s
in charge, science must be “bent”to t their Consumer Product Safety Commission, science must remain humble in its appre- just the best one we have. In this respect, as
political whims. Since tyrants must control the Department of Education, the State ciation of our human limitations and most in many others, it’s like democracy.”
everything that their citizens see, hear, and importantly its results must never be pre-
learn, why let them know the unvarnished
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YORKTOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
‘No determination’ made on books
Public weighs in at school board meeting
BY NICK TRUJILLO the original complaints as well as a full list of of teachers, administrators, and a library me- but schools have to wait a little longer.
STAFF WRITER books being reviewed, which were not pro- dia specialist will review the books and rec- Hochul said she and state o cials would
vided by publication. ommend a decision to the superintendent.
Yorktown’s superintendent is trying to get revisit the school mask mandate in early
everyone on the same page regarding the e district only has one copy of each e superintendent will make a decision, March after reviewing Covid-19 data and
eight books that have been temporarily re- book,meaning they are currently unavailable and if the person who made the complaint is recommendations from public health of-
moved from the school district’s middle and to students during the review process. not satis ed, they can make an appeal to the
high school libraries. Board of Education. cials. Yorktown and Lakeland Central
“Our committee has taken the books out School District administrators have re-
“A determination hasn’t been made yet,” of the library so they can review it and the e policy references the 1982 Supreme mained hopeful that the choice to mask stu-
Dr. Ron Hattar said at the Board of Educa- book just can’t be in two places at one time,” Court case Island Trees School District vs. dents will be made voluntary.
tion’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 7. “I think Hattar said. Pico, in which a complaint about 11 books
there have been some conclusions that have in the school’s library was contested by a “I have been speaking with the state
been formed and the committee hasn’t even e explanation didn’t sit well with some group of students. e Supreme Court ruled Department of Health. We wrote a letter
of the residents who spoke at the school in the favor of the students and the First jointly, as a group of superintendents, to ad-
nished their process at this point. I respect board meeting.Tom Marron said the district Amendment, and the books were returned vocate for clear metrics, a clear date,” Hattar
the process and we’re going to follow the could check other copies out from neighbor- to the library, limiting the power of school said last week.“At what point can we remove
process.” ing libraries or buy extra copies on Amazon. boards to remove books from its libraries be- the masks? Some would say that we’re at that
Rachel Frederick said the Westchester Pub- cause of their content. point, we’re past that point. I don’t disagree
ree days earlier, Yorktown News re- lic Library System has at least a dozen avail- with you.”
ported that books dealing with sexuality,rac- able copies of each book in question. Members of the Yorktown school com-
ism,and police brutality were being reviewed munity were given the chance to participate At the most recent Lakeland Central
by a committee of educators in the wake of Resident Judyth Stavans said she hopes in the review process. ey had until Feb. School District Board of Education meet-
a handful of community complaints. e the books remain in the student libraries. 11 to volunteer themselves to be randomly ing, board President Adam Kau man simi-
books, con rmed by Hattar, include: selected to read one of the books and partici- larly said that once masks are no longer re-
“While someone may not want their pate objectively in any scheduled meetings quired by the state, it will left up to families
• “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens children to read a particular book, that does held by the committee. to decide whether their children continue to
Speak Out”by Susan Kuklin not give them the right to prevent all stu- wear them in schools.
dents from having access to it,” Stavans said. e fate of the books ultimately lies with
• “Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)” by “While someone may not want their chil- Hattar, who said he will let the community Hattar asked all members of the school
L.C. Rosen dren to read a particular book, that does not know when he makes his decisions community to be respectful of whatever de-
give them the right to prevent all students cisions each individual family makes about
• “ e Hate U Give”by Angie omas from having access to it.” MASK MANDATE REMAINS FOR NEW wearing a mask.
• “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia YORK SCHOOLS
Kobabe e process of reviewing these books is “ e decision will be based one one’s per-
Several other titles are rumored to also be guided by Board of Education policy No. New York State’s indoor mask mandate sonal comfort, family circumstances, I would
under review. Yorktown News has submit- 1420-R, which states that if a complaint was lifted by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Feb. 10, just ask that we all be respectful of the decision
ted a Freedom of Information request for cannot be resolved informally, a committee that one makes moving forward,”Hattar said.
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IBM’s Watson facility gets $2.6 million grant
New York State Senator Pete Harck- around the world, including here in the datacenter cooling upgrades. servation results.”
ham announced last month that IBM Hudson Valley, and I am pleased that sub- e state grant funding for IBM is part e omas J. Watson Research Center,
(International Business Machines Corp) stantial state funding will help see this vital
received a state grant from the Round XI initiative through,” Harckham said. “ e of $196 million being awarded to 488 built in 1961 in Yorktown Heights, New
of the Regional Economic Development work to eliminate carbon emissions at the REDC projects statewide that will sup- York, serves as the headquarters of IBM
Council (REDC) initiative for energy ef- Watson Research Center should signal to port community revitalization and business Research – one of the largest industrial re-
other major corporations, colleges and hos- growth. search organizations in the world – and its
ciency measures at three locations, includ- pitals that the time to take serious action to multiple labs on ve continents.Scientists at
ing the omas J. Watson Research Cen- thwart the climate crisis is now.” “As the climate crisis becomes more the lab work with businesses, governments,
ter, the Yorktown Heights headquarters of urgent, IBM recognizes that the most ef- and academic institutions on pioneering
IBM Research, under the New York State With this REDC grant funding, which fective way to reduce our greenhouse gas scienti c breakthroughs across today’s most
Energy Research & Development (NY- totals $2,609,100, IBM will pursue a port- emissions is to make our operations more promising and disruptive technologies in-
SERDA) Commercial & Industrial Car- folio of 16 energy e ciency measures at the e cient and thereby reduce our actual con- cluding the future of arti cial intelligence,
bon Challenge program. Watson Research Center and locations in sumption of energy,” said Vanessa Hunt, cloud computing, and quantum computing.
Armonk and Poughkeepsie. e projects technology managing director and IBM se-
“IBM is continuing its ambitious com- will include HVAC upgrades, the instal- nior state executive, New York State. “IBM is press release was prepared by the o ce
mitment in decreasing the total amount of lation of a geothermal heating system, and looks forward to applying the REDC grant of state Sen. Peter Harckham.
greenhouse gases generated at its facilities funding to deliver additional energy con-
LAKELAND BOE said in a statement to Yorktown ter about holding true to their pub- said the district will continue to uity for All Council.
FROM PAGE 4 News. “We will continue to sup- lic comment rules. remove disruptive audience mem- Many audience members were
port and listen to community “Going back months and bers in coming meetings and hopes curious about the technology and
members, with the understand- months, people have gotten on the meetings can return to a place debt service budget overview pre-
at Lakeland board meetings dating ing of mutual respect between the that podium and not just spoken of celebrating students and con- sentation, asking how the ESSER
back to March 2021, when parents community, our administrators, inaccuracies, but have blatantly ducting school business. federal aid funds factored into the
took issue with remote learning and the board. We want to work lied, have blatantly slandered, have “ e majority of community budget and Lakeland’s plans for
and plans to re-open school build- with the community with the un- blatantly defamed community members do not abuse the oppor- combatting Covid-related learn-
ings in a safe way under the Co- derstanding that there are state and members, community organiza- tunity to address the board. e ing gaps as the district approaches
vid-19 pandemic. federal mandates that we are legal- tions, insisting that ‘this organi- negative environment is caused by the end of the second year of the
Chants of “unmask our kids,” ly obligated to abide by as a public zation is a terrorist organization,’ a small group of individuals who pandemic.
and “we’re done with the CRT, school district.” some of the most disgusting things chose to disrupt and disrespect not “I think [the trustees] all bring
we’re done with the masks,” were Prior to the public comment and not once did the board address only their community but the work a level of experience and expertise
repeated throughout last week’s session at each meeting, the board that,” Ascanio said in an interview. the board is meeting to accomplish that could be super bene cial to
meeting. e mask mandate in president reads a statement about “ ey need to get better on shut- for the students of Lakeland,” the district, to the kids, to the sta ,
schools is a New York State man- public speaking, saying that com- ting down people who are having Kaufman said. to the teachers, if they’re allowed to
date; the board cannot do anything ments should be kept courteous outbursts, either at the podium or at work was on display at the do it,” Ascanio said. “ ey’ve been
until it is lifted by Governor Kathy and respectful, speakers may not in the audience.” Feb. 10 meeting. Gagliardi pre- saddled with this one issue for close
Hochul. At Lakeland’s Jan. 27 personally attack or name indi- Kaufman and Gagliardi said sented an update on the DEI work to a year now. ey can’t talk about
BOE meeting, Kaufman said once viduals in their speeches, and the that the district received numer- within the district, outlining a new anything else. e loudest folks,
the mandate is lifted, masks will be board will not respond to com- ous messages from community strategy of having a building-level the anti-DEI folks, have created
optional in Lakeland schools. ments, but will correct inaccuracies members who were discouraged by DEI committee in each school this perfect storm at our meetings
“ e board and administration made by the public. the behavior of the audience at the made up of sta , faculty, parents, that for some reason, our board is
cannot repair the division within Lakeland parent Joe Ascanio meeting and want to move forward and secondary school students, all incapable of responding the correct
our community alone,” Kaufman said that the board needs to be bet- in a respectful matter. Kaufman funneling into a district-wide Eq- way at the correct time.”
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Yorktown residents earn academic honors
e following residents earned academic honors for the fall 2021 semester (the names below are people who made the Dean’s List, unless noted otherwise). All names were submitted to Yorktown News
by colleges or parents. is is not intended to be a complete list of every Yorktown honors student. If you would like to submit a name to be included here, please email [email protected]
BATES COLLEGE ELMIRA COLLEGE Emma Santini Daniella Gerbasi (President’s Taylor Teachout
Lauren Salazar Brett Warden List) David Treanor
LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY
BELMONT UNIVERSITY EMERSON COLLEGE Alexa Sta u Julia Hirsch SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY
Madeline Ferri omas Hogan Matthew Hodges Jonathon White
MONCLAIR STATE Nathan Pratico
BRYANT UNIVERSITY GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF UNIVERSITY SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Emma Ryan TECHNOLOGY SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE Sophia D’Ambrozio
Joseph Chiappetta Alyssa Buck UNIVERSITY
Connor Koelsch (Faculty Hon- TUFTS UNIVERSITY
CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE ors) MUHLENBERG COLLEGE Jonathan Moorman Becky Steinberg
Skylar Chandler Samantha Miley Corey Tutt
HAMILTON COLLEGE Matthew Regan UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
CLARKSON UNIVERSITY Kiera Wax Reed ompson SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE Tara Rothenberg
Michael I Buchwald (Presiden- omas Briscoe
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY NAZARETH COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
tial Scholar) So a Gruppuso (Provost’s List) Brendan Regan Samantha Kayo Nikki Lupinacci
Connor Bernard Gallagher Olivia Howard Gianna Scialdone Lillian Williams
Conor Hufnagel THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Vincent Scialdone Reed Du
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Super Sunday for Huskers’ dynamic duo
Tornambe and Carter win sectional titles
BY MIKE SABINI “I wasn’t going to let my tiredness
CONTRIBUTING WRITER in that moment ruin what I’ve
been dreaming about and work-
Yorktown Coach Dr. Jimmy ing toward my entire wrestling
Kaishian said previously that the career.”
Husker program has something Yorktown’s James Madden
special to it. (215) earned All-Section honors
Appropriately, on Super Bowl with a late throw after trailing
Sunday, the Huskers proved just by ve with 30 seconds remain-
how special their program is, as ing, to win his quarter nal match
Joe Tornambe (102 pounds) and on Feb. 12 at Arlington. Madden
Dillon Carter (160) each won placed sixth.
their respective weight classes at Nick Bucello (118),Luca Stan-
the Section 1 Division 1 Tour- ford (172), Frank Ofrias (110),
nament at Clarkstown South on and Jason Glicksman (118) also
Feb. 13. Yorktown’s Joe Tornambe won a PHOTOS: SKIP PEARLMAN wrestled very competitively for
Yorktown’s Dillon Carter won a Section 1 championship at 160
“It means the world to win a Section 1 championship at 102 pounds. the Huskers, who tied Lakeland/
section title,” said Tornambe, pounds.
Panas for 10th place.
whose father, John, once coached personally. program.” of the people watching. I had to “ is was a big step for our
the Huskers, including Kaishian. “I was blessed to have a high- By winning their weight class- stay locked into the match and I program,” Kaishian said of the
“Knowing I spent all of the extra school coach who believed in me es in the sectional tournament, did.” Huskers’ sectional success. “Ev-
hours in the wrestling room and and instilled in me a passion for the Husker dynamic duo earned Carter earned his title when he eryone wrestled hard, two great
in the gym made it feel amazing.” wrestling,” Kaishian said. “Today, itself a trip to the state tourna- executed a late takedown in the kids became section champs and
Winning a sectional title was I got a chance to coach his son, ment at the MVP Arena in Al- nals versus Ossining’s Tristan an inspiration for their teammates
just as amazing for Carter. Joe Tornambe, to a section title bany on Friday, Feb. 25, and Sat- Robinson-July to record a 7-4 to follow. If you believe in yourself,
“It meant the world plus more and make a small down payment urday, Feb. 26. triumph. commit to the sport, and trust the
when I won the section title,” on all that he has done for me. Tornambe earned his title by “In the nal moments of the process, good things will happen.
Carter said. “All the hard work, Add to that Dillon Carter who pinning Fox Lane’s Luis Diaz- tournament when I took down at’s what this year has been
late-night practices, extra time didn’t wrestle last year. He put his Giron in the third period of the Tristan Robinson-July, I was about,building a culture of joy and
lifting weights, early morning trust and faith in us and worked nals. telling myself in my head, ‘my enthusiasm for wrestling in York-
runs, and training just all paid o his dream of a section champion “Just staying composed and dream, my dream, my dream,’ be- town. I want to give a shout-out
in that moment.” into reality. It was an emotional being in the moment of the cause I would dream of winning a to coaches Alex Melikian and Joe
For Kaishian, a 2013 York- day for me, and I couldn’t be match,” Tornambe said on how section title and that gave me the McKenna for doing such a great
town graduate, the sectional titles prouder. I am just humbled to be he was able to pull o the victory. extra drive to nish the takedown job this year and setting a founda-
of his two grapplers meant a lot a part of the Yorktown wrestling “I knew I couldn’t worry about all and secure the win,” Carter said. tion for years to come.”
Rebels’ McGannon places second at sectionals
Earns berth to state tournament in Albany
BY MIKE SABINI cessful weekend. work hard anything is possible. for them that they had such a great season
CONTRIBUTING WRITER “I had a really good week of practice, “I am so proud of all of them and so happy and postseason,”Bergen added.
which allowed me to peak at the perfect
Lakeland/Panas Coach Dave Bergen said time,” McGannon said. “Beyond that, the
his team had a nice weekend at the Section 1 support from my teammates was unreal.”
Division 1 championships,held at Arlington ree of McGannon’s teammates earned
on Feb. 12 and Clarkstown South on Feb. All-Section honors and they were Spencer
13. Maja (126 pounds, fourth place), Stephen
at may be a bit of an understatement Carroll (145, fth place), and Chris Ciraco
as one of his wrestlers, Connor McGan- (172, sixth place).
non, earned All-Section honors by nish- Evan Salazar (160) and Kevin Hickey
ing the tournament in second place in the (285) wrestled well at Arlington but fell one
189-pound bracket while earning himself match short of the medal round.
a trip to the state tournament at the MVP As a team, Lakeland/Panas nished tied
Arena in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 25, and for 10th place with Yorktown.
Sunday, Feb. 26. “It means a lot that we got so many guys
“It is unreal to be able to say that I quali- deep into the postseason,”Bergen said of his
ed for the state tournament, something team’s postseason success. “It was a team ef-
that so few people have done in our pro- fort. ese guys supported each other all the
gram’s history,”McGannon said. way through win or lose. ey have become PHOTO: DENNIS MCGANNON
Preparation and encouragement from his like family and are there for each other no Lakeland/Panas grappler Connor McGannon (189) at the podium, after placing second
fellow Rebels were key to McGannon’s suc- matter what. It also shows them that if you at the Section 1 Division 1 Wrestling Tournament.
Thursday, February 17, 2022 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 19
Rebels lose league title to White Plains
Makarenko records hat trick in victory
BY MIKE SABINI the e ort all week. e younger guys have Lakeland/Panas’ Nick Mele, who recorded
CONTRIBUTING WRITER been playing well.” 17 saves against the Raiders. “Yeah, we were
Aaron Hathaway (33 saves) stood out in getting a little frustrated with not being able
Lakeland/Panas played White Plains for goal for Lakeland/Panas. to score,but it was only a matter of time until
the league title on Feb. 12 at the Brewster “Our goaltender Aaron Hathaway played we put one in the back of the net. Everyone
Ice Arena, with the Tigers coming out on outstanding, and he was the reason why it was working hard, and it eventually paid o
top 6-3. was so close,”Jimenez said. it the third.”
“It de nitely wasn’t the outcome we had Colin Cody added an assist for the Rebels. Cody (2G) and Nate Garofalo (1A)
hoped for, but I’m so proud of this team and Jimenez said that it was de nitely a fun produced the o ense for the Rebels versus
the way we played,” said Lakeland/Panas’ game to be in and that the team learned a Scarsdale. FILE PHOTO/ROB DIANTONIO
Jack Jimenez. lot about itself. Lakeland/Panas (10-7-1) fell to John Jay- BYSNS’ Sava Makarenko
Trailing 3-0, Jimenez assisted on a goal “It’s hard to see my teammates lose, espe- Cross River, 8-0, on Feb. 9 at the BIA, with
by Joe Riggio (2G, 1A), to cut White Plains’ cially when every single one of them played Mele recording 26 saves. men didn’t become satis ed. ey’re becom-
lead to 3-1 with 4:30 to go in the second pe- their hearts out,” Jimenez said. “ is is de - ing more con dent in themselves and each
riod. nitely going to be a driving force next week BYSNS other and I’m proud of each and every one
“Joey had a beautiful shot over the goalie, for sections and we are going to play with a e BYSNS rolled to a 7-2 win versus of them. ey fought through together from
it felt great to nally get one in the net,” big chip on our shoulders.” Rye Town/Harrison on Feb. 9 at Brewster start to nish.”
Jimenez said. “It was the spark that we Lakeland/Panas may have lost the league Ice Arena, led by senior Sava Makarenko Owen Cunningham (1G, 2A), Jonathan
needed, and we all felt like we had a ghting title to White Plains but the Rebels came (3G, 2A). Graham (2G), Matthew Guarini (1G),
chance.” through nonetheless, as the contest was “I’ve gotten many hat tricks before, but Daniel Luis (1A), and Michael D’Erasmo
e two teams exchanged goals before their Pink Game, where they raised more it still feels great to get it,” said Makarenko, (1A) also contributed to the victory.
a goal by Rebel Frankie Kowal, assisted by than $600, which they donated to the Susan who said he had a few hat tricks playing for e BYSNS (12-6-2) returned to the
Riggio, sliced the White Plains’advantage to G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the BYSNS as a sophomore.“A huge thanks Brewster Ice Arena on Feb. 12 and defeated
4-3 with 11:01 remaining in the third pe- Saint Jude’s Hospital. to my teammates for helping me out and Pearl River 8-1,led by Makarenko (2G,2A),
riod. Trailing Scarsdale 2-0 going into the third making it happen.” Hart Nullet (2G, 1A), Bryan Kottmann
White Plains sealed the game and league period, Lakeland/Panas made a game of it Ty Wing eld registered 24 saves for the (1G, 1A), Jacob Gasparini (1G), D’Erasmo
title with two goals afterward. but fell 3-2 on Feb. 10 at the Brewster Ice BYSNS. (1G), Graham (1G), Callahan Du (1A),
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a little short,” said Rebel coach Bart Mucci. “I think our relentlessness throughout the rst to fourth line,” Wing eld said. “As our Wing eld (10 saves), and Dylan Weber,
“It’s been a great season. I’m very proud of game really helped us get back in it,” said forwards continued to score, our defense- who saw three minutes in goal.
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Yorktown-Somers exceeds expectations at sectionals
BY WHIT ANDERSON his previous personal best with a
STAFF WRITER 1.31-second drop.
e Yorktown-Somers swim- “Before the race, I was worried
about whether or not I would
ming and diving program had a improve,” admitted Muroski.
“However, I calmed down once I
postseason for the books. got the feeling of my speed. is
race is the most prepared I have
Jay Wilkinson started o the been for the 100 Breast, and I’m
glad I pulled through.”
three-day meet, taking place
In the relay portion of the
between Feb. 7-9, with a bang. meet, Yorktown-Somers sur-
passed their seeding times, scor-
In the 1-meter dive, he placed ing major points on the team
second with a personal best
“Coming into the competi-
462.55, qualifying him for the tion, we were seeded 20th in all
three relays, but I knew the boys
NYSPHSAA Championships. had not seen their best times
yet.” said Coach Brittney Pisano.
He then went on to qualify for
For the 200 Yard Medley
the state championships in the Relay, the team consisting of
George Whalen, Jason Muroski,
swimming portion of the meet, Jay Wilkinson, and Joe Aoukar
upset the eld by placing ninth
placing eighth overall with a overall, and rst in their race,
with a 1:47.82. ey scored 18
53.62 in the 100 Yard Butter y points for the team in a race they
were expected to place near the
against swimmers who had al- bottom.
ready quali ed. PHOTO: BRITTANY PISANO “I’m proud of our whole relay
team,” said Muroski. “Each of us
“I feel great, but I won’t lie, George Whalen, Luke Hopper, Jay Wilkinson, Joseph Auokar, and Jason Muroski. swam our fastest time of the sea-
it was a challenge to compete son, and nobody disquali ed.”
in both swim and dive,” said to qualify for states in both Another individual standout 100 Yard Breaststroke with a e 400 Yard Freestyle Re-
lay had a similar result, with
Wilkinson on his accomplish- events, so I am really happy the for Yorktown-Somers was Jason 1:06.63, meeting the Section 1 the Yorktown-Somers relay
squad crushing their expected
ments. “It was a long-time goal hard work paid o .” Muroski. He placed 11th in the qualifying time and improving time. Entering preliminaries
with a 3:50.98, the team of Jay
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Muroski understands that a
major part of that improvement
comes with stepping into a lead-
“Next year, I look to have a
more positive attitude, bring
more team spirit to the bus rides,
and to act as a role model for the
younger swimmers,” he said.
Wilkinson will attempt to do
the same by taking the lead by
“I hope I can do as well as this
year or better. I will be a senior
and my goal is to lead the team
to do our best,” he concluded. “I
want to take the team to a high-
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and to be there to support them
in every way.”
Thursday, February 17, 2022 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 21
Brucaj helps Huskers to senior-night victory
Hornet girls earn share of League II-D title
BY MIKE SABINI ta (3 points), Whyte-Luciano (2 points), ve three-pointers for game), and Judge (10
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Leonard (2 points), and Portella (1 point) points, 3 treys) all contributed to the win.
Yorktown Boys Basketball propelled Lakeland to a 69-33 win against Lakeland Girls Basketball
(10-10) LAKELAND 63, PANAS 52 (17-3, 7-1)
Saturday, Feb. 12 (Lakeland High
YORKTOWN 63, BREWSTER 35 School) LAKELAND 84, POUGHKEEPSIE 34
Wednesday, Feb. 9 (Yorktown High Shiland (18 points), Whyte-Luciano Wednesday, Feb. 9 (Poughkeepsie High
School) (16 points), Mula (15 points), Jennings School)
Billy Feeks (10 points), Justin Price (9 points), and Mendel (5 points) led the Lakeland beat Poughkeepsie, 84-34,
(10 points), Tommy Costello (9 points), Hornets to a huge 63-52 triumph against with Tyler Hormazabal scoring a career-
and Eddie Brucaj (8 points, 10 rebounds) sister school Walter Panas. high 44 points, while Ava Lugo added 13
led Yorktown to a 63-35 triumph against “Oh man, this win was awesome, such a points and Nichole Ljuljic 11 points.
Brewster. great team e ort,” Shiland said. “We were “I was really surprised that I scored 44
“We have been focusing on nishing determined to beat them after we lost by points,” Hormazabal said. “My approach
the regular season out strong,” Price said. such a large amount at the Giglio Games going into every game is to be aggressive
“We went into the game with a lot of last week. It takes all of us to beat a team of defensively and o ensively and tonight just
con dence in our ability and trust in our such high caliber like Panas. e energy in happened to be a good night. I de nitely
teammates.” that gym was unmatched and we need to have to give a lot of credit to my team-
keep it going. We were all so hyped up, but mates because they opened up the oor and
YORKTOWN 62, GREELEY 39 have to focus going into the tournament moved the ball in order to put me in a nice
Friday, Feb. 11 (Yorktown High School) next week.” position to score.”
Rocco Conciatori (19 points), Brucaj Yorktown Girls Basketball Hormazabal’s e ort was part of an all-
(10 points, 15 rebounds), Marco Jovicevic around Hornet performance.
(9 points), and Price (11 points) ignited (13-7, 6-4) “It was a great e ort from the whole
Yorktown to a 62-39 senior-night win
versus Horace Greeley. team,” said Lakeland coach Miranda Man- FILE PHOTO/RICH MONETTI
gan. Yorktown's Eddie Brucaj
“It was an amazing feeling to win our YORKTOWN 72, SAUNDERS 48
senior-night game, especially with all the Tuesday, Feb. 8 (Saunders High School) LAKELAND 67, PEEKSKILL 35 Emily Pierro (fourth, 55-meter dash,
supporters that showed out,” Brucaj said. Yorktown’s Melissa Severino (8 assists, Friday, Feb. 11 (Lakeland High School) 7.80), Ava Chibbarro (fourth, high jump,
Brucaj (captain), Jack Prybylski (cap- 4 steals) scored 26 of her team-high 30 Lakeland clinched a share of the League 4-2), Kayla Howell ( fth, long jump, 14-
tain), Jovicevic, Mark Shkreli, William points in the rst half as the Huskers led II-D title with Panas by defeating Peek- 2.25), and the 800-meter relay of Pierro,
Schietinger, and Jack Murphy were the 41-28 at the break, on their way to a 72-48 skill, 67-35. Nicole Bourgeois, Charlotte Constantine
Husker seniors honored before the game. triumph against Saunders, for their 10th Hormazabal (32 points, 9 rebounds, and Howell (fourth, 1:58.26) produced for
“Our team was extremely dominant, win in their last 12 games. 6 steals, 2 blocks), Lugo (14 points), and the girls.
mainly because of our defense in the sec- “I was con dent going into the game,” Ljuljic (13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) “Both the boys and girls performed very
ond half and the way we kept pushing Severino said. “Our team struggled at with fantastic defense by Grace Hahn and well, against some very strong competi-
the ball down the oor, leading to a lot of the beginning of the game, and I knew I Sarah Devane, who both had 9 rebounds tion,” said Yorktown coach Keith Smith.
transition buckets,” Brucaj said. needed to step up. Once I hit the rst and apiece, did the honors for the Hornets. “ e team has a group of strong seniors
Lakeland Boys Basketball second one, I knew it was going to be a “It feels great,” Hormazabal said. “Win- that have really helped to set an example
good shooting day for me.” ning the league was one of our overall for our strong freshman class.”
(11-9) Erisa Krasniqi (12 points, 7 rebounds), goals as a team, that we set for ourselves in Bowling Awards
Sarah Yakout (8 points), Kaitlyn Judge (7 the beginning of the season. We are very
points, 6 steals, 4 assists), Artesa Gashi happy that we were able to accomplish it.
LAKELAND 54, POUGHKEEPSIE 42 (6 rebounds), and Martina Prybylski (3 Now we can focus on our other goals we Lakeland’s Austin Kara (highest-league
Wednesday, Feb. 9 (Lakeland High points), who scored her rst varsity points, set for ourselves and just continue to work average, 204, second-highest series, 747,
School) also contributed to the win. hard.” third-highest game, 277), Chris Closi
Chris Whyte-Luciano (17 points), Da- Yorktown Track and Field (fourth-highest average 191, highest se-
vid Mula (11 points), Andrew Mendel (9 BREWSTER 52, YORKTOWN 30 ries, 751), and Lorenzo Battista (10th-
points), Logan Shiland (6 points), An- Wednesday, Feb. 9 (Brewster High highest average, 180) earned All-League
thony Jennings (4 points), Grady Leonard School) SECTION 1 CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP honors in the Northern Interscholastic
(3 points), Jason Portella (2 points), and Brewster’s Grace Galgano scored a MEET Bowling League.
Ryan Tocci (2 points) propelled Lakeland game-high 32 points and grabbed her Wednesday, Feb. 9 (Armory, New York Olivia McTiernan (ninth-highest aver-
to a 54-42 victory versus Poughkeepsie. 1,000th-career rebound as the Bears raced City) age, 121) registered All-League honors for
One of the keys to Lakeland’s victory out to a 25-15 halftime lead en route to a Yorktown had plenty of solid perfor- the Hornet girls squad.
was a hot start, as they led 14-5 at the end 52-30 win. mance at the Section 1 Class A champi- Yorktown’s Kailey O’Connell tallied
of the rst quarter. Severino (15 points, 6 rebounds), Judge onship meet. All-League honors, had the third-highest
“Beginning a game with the intensity (10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals), and Ra- Alex Olener ( rst, 8.17 seconds, 55-me- average in the league (151), second-high-
that we had allowed us to have a 14-5 chel Gevanthor (5 rebounds, 2 assists) ter hurdles, second, 39-7.25, triple jump), est series of the season (546), and second-
lead, which set the tone for the rest of the paced the Huskers. Jonathan Livadhi (third, 9.40, 55-hur- highest game of the season (210).
game,” Whyte-Luciano said. “We took dles), William McCarthy (fourth, 9:56.29, O’Connell also competed in the Section
that playstyle and continued it until the YORKTOWN 60, GREELEY 46 3,200-meter run), Sean Ryan (fourth, 1 Tournament at Fishkill Bowl on Feb. 14.
game was over.” Friday, Feb. 11 (Horace Greeley High 5-feet, high jump), and Chris Bucken- In the morning session, she bowled a 458
School) berger ( fth, 1:32.09, 600-meter run) per- series, with a high game of 170.
LAKELAND 69, PEEKSKILL 33 Yorktown trailed 39-37 through three formed well in the boys bracket. In the afternoon session, she registered a
Friday, Feb. 11 (Peekskill High School) quarters before outscoring Horace Greeley Eilish Buckley (second, 1,500-meter 572 series, with a high game of 194.
Shiland (16 points), David Pinkowsky 20-1 in the nal 6:15 of the fourth quarter, walk, 10:14:27), Sydney Leitner (sec- Kevin Hansen (sixth-highest average,
(14 points), Jennings (8 points), Logan to secure a 60-46 victory. ond, 3,000-meter run, 10:34.84, third, 184) and Matthew Kirey (11th- highest
Crilly (7 points), Mula (6 points), Mendel Severino (21 points, 9-10 foul line), Ol- 1,500-meter run, 5:08.55), Makayla Win- average, 179) earned All-League honors
(5 points), Tocci (5 points), John Bartolot- ivia Lucas (17 points, 8 in fourth quarter, slow (third, 55-meter hurdles, 10.33), for the Husker boys squad.
Page 22 – Yorktown News SPORTS Thursday, February 17, 2022
ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – DAVID MULA
Senior helps Hornets to big win over Panas
BY MIKE SABINI duced me to his college coach jor time saver. see where my family is from. Lakeland’s
CONTRIBUTING WRITER from Athletes in Action. In the If you could pick one place What is your favorite food to David Mula
time I spent visiting the facilities
Lakeland senior point guard as well as him, I learned that bas- to visit on vacation that you’ve eat before or after a game? PHOTO: BRIAN
David Mula has been on the ketball is just one piece of what never been to, where would you Before a game, my go-to snack MARSCHHAUSER
Hornets’ varsity boys basketball will help me grow and be the best go and why?
squad since the end of his sopho- version of myself. is a PB&J. After a game, it’s Best place to eat in Yorktown
more season. I would choose Italy. My rea- whatever I can get my hands on. and why?
Tell us one thing about son is I want to leave the United I’m always super hungry after a
He scored 15 points in helping yourself that not a lot of people States for the rst time, as well as game. e best place in Yorktown
host Lakeland (11-9) to a 63-52 know. is Pow! Burger. Its fries with the
victory against sister school Wal- BBQ pulled pork are amazing.
ter Panas on Feb. 12, avenging a One thing about myself that
loss at Panas the previous week. not a lot of people know is that What’s the go-to app on your
my favorite TV show is “ e Of- phone and why?
e Hornets are scheduled to
play in the out-bracket round of ce.” My favorite app on my phone
the Section 1 Class A Tourna- Do you plan on continuing is Flappy Bird because I’m one of
ment on Friday, Feb. 18. playing basketball in college? the few people who have it (the
Tell us about where you are game was deleted from the App
How old were you when you going to school and why you Store in 2014 but is still available
started playing basketball and chose it? to people who downloaded it pri-
what got you started? Yes, my goal is to continue to or to its removal).
play at the next level. I’m looking
I was about 3 years old when at lots of opportunities. For a young athlete growing
I rst started playing basket- Do you know what you want up in the Lakeland district, what
ball. e reason I started was to to study in college? If yes, what would you tell them about the
continue the legacy my parents are you planning on studying? experience of being part of the
left behind, as college basketball I want to study something boys basketball team and why
players. sports-medicine related. My pas- should they go out for the team?
sion has always been sports, so a
What is your favorite thing career in that eld is my interest. I would say you get a lot more
about being on the boys basket- What is your favorite pro- than just basketball. From play-
ball team at Lakeland? fessional athlete and pro (or ing in the Lakeland program, I
college) sports team? learned life lessons as well as made
My favorite thing about be- My favorite college team to lifelong friendships with people
ing on the team is that everyone watch is Marist and my favorite who will always hold a special
always pushes each other to get professional team is the Cleve- place in my heart.
better. land Cavaliers.
What is your favorite music I would tell anyone who is in-
What is your favorite team to listen to warming up for a terested to try out. I promise you
activity or pregame or post- game? won’t regret the lifelong memories
game ritual that you share with My favorite music before a you make and the opportunity to
your teammates? What about a game is anything from NEED- play the sport with your closest
personal pregame or postgame TOBREATHE. My favorite friends.
ritual? song from them is “Keep Your
My favorite pregame group ac- If you could have one super-
tivity is when we huddle up, get power, what would it be and
each other red up and ready to why?
compete. Teleportation. I can go any-
where whenever I need to, a ma-
Who has been your biggest
role model over the years and
what have you learned from
I’ve always been close with my
dad. Over the summer, he intro-
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CLUES ACROSS (abbr.) 53. “Pollock” actor Harris 23. Gratuity
1. Remain as is 31. Tears in a garment (Br. 54. Being livable 27. __ and feathers
5. Functional Eng.) 56. NHL play-by-play man 29. Spiritual part of an
11. News magazine 33. Not easily explained 58. “The Great Lakes State” individual (ancient Egypt)
30. Hot beverage
12. Popular treat 34 Song in short stanzas (abbr.)
16. Area units 38. Detonations 59. Unpainted
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18. Marten valued for its fur 40. EU cofounder Paul-Henri 63. Native American people 33. Large northern deer
34. Ones who offer formally
19. Forms of matter __ 64. Containing salt
24. Home of the Dodgers 43. Balmy 65. Exam 35. Famed genie
25. Bordering 44. New Mexico mountain 36. Bequeathed
26. Part of the eye town CLUES DOWN 37. Skeletal muscle
27. It might be nervous 45. Gobblers 1. Small bone in middle ear 38. Atomic #56
28. Visualizes 49. Insecticide 2. Long, angry speech 40. Silk garment
29. Crest of a hill 50. Golf scores 3. Move out of 41. They deliver the mail
30. Measures engine speed 51. Has its own altar 4. Male organ 42. Equally
5. Two-toed sloth 44. Check
6. Making dirty 45. Light-colored breed of
7. Article hound
8. Oil company 46. Drug that soothes
9. Emits coherent 47. Railroads
radiation 48. Most slick
10. Amounts of time 50. Jacket
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one quintillion bytes 52. Hello
(abbr.) 54. His and __
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e Katonah Museum of Art exhibition and the design of the
is currently featuring the Young postcard invitation image.
Artists 2022 exhibition. is year the museum re- PHOTOS COURTESY OF KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART
Now in its 39th year, the ex- ceived 36 submissions from
hibition features the work of lo- students who attended the day-
cal high school artists who take long Graphic Design Work-
part in all aspects of its curation, shop.
installation, and marketing ef- Among the participating
forts to produce this perennially schools from the area are Somers
favorite exhibition. e works High School, Mahopac High
range in scale, concept, media, School, North Salem High
and process, re ecting the diver- School, Lakeland High School,
sity of expression in the region’s John Jay High School, Kennedy
young artists. Catholic Preparatory School,
is annual exhibition fea- Harvey School and more.
tures the work of senior high
school artists from nearly 40 lo- is information was provided
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Direct Physical Therapy in Yorktown Heights PHOTO: VIM WILKINSON Direct Physical Therapy’s ribbon cutting ceremony at Solaris Sports Club
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BY VIM WILKINSON “We do physical therapy for als here and there are a lot of sports Co-owner Kieltyka who is a help grow with Yorktown Heights
BUSINESS EDITOR everybody - from young kids to teams here. So, it’s a great popula- Yorktown resident added that Di- and really ourish with everybody
older adults,” said Gary Albano, tion here to really work with and rect Physical erapy also assists here,” Albano said.
Yorktown has once again be- the physical therapist and super- to help out the community.” the older population and anybody
come the chosen location for yet visor at Direct Physical erapy. who is not attached to Solaris. Direct Physical erapy is located
another business. “We treat a lot of orthopedic con- Direct Physical erapy own- at 201 Veterans Road in Yorktown
ditions and all di erent types of ers, Ashley Kieltyka and Laura “As a new business here, we are Heights. Call 914-962-1250 or
Direct Physical erapy cel- sporting injuries.” Bucci are both excited to bring here for the community and our visit www.directptny.com for more
ebrated its grand opening with Direct Physical erapy to York- hope is to really ingrain ourselves information.
a ribbon cutting ceremony at- Among the conditions treated town as their second branch after to be part of the community to
tended by town o cials, friends at Direct Physical erapy are the Yonkers location.
and family on Saturday Feb. 12. at neck pain, back pain, general joint WHY DO WE
201 Veterans Road in Yorktown pain, post-surgical conditions, gait “We wanted to expand our
Heights. and balance disorders, sprains/ business and thought that York- ADVERTISE
strains and more. town was a perfect location,” said
e physical therapy facility Bucci. “We came here hoping to IN HALSTON
located in Solaris Sports Club of- “Yorktown is a great commu- help the athletic and active com-
fers full physical therapy care for nity to build on,” added Albano. munity here at Solaris and we are
all ages. “ ere are a lot of active individu- really happy to be here.”
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