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June 22, 2022

LEWISBORO, N.Y. - The Lewisboro Town Board voted to accept two amendments to the town’s bylaws at its June 13 meeting. One raised the cap on tax exemptions for veterans in the town, while the other would change the speed limits on five roads administered by the state.  The amendment to Chapter ...

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - There may be no end in sight to the supply-chain issues affecting local communities, as wait times lengthen and rising prices strain municipal budgets.  Halston Media spoke to government department heads in its coverage area to see how they’re handling this ...

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Political pundits have compared the redrawing of the lines for congressional and state Senate districts in New York to a game of musical chairs.  Some candidates, such as Somers’ William Faulkner, might feel they are still waiting for the music to stop so they can truly sit ...

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The June 13 Lewisboro Town Board meeting will be a busy one, with three public hearings scheduled.  On that date, the elected officials will welcome public comment on the Veterans Tax Exemption Cap, speed limits for five roads, and the New York Stretch Energy Code.  The hearing on the ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The Bedford Town Board will ask residents next week whether, on second thought, pot shops actually do belong here. Elected officials are reconsidering, as expected, their six-month-old decision to ban retail cannabis outlets anywhere in town. Allowing the shops had become a ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – A public hearing concerning a 13-lot subdivision on Silvermine Drive in South Salem is set for the June 21 Planning Board meeting. “I think we discussed this in November and at that point felt we did not want a public hearing,” said board Chair Janet Andersen. “I think ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Paddle sports are some of the fastest-growing activities in the country, and Bedford is one of the communities that has been taking part. A growing community of players, organized by Carol Parker and Lynn Samaha, have been playing weekly games since the beginning of the Covid ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The mulch pile located at the salt dome should be fully removed by June, Supervisor Tony Goncalves said at the May 9 Town Board work session.  “The objective is to get that cleared out as soon as possible,” he told the board. He added that the town is also looking at ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Bedford’s Town Board appears ready to vote next month to allow local marijuana retail shops — but also give residents a chance to forbid them. Reversing its narrow rejection last December of those stores and their potential new revenue, the board is expected in June, after ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Debate emerged at the April 28 Bedford Planning Board virtual meeting while negotiating a special-use permit renewal for Stepping Stones, the historic home of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson. Will Runyon, a board trustee of the Stepping Stones Foundation, asked ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – A pedestrian path to Katonah Memorial Park can run through the front yard of a Douglas Drive home, the property owners and town have agreed. In an out-of-court settlement of a 16-month legal wrangle, lawyers for both sides signed off last month on an easement that will allow foot ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Saying “this is how government should work,” Lewisboro Supervisor Tony Gonçalves thanked Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney last week for the federal money he’s brought to a cleanup of the Oakridge Water Treatment Plant. Lewisboro is getting $1.8 million to expand the plant with a new ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – Bedford lawmakers are looking to decide next month whether marijuana retailers can set up shop in town. That’s the latest the Town Board can OK licensing the now-legal cannabis dispensaries in Bedford and still assure a town-wide vote on the matter in November. A divided board ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Signaling the near-certainty of sharply higher Con Edison bills this summer, the Bedford Town Board signed off last week on yet another increase in how much Westchester Power can pay for bulk electricity. It marked the second time last month that the municipal power-buying ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – A contentious meeting of the Lewisboro Town Board led to the decision to give both the Juneteenth and the Pride in the Park celebrations $1,000 in support from the town.   The monetary support is based on a request from the Juneteenth organizers and a report from the town’s ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – As a study of northern Westchester telecom needs wraps up, Bedford’s Wireless Facilities Working Group was expected to meet soon to discuss a local master plan for wireless communications. In the county-commissioned study, CityScape Consultants Inc. is recommending wireless ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Muscoot Reservoir may soon be treated with copper sulfate to combat its blue-green algae bloom. The Lewisboro Planning Board moved to put the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation’s request to treat the water in the hands of Jan Johannessen, the town’s wetlands ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Five months after forbidding retail cannabis shops in Bedford, the Town Board will take a second look next week at allowing the dispensaries and taking a cut of their sales. Prompted more by the calendar than any new information, the review is meant to give town officials ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Mobil gas station property at the corner of Bouton Road and Route 35 in South Salem has been listed for sale. The asking price is $3.9 million. The listing by Avison Young notes that the property has not been listed for sale for over 80 years. The 4.72-acre property ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Looking to set guidelines for its funding of community events, the Lewisboro Town Board will discuss next week how money should be allocated for holiday observances and other celebrations. The board is expected to take up recommendations of the town’s Parks and Recreation ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Bracing for a second wave of dramatic hikes in utility bills, Westchester Power is asking member municipalities in its power-buying consortium to increase the maximum price it can pay to independent electricity providers. The consortium needs its 23 Westchester members to ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – It may not be perfect. It may—likely will—need some tweaks down the road. But for now, a change in Bedford regulations will muzzle gasoline-powered leaf blowers for much of the year and spell out exactly when they can fire up. In a unanimous compromise last week, the Town ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. - Dana Mayclim, the heartbeat of Lewisboro’s parks and recreation programs for almost two decades, is leaving to run leisure-time activities in the village of Briarcliff Manor. The Croton native will leave behind her 56-mile daily commute to Onatru Park and “23 years of ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Two Lewisboro business owners have big ambitions for their newest project. John Swertfager and Skaz Gecaj, who own Apex Fitness in Cross River’s Orchard Square shopping center, are looking to build a café/yoga studio across the street on the corner of Route 35 and North Salem ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – As expected, the Town Board doubled last week what were deemed outdated penalties for sounding false fire alarms. Saying most false alarms are transmitted through error, not mischief, by systems linked directly to a firehouse, Supervisor Tony Goncalves said he hoped the ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Kitchen scraps would be composted, not tossed out with the trash, under a voluntary, pandemic-delayed recycling program now being dusted off by the Lewisboro Town Board. Residents who embrace the idea would bring food waste to a central location—a couple of sites are under ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The Town Board scheduled separate April 5 public hearings on its latest effort to muffle gas-powered leaf blowers and on plans to let goats keep vegetation under control. Instead of an outright blower ban, Supervisor Ellen Calves said, the town will introduce a narrowing ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – County Legislator Erika Pierce has a simple message for customers of New York State Electric and Gas who signed up for the utility’s day/night metering option. “You’re getting screwed in every possible way,” the chair of the county board’s Environment, Energy & Climate ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – A Huntville Road sidewalk, recently resurfaced with asphalt to the dismay of nearby homeowners, could soon be replaced by the concrete one they wanted. The controversial walkway was among a number sidewalks earmarked for upgrades in a memo prepared by Public Works ...

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