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CLASSIFIEDS 39 LEGAL NOTICES 39 LEISURE 31 OPINION 10 SPORTS 22 TOWN GREEN 4 Yorktown wins regional lax title. pg 22 HUSKERS DO! VOL. 12 NO. 52 Visit News.HalstonMedia.com for the latest news. JUNE 6 – JUNE 19, 2024 BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA STAFF WRITER Donna Diana (R), the wife of the late Supervisor Tom Diana, and Susan Siegel (D), a former town supervisor, are vying for the open seat on the Town Board in an upcoming special election. The open seat was created after Tom Diana’s untimely passing earlier this year. Then-councilman Ed Lachterman won a special election to take Diana’s place as supervisor and a July 23 special election will determine who fills the seat produced by Lachterman’s assentation. Donna Diana said her motivation to run comes from wanting to keep the memory and legacy of her husband alive. Tom Diana passed away less than a week after being inaugurated as supervisor in January. “I want to continue to be a part of the fabric of the community that both Tom and I live in and love,” Diana said. “I need purpose in my life and to carry on Tom’s legacy, values, and vision for Yorktown. I am eager to give back to the community, just like Tom did. I want to get my hands dirty, listen, and make good decisions that serve the common good.” Diana, who has lived in Yorktown for 35 years, said she was by her late husband’s side for the past nine years while he served on the Town Board and was closely involved. She said she is aware of the issues facing the town. “I’m not Tom Diana, he is irreplaceable to the community, his friends, family, our children, and grandchildren,” she said. “I would like people to know that I’m so much like him. I also hope that people understand Tom’s demeanor; they would get the same with me: Respect, honesty, Two candidates to face off in Town Board special election Donna Diana and Susan Siegel will vie for empty seat Susan Siegel P[HOTO COURTESY OF SUSAN SIEGEL Donna Diana PHOTO: JENNA WALDMAN SEE CANDIDATESPAGE 34 BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA STAFF WRITER Some Yorktown residents are up in arms over the prospect of a 130-foot cell tower being built near their Granite Springs Road neighborhood. The town would like to procure a 3.87-acre parcel of parkland from the state (a process known as alienation) to build the tower. The town would lease the land to Danburybased Homeland Towers, the company seeking to build the structure, for $2,000 a month. However, the land in question abuts Granite Springs Road and residents there say it would place the tower practically in their backyards. Residents told the Town Board at its May 21 meeting that it was being less than transparent about the project— the cell tower discussion was added to the agenda at the last minute catching them unaware. “I find it concerning and honestly unacceptable that as the property owner who is directly adjacent to this property, I was not notified by the town that this was on the agenda for tonight,” Granite Springs Road resident Karen Erickson told the board. “It is also hard to understand how when I look at the tentative agenda that came out yesterday, this item was not included.” Erickson said she is registered to receive emails from the town that include the agendas for all of the meetings, but noted Residents raise concerns over cell tower plan Contend town is being less than transparent about the process SEE CELLTOWERPAGE 36 Lower Hudson Valley Regional Office | 366 Underhill Avenue Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 Real Estate Salesperson | [emailprotected] | www.paulineangrisani.com Call or Text Me Today 845.664.4579 (m) More Buyers, More Offers, Quick Sale! Owned by a subsidiary of Anywhere Advisors LLC. My robust marketing program yields top dollar in record time! 3 Listings over 3 weeks…multiple offers, accepted offer and signed contracts within 10 days. Peekskill – Under Contract Shrub Oak – Under Contract Hawthorne – 15 Offers in 3 Days

PAGE 2 – YORKTOWN NEWS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 SUSAN SIEGEL for Yorktown Town Board Special Election July 23rd EXPERIENCE MATTERS 54 years of listening, learning and participating in Yorktown government. Former supervisor Former councilwoman Active attendee at Town Board and Planning Board meetings since 2012 Disseminates written information about board meetings to residents Community advocate President, Yorktown Trail Town Committee President, Former Yorktown League of Women Voters Yorktown News columnist 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 MY ROAD MAP FOR YORKTOWN’S FUTURE • Hold the line on taxes • Address growing traffic issues • Stop clear cutting of trees • End unnecessary tax giveaways to developers • Support a stronger Ethics Law • Have honest and open discussions on town issues Election Day July 23 Early Voting July 13 - 21 susansiegel4yorktown.com susansiegel4yorktown Paid for by Susan Siegel

JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 YORKTOWN NEWS – PAGE 3 BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA STAFF REPORTER Eight of the Lakeland School District’s 16 Destination Imagination (DI) teams traveled to Kansas City last month for the DI Global Finals where they competed against teams from all over the world. Destination Imagination is a global community, led by parents and educators, that encourages and inspires critical thinking skills and creativity and fosters teamwork. Students compete without outside influence from team managers, friends, or family. “Going to Globals is a huge accomplishment and it was inspiring to watch our teams in that environment presenting their solutions to a global audience,” said DI organizer Risa D’Amaso. At the beginning of the 2023- 24 academic year, six challenges were presented to the teams. In these challenges, the eight teams worked on finding solutions in either the Technical, Engineering, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisation, Service Learning, or Rising Stars (K-2) areas. Competing in the Technical Challenge were Aidan Rosenbaum, Calvin Paper, Paige Siracusa, Reagan Byrne, and Joseph Rivera from Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School. Their team, Fzech Empire, ranked 32 out of 42 at the Globals. For their Pinball Heroes Challenge, the students made a giant pinball machine that worked to hide the ball and turn on lightswhen the ball hit a switch. A photoelectric switch allowed the ball to stop and go, according to team manager Dan Rosenbaum. Queen Quartet, another team from Copper Beech, competed in the Fine Arts Challenge at the middle level. Team members Alexis Ma, Raquel Gonzalez, Sabina Rani, and Audrey Hoff were challenged to reimagine a work of art using different genres and create a prop inspired by the chosen mediums while also incorporating motion. Queen Quartet finished 16th out of 43 at the Globals. Inspired by French impressionist Claude Monet’s The Water Lily Pond, the team composed a flute piece, choreographed a dance, and read three original poems. Their prop consisted of a backdrop of spinning flowers constructed from recycled water bottles a bridge built made out of a collaged pallet. The Beech Bros team from Copper Beech found solutions for the Engineering Challenge (middle level). Students Ronik Das, Alexander Xavier, Maxx Arunkumar, Matthew Arevalo, Smarth Singh, Aidan Sayers, and Jayden Chicaiza ranked ninth out of 40. They were challenged to create a launch device and come up with a story to go along with it, said team manager Neepa Biswas. Built from a pedal, chain, and gears of an old bike, their launch device was able to propel a beanbag to nearly 10 feet every time they shot it. To go along with it, they created a funny story about how pizzas were used as fuel and launched to a pirate ship until a monster came and destroyed the launch mechanism. The Questers, from Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, ranked eighth out of 47 after competing in the service learning category. Their challenge was to identify a real community need, team up with a community partner, evaluate the efficacy of their solution and present their ideas as a fantasy story using a map that showed progress. Team members Caroline Angione, Avery Doell, Henry Hoff, Nia James, Gauge Scannapieco, and Jaxon Wyatt solved the challenge after identifying that many school library books were being damaged by water bottles while being carried in backpacks. They provided waterproof bags to each of the 480 students in school after raising money to purchase and donate them. They held presentations at school on the proper use of the bags, wrote a flyer to send home with the bags, and presented the story as a quest to save elf books from attacks by waterbombs. D.I.namic Architects–made up of students from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Van Cortlandtville Elementary School–ranked 14 out of 39 for their solution to the fine arts challenge. The team wrote a story inspired by the painting The Scream by Edvard Munch, making the setting Lakeland, where “nature is scared,” according to team managers Lisa O’Reilly and Nelmary Lipinski. Team members Evan Garber, Reagan Kennedy, London Lewis, Maryella Lipinski, Lily Morgan, and Liam O’Reilly performed music on a handmade drum set and guitar which signaled the scene changes as new characters were introduced. At the end, the team performed a spoken-word poem. Team D.I. Duo from LincolnTitus Elementary School, featuring twin sisters Ava and Gianna Grady, completed the improvisational challenge called “So Extra.” Their challenge was to prepare eight stock characters, such as a scientist, a rebel, and an actor, and 12 “intensifiers” such as humorous or mysterious. They also created costumes for each, said team managers Angela and Sean Grady. At the competition, the team was given a scenario that they had to portray by using one of their random characters and intensifiers chosen by pulling a raffle. They ranked 17 out of 35 in their category. Vancortlandtville Elementary and Benjamin Franklin Elementary school students Mikaela Genao (VCES), Logan Lee (VCES), Fallon Nichols (VCES) Anna Roy (VCES), and Marco Silveira (BFES) were members of the Wonderful Wizards team and took first place in the engineering challenge. The team was required to create and present a story where everything is going according to plan until a catalyst happens. To accompany the story, they had to build a modular launching device that launched a beanbag as far as possible on a 300 cm mat, then convert to a configuration to do it again, according to team managers Nancy Zentgraf and Ana-Lucia Silveira For their prop, they had a functional claw machine with handmade prizes, a backdrop of flowers made from recycled bottles, a life-size chocolate bar, a whale, and other handmade items. The story they used in their solution was about friends who went to an arcade, but a claw machine malfunctions and pulls all, but one of them into a game called Candytopia. Fallon, the one who remained on the outside of the machine, had to help her friends navigate the challenges encountered through communication and teamwork. The characters had to use the help of a friendly whale to blow them back to reality from its blow hole. DIamonds, a team from Walter Panas High School, competed in the scientific challenge and ranked 12 out of 24 in their category. Emily MacDonald, Aaron Rauschenbach, Jacob Wright, and Ace Pape had to create a story about a character who discovers an artifact, leading to a larger finding. They had to include an archaeological investigation, design and create a puppet to represent a character from the past, and create and present two Team Choice Elements showing the team’s interests, talents, skills, and areas of strength. Lakeland students excel at Destination Imagination finals Teams traveled to Kansas City to face global competition Lakeland’s Destination Imagination students gather after the Board of Education meeting where they were honored for their accomplishments. PHOTO: SOPHIA CASELNOVA Members of Lakeland High School’s theater program are up for a number of Metro Awards, which highlight the “exceptional musical theater productions, talented actors and actresses and devoted creative teams” in high schools every spring. This spring’s production of “Chicago Teen Edition” earned several nominations. Those up for awards include the Lakeland High School Student Orchestra, student pit musician Jesse Ehrenreich (tuba and bass), Lily Wallace for her dance as the character Liz, and Sebastian Goldstein for his leading role as Billy Flynn. Goldstein was also nominated for a Roger Rees Award for outstanding performance in a musical. The Metros Award ceremony will take place on Friday, June 10, at the Purchase Performing Arts Center. – Sophia Caselnova Lakeland students earn Metro noms for ‘Chicago’ Dance Captain Lily Wallace with ensemble members Vielka Toxqui and Serafina Salera. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALEJANDRA GOMEZ-LUNGO

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Subscriptions are complimentary for residents and businesses in the town. Out of town mail subscriptions are $150 per year for First Class Mail. TOWN GREEN Freedom Gardens Benefit Sale An area-wide tag sale to benefit Freedom Gardens for the Handicapped in Mohegan will be on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The tag sale will take place under the tent on the front lawn of the complex at the corner of Strawberry Road and Foothill Street at 1680 Strawberry Road in Mohegan Lake.Parking will be available within the complex off Foothill Street. Donated items will be accepted with limitations.Freedom Gardens is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit facility of small affordable housing units for mobility-impaired individuals located in a safe residential setting on five acres of park-like gardens.Call (914) 28-3900 to learn how to arrange for the drop-off of items for sale. Senior Committee Date Change The next Yorktown Senior Advisory meeting has been rescheduled fromFriday, June 21 to Friday, June 28, at its usual Town Hall location (363 Underhill Ave., Yorktown Hgts.).After an executive session at noon, the meeting will be open to the public at 1 p.m. Learn more at yorktownny.org/bc/senior-advisory-committee. Pride Parade Celebrating its fourth year in 2024, Yorktown’s Pride parade (officially known as Northern Westchester Pride!) is hosted by Yorktown for Justice and begins at Town Hall with featured speakers at noon followed by a march to Jack DeVito Memorial Field and a post-parade party. This year’s parade steps off on Saturday, June 29. For updates visit yorktownforjustice.org Seton Charity Tag Sale The annual charity tag sale is coming to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (1377 East Main St., Shrub Oak) for two weekends in June: Friday-Sunday June 14-16, and the following Friday-Sunday, June 21-23. Hours are Fridays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Entry is free on Saturdays and Sundays. Friday (pre-sale) has a $10 entry fee. New items are arriving every day. New to the tag sale this year will be rotating local food Trucks. All are welcome.Learn more at seton-parish.org. Ladies Garden Party This Thursday ( June 6) at 6 p.m., the Chabad Jewish Center of Yorktown invites you to aLadies’ Garden Party celebrating friendship and faith. Create your own focaccia bread art: It’s easy, beautiful, and delicious! RSVP: ChabadYorktown.com, or call 914-962-1111 My Brother Vinny Walk This year’s My Brother Vinny Walk will take place on Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at MBV Headquarters at 2720 Lexington Avenue Mohegan Lake, N.Y. My Brother Vinny is a completely volunteer 501(c)3 organization that provides furniture and housewares to homeless US Veterans “free of charge” since June, 2013. Located in Westchester County, N.Y., they provide support in the throughout the Hudson Valley Region, New York City, and neighboring vicinities. To register for the walk, visit https://secure.frontstream.com/mbvwalk2024. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life cancer awareness fundraiser comes to Jack DeVito Memorial Field (1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights) on Friday, June 14, from 3-10 p.m. Learn how to take part or support the event at https://halstonmedia.org/ YorktownRelay (URL is casesensitive) or by contacting Kate Corsitto at kate.corsitto@cancer. org. Drop-off E-waste and More Yorktown will conduct an electronic waste/textile/tire drop-off day on Friday, June 21, from 7 a.m.-2:45 p.m. at the Yorktown Police Station Parking Lot, 2281 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights. 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JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 YORKTOWN NEWS – PAGE 5 DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE · Married to the late Town Supervisor, Tom Diana, for over 30 years and raised 2 daughters in Shrub Oak. · Former small business owner of Comfort Heating, Inc. · An active community volunteer who is passionate about giving back to Seniors, Veterans and the Community at Large. · Believes the heart of Yorktown is its people, and its policies should serve their needs DONNA DIANA FOR TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL ELECTION Vote Tuesday, July 23, 2024 PRO-SAFETY • PRO-COMMUNITY Paid for by Friends for Donna Diana

PAGE 6 – YORKTOWN NEWS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA STAFF WRITER Patriot Garden, a growing collection of memorials honoring those who have served in wars throughout the years, has been renamed The Veteran Memorials Circle. The area, adjacent to Yorktown Town Hall, is home to five memorial stones, armed services flags, national colors, and a POW/MIA banner. The Veterans Advisory Committee had approached the Town Board and the Parks and Recreation Commission about the change after an “intense interest” in the proper naming of sites throughout town related to honoring veterans. “This location is a place for veterans, family members, and the community to come and reflect on the memorials and the service that was rendered by members of the town inthe various branches of the armed services,” said Major Mike Sheridan, chair of the Veterans Advisory Committee. Current memorial stones at the park include World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, the Korean, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror. Supervisor Ed Lachterman said that since the addition of the new Vietnam War memorial (erected in 2023), the combined Korean and Vietnam War monument will be changed and solely dedicated to the Korean War. The goal, he said, is to reflect on the importance of each of the conflicts and recognize those who fought in each one. The original plaque from the monument will either be placed in Town Hall or the town’s museum. “The monuments in The Veteran Memorials Circle are a very important recognition for those who have fought for our freedom,” Lachterman said. “It is only appropriate that the name recognizes this call to duty that is so much appreciated by all of our residents.” Sheridan said that the Yorktown Garden Club has a three-phase plan for the progressive planting of native species to enhance The Veteran Memorials Circle. “We are happy to provide a park that the veterans can call their own and really take pride in,” added Jim Martorano, superintendent of Parks and Recreation. “We are also working with the Yorktown Garden Club to help beautify the veteran memorials circle.” Patriot Garden renamed The Veteran Memorials Circle The Veteran Memorials Circle PHOTO: SOPHIA CASELNOVA Yorktown and Lakeland school district voters decisively approved their respective school budgets on Tuesday, May 21. Each district also returned incumbents to the school board. Yorktown CSD voters said “yes” to the administration’s $119,110,000 budget by a margin of 492-122. Running uncontested, Jackie Cerbone and Peter Bisaccia were reelected to the Board of Education with 522 and 525 votes respectively. Seventeen votes went to write-in candidates. L a k e l a n d ’ s $191,413,753 budget passed 779 to 299. The district’s vehicle bond proposition also passed 745-329. With four candidates vying for three seats, incumbents Mike Daly (735 votes), Anna Massaro (758), and Becky Burfeind (708) were returned to the school board. Challenger Tracy Sadler-Hormazabel finished fourth with 522 votes. Yorktown, Lakeland voters OK school budgets Board of Ed incumbents reelected in both districts WE’RE NOT YOUR ORDINARY DENTISTS. Affiliate of Astoria | Bay Shore | Garden City | Hoboken | Howard Beach Huntington | Lake Success | Long Island City | Mt. Kisco | Oceanside White Plains | Yonkers | Yorktown Heights Put Your Health Where Your Mouth Is™ and book an appointment today, call 914-770-8555 For more information: CareMount Dental is now ProHealth Dental. ProHEALTH Dental proudly announces a groundbreaking affiliation with Northwell Health. Northwell is New York State’s largest health care provider, with more than 900 locations. ProHEALTH Dental has a network of 16 state-of-the-art dental offices throughout the NY Metro Area. Together, we will treat patients holistically, focusing on how oral health improves overall health. phdental.com Oral Surgery General Pediatrics Orthodontics Endodontics Sleep Cosmetic Dentistry Periodontics Implants

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PAGE 8 – YORKTOWN NEWS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 Vacation-for-the-Day on Lake Mahopac Fully Stocked Marine Supply Store • Full Service Marina • Boat Repairs 845.628.6550 897 South Lake Blvd., Mahopac • MahopacMarina.com PONTOON BOAT RENTALS! RESERVE NOW for Best Availability! 24HR ONLINE BOOKING RENTALS INCLUDE GAS! Call Today & SAVE $ 50 on Weekday Rentals (Must mention ad when booking, not valid with other offers or on holidays. Some restrictions may apply.) Yorktown High School seniors Annabelle Newberger and Tyler Olener are among six local music students set to receive $1,200 scholarships from, the Justin Veatch Fund. Chosen from among 19 applicants from 11 high schools, the winners also include Madeline Galgano of South Salem, Christian Laughlin of Cortlandt Manor, Mia O’Malley of Peekskill, and Noah Volkman of Granite Springs. This is the 16th year the Justin VeatchFund has awarded scholarships to students who live within a 40-mile radius of Yorktown. The scholarships honor the legacy of Justin Veatch, a Yorktown High School senior who died from an accidental drug overdose in 2008. Veatch was a talented musician who had been on the verge of releasing an album of his original songs. The album, titled “Permagrin,” was later released with the help of cover recordings from other artists. “We lost Justin far too young and it’s hard to believe the Fund has been awarding these scholarships for almost as long as he was on this earth,” said Justin’s sister Elena Veatch, who is a member of the Fund’s board of directors. “But it’s endlessly inspiring to review these applications each year and to watch recipients go on to do incredible things inside and outside of the music world.” The six new scholarships will be awarded on June 13 at 6 p.m. in a program at Yorktown Town Hall. Craig Schulman, who played leading roles in Broadway’s “Les Miserables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “Jekyll & Hyde” will be the keynote speaker. The public is invited. Newberger plans to study vocal performance and business at Cornell University in the fall. Newberger said she’s always had a passion for music. But despite having been involved in piano, violin, and drums, and being an “avid” recorder player–it was her own voice that resonated most deeply, and that musical theater has allowed her personal instrument to flourish. She said the phrasing, the melody, the tone, and the sustain of each word transcends mere speaking, rising to a higher level of communication. One of her teachers said Newberger’s love of musical theater is contagious, inspiring her peers to rise to her level. And her achievements are many. She was accepted into the 2023 NYSSMA Area All-State Choir as well as other honors including the solo NYSSMA festival during the past two years. Newberger said her ultimate goal is to continue to pursue her passion while working toward a college degree and one day make her Broadway debut. Olener will study classical voice and opera at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He said his interest in music is not limited to that medium. In fact, outside of playing trumpet in his school’s wind ensemble, he said he’s also an avid drummer and practices rock, heavy metal, and jazz fusion. Olener said his involvement in musical theater led him to study voice. That opened up a new universe of classical repertoire which has now become his primary focus. He has performed in a variety of theatrical productions in Westchester County. His vocal teacher said he has wonderful musical abilities, good sightreading skills, and the ability to quickly grasp techniques to learn new classical material. Olener said he believes conservatory study will give him the tools he needs to become a successful professional musician. Each Justin Veatch Fund Scholarship recipient is awarded an engraved working metronome along with a $1,200 check. The Justin Veatch Fund is a non-profit organization and registered New York State charity. For more information visit thejustinveatchfund.org. Article courtesy of the Justin Veatch Fund Yorktown students earn Veatch music scholarships Tyler Olener Annabelle Newberger PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE JUSTIN VEATCH FUND

JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 YORKTOWN NEWS – PAGE 9 Men’s Health Month underscores the importance of proactive health management. If you or the men in your life have been neglecting health concerns, seize this opportunity to initiate positive changes. Here are some healthy lifestyle tips: Men’s Health Matters: Taking Charge of Wellness For more health and wellness tips, scan the QR code or visit optum.com/medicalcare • Get fit: According to the CDC, adults aged 18-64 should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, along with muscle-strengthening exercises of all major muscle groups at least twice a week. For those 65 and older, balance-improving activities are also recommended. Before ramping up your activity level, consult your doctor for personalized advice on the best types and amounts of exercise for you. • Eat healthy: For a healthy diet, prioritize fruits and veggies, aiming to fill half your plate with them. • Have regular check-ups: These are crucial for early problem detection, as recommended by the CDC. Discuss with your doctor about necessary screenings and vaccine updates. • Seek help: Men may be less likely to seek help for mental health issues. Addressing mental health is essential for encouraging men to seek support. 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All rights reserved. 06/24 BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA STAFF WRITER It is now illegal for commercial vehicles to park on the Route 6 service road adjacent to Jefferson Valley’s Links at Valley Fields Golf Course unless they’re making a delivery. The Vehicles and Traffic chapter of the town code has been amended by the Town Board following numerous complaints about safety concerns over commercial vehicles parking on both sides of the service road, which creates a narrow space for other vehicles to travel between. As defined in the town code, commercial vehicles include tractors, trailers, delivery trucks, bulldozers, dump trucks, flatbed trailers, ambulettes, limousines, passenger vans, suburban-type vehicles, and taxis. Officials expressed concerns over the ability of a firetruck to navigate to the golf course’s clubhouse in the event of an emergency with parked commercial vehicles clogging up the access road, which runs on the eastbound side of Route 6 between a Taconic Parkway on/off ramp and Lee Boulevard. They are also worried about line-of-sight issues when cars try to pull in and out of the road on a high-traffic section of Route 6. The amended law calls for a $100 fine for violators. Fines will continue to accrue for each day the vehicle remains parked illegally. The law will become effective after being filed in the office of the secretary of state under the provisions of the municipal home rule law. Commercial vehicles banned from parking on Rt. 6 service road IMAGE COURTESY OF GOOGLE MAPS BY EMILE MENASCHÉ EDITOR If ratified by fellow Democratic district leaders later this month, recent town supervisor candidate Jann Mirchandani will take the reins of the Yorktown Democratic Committee from longtime chair Mark Lieberman, who is seeking a position as a state delegate representing the area. Mirchandani said she hopes to be elected at the committee’s reorganization meeting on June 27, just weeks before the July 23 Town Board special election between Democrat Susan Siegel and Republican Donna Diana. “I am primarily focused on expanding the committee’s reach and impact within the Yorktown community,” Mirchandani said. “Yorktown has more registered Democrats than registered Republicans and I think it’s important that we are represented.” The GOP currently holds the supervisor’s chair and all three active seats on the Town Board (the special election will bring the body back to four members). Last November, Republicans won both open Town Board seats as well as the race for supervisor, with Mitchindani falling to incumbent Tom Diana. Diana’s sudden death in January led to a special election in April, with then-Deputy Supervisor Ed Lachterman defeating Mirchindani. The lone Democrat to win in November was town clerk Diana Quast. Mirchandani said her shortterm focus will be the special election in July and the general election this fall. As for the long term, “the emphasis will be on growing the Yorktown Democratic Committee,” she said. “Our key initiatives include raising awareness, engaging young voters, including the many young families moving into Yorktown, and increasing our community involvement. “The goal is to create a more inclusive and dynamic political environment in Yorktown that includes more voices,” she added. “Stepping into this new role will allow me to continue giving back to the community and build on the momentum of the last year and a half.” New leadership on the horizon for Yorktown Dems Jann Mirchandani

JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 118 N. BEDFORD ROAD, SUITE 100 MOUNT KISCO, NY 10549 ©2024 HALSTON MEDIA, LLC Letters to the editor and op-ed submissions may be edited. The views and opinions expressed in letters and op-eds are not necessarily those of Yorktown News or its affiliates. Submissions must include a phone number and address for verification. Not all letters and op-eds will necessarily be published. Letters and op-eds which cannot be verified or are anonymous will not be published. Please send your submissions to the editor by e-mail at [emailprotected]. For more information, call the editor at (914) 302-5830 BRETT FREEMAN, PUBLISHER EMILE MENASCHÉ, EDITOR TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL, CREATIVE DIRECTOR Editorial Office: (914) 302-5830 [emailprotected] PAGE 10 – YORKTOWN NEWS Happily Ever After “Every dog dies. Not every dog really lives.” -Possibly said by William Wallace if he had a dog There are a ton of posts memorializing dogs on social media. While I often reply with my condolences, I sometimes quickly skip over them when I want to avoid contemplating the mortality of my own pup. On May 30, my dog’s inevitable mortality caught up with him. That night, my brother Jonathan, also an animal lover, shared his spiritual reaction to my dog’s passing. We both discussed the uncomplicated relationships that we have with our furry family members and the simple symbiotic connections as evidence of some sort of spiritual reality. Our dogs don’t judge us. They don’t care about our finances or our appearances, and funny enough, I’m convinced that they probably prefer imperfect hygiene. Dogs aren’t passive-aggressive and they don’t play family politics. If a dog is jealous, he won’t beat around the bush; he’ll immediately tell you. All a dog wants is food, a game of fetch and a pat on his head and belly. The love that a dog will show you in return is immeasurable. Dogs also live in the moment. They don’t spend their time worrying about the future or obsessing about the past. While I’m convinced that they indeed have some sort of spiritual awareness of the finite nature of their lives, they surely don’t spend their time thinking about it. All of these are fantastic traits lacking in humans, but when we spend time with our dogs, they certainly teach us a lot about how to live. In short, our K-9 friends are surely a gift from God. What else could explain such a strong, natural and uncomplicated bond between species? I grew up with dogs, and in December 2016, I convinced my wife, Lauren, who only had a chinchilla growing up, that a dog would be a great addition to our family. On Dec. 22, the four of us, including our then-6-1/2-year-old daughter, Jenna, and our 3-year-old son, Jared, visited a rescue shelter in Patterson. We went seeking out a puppy that we saw posted on their website, but when we arrived, the puppy was already adopted. So, we walked through the shelter to see if there were any other matches that worked for our family. While most of the dogs were jumping up and down with excitement, almost as if they were yelling, “Pick me, pick me,” Justin had a quiet, polite and dignified demeanor. We went inside his cage to say hello and he immediately showed a calm affection. When we took him to a separate room to have more interaction with him, he apparently followed me to the door and stared at me through the window when I went to speak to the shelter staff. There was an instant bond. While Lauren hoped for a medium-sized dog, she acquiesced to Justin, who was big. But Lauren was so visibly anxious about our decision that the staff made us go home to sleep on it. Remember, his name was Justin, and our kids are Jenna and Jared, so it was serendipity. On Dec. 23 (Christmas Eve Eve), I brought Justin home after getting his check-up at the veterinarian. We took quite a leap of faith with him, as he was so emaciated that you could see his rib cage. Either he was malnourished or perhaps he was diseased - maybe cancer. In hindsight, that was a real possibility. Thank God, he quickly gained weight after several days and weeks of regular meals. Why was he malnourished? Was he abused? The shelter said he was transferred from Alabama. Was he always homeless? Did he have a family that lost him? I always wanted to know his story. Regardless, we always imagined that if he could speak English, it would have been with a southern drawl. Justin had resting-sad-face, so we also kind of imagined him as Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. The shelter claimed that he was 1 year old, but the vet said that his worn teeth indicated that he may have been a bit older. To this day, we had no clue exactly how old he was. The shelter also claimed that he was good with other animals. “Oh goodie,” we thought. “He’ll get along with our cats.” The very limited initial interactions that Justin had with our cats made us incredibly nervous, so our house became like West Germany and East Germany, with the basem*nt door serving as the Berlin Wall. Our finished basem*nt (East Germany) was relatively large with a TV, comfortable couch and a sliding glass door, which offered plenty of sunlight. In hindsight, it was an unfortunate situation, but we fell in love. Our cats had each other, and we spent plenty of time with them in front of the TV. The other complication was the fact that we had been living in a town house development, with strict rules about leashes and walking your dog. When it was empty, we would bring him to the fenced-in basketball court and play fetch, but a couple of times he busted through the flimsy gate and chased after smaller dogs. While he never bit another dog, I think we were partly responsible for his aggressive demeanor when walking him on his leash throughout our development. Justin was always friendly towards humans, but we tightened our grip on the leash anytime a dog passed him, which mistakenly reinforced his aggressive posture against his own species. Our best bet was taking him RIP, Justin Freeman Dec. 23, 2016 (Gotcha Day) - May 30, 2024 PHOTO COURTESY OF SOPHIE FREEMAN Justin Freeman BRETT FREEMAN PUBLISHER’S MEMO SEE FREEMAN PAGE 11

JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 OPINION YORKTOWN NEWS – PAGE 11 FREEMAN FROM PAGE 10 Justin Freeman with sister, Jenna, brother, Jared, and Mom & Dad, Lauren and Brett PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN FREEMAN on a walk in the woods adjacent to our development. But nevertheless, it was not an ideal situation for him. Lucky enough, Justin got to be the newspaper office dog when we had our office in Somers before the pandemic. Believe me when I tell you that he was everyone’s favorite colleague. Justin’s preferred spot was next to Bob Dumas, our editorat-large, who would keep dog biscuits at his desk. After his passing, our ad sales colleague Paul Forhan remembered that Justin would often calm him down when he had a particularly stressful day. Fast forward 3-1/2 years, and we were able to move to a single-family home with a large yard off of a quiet side street. I know some people are critical of electric fences, but the bottom line is that the alternative (running away and getting hit by a car) is far worse. So, we installed an electric fence and Justin quickly learned his boundary. I couldn’t recommend it more, as it gave Justin a ton of freedom to roam our large yard and the boundary even extended into part of the woods. It gave us tremendous peace of mind. At our new house, my favorite activities with Justin involved being outside (even during the winter time). Justin loved playing fetch with tennis balls and had amazing mouth-eye coordination. Had we ever taken Justin to Hibachi dinner, he could have beaten anyone at the game where the chef throws vegetables in a patron’s mouth. Up until about six months ago, Justin could have played fetch for hours without a break. He would often catch the ball mid-air after taking a huge leap, as if he was a baseball player diving for the ball, with his mouth serving as a catcher’s mitt. I would often play fetch with him whenever we had a visitor. Being the proud dad I was, I wanted to show off his athletic prowess. While he was afraid of the water, Justin loved hanging out with us by our pool, and would often patrol the perimeter and bark at the swimmers, as if he was a lifeguard blowing his whistle to scold any horseplay. When I sat in the hot-tub, he would come over every few minutes to lick my bald head (Was I salty or was it affection? I think a little of both). I also loved sitting on the front porch with Justin. Late at night, often when the rest of my family was asleep, I would sit in my rocking chair, sipping a Scotch and listening to the crickets, while Justin would lie down a few feet away at the top of the stairs, often on alert as if guarding me from would-be intruders, including whatever wild animals were lurking in the woods. He wasn’t just a good boy. He was the best boy. Given that he was emaciated when we found him, Justin understandably loved food. At first, he wasn’t so discerning, as we spent hundreds of dollars at the emergency vet to force him to regurgitate the socks he swallowed. But his palate extended beyond laundry. He loved everything from peanut butter to pup cups, and he even enjoyed eating cucumbers. His favorite thing in the world was pig ears. The only thing he disliked was spinach. About 1-1/2 months ago, Justin received a clean bill of health. But a tumor on his heart went undetected, so May 20 was my last game of fetch with him. The last few months, he would play fetch for about five minutes, but he would be the one to end the game, as he was a bit more tired than usual. On the evening of May 21, he declined to eat, which led to his diagnosis - a rare heart condition where fluid was pooling around his heart. A procedure that drained the fluid gave us an additional nine days with Justin. He recovered so well (and appeared so free of symptoms) that I began to feel a bit of false hope. He woke up acting fine on May 30, but by that evening, he struggled to breathe, and he declined additional food – a tell tale sign that this was our goodbye. Our entire family is heartbroken. Justin was a loving son, brother and grand-dog, but most of all, he was a loving friend. As I said, Lauren had a chinchilla growing up and wanted a medium-size dog. But she was as broken up by his passing as me. She told me that Justin taught her that there was perfection in imperfection. Rest in peace my furry friend, until we meet again. Our love for you was uncomplicated and unlimited, and you will hold a significant place in our hearts forever.

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This premise, preposterous as it may sound, raised in my mind the age-old ethical question: Do intellectually superior beings possess, because of their status and strength, the moral right to take the life of all other life forms? In addition to the movie, the recent revelation by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem that she shot her dog because she found it unruly speaks of a mindset all too prevalent in today’s world.And, in case we had any doubt of Noem’s power and authority to rule over defenseless animals, she immediately proceeded from the murder of her dog to killing a goat. For me, Noem’s actions reflect a lack of respect for other living things, not to mention a complete absence of empathy for their suffering. They reminded me of unfortunate incidents I witnessed as a child, when older boys gleefully set stray cats on fire. Studies have shown that that type of individual, as he grows older, is more likely to display violence against humans as well. This can perpetuate a cycle of violence that extends far beyond the initial act of cruelty, impacting the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities. But why do humans act with such cruelty? One of the main reasons for this lack of empathy towards animals is the disconnect that exists between humans and the natural world. In today’s modern society, people are increasingly detached from nature, leading to a desensitization toward the suffering of animals. Many do not even consider the impact of their actions on animals and fail to recognize an animal’s inherent value and their right to live a life free from harm. I, like many, grew up with an assumption that we can do what we like with other life forms without raising the specter of an ethical dilemma. But the times are changing. Recent advances in scientific research have underscored the evolution of our understanding of consciousness. It has become clear that many forms of life possess some level of awareness and ability to experience the world around them. From animals to fish to trees, research has shown that these living beings are not simply mindless objects but, rather, complex organisms capable of feeling pain, pleasure and of forming relationships with others. As sentient beings, it is our moral obligation to treat other living things with respect and compassion. The reality is that animals are, as in the cases cited above, often subjected to extreme suffering and brutality at the hands of humans for various purposes, such as food, clothing, entertainment, research or just for the exercise of dominance. If we accept the fact that these beings have the capacity to suffer and experience joy, then it follows that it is immoral to cause harm to them unnecessarily. Just as we recognize the right of humans to live free from harm and exploitation, so should we extend those considerations to other living things. The lack of empathy and the immorality of human cruelty in killing animals is further exacerbated by societal norms and cultural beliefs that justify and normalize violence towards animals. Many people, like the superior apes in the Kingdon of the Planet of the Apes, view less intelligent life forms as inferior beings that exist solely for their consumption and entertainment. This anthropocentric mindset perpetuates a cycle of exploitation and abuse that harms not only animals but also the environment and, ultimately, us. It is imperative that we challenge these beliefs and practices and adopt a more compassionate and ethical approach towards animals. By promoting empathy, respect, and kindness toward all living things, we can create a more just and sustainable world where animals are treated with compassion and respect. This can be done by advocating for stronger animal welfare laws, supporting cruelty free products and practices, and encouraging education and awareness about the plight of animals in various industries. Only when animals are treated with respect can we truly live in harmony with the natural world and ensure a future where all creatures can flourish and thrive. A lack of empathy JAMES MARTORANO MY PERSPECTIVE To advertise in Yorktown News, call Brett Freeman at 845-208-8151 or email [emailprotected].

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Free and fair elections are not free Dear Editor, I believe in free and fair elections, and I am guessing if you’re reading this, you do too. The upcoming special election to fill the Town Board seat vacated by Supervisor Ed Lachterman will mark the fourth of five elections this year. It’s crucial for us all to be aware of this, as it directly impacts our community and our wallets. The exact cost to Yorktown taxpayers will only be known when the County Finance Department sends a bill. However, we can estimate based on previous years and make informed projections. In 2023, the cost for the February primary and the November general elections totaled $105,452. In other words, residents are paying over $50,000 per election. We can expect the February primary, the April special election, the June primary, the July special election, and the November general election to cost us $260,000. Here’s the kicker: The vacant Council seat does not prevent the Town Board from functioning, so there is no urgent need to fill it to continue serving the community. Why is a special election needed in July, three months after the last special election and four months before the general election? The rationale provided at the Town Board meeting was to avoid being overshadowed by national politics. However, this contradicts public statements from the Town Board, claiming that information is readily available and those interested can find it. It seems fiscally imprudent and generally cynical for the Town Board to force yet another special election. -Jann Mirchandani, former candidate for Yorktown Supervisor Yorktown Heights Representation requires presence Dear Editor, I am running to be a member of the New York State Democratic Committee. The New York State Democratic Committee (NYSDC) is the New York political party affiliate of the national Democratic Party. The NYSDC is dedicated to getting Democrats elected at every level of government, promoting Democratic principles and to establishing and maintaining party rules. Membership is from every part of New York State, including Yorktown. However, for eight years, Yorktown has been underrepresented. The current member from Yorktown has missed nearly every single meeting. Yorktown deserves someone who is ready, willing, and knowledgeable to fully represent Yorktown Democrats so that our voices can be heard and we can be kept informed of what the NYSDC is planning. I am seeking your support to represent Yorktown at the NYSDC and I will be an active participant. I am a long-term Yorktown resident who is currently the co-chair of the Yorktown Democratic Committee and a duly elected district leader. I am also an active member of the Westchester County Democratic Committee and the Northern Westchester Democratic Committee. I attend Yorktown Town Board and Planning Board meetings. I am aware of town issues and political issues in Yorktown. New York Democrats have enacted legislation to guarantee women’s reproductive rights, to establish tough gun safety laws, and New York Democrats are focused on lowering costs for hardworking families and continuing to grow New York’s economy through massive infrastructure investments that will bring good-paying clean energy jobs to our state. New York Democrats are proud of the work they’ve done to make life better for all residents. The NYSDC is working to strengthen the Democratic Party through voter protection, civic engagement and to developing programs that help propel Democrats to office. Yorktown’s needs are currently not being represented and I’m ready, willing and able to be your representative in practice, not just in title only. I will provide Yorktown Democrats with a seat at the table. Early voting is from June 15-June 23 and the Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 25. Mark your primary ballot for Mark Lieberman! -Mark A. Lieberman Yorktown Yorktown Democrats not represented at the state party level Dear Editor, Mark Lieberman is a proud Democrat, a dedicated member of the Yorktown community for 26 years and now compelled to address a concerning issue that has persisted for far too long: the underrepresentation of Yorktown within the New York State Democratic Committee (NYSDC). For most of the past decade, Yorktown has lacked the full and effective representation it deserves within the NYSDC. Our current representative has regrettably missed nearly every meeting, leaving our voices unheard and our interests unrepresented. As Democrats, we deserve better. We deserve a representative who is ready, willing, and knowledgeable enough to fully advocate for the concerns and priorities of Yorktown Democrats. That’s why Mark is stepping forward to seek your support in representing Yorktown at the state level. As the co-chair of the Yorktown Democratic Committee and a duly elected district leader, Mark is deeply entrenched in the LETTERS FROM PAGE 13 SEE LETTERSPAGE 15

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Maybe Pawling would become a thriving metropolis filled with culture, music, art and progressive ideas. I thought that if I couldn’t move to the city, maybe the city would move to me. Obviously, that never happened. And I am so glad it didn’t. I am not sure why the town never grew even just a little bit in the last four decades. I think some wanted to see it trapped in time, a relic of a bygone “Leave it to Beaver” era when women wore pearls while they vacuumed, and men wore jackets and ties to baseball games. Many of you might know of Daryl’s House. It is the club/ restaurant venue in Pawling owned by Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates fame. It serves great food and has amazing international acts that come and perform there on an almost nightly basis. It is truly a gem of mid-Hudson Valley. A couple of years ago, the club wanted to expand its outdoor seating for its gospel brunches and some other performances because they’d grown in popularity. We are talking about a few dozen extra seats, not hundreds. It went before the planning board, and the board made rumblings about how it wouldn’t approve such an expansion. (Too many people, too much noise.) But the club said, well, this is what we need to do to survive financially, so either figure out a way to make it happen or we will close down and move somewhere that is more business-friendly. I was terrified that the town planners would just double down and that would be the end of it, but fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, and the board decided this was not the hill they wanted to die on. A compromise was eventually reached. As you know, the club is still there and is thriving. So, the one thing in town that actually put Pawling on the map was saved. (When I lived in L.A., I met folks who knew of Pawling simply because of Daryl’s House even though they’d never been out of the state of California.) What seemed to escape Pawling officials at the time, is that it was more than just about the club. It was about the entire business community. Hundreds of people from all over the tri-state area would come to the club and then head out into the community and patronize other businesses while they were in town. It was a total shot in the arm for the local economy. While Daryl Hall doesn’t live in Pawling (he’s just across the border in Connecticut), over the years there have been some pretty iconic figures who have called that place home, and that eventually led to my brush with greatness. “Brush with Greatness” was a bit David Letterman did in which viewers would call in and recount their humorous encounters with celebrities. Pawling has some celebrities—Randy Levine, president of the NY Yankees (he would donate tickets to local fundraising raffles), Sally Jessy Raphael (the former daytime talk show host) and the famously baritone actor James Earl Jones, to name a few. But it also was the home of some iconic historical figures as well. Thomas E. Dewey lived there. (For a while, Pawling even had a museum dedicated to all things Dewey.) Quick history lesson: Dewey was a New York City district attorney who went after the mob and played a big part in tempering the Mafia’s influence (not unlike Guiliani) and he eventually became governor of New York. He twice ran unsuccessfully for president as the G.O.P. nominee. In 1948, he lost to Democrat Harry Truman in what is widely considered to be the greatest presidential election upset in U.S. history. There is the famous picture of Truman smiling and holding up the Chicago Tribune with a front page headline that read, “Dewey Defeats Truman!”, which, of course, he did not. Back in Pawling, a Republican town to say the least, they were gearing up to throw a huge parade in honor of their native son. But it was a parade that never stepped off. Now, I wasn’t born yet when this all happened, but my dad, one of a handful of Democrats in town at the time, loved to tell the story and even years later he couldn’t recall it without a snicker and tinge of devilish glee in his voice. One of Pawling’s other great celebrities was a gentleman named Dr. Norman Vincent My brush with greatness SEE DUMASPAGE 17 BOB DUMAS OUT OF MY HEAD

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That’s what our town is made of. 1201196 State Farm, Bloomington, IL George Lucciola, Agent 1885 Commerce Street Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 Bus: 914-962-3030 [emailprotected] State Farm® has a long heritage of helping out in the community. That’s why I’m proud to support Yorktown Youth Sports. Get to a better State® . Community starts with neighbors who care. That’s what our town is made of. State Farm® has a long heritage of helping out in the community. That’s why I’m proud to support Yorktown. Get to a better State®. Selling Something? Looking To Buy Something? Having An Event? Reach Thousands of our Readers at a Low Cost! [emailprotected] Email: Peale. (You’re always famous when you get to use three names.) Peale shot to fame in the 1950s when he wrote a self-help book called “The Power of Positive Thinking.” The book came under fire from both mental health experts and theologians alike because it was filled with anecdotes from unverifiable sources. So, of course, something that sketchy instantly became a bestseller. It spent 48 weeks at No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller List. Running on the popularity generated by the book (he wrote many more), Peale created The Foundation for Christian Living (FCL) and built a small campus in the middle of the Pawling village. They employed dozens and dozens of locals over the years. Many teens, including myself, got summer jobs there working on the maintenance crew. What exactly FCL did—other than generate revenue—was never really clear. One thing they did was take paid prayer requests. For a simple cash donation, Peale and his employees would pray for you to find solace. For example, “Dear Dr. Peale, My daughter is 17, pregnant, and addicted to cocaine. She has been arrested six times. Would you please pray for her salvation? Here are 10 bucks.” If the writer ponied up the appropriate fee, a slip of paper got passed around to the employees who could then pray for the girl’s salvation. No money? Well, no salvation. Folks could also buy one of Peale’s many books and pay a little extra to have it autographed. The thing is the good doc didn’t actually sign the book himself. They had a machine that replicated Peale’s signature to do it. I saw it. Years later, after I took over as the managing editor of the local paper, I was invited to FCLfor some type of outdoor event they were having. They wanted the paper to cover it and I thought, “Sure, why not?” I got there and they had tents set up all around the big sprawling lawn. A woman greeted me and thanked me for coming and brought me to meet Dr. Peale. We shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. He was sitting next to a guy who looked vaguely familiar to me. “Bob, this is my friend Art Linkletter,” Dr. Peale said. Some of you may not recall Art. I was pretty young during his peak of fame. He was a huge radio and television star. He hosted “House Party” on CBS for 25 years, “People Are Funny” on NBC for 19 years and then later, and perhaps most famously, hosted the first incarnation of “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” When I met him, he was about 75 years old. My grandmother adored him. He was by far her favorite celebrity, so it was kind of cool that I was getting to meet him. I shook his hand and he affably asked, “So, how do you like living around here?” I thought that was a strange question, but I said, “It’s great... I graduated from high school here.” Art kind of eyed me up and down for a minute and then said, “Well, I see they feed you well.” As I walked away a few minutes later, I whispered to my photographer, “I think Art Linkletter just called me fat.” It kind of gnawed at me for a few days but eventually, I found the humor in it—my grandma’s favorite celebrity insulted me! I wore it on my sleeve... my red badge of courage. I once met Sammy Hagar, the former Van Halen singer, on an elevator at the MGM in Las Vegas. He was cool and affable, and we spent about 45 seconds talking about music. When he left, he gave me a pat on the shoulder. But if I had to go on Letterman and discuss my “Brush With Greatness,” I would tell the Art Linkletter story over Sammy Hagar. For some reason, it is much more fun when people are asses. Especially if your gramma has a crush on them. Bob is editor at large for Halston Media. He’s lost about 80 pounds over the past few years but there are still plenty of things you can make fun of him for. Write to him at [emailprotected]. DUMAS FROM PAGE 16 Read Your Town’s Top News In-between Editions Visit News.HalstonMedia.com. Find your town or your favorite topic (i.e. sports or police) in the menu. You can also click on this QR code.

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In addition to providing education and raising awareness about affordable housing and the lack of it, the group also develops properties for qualified applicants. The experience has given me a greater appreciation for the challenges related to building more affordable housing options. During my decade on the board, we developed and sold two properties. One in Croton Falls and the other in Mount Vernon. The amount of effort and time, mostly by our executive director and president, was substantial. Clearly, for them, it was a labor of love with an emphasis on the labor. Navigating the maze of government regulations for grants as well as preparing the property for marketing to qualified buyers was overwhelming, not to mention local zoning issues and building code requirements to bring the properties “up to code.” The property that was developed in Mount Vernon was a lesson in “no good deed goes unpunished.” ACE bought a property off of the foreclosure rolls just before COVID struck. The ensuing three years were spent negotiating with contractors, the City of Mount Vernon’s building inspector and their affordable housing corporation. Bringing the property up to modern codes added tens of thousands to the cost. Ripping out the sheet rock and replacing four inches of insulation with six was just one example. The effort was rewarded with a bill for years of back taxes and penalties. There has to be a better way. There is affordable housing and then there is housing that is affordable. The former is housing that comes through the red tape and government system of grants, rules and subsidies; the latter occurs organically via the market, or as “naturally occuring.” Building naturally occurring affordable housing is where we could make the most progress. Interestingly, improving the availability of affordable housing is something that unites the left and right. The cost of housing has risen much faster than inflation and it is impacting family formation and fertility, since young people wait much longer to get married and have children, if they decide to have children at all. The economy takes a hit because of the loss of mobility. People can’t take that new job in a new place because they can’t find housing within an acceptable commuting distance. I recommend an entertaining and funny graphic novel, “Build, Baby, Build: The Science and Ethics of Housing Regulation” by Bryan Caplan, a George Mason economics professor and illustrated by Ady Branzei. The format is a great way to break down an otherwise dry topic and capture my short attention span. As the title implies, the only way to solve the housing crisis is by a dramatic increase in building fueled by deregulating housing. Local changes in approaches to zoning are more desirable than top down solutions coming from Albany, like last year’s failed attempt by Gov. Hochul to rezone large swaths of local communities to promote transit oriented development. Rezoning selected areas and changing non safety-related building codes to make them more attractive to affordable development will have to come locally. The big gains will naturally come from the more urban areas where large developments make more sense economically because of existing density and sewer and water infrastructure. But that doesn’t mean that opportunities don’t exist in semi rural areas like ours. Thoughtful mixed use development not only could provide more housing opportunities, it could have a positive impact on the vitality of downtown areas, which is a major challenge for many of our suburban towns. There is no time better than the present to act. Affordable housing: Challenges, solutions & a path forward DON SCOTT IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Let Us Know About Your Athlete’s Accomplishments Coaches and parent volunteers should send an email to [emailprotected]. 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JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 YORKTOWN NEWS – PAGE 19 Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNRs) are often confused with a different advance directive known as a Health Care Proxy (HCP). A HCP allows you to select someone to make health care decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so yourself. You can either give the agent you select specific written instructions as to your health care wishes and end-of-life wishes within the HCP, or you can give them to your agent verbally. The HCP is generally prepared as part of one’s estate plan by an attorney, or it is often given to a patient at the time of admission to the hospital if the patient is competent. A HCP must be signed and dated by the person making the appointment of an agent, and must be witnessed by two disinterested individuals over the age of 18. Unlike the HCP, a DNR is a medical order written by the patient’s doctor or a health care provider. It advises all health care providers that the patient does not want Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) if their breathing has stopped. Patients that sign DNRs are generally those that have chronic illnesses (for example, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder or COPD) and are prone to pneumonias and respiratory failure, thus requiring resuscitation. Additionally, a patient that signs a DNR is often one that has already experienced the need to be resuscitated and no longer wishes to be kept alive by CPR. This also often occurs when one believes they are at the end of life and have given up the will to live. The health care provider/doctor will only write the do not resuscitate order after a discussion with the patient (if mentally competent). If the patient is not competent, the discussion would be held with the patient’s health care agent or the family of the patient, depending on the circ*mstance. From my own personal experience, I can assure you that the decision to sign a DNR on behalf of a loved one is daunting and traumatic. It is also important to understand that a fully executed DNR will instruct all health care providers not to (a) perform mouth to mouth resuscitation on the patient; (b) utilize electronic shock to restart the heart (a defibrillator); and (c) insert breathing tubes into the patient (use a ventilator) and offer to administer any medications to the patient that will restart breathing. The patient’s decision to sign a DNR should be made with full knowledge of one’s medical condition and of the patient’s medical diagnosis and prognosis. It is clearly a document that requires significant consideration and should be discussed with one’s family members and named agent and contingent agent in the HCP. The DNR can be printed in wallet size or can be part of a medical bracelet. It also should be prominently displayed in one’s home so that any emergency medical personnel/EMT can see it upon entering the patient’s home. In a hospital setting, the DNR will be part of the patient’s medical records. A document that works well with the DNR is a Living Will. It allows the patient to state that they do not want to be kept alive by extraordinary circ*mstances if they are brain dead or comatose with no hope of recovery. Finally, while your attorney can prepare many advanced directives for you, such as a HCP, Living Will, Power of Attorney or HIPPA form, they can not prepare a DNR for you. Anthony J. Enea is the managing attorney of Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano, LLP of White Plains, New York. He focuses his practice on Wills, Trusts, Estates and Elder Law.Anthony is the Past Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), and is the past Chair of the 50+ Section of the NYSBA.He is a Past President and Founding member of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).Anthony is also the Immediate Past President of the Westchester County Bar Foundation and a Past President of the Westchester County Bar Association. He is also fluent in Italian. He can be reached at 914-948-1500 or at [emailprotected]. The ABCs of a DNR It is clearly a document that requires significant consideration and should be discussed with one’s family members and named agent and contingent agent in the HCP [Health Care Proxy].’ -Anthony J. Enea Managing attorney of Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano, LLP FOCUS ON ELDER LAW ANTHONY J. ENEA GUEST CORNER

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PAGE 22 – YORKTOWN NEWS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 BY MIKE SABINI CONTRIBUTING WRITER Yorktown used a dominant second half to defeat Section 2 champion Niskayuna 12-5 on June 1’s Class B regional championship game at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam. “It’s a great accomplishment and another step closer to one of our goals,” said Yorktown senior co-captain Chris Constantine, who was recently named a USA Lacrosse All-American for the second consecutive season. “The players and coaches have all been putting in so much work for the team’s success and it’s paying off.” Yorktown led 6-5 at halftime and broke the game open in the second half by outscoring the Section 2 champions 6-0 after the break. “We talked at halftime and brought everyone back together to the intended game plan,” Constantine said. “In the second quarter, we weren’t playing our best. But once we were able to talk things over, we were able to regroup and play some of the best lacrosse we’ve played all year.” Gianluca Marchini (2A), Constantine (1G), Ryan Cane (1A), Andrew Weissman (2G, 2A), Ryan Vogel (4G), JT Carney (2G, 2A), Brady Sheridan (3G), Chad Bowen (53 percent faceoffs won), and Hunter Mezzatesta (8 saves) produced for the Huskers. The Huskers, the No. 6 ranked Class B team in the state, were scheduled to play next in the state Class B semifinal against Section 8 champion South Side, ranked No.1, on June 5 at SUNY-Albany’s John Fallon Field–Yorktown’s first appearance in the state semis since 2017. If Yorktown wins that game, the Huskers will play for their first state title since 2014, and the eighth in the program’s legendary history, at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at Hofstra University. Sectional title game Top-seeded Yorktown was down 3-0 early in its Section 1 Class B championship game on May 29 against visiting No. 3 Horace Greeley but there was no panic. “In large part, we have a bunch of seniors who are mentally tough and are dialed into what we want to do, and they just hung tough and led,” said Husker coach and Yorktown graduate Tim Schurr. Lead they did, with the Huskers (15-5) rebounding from a slow start to win 13-9 to record back-to-back sectional titles, and Yorktown’s 42nd sectional title overall. “It means everything,” senior co-captain Weissman said of winning the sectional title. “It just represents the hard work that we put in [during the] offseason and during the season. It just gives a lot of light to the coaches and players...and it’s great.” Constantine said that the sectional title was especially meaningful because of all the hard work that made it happen. “I know every single player in this program has put in sweat and tears into this to make sure that we would be victorious,” Constantine said. “It’s definitely not over yet; we still have bigger goals, bigger aspirations. So we just have to keep practicing, keep getting better, and hopefully reach where we want to go (a state title).” Schurr said that it was a wonderful feeling to win the sectional crown. “It’s nice to be around good, young men that compete so hard all the time,” the coach said. Unassisted goals by Weissman (4G, 2A) and Carney (3G), and a goal by Dylan DelVecchio (2G, 1A) assisted by Vogel (1G, 3A), with just 1.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter, tied the game at 3-3. “We knew that we had to capitalize on our opportunities,” Weissman said. “We weren’t shooting well in the first few minutes, but once we started getting our confidence back, we were able to stick some goals.” Knotted at 5-5, Yorktown scored three goals in the final 52.4 seconds of the second Yorktown wins regionals and sectionals Huskers earn trip to state semifinals Yorktown’s Gianluca Marchini makes his move. LACROSSE Yorktown defeated Horace Greeley 13-9 in the Section 1 Class B championship game. PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO Yorktown’s Andrew Weissman claims a loose ball. SEE LAXPAGE 23

quarter to go up 8-5. Weissman scored, assisted by Vogel, Weissman scored again unassisted, and DelVecchio scored, assisted by Weissman, with just 1.3 seconds left before halftime. “We scored a few goals very late, so our guys our playing to the whistle, the whole 48 minutes, something we want them to do, and they responded pretty well,” Schurr said. “They could’ve folded when things went south early but they did great.” Yorktown’s defense stepped up in the third quarter, allowing just one goal, enabling the Huskers to lead 10-6 at the end of the period. “We figured them out eventually,” Constantine said. “They have a couple of good ball players, all-around, but once we stayed compact, understood each other, started talking, we were able to shut them down.” After a Greeley goal, Weissman put Yorktown up 11-7 in the fourth quarter with an unassisted score. “One thing we work on every single practice is groundballs,” Weissman said. “It was just a gritty groundball by both Ryan Cane and me. I just came out with it; I was able to get the top side and stick the shot.” Constantine scored the last goal of the game with an unassisted tally of his own. “I was just lucky we got a great FOGO, he was able to dish me the ball, the opportunity was there, so I took the shot,” Constantine said. Yorktown’s FOGO (face off, go off) man is Bowen, who won 20 of his 24 face-offs, with Mezzatesta (13 saves), Marchini (1G), and Sheridan (1G) also producing against Greeley. Joe Tornambe, Nicholas Carducci, Conor Duncan, Evan Kurth, Matt Merante, Dominic Bucello, Jack Simone, Sam Brown, Devan Carney, Reilly Doller, Ryan Schluter, Ryan Fastiggi, Chase Reynolds, Nicolas Bucello, John Desiderio, Brady McEnroe, Frankie Ofrias, Jeremy Guski (assistant coach), Joe Colarusso (assistant coach), Warren Dill (assistant coach), Colin Houlihan (assistant coach), Marina Bowen (manager), Marissa Cavallo (manager), and Ava Costello (manager) all were part of the Huskers’ sectional championship squad. JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 SPORTS YORKTOWN NEWS – PAGE 23 SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO VISIT ONE OF OUR SHOWROOMS TODAY! Your Bath. Your Kitchen. Your Home. 49 Route 138 Somers, NY 10589 M-Fr 9:00AM-4:30PM 914-232-2020 (Across from the BJ’s Shopping Center) BESTPLG.COM $100 off $1,000 Minimum Purchase when Shipped Complete. Eligible at Yorktown and Somers showrooms only Show this Coupon to Receive Discount. One per customer Expires 7/15/24 3372 Old Crompond Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 M-Sat 9:00AM-5:00PM 914-736-2468 Yorktown’s Dylan DelVecchio runs the offense. Yorktown’s Ryan Cane eyes a loose ball. PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO Yorktown’s JT Carney makes his move to the cage on his way to a first-half goal. LAX FROM PAGE 22

PAGE 24 – YORKTOWN NEWS SPORTS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 BY MIKE SABINI CONTRIBUTING WRITER Lakeland/Panas senior Isabel Kocaj finished her four-year varsity girls lacrosse career with 115 goals and 12 assists, which included this past spring season, where she tallied 32 goals and 3 assists during an AllSection Honorable Mention campaign. The midfielder was one of the Rebels’ captains, along with Ashley Glass, Clare Warren, and Kaitlyn Wilkowski. Kocaj and Warren were also captains in their junior seasons in 2023, when Kocaj earned AllSection honors. When did you start playing lacrosse? I was 8 years old, which was funny because up until I was 11, I played for Yorktown, so I knew a lot of the girls who I played against this year all the way from back then, and I’ve made some of my best friends from Yorktown over these past few years. I started playing lacrosse because I saw that my mother registered my older brother to start playing, so I wanted to follow him and play too. What was your favorite thing about playing lacrosse for Lakeland/Panas? The friendships we had with each other on and off the field. We have always been a very close team and it definitely shows on the field. It’s nice to be able to have an actual friend on the team besides just a teammate. What was your favorite team activity or pre-game or post-game ritual that you shared with your teammates? My favorite team activity pregame is getting my hair done and listening to music to get me hyped up and in the right headspace for game days. The energy is always so fun and really gets you ready to play. Who has been your biggest role model over the years? My mom is definitely my biggest role model and she has taught me a lot over the years. It’s definitely shown on the field. She’s taught me to be tough, a leader, and to work for everything I want to achieve. Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know? During my junior season, I got my tooth knocked out going to the goal when we played Scarsdale. What do you plan to do after high school? I’m attending Fairfield University next year to play Division 1 lacrosse and at the moment I am undecided but I am leaning towards majoring in international business. Name your favorite athlete or sports team? FC Barcelona is my favorite soccer team and I’ve seen them play before in Barcelona. It was such an amazing experience. What was your favorite music to listen to while warming up for a game? Either rap or house music. Both are super different genres but each gets me really excited to play. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Teleport, so I can travel wherever I want in a blink of an eye. If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve neverbeen, where would you go? Italy, because I’ve always wanted to go for the amazing architecture and the food. What was your favorite food to eat before or after a game, and what’s your favorite Yorktown eatery? Chipotle is my favorite food to eat after a game because it’s good and easy to get. My favorite Yorktown eatery would be Oscars Pizza, it’s super easy to get and the pizza is amazing. What’s the go-to app on your phone and why? It’s definitely Tik Tok. I spend all of my time on it and it’s something to keep me entertained when I’m bored. I actually learn something new every day on it. What would you say to a young athlete thinking about trying out for the Lakeland/Panas girls lacrosse team? To work every second you’re on that field and that healthy competition is always good. When you work hard for something, it will pay off. Don’t let anyone discourage you and always bring good energy on and off the field. Rebel captain Isabel Kocaj is Fairfield University-bound Lakeland/ Panas’ Isabel Kocaj looks to fire a shot as Yorktown’s Ava Cunneen defends during a sectional game. PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT Our Fences Include: Chain Link Aluminum Wood Vinyl Deer Fencing Railings scrfence.com | 914-302-2552 GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS. -Robert Frost See Our Great Selection of Styles & Colors! Material Also Available for DIY. 2013 Crompond Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 [emailprotected] Westchester’s Leading Fence Installer Proud To Be Locally Owned Building Superior Fences at Competitive Prices Proudly Partnered With AFA (American Fence Association) Service: 914-669-9679 Auto Sales: 914-485-1195 Fax: 914-669-9685 6 Dingle Ridge Road - North Salem, NY 10560 meccanicshop.com

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PAGE 26 – YORKTOWN NEWS SPORTS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 BY MIKE SABINI CONTRIBUTING WRITER Lakeland/Panas finished a successful season at the Section 1 state qualifier, which was held at Arlington on May 30 and Suffern on May 31, with Rebels’ coach John Benvin proud of his team’s effort throughout its entire campaign. “While a few throwers will compete at the Eastern State championship meet at Iona Prep on June 2 and at least one will be at nationals in a few weeks, the majority of the team has concluded long and successful indoor and outdoor seasons,” Benvin said. “Starting in November and finishing just shy of June, this team gave it their all, accomplished a lot and have many memories to remember.” With the Rebels competing at the state qualifier in the large-school division, Division 1, junior captain Hannah Arbid finished eighth and senior captain Sohum Aggarwal placed fifth in the discus.Senior Alex Ryzy finished sixth in the shot put, while junior captain Lily Day earned a fifth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run. Sophom*ore Serenity Jeffcoat was eighth in the long jump, while junior Alana Myke had a great two-day meet, finishing seventh in the high jump and sixth in the triple jump.Myke–who already held the Rebels’ indoor triple jump record–accomplished the same feat outdoors with a jump of 35 feet, 5 inches. “It was our last major team meet of the season and our qualifiers went all out against the best in the large-school division,” Benvin said. “Team records broken, new personal best records were made, and while no one qualified for states, those that weren’t seniors showed that next year they can take yet another step towards perhaps making the trip to the states (at Middletown High School).The seniors gave it their all over the last few years and for this class being the freshmen during the 2020-2021 season with COVID-19 being a constant thing to overcome, it was nice to see the class of 2024 go out strong.” Yorktown also had some solid performances competing in Division 1, including those from Drew Duncan (high jump, seventh place, 5 feet, 8 inches) and Nicholas Erickson (triple jump, 13th place, 38-2.5). Isabelle Bevilacqua (400-meter dash, 11th place, 62.7 seconds), Sophia Luo (long jump, 12th place, 15 feet), and Jane Hanson (shot put, 29-11.5, discus, 83-1, ninth place, both events) also stood out for the Huskers. Like Benvin, Yorktown coach Keith Smith was proud of his team. “The team did well at the state qualifier,” Smith said. “We didn’t have many athletes that qualified, but those who did performed well. The team is very young this year and they all picked up a lot of experience.” Rebels and Huskers shine at state qualifier Lakeland/Panas’ Lily Day, seen here at the county meet, was fifth in the 1,500-meter run at the state qualifier. PHOTOS: ROB DIANTONIO Lakeland/ Panas’ Serenity Jeffcoat, performing above at the county meet, placed eighth in the long jump at the state qualifier. TRACK & FIELD

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PAGE 28 – YORKTOWN NEWS SPORTS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 BY MIKE SABINI CONTRIBUTING WRITER Both Yorktown High School diamond teams finished solid campaigns with post-season defeats to strong opponents. Softball (11-11) Harrison 13, Yorktown 4 Monday, May 20, Harrison High School No. 11 Yorktown knew it had a challenge when it took on No. 3 Harrison in the quarterfinals of the Section 1 Class AA Tournament. The Huskers gave a spirited effort but fell to the eventual tournament champion Huskies 13-4. “We ended a great season tonight vs. Harrison,” said Yorktown coach Samantha Giuliano. Eva Destito (2-4, run, RBI, homer), Sienna Katzenberg (run, 2 RBI, homer), Penelope Einhorn (1-3), Mia Horn (1-2, walk), and Kate Brown (6 innings, strikeout) led the Huskers in their season-finale. Giuliano is proud of what her team accomplished in getting to the quarterfinals and is very confident that it can build on that and go even further in 2025. “It was a great season of learning and working hard,” Giuliano said. “We have a lot of solid young talent. The future looks bright.” Two of the things her young squad learned were the importance of a solid work ethic and sacrificing for the benefit of the team. “We worked hard every day and saw our hard work pay off,” Giuliano said. “A lot of different people stepped up and played some different positions at times of need.” Baseball (12-10) Clarkstown North 7, Yorktown 6 Monday, May 20, Clarkstown North High School No. 6 Yorktown’s season was built on giving it all it had for 27 outs and its quarterfinal contest versus No. 3 Clarkstown North in the quarterfinals of the Section 1 Class AA Tournament symbolized that. “We pride ourselves on being a gritty team,” said Yorktown’s Derek Patrissi. “Coach (C.J.) Riefenhauser always asks us Husker seasons come to a close Yorktown’s Ava Huffman sends it to right field. PHOTO: ROB DIANTONIO BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL SEE ROUNDUPPAGE 29 845-279-9555 • TankRemovalServices.com Before you place your home on the market, contact ENVIROSTAR about replacing your aging underground storage tank (UST). It is required by most insurance companies prior to insuring property. We replace above ground tanks as well! Call us today for a free estimate and evaluation of your current above ground tank. SUMMER SPECIAL! $100 OFF IN-GROUND TANK REMOVAL With this coupon only. Coupon must be presented at the time of the estimate. Not to be combined with any other offers. Expires 7/31/24 FREE ESTIMATES WE WILL MATCH OUR COMPETITOR’S ADVERTISED OFFER! We are the name you trust for environmental needs Since 1998 DON’T GET CAUGHT WITH AN AGING OIL TANK!

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PAGE 30 – YORKTOWN NEWS SPORTS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 Come indulge in scenic Lake Mahopac • New & Pre-owned Boats • Service & Repairs • Docking & Storage • Boating Accessories 1 Marina Dr. • Mahopac, NY • 845-628-2333 57 macdonaldmarineny.net MacDonaldMarineNY BY MIKE SABINI CONTRIBUTING WRITER Justin Huff is coming home. After three seasons as an assistant coach at Somers–where he helped the Tuskers to the 2021 New York State Class A title–the Yorktown High School grad is returning to his alma mater to lead the varsity soccer program. Huff replaces Zoran Milojevic, who left to become the associate head men’s soccer Coach at Lehman College in the Bronx back in January. Milojevic coached the Huskers the last three campaigns, including 2022, when Yorktown won the Section 1 Class A title, the third sectional title in Husker boys soccer history. The team started that season 20-0, the first Husker squad to do so. Huff called his homecoming a long-held ambition. “Being the coach at Yorktown High School has always been a dream of mine since my playing days ended at YHS,” said Huff, a Husker central defensive midfielder from 2006-08. “Being able to represent the community I grew up in and am now raising my children in, is something I truly value.” Huff’s experience with the Yorktown program extends beyond his playing days. “I had been with the program for seven years as an assistant under Ed Polchinski, so I am very familiar with how great things are run here from administration to the student body,” Huff said. “This is anamazing opportunity and I look forward to making this great community proud.” As an assistant under Polchinski, Huff was part of a Husker squad that won the Section 1 Class AA title and reached the regional finals in Ithaca in 2017. “That was a special year,” Huff said. “It was our third finals appearance in four years and something we were really chasing. Winning that title is something I’ll always cherish and be grateful for. When you go on a run like that, as a coach, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the bond that is created and forever shared amongst the team.” In the short term, Huff said he’d like to continue what the previous coaches, Milojevic and Polchinski, have established at Yorktown. “This program holds an expected high standard both on and off the field,” Huff said. “I want my team to have a strong identity and style of play.” In the long term Huff, whose senior year at Yorktown was Polchinski’s first as coach, plans to continue building the program and hopes to raise the level of expectation every year. “There are so many great sports programs at Yorktown High School and I plan on Yorktown soccer being as well-known as the rest of them,” Huff said. Huff’s assistant at Yorktown will be Marcello Spiniello. “When I joined him (Polchinski) in 2014, Marcello was a junior and we ended up going to the section final, but ultimately falling to Byram Hills in OT,” Huff said. “Marcello was a major part of that team and scored the opening goal. Similarly to me, when his playing days were done he joined the YHS staff as our boys JV coach. He brings a ton of experience and passion as a former player/captain and now a coach. He has great insights to the game and I am lucky to have him as my assistant.” While Huff is happy to return to the Yorktown sidelines, he cherished coaching under Somers coach Brian Lanzetta, one of the best in the business. “For the last three years, I had the privilege of working under Brian Lanzetta,” Huff said. “He is someone that I have known for more than 25 years and is like a brother to me. I can confidently say he is one of the greatest soccer minds I have ever worked or played with. He coaches the entire year with his club program and has taught me so much abouthow a winning culture is created and maintained. “Winning a state title together was a journey that I will never forget,” Huff added. “It has motivated me more than ever to win that trophy again, but now with Yorktown.” YHS grad Huff takes Husker reins YHS grad Justin Huff played for the Huskers before going into coaching. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUSTIN HUFF SOCCER game at Yorktown on May 29. “It was absolutely incredible,” Lennon said. “It honestly never gets old. I am really lucky to have amazing players, coaches, parents, and administrators who work so hard all year around to try and compete at this level.” While ecstatic about winning another sectional title, Lennon doesn’t want success on the field to be the only goal for the players he coaches. “We try to set the standards really high in our program, but it’s important for everyone to enjoy the process,” said Lennon, an All-League attackman for Lakeland/Panas. “I never want our boys to feel like their value as a person or team is defined by championships. We love each other, we have a blast playing lacrosse, and we’re learning how to be better people each day.” Having each Garnet understand what it means to be a team player is why Rye has been able to be a sectional champion each of these last five seasons. “The commitment to culture, leadership, and having a ‘we’ over ‘me’ mentality is what has helped us stay consistent,” Lennon said. “Our boys have really figured out how powerful grit, love, and positivity can be. We really value and live by those concepts.” Rye, the No. 5 ranked Class C team in the state, continued its season with a 16-3 victory against Section 2 champion Queensbury at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam on June 1 in the Class C regional title game. Rye was scheduled to play next in the state Class C semifinal against Section 11 champion Bayport-Blue Point on June 5 at SUNY-Albany’s Ford Field. AMERICAN FROM PAGE 25 ROUNDUP FROM PAGE 29 entailed sharing the league title with John Jay-Cross River, going 6-2 in league play, and winning all three games against rival Somers, including one in the sectionals. “We had a great year, a lot of close games,” Riefenhauser. “The boys fought hard all the way to the end and had fun and enjoyed the ride.” Carucci and Patrissi are two of Yorktown’s 12 juniors slated to return next year. “We also had several underclassmen who had a big impact on the season,” Patrissi said. “This high intensity, high pressure playoff atmosphere is definitely something we will all build on. We are looking forward to making even more noise in 2025.” Carucci said that he is looking forward to next year a lot. “Our team has an amazing core and a lot of experience,” Carucci said. “The key will be to just play our style of baseball and continue to work hard in the fall and winter leading up to the season.”

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PAGE 32 – YORKTOWN NEWS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 BY SOPHIA CASELNOVA STAFF WRITER A section of Route 202 has been renamed as the Capt. Kenneth Sgroi Memorial Highway in honor of a Yorktown police officer who passed away last year. The move was commemorated with a ceremony last month outside of the police department headquarters. The Sgroi family was joined by Sen. Pete Harckham, Congressman Mike Lawler, Assemblyman Matt Slater, members of the Yorktown Town Board, and members of the Yorktown Police Department for the unveiling of the new signs. One sign is located at the entry to the police plaza, and two are situated on Route 202. Sgroi died on Jan. 2, 2023, following a sudden illness. He was only 37 years old. He was promoted to captain posthumously in honor of his dedication and service to the police department. “What is happening on our campus and on the new Captain Kenneth Sgroi Memorial Highway today is evidence that the members of the Yorktown Police Department matter in their community,” said Police Chief Robert Noble. “[Evidence that] the life of Yorktown Police Department Captain Kenneth Sgroi mattered.” Slater said the memory of Sgroi will live on in the community. “This community will always honor and always remember Kenny and that big smile of his we all loved so much,” he said. Slater also presented copies of the legislation signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul to Sgroi’s widow, Anne, and mother, Alice that dedicated the section of the state roadway in his honor “Everyone worked to make this day happen,” said Anne Sgroi. “It has been over a year since Kenny passed. In this last year, many things have changed for my family and me, but one thing has not, and that’s the support and constant reassurance from the Yorktown Police Department and the community. “I know support is often given initially when a tragedy first occurs, but to receive this support for over a year and a half is almost miraculous,” she added. Section of Rt. 202 renamed for late Yorktown officer Capt. Kenneth Sgroi Memorial Highway signs unveiled at ceremony Anne, Gabriella, and Joe Sgroi (center) joined by local officials and members of the Yorktown Police Department. PHOTO: SOPHIA CASELNOVA Letters and Op-Ed Policy Letters to the editor and op-ed submissions may be edited. The views and opinions expressed in letters and op-eds are not necessarily those of Yorktown News or its affiliates. Submissions must include a phone number and address for verification. Not all letters and op-eds will necessarily be published. Letters and op-eds which cannot be verified or are anonymous will not be published. Please email your submissions to opinion@ halstonmedia.com. Scan Here To Sign Up (It’s FREE!) Get YOUR Town’s Local News In Your Inbox Daily MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO PLAY THE NEW YORK LOTTERY GAMES. PLEASE PLAY RESPONSIBLY. 24-HOUR PROBLEM GAMING HOTLINE: 1-877-8-HOPENY (846-7369) Newburgh, NY RWHudsonValleyNY.com I-84 | Exit 36B I-87 | Exit 17 Earn Entries All Month Long! Saturday, June 29 • 10pm Win a 2024 Chevy Camaro! *Actual model and colors may vary. CHEVY CAMARO DRAWING

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PAGE 34 – YORKTOWN NEWS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 On Saturday, May 11, more than 500 people came out to support BluePath Service Dogs at the organization’s eighth annual walkathon at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights. BluePath Service Dogs, Inc. is a nonprofit founded in 2016 to provide autism service dogs that offer safety, companionship, and opportunities for independence. The family-friendly fundraiser raised more than $190,000 to further BluePath’s mission of providing autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship, and opportunities for independence. According to the Autism Society, more than seven million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. It is the fastestgrowing developmental disability in the United States, with one in 36 children being diagnosed. Walkathon attendees had the opportunity to meet the puppies of BluePath and learn more about how the nonprofit is unlocking life’s potential for children and families touched by autism. “We are all affected in some way and connected somehow to an individual with autism,” said Tricia Zarro, BluePath’s board chair. “Those who supported BluePath’s walkathon chose to take action and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others – and we are incredibly grateful. Our family’s autism service dog has meant my son’s journey is full of more joy, more safety, and more social experiences than I could have ever imagined. We want to share that joy with as many families as possible.” Katie Kenney, whose daughter Maeve was the recipient of BluePath service dog Ellie in October 2023, added, “At last year’s Walkathon, my daughter Maeve didn’t even make it a quarter of a mile before she was bolting in the direction against the crowd. This year, with BluePath Ellie by her side, she did the whole thing!”. BluePath dogs significantly reduce parents’ safety concerns and help children to lead fuller lives. Reduced stress, improved sleeping routines, and more meaningful social interactions can allow families to feel a renewed sense of hope and empowerment. For more information, visit www. bluepathservicedogs.org. Follow BluePath on Facebook at www. facebook.org/bluepathservicedogs. Article courtesy of BluePath Service Dogs BluePath Service Dogs Walkathon raises more than $190,000 Maeve Kenney, left, with her BluePath service dog Ellie. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BLUEPATH SERVICE DOGS Looking To Hire? Help Wanted? Reach Thousands of our Readers at a Low Cost! [emailprotected] or Call: 914-302-5628 Email: ORDER ON OUR ONLINE STORE AND PICKUP LO CALLY! BEST PRICES IN THE AREA! 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She said that role helped her gain experience working closely with the people of Yorktown which she believes will benefit her as a councilwoman because “to properly shape policy, you need to know how to relate to people and talk with them, not at them.” Diana and her husband built the patio for the clubhouse at Sons of American Legion and also rehabilitated the 9/11 Memorial in Shrub Oak, painting it and posting all the American flags. Diana was a founding member of Yorktown Against Heroin, which raised 100 percent of the funds needed to support K-9 police dog Dallas. She was a RideConnectvolunteer and has been involved with the Elks Club. She also belongs to the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and to the Circolo Da Vinci Italian social club. “As a councilperson, I will encourage [residents] to tell me what they think, what they want for our town,” she said. Siegel has been a resident of Yorktown for 54 years. She was town supervisor from 2010 to 2011, and a councilwoman in 2015. Her involvement in town government dates back to 1970, when she joined the League of Women Voters. Siegel raised three children who graduated from Yorktown schools, earned her master’s degree in public administration from Pace University and started two small businesses—a communications consulting firm in 1984 and a niche book publishing business in 1992. In 2014, she helped found the Yorktown Trail Town Committee and is currently its president. From 2008-21 Siegal hosted the Citizens for an Informed Yorktown website, ciyinfo.org, which posted summaries of Town Board and Planning Board meetings. The website is still active, and Siegel calls it an “archival resource.” She has been a long-time community advocate on a host of issues. For the past several months, she has authored a guest column in Yorktown News focused on town concerns. And most recently she returned to providing meeting summaries of Town Board and Planning Board meetings in a blog format. “I’m honored to have been selected by the Yorktown Democratic Committee to be its candidate in the July 23 special election,” said Siegel, who was also a Peace Corps volunteer from 1961 to 1963. Siegel said that her campaign is focused on issues that include 485b modifications, using the balance of federal COVID funds, limiting the use of closed-door executive sessions, code enforcement, enacting the amended ATV law, and a push for an independent ethics board. “I recall that the last time I was elected to the board in 2014 my opponent was Tom Diana, and we had a healthy debate,” Siegel said. “And now, in 2024, I look forward to debating Donna Diana. I hope we can set the date soon.” Siegel said the Town Board will have to decide a host of challenging issues in the coming months, including approving plans for as yet unnamed infrastructure projects; whether to extend the Lake Osceola Overlay District to accommodate a developer; banning ATVs in town parks and on town roads; and amending the Solar Law to reach a better balance between the need to encourage solar energy while at the same time stopping the disastrous clear-cutting of valuable woodlands. “I will continue the fight for a stronger Ethics Law and an independent Ethics Board,” she said. “I will also continue to fight for a more open and transparent Town Board.” CANDIDATES FROM PAGE 1

JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 YORKTOWN NEWS – PAGE 35 MY BROTHER VINNY WALK/PARTY MY BROTHER VINNY WALK/PARTY MY BROTHER VINNY WALK/PARTY US STORAGE CENTER, MOHEGAN LAKE NY US STORAGE CENTER, MOHEGAN LAKE NY US STORAGE CENTER, MOHEGAN LAKE NY 2,400+ Veterans served 2,400+ Veterans served 2,400+ Veterans served ...and counting with your help! ...and counting with your help! ...and counting with your help! Early birds welcome starting at 10am Harriette A. Kindle Harriette A. Kindle, 92, formerly a long-time Yorktown resident, was called to her heavenly home on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Somers. She was born in the Bronx in 1932, the daughter of Walter J. Hillmer and Agnes E. (née Dunn) Hillmer. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 50 years, Harold O. Kindle, sister Mary Foley (Richard), brother Walter Hillmer (Patricia), and grandchildren Emelie and Erik Lamb. She is survived by her four children: Judy DeRobertis (Nicholas), Jeffrey Kindle (Mary), Kathryn Lamb (Joseph), and Susan Kindle-Evanchik (Robert). She is also survived by her grandchildren: Alicia, Nicholas, Nina, Maria, Kyle, Kieran, Kody, Katie, and Robert, and 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Harriette graduated from Julia Richmond High School in NYC in 1949 and attended NYU for interior design. Harriette was artistic and known for her beautiful, pressed flower pictures and floral arrangements, her sharp flair for dressing and interior decorating. Harriette (affectionately known as “Cookie”) was loved by all for her positive, friendly, kind, sweet, caring, chatty, funny, and thoughtful demeanor. She was a member of the Helvetians Acres Women’s Club and the St. Partick’s Altar and Rosary in Yorktown for many years. She was also a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Yorktown and sent her four children to parochial school there. She was a homemaker but spent many years working in various positions for IBM, Welcome Wagon, Buchanan Senior Citizens, Electrolux, and in childcare at the Yorktown after-school program. She had a unique way and great love for both children and seniors. Harriette, known as the family matriarch, will be greatly missed by her loving family. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown Heights on Friday, June 14, at 11:15 a.m. Theresa ‘Terry’ C. Cuomo Terry touched many people in her blessed 98-year life. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and greatgrandmother. Isaiah 66:13: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; in Jerusalem, you will be comforted.” Terry cherished moments spent with her family, indulging in sports, particularly baseball and hockey, and solving word puzzles. She found immense joy in the company of her sister, Mary, and visits with her family in Ontario, Canada. After graduating from nursing school in Canada, she relocated to NYC, where she met her husband, Alfred “Al” Cuomo. They moved to Yorktown Heights, where they raised six children; Cathie Barra, Barbara Nichols, Pattie Turk, Janet Hartman, Donald Cuomo, and Tommy Cuomo. Family was the focal point of her life, and over time, it grew to include 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Corrado J. Leone Corrado J. “Rod” Leone, devoted husband of Joanne Rose (Cantalupo) Pfeifer Leone and dedicated stepfather, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died quietly in the early morning hours of May 23, 2024, following six weeks of in-home hospice care. He was 91 years, eight months, and four days old. Born in Brooklyn in 1932, Rod was a proud product of New York City. Except for time served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, Rod spent his first 48 years there, graduating from midtown Manhattan’s Haaren High School and settling in Queens to raise a family of six children including two sets of twins during his first marriage. He worked jobs of increasing responsibility as an HVAC system draftsman and engineer that enabled him throughout his professional career to work on some of the largest public, private, and P3 projects in the New York City and tristate areas. Friends and family knew him as someone who could navigate the main routes, side streets, and alleys of each beloved borough better than any GPS or onboard navigation system. In 1979, Rod met Joanne Pfeifer, a widow who had recently lost her firstborn son, John. In August 1980, the two married, and Rod immediately left his city life behind for Yorktown Heights to make his home with Joanne and her four remaining children, aged 14 to 20. Thus, he began the fulfilling, selfless second act of his life. Within this busy household, he still found time to pursue pastimes in photography, bicycling, and tennis, to which he introduced his newly created family, along with his recipes OBITUARIES SEE OBITUARIESPAGE 37

the cell tower issue was added just two hours before the Town Board meeting. “It does not provide people with a chance to arrange to attend a meeting on such short notice,” she said. “[It does not] ensure transparency and fair opportunity [for us] to express our concerns over the alienation and development of this property. [Homeowners] who will be impacted directly should have been notified by the town so they could be here to speak tonight.” Residents also raised concerns about the health and environmental impacts of the tower, as well as aesthetics. “I am very concerned with the impact on the ecosystem and wildlife habitat on the land that was donated by a family who insisted it be used as a park area,” said resident Roseann Guzzo. “This is an area with wetlands, forestry, and many different animals, birds, and bats. “Placing cell phone towers [here] can interfere with migration patterns, disrupt nesting sites, and alter behaviors crucial for the survival of wildlife,” she added. Homeland Towers originally proposed to lease the property for the tower in July 2022, but the project has remained dormant until now. The tower would be designed to be used by multiple wireless carriers as well as emergency services agencies. While the Town Board has already filed the alienation application with the state, town attorney Adam Rodriguez said the filing is just a preliminary step in a “long process” that would only go forward if the state approves the alienation. Rodriguez said it is possible the state could deny the application. Rodriguez acknowledged that the issues raised by the Granite Springs Road residents are important and said they will have an opportunity to address them further at a public hearing. The date of the hearing has yet to be set as the town awaits the state’s decision on the alienation. For the alienation to be considered this year, the Town Board was under a time crunch as the legislative session is scheduled to end on June 6. According to Assemblyman (and former supervisor) Matt Slater, if the town didn’t apply this year, it would have had to wait until the end of the 2025 legislative session. Supervisor Ed Lachterman said he will hold an informational hearing where he’ll ask Homeland Towers to speak about advances in technology that weren’t available in 2022 when the project first started. He said he is also looking for an independent expert to discuss the truth and myths of cell towers. In the wake of the Town Board meeting, several Granite Springs Road residents sent an email to state senators Pete Harckham and Andrea Stewart-Cousins expressing their concerns. “I encourage that,” Lachterman said of the email petitions sent to the senators. “It is part of the public process, and it is a very important aspect for all of us sitting on the board to hear. There is strength in numbers. In particular, it helps us to research their point of view and perspective. I have also had many people contact me regarding the safety issue of not having cell service and we are looking through their perspective as well. “That is why I would like to have the informational meeting,” he added. “Of course, I will wait until the alienation goes through or is denied so we know where we are heading with the process.” Back when Slater was serving as supervisor, a cell phone service survey was undertaken by CityScape Consultants to gather information about poor connectivity and dropped calls in town. The survey was intended to help town officials determine which typesof cell towers were acceptable to the community. The Northern Westchester County Draft Wireless Telecommunications Infrastructure Master Plan was created several years ago to look into “seamless wireless coverage throughout the region.” The seven towns it looked at include Yorktown, Somers, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, Mount Kisco, North Salem, and New Castle. According to Slater, the plan identified the Granite Springs corridor as an area needing improved coverage. Rodriguez said that if the alienation is approved by the state, the town will proceed with the lease and the site plan approval process. “It was disappointing to learn that the town created its own rules for projects on townowned property that exempts them from following the same process and codes that a private party would need to adhere to,” said Granite Springs Road resident Doug Erickson. “If alienation passes, we are considering all options.” PAGE 36 – YORKTOWN NEWS JUNE 6 - JUNE 19, 2024 NO NEWS... 1. Clip the short form on the page 2. Fill out the information. 3. Mail it to P.O. Box 864, Mahopac, NY 10541 4. Or visit www.halstonsubscribe.com 5. Or Scan our QR Code to Subscribe. We need you to subscribe. 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for fettuccine alfredo, meatballs, and challah bread French toast, each of which rivaled the best restaurants. He also took up new pursuits, including singing in the choir at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown and volunteering with American Legion Post 1009, of which he was also a member. Rod was never shy to show his Sicilian side. While the man whose name translates to “courageous lion” could certainly roar, he more lastingly and consistently provided quiet and steadfast support to his loved ones. He and Joanne were ever inseparable, increasingly so in the last few years as she became his eyes and her ears, and together they created the loving home where their family gathered constantly and grew to include grandchildren and a great-grandchild, all of whom he was exceedingly proud of. In addition to his loving wife Joanne, Rod returns to his Creator leaving behind five children and four stepchildren: Christine Kaufmann, Kathryn Bittner, Robert Pfeifer (Ellen Kreger), and Patricia Pfeifer; numerous grandchildren—including Justin John (Pfeifer) Kaufmann, Samantha Rose (Pfeifer) Dewey, Jonah Stark Pfeifer, and Quinn Elias Pfeifer; and multiple great-grandchildren, including Maeve Joanne Dewey. Rod was predeceased by his father Salvatore and loving mother Julia, his two younger brothers, and his oldest son. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at New St Patrick’s Church in Yorktown Heights on June 6, 2024, at 11:15 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in Rod’s honor. Patrick Traynor Patrick Traynor, aged 92, passed away peacefully on May 18 surrounded by his family. He was born, one of ten children, on August 28, 1931, to Ann and Bernard Traynor in Latton, County Monaghan Ireland. Patrick, known to all his friends as Patsy, emigrated from Ireland in 1957 with very little in his pocket. He was a humble man who worked hard, took pride in his family, always with a glimmer and wit in his eye. One of Patsy’s favorite places was his farmhouse in the Catskills. Here he could have all his large family and friends gathered together, where no invitation was ever needed. He created this wonderful place for his six kids and sixteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wonderful wife Maureen. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, including sons, Fintan (Catherine), Kieran (Magda), and John, daughters, Maureen (Michael Palleschi), Geraldine ( Joseph Leahey), Margaret (Fergal McGourty), and grandchildren; Michael, MaryKate, Joseph, Thomas, Maggie Ellen, Clare, Kieran, Ania, Aidan, Molly, Olivia, PJ, Megan, Maeve, Patrick and Rosie. Agnes O’Connor Rogan Agnes O’Connor Rogan, 101, died May 24, 2024, with her children Steve and Peggy by her side. Agnes was preceded in death by her loving husband Robert. Agnes is survived by her two children: Stephen (Laurie), and Peggy; five grandchildren: Daniel (Danielle) Rogan, Julianne (Michael) Siladi, Heather (Kaiden) Benfield, Connor Benfield, Owen Benfield; three great-grandchildren: Madeline, Sofia and Quinn; and two great-nieces: Madeline and Bryn Siudzinski. Agnes was born at home to Irish immigrants, the youngest of three girls. Aggie was truly an amazing woman, extremely smart she was “with it” to the end. She dearly loved her family and was very happy to have the newest babies in her life. Agnes met the love of her life, Bob, in high school, and enjoyed attending prom with him escorted by her policeman father. Agnes married Bob six weeks after their engagement on April 7, 1945, just after he returned from serving in the Marines in the Pacific Theatre. Aggie & Bob enjoyed 59 years of marriage until Bob’s death in 2004. Aggie cared for him through his illness with a fierce devotion. Aggie returned to school in 1968 to obtain her bachelor’s degree, when not many women were doing so. She became an Elementary School teacher and subsequently earned her master’s degree. She was president of Pi Lambda Theta from 76- 78. She taught first, third, fourth and fifth grades throughout her career, retiring in 1991. Her students continued to reach out to her many years after retirement, exemplifying her positive influence on them. She was also active in the John C. Hart Library for many years. Agnes enjoyed retirement with Bob, fulfilling her (their) love of travel, Israel, Banff, Maine, and Florida to name a few destinations. Agnes was active in her beloved Church, Elizabeth Ann Seton, as Eucharist Minister, Home Communion to Homebound people, and counting collections after Mass. Agnes was an amazing mother, loving Steve and Peggy with all her heart, and always being there for them, guiding and supportive. 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