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Letter To The Editor:Yorktown Councilman David Paganelli:My thoughts with respect to the DPW issue public.

I’d like to make my thoughts with respect to the DPW issue public.

After meeting with members of the Committee for a DPW, listening to department heads’ concerns, taking part in the 3 ½ hour informational meeting, and speaking with over 70 residents in the past few weeks regarding the issues, I have concluded that at this time it would not be prudent to pursue this course.

My reasons are such:

1) A town board — functioning correctly — in effect, should act as the head of a DPW. It is our responsibility as a town board to ensure that there be no interdepartmental squabbling; that the departments work well together, consolidate where possible and share services, as has been the case. We will continue to pursue this avenue and save taxpayer money.
2) I am very concerned about eliminating an elected position. My concern is that there is not enough time to educate the residents about the pros and cons of an an elected highway superintendent vs. a DPW. Plus, the voters will not be voting for or against a DPW; they would be voting to keep or eliminate the elected position of highway superintendent. We need to keep that in mind. I believe in direct accountability. By keeping the highway superintendent as an elected position, he or she is directly accountable to the voters. That preserves your right to vote.
3) We have not heard a compelling argument that this will save money. In fact, it may cost us money. I am concerned about some of the intangibles, like people’s home values, that could be affected by provided to taxpayers. People buy homes in Yorktown for two reasons: schools and town services.

The easiest thing for a town board would be to have an appointed head of DPW, directly accountable to the town board. But I believe I was elected to speak for the silent majority, and the public should have a right to decide who oversees their highways.

Councilman Dave Paganelli

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Letter To The Editor:Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco:Creation of a DPW

Creation of a DPW

August 7, 2012

First, I would like to thank the committee for their work. As stated in their website the groups’ goal “Primary: To save taxpayer dollars by creating a DPW. The secondary issue is that a DPW with a person with initials after his or her name by definition will be effective in bringing services to our citizens.

There was an informational meeting held in Town Hall on July 25, 2012 and the committee was given able time to make their case. I have said repeatedly that I have an open mind on this subject and if it could be shown that (1) taxpayer dollars could be saved and (2) the efficiency could be maintained or exceeds what we have today. If these two items could be shown then perhaps I would sign on to bringing this proposal forward. Unfortunately the committee has not made its case on either of my two points. In fact, their financial analysis (my review and I checked with our comptroller) shows the opposite. Not one cent of taxpayer dollars will be saved. In fact it will cost us money. We will have to lay off employees and the question of who will do the work has not been addressed. The question of efficiency is addressed with assumption that one with initials after his or her name by definition will bring savings. This is not an analysis but an opinion which has not merit to it. We have the finest snow removal in the Hudson Valley area along with other services. We would need to know how much more will achieved by going to a DPW. To summarize at the informational meeting I kept asking to myself after their presentation IS THIS IT AND commercial of several years ago, ‘WHERE IS THE BEEF”. There appears at this time not to be any substantial evidence that a Yorktown DPW would fulfill the goals set up by not only the committee itself or me.

Nicholas J. Bianco
Yorktown Councilman

Bazzo 08/09/12

Letter To The Editor: Greg Kane:candidate should come clean with the voters

I recently read an article by a local candidate promoting campaign finance reform. Yet according to the State Board of Elections, this same candidate, an extreme, tax and spend , ‘hired gun’ Manhattan attorney, also recently accepted $5000 from Albany’s most liberal and entrench establishment and another huge contribution from an Albany insider connected to Albany’s AIG scandal.

Sad but true. Furthermore, this candidate did not disclose the close relationships netting his fundraising gains, including those within a multi-billion dollar, Manhattan law firm. A law firm that could benefit greatly from control over the state senate, and its agenda.

Who is the candidate saying one thing on campaign finance reform while accepting these questionable monies? Justin Wagner.

This is the same candidate, caught last week lying boldly to the press about his campaign filing, who is running on a platform of higher taxes, more government spending and giving full benefits to illegal aliens. Little wonder, for his Manhattan firm, charging $1000 an hour, represents a long list of undesirables. A list so grotesque most people would rather go broke, than be associated with the company this firm keeps.

Its time for this extreme candidate to come clean with the voters, return the dirty money and disclose both his financial ties with this Manhattan firm as well as immediately disclosing all clients, especially those with interests before the state.

Greg Kane
Somers
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Yorktown Town Board: Holland clean up, DPW referendum, Bernstein House 08/07/12

Town Board
August 7, 2012

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit http://www.ciyinfo.org

1. Holland Sporting Club
Questions were raised about the condition of the site after the buildings were demolished and whether additional clean-up was needed. Also discussed was providing access to Mohegan Lake for non-Mohegan Town residents.

2. DPW
Three Board members stated their reasons for not putting a DPW referendum on the ballot. One Councilman supported the move.

3. Courtesy of the Floor
Supervisor Grace said the Board would be returning to the 3-minute rule for Courtesy of the Floor comments but that he would try not to cut people off if they exceeded their 3 minutes.

4. Public hearing on amending fees for backflow inspections
The Board approved new rates for doing annual backflow inspections and a down county plumber continued to object to the Town not including his company’s name in a letter to property owners as someone who could do the required testing.

5. Public hearing on proposed no parking signs on Stony Manor Court
Two hearings, with alternate no parking restrictions, were adjourned as no residents from the street were in attendance.

6. Bernstein House
Franzoso Contracting has increased its offer to $170,000 in order to match another offer. The Town accepted the offer.

7. Board meeting cancelations
The Board canceled the August 28th work session to give the members a two week summer break and the September 11th work session due to the primary election.

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Public Meeting Agendas]Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals Agenda – August 9, 2012

Zoning Board of Appeals Agenda – August 9, 2012

TOWN OF YORKTOWN
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
August 9, 2012

ADDED AGENDA

#40/12
Property Address: 1288 Judy Road
Section 16.17, Block 2, Lot 69

Application for a variance to allow a pool heater, pump and filter to have a rear yard setback of 2 feet where a minimum of 10 feet is required in an R1-20 zone. Premises is located at 1288 Judy Road, Mohegan Lake, NY; a/k/a Section 16.17, Block 2, Lot 69 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#41/12
Property Address: 3517 Kamhi Drive
Section 16.11, Block 3, Lot 45

Application for a variance to construct a deck with a side yard setback of 10.48 feet where a minimum of 15 feet is required and a combined side yard setback of 26.56 feet where a minimum of 40 feet is required in an R1-20 zone. Premises is located at 3517 Kamhi Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 16.11, Block 3, Lot 45 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#42/12
Property Address: 2694 Farsund Ct.
Section 27.15, Block 1, Lot 60

Application for a variance to construct a rear addition with a setback of 20 feet where a minimum of 40 feet is required in an R1-20 zone. Premises is located at 2694 Farsund Court, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 27.15, Block 1, Lot 60 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#43/12
Property Address: 1626 Mogul Drive
Section 25.12, Block 2, Lot 82

Application for a variance to construct an addition to an existing 2-family dwelling in an R1-20 zone. A 2-family dwelling is not permitted in an R1 district. Section 300-172(A) prohibits the enlargement of a non-conforming use. Premises is located at 1626 Mogul Drive, Mohegan Lake, NY; a/k/a Section 25.12, Block 2, Lot 82 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#44/12
Property Address: Hollywood Street
Section 16.17, Block 4, Lot 14

Application for a variance to allow a lot with an area of 15,000 square feet where a minimum of 20,000 square feet is required as per Section 300-21 Appendix A of the Town Code. Premises is in an R1-20 zone and is located at Hollywood Street, Mohegan Lake, NY; a/k/a Section 16.17, Block 4, Lot 14 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#45/12
Property Address: 3234 Ronit Court
Section 16.20, Block 1, Lot 47

Application for a variance to allow an existing deck with a side yard setback of 35 feet where a minimum of 40 feet is required as per Section 300(G) of the Town Code. This property is a corner lot in an R1-20 zone and is located at 3234 Ronit Court, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 16.20, Block 1, Lot 47 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#46/12
Property Address: 2591 Dunning Drive
Section 27.18, Block 1, Lot 27

Application for a variance to allow an 8 foot fence where a maximum of 4.5 feet is permitted in the side and front yards and a maximum of 6.5 feet is permitted in the rear in an R1-40 zone. Premises is located at 2591 Dunning Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 27.18, Block 1, Lot 27 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#47/12
Property Address: 3950 Crompond Road
Section 35.08, Block 1, Lot 1

Request for an extension of one year to fulfill a condition of the decision of the Zoning Board dated September 22, 2011 and filed in the Town Clerk’s Office on November 9, 2011. The condition for the approval was a requirement that the applicant obtain a certificate of occupancy from the Building Department. There are issues involving the Building Code and the Health Department and the applicant has not yet obtained the Certificate. Premises is in an R-3 zone and is located at 3950 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 35.08, Block 1, Lot 1 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

ADJOURNED AGENDA

#2/11
Property Address: 1696-1700 Route 6
Section 15.12, Block 1, Lots 12 & 14

REFERRED TO PLANNING BOARD – PUBLIC HEARING NOT OPENED. Application for a special use permit pursuant to Section 300-68 of the Code of the Town of Yorktown to permit conversion of a dwelling built prior to January 1, 1930 to a hotel. Premises is zoned R1-20 and is located at 1696-1700 Route 6, Mohegan Lake, NY; a/k/a Section 15.12, Block 1, Lots 12 & 14 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Yorktown on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. or as soon thereafter as is practicable in the Town Board Room, Town Hall, 363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, New York as follows:

#25/12
Property Address: 685 Saw Mill River Road
Section 59.14, Block 1, Lot 21

Application for a variance to legalize a lot as a building lot that was in an R1-80 zone but has been rezoned to an R1-200. Premises is located at 685 Saw Mill River Road, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 59.14, Block 1, Lot 21 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#27/12
Property Address: 3294 Tamarac Street
Section 16.17, Block 4, Lot 4

Application for a variance to allow an accessory structure in the rear yard to have a rear and side yard setback of 1 foot where a minimum of 10 feet is required in an R1-10 zone. Premises is located at 3294 Tamarac Street, Mohegan Lake, NY; a/k/a Section 16.17, Block 4, Lot 4 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#33/12
Property Address: 1300 Baldwin Road
Section 47.16, Block 1, Lot 2

Application for a renewal of a special use permit for an accessory apartment at 1300 Baldwin Road, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 47.16, Block 1, Lot 2 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#34/12
Property Address: 3747 Briar Hill Street
Section 15.8, Block 2, Lot 3

Application for a renewal of a special use permit for an accessory apartment at 3747 Briar Hill Street, Mohegan Lake, NY; a/k/a Section 15.8, Block 2, Lot 3 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#35/12
Property Address: 2651 Strang Boulevard
Section 26.19, Block 1, Lot 2

Application for a special use permit to alter and add antennas to an existing site in an OB zone. Premises is located at 2651 Strang Boulevard, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 26.19, Block 1, Lot 2 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#36/12
Property Address: 2735 Belle Court
Section 26.16, Block 1, Lot 48

Application for a variance for an existing deck to be reconstructed with a side yard setback of 8 feet where a minimum of 15 feet is required and a combined side yard setback of 35.73 feet where a minimum of 40 feet is required in an R1-20 zone. Premises is located at 2735 Belle Court, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 26.16, Block 1, Lot 48 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#37/12
Property Address: 2980 Curry Street
Section 27.6, Block 2, Lot 42

Application for a variance for an addition and front porch with a front yard setback of 26 feet 8 inches where a minimum of 40 feet is required, a rear yard setback of 29 feet where a minimum of 40 feet is required and a side yard setback of 30 feet 3 inches where a minimum of 40 is required as per Section 300-13G of the Town Zoning Code in an R1-20 zone. Premises is located at 2980 Curry Street, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 27.6, Block 2, Lot 42 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#38/12
Property Address: 810 Hanover Street
Section 59.11, Block 1, Lot 15

Application for a variance to place a standby generator and lp tank with a front yard setback of 62 feet where 75 feet minimum is required in an R1-80 zone. Premises is located at 810 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 59.11, Block 1, Lot 15 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

#39/12
Property Address: 1920 Maple Avenue
Section 37.15, Block 1, Lot 8

Request for an interpretation based on the issuance of a building permit by the Building Inspector for an enlargement of a single family house in an R-2 zone. Premises is located at 1920 Maple Court, Yorktown Heights, NY; a/k/a Section 37.15, Block 1, Lot 8 on the Tax Map of the Town of Yorktown.

BY ORDER OF THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS OF THE TOWN OF YORKTOWN, NEW YORK, GORDON B. FINE, CHAIRMAN.

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Release: ForNY PAC takes on Red Pillar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CONTACT: Michael Knowles, michael@redpillarllc.com, 917.727.9253

FORNY PAC TAKES ON RED PILLAR

The consulting firm will handle the political action committee’s 2012 activities

TUXEDO, NY – David McFadden, founder of Federal Office Republicans of New York Political Action Committee (ForNY PAC), announced today Red Pillar Consulting has been hired to advise and manage the organization.

The principals of the newly formed political consulting firm—John Hicks, Michael Knowles, Charlie Banks, and Jesse Dwyer—have served in senior advisory roles to presidential and local candidates alike and met when they helped to elect Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19) in 2010. They are advising several candidates for local and federal office and committees in the 2012 election cycle.

David McFadden, former congressional candidate and mayor of Tuxedo Park, founded ForNY. The PAC is a federal, non-connected political action committee supporting New York State Republican House and Senate challengers and incumbents.

Website: http://www.ForNYpac.com

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Release: Sweeton named to board of trustees for NYS comp alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 8, 2012

Contact: Michael Knowles, michael@redpillarllc.com, 917.727.9253

SWEETON NAMED TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR NYS COMP ALLIANCE

UNIONDALE – At their July 24th meeting, the trustees of the New York State Municipal Workers Compensation Alliance named Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton to its board by unanimous vote.

The Alliance was founded by the Association of Towns to address the workers compensation insurance needs of the town, villages, cities and counties of New York State. It currently counts over 210 participants and annual premiums in excess of $30 million. The Board meets as needed, typically four to five times per year, to oversee the operation of the Alliance and to determine rates and policy.

“It is an honor to have earned the trust of an organization with such an important history, and I look forward to helping shape its future,” said Sweeton of the appointment.

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