February 24, 2012

Settlement scorecard

Vacation week and the streets are quiet. Few meetings, appointments — it’s a time to take a break and reflect.

Coming up next week, though, the area is back to prime time with an important event at the Bedford Town House. At issue are plans to carry out an agreement between HUD and the county to build 750 units of fair and affordable housing in 31 communities identified as having little or no minority population.

The program, “Everything You Want to Know About Fair and Affordable Housing. Who’s involved? Why here? Why now?” is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westchester and the LWV of Bedford, Lewisboro and North Salem and will feature key players on the local, regional and national levels. The forum will be open to the public free of charge.

The panel includes federal, county and local leaders, along with business, construction and housing experts. We’ll want to hear answers to some of the stumbling blocks of the plan: the county executive’s refusal to adhere to federal “source of income” legislation; the overall scope of the plan; and the issue of “exclusionary zoning.”

In particular, there are several participants you may not get a chance to otherwise meet in a local venue, starting with housing monitor James Johnson. As the one who oversees the county as it responds to the settlement, Mr. Johnson exercises influence on all sides. Norma Drummond is deputy commissioner of the Westchester Planning Department. Her office will offer insight as to where units could be placed, including sites throughout northern Westchester. Janet Hostetler of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will offer a counterpoint to the county executive, who will be represented by Mary Mahon of Rob Astorino’s office. It is good to see that Ms. Hostetler is “in the field,” so to speak, and not just making decisions from a steel-and-glass federal office building.

The event has a cast that will meet in a friendly environment. Future meetings may be in a courtroom. Pay a visit to the Bedford Town House Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Mild scenes of winter

Ever since a foot of snow fell from the sky in October, this has been one of the mildest winters in memory. Even Punxsutawney Phil was confused. Here are some of the things we like about this winter — and some that we don’t:

• Like: Can wear shorts in February.

• Don’t like: All the expensive winter wear sitting in the front closet.

• Like: Be able to see that the temps are in the 50s in February.

• Don’t like: Endless discussion of warm temps in February.

• Like: Saving money on snowplowing this year.

• Don’t like: Lack of glistening fresh snowflakes in the backyard.

• Like: People on the street smiling and shopping in February.

• Don’t like: People grumbling about the lack of winter skiing.

• Like: Hearing about the terrible winter they’re having in Kiev.

• Don’t like: Extreme temps affecting oil prices from Russia.

• Like: Clear roads.

• Don’t like: Missing snow days.

• Don’t like: Warm weather is clear sign of advent of climate change.

• Like: If this is climate change, it’s not so bad.

• Like: The thought that the worst of the winter is over.

• Don’t like: Nagging fear that the worst is yet to come. Don’t put the salt and shovels away yet.

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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

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  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Perks – 197 Katonah Avenue    

  4. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  5. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  6. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

  2. Connie’s at Northern Westchester Hospital
    400 E. Main Street    

South Salem/Vista

  1. JNR Pharmacy – 222 Oakridge Commons;
    Route 123   

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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