NOVEMBER 1, 2013

Vote for Alison Boak in Pound Ridge

This is nothing less than a bellwether moment for Pound Ridge, traditionally a conservative community that reluctantly inches its way into the future. Will we move forward into the future or will we vote to preserve the traditions of the past?

Richard Lyman and Alison Boak each personify Pound Ridge. Both are hardworking and dedicated to their community. They each boast outstanding resumes and are recognized leaders in their professions — Dick Lyman as a property manager for U.S. Summit Company LLP and Alison Boak as founder of the nonprofit International Organization for Adolescents, an anti-trafficking organization.

Each has a radically different vision for the future of the town. Mr. Lyman believes in a methodical approach to growth and problem solving. He is a nuts-and-bolts administrator who is an undisputed expert in town infrastructure management. Ms. Boak seeks a more proactive approach. She is a cheerleader who co-founded the Pound Ridge Partnership and brought a greater sense of inclusion to Pound Ridge, encouraging many first-time volunteers and new residents to participate in town affairs.

Whether on bigger or smaller issues, their differences are many.

Mr. Lyman sees the Pound Ridge Partnership as a clumsy group stepping on the toes of the long-established Pound Ridge Business Association; Ms. Boak sees it as inclusionary and eager to work with both established organizations and new ones alike.

In the matter of the grant seeking funds to provide safety measures in Scotts Corners, Mr. Lyman sees it as a burden to be repaid, while Ms. Boak views it as an opportunity. Mr. Lyman is correct that the money does come with strings and that much of the project represents beautification — frou-frou like streetlights and park benches — rather than safety. Mr. Lyman perceives downtown Scotts Corners to be just fine as it is, thank you. Ms. Boak sees a need to take steps to improve shopping opportunities and spruce up the streets.

Mr. Lyman’s opposition to webcasting and on-demand board meetings makes no sense. Even his Republican running mates are unanimously in favor of making the meetings available, and his rationale that if people are too busy they shouldn’t be able to see the meetings is counterproductive to open government.

Pound Ridge is one of those towns in which if you haven’t lived all your life you are still a newcomer. Like certain New England outposts, even folks who have been here 25 or 30 years are considered outsiders. To some, Ali Boak may always be a newcomer. There are sure to be some residents who would never consider voting for anyone other than Mr. Lyman.

There is no debating Dick Lyman’s record of service: 45 years to the town in many key roles. As a member of the town board and as a volunteer, Mr. Lyman is unparalleled. His work helping out in emergencies, his volunteerism and his good heart have touched hundreds of residents. He offers a unique perspective and is unwavering in his philosophy. But we wonder whether his philosophy may be relatively inflexible when it comes to the diverse needs of the population.

Ms. Boak brings fresh ideas to the board. She would, we believe, bring innovation to the job of supervisor, with safety and beautification measures in Scotts Corners, a fresh approach to Trinity Plaza and finally fulfill the goal of bringing cell coverage to the entire town. She presents an inclusiveness and openness to change that has been all too lacking in the past.

We think that Alison Boak has the characteristics, drive and vision necessary to lead Pound Ridge into the future.


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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

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

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  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)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

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

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

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

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


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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