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November 8, 2013

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

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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Pound Ridge

Record turnout as Lyman defeats Boak for supervisor


By DON HEPPNER
DON HEPPNER PHOTO

Richard Lyman and Bonnie Schwartz celebrate their victories on Tuesday night.

 

A record voter turnout in Pound Ridge pushed Republican Dick Lyman into the supervisor’s seat and re-elected Democrat Dan Paschkes and first-time candidate Republican Bonnie Schwartz into the two open town council seats. Final numbers were delivered at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night.

“I was surprised to see the level of turnout that occurred, and I know that those that voted did it for their town,” said Mr. Lyman. “In the past, off-year elections when there is no governor or president running, people didn’t come out to vote. The voters really turned out, and it was great to see.”

“I am excited and eager to serve,” said Ms. Schwartz, who said she expects to work as hard while on the board as she did to earn its seat.

There still remain some unknowns. Machines in District 1, the town’s largest voting district, suffered a glitch and did not report the votes registered on the Independence and Conservative party lines.

According to town Democratic committee chairwoman Roslyn Stone-Pollock and Republican chairman Joe Zaino, there are about 89 absentee ballots uncounted, 49 of which are Republican or Conservative. Both Ms. Stone-Pollock and Mr. Zaino said they doubted it would change the election results.

Ira Clair won the race for town judge over Sean Dweck by 58 votes, 869 to 811. Debbie Damascus, who ran as a Republican and Conservative Party candidate in an uncontested race for receiver of taxes, received 1,177 votes.

In Pound Ridge, Democrat Peter Harckham of North Salem prevailed over Republican Andrea Rendo of South Salem 849 to 785 to keep his Westchester County District 2 legislative seat.

In issuing her concession on Wednesday, Ms. Rendo gave thanks to volunteers and staffers as well as to voters “and most of all to my wonderful family for their endless patience and encouragement. Because of them, I know this long and tough campaign wasn’t in vain.”

Republican incumbent Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino took more votes in Pound Ridge than his Democratic challenger, Noam Bramson, 906 to 768.

The Pound Ridge Republicans celebrated their victories at the home of Nan Walsh on Horseshoe Hill, while the Democrats celebrated at the home of Ira Clair on Salem Road.

The new town board will appoint Mr. Lyman’s replacement at its January meeting. The board will be comprised of two Democrats — Ms. Boak, who is in the middle of her four-year term, and Mr. Paschkes, who won reelection — and Republicans Mr. Lyman and Ms. Schwartz.

The appointed board member would have to run in November 2014 and then again when the term for that seat is up for election in 2015.

On Wednesday, Mr. Lyman said that he would like the fifth town board member to be someone who is considered politically neutral and would not run for re-election in the 2014 race. “I am hoping we can get a place holder, and then the Republicans and the Democrats would each have to nominate somebody to run to fill the unexpired term,” he said. “It is just coming up with the right person.”

There are more than 3,810 active voters in town, with 1,416 registered Democrats and 1,249 Republicans. More than 950 residents are nonaffiliated, 177 are Independence Party registrants and 19 are registered with the Conservative Party.

More than 1,700 voters weighed in on the race for town supervisor, far more than in recent years. Many more residents voted in the 2013 election than that of 2009, another off-year election. In 2009, 1,198 voted for town council candidates while on Tuesday, 1,654 cast their ballots.

Joe Zaino, chairman of the Republican town committee, said that it was a hard fought campaign and the number of votes for Ms. Boak would have won supervisor races in the past.

On Wednesday, Mr. Zaino and Ms. Stone-Pollock agreed the only race that could be affected by the machine glitch and the absentee ballots was the DePalma-Schwartz race for town council. However, since 49 of those ballots belong to registered Conservative or Republican voters, and there are probably about 11 Independence Party voters in District 1, a change in outcome was unlikely.

Supervisor-elect Mr. Lyman said that he was back to his normal routine on Wednesday.

He said that despite the fact that he and Ms. Boak were adversaries, they would work together in the new year. “I think Ali is of a mindset, as am I, that what we really want to do is what we think is best for Pound Ridge. And we are going to pull together and do that,” Mr. Lyman said. “Now we have work to do.”

Ms. Boak said that although the outcome was not what she had hoped for, she is excited to continue to serve Pound Ridge on the town board. “I want to thank the incredibly large team of committed volunteers who supported me during this race,” she said. “Their time, effort, dedication and friendship are humbling to me and a credit to our town. Congratulations to Dick Lyman, whose service and experience will serve Pound Ridge well. I have expressed to Dick my desire to work closely with him and be of any assistance that I can in moving the town forward.”

Mr. Lyman said that campaigning is difficult on the candidate and on the candidate’s family.

“I don’t think people realize that when you go through a campaign like this, for the candidates you are carrying two things,” he said. “One is you want to win, but the other part is the sense of responsibility that you feel toward the people who are supporting you, giving their time and money and their passion, and if you come up short, you have the feeling of letting all those people down. The spouses must share the candidate with the public.”


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