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Closing out three long weeks of counting votes, New York state Sen. Pete Harckham declared victory this week in his reelection bid for the state Senate’s 40th District.

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When COVID-19 cases began to spike in early spring, elected officials in northern Westchester started scrambling to request assistance from the federal and state government in setting up their own local testing sites. As the months wore on, their pleas for assistance went largely unmet.

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Among the items on Tuesday’s town board meeting agenda were the 2021 budget, which was adopted; an easement agreement for access to Buxton Gorge, which was approved; and a discussion with Con Edison about its Aug. 4 storm response, which was challenged.

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County Executive George Latimer released his proposed 2021 budget Nov. 10. Local leaders said they supported the budget, calling it a positive step forward for the county while having minimal impact on their towns.

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The town’s Criminal Justice Reform Committee held its first public meeting last week, marking the beginning of a busy five months packed with near-weekly discussions. The committee is on a tight deadline to review local policing practices and deliver a policing reform plan for the town to ad…

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Pound Ridge released its tentative budget for 2021 this week, revealing a conservative approach to its finances following an unpredictable year. The town’s preliminary budget for next year plans for $9,314,328 in overall appropriations, which reflects a modest increase of less than $20,000, …

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A plan by DeCicco & Sons to take over, renovate, and expand the existing Key Food Marketplace located at 422 Old Post Road, Bedford, and granted preliminary approval by the planning board in March, may be facing a delay from an unexpected source.

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The race for New York’s 40th Senate District hangs in the balance as tens of thousands of absentee ballots await counting across Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam counties.

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On Thursday, Oct. 29, County Executive George Latimer announced that $1.27 million in CARES Act, or Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, funding will be awarded to remote learning centers throughout Westchester. One of the recipients is the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Depar…

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Building on heightened desires to explore the outdoors, no doubt as a result of COVID-induced claustrophobia, the Westchester Land Trust is opening a newly established 3-acre arboretum adjacent to its existing 125-acre Westchester Wilderness Walk/Zofnass Family Preserve in Pound Ridge. 

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 On Monday, Nov. 2, the Bedford Village Fire District announced it conducted a successful bond offering to complete financing of the new firehouse at 550 Old Post Road. The good news for fire district taxpayers is that because of the low interest rate the district was able to obtain, the fin…

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There will be no victory parties tonight, or, for that matter, anytime soon for either candidate vying to represent New York’s 40th Senate District. According to the unofficial preliminary tally of election results released Wednesday, Nov. 4, Democratic incumbent Sen. Pete Harckham currently…

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The Pound Ridge Nursery & Garden Center came to life last weekend with the sounds of children and music during the venue’s first Fall Picnic. If you closed your eyes, you might even have thought you had time-traveled back to the pre-COVID days of 2019. 

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For registered voters in Westchester County, the Pound Ridge Town House was the place to be this week. Since early voting began on Oct. 24, voters have shown up by the hundreds to cast their ballots at the polling location on Westchester Avenue.

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Voters had another opportunity to hear from candidates in the contested race for the 40th District during a League of Women Voters of Westchester event this week. Democratic incumbent Sen. Pete Harckham joined Republican challenger Rob Astorino on Oct. 21, for the virtual forum where the two…

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During its meeting on Tuesday, the Lewisboro Planning Board briefly discussed the Town Board’s proposed change in the town code that would prevent residents from receiving permit approval from any town department for work at their property until all outstanding property violations and fines …

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Comptroller Abraham Zambrano gave an overview of the tentative budget at the Bedford Town Board work session on Tuesday. He intends to file the budget plan with the town clerk by the Oct. 30 deadline. It will then need to be reviewed and adopted by the town board. 

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It’s time to dig out those reusable tote bags because New York state’s delayed ban on most single-use plastic bags finally went into effect this past week.

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Over 60 people joined the Town of Bedford Planning Board Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13., for a public hearing on a Verizon Wireless cell tower proposal for 68 Stone Hill Road. Though the proposal was the main focus of the meeting, the agenda was arranged so that a possible alternative sit…

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Plans are progressing quickly to turn the neglected property at 77 Westchester Ave. into a multi-purpose village green. Last week AC&S Excavating completed demolition at the site, leaving a pile of rubble in place of the old Texaco service station. Then, this week the Pound Ridge Town Bo…

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The Lewisboro Library Board of Trustees continued to discuss budget and budget projections for 2021 during Wednesday’s meeting. Library Board Treasurer Kevin Fitzmartin described a somewhat surprising positive picture of the library’s current financial state.

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Over 60 people joined Tuesday’s Planning Board Zoom meeting for a public hearing on a Verizon Wireless cell tower proposal for 68 Stone Hill Road. Though the proposal was the main focus of the meeting, the agenda was arranged so that a possible alternative site was presented first. And, in a…

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Believe it or not, there may be a way to make Pound Ridge even more beautiful. Such is the ongoing mission of Carolynn Sears, outgoing chair of the Conservation Board. As she prepares to step aside from the chairmanship at year’s end, Ms. Sears has already begun laying the foundation for her…