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Maybe the backlash was unexpected. But what started as a misstep in how the Bedford Town Board filled a vacancy in early January has developed into a far-reaching effort to revisit how town officials recruit and select candidates for committees, boards and commissions.

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One possible solution to the affordable housing shortage in Westchester has always been in plain sight. And now New York lawmakers are proposing to clear a path to make it happen.

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Looking up the word “honor” in dictionaries or on the internet, you will see some common language in the definition — words like “respect,” “integrity” and “exceptional.”  The death of the Honorable Pound Ridge Town Justice Ira Clair was a particularly painful and sorrowful event for so many…

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Ask a local resident how our communities are faring nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic. Odds are the typical response would, in so many words, be “pretty well.” Or maybe, “not as badly as some.” That assessment is grounded in a general impression that community transmission here — n…

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Seventy-eight years ago, I entered this world and purportedly became a citizen of what was then and has since been labeled the greatest country on this planet. And I have, of course, always ascribed to such a self-serving description. As I reflect, however, on these past four years, includin…

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I stepped down recently as chair of the Pound Ridge Open Space Acquisitions Committee, happy to have accomplished a few things — and happy as well to move on. After 20 years, it’s worth remembering what the atmosphere was like two decades ago, how the committee began, and what’s been achieved.

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I am an immigrant from Taiwan, whose family is originally from China. They left in 1949 when Mao Zedong and the Communist Party came to power. So, my grandparents, and my mother, who was just a baby, were political refugees fleeing their homeland in fear of a dictator.

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At the start of every year, one of the first orders of business for each of our town boards is announcing a raft of personnel and committee appointments. The minutiae can be mind-numbing. These obligatory proceedings produce long lists calling out every town committee, who’s in and who’s out…

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The past 12 months have slammed us with the unpredictability of unique events, many of them unspeakably horrible. An out of control pandemic, a tsunami of mail-in ballots, violently contested election results, domestic terrorism in the form of a mob assault Jan. 6 on the U.S. Capitol — all h…

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 This is the second installment of our look back at some of 2020’s top news stories in our communities. We wrote the first column in this series in mid-December. At the time, it was already difficult to see past the immediate national threats of the raging pandemic and the unsettled post-ele…

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2020 has been a challenging year for Westchester County and its residents, which has made 2021 municipal budget projections difficult. Since the county budget for 2021 was approved Monday, Dec. 14, I am taking this opportunity to highlight the process, the investments your county tax dollars…

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Christmas is coming, and people need our help more than ever. To help prevent people from not having food for the holidays, donate food anywhere you can. Donate to Toys for Tots and to kids that do not have a family to make their holidays merry and bright. Remember it’s better to give than t…

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I owe a great “thank you” to my neighbors and friends for supporting the effort to have road humps installed on Seminary Road last year. Of course, this would not have been possible without the guidance of Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick. Chris advised us throughout the process of asse…

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It’s tempting to look at 2020 and focus on everything we couldn’t get done because of the pandemic. Life — at least, normal life — seemed to grind to a halt around St. Patrick’s Day. But a review of this year’s top stories reveals otherwise.