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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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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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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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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. 

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Here we are, halfway between Election Day 2020 and the presidential inauguration in January, with millions of Americans rejecting the certified results and questioning who will be the next rightful occupant of the White House.

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Conversations about criminal justice and police practices are gaining traction at the local level. Committees with wide community representation are convening open meetings in Bedford, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge, asking for public feedback and suggestions, and approaching these difficult issu…

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This Thanksgiving week, we are grateful for so much. For starters, there is healthy food on our table, and heat and clean water in our home. 

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Just as COVID-19 cases are spiking locally and throughout Westchester, we finally have some reason for hope on the horizon. Several companies have recently announced promising results for coronavirus vaccines, and the first round of distribution to health care workers and other vulnerable gr…

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The pandemic’s tight grip has ripped from the calendar more annual events and celebrations than any of us could have imagined. Among those most affected have been community organizations that rely on in-person fundraisers in large part to sustain the important work they provide throughout the year.

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Today, Friday, the newest batch of restrictions intended to slow the virus spread go into effect in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that bars, restaurants and fitness centers will have to close at 10 p.m., although restaurants can stay open for takeout orders after t…

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What a strange and disorienting week it’s been. Two bedrock traditions of fall — Halloween and Election Day — all but completely upended. And a Thanksgiving that is likely to be bare bones in comparison to past family gatherings is waiting for us just around the corner.

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Early voting starts tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 24. Local races on the ballot in northern Westchester include two for New York state Senate and one for state Assembly. Lewisboro residents also will start casting their ballots for a town board seat and town justice. 

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Families in the middle of Halloween planning right now are hearing warnings from health officials to make this year’s festivities COVID-safe. Unfortunately, to the disappointment of just about everybody who appreciates the particular seasonal flavor and fun of Halloween, that means taking a …

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The start of early voting in the general election for all New Yorkers is a week away. Even sooner, a few hundred residents in Bedford Hills and Katonah will have the opportunity to cast ballots on an important local referendum, one that would establish a new municipal sewer district. 

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By now, every registered voter should have received a postcard from the Westchester County Board of Elections indicating the address of their polling locations for early voting and Election Day voting. In any other year, this confirmation would be as routine as getting a cable bill in the ma…

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There are a few more days left to catch the series of programs in the Town of Bedford highlighting some of the ways that residents can contribute to meeting the town’s climate action goals — newly set and hugely ambitious — over the next 10 years. 

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Are you one of the New Yorkers who still haven’t completed the 2020 Census? Time is running out for you to take this important step and help ensure that our community gets our fair share of federal resources and congressional representation that we deserve. 

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Our focus on the 2020 general election continues. In this week’s issue, we spell out the different ways New Yorkers can cast their votes, the guidelines for each voting method and important deadlines.

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The country has seen a spike in overdose deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, increasing by 18%, according to a recent study by a group based at the University of Baltimore. 

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Fair elections and an inclusive voting process are on a lot of minds these days. Like millions of Americans, we are appalled at the federal government’s ill-advised moves to curtail the capacity of the U.S. Postal Service, under the apparent guise of “efficiency,” just as the country is abou…

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It may be too early to conduct a full reckoning of the Aug. 4 storm’s destruction, and the recovery and clean-up efforts that followed. But in the 10 days since the tropical-strength winds of Isaias came bearing down on us, we have seen enough evidence to support at least some initial observ…

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Misery on top of misery. That’s how some are describing our current state, bound by pandemic restrictions and uncertainties on the one hand, and massive storm disruptions to daily life, on the other. 

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On June 23, registered Democrats went to the polls to cast votes in the primary for state Assembly in the 93rd District. Three and a half weeks passed after election day until the Westchester County Board of Elections completed its count of absentee ballots and announced the final results, d…

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Indians. Wolfpack. Redskins. Braves. Whether you’re running a northern Westchester high school or a professional sports franchise with a billion-dollar market value, running away from the mascot issue is no longer an option. Words and symbols always have had the power to conjure strong emoti…

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A year ago, who could have imagined the once-routine opening of town pools and day camps would merit a front-page news story? That’s how far from normal our daily lives have veered because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Things were looking so good. New York’s active virus caseload was trending strongly downward. The number of confirmed cases in our immediate communities hovered around a dozen — in total. The reopening phases around the state and in the Hudson Valley were progressing smoothly through each stage.

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Go ahead. Grab a mitt and head out to a baseball field for a few innings of softball with your buddies.  

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By any measure, the turnout at Saturday’s Bedford Rally for Black Lives Matter was extraordinary. Following tens of thousands of Americans who gathered in peaceful protest over the tragic killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, our communities refused to stand by idly in the…

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Two holidays provide punctuation points in this pandemic. Or maybe they’re more like incidental bookends. Remember St. Patrick’s Day and the fuss we made over groups that celebrated irresponsibly during the very week the country declared a national health emergency? Now Memorial Day is here …

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We’re not sure if anyone else has observed this trend, but over the past week there has been a discernible increase in car traffic on some main streets. Maybe it’s a harbinger of a pickup in activity that could be arriving in the next weeks and months as our state slowly begins to lift some …

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This week began with two small but wonderful events. We received separate emails, a few days apart, from community members asking if there is anything they could do to help family members and colleagues during the stay-at-home restriction due to coronavirus.

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The global economy is shrinking now, as everyone knows, reeling from the emergency health orders placed all over the world. Fewer drivers are on the roads, traveling far less miles. International commerce and transportation are crawling at their lowest levels in decades. Total oil consumptio…

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Our team at The Record-Review is working day and night to bring you accurate and meaningful local coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our communities. It’s not an easy task — logistically or financially — as we cover a constantly moving target with in-depth, original content on the…

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One of the remarkable features of the community’s response to the coronavirus surge is how people and organizations are adapting to fill in the gaps.

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The incidents reported in our police blotters every week are mirrors of community life at a particular point in time. The picture they’re painting right now is showing unmistakable signs of our collective angst.

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There’s only one story now, the coronavirus. True, in a sense. But when you think about it, it’s really not one story at all. Coronavirus is many stories, hundreds of stories, or, in our communities, even thousands. In fact, it is an amalgam of every one of our individual stories.

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Emergency planning in our communities for the likely spread of the coronavirus is speeding ahead. The question isn’t whether it will prevent cases from appearing here. That’s basically a given. Rather, the question is how severe the disruptions will need to be in order to slow the trajectory…