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Contrary to what you may have heard in the mainstream media, Hollywood, academia and politics, America is not a racist country. Yes, slavery existed and stained our history. But we fought a bloody Civil War which resulted in casualties of over approximately 700,000 people, at least 400,000 o…

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I am writing in my capacity as chair of the Pound Ridge Conservation Board about the upcoming townwide tag sale and also Farmers’ Market Sundays, two great activities that are good for the town and good for the planet. I want to give a pat on the back to the Pound Ridge Business Association …

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In reference to Robert Castelli’s column (“In defense of our police,” July 17), he says America has the best trained, educated and dedicated police officers in the world. But in the U.S., police training lasts on average 19 weeks. In much of Europe that would be unthinkable. In Germany, for …

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I just read Tamara Hared’s piece, titled, “Make people feel welcome.” I could not agree more with the content’s sentiment. There are no restrictions on where people can live in Westchester. People live where they want to live. 

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I would like to add my reflections to recent reactions to incidents of vandalism and graffiti disrespectful to police. When considered in the context of the heroic efforts of our police department in the areas of public health, e.g., distribution of masks, service in the face of the COVID pa…

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The Lewisboro Town Board is fully supportive of the town’s three fire departments and two ambulance units. Any suggestion that they discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender or any other discriminatory criteria is in our mind totally unfounded and slanderous. In our experience, they are …

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The cover photo of The Record-Review Friday June 26 demonstrated a serious lack of judgement and a complete disconnect with the pandemic our country (and the world) is currently facing. While the accompanying article detailed the carefully planned precautions enabling local high schools to c…

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We, the members of John Jay United for Racial Justice, want to introduce ourselves and our mission. John Jay United for Racial Justice has emerged in light of and stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We are unequivocally committed to the values and necessity of the Movemen…

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Your recent cover photo of John Jay graduates really hit me badly. I am all for seniors celebrating and being honored for the incredible resiliency they have exhibited this year. However, the picture of a group of girls bunched together without masks and visible touching was not the right me…

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I write as an elected and representative official of the Town of Lewisboro. I am also a proud member of the group John Jay United for Racial Justice. All interested in the Movement for Black Lives are welcome to be in touch to see how you can be active in that community. It is about time the…

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I was rather amused, actually ashamed, when I heard our Commander-in-Chief urge all Americans to look up at the beautiful rocket that sped into the heavens to rendezvous with the space station. Let the record be clear, I do not demean nor disparage the bravery and courage of the two astronau…

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I am writing in support of Jeremiah Frei-Pearson’s campaign for New York State Assembly in the 93rd District. Jeremiah grew up in Katonah, went to John Jay High School, and now lives in White Plains. His progressive law firm represents ordinary people in conflict with powerful interests: low…

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I am writing this in response to the signs dotting the landscape supporting Chris Burdick for state Assembly. As much as I would like to see him out of Bedford higher office is certainly not the answer. As supervisor, he has enacted laws such as the leaf blower law. Yet another example of a …

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We have been fortunate to have the indefatigable Chris Burdick at the helm in Bedford for the last four terms. He has delivered strategies to manage our tax burden, improve the environment and ensure less fortunate residents are treated fairly. Building teams with, and leveraging funding sou…

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I write to urge voters to choose Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick for New York State Assembly in the June 23 Democratic primary. The only elected leader running, Mr. Burdick has an impressive record of achievement, including free testing for COVID-19, infrastructure, greenhouse emission…

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While our immediate attention and thoughts are with the death of George Floyd and the reflection it brought forth, we are reminded that real change starts at the ballot box. There is a primary election coming up shortly, and I’m placing my full support behind Chris Burdick to represent us in…

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I would like to urge you to vote for Chris Burdick for state Assembly on June 23. I have known Chris for many years, and this is my takeaway: Chris is very knowledgeable, hard-working, and he gets things done. Many times he gets things done that surprise me that he could.

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I hope that you will join me in supporting Kristen Browde for New York State Assembly in the 93rd District. I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting Kristen and speaking with her about issues that are adversely affecting us here in northern Westchester. I have found her to be intelligent, earn…

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I would be doing a disservice to the people of New York, if I did not convey my experience having Chris Burdick as town supervisor in Bedford. My motivation is simply to shed light on what kind of person Mr. Burdick is.   

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Though The Record –Review supports Proposition #2 in the 2020-21 Katonah-Lewisboro School District budget, which calls for the transfer of up to $725,600 in general funds for the purchase of seven new replacement school buses (“School budgets take sensible approach,” May 29), district voters…

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I live in a multi-generational neighborhood, a friendly combination of ages, their birth years starting with the 1930s, on through the ‘50s, ‘80s, millennials and new, sweet 2020 babies. We live in a generous mix of shared experience, energy, goodwill and promise.

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As a longtime resident of Bedford and Westchester County, I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Chris Burdick for New York State Assembly. Chris is uniquely qualified to represent us in Albany and is the only candidate to actually hold elected office.  For more than six years a…

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In the past three months, almost 40 million Americans have lost their jobs, but our BCSD employees are at no risk of unemployment, or even inconvenience. The May 15 -Record-Review reported a 1.89% increase in school spending as a harsh austerity move. The median costs for a teacher at BCSD a…

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I have to voice my concerns over the Town of Pound Ridge’s decision to purchase the property on 7 Old Pound Road. Their reasoning for the purchase is “pie in the sky.” We’re told the property is in demand and being offered “under market value.”  The land has been on the market for years and …

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I am OK with paying an additional $26.26 per year to purchase a large parcel of land adjacent to any other open land in Pound Ridge. I want to say that I fully support the purchase of the Old Pound Road property and see the long-term value. Kevin Hansan and his colleagues and advisors have i…

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I am writing to express my support for Alexandra White for the Bedford Central Board of Education. I have gotten to know Alex over the past four years, as a fellow parent, friend and an active community member. I have also had the privilege to work with Alex on the BCSD Elementary Language I…

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Here’s an interesting fact in the times of COVID-19. When Westchester County District Attorney Tony Scarpino took office three years ago, 34 of the assistant district attorneys did not have laptops. Can you imagine what would be happening now if DA Tony Scarpino had not had the foresight to …

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This letter is in response to Dean Zarras’ letter in the May 1 edition of The Record-Review (“Commentary the chance to give brutal economic lesson”). Criticisms describing what we are doing wrong are less helpful than unity of purpose to combat-- the coronavirus and the economic hardships th…

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Pound Ridge Partnership Board Member Susan Grissom has often said that the members of the Partnership are “like family.” In fact, those members of the community who participate in our organization’s events have become part of that extended family. In the course of working together, we become close.

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Here’s an interesting fact in the times of COVID-19. When Westchester County District Attorney Tony Scarpino took office three years ago, 34 of the assistant district attorneys did not have laptops. Can you imagine what would be happening now if DA Tony Scarpino had not had the foresight to …

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I’d like to thank Jackie Roman for her recent article (“Martin House Workspace location to close,” April 24), which has helped get the word out about changes at Martin House Workspace prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of our lease. I hope people won’t feel too alarmed by the deci…

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“Trickle-down economics,” a term seemingly only ever used in derision, is being proven as the only way the real world works. Indeed, the lack of a trickle down — advertising spending — from our local businesses and perhaps most notably the shackled real estate agencies, has produced this pap…

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I wish to thank all the volunteers in the Neighbor to Neighbor program for their care and concern for the seniors in Pound Ridge. During this most difficult time, they have stepped up and came forward to stay in contact with the seniors, to help them with grocery shopping, picking up their p…

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I engaged with Douglas Childs for approximately 10 years while he served the Bedford hardware facility. Yes, Doug was an enormous asset to his employer; and yes, he conducted himself with dignity, compassion, loyalty — and all with a skill set that aided those who had contact. And of course,…

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The early success of Earth Day 1970 facilitated political and societal change. Federal, state and municipal laws were enacted protecting our natural resources. In Lewisboro, wetlands ordinances passed, protecting our water. More recently single- use plastic bags and Styrofoam were banned.

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I would like to send out many thanks to all of the employees at The Market at Pound Ridge Square in Scotts Corner. Billy and Lisa Fortin, and indeed every single worker, deserve our praise and gratitude for their tireless efforts to make sure that everyone has what they need during this crisis.

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On behalf of lead organizations in New York’s arts-in-corrections community, we are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to release older and immune-compromised men and women who are incarcerated in New York’s state correctional facilities. Just as he has spoken compassionately of our seniors and other …