The only reason a lawyer would want more people, not less, to see his defendant client on trial is that he thinks he has a slam dunk defense which will humiliate the prosecution. Stay tuned. View Comment
"The debate begins at 6 p.m. and is open to council members only." Am I misreading this or is this event not open to the public? Will it be televised or a video posted on YouTube at least? View Comment
Actually, the video shows the incident being instigated by one biker who zips right in front of the Range Rover, then abruptly brakes causing the Range Rover to bump him. Then the "fun" starts.
Some folks call getting bumped in such an intentional set-up fashion as a "Blessing" upon which one premises a lawsuit against the person who "hit" you. View Comment
Commenter cjmesq is spot on: Bramson's election will result in the total destruction of this County. Taxes will soar to even higher levels and the value of your homes will go down. This is effectively a taking under the 5th Amendment but without due process. View Comment
The requirements for the affordable housing are too onerous and have a negative effect. First, the housing all has to be new - can't be a renovated existing structure. Second, HUD has exempted out giant portions of towns where they view the neighborhood as racially "diverse" - so municipalities will never build new housing in those neighborhoods since it won't go for the quota for the mandated housing; third, in Northern Westchester, people have been prevented from cutting a tree, pulling a fern, putting up a cottage or other structures on their property for environmental reasons, but now all of a sudden, the northern municipalities are to erect multifamily housing in the environmentally sensitive areas.
If HUD officials would leave their desks in DC and NYC and actually come to visit Westchester, they would see a diverse multicultural county. View Comment
I believe the Democrats made an election law challenge to her "late" filing. Welcome to the new era of hardball elections in Bedford. The Bedford R's are not ready for the steamroller machine that is about to roll over them. For all the R's who think their incumbents are going to win, you need a wake up call. View Comment
If affluent people tried to move into poor areas, they would be accused of "stealing" the properties, so the HUD mandate is discriminatory.
It's getting very tiring being called racist all the time by HUD when Westchester County is totally diverse.
Go oliverdog! We have seen this time and time again in this area. Fat cat old time family landlords with property paid for long ago starve out small businesses in the area because they can afford to. I certainly don't mind and actually like the big retail names in town, but if you can't get them into the spaces, make the town nice with small businesses like the Kims.
Route 117 in Mount Kisco/BH is starting to look like a ghost town in some spots.
This is heartbreaking. View Comment
I've seen the original in DC. There is nothing more powerful than seeing the sheer bulk of the names "looking at you" when you view the sculpture engraved with the names. There's something about the spelling out of a name that creates the image of persons you don't even know, yet seeing their name spelled out and engraved is so incredibly moving. Go see this exhibit. You'll be moved. View Comment
My father in law was in Somers Manor until he passed away. SM is a very nice place with a dedicated staff and expert care from everyone. The food was even good too! The surrounding grounds are beautiful and residents often sit outside. View Comment
If you read the many articles on why Obama's HUD is pushing Obama's community organizer dream of affordable housing in certain areas all over the country, the purpose is threefold: transplant people from run down urban areas so that they can get jobs which are supposedly more plentiful in the suburbs; take inner city kids out of failing schools and let them go to suburban schools which are supposedly excellent; and to break up the purported monoculture of whites.
None of these "justifications" for HUD's social engineering is present in Westchester's case, much less in Northern Westchester.
First, jobs are scarce in Northern Westchester and are confined mostly to big box retail, so the jobs argument fails.
Second, the schools here are just so-so. I bet there are more excellent charter schools near the urban areas where the affordable housing is supposed to be advertised than in Northern Westchester.
Finally, the area is not all white as HUD would have us believe. Take for example Bedford Hills Elementary and Fox Lane High School. BHE is over 40% minority kids; FLHS is over 30% minority kids. Accordingly, biology and school district residence requirements are proof that the Bedford area is not lily white, and claiming so is false. HUD is simply misplaced with its spin on what is actually a very diverse Westchester. View Comment
I live in the Town of Bedford. I have no less than 3 immediate neighbors on my street who were or are now in foreclosure and one family receives food stamps. This Town may be the home of some uber rich residents, but it also has regular folks.
We do not need to advertise outside of our county to find people in need of affordable housing and to do so is discriminatory to those in need who already live here and pay the unbearably high taxes.
We also do not need to pave paradise to put up a parking lot for multifamily homes. All of the "affordable housing" should be single family homes and the residents should pay the taxes the rest of us pay. View Comment