December 28, 2012

2012, Quote/Unquote

Every year, The Record-Review seeks to tell the year-end story in the words of the newsmakers. With a national election and political redistricting, a county housing dispute with the federal government, a major storm that disrupted our region for weeks, tragedy in Connecticut and a thousand personal stories, the year was a memorable one, and best characterized in the words of those who lived it.

“Redistricting is the key issue of 2012, and it’s anyone’s guess what will happen.”

— Alexis Grennell, Common Cause, on New York’s congressional redistricting, Jan. 13

“I think the process is ridiculous and flawed.”

— State Assemblyman Bob Castelli after maps are announced for New York state redistricting, March 23

“I woke up at 3 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, and I couldn’t get back to sleep because of the excitement and nerves.”

— Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, Jan. 27

“The Bedford Central school system, by every standardized measure, is a high-performing district.”

— Tri-State Consortium, Feb. 5

“To him, the disease is a nuisance that gets in the way, but it doesn’t control him.”

— Keri Dezell, mom of Frankie Dezell, a fourth-grader at PRES being treated with chemotherapy for cancer, Feb. 17

“We often tiptoe around questions people have in the back of their mind.”

— James Johnson, federal housing monitor on the county’s housing settlement agreement, March 9

“Student health and safety will not be jeopardized by this recommendation.”

— Katonah-Lewisboro School District statement on proposal to cut some nurses from budget, March 16

“Slowing speeders is in the interest of public safety. We are not going to let someone go 50 in a 30 mph zone.”

— Police chief Dave Ryan, March 30

“My heart is still racing, I’m so happy, and this was so exciting.”

— Danielle Wegleski, upon receiving a wedding proposal from her boyfriend Robert Pavletich after running the 5K Run for the Hills event in Bedford Hills, April 20

“Certainly this is alarming — any time anyone’s home is invaded by an outsider is an alarming experience.”

— Chief William Hayes, after a home invasion in Bedford Hills, May 11

“This is the process that is outlined in the settlement, and we are just following it.”

— Ned McCormack for County Executive Rob Astorino on the housing settlement with Housing and Urban Development, May 11

“She really was a great friend and a wonderful mother, and I can’t help but think of her children, whom she really adored.”

— Peter Michaelis, after the suicide of Bedford’s Mary Kennedy, May 18

“If there’s blame to be had, the blame lies 100 miles north of here.”

— Michael Gordon, Katonah-Lewisboro board trustee, on the $27,998 cost per district pupil

“Middle-class families have been getting squeezed far too long.”

— Congressional candidate Sean Patrick Maloney, prior to the Democratic congressional primary, June 22

“This is a case of the right goals, but the very wrong approach.”

— Rep. Nan Hayworth on the Supreme Court decision upholding parts of the Affordable Care Act, July 6

“People are buying, but it’s not as easy as it was before.”

— Gary Leogrande, Hudson Gateway, on the housing market, July 20

“Astorino is playing a $500 million game of Russian roulette right now.”

— County legislator Peter Harckham on the county’s housing settlement, July 27

“You need some enforcement, you need some engineering, and you need some education.”

— Traffic consultant David Orr on Pound Ridge speeders, Aug. 17

“We tried to be as fair as we could.”

— Bedford Planning Board chairman Don Coe, on Stepping Stones plan, Sept. 14

“A little restaurant would be fine there, but a car wash is just obscene.”

— Dino DeFeo, Bedford Hills resident, on the proposed Splash car wash, Oct. 5

“There hasn’t been a real reform in the way Albany works.”

— State Assembly candidate David Buchwald, Oct. 19

“There is a countrywide effort to prevent hundreds of thousands of people from voting.”

— William Louis-Dreyfus, Bedford, Oct. 19

“It’s really like nothing we’ve ever seen.”

— Bedford supervisor Lee Roberts, Nov. 2, on the destructive force of Hurricane Sandy.

“I hope we will get help soon.”

— Pound Ridge supervisor Gary Warshauer, Nov. 2, after Hurricane Sandy knocks down trees and power throughout Pound Ridge.

“We finally established good communications with NYSEG crew chiefs, but for reasons unknown, NYSEG cut those communications off.”

— Deputy supervisor Jon Powers, during the storm’s aftermath, Nov. 9

“Verizon’s disaster relief is a disaster itself.”

— Jay LeBoff, Bedford resident, on Sandy storm response. Nov. 23

‘It’s a little harder than I thought.”

— Fourth-grader Lili Carmichael on newspapering, on the Bedford Hills Elementary School Newspaper the “Shock,” Nov. 30

‘We pray that God may help these feelings of great pain and grief pass quickly, and they be replaced by only happy thoughts and joyous memories of those we have lost.”

— Tom Newman of Katonah, brother-in-law of Anne Marie Murphy, killed in the Newtown school shooting, Dec. 21

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