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November 8, 2013

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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Burdick takes top post, Republicans win board seats


Chris Burdick and Mary Beth Kass on election night.


Bedford’s Democratic town councilman Chris Burdick is projected to be the winner of Tuesday’s election for town supervisor, while Republican candidates won Bedford’s four other open seats on the ballot, including two town board seats, clerk, and town judge.

For the county elections, Bedford’s Democratic legislator Peter Harckham and Republican county executive Robert Astorino received support from Bedford voters and were re-elected to their positions.

Mr. Burdick delivered his victory speech on Tuesday night at a Bedford Democratic Committee celebration held at Oliver’s in Katonah.

“It’s kind of a bittersweet victory given that Pete and I were the only ones that won this evening,” he said.

He thanked the other Democratic candidates for their efforts during election season.

“They did a fabulous job campaigning and working together as a team,” he said. “We can be very proud of the fact that we had a campaign that held the high road.”

Mr. Burdick said his last hours campaigning involved recruiting family members to make calls to Bedford residents urging them to vote. He said relatives as far away as Hawaii helped him out in the final moments.

According to Bedford’s unofficial election results, Mr. Burdick received 2,243 votes to Republican supervisor candidate Don Scott’s 2,048 votes. Incumbent Republican town clerk Boo Fumagalli won by the largest margin, receiving 2,527 votes to her Democratic opponent Simone Shapiro’s 1,648. Bedford’s other Republican incumbent candidates also performed well. Republican town justice Erik Jacobsen received 2,332 votes, while his Democratic opponent, Judy Aydelott, received 1,870. Incumbent Republican councilman Francis Corcoran received 2,217 votes, while Mary Beth Kass, a Republican-backed candidate also running for council won the other open seat with a higher number, 2,260 votes. Their opponents, Democrats Meredith Black and Julie Vulpescu, received 1,895 and 1,727 votes respectively.

Bedford voters gave 2,062 votes to Mr. Harckham and 1,598 votes to Republican opponent Andrea Rendo. Within the district, which includes all of Bedford, Pound Ridge, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem and parts of Somers, Mr. Harckham received 5,608 votes and Ms. Rendo received 4,945 votes, with 86 percent of districts reporting.

Mr. Astorino received 2,202 votes in Bedford while his opponent, Noam Bramson, the Democratic mayor of New Rochelle, received 1,598 votes in Bedford. Countywide, 76,088 people voted for Mr. Astorino and 61,805 voted for Mr. Bramson, with 81 percent of districts reporting.

The majority of Bedford voters, however, did not pick the winning candidate for county clerk. Republican candidate Mary Beth Murphy, the supervisor of Somers, received 1,803 votes in Bedford and her opponent, Democratic incumbent Timothy Idoni, received 1,441 votes. Across the county, Mr. Idoni received 68,496 votes to Ms. Murphy’s 60,833.

Many of Bedford’s Democratic supporters attending the victory party were at first audibly disappointed that Mr. Bramson conceded the election to Mr. Astorino when only a small percentage of votes across the county were accounted for. Some of the Democrats at the event jeered Mr. Bramson while watching his concession speech on TV and attributed his defeat to weak campaigning, especially in northern Westchester.

However, the Democrats’ moods improved drastically with cheers and applause when it was revealed that Mr. Scott conceded the election to Mr. Burdick during the Bedford Republican Committee victory party at current supervisor Lee Roberts’ house in Katonah.

Mr. Harckham, who attended the victory party at Oliver’s, did not want to call himself the victor too hastily despite leading his Republican opponent Andrea Rendo by a significant margin as votes were being tabulated. However, he finally accepted the win after Ms. Rendo called and conceded to him.

Mr. Harckham said on Wednesday that this election season had been an exciting race.

“You saw that Bedford, for instance, had a very robust turnout, so the more people who run, the better it is for the process,” he said. “Astorino poured a lot of money into this area. To try to get through some of the shouting was challenging, but we had a good team and we got our job done.”

Every Democrat on the county Board of Legislators held their seats, keeping at least their 10 to 7 majority. However, one race between incumbent Republican Sheila Marcotte, who represents Eastchester, Tuckahoe and parts of New Rochelle, is too close to call. If the election remains in the favor of Democratic opponent Mary Jo Jacobs, who has 4,667 votes to Ms. Marcotte’s 4,656 votes, the majority would become 11 to 6. The county has totals for 81 percent of districts in this race.

Mr. Burdick and the rest of the Bedford Democratic slate showed up to the victory party after most voting results were virtually certain. Ms. Aydelott, who had experience running for Congress several years ago, said this campaign allowed her to better know the town’s residents.

“I have no regrets. It was a good campaign,” she said. “I met a lot of wonderful people in the town of Bedford. I know the town of Bedford now.”

The other three candidates had never run for public office before and said the experience was positive. Ms. Shapiro, a trial attorney, said that while she never likes to lose, she enjoyed meeting people throughout town.

“I got to meet a million people,” Ms. Shapiro said. “I’m sure Boo will continue to do a great job.”

Ms. Black, a member of Bedford’s zoning board, wished her opponents well on the town board.

“Congratulations to Mary Beth and Francis,” she said. “It was a good race.”

Ms. Vulpescu, a fundraiser for NYU Langone Medical Center, mirrored the sentiments of the other candidates.

“It was a great race. Everyone put forth their best efforts,” she said.

Come next year when the winners take office, the town board will be faced with the decision of who to appoint to the board. Mr. Burdick, who was not up for re-election this year for his town council position, will shift to the supervisor’s seat, leaving his former seat empty. He and Democratic councilman David Gabrielson, who did not face an election this year, will have to agree on an appointment with Mr. Corcoran and Ms. Kass, the two new Republican councilmen.

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