The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York


October 7, 2011

Greg Ball for president?

What’s going on here? State Senator Greg Ball, the former Assembly self-declared “bomb thrower,” pulling in grants for organizations in the Hudson Valley. Leading a hydrofracking seminar, bringing together environmentalists and industry alike. Conferring with former President Bill Clinton in Albany at the meeting of the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission, of which he is a member.

“Unlike what we are seeing in Congress, we have been able to illustrate the strength of working together as a team and in a bipartisan fashion,” Mr. Ball said in a statement from his press office last week. “The former president is a dynamic thinker and is the exact public boost we need for SAGE to demonstrate our public commitment to cut through the clutter of state bureaucracy, nepotism and patronage!”

Holy Monica Lewinsky!

Is this the same Greg Ball who was spurned by local Dems and Republicans alike during his election bid? The same Greg Ball who flooded the region with robo calls in his race against his opponent, Michael Kaplowitz?

Last week Mr. Ball sent out a statement blasting Rep. Nan Hayworth, a fellow Republican, for her decision to tie disaster relief to spending cuts. According to Mr. Ball, “This shows many in the Beltway are completely out of touch with the immediate needs of working people and blue collar families. Our Congresswoman has now flip-flopped again, saying one thing in the district via press releases and government mail, then voting another way down in Washington, D.C. It’s well beyond time that our ‘representatives’ at the nation’s capital stop playing politics and just deliver the relief our beleaguered homeowners need.”

In a conversation with Ali Skinner, Mr. Ball’s director of operations, we asked Ms. Skinner if her boss had larger political ambitions than the New York State Senate. “Yes,” she said, hinting that Mr. Ball may be eyeing Ms. Hayworth’s seat.

She added that when he was a member of the Assembly, “bomb-thrower Ball” was an outsider who needed to shake up his colleagues. Now he is in the Senate, part of the majority there, and he is able to work within the system, Ms. Skinner said.

Mr. Ball recently made appearances at both the Bedford Town Hall, and last night, at the Pound Ridge Town Board meeting. Was he just visiting?

We’re not sure what to think of this new, improved Greg Ball. We still remember the other guy. And we still haven’t gotten to the subject of immigration, Mr. Ball’s most volatile topic.

More, certainly, to come.

Happy New Year

Rosh Hashana 5772 began on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 8. During this week, Jews throughout the world pause to remember their heritage and tradition.

As in every year since the birth of Israel in 1948, we continue to look to the Middle East to be the heartland of world peace. Every year, the prospects look closer and then seem to slip through our hands. We see statesmen and leaders from opposite spectrums, Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, attempt to step forward and reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable.

Last month at the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, there was promise, there were speeches, there were walkouts, there were cheers, jeers and ultimately both sides went back, like fighters, to their corners. What was really gained?

For Israel to survive — for the region to prosper — the prospect of peace must remain within reach. The rhetoric must end. Each side must blink: in order to attain independent Palestinian statehood, the Arab world must also recognize Israel’s fundamental right of existence. Israel must then work with Palestinian leaders to shape a peace that can protect all people.

As Americans, we can only lend our support to an ongoing process that respects the fundamental rights of all, above all, the right to live in peace. L’shana Tovah.

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  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

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

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

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Bedford Hills

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


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  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

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

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

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Mount Kisco

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

  2. Connie’s at Northern Westchester Hospital
    400 E. Main Street    

South Salem/Vista

  1. JNR Pharmacy – 222 Oakridge Commons;
    Route 123   

Cross River

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  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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