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

 

October 28, 2011


Burdick, Gabrielson have earned vote


Bedford Town Board incumbent Chris Burdick put it this way in a recent discussion in The Record-Review offices:

“We’ve brought down the tax rate increase by 60 percent, we’ve maintained a AAA credit rating, we have healthy fund balances and our audit report confirms all of this. We have maintained services. We have an excellent police force. We have beautiful parks and great park programs. We have one of the best planning processes in the state. We have an Energize Bedford program that David has been at the forefront of and that’s seen as a model throughout the nation. We have a lot to be proud of.”

Mr. Burdick is right. Bedford is a pretty special place. And a lot of it is because of steady governance, coming from the five-member board and Supervisor Lee Roberts. Democrat? Republican? On the Bedford board, those partisan labels don’t often mean much. It was a bipartisan board that addressed a century of water woes in Bedford and Katonah and is finally bringing clean water to the people of the Consolidated Water District. It was the town board that helped to develop a successful dog park — not without contention— and a unified board that is helping to preserve open space, protect wetlands and sensitive areas and work on a regional environmental plan. It was a team of three Republicans and two Democrats that has brought Bedford the most successful energy conservation entity of any town its size in the nation, at the same time providing parks and summer camps for kids, van service and special events for seniors, and maintaining 28 miles of dirt roads, a yeoman’s task for any public works organization. And yes, it was a bipartisan board that overrode the state’s 2 percent tax cap.

Luke Vander Linden is an energetic and civic-minded young man who seeks to add his voice to the political arena. He is already making his mark on the recreation and parks committee and the communications advisory committee. He and his wife, Britta, are members of and active in the Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association, the town of Bedford Republican Party, the Bedford Historical Society and Bedford 2020.

But as a challenger for the town board, we don’t see how he can support the policies of fellow Republican Lee Roberts and at the same time call for replacement of Mr. Burdick and Mr. Gabrielson. How he can parse out the policies of Chris Burdick and David Gabrielson as being distinct from Ms. Roberts is unclear.

Granted, tax relief is a critical issue — for many, like Mr. Vander Linden, the issue. However, this is a town board that has kept tax increases to a minimum and has been hailed by auditors as a AAA community. Mr. Vander Linden said he would have voted against an override of the 2 percent tax cap, at the time saying he would have advocated “a carve out” for water district capital expenses. Since the end result would be the same as current board policy, his criticism of the tax cap override seems like a moot point.

While criticizing spending, Mr. Vander Linden failed to zero in on specific areas for reduction. The current town board — including Mr. Burdick and Mr. Gabrielson — are already out front on this issue, reducing town taxes, creating regional partnerships, applying for state and federal grants where available and exploring new ways to increase revenues.

Mr. Gabrielson and Mr. Burdick are a critical part of this team and provide valuable input at every meeting. Mr. Burdick’s experience with the wetlands commission, as a proponent of open space preservation and town water issues give us confidence that he will continue to protect Bedford’s precious resources. Mr. Gabrielson deserves particular credit for his work with Bedford 2020’s PACE energy programs, even enlisting the support of Rep. Nan Hayworth — a Republican. We applaud the spirit of bipartisanship that could be a model for our national leaders.

We urge a vote for Chris Burdick and David Gabrielson in Bedford’s town board race on Tuesday, Nov. 8.


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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)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Perks – 197 Katonah Avenue    

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

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

  6. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


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

  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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