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Bedford voters to choose between three board candidates, Harckham vs. Michaelis


By JOHN ROCHE
Peter Michaelis was endorsed for the Westchester County Legislature seat in District 2 by five town supervisors in the district. Fellow Republicans Lee Roberts of Bedford, Gary Warshauer of Pound Ridge, Charles Duffy of Lewisboro, Warren Lucas of North Salem and Mary Beth Murphy of Somers.
 

Bedford residents will take to the polls on Tuesday, casting their votes in a three-way contest for two seats on the town board, uncontested races for supervisor and town justice, and a battle between incumbent Peter Harckham and challenger Peter Michaelis for the local seat in the county Legislature.

This marks the second time that Mr. Harckham, a Democrat, and Mr. Michaelis, a Republican, have run against each other for the seat, with Mr. Harckham edging out a victory in 2007. Mr. Harckham ran unopposed in 2009 for a second two-year term representing District 2, which includes Bedford, Pound Ridge, Mount Kisco,

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Lewisboro, North Salem and Somers.
Christopher Burdick and David Gabrielson, two Democrats both elected in 2007, are seeking re-ele
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was among those to endorse Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham.
 
ction to the five-member town board. Republican Luke Vander Linden is challenging the incumbents, seeking a four-year term on the board.

Republican Lee Roberts, who was first elected to the town board in 1993 and became Bedford’s supervisor in 2004, is running unopposed.

Judge Kevin Quaranta, a Democrat also on the Independence line Tuesday, has served as one of the town’s two justices for eight years. He is also running unopposed.

Mr. Vander Linden has waged a campaign for the town board largely focused on his pledge to bring new ideas to Bedford’s governing body, and has criticized the two Democratic incumbents, and the three Republicans on the board, for unanimously voting earlier this fall to override the state-imposed 2 percent property tax cap for municipal budgets.

Mr. Gabrielson and Mr. Burdick, who successfully ran together four years ago to unseat longtime Republican incumbents Liz Bailey and Jim Renwick, have asked voters to look at their record of accomplishment on the board, specifically citing their work with the rest of the board in cutting costs to hold down taxes while maintaining services, staffing and the beauty and unique character of Bedford.

The two incumbent town board members are also running on the Independence line, as is Ms. Roberts.

The race between Mr. Harckham and Mr. Michaelis continues to be a hard-fought campaign, primarily centered on taxes, other fiscal issues and Westchester County’s affordable housing settlement.

Mr. Michaelis has said he is running to bring fiscal responsibility back to county government and end the bipartisan bickering he maintains is curbing any meaningful progress in the Legislature and stifling the efforts of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Mr. Harckham, who is also running on the Independence line, has asked voters to look at his record, which he says shows leadership and ability in reducing taxes and spending while protecting Westchester’s families, public health and safety and the environment.

The close race for county legislator between the two Katonah residents four years ago resulted in Mr. Harckham capturing the seat that Republican Ursula LaMotte, also of Katonah, vacated after 16 years in office.

The leaders of Bedford’s two major political party committees this week said they believe their slate of candidates is strong and set for victory on Election Day.

“On the local level, our candidates are reaching out to voters, and not just Democrats, with a very compelling case as to why they should be re-elected,” said Bruce Yablon, chairman of the Bedford Democratic Committee. “Forget the little letter after their name to designate political party. When you look at what Chris Burdick and David Gabrielson have done in the three-plus years they’ve been on the board, it’s something that Bedford residents regardless of political affiliation should support. They’ve helped keep taxes lower, with town tax increases averaging around 2 percent during their time on the board, they’ve worked very well with their board colleagues and vice versa, and on every level I think Chris and David have earned the right to continue working for what’s best for Bedford.”

Mr. Yablon said he is hopeful that Democrats will turn out to re-elect Mr. Harckham this Tuesday, saying he too has earned another term based on his record in office.

“I think that Pete Harckham is doing a good job in sticking to the merits of his great record as an effective county legislator,” Mr. Yablon said. “The criticisms from his opponent and others in that party about supporting high taxes and big county government just don’t apply to Pete Harckham, as his record clearly shows. In his time on the board, Pete has helped bring about substantial reductions, including doubling the tax cut included in the Astorino budget, and doing so in a responsible manner.”

Don Scott, chairman of the Bedford Republican Party, said that while most town residents are understandably focused this week on getting the power back on in their homes, helping their neighbors or otherwise recovering from the Oct. 29 storm, he believes that local Republicans will hopefully hit the polls this Tuesday.

“I think people are motivated to vote, and mainly because they are worried about the fiscal shape that we are in at all levels, from Washington to Westchester to Bedford,” Mr. Scott said. “I think that fiscal concerns will be a real determinant in how they vote and what the election results will be. Given that Peter Michaelis, Lee Roberts and Luke Vander Linden all have good records, a strong, clear message and very good ideas on how to approach these fiscal concerns we’re facing, including tax relief and responsible spending, I feel very confident in our ticket.” 

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Bedford residents with questions about the voting process, registration or other issues can call the county board of elections at 995-5700 or the town clerk’s office at 666-4534.



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