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Since the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees announced that it would take advantage of a renegotiation clause within the contract it signed with the USDA to slaughter the village’s geese, there has been a wide variety of non-lethal alternatives offered by those opposed to the original agreement. When the board discovered the contract with the USDA allowed them to cancel or reconsider the terms of the agreement within 120 days of signing it, they chose to explore that option, and have now made it clear to USDA representative Ken Preusser that they wish to avoid killing the geese. In a statement issued by the board, the official course of action is to move forward with the USDA, but only through non-lethal means. This effort is primarily aimed at oiling eggs in Columbus and Harbor Island parks, which are considered property of the village. Village Manager Richard Slingerland said that the board will allow the USDA to oil eggs in both parks, but that residents are encouraged to take it upon themselves to oil eggs on private property if they choose. “We’re trying to implement a systematic plan that will eventually be rolled out village-wide,” Slingerland

said. “What we’re focusing on now is village property, but in the future, we’ll try to focus more on volunteer efforts.” Scarsdale resident Kim Gold, who is an animal rights activist that has spoken out against the USDA contract, recently contacted GeesePeace, an organization that educates communities on waterfowl management, and coordinated a presentation for residents on egg oiling at the Mamaroneck Public Library on April 11. “There needs to be public and private collaboration,” Gold said. “A lot of people have nests on their property, and this was just a way to educate residents on how to deal with them.” Gold said that she thinks the village’s new approach is a good one-despite her gripes with the USDA for its other lethal methods of waterfowl management-and that she hopes to find a way to reach out to more residents who couldn’t attend the presentation. The GeesePeace presentation was given by Denise Savageau, the Director of Conservation for the Town of Greenwich, and focused on the proper methods that should be used to oil eggs as well as how residents can register with the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service to become certified to carry out the process on USDA continued on page 14

April 19, 2013

Ruined! A building occupying 122 through 134 Mamaroneck Ave. collapsed on April 16. The unoccupied building was scheduled for a controlled demolition. No one was injured in the collapse. For more, see page 5. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

Local summit discusses schools’ financial future By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

On Tuesday, April 16, the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Local Summit met at the Nautilus Diner on West Boston Post Road to discuss how the Rye Neck and Mamaroneck School districts will find news ways to minimize budget growth in the second year of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2 percent tax levy cap. Dr. Robert Shaps, Superintendant of the Mamaroneck School District, and Dr. Peter Mustich, Superintendent of the Rye Neck School District, revealed a number

of strategies they are employing to improve the quality of educational programs in the future, despite the tax cap and rising costs. Mustich, who has worked in the Rye Neck School District for 40 years, opened the discussion by criticizing the tax cap as something that has hurt schools in particular by putting them under tighter financial constraints. “Over the last two years, I’m really mourning something. I’m mourning this tax cap, it is slowly deteriorating and destroying what took many years and much hard work to build,” Mustich said. Mustich said the tax cap is tak-

ing away the ability of community members and taxpayers to have any control over what goes on in their schools and is reducing the quality of education. “The fear is palpable in Albany,” Mustich told summit attendees. “When people talk about the governor, they’re afraid. They’re afraid of what the governor might do if they speak up.” Superintendent Mustich also mentioned state testing, mainly because he feels that it is excessive in Rye Neck. According to Mustich, state mandated testing is causing students and teachers to panic, even SUMMIT continued on page 15

Larchmont trustees adopt 2013-2014 budget By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

Robert Guardagna gave The Sound and Town Report a demonstration of his Geesebuster’s apparatus at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle. The predator decoy, seen here in Guardagna’s hands, is made of bamboo and lightweight fabric and is used to frighten birds into leaving an area. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

With little fanfare, the Larchmont Village Board of Trustees on Monday adopted a $16.8 million budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The spending plan unanimously approved after a public hearing also results in a 2.5 percent property tax increase. Mayor Anne McAndrews, a Democrat, began the conversation by reiterating the concerns she

voiced when the board unveiled the proposed budget earlier this month. Specifically, she said the village faced a dramatic increase in pension costs. A closer look at the budget reveals that those costs are expected to jump by $260,726, or roughly 18.1 percent, in fiscal year 20132014. Retirement costs alone will total roughly $1.7 million and account for 10.7 percent of the total expenditures. Back in 2003-2004, the village

only contributed $237,000 to employee pensions, McAndrews said. In 2004-2005, that amount jumped to $837,000 and the costs have been rising ever since, she said. On top of that, health insurance costs, which the village also has no control over, have gone up, too. Providing health insurance will cost the village nearly $1.5 million in the upcoming fiscal year. As shown in the budget document, the cost of “total fringe benefits,” including BUDGET continued on page 15

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Astorino asks HUD for hearing, hints at suit By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

County Executive Rob Astorino has made it clear that he is through getting pushed around by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. On April 10, the Republican county executive asked for a formal hearing with HUD to give the county the due process he feels it is entitled to, and to partner with the county Board of Legislators in order to seek an injunction that would prevent HUD from withholding $7.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funding that was promised to the county. Community Development Block Grant funding is given to municipalities by HUD for various needs, and are typically granted to provide more suitable housing for low and moderate income areas. Vincent Hom, the Director of County Executive Rob Astorino has asked the Community Planning and Development Department of Housing and Urban Development for at HUD, informed the county of the a hearing to prevent the department from following decision on March 25, and said that the through on its threat to withhold $7.4 million in Development Block Grant funding. funds would be redistributed into other Community Democratic county legislators have urged Astorino to communities around the nation after submit to the department’s demands at the risk of even one month. Astorino called the move, more severe consequences. Photo/Diana Costello “extortion based on nothing more than its unsupported opinions.” Land Use Center and has conducted several Astorino said that, in a nation of laws, HUD surveys of its zoning, but repeatedly found must comply with the same rules as everyone that race plays no role in the way residents are else. distributed throughout municipalities. The conflict between Weschester County “Let’s be clear what’s going on here,” and HUD stems from the fact that HUD has Astorino said. “HUD refuses to accept the repeatedly asked the county to produce evi- conclusion of our objective and thorough dence of exclusionary zoning since a lawsuit analysis. To force the county to change its was brought forth against the county in 2009 conclusions, it is holding hostage money that’s by a housing advocacy group called the Anti- been promised to our communities, some of Discrimination Center of New York. them not even a party to the settlement and The settlement, reached under then-County with the biggest needs.” Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat, required The Village of Mamaroneck is just one muthat Westchester build 750 units of afford- nicipality that was not originally included in able housing in 31 of its 43 communities, the settlement because it already contained a pay the federal government $8.4 million and large amount of low-income housing, but is the housing advocacy group $2.5 million. still being negatively affected by HUD’s deciAdditonally, the settlement required that the sion to withhold funds. county aggresively market the new housing On April 5, county Board of Legislators projects to low-income individuals outside of Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, Westchester. The county said it has complied released a statement urging Astorino to comply with all of those terms, but HUD demanded with all of the terms of the settlement by prothat the county produce additional evidence of moting Source of Income legislation that would its exclusionary zoning by “affirmatively fur- prevent realtors and landlords from discriminatthering fair housing”--a phrase that has not yet ing against people based on their income. been defined by the department. Additionally, “The county board voted to direct the HUD asked that the county pressure its indi- county executive to submit his version of vidual municipalities to bypass their zoning Source of Income legislation,” Jenkins said, regulations in order to make installation of the who has annouced his candidacy to replace affordable units easier. Astorino as county executive in the fall. The issue of zoning in Westchester is Astorino has previously stated that he would unique since each municipality in the county not promote such legislation, and is still askhas home rule authority on all matters related ing that the Board of Legislators, “stand up to planning and zoning; meaning each adopts for Westchester and against this punitive acits own zoning ordinances. Such authority is tion brought on by HUD.” set by state law. Astorino said that if HUD denies the county In an attempt to show HUD that it is taking a hearing and does not remedy its denial of the the terms of the settlement seriously, the county county’s grant funding, the only alternative underwent an analysis by the Pace University will be to fully contest the issue in court.

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C ommunity Briefs County recruiting foster and adoptive homes There are hundreds of children in Westchester County who need a temporary, safe and loving home. Westchester County has a fantastic foster care system, however there are never enough homes for theses vulnerable children–especially babies, teens, and sibling groups. For information, calls United Way’s 2-1-1 by dialing 211 or visit Five-hour prelicensing class Formula One Driving School, located at 584 Mamaroneck Ave. has the five-hour prelicensing class scheduled for Sunday April 14 at 10:00 a.m., Saturday April 20 at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday April 24 at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday April 27 at 10:00 a.m. This class is required by New York State for new drivers before they can take their road test. Please call 914-381-4500 or visit our web site at to register for this class, or for other services and for upcoming insurance reduction/point reduction class dates. Pet rescue event Puppy/Dog Meet & Greet Saturday, April 20 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Petco 1275 Boston Post Road Larchmont 10538 914-834-6955 Author reading Author Katrina Kenison, former editor of “The Best American Short Stories,” will read from her new book, “The Gift of An Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir.” After a dear friend dies of cancer, and her two boys leave for college and boarding school, Kenison questions her priorities and what remains relevant in her life. The event takes place April 21 at 4 p.m. at Larchmont Village Center, behind the library at 121 Larchmont Ave. Complimentary wine and snacks start at 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of the Larchmont Public Library. For information, visit or call 914-643-0890. Give spring cleaning a new meaning Sign up today for the Outdoor Community Yard Sale and Sustainability Fair on Sunday, April 21, to be held across from Memorial Park, sponsored by the Larchmont/ Mamaroneck League of Women Voters. Go to to print the registration form and learn about the silent auction and other events. Free admission. Proceeds from space rental and silent auction will go to benefit the energy improvements and renovations to the Hommocks Ice Rink. You keep the rest. Wheelchair basketball tournament Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s Barrier

Breakers is proud to announce they will host a wheelchair basketball tournament on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Westchester County Center. The anticipation is building for the players, who will square off against their rivals the Wildcats from The Westchester School for Special Children. Tuesday April 23, 2013, admission is free. Doors Open: 5:30 p.m. Game Start: 6:00 p.m. The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, New York 10606. Music performance University of Albany Associate Professor Bob Gluck, author of “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band,” will perform with his quartet and sign the book. The program will be on Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at the Larchmont Village Center, behind the library at 121 Larchmont Avenue. Free and open to the public. Come early for complimentary refreshments. Sponsored by Friends of the Larchmont Public Library. Local authors read The Westchester Review Local authors will read from the new edition of The “Westchester Review,” a collection of poetry and prose by established and emerging writers in Westchester County. The program will be on Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at the Larchmont Village Center, behind the library at 121 Larchmont Avenue. Free and open to the public. Come at 3:30 p.m. for complimentary refreshments. Sponsored by Friends of the Larchmont Public Library.

Village of Mamaroneck annual Clean Up and Green Up Day Saturday April 27, 2013 9:00 a.m. Grand opening of the Mamaroneck Marine Education Center 9:30 a.m. Clean up parks, waterways, beaches and neighborhoods Learn about the importance of clean water Help plant a tree Free snacks for volunteers Green-up Mamaroneck All participants will receive free re-usable Mamaroneck Shopping Bags Sponsored by The Board of Trustees The Committee for the Environment Flood Mitigation Committee Tree Committee Rummage sale The Larchmont Avenue Church at 60 Forest Park Avenue, Larchmont, welcomes you to its annual rummage sale on Friday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturdsay, May 11, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Large amounts of clothing, jewelry, toys, linens, furniture, housewares, electronics, sporting goods, luggage and collector’s items will be sold at rockbottom prices at various halls in the church. All proceeds benefit the church and its outreach. Deadline for our Community Briefs section is every Friday at 12 p.m. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to

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Mamaroneck Avenue building collapses

A significant portion of the building crashed through a fence onto the Mamaroneck Avenue sidewalk. The building was vacant for a year but had, at one point, been home to several businesses. This building at the east end of Mamaroneck Avenue was slated for demolition, but it collapsed on April 16 shortly before noon. No one was injured. Photos/Chris Gramuglia

A building at the east end of Mamaroneck Avenue that was slated for demolition collapsed at about noon on Tuesday. “The building was already vacant,” said Village Fire Chief Robert Pecchia. “It held four of five different businesses at one point, but the building has been empty for over a year. There were no utilities in it, no one inside, it just came down a little

bit prematurely.” Pecchia said that the only thing that can be done is wait for cleanup crews to arrive to handle the wreckage. Just one night prior to the incident, the volunteer fire department held training on top of the building that involved cutting holes in the roof, but Pecchia said this was unrelated to the sudden collapse of the building. Originally, the building, which oc-

cupied 122 through 134 Mamaroneck Ave., was to be torn down by what Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro, a Republican, referred to as a “controlled collapse.” This involves cutting the beams that hold up the building and letting the entire structure fall toward the center as a result of the weakened integrity of the structure. The village’s original goal was to demolish a large portion of the build-

ing, but not the entire thing, Village Manager Richard Slingerland said. “They were supposed to leave significant sections of the structure so that the building could be rebuilt with a better facade...I don’t know if that’s possible now because of the extent of the damage.” Slingerland said. The village manager said the most important thing is that no one was hurt. Con Edison shut off the power

and gas in neighboring locations as well as in Village Hall shortly after the building collapsed in order to prevent any surges of electricity from reaching those locations, Santoro said. Police and Fire departments remained on the scene into the afternoon along with Village Engineer Anthony Carr and the Village Building Inspector Bill Gerety. - Reporting by CHRIS GRAMUGLIA

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Astorino, Sustainable Playland ink deal; Democratic legislators not sold yet By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER

“Memories don’t pay the bill,” according to Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, who announced April 4 that the county is ready to sign an asset management agreement with Rye nonprofit Sustainable Playland, Inc. to reinvigorate the historic amusement park, owned and operated by Westchester County. Jokingly calling the agreement with SPI “the Dragon Coaster preservation act,” after the park’s most iconic ride, Astorino said Playland’s revenue and attendance have dropped dramatically from one million people in 2005 to just 430,000 recorded last season. “The stark reality for Playland is that, without a real reinvention for the park, Playland would eventually die,” Astorino said at a press conference in White Plains. Without intervention, Astorino said Playland will become overwhelmed with financial losses and create a burden the county’s taxpayers can no longer sustain. It has been reported that the 280-acre park has run anywhere from a $2 million to $6 million deficit annually for years. The county executive said, of all the proposals received by the county, SPI, which was founded by residents of Rye, had the strongest management team, investors and board, had ties to Westchester and had the best vision for

preserving the institution and emphasizing the space’s natural beauty. However, in response to the finalized agreement, the county Board of Legislators’ Democratic caucus released a statement calling SPI’s proposal “financially risky” and questioned whether the asset management agreement conforms with county charter. The results of the board’s independent audit on current operations and financial management of the park as well as financial audits of the four top proposals received to run Playland are expected this week, according to board officials. The legislators have spent the past few months conducted Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announces the signing of a 10-year asset management agreement their own review of each of the with Sustainable Playland Inc., a non-profit started by Rye residents. The deal, he told the audience at a press top proposals conference April 4, would secure the park’s future. Photo/Andrew Dapolite Astorino said the county Board of Acquisitions and Contracts now has 30 days to submit Sustainable Sustainable Playland is scheduled to take over leaving over 50 rides and attractions. Playland’s park improvement plan with their the management of the park by Oct. 1 after the The park will now be open year-round changes. The plan will then be sent to the current season ends, he said. instead of seasonally and undergo major imDemocratic-led county Board of Legislators for But at a subsequent meeting of the county’s provements in the months to come. Admission approval. Board of Acquisition and Contracts, last week, will be free, and users will only pay to visit If all approvals and permits go through, the vote was held over by Board of Legislators the areas they want to use, whether it is the Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, rides and games, picnicking on the new great raising several questions related to the pend- lawn area, the beach zone which will have a ing agreement and the nonprofits financing of mini water park the new indoor or outdoor the project. playing fields, the restaurants, the ice casino Legislator Catherine Borgia, an Ossining or the Westchester Children’s Museum, which Democrat, said she doubts SPI will protect has a plan with the county to set up in a bath county taxpayers. house along the boardwalk. “Sustainable’s proposed plan has the riskiHowever, due to fears that SPI would be est financial and marketing plan of the four altering the amusement park irrevocably, an we have examined, and its potential for failure online petition and a Facebook opposition cannot be overlooked, especially since it has group Save Rye Playland have sprung into the least amount of secure financial backing,” action. The group said it is well understood in Borgia said. the amusement park industry that the rides are The deal with SPI is a 10-year agreement the real draw of a park. with a 10-year option for renewal on both Rye resident Deirdre Curran, a member of sides and will bring $34 million in capital the grassroots group, said that keeping the investments to go against the reported $32 park open all year is not going to compensate million in debt the county has accrued in run- for the money that will be lost by reducing the ning the park. rides by 30 percent, which the group said will Sustainable Playland will pay the county a cause Playland to lose the beloved amusement base fee of $4 million and will make annual park aspect. payments to the county of $1.2 million. The Save Rye Playland group’s petition A request for proposals was first put out to against SPI’s plan currently has about 2,100 bid by the county in 2010, soon after Astorino signatures, according to Curran, who said the took office, with the goal of reinventing the group would redouble their efforts at getting amusement park. On Oct. 11, 2012, the county the word out. executive signed a letter of intent to award the SPI spokesperson Geoff Thompson said the contract to Sustainable Playland, Inc. SPI plan merely reduces the footprint of the “If this is going to be bogged down in poli- amusement area by 30 percent, shrinking it back tics, if it is going to become an election year to the size it was originally designed for in 1928. issue to try to stop it, then the only people that “The amusement component is still the suffer will be the taxpayers,” Astorino said. largest cash generator in the park,” Thompson The county executive said, under SPI’s stew- said, adding it would be to the detriment of ardship, all of Playland’s historic amusement Sustainable Playland and the county’s taxpaypark rides will stay, as will the Kiddieland ers to remove rides. In fact, he said, the genrides and the arcade, but some of the existing esis of SPI’s plan was in those same nostalgic rides will be removed and new ones added, feelings that are driving the opposition.

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What’s Your Beef ? What’s bothering you today?

Collected on Mill Road in Eastchester “People texting and driving.”

Trevor Brathwaite, 55, New Rochelle

“I don’t like the way the country is being run. I’m worried about social security.” Basil Campi, 65, Eastchester

“I came up from Florida to visit, only to have to brave the cold!”

“There are some people who take advantage of the welfare system. This is frustrating when you actually have a family who needs that assistance.”

Kristen Sier, 22, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Marvin Godette, 45, Tuckahoe -Photos and reporting by LIZ BUTTON

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Panel highlights need for statewide campaign finance reform By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER

In the wake of recent bribery scandals involving state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, and Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, a Democrat, advocates across the state have been reinvigorated to push for a complete overhaul of state campaign finance. Members of Westchester for Change, a countywide group that advocates for progressive social and political change, held a community forum on April 11 to seek comprehensive solutions to the issue. The event, held at the Greenburgh Town Hall, featured a panel of speakers including state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, Democratic Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Jessica Wisneski, campaign director for Citzen Action New York and Ian Vandewalker from the Brennan Center at New York University, who discussed the impact of special interest groups and large financial contributions on election outcomes. “It is not everyone’s number one issue,” said Wisneski, whose group spearheads the fair election movement in the state. “Money plays a powerful role in can see it in [the United States] congress, and up in Albany too.” For Wisneski, the desire for campaign finance reform stems from the influence of corporate contributions to state politics, which have tra-

ditionally outspent small donors 6-to-1. “We need to make small donors matter,” Wisneski said, suggesting that the state lower the minimum contribution requirements and close any legal loopholes that make it difficult for unestablished candidates to run. Advocating for a comprehensive overhaul of the status quo, the panel outlined what lawmakers in Albany would need to do to implement campaign finance reform. Vandewalker, in a PowerPoint presentation, explained that in New York City, a newly-implemented electoral contribution system has shown an increase in participation, diversity and competition. “By providing a 6-to-1 match [through the use of public funds] on small donations, more and more people [living in New York City] have gotten involved with the system,” Vandewalker said. “It allows for civic participation in more ways than just writing a check.” Assemblywoman Galef said she is hopeful that, by the end of the legislative session, the state will have presented a number of reforms to the law surrounding campaign dollars. “It’s a really tough sell, unless the public gets behind it,” Galef said. “Campaign finance reform is not going to fix all of the problems.” Stewart-Cousins recalled how the current method of collecting contributions has a tendency to dissuade some politicians from

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, right, discusses campaign finance reform and what the public needs to do in order to change the status quo. Photo/Daniel Offner

reaching out for small donations since it is much quicker and easier to reach out to those willing to contribute big bucks. “It is important how we reform how money is raised,” said Stewart-Cousins. “The focus has to be clear…we need to get campaign finance that is real reform.” Following the discussion, volunteers with Westchester for Change handed out petitions that call upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to reform the system in such a

way that would prevent further corruption and lessen the impact of big campaign dollars from special interest groups on election outcomes. “The problem with Gov. Cuomo is he talks a good game,” said Elizabeth Saenger, coorganizer of Westchester for Change, “but he doesn’t act on something like this.” For more information on campaign finance reform or to sign the petition, visit

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Advantages of two-stage heating systems


urchasing a new heating and cooling system could be in your future. Selecting the right furnace for your home requires understanding the various products available. A two-stage heating system is preferred by many HVAC contractors and could be the right fit in your renovation.

Choosing a new furnace and heating components can be difficult. The business has its own terminology, and there are scores of different equipment manufacturers all claiming that their brand is the best. Buying a new heating system is also expensive, making the process more stressful. Not everyone has an unlimited budget or the ability to simply select the top-of-the-line model. Therefore, understanding which features make one furnace stand out from another can help consumers make the best possible decision. One factor that will come up as you browse for furnaces is whether to choose a single-stage furnace or a two- or dual-staged furnace. There are many advantages to the latter, which makes them a favorite of HVAC contractors. Two-stage furnaces are designed to change the way British Thermal Units (BTUs) of heat are delivered to

Did you know? Many times it is to a homeowner’s advantage to open the drapes and let sunlight shine in. Still, for shift workers, parents of young children who need to nap or just those who have south- or west-facing windows that make rooms overly warm, darkening the room is necessary at certain times of the day. The easiest and most effective way to do so is to purchase blackout curtains. Depending on the brand and quality of the curtains, some of them may block out sunlight entirely while providing additional benefits. While preventing sunlight from entering a room, blackout curtains, which are thicker than traditional curtains, may also be effective at insulating rooms against drafty windows and providing noise reduction.

the home. In a single-stage system, when the thermostat registers a drop in home temperature that requires the heat to turn on, the furnace will produce one level of heat output until the desired temperature is reached. This furnace is designed to heat your home on the coldest days for your climate. In a two-stage system, the furnace provides gradual heat production. In the first stage, which usually operates at around 70 percent of the system’s heating capacity, the system will try to warm the space. On mild winter days or chilly autumn days, the first stage may be all that’s needed. If the home requires additional heating, the furnace will kick into the second stage, increasing the heating power. Some two-stage furnaces not only offer two BTU offerings, but two blower speeds as well. One of the advantages to these furnaces are that the two-stage system eliminates drastic temperature

swings, which are common among single-stage furnaces. This can mean the home is more comfortable over a longer period of time. Another benefit is that because the system starts in the lower stage and may operate at that stage more so than in the second stage, the furnace is generally quieter than traditional furnaces. This greatly reduces the initial noise of turning on the furnace at full power. Two-stage furnaces will burn fuel more efficiently and may actually burn less fuel if they spend the majority of the time in the first stage of operation. If they have a variable speed blower, they may even save you money in electricity costs. Two-stage furnaces may cost more money initially because they tend to be more expensive than traditional furnaces. But over time two-stage systems might pay for themselves in efficiency, noise reduction and comfort in a home.

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Does time of year

affect roofing jobs?


here comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when they’re faced with the reality that a roof replacement is necessary. A roof can last between 15 and 30 years, and a person who owns an older home may find the lease has expired on the current roof. Is there a particular time of year that is better for having a roof installed? It depends on different factors, including the availability of a roofing contractor. According to the site, The Average Cost of Things, courtesy of the Home Buying Institute, across the country one can expect to spend $18,000 on average to replace a roof with asphalt shingles. Use of other materials, like tile or metal will cost more than this. In general, those living in big cities tend to pay more than those in rural areas. Because a roof replacement is expensive, it is something that some homeowners prefer to put off until it is absolutely necessary. Others are interested in finding the best rate around and hiring reliable roofers for the job. It’s important to note that there really is no season where roof replacements are off-limits. Most roofers can do the job effectively unless the temperature is below freezing or if there is significant rain in the forecast. In fact, planning a

roofing job for the middle of the winter actually may work to a homeowner’s advantage. This is typically a slow time of year for some roofers, and they may be anxious to get work this time of year and be willing to negotiate on price. There’s also a good chance that the roofer will not be bogged down with other jobs, enabling the company to start on a home right away. Some roofers prefer working in the colder weather to sizzling up on a roof under the hot sun at another time of year. Naturally the spring is a prime time of year for roofing projects. After the rainy season, the weather is generally comfortable and homeowners are thinking about the projects they will commence. A busy time of year for home improvement all around, homeowners may find that they have to compete with others for a good date to have a roof installed. They also may be paying top dollar for the work and materials that are in high demand. Another thing to consider during the busy season is that a project may be rushed along in order to move on to the next job or one being worked on concurrently. This may lead to corners being cut or less attention to detail. A person may be limited in their

choices of roof installation during the summer. Extreme temperatures can make working on the roof hazardous and uncomfortable for workers. For those who live in a climate where the temperatures generally cause the mercury to soar, choose a cooler time of year. Many homeowners opt to thave a roof replacement in the autumn. The crisp weather and the decline in homerenovation projects overall can make this a prime time to contract with a quality roofer. If the roof is very much damaged, replacing it before the harsh, winter weather sets in can be advantageous. Some homeowners find they can get a discount on a roof installation if they bundle different renovations together. A contractor may offer a special on siding and roofing together. For those who have the funds, this may be the opportunity to get two jobs done at once. A roofing project is no small undertaking, and homeowners are wise to get several referrals and investigate a variety of companies before settling on one. Review sites, such as Angie’s List, or simply word-of-mouth appraisals from friends and family members can help make choosing a roofer an easier decision.

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The dos and don’ts of basement finishing


emodeling a basement is a popular home improvement project. A finished basement makes the space more functional and, when done correctly, can add a considerable amount of living space to a home. Finishing a basement pays dividends in additional space in a home that doesn’t require the same level of investment as putting an addition on the house. Also, the groundwork for a finished room is already there, as most basements are already set up with a poured concrete floor and some walls, usually cinder blocks. Some electrical components, plumbing and the creature comforts of drywall and a more inviting floor might be all that’s necessary to finish a basement. The process can be labor-intensive, and many people prefer to leave it to a professional contractor. Whatever finishing method is chosen, homeowners should follow the proper procedures when doing the work. DO start with a detailed plan. Measure out the basement and mark any items that cannot be moved, such as a furnace, water heater or pipes. Create a design board that showcases the materials you plan to use on the project. Think about ways you plan to arrange furniture and consider all of the possible uses for the room. Will it be a home theater? Will someone be sleeping down there? Each scenario will require certain amenities and safety requirements. DON’T plan to finish the entire basement. Doing so will leave you without a storage or utility area where you house holiday decorations, tools, luggage and similar items. DO get the scoop on building codes. Knowing what the municipality allows in basement remodeling will help you to customize a plan that is functional, safe and legal. No one wants to be slapped with fines for failing to follow the rules. Plus, failure to meet building codes could mean the work that has been done must be torn out and redone. It pays to follow the chain of command and secure permits while having all work inspected. DON’T overlook adequate lighting in your refinishing plan. A basement is likely one area of the house that has limited natural light pouring in. With traditionally small windows, or no windows at all, a basement needs ample lighting in its design scheme. This may include a combination of overhead and task lighting. Ample lighting will help the room feel like part of the house and not just a forgotten storage area. DO take into consideration moisture issues in the basement. Many basements are plagued by moisture issues ranging from water seepage

to condensation forming on walls. These situations may vary depending on the weather throughout the year. Certain materials may need to be used to mitigate water issues before finishing can take place. The installation of water-barrier systems, drainage, sump pumps, or encapsulation products could drive up the cost of a basement renovation. It is essential to have a professional assess the basement water issues prior to starting any finishing work. DON’T simply cover up potential hazards, such as mold or mildew. Have them treated instead. Otherwise, you could have a breeding ground behind drywall that could lead to unsafe conditions in the home. DO have a radon test. Radon is a hidden killer that can cause lung cancer. Because it occurs naturally in the soil and water surrounding a home and is impossible to detect without a specialized test, many people are unaware of the presence of radon until it is too late. Radon may be more concentrated in the basement, where the foundation is touching the soil. Therefore, rule out radon before considering renovation of a basement area. DON’T limit furniture choices to one type. You may need to be flexible in your furniture choices, even selecting modular pieces, like sectionals, because entryways to basements may have small doorways or obstructions that make adding furniture more challenging. DO keep the possibility of flooding in the back of your head. Homes that are near waterways or at low elevation may be at risk of flooding. Basements are especially susceptible to flood damage. Therefore, think about the practicality of finishing a basement if you are prone to flooding. If you decide to move ahead, take certain precautionary measures, such as keeping electrical wiring up higher and using a more water-resistant flooring material, like tile or vinyl. House important electronics and items on shelves so they are not at ground-level. Finishing a basement is a job that can add a lot of usable space to a home. Go about the project in the right way to keep within budget and have a room that is safe and functional.

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14 • THE SOUND AND TOWN REPORT • April 19, 2013 USDA from page 1

The Village of Mamaroneck has decided to continue working with the USDA, but only by oiling eggs that are found on village-owned property. Canada geese, like this one at Columbus Park, usually begin nesting in early March with the eggs incubating at the end of April. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

their own. Egg oiling, according to Savageau, is a process that prevents oxygen exchange from occuring within eggs before they are incubated, which effectively stops their development and prevents them from hatching. Egg oiling is a two-person job, said Savageau, mainly because there is an inherent danger of being attacked while approaching a nest if geese are in the area. Because of this safety risk, she advised that one person stand guard against potentially violent parent geese, while a partner applies oil to the eggs. Another alternative that has garnered significant support is a method that involves conditioning the geese to leave the area through the use of a predator decoy and a whistle. The method is employed by Geesebusters, a company that specializes in waterfowl management strategies, which is operated by Robert Guardagna. Guardagna attempted to perform a demonstration of his method at Harbor Island Park on April 9, but was told by village officials that he was not authorized to do so and that village police would be notified if he entered the park. According to Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro, a Republican, chasing geese away is not currently the priority of the village because it will cause the USDA’s egg oiling approach to become counterproductive, making Guardagna’s demo a potential liability if the geese do leave the area as a result. “They won’t nest if we chase them away,” Santoro said. “We’re going to oil the eggs

and then later on—maybe September or gotten no response. October—we might find a way to chase them “The USDA is killing all over the country,” away.”The reason the village has chosen not to he said. “I sent video tapes to all of the USDA chase the existing geese away, is because the offices in the country. Not one person returned birds nest in the middle of March until the end my emails.” of May, and the current egg oiling strategy is The village also began using its Rake-Oonly aimed at preventing new geese from be- Vac, a machine designed to scour fields and rid ing born. The board has not yet decided how them of goose droppings. According to Mayor it will handle the geese Norman Rosenblum, a that already inhabit the Republican, the machine “When I come out here village. worked well, and the parks Slingerland said that a will be using it with my eagle, the geese department program to chase away frequently in the future. geese is just not needed know the party’s over. “It’s scheduled to be at the moment, because used once a week in if geese do fly away they That’s for sure.” Columbus, Harbor Island will not be able to nest, -Robert Guardagna on his and Florence parks,” which is essential if the “Geesbusters” method of Rosenblum said. “The USDA egg oiling to is be main problem still exists conditioning geese to leave an area of a hundred and fifty to a success. “We’ve already seen two-hundred geese each the demonstration, and at making a pound of waste a this point we don’t want to chase the geese day, but the machine picked up ninety percent away,” he said. the last time we used it.” Guardagna told The Sound and Town Report The village is currently in the process that his method is the most efficient. of drafting a revised contract for its plans “Once you introduce [the predator decoy] with the USDA and is going to slowly inteto an area, the birds move out completely. Egg grate volunteers into the effort of managing oiling is unnecessary, we should leave nature its geese through oiling. Property owners alone, and keep our hands off of it.” who have nests, but are not willing to oil Guardagna also criticized the USDA, eggs themselves, may request the voland said that he has repeatedly tried to unteer assistance by sending an email to convince them to use his method and has

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though the district was already meeting its mandate of providing quality educational programs, with 99 percent of its students moving on to college. The Rye Neck School District received $5,000 in additional state funding for testing in the last two years, but spent $500,000 preparing for those same tests. Rye Neck schools have also been forced to cut $4 million out of their $38 million budget in the last three years. Superintendent Shaps touched on a variety of other goals that are specific to the Mamaroneck Union Free School District, such as how schools will further integrate technology to improve education. “What’s really interesting about this, is not so much the technology, but it’s how our teachers are redefining their classes,” Shaps said. According to Shaps, all eighth grade students in Mamaroneck schools have started using iPads to assist them in their Regents Earth Science courses. Shaps said another goal is to encourage the community to take an active role in students’ education, so that learning doesn’t stop at the end of a school day. “We’re focusing on this idea of a flip-classroom, where students are learning both outside the school and

TODAY Word carved on a stone on John Ruskin’s desk Guest poet—Carolyn Pomeranz

Spring in Mamaroneck

Superindent Peter Mustich of Rye Neck Schools, left, and Superintendent Robert Shaps of Mamaroneck Schools tell taxpayers about the various ways they plan to continue improving education in both districts under the New York State tax levy cap. Strategies included making better use of technology, giving instructors feedback and encouraging the community to take an active role in students’ education. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

inside the school,” Shaps said. Mamaroneck schools have also implemented steps to provide feedback for teachers so that they might better adjust to the new standards of the Annual Professional Performance Review. Instructors will be observed a total of eight times per year in the classroom and will be given feedback to help them improve their skills and relationships with students. Luis Quiros, Vice Chair of the Hudson Valley Civil Liberties Union, brought a number of issues

before both superintendents and asked for more discussion of how districts can fairly distribute their resources among municipalities. “The resources are not distributed democratically, and at some point I think it would be valuable to the community and fair...that we have a debate,” he said. Quiros told The Sound and Town Report that in a time where budgets are put under added pressure, budgetary resources should not be distributed to “sell houses,” but rather to provide more opportunities for students.

BUDGET from page 1

health insurance, dental insurance, workers compensation, Social Security, the MTA commuter tax, life insurance and unemployment insurance, will be $2.5 million and account for approximately 15 percent of general fund expenditures. Employee salaries will once again account for the lion’s share of expenditures at approximately $7 million or 41.49 percent of the budget. “I don’t think the budget process was different than it has been in the last couple of years,” said Paul Silverman, who chairs Larchmont’s budget committee. “The sea of the economy in which we are swimming is squeezing us tighter.” Trustee John Komar, a Democrat, also reiterated that the vast majority-85 percent-of the village budget is mandated or contractually driven, leaving little to pay for anything else but a lot to cover. With the remaining 15 percent, the village has to fund parks and recreation programs and street paving, but the list doesn’t end there, Komar said. Democratic Trustee Marlene Kolbert said the primary services the village provides all

have to do with the quality of life residents have come to expect. Given that, the budget includes $3.4 million in appropriations for the police department, $1.7 million for the fire department and $632,206 for street maintenance. Larchmont’s budget reflects “flat funding” of $40,000 for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Center’s operating expenses. The village has held the line on funding since fiscal year 2008-2009. A representative from the Sheldrake Environmental Center also requested support from the village during budget talks earlier this year. Addressing the Larchmont Board of Trustees at its Feb. 11 work session, Holly Moskow asked the group to consider a $4,000 contribution to the center during its upcoming budget deliberations. The village has contributed as much as $8,000 in the past, she added. “We recognize that the village incurs great expenses, but we hope that you will consider Sheldrake,” Moskow said. The village, which has not contributed to the center since the 2010-2011 fiscal year, did not include any funding in its budget for 2013-2014, either.

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ceding the date of election of members, to wit, April 22, 2013, and shall be subscribed by not less than 45 qualified voters of the district. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that copies of the text of any resolution which will be presented to the voters at this Annual Election and a statement of estimated expenses for the ensuing year will be completed and copies made available at each schoolhouse in the district in which a school is maintained, from 9 o’clock a.m. to 3 o’clock p.m. on each day other than a Saturday, Sunday or holiday during the fourteen days immediately preceding said Annual Election, to wit, May 7, 2013 to May 21, 2013, inclusive, and also on said Annual Election Day. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any and all further propositions to be placed upon the voting machines shall be by petition filed in the Office of the District Clerk not later than thirty days preceding the day of election, to wit, April 22, 2013, and shall be subscribed by not less than 113 qualified district voters. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that applications for absentee ballots may be applied

for at the Office of the Clerk of the District. Such application must be received by the District Clerk at least seven days before the election, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available in the said office of the clerk on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except Sundays and also available for inspection on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a Real Property Tax Exemption Report prepared in accordance with Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law will be annexed to any tentative/preliminary budget as well as the final adopted budget of which it will form a part; and shall be posted on District bulletin board(s) maintained for public notices, as well as on the District’s website By order of the BOARD OF EDUCATION Joanne Rice District Clerk

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SPORTS Bronxville lacrosse picks up first loss Not all momentous games are good. The Broncos, who came into their April 13 showdown with a powerhouse Yorktown as the most explosive team in the section, saw their flight halted– at least temporarily-by a top team from Class A. The Huskers beat up on the Broncos, winning 15-3. But for Bronxville, the loss might be a blessing in disguise. It will be a taste of what the Broncos can expect in the post season and highlights some areas in which they need to improve, namely winning faceoffs. Bronxville was out-muscled in that department by a 16-3 margin.

Important games Tigers win Broncos baseball tournament Whenever Bronxville and Tuckahoe meet, in just about any sport, there’s bound to be a healthy dose of intensity between the two schools. Although the Tigers and the Broncos didn’t meet this weekend, Tuckahoe still managed to one-up their rivals to claim the Bronco Tourney crown. Tuckahoe won back-to-back games over Hastings and Edgemont on April 13, thanks to good pitching performances by Brian O’Toole and Nick Reisman. Mamaroneck beats Fox Lane in a bounce-back game On April 7, the Tigers lost to AA power Kennedy in a fairly one-sided game. The Tigers, however, responded in a big way a few days later, beating the Foxes on April 11 in a 5-4 thriller. Fox Lane is considered by many to be one of the best-hitting teams in the Section, but the Foxes’ bats were held at bay by a terrifc performance by Will Hofmann, who threw 124 pitches on the afternoon. Harrison softball beats Port Chester On April 11, the Huskies lost a heartbreaker to a good Fox Lane team, piecing together a comeback that ultimately fell just short as the Foxes walked off with a win in the bottom of the seventh inning. But despite the Huskies’ youth, it wouldn’t be a loss that would send Harrison into a tailspin. On April 15, the Huskies bounced right back with an impressive 10-1 win over Port Chester.

A Mamaroneck runner dives back to the bag against Kennedy on April 7. Marino and the Tigers have been on a tear since the team’s April 7 loss. Photo/Bobby Begun

Sound and Town Roundup Softball 4/15 Rye Neck d. Pleasantville 8-0 Rye Neck starter Diana King turned in an impressive performance on Monday, twirling a seven-inning, one-hit gem against Pleasantville. King recording 15 of the team’s 21 outs on strikeouts, completely holding the Tigers’ bats at bay. Offensively, much of the heavy lifting was done by Sydney Chiera, who drove in four runs on the afternoon, and belted a double. 4/15 Mamaroneck d. Ardsley 9-6 After a slow offensive start to the game, the Tigers’ bats came to life in the fifth inning, scoring nine unanswered runs to put Ardsley to bed on Monday. Ardsley’s defense didn’t help their cause, making a whopping nine errors during the game. Mamaroneck’s Kimi Chiapparelli dealt the death blow, driving in the go-ahead run with a double. Mamaroneck reliever Jen Gottfried was solid in three innings of work, allowing just one hit and picking up the win for the Tigers. Mamaroneck will host New Rochelle’s Ursuline Academy on April 18 (after press time.)

Baseball 4/15 Rye Neck d. Westlake 6-2 Riding an impressive performance by hurler Ryan Aquino, the Panthers rolled to a convincing victory over Westlake on Monday. Aquino surrendered just two hits in a complete game performance, striking out six Wildcats in the process. Offensively, Rye Neck was led by Matt Garcia, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs on the afternoon. On April 20, the Panthers will be competing in the Port Chester Tournament.

Ryan Aquino pitches against Westlake on April 15. Aquino would twirl a complete game twohitter for the win. Photo/Bobby Begun

Boys Lacrosse 4/13 Mamaroneck d. Minisink Valley 13-4 Taking on a tough out-of-section opponent, the Tigers rolled past Minisink, drubbing the Warriors 13-4 in a laugher. Justin Csenge had four goals, and Scott Greenberg had three to keep the pace for the Tigers offensively, but their play was bouyued by Pete Conley, who scored twice and had two assists. The Tigers defense was stout, allowing just 10 shots on goal.

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Richie Barella takes a swing against Kennedy on April 7. Barella and the Tigers have won two straight since dropping a Sunday afternoon game to the Gaels. Photos/Bobby Begun


Coming off a strong showing in Florida, the Mamaroneck Tigers came back to compete against Section I teams, and didn’t start off on the best note. On April 7, the Tigers fell to a powerful Kennedy squad 10-3. Looking to right the ship against one of the best teams in Section I, the Tigers tangled with Fox Lane on April 11 and picked up a 5-4 win thanks to some timely hitting and a gutsy performance on the hill. Will Hofmann threw 124 pitches to nail down a win for the Tigers, facing a Fox Lane team that had scored 38 combined runs in their previous two games. Shortstop Mat Marino hit a big two-run homer to break a 1-1 tie in the third inning to give the Tigers a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. “Will wouldn’t let us lose,” said Tiger coach Mike Chiapparelli. “We didn’t play great in the field behind him, but he stayed focused and pitched a great game.” Hoffmann allowed just one earned run against the vaunted Fox Lane sluggers, mixing up his fastball and curveball early in the game before unleashing his devastating changeup in the middle innings.

“He tied them up all day,” said Chiaparelli. “He wound up hitting 86 on the radar, and he was mixing that in with a mid 70’s change and that’s going to make it very tough for hitters.” The Tigers rode that momentum into a 7-2 April 13 win over Eastchester in a game that saw Kumar Nambiar pick up his first varsity win. According to Chiapparelli, although the Tigers’ defense is still suspect at times, the win over Fox Lane was an important one to get back on track after the Kennedy loss. “We knew it was a big game, and we got some confidence from it,” said the head coach. “Now, we’re starting to play better baseball and the bats are coming alive.” Due to his high pitch count on Thursday, Hofmann would miss his next scheduled start, which turned out to be an 18-1 rout of Scarsdale, but the Tigers’ ace should be back on the mound with no ill-effects on Wednesday, when Mamaroneck takes on White Plains (after press time). “He’s feeling good,” said Chiapparelli of the senior hurler. “He threw 120 in the season opener, only 82 the next time out, but we’re going to give him a day off, just a little more rest to be sure.”

Mat Marino swings the bat against Kennedy on April 7. On April 11, Marino’s two-run homer in the third inning gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead over Fox Lane.

Brandon Fitzgerald pitches on April 7. With two wins under their belt, the Tigers look ahead to a stretch of league games.

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