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Brennan Making Third-Party Bid For Bedford Supervisor

Patrick Brennan speaks at the Bedford Town Board's meeting on Tuesday.
Patrick Brennan speaks at the Bedford Town Board's meeting on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The race for Bedford supervisor now has two candidates.

Patrick Brennan, a Katonah resident and architect, announced at Tuesday's Town Board meeting that he is running for the office.

A press release subsequently sent out notes that he will run as an independent and on a local ballot line called Go Bedford.

"We, as citizens, need to be active and involved in local government in order to shape our future, maintaining the character and environment that we all value as the best of Bedford," the announcement states. "We can preserve and enhance our quality of life with creative and resourceful planning."

Brennan's platform includes solving problems "with a creative approach to long-standing issues," supporting small and mid-size businesses and preserving the town's historical character.

A supporting group, called Friends of Patrick Brennan, is collecting signatures for an Aug. 15 deadline. Brennan's campaign website is available here.

If Brennan gets enough valid signatures, he will face off against incumbent Democrat Chris Burdick.

Burdick is running on a Democratic slate that includes incumbent Deputy Supervisor David Gabrielson and challenger MaryAnn Carr.

Bedford Republicans, meanwhile, have former Supervisor Lee Roberts running for a council seat , while Councilman Don Scott is also seeking re-election. The local Republican party has chosen not to contest the supervisor's race this year, according to a recent article in The Record-Review.

Brennan's wife, Cynthia, is an owner in Table Local Market, a restaurant in Bedford Hills. The two have been involved in the hamlet's affairs, most recently as members of the newly formed civic group Bedford Hills Live.

At the meeting, Cynthia Brennan criticized the town for how the communication was handled regarding her request for proposals (RFP) bid to rent out space at the Bedford Hills train station, which was submitted last year.

The town, according to officials, currently subleases the station from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which in turn has lease of more than 200 years on the building from landlord Midtown Trackage Ventures.

The current sublease, which dates to 1990, expires on Sept. 30, it was noted. The town and the MTA have been in talks for a new lease but the authority, citing a change to the state's Public Authorities Law, will no longer allow an outside tenant to rent at below-market rates.

The current options on the table, according to officials, include either having rent at fair-market value, having a "municipal use" for the space for a lower rate or turning the space back over to the MTA. Town officials have ruled out the third options, as giving up the sublease would also been relinquishing several adjacent parking spaces that are connected to the station.

Cynthia Brennan argued that capital work, which would be put into the building, in combination with dollar amounts for rent, would constitute an acceptable amount under the law.

“It’s above market rate,” she said.

Reading a copy of the la, Patrick Brennan suggested that it allows for more flexibility than town officials believe.

Daily Voice will have a standalone story about the train station.

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