BEDFORD, N.Y. – After 12 years as supervisor in Bedford, Lee Roberts stepped away from politics in December. She is not stepping away from the community she loves though.
Roberts will be honored Saturday, Jan. 25 by Bedford 2020 with a fundraising event at The Harvey School Athletic Center in Katonah. Her public service career began in 1993 as a councilwoman and continued for the next 20 years in elected office. Roberts decided not to run for a sixth term as town supervisor last year. For Roberts, 20 years was enough.
“It’s been active,’’ Roberts said of her time since her last day on Dec. 31. “I’m enjoying it. It’s a real change.”
Roberts said she plans to remain active in community organizations with her newfound spare time. The community center, historical society, Katonah Presbyterian Church and Bedford 2020 are some of the community groups where Bedford residents will see their former supervisor.
“I’m planning on keeping very active,’’ she said. “Community service is an important part of my life. Before I was councilwoman, I was involved in a lot of organizations. I think it’s very important. I thought after 20 years, it was time to give someone else a chance and bring a different perspective. It’s not a bad thing to have change every once in a while.”
Roberts will retain a board seat on Bedford 2020, an organization that she founded. The group aims to lead, organize and promote a community wide effort to reduce greenhouse emissions 20 percent by 2020, and create a sustainable community that conserves its natural resources.
“I believe it’s an organization that represents the entire town,’’ she said, “such as the churches, businesses, schools and civic organizations. It’s an amazing group of people.”
Roberts won’t devote all of her spare time to civic groups. She also plans to enjoy traveling with her husband, Ken. “He’s been very supportive and understanding of me being out every night,’’ she said. She will also spend time with her children, Seth, Tucker and Kate, their spouses and two infant grandchildren.
Her family, including three sisters, her brother and mother and will all be at the celebration on Saturday.
“It’s amazing,’’ she said about Saturday’s event. “It’s a coming together of our community. It’s a celebration of everything that’s wonderful about Bedford.”