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Bedford Supervisor Looks Back on 2011, to 2012

BEDFORD, N.Y. — For Bedford’s local lawmakers, the successes and shortcomings of 2011 may very well be used as lessons for planning the town’s future.  According to Supervisor Lee V.A. Roberts, 2011 brought distinctive ups and downs with a “water and energy” theme – in reference to the Water Filtration Plant and the Bedford 2020 program, which she said are moving with steam.

“Our filtration plant is uppermost in our minds. It’s the biggest capitol project the town has ever done. It’s on time and on budget, and we anticipate opening it in the summer of 2012,” she said.

Bedford 2020, a group trying to get Bedford’s emissions down by 20 percent by 2020, is grabbing plenty of attention, due mostly to the amount of retrofits that are being done in the area. Roberts’ house is one of first to do so.

“It’s just amazing what our volunteers have just ignited not only here, but Westchester and New York State,” she said. “I’ve been retrofitted in my home. It’s very cozy, and we’re very proud of it.”

The October snowstorm that took the county hostage will reportedly cost the town nearly $500,000 , and the state will not be giving any money toward it. That storm, along with the lack of extensive negotiations with the Blue Collar Unit, led to two public employees being let go for the first time in the town’s history.

“We made changes that have been very, very painful, and this year was the culmination of that pain with laying off two people,” Roberts said.

The move, and emotions behind it, will be highlighted again in 2012, as the Blue Collar Unit filed for an impasse and will negotiate with the board in a few months.  Until then, Roberts said she can pay attention to long-term plans, like moving the highway department offices to a bigger location, and trying for a complete reassessment of the town.

Roberts said she will also focus on the more realistic possibility of creating a sidewalk on Valley Road in Katonah to connect Cherry Street to Bedford Road.

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