REMINDER: Vacancies on Zoning Board of Appeals and Veterans Advisory Committee

Zoning Board of Appeals
There is a vacancy on the Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for which the T own Board is seeking applicants. T he Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a five-member quasi-judicial board that allows applicants to appeal denials or other negative decisions of the Town’s Planning Board, Building Inspector or Town Board (though appeal for some negative decisions are not to the ZBA but rather to court).
T he ZBA also grants certain Special Use Permits (others are issued by the Planning Board) such as for private clubs, private schools and churches and may issue variances granting relief from various Town codes.

If you may be interested in serving on the ZBA, please submit your resume together with a cover e- mail or letter to

Bedford Veterans Advisory Group
To learn more, email
New Posts

Coming Up at the August 13
Town Board Meeting

Next Steps on Sewer Project

The Town’s design engineers, Woodard & Curran, is recommending that the Board authorize soliciting bids for the construction of the sewer project for the Bedford Hills-Katonah Business Sewer District.   

We intend to stay on course with the timelines for the project which I mentioned in my July monthly report. For those who did not see it, here they are again:
Please mark your calendar for a Public Information Session which will be held September 19, 2019 at 7:30PM at the Bedford Hills Train Station with further updates on bidding and construction schedule, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about the project. Once construction is underway, we will be posting regular updates on progress and where work will be taking place.  
ClearGov – Transparency in Government
The Board will consider a recommendation from Comptroller Abraham Zambrano to subscribe to ClearGov’s software to digitize and organize data and information from the Town Government and present it a comprehensible format to the public. 

His recommendation is set out in in his memorandum to the Board as follows:
“As part of the Town Board’s mission to provide comprehensive, equitable and effective government transparency to residents, tax payers and the public at large, we have explored web based solutions that can provide real-time online transparency and have concluded that ClearGov would provide the desired platform to achieve the Board’s objective. Following the presentation of the web based government transparency platform at the July 16, 2019 Town Board meeting, the Town Board concluded that a proposal be requested from ClearGov to implement their turnkey solution that promotes government financial transparency. Based on the above, we recommend that the Town Board approve ClearGov’s proposal and service agreement, subject to final review by the Town Attorney and that the related expenses totaling $7,300 for the first year be charged to the Town Board’s Special Project Account #0011010-60424.”
Master Wireless Plan

The Town Board is acting upon the recommendations of the Wireless Facilities Working Group (WFWG) to enter into an agreement with CityScape Consultants, Inc. for the “Study and Report of Emergency Service and Wireless Telecommunications Infrastructure Master Plan for the Town of Bedford”.  

By way of background, following the adoption on December 18, 2018 of the new Wireless Telecommunications Facility Law (which was adopted for the purpose, among others, to establish uniform standards for the siting, design, permitting, maintenance, and use of wireless telecommunication facilities in the Town), the Town Board this past January appointed the WFWG. 

The mission of the WFWG is to assist the Town Board in addressing cell service deficiencies which may exist in certain areas in the Town which could potentially affect public safety including the ability of the Town’s Police Department, Fire Departments, Volunteer Ambulance Corps and other emergency responders to communicate in the most effective manner with one another and with those who need emergency aid and for those who need emergency aid to communicate with emergency services.  

The WFWG also was asked to develop a consolidated, comprehensive and cost effective approach to the wireless telecommunications needs of the Town and its residents through the creation of a wireless master plan.  
The Town’s counsel has reviewed and recommended adoption of the agreement.  CityScape proposal, agreement and related documents
Renewable Sourced Electricity –
Petitioning the Public Service Commission

The Town long has promoted low cost electricity from renewable energy sources. Our objective is shared throughout Westchester County which led to the establishment of Community Choice Aggregation, known as Westchester Power. While CCA is a good model, it needs work. 
I am asking the Town Board to consider the adoption of a resolution calling upon PSC to combine billing for Community Solar with the regular electric bill. By way of background the PSC on June 18, 2019 issued its “Notice Seeking Comments Regarding Consolidated Billing for Community Distributed Generation” (Case No. 19-M-0463). As a member of Sustainable Westchester, the Town of Bedford is one of the leaders in New York State to promote renewal energy which would include Community Solar as a community distributed generation (CDG) project and has a direct interest in the outcome of any PSC action with regard to community distributed generation. We also anticipate that Sustainable Westchester, under the CCA program will seek the option to offer Community Solar on an opt-out basis.  Community Solar will further the goals of New York State, Westchester County and the Town of Bedford in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also saving electricity customers money on their utility bills.  Under present PSC rules, an electric utility customer participating in Community Solar is confronted with a complicated system of separate bills and payment requirements which discourages Community Solar.  Consolidating billing into a single billing statement among all electricity providers and distributors would reduce uncertainty, lower cost and open a vast market for local renewable energy, all of which directly supports New York State, Westchester County and Town of Bedford renewable energy goals. For these reasons, the proposed resolution strongly urges the PSC to take action to consolidate billing among all electricity providers and distributors. 
There are other actions which the PSC can take. I am working with other Westchester County elected officials to petition the Public Service Commission for changes in regulations.  

The following is a letter to the PSC which North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas and I are asking other elected officials to sign:
We write to ask for your support in rectifying Public Service Commission regulations and, to the extent needed, statutory authority with respect to Community Choice Aggregation and Community Solar. As Mayors and Supervisors in Westchester County, we strongly support the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision and his recently announced accelerated Clean Energy Targets.  We intend to do our part in helping achieve such goals. We are concerned, however, that the certain PSC regulations as well as opaque utility company pricing are harming the CCA program, hampering participation and unnecessarily resulting in “opt outs”.  We hope that you will give serious consideration to the following proposals:

1. Transparent Utility Company Pricing  CCAs have immense potential to help meet NYS REV goals, however, the lack of transparency in utility energy pricing and hedging strategies impedes the success of CCAs. New Jersey municipalities have the ability to offer CCA programs that guarantee savings against the utility rate.  Under NJ utility regulation, monthly changes in utility pricing are transparent and published ahead of time, thereby enabling ESCOs to adjust their pricing depending on the utility’s benchmarks. In New York, ESCOs have no way to guarantee savings because they lack this information.  Just as we insist on transparency in government, we need transparency in utility pricing.

2. Modify and Eliminate Switch Letters     Our residents are understandably confused and upset to receive switch letters, which assert that they have affirmatively chosen a new ESCO as their supplier. New participants in the CCA should receive a modified switch letter that is CCA-specific.  Additionally, when our respective municipalities renew our CCA participation with Sustainable Westchester and an ESCO supplying electricity, residents should not receive a switch letter. While the ESCO may differ between contracts, residents’ participation in the program has not changed.  The confusion resulting from the unnecessary switch letter to CCA participants leads to lack of credibility for the CCA program and prompts opt outs. The switch letter doesn’t make sense between CCA contracts and should be eliminated.  

3.   Enrollment for CCA Needs to Be Simplified     The DPS requires the same opt-in enrollment process for CCA as other ESCOs. This is inappropriate.  The opt-in enrollment for CCA should be simplified and easy.   A simple and efficient opt-in process will grow the CCA program and thereby support New York’s sustainability and renewable energy goals.

4.   Removing ZEC charges from Community Solar  CCA can be an extremely effective vehicle for facilitating new solar installations at much accelerated rates, in particular, through community solar projects. As currently implemented, the financials for these projects require the RECs to be sold to third parties.  Despite the huge impact of bringing new renewables online, ZEC charges are still assessed. We ask that NYS consider removing the ZEC charges for each watt we create in recognition of the importance of achieving NYS REV goals and the development of local renewables.  This would allow us to move full force into solar projects and it might be an effective model for the entire State. 

5.   Identify CCA as Supplier Name   When residents see a change in ESCO supplier name on their bill, even if it is pursuant to a CCA renewal, they often think they have been dropped out of the program or targeted by slamming, leading to opt outs. There is no need for this.  We propose that the CCA be identified on the bill as the supplier to avoid this confusion.

We look forward to working with you and your Department in moving us ahead toward our common goals. 
Other New Posts


I’d pleased to invite you to learn more about our neighbors in our local prisons, and the “Adopt-A-Prison” program being started by The Town of Bedford, Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities, and Interfaith Prison Partnership.
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Bedford Hills Train Station House
at Depot Plaza

 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Please join me for this free event open to all. 
Traffic Calming Measures
Speed Humps

One of the most significant issues for our community is traffic with speeding and other dangerous driving being of greatest concern.  The Town Board and the staff have been working to identify and address these issues.  Part of the means of addressing it is through the work of the Traffic Safety Work Group which comprised of staff and residents considers problems brought to our attention and possible solutions.
One traffic calming measure is the use of speed humps. I am very much open to considering speed humps. They work. They slow down traffic and make our street safer. Of course they are not suitable on every road where requested. When the Town Board decided to install speed humps on Cherry Street, I recall one resident expressing concern that we were creating a precedent that would lead to requests all over town. I replied that the Town should consider such requests on a case by case and where appropriate move ahead and install them.

As to a campaign for them, it should start with the community letting us know especially those on the street where they would be installed. Talk to the homeowners on Church and on Babbitt. See what they think. How would they feel if they have a speed hump in front of their house (bearing in mind that they are noisy when drivers speed over them)?

We need to involve our Town staff to consider what might be appropriate locations.

I'm happy to discuss - just send me an e-mail at or give a call at 666-6530.
Evaluating Solar Panels for Town Facilities

The cost of solar cells, panels and installation has declined over the last several years and coupled with New York State incentives to municipalities, we are working to identify cost effective and appropriate sites. As way of background, the plans for the Police Station had long included carports to extend the life of police vehicles and reduce police officer time in making them ready for operation in inclement weather. We initially reasonably believed the carports would be financed through third party solar developers.

Due to a change in tax and state incentive programs through the Public Service Commission, the financial viability for such third-party, tax advantaged projects in NYSEG service area disappeared. As a result, the Town proceeded with the carports at a total cost of $302,436. If the Town had elected to proceed with carports without solar panels, the cost would have been approximately $250,000 or about $52,000 less.

It should be noted, however, that the Town will receive a credit estimated at $18,067.50 from NYSERDA reducing the difference to about $34,400. It is estimated that the solar panels will generate over 60% of the electricity needs of the station. The status of the carport project is as follows:

  • The carport structure requires a 10 to 12 week manufacturing window, which from the time of the order puts delivery between October 1 and October 15.

  • Once the contractor has a firm shipping schedule, they will coordinate with Chief Padilla on a staging area for the installation work.

  • The contractor will commence the installation work immediately after the steel arrives. We anticipate 3 weeks to erect the carports and another 1 week for the solar array installation and 1 week for lighting, electrical interconnection, punch list and final commissioning.

  • If the steel arrives by October 15, we expect to done and ready to "flip the switch" before Thanksgiving.

In addition, the roof to the salt shed (which is a large structure) at the Adams Street Highway Yard was specifically designed (weight load, pitch and orientation) to accommodate solar panels.  We also will be considering the maintenance building at the Highway Yard. The contractor for the solar carport at the Police Station believes that the salt shed is a good site and the maintenance building may be as well.   

The firm is reviewing plans for the maintenance building and, I anticipate, will be providing feedback. As with the carport, we would bid out the project.
The Supervisor's Show

WEEK OF 8.9-8.17

Recreation & Parks


Katonah Museum of Art invites you to the
Summer is served at the KMA Block Party
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Saturday August 10

Fan Favorites

Mark your calendars for a series of cool evenings complete with drinks, gourmet food trucks and great music celebrating what makes the KMA the place to be. Enjoy a curated selection of bands and performers across many genres.

AUG 22:  Foxanne Indie Singer Songwriter
SEP 14:  Mark Morganelli & The Jazz All-Stars American Popular Songbook

$20 members, $25 non-members. Tickets include complimentary soft drinks, craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Children under 18 are free. Bands subject to change. Rain or shine.
Light refreshments served. Click here to purchase tickets.

 Tree Maintenance and Planting Program

Why we’re taking action:
To recognize and appreciate that trees produce oxygen, capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, provide air purification, prevent soil erosion, control flooding, assist in water purification, contribute to the quality of life by providing cooling shade, provide habitat for wildlife, reduce noise levels, and aesthetically enhance the landscape. 
-Inspiring words from the Town of Greenwich

       We are moving ahead with the Town’s ambitious tree maintenance and planting program based on a plan which was funded by a grant from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The Town, following Conservation Board study and recommendation, selected the Davey Resource Group (DRG) to carry out the one year study of trees and potential tree planting sites on certain Town properties, including the hamlet parks, other Town green spaces and Town rights of way along Town roads. DRG issued a comprehensive Tree Maintenance and Planting Plan, which the Town has adopted resulting in the largest tree maintenance and planting program in the Town’s history. I know of no municipality in New York with as ambitious a program on a per capita basis.  Under the Town’s Capital Plan we are funding $65,000 per year for each of 2019, 2020 and 2021 for maintenance and planting.  
      The Town’s Recreation & Parks Department for the most part will carry out DRG’s maintenance plan for Town parks and green spaces, though some outside contractors will be used. The Town’s Public Works Department, also for the most part, will be implementing the maintenance plan for the Town’s rights of way along Town roads, and will be utilizing Town contractors more extensively for take-downs and pruning.  
    I met on Thursday with the group to discuss the planting plan. The tentative plan is to plant as many as 30 trees this Fall. The Parks Department aims to plant 10 and 20 would be planted by a contractor selected by the Town.   The group will be carefully selecting species and size of each tree, hand picking each one, and also carefully choosing the corresponding planting location from the 561 potential locations which the DRG Tree Maintenance and Planting Plan identified, and other appropriate sites. 
 My thanks to the committee comprised of Heather Langham of the Tree Advisory Board, Linda Merrill of the Bedford Garden Club member, Virginia Maybank of the Bedford Garden Club, Simon Skolnik, chairman of the Conservation Board, Susan Roos of the Conservation Board, Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn, Deputy Superintendent of Recreation & Parks Kim O’Brien, Comptroller Abraham Zambrano, Parks Foreman Tom Megna and Park Arborist John Goodman.  
Planning Board Review of Cell Tower Applications

The Planning Board, under federally imposed time limits for review of cell tower applications, is moving ahead expeditiously in its review of the cell tower applications of Verizon Wireless for a proposed cell tower on Hickory Lane and Homeland Towers for a proposed cell tower either at the Petre Glass property at 29 Haines Road or at the Town’s property at 425 Cherry Street. Recently holding separate meetings on each, the Planning Board has engaged expert, independent consultants to provide a dispassionate and objective evaluation of the applications including visual impact reports and other materials which the applicants have submitted. 

 CityScape is the consultancy firm reviewing Homeland Towers’ application and Center for Municipal Solutions is the firm reviewing Verizon Wireless’s application. 
We will continue to keep the community informed. 
NYSEG Rate Increase Filing with
Public Service Commission –
Public Comments Requested

As you may have read, NYSEG requested that the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) approved proposed increases in its electric and gas rates to take effect in April 2020. The PSC has scheduled public statement hearings “to gather public input” on the proposal which will consider the comments in its decision on the case. I attach the July 30, 2019 letter and fact sheet which the Department of Public Service (DPS) sent me. 

The materials state:
  1.  DPS staff is in the process of evaluation whether – or to what extent – a rate increase is justified. “DPS Staff represents the public interest in these proceedings and evaluates such requests with the goal of ensuring safe and reliable service at just and reasonable rates.”
  2.  “NYSEG projects that the average residential monthly electric bill will increase by $10.20 (or 13.5% on the total bill). The average monthly residential gas bill will increase by $1.03 (or 0.9% on the total bill.” 
  3. How you can find out more about the NYSEG proposal and how you can provide your comments.  Comments are requested by August 26.
NYSEG has asserted that the rate increase would allow it to carry out improvements to its system to improve reliability and increase resiliency, which would include “important initiatives and investments” in vegetation management; Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI); system hardening; automation and topology; and promotion of clean energy technologies, including electric vehicle projects.   

You may recall that earlier I had reported on the June 27 Municipal Officials’ Meeting which NYSEG held.  I attach the presentation which among other things discusses NYSEG’s capital plan , including infrastructure work in Bedford Importantly it also discusses NYSEG’s rate case (see especially pages 28 through 37). 
Internet Service Issues?

From time to time we hear from residents who are experiencing service issues with their internet service provider, whether Verizon FIOS or Optimum. We’ll try to help after you've exhausted your options with customer service support.

Customer Service for Verizon /Fios: 1 800 922 0204

Customer Serivce for Optimum/ Altice: 718 860 3513

Please feel free to contact Phyllis Cohen at or me and provide the following:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Account number
  • Phone number(s)
  • E-mail address
  • Description of the issue (dates of intermittent or lack of service, etc.)
The County Veterans Service Agency
Community Outreach Day

Wednesday August 14
Mt. Kisco American Legion
At this event, there will be information and assistance for services such as VA Benefits and a host of other booths/services. Our thanks to the County Executive Office and Veterans Service Agency for this event.
County Service Information for Seniors
The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services has the latest information on upcoming events, programs, activities and services available to seniors, families and caregivers.
Incentives for Electric Vehicle Purchases
Over the last couple of issues of this newsletter, I’ve mentioned the financial and environmental benefits to municipalities and individuals which electric vehicles provide. As you may know, the Town of Bedford in partnership with Sustainable Westchester’s Clean Transportation Program is alerting residents to the attractive discounts and rebates for the purchase of electric vehicles.  

These include the following:
  1. The federal tax credits have entered the phase-out stage (a credit is a dollar for dollar reduction in any federal tax liability you may have and so is far more valuable than a deduction).  The phase-out varies by manufacturer depending upon their EV sales. Fortunately the $7,500 credit for the Nissan Leaf still is in place.
  2. Up to $2,000 instant discount off the sales price through New York State.
  3. $5,000 instant discount off the sales price through Sustainable Westchester’s agreement with Nissan of New Rochelle for Nissan Leafs.
Please click here for a complete list/chart of popular electric vehicle models and the applicable discounts and rebates. 

Also, don’t stop there, if you don’t see the model your considering, please contact Ron Kamen of Sustainable Westchester’s Clean Transportation Program at . Ron has offered to go into the dealership with you to negotiate a special discount (no guarantees, but he’s been pretty successful at this).
The Town of Bedford also has one of the highest (if not highest) number of electric vehicle charging stations per capita in the state, because we want our residents to have flexibility whether they are commuting to New York or enjoying one of our hamlet parks.  
Pollinator Pathways
You may have heard talk of “pollinator pathways”.  So what are they and why are they beneficial?  Let’s start with bees, butterflies, birds and other insects and animals which help pollinate flowers and plants, without which we have no food. According to the United States Forest Service, over 80 percent of flowering plants depend on insects or animals to help them pollinate. These insects and animals are the pollinators. Their habitat has been fragmented, reduced, compromised and damaged over the years.  We can help by forming connections or pathways between green areas by keeping them healthy for the pollinators.  The Town of Bedford long has supported the Healthy Yards Program.  Please consider joining the Healthy Yard program . It’s easy to carry out and actually will reduce your yard and other landscaping costs.
Filippine de Haan of Bedford 2020 has graciously provided the following links for more information: Westchester Pollinators
Also the Bedford 2020 website has a special page for Bedford: Healthy Yards
Interstate 684 & Interstate 84
Transportation Corridor Study
The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched a corridor study to identify enhancements along the Interstate 684 corridor from the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Interstate 84 and Interstate 84 from Interstate 684 east to the New York/Connecticut state line.  

DOT Regional Director Lance MacMillan stated “the goal of the transportation corridor study is to identify short-term and longer-term investments to facilitate regional economic competitiveness.  The study will address traffic operations, safety, movement of commerce and integration of regional public transportation services.”  DOT selected Stantec Engineering for the study which will culminate in a list of recommendations to “guide future infrastructure investments and secure funding”.  

The study focus areas are:
  • I-684 Main Line from Exit 5 in Bedford to Exit 9 in Southeast.
  • I-684 Interchange with Saw Mill River Parkway (SMRP)
  • I-684 Interchange with I-84
  • I-84 Main Line from Interchange with I-684 to the NY/CT line.
DOT launched the process with a meeting yesterday with key stakeholders at which DOT introduced the study team, discussed the overall study goals and objectives and reviewed public involvement plans.  Public involvement will include a Transportation Partnering Committee comprised of chief elected officials in each municipality; public workshops; and individual stakeholder meetings. 

To ensure that Town of Bedford priorities are represented in the discussions, I intend to actively participate in the Transportation Partnering Committee.  
The target completion of the study is December 2020. Find out more.
  Alerts – Update on Road Work

Con Edison Gas Main Work on Huntville Road
As I reported earlier, ConEd started its gas main replacement project on Huntville Road about two weeks ago. Work hours continue at 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM with a lane kept open at all times with flaggers to direct traffic.

The gas main project is expected to be completed in about two to three weeks, weather permitting (recent substantial rain had lengthened the project duration) after which temporary pavement to be installed followed by permanent restoration. We’ll continue to keep you posted.

Sidewalk Repair and Replacement on Route 117
Our thanks to the Village of Mount Kisco and their great work of sidewalk repair and replacement following the completion of the Village’s water main replacement project along Route 117.  The sidewalk work will continue for the next few weeks. 
Work on Long Ridge Road in Stamford
Beginning July 24 through mid-August , The State of Connecticut will be carrying out a bridge project later this month right across the state line. A four week closure of Long Ridge Road to through traffic between Erskine Road from the north and Old Long Ridge Road from the South.
Due to the impacts on the Town of Pound Ridge and the Town of Bedford, our two towns have been working closely to prepare for the impacts.
Our thanks to Pound Ridge Police Chief David Ryan for advising on the following detour route for motorists whose destination is Stamford via Long Ridge Road:
For those that use Long Ridge Road to access the Merritt Parkway , it is also accessible from High Ridge Road. The entrance is about 4.5 miles into Connecticut from the New York state line.

If the approach is from Route 172:
1 .    Avoid Long Ridge Road.
2.    Take Route 172 to Route 137 (High Ridge Road) and turn right to take
Route 137 into Stamford.
If attempting to navigate Long Ridge Road :
1 .    Stay on Long Ridge across the CT state line.
2.    Make a left onto Old Long Ridge Road and an immediate left on Rock
Rimmon Rd then a left onto May apple Rd to High Ridge Rd in Stamford (Rte
Heat Smart Offers Attractive Opportunities
Thanks to a grant from New York State Energy Research & Development, homeowners in the towns of Bedford, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge now have a unique opportunity to determine whether heat pumps might provide a more comfortable home while saving on energy bills.  Heat pumps draw from either the ambient air (air source pumps) or the earth (geothermal pumps). Geothermal provides a constant temperature of about 54 degrees allowing for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. 
The program is spearheaded by Energize NY, in partnership with Sustainable Westchester, Abundant Efficiency and NYSERDA, provides homeowners in the three towns the opportunity to learn whether these new renewable energy choices are right for you.  Energize has launched an ambitious community outreach program to introduce homeowners both to the technology and reputable, certified heating and cooling and energy efficiency experts who offer the latest clean energy technologies including air source and geothermal heat pumps and energy efficiency improvements. The contractors are Bruni & Campisi (914-269-6760), Healthy Home Energy & Consulting, Inc. (9144-242-9733) and Dandelion Energy (833-436-4255)
On Thursday, June 26, the Heat Smart team was on hand for the community to explain the program (together with service Tacos). Like to know more?  Please click on this link or call 914-302-7300 x1     There is no cost or obligation to learn whether Heat Smart is right for you.
Our thanks to Lauren Brois, Bedford 2020, the contractors and the Heat Smart campaign team for an excellent presentation.
Pilot Food Waste Pick-Up Program

The Town in partnership with Bedford 2020 is pushing ahead with measures to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  We’re potentially getting help from the State.  With a 50-50 match grant program, NYSDEC is encouraging municipalities to submit innovative and promising projects for GHG emission reduction.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports: that about 94 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2015, we disposed 37.6 million tons of food waste. Food waste comprises by weight a considerable portion of the solid waste flow going into landfills. Collecting and composting food waste will reduce methane emissions from landfills and lower our carbon footprint. 
The proposed project, which Bedford 2020 endorses, is a pilot program consisting of forty families, chosen each year on a first-come, first-served basis, for curbside food waste pick-up. It is proposed that after each year of the three year program, residents on the pilot program wishing to continue the pick-up would make separate arrangements for such services at that time. The total estimated value of donated time over the three year period is $37,855.70 for a total project cost of $75,295.70. 
Autism Registry forms
An Autism registry has been implemented on the Bedford Police Department website. The Bedford Central School District has been given access to the forms to distribute to students and parents. You can also download the forms here .
Recycling News
(click below to read)
Cyber Security – Don’t Fall Victim
Most of us at one time or another have had to deal with fraudulent credit card charges, attacks through our e-mails or other schemes to steal funds.  Fortunately, there is a great deal of advice on how to protect yourself. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission provides excellent practical pointers to thwart scammers using e-mails or text messages to lure you into turning over personal information. Please see .  Another source is   

The website of the Town of Bedford, as previously reported, was attacked and we had to disable the site for a couple of days to restore the website.  

Fortunately, the damage was minor and easily fixed. We have excellent defenses such that no data of the Town, residents or anyone doing business with the Town was ever at risk (online transactions are handled by third parties with robust security systems).  
Beaver Dam Yard Waste and Compost Facility

The Town of Bedford Beaver Dam Compost Facility processes recyclable wood waste and leaves from the Town and provides beneficial reuse of the waste as compost and mulch. The facility provides an extremely cost effective method for this recycling as well as an environmental benefit of local recycling with minimal transportation requirements. It is open for residents to dispose of recyclable wood waste (logs and branches up to 6” diameter, brush, and leaves), as well as pick up wood mulch and leaf compost. This service is free to Town of Bedford residents between 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM Monday to Friday, excluding Town holidays.

With Spring clean-up and planting season here, you may find these services helpful. I encourage you to review the updated information by clicking on  Beaver Dam Compost Facility on the Town’s website.


Previous MONTHLY Reports

In case you missed them, please refer to my most recent monthly reports:

A regular reader of this weekly newsletter asked why I repeat certain posts from week to week. I do so because not everyone reads my newsletter on a weekly basis, much information provided remains relevant and I wish to continue to alert the community about it. In response to the comment, however, you will see that I've divided the newsletter into two sections "New Posts" and "Continuing Posts". Both sections are relevant and, I believe, worthy of review.

I wish to thank readers for making suggestions and comments; over the years, I've not only changed format but added content based on them
(for example, why the flags are flown at half-staff.