By Stephen E. Lipken
Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey opened a virtual Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, September 14th with the relatively heartening news that there were only two new cases of COVID-19 in the Westchester County portal, “but do not get overconfident, particularly as we go into flu season. Please continue wearing masks and social distance.”
Lapey asked Village Manager John Pierpont for an update on the status of Boston Post Road and Esplanade intersection safety and traffic light. “We have to coordinate our bidding with the DOT since grants are involved,” Pierpont replied. “On Monday, September 21st we should be going out for bids. COVID has slowed down a lot of organizations; DOT is one of them.
“As soon as the Board authorizes me to sign it, we will get all our insurance and bonding together and perhaps in four to six weeks it should be done.”
“The proposed Cell Monopole has been on the community’s ‘radar screen’ for some time with its proposed location on Boston Post Road,” Lapey noted. “It is an assault on the gateway to our community. We have enlisted the assistance of our State Representatives because this is a State Action on State-owned land. The DOT’s position is unchanged and are proceeding to move forward.
“After consultation with our Village Attorney, Albert Cornachio and outside counsel Robert Spolzino, we have commenced legal proceedings to block the Monopole.
“We have had since June before us Executive Order 203, NYS Police Reform Law,” Lapey continued. “This summer we tasked Police Chief Jeffrey Carpenter to perform a comprehensive review of our Police Department with careful analysis our Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Use of Force Policy.” Also, Deputy Mayor/Police Commissioner Louis Annunziata and Carpenter met with an African-American group, “Bridges of Pelham,” named for Ruby Bridges, the first Black student to de-segregate an all-white school in Louisiana.
It was noted that new Police Officer John Luiso jumped into Eastchester Creek to save a person in despair.