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Voting Ends Today: Who is Bedford-Katonah's Person of the Year? [Poll]

Nominate your selection or vote below.

Updated: Dec. 22

Added County Legislator Peter Harckham to the poll, after a reader suggestion.

We'll be posting our winner tomorrow - get your last minute votes in by end of day Thursday!

Updated, Dec 15

New suggestions via reader email:

  • Jere Hochman, Bedford Central superintendent, who has "been quietly and steadily building community, doing the right things - a true educator."
  • Katherine Vockins, founder and head of Rehabilitation Through the Arts, which uses creative arts to transform life behind bars.
  • Jennifer Cook for back to Katonah.

They are added to the poll.

First story, Dec. 14

As news of "The Protestor" being named 2011 Time Magazine Person of the Year hits, we thought it would be interesting to see who locals would nominate as Bedford-Katonah's citizen of the year.

Time has bestowed the famous distinction on one person every year since 1927, according to this Huffington Post story. The editors' selection reflects whomever influenced news the most in any given year.

Last year's choice was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and this year's nominees include Steve Jobs, Herman Cain and Kate Middleton.

Who will it be for Bedford-Katonah? Today we launch Patch's first annual contest to find out. The winner will get a $75 gift certificate to their favorite local restaurant.

Is it:

  • Sherry Wolf, in upholding the mission of the , which is to improve the dignity, security and well-being of our neighbors in need by providing food, clothing and access to other resources.
  • , Bedford's supervisor, for leading the town board through a difficult budget process, ultimately
  • Frank Zipp, for ?
  • Jon Jensen, for entering a smoking building ? 
  • for handling a controversial hiring process, two major storms and and a that affected local schools? 
  • Local entrepreneurs who had the courage to start businesses like , and in a down economy?
  • Mohamed Elsaid, Robert Belcher and Robin Day,
  • Another young whiz kid?
  • Emergency responders who came to your aid?
  • A neighbor who lent a helping hand when you needed it most?
  • Someone else entirely?

Take our poll below and add your own suggestions for person of the year in the comments below. If we end up getting many more than 10 nominees, we'll post the top ten for a final vote before announcing the winner.

Lisa Buchman (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Don't be shy about adding names not on this list...
Bea Rhodes December 15, 2011 at 03:52 AM
Frank Zipp has my vote!
Don Pachner December 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM
Marian Rose of Bedford has been a sentinel of the environment for the 20 years I have lived here, whether serving on the Bedford Wetlands Control board as acting chair when they forced a developer to sue to force inappropriate development of a wetland, charing the Sierra Club state conservation program, or running the Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition of 50 Westchester & Putnam County and NYC community , religious and environmental organizations. Her energy and scientific arguments at age 90 puts most 40 year olds to shame. Her scientific mind has embarrassed real estate developers whom published environmental impact statements with unsound data. She recently forced NY State to eliminate permitting for hydrofracking for natural gas on state lands, including Allegheny State Forest through a lawsuit she initiated and ably marshalled against the state through the Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition. Her intellectual integrity is widely admired in the community, yet she does not seek attention for her amazing accomplishments and deserves a community award.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Thanks Don, added her name!
Ellen Hemrick December 16, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Frank Zipp is a person - not a job. He is an example of the beaurocrats blaming unions for their own unwillingness to put people over the interests of the wealthy and politcally connected. The current budget crisis is NOT the fault of blue collar workers and they should not be paying this heavy price.
Jill Bryant December 16, 2011 at 09:30 PM
I nominate Dave and Jim Raneri for making Charles Department Store the go-to place for everything, and for giving Katonah such a warm center.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) December 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM
Thanks Jill, I've added their names. We'll wrap up voting next week!

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