Board to Discuss Union Negotiations, Open Space

Here's what's on tap for the Bedford Town Board Tuesday night.

Tuesday night, locals have one more chance to make their voice heard in the debate on the town's open space tax. The board will complete the , currently set at at a half-percent in the The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at town hall.

Bedford Supervisor Lee V.A. Roberts told Patch that the board has not made its position known but will do so after the public comment ends tonight.

Also on the agenda is a notification of the end of Tom Bregman's appointment as director of the energy retrofit program. But he's not really leaving; the program is transitioning from the town of Bedford to the Energy Improvement Corporation, the formation of which was approved by the board over the summer—and

Bregman will serve as vice-president of the new corporation, according to Mark Thielking, the town's energy director.

Before moving into executive session to discuss negotiations with the White and Blue Collar Teamsters, whose contracts are up this year, officials will confirm the public hearing for their draft $25 million town budget, tentatively set for Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

In addition, they'll confirm a date to discuss legislation under consideration, including new code for "green" building, home occupation modifications, and an ordinance on fair and affirmative housing, Roberts said.


Joe Doakes November 15, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Two thoughts. One. Why are we working so hard to preserve "open space" only to one day be forced to surrender it so it can be used to build low income housing. Two. Instituting "Green Building Codes" is a waste of scarce financial resources; how many people wish, or will wish, that they spent that money on a generator rather then those solar panels or that geothermal unit. We have vast natural gas resources that will be tapped and those resources will one day be put to good use - while we in NY are staring into a fiscal abyss from losing population and the high cost of doing nothing for the sake of the environment and the furtherance of "Big Government." We used to be a community that built and grew, let's be that again.
Lisa Buchman November 15, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Thanks for your comment Joe - I added the meeting times to the story, for you or anyone who'd like to share those opinions with the board, the meeting on open space is tonight at 7 p.m. and the work session on legislation is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and both are open to the public.


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