Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 9-8-18

Help needed purchasing school supplies this fall

From Aug. 1 to 30, Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors Association (ANHNA) will collect school supplies at two locations:

Ancram — please leave school supplies at Ancram Town Hall with Monica Cleveland, town clerk, only during her office hours on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Ancramdale — please leave school supplies at the Ancramdale Post Office with the post master to put in a box behind the counter. Do not leave supplies in the vestibule. 

The association collects supplies for the Taconic Hills, Pine Plains and Webutuck schools, and has been advised that between 31 to 58 percent of the children enrolled in the three schools receive free or reduced lunch.

 The schools were most appreciative of the supplies we donated last year, and, with your generous help, we hope we can do even better this year!

In addition, ANHNA will again make sure that children in several local families have the specific school supplies they need for the coming year. 

 Many school supplies are on sale now at nearby stores. If you are not able to shop for these items yourself, please send us a check and we will buy supplies for you.

 Please make check payable to ANHNA, note “school supplies” on the For line, and mail the contribution to:

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, PO Box 97, Ancramdale, NY 12503.

 Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the law as we are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

 The following school supplies are needed: Pencils and pencil cases, pens, Crayola Crayons (fat or thin) and colored pencils, erasers, Magic Markers, glue sticks, child’s scissors (blunt end), plastic folders with pockets, three-ring binders, three-hole loose leaf paper (not college ruled), hardcover notebooks  (not college ruled), backpacks and tissues.

If you have any questions, please send a message to ANHNA@gmail.com or call me at 518-329-5042. 

Adrienne Citrin

President of ANHNA



Library’s Touch-A-Truck event a success

On July 31, 2018, the NorthEast-Millerton Library hosted its 5th Annual “Big Truck Day” event, as part of our Tuesday “Sing, Play, Read” story hour program.  It was a resounding success, with 65 attendees ranging in age from 9 months old to 11 years old.

This year, children enjoyed a special story hour with guest readers Dutchess County Legislator A. Gregg Pulver (R-19) and Joshua Schultz, who read “Before We Eat” and “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” to them before they donned their plastic yellow hard hats and went to the new firehouse to explore a dump truck, a John Deere tractor, a fire engine and a portable water tank.

This day would not have been possible without the municipal and community agencies who, over the years, have become valued community partners to our Library.  Thank you to The North East Fire District, the Millerton Fire Company, the Town of North East Highway Department, the Village of Millerton Highway Department, and the North East Community Center’s Summer Lunch Box Program for their participation.  We greatly appreciate their commitment to our community’s youngest readers and the time these organizations give to make this event happen each year.

We would especially like to extend our gratitude to local farmer and Legislator Pulver, the Town of North East Highway Department’s Joshua Schultz, the Village of Millerton Highway Department’s Jim Milton, and Millerton Fire Company’s Vice President Wayne Christofel for being on hand to show off the equipment and answer the many questions of our attendees.

And last, but certainly not least: thank you to all of the families who came out for the event.  Your attendance at this program and others like it continues to help us build programming and events that are fun and engaging for our community’s children and families.

We are looking forward to next year’s event, and hope to continue making it bigger and better every year!

Kristin McClune

Youth Services Coordinator

Rhiannon Leo-Jameson


NorthEast-Millerton Library



Be wary of lobbying group

I am writing to echo the warnings of others that the organization “Reclaim New York,” presenting itself as an anti-corruption good government group, is in my opinion just the opposite. 

Headed by “Chairman, Director and Treasurer Rebekah Mercer” (as listed on their website under “Board of Directors”), Reclaim New York’s true purpose is not, as they claim, to foster transparency in government. Rather, they seek to hobble “the administrative state” by harassing local towns in an attempt to “deconstruct” New York government. 

To this end they attack town clerks with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, distracting them, wasting their time, demanding detailed spending information and suing if they don’t receive it on time and in perfect form. Our town clerks are locally elected. Many of them are longtime, trusted public employees. They deserve our respect and support. And we deserve to have our town clerks’ time and efforts unimpeded by frivolous FOIA requests.

Reclaim is all about more money for the ultra-rich like the Mercers and Steve Bannon — at our expense. It is Robin Hood in reverse, with the poor giving to the rich, for when tax dollars are saved almost all of it goes to the very wealthy.

Reclaim is, I believe, a secretive group with a lobbying and political action scheme that is not transparent. We should all be very wary of them. 

Amy Rothstein

Pine Plains


Gun safety important issue

We all agree that we need a safe community to live in. Antonio Delgado, Democratic U.S. District 19 candidate, respects the Second Amendment, but realizes that gun violence has become a public health crisis with over 35,000 Americans killed every year. Congress, in thrall to the NRA, has refused to fund research of this health crisis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. John Faso, District 19 incumbent, proud of his lifetime “A” rating, has readily accepted their generous donations to his 2016 and 2018 campaigns. 

Faso is also proud to be a member of SCOPE (Shooters Committee On Political Education), which aims to inform its members on gun control legislation. But the group opposes any attempt to limit gun use including safe storage of weapons, background checks and requiring a coding system for gun identification. SCOPE also calls for the repeal of New York’s SAFE Act, which, in 2013, instituted some the most comprehensive gun safety policies in the country, including background checks and prohibition of bump-stocks. 

Although Representative Faso has no time to hold town hall meetings in his “very large” district, he did find time to speak at a July 21 SCOPE “rally” in Delhi, N.Y., where he enthusiastically told the group that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (also endorsed by the NRA), if confirmed, would be strong on Second Amendment rights.

Antonio Delgado pledges to take no NRA money. NRA has blocked, with their money-backed influence, even the smallest common sense changes that most Americans support.  Delgado is a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense candidate and was just endorsed by Gabrielle Gifford and Capt. Mark Kelly’s  “Giffords” organization.

Mary Lynn Kalogeras

North East


Ancram is 

well flagged

A special thanks to the Ancram Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary for arranging to put up American flags around town.

In addition to the positive comments about the flags, many of you have asked how you can contribute to the “American Flag Fund” to support the Ancram Ladies’ Auxiliary’s plan to expand the areas around town covered by the flags next year. 

If you would like to contribute to the “American Flag Fund,” make your check out to the Ancram Ladies’ Auxiliary, and mail it to: Cindy Mackay, 1255 County Route 7, Ancram, NY 12502

The Ancram Ladies’ Auxiliary wants to thank the Ancram Highway Department, which installed the flags, and a generous donor who provided the funds to buy the flags.

Cindy Mackay

Vice President

Ancram Ladies Auxiliary