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Mount Kisco Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

Mount Kisco Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

A Mount Kisco woman was arrested on Monday morning after she accepted a delivery of seven ounces of cocaine at her Boltis Street home. Evelin Rivera, 34, was taken into custody at 9:55 a.m. after she accepted a package, which contained several hardcover books and other items. The cocaine was concealed in thin envelopes placed […]

'Tough' and 'Impatient' Cuomo Looks to Win Second Term

‘Tough’ and ‘Impatient’ Cuomo Looks to Win Second Term

Watch Gov. Andrew Cuomo give a speech on television or hold a press conference in person, it’s hard not to be impressed. There’s a command and a presence that many don’t have even at the highest levels of government. However, in cynical times, especially when it comes to politicians, it’s easy to wonder how much […]

Mezzancello Looking to Make Jump to Town Board in No. Castle

Mezzancello Looking to Make Jump to Town Board in No. Castle

Since he arrived in Armonk 30 years ago, Guy Mezzancello has been consistently active in the Town of North Castle. Whether it was assuming the commissionership of the Armonk Baseball League or putting up lights at Community Field, the electrical contractor said he’s always given back to the community. In 2009, Mezzancello, 57, was one […]

North Castle's Berra Looks to Continue Service on Town Board

North Castle’s Berra Looks to Continue Service on Town Board

North Castle Councilman Jose Berra may not have taken a traditional path to the town board but it didn’t take long for the 25-year Armonk resident to get acclimated once called upon to serve. After finishing third in last year’s town board race for two seats, Berra was unanimously appointed in January to fill the […]

Latimer Looks to Fend Off Challenge in First Senate Re-election Bid

Latimer Looks to Fend Off Challenge in First Senate Re-election Bid

Politics can be a rough-and-tumble business no matter what level of government. In his first re-election bid to hold onto the 37th Senate District seat that he gained in a tough campaign against Bob Cohen two years ago, George Latimer faces first-time candidate Joseph Dillon, a bit of a surprise entry last summer. He said […]

Dillon Looks to Bring Fresh Approach to State, 37th Senate District

Dillon Looks to Bring Fresh Approach to State, 37th Senate District

Joseph Dillon has had a varied career in private and public sectors that has given him a definite perspective on how government should operate. He was senior vice president of global policy for Visa and served as a senior adviser and chief of staff to the undersecretary for domestic finance in the U.S. Department of […]

Helping Constituents Biggest Thrill as Lowey Seeks 14th Term

Helping Constituents Biggest Thrill as Lowey Seeks 14th Term

Rep. Nita Lowey may be completing her 26th year in the House of Representatives but she hasn’t lost her zest and passion for serving the country and residents of her district. During another grueling campaign, where despite her experience she refuses to take the outcome for granted, Lowey, 78, rises early to greet commuters at […]

Challenger Day Ready to Tackle Big Challenges for 17th C.D. District

Challenger Day Ready to Tackle Big Challenges for 17th C.D. District

This year’s race for the 17th Congressional District seat may be Chris Day’s first candidacy for public office, but he’s no political neophyte. Last fall he managed the successful race waged by his father, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, and was planning to do the same for a would-be candidate who was set to take […]

New Castle Eyes Creation of Recreational Pedestrian, Bike Path

New Castle Eyes Creation of Recreational Pedestrian, Bike Path

New Castle officials are taking to heart public sentiment voiced earlier this year to make the town a more pedestrian-friendly place that encourages walking and biking instead of driving. The town is considering the creation of a new recreational path now referred to as the ChapLine that would extend from North Greeley Avenue in Downtown […]

Democrats Stump for Women's Equality Act, Wagner in Mt. Kisco Rally

Democrats Stump for Women’s Equality Act, Wagner in Mt. Kisco Rally

Democratic elected officials from across Westchester joined forces with representatives of women’s organizations on Saturday in Mount Kisco for a rally in front of an overflow crowd to urge passage of the stalled Women’s Equality Act. The event at the Mount Kisco Public Library, which was the first of three stops in the Hudson Valley […]

North Castle Sets Ward System Proposition Vote for Nov. 13

North Castle Sets Ward System Proposition Vote for Nov. 13

The North Castle Town Board has scheduled a special election for Nov. 13 so the public can vote on propositions asking whether to establish a ward system and increase the size of the board. Faced with a dwindling amount of time to hold the vote after receiving an Oct. 9 letter from the Westchester County […]

Ballot Confusion Throws Doubt Into No. Castle Ward System Props

Ballot Confusion Throws Doubt Into No. Castle Ward System Props

North Castle officials have been notified by the Westchester County Board of Elections that the two propositions related to the establishment of the ward system cannot be included on the county’s Nov. 4 ballot. An Oct. 9 letter from commissioners Reginald LaFayette and Douglas Colety informed the town that it must hold its own election […]

No. Castle ARB Member Resigns Over Losing Gazebo Architecture Job

No. Castle ARB Member Resigns Over Losing Gazebo Architecture Job

A member of the North Castle Architectural Review Board unexpectedly resigned his seat during last week’s town board meeting shortly before officials awarded a competing architect the job of designing the town’s new gazebo. Architect Ljubisa Jovasevic handed a letter of resignation to Town Clerk Anne Curran about 20 minutes into his comments at the […]

Protestors Rally Against Hydrofracking in White Plains

Protestors Rally Against Hydrofracking in White Plains

More than a hundred protestors marched to White Plains City Hall Saturday afternoon demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo prohibit hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Carrying dozens of signs and chanting “Ban Fracking Now” and other slogans, the demonstrators who made the short walk from Renaissance Square to City Hall pointed to the mounting scientific […]

New Castle Awaits Restaurant Bid Proposals for Train Station

New Castle Awaits Restaurant Bid Proposals for Train Station

The Town of New Castle is once again accepting Requests for Proposals (RFP) in hopes of finding a restaurant operator to fill the town-owned building at the Chappaqua train station. Qualified individuals and entities have until Oct. 22 at noon to submit an RFP that would provide food service at the largely vacant 112-year-old building. […]

Police Confirm Body Found in Park is Missing Armonk Man

Police Confirm Body Found in Park is Missing Armonk Man

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy for a 21-year-old Armonk man who was reported missing by his family on Monday after leaving home that morning. North Castle Police Chief Peter Simonsen confirmed Friday morning that Miles Applebaum was discovered in a remote area of Glazier Preserve in the Town of New Castle by […]

No. Castle Clerk Impropriety Allegations Rebuked By Town Board

No. Castle Clerk Impropriety Allegations Rebuked By Town Board

A request to refer a letter outlining alleged improprieties by North Castle Town Clerk Anne Curran to the municipality’s Board of Ethics was rejected last week by the town board. Board members issued a strong rebuke of Armonk resident Mario Ruggiero’s claims that Curran lacked integrity and sought to undermine then-supervisor Howard Arden during the […]

Chappaqua Children's Book Festival Attracts Impressive Crowd

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Attracts Impressive Crowd

Those who attended Saturday’s Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival experienced the best of both worlds: a perfect day to be outside and a great venue to pick up some new books for their kids to read. An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 visitors descended on the grounds of Robert E. Bell Middle School for the second annual […]

Proposition to Establish Ward System in No. Castle on Nov. Ballot

Proposition to Establish Ward System in No. Castle on Nov. Ballot

Propositions asking North Castle voters whether they want to have a ward system of town government and to increase the size of the town board from four to six members will be on the November ballot. The board agreed to accept the two propositions at its Sept. 23 meeting. A third proposition to freeze the […]

Know Your Neighbor: Audrey Mann Cronin, Communications Consultant, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Audrey Mann Cronin, Communications Consultant, Chappaqua

Three incidents within a little more than a week was too much for Audrey Mann Cronin to tolerate. Mann Cronin, a communications specialist for more than 25 years, has worked for large corporations’ public relations and marketing departments, and for the last 10 years, she has operated her own Chappaqua-based firm, coaching corporate executives and […]

Astorino Produces 2013 Tax Returns; Accusations Fly Over Transparency

Astorino Produces 2013 Tax Returns; Accusations Fly Over Transparency

Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino released his 2013 tax returns on Tuesday while his campaign accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a lack of transparency regarding improvements on his New Castle home. For a four-hour period, Astorino’s state and federal returns from last year were made available to the media to review […]

Mt. Kisco Parking Enforcement Officer Pleads Guilty to Larceny

Mt. Kisco Parking Enforcement Officer Pleads Guilty to Larceny

The Mount Kisco parking enforcement officer who was arrested last May for allegedly stealing about $89,000 in parking meter revenue from the village pled guilty on Tuesday to two felony counts. Jeffrey Daday, 36, of 15 Sun Valley Drive in North Salem, faces one count each of second-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false […]

Changes on the Horizon for Chappaqua Farmers Market

Changes on the Horizon for Chappaqua Farmers Market

Chappaqua Farmers Market organizers have reached out to New Castle officials about potentially partnering with the town on the operation of the popular Saturday morning market to receive assistance for the growing administrative tasks. Priscilla Sorensen, farmers market board of directors chairwoman and co-founder, and Market Director Pascale Le Draoulec appeared with several members of […]

No. Castle Rezones Armonk Parcel to Advance Lumberyard Project

No. Castle Rezones Armonk Parcel to Advance Lumberyard Project

The North Castle Town Board last week approved rezoning a nearly half-acre parcel adjacent to the old lumberyard in Armonk that moves forward revised plans for market-rate condominiums and affordable housing units at the site. Developer Michael Fareri was granted his request by the town board, which passed a local law by a 4-1 margin […]

Artist Puts Finishing Touches on Chappaqua Book Festival Mural

Artist Puts Finishing Touches on Chappaqua Book Festival Mural

Sophie Mendelson had never come close to working on a surface like the one she painted most of the summer. Mendelson, a Chappaqua native who graduated in the spring from Skidmore College with an art degree, was putting the finishing touches Saturday on a 20-foot-high, 65-foot-wide mural on the alleyway wall of the building that […]

County, Junior League Join Together for 9/11 Day of Service

County, Junior League Join Together for 9/11 Day of Service

In honor of those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, County Executive Rob Astorino has once again joined with Volunteer New York! to host “9/11: Serve + Remember” at the County Center on Thursday, Sept. 11. New this year will be the launch of the Westchester […]

Murphy Easily Defeats Castelli in 40th Senate District GOP Primary

Murphy Easily Defeats Castelli in 40th Senate District GOP Primary

Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, the Republican Party-endorsed candidate for the 40th state Senate District seat, scored an easy primary win over former Assemblyman Robert Castelli Tuesday night. Murphy will now face Democrat Justin Wagner in the general election to determine who will succeed outgoing Sen. Greg Ball. In May, Ball revealed he would not seek […]

Know Your Neighbor: Rosa Carra and Rosalie Fierro, Children's Cooking Teachers, Thornwood

Know Your Neighbor: Rosa Carra and Rosalie Fierro, Children’s Cooking Teachers, Thornwood

Rosa Carra and Rosalie Fierro seemed to be perfectly suited to helping children learn their way around the kitchen. Carra had been a teacher at St. Ann’s School in Ossining while Fierro ran the lunch program locally at Holy Rosary. Both came from families that loved to cook growing up, which has continued through their […]

Con Edison to Cut Trees on New Castle Street, Cites Public Safety

Con Edison to Cut Trees on New Castle Street, Cites Public Safety

New Castle officials have been informed by Con Edison that the utility plans to remove seven trees on Taylor Road in the coming weeks because they are creating a serious public safety danger. Town Administrator Jill Simon Shapiro told the town board last week that the Norway maples along the public right of way have […]

Protestors Call on Cuomo to Reconsider Clemency at Candlelight Vigil

Protestors Call on Cuomo to Reconsider Clemency at Candlelight Vigil

Close to 200 demonstrators held a rally and candlelight vigil Saturday night near the New Castle home of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to protest his refusal to grant clemency to prisoners since he took office in 2011. The event, called Candles for Clemency, was attended by various social justice activists and family and friends of prisoners. […]