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Busing for Peekskill Elementary Students, Budget Approved

Busing for Peekskill Elementary Students, Budget Approved

  By Rick Pezzullo A transportation proposition to only include busing next year for Peekskill School District students in kindergarten through fifth grade in public and private schools was approved by voters Tuesday night. The controversial $1.765 million proposition passed 544 to 360. District officials had been considering asking voters to approve a proposition that […]

Budgets Pass Handily in Four School Districts

Budgets Pass Handily in Four School Districts

  School budgets were approved handily Tuesday in the Lakeland, Hendrick Hudson, Yorktown and Ossining districts. In Lakeland, the budget passed 877 to 248. In the Board of Education race for three seats, Carol Dobson was reelected with 881 votes, along with newcomers Michael Daly with 817 votes and Karen Pressman with 801. Former school […]

Yorktown Town Clerk Roker Not Seeking Reelection

Yorktown Town Clerk Roker Not Seeking Reelection

Yorktown Town Clerk Alice Roker announced Wednesday afternoon she will not be seeking reelection to the post she has held for a quarter of a century. Roker, a former television news producer for NBC, said she had no immediate plans once she leaves office at the end of the year, but stressed she was not […]

Busing for Peekskill Elementary Students at Stake in Proposition

Busing for Peekskill Elementary Students at Stake in Proposition

A transportation proposition to only include busing next year for Peekskill School District students in kindergarten through fifth grade in public and private schools will be decided by voters next Tuesday. If the controversial proposition fails on May 19, no bus transportation would be available for any students in public or private schools, and elementary […]

Newcomer Seeks to Win Seat in Peekskill Board of Ed Race

Newcomer Seeks to Win Seat in Peekskill Board of Ed Race

A local taxi driver and father of two Peekskill High School students is running against two incumbents for two available seats on the Peekskill Board of Education on May 19. Ramon Fernandez, president of the Peekskill Youth Soccer Club, is squaring off against Lisa Aspinall-Kellawon and Colin Smith, who are both seeking their second three-year […]

Heartbroken Restaurant Owner Raising Funds for Devastated Homeland

Heartbroken Restaurant Owner Raising Funds for Devastated Homeland

As horrific as the images of the destruction from the earthquake in Nepal appear from afar, the actual devastation and despair is much worse, according to Gyaljen Nuru Sherpa, owner of Jewel of Himalaya restaurant in Yorktown. Sherpa was born and raised in Nepal, so he is very familiar with what his countrymen are going […]

Peekskill Mayor Delivers Upbeat State of the City Address

Peekskill Mayor Delivers Upbeat State of the City Address

  Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina maintained the city was on a path to financial recovery and development was on the upswing during an optimistic State of the City Address at City Hall Monday night. Throughout his one-hour speech that sometimes brought the packed crowd to its feet, Catalina spoke of the financial hurdles he has […]

Board Scales Down Busing in Peekskill Schools Proposition

Board Scales Down Busing in Peekskill Schools Proposition

The Peekskill Board of Education voted last week to scale down a transportation proposition to only include busing next year for students in kindergarten through fifth grade in public and private schools. Previously, district officials were considering asking voters on May 19 to approve a proposition that would have provided busing for all students, including […]

Yorktown GOP Committee Endorses Slate for Nov Election

Yorktown GOP Committee Endorses Slate for Nov Election

With no fanfare, the Yorktown Republican Committee unanimously endorsed a slate of candidates for the November election two weeks ago. Heading the Republican ticket is Supervisor Michael Grace, who will be seeking a third two-year term. Newly elected Councilman Tom Diana, who is finishing out the last nine months of former Councilman Nick Bianco’s unexpired […]

Ossining Hires Croton Village Manager to Lead Village

Ossining Hires Croton Village Manager to Lead Village

The Village of Ossining’s search for a new village manager yielded a familiar face from a neighboring municipality. Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity, flanked by the village board, announced last week that Abraham Zambrano, the current village manager in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, will assume the same position in Ossining, starting on May 27, an annual […]

Dems Blame Mayor for Departing Staff in Peekskill

Dems Blame Mayor for Departing Staff in Peekskill

The four Democrats on the Peekskill Common Council alleged Mayor Frank Catalina’s “abuse of power” has led to the departure of several key staff at City Hall. At the end of a two-hour work session last week, Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton and council members Vivian McKenzie, Darren Rigger and Kathy Talbot ganged up on Catalina […]

Peekskill Parks and Rec Worker Saves Girl on Icy Lake

Peekskill Parks and Rec Worker Saves Girl on Icy Lake

    When a supervisor came running into his parks and recreation office at Depew Park last Wednesday afternoon about 3 p.m. and said to call 911 Peekskill laborer P.J. Male initially thought it might be an April Fool’s Day prank. Male quickly learned it was no joke when he looked out on Depew Lake, […]

Yorktown Country Singer to Hit Airwaves with PBS Special

Yorktown Country Singer to Hit Airwaves with PBS Special

By Janine Bowen Country music artist Jessica Lynn Calamera may be a Yorktown girl, but she will be in homes across the county this month with her second PBS special, entitled “Takin’ Over.” The special, which will begin airing on April 19 in New York before going nationwide, was filmed at the Paramount Hudson Valley […]

Groups, Municipalities Demand Pipeline Hearing Be Reopened

Groups, Municipalities Demand Pipeline Hearing Be Reopened

Municipalities, grassroots groups and individuals from four states affected by Spectra Energy’s expansion of the Algonquin natural gas pipeline filed a Request for Rehearing Thursday in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) widely criticized March 3 approval of the controversial project. Many local officials and organizations that are part of the coalition joined […]

Missing Man from Yorktown Group Home Found Dead in Reservoir

Missing Man from Yorktown Group Home Found Dead in Reservoir

  A 34-year-old man who was reported missing from a group home in Yorktown was found dead Wednesday morning in the Croton Reservoir. Steven Lorenz, who suffered from schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, was reported missing Monday by supervisors at St. Jude Habilitation Institute group home, where he resided. Yorktown police received a call at 10:12 […]

Relocating Highway Garage Sparks First Board Split Vote

Relocating Highway Garage Sparks First Board Split Vote

It didn’t take long for the new five-member Yorktown Town Board to have a split vote. At the first official meeting that newly elected councilmen Gregory Bernard and Tom Diana were permitted to participate, the Republican duo joined Supervisor Michael Grace in authorizing plans to go forward for the relocation of the town’s highway garage […]

Bernard, Diana Cited for Unfair Campaign Practices

Bernard, Diana Cited for Unfair Campaign Practices

Three of six complaints for unfair campaign tactics filed against Yorktown councilmen Gregory Bernard and Tom Diana by their Democratic opponents in the wake of the recent special election were validated by a Westchester committee. Democrats Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano, who were handily defeated by Bernard and Diana on March 10 for two available […]

Historian Discusses Origins of Street Names in Peekskill

Historian Discusses Origins of Street Names in Peekskill

    By Michael Giuliano Peekskill native and historian John Curran spoke on Saturday to promote his newest book: “The History of Peekskill, New York Street Names.” Co-authored with fellow Peekskill author John Morabito, the book describes the origins behind the names of all the roads in Peekskill, from “Academy Street” to “Woods Brooke Drive.” […]

Police Seek Suspect in Cortlandt Gas Station Robbery

Police Seek Suspect in Cortlandt Gas Station Robbery

  The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Cortlandt is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Mobil gas station located at 2225 Crompond Road (also known as Route 202) in the Town of Cortlandt. The robbery occurred at around 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The perpetrator was described as […]

Shrub Oak Treatment Center for Teens to Close in June

Shrub Oak Treatment Center for Teens to Close in June

A residential treatment center for troubled teens that drew the ire of some neighbors when it first opened more than 30 years ago will be closing its facility on Stony Street in Shrub Oak in June. The Phoenix House Academy, which at one time had about 250 students ranging in age from 14 to 18, […]

Murphy Proposes Rules Reform Package During ‘Sunshine Week’

Murphy Proposes Rules Reform Package During ‘Sunshine Week’

State Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) presided over a state Senate session for the first time since being in Albany last week and took the opportunity during ‘Sunshine Week’ to propose new legislation that would allow more public discourse and transparency in state regulations. Murphy, who was elected to represent the 40th Senate District last November, […]

Judge Backs Yorktown ZBA’s Ruling on Sober Home

Judge Backs Yorktown ZBA’s Ruling on Sober Home

An acting state Supreme Court Justice last week wholeheartedly sided with the Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals regarding its ruling last July that a facility for recovering alcohol and substance abuse addicts on Underhill Avenue falls under the definition of a “convalescent home.” On July 24, 2014, three of the four sitting ZBA members denied […]

Peekskill Mayor Establishes Fund for Fire Victims

Peekskill Mayor Establishes Fund for Fire Victims

  Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina has raised $3,000 as of Wednesday afternoon for four families left homeless by a fire on South Division Street on March 4. Catalina, whose law firm donated $500, set up a Fire Relief Fund to ensure all money collected would be dispersed directly to the Ortiz, Bergara, Pacheco and LoJano […]

Republicans Bernard, Diana Win Seats on Yorktown Town Board

Republicans Bernard, Diana Win Seats on Yorktown Town Board

  Republicans Greg Bernard and Tom Diana soundly defeated Democrats Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano in a special election Tuesday to fill two empty seats on the Yorktown Town Board. The convincing wins shift the balance of power on the board back to the Republicans, although Diana, an elected official for the first time, insisted […]

Republicans Bernard, Diana Win Seats on Yorktown Town Board

Republicans Bernard, Diana Win Seats on Yorktown Town Board

    Republicans Greg Bernard and Tom Diana soundly defeated Democrats Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano in a special election Tuesday to fill two empty seats on the Yorktown Town Board. The convincing wins shift the balance of power on the board back to the Republicans, although Diana, an elected official for the first time, […]

Ossining Town Board Decides to Table Homestead Option

Ossining Town Board Decides to Table Homestead Option

The Ossining Town Board has decided to suspend further talks about considering a Homestead Option, which could significantly raise the assessments and property taxes for residential and commercial land owners, and condo and co-op owners. In a written release issued by Supervisor Sue Donnelly last week, the town board concluded it would be unable to […]

Area Officials Rip Feds for Approving Pipeline Expansion

Area Officials Rip Feds for Approving Pipeline Expansion

    Local elected officials criticized the federal government for approving the expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline project that will run through Cortlandt, Peekskill and portions of Yorktown. Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi said she was “angry” that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ignored virtually all of the concerns raised by municipal officials and citizen […]

City Manager Calling it Quits in Peekskill

City Manager Calling it Quits in Peekskill

Embattled Peekskill City Manager Anthony Ruggiero, whose credentials to hold the position has been under fire by Mayor Frank Catalina and the Republican minority and some outspoken residents, is leaving under his own terms. Ruggiero, who was hired in July 2013, informed Catalina Thursday afternoon in the mayor’s law office that he was taking a […]

Balance of Power at Stake in Yorktown Town Board Special Election

Balance of Power at Stake in Yorktown Town Board Special Election

For almost the last 15 months, the Yorktown Town Board has tried to conduct business with less than a full complement of five members. That will all change after next Tuesday, March 10, when a special election is held to fill two empty seats. The special election is actually two separate elections. In one race, […]

Yorktown Special Election Candidates Square Off in Debate

Yorktown Special Election Candidates Square Off in Debate

    The four candidates seeking two available seats on the Yorktown Town Board in a special election next month met face-to-face Monday night in the only scheduled debate before voters head to the polls. Democrats Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano and Republicans Greg Bernard and Tom Diana fielded a wide range of questions from […]