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Wagner, Murphy Spar over Proposed Gas Pipeline

Wagner, Murphy Spar over Proposed Gas Pipeline

Democratic State Senate candidate Justin Wagner vowed if elected he would block any legislation authorizing any transfer of municipal land for the construction of a proposed natural gas pipeline, a pledge he contended could not be promised by Republican opponent Terrence Murphy based on his voting record in Yorktown. Standing at a playground and baseball […]

Community Activists Rally in Peekskill to End Racial Profiling

Community Activists Rally in Peekskill to End Racial Profiling

Armed with posters saying “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “No More Michael Browns,” about 50 community members held a peaceful rally in Peekskill Wednesday night demanding a congressional hearing into police brutality and an end to racial profiling. The demonstration outside the Park Place offices of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was triggered by the recent […]

Cortlandt Town Board Rejects Bids on In-Rem Properties

Cortlandt Town Board Rejects Bids on In-Rem Properties

The Cortlandt Town Board last week rejected bids placed on five in-rem properties at an auction last month and will hold another sale in November. Supervisor Linda Puglisi explained the bids were not accepted because they didn’t cover the amount of the back taxes owed or the value of the properties. Of the 26 properties […]

Local Teacher Found Guilty of Changing Test Scores

Local Teacher Found Guilty of Changing Test Scores

A Peekskill High School teacher has been found guilty of changing the answers on Regents exams of two students in 2013 and was fined a half-year salary. Hearing Officer Dennis Campagna ruled on August 8 that Allison Risoli, 54, a resident of Peekskill and chairwoman of the Social Studies Department at Peekskill High School, altered […]

County Police Make Prostitution Arrest in Ossining

County Police Make Prostitution Arrest in Ossining

  Westchester County Police recently arrested two women, one on a prostitution charge, following an undercover investigation into two health spas operating on North State Road in Ossining. On July 29 at 10 p.m., police charged Min Zhu Piao, 41, of Flushing, Queens, with prostitution, a misdemeanor, following an investigation at the 1st Oriental Health […]

Peekskill Officials, Residents Latest to Oppose Pipeline

Peekskill Officials, Residents Latest to Oppose Pipeline

A planned high pressure natural gas pipeline received anything but a warm welcome from residents and officials in the City of Peekskill last week. Spectra Energy representatives were bombarded with questions and critical comments during a two-hour presentation at City Hall about the controversial project that would only run 2/10ths of a mile through Peekskill […]

Pataki Endorses Councilman Murphy for State Senate Seat

Pataki Endorses Councilman Murphy for State Senate Seat

Former Governor George Pataki endorsed Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy last week for the State Senate seat he once held. Standing in front of Peekskill City Hall, where he also served as mayor, Pataki said Murphy has the local government background and experience as a small business owner to make a difference in Albany representing the […]

Catalina Accuses Council of ‘Negligence’ for Bad Budgeting

Catalina Accuses Council of ‘Negligence’ for Bad Budgeting

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina accused the Democratic-controlled Common Council of “negligence” by failing to property budget for $1.3 million for tax certiorari cases that the city may be forced to bond for. A fuming Catalina, who took office in January, criticized the administration of former Mayor Mary Foster and her Democratic council members for only […]

Mets Slugger Offers Advice to Young Players at Local Camp

Mets Slugger Offers Advice to Young Players at Local Camp

New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda carries a big stick and is among the leaders in home runs and RBI in the National League, so when the 6’4” slugger walked on to the field at Summer Trails Day Camp in Somers last Thursday he was greeted with chants of “Let’s Go Mets!” and enthusiastic […]

Croton Man Killed in Four-Car Crash on Taconic

Croton Man Killed in Four-Car Crash on Taconic

A Croton-on-Hudson father of four was killed in a four-car accident on the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley Monday evening. Joseph Nagy, 28, of Half Moon Bay, was pronounced dead at Westchester Medical Center at 7:35 p.m., a little more than an hour after witnesses told State Police he was traveling at a high […]

Proposed Summer Closings of Indian Point Plants Opposed

Proposed Summer Closings of Indian Point Plants Opposed

A plan designed to protect fish in the Hudson River that would force the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan to close for several months during the summer is being opposed by local officials and the owner of the controversial facilities. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a public hearing in Cortlandt […]

Boil Water Advisory Issued in Ossining Through Sunday

Boil Water Advisory Issued in Ossining Through Sunday

  About 5,000 residents in the Village of Ossining are being instructed to boil their water before drinking it or using it for food preparation at least through Sunday following a water main break Thursday night on Route 134 near Route 9A. The affected area includes streets as far west as Route 9, as far […]

Two-Time Cancer Survivor Thankful for Support Connection

Two-Time Cancer Survivor Thankful for Support Connection

Before she turned 40, Andrea Della Mura had to endure two battles with breast cancer and opted at age 39 to have a double mastectomy. With a husband and two young children, it was a decision she didn’t hesitate to make and has no regrets. “My decision at that point was clear. I remember standing […]

Disputed Sports Field on Croton Ave in Cortlandt Nixed

Disputed Sports Field on Croton Ave in Cortlandt Nixed

A sports field that was proposed in conjunction with a luxury housing project on Croton Avenue in Cortlandt has been eliminated as part of an agreement between the developer and the Town Board. Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi announced last week an alternative plan had been reached where the developer of Hanover Estates, a proposed 25 […]

Yorktown ZBA Backs Inspector in Ruling on Sober Home

Yorktown ZBA Backs Inspector in Ruling on Sober Home

  The Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night supported a written opinion by Building Inspector John Winter that a proposed facility for recovering alcohol and substance abuse addicts on Underhill Avenue falls under the definition of a “convalescent home.” Three of the four sitting ZBA members denied an appeal from neighbors Linda Gironda and […]

Thousands Expected to Enjoy Peekskill Music Festival

Thousands Expected to Enjoy Peekskill Music Festival

Thousands of music enthusiasts are expected to head to downtown Peekskill Friday evening and all day Saturday for a free concert and other events. Formerly known as the Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival, the 2014 Peekskill Music Festival, produced by Paramount Hudson Valley, will kick off Friday at 8 p.m. with local bands competing at […]

Concerns Raised over Safety of Swimming in Hudson

Concerns Raised over Safety of Swimming in Hudson

A clean water watchdog organization released a report last week revealing many locations in the Hudson River fail to meet federally recommended guidelines for safe swimming and other recreational activities. According to the “How’s the Water? 2014” report from Riverkeeper, 23 percent of monthly samples for bacteria that indicates sewage and other fecal contamination from […]

Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

By Neal Rentz Carmel resident Vivian Haberfeld is currently exhibiting her acrylic on canvas paintings in a show entitled “In Search of Tranquility” at Somerfields restaurant in Somers. The exhibit title could also be used to describe how she became a professional artist. “I was a Manhattanite for 30 years and I needed to escape […]

BJ’s Looks to Get Jump on Costco with New Gas Pumps

BJ’s Looks to Get Jump on Costco with New Gas Pumps

A potential battle for private club customers in Yorktown has begun with BJ’s Wholesale Club proposing to provide 12 gas pumps for members at its Route 202 location while Costco continues through the planning process for a new store and gas station up the road. David Steinmetz, attorney for the owners of the BJ’s Shopping […]

Longtime Yorktown Resident Pat Kibbe Dies at 90

Longtime Yorktown Resident Pat Kibbe Dies at 90

Patricia “Pat” Hosley Kibbe died peacefully at home in Yorktown on Sunday, July 13, surrounded by her loving family. She was 90 and lived a full and well-rounded life. She was born on September 2, 1923 to Loring and Frances Hosley, and grew up in Southwick, Massachusetts. Pat graduated as valedictorian of her high school […]

Parents, Students Seek Return of Hen Hud HighTeacher

Parents, Students Seek Return of Hen Hud HighTeacher

A petition with nearly 250 signatures was recently submitted to the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education calling for the return of a popular engineering teacher who apparently resigned following a junior class trip to New York City in March during which a handful of teachers reportedly left students unsupervised. Several parents who signed the petition […]

Plan to Expand Residential Units in Downtown Peekskill Debated

Plan to Expand Residential Units in Downtown Peekskill Debated

A proposed zoning amendment that would allow the expansion of residential development in downtown Peekskill received a mixed reaction during a recent public hearing that is slated to continue next week. The Common Council and Planning Commission are both considering a plan that would permit upper floor residential units in the C-2 commercial zone and […]

Players Sought for Benefit Basketball Tournament in Yorktown

Players Sought for Benefit Basketball Tournament in Yorktown

  By Rick Pezzullo Players and teams are still being sought for the first annual Nothin’ But Net basketball tournament being held next week at FDR State Park in Yorktown by the Yorkville Sports Association (YSA). Portions of proceeds from the event, which kicks off Wednesday, July 9 at 5:45 p.m., will benefit the Yorktown […]

Jockeying for Open Seat in Yorktown Begins for Diana, Siegel

Jockeying for Open Seat in Yorktown Begins for Diana, Siegel

The special election for the open seat on the Yorktown Town Board may not be until November, but the two candidates vying for the pivotal position have already begun campaigning and receiving endorsements. Citizens for a Progressive Yorktown, a small, two-year-old group of residents that support “intelligent and responsible business development,” jumped into the race […]

Foul Play Ruled Out in Death of Man Found in Car in Yorktown

Foul Play Ruled Out in Death of Man Found in Car in Yorktown

Yorktown police have ruled out foul play in the death of a 26-year-old Massachusetts man found in a vehicle Friday morning on Old Croton Lake Road near the Croton watershed. The unidentified man was first discovered by an employee with the New York Department of Environmental Protection shortly before 11 a.m. in the driver’s seat […]

Legislators Seek Law to Modernize Sign for People with Disabilities

Legislators Seek Law to Modernize Sign for People with Disabilities

  State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D/Ossining) and Senator David Carlucci (D) joined advocates for people with disabilities in Ossining this week to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation to modernize the Universal Symbol of Access. The legislation, which passed in both the Assembly and the Senate, would make New York the first state in […]

Alienation of Parkland for Pipeline Rejected in Yorktown

Alienation of Parkland for Pipeline Rejected in Yorktown

A resolution to alienate open space on Stony Street in Shrub Oak to allow for the construction of a natural gas pipeline that could lead to the development of two all-purpose fields and a full-size baseball diamond on the Granite Knolls site did not pass the muster of the Yorktown Town Board last week. The […]

Hundreds Protest Energy Projects Proposed in Cortlandt

Hundreds Protest Energy Projects Proposed in Cortlandt

With signs declaring “Enough is Enough” and “Stop the Buzz,” several hundred residents and officials held a rally in Verplanck last week to protest two different energy projects that everyone agreed would change the character of the quiet residential community. “This is democracy at its best. This is democracy in action,” remarked Cortlandt Supervisor Linda […]

Council Approves Residency Waiver for Peekskill Police Chief

Council Approves Residency Waiver for Peekskill Police Chief

The Peekskill Common Council last week unanimously waived a requirement for Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen to live in the city. The council cited the fact that Johansen, who was appointed in February 2013 to replace longtime chief Eugene Tumolo, resides only one mile outside Peekskill in the Town of Cortlandt as one reason for […]

Yorktown “Relay Replay” to Take Place June 20 at DeVito Field

Yorktown “Relay Replay” to Take Place June 20 at DeVito Field

  An abridged version of the full Yorktown Relay for Life that was rained out last week will take place this Friday, June 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Jack DeVito Memorial Field behind the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center. An opening ceremony for “Relay Replay” will kick off the event, followed by a […]