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Hen Hud, Municipalities Reach New Financial Pact with Entergy

Hen Hud, Municipalities Reach New Financial Pact with Entergy

The Hendrick Hudson Board of Education last week unanimously approved a new 10-year financial agreement between the district, several municipal entities and Entergy, owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan, regarding Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT). The pact, which includes the Town of Cortlandt, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Buchanan Fire Department […]

Yorktown Bridge to be Named for Fallen Army Soldier

Yorktown Bridge to be Named for Fallen Army Soldier

A state bridge in Yorktown will be named for a U.S. Army specialist who was killed four years ago while serving in Afghanistan. State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-C/Yorktown) announced last week the bridge on Route 129 will be renamed as the Specialist David R. Fahey Jr. Memorial Bridge for the former 23-year-old Yorktown resident. Fahey […]

17-year-old Determined to Win Seat on Ossining Town Board

17-year-old Determined to Win Seat on Ossining Town Board

He just graduated from Ossining High School on Saturday and will be furthering his education in September at Fordham University, but Aaron Spring has set his sights on another achievement in November. Spring, 17, is looking to make history by being the youngest elected official in the Town of Ossining. He is running on the […]

Planned Cortlandt Shopping Center on Rt. 6 Drops in Size

Planned Cortlandt Shopping Center on Rt. 6 Drops in Size

The size of a new shopping center proposed across from the Cortlandt Town Center has been reduced, along with the number of planned parking spaces. An updated site plan for Cortlandt Crossing presented to the Cortlandt Planning Board earlier this month showed retail space totaling 130,000 square feet, which is smaller than the 170,000-square-foot building […]

Protest of Cortlandt Rotary Club Circus Having Reverse Effect

Protest of Cortlandt Rotary Club Circus Having Reverse Effect

The president of the Rotary Club of Cortlandt Manor said opposition to a circus fundraiser in Verplanck this week has actually increased ticket sales. An online petition of more than 1,000 signatures and a roadside protest in Montrose Saturday to the Kelly Miller Circus, scheduled to appear on the Mt Carmel Society grounds on Sixth […]

Peekskill Mayor Launches Reelection Bid with Diverse Ticket

Peekskill Mayor Launches Reelection Bid with Diverse Ticket

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina is heading a Republican/Conservative ticket for four available seats on the Common Council in November as the lone registered Republican as he seeks to break up the current Democratic majority. Joined by about 60 supporters along Restaurant Row on Division Street Saturday, Catalina and his three running mates, Tina Fischer, Brendon […]

Yorktown Task Force Against Heroin Tackles Drug Epidemic

Yorktown Task Force Against Heroin Tackles Drug Epidemic

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 43,982 unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2013, more than half of which involved prescription medication. It’s a growing trend that started in 1996, according to Dr. Andrew Kolodny, head of medicine for Phoenix House in Shrub Oak, when doctors and dentists began prescribing […]

Pataki Returns Home for Presidential Campaign Rally

Pataki Returns Home for Presidential Campaign Rally

Three days after joining an expanding field of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president, George Pataki returned to his Peekskill roots Sunday to join longtime friends and supporters who believe he can make it to the White House. Several hundred people jammed into the Lincoln Depot Museum – where President Abraham Lincoln stopped to […]

Yorktown Strikes $2.1M Deal with Pipeline Co. for Land Use

Yorktown Strikes $2.1M Deal with Pipeline Co. for Land Use

The Town of Yorktown will receive $1.5 million plus approximately $600,000 in public improvements as part of an agreement it reached with the construction company readying to expand a gas transmission pipeline in the area. In a 3-2 vote last week, the Yorktown Town Board authorized Spectra Energy and Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC to access […]

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, […]