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Ambassadors Announced for Support Connection Walk

Ambassadors Announced for Support Connection Walk

Support Connection announced the selection of two local residents as Walk Ambassadors for its Annual Support-A-Walk, which will take place on Sunday, October 2, (rain or shine) at FDR Park, Route 202, Yorktown Heights. The Walk brings attention to the needs of people affected by breast and ovarian cancer and raises funds for Support Connection’s […]

Judge Reserves Decision in ‘Montrose 9’ Pipeline Protestors Trial

Judge Reserves Decision in ‘Montrose 9’ Pipeline Protestors Trial

  Cortlandt Town Justice Daniel McCarthy reserved decision Friday afternoon in the case of the “Montrose 9” protestors who were arrested last November for disorderly conduct for blocking access to Spectra Energy’s construction yard on Route 9A. With about 50 onlookers in Cortlandt Town Court anxiously awaiting a ruling, McCarthy promised to render a decision […]

Expert Stresses Importance of Dignity in Fighting Drug Abuse

Expert Stresses Importance of Dignity in Fighting Drug Abuse

    By Michael Giuliano   In a society where drug use has skyrocketed, Dr. Debbie Weinstock of the Dignity Initiative believes that drug abuse prevention can never be taught “too early.” In a presentation on July 20 in Yorktown, Weinstock demonstrated how creating a stable parenting foundation could minimize the temptation for future drug […]

Questions Surround Future of Sober Living Home in Yorktown

Questions Surround Future of Sober Living Home in Yorktown

  Is the sober living home on Underhill Avenue in Yorktown looking to change direction a little more than a year after opening? While one of the principal owners of Constellations Recovery, Tom McCrossan, declined to comment last week on speculation in the neighborhood that something was in the works since there had been no […]

Liquor Store Owner Flushed Out by New Central Fire Station

Liquor Store Owner Flushed Out by New Central Fire Station

  Six years exactly to the day he acquired Panio Wines and Liquors, David Pacchiana reluctantly had to relocate his business to an empty storefront near Rite Aid and Antonio’s Pizzeria in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Peekskill. Pacchiana, a resident of Cortlandt, had a lease with the City of Peekskill to stay put where […]

Yonkers Man Pleads Guilty in 2015 Ossining Roadside Homicide

Yonkers Man Pleads Guilty in 2015 Ossining Roadside Homicide

  A Yonkers man pled guilty last week to murdering a 62-year-old man whose decomposing body was found by a jogger along Route 133 in the Town of Ossining on August 24, 2015. Joaquin Recinos Garcia, 27, could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life without parole when he is set to be […]

Substance Abuse Hospital Plans to Proceed Despite Court Defeat

Substance Abuse Hospital Plans to Proceed Despite Court Defeat

A nine-month moratorium imposed by the Cortlandt Town Board last year that temporarily stalled a proposed luxury substance abuse hospital survived a legal challenge. Acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary ruled on June 21 that the board’s action was “a valid stopgap or interim measure, reasonably designed to temporarily halt development while the town […]

Peekskill Mayor Directs Police Chief to Send Officers to Dallas

Peekskill Mayor Directs Police Chief to Send Officers to Dallas

  An ambush at a rally in Dallas Thursday night where five police officers were killed and seven others were wounded hit a sympathetic nerve nationwide, including in the City of Peekskill. Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina responded to the deadliest bloodshed of U.S. law enforcement personnel since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by ordering […]

Governor Signs Bill to Spread Out Reassessment Hit in Ossining

Governor Signs Bill to Spread Out Reassessment Hit in Ossining

Residents in the Town of Ossining facing increases in assessments on their property values received some relief recently from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed legislation allowing the change to be phased in over three years. The bill, which Cuomo signed on July 5, was sponsored by state Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D/Ossining) and introduced in the […]

Cortlandt Closes $2.75M Deal for 100 Acres in Verplanck

Cortlandt Closes $2.75M Deal for 100 Acres in Verplanck

  The Town of Cortlandt officially silenced “the buzz” last week by purchasing a 100-acre parcel in Verplanck from Con Edison for $2.75M. More than a year ago, the Cortlandt Town Board unanimously voted to block a proposed high electric converter station with an around the clock loud buzzing sound near the Hudson River by […]

Yorktown Takes Unique Step to Crack Down on Dumping

Yorktown Takes Unique Step to Crack Down on Dumping

  The Yorktown Town Board unanimously approved an amendment to the Town Code on June 21 that would make dumping from a vehicle a civil violation if the offender is caught in the act. The addition to the town’s littering laws is unique, according to Town Attorney Michael McDermott, who said his research didn’t reveal […]

Somers Author Calls for Yankees to Refocus on Fans

Somers Author Calls for Yankees to Refocus on Fans

  Somers resident Mike DeLucia is on a mission. The lifelong New York Yankees fan is fed up with how corporate greed has ruined America’s favorite pastime and taken the joy out of rooting for his beloved pinstripes. The high school English teacher expresses his displeasure and solutions to refocus the game on the fans […]

Legislation Passed in Albany to Pave Way for Project in Peekskill

Legislation Passed in Albany to Pave Way for Project in Peekskill

A $6.5 million redevelopment project at Charles Point Marina in Peekskill that is slated to include a restaurant, brewery and an entertainment complex recently received a major boost by Albany lawmakers. On June 15, the state Senate and Assembly passed legislation that provides an exemption for Diamond Properties and Captain Lawrence Brewery to operate a […]

‘Montrose 9’ Pipeline Protestors Use ‘Necessity Defense’ at Trial

‘Montrose 9’ Pipeline Protestors Use ‘Necessity Defense’ at Trial

Two of the so-called “Montrose 9” protestors who were arrested last November for disorderly conduct for blocking access to Spectra Energy’s construction yard on Route 9A took the stand Thursday as their trial resumed in Cortlandt Town Court. Linda Snider and Susan Rutman, along with Michael Bucci, Kim Fraczek, Melissa Freedman, Monica Hunken, George Packard, […]

Two Somers High Grads Charged with Vandalizing School Buses

Two Somers High Grads Charged with Vandalizing School Buses

Two recent Somers High School graduates were charged by State Police with vandalizing about 43 school buses in January, causing more than $29,000 worth of damage. Jonas Moseby, 18, and an unidentified 18-year-old male, both of whom graduated from Somers High on June 21, were allegedly responsible for the slashed bus tires, shattered bus windows […]

Congressman Calls for Shutdown of Indian Point Reactor

Congressman Calls for Shutdown of Indian Point Reactor

U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D) and Hudson Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay called Monday for the immediate shutdown of Unit 2 at the Indian Point nuclear power facility in Buchanan to analyze the cause of 227 bolts recently having been replaced at the core of the reactor. Standing outside the entrance of the plant in […]

Police Charge Three with Loaded Handgun after Peekskill Traffic Stop

Police Charge Three with Loaded Handgun after Peekskill Traffic Stop

Three 23-year-old men were charged by Peekskill Police with possessing a loaded handgun following a traffic stop June 13 on the Bear Mountain Parkway. Officer Jonathan Mosquera pulled over a 2005 Audi after observing the driver, Garfield Holland, a resident of Cortlandt, commit a traffic offense. Further investigation revealed Holland had a suspended license. Officers […]

Neighbors Pondering Lawsuit over Multi-Family Rezoning

Neighbors Pondering Lawsuit over Multi-Family Rezoning

Neighbors who opposed the rezoning of a property on Lexington Avenue that was unanimously approved by the Yorktown Town Board last week are considering taking legal action. The board voted to rezone the site at 3574 Lexington Avenue, located near George Washington Elementary School and North Westchester Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center, from R1-20 (half-acre) […]

Ossining Village Manager Replaced in Village Hall Shakeup

Ossining Village Manager Replaced in Village Hall Shakeup

A year after being enthusiastically welcomed as the new Ossining village manager, Abraham Zambrano has exited Village Hall. Zambrano’s May 31 departure from his $190,000 annual position was announced by Mayor Victoria Gearity as a footnote in a press release last week that also included the resignation of Director of Code Enforcement Alberto Ciraco, who […]

YCSD Looks In-House to Appoint New Assistant Superintendent

YCSD Looks In-House to Appoint New Assistant Superintendent

At its May 23 meeting, the Yorktown Board of Education appointed Lisa O’Shea to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, effective July 1. The post had been held for 10 years by Dr. Florence O’Connor, who announced her retirement in May. The search drew 84 candidates for the position. A Screening Committee […]

Federspiel to Retire as Prez of HV Hospital after 29 Years

Federspiel to Retire as Prez of HV Hospital after 29 Years

A new era will soon begin at New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt. After 29 years as president, John Federspiel is retiring July 1 and will be succeeded by Stacey Petrower, a resident of Peekskill and current chief operating officer at New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. “With more than 20 years of experience as a senior […]

Heroic Lakeland Grad Inducted into State Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Heroic Lakeland Grad Inducted into State Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Major Clayton O. Carpenter, a Lakeland High School and West Point graduate who was killed in January 2014 flying a helicopter in a training mission in Georgia while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, was recently inducted in the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Carpenter, who was 30 when he died, was nominated by […]

Bridge in Yorktown Named for ‘An American Hero’

Bridge in Yorktown Named for ‘An American Hero’

Family, friends and local officials gathered together Saturday morning to honor a Yorktown resident who died five years ago in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Hunterbrook Bridge on Route 129 that crosses over the Croton Reservoir was renamed the Army Specialist David R. Fahey, Jr. Memorial Bridge fittingly on Armed Forces Day for the […]

IBM to Leave Somers Headquarters in 2017

IBM to Leave Somers Headquarters in 2017

Another corporate giant is packing its bags and leaving the Town of Somers. During a site wide meeting with employees last Monday, IBM officials made the announcement that it would be selling its more than 700-acre site off Route 100 and relocating its offices to a renovated facility in Armonk. One employee told the Northern […]

Peekskill to be Honored for Waterfront Trailway Planning

Peekskill to be Honored for Waterfront Trailway Planning

The design of the City of Peekskill’s recently opened Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway on the Hudson River has caught the eye of onlookers from afar. Peekskill officials announced last week the city will be recognized on June 2 by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation with a Commendation Award for outstanding planning achievement for its […]

Catalina Complaint Against Philipstown Town Justice Dismissed

Catalina Complaint Against Philipstown Town Justice Dismissed

A formal complaint filed by Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina against Philipstown Town Justice Alan Steiner for professional misconduct in March was dismissed by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct earlier this month as “without merit.” In a May 6 correspondence circulated by Steiner last week, Robert Tembeckjian, administrator and counsel, stated Catalina’s complaint […]

School Budgets Approved in Seven Local Districts

School Budgets Approved in Seven Local Districts

School budgets in seven districts in northern Westchester were comfortably approved by voters on Tuesday despite glaring low turnouts. The largest spending plan in the area, $161 million, in the Lakeland School District passed 917-243. As a result, Yorktown homeowners will enjoy a 1.9% tax decrease, while Cortlandt taxpayers will experience a 2.3% increase and […]

Funding to Repair Yorktown Rt. 202 Fields at Issue

Funding to Repair Yorktown Rt. 202 Fields at Issue

A town sports club feels Yorktown officials are off base after balking at approving funds to make needed repairs at three fields in the Downing Park complex off Route 202. Members of the Yorktown Athletic Club (YAC), including young players, appeared before the Town Board last week to rally behind Todd Orlowski, superintendent of the […]

First-Time Candidate Takes on Three Incumbents in Lakeland Race

First-Time Candidate Takes on Three Incumbents in Lakeland Race

Three incumbents are hoping to retain their seats on the Lakeland Board of Education for the next three years in the May 17 districtwide election, but first-time candidate Mike Sancimino is looking to oust one of the current trustees. Sancimino, a project manager and software developer for an IT firm, has lived in the district […]

Four Seek Three Seats on Hen Hud Board of Education

Four Seek Three Seats on Hen Hud Board of Education

Four candidates are seeking three available seats on the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education in the May 17 election. Two longtime incumbents, Marion Walsh, who has been a trustee since 2007, and Carson Jacobs, a trustee since 2010, have decided not to seek another three-year term. On the ballot will be Trustee Carol Popolow Abraham […]