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Senior Living Facility Planned to Replace Columbus Club in Peekskill

Senior Living Facility Planned to Replace Columbus Club in Peekskill

The owners of the Drum Hill Senior Living Community in Peekskill are looking to duplicate their successful efforts at another location in the city. Representatives of Trinity Associates, LLC appeared before the Common Council last week to explain their plans to acquire the two-acre property at 1847 Crompond Road, occupied for many years by the […]

Affordable Homes Available to Eligible Buyers in Cortlandt

Affordable Homes Available to Eligible Buyers in Cortlandt

Three of nine affordable units available in Westchester County to eligible buyers are located in the Town of Cortlandt. The homes are priced between $138,000 and $235,000 and are open to families earning up to 80% of the county’s Area Median Income. Current maximum eligible annual household income ranges from $60,400 for a one-person household […]

Area Elected Officials Call for Suspension of Pet Owner’s License

Area Elected Officials Call for Suspension of Pet Owner’s License

State Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) is calling for the suspension of a Mohegan Lake pet owner’s license following his third arrest for alleged animal cruelty. In a letter to New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball, Murphy formally requested that the license of Richard Doyle, 56, of Mahopac, be suspended until legal […]

Yorktown Establishes Board to Study Incentives for Commercial Growth

Yorktown Establishes Board to Study Incentives for Commercial Growth

The Yorktown Town Board voted unanimously last week to establish a volunteer Industrial and Commercial Incentive Board. Supervisor Michael Grace explained the purpose of the board was to explore incentives to help revitalize the commercial and industrial tax base in Yorktown. A second component of the plan, which will require a separate Town Board vote, […]

10 Charged with Drug Dealing in City of Peekskill

10 Charged with Drug Dealing in City of Peekskill

Federal charges were brought against 10 defendants last week for distributing large quantities of crack cocaine in the City of Peekskill. Complaints were unsealed in White Plains federal court on April 7 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Westchester County Department of Public Safety, Peekskill Police Department and United States Attorney for the Southern District […]

Peekskill Residents to Pay Higher Taxes after Court Ruling

Peekskill Residents to Pay Higher Taxes after Court Ruling

Property taxes in the City of Peekskill will increase 5.9% this year after the state Supreme Court ruled last week the Common Council acted beyond its authority when it approved a 2016 city budget on December 1 with a 3.6% tax hike. The decision, which was triggered by an Article 78 proceeding filed on December […]

Movement to Stop Pipeline Intensifies with Public Outcry

Movement to Stop Pipeline Intensifies with Public Outcry

More than 100 elected officials, environmental activists and local residents banded together Sunday at Riverfront Green in Peekskill to demand federal and state agencies listen to the concerns raised about the health and safety threats of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion to more than 20 million people in the region. Braving high winds […]

Effort Continues to Remove Trump Name from Local State Park

Effort Continues to Remove Trump Name from Local State Park

While Donald Trump continues to be the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, an effort continues locally to remove the celebrity real estate developer’s name from a state park in Yorktown. An online petition drive started nine months ago by a Brooklyn man has attracted the support of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY 18th […]

Disputed Peekskill Housing Grant Flap Takes a Personal Twist

Disputed Peekskill Housing Grant Flap Takes a Personal Twist

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina has filed a formal complaint against a Town of Philipstown justice for professional misconduct and damaging his reputation with remarks made over state grants wrongly given to Councilwoman Drew Claxton and her son for home repairs. In a March 11 correspondence to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Catalina, […]

New Master Plan for Cortlandt Adopted by Town Board

New Master Plan for Cortlandt Adopted by Town Board

The fourth Master Plan in the town’s history was adopted by the Cortlandt Town Board last week. Called “Envision Cortlandt,” the lengthy document with 205 policies and 29 goals has already garnered the town a Planning Federation award as one of only two municipalities in the state to be recognized for its thorough planning, an […]

Cortlandt Approves Bonding for Water District Improvements

Cortlandt Approves Bonding for Water District Improvements

The Cortlandt Town Board approved two separate bond resolutions last week for infrastructure improvements in the Cortlandt Consolidated Water District and Montrose Improvement District. The larger bond, up to $4 million, will fund upgrades for three water main projects in the area of Croton Avenue and Route 202. The second bond, totaling $1.2 million, will […]

Yorktown Resident to Appear on Wheel of Fortune Friday

Yorktown Resident to Appear on Wheel of Fortune Friday

As a young child, Robert Santoli can vividly recall watching the game show Wheel of Fortune with his mom. “It’s how I used to start learning my letters and numbers,” Santoli said. “The wheel itself is full of so many colors. As I grew older I used to be able to figure out what the […]

225 New Apartments on Horizon in Downtown Peekskill

225 New Apartments on Horizon in Downtown Peekskill

The largest residential construction project in more than 55 years featuring 150 rental apartments and 400 underground parking spaces is slated to be built in downtown Peekskill, one block from the planned new Central Firehouse on Park and Brown streets. In addition, a separate development on Main Street that will include 50 art lofts and […]

Cortlandt Officially Closes on 352 Acres of Open Space

Cortlandt Officially Closes on 352 Acres of Open Space

The Town of Cortlandt officially closed Thursday on 352 acres of open space that was once proposed to be developed for more than 300 homes. In 2000, the town and Scenic Hudson jointly purchased the Hudson Highlands Gateway Park property from Ginsburg Development Corporation through a partnership with several other entities. Cortlandt was designated the […]

Plans for Restaurant/Amusement Center in Peekskill Moving Forward

Plans for Restaurant/Amusement Center in Peekskill Moving Forward

Plans for a multi-faceted development on John Walsh Boulevard in Peekskill are moving ahead with hopes of a new restaurant on the waterfront opening in the fall. Representatives for Diamond Properties appeared before the Peekskill Planning Commission in February to give an update on the project, which besides a restaurant and catering facility, include an […]

Bullying Forced Family to Take Student Out of Lakeland School

Bullying Forced Family to Take Student Out of Lakeland School

Alexander (Alec) Browne was a happy-go-lucky kid with a friendly personality. He got along well with other children and never had any disciplinary issues. He enjoyed school. That all changed in third grade at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School in 2013 when his mother, Michelle, said he was harassed by another student during lunch time, at […]

Cortlandt Councilwoman Launches Bid for State Senate

Cortlandt Councilwoman Launches Bid for State Senate

Cortlandt Councilwoman Debbie Carter Costello announced her bid last week to challenge incumbent State Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) in the 40th District in November. Carter Costello is the second Democrat to throw her hat in the ring, coming a few weeks after Putnam County resident Andrew Falk made his intentions known. “Community service and civic […]

Trial of Pipeline Protestors Adjourned in Cortlandt Court

Trial of Pipeline Protestors Adjourned in Cortlandt Court

The trial of nine local residents and community activists who were arrested in the fall for blocking access to Spectra Energy’s pipeline construction yard in Montrose was adjourned two weeks ago over the scheduled testimony of a Cortlandt councilman. Town Justice Daniel McCarthy adjourned the case of the so-called “Montrose 9” to an unspecified date […]

Plans for Substance Abuse Disorder Hospital in Cortlandt Blocked

Plans for Substance Abuse Disorder Hospital in Cortlandt Blocked

A plea to allow a planned specialty hospital to treat individuals suffering from substance use disorder to move forward in Cortlandt fell on deaf ears last week. For the second time, the Cortlandt Town Board unanimously approved a moratorium on certain uses in the town’s Zoning Ordinance until June 30. The board took the same […]

Memorial Service Saturday for Our Montessori School Co-Founder

Memorial Service Saturday for Our Montessori School Co-Founder

    A Memorial Service will be held Saturday for Werner Hengst of Somers, who died at home on Sunday, February 7, surrounded by his family, from complications of diabetes.  He was 79. Mr. Hengst was co-founder and administrator of Our Montessori School in Yorktown Heights, as well as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and […]

Trial of Pipeline Protestors Adjourned in Cortlandt Court

Trial of Pipeline Protestors Adjourned in Cortlandt Court

The trial of nine local residents and community activists who were arrested in the fall for blocking access to Spectra Energy’s pipeline construction yard in Montrose was adjourned last week over the scheduled testimony of a Cortlandt councilman. Town Justice Daniel McCarthy adjourned the case of the so-called “Montrose 9” to an unspecified date to […]

Business of the Week: AFC Urgent Care, Yorktown

Business of the Week: AFC Urgent Care, Yorktown

A Yorktown resident with 25 years’ experience in emergency medicine will lead a new state-of-the-art American Family Care Urgent Care facility that opened last Thursday in the BJ’s Wholesale Club shopping plaza on Route 202 in Yorktown. Dr. Rajesh Gupta said he started two years ago looking to set up his first business after he […]

Entergy Downplays Leak at Indian Pt. as Cuomo Initiates Probe

Entergy Downplays Leak at Indian Pt. as Cuomo Initiates Probe

  The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant downplayed radioactive-water that recently leaked into the groundwater at the Buchanan facility. In a statement issued Saturday, Entergy maintained elevated levels of tritium in three monitoring wells at Indian Point likely reached the ground during recent work activities onsite “did not affect any source or […]

Grease Fire Causes Shut Down of McDonald’s in Mohegan

Grease Fire Causes Shut Down of McDonald’s in Mohegan

The popular McDonald’s fast food restaurant in the Cortlandt Town Center in Mohegan Lake was expected to reopen Monday after a fire forced it to be closed for four days. Cortlandt Code Enforcement Officer Ken Hoch said Monday morning town officials gave the restaurant the go-ahead to start serving customers again, but McDonald’s still needed […]

Animal Rights Protestors Call for Closure of Mohegan Pet Store

Animal Rights Protestors Call for Closure of Mohegan Pet Store

Dozens of pet owners and animal rights activists joined together Saturday afternoon to call for the closing of a Mohegan Lake pet store whose owner is facing animal cruelty charges. Standing on a sidewalk in front of the American Breeders store, located next to Subway, which only advertises itself as “Puppies,” protestors peacefully demonstrated with […]

Grant Given to Claxton, Family Raises Eyebrows in Peekskill

Grant Given to Claxton, Family Raises Eyebrows in Peekskill

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping residents afford upkeep on their homes is taking the blame for a whirlwind of controversy centered around Peekskill Councilwoman Drew Claxton and her son receiving a state grant in 2007 for a residence they co-own on Fremont Street in the city. Alan Steiner, a member of the Board of […]

Courtesy of the Floor Change in Yorktown Sparks Backlash

Courtesy of the Floor Change in Yorktown Sparks Backlash

A call for civility during the courtesy of the floor portion of Yorktown Town Board meetings lasted less than five minutes last week. Supervisor Michael Grace was forced to abruptly end the meeting after a resident in the back of the room at Town Hall refused to stop shouting out while another resident, Paul Moskowitz, […]

New Jersey Man Found Guilty of Murdering Ossining Resident

New Jersey Man Found Guilty of Murdering Ossining Resident

A New Jersey man was found guilty Friday of robbing and murdering a 25-year-old Ossining man in August 2014 in an apartment complex during a planned drug transaction. Anthony Grecco could face a life prison sentence on May 25 after a jury determined following a nine-day trial that he stabbed Ryan Ennis to death and […]

YHS Grad to Appear on Popular Pro Wrestling Reality Show

YHS Grad to Appear on Popular Pro Wrestling Reality Show

  Maybe being a runner-up can be as glamorous as finishing first. Amanda Saccomanno, 24, a 2008 Yorktown High School graduate, is proving that as she prepares to make her debut on the E channel’s popular professional wrestling reality show Total Divas. “I’m really excited for you guys to see all of us,” Saccomanno said […]

Somers Judge Appointed New Town Attorney in Yorktown

Somers Judge Appointed New Town Attorney in Yorktown

    For the first time in six years the Town of Yorktown will have a new town attorney after the Town Board appointed a longtime Somers Town Justice to the position last week. During a work session, which is not televised, the Town Board voted 4-1 on January 12 to have Michael McDermott replace […]