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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 […]

Former Local Coach Jailed 50 Years for Sexually Assaulting Girls

Former Local Coach Jailed 50 Years for Sexually Assaulting Girls

A former local girls’ basketball coach was sentenced last week to 50 years prison for sexually assaulting seven girls in his Cortlandt home. A year ago, Richard Dinizo, 60, who coached 12 and 13-year-old girls in the Westchester Basketball Association for about 20 years, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison after pleading guilty […]

Somers Supervisor Reports PepsiCo is Leaving Town in 2016

Somers Supervisor Reports PepsiCo is Leaving Town in 2016

PepsiCo will be relocating its approximately 900 employees from its bottling headquarters in the Town of Somers by the first quarter of 2016, according to Supervisor Rick Morrissey. In a Facebook post over the weekend, Morrissey said the town had been notified Friday that PepsiCo was planning to abandon the facility it has occupied for […]

$20M Mixed Use Project Moving Forward in Downtown Peekskill

$20M Mixed Use Project Moving Forward in Downtown Peekskill

A zoning amendment approved by the Peekskill Common Council last summer that allowed the expansion of residential development in the downtown and artist lofts in the C-3 zone helped spearhead a $20 million mixed use project planned on Main and Diven streets. Ken Kearney, president of Kearney Realty and Development Corporation, told council members last […]

HV Hospital Seeks Rezoning to Construct New Building

HV Hospital Seeks Rezoning to Construct New Building

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is seeking a rezoning change from the Town of Cortlandt to construct a new three-story building for primarily physician offices. In a letter to Supervisor Linda Puglisi last month, George Cronk, project manager for The Chazen Companies, which is overseeing the development, stated the 36,000-square-foot structure is needed to accommodate additional […]

County Reviews Report on Pipeline Expansion in Cortlandt Park

County Reviews Report on Pipeline Expansion in Cortlandt Park

A report on the effects the expansion of a proposed Algonquin natural gas pipeline would have on Westchester County-owned Blue Mountain Reservation in Cortlandt was reviewed by the Board of Legislators’ Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing Committee last week. An independent environmental assessment completed by the non-profit institute Hudsonia concluded the construction activity of removing […]

Mini-Town Center Project Draws Mixed Reviews in Cortlandt

Mini-Town Center Project Draws Mixed Reviews in Cortlandt

Plans for a new shopping center across from the Cortlandt Town Center received mixed reviews from residents at a public hearing last week. Acadia Realty, owners of the 8500,000 square feet Town Center, is proposing a total of approximately 170,000 square feet of retail space on 17 acres of the 36-acre property on Route 6. […]

Yorktown Police Seek Help in K-Mart Parking Lot Robbery

Yorktown Police Seek Help in K-Mart Parking Lot Robbery

    The Yorktown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance investigating a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of K-Mart Thursday afternoon. At about 3:45 p.m. a local woman reported to police that she was sitting in her car when an unknown male opened the passenger side door, sat inside and held her […]

Candidates Chosen for Special Election in Yorktown

Candidates Chosen for Special Election in Yorktown

  Candidates for a special election in March to fill two vacancies on the Yorktown Town Board were chosen by the Democratic and Republican committees this week. The Democrats met Thursday night and selected Rosanne Brackett, who has been a vocal opponent of Supervisor Michael Grace and the proposed natural gas pipeline, to run for […]

Special Election for Vacancies on Yorktown Town Board Set

Special Election for Vacancies on Yorktown Town Board Set

After months of squabbling and at loggerheads, the Yorktown Town Board finally agreed last week on how and when to fill two vacancies on the board. Supervisor Michael Grace, a Republican, and Democratic Town Board members Vishnu Patel and Susan Siegel unanimously decided to schedule a special election for Tuesday, March 10 for residents to […]