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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 […]

Feds to Probe Civil Rights Complaints Made Against School

Feds to Probe Civil Rights Complaints Made Against School

Allegations made by a Cortlandt family that their son was subjected to “intentional bullying” and discriminated against by staff at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School on the basis of a learning disability has caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Education. New York Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In an April 28 letter to Michelle […]

Upcoming School Board Races Shape Up in Local Districts

Upcoming School Board Races Shape Up in Local Districts

Half of the six local school districts will have contested Board of Education races on Tuesday, May 17. In the Lakeland, Yorktown and Hendrick Hudson school districts, four candidates will be vying for three available seats. The term for each seat in each district is three years. In Lakeland, three incumbents have filed petitions for […]

Approval Expected for New Shopping Center in Cortlandt

Approval Expected for New Shopping Center in Cortlandt

Another new shopping center will soon be popping up in the Mohegan Lake section of Cortlandt. The Cortlandt Planning Board is expected tonight (Tuesday) to grant final site plan approval, along with required wetlands, tree removal and steep slope permits, for Cortlandt Crossing, to be located directly across Route 6 from Walmart and the Cortlandt […]

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 […]