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Ossining Resident Doesn't Brush Off Success with Painting Company

Ossining Resident Doesn’t Brush Off Success with Painting Company

By Martin Wilbur In 1990, Jody Finglas planned to pass through New York, a temporary stop between his native Ireland and Australia. More than 25 years later he is still here and has no intention of leaving. Finglas is the owner of Finglas Painting, Inc., a business he bought from his former boss in 1999 […]

Siegel Files Lawsuit Challenging Yorktown’s New Tree Law

Siegel Files Lawsuit Challenging Yorktown’s New Tree Law

Former Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the new tree ordinance adopted by the Yorktown Town Board in September. In a 39-page Article 78 filed in Westchester County Supreme Court, Siegel, who was ousted as a councilwoman last year, charged the board committed multiple violations of four laws and acted in an […]

Protestors Decry ‘No Justice in Cortlandt’ after Guilty Judge Ruling

Protestors Decry ‘No Justice in Cortlandt’ after Guilty Judge Ruling

  Cortlandt Town Justice Daniel McCarthy issued a ruling Friday finding the so-called “Montrose 9” protestors who were arrested last November for blocking access to Spectra Energy’s construction yard on Route 9A guilty of disorderly conduct. Following the brief announcement of McCarthy’s decision, which was delivered in writing, defiant protestors and their supporters chanted “Shame […]

Cortlandt Honors Fallen Vietnam Hero with Bench Dedication

Cortlandt Honors Fallen Vietnam Hero with Bench Dedication

  By Martin Wilbur Nearly a half-century after a local hero made the ultimate sacrifice, he has finally been honored in his home community. Cortlandt officials, veterans and friends, family and classmates of U.S. Army Pvt. Henry Bethea gathered Saturday on a cold, windswept afternoon at Steamboat Riverfront Park in Verplanck to dedicate a bench […]

Peekskill Makes Me Merry Holiday Plans Announced

Peekskill Makes Me Merry Holiday Plans Announced

    The 2016 Peekskill Makes Me Merry holiday campaign, sponsored by the Peekskill Business Improvement District, kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 in Downtown Peekskill with the Annual Peekskill Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Gazebo on the corner of Division and Park Streets.   There will be live performances by Clayton […]

State Leaders Applaud Court Decision on Indian Point Review

State Leaders Applaud Court Decision on Indian Point Review

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman applauded a decision rendered last week by the state Court of Appeals that reaffirmed the state’s authority to review the federal applications of the owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plants for renewal of its licenses. In a unanimous decision November 21, the Court of Appeals […]

Bank Robber Caught After Trying to Rob Supermarket

Bank Robber Caught After Trying to Rob Supermarket

  A Montrose man who robbed a bank in Peekskill Friday was arrested later in the day after trying to rob a supermarket in Croton. Joshue Flores, 26, was taken into custody by New York State Police and Croton police officers Friday night following a brief struggle after he was found hiding in a brook […]

Teacher Charged with Possessing, Receiving Child Porn

Teacher Charged with Possessing, Receiving Child Porn

  A high school teacher who resides in Somers was charged last week with allegedly possessing and receiving child pornography. According to a complaint filed in federal court in White Plains November 23 by Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in October 2012 Nicholas Pagliuca, 65, a teacher […]

Residents Urged to Denounce Plan to Anchor Barges on Hudson

Residents Urged to Denounce Plan to Anchor Barges on Hudson

Residents of Philipstown, Garrison and the surrounding area were urged last week to voice their concerns about a proposal by the United States Coast Guard to create 10 new anchorage sites with up to 43 commercial barges along the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston. During an informational meeting hosted by the Philipstown Democrats at […]

First Female Judge Appointed in Peekskill in Partisan Vote

First Female Judge Appointed in Peekskill in Partisan Vote

  The Democratic majority on the Peekskill Common Council made history last week by appointing the first female city court judge. Melissa Loehr, a Legal Aid Society attorney who once worked in Peekskill City Court and has actively campaigned for Democratic candidates in the city, was selected to the part-time associate judge position for a […]

Water Meter Replacement Project Underway in Peekskill

Water Meter Replacement Project Underway in Peekskill

A $1.9 million water meter replacement project in the City of Peekskill is underway. Most of the one inch or less size meters being changed by Saks Metering, the firm hired by the city, in residential homes will not carry a fee for homeowners. However, the approximately 250 larger meters located in commercial buildings or […]

Female Leaders Lament Hillary’s Close Historic-Making Moment

Female Leaders Lament Hillary’s Close Historic-Making Moment

  Like many observers, several local female elected officials were hopeful of ushering in the first woman-led administration in the 240-year history of the United States. However, with the victory of Republican Donald Trump over Chappaqua’s Hillary Clinton on Election Day, the glass ceiling remains intact, leaving some leaders shattered by the former First Lady’s […]

November 16 Peekskill Telethon to Benefit Homeless

November 16 Peekskill Telethon to Benefit Homeless

  MJM Television and Video Productions will be producing a telethon from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16 for Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill (CHOP) at Peekskill High School. The event will raise funds for homeless veterans and other in the community who have fallen on hard times. The organizations set to […]

Gallelli, Pugh Reelected to Croton Village Board

Gallelli, Pugh Reelected to Croton Village Board

  Two incumbents on the Croton Village Board of Trustees retained their seats Tuesday with decisive victories over two members of the independent Croton United team. Democrats Ann Gallelli and Brian Pugh who also appeared on the Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality Party lines in their quest to earn another two-year term, earned tallies […]

Murphy, Galef, Carlucci Reelected to State Seats: Byrne Elected

Murphy, Galef, Carlucci Reelected to State Seats: Byrne Elected

  Incumbent State Senators Terrence Murphy and David Carlucci and longtime State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef were comfortably reelected Tuesday, while Republican Kevin Byrne was elected to the Assembly to replace Steve Katz. With 100% of the votes tabulated in Putnam County, Murphy (Yorktown) collected 70% of the votes (18,395) to defeat Democrat Alison Boak, who […]

Croton Teens Charged with Sexual Assault at Yorktown Party

Croton Teens Charged with Sexual Assault at Yorktown Party

Yorktown Police charged two unidentified 14-year-old males from Croton-on-Hudson with four counts each of juvenile delinquency for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female at an October 30 party in Yorktown. Police reported the sexual assault occurred during a freshmen high school party. The teens were arrested on November 1. If charged as adults, police stated […]

Pipeline Foes Call on Obama to Halt Construction over Safety

Pipeline Foes Call on Obama to Halt Construction over Safety

  A grassroots coalition group is calling on President Obama to direct the stoppage of construction of the controversial natural gas pipeline following a recent change in the plan near the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan. Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), comprised of residents and elected officials in the tri-state region, has […]

Parent at Odds with Lakeland over Busing for Autistic Twins

Parent at Odds with Lakeland over Busing for Autistic Twins

Eileen Muniz is no stranger to duking it out with Lakeland School District officials, having successfully fought to have her 12-year-old Autistic boy twins placed in a Manhattan school that serves their needs. Now, Muniz is at odds with the district over the busing arrangements for her sons, Vincent and Mars, following an incident last […]

95th State Assembly District: Sandra Galef

95th State Assembly District: Sandra Galef

  For the last 37 years, Sandra Galef has been representing residents in northern Westchester—13 on the county Board of Legislators and the last 24 as a state Assemblywoman in the 95th District, and she hopes her tireless efforts as an independent voice in Albany will earn her another two-year term on November 8. “I […]

94th Assembly District: Brian Higbie

94th Assembly District: Brian Higbie

  When Brian Higbie attended a Yorktown Town Board meeting during the summer to learn about a law that was being changed to ease requirements for developers, he never expected a few months later to be a candidate for the 95th State Assembly District, which covers Yorktown and Somers and four towns in Putnam County. […]

40th State Senate District: Terrence Murphy

40th State Senate District: Terrence Murphy

  Before being elected two years ago to the State Senate in the 40th District, Terrence Murphy had heard about the problems with state government in Albany, but it wasn’t until he was chosen by voters to succeed Greg Ball and continue the 102-year Republican dominance in the district that he discovered how many changes […]

Grace Proposes No Tax Increase in 2017 Yorktown Budget

Grace Proposes No Tax Increase in 2017 Yorktown Budget

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace unveiled his proposed 2017 budget with no tax increase Friday at Town Hall. The $55.9 million budget is down $2 million from this year and falls under the state mandated 2% tax cap. “It’s all very good news as far as I’m concerned,” Grace said during a lightly attended press conference. […]

Prevention, Addiction, Recovery and Treatment to be Explored at Cortlandt Community Coalition's Annual Presentation November 9

Prevention, Addiction, Recovery and Treatment to be Explored at Cortlandt Community Coalition’s Annual Presentation November 9

The Cortlandt Community Coalition will present a community seminar entitled “Doing Our PART for Teens: Prevention, Addiction, Recovery and Treatment” on how to prevent drug and alcohol addiction among teens, explore how and why teens get addicted, discuss treatment options and recent changes in health insurance laws governing treatment, and the challenges of being in […]

Taxes to Rise 2% for Cortlandt Residents Under Puglisi Budget

Taxes to Rise 2% for Cortlandt Residents Under Puglisi Budget

  Town taxes will increase 2% for the majority of Cortlandt property owners under the tentative 2017 budget released last week by Supervisor Linda Puglisi. If the budget remains intact after review by the town board, 75% of residents in Cortlandt will pay an average of $30.75 more next year. Croton and Buchanan residents will […]

Larger ShopRite to Anchor New Shopping Center in Cortlandt

Larger ShopRite to Anchor New Shopping Center in Cortlandt

  The busy ShopRite supermarket on Route 6 in Cortlandt will be getting a larger home when it moves down the road in about two years to a new shopping center being built across from the Cortlandt Town Center. During a wet ground breaking ceremony Friday for Cortlandt Crossing, Christopher Conlon, executive vice president and […]

Cortlandt Man Killed on Motorcycle in Crash in Yorktown

Cortlandt Man Killed on Motorcycle in Crash in Yorktown

  A Cortlandt man was killed Thursday at the intersection of Route 202 and Garden Lane in Yorktown after he collided on a motorcycle with an SUV. Jack Baknezian, 24, was pronounced dead at NY Presbyterian-Hudson Valley Hospital following the accident that occurred at about 11:12 a.m. October 20. According to Yorktown Police, the 2002 […]

Regional Leaders Slam Coast Guard Plan to Anchor Barges on Hudson

Regional Leaders Slam Coast Guard Plan to Anchor Barges on Hudson

Regional elected, environmental and business leaders banded together Wednesday night to condemn a proposal by the United States Coast Guard to create 10 new anchorage sites with dozens of commercial barges along the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston. At a standing-room only hearing attended by approximately 100 at Croton Village Hall, which was sponsored […]

$20.8M Capital Projects Bond Approved by Voters in Croton-Harmon

$20.8M Capital Projects Bond Approved by Voters in Croton-Harmon

  Voters in the Croton-Harmon School District approved a $20.82 million capital projects bond Tuesday. The final tally of the referendum was 465 in favor and 152 against. The proposed projects in the district’s three school buildings are estimated to be completed by the summer 2021. School officials stated approval of the bond would enable […]

Peekskill Awarded $100,000 Grant to Combat ‘Zombie Homes’

Peekskill Awarded $100,000 Grant to Combat ‘Zombie Homes’

The City of Peekskill is one of 76 communities statewide that was awarded a state grant to help combat vacant and abandoned homes that are not maintained during prolonged foreclosure proceedings. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week that Peekskill will receive $100,000 under the Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative, which was established in July […]

$20.8M Capital Projects Bond to School Voters in Croton-Harmon

$20.8M Capital Projects Bond to School Voters in Croton-Harmon

  Voters in the Croton-Harmon School District will go to the polls on Tuesday, October 18 to pass judgement on a $20.82 million capital projects bond referendum. If approved, the proposed projects in the district’s three school buildings are estimated to be completed by the summer 2021. School officials have stated approval of the bond […]