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Mayor Throws in Towel in Trying to Oust City Manager

Mayor Throws in Towel in Trying to Oust City Manager

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina appeared to throw in the towel last week in his long quest to have City Manager Anthony Ruggiero removed. Responding to comments from a few speakers who questioned Ruggiero still being able to keep his $163,000 position despite not adhering to certain requirements under the City Charter, Catalina seemed to concede […]

Yorktown Heights Fire District Voters Approve $1.5M Bond

Yorktown Heights Fire District Voters Approve $1.5M Bond

  Voters in the Yorktown Heights Fire District approved a $1.5 million bond Tuesday night to fund improvements to the Locksley Road firehouse. By a slim margin of 167 to 159, voters in primarily the southern end of Yorktown gave the go-ahead for the construction of a second addition on the 30-year-old building, which is […]

Grace Warns Board Members About Vote on Sober Home

Grace Warns Board Members About Vote on Sober Home

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace warned his fellow board members they could be held personally liable for legal damages if they vote against issuing a special permit for a proposed facility for recovering alcohol and substance abuse addicts on Underhill Avenue. While emphatically expressing his support for the town’s first sober home during a work session […]

Rain Postpones Holiday Electric Lights Parade in Yorktown to Sunday

Rain Postpones Holiday Electric Lights Parade in Yorktown to Sunday

    The third annual Electric Lights Parade “Jingle Bells,” in downtown Yorktown, originally planned for Saturday, has been rescheduled to Sunday due to the wet weather forecast for Saturday. The parade of creative and festive holiday floats, stretching from Front Street to Veterans Road, will still begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with a […]

Bakery Owner Frosted Over Loss of Parking from Lincoln Project

Bakery Owner Frosted Over Loss of Parking from Lincoln Project

Rose Sanca will not be putting out a welcoming mat any time soon for a new visitor’s center and public plaza being constructed in front of the Lincoln Depot Museum on South Water Street. Sanca, who has owned popular Homestyles Desserts for the last 30 years, asserted last week she had been disrespected and “bullied” […]

Peekskill Council Votes Not to Exceed Tax Cap in Budget

Peekskill Council Votes Not to Exceed Tax Cap in Budget

The Peekskill Common Council voted unanimously last week not to exceed the state mandated tax levy cap in the 2015 city budget. The somewhat surprising united front means the spending plan the council had to adopt by last night (Monday) cannot raise taxes for property owners more than 2.26%, or approximately $47 for homes with […]

Police Investigate Shooting at Cortlandt Bar

Police Investigate Shooting at Cortlandt Bar

  State Police are investigating an early morning shooting on November 27 at a bar in Cortlandt. Police received reports of shots fired at 4:49 a.m. in the parking lot of Popeye’s Pub on Route 6. Responding troopers found evidence that a shooting had occurred and several parties had fled the area. The investigation is […]

Peekskill Ponders Exceeding Tax Cap in ‘Scary’ Budget

Peekskill Ponders Exceeding Tax Cap in ‘Scary’ Budget

The Peekskill Common Council continued to haggle last week over what Comptroller Ann Maestri labeled a “scary” proposed 2015 budget. The council spent more than four hours during two separate work sessions debating the use of fund balance, dealing with state pension costs, getting a grip on much higher than anticipated fire department overtime and […]

Hen Hud Students Visit ‘The People’s Court’

Hen Hud Students Visit ‘The People’s Court’

  Business Law students from Hendrick Hudson High School got a first-hand look at the law in action when they traveled on Wednesday to Stamford, Conn. to see a taping of the reality court television program “The People’s Court.” Accompanied by teachers Maura Koch, Gloria Flick and Sharon Vigliotti, the students sat as court observers […]

Tempers Flare at Testy Peekskill Budget Public Hearing

Tempers Flare at Testy Peekskill Budget Public Hearing

Emotions reached a fever pitch last week during a testy public hearing on the proposed 2015 Peekskill budget. An infuriated Mayor Frank Catalina scolded Comptroller Ann Maestri for not being prepared with data to illustrate her claim that the city is “structurally imbalanced” financially based on a reliance on fund balance and other decisions that […]

Shop Local: A Community Impact

Shop Local: A Community Impact

  By Ginny and Ken Ryan, owners of Somers Custom Framing Did you ever think, “Why should I shop local…what does it do for me? With the volume of information and buying opportunities online it seems easier to click a button on your phone or computer than to drive into town to shop. With a […]

Peekskill Breaks Ground for Lincoln Depot Plaza, Visitor’s Center

Peekskill Breaks Ground for Lincoln Depot Plaza, Visitor’s Center

City of Peekskill officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday for Phase 1 of a new public plaza that will surround the recently opened Lincoln Depot Museum on South Water Street. The $600,000 project on a one-acre city-owned site with include a boardwalk and landscaping along McGregory Brook, decorative lighting, a new station platform in the […]

Proposed 2015 Cortlandt Budget Well Below Tax Cap

Proposed 2015 Cortlandt Budget Well Below Tax Cap

Continuing what she proclaimed has been a 24-year tax cap during her administration, Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi delivered a proposed 2015 budget last week that calls for a less than one percent tax increase for property owners, the lowest since 2006 when the town experienced one of 11 tax freezes. If the $37.86 million budget […]

Siegel Holds Lead in Yorktown Town Board Race

Siegel Holds Lead in Yorktown Town Board Race

  Former Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel appears to have defeated Republican Thomas Diana to serve the last 13 months of former Councilman Dave Paganelli’s unexpired term, according to unofficial results posted by the Westchester County Board of Elections. With 100% of the 43 districts reporting, Siegel received 5,543 votes (51%) to 5,414 (49%) for Diana. […]

Residents Vote to Help Yorktown Town Board Fill Vacancies

Residents Vote to Help Yorktown Town Board Fill Vacancies

  Yorktown residents weighed in Tuesday night on giving the depleted Yorktown Town Board more options to fill seats when they become empty. According to unofficial results with the Westchester Board of Elections, 75% of voters approved a proposition on the ballot stipulating when a vacancy occurs in the offices of town supervisor, town council, […]

Gearity Elected New Mayor in Village of Ossining

Gearity Elected New Mayor in Village of Ossining

  Village of Ossining Trustee Victoria Gearity was elected as the new mayor Tuesday night, according to unofficial results from the Westchester Board of Elections. Gearity, who defeated incumbent Mayor William Hanauer in a Democratic primary to become the overwhelming favorite in the race, held a better than two-to-one lead over Hanuaer with a third […]

Double-Digit Tax Hike Possible in Troubled Peekskill Budget

Double-Digit Tax Hike Possible in Troubled Peekskill Budget

Peekskill residents could be facing a tax increase as high as 11% next year if a retooled 2015 budget is approved by the Common Council next month. A tentative $53.44 million budget submitted by Peekskill City Manager Anthony Ruggiero last month called for a 2.2% tax hike, along with increases in water and sewer rates […]

Hen Hud Schools in Lockdown for Two Days as Police Investigate Threat

Hen Hud Schools in Lockdown for Two Days as Police Investigate Threat

Several schools in the Hendrick Hudson School District were placed in lockdown Wednesday afternoon for the second straight day after an anonymous phone threat was made. According to information released by Superintendent of Schools Joseph Hochreiter, an unidentified man called the high school at 1:45 p.m. wanting money. An earlier report stated the man threatened […]

Hanauer Seeks Fifth Term in Ossining Mayor Race vs Gearity

Hanauer Seeks Fifth Term in Ossining Mayor Race vs Gearity

Two colleagues on the Ossining Village Board are squaring off for the mayor seat on November 4. Incumbent Mayor William Hanauer, who has led the village since 2007, is seeking a fifth term running only on the Working Families line after losing in a Democratic primary to Trustee Victoria Gearity, who is in her second […]

40th State Senate District: Justin Wagner

40th State Senate District: Justin Wagner

Two years ago, Croton-on-Hudson resident Justin Wagner came within two percentage points of upsetting State Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I/Patterson) in the 40th District, the closest race in the state involving an incumbent. The 33-year-old Democrat has returned this year for another shot at the same seat, this time against Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy after Ball […]

40th State Senate District: Terrence Murphy

40th State Senate District: Terrence Murphy

Serving people is something Terrence Murphy takes pride in all aspects of his life. “I’ll never get tired of serving the community. It’s something I do every day as a health care provider,” said Murphy, a chiropractor who has operated Yorktown Health and Wellness Center on Commerce Street since 1999. “There’s some DNA involved in […]

Officials Join Forces to Bash Pipeline at Peekskill Rally

Officials Join Forces to Bash Pipeline at Peekskill Rally

  Representatives from municipalities directly affected by a proposed expansion of natural gas pipeline banded together Saturday in Peekskill to vehemently oppose the controversial project. “This pipeline is frightening. It is not safe for our communities,” said Courtney Williams, a cancer research scientist and member of Concerned Peekskill Residents (CPR). “This pipeline is bad for […]

SOAC Product Brings Local Pride Playing in World Series

SOAC Product Brings Local Pride Playing in World Series

  Shrub Oak Athletic Club President Steve Rosen said there was no doubt that at an early age there was something special about Joe Panik. Panik, 23, a rookie starting second baseman for the San Francisco Giants, who are representing the National League in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, started his baseball […]

Cortlandt Uses Surplus to Fund $2.5M Paving Projects

Cortlandt Uses Surplus to Fund $2.5M Paving Projects

The Town of Cortlandt is in the process of paving or resurfacing roadways throughout the town by utilizing $2.5 million from the highway surplus fund. Supervisor Linda Puglisi explained a staff committee reviewed 70 miles of roads in the town last spring to determine which were in most need of attention this fall, and with […]

Opening of Lincoln Depot Museum Celebrated in Peekskill

Opening of Lincoln Depot Museum Celebrated in Peekskill

  Eleven years of planning to mark an historic moment in the City of Peekskill and the history of the United States was celebrated Saturday with the long awaited opening of the Lincoln Depot Museum on South Water Street. Local officials participated in a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony for the museum, the only one of its […]

Breakthrough Solar-Powered Transportation System Unveiled in Yorktown

Breakthrough Solar-Powered Transportation System Unveiled in Yorktown

Visitors at the annual Yorktown Fall Festival & Street Fair Sunday were given a preview of a breakthrough solar-powered transportation system designed to be energy efficient and eliminate congestion. Bill James, creator of JPODS, a pioneer monorail system, offered free rides to interested parties on his ELF, a three-wheeled, passenger vehicle. The system will be […]

Costco Project Takes Step Forward in Yorktown

Costco Project Takes Step Forward in Yorktown

A proposed Costco Wholesale Club on Route 202 in Yorktown cleared one hurdle last week after the Yorktown Planning Board voted unanimously to accept a revised Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project. Written comments on the FEIS can still be submitted to the Planning Department. Many of the issues raised by residents and Planning […]

GOP Supporters Endorse Diana for Yorktown Board Seat

GOP Supporters Endorse Diana for Yorktown Board Seat

Local Republican leaders endorsed Tom Diana Friday afternoon in the upcoming election for one of the vacant seats on the Yorktown Town Board. Diana, who ran unsuccessfully last year as a Democrat for highway superintendent against Dave Paganelli, is seeking to fill the last 14 months or so of Paganelli’s unexpired four-year term. He is […]

Blood, Organ Drives to be Part of Annual Yorktown Street Festival

Blood, Organ Drives to be Part of Annual Yorktown Street Festival

  Yorktown resident David Rocco has donated 160 pints of blood over the last 30 years, and he’s hoping to encourage many others to follow his lead this Sunday in conjunction with the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce’s annual Street Festival. With thousands of visitors expected in downtown Yorktown from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on […]

Wife’s Lover Jailed for Life for Murder of Peekskill Cab Driver

Wife’s Lover Jailed for Life for Murder of Peekskill Cab Driver

    A Newburgh man was sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this week for murdering a well-known cab driver and the husband of his lover in 2012 on Pine Street in Peekskill. John Murray, 62, who has already served more than 30 years behind bars for other violent crimes, received his punishment […]