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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 […]

20th Anniversary Support-A-Walk Sunday at FDR Park

20th Anniversary Support-A-Walk Sunday at FDR Park

For the last 20 years, the first Sunday of October has become known as Support-A-Walk day in Yorktown as thousands mark their calendar to be at FDR State Park to celebrate the lives of those who have defeated breast or ovarian cancer or are courageously batting it, and honor those who lost their personal fight. […]

Driver Jailed for Killing Ossining Man on Route 9A

Driver Jailed for Killing Ossining Man on Route 9A

  A Rockland County woman was sentenced Friday to one to three years in prison for killing an Ossining man last September on Route 9A as he was crossing the roadway to put up campaign signs. Michelle Sergio, 39, of Nanuet, pled guilty in May to two counts of vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, […]

Youths Charged with Ransacking Islamic Center in Mohegan

Youths Charged with Ransacking Islamic Center in Mohegan

  Three male Mohegan Lake youths were arrested Wednesday in connection with the ransacking of the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center on Lexington Avenue. The unidentified youths, one 13 and the other two 12, were charged with juvenile delinquency and are scheduled to appear in Westchester County Family Court on September 30. The youths were […]

Hanauer Holds Out Hope after Ossining Primary Loss to Gearity

Hanauer Holds Out Hope after Ossining Primary Loss to Gearity

Ossining Mayor William Hanauer may have suffered a lopsided loss in a Democratic primary to Trustee Victoria Gearity last week, but he is refusing to throw in the towel in his quest for a fifth two-year term. “I still have a good chance,” said Hanauer. “There are many crossover votes that I hope to get. […]

Anti-Pipeline Groups Urge FERC to Drop ‘Fatally Flawed’ Document

Anti-Pipeline Groups Urge FERC to Drop ‘Fatally Flawed’ Document

Three grassroots groups are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to withdraw what they feel is a “fatally flawed” Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a planned natural gas pipeline that would extend from New York to Massachusetts. Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), Concerned Peekskill Residents (CPR) and Keep Yorktown Safe (KYS) […]

Gearity Apparent Winner over Mayor Hanauer in Ossining Primary

Gearity Apparent Winner over Mayor Hanauer in Ossining Primary

  Ossining Village Trustee Victoria Gearity defeated eight-year Mayor William Hanauer in a Democratic primary Tuesday, according to unofficial results posted by the Westchester County Board of Elections. With 13 of 17 districts reporting, Gearity, a first-term trustee who was endorsed by the Democratic Committee, had 436 votes (58%) to 313 (42%) for Hanauer. With […]

Peekskill Council to Vote on Property Revaluation

Peekskill Council to Vote on Property Revaluation

The Peekskill Common Council was scheduled Monday night to vote on the first revaluation of city properties in 61 years. Mayor Frank Catalina asked City Manager Anthony Ruggiero to put the somewhat controversial action on the agenda following last week’s work session when a member of the New York State Office of Real Property Tax […]

Montrose Man Charged with Assaulting Two State Troopers

Montrose Man Charged with Assaulting Two State Troopers

  A Montrose man was charged with assaulting two New York State troopers last week after he was involved in an altercation in the parking lot of a deli on Route 9A in Cortlandt. Carlos Rosario, 48, was taken into custody on August 30 at about 5:45 p.m. after he resisted arrest and had to […]

Wagner, Murphy Spar over Proposed Gas Pipeline

Wagner, Murphy Spar over Proposed Gas Pipeline

Democratic State Senate candidate Justin Wagner vowed if elected he would block any legislation authorizing any transfer of municipal land for the construction of a proposed natural gas pipeline, a pledge he contended could not be promised by Republican opponent Terrence Murphy based on his voting record in Yorktown. Standing at a playground and baseball […]

Community Activists Rally in Peekskill to End Racial Profiling

Community Activists Rally in Peekskill to End Racial Profiling

Armed with posters saying “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “No More Michael Browns,” about 50 community members held a peaceful rally in Peekskill Wednesday night demanding a congressional hearing into police brutality and an end to racial profiling. The demonstration outside the Park Place offices of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was triggered by the recent […]

Cortlandt Town Board Rejects Bids on In-Rem Properties

Cortlandt Town Board Rejects Bids on In-Rem Properties

The Cortlandt Town Board last week rejected bids placed on five in-rem properties at an auction last month and will hold another sale in November. Supervisor Linda Puglisi explained the bids were not accepted because they didn’t cover the amount of the back taxes owed or the value of the properties. Of the 26 properties […]

Local Teacher Found Guilty of Changing Test Scores

Local Teacher Found Guilty of Changing Test Scores

A Peekskill High School teacher has been found guilty of changing the answers on Regents exams of two students in 2013 and was fined a half-year salary. Hearing Officer Dennis Campagna ruled on August 8 that Allison Risoli, 54, a resident of Peekskill and chairwoman of the Social Studies Department at Peekskill High School, altered […]

County Police Make Prostitution Arrest in Ossining

County Police Make Prostitution Arrest in Ossining

  Westchester County Police recently arrested two women, one on a prostitution charge, following an undercover investigation into two health spas operating on North State Road in Ossining. On July 29 at 10 p.m., police charged Min Zhu Piao, 41, of Flushing, Queens, with prostitution, a misdemeanor, following an investigation at the 1st Oriental Health […]

Peekskill Officials, Residents Latest to Oppose Pipeline

Peekskill Officials, Residents Latest to Oppose Pipeline

A planned high pressure natural gas pipeline received anything but a warm welcome from residents and officials in the City of Peekskill last week. Spectra Energy representatives were bombarded with questions and critical comments during a two-hour presentation at City Hall about the controversial project that would only run 2/10ths of a mile through Peekskill […]

Pataki Endorses Councilman Murphy for State Senate Seat

Pataki Endorses Councilman Murphy for State Senate Seat

Former Governor George Pataki endorsed Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy last week for the State Senate seat he once held. Standing in front of Peekskill City Hall, where he also served as mayor, Pataki said Murphy has the local government background and experience as a small business owner to make a difference in Albany representing the […]

Catalina Accuses Council of ‘Negligence’ for Bad Budgeting

Catalina Accuses Council of ‘Negligence’ for Bad Budgeting

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina accused the Democratic-controlled Common Council of “negligence” by failing to property budget for $1.3 million for tax certiorari cases that the city may be forced to bond for. A fuming Catalina, who took office in January, criticized the administration of former Mayor Mary Foster and her Democratic council members for only […]

Mets Slugger Offers Advice to Young Players at Local Camp

Mets Slugger Offers Advice to Young Players at Local Camp

New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda carries a big stick and is among the leaders in home runs and RBI in the National League, so when the 6’4” slugger walked on to the field at Summer Trails Day Camp in Somers last Thursday he was greeted with chants of “Let’s Go Mets!” and enthusiastic […]

Croton Man Killed in Four-Car Crash on Taconic

Croton Man Killed in Four-Car Crash on Taconic

A Croton-on-Hudson father of four was killed in a four-car accident on the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley Monday evening. Joseph Nagy, 28, of Half Moon Bay, was pronounced dead at Westchester Medical Center at 7:35 p.m., a little more than an hour after witnesses told State Police he was traveling at a high […]

Proposed Summer Closings of Indian Point Plants Opposed

Proposed Summer Closings of Indian Point Plants Opposed

A plan designed to protect fish in the Hudson River that would force the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan to close for several months during the summer is being opposed by local officials and the owner of the controversial facilities. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a public hearing in Cortlandt […]

Boil Water Advisory Issued in Ossining Through Sunday

Boil Water Advisory Issued in Ossining Through Sunday

  About 5,000 residents in the Village of Ossining are being instructed to boil their water before drinking it or using it for food preparation at least through Sunday following a water main break Thursday night on Route 134 near Route 9A. The affected area includes streets as far west as Route 9, as far […]

Two-Time Cancer Survivor Thankful for Support Connection

Two-Time Cancer Survivor Thankful for Support Connection

Before she turned 40, Andrea Della Mura had to endure two battles with breast cancer and opted at age 39 to have a double mastectomy. With a husband and two young children, it was a decision she didn’t hesitate to make and has no regrets. “My decision at that point was clear. I remember standing […]

Disputed Sports Field on Croton Ave in Cortlandt Nixed

Disputed Sports Field on Croton Ave in Cortlandt Nixed

A sports field that was proposed in conjunction with a luxury housing project on Croton Avenue in Cortlandt has been eliminated as part of an agreement between the developer and the Town Board. Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi announced last week an alternative plan had been reached where the developer of Hanover Estates, a proposed 25 […]

Yorktown ZBA Backs Inspector in Ruling on Sober Home

Yorktown ZBA Backs Inspector in Ruling on Sober Home

  The Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night supported a written opinion by Building Inspector John Winter that a proposed facility for recovering alcohol and substance abuse addicts on Underhill Avenue falls under the definition of a “convalescent home.” Three of the four sitting ZBA members denied an appeal from neighbors Linda Gironda and […]