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Yorktown May Consider Banning Dogs from Rec Areas

Yorktown May Consider Banning Dogs from Rec Areas

The Yorktown Town Board will likely hold a public hearing in September to consider amending an ordinance that would ban dogs from recreational play areas in the town. Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace made the suggestion at a recent work session after the board was approached by resident Patricia Mckechnie and Rick Romanski, president of the […]

‘Grand Prix NY on the Hudson’ Proposed in Peekskill

‘Grand Prix NY on the Hudson’ Proposed in Peekskill

It’s a concept that has been very successful in Mount Kisco, and now Diamond Properties is looking to bring the same excitement to Peekskill. Although go karts and bowling may not be part of the plans, “Grand Prix NY on the Hudson” on John Walsh Blvd,, near D. Bertoline & Sons on the former The […]

Veterans Clash over Flying of American Flag at Peekskill City Hall

Veterans Clash over Flying of American Flag at Peekskill City Hall

A disabled Vietnam veteran and members of the American Legion 274 Post in Peekskill clashed over whether the city was properly flying the American Flag at City Hall during a heated debate last week in front of the Common Council. George Ondek, a past commander of the Disabled American Veterans who has been lobbying the […]

Substance Abuse Treatment Hospital Proposed in Cortlandt

Substance Abuse Treatment Hospital Proposed in Cortlandt

An upscale residential treatment center for patients with alcohol and other substance abuse disorders is being proposed in a rural neighborhood in the Town of Cortlandt. The Hudson Ridge Wellness Center is seeking site plan approval and a special permit from the Cortlandt Planning Board to fill a maximum of 92 beds in seven existing […]

Peekskill Police Charge Man with Beauty Salon Burglary

Peekskill Police Charge Man with Beauty Salon Burglary

Peekskill police arrested a Beacon Man last week for the August 2 burglary of a beauty salon on South Street. Ernest Gordineer, 43, was apprehended August 4 on Highland Avenue at 2:30 a.m. by Officer Fabian Gonzalez who recognized him from video evidence at Daisy’s Beauty Salon and from previous cases where he had arrested […]

Pataki Touts Successes as Governor in GOP Presidential Debate

Pataki Touts Successes as Governor in GOP Presidential Debate

Former Peekskill Mayor George Pataki touted his record as a three-term governor of New York during his appearance Thursday night in the undercard debate of scrambling Republican presidential candidates in Cleveland. Pataki, 69, whose poll numbers among the 17 GOP hopefuls did not qualify him for the “main event” top 10 debate with the likes […]

Habitat for Humanity Comes to the Rescue of Fire Victims

Habitat for Humanity Comes to the Rescue of Fire Victims

One of the missions of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester is to eliminate poverty and homelessness throughout the region, and oftentimes its army of volunteers find themselves lending a helping hand when a crisis strikes. Two weeks ago, a fire in a home at 141 Fremont Street in Peekskill left approximately 103 adults and children […]

Croton United Unveils Slate of Candidates for Village Board

Croton United Unveils Slate of Candidates for Village Board

Croton United, a self-proclaimed non-partisan organization, recently announced its slate of candidates for the 2015 election. Heading the ticket is former mayor and trustee Dr. Gregory Schmidt, who is looking to unseat incumbent Democrat Leo Wiegman, who has led the village since 2009. Schmidt, also a registered Democrat, is a local chiropractor who has lived […]

King Appointed as New Village Manager in Croton-on-Hudson

King Appointed as New Village Manager in Croton-on-Hudson

Janine King has been chosen as the new village manager in Croton-on-Hudson. King, who started working for Croton in 1997 as a part-time records management clerk and office assistant, has been serving as acting village manager since May when former Village Manager Abraham Zambrano left to become village manager in the Village of Ossining. The […]

Future of Five Local A&P Supermarkets Uncertain

Future of Five Local A&P Supermarkets Uncertain

The future of five A&P supermarkets in northern Westchester is uncertain after the corporate company that owns 296 stores filed for bankruptcy protection last week. Officials from the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. announced it would close 25 stores in the near future due to “lack of interest and significant ongoing store operating […]

Supervisor’s Son Charged with Grand Larceny in Yorktown

Supervisor’s Son Charged with Grand Larceny in Yorktown

  The son of Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace was arrested Tuesday night for stealing money while attending a party. Henry Grace, 22, of Hanover Street in Yorktown, was charged by Yorktown Police with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony, for allegedly stealing $3,000 from a security box at a home at […]

Local Municipalities Awarded Funding for Microgrid Projects

Local Municipalities Awarded Funding for Microgrid Projects

Three northern Westchester municipalities have been awarded approximately $100,000 each to support innovative microgrid projects. The towns of Cortlandt and Somers and village of Croton-on-Hudson were among 83 communities that qualified for the competitions Stage 1 awards. The victorious municipalities will now study the feasibility of installing a community microgrid, which is a standalone energy […]

Yorktown High Grad Out to Prove She’s ‘Tough Enough’

Yorktown High Grad Out to Prove She’s ‘Tough Enough’

  By Rick Pezzullo A Yorktown High School graduate is in the running for a $250,000 contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Amanda Saccomanno, 24, who graduated from Yorktown High in 2008 and earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Iona College, was chosen from more than 11,000 hopefuls to be among the final […]

Hen Hud, Municipalities Reach New Financial Pact with Entergy

Hen Hud, Municipalities Reach New Financial Pact with Entergy

The Hendrick Hudson Board of Education last week unanimously approved a new 10-year financial agreement between the district, several municipal entities and Entergy, owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan, regarding Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT). The pact, which includes the Town of Cortlandt, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Buchanan Fire Department […]

Yorktown Bridge to be Named for Fallen Army Soldier

Yorktown Bridge to be Named for Fallen Army Soldier

A state bridge in Yorktown will be named for a U.S. Army specialist who was killed four years ago while serving in Afghanistan. State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-C/Yorktown) announced last week the bridge on Route 129 will be renamed as the Specialist David R. Fahey Jr. Memorial Bridge for the former 23-year-old Yorktown resident. Fahey […]

17-year-old Determined to Win Seat on Ossining Town Board

17-year-old Determined to Win Seat on Ossining Town Board

He just graduated from Ossining High School on Saturday and will be furthering his education in September at Fordham University, but Aaron Spring has set his sights on another achievement in November. Spring, 17, is looking to make history by being the youngest elected official in the Town of Ossining. He is running on the […]

Planned Cortlandt Shopping Center on Rt. 6 Drops in Size

Planned Cortlandt Shopping Center on Rt. 6 Drops in Size

The size of a new shopping center proposed across from the Cortlandt Town Center has been reduced, along with the number of planned parking spaces. An updated site plan for Cortlandt Crossing presented to the Cortlandt Planning Board earlier this month showed retail space totaling 130,000 square feet, which is smaller than the 170,000-square-foot building […]

Protest of Cortlandt Rotary Club Circus Having Reverse Effect

Protest of Cortlandt Rotary Club Circus Having Reverse Effect

The president of the Rotary Club of Cortlandt Manor said opposition to a circus fundraiser in Verplanck this week has actually increased ticket sales. An online petition of more than 1,000 signatures and a roadside protest in Montrose Saturday to the Kelly Miller Circus, scheduled to appear on the Mt Carmel Society grounds on Sixth […]

Peekskill Mayor Launches Reelection Bid with Diverse Ticket

Peekskill Mayor Launches Reelection Bid with Diverse Ticket

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina is heading a Republican/Conservative ticket for four available seats on the Common Council in November as the lone registered Republican as he seeks to break up the current Democratic majority. Joined by about 60 supporters along Restaurant Row on Division Street Saturday, Catalina and his three running mates, Tina Fischer, Brendon […]

Yorktown Task Force Against Heroin Tackles Drug Epidemic

Yorktown Task Force Against Heroin Tackles Drug Epidemic

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 43,982 unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2013, more than half of which involved prescription medication. It’s a growing trend that started in 1996, according to Dr. Andrew Kolodny, head of medicine for Phoenix House in Shrub Oak, when doctors and dentists began prescribing […]

Pataki Returns Home for Presidential Campaign Rally

Pataki Returns Home for Presidential Campaign Rally

Three days after joining an expanding field of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president, George Pataki returned to his Peekskill roots Sunday to join longtime friends and supporters who believe he can make it to the White House. Several hundred people jammed into the Lincoln Depot Museum – where President Abraham Lincoln stopped to […]

Yorktown Strikes $2.1M Deal with Pipeline Co. for Land Use

Yorktown Strikes $2.1M Deal with Pipeline Co. for Land Use

The Town of Yorktown will receive $1.5 million plus approximately $600,000 in public improvements as part of an agreement it reached with the construction company readying to expand a gas transmission pipeline in the area. In a 3-2 vote last week, the Yorktown Town Board authorized Spectra Energy and Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC to access […]

Busing for Peekskill Elementary Students, Budget Approved

Busing for Peekskill Elementary Students, Budget Approved

  By Rick Pezzullo A transportation proposition to only include busing next year for Peekskill School District students in kindergarten through fifth grade in public and private schools was approved by voters Tuesday night. The controversial $1.765 million proposition passed 544 to 360. District officials had been considering asking voters to approve a proposition that […]

Budgets Pass Handily in Four School Districts

Budgets Pass Handily in Four School Districts

  School budgets were approved handily Tuesday in the Lakeland, Hendrick Hudson, Yorktown and Ossining districts. In Lakeland, the budget passed 877 to 248. In the Board of Education race for three seats, Carol Dobson was reelected with 881 votes, along with newcomers Michael Daly with 817 votes and Karen Pressman with 801. Former school […]

Yorktown Town Clerk Roker Not Seeking Reelection

Yorktown Town Clerk Roker Not Seeking Reelection

Yorktown Town Clerk Alice Roker announced Wednesday afternoon she will not be seeking reelection to the post she has held for a quarter of a century. Roker, a former television news producer for NBC, said she had no immediate plans once she leaves office at the end of the year, but stressed she was not […]

Busing for Peekskill Elementary Students at Stake in Proposition

Busing for Peekskill Elementary Students at Stake in Proposition

A transportation proposition to only include busing next year for Peekskill School District students in kindergarten through fifth grade in public and private schools will be decided by voters next Tuesday. If the controversial proposition fails on May 19, no bus transportation would be available for any students in public or private schools, and elementary […]

Newcomer Seeks to Win Seat in Peekskill Board of Ed Race

Newcomer Seeks to Win Seat in Peekskill Board of Ed Race

A local taxi driver and father of two Peekskill High School students is running against two incumbents for two available seats on the Peekskill Board of Education on May 19. Ramon Fernandez, president of the Peekskill Youth Soccer Club, is squaring off against Lisa Aspinall-Kellawon and Colin Smith, who are both seeking their second three-year […]

Heartbroken Restaurant Owner Raising Funds for Devastated Homeland

Heartbroken Restaurant Owner Raising Funds for Devastated Homeland

As horrific as the images of the destruction from the earthquake in Nepal appear from afar, the actual devastation and despair is much worse, according to Gyaljen Nuru Sherpa, owner of Jewel of Himalaya restaurant in Yorktown. Sherpa was born and raised in Nepal, so he is very familiar with what his countrymen are going […]

Peekskill Mayor Delivers Upbeat State of the City Address

Peekskill Mayor Delivers Upbeat State of the City Address

  Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina maintained the city was on a path to financial recovery and development was on the upswing during an optimistic State of the City Address at City Hall Monday night. Throughout his one-hour speech that sometimes brought the packed crowd to its feet, Catalina spoke of the financial hurdles he has […]

Board Scales Down Busing in Peekskill Schools Proposition

Board Scales Down Busing in Peekskill Schools Proposition

The Peekskill Board of Education voted last week to scale down a transportation proposition to only include busing next year for students in kindergarten through fifth grade in public and private schools. Previously, district officials were considering asking voters on May 19 to approve a proposition that would have provided busing for all students, including […]