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Mt. Kisco Receives Two Federal Grants for Community Improvements

Mt. Kisco Receives Two Federal Grants for Community Improvements

By James Best The Village of Mount Kisco announced last week it has received two federal grants totaling $230,000 for pedestrian and safety improvements and to buy a bus to transport senior citizens. Mayor Michael Cindrich said a $200,000 grant was for a staircase and crosswalk across Preston Way to provide pedestrians with a safer […]

New Castle Water District Proposal Ignites Pediatric Facility Debate

New Castle Water District Proposal Ignites Pediatric Facility Debate

A proposed intermunicipal agreement (IMA) to provide Ossining with New Castle water is in limbo after suspicions were raised the move would bring a pediatric nursing home the water it needs for a controversial expansion project. New Castle officials heard a presentation from DPW Commissioner Gerry Moerschell at the town board’s Jan. 19 work session […]

Education Funding, Reforms Dominate Local State Budget Hearing

Education Funding, Reforms Dominate Local State Budget Hearing

Education issues was the major concern last Friday at a public hearing held by Westchester-based state Assembly members on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 executive budget at the Greenburgh Public Library. Assemblymen David Buchwald (D-White Plains), Thomas Abinanti (D-Pleasantville), Gary Pretlow (D-Mount Vernon) and Steven Otis (D-Rye) heard comments from dozens of area residents during the […]

Residential Zoning Moratorium Extended in Mt. Pleasant

Residential Zoning Moratorium Extended in Mt. Pleasant

The Mount Pleasant Town Board voted to extend its residential zoning moratorium until summer but may end some of the restrictions after this Tuesday’s public hearing. The board voted unanimously on Jan. 26 to extend the original six-month prohibition until July for building department approvals for sheds, storage bins, generators, windmills, fences, motor homes, recreational […]

P’ville’s St. John’s Episcopal Seeks Renovation, Historic Status

P’ville’s St. John’s Episcopal Seeks Renovation, Historic Status

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pleasantville is looking to make much-needed renovations to its historic century-old building on Sunnyside Avenue, a structure with plenty of history. Church leadership has worked with consultants over the past three years to devise a renovation plan. The church’s built-in rooftop gutters require an overhaul, as do the underground drainage systems. […]

Mt. Pleasant Remembers Metro-North Crash Victims on Anniversary

Mt. Pleasant Remembers Metro-North Crash Victims on Anniversary

Mount Pleasant officials remembered the six victims of the worst Metro-North train accident in the railroad’s history Wednesday night with a candlelight vigil at Town Hall in Valhalla, a short distance from where the tragedy occurred. The brief but solemn ceremony, led by Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi and state Sen. Terrence Murphy, was held on the […]

Friedman to Leave as Pace President After Next Year

Friedman to Leave as Pace President After Next Year

By James Best Pace University President Stephen Friedman informed faculty and students last week of his decision against requesting reappointment beyond the 2016-17 school year. Friedman, who arrived at the university in 2004, wrote in a Jan. 26 letter to the school community about his love for Pace and the growth he has seen in […]

Pols Focus on Funding Rail Crossing Improvements

Pols Focus on Funding Rail Crossing Improvements

  One year after the worst Metro-North accident in history, millions in federal dollars are on the verge of being sent to the states to enhance safety at railroad crossings throughout the nation, including potentially in Westchester. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) were joined Monday morning by Federal Railroad […]

Relocated Mt. Kisco Sports Braces for Modell’s Competition

Relocated Mt. Kisco Sports Braces for Modell’s Competition

Mount Kisco Sports has been a fixture in the village since it opened on South Moger Avenue in 1997. While soaring rents may have forced owner Rob Bernstein to recently move to another downtown storefront on East Main Street, Bernstein ultimately thinks he’s better off, with the store more noticeable in its new location and […]

Westchester Expands Med Drop Boxes Throughout County

Westchester Expands Med Drop Boxes Throughout County

County Executive Rob Astorino and state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) unveiled 12 new drop boxes throughout Westchester on Wednesday that will allow the public to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs. The $8,000 state grant obtained by Murphy will pay for the boxes in the municipalities that previously did not have them. The white boxes […]

Latimer: Bipartisan Support Seen to End GAP Elimination

Latimer: Bipartisan Support Seen to End GAP Elimination

State Sen. George Latimer (D-Rye) wants to see termination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) for the 2016-17 state budget that would reinstate millions of dollars for schools in Westchester and throughout the state. Latimer said he supported the Senate Republicans’ measure, which passed last week, calling for restoration of 100 percent of the funds […]

Mt. Kisco Man Sentenced After Conviction on Drug Charges

Mt. Kisco Man Sentenced After Conviction on Drug Charges

A 40-year-old Mount Kisco man was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years in jail on his conviction last year for cocaine possession in Bedford. Wayne Brown, a St. Mark’s Place resident, was found guilty of two counts of third degree-criminal criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a […]

Elderly Pleasantville Man Struck, Killed on Washington Avenue

Elderly Pleasantville Man Struck, Killed on Washington Avenue

A 90-year-old Pleasantville man was killed Sunday when he was struck by  a car on Washington Avenue, village police said. Hercules Faranda was struck at around 11:30 a.m. in front of his home at 520 Washington Ave. Pleasantville Police Chief Richard Love said his death appeared to be a tragic accident. Faranda was cleaning snow off of […]

Survey Outlines Mt. Pleasant Schools’ Infrastructure Needs

Survey Outlines Mt. Pleasant Schools’ Infrastructure Needs

A study of Mount Pleasant School District facilities released last week highlighted a series of infrastructure projects that should be completed, but district officials must figure out how to pay for the improvements if work is pursued. The Building Condition Survey, unveiled to the public at the Jan. 20 Board of Education meeting, is a […]

Northern Westchester Hospital Looking Better Than Ever at 100

Northern Westchester Hospital Looking Better Than Ever at 100

Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) celebrated a century of serving the community with a special ceremony late Thursday afternoon and the unveiling of an electronic interactive timeline that traces the history of the hospital from its roots until today. Originally called Mount Kisco Hospital when it opened on Aug. 20, 1916 on Stewart Place, about a […]

North Castle Officials Chastised for Department Head Salary Hikes

North Castle Officials Chastised for Department Head Salary Hikes

The North Castle Town Board last week approved 3 percent salary increases for all department heads for 2016, touching off an impromptu debate between the board and a few outspoken residents who criticized the move. The salary hike follows a 2.5 percent increase for the same employees that was granted at the start of last […]

Chappaqua Looks Toward School Upgrades, Weighs Bond Options

Chappaqua Looks Toward School Upgrades, Weighs Bond Options

While many districts have cut back on capital projects as a result of operating under the state tax cap, Chappaqua school officials plan to continue the district’s bold renovation program that began in 2014. Board of Education President Warren Messner told parents during a marathon Jan. 13 meeting that the district wanted to continue upgrading […]

Hawthorne Multiplex to Close After Monday's Movies

Hawthorne Multiplex to Close After Monday’s Movies

Moviegoers reacted with disappointment, surprise and resignation  to the closing of the All Westchester Saw Mill Multiplex Cinemas in Hawthorne after 30 years of operation. The 2,300 seat, 10-screen theater located at 151 Saw Mill River Rd., will  show movies for the final time today (Monday), before making way for a new Audi car dealership. No date has […]

Mt. Kisco Modell’s Sporting Goods Slated to Open in April

Mt. Kisco Modell’s Sporting Goods Slated to Open in April

The operators of a recently approved Modell’s Sporting Goods are targeting a spring opening for the new store. A recent sign on a front window of the building at 154-162 E. Main St. in the space formerly occupied by Borders bookstore, stated that the sporting goods chain will debut in the village in April. In […]

Mt. Pleasant Awaiting Reports on Possible RR Crossing Closures

Mt. Pleasant Awaiting Reports on Possible RR Crossing Closures

Mount Pleasant officials are waiting on reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and their town engineer before deciding to ask whether any of the four railroad crossings be closed. Both studies were prompted following last February’s deadly crash when an SUV driver moved into the path of a Metro-North train at the Commerce […]

Astorino Outlines Concussion Plan for County’s Schools

Astorino Outlines Concussion Plan for County’s Schools

By Kevin Mayne County Executive Rob Astorino unveiled a plan on Monday to address the way sports concussions are identified and treated with a focus on reducing risks for high school athletes. Joined by local, state and national concussion care experts and advocates in White Plains, Astorino unveiled a Best Practices list with the goal […]

No. Castle Resident Looks to Force Proposition on Town Term Limits

No. Castle Resident Looks to Force Proposition on Town Term Limits

A North Castle resident plans to circulate petitions later this year in hopes of placing a proposition on November’s general election ballot asking voters whether they support term limits for all town elected offices. Anthony Futia, a lifelong North White Plains resident who retired nearly five years ago as the town’s water and sewer superintendent, […]

Pleasantville Lions Brave Heavy Rain to Hold Food Drive

Pleasantville Lions Brave Heavy Rain to Hold Food Drive

Heavy rains didn’t stop members of the Pleasantville Lions Club from spending five hours outside on Sunday collecting food for local residents in need. Club members set up a canopy outside the doors of Key Food on Bedford Road from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect items for the Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry, which […]

Mt. Kisco Trustees Seek to Regulate Medical Marijuana Distribution

Mt. Kisco Trustees Seek to Regulate Medical Marijuana Distribution

The Mount Kisco Village Board of Trustees is seeking to become one of the first municipalities to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana. Last month the trustees instructed Village Attorney Whitney Singleton to create the proposed regulations. The distribution began on Jan. 5. Mount Kisco Mayor Michael Cindrich said last month the board wanted Singleton […]

Cuomo Vetoes Hotel Tax for Local Municipalities

Cuomo Vetoes Hotel Tax for Local Municipalities

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent move to veto a series of hotel occupancy tax bills affecting 13 Westchester municipalities including North Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Greenburgh and several other local communities was sharply criticized by local elected officials. The legislation was co-sponsored by state Sen. George Latimer (D-Rye), state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti (D-Tarrytown) and Assemblyman David […]

Queens Man Charged in Slashing Incident in Mount Kisco

Queens Man Charged in Slashing Incident in Mount Kisco

A Queens man was arrested by Westchester County Police over the weekend in connection to a New Year’s Day slashing at a house party in Mount Kisco. Landy Leonardo-Monroy, 24, of 138-96 Jamaica Ave. was arrested on a felony assault charge at his residence on Saturday night by Detectives Joseph Donza and Ted Polant of […]

Suspicious Fire at Bedford Hills Jail Under Investigation

Suspicious Fire at Bedford Hills Jail Under Investigation

New York State Police are investigating a fire on the grounds of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility last week believed to be suspicious. At around 5:15 p.m. Dec. 29, an employee from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility discovered smoke emanating from the maintenance garage, located on the exterior of the secure portion of the prison […]

First Westchester 2016 Baby Born at Northern Westchester Hospital

First Westchester 2016 Baby Born at Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco is proud to be the first hospital in Westchester County to welcome a baby in 2016. Nelson Garcia was born at 2:10 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016, to proud parents Marinel Garcia and Nelson Bautista of Mount Kisco. Nelson is their first child.

Armonk Teen Continues to Make Waves in the Theater World

Armonk Teen Continues to Make Waves in the Theater World

It’s fitting that the latest work in the theater for Armonk’s Alex Baron is being involved in a production that tells the story of a 60-and-up dance team. For Baron, age has made no difference to him or those that he’s worked with in the industry. Baron, who in the past two years has written […]

Outgoing No. Castle Planning Chair, Schiliro Squabble Over Appointment

Outgoing No. Castle Planning Chair, Schiliro Squabble Over Appointment

The outgoing chairman of the North Castle Planning Board charged last week that the decision against reappointing him for another term may have been politically motivated. Art Adelman, a 12-year planning board member, said he was informed by town Supervisor Michael Schiliro during a face-to-face meeting on Dec. 12 that he would no longer be […]