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Historian Discusses Origins of Street Names in Peekskill

Historian Discusses Origins of Street Names in Peekskill

    By Michael Giuliano Peekskill native and historian John Curran spoke on Saturday to promote his newest book: “The History of Peekskill, New York Street Names.” Co-authored with fellow Peekskill author John Morabito, the book describes the origins behind the names of all the roads in Peekskill, from “Academy Street” to “Woods Brooke Drive.” […]

Police Seek Suspect in Cortlandt Gas Station Robbery

Police Seek Suspect in Cortlandt Gas Station Robbery

  The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Cortlandt is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Mobil gas station located at 2225 Crompond Road (also known as Route 202) in the Town of Cortlandt. The robbery occurred at around 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The perpetrator was described as […]

Shrub Oak Treatment Center for Teens to Close in June

Shrub Oak Treatment Center for Teens to Close in June

A residential treatment center for troubled teens that drew the ire of some neighbors when it first opened more than 30 years ago will be closing its facility on Stony Street in Shrub Oak in June. The Phoenix House Academy, which at one time had about 250 students ranging in age from 14 to 18, […]

Judge Backs Yorktown ZBA’s Ruling on Sober Home

Judge Backs Yorktown ZBA’s Ruling on Sober Home

An acting state Supreme Court Justice last week wholeheartedly sided with the Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals regarding its ruling last July that a facility for recovering alcohol and substance abuse addicts on Underhill Avenue falls under the definition of a “convalescent home.” On July 24, 2014, three of the four sitting ZBA members denied […]

Somers’ Future Being Addressed in Comprehensive Plan Update

Somers’ Future Being Addressed in Comprehensive Plan Update

A consultant hired by the Town of Somers to help update the town’s Comprehensive Plan for the first time since 1994 provided an update to the public last week. Consultant Frank Fish said he and Town Planner Syrette Dym are working to update the document. The main purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is for “guiding […]

Village of Ossining Seeks Developer for Historic Building on Main Street

Village of Ossining Seeks Developer for Historic Building on Main Street

The Village of Ossining is seeking a qualified developer to collaborate with the village in the renovation and re-use of a National Register-listed historic building located at the intersection of Main Street and Route 9. A request for proposals has been issued for the village-owned property at 200 Main Street, architecturally significant as one of […]

Verizon Wireless Water Tower Plan Opposed in Somers

Verizon Wireless Water Tower Plan Opposed in Somers

Even before a formal application had not been submitted, the Somers Town Board unanimously expressed its opposition for a plan by Verizon Wireless to place cell telephone towers on a municipally owned water tower. Verizon recently informed the town about its plan to place cell towers on the Ross Drive tank, which is owned by […]

Peekskill Mayor Establishes Fund for Fire Victims

Peekskill Mayor Establishes Fund for Fire Victims

  Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina has raised $3,000 as of Wednesday afternoon for four families left homeless by a fire on South Division Street on March 4. Catalina, whose law firm donated $500, set up a Fire Relief Fund to ensure all money collected would be dispersed directly to the Ortiz, Bergara, Pacheco and LoJano […]

Republicans Bernard, Diana Win Seats on Yorktown Town Board

Republicans Bernard, Diana Win Seats on Yorktown Town Board

  Republicans Greg Bernard and Tom Diana soundly defeated Democrats Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano in a special election Tuesday to fill two empty seats on the Yorktown Town Board. The convincing wins shift the balance of power on the board back to the Republicans, although Diana, an elected official for the first time, insisted […]

Republicans Bernard, Diana Win Seats on Yorktown Town Board

Republicans Bernard, Diana Win Seats on Yorktown Town Board

    Republicans Greg Bernard and Tom Diana soundly defeated Democrats Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano in a special election Tuesday to fill two empty seats on the Yorktown Town Board. The convincing wins shift the balance of power on the board back to the Republicans, although Diana, an elected official for the first time, […]

Ossining Town Board Decides to Table Homestead Option

Ossining Town Board Decides to Table Homestead Option

The Ossining Town Board has decided to suspend further talks about considering a Homestead Option, which could significantly raise the assessments and property taxes for residential and commercial land owners, and condo and co-op owners. In a written release issued by Supervisor Sue Donnelly last week, the town board concluded it would be unable to […]

Area Officials Rip Feds for Approving Pipeline Expansion

Area Officials Rip Feds for Approving Pipeline Expansion

    Local elected officials criticized the federal government for approving the expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline project that will run through Cortlandt, Peekskill and portions of Yorktown. Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi said she was “angry” that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ignored virtually all of the concerns raised by municipal officials and citizen […]

City Manager Calling it Quits in Peekskill

City Manager Calling it Quits in Peekskill

Embattled Peekskill City Manager Anthony Ruggiero, whose credentials to hold the position has been under fire by Mayor Frank Catalina and the Republican minority and some outspoken residents, is leaving under his own terms. Ruggiero, who was hired in July 2013, informed Catalina Thursday afternoon in the mayor’s law office that he was taking a […]

Balance of Power at Stake in Yorktown Town Board Special Election

Balance of Power at Stake in Yorktown Town Board Special Election

For almost the last 15 months, the Yorktown Town Board has tried to conduct business with less than a full complement of five members. That will all change after next Tuesday, March 10, when a special election is held to fill two empty seats. The special election is actually two separate elections. In one race, […]

Yorktown Special Election Candidates Square Off in Debate

Yorktown Special Election Candidates Square Off in Debate

    The four candidates seeking two available seats on the Yorktown Town Board in a special election next month met face-to-face Monday night in the only scheduled debate before voters head to the polls. Democrats Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano and Republicans Greg Bernard and Tom Diana fielded a wide range of questions from […]

Former Local Coach Jailed 50 Years for Sexually Assaulting Girls

Former Local Coach Jailed 50 Years for Sexually Assaulting Girls

A former local girls’ basketball coach was sentenced last week to 50 years prison for sexually assaulting seven girls in his Cortlandt home. A year ago, Richard Dinizo, 60, who coached 12 and 13-year-old girls in the Westchester Basketball Association for about 20 years, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison after pleading guilty […]

Shopping Center Plan in Cortlandt Continues to Draw Criticism

Shopping Center Plan in Cortlandt Continues to Draw Criticism

Plans for the Cortlandt Crossing shopping center continued to draw mixed reactions last week at a second public hearing regarding the project. The biggest concern voiced by those whose homes neighbor the proposed construction site, across from the Cortlandt Town Center, is the fact that the retail space would infringe on residential land. Acadia Realty, […]

Somers Supervisor Reports PepsiCo is Leaving Town in 2016

Somers Supervisor Reports PepsiCo is Leaving Town in 2016

PepsiCo will be relocating its approximately 900 employees from its bottling headquarters in the Town of Somers by the first quarter of 2016, according to Supervisor Rick Morrissey. In a Facebook post over the weekend, Morrissey said the town had been notified Friday that PepsiCo was planning to abandon the facility it has occupied for […]

$20M Mixed Use Project Moving Forward in Downtown Peekskill

$20M Mixed Use Project Moving Forward in Downtown Peekskill

A zoning amendment approved by the Peekskill Common Council last summer that allowed the expansion of residential development in the downtown and artist lofts in the C-3 zone helped spearhead a $20 million mixed use project planned on Main and Diven streets. Ken Kearney, president of Kearney Realty and Development Corporation, told council members last […]

Comprehensive Plan Update Moving Forward in Somers

Comprehensive Plan Update Moving Forward in Somers

For the first time in over two decades an update of the Town of Somers Comprehensive Plan is moving toward completion. At its February 5 meeting, the town board was receptive to a timeline proposed by a consultant it hired to update the document, which has not been brought up to date since 1994. The […]

Teatown Plan to Destroy The Croft Under Fire

Teatown Plan to Destroy The Croft Under Fire

By Bill Primavera – By the time the capacity crowd had gathered Sunday morning for “Coffee with Kevin” at Teatown Lake Reservation,” the battle plans had been drawn and everyone present knew exactly where they stood concerning whether The Croft, the 1914 historic structure on the 67-parcel of the nature preserve, should be salvaged or destroyed. […]

Push Intensifies for Raising the Age of Adult Prosecution to 18

Push Intensifies for Raising the Age of Adult Prosecution to 18

An area state senator is attempting to gather statewide support for changing a law that would treat most 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes as juveniles rather than adults. On Friday, state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown), surrounded by advocates who are attempting to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18 years old, spoke […]

HV Hospital Seeks Rezoning to Construct New Building

HV Hospital Seeks Rezoning to Construct New Building

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is seeking a rezoning change from the Town of Cortlandt to construct a new three-story building for primarily physician offices. In a letter to Supervisor Linda Puglisi last month, George Cronk, project manager for The Chazen Companies, which is overseeing the development, stated the 36,000-square-foot structure is needed to accommodate additional […]

County Reviews Report on Pipeline Expansion in Cortlandt Park

County Reviews Report on Pipeline Expansion in Cortlandt Park

A report on the effects the expansion of a proposed Algonquin natural gas pipeline would have on Westchester County-owned Blue Mountain Reservation in Cortlandt was reviewed by the Board of Legislators’ Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing Committee last week. An independent environmental assessment completed by the non-profit institute Hudsonia concluded the construction activity of removing […]

Mini-Town Center Project Draws Mixed Reviews in Cortlandt

Mini-Town Center Project Draws Mixed Reviews in Cortlandt

Plans for a new shopping center across from the Cortlandt Town Center received mixed reviews from residents at a public hearing last week. Acadia Realty, owners of the 8500,000 square feet Town Center, is proposing a total of approximately 170,000 square feet of retail space on 17 acres of the 36-acre property on Route 6. […]

Yorktown Police Seek Help in K-Mart Parking Lot Robbery

Yorktown Police Seek Help in K-Mart Parking Lot Robbery

    The Yorktown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance investigating a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of K-Mart Thursday afternoon. At about 3:45 p.m. a local woman reported to police that she was sitting in her car when an unknown male opened the passenger side door, sat inside and held her […]

Candidates Chosen for Special Election in Yorktown

Candidates Chosen for Special Election in Yorktown

  Candidates for a special election in March to fill two vacancies on the Yorktown Town Board were chosen by the Democratic and Republican committees this week. The Democrats met Thursday night and selected Rosanne Brackett, who has been a vocal opponent of Supervisor Michael Grace and the proposed natural gas pipeline, to run for […]

Special Election for Vacancies on Yorktown Town Board Set

Special Election for Vacancies on Yorktown Town Board Set

After months of squabbling and at loggerheads, the Yorktown Town Board finally agreed last week on how and when to fill two vacancies on the board. Supervisor Michael Grace, a Republican, and Democratic Town Board members Vishnu Patel and Susan Siegel unanimously decided to schedule a special election for Tuesday, March 10 for residents to […]

Ossining High Seniors Charged with Making Social Media Threats

Ossining High Seniors Charged with Making Social Media Threats

Two Ossining High School seniors were charged Friday with making terroristic threats on social media that caused a lockout at three district schools on Thursday. Village Police said the two unidentified 16-year-old males made what was reported as a non-specific threat on Twitter. They were charged with felony counts in Westchester County Family Court. The […]

Peekskill Hudson River Plunge Raises $10,200 for Good Cause

Peekskill Hudson River Plunge Raises $10,200 for Good Cause

Some of the 28 participants who signed up for the third annual Polar Plunge at the Riverfront Green in Peekskill on New Year’s Day were stripping down for the first time. Others, such as Christine Bischoff of Peekskill, were returning for a third consecutive frigid dip in the Hudson River. Dan Keegan, 41, of Peekskill, […]