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Hen Hud Schools in Lockdown for Second Day as Police Investigate Threat

Hen Hud Schools in Lockdown for Second Day 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 […]

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 […]

Second Annual Cortlandt 5K Road Race Saturday

Second Annual Cortlandt 5K Road Race Saturday

The Town of Cortlandt will be hosting its second annual 5K Road Race in Verplanck on Saturday, October 25. Last year, the race attracted more than 100 runners and town officials are hoping to have more participants this year. The race kicks off at Cortlandt Waterfront Park, at the intersection of Riverview Avenue and Broadway […]

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 […]

Hundreds Turn Out for Charter School Hearing in Peekskill

Hundreds Turn Out for Charter School Hearing in Peekskill

By Sue Guzman A standing room only crowd packed into Peekskill Middle School last week for a public hearing on the proposed Guardian Academy Charter School of Peekskill. The speakers included parents, school officials, residents and elected officials who overwhelmingly weighed in against the proposed charter school, which would be housed inside the now-defunct Assumption […]

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, […]

Wagner Proposes Series of Campaign, Ethics Reforms for State Officials

Wagner Proposes Series of Campaign, Ethics Reforms for State Officials

State Senate candidate Justin Wagner unveiled a proposal for comprehensive ethics and campaign finance reform for state government Tuesday afternoon in Lewisboro. Joined by Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains), who has sponsored legislation to strip public pensions from officials who abuse their positions, Wagner called for stiffer penalties for officials who violate the public’s trust. […]

Opponents, Union Workers Clash Over Pipeline Project

Opponents, Union Workers Clash Over Pipeline Project

By Sue Guzman Proponents and opponents of a controversial natural gas pipeline project mobbed the Muriel Morabito Community Center in Cortlandt last Monday night to weigh in on the controversial Algonquin Pipeline Project being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The public hearing was held to allow comments on the Draft Environmental Impact […]

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 […]

Local Country Singer “Takin’ Over” The Paramount to Benefit Troops in TV Special

Local Country Singer “Takin’ Over” The Paramount to Benefit Troops in TV Special

Local country music artist Jessica Lynn Calamera is slowly becoming a household name, with her second television special scheduled to film in her home county this month. Calamera, a singer songwriter and musician, grew up in Yorktown Heights and her first television special “This Much Fun-Live at the Winery at St. George” aired nation-wide on […]

Hanauer Faces Heated Primary Challenge on Sept. 9

Hanauer Faces Heated Primary Challenge on Sept. 9

By Sue Guzman Four-term incumbent Bill Hanauer is facing his first primary challenge since he took office in 2007. He is running against first-term Village Trustee Victoria Gearity, who received the endorsement of the Ossining Democratic Party in April. “I think it was all personal,” said Hanauer on losing the Democratic nod. “It was all […]

Girl Scout Recruitment Season Kicks Off in the Heart of the Hudson

Girl Scout Recruitment Season Kicks Off in the Heart of the Hudson

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson is kicking off its recruitment season with events at various locations throughout the lower Hudson Valley for girls and adult volunteers to join. With families already thinking about how to allocate their free time during the coming school year, Girl Scouts of the USA has released new data showing […]

Residents' Groups to Host Workshops Prior to Pipeline Hearing

Residents’ Groups to Host Workshops Prior to Pipeline Hearing

The federal permitting process for Spectra Energy’s proposed Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) natural gas expansion project is underway and there is limited opportunity for the public to weigh in. Two grassroots groups, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) and Concerned Peekskill Residents (CPR), are hosting three workshops to inform people about the project and 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 […]