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Bridge in Yorktown Named for ‘An American Hero’

Bridge in Yorktown Named for ‘An American Hero’

Family, friends and local officials gathered together Saturday morning to honor a Yorktown resident who died five years ago in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Hunterbrook Bridge on Route 129 that crosses over the Croton Reservoir was renamed the Army Specialist David R. Fahey, Jr. Memorial Bridge fittingly on Armed Forces Day for the […]

IBM to Leave Somers Headquarters in 2017

IBM to Leave Somers Headquarters in 2017

Another corporate giant is packing its bags and leaving the Town of Somers. During a site wide meeting with employees last Monday, IBM officials made the announcement that it would be selling its more than 700-acre site off Route 100 and relocating its offices to a renovated facility in Armonk. One employee told the Northern […]

Peekskill to be Honored for Waterfront Trailway Planning

Peekskill to be Honored for Waterfront Trailway Planning

The design of the City of Peekskill’s recently opened Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway on the Hudson River has caught the eye of onlookers from afar. Peekskill officials announced last week the city will be recognized on June 2 by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation with a Commendation Award for outstanding planning achievement for its […]

Catalina Complaint Against Philipstown Town Justice Dismissed

Catalina Complaint Against Philipstown Town Justice Dismissed

A formal complaint filed by Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina against Philipstown Town Justice Alan Steiner for professional misconduct in March was dismissed by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct earlier this month as “without merit.” In a May 6 correspondence circulated by Steiner last week, Robert Tembeckjian, administrator and counsel, stated Catalina’s complaint […]

School Budgets Approved in Seven Local Districts

School Budgets Approved in Seven Local Districts

School budgets in seven districts in northern Westchester were comfortably approved by voters on Tuesday despite glaring low turnouts. The largest spending plan in the area, $161 million, in the Lakeland School District passed 917-243. As a result, Yorktown homeowners will enjoy a 1.9% tax decrease, while Cortlandt taxpayers will experience a 2.3% increase and […]

Funding to Repair Yorktown Rt. 202 Fields at Issue

Funding to Repair Yorktown Rt. 202 Fields at Issue

A town sports club feels Yorktown officials are off base after balking at approving funds to make needed repairs at three fields in the Downing Park complex off Route 202. Members of the Yorktown Athletic Club (YAC), including young players, appeared before the Town Board last week to rally behind Todd Orlowski, superintendent of the […]

First-Time Candidate Takes on Three Incumbents in Lakeland Race

First-Time Candidate Takes on Three Incumbents in Lakeland Race

Three incumbents are hoping to retain their seats on the Lakeland Board of Education for the next three years in the May 17 districtwide election, but first-time candidate Mike Sancimino is looking to oust one of the current trustees. Sancimino, a project manager and software developer for an IT firm, has lived in the district […]

Four Seek Three Seats on Hen Hud Board of Education

Four Seek Three Seats on Hen Hud Board of Education

Four candidates are seeking three available seats on the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education in the May 17 election. Two longtime incumbents, Marion Walsh, who has been a trustee since 2007, and Carson Jacobs, a trustee since 2010, have decided not to seek another three-year term. On the ballot will be Trustee Carol Popolow Abraham […]

Feds to Probe Civil Rights Complaints Made Against School

Feds to Probe Civil Rights Complaints Made Against School

Allegations made by a Cortlandt family that their son was subjected to “intentional bullying” and discriminated against by staff at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School on the basis of a learning disability has caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Education. New York Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In an April 28 letter to Michelle […]

Upcoming School Board Races Shape Up in Local Districts

Upcoming School Board Races Shape Up in Local Districts

Half of the six local school districts will have contested Board of Education races on Tuesday, May 17. In the Lakeland, Yorktown and Hendrick Hudson school districts, four candidates will be vying for three available seats. The term for each seat in each district is three years. In Lakeland, three incumbents have filed petitions for […]

Approval Expected for New Shopping Center in Cortlandt

Approval Expected for New Shopping Center in Cortlandt

Another new shopping center will soon be popping up in the Mohegan Lake section of Cortlandt. The Cortlandt Planning Board is expected tonight (Tuesday) to grant final site plan approval, along with required wetlands, tree removal and steep slope permits, for Cortlandt Crossing, to be located directly across Route 6 from Walmart and the Cortlandt […]

Senior Living Facility Planned to Replace Columbus Club in Peekskill

Senior Living Facility Planned to Replace Columbus Club in Peekskill

The owners of the Drum Hill Senior Living Community in Peekskill are looking to duplicate their successful efforts at another location in the city. Representatives of Trinity Associates, LLC appeared before the Common Council last week to explain their plans to acquire the two-acre property at 1847 Crompond Road, occupied for many years by the […]

Somers Police Officer Residency Requirement Eliminated

Somers Police Officer Residency Requirement Eliminated

Over the objections of a State Police officer who lives in Somers, the Somers Town Board voted unanimously earlier this month to end its residency requirement for town police officers. The legislation requires that applicants seeking to be part-time town police officers in Somers who do not live in town must otherwise reside in either […]

Affordable Homes Available to Eligible Buyers in Cortlandt

Affordable Homes Available to Eligible Buyers in Cortlandt

Three of nine affordable units available in Westchester County to eligible buyers are located in the Town of Cortlandt. The homes are priced between $138,000 and $235,000 and are open to families earning up to 80% of the county’s Area Median Income. Current maximum eligible annual household income ranges from $60,400 for a one-person household […]

Area Elected Officials Call for Suspension of Pet Owner’s License

Area Elected Officials Call for Suspension of Pet Owner’s License

State Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) is calling for the suspension of a Mohegan Lake pet owner’s license following his third arrest for alleged animal cruelty. In a letter to New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball, Murphy formally requested that the license of Richard Doyle, 56, of Mahopac, be suspended until legal […]

Yorktown Establishes Board to Study Incentives for Commercial Growth

Yorktown Establishes Board to Study Incentives for Commercial Growth

The Yorktown Town Board voted unanimously last week to establish a volunteer Industrial and Commercial Incentive Board. Supervisor Michael Grace explained the purpose of the board was to explore incentives to help revitalize the commercial and industrial tax base in Yorktown. A second component of the plan, which will require a separate Town Board vote, […]

10 Charged with Drug Dealing in City of Peekskill

10 Charged with Drug Dealing in City of Peekskill

Federal charges were brought against 10 defendants last week for distributing large quantities of crack cocaine in the City of Peekskill. Complaints were unsealed in White Plains federal court on April 7 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Westchester County Department of Public Safety, Peekskill Police Department and United States Attorney for the Southern District […]

Peekskill Residents to Pay Higher Taxes after Court Ruling

Peekskill Residents to Pay Higher Taxes after Court Ruling

Property taxes in the City of Peekskill will increase 5.9% this year after the state Supreme Court ruled last week the Common Council acted beyond its authority when it approved a 2016 city budget on December 1 with a 3.6% tax hike. The decision, which was triggered by an Article 78 proceeding filed on December […]

Movement to Stop Pipeline Intensifies with Public Outcry

Movement to Stop Pipeline Intensifies with Public Outcry

More than 100 elected officials, environmental activists and local residents banded together Sunday at Riverfront Green in Peekskill to demand federal and state agencies listen to the concerns raised about the health and safety threats of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion to more than 20 million people in the region. Braving high winds […]

Effort Continues to Remove Trump Name from Local State Park

Effort Continues to Remove Trump Name from Local State Park

While Donald Trump continues to be the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, an effort continues locally to remove the celebrity real estate developer’s name from a state park in Yorktown. An online petition drive started nine months ago by a Brooklyn man has attracted the support of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY 18th […]

Disputed Peekskill Housing Grant Flap Takes a Personal Twist

Disputed Peekskill Housing Grant Flap Takes a Personal Twist

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina has filed a formal complaint against a Town of Philipstown justice for professional misconduct and damaging his reputation with remarks made over state grants wrongly given to Councilwoman Drew Claxton and her son for home repairs. In a March 11 correspondence to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Catalina, […]

New Master Plan for Cortlandt Adopted by Town Board

New Master Plan for Cortlandt Adopted by Town Board

The fourth Master Plan in the town’s history was adopted by the Cortlandt Town Board last week. Called “Envision Cortlandt,” the lengthy document with 205 policies and 29 goals has already garnered the town a Planning Federation award as one of only two municipalities in the state to be recognized for its thorough planning, an […]

Cortlandt Approves Bonding for Water District Improvements

Cortlandt Approves Bonding for Water District Improvements

The Cortlandt Town Board approved two separate bond resolutions last week for infrastructure improvements in the Cortlandt Consolidated Water District and Montrose Improvement District. The larger bond, up to $4 million, will fund upgrades for three water main projects in the area of Croton Avenue and Route 202. The second bond, totaling $1.2 million, will […]

Yorktown Resident to Appear on Wheel of Fortune Friday

Yorktown Resident to Appear on Wheel of Fortune Friday

As a young child, Robert Santoli can vividly recall watching the game show Wheel of Fortune with his mom. “It’s how I used to start learning my letters and numbers,” Santoli said. “The wheel itself is full of so many colors. As I grew older I used to be able to figure out what the […]

Yorktown Veteran Newest Inductee for Wall of Fame

Yorktown Veteran Newest Inductee for Wall of Fame

The newest name on the 40th State Senate District Veterans Wall of Fame is Eugene Lang, a longtime Yorktown resident who served in the Vietnam War as a recent immigrant to the United States. Lang was honored at a ceremony at Mildred E. Strang Middle School recently by State Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) and Yorktown […]

225 New Apartments on Horizon in Downtown Peekskill

225 New Apartments on Horizon in Downtown Peekskill

The largest residential construction project in more than 55 years featuring 150 rental apartments and 400 underground parking spaces is slated to be built in downtown Peekskill, one block from the planned new Central Firehouse on Park and Brown streets. In addition, a separate development on Main Street that will include 50 art lofts and […]

Cortlandt Officially Closes on 352 Acres of Open Space

Cortlandt Officially Closes on 352 Acres of Open Space

The Town of Cortlandt officially closed Thursday on 352 acres of open space that was once proposed to be developed for more than 300 homes. In 2000, the town and Scenic Hudson jointly purchased the Hudson Highlands Gateway Park property from Ginsburg Development Corporation through a partnership with several other entities. Cortlandt was designated the […]

Crossroads Project Moves Forward in Baldwin Place

Crossroads Project Moves Forward in Baldwin Place

The Crossroads at Baldwin Place commercial/residential development moved forward on March 3 as the Somers Town Board voted unanimously to refer a required zoning text change to the Planning Board for its recommendation. Ken Kearney, founder and president of the Mahopac-based The Kearney Realty & Development Group, told the Town Board the text change was […]

Ossining Food Pantry Appeals for Help

Ossining Food Pantry Appeals for Help

The Ossining Food Pantry, which serves a large cross-section of residents from the greater Ossining area, is seeking financial assistance to help continue its volunteer efforts. “Our donors have been very generous for which we are most grateful,” said Food Pantry President Marty Engelhardt, Jr. “However, because of our rising costs, we certainly can use […]

Beloved Local Teacher Killed in Car Crash in Yorktown

Beloved Local Teacher Killed in Car Crash in Yorktown

A beloved longtime faculty member at John F. Kennedy High School in Somers was killed Friday afternoon in a head-on collision on Route 6 in Yorktown. Sister Barbara Heil, 80, and a fellow JFK colleague, Sister Marie Murphy, were traveling together around 4:30 p.m. between Curry Street and Mahopac Avenue when the fatal two-car accident […]