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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 […]

Suspect Sought in Yorktown Goat Beheading

Suspect Sought in Yorktown Goat Beheading

A goat whose head was severed and the remains of several other animals were discovered in plastic bags Monday at the intersection of Route 129 and Underhill Avenue in Yorktown. Personnel from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made the find off of the side of the road. They called the SPCA […]

 Sidewalks and Bike Lanes Sought in Town of Somers

Sidewalks and Bike Lanes Sought in Town of Somers

The Town of Somers is examining how residents can be less dependent on their cars by installing new sidewalks and road lanes dedicated to biking. Members of the town Energy Environment Committee discussed how to go forward with the national Complete Streets program, at the August 21 town board meeting. The board approved the town’s […]

Livingston Taylor to Perform in Yorktown Event to benefit Justin Veatch Fund

Livingston Taylor to Perform in Yorktown Event to benefit Justin Veatch Fund

Yorktown Stage will be transformed into a teaching stage and later a concert hall on Saturday, September 20th as The Justin Veatch Fund hosts Livingston Taylor as headliner for its end-of-summer benefit concert. Taylor–a singer/songwriter/musician who has written and recorded more than a dozen albums, including hit songs for his brother, James, and travels around the country […]

Community Activists Rally in Peekskill to End Racial Profiling

Community Activists Rally in Peekskill to End Racial Profiling

Armed with posters saying “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “No More Michael Browns,” about 50 community members held a peaceful rally in Peekskill Wednesday night demanding a congressional hearing into police brutality and an end to racial profiling. The demonstration outside the Park Place offices of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was triggered by the recent […]

Cortlandt Town Board Rejects Bids on In-Rem Properties

Cortlandt Town Board Rejects Bids on In-Rem Properties

The Cortlandt Town Board last week rejected bids placed on five in-rem properties at an auction last month and will hold another sale in November. Supervisor Linda Puglisi explained the bids were not accepted because they didn’t cover the amount of the back taxes owed or the value of the properties. Of the 26 properties […]

Local Teacher Found Guilty of Changing Test Scores

Local Teacher Found Guilty of Changing Test Scores

A Peekskill High School teacher has been found guilty of changing the answers on Regents exams of two students in 2013 and was fined a half-year salary. Hearing Officer Dennis Campagna ruled on August 8 that Allison Risoli, 54, a resident of Peekskill and chairwoman of the Social Studies Department at Peekskill High School, altered […]

County Police Make Prostitution Arrest in Ossining

County Police Make Prostitution Arrest in Ossining

  Westchester County Police recently arrested two women, one on a prostitution charge, following an undercover investigation into two health spas operating on North State Road in Ossining. On July 29 at 10 p.m., police charged Min Zhu Piao, 41, of Flushing, Queens, with prostitution, a misdemeanor, following an investigation at the 1st Oriental Health […]

Peekskill Officials, Residents Latest to Oppose Pipeline

Peekskill Officials, Residents Latest to Oppose Pipeline

A planned high pressure natural gas pipeline received anything but a warm welcome from residents and officials in the City of Peekskill last week. Spectra Energy representatives were bombarded with questions and critical comments during a two-hour presentation at City Hall about the controversial project that would only run 2/10ths of a mile through Peekskill […]

Pataki Endorses Councilman Murphy for State Senate Seat

Pataki Endorses Councilman Murphy for State Senate Seat

Former Governor George Pataki endorsed Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy last week for the State Senate seat he once held. Standing in front of Peekskill City Hall, where he also served as mayor, Pataki said Murphy has the local government background and experience as a small business owner to make a difference in Albany representing the […]

Catalina Accuses Council of ‘Negligence’ for Bad Budgeting

Catalina Accuses Council of ‘Negligence’ for Bad Budgeting

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina accused the Democratic-controlled Common Council of “negligence” by failing to property budget for $1.3 million for tax certiorari cases that the city may be forced to bond for. A fuming Catalina, who took office in January, criticized the administration of former Mayor Mary Foster and her Democratic council members for only […]

Mets Slugger Offers Advice to Young Players at Local Camp

Mets Slugger Offers Advice to Young Players at Local Camp

New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda carries a big stick and is among the leaders in home runs and RBI in the National League, so when the 6’4” slugger walked on to the field at Summer Trails Day Camp in Somers last Thursday he was greeted with chants of “Let’s Go Mets!” and enthusiastic […]

Croton Man Killed in Four-Car Crash on Taconic

Croton Man Killed in Four-Car Crash on Taconic

A Croton-on-Hudson father of four was killed in a four-car accident on the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley Monday evening. Joseph Nagy, 28, of Half Moon Bay, was pronounced dead at Westchester Medical Center at 7:35 p.m., a little more than an hour after witnesses told State Police he was traveling at a high […]

Proposed Summer Closings of Indian Point Plants Opposed

Proposed Summer Closings of Indian Point Plants Opposed

A plan designed to protect fish in the Hudson River that would force the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan to close for several months during the summer is being opposed by local officials and the owner of the controversial facilities. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a public hearing in Cortlandt […]

Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Ossining

Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Ossining

Tap water now safe to drink. The boil water advisory for residents of a section of the Village of Ossining and the unincorporated area of the Town of Ossining who are served by the Village of Ossining Water Department has been lifted by the Westchester County Department of Health.Water sample results were satisfactory. Since Friday, […]

Boil Water Advisory Issued in Ossining Through Sunday

Boil Water Advisory Issued in Ossining Through Sunday

  About 5,000 residents in the Village of Ossining are being instructed to boil their water before drinking it or using it for food preparation at least through Sunday following a water main break Thursday night on Route 134 near Route 9A. The affected area includes streets as far west as Route 9, as far […]

Two-Time Cancer Survivor Thankful for Support Connection

Two-Time Cancer Survivor Thankful for Support Connection

Before she turned 40, Andrea Della Mura had to endure two battles with breast cancer and opted at age 39 to have a double mastectomy. With a husband and two young children, it was a decision she didn’t hesitate to make and has no regrets. “My decision at that point was clear. I remember standing […]

Disputed Sports Field on Croton Ave in Cortlandt Nixed

Disputed Sports Field on Croton Ave in Cortlandt Nixed

A sports field that was proposed in conjunction with a luxury housing project on Croton Avenue in Cortlandt has been eliminated as part of an agreement between the developer and the Town Board. Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi announced last week an alternative plan had been reached where the developer of Hanover Estates, a proposed 25 […]

Yorktown ZBA Backs Inspector in Ruling on Sober Home

Yorktown ZBA Backs Inspector in Ruling on Sober Home

  The Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night supported a written opinion by Building Inspector John Winter that a proposed facility for recovering alcohol and substance abuse addicts on Underhill Avenue falls under the definition of a “convalescent home.” Three of the four sitting ZBA members denied an appeal from neighbors Linda Gironda and […]

Thousands Expected to Enjoy Peekskill Music Festival

Thousands Expected to Enjoy Peekskill Music Festival

Thousands of music enthusiasts are expected to head to downtown Peekskill Friday evening and all day Saturday for a free concert and other events. Formerly known as the Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival, the 2014 Peekskill Music Festival, produced by Paramount Hudson Valley, will kick off Friday at 8 p.m. with local bands competing at […]

Concerns Raised over Safety of Swimming in Hudson

Concerns Raised over Safety of Swimming in Hudson

A clean water watchdog organization released a report last week revealing many locations in the Hudson River fail to meet federally recommended guidelines for safe swimming and other recreational activities. According to the “How’s the Water? 2014” report from Riverkeeper, 23 percent of monthly samples for bacteria that indicates sewage and other fecal contamination from […]

Ossining, County Police Make Pitches to Patrol Part of Town

Ossining, County Police Make Pitches to Patrol Part of Town

The Ossining Town Board is asking for resident input on moving forward with police protection in the unincorporated area for the next four years. At a town hall meeting last week, the board heard presentations from the Ossining Police Department and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, who each responded to an RFP to […]

Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

By Neal Rentz Carmel resident Vivian Haberfeld is currently exhibiting her acrylic on canvas paintings in a show entitled “In Search of Tranquility” at Somerfields restaurant in Somers. The exhibit title could also be used to describe how she became a professional artist. “I was a Manhattanite for 30 years and I needed to escape […]