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Townhouse Project Moves Forward in Somers

Townhouse Project Moves Forward in Somers

The Somers Town Board last week started the process of potentially changing the town zoning code and the Comprehensive Plan to allow the approval process for a 53 three-bedroom town house proposal to proceed. The Kearney Realty & Development Group and the Housing Action Council are proposing the homes on a16.7-acre site on the southern […]

Gas Pipeline, High Voltage Station Raise Major Concerns

Gas Pipeline, High Voltage Station Raise Major Concerns

Cortlandt Officials Declare: “Enough Already!” Two separate projects proposed on a 100-acre former quarry site in Verplanck involving a gas transmission line and a high voltage converter station have officials and residents in Cortlandt fired up. More than 100 onlookers packed into Cortlandt Town Hall last week to learn more details about plans pending before […]

Ossining Man Paralyzed in Train Crash Suing for $100M

Ossining Man Paralyzed in Train Crash Suing for $100M

An Ossining man who was paralyzed in the December derailment of a Metro-North Railroad train that killed four commuters is suing for $100 million to ensure his future medical care. Samuel Rivera, 39, a Metro-North mechanic, was traveling to New York City on the morning of December 1 with his son, Sam Jr., 14, when […]

Public to Have Say in Filling Yorktown Town Board Seat

Public to Have Say in Filling Yorktown Town Board Seat

Yorktown residents will get a chance to weigh in next week on the vacancy on the Town Board that has existed since January. The Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall on a proposed local law that would allow for a special election to be […]

Lakeland School Taxes to Drop in Cortlandt in New Budget

Lakeland School Taxes to Drop in Cortlandt in New Budget

Cortlandt residents in the Lakeland School District will enjoy a tax decrease next year under the 2014-15 budget adopted by the Board of Education last week. If the $161.17 million budget is approved by voters on May 20, school taxes in Cortlandt, which make up 60% of a property owner’s total tax bill, will drop […]

Youth Charged with Making False Bomb Threats to Schools

Youth Charged with Making False Bomb Threats to Schools

A 14-year-old boy was charged with phoning in false bomb threats Monday to Lakeland and Walter Panas high schools. The unidentified youth was arrested at his home following an investigation by detectives from the Westchester County Police General Investigations Unit into the threat at Panas in Cortlandt. In addition, the youth faces a similar charge […]

Shrub Oak Family Seeks Funds for Cure for Daughter's Rare Disease

Shrub Oak Family Seeks Funds for Cure for Daughter’s Rare Disease

  Before Lisa Hodes was one year old, there were some signs that something just wasn’t right. One day she had some peculiar eye movements. Another day she couldn’t hold herself up. When she went to the doctor, all her vital signs were normal. She later went to a neurologist and spent 12 days in […]

Town of Ossining Moving Ahead with Property Revaluation

Town of Ossining Moving Ahead with Property Revaluation

While the City of Peekskill wrestles with spending $1 million on a revaluation of residential and commercial properties, the Town of Ossining is moving ahead with being the third municipality in Westchester to take the leap. Tyler Technologies, the company that is also handling the revaluation of properties in the City of Yonkers and Town […]

Grace Refusing to Throw in Towel on Preserving Trump Sales Office

Grace Refusing to Throw in Towel on Preserving Trump Sales Office

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace is refusing to give up on preserving a building at Trump Park Residences in Shrub Oak that was supposed to be torn down six years ago. Despite objections from residents at the complex who have reminded town officials of an agreement that the 8,000-square-foot office would be demolished to make room […]

Ondek Throwing Hat in Ring for Peekskill Board of Ed

Ondek Throwing Hat in Ring for Peekskill Board of Ed

After unsuccessfully running for Peekskill mayor more than 20 years ago, George Ondek vowed never to run for public office again. However, the cable television show host and local activist is so dissatisfied with the actions and non-actions of the Peekskill Board of Education that he has decided to seek one of the two seats […]

DEC Violations at Mohegan Club Site Still Not Cleaned Up

DEC Violations at Mohegan Club Site Still Not Cleaned Up

Despite assurances by Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace to the contrary, violations cited a year ago by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on the former Holland Sporting Club property in Mohegan Lake still remain. In an email to Councilman Vishnu Patel on Thursday, Wendy Rosenbach, a DEC spokesperson, stated she confirmed with David Pollack, […]

Peekskill Receives $788,000 in Federal Funds to Revitalize Downtown

Peekskill Receives $788,000 in Federal Funds to Revitalize Downtown

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) paid a visit to Peekskill last week to announce $788,000 the city had received for downtown revitalization improvements. The federal funds will be used for the estimated $985,000 construction costs associated with the second phase of Peekskill’s streetscape plan that will include new sidewalks, lighting improvements and tree planting along Brown, […]

Yorktown Justice League Students Soar to the Final Four

Yorktown Justice League Students Soar to the Final Four

The Justice League of Yorktown High School is heading to the Final Four, not the March Madness basketball championships in Texas, but at the Westchester County Supreme Court in White Plains. The team of seniors, juniors and sophomores recently won its third round of competition in the 2014 New York Statewide High School Mock Trial […]

Knickerbocker Elected New Mayor in Buchanan

Knickerbocker Elected New Mayor in Buchanan

Theresa Knickerbocker became only the second woman in the history of the Village of Buchanan to be elected mayor last night by defeating former Mayor Alfred Donahue. Knickerbocker, 57, running on the Democratic and Residents Party lines, received 324 votes, while Donahue, 78, who ran with Republican and Village Justice line backing, picked up 187 […]

Yorktown Trash Hauler Seeks Fueling Option for Truck Lot

Yorktown Trash Hauler Seeks Fueling Option for Truck Lot

  The fate of an application by the Town of Yorktown’s trash hauler to park garbage trucks on a town-owned piece of land off Front Street could hinge on fueling options. Competition Carting has been illegally parking its trucks on Richard Place since it was awarded garbage pickup services from the Town Board in January […]

Bomb Ingredients Found in High School Student’s Home

Bomb Ingredients Found in High School Student’s Home

Ingredients used in incendiary devices were found at the home of a sophomore at Walter Panas High School Friday morning after a two-hour search in the school that caused an emergency evacuation of students and staff. Westchester County Police, which led the investigation that included bomb sniffing dogs and the bomb squad, confirmed some comments […]

Bomb Ingredient Reportedly Found in High School Locker

Bomb Ingredient Reportedly Found in High School Locker

An ingredient used in incendiary devices was reportedly found in the locker of a sophomore at Walter Panas High School Friday morning after a two-hour search that caused an emergency evacuation of students and staff. Westchester County Police, which led the investigation that included blood sniffing dogs and the bomb squad, were not commenting on […]

Seminar on Poverty in Westchester Held in Ossining

Seminar on Poverty in Westchester Held in Ossining

By Robert Christie - Community Voices Heard held a seminar, “Poverty 50 Years Later” last week at St. Ann’s Parish School in Ossining. Members of the community came out to learn about poverty in their area and in Westchester and come up with strategies to combat those issues. Those in attendance were given a few presentations […]

Donahue, Knickerbocker to Square Off for Buchanan Mayoral Seat

Donahue, Knickerbocker to Square Off for Buchanan Mayoral Seat

The two candidates vying for the mayoral seat in the Village of Buchanan next week appear to be on the same page in wanting to put Entergy back on the tax rolls next year, but that’s about all they seem to agree on. Trustee and Deputy Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker, a registered Independent, is running on […]

Proposed Sports Field in Cortlandt Divides Residents

Proposed Sports Field in Cortlandt Divides Residents

A sports field that could be part of a proposed luxury housing project on Croton Avenue in Cortlandt has nearby residents at odds with community coaches and other recreation proponents. A third public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Hanover Estates, a 25 to 27-home development on the former 36-acre Croton Egg Farm, […]

Man Loses Part of Nose in Peekskill Scuffle

Man Loses Part of Nose in Peekskill Scuffle

  An unidentified man lost a large portion of his nose during a fight with a Spring Valley man in Peekskill earlier this week. Patricio Guartan-Jimenez, 30, of Spring Valley, was charged with assault following a report of an altercation at 623 Smith Street on March 2. Upon arrival, Peekskill officers found a male with […]

Peekskill School District to Reorganize Central Administration

Peekskill School District to Reorganize Central Administration

The Peekskill Board of Education last week approved a plan to reorganize the district’s central administration, including naming Middle School Principal David Fine as the new superintendent of schools. Fine will earn $230,000 annually under a three-year contract that is effective July 1, 2015. At that time, he will replace current Superintendent of Schools Dr. […]

Former Somers Supervisor to Head Westchester Tax Commission

Former Somers Supervisor to Head Westchester Tax Commission

Less than two months after leaving her 16-year post as supervisor in the Town of Somers, Mary Beth Murphy has returned to the public sector. Last week, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced the appointment of Murphy as executive director of the Westchester County Tax Commission at an annual salary of $132,155. “I am pleased […]

Former NBA Pro Discusses Story of Addiction at Lakeland

Former NBA Pro Discusses Story of Addiction at Lakeland

    By Neal Rentz Chris Herren seemed to have it all. Herren was a basketball star in high school in Massachusetts and at Fresno State. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets and later played for his hometown Boston Celtics. But Herren’s life has been anything by idyllic. In fact, at the age of […]

Cortlandt Weathering Storms with Ample Fund Balance

Cortlandt Weathering Storms with Ample Fund Balance

The winter season has been a difficult and costly one for municipalities. The Town of Cortlandt has not been able to escape the brunt of the storms, but, unlike others, it has managed to withstand the financial onslaught by having a healthy “rainy day” fund. “We have saved funds in our highway accounts for these […]

Catalina Raises Concerns about Paramount Operators

Catalina Raises Concerns about Paramount Operators

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina asserted last week the city’s historic Paramount Hudson Valley theater was “a leaking siv” that had him worried about the ability of the current management group to viably operate it. After analyzing a spreadsheet of expenses to the city over the last 10 years, Catalina maintained he was alarmed by the […]

Sober Living Retreat Owners Say They Strive to be Good Neighbors

Sober Living Retreat Owners Say They Strive to be Good Neighbors

The owners of a proposed sober living retreat facility on Underhill Avenue in Yorktown that has triggered opposition from some nearby property owners say they are looking to be good neighbors and help others in need. Tom McCrossan, who, along with his partner, Mark McGoldrick, is seeking a special permit from the Town Board to […]

Development Projects for Market Square in Ossining Presented

Development Projects for Market Square in Ossining Presented

Two possible redevelopment projects for the Market Square section of Ossining were presented to the public and Village Board of Trustees last week. The enhanced urban design study looked at four parcels totaling about 1.5 acres at Main and Spring streets in what has been considered an underutilized historic section of the village. Ten different […]

Peekskill Principal Who Triggered Transcript Probe Stepping Down

Peekskill Principal Who Triggered Transcript Probe Stepping Down

The Peekskill Board of Education was expected Monday night to accept the resignation of high school Principal Fred Hutchinson. Hutchinson, who was hired by the district in June 2012 and uncovered transcript irregularities affecting 34 high school students last year that resulted in four guidance counselors and a social studies department chairperson being placed on […]

152 Luxury Apartments Proposed for Baldwin Place

152 Luxury Apartments Proposed for Baldwin Place

A developer and owner-operator of luxury apartments is seeking to construct 152 units in the Baldwin Place section of Somers. Representatives of AvalonBay Communities came to the February 6 town board meeting to discuss the project, even though they said the fate of the project would be up to the planning board. AvalonBay representatives recently […]