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Falk Enters Race for State Senate Seat Held by Murphy

Falk Enters Race for State Senate Seat Held by Murphy

For the third straight year, Patterson Democrat Andrew Falk is seeking elected office. Falk confirmed his run for the New York State Senate in the 40th district Friday afternoon, gearing up on an issue oriented campaign focused on public education, middle class relief, and making the state more affordable. The district encompasses parts of Westchester, […]

Entergy Downplays Leak at Indian Pt. as Cuomo Initiates Probe

Entergy Downplays Leak at Indian Pt. as Cuomo Initiates Probe

  The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant downplayed radioactive-water that recently leaked into the groundwater at the Buchanan facility. In a statement issued Saturday, Entergy maintained elevated levels of tritium in three monitoring wells at Indian Point likely reached the ground during recent work activities onsite “did not affect any source or […]

Grease Fire Causes Shut Down of McDonald’s in Mohegan

Grease Fire Causes Shut Down of McDonald’s in Mohegan

The popular McDonald’s fast food restaurant in the Cortlandt Town Center in Mohegan Lake was expected to reopen Monday after a fire forced it to be closed for four days. Cortlandt Code Enforcement Officer Ken Hoch said Monday morning town officials gave the restaurant the go-ahead to start serving customers again, but McDonald’s still needed […]

Animal Rights Protestors Call for Closure of Mohegan Pet Store

Animal Rights Protestors Call for Closure of Mohegan Pet Store

Dozens of pet owners and animal rights activists joined together Saturday afternoon to call for the closing of a Mohegan Lake pet store whose owner is facing animal cruelty charges. Standing on a sidewalk in front of the American Breeders store, located next to Subway, which only advertises itself as “Puppies,” protestors peacefully demonstrated with […]

Grant Given to Claxton, Family Raises Eyebrows in Peekskill

Grant Given to Claxton, Family Raises Eyebrows in Peekskill

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping residents afford upkeep on their homes is taking the blame for a whirlwind of controversy centered around Peekskill Councilwoman Drew Claxton and her son receiving a state grant in 2007 for a residence they co-own on Fremont Street in the city. Alan Steiner, a member of the Board of […]

Courtesy of the Floor Change in Yorktown Sparks Backlash

Courtesy of the Floor Change in Yorktown Sparks Backlash

A call for civility during the courtesy of the floor portion of Yorktown Town Board meetings lasted less than five minutes last week. Supervisor Michael Grace was forced to abruptly end the meeting after a resident in the back of the room at Town Hall refused to stop shouting out while another resident, Paul Moskowitz, […]

Sale of Fieldhome/Holy Comforter and The Seabury Proceeding

Sale of Fieldhome/Holy Comforter and The Seabury Proceeding

Fieldhome recently confirmed that it is proceeding with its planned sale of Field Home-Holy Comforter and The Seabury in Cortlandt, and that it has entered into an agreement with Personal Healthcare, LLC, an experienced operator of skilled nursing care and rehabilitative care facilities in New York and Massachusetts. Subject to regulatory approvals by the Department […]

New Jersey Man Found Guilty of Murdering Ossining Resident

New Jersey Man Found Guilty of Murdering Ossining Resident

A New Jersey man was found guilty Friday of robbing and murdering a 25-year-old Ossining man in August 2014 in an apartment complex during a planned drug transaction. Anthony Grecco could face a life prison sentence on May 25 after a jury determined following a nine-day trial that he stabbed Ryan Ennis to death and […]

YHS Grad to Appear on Popular Pro Wrestling Reality Show

YHS Grad to Appear on Popular Pro Wrestling Reality Show

  Maybe being a runner-up can be as glamorous as finishing first. Amanda Saccomanno, 24, a 2008 Yorktown High School graduate, is proving that as she prepares to make her debut on the E channel’s popular professional wrestling reality show Total Divas. “I’m really excited for you guys to see all of us,” Saccomanno said […]

Somers Judge Appointed New Town Attorney in Yorktown

Somers Judge Appointed New Town Attorney in Yorktown

    For the first time in six years the Town of Yorktown will have a new town attorney after the Town Board appointed a longtime Somers Town Justice to the position last week. During a work session, which is not televised, the Town Board voted 4-1 on January 12 to have Michael McDermott replace […]

Area Elected Officials React to Cuomo’s Proposed State Budget

Area Elected Officials React to Cuomo’s Proposed State Budget

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put forth a budget plan demanding more money toward schools and roads, as well as stronger ethics laws after a year that was rocked by scandal at the state capitol. The Democratic governor proposed a $145 billion spending plan last week during his annual State of the State address. The […]

Somers Golden Retriever to be Grand Marshall for Cancer Society Bark for Life

Somers Golden Retriever to be Grand Marshall for Cancer Society Bark for Life

  A Golden Retriever from Somers will serve as the Grand Marshall for the American Cancer Society’s Westchester Bark for Life event on Sunday, April 10 at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown. Abbie is a Certified Therapy Dog and a cancer survivor. She was scheduled to attend the kick-off party for the canine cancer awareness and fundraising […]

Cortlandt WATCH Members Reflect on 30 Years of Activism

Cortlandt WATCH Members Reflect on 30 Years of Activism

By Rick Pezzullo They were ordinary citizens with ordinary concerns about potential changes to their neighborhoods. They quickly learned they weren’t alone. Cortlandt WATCH (We Are The Cortlandt Homeowners) was created in 1985 by residents Eunice Rosenberg, Charley Nagy, Bob Foley and Gerry Gilmartin as development was on the rise in town and zoning regulations […]

Ex-Police Chief, Seton CCD Teacher Jailed for Child Porn

Ex-Police Chief, Seton CCD Teacher Jailed for Child Porn

A former Mount Pleasant Police Chief and CCD teacher at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison for possession of child pornography. Brian Fanelli, 56, of Mahopac, could have faced four years in jail after pleading guilty July 27 in federal court to the same […]

Katz to Leave Assembly; McDonough Officially Seeking Seat

Katz to Leave Assembly; McDonough Officially Seeking Seat

As one incumbent announced his intention to not run for re-election, another candidate for the same seat officially kicked off her campaign last week in hopes of representing parts of Putnam and Westchester counties. Assemblyman Steve Katz (R/Mohegan Lake), whose seat represents the 94th Assembly District, confirmed he is going to stick with a pledge […]

Catalina Starts Second Term in Peekskill with Optimistic Message

Catalina Starts Second Term in Peekskill with Optimistic Message

Optimism and a call for unity and cooperation kicked off the New Year during a swearing-in ceremony Friday at Peekskill City Hall. Mayor Frank Catalina was sworn-in for a second two-year term by Justice Lewis Lubell and briefly became choked up as he spoke about being reelected, his plans for the city and the support […]

Bus Vandalism Causes Closing of Somers Schools

Bus Vandalism Causes Closing of Somers Schools

Somers schools were forced to close Monday after about 20 buses were found vandalized in the district’s bus garage. State Police in Somers were dispatched to Somers High School on Primrose Street at about 6 a.m. on a reported criminal mischief complaint after school bus employees arrived for work and observed numerous buses had slashed […]

Ossining Receives Grant for New Lights at Cedar Lane Park

Ossining Receives Grant for New Lights at Cedar Lane Park

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) joined Town of Ossining Supervisor Sue Donnelly and Town Foreman Mario Velardo on December 10 to announce a $50,000 state grant that went towards the purchase and installation of new LED lights at the Cedar Lane Park Pavilion. Following Superstorm Sandy, the Cedar Lane Park Pavilion suffered heavy damage from wind […]

New Year’s Day Polar Plunge in Peekskill to Benefit Students

New Year’s Day Polar Plunge in Peekskill to Benefit Students

The 4th Annual Polar Plunge, planned by the This Is Me Foundation and sponsored by The Quiet Man Public House, will take place at noon sharp on New Year’s Day at the Riverfront Green in Peekskill where local residents will enter the frigid Hudson River for a good cause. All proceeds from the plunge will […]

2015 Salutes and Salvos

2015 Salutes and Salvos

Salute to Buchanan resident Nancy Vann for standing by her principles and refusing to budge from a tree on her property that Spectra workers were prepared to cut down to make room for an expanded gas pipeline. Salvo to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for allowing Spectra to rip through county-owned Blue Mountain Reservation in […]

Peekskill, Yorktown to Celebrate New Year with Ball Drops

Peekskill, Yorktown to Celebrate New Year with Ball Drops

Tired of spending the final hours of each year watching Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy on the boob tube? Not interested in being sandwiched between intoxicated strangers for hours in Times Square and then stumbling around to get back home safely amidst endless crowds? The City of Peekskill and Town of Yorktown are offering alternatives […]

Governor Cuomo Signs Clothing Collection Bin Legislation into Law

Governor Cuomo Signs Clothing Collection Bin Legislation into Law

New York State Bill A.5317 sponsored by Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside) and supported by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on December 14. The legislation combats the proliferation of clothing collection bins provided by fake charities in New York by imposing stricter regulations on the […]

Governor Orders Probe of Safety Protocols at Indian Point

Governor Orders Probe of Safety Protocols at Indian Point

Governor Andrew Cuomo last week directed the state Public Service Commission to launch a full investigation into the operations and safety protocols at the Indian Point nuclear facility in Buchanan following the unexpected shutdown of Indian Point Unit 3 on December 14. In his December 16 letter to PSC Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman, Cuomo pointed out […]

Somers Town Board Okays 2016 Budget with 2.7% Tax Hike

Somers Town Board Okays 2016 Budget with 2.7% Tax Hike

The Somers Town Board voted unanimously last week to approve an $8.76 million 2016 general fund budget that includes no major program cuts or additions and meets the state-mandated property tax cap. Through there were some slight changes among categories of his originally proposed spending plan, Supervisor Rick Morrissey said, there was “zero change to […]

Somers Holds Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan

Somers Holds Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan

The process of implementing a revised Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Somers moved forward on December 10 when a public hearing on the draft document was conducted during the town board meeting. The plan, formerly known as the Master Plan, was last updated in 1994. Frank Fish, a consultant hired by the town, is […]

Accused Yorktown Teacher Killed in Hiking Mishap

Accused Yorktown Teacher Killed in Hiking Mishap

A longtime band teacher at Crompond Elementary School in the Yorktown School District was killed Saturday in an apparent hiking accident in Ulster County. According to published reports, Jeffrey Whalen, 45, of Yorktown, who has been on administrative leave since being charged in October by the Westchester District Attorney’s Office with possessing an obscene sexual […]

Mixed Use Development Proposed in Baldwin Place

Mixed Use Development Proposed in Baldwin Place

A local developer is proposing a mixed use development and infrastructure improvements in the Baldwin Place section of Somers. At the December 3 Somers Town Board work session, Ken Kearney, founder and president of the Mahopac-based The Kearney Realty & Development Group, unveiled his Crossroads at Baldwin Place project. The development would be located on […]

11th Hour 2016 Peekskill Budget Raises Taxes 3.6%

11th Hour 2016 Peekskill Budget Raises Taxes 3.6%

The Democratic majority on the Peekskill Common Council approved a 2016 city budget on December 1 with a 3.6% tax increase, less than three hours before the state deadline. It took three tries for the council to pass the $37.2 million spending plan after it voted last Monday to exceed the state imposed tax levy […]

YSBA Urges Residents to Support Local Businesses During Holidays

YSBA Urges Residents to Support Local Businesses During Holidays

With another Black Friday come and gone and the holiday shopping season front and center, the Yorktown Small Business Association is urging residents to frequent local merchants. On Saturday, outside Campagna’s Restaurant in Shrub Oak, the YSBA kicked off its “Put your ALL into Shopping Small Program,” which offers incentives for shoppers to spend money […]

Peekskill Council Irked by Police Protection for Pipeline

Peekskill Council Irked by Police Protection for Pipeline

Peekskill Common Council members were unhappy to learn that city cops were hired by Spectra Entergy to provide police protection during the construction of an expanded gas pipeline in the area. What particularly bothered some members was the fact the Council opposed the controversial project, which only runs for about a quarter-mile in Peekskill. “The […]