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Catalina Holds Huge Edge in Campaign Donors in Mayor Race

Catalina Holds Huge Edge in Campaign Donors in Mayor Race

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina and his Democratic opponent Ken Martin will be squaring off on September 8 in an Independence Party primary. The victor will earn the right to appear on three separate lines on the November 2 general election ballot. However, if the race for mayor were determined by campaign contributions, it would already […]

Yorktown May Consider Banning Dogs from Rec Areas

Yorktown May Consider Banning Dogs from Rec Areas

The Yorktown Town Board will likely hold a public hearing in September to consider amending an ordinance that would ban dogs from recreational play areas in the town. Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace made the suggestion at a recent work session after the board was approached by resident Patricia Mckechnie and Rick Romanski, president of the […]

Appellate Court Upholds Ossining GOP Candidates’ Removal

Appellate Court Upholds Ossining GOP Candidates’ Removal

By Arthur Cusano – A New York State appellate court has upheld a court decision that would keep three town board candidates off the Republican Party line in November’s election. A four-judge panel of the Second Appellate Judicial Division of New York State decided Aug. 18 to uphold an Aug. 7 Supreme Court ruling that found […]

‘Grand Prix NY on the Hudson’ Proposed in Peekskill

‘Grand Prix NY on the Hudson’ Proposed in Peekskill

It’s a concept that has been very successful in Mount Kisco, and now Diamond Properties is looking to bring the same excitement to Peekskill. Although go karts and bowling may not be part of the plans, “Grand Prix NY on the Hudson” on John Walsh Blvd,, near D. Bertoline & Sons on the former The […]

Veterans Clash over Flying of American Flag at Peekskill City Hall

Veterans Clash over Flying of American Flag at Peekskill City Hall

A disabled Vietnam veteran and members of the American Legion 274 Post in Peekskill clashed over whether the city was properly flying the American Flag at City Hall during a heated debate last week in front of the Common Council. George Ondek, a past commander of the Disabled American Veterans who has been lobbying the […]

Substance Abuse Treatment Hospital Proposed in Cortlandt

Substance Abuse Treatment Hospital Proposed in Cortlandt

An upscale residential treatment center for patients with alcohol and other substance abuse disorders is being proposed in a rural neighborhood in the Town of Cortlandt. The Hudson Ridge Wellness Center is seeking site plan approval and a special permit from the Cortlandt Planning Board to fill a maximum of 92 beds in seven existing […]

Peekskill Police Charge Man with Beauty Salon Burglary

Peekskill Police Charge Man with Beauty Salon Burglary

Peekskill police arrested a Beacon Man last week for the August 2 burglary of a beauty salon on South Street. Ernest Gordineer, 43, was apprehended August 4 on Highland Avenue at 2:30 a.m. by Officer Fabian Gonzalez who recognized him from video evidence at Daisy’s Beauty Salon and from previous cases where he had arrested […]

Pataki Touts Successes as Governor in GOP Presidential Debate

Pataki Touts Successes as Governor in GOP Presidential Debate

Former Peekskill Mayor George Pataki touted his record as a three-term governor of New York during his appearance Thursday night in the undercard debate of scrambling Republican presidential candidates in Cleveland. Pataki, 69, whose poll numbers among the 17 GOP hopefuls did not qualify him for the “main event” top 10 debate with the likes […]

Habitat for Humanity Comes to the Rescue of Fire Victims

Habitat for Humanity Comes to the Rescue of Fire Victims

One of the missions of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester is to eliminate poverty and homelessness throughout the region, and oftentimes its army of volunteers find themselves lending a helping hand when a crisis strikes. Two weeks ago, a fire in a home at 141 Fremont Street in Peekskill left approximately 103 adults and children […]

Croton United Unveils Slate of Candidates for Village Board

Croton United Unveils Slate of Candidates for Village Board

Croton United, a self-proclaimed non-partisan organization, recently announced its slate of candidates for the 2015 election. Heading the ticket is former mayor and trustee Dr. Gregory Schmidt, who is looking to unseat incumbent Democrat Leo Wiegman, who has led the village since 2009. Schmidt, also a registered Democrat, is a local chiropractor who has lived […]

Borgia Hosts Forum on Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

Borgia Hosts Forum on Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

By Robert Montague – Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia (D/Ossining) teamed up with invited guests and college officials in Valhalla last week to discuss sexual assault and ways of preventing it. “It’s an opportunity to hear people’s voices about this topic,” Borgia said at the speak-out forum at Westchester Community College. Borgia, majority leader on the […]

King Appointed as New Village Manager in Croton-on-Hudson

King Appointed as New Village Manager in Croton-on-Hudson

Janine King has been chosen as the new village manager in Croton-on-Hudson. King, who started working for Croton in 1997 as a part-time records management clerk and office assistant, has been serving as acting village manager since May when former Village Manager Abraham Zambrano left to become village manager in the Village of Ossining. The […]

Future of Five Local A&P Supermarkets Uncertain

Future of Five Local A&P Supermarkets Uncertain

The future of five A&P supermarkets in northern Westchester is uncertain after the corporate company that owns 296 stores filed for bankruptcy protection last week. Officials from the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. announced it would close 25 stores in the near future due to “lack of interest and significant ongoing store operating […]

Decorated Preschool Educator Going Strong 47 Years Later

Decorated Preschool Educator Going Strong 47 Years Later

By Kathy Grantham – Throughout its history, Westchester County has been blessed with many outstanding men and women. Nancy Brophy, founder, director and owner of the Tom Thumb Preschool in Mohegan Lake, is among that group. Becoming a leader doesn’t spring from a vacuum; character is formed as an amalgam of life experience at home and […]

Supervisor’s Son Charged with Grand Larceny in Yorktown

Supervisor’s Son Charged with Grand Larceny in Yorktown

  The son of Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace was arrested Tuesday night for stealing money while attending a party. Henry Grace, 22, of Hanover Street in Yorktown, was charged by Yorktown Police with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony, for allegedly stealing $3,000 from a security box at a home at […]

Local Municipalities Awarded Funding for Microgrid Projects

Local Municipalities Awarded Funding for Microgrid Projects

Three northern Westchester municipalities have been awarded approximately $100,000 each to support innovative microgrid projects. The towns of Cortlandt and Somers and village of Croton-on-Hudson were among 83 communities that qualified for the competitions Stage 1 awards. The victorious municipalities will now study the feasibility of installing a community microgrid, which is a standalone energy […]

Katz Rethinks Term Limit Vow with State Assembly Seat

Katz Rethinks Term Limit Vow with State Assembly Seat

Six months ago, New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz (R/Mohegan Lake) vowed during his inauguration inside the Putnam County Historic Courthouse that this current term would be his last. But now with former state Senator Greg Ball’s chief of staff Suzi McDonough announcing her interest in the seat, Katz is reconsidering whether he will officially […]

Quintessential Three-Sport Star Shines Bright in Ossining

Quintessential Three-Sport Star Shines Bright in Ossining

Jalay Knowles Never Settled for Good, She was Great – There’s Beyoncé and there’s Madonna and Cher… the one-named divas that have acquired status for their tributes to society via the genre of music. There’s Mother Theresa on an island unto herself, the matriarch of prayer. Then there’s a list of mononymous persons in sports; LeBron, […]

Yorktown High Grad Out to Prove She’s ‘Tough Enough’

Yorktown High Grad Out to Prove She’s ‘Tough Enough’

  By Rick Pezzullo A Yorktown High School graduate is in the running for a $250,000 contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Amanda Saccomanno, 24, who graduated from Yorktown High in 2008 and earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Iona College, was chosen from more than 11,000 hopefuls to be among the final […]

Hen Hud, Municipalities Reach New Financial Pact with Entergy

Hen Hud, Municipalities Reach New Financial Pact with Entergy

The Hendrick Hudson Board of Education last week unanimously approved a new 10-year financial agreement between the district, several municipal entities and Entergy, owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan, regarding Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT). The pact, which includes the Town of Cortlandt, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Buchanan Fire Department […]

Yorktown Bridge to be Named for Fallen Army Soldier

Yorktown Bridge to be Named for Fallen Army Soldier

A state bridge in Yorktown will be named for a U.S. Army specialist who was killed four years ago while serving in Afghanistan. State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-C/Yorktown) announced last week the bridge on Route 129 will be renamed as the Specialist David R. Fahey Jr. Memorial Bridge for the former 23-year-old Yorktown resident. Fahey […]

Yorktown Lions Free Summer Concert Series Lineup

Yorktown Lions Free Summer Concert Series Lineup

The Yorktown Lions Club has finalized its lineup for the 2015 Yorktown Lions Free Summer Concert Series to be held at the Jack Devito/Veterans Memorial Park on Veteran’s Road in Yorktown this summer. The Lions use the concerts to sell sponsorships and ads in their journal to raise funds for their work in the community. […]

Ossining Man Arrested for Bomb Threats Against Pace University

Ossining Man Arrested for Bomb Threats Against Pace University

A 52-year-old Ossining man was arrested last Thursday by Mount Pleasant police for making threats to bomb buildings at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus. The suspect, Ernest Brown of 237 Spring St., was a former clerical worker at the school and was reportedly upset after he was dismissed from his position, said Mount Pleasant police Lt. […]

17-year-old Determined to Win Seat on Ossining Town Board

17-year-old Determined to Win Seat on Ossining Town Board

He just graduated from Ossining High School on Saturday and will be furthering his education in September at Fordham University, but Aaron Spring has set his sights on another achievement in November. Spring, 17, is looking to make history by being the youngest elected official in the Town of Ossining. He is running on the […]

Planned Cortlandt Shopping Center on Rt. 6 Drops in Size

Planned Cortlandt Shopping Center on Rt. 6 Drops in Size

The size of a new shopping center proposed across from the Cortlandt Town Center has been reduced, along with the number of planned parking spaces. An updated site plan for Cortlandt Crossing presented to the Cortlandt Planning Board earlier this month showed retail space totaling 130,000 square feet, which is smaller than the 170,000-square-foot building […]

Protest of Cortlandt Rotary Club Circus Having Reverse Effect

Protest of Cortlandt Rotary Club Circus Having Reverse Effect

The president of the Rotary Club of Cortlandt Manor said opposition to a circus fundraiser in Verplanck this week has actually increased ticket sales. An online petition of more than 1,000 signatures and a roadside protest in Montrose Saturday to the Kelly Miller Circus, scheduled to appear on the Mt Carmel Society grounds on Sixth […]

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

With Steve Katz most likely not running again for New York State Assembly because of a self-imposed term limit, one Republican has already come forward to express interest in running for his seat. Town of Carmel Councilwoman Suzi McDonough announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the 94th Assembly seat, one that could be […]

Peekskill Mayor Launches Reelection Bid with Diverse Ticket

Peekskill Mayor Launches Reelection Bid with Diverse Ticket

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina is heading a Republican/Conservative ticket for four available seats on the Common Council in November as the lone registered Republican as he seeks to break up the current Democratic majority. Joined by about 60 supporters along Restaurant Row on Division Street Saturday, Catalina and his three running mates, Tina Fischer, Brendon […]

Yorktown Task Force Against Heroin Tackles Drug Epidemic

Yorktown Task Force Against Heroin Tackles Drug Epidemic

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 43,982 unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2013, more than half of which involved prescription medication. It’s a growing trend that started in 1996, according to Dr. Andrew Kolodny, head of medicine for Phoenix House in Shrub Oak, when doctors and dentists began prescribing […]

Pataki Returns Home for Presidential Campaign Rally

Pataki Returns Home for Presidential Campaign Rally

Three days after joining an expanding field of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president, George Pataki returned to his Peekskill roots Sunday to join longtime friends and supporters who believe he can make it to the White House. Several hundred people jammed into the Lincoln Depot Museum – where President Abraham Lincoln stopped to […]