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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 […]

Plans for Restaurant/Amusement Center in Peekskill Moving Forward

Plans for Restaurant/Amusement Center in Peekskill Moving Forward

Plans for a multi-faceted development on John Walsh Boulevard in Peekskill are moving ahead with hopes of a new restaurant on the waterfront opening in the fall. Representatives for Diamond Properties appeared before the Peekskill Planning Commission in February to give an update on the project, which besides a restaurant and catering facility, include an […]

Bullying Forced Family to Take Student Out of Lakeland School

Bullying Forced Family to Take Student Out of Lakeland School

Alexander (Alec) Browne was a happy-go-lucky kid with a friendly personality. He got along well with other children and never had any disciplinary issues. He enjoyed school. That all changed in third grade at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School in 2013 when his mother, Michelle, said he was harassed by another student during lunch time, at […]

Somers Resident Instrumental in Success of Rosie’s Kids

Somers Resident Instrumental in Success of Rosie’s Kids

By Michael Giuliano – A lifelong fan of musical theater, Somers resident Lindsay Miserandino said her job at Director of Advancement at Rosie’s Theater Kids is “a dream come true.” Rosie’s Theater Kids, co-founded in 2003 by Rosie O’Donnell and Lori Klinger, is an organization that seeks to expand arts programs (specifically theater arts) to underserved […]

Revised Comprehensive Plan Okayed in Town of Somers

Revised Comprehensive Plan Okayed in Town of Somers

For the first time since 1994 the Somers Comprehensive Plan has been updated. The town board voted unanimously to approve the revised document on February 11 after the board closed the adjourned public hearing, during which no residents commented. Frank Fish, a consultant hired by the town, worked with Town Planner Syrette Dym to update […]

New Castle Water District Proposal Ignites Debate with Ossining

New Castle Water District Proposal Ignites Debate with Ossining

A proposed intermunicipal agreement (IMA) to provide Ossining with New Castle water is in limbo after suspicions were raised the move would bring a pediatric nursing home the water it needs for a controversial expansion project. New Castle officials heard a presentation from DPW Commissioner Gerry Moerschell at the town board’s January 19 work session […]

Plans for Substance Abuse Disorder Hospital in Cortlandt Blocked

Plans for Substance Abuse Disorder Hospital in Cortlandt Blocked

A plea to allow a planned specialty hospital to treat individuals suffering from substance use disorder to move forward in Cortlandt fell on deaf ears last week. For the second time, the Cortlandt Town Board unanimously approved a moratorium on certain uses in the town’s Zoning Ordinance until June 30. The board took the same […]

Memorial Service Saturday for Our Montessori School Co-Founder

Memorial Service Saturday for Our Montessori School Co-Founder

    A Memorial Service will be held Saturday for Werner Hengst of Somers, who died at home on Sunday, February 7, surrounded by his family, from complications of diabetes.  He was 79. Mr. Hengst was co-founder and administrator of Our Montessori School in Yorktown Heights, as well as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and […]

Trial of Pipeline Protestors Adjourned in Cortlandt Court

Trial of Pipeline Protestors Adjourned in Cortlandt Court

The trial of nine local residents and community activists who were arrested in the fall for blocking access to Spectra Energy’s pipeline construction yard in Montrose was adjourned last week over the scheduled testimony of a Cortlandt councilman. Town Justice Daniel McCarthy adjourned the case of the so-called “Montrose 9” to an unspecified date to […]

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, […]