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Second Annual Cortlandt 5K Road Race Saturday

Second Annual Cortlandt 5K Road Race Saturday

The Town of Cortlandt will be hosting its second annual 5K Road Race in Verplanck on Saturday, October 25. Last year, the race attracted more than 100 runners and town officials are hoping to have more participants this year. The race kicks off at Cortlandt Waterfront Park, at the intersection of Riverview Avenue and Broadway […]

Cortlandt Uses Surplus to Fund $2.5M Paving Projects

Cortlandt Uses Surplus to Fund $2.5M Paving Projects

The Town of Cortlandt is in the process of paving or resurfacing roadways throughout the town by utilizing $2.5 million from the highway surplus fund. Supervisor Linda Puglisi explained a staff committee reviewed 70 miles of roads in the town last spring to determine which were in most need of attention this fall, and with […]

Opening of Lincoln Depot Museum Celebrated in Peekskill

Opening of Lincoln Depot Museum Celebrated in Peekskill

  Eleven years of planning to mark an historic moment in the City of Peekskill and the history of the United States was celebrated Saturday with the long awaited opening of the Lincoln Depot Museum on South Water Street. Local officials participated in a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony for the museum, the only one of its […]

Breakthrough Solar-Powered Transportation System Unveiled in Yorktown

Breakthrough Solar-Powered Transportation System Unveiled in Yorktown

Visitors at the annual Yorktown Fall Festival & Street Fair Sunday were given a preview of a breakthrough solar-powered transportation system designed to be energy efficient and eliminate congestion. Bill James, creator of JPODS, a pioneer monorail system, offered free rides to interested parties on his ELF, a three-wheeled, passenger vehicle. The system will be […]

Costco Project Takes Step Forward in Yorktown

Costco Project Takes Step Forward in Yorktown

A proposed Costco Wholesale Club on Route 202 in Yorktown cleared one hurdle last week after the Yorktown Planning Board voted unanimously to accept a revised Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project. Written comments on the FEIS can still be submitted to the Planning Department. Many of the issues raised by residents and Planning […]

GOP Supporters Endorse Diana for Yorktown Board Seat

GOP Supporters Endorse Diana for Yorktown Board Seat

Local Republican leaders endorsed Tom Diana Friday afternoon in the upcoming election for one of the vacant seats on the Yorktown Town Board. Diana, who ran unsuccessfully last year as a Democrat for highway superintendent against Dave Paganelli, is seeking to fill the last 14 months or so of Paganelli’s unexpired four-year term. He is […]

Blood, Organ Drives to be Part of Annual Yorktown Street Festival

Blood, Organ Drives to be Part of Annual Yorktown Street Festival

  Yorktown resident David Rocco has donated 160 pints of blood over the last 30 years, and he’s hoping to encourage many others to follow his lead this Sunday in conjunction with the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce’s annual Street Festival. With thousands of visitors expected in downtown Yorktown from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on […]

Hundreds Turn Out for Charter School Hearing in Peekskill

Hundreds Turn Out for Charter School Hearing in Peekskill

By Sue Guzman A standing room only crowd packed into Peekskill Middle School last week for a public hearing on the proposed Guardian Academy Charter School of Peekskill. The speakers included parents, school officials, residents and elected officials who overwhelmingly weighed in against the proposed charter school, which would be housed inside the now-defunct Assumption […]

Wife’s Lover Jailed for Life for Murder of Peekskill Cab Driver

Wife’s Lover Jailed for Life for Murder of Peekskill Cab Driver

    A Newburgh man was sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this week for murdering a well-known cab driver and the husband of his lover in 2012 on Pine Street in Peekskill. John Murray, 62, who has already served more than 30 years behind bars for other violent crimes, received his punishment […]

20th Anniversary Support-A-Walk Sunday at FDR Park

20th Anniversary Support-A-Walk Sunday at FDR Park

For the last 20 years, the first Sunday of October has become known as Support-A-Walk day in Yorktown as thousands mark their calendar to be at FDR State Park to celebrate the lives of those who have defeated breast or ovarian cancer or are courageously batting it, and honor those who lost their personal fight. […]

Driver Jailed for Killing Ossining Man on Route 9A

Driver Jailed for Killing Ossining Man on Route 9A

  A Rockland County woman was sentenced Friday to one to three years in prison for killing an Ossining man last September on Route 9A as he was crossing the roadway to put up campaign signs. Michelle Sergio, 39, of Nanuet, pled guilty in May to two counts of vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, […]

Wagner Proposes Series of Campaign, Ethics Reforms for State Officials

Wagner Proposes Series of Campaign, Ethics Reforms for State Officials

State Senate candidate Justin Wagner unveiled a proposal for comprehensive ethics and campaign finance reform for state government Tuesday afternoon in Lewisboro. Joined by Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains), who has sponsored legislation to strip public pensions from officials who abuse their positions, Wagner called for stiffer penalties for officials who violate the public’s trust. […]

Opponents, Union Workers Clash Over Pipeline Project

Opponents, Union Workers Clash Over Pipeline Project

By Sue Guzman Proponents and opponents of a controversial natural gas pipeline project mobbed the Muriel Morabito Community Center in Cortlandt last Monday night to weigh in on the controversial Algonquin Pipeline Project being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The public hearing was held to allow comments on the Draft Environmental Impact […]

Youths Charged with Ransacking Islamic Center in Mohegan

Youths Charged with Ransacking Islamic Center in Mohegan

  Three male Mohegan Lake youths were arrested Wednesday in connection with the ransacking of the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center on Lexington Avenue. The unidentified youths, one 13 and the other two 12, were charged with juvenile delinquency and are scheduled to appear in Westchester County Family Court on September 30. The youths were […]

Hanauer Holds Out Hope after Ossining Primary Loss to Gearity

Hanauer Holds Out Hope after Ossining Primary Loss to Gearity

Ossining Mayor William Hanauer may have suffered a lopsided loss in a Democratic primary to Trustee Victoria Gearity last week, but he is refusing to throw in the towel in his quest for a fifth two-year term. “I still have a good chance,” said Hanauer. “There are many crossover votes that I hope to get. […]

Anti-Pipeline Groups Urge FERC to Drop ‘Fatally Flawed’ Document

Anti-Pipeline Groups Urge FERC to Drop ‘Fatally Flawed’ Document

Three grassroots groups are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to withdraw what they feel is a “fatally flawed” Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a planned natural gas pipeline that would extend from New York to Massachusetts. Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), Concerned Peekskill Residents (CPR) and Keep Yorktown Safe (KYS) […]

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 […]