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Yorktown Special Election Candidates Square Off in Debate

Yorktown Special Election Candidates Square Off in Debate

    The four candidates seeking two available seats on the Yorktown Town Board in a special election next month met face-to-face Monday night in the only scheduled debate before voters head to the polls. Democrats Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano and Republicans Greg Bernard and Tom Diana fielded a wide range of questions from […]

Former Local Coach Jailed 50 Years for Sexually Assaulting Girls

Former Local Coach Jailed 50 Years for Sexually Assaulting Girls

A former local girls’ basketball coach was sentenced last week to 50 years prison for sexually assaulting seven girls in his Cortlandt home. A year ago, Richard Dinizo, 60, who coached 12 and 13-year-old girls in the Westchester Basketball Association for about 20 years, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison after pleading guilty […]

Shopping Center Plan in Cortlandt Continues to Draw Criticism

Shopping Center Plan in Cortlandt Continues to Draw Criticism

Plans for the Cortlandt Crossing shopping center continued to draw mixed reactions last week at a second public hearing regarding the project. The biggest concern voiced by those whose homes neighbor the proposed construction site, across from the Cortlandt Town Center, is the fact that the retail space would infringe on residential land. Acadia Realty, […]

Somers Supervisor Reports PepsiCo is Leaving Town in 2016

Somers Supervisor Reports PepsiCo is Leaving Town in 2016

PepsiCo will be relocating its approximately 900 employees from its bottling headquarters in the Town of Somers by the first quarter of 2016, according to Supervisor Rick Morrissey. In a Facebook post over the weekend, Morrissey said the town had been notified Friday that PepsiCo was planning to abandon the facility it has occupied for […]

$20M Mixed Use Project Moving Forward in Downtown Peekskill

$20M Mixed Use Project Moving Forward in Downtown Peekskill

A zoning amendment approved by the Peekskill Common Council last summer that allowed the expansion of residential development in the downtown and artist lofts in the C-3 zone helped spearhead a $20 million mixed use project planned on Main and Diven streets. Ken Kearney, president of Kearney Realty and Development Corporation, told council members last […]

Comprehensive Plan Update Moving Forward in Somers

Comprehensive Plan Update Moving Forward in Somers

For the first time in over two decades an update of the Town of Somers Comprehensive Plan is moving toward completion. At its February 5 meeting, the town board was receptive to a timeline proposed by a consultant it hired to update the document, which has not been brought up to date since 1994. The […]

Teatown Plan to Destroy The Croft Under Fire

Teatown Plan to Destroy The Croft Under Fire

By Bill Primavera – By the time the capacity crowd had gathered Sunday morning for “Coffee with Kevin” at Teatown Lake Reservation,” the battle plans had been drawn and everyone present knew exactly where they stood concerning whether The Croft, the 1914 historic structure on the 67-parcel of the nature preserve, should be salvaged or destroyed. […]

Push Intensifies for Raising the Age of Adult Prosecution to 18

Push Intensifies for Raising the Age of Adult Prosecution to 18

An area state senator is attempting to gather statewide support for changing a law that would treat most 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes as juveniles rather than adults. On Friday, state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown), surrounded by advocates who are attempting to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18 years old, spoke […]

HV Hospital Seeks Rezoning to Construct New Building

HV Hospital Seeks Rezoning to Construct New Building

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is seeking a rezoning change from the Town of Cortlandt to construct a new three-story building for primarily physician offices. In a letter to Supervisor Linda Puglisi last month, George Cronk, project manager for The Chazen Companies, which is overseeing the development, stated the 36,000-square-foot structure is needed to accommodate additional […]

County Reviews Report on Pipeline Expansion in Cortlandt Park

County Reviews Report on Pipeline Expansion in Cortlandt Park

A report on the effects the expansion of a proposed Algonquin natural gas pipeline would have on Westchester County-owned Blue Mountain Reservation in Cortlandt was reviewed by the Board of Legislators’ Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing Committee last week. An independent environmental assessment completed by the non-profit institute Hudsonia concluded the construction activity of removing […]

Mini-Town Center Project Draws Mixed Reviews in Cortlandt

Mini-Town Center Project Draws Mixed Reviews in Cortlandt

Plans for a new shopping center across from the Cortlandt Town Center received mixed reviews from residents at a public hearing last week. Acadia Realty, owners of the 8500,000 square feet Town Center, is proposing a total of approximately 170,000 square feet of retail space on 17 acres of the 36-acre property on Route 6. […]

Yorktown Police Seek Help in K-Mart Parking Lot Robbery

Yorktown Police Seek Help in K-Mart Parking Lot Robbery

    The Yorktown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance investigating a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of K-Mart Thursday afternoon. At about 3:45 p.m. a local woman reported to police that she was sitting in her car when an unknown male opened the passenger side door, sat inside and held her […]

Candidates Chosen for Special Election in Yorktown

Candidates Chosen for Special Election in Yorktown

  Candidates for a special election in March to fill two vacancies on the Yorktown Town Board were chosen by the Democratic and Republican committees this week. The Democrats met Thursday night and selected Rosanne Brackett, who has been a vocal opponent of Supervisor Michael Grace and the proposed natural gas pipeline, to run for […]

Special Election for Vacancies on Yorktown Town Board Set

Special Election for Vacancies on Yorktown Town Board Set

After months of squabbling and at loggerheads, the Yorktown Town Board finally agreed last week on how and when to fill two vacancies on the board. Supervisor Michael Grace, a Republican, and Democratic Town Board members Vishnu Patel and Susan Siegel unanimously decided to schedule a special election for Tuesday, March 10 for residents to […]

Ossining High Seniors Charged with Making Social Media Threats

Ossining High Seniors Charged with Making Social Media Threats

Two Ossining High School seniors were charged Friday with making terroristic threats on social media that caused a lockout at three district schools on Thursday. Village Police said the two unidentified 16-year-old males made what was reported as a non-specific threat on Twitter. They were charged with felony counts in Westchester County Family Court. The […]

Peekskill Hudson River Plunge Raises $10,200 for Good Cause

Peekskill Hudson River Plunge Raises $10,200 for Good Cause

Some of the 28 participants who signed up for the third annual Polar Plunge at the Riverfront Green in Peekskill on New Year’s Day were stripping down for the first time. Others, such as Christine Bischoff of Peekskill, were returning for a third consecutive frigid dip in the Hudson River. Dan Keegan, 41, of Peekskill, […]

New Mayor, Trustees Take Oath of Office in Ossining

New Mayor, Trustees Take Oath of Office in Ossining

By Sue Guzman –  With the backdrop of an antique American flag dating back to 1891, Victoria Gearity was sworn in as mayor of the Village of Ossining on New Year’s Day, along with village trustees Omar Herrera and John Codman III and state Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D/Ossining). The ceremony was emceed by former Ossining […]

Yorktown Resident, News Photographer Stan Gitner Dies at 85

Yorktown Resident, News Photographer Stan Gitner Dies at 85

  Stanley Gitner, a beloved community treasure and award-winning newspaper photographer, died Saturday at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt following a recent illness. He was 85. Mr. Gitner and his cherished wife, Sonia, lived in Yorktown for more than half a century. During that time he volunteered for 53 years with the Yorktown Auxiliary […]

Murphy Sworn in as State Senator in Yorktown Ceremony

Murphy Sworn in as State Senator in Yorktown Ceremony

By Rick Pezzullo New York State Senator Dr. Terrence Murphy (R,C/Yorktown) was sworn in on New Year’s Day in his hometown in front of hundreds of family, friends and supporters in a packed Yorktown Stage. Murphy, 48, flanked by his beaming wife Caroline and children McKayla, Jack and Kian, took the oath of office for […]

A Bundle of Boos and Bravos for 2014

A Bundle of Boos and Bravos for 2014

Bravo to Rose Sanca for a well-earned retirement after years of providing the Peekskill community with goodies of sugar and spice and everything nice at Homestyle Desserts, which will still be in business under the guidance of her son and daughter. Bravo to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Mohegan Lake which has quietly served […]

Peekskill Resident Charged in Armed Robbery of Gas Station

Peekskill Resident Charged in Armed Robbery of Gas Station

Peekskill police charged a 19-year-old city male with robbing a gas station on North Division Street in the early morning hours of December 23. According to police, Officer Steve Zappolo was on patrol at approximately 3:45 a.m. when he observed a suspicious male on a bicycle ride into the parking lot of the Shell station. […]

Peekskill to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Ball Drop

Peekskill to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Ball Drop

The City of Peekskill will be ringing in 2015 with a new event featuring a ball drop at midnight. Piggybacking on the success of other municipalities that stage similar New Year’s Eve celebrations, such as the City of White Plains, the idea to host a community gathering was initiated by Mayor Frank Catalina, who is […]

Permits for BJ’s, Costco Gas Stations Approved in Yorktown

Permits for BJ’s, Costco Gas Stations Approved in Yorktown

Required special permits for member-only gas stations at BJ’s and a proposed Costco wholesale clubs on Route 202 in Yorktown were approved Friday at a special Yorktown Town Board meeting. Plans for each project still need to be approved by the town’s Planning Board and the state Department of Environmental Protection before they can be […]

Five Hurt in Double DWI Crash in Yorktown

Five Hurt in Double DWI Crash in Yorktown

  Five people were seriously injured in a two-car crash Thursday night in Yorktown where both drivers were charged with driving while intoxicated. According to Yorktown Police, Adam Kaczor, 19, of Saw Mill River Road, Yorktown, made an improper left turn and failed to yield one-half of the roadway at the intersection of Route 35 […]

Area Educators React to Departure of State Ed Commissioner

Area Educators React to Departure of State Ed Commissioner

As a soft-spoken and mild-mannered figure, New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John King seems like an unlikely candidate to be right in the middle of controversy. But with the rollout of the new Common Core standards, heated debate followed King wherever he’s been. Now, King is leaving that controversy behind after it was […]

Mayor Throws in Towel in Trying to Oust City Manager

Mayor Throws in Towel in Trying to Oust City Manager

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina appeared to throw in the towel last week in his long quest to have City Manager Anthony Ruggiero removed. Responding to comments from a few speakers who questioned Ruggiero still being able to keep his $163,000 position despite not adhering to certain requirements under the City Charter, Catalina seemed to concede […]

Yorktown Heights Fire District Voters Approve $1.5M Bond

Yorktown Heights Fire District Voters Approve $1.5M Bond

  Voters in the Yorktown Heights Fire District approved a $1.5 million bond Tuesday night to fund improvements to the Locksley Road firehouse. By a slim margin of 167 to 159, voters in primarily the southern end of Yorktown gave the go-ahead for the construction of a second addition on the 30-year-old building, which is […]

Somers Moving Forward with Sidewalks Plans

Somers Moving Forward with Sidewalks Plans

The Somers Town Board is moving forward with the initial phases of plans to install new sidewalks. The board is scheduled to approve the spending of $5,000 for engineering and landscaping architectural services when it meets on December 11. Following the December 4 work session, Supervisor Rick Morrissey said the firm that will be employed […]

Grace Warns Board Members About Vote on Sober Home

Grace Warns Board Members About Vote on Sober Home

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace warned his fellow board members they could be held personally liable for legal damages if they vote against issuing a special permit for a proposed facility for recovering alcohol and substance abuse addicts on Underhill Avenue. While emphatically expressing his support for the town’s first sober home during a work session […]

Rain Postpones Holiday Electric Lights Parade in Yorktown to Sunday

Rain Postpones Holiday Electric Lights Parade in Yorktown to Sunday

    The third annual Electric Lights Parade “Jingle Bells,” in downtown Yorktown, originally planned for Saturday, has been rescheduled to Sunday due to the wet weather forecast for Saturday. The parade of creative and festive holiday floats, stretching from Front Street to Veterans Road, will still begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with a […]