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The Traditional White Plains Turkey Bowl Slated for Thanksgiving Day Canceled

The Traditional White Plains Turkey Bowl Slated for Thanksgiving Day Canceled

As reported in my story in the White Plains Examiner, on October 7, 2014, due to the Stepinac varsity football team’s success this season and the establishment of the newly formed Catholic High School State Football Championship this year, the possibility existed that the City of White Plains traditional Turkey Bowl football game pitting White […]

Ritz-Carlton to Benefit from County IDA

Ritz-Carlton to Benefit from County IDA

At last week’s meeting of the Westchester County IDA, the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester and Onyx Equities, both located in White Plains, received approval for sales tax exemptions for major building renovations. The Cappelli Organization received IDA approval for $297,500 in sales tax exemptions for a $4 million renovation of the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester hotel in downtown White […]

Greenburgh’s Fee-based Solution to Plastic Bags

Greenburgh’s Fee-based Solution to Plastic Bags

With agencies across the country considering banning the use of plastic bags, even Westchester County now looking at legislation to curtail their use, Greenburgh’s Conservation Advisory Council has come up with its own solution. In a report submitted to the Town Board in late October, the CAC recommended a multi-pronged approach and a fee, not […]

66th Annual Cheerleading Invitational at County Center

66th Annual Cheerleading Invitational at County Center

In the first year of competition since being designated an interscholastic, competitive sport in New York State, more than 1,000 cheerleaders representing high schools and middle schools from Westchester and surrounding counties will vie for top honors during the 66th Annual Westchester County Cheerleading Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, November 17 and 18, at the […]

Along Comes '60s Hit Makers The Association at Peekskill's Paramount

Along Comes ’60s Hit Makers The Association at Peekskill’s Paramount

By Jacob Kussmaul –  For nearly 50 years, The Association’s unique blend of close harmonies, large-than-life production techniques and indelible hooks has helped the Los Angeles-based band sustain widespread popularity. The Association, most remembered for crafting such classics as “Along Comes Mary,” “Never My Love” and “Windy,” is nearing the end of its 2014 tour […]

WPHS Senior Raina Kadavil Recognized as Youth of the Year 2014

WPHS Senior Raina Kadavil Recognized as Youth of the Year 2014

With a resume of accomplishments that is very long and impressive for someone so young, Raina Kadavil, a White Plains High School senior was recognized as the City of White Plains Youth of the Year 2014 on November 3. During the award ceremony that took place before the monthly Common Council meeting, Mayor Tom Roach […]

Preserving the Roll of Honor in White Plains

Preserving the Roll of Honor in White Plains

On a small wedge of land at the entrance to White Plains where the Post Road meets Maple, there stands a memorial to residents who died in service to their country during World War I, 1917 to 1919. The monument, once a majestic tribute to those who paid the highest price, is now broken, pieced […]

Franks Nursery Bid Postponed, Environmental Issues Cited

Franks Nursery Bid Postponed, Environmental Issues Cited

It was full steam ahead in Greenburgh for the past several weeks as over 60 bidders professed their interest in purchasing the 6.89 acre site, formerly Franks Nursery at 715 Dobbs Ferry Road, according to communications received by the Town from its real estate advisor GA Keen Realty Advisors, LLC. The site is zoned R-30/R-40 […]

Astorino Keeps No Tax Levy Increase Pledge in Proposed 2015 Westchester Budget

Astorino Keeps No Tax Levy Increase Pledge in Proposed 2015 Westchester Budget

Hot off the gubernatorial campaign trail, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino was back at the podium Monday morning at a press conference to introduce the proposed 2015 county budget. “We have kept the pledge,” he said. “This is the fifth straight year that we have no property tax levy increase.” Setting down three benchmarks for […]

White Plains High School Graduate and Army Captain to Speak at Veterans Day Ceremony

White Plains High School Graduate and Army Captain to Speak at Veterans Day Ceremony

Army Capt. Joshua Taft, a graduate of both White Plains High School in 2004 and the U.S. Military Academy in 2008 will be the guest speaker at the annual White Plains observance of Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at White Plains Rural Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Capt. Taft, who had been deployed twice to […]

Westchester Knicks Announce Inaugural Draftees at Buffalo Wild Wings

Westchester Knicks Announce Inaugural Draftees at Buffalo Wild Wings

The Westchester Knicks selected their inaugural draftees live on Cisco WebEx, on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3:30 p.m. Later that same evening Westchester Knicks General Manager Allan Houston introduced the franchise’s first draft selections, at a Draft Party, at Buffalo Wild Wings, on Mamaroneck Avenue, in White Plains. The Draft Party was hosted by the […]

Playland Ice Casino Reopens

Playland Ice Casino Reopens

Surrounded by skaters and hockey players, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino threw down a ceremonial puck on center ice last week to mark the reopening of the famed Ice Casino at Playland, which had to be closed after suffering severe damage from Superstorm Sandy two years ago to the day – Superstorm Sandy tore through […]

Incumbent Dems Hold the Line in NYS Senate Districts 35 and 37, Assembly 92

Incumbent Dems Hold the Line in NYS Senate Districts 35 and 37, Assembly 92

It was a late night for Tom Abinanti, New York State Assembly District 92, as unofficial vote tallies around midnight reported at 100 percent suddenly dropped the Democrat behind Republican challenger Mike Duffy. Abinanti had been ahead by several percentage points all evening. Saying there had to be a glitch in the reporting, related to […]

Nadine Hunt-Robinson Keeps Council Seat in White Plains

Nadine Hunt-Robinson Keeps Council Seat in White Plains

In a Special Election for one year in the term left open by Ben Boykin when he left the White Plains Common Council for the Westchester BOL, incumbent appointee Nadine Hunt-Robinson, a Democrat, won with 60 percent of the vote. Hunt-Robinson also ran on the Working Families and Independence Party lines. The White Plains Common Council […]

Port Chester Woman Killed in White Plains DWI Crash

Port Chester Woman Killed in White Plains DWI Crash

Off duty White Plains firefighter, Erik Refvik, 34, of White Plains was charged with criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated after his Chevrolet Tahoe slammed into a Honda driven by Edgar Lopez, 49 at the corner of S. Lexington and Martine avenues at about 4:30 a.m. Monday morning. Lopez was delivering newspapers during the […]

Crusaders Slay Lions to Complete an Undefeated Regular Season

Crusaders Slay Lions to Complete an Undefeated Regular Season

For the first time in Stepinac High School football history, the team has won nine straight games in the regular season and gone undefeated in the CHSFL AAA. Stepinac trounced Monsignor Farrell High School, 49-0, on Saturday, to complete their regular season undefeated at 9-0. Despite the fact that the Crusaders went undefeated at 12-0 […]

Rash of Car Thefts/Break-ins In White Plains

Rash of Car Thefts/Break-ins In White Plains

White Plains neighborhood associations and the Police Department have reported a series of random car thefts and break-ins that occurred in the Rosedale area of White Plains Tuesday morning between 2 and 5 a.m. Four vehicles were stolen from driveways, and an additional five vehicles had property stolen that was left in the vehicles. None […]

Greenburgh Looking Into Expansion of Car Sales Along Central Avenue

Greenburgh Looking Into Expansion of Car Sales Along Central Avenue

In order to provide a more equitable distribution of car dealerships in the CA Central Avenue Mixed Use Impact District of Greenburgh, the Town Board is entertaining new legislation. The proposed law would allow pre-existing motor vehicle uses and sales lots as a special permit use and would allow the opening up of sites along […]

Nadine Hunt-Robinson Wants to Keep Her Seat on the White Plains Council

Nadine Hunt-Robinson Wants to Keep Her Seat on the White Plains Council

Appointed to fill the White Plains Common Council seat left vacant when Ben Boykin left to serve on the county Board of Legislators in February 2014, Nadine Hunt-Robinson wants to work for the full balance of Boykin’s term, keeping the seat for another year. During this year’s special election, she faces former Common Council and […]

Terence Guerriere Makes a Second Bid For a Seat on the White Plains Council

Terence Guerriere Makes a Second Bid For a Seat on the White Plains Council

Terence Guerriere, a life-long resident of White Plains, and well-known citizen on the front lines of neighborhood activism, has once again obtained the endorsement of the Republican Party and is running on their line in a special election against Common Council appointee and incumbent Nadine Hunt-Robinson. Facing a fully Democrat Council and a heavy Democrat […]

Abinanti Pursues Increased Fairness in Bid to Hold 92nd District Assembly Seat

Abinanti Pursues Increased Fairness in Bid to Hold 92nd District Assembly Seat

Calling himself an issue-oriented progressive Democrat with the endorsement of the Working Families Party, Tom Abinanti wants to see fairness return to politics and governance in New York State. In seeking re-election to the 92nd Assembly District, which includes Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant, he does not agree with everything the state’s current administration is doing. […]

Challenger Mike Duffy Seeks a Chance in the 92nd State Assembly District

Challenger Mike Duffy Seeks a Chance in the 92nd State Assembly District

Mike Duffy, 62, is running for the 92nd New York State Assembly District, challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Abinanti. “A seat in the New York State Assembly is the people’s seat,” Duffy says, adding that after years of working in law enforcement he now wants to focus his attention on a different area of public service. […]

Senator Stewart-Cousins Bid for Re-election Is Not Quite Uncontested

Senator Stewart-Cousins Bid for Re-election Is Not Quite Uncontested

Andrea Stewart Cousins is seeking re-election to the 35th NYS Senate District seat, representing Greenburgh, Scarsdale, most of White Plains, New Rochelle, and Yonkers, where she resides. She was first elected to the state senate in 2006. In December 2012 she was elected to serve as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference, becoming the first […]

Uncontested Incumbents Paulin and Buchwald Run for State Assembly

Uncontested Incumbents Paulin and Buchwald Run for State Assembly

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, has served the 88th New York State Assembly District (Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains) since 2001. She is running uncontested in the 2014 election on the Democratic and Working Families party lines. Paulin chairs the Assembly Committee on Energy, and serves on […]

French American School of New York Application - UPDATE

French American School of New York Application – UPDATE

Posted by City of White Plains Oct. 24, 2014: The FASNY hearings scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 2014 will be adjourned by the Common Council and rescheduled for a later date. The hearings are being adjourned to give the Council and staff additional time to review materials recently submitted by the applicant. The materials will […]

Tarrytown Gun Enthusiast Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Tarrytown Gun Enthusiast Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Eric Gaulin, 26, of 157 West Main Street, Tarrytown, pled guilty in county court Friday to manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend, Megan Bookstaver, when she was shot in his home on Labor Day 2013. On Monday, Sept.2, 2013, Gaulin, Bookstaver, and a mutual friend spend time together at the Palisades Center Mall in […]

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin on the Women's Equality Act and Victim's Rights

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin on the Women’s Equality Act and Victim’s Rights

Slowly, but surely, New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) is making strides in the ongoing struggle to help women who are victims of violence and to move forward the stalled Women’s Equality Act, a 10-point bill that addresses issues such as equal pay, preventing sexual harassment, stopping pregnancy discrimination and fighting human trafficking. While […]

Harrison Office Parks Could Become Residential Rentals

Harrison Office Parks Could Become Residential Rentals

At the October meeting of the Harrison Town Board representatives of Normandy Real Estate Partners, owners of 1.5 million square feet in about 15 buildings along the I-287 corridor in White Plains and Harrison, presented an unprecedented residential development plan for two combined sites located at 103 and 105 Corporate Park Drive, Harrison. Currently a […]

Picketers Seek to Keep GCA in White Plains

Picketers Seek to Keep GCA in White Plains

On Monday, the coldest morning of this season so far, the staff of Good Counsel Academy High School stood outside the campus entrance at 52 North Broadway, White Plains at 8 a.m. demanding to be noticed. They were joined by students who had the day off from school, parents, and other supporters and stood holding […]

Guerriere and Hunt-Robinson Debate White Plains Issues

Guerriere and Hunt-Robinson Debate White Plains Issues

Continuing an ongoing tradition of community involvement and education, the Woman’s Club of White Plains sponsored a candidate’s forum last week. The featured guests were Nadine Hunt-Robinson (Democrat-incumbent) and Terence Guerriere (Republican-challenger) running in a special election for the seat on the White Plains Common Council left vacant when Benjamin Boykin won the election to […]