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Education Funding, Reforms Dominate Local State Budget Hearing

Education Funding, Reforms Dominate Local State Budget Hearing

Education issues was the major concern last Friday at a public hearing held by Westchester-based state Assembly members on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 executive budget at the Greenburgh Public Library. Assemblymen David Buchwald (D-White Plains), Thomas Abinanti (D-Greenburgh), Gary Pretlow (D-Mount Vernon) and Steven Otis (D-Rye) heard comments from dozens of area residents during the […]

New Multi-Use Development Approved for Former Border’s Books Site

New Multi-Use Development Approved for Former Border’s Books Site

After many years of vacancy, the Westchester Pavilion at 60 South Broadway, home of the former Borders Books, will be torn down and a new multi-use development with several levels of rental apartments, retail stores and restaurants will be constructed on the corner of South Broadway and Maple Avenue. The resolution voted on by the […]

White Plains Establishes Valet Parking Ordinance

White Plains Establishes Valet Parking Ordinance

Addressing the fast changing nature of the White Plains downtown, the city council voted during its Feb. 1 meeting to pass a comprehensive valet parking ordinance to allow businesses, especially along Mamaroneck Avenue, to provide valet parking service to their customers. “There has been an increasing interest and desire by a number of downtown businesses […]

White Plains Foot Surgeon Supports Local Shoe Drive for 8th year

White Plains Foot Surgeon Supports Local Shoe Drive for 8th year

For the eighth year in a row, Dr. Bruce Pinker of Progressive Foot Care in White Plains, invited his patients to donate their lightly used shoes and boots to support a shoe drive for Westchester’s men, women and children in need. They responded by donating almost 400 pairs of shoes and boots in all shapes and sizes, […]

Woman’s Club Celebrates Centennial Year with 100 Acts of Kindness

Woman’s Club Celebrates Centennial Year with 100 Acts of Kindness

The Woman’s Club of White Plains is celebrating its 100th year in 2016. In 1916, two existing clubs, the Woman’s Club and the New Century Club, combined to form what was initially known as the Contemporary Club. In 1948, the club officially changed its name to The Woman’s Club of White Plains. This club was […]

White Plains Council Does Not Take FASNY Vote

White Plains Council Does Not Take FASNY Vote

Monday, Feb 1, 2016, was expected to be a big day in White Plains as the final vote by the White Plains Common Council was anticipated to either accept or deny the French American School of New York’s (FASNY) Special Permit and Site Plan application to develop and operate a regional K-12 school in the […]

White Plains Launches Multi Modal Transit District Project Website

White Plains Launches Multi Modal Transit District Project Website

In order to engage the public in the planning stages of a Downtown White Plains Transit District, the mayor’s office has launched a project website. The site contains background information, maps, information about upcoming public engagement sessions, and contact information for those who wish to submit a comment, idea or question. “I expect it to […]

Skip Stevens Steps Down as Head Football Coach and Takes New Position

Skip Stevens Steps Down as Head Football Coach and Takes New Position

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Michael “Skip” Stevens met with his players for the final time to inform them that he would not be the Head Coach of White Plains High School football next season. After 11 seasons as Head Football Coach of the Tigers, the Skip Stevens era ended as he stepped down to take […]

League of Women Voters of White Plains to Honor Dorothy Schere

League of Women Voters of White Plains to Honor Dorothy Schere

The League of Women Voters of White Plains will honor Dorothy Schere at its annual Dinner Party on Sunday, Jan. 31. The party will be held at the home of Janice Abbott and Richard Bernstein from 3 to 5 p.m. at 177 Soundview Ave. in White Plains. The LWVWP has referred to Dorothy Schere as the […]

Gedney Association Responds To Court Order on FASNY Vote

Gedney Association Responds To Court Order on FASNY Vote

The Gedney Association announced Friday that it was pleased but not surprised by the Preliminary Decision of Judge Joan B. Lefkowitz denying FASNY’s motion to overturn the City of White Plains municipal law requiring a super-majority vote in the closure of a public street. John Sheehan, President of the Gedney Association said “FASNY’s attempt to overturn […]

Judge Orders White Plains to Vote on FASNY Project

Judge Orders White Plains to Vote on FASNY Project

The following press release was issued Thursday, Jan. 21: The plan to build the French-American School of New York (FASNY) in White Plains took a major step forward today with a Decision by a State Supreme Court Judge that orders the City’s Common Council to vote on the School’s application for a school and nature […]

The Final Bow: Stepinac's Football Awards Dinner

The Final Bow: Stepinac’s Football Awards Dinner

The 2015 New York State CHSAA and CHSFL AAA Champions took their final bow for their remarkable season at the Stepinac High School Football Awards Dinner, at The Women’s Club of White Plains, on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The 2015 Stepinac Varsity Crusaders remained undefeated at 12-0 and won both the Catholic High School Football League […]

City Center 15: Cinema de Lux Free of Pests

City Center 15: Cinema de Lux Free of Pests

In follow-up to complaints received last week by the White Plains Building Department in regard to City Center 15: Cinema de Lux, an independent pest control service chosen by the City conducted an inspection of the premises on January 19, 2016 and submitted its report to the City. That report indicates that as of the date […]

Greenburgh & White Plains Bid Farewell to Beloved Community Leader

Greenburgh & White Plains Bid Farewell to Beloved Community Leader

Dr. William L. Carter, Commissioner of the Greenburgh Theodore Young Community Center since 2008, died Friday, Jan. 15, succumbing to a battle with cancer. “The town of Greenburgh is in mourning, and flags will be placed at half staff,” Greenburgh Town Supervisor said on Friday after learning of Carter’s passing. Carter died on Martin Luther […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events at Barnes & Noble City Center, White Plains

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events at Barnes & Noble City Center, White Plains

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, free concerts, book readings and for children: arts & crafts, story time and sing-a-long all presented by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Library at Barnes & Noble City Center, White Plains. The schedule of free events, presented by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Library: […]

Pest Control at Cinema de Lux, White Plains Underway

Pest Control at Cinema de Lux, White Plains Underway

On January 13, the Cinema de Lux movie theater in City Center White Plains was cited in violation of the NYS Property Maintenance Code by the White Plains Building Department after allegations that children had left the movie theater with tiny skin bites. According to the White Plains mayor’s office, the Building Department has spoken […]

Astorino Launches Keep Healthy Campaign; Club Fit to Participate

Astorino Launches Keep Healthy Campaign; Club Fit to Participate

County Executive Rob Astorino joined the Westchester County Health Department and local health clubs last week to announce the county’s Keep Healthy campaign, an education initiative focused on providing residents with best practices and services to help lead a healthier lifestyle. The campaign brings county Health Department professionals to five locations of three area fitness […]

Kirkpatrick Elected White Plains Council President

Kirkpatrick Elected White Plains Council President

Kicking off the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of White Plains as a city, Mayor Tom Roach ceremoniously used the gavel that had been given to the city in 1916 for the first meeting of the Common Council in 2016. The Mayor noted that the gavel had not been in White Plains’ possession but had […]

Grasslands Reservation to be Converted to Bioscience Tech Center

Grasslands Reservation to be Converted to Bioscience Tech Center

In a statement Wednesday, Jan. 7, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced a $1.2 billion proposed private investment for the development of a bioscience and technology complex on the vacant 80-acre Grasslands Reservation site owned by the county in Valhalla adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College. To be called the […]

There Ought to Be a Law Contest for Middle School Students

There Ought to Be a Law Contest for Middle School Students

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin is kicking off a contest, open to all middle school students, grades 6-8, in the 88th Assembly District, titled “There Ought to Be a Law.” This contest asks students to identify a problem impacting New Yorkers which needs a legislative solution by creating a new law. One -place winner will be selected and have […]

County Executive Rob Astorino Responds to Governor’s Homeless Shelter Mandate

County Executive Rob Astorino Responds to Governor’s Homeless Shelter Mandate

As temperatures began to sink well below the freezing mark on Monday, Jan. 4, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement that all homeless people in New State State should be removed from the streets by local governments and put in shelters for their own safety if the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Already vocal […]

Michael Kaplowitz Wins Re-Election as County Board Chair

Michael Kaplowitz Wins Re-Election as County Board Chair

Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers)  maintained his position as Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators after a unanimous vote Monday night. James Maisano (R-New Rochelle) also was re-elected as vice chair. Democrat Catherine Parker (D-Rye), who had announced her candidacy for the Board chair position on Dec. 31,  pulled her name from the contest before […]

November 2015 Sales Tax Revenues Drop from Prior Year

November 2015 Sales Tax Revenues Drop from Prior Year

Only weeks after several independent entities cautioned against the overly aggressive revenue assumptions in the 2016 budget, Westchester County released the results from November 2015, which include those generated by Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season that are down 2 percent from the same point in 2014. In November of 2015, […]

White Plains New Year’s Eve Spectacular - Make Time for Security

White Plains New Year’s Eve Spectacular – Make Time for Security

The City of White Plains New Year’s Eve Spectacular will be held at the intersection of Main and Court Streets and includes a DJ as well as a live band, a crowd countdown and ball drop, followed by a not-to-be-missed fireworks display and confetti. The event is large and a number of street closings are […]

The Year 2015 in Review

The Year 2015 in Review

A look back at events in 2015 reveals that the most pervasive issues in White Plains continue to be related to land use and development as a changing financial climate opens to new demographics and markets. White Plains Hospital. In January, White Plains Hospital began an active year with the topping off the final piece […]

White Plains Celebrates 100th Anniversary as Incorporated City in 2016

White Plains Celebrates 100th Anniversary as Incorporated City in 2016

January 1, 2016 will mark the 100th Anniversary of White Plains being incorporated as a City. In recognition of this important milestone, and to kick off the City’s Centennial, the White Plains Historical Society presented Mayor Tom Roach with a ceremonial gavel used by White Plains’ first Mayor, Ffarrington M. Thompson, at the first Common Council Meeting […]

Hackers Breach Local Dam Security, Astorino Asks Why He Was Not Informed

Hackers Breach Local Dam Security, Astorino Asks Why He Was Not Informed

Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that according to a former official the Bowman Avenue Dam near Rye Brook was breached by Iranian hackers in a test to see what they could access. The article said the breach was not sophisticated and occurred during the same time frame that Iranian hackers were targeting U.S. […]

Super Bowl Champ Bob Hyland Presents NFL Gold Football to Stepinac

Super Bowl Champ Bob Hyland Presents NFL Gold Football to Stepinac

On Friday, Dec. 18, Stepinac High School famed alumnus Bob Hyland and his wife Liz joined the celebration of the 2015 Stepinac Football Team, when Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino proclaimed the day as “Stepinac High School Day” in Westchester County. Astorino’s Proclamation was a countywide recognition for the Stepinac Football Team for their undefeated […]

Pets Alive Property to Transfer Back to Town of Greenburgh

Pets Alive Property to Transfer Back to Town of Greenburgh

The Pets Alive Westchester board announced Thursday, Dec. 17, their intent to give the former animal sanctuary property located at 100 Warehouse Road South in Elmsford back to the Town of Greenburgh for the purpose of the town working with another animal rescue to help them continue operation as a no kill animal shelter. It […]

Fashion Icon Mary Jane Denzer Dies at 83

Fashion Icon Mary Jane Denzer Dies at 83

Mary Jane Denzer, a fashion icon and White Plains resident died at the age of 83 in her home December 16. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. Denzer had been associated with the very best in good taste and haute couture for over 35 years, having moved her namesake boutique from its location on […]