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New Castle Democrats Ready for Fall With Full Ticket

New Castle Democrats Ready for Fall With Full Ticket

The New Castle Democrats have tabbed Victoria Alzapiedi to run for supervisor against incumbent Robert Greenstein this fall, leading a full slate of candidates as the party hopes to regain control of the town board. Alzapiedi, who most recently served as chair of the Coyote Awareness and Safety Advisory Committee, will appear on the ticket […]

New Castle Grants Conifer Permit Extension, Rejects Most Fee Waivers

New Castle Grants Conifer Permit Extension, Rejects Most Fee Waivers

The developer of the controversial Chappaqua affordable housing project obtained an 18-month extension of its special use permit but failed to convince the New Castle Town Board to waive close to $200,000 in application-related fees. Conifer Realty was granted the permit extension last Tuesday night by a 4-0 margin that requires them to build the […]

Roaring Brook Road to Be Closed to Traffic This Weekend

Roaring Brook Road to Be Closed to Traffic This Weekend

A half-mile stretch of Roaring Brook Road in Chappaqua will be closed to traffic this weekend as the Town of New Castle, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) and Metro-North will partner to make safety improvements. The road from the Saw Mill Parkway exit over the Metro-North grade crossing to near Southview Road will be […]

New Castle to Weigh Proposed Coyote Plan as Tensions Mount

New Castle to Weigh Proposed Coyote Plan as Tensions Mount

The New Castle Town Board received a proposed coyote response plan from Police Chief Charles Ferry last week but the matter sparked another confrontation between Supervisor Robert Greenstein and the chair of one of two advisory committees. The plan, written by Ferry and Environmental Coordinator Stephen Coleman, was posted on the town’s website last Wednesday. […]

All Local School Budgets Easily Approved By Voters

All Local School Budgets Easily Approved By Voters

The Pleasantville School District’s $48,926,573 budget for 2015-16 was comfortably approved Tuesday night, 584-231. The budget, which came in under the tax cap, carries a 1.82 percent tax levy increase and a 3.19 percent spending increase over the 2014-15 spending plan. Trustees had explained that the increased expenditures include the $3.5 million bond approved by […]

Action-Packed Weekend in Store for Downtown Chappaqua

Action-Packed Weekend in Store for Downtown Chappaqua

There has been plenty of talk about improving downtown Chappaqua and increasing its vitality. Permanent plans are in motion, but until those are in place, for one weekend the downtown should be buzzing with plenty of excitement. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be six events, including three new additions to the calendar, that organizers […]

Critics Slam Teacher Pension System as Key Source of High Taxes

Critics Slam Teacher Pension System as Key Source of High Taxes

As voters throughout New York State will decide their school district’s 2015-16 budget next week, most school officials have found ways to maintain programs despite the tax cap and lack of mandate relief. However, there are some grassroots groups and individual citizens who believe that the tax cap, which was signed into legislation nearly four […]

Chap Crossing Developer Proposes Affordable Units for Cupola Building

Chap Crossing Developer Proposes Affordable Units for Cupola Building

Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield has proposed moving up to 32 affordable housing units into the top two floors of the property’s iconic cupola building, now a largely vacant office building. Under a revised plan discussed at Tuesday night’s New Castle Town Board work session, the project’s 91 market-rate units would remain in the residential portion […]

Judge Rejects Conifer's Chappaqua Affordable Housing Permit Suit

Judge Rejects Conifer’s Chappaqua Affordable Housing Permit Suit

A state Supreme Court justice on Wednesday rejected Conifer Realty’s injunction request against the Town of New Castle to prevent enforcement of the special permit’s 18-month deadline to complete construction of the Chappaqua affordable housing project. Representatives of Conifer, which has proposed building 28 affordable units on about one-third of an acre at 54 Hunts […]

Officials, Police Urge for More Traffic Enforcement at Rail Crossings

Officials, Police Urge for More Traffic Enforcement at Rail Crossings

Stricter enforcement of traffic laws and levying heftier fines for drivers who ignore railroad crossing warnings was recommended by a group of local, state and federal representatives Tuesday at Chappaqua’s problematic Roaring Brook Road crossing. Sarah Feinberg, acting administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), was joined by Rep. Nita Lowey, MTA Police Chief Mike […]

Consignment Shop Owner Looked to Unload Business Last Year

Consignment Shop Owner Looked to Unload Business Last Year

Prior to abandoning her shop, leaving patrons without their merchandise and owing thousands of dollars, it appears that the owner of Elegance II Consignment Shop was looking to sell her business. Real estate websites loopnet.com and cityfeet.com last week listed for sale the 75 S. Greeley Ave. space in Chappaqua that formerly housed Elegance II. […]

New Castle Approves Lease for Chappaqua Train Station Restaurant

New Castle Approves Lease for Chappaqua Train Station Restaurant

It looks like there will finally be a new restaurant at the Chappaqua train station by early summer. The New Castle Town Board last Tuesday approved a 10-year lease for Chappaqua residents Erin and Peter Chase to operate a food establishment at the more than century-old town-owned train station building. The Chases, owners of bpc, […]

Consignment Shop Owner's Scam Hits Local Residents Hard

Consignment Shop Owner’s Scam Hits Local Residents Hard

Area residents ripped off by a local consignment shop owner are looking to recover their money and merchandise after the proprietor suddenly vanished in recent weeks. Elegance II Consignment Shop, a popular fixture for years on South Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua run by Babette Faotto, suddenly left that site near the end of last year […]

New Castle Officials Wrestle With Coyote Regulations

New Castle Officials Wrestle With Coyote Regulations

New Castle officials continued to grapple last week with what to include in a coyote management policy that would be a satisfactory solution when residents have a close encounter with the animal. Members of the Coyote Management Task Force, one of two groups appointed last year to study the issue, met with the town board […]

Father-Daughter Chappaqua Authors Collaborate on Teen Novel

Father-Daughter Chappaqua Authors Collaborate on Teen Novel

Erynn Altabef may only be a junior at Briarcliff High School, but she is now a published author. The 16-year-old collaborated with her father, Jeff Altabef, on “Wind Catcher,” the first book in a trilogy about a young Native American girl who hears voices and visions. Residents of Chappaqua, the Altabefs were influenced to write […]

Motorist Gets Stuck on Metro-North Tracks in Chappaqua

Motorist Gets Stuck on Metro-North Tracks in Chappaqua

A driver became stuck on the Metro-North train tracks at the Roaring Brook Road crossing in Chappaqua Saturday morning but was eventually able to back out of harm’s way. New Castle police received a call at about 10:50 a.m. that a vehicle was trapped on the tracks between the crossing arms after the gates lowered. […]

Conifer Attorney Levels Discrimination Allegations at New Castle

Conifer Attorney Levels Discrimination Allegations at New Castle

An attorney for the developer of the proposed Chappaqua affordable housing project last week accused New Castle officials of attempting to prevent minorities from moving into town as motivation behind continued opposition to the plan. Comments last Friday by Randolph McLaughlin, of the Manhattan law firm Ferrara Newman, LLP, came a week after he and […]

Love Helps Chappaqua Couple Cope With Breast Cancer

Love Helps Chappaqua Couple Cope With Breast Cancer

Jeanette Cueva and her husband David Krakow have always been a close couple. But even the closest relationships can be strained when a potentially life-threatening event abruptly alters plans. In September 2011, while working late one evening, Cueva was contacted by her radiologist that she had been diagnosed with Stage 1 ductal cell breast cancer. […]

Summer Camp Offers Free Full Session to Children of Metro-North Victims

Summer Camp Offers Free Full Session to Children of Metro-North Victims

Seven children were left without a father following this month’s tragic Metro-North train crash and Kiwi Country Day Camp in Carmel is trying to make life for those children a bit brighter. Adam Wallach, the owner and camp director at Kiwi Country Day Camp, reached out to New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein soon after the […]

Tensions Fray as Two New Castle Coyote Plans are Presented

Tensions Fray as Two New Castle Coyote Plans are Presented

The New Castle Town Board will weigh recommendations submitted by two committees it appointed last year that were asked to devise plans to keep residents and their pets safe from coyotes. Last week, the Coyote Awareness and Safety Advisory Committee presented its proposal during the Feb. 10 meeting, which outlined a detailed co-existence plan to […]

Officials Look to Federal Gov't for Improvements to RR Crossings

Officials Look to Federal Gov’t for Improvements to RR Crossings

Elected officials serving parts of the area serviced by Metro-North’s Harlem line are pressing the federal government for action to prevent a repeat of last week’s accident in Valhalla. New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein, whose community saw two of its residents killed, sent a letter last Friday to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand requesting federal money […]

Family of SUV Driver Remembers Her Smile, Laughs and Optimism

Family of SUV Driver Remembers Her Smile, Laughs and Optimism

Friends and family of Ellen Brody remembered her Friday as a perpetually optimistic and caring family person who greeted everyone with a warm smile and infectious humor. Hundreds packed the Chabad of the Rivertowns in Dobbs Ferry for a touching and tear-filled funeral service to pay their last respects to Brody, 49, of Edgemont. Her […]

Chappaqua Man, Two Bedford Residents Among Victims in Metro-North Crash

Chappaqua Man, Two Bedford Residents Among Victims in Metro-North Crash

  Westchester County released the remaining names Wednesday evening of the six people who perished in the worst accident in the history of Metro-North, which included one Chappaqua resident and two Bedford residents. Earlier in the day, multiple media outlets reported that Ellen Brody, 49, of Edgemont, who worked at ICD Contemporary Jewelry in Chappaqua, […]

State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

A state panel gave conditional approval for needed building and fire safety variances Thursday to the developer of the controversial Chappaqua affordable housing project. The Department of State’s Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review granted Conifer Realty four variances needed to build the 28-unit Chappaqua Station project on Hunts Place. The board’s decision was a […]

Chappaqua Dance School to Offer Class for Special Needs Students

Chappaqua Dance School to Offer Class for Special Needs Students

Children with special needs may not always be able to participate in extracurricular activities as their peers would but Steffi Nossen School of Dance in Chappaqua will offer a unique opportunity for them starting this month. The school has been hosting classes for children with special needs at its White Plains location for a decade […]

Business Profile: Financial Asset Management Corp., Chappaqua

Business Profile: Financial Asset Management Corp., Chappaqua

There’s a lot more to planning your financial future than picking the right stocks or mutual funds. In an era when there are more products to choose from and the decisions to be made have become increasingly complicated, handling finances and planning for the years ahead have never been more important. Led by principal and […]

Site Plan Review, Repercussions Await After Chap Crossing Rezone

Site Plan Review, Repercussions Await After Chap Crossing Rezone

Site plan and state Department of Transportation approvals are still needed by developer Summit/Greenfield for Chappaqua Crossing to be built. What also remains to be seen is whether there is political fallout from the New Castle Town Board’s controversial decision. The board’s voted Dec. 18 to rezone 19 acres of the former Reader’s Digest property […]

Olympian Orozco Returns to Home Gym to Help Youngsters

Olympian Orozco Returns to Home Gym to Help Youngsters

For any young gymnast at Chappaqua’s World Cup Gymnastics who holds lofty aspirations, meeting John Orozco ought to be a source of great motivation. Orozco, who finished eighth in the 2012 London Olympics, trained for a decade at the Hunts Lane facility starting when he was eight years old. Last Sunday, he returned to his […]

New Castle Approves Retail Rezoning for Chappaqua Crossing

New Castle Approves Retail Rezoning for Chappaqua Crossing

The New Castle Town Board approved the rezone of a 19-acre portion of the former Reader’s Digest property Thursday night that will allow up to 120,000 square feet of retail space at the site. Each of the four resolutions was supported by a 4-1 margin during the special meeting at the Chappaqua  Public Library, with […]

New Castle Scheduled to Vote Thursday on Chap Crossing Rezone

New Castle Scheduled to Vote Thursday on Chap Crossing Rezone

The New Castle Town Board may finally take a vote this week whether to rezone a portion of the Chappaqua Crossing campus to allow 120,000 square feet of retail at the site. Board members announced last week that they are scheduled to meet Thursday night at the Chappaqua Public Library auditorium at 8:15 p.m. and […]