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Business Profile: Yorktown Animal Hospital

Business Profile: Yorktown Animal Hospital

Briarcliff resident Dr. Philip Raclyn and Croton resident Dr. Steven Kasanofsky have co-owned the Yorktown Animal Hospital since 2002, as well as two animal hospitals in Manhattan. They came to Westchester in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and have not regretted their move to open the hospital. “After 9-11 everybody got a […]

BJ’s Looks to Get Jump on Costco with New Gas Pumps

BJ’s Looks to Get Jump on Costco with New Gas Pumps

A potential battle for private club customers in Yorktown has begun with BJ’s Wholesale Club proposing to provide 12 gas pumps for members at its Route 202 location while Costco continues through the planning process for a new store and gas station up the road. David Steinmetz, attorney for the owners of the BJ’s Shopping […]

Yorktown Singer/Songwriter Looks Forward to Performing at P'ville Music Festival

Yorktown Singer/Songwriter Looks Forward to Performing at P’ville Music Festival

Although Jessica Lynn Calamera grew up in Westchester, she is a country girl at heart. The Yorktown Heights singer, songwriter and musician, who goes simply by the name Jessica Lynn, has spent the last year touring the country, but she will be returning to her home county on Saturday to perform alongside 12 other artists […]

Jockeying for Open Seat in Yorktown Begins for Diana, Siegel

Jockeying for Open Seat in Yorktown Begins for Diana, Siegel

The special election for the open seat on the Yorktown Town Board may not be until November, but the two candidates vying for the pivotal position have already begun campaigning and receiving endorsements. Citizens for a Progressive Yorktown, a small, two-year-old group of residents that support “intelligent and responsible business development,” jumped into the race […]

Alienation of Parkland for Pipeline Rejected in Yorktown

Alienation of Parkland for Pipeline Rejected in Yorktown

A resolution to alienate open space on Stony Street in Shrub Oak to allow for the construction of a natural gas pipeline that could lead to the development of two all-purpose fields and a full-size baseball diamond on the Granite Knolls site did not pass the muster of the Yorktown Town Board last week. The […]

Business Profile: Rita’s Italian Ice

Business Profile: Rita’s Italian Ice

Yorktown resident David Goldes entered the frozen confections business when he opened a Rita’s Italian Ice in Elmsford five years ago. Two years later he decided to branch out by opening a new Rita’s in Yorktown. “A friend of a friend” recommended that he enter the ice and frozen custard business in Elmsford, Goldes recalled […]

Yorktown ZBA Reserves Decision on Sober Home

Yorktown ZBA Reserves Decision on Sober Home

The Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals last week reserved a crucial decision regarding the interpretation of the town code that could pave the way for a sober living residence on Underhill Avenue. The ZBA closed a public hearing that featured final arguments from attorneys for the applicants, Tom McCrossan and Mark McGoldrick, a/k/a Compass Westchester, […]

Yorktown’s Murphy Receives Republican Nod for State Senate

Yorktown’s Murphy Receives Republican Nod for State Senate

Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy was nominated by the Westchester Republican Committee last week to run for the state Senate seat in the 40th District being vacated by incumbent Greg Ball (R,C,I/Patterson). Murphy, who was elected to a second four-year term on the Yorktown Town Board last November, was chosen over former state Assemblyman Robert Castelli […]

Business Profile: O'Grady's Public House, Yorktown

Business Profile: O’Grady’s Public House, Yorktown

O’Grady’s Public House in Yorktown may have opened earlier this year, but its roots go back to the early 20th Century. The Irish-themed restaurant is dedicated to Catherine O’Grady, who came to the United States from Ireland in 1908. As stated on the establishment’s Web site, “Catherine’s amazing love and dedication to her family, her […]

School Budgets Approved in Local School Districts; New Trustees Elected

School Budgets Approved in Local School Districts; New Trustees Elected

  School budgets were approved in all seven districts in the Northern Westchester region Tuesday, while new school trustees were elected in Lakeland, Croton-Harmon and Peekskill. In Lakeland, the $161 million budget, which carries a 2.5% tax increase in Yorktown and a 1.7% tax decrease in Cortlandt, was passed 941-339. A bus proposition also was […]

Auditor Attributes Yorktown Pension Shortfall to Settled Contracts

Auditor Attributes Yorktown Pension Shortfall to Settled Contracts

The auditor for the Town of Yorktown told the town board last week the nearly $1 million shortfall in the town’s state pension cost projections last year could be attributed to multi-year retroactive raises in the settled PBA and CSEA contracts. “If we didn’t settle all these contracts this would not have happened,” Alan Kassay […]

Pension Shortfall Raises Questions About Possible Cover-up

Pension Shortfall Raises Questions About Possible Cover-up

Questions were raised last week about a nearly $1 million shortfall in the Town of Yorktown’s state pension cost projections last year. In the 2013 budget, approximately $1.6 million was estimated by Town Comptroller Patricia Caporale and Supervisor Michael Grace, but the payment sent to the state on December 13 was more than $2.6 million. […]

Business Profile: Savannah’s Southern House, Yorktown

Business Profile: Savannah’s Southern House, Yorktown

Do you have a craving for fried green tomatoes, fancy some chicken and waffles; or have a yen for sweet potato casserole? If so, you should head to Yorktown and Savannah’s Southern House, which opened on April 2 on Route 202, which offers a wide range of southern specialties. The establishment is owned by Cortlandt […]

Debate over Filling Yorktown Town Board Vacancy Continues

Debate over Filling Yorktown Town Board Vacancy Continues

A second attempt by Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace to fill a four-month vacancy on the Town Board with Rich Campanaro failed again last week. Grace made a motion to appoint Campanaro to the seat held by Dave Paganelli before Paganelli was elected highway superintendent following a public hearing on a proposed local law that would […]

Public to Have Say in Filling Yorktown Town Board Seat

Public to Have Say in Filling Yorktown Town Board Seat

Yorktown residents will get a chance to weigh in next week on the vacancy on the Town Board that has existed since January. The Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall on a proposed local law that would allow for a special election to be […]

Grace Refusing to Throw in Towel on Preserving Trump Sales Office

Grace Refusing to Throw in Towel on Preserving Trump Sales Office

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace is refusing to give up on preserving a building at Trump Park Residences in Shrub Oak that was supposed to be torn down six years ago. Despite objections from residents at the complex who have reminded town officials of an agreement that the 8,000-square-foot office would be demolished to make room […]

DEC Violations at Mohegan Club Site Still Not Cleaned Up

DEC Violations at Mohegan Club Site Still Not Cleaned Up

Despite assurances by Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace to the contrary, violations cited a year ago by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on the former Holland Sporting Club property in Mohegan Lake still remain. In an email to Councilman Vishnu Patel on Thursday, Wendy Rosenbach, a DEC spokesperson, stated she confirmed with David Pollack, […]

Yorktown Justice League Students Soar to the Final Four

Yorktown Justice League Students Soar to the Final Four

The Justice League of Yorktown High School is heading to the Final Four, not the March Madness basketball championships in Texas, but at the Westchester County Supreme Court in White Plains. The team of seniors, juniors and sophomores recently won its third round of competition in the 2014 New York Statewide High School Mock Trial […]

Yorktown Trash Hauler Seeks Fueling Option for Truck Lot

Yorktown Trash Hauler Seeks Fueling Option for Truck Lot

  The fate of an application by the Town of Yorktown’s trash hauler to park garbage trucks on a town-owned piece of land off Front Street could hinge on fueling options. Competition Carting has been illegally parking its trucks on Richard Place since it was awarded garbage pickup services from the Town Board in January […]

Sober Living Retreat Owners Say They Strive to be Good Neighbors

Sober Living Retreat Owners Say They Strive to be Good Neighbors

The owners of a proposed sober living retreat facility on Underhill Avenue in Yorktown that has triggered opposition from some nearby property owners say they are looking to be good neighbors and help others in need. Tom McCrossan, who, along with his partner, Mark McGoldrick, is seeking a special permit from the Town Board to […]

Yorktown Man Suffers Head Injury in Taconic Crash

Yorktown Man Suffers Head Injury in Taconic Crash

A Yorktown resident and active member of the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps suffered a severe head injury in a one-car crash last week on the Taconic State Parkway. Sam Lubin, 48, a father of two, was traveling south on the Taconic in Putnam Valley on February 3 at about 2:09 a.m. when his vehicle exited […]

Neighbors Lambast Proposed Home for Addicts in Yorktown

Neighbors Lambast Proposed Home for Addicts in Yorktown

A proposed “convalescent home” on Underhill Avenue in Yorktown triggered emotional responses from neighbors and Supervisor Michael Grace during last week’s Town Board meeting. Several residents claimed Fourth Dimension Recovery was misrepresenting what its plans were for an 8,470-square foot, four-bedroom, seven-bathroom home at 482 Underhill Avenue, insisting a facility for drug, alcohol and other […]

Ethics Board Rules Grace Erred in Not Disclosing Tenant Ties

Ethics Board Rules Grace Erred in Not Disclosing Tenant Ties

The Yorktown Board of Ethics found that Supervisor Michael Grace should have disclosed he was the landlord of the former town engineer who was awarded a contract last year by the Town Board to study sewer proposals for the Hallocks Mill section of town. A complaint was filed with the independent Ethics Board on March […]

Business Profile: Yorktown Deli, Yorktown

Business Profile: Yorktown Deli, Yorktown

In the past, when Yorktown resident Gino Zorlu wanted Mediterranean food specialties, he had to travel out of the area. But those treks to the Big Apple are no longer necessary for Zorlu and other northern Westchester residents who crave Mediterranean eats. Four weeks ago Zorlu opened the Yorktown Deli on Saw Mill River Road, […]

Yorktown Town Board Approves Rezoning of 202 Parcel

Yorktown Town Board Approves Rezoning of 202 Parcel

The Yorktown Town Board unanimously agreed last week to rezone the front portion of a 100-acre site on Route 202 that is being envisioned for commercial development. The board’s much anticipated action, which rezoned about 30 acres from R-160 (four-acre residential) to C-1 (commercial), paves the way for State Land Corporation to pursue approximately 230,000 […]

Goldberg Fired as No. Castle Town Administrator; Misconduct Alleged

Goldberg Fired as No. Castle Town Administrator; Misconduct Alleged

North Castle Town Administrator Joan Goldberg was suddenly terminated Friday afternoon in a split vote by the town board less than 16 months after she was hired as the municipality’s first-ever administrator. The stunning pre-Christmas firing, which was effective immediately, came without an explanation from Supervisor Howard Arden and council members Diane DiDonato-Roth and John […]

Two Businesses Cited in Underage Drinking Enforcement

Two Businesses Cited in Underage Drinking Enforcement

Employees at two businesses in Cortlandt were cited on November 27 for selling alcohol to an 18-year-old during an Underage Drinking Enforcement Detail conducted by the State Police in Cortlandt, Yorktown and Buchanan. Out of 15 businesses visited by the 18-year-old, Oregon Shell and Montrose Deli were the only merchants that sold alcoholic beverages to […]

Changed 2014 Yorktown Budget to Raise Town Taxes 1.75%

Changed 2014 Yorktown Budget to Raise Town Taxes 1.75%

After several hours of spirited discussion, the Yorktown Town Board approved a preliminary 2004 budget last week that includes a 1.75% town tax hike. Board members debated proposed increases in special improvement districts, the highway superintendent’s salary and the utilization of undesignated fund balance as outlined by Supervisor Michael Grace in his tentative spending plan […]

Raveis Real Estate Celebrates New Office in Yorktown

Raveis Real Estate Celebrates New Office in Yorktown

The top family-owned real estate firm in the Northeast and the third largest in the United States celebrated the opening of its newest office in Yorktown last week. A ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Yorktown officials and local agents at 1820 Commerce Street officially marked the 11th real estate office in New York State for […]

Business Profile: Storage Town, Yorktown

Business Profile: Storage Town, Yorktown

Denise  Beyer said Storage Town, which recently opened on Front Street in Yorktown, is part of the parent company, Men on the Move, a storage and moving business based in Long Island. Storage Town has “the same quality and service” as Men on the Move, Beyer said last week “The only thing that’s different is […]