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Massive Crane Arrives to Help Dismantle Tappan Zee Bridge

| by Janie Rosman | Two days after its ceremonial arrival at the project site, the massive I Lift NY crane completed the final leg of its journey: passing under the bridge it will eventually help to dismantle. The only topic to upstage its journey from lower Manhattan was one word: tolls. Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed that straight on when he joined ... Read More »

$4.6M Fields, Facilities School Bond Approved in Irvington

The third time did prove to be the charm in the Irvington School District as a much debated $4.6 million fields and facilities renovation referendum was approved by voters Tuesday. The bond, which includes building maintenance projects in all district schools and the installation of artificial turf at Meszaros Field on the Irvington High School/Middle School campus, passed 1,095 to ... Read More »

Construction on New Bridge Begins New Phase

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Construction on the New NY Bridge project has entered an exciting new phase with the installation of pile caps and the first vertical steel sections of the new span’s piers starting to rise above the Hudson River. The team’s focus for the past year has been on installing the pilings below the river to form the strong base needed for ... Read More »

Tiffany Tourism Trail to Open Next Fall in Irvington

The Village of Irvington has something exciting to look forward to next fall. In August, the Hudson River Valley Greenway awarded Irvington $2,500 for the creation of a Tiffany Tourism Trail. The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a program that promotes projects that help improve communities, whether economically, culturally, or environmentally. Irvington hopes the creation of the trail will do ... Read More »

SH Trustee Asked to Resign Denies Allegations by Mayor

A Sleepy Hollow trustee, asked by Mayor Ken Wray to resign her post, has denied she violated ethics in pursuing a village housing code change that the mayor alleges benefited her financially. Trustee Evelyn Stupel said last week at a meeting the charges against her were a politically motivated attempt to remove her from the board. Wray contended at a ... Read More »

Halloween Season an Economic Boom for Area

Last year’s media frenzy around the television show Sleepy Hollow is fueling this season’s tourism in its namesake village and Tarrytown. Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce co-president Theresa McCarthy, who tended bar this time last year at Tarry Tavern, said, “We had extra staff, ordered extra inventory, and couldn’t keep up with the crowds.” She added that the ... Read More »

Bridge Outreach Center Helps Keep Residents Informed on Project

Outreach Center in Tarrytown is located at 2 North Broadway. photo: Janie Rosman Everyone has questions about the new bridge that is scheduled to open in 2018. “When will the new bridge be finished?” “How many lanes will it have?” “What will happen to the old bridge?” are most often-asked questions at Thruway Authority’s Community Outreach Centers, which opened February 2013 ... Read More »

Communication Issues Surface with Housing Reassessment


Grace Carr, standing in front of her house on McKeel Avenue in Tarrytown, where data collectors have already paid a visit. photo: Tess Weitzner  The Town of Greenburgh is now two months into a comprehensive residential tax reassessment, a complicated and time-consuming effort that was last conducted in 1956. For residents asking, “Is it necessary?” and “Can we trust the town ... Read More »

Tarrytown Honda Dealership Has 70-Year History in Village

Tarrytown Honda Owner/President Dwight Dachnowicz with his 1980s Honda Accord. Janie Rosman In a village ripe with history, one location near Tarrytown’s Historic Commons HC Zone boasts longevity spanning the past century. What began in 1914 as a masonry-on-wood building with concrete block exterior — a carriage-type facility — became a car dealership 30 years later. Enhanced in 1954 and again ... Read More »

Tarrytown Resident Chosen to Lead Major League Baseball

Robert Manfred is 10th commissioner in history of MLB. Manfred, 55, who currently works as MLB’s chief operating officer, will succeed current Commissioner Allan (Bud) Selig, who has served in that capacity since 1992, in January.“I am truly honored to have been elected by the Clubs of Major League Baseball, and I will work every day to honor their faith ... Read More »

Loan Approved for Replacement of Bridge Criticized

Critics challenged the Public Authorities Control Board’s (PACB) July 16 decision to loan the Thruway Authority half of its requested $511 million, originally intended for statewide clean water projects like sewage treatment. On June 26, the state’s Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) unanimously (5 to 0) gave a “yes” vote to the Authority using money from the Clean Water State Revolving ... Read More »

Win tickets to the YMCA’s October Masquerade Ball!

A wonderful evening of fun, food and dancing are in store for the winner of this month’s Masquerade Ball ticket contest. The Family YMCA and The Hudson Independent have joined forces to present two tickets (worth $160 each), provided by the Y, to the winner of this month’s final contest, the lucky participant who correctly answers the question below about ... Read More »

Tarrytown Music Hall Undergoes a $1.5M Facelift

Tarrytown Music Hall renovations While the renovations are extensive, ranging from the pouring of a new concrete foundation to drainage modifications, most of the changes will not be obvious to concertgoers.Executive Director of the Tarrytown Music Hall, Bjorn Olsson, said the project was delayed for about a year, due to a contractor pulling out then being replaced by Meyer Contracting ... Read More »

Veteran Snubbed for SH Police Job Ignites Controversy

A controversial decision made by four members of the Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees not to hire a decorated war veteran who was the most highly recommended candidate for a job with the village’s police department has resulted in a firestorm of opposition.  Despite a glowing recommendation from Police Chief Greg Camp and letters of support from the department’s highest ... Read More »

Trustees Close to Tightening Up Tarrytown Historic Commons Zone

The Tarrytown Board of Trustees is close to finalizing revisions to the Historic Commons HC Zone, land adjacent to the Hudson River in the village’s south end, which has been studied for over a year. Village Administrator Michael Blau explained that questions were raised about the precise meaning of the existing language in the Village Code that pertains to the ... Read More »

Artificial Turf is Right Fit for Irvington

To the Editor: Earlier this year, we served as Co-Chairs of the Irvington Fields Project Committee (“FPC”), convened by the Irvington BOE, and comprised of ten residents having various backgrounds in business, finance, architecture, horticulture, and law.   Over the course of eight weeks, FPC reviewed hundreds of pages of documents pertaining to soil conditions, pitch, drainage and irrigation of ... Read More »

Warner Library Brings Miniature Golf Inside

About the last place anyone would expect to see a mini golf course is inside a library. Whether called miniature golf, mini golf or crazy golf, the game’s history from the early 20th century places it mostly out-of-doors. However, Warner Library in Tarrytown is about to change that formula on Saturday, September 27, by hosting its first annual “Headless Halloween ... Read More »

Riverkeeper Raises Concerns over Swimming Safety in Hudson

61% of locations tested in Hudson failed EPA criteria for recreational water activities. Photo: Rick Pezzullo A clean water watchdog organization released a report last month revealing many locations in the Hudson River, including in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, fail to meet federally recommended guidelines for safe swimming and other recreational activities. According to the “How’s the Water? 2014” report from ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Man Sentenced to 22 Years for Murdering Wife

A Sleepy Hollow man was sentenced to 22 years in jail on Tuesday after pleading guilty in late May to murdering his wife by choking her in their home in Webber Park last year. Christopher Howson, 50, pled guilty on May 29 to manslaughter and strangulation in the first degree, both felonies, in the death of Theresa Gorski, 47. Westchester ... Read More »

Planned Location of New Open Door Center Draws Criticism

Neighbors of a planned new location for Open Door Medical Center in Sleepy Hollow came out in force once again last month to raise concerns about pedestrian safety and increased congestion in what they consider a residential area. Open Door is looking to relocate from its existing 5,000-square-foot space on Beekman Avenue to a two-story, 12,000-square-foot building at 1 New ... Read More »

Tarrytown Awaits Aquatic Center, Affordable Housing from Hudson Harbor

More than eight years after reaching an agreement with Hudson Harbor, the Village of Tarrytown is still counting on an indoor aquatic center and a dozen units of affordable housing being built. “The village is not giving up on the concept of an aquatic facility,” said Village Manager Michael Blau. “That’s still in the agreement and he’s still obligated to ... Read More »

Lyndhurst Castle Seeks To Attract New Visitors

When Rena Zurofsky was selected as interim director of Lyndhurst on April 1, her mission was clear: it was to lift the National Trust Historic Site from a deficit-running historical landmark property to a self-sustaining site reflecting almost 175 years of educational and social significance along the Hudson River. “This is what I do. My job is to find ways ... Read More »

Village Dog Relishes Putting Own Flavor on Classic Favorite

Village Dog, Tarrytown’s newest casual eat-in/take-out dining spot on Main Street, delivers a home-made artisanal take on America’s all-time favorite street food: the hot dog. Whether you’re craving a traditional “dog” or a specialty sausage, the classic version can be accompanied by home-made mustard and sauerkraut, while your sausage may be complemented by in-house plum ketchup and kimchi. Why did ... Read More »

Irvington Assisted Living Facility Downsized

In the face of considerable community resistance to its original plan for a 105,000-square-foot assisted living facility in Irvington, the real estate development company Continuum literally went back to the drawing board and returned in mid-July with a re-design that called for a 78,000- square-foot structure (visible above ground). The plan is for the same number of units (121), but ... Read More »

Shakespeare in the Park (Patriots)

Macduff victorious over Macbeth at rehearsal of Youth Summer Shakespeare Camp, under the direction of Peter Royston. This summer the Youth Troupe presents MACBETH, while the Teen Players present TWELFTH NIGHT, replete with a live Jazz Band onstage. Performances August 2, 3 and 4 in Patriots Park. For more information and times go to Read More »

April 2014 New NY Bridge Update

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With the weather finally starting to warm up (a little), thoughts are turning to boating season on the Hudson River. The area around the Tappan Zee Bridge is currently a very active construction zone and more cranes, boats, barges and other equipment are arriving to help build the New NY Bridge virtually every day. The New NY Bridge project team’s ... Read More »