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Coast Guard Report Submerges Hudson River Anchorages Plans

   By Robert Kimmel –  The Coast Guard’s controversial proposal to establish 43 new barge anchorage locations in the Hudson River for shipping industry use, first introduced two years ago, has been pushed farther into the future, with its prospects in question. Opposition by municipalities, environmental groups, and the public, resulted in the proposal’s suspension last year. The Coast Guard ... Read More »

Second Nor’easter Sends a Body Blow to the Region

by Barrett Seaman March came into the Hudson Valley like a lion—a lion on steroids. Less than a week after a surprisingly powerful “bomb cyclone” swept up the eastern seaboard on March 2nd, a second storm, this one laden with wet, heavy snow, moved over a landscape still littered with fallen trees and power lines, bringing down even more. Tens ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Lawsuit Versus District Over Student Attack Dismissed

By Rick Pezzullo –  A State Supreme Court justice has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by a special education teacher at Irvington Middle School who allegedly suffered “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom by a student with a history of behavioral problems. Judge Lewis Lubell ruled on January 30 that the allegations made by Clarice ... Read More »

Tarrytown Urges Water Conservation as Water Tank Repair is Underway

by Robert Kimmel –  Repair work on the four million gallon high-service water tank in the southern part of Tarrytown has begun, and the work has been accompanied by some precautionary requests from the village for residents and businesses. While no water emergencies are anticipated for the large portion of Tarrytown the tank services, the village has asked, “…..everyone for ... Read More »

“It’s a War Zone Out There!”

By Barrett Seaman –  Friday was not a good day in the Rivertowns—nor anyplace else along the eastern seaboard, as a brutal nor’easter ripped its way from the Carolinas through Maine throughout the day and into the evening. Winds clocked at over 60 m.p.h. downed trees and power lines throughout the area. Rain, then snow, then rain again deluged the ... Read More »

Shooting Suspect Arrested at NYC Bus Terminal

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The man sought for the fatal shooting of his 34-year-old girlfriend in Tarrytown has been caught. The suspect, Cynelle Brown, 28, was arrested Tuesday evening by two plainclothes Port Authority policemen at the Bus Terminal in New York City. He was apparently in the process of buying a ticket to Delaware. Brown was turned over to the Tarrytown Police Department. ... Read More »

Irvington Man Accused of Serial Sexual Assaults

According to several news organizations, New York City Police are investigating more than a dozen accusations of sexual assault by former clients of voice-over coach Peter Rofé, a resident of Irvington. The story, including graphic accounts that fit a pattern of behavior going back over a decade, was first reported by It is based on Twitter and Facebook exchanges ... Read More »

A Tribute to David Swope, 76

Kind, gentle, warm-hearted and humble – David Swope possessed all of these soulful traits and more, which is rare for a generous philanthropist, community leader and business owner. He passed away at home on Wednesday, January 31st after a long and debilitating illness. But, typical of his quietly courageous self, he was undaunted to the end. David had served as ... Read More »

Water Usage Curbs Sought by Tarrytown Officials

by Robert Kimmel –  “They would be looking for us to establish a new law local law within the Village Code for water conservation. Obviously, they want all the municipalities that buy water from them to reduce our ‘lost’ water.” — Richard Slingerland Tarrytown has signed on to a proposal developed by its water supplier, New York City, to cut ... Read More »

Toll Brothers Selected as Builder of Phase One on Edge-on-Hudson Project

by Robert Kimmel –  The first structures to be built within Edge-on-Hudson, the mixed-use development at Sleepy Hollow’s riverfront are expected to be 11 free-standing homes, constructed by Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder whose work is known locally and nationwide. The company has signed an agreement with the developers, SunCal and Diversified Realty Advisors to purchase the lots and ... Read More »

Where, Oh Where, Should the New Bridge’s Toll Gantry Be?

by Barrett Seaman –   You may recall the Norwegian fairytale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, featuring an ugly troll that threatened to devour any creature that dared cross over his bridge. In the end, the three billy goats vanquished the troll but not without considerable delay and a great deal of angst. Bridge crossing has become decidedly more civilized ... Read More »

Study Recommends Re-Opening Broadway Ramp to New Bridge

by Robert Kimmel –  An analysis by an independent traffic consulting firm has recommended that the temporarily closed ramp to the new Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge on South Broadway in Tarrytown be re-opened. The report was under review this week by the village’s Board of Trustees which will decide whether or not to request that the New York Thruway Authority ... Read More »

EF Campus Plays Host to a Training Camp for Au Pairs

by Barrett Seaman –   Maria and Sophia need help. They are due at a lecture on personal safety, but they don’t know how to get to the lecture hall in one of the many buildings that make up the sprawling EF campus perched on the hilltop overlooking Tarrytown and the Hudson. Their English is not perfect, but they manage to ... Read More »

Riverfront Homeowners Decry FDNY Fireboat Moored in Sleepy Hollow

FDNY Fireboat

by Rick Pezzullo –  A fireboat that was utilized in rescue efforts following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in Manhattan and the “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency airplane landing on January 15, 2009 suddenly appeared on Thanksgiving weekend outside the windows of riverfront homeowners in Sleepy Hollow. And, it has created waves. A group of residents from River Street ... Read More »

SH/TT Chamber of Commerce Elects New Leadership

by Robert Kimmel  –     The two newly elected co-presidents of the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown (SH/TT) Chamber of Commerce see the organization increasing its commitment to both communities it represents. The two, Philip Johnson and Glen Taylor, were elected to their leadership roles at the Chamber’s January meeting. Johnson is Executive Director at Education First (EF) in Tarrytown, overseeing ... Read More »

News from Phelps

Dr. Emil Nigro is now President of Medical Staff Phelps Hospital announced that Dr. Emil Nigro, formerly the Medical Director of Emergency Services, has been appointed President of the Medical Staff.  In this role, Dr. Nigro will preside over the governing body for the medical practitioners at Phelps and will also serve as the Chairman of the Medical Board. During ... Read More »

Parking Proposal for Tarrytown’s Downtown Dissolves

by Robert Kimmel –  A proposal that would have helped to ease parking problems on certain nights in Tarrytown’s business district has collapsed. The plan was to have used the lot behind the CVS store on North Broadway for valet parking Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight. The plan was originally conceived last year by Edward Coco Jr., ... Read More »

U.S. Postal Service Problems – We Want To Know

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There has been an increase in reports of problems with the U.S. Postal Service lately. Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has taken it up with representatives and officials in Washington. The Hudson Independent would like to know of any problems readers in our core villages of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington have had with mail delivery or mail service. If ... Read More »

Thruway Authority Offers One-Month Amnesty for Unpaid TZ Bridge Tolls

By Barrett Seaman   – Sometime during the past two years, you might have crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge (or since October, its replacement, the Mario C. Cuomo Bridge), slipped under the overhead cameras that read license plates and/or mounted EZPass tags but neglected to pay the bill. You’re not alone: hundreds of thousands of people are guilty of the same ... Read More »

Dispute Over Oil Barge Anchorage on Hudson Heads Toward Resolution

by Robert Kimmel – Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, along with other organizations, municipalities and thousands of residents along its shores, are of single mind when it comes to the Hudson River. They do not want to see a significant increase in barges or other oil-carrying vessels that could pose “potential dangers” on the river, as ... Read More »

Edge-On-Hudson Progresses Toward Phase-One Construction

by Robert Kimmel – Naming a road “Legend Drive” is surely an appropriate action for the Village of Sleepy Hollow. As the major mixed-use development Edge-on-Hudson progresses, that is the name given recently to the first street completed on the 67-acre complex being built on the village’s riverfront. Legend Drive leads to Phase One, the first of three districts to ... Read More »

Tax Reprieve Insignificant for Westchester Homeowners

by Barrett Seaman – However else they might feel about the recently enacted federal tax package, homeowners in Westchester County, where property taxes are the highest in the nation, are decidedly unhappy about the law’s sharp curtailment of the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). With the new limit of $10,000 of deductible property taxes, Greenburgh Township homeowners, 87% ... Read More »

$250,000 Grant to Fund Bike Lane Study for Route 119

by Barrett Seaman –    Once again, the New York State Thruway Authority is doling out money to study the feasibility of adding bike lanes to a major thoroughfare coming off the New NY (Mario Cuomo) Bridge. This time, the money ($250,000) is going to the Town of Greenburgh, the City of White Plains and the villages of Tarrytown and ... Read More »

Prepayment of 2018 Town Taxes Set by Greenburgh & Mt. Pleasant

By Robert Kimmel – Property owners in  Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow may make their coming year’s Town tax payments early, in the few days remaining  before the end of  2017. The prepayment applies to all residents of  the Towns of  Greenburgh and Mt. Pleasant, according to information released by both Towns on this date, Tuesday, December 26.  The early ... Read More »

Suspect in South Broadway Bank Heist Killed in Yonkers

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by Barrett Seaman —  The masked man who police believe robbed the Chase Bank branch on South Broadway in Tarrytown on November 13, as well as a second Chase branch in Greenburgh on December 7 was shot dead in a confrontation with Yonkers Police and FBI agents on Friday, December 15 on Aqueduct Avenue near McClean Avenue in Yonkers. Neither ... Read More »

Tarrytown Music Hall Cancels Garrison Keillor Performance

The scandals involving sexual misbehavior within the entertainment, political and media worlds have had a repercussion in Tarrytown. The Tarrytown Music Hall cancelled  a show which had been scheduled for December 1, starring Garrison Keillor, the former long-time host of radio’s  “A Prairie Home Companion.” A day before the performance, the Music Hall indicated that, “In the light of the ... Read More »

Regeneron Expansion Approved by Town of Greenburgh

by Robert Kimmel –  Greenburgh has opened the way for the town’s largest employer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to structure a major expansion close to its headquarters in Tarrytown. The Town Board found that a potential 1,000,000 square foot development by Loop Road Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Regeneron, would not have any significant negative environmental impacts, and last month approved ... Read More »

Petition Circulating Opposing Naming of Tappan Zee for Mario Cuomo

by Rick Pezzullo –  An on-line petition, spearheaded by a Port Chester man that opposes naming the new bridge for former Governor Mario Cuomo, has attracted more than 101,000 signatures to date. Dr. Monroe Mann, 40, started the petition on on November 2 and stated the public should have had input before the state Legislature voted in June to ... Read More »

Tarrytown Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $4.5 Million

by Barrett Seaman   On the Monday following Thanksgiving, the Nassau County Legislature voted to approve a $4.5 million settlement, ending a pair of lawsuits brought by the family of Sleepy Hollow High graduate Andrea Rebello, who was shot to death in May 2013 by a Nassau County police officer attempting to end a hostage situation at Rebello’s apartment in Uniondale, ... Read More »

Airbnb Brings Challenge to Zoning in the Rivertowns

by Alexander Roberts The rivertowns have some of the strictest zoning policies in the nation, designed to ensure that land use is tightly controlled. Yet today some homeowners are openly violating zoning laws in Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, advertising on the Internet site Airbnb, transforming their single-family houses, apartments and condominiums into illegal hotels and boarding houses. A recent ... Read More »

Armed Robber Hits Tarrytown Chase Branch on South Broadway

Chase Bank armed robbery in Tarrytown, New York

by Barrett Seaman – In a brash move, considering it was at the height of rush hour, a man wearing a black ski mask and brandishing a handgun entered the Chase Bank branch at 360 South Broadway, just north of the busy rte. #119 interchange, on Monday and demanded money. Beside the ski mask, the only descriptor bank employees could ... Read More »

Big Drug Bust in Sleepy Hollow

by Barrett Seaman – When members of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department and the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force raided the apartment at 126 Valley Street in the village at 7:00am Friday morning, they came upon a treasure trove of evidence of a major drug business: $11,883.00 in cash, 538 bags of heroin, 432 Oxycodone pills, 94 doses of ... Read More »

Health Dept. Issues Hepatitis A Alert for Patrons of Sleepy Hollow Country Club

The Westchester County Health Department is recommending that individuals who ate or drank at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club between October 30 and November 4 receive preventive treatment against Hepatitis A, a viral illness that affects the liver. The Health Department learned November 12 that an employee with the illness worked in the club’s Grill Room while infectious. Five people ... Read More »

Latimer leads Democrat Sweep

George Latimer

by Barrett Seaman   – With most of the incumbent trustees and mayors running unopposed, an off-year like this would normally leave lots of voters at home on election day. But the 2017 race for Westchester County Executive drew a record turnout—largely in support of Democrat challenger George Latimer of Rye, who beat incumbent Rob Astorino by 57% to 43%. The ... Read More »

Senator Latimer Seeks to Oust Astorino as County Executive

by Rick Pezzullo –  The two candidates running for Westchester County Executive on November 7 have a combined 52 years of experience as elected public servants. Incumbent Republican Rob Astorino, 50, who resides in Mount Pleasant, is vying for a third four-year term in the county’s top post, which carries an annual salary of $160,760. “I still have the fire ... Read More »

Greenburgh Assessor Tells Realtors Property Taxes Are Still Going Up

by Barrett Seaman –  Whenever Greenburgh Town Assessor Edye McCarthy calls a meeting for area realtors, they come—but not without a good deal of trepidation. The 2015-16 town-wide reassessment of property values sent a shock wave through the system that is still being felt, especially in upscale districts like Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont and Hastings, where home values were hit ... Read More »

Public Participation in Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan Expanding

by Robert Kimmel –  “The outpouring of participation at this event was a testament really to the village and the people within this village. It showed me that the people are getting involved and understand the process.” — Joan Raiselis Tarrytown residents will have another opportunity to offer their ideas and visions for the future development of the village. The ... Read More »

Tarrytown to Seek Proposals to Make Repairs to H-Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo –  Tarrytown officials will be seeking outside help to determine the best course of action in making needed repairs to the H-Bridge near the Metro-North train station. The H-Bridge was cited by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in an October report as one of the most structurally deficient municipal bridges in the state. “Local communities are facing a ... Read More »

Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills on Market for $22M

By Rick Pezzullo The Westchester residence of banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, who died in March at the age of 101, is up for sale for $22 million. Situated on 75 acres in Pocantico Hills, the three-story, 11,000-square-foot main residence, known as Hudson Pines, is surrounded by broad lawns, immaculate gardens, a round heated pool, an apple orchard, a private ... Read More »

County Board Falls Short of Overriding Astorino Veto

By Rick Pezzullo The Westchester County Board of Legislators fell one vote short of overriding County Executive Rob Astorino’s veto of the controversial Immigration Protection Act. Legislators voted 11-6 on September 25, squashing the bill that would restrain Westchester from using its resources for immigration enforcement. All nine Democrats supported the effort, along with Republicans Jim Maisano (New Rochelle) and ... Read More »

Tarrytown Residents Give Input on Revitalization Project

by Anna Young As Tarrytown continues its multi-faceted project to revitalize the village, the individuals behind the Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Zoning Project held a workshop last month to receive input from residents. During the September 17 workshop at Warner Library, hundreds of residents and business owners gathered to discuss the visions, goals and areas of interest the village ... Read More »

Astorino Vetoes Westchester Legislature’s Immigration Protection Act

by Barrett Seaman  As expected, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the Immigration Protection Act that passed the County’s Board of Legislators by a 10-5 vote on August 7. Though the bill, based on similar measures passed by governments in Irvington and other Westchester villages earlier this year, was written to avoid labeling the county as a “sanctuary,” County Attorney ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Files Lawsuit vs District Over Student Attack

by Rick Pezzullo A special education teacher at Irvington Middle School has filed a lawsuit against the district after allegedly suffering “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom last March by a student with a history of behavioral problems. In an August 21 complaint filed in state Supreme Court, Clarice Martin, and her fellow plaintiff, husband Douglas ... Read More »

Two Marches for Justice, Two Days, One Town

March for Justice

On Monday night, August 28th, more than 150 mostly local citizens lit candles and walked from Temple Beth Abraham on Leroy Avenue up through the center of Tarrytown to Patriot’s Park under the banner, “Say No to Hate.” On Tuesday, a hardy group of about 25, under a similar “March for Justice” banner, arrived at Christ Church on South Broadway ... Read More »

It’s Open! Well, Half of It Anyway

By Barrett Seaman Some 37 hours after the blue ribbon was cut, after the band stopped playing and the speechifying was over, after Governor Cuomo and Chick Galella took their ceremonial drive in a spiffy ’55 Corvette and the 800 invited dignitaries climbed back onto the fleet of buses and went ashore, the first few cars finally rolled out under ... Read More »

Astorino Vetoes Westchester Legislature’s Immigration Protection Act

— by Barrett Seaman As expected, County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the Immigration Protection Act that passed the County’s Board of Legislators by a 10-5 vote on August 7th. Though the bill, based on similar measures passed by governments in Irvington and other Westchester villages earlier this year, was written to avoid categorizing the county as a “sanctuary,” County Attorney ... Read More »

Tarrytown Incumbents Endorsed by Democratic Committee

by Rick Pezzullo The Tarrytown Democratic Committee has endorsed Mayor Drew Fixell and trustees Tom Butler, Becky McGovern and Doug Zollo for reelection in the November election. Fixell is running for a seventh term. He has been on the Board of Trustees since March 2000, having served five years as a trustee before being elected mayor. An executive of a ... Read More »

Irvington: Three Seats, Three Candidates … So Far

by Barrett Seaman  There are three open slots on the November ballot for seats on the Irvington Village Board of Trustees: one for mayor and two for trustees. With little more than three months to go, there are exactly three candidates vying to fill those seats: Mayor Brian C. Smith is seeking a fourth term as the village’s chief executive; ... Read More »

A Piece of Tarrytown History Appears Doomed

Brace Cottage in Wilson Park will soon be demolished.

by Elaine Marranzano In the winter of 1934, John Hutchinson emerged from a two-story, stone cottage in Tarrytown. To his left were the nuns of Marymount. Ahead on the hill, he could see the red gabled roof of the big house, a massive, far more elaborate version of his own dwelling. Behind him, bisected by the Old Putnam County Railroad, ... Read More »

Westbound Lanes on New Bridge to Open in August

New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo  Rockland-bound motorists will soon be the first to experience the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Current Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the westbound lanes of the 3.1-mile, state-of-the-art twin span will be open to traffic on Friday, August 25 as vehicles will be diverted from the Tappan Zee Bridge. The new $3.98 billion bridge ... Read More »

Tarrytown Affordable Housing: Fight Looms Over Who is Eligible

by Alexander Roberts After more than a decade of battles over size and design, Tarrytown’s affordable housing project at 21 Wildey Street is well on its way to projected completion by November 30. A new controversy, however, has arisen over which ordinance the village will follow to determine who may apply for the 12 new apartments. The development of the ... Read More »

Smith announces fourth term bid in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman “With great humility,” Irvington Mayor Brian C. Smith announced on Facebook that he will be seeking a fourth term as mayor of Irvington in the November election. Smith, who was originally elected as a Republican, says he is running on “the independent (lower case ‘i’) Irvington First party line,” having broken with the state and national GOP ... Read More »

Gedid, Friedman Win Special Election for Irvington BOE

Maura Gedid

by Rick Pezzullo Maura Gedid and Brian Friedman were the top two vote-getters in the July 11 special election for two seats on the Irvington Board of Education. The summer election was scheduled after residents in the Irvington School District voted in May to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. Gedid, who helped the district start ... Read More »

Tarrytown Man Nabbed on Felony Drug Charges

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  As members of the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Tarrytown and Irvington police officers were involved in an investigation that led to the arrest of Jesse A. Jorge of Tarrytown. Task Force members, along with officers from the North Castle Police Department and Detective Division, caught up with Jorge at a Stop & Shop on North Broadway in ... Read More »

Irvington Moves to Muffle Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

by Barrett Seaman  Homeowners, many of them members of the newly formed Irvington Activists coalition, packed the trustee meeting room for the June 5th meeting to urge the board to tighten a proposal that would outlaw the use of gas-powered blowers except during the March 15-to-May 15 and September 15-to-December 15 spring and fall cleanup seasons. Many thought the dates ... Read More »

Name the Bridge Contest Entries Differ from Albany’s Decision

by Robert Kimmel Rivertown residents who entered this newspaper’s “Name the Bridge Contest” have opinions contrary to those of the New York State legislature when it comes to attaching a label to the new span replacing the old Tappan Zee Bridge. The State legislature in late June passed a measure naming the new bridge for the well-regarded Governor Mario Cuomo, ... Read More »

SH East Parcel Multi-Use Site Development Costs Projected

by Robert Kimmel When the final phase of Sleepy Hollow’s East Parcel project is completed for village use, expected by 2026, costs of its construction will have reached an estimated $39 to $48 million. Tax revenue raised from the adjacent Edge-on-Hudson mixed-use development, however, will more than cover potential payments on bonds issued by the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation ... Read More »

Barbelet Sworn-In as New Police Chief in Tarrytown

by Rick Pezzullo For the first time in 23 years, the Village of Tarrytown has a new police chief after Lt. John Barbelet was sworn-in June 19 to succeed retiring Chief Scott Brown. Barbelet, 48, will earn an annual salary of approximately $172,000 to lead the Police Department, which has 34 full-time sworn officers and five part-time members. Brown had ... Read More »

Carbon Tax Proponents Press Their Case at Warner Library Forum

carbon tax pollution industrial factory

by Barrett Seaman A trio of energy experts and environmental activists conducted a panel discussion June 29 at the Warner Library on a carbon tax as a means of discouraging the use of fossil fuels to produce energy. Charles Komanoff, founder and director of the Carbon Tax Center, was joined by Iona Lutey, Northeast Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby ... Read More »

SH School Secretary Charged with Stealing $10,000 from District

2017 HI July Carol Ressa SH Middle Secretary

by Rick Pezzullo A longtime employee of the Tarrytown Union Free School District was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $10,000 from the district over a six-year period. Carol Ressa, 53, of Lake Peekskill, secretary to Sleepy Hollow Middle School Principal Elizabeth Lopez, with charged with two separate counts of grand larceny by Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. ... Read More »

Tarrytown Merchants’ Council Sees Change in Leadership

by Robert Kimmel After eight years as Chair of the Tarrytown Merchants’ Council, longtime village resident and business owner Theresa McCarthy has stepped down from that role within the organization. A person familiar to village residents, former Mayor Paul Janos, has taken over leadership of the Council. “Serving on the Council has been an incredibly rewarding experience enabling me to ... Read More »

Lowey, Holocaust Survivor Honored by Jewish Identity Group

Holocaust survivor Roman Kent, who has been a leading voice for the rights of Holocaust survivors, was honored last month in Westchester by an organization that promotes Jewish identity and education among young Jews from the former Soviet Union. Kent, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and four Nazi camps, including Auschwitz, was honored for his unceasing work in fighting ... Read More »

As Completion of the New Bridge Nears, Changes Are Coming Along Roadways in the Rivertowns

Rivertowns traffic ro

by Barrett Seaman  The trend is clear: biking and walking are in; driving—especially at high speed—is frowned upon in the rivertowns. Encouraged by state transportation authorities in anticipation of the major changes in traffic patterns that will come with the opening of the new bridge, local municipalities are making plans to encourage the former and crack down on the latter. ... Read More »

Tarrytown Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Police lights - photo by Glyn Lowe (with modifications)

by Rick Pezzullo A Tarrytown man was killed Tuesday night in a motorcycle crash in the village. According to State Police, Kenedy Severino, 32, was operating a 2017 BMW motorcycle northbound on the deceleration ramp of Exit 8 on I-87 at approximately 10:38 p.m. when he failed to maintain his lane, lost control of the motorcycle and struck a concrete ... Read More »

Irvington High and West Point Grad Injured in Army Copter Crash

A Black Hawk Army helicopter that took the life of one soldier when it crashed on a training exercise in southern Maryland in April also left seriously injured Captain Terikazu Onoda, a 2009 West Point graduate who was an alumnus of Irvington High School, Class of 2005. At Irvington, he was a varsity cross country runner and wrestler. According to ... Read More »

Parking Expansion in Tarrytown’s Business District Discussed

by Robert Kimmel   Tarrytown’s merchants have been at the forefront of urging long sought parking expansion in Tarrytown’s business district. Late last month, they learned that a possible solution might be in store for the parking problems that have plagued the village for decades. The parking troubles worsened more than a year ago when Citibank closed its Broadway location, and ... Read More »

Tax Hikes Unknown in School Budgets; Board of Ed Races Uncontested

by Rick Pezzullo Residents who go to the polls on May 16 to cast their vote on the proposed 2017-18 school budgets will have to figure out on their own how their property taxes will be affected due to the recent revaluation of property values in the Town of Greenburgh. Both Tarrytown School District Superintendent Christopher Borsari and Irvington School ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Project to Integrate with Village’s Revised Comprehensive Plan

by Robert Kimmel Rather than focusing primarily on the project investigating prospective developments within its train station area and waterfront, Tarrytown is broadening its perspective to include that task within a fully revised village-wide Comprehensive Plan. Tarrytown’s Board of Trustees’ recent action integrating the Station Area Study into the Comprehensive Plan was based partially on the fact that it has ... Read More »

Irvington Arrest Leads to Bust of Burglary Ring

Irvington Police Car

by Barrett Seaman  When Irvington police officers went to investigate a home invasion and robbery at a Main Street apartment last August, little did they know that it would eventually lead to the round-up of a 10-man burglary ring responsible, said prosecutors, for a four-year “brazen crime spree” across Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties, the Bronx, and Fairfield County ... Read More »

East Parcel in Sleepy Hollow Moves Closer to Development

East Parcel Sleepy Hollow old GM plant

by Robert Kimmel The “East Parcel,” the 29-acre section of the former General Motors site set aside for use by the Village of Sleepy Hollow, is one important step closer to achieving its purpose. A mandatory environmental review process for the parcel was formally completed by the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation, (SHLDC) at a public board meeting late last ... Read More »

Access Construction Project In Progress at Old Dutch Church

by Robert Kimmel Construction work is underway to fix a problem that has confronted the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow for many decades.  The church’s accessibility for the handicapped, elderly, and others with ambulatory disabilities has been difficult, or as one person associated with the church described it, “treacherous.” Old, uneven steps leading to the church’s front entrance will ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Mulls Reducing Speed Limit in Village


by Rick Pezzullo The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees is considering reducing the speed limit throughout the village from 30 to 25 miles per hour. If approved, the Village Code amendment would only apply to village-owned roadways and not county or state spans, such as Route 9. “I don’t see the downside in doing something like this,” Sleepy Hollow Mayor ... Read More »

Irvington’s Immigrant Protection Resolution Serving as Model in County

by Barrett Seaman Following the adoption March 6 by Irvington’s Board of Trustees of a resolution declaring that the village will not cooperate with enforcement of federal immigration laws, the language crafted for the village has become a model for other Westchester municipalities. A version is currently under consideration by the Westchester County Board of Legislators. According to the Irvington ... Read More »

President’s Budget Cuts Could Hamper Plans by Historic Hudson Valley  

Philipsburg Manor Historic Hudson Valley

by Robert Kimmel Projects planned by Historic Hudson Valley could be in jeopardy if President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget proposals are all passed by Congress this month. Among the president’s proposals for the 2018 budget, beginning in October, are the virtual elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Those agencies have ... Read More »

Tarrytown Looks at Options to Ease Traffic Congestion

Traffic LIght

by Rick Pezzullo With existing traffic congestion expected to worsen in the area from approved developments, Village of Tarrytown officials are exploring options to have vehicles move more efficiently. In mid-March, the Board of Trustees reviewed some recommendations made by a consultant hired by the village with funds it received in a legal settlement in August 2013 with neighboring Sleepy ... Read More »

In Wake of Bomb Threats, Local Jewish Groups Seek to Improve Security

by Robert Kimmel & Barrett Seaman Following the wave of anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers in Westchester, along with similar threats to some 165 Jewish institutions across the country, local, state and federal authorities have joined with Jewish leaders to ratchet up security measures and reassure shaken members. On March 6, Nita Lowey, Congresswoman for New York’s ... Read More »

Local Philanthropist David Rockefeller Dies at 101

David Rockefeller

by Rick Pezzullo David Rockefeller, patriarch of the Rockefeller family, former chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Bank and a well-known philanthropist, died March 20 in his sleep in his home in Pocantico Hills. He was 101. Born June 12, 1915, he was the youngest of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s six children. He was raised ... Read More »

Community Leaders Mobilize Against Trump Policies with Focus on Immigration

by Robert Kimmel At a recent meeting described as a “Rivertown Gathering for Future Social Action,” community leaders spoke out in opposition to a range of Trump administration policies and particularly those dealing with immigration. Those policies came under fire from Congresswoman Nita Lowey who highlighted the session, held at a private Tarrytown residence. She described what she and her ... Read More »

New and Clever Phone Scams Sweep Through the Rivertowns

by Barrett Seaman   The phone rings and you answer, “Hello.” There’s no response, just silence; so you repeat “Hello.” You’re about to hang up when a friendly voice finally asks, “Can you hear me now?” Naturally, you say: “Yes”—and that’s all they need to get what they want. The caller may go on with a sales pitch for a cell ... Read More »

Bomb Threat Called into JCC on Hudson in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo A bomb threat was called into the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson facility in Tarrytown Monday morning, prompting the center to be evacuated for about two hours. Tarrytown Police and the Westchester County Police bomb squad responded shortly after the threat was received at approximately 9:10 a.m. The building was deemed safe at about 11 ... Read More »

New Village Administrator Selected in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo A familiar face will be returning to Tarrytown to serve as Village Administrator. Richard Slingerland, who worked as Tarrytown’s Village Administrator from 1999 to 2002, will be taking over the same role, starting April 3. He is replacing Michael Blau, who is retiring after 17-and-a-half years in Tarrytown. The Village Board chose Slingerland after receiving resumes from ... Read More »

Legacy Dogs Returning to Paws Crossed in Elmsford

by Robert Kimmel Many of the “legacy” dogs that had been transferred from what is now the Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford when its predecessor, Pets Alive Inc. closed its doors in Elmsford are being returned to that animal shelter. Pets Alive moved the dogs to its Middletown, N.Y. shelter when it shut down the facility at 100 Warehouse ... Read More »

Tarrytown, Greenburgh to Benefit from Hotel Occupancy Tax

by Rick Pezzullo The Town of Greenburgh and Village of Tarrytown are anticipating receiving sizeable revenue annually from a new hotel/motel occupancy tax approved in late December by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said his municipality is expecting approximately $1 million from the tax on the 2,000 hotel and motel rooms. Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau said Tarrytown ... Read More »

Tarrytown Train Station Study Progresses to Next Stage

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown’s mission to develop its train station area into an increasingly vital part of the village has entered another stage. Following a heavily attended, standing room only “open house” meeting in the Village Hall last month, the Village Board of Trustees gave its approval for the project’s next stage. The action followed briefings on what had been ... Read More »

Old Dutch Church Challenges Rental Fee from NY State

Old Dutch Church

by Robert Kimmel The year 2016 passed as most other years for the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow – with one exception. It got an annual “rental” fee bill. The invoice, for $1,700, was from the New York State Department of Transportation for the use of property located between the church’s entrance and Route 9.  Most unusual was that ... Read More »

Wray to Seek Fifth Term Uncontested as SH Mayor

Ken Wray

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running for a fifth two-year term on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice in what is shaping up to be an uncontested March 21 election. Wray, who lives in Webber Park and first joined the board as a trustee in 2007, is at the head ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow March – We Are All Immigrants!

Hundreds of citizens, faith leaders, officials and children marched today from the steps of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow to Patriot’s Park in Tarrytown — uniting in a common cry of solidarity with our immigrant populations. And, as many signs from the diverse crowd reminded, “We are all immigrants” or “Todos somos immigrantes.” The marchers sung “This ... Read More »

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants to Close in 2021

By Rick Pezzullo Entergy, owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plants, which for more than 50 years have helped provide electricity to several million homes and businesses in Westchester and the five boroughs of New York City, announced Monday the facility will close in 2021. The announcement stunned regional officials since Entergy, which purchased the controversial plants 15 years ... Read More »

Former Police Officer Jailed for Selling Date Rape Drug

by Rick Pezzullo A former police officer and resident of Sleepy Hollow was sentenced to eight years in prison last month for selling a so-called date rape drug through the Internet from his home. Robert Smutek, 53, who ironically was a member of a drug task force while working as a cop in Dutchess County, was held responsible during his ... Read More »

Officials Call for Barge Plan in Hudson to be Scrapped

By Rick Pezzullo Last month, several elected officials and students from Pace University’s Environmental Policy Clinic called on the U.S. Coast Guard to scrap plans to create 43 new anchorages in 10 locations along the Hudson River after it was revealed the federal agency allegedly violated its own protocol. At a frigid press conference at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy ... Read More »

Village of Tarrytown Ends Status as Property Assessor

by Robert Kimmel Beginning this month, Tarrytown is no longer evaluating properties for tax purposes. It eliminated its regular assessment responsibilities and turned them over to the Town of Greenburgh. The five other villages in the town had already taken similar actions. Following a public hearing in November, the Board of Trustees passed legislation to voluntarily terminate the village’s status ... Read More »

New NY Bridge Within Budget; on Schedule to Open in 2018

by Rick Pezzullo The New NY Bridge, which will replace the 61-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge, is on schedule to be completed in 2018 and within the allotted $3.98 billion budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo joined other regional elected representatives last month in making the announcement as the completion of the eight main span towers for the new structure was also celebrated. ... Read More »

New Hotel Tax Becomes Law 

Fourteen Westchester Communities,  Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow among them, will be benefiting from a hotel and motel tax law signed late last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law calls for a local  three percent “bed tax” to be  charged by hotels and motels. The tax legislation,  sponsored by Assemblyman and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, had been pursued by ... Read More »

Regeneron Buys Mount Pleasant Building for Expansion

Regeneron, a Tarrytown-based biopharmaceutical company, recently purchased the New York Life building in Mount Pleasant as it continues to expand. Reportedly, Regeneron paid $50 million for the 76-acre site, which is located on Rockwood Road near Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and Rockwood Hall park. Regeneron’s main campus is located in the Landmark at Eastview property at 777 Old Saw Mill ... Read More »

Westbound Deck Panels Completed for New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) announced December 1 that it had completed installation of all road deck panels for the westbound approaches of the New NY Bridge. TZC placed nearly 3,000 steel-reinforced concrete panels, weighing as much as 74,000 pounds each, atop the westbound steel girder assemblies to create the base driving surface of the bridge. Deck panel ... Read More »