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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO TARRYTOWN WATER CONSUMERS – POSSIBLE LOW WATER PRESSURE DURING WATER TANK REHABILITATION

Dear Residents and Business Owners:  Starting on or about February 26, 2018, and continuing until the work is completed, one of Tarrytown’s Water Storage Tanks will be removed from service for scheduled repairs. During this time period, there will be no interruption of water service but you may experience low water pressure in your home.  The village asks everyone for ... 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 »

Irvington: Late in Coming with Comp Plan, but Getting There

by Barrett Seaman –  The draft report from Irvington’s Comprehensive Planning Committee is late by five months, and it’s still only just a draft. But a copy obtained by The Hudson Independent offers a generally clear picture of the direction the eight-member committee wants the village to take going forward—and it’s not a lot different from what village officials outlined ... Read More »

Third Public Workshop Set for Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan

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by Robert Kimmel –  With the completion of Tarrytown’s new Comprehensive Plan expected by May, the village is providing another opportunity for residents to offer their input toward its advancement. The Plan’s consulting team has scheduled its third Public Workshop for Tuesday, February 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Warner Library. As a starter, attendees will hear a formal ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Seeks Public Input as it Kicks Off Comp Plan

by Rick Pezzullo –  More than 150 residents turned out January 11 at the James Galgano Senior Center in Sleepy Hollow at the kickoff meeting for the village’s comprehensive plan. Mayor Ken Wray stressed it was vital for residents to participate in the estimated 18-month process since Sleepy Hollow’s population of 10,000 is expected to grow by a third in ... Read More »

Point/Counterpoint – Bike Lanes and Broadway

Let’s Move Forward on Bike Lanes for Broadway Let’s Go Slow on Bike Lanes Before Acting Let’s Move Forward on Bike Lanes for Broadway by Daniel Convissor –  The rivertowns are collaborating on the Route 9 Active Transportation study. This process has stimulated discussion in Tarrytown on how to make Broadway work for everybody, thereby bolstering our businesses and safety. ... 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 »

Irvington Attorney Appointed Greenburgh Judge

Irvington Attorney Appointed Greenburgh Judge: Irvington attorney Christie D’Alessio, a Mercy College and Pace Law School grad, was appointed Greenburgh Town Judge by the Town Board. Supervisor Paul Feiner called her “a highly qualified candidate who has dedicated her legal career as a public servant.” She previously spent 13 years with the Westchester County Attorney’s office as a litigator handling ... 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 »

Matt Arone Named Recreation Superintendent in Sleepy Hollow

by Kevin Brown –  Matt Arone has been hired as the new Recreation Superintendent in Sleepy Hollow. Arone comes to the village from his position as Deputy Superintendent in the Village of Scarsdale and brings a wealth of credentials preparing him for the job. Arone has been a full-time municipal recreation professional for 22 years. He started it all with ... 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 »

Astorbuck Parking Application Riles Irvington Neighbors

by Barrett Seaman – There’s an old saw that if you squeeze a balloon, you don’t get any less air; it simply moves elsewhere. That bit of folk wisdom certainly applies when it comes to parking in the rivertowns—most certainly in the Village of Irvington. The latest example of that involves an application by the Astorbuck Corporation, which owns the ... 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 »

Deconstructing the Tappan Zee: Where Does It All Go?

by Barrett Seaman –  Like a giant Mantis, the 328-ft. arm of the super crane (dubbed I Lift NY) hovers over its prey — seemingly for hours as its mechanized talons are calibrated so as to grasp just the right places. Once aligned, it descends, locks onto the latticework of a 235-foot-long steel truss and lifts it slowly skyward. That’s ... 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 »

Latimer Ready to Tackle Challenges Ahead as Westchester County Executive

by Rick Pezzullo Westchester County Executive George Latimer will celebrate his election victory on Sunday, January 7 at Westchester Community College during an inauguration ceremony, and the Rye Democrat is ready to tackle the many challenges that lie ahead. “Westchester is not owned by the county executive of the moment,” Latimer said last month at a Business Council of Westchester ... 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 »

Letters – Goals for Greenburgh for 2018

 To the Editor: Thank you to the river villages of Irvington and Tarrytown for re-electing me as Greenburgh Town Supervisor. On election day I received 17,482 votes and am most appreciative.  The time to celebrate is now over. We’re proud of our Aaa bond rating (the highest rating possible), the fact that the portion of the budget impacting the villages ... Read More »

Tarrytown Planners Focus on Public Input with Comp Plan

by Robert Kimmel –  Public input has continued to be a major part of Tarrytown’s pursuit of a new Comprehensive Plan to determine the village’s future development. What began more than three years ago as a project to scope out a new vision for the Metro-North train station area and waterfront has bonded into the broader task encompassing the entire ... 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 »

Who benefits from Halloween in Sleepy Hollow Country?

by Elaine Marranzano –  Halloween in Sleepy Hollow country is getting bigger every year. There are now more activities and more tourists than ever before. So, where does all that money go? Who benefits economically from Halloween? The undisputed winner is Historic Hudson Valley. The nonprofit’s tax returns show soaring “program service revenues” of $4.86 million in 2015, compared to ... 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 »

Rivertowns Residents Weigh In on Broadway Corridor Bike Lane

by Barrett Seaman –  The bicycles are coming, they’re coming to town. If you believe the Route 9 Active Transportation campaign pitch, they will be coming over the new Mario Cuomo Bridge or up from the city by the thousands—and the rivertowns will need to prepare for them by building a bike lane along Broadway (Route 9) from Ossining all ... 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 »

New Water Reservoir Fulfills Sleepy Hollow’s Requirements 

by Robert Kimmel –  Sleepy Hollow’s huge new water reservoir is operational, opening the way for growth within the village, and ending deficiencies the village faced prior to its construction. The underground tank holding 1.6 million gallons of water is “critical” for further development in the village as Mayor Ken Wray described it during the ribbon-cutting inaugural for the structure ... 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 »

Real Estate Investor Looks to Tame Cortlandt Street

by Elaine Marranzano –  The tornado-force winds of change are blowing down Cortlandt Street in Sleepy Hollow in the form of Billy Procida, a high-profile, feisty, real estate lender who is the new owner of eight mixed-use buildings on the beleaguered inner-village street. Procida acquired the properties when previous owner Cirilo Rodriquez defaulted on a $9.5 million loan from Procida’s ... Read More »

Constitutional Convention Ballot Question at a Glance

by Charlene Weigel –  The November 7 ballot will include a deceptively simple question, “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” If New Yorkers accept that invitation, they will elect delegates to a 2018 drafting convention, and likely vote on a new state constitution in 2019. The Federal Constitution is brief, about the length ... 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 »

Irvington’s Brian Smith Looks Beyond His Tenure as Mayor

by Barrett Seaman “We are seeing people leave who would otherwise have stayed because their property taxes have gone up so dramatically.” —Brian Smith There will be no surprises in this November’s Irvington village races, as incumbent Trustees Connie Kehoe and Janice Silverberg, along with Mayor Brian Smith, are running unopposed. They will rejoin Trustees Mark Gilliland and Larry Lonky ... Read More »

Tarrytown Mayor Fixell Eager to Tackle Challenges in Next Term

by Rick Pezzullo “We’re always looking to maintain services and make improvements and at the same time keep taxes as low as possible.” —Drew Fixell Since 2000, as a village trustee for five years, and the last 12 years as mayor, Drew Fixell has been a mainstay in helping shape the Village of Tarrytown, but he’s not looking to rest ... 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 »

Local Children Traumatized by Threat to End DACA

by Elaine Marranzano There is fury in the voice of Ana Lopez when she talks about the children threatened by the demise of DACA, the Obama-era program that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to live, work and study in the country. “This is a social justice issue and these children are being traumatized,” said Lopez, ... Read More »

Letter  To the Editor: Permanent Solution Needed for RiverWalk Upkeep

As many of you may know, the Scenic Hudson RiverWalk has been transformed. Invasives are gone and thousands of new plants are in place. New sitting areas have emerged near the Overlook spiral and, in the northwest lawn –  amphitheater seating formed from relocated boulders. Cedar Hill Landscaping of Katonah, the contractors responsible for the large project, have done their ... 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 »

Government Measures Reinforce Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment

by Robert Kimmel     Drug overdose prevention and treatment have become the focus of medical authorities and lawmakers at the county, state and national level. Much of that attention is concentrated on reducing the usage of opiate drugs as painkillers, as well as educating both doctors and patients more about their use. Actions to slow prescriptions of opioid drugs emerged more ... Read More »

Irvington Board Tackles Downtown Parking Regulations

by Barrett Seaman  It is said that parking is the third rail of village politics—at least in the rivertowns. Whether it’s space allocation for Metro North commuters or downtown parking for shoppers, there’s never enough of it. Dare to suggest building more lots or, heaven forbid, a multi-story garage, however, and locals will accuse officials of destroying the character of ... Read More »

Opioid Addiction Epidemic Targeted by Local Law Enforcement Groups

by Robert Kimmel Faced with the continuing opioid addiction epidemic and related deaths, local authorities are intensifying their efforts to battle the problem. The police departments of Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are among local law enforcement agencies aggressively working with the Town of Greenburgh’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force to deal with the growing addiction crisis. Set up in ... Read More »

A 19th Century Hastings’ Confederate Cemetery Monument Designed to Unify Causes Present-Day Concern

by W. B. King From Charlottesville, Virginia to San Diego, California, public monuments celebrating leaders of the Confederate Army, such as Robert E. Lee, are being toppled by residents and municipalities that decry associations to slavery and oppression. This heated national debate now includes a local Confederate monument in Mount Hope Cemetery in the Town of Greenburgh. “The Confederacy was ... Read More »

Public Viewpoints Sought for Tarrytown Comprehensive Plan

Public input is a major component in the current phase of work aimed at producing Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Zoning. Continuing that pursuit, the planners have scheduled a  public workshop on Sunday, September 17, from 1 to 4.p.m at the Warner Library. The workshops, expected to continue through this year and early 2018, are part of the process ... 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 Comprehensive Plan Project Picks Up Momentum; Engages Public

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by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown’s multi-faceted project to set visions, goals and policies for its future development is pursuing public input as it continues to shape a series of themes to help guide the planning project toward completion. Among the many general goals targeted by the village’s Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Zoning Project are to “create an affordable, connected community ... Read More »

At the Halfway Mark, Irvington’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan

by Barrett Seaman  Imagine driving down Broadway into Irvington sometime in the late 2020s. The hillside to the east, on your left, is a mosaic of attached condo units in clusters, a modestly proportioned assisted living facility, along with occasional low-rise office buildings not much different in architectural style from nearby homes. As you pass the large white mansion on ... 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

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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 »

Rivertowns Square Is Open for Business—and Nearly Finished

by Mitchell Bard  Rising out of undeveloped land on the west side of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Dobbs Ferry, the buildings of Rivertowns Square are hard to miss. After six years of anticipation–some positive, some concerned, depending on whom you talk to—the large, mixed-use development is now springing to life. With the luxury iPic movie theater and City ... 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 »

Tarrytown’s Trustees Mull Lengthy List of Topics

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by Robert Kimmel In addition, the regular meeting was preceded by a briefing on the status of the village’s Comprehensive Plan by David Aukland, chair of the project’s steering committee, and William Brady, project manager. A contingent from the Tarrytown Fire Department, led by Fire Chief David Goldstein, appealed to the board to initiate bids for dredging a channel in ... 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 »

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 »

Questions Remain About Eligibility For Tarrytown Affordable Housing

by Alexander Roberts After more than a decade of fights over size and design, Tarrytown’s affordable housing project at 21Wildey Street is well on its way to a projected completion date of November 30.  But a new controversy has arisen over how to define “affordable,” which will determine who is eligible for the 12 new apartments. The development was authorized under ... Read More »

Schroedel Brings Experience to New Position as SHLDC Advisor

by Robert Kimmel Pursuing the implementation of the East Parcel Project by the SHLDC will be David Schroedel’s initial work as recently appointed Strategic Planning Advisor, but he has been committed to serving the Village of Sleepy Hollow for almost a decade. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sleepy Hollow in 2008, and re-elected ... Read More »

Bring Your Own Kayak Program Likely on the Lakes

by Barrett Seaman   For several years now, it’s been possible for residents and visitors alike to rent a kayak and explore the wildlife-rich shores of the Tarrytown Lakes on weekends. The vendor, Hudson River Recreation, charges anywhere from $20 for one hour in a single kayak up to $60 for three hours in a double. This summer, the Tarrytown Village ... 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 »

Four Vie for Two Seats on Expanded Irvington BOE

by Rick Pezzullo In May, residents in the Irvington School District voted to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. A special election was set for July 11 and four individuals have stepped forward to vie for the two additional seats: John Dawson, Brian Friedman, Maura Gedid and Della Lenz. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. ... 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

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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 »

Tarrytown Swimming Pool Information

The new outdoor swimming pool in Tarrytown (behind the train station) is open for the summer season. More than 680 residents have signed up for memberships, generating approximately $73,000 in revenue to the village, according to Village Administrator Richard Slingerland. The pool is open on weekdays from noon to 7 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 ... 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 »

PayByPhone for Parking Available in Tarrytown

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Motorists now have a new way to pay for parking in the Village of Tarrytown. PayByPhone is an app that allows drivers to pay for or extend a parking session from anywhere and will even send a reminder when time is set to expire. When paying for parking by phone, the license plate and parking time are automatically displayed on ... Read More »

New Tarrytown Administrator Sees Much Work Ahead

by Robert Kimmel “It is all positive.” That’s how Tarrytown’s new Village Administrator, Richard Slingerland, described the many developing projects in which the village is engaged.  Returning to a post he held 15 years ago, from 1999 to 2002, he sees busy days ahead. Slingerland pointed to the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Study as “immediate priorities,” along with ... Read More »

Fundraising Campaign Launched to Support Immigrant Community

by Seth Dellon According to recently-released statistics by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), immigration arrests are up 38% from 2016, proving that fears about the Trump administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric were well-founded. But, throughout the early presidency of Donald Trump, energies have been focused locally to protect and support Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow’s most vulnerable residents. For many activists, those efforts ... Read More »

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

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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 »

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 »

Old Dutch Church Expected to Re-Open by Mid-June

by Robert Kimmel With construction work designed to improve access to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow proceeding on schedule, its reopening is expected by mid-June. After decades of entry problems for the handicapped and elderly, new stairs, ramps and pathways leading to the building will ease access for all worshippers. The church’s old approaches have disappeared as workers ... 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 »

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

SPEEDLIMIT SIGN slow down

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 »

A First Peek At Projected Greenburgh Property Tax Rates

By Barrett Seaman In the final week in March, Greenburgh Town Assessor Edye McCarthy told a gathering of local realtors that they could expect tax rates in the year ahead to run from 3.2% to 3.7% of assessed value. Irvington, she said, looked to have a rate of about 3.4%, Dobbs Ferry 3.7% and Edgemont 3.6%. Roughly translated, these would ... Read More »

Irvington Board Passes Immigrant Protection Resolution

Irvington Immigrant Resolution

By Barrett Seaman After 90 minutes of impassioned public comment, Irvington’s Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution stating that its law enforcement officials will “not engage in activities solely for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration laws” and “not honor detainer requests” from immigration enforcement agencies without judicial warrant. The three-page resolution further commits that the village will not ... 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 »

Tarrytown Administrator Mike Blau Reflects on Years with Village

by Robert Kimmel  When Mike Blau departs from his position as Tarrytown’s Administrator next month, he’ll have completed two tours of duty totaling more than 17 years in that job. He’ll leave behind a solid record. “He worked remarkably well with all of Tarrytown’s various constituencies, plus he was a tireless advocate and relentless cheerleader for the village,” Mayor Drew ... Read More »

Irvington Launches a New Comprehensive Plan for Village

by Barrett Seaman  Fourteen years after Irvington last compiled a long-term Comprehensive Plan, village officials have launched a new one. They started in mid-February with a “traveling road show” in which the leaders of five working groups worked a room of about 30 residents seated at round tables in Village Hall in an effort to explain the parameters of the ... Read More »

Q&A: Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running uncontested for a fifth two-year term on March 21 on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice, who also will face no opposition. Wray is at the head of the Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket that also includes trustees Glenn Rosenbloom, John Leavy and Denise Scaglione ... 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 »

Unity March 10591: In Their Own Words

Compiled by Krista Madsen Perhaps the most powerful way to cover January’s Unity March, gathering an estimated 800 immigrants and their allies from Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and beyond, is to focus on the words of the participants themselves – bilingual messages of solidarity on signs, in chants, and in speeches. As the marchers made their way along the sidewalks from ... 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 »

Local Residents Take Part in Women’s March on Washington

by Krista Madsen Hundreds of local women – and men and children – heeded the call to march the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, most heading to New York City while some embarked on one of several chartered buses bound for Washington D.C. Mistrella Murphy organized logistics while Sara Levine took care of programming on a bus they booked ... Read More »