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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 »