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New Lyceum Kennedy Coordinator Looking to Grow School

by Rick Pezzullo –  Since he was a young boy, Bernard Mithieux wanted to be a teacher when he grew up. “I always loved to teach and to be with kids,” he said. “I think it’s a way to do something that counts. Not a mission, but you want to be helpful.” Mithieux is the new coordinator and head teacher ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

police car

  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 »

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 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

Rep. Lowey Convenes Roundtable of Local Jewish Leaders in Wake of Bomb Scare

Nina Lowey JCC

By Barrett Seaman Nita Lowey, Congresswoman for New York’s 17th District, convened a roundtable of a dozen leaders representing Jewish Community Centers and related groups from Westchester and Rockland Counties at the JCC on the Hudson, one of the hundreds of Jewish centers nationwide that have received bomb threats since the beginning of the year. Less than a day later, ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

TRAFFIC ALERT – ROUTE 9/SOUTH BROADWAY

Starting Monday, December 5, expect significant traffic delays on Route 9/South Broadway between Benedict Avenue and Route 119.  The contractor installing the Westchester County Sanitary Sewer Force Main on Route 9 will be installing the force main pipe across Route 9 (east-west) which will require a reduction in lanes from two to one.  Traffic will be stopped in the northbound ... Read More »

Regional Leaders Condemn Plan to Anchor Barges on Hudson

by Rick Pezzullo Regionally elected, environmental and business leaders banded together last month to condemn a proposal by the United States Coast Guard to create 10 new anchorage sites with dozens of commercial barges along the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston. At a standing-room only hearing October 19 in Croton, which was sponsored, in part, by State Senator Terrence ... Read More »

Officials React to Criticism of Plans for East Parcel

by Robert Kimmel Critiques of the plans for the former GM site’s East Parcel in Sleepy Hollow by two environmental organizations have drawn responses from Mayor Ken Wray and the Board of the Local Development Corporation (LDC), the lead agency responsible for the site’s development. The 29-acre site was turned over to the LDC for the village’s use by General ... Read More »

Tarrytown Water Testing Revealed No Violations since 2014

by Rick Pezzullo Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau emphasized this week that since the village increased its water testing sites in 2014 there have been no violations regarding the lead threshold included in the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Blau made a detailed statement at the August 15 Board of Trustees meeting in response to an August 11 news release ... Read More »

Tarrytown Water Testing Revealed No Violations since 2014

by Rick Pezzullo Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau emphasized this week that since the village increased its water testing sites in 2014 there have been no violations regarding the lead threshold included in the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Blau made a detailed statement at the August 15 Board of Trustees meeting in response to an August 11 news release ... Read More »

Greenburgh Moves to Repair Reassessment Damage

by Barrett Seaman Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner’s efforts to mitigate the political damage and financial pain caused by a town-wide property reassessment this spring produced at least some payoff in June. Though some homeowners whose projected property taxes were bumped up by 30% or more in the initial valuations by Tyler Technologies won relief during the informal appeals phase ... Read More »

Permit Finally Issued for Affordable Housing Project in Tarrytown

by Alexander Roberts In 2004, an agreement between the Village of Tarrytown and the developer of Hudson Harbor called for him to build 12 units of affordable housing on the site of the former Village Hall on Wildey Street. The ensuing 12 years produced heated hearings, reams of paper and thousands of volunteer man-hours as the three local boards that ... Read More »

Tarrytown, Citibank at Odds over Parking Spaces

by Rick Pezzullo It’s been six months since Citibank closed its Tarrytown branch on South Broadway and fenced off 21 metered parking spaces for public use, and it doesn’t appear those spaces will be opened up any time soon. On April 18, the village Board of Trustees voted to initiate eminent domain proceedings to obtain ownership of the parking area ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Resident Convicted of Dealing Date Rape Drug

By Rick Pezzullo A former police officer who lives in Sleepy Hollow was found guilty by a jury in late April of possessing and distributing a so-called date rape drug, earning more than $1.2 million in a five-year period. Robert Smutek, 52, a former cop in Dutchess County and member of a drug task force, could spend the rest of ... Read More »

Water Fountains with High Lead in Tarrytown Schools Shut Down

by Rick Pezzullo Two water fountains in two schools in the Tarrytown School District were shut down in late May after recent tests showed a lead content higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations. In a May 24 letter to district staff and parents, interim Schools Superintendent Daniel McCann reported one fountain at Washington Irving Intermediate School and ... Read More »

Thousands of Area Residents Get Verdicts on Reassessment

by Barrett Seaman The first week in June was promising to be an anxious one for thousands of Greenburgh and Ossining homeowners who had appealed reassessments promulgated by Tyler Technologies last March. The week was sure to vex another 400 in Greenburgh who were to receive unexpected notices that they had been identified as being underassessed, and that their projected ... Read More »