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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 »

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 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 »

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 »

Homeowners Seek to Overcome Tax Shock from Reassessment

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by Barrett Seaman On November 7, the Greenburgh Assessor’s Office closed its books on the two-year process of revaluing properties in the township. At the end of the day, according to Assessor Edye McCarthy, some 3,200 homes had increases of more than 25%. Of those 1,100 applied for the three-year phase-in, of which 157 were denied for failure to meet ... Read More »

Greenburgh’s Reassessment Wraps Up (Almost), but Homeowners Won’t Know Their 2017 Taxes for Months

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by Barrett Seaman For Greenburgh Township homeowners facing significant tax increases because of the recent re-assessment, September 15 was a big day. It was the last day the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) would consider final appeals for those who believe their homes were over-assessed. It was also the deadline for applications for the three-year phase-in engineered by Town Supervisor ... Read More »

Abinanti to Seek Fourth State Assembly Term in November

by Rick Pezzullo State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti announced, in July, he will seek a fourth two-year term representing the 92nd District, which includes the towns of Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant.The Democrat filed petitions with more than 1,700 signatures, more than three times the amount required. He will also be running on the Working Families and Independence Party lines. “I am ... 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 »

Greenburgh Reassessment Debate Roils On as Deadlines Loom

by Barrett Seaman The shock waves from Tyler Technologies’ reassessment—especially in some of Greenburgh’s more prosperous enclaves—continued to reverberate throughout the month of April. Aggrieved homeowners, some of whose taxes are scheduled to rise by $30,000 or more, continued to question the validity of the process. Some threatened lawsuits; others called for a one-year freeze on the process until disputes ... Read More »

Hundreds of Unhappy Irvington Residents Hear Out Greenburgh’s Feiner and McCarthy

–by Barrett Seaman More than 100 homeowners filled every seat and lined the walls of the Irvington Senior Center meeting room Tuesday evening, while police turned almost as many away because of potential fire code violations. They were all there to hear Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner and Assessor Edye McCarthy explain how so many had seen their projected property ... Read More »

Greenburgh Donates Shelter to Paws Crossed Animal Rescue

by Robert Kimmel Dormant for many months, the former Pets Alive Animal Shelter in Elmsford is expected to be home again for some animals before the summer is over, or perhaps before it begins. The Town of Greenburgh has agreed to donate the property to Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, Inc., which has pursued that action for about nine months. Following ... Read More »

Irvington Homeowners Stunned by Tyler Reassessments

by Barrett Seaman The couple, independent writer/actors, had moved from Brooklyn to Irvington because the public school system would cover much of the cost of educating their special needs child. They bought a cozy 1,200-square-foot house on one of Irvington’s side streets and settled into the life of the village. “We’re part of the community. I do lots of volunteer ... Read More »

Greenburgh Property Reassessment Triggers Many Residential Appeals

by Robert Kimmel The after effects of Greenburgh’s recently completed property reassessment continue to resonate at the Town Hall with discontented property owners attending meetings there to appeal the new evaluations which translate to higher real estate taxes. At the same time, the Town is searching for ways to mitigate the burdens on property owners who will face hefty increases ... Read More »

Greenburgh Town Council Rejects Homestead Act Following Property Reassessment

by Robert Kimmel Condominium owners across the Town of Greenburgh, the villages of Irvington and Tarrytown included, had much to be relieved about following a work session by the Town Council in late February. The Council members rejected enacting the Homestead Act following Greenburgh’s recently completed property reassessment. Had the town voted to approve the Act, it could have meant ... Read More »

More Sidewalk to be Built on Benedict Avenue

by Robert Kimmel Pedestrians walking the portion of Benedict Avenue from the Castle Hotel and Spa to Route 119, long without a paved footpath, will soon have a safer sidewalk on which to make the journey. Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner announced late last month that the Hackley School will finance the sidewalk construction, some 1,700 feet of it, about a ... Read More »

Tarrytown Shortchanged by Hotel Occupancy Tax Veto

by Rick Pezzullo Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have allowed the Town of Greenburgh and its six villages to impose a 3% hotel occupancy tax was a costly decision for Tarrytown. Village Administrator Michael Blau said Tarrytown would have received approximately $320,000 annually from the room tax. Meanwhile, Greenburgh would have pulled in an extra $1 ... Read More »

Property Tax Reassessments to Reach Residents in March

by Robert Kimmel Property owners in the Town of Greenburgh will learn, in about a month, whether the assessed value of their homes or commercial properties for tax purposes will rise or fall. In the words of Greenburgh’s Assessor, Edye McCarthy, spoken at a January Town Board meeting, “Some will go up; some will go down.” Individual results of the ... Read More »

Legislators Pass County Budget with No Tax Increase

by Rick Pezzullo A bipartisan coalition of Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a 2016 budget in mid-December that freezes taxes for the sixth straight year. In a 10-7 vote on December 14, legislators approved a $1.8 billion spending plan that restored some proposed cuts to non-profit organizations, parks and public safety. Eight Republicans and two Democrats, including board Chairman ... Read More »

Astorino’s Proposed County Budget Hitting Hurdles

by Robert Kimmel Opposition has been rising to County Executive Rob Astorino’s 2016 proposed operating budget since he presented it to the Westchester County Board of Legislators last month. The budget totals $1.802 billion, and as Astorino pointed out, “For the sixth year in a row, my budget contains no increase in the property tax levy.” The budget maintains the ... Read More »

Greenburgh Weighs Hackley’s Application for New Campus

| by Robert Kimmel |  Members of Greenburgh’s Planning Board made an on-site inspection visit late last month to learn more about Hackley School’s application to build a 116,725-square-foot Health & Wellness Center on its 285-acre campus. The location is near its existing sports fields in the town and adjacent to its Tarrytown campus. The structure, in an unincorporated area ... Read More »

Pets Alive Facility Now Expected to Stay in Westchester

| By Robert Kimmel | Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is optimistic about keeping the Pets Alive animal shelter in operation locally, either at its present facility in Elmsford or elsewhere. Following a meeting with the board leadership of Pets Alive Thursday morning, he told The Hudson Independent that, “I would be surprised if the shelter closes.” Pets Alive Westchester ... Read More »

First Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Westchester Proposed in Greenburgh

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | The first Sonic drive-in restaurant in Westchester County is being proposed on the former site of the Greenburgh Neighborhood Health Center on Route 119. Representatives of Cinos Riverhead LLC of Harrison met with the Greenburgh Town Board during a work session on May 5 to discuss plans for the national fast food chain, which serves ... Read More »

State Tax Cap Freeze Prompts School Districts’ Fiscal Belt Tightening

| by Robert Kimmel |   Along with maintaining quality educational standards, preserving a small amount of tax relief for homeowners is one of the primary motivators of local school district authorities preparing their budgets for the coming year. As part of the temporary tax freeze for school districts set by state lawmakers, most homeowners in Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, and ... Read More »