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AWARDED Margaret Black, Vice President of Operations at Allan Block Insurance Agency, has been awarded the Frederick Dayton Award. Each year, The Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County (IIAWC) present the Frederick H. Dayton Award to an agent who has contributed meaningfully to the IIAWC and their community. Margaret Black has held positions with IIAWC as President and chaired the ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow LDC Moves Forward with Plans for East Parcel

| by Robert Kimmel | The Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation (LDC), owner of the east parcel, land that was part of the former General Motors site along the Hudson River, has ambitious plans for the 28-acre plot. The Village Board of Trustees was briefed last month on those plans, and other actions it has taken, by David Schroedel, the ... Read More »

Construction on New Bridge on Target to End in 2018

By Rick Pezzullo The New York State Thruway Authority announced last month that construction of the new $3.98 billion Tappan Zee Bridge is on target to be completed in 2018. Meanwhile, there will be no toll increase on the span next year, and a task force has been formed to review toll rates, potential commuter discount options, and a resident ... Read More »

Muddy Water Opens in Tarrytown with a ‘Big Bang’

by Linda Viertel A bustling, vibrant new coffee and café venue, Muddy Water, opened in October and is already attracting crowds eager to sample richly brewed caffeinated and decaf coffees, teas, delicate sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, wraps and soups. The brainchild of Ossining residents, Loretta Oleck and her partner Linton Suttner, Muddy Water, located at the southern end of ... 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 »

Tarrytown Launches Pilot Garbage Collection Program

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Tarrytown has launched a pilot sanitation collection program in carefully selected neighborhoods in an effort to improve efficiency and reduce workman compensation claims. Starting on December 3, 455 homes will have household garbage collection reduced from two days (Monday and Thursday) to one (Thursday) and picked up only in 96-gallon rolling carts that were ... Read More »

Lack of HUD Funding Stalls Village Projects Despite County Program

| by Robert Kimmel | For the second consecutive year, Westchester’s proposed $216 million capital budget lists a $5 million expenditure for a project labeled the Community Housing Infrastructure Investment Program (CHIIP). CHIIP emerged as the result of a longstanding dispute between County Executive Rob Astorino and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CHIIP is described by ... Read More »

IchabodReads Champions the Love of Reading

IchabodReads encourages children to read from an early age. IchabodReads champions the love of reading and the pleasure of reading together! In our first year, IchabodReads was able to donate approximately 100 hardcover books to local programs including Parents Place and Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de Tarrytowns With your assistance in 2015, we will provide books to:  Asociacion de Familias ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Galella, Reluctant Hero, Recalls Pearl Harbor Attack

by Krista Madsen Armando “Chick” Galella, 94, sees himself as a person with a life-long habit of serving rather than any kind of hero. He’s reluctant to get all the attention and accolades he gets as our region’s sole surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. “I’m not the only veteran around,” he said. “They should interview other people besides me. I know ... Read More »