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Thruway Authority Grants Feed into a Web of Enhancement Plans in Hudson River Villages

by Barrett Seaman Planners in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington, along with six other Hudson River communities that surround the massive Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, collectively owe $1.5 million worth of thanks to the environmental groups Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson for holding the New York Thruway Authority’s feet to the fire several years back, when details of the bridge ... Read More »

Paws Crossed to Reopen Elmsford Shelter This Month

by Robert Kimmel The usual inhabitants are finally returning; some are already there. They are abandoned dogs and cats, like the pets that for many years had filled the animal shelter at 100 Warehouse Lane South in Elmsford. Thanks to the determined effort of a caring group of volunteers and staff, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, will be having its “Grand ... Read More »

Commentary – The Truth About Lead in Your Water

by Dean Gallea (on behalf of the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council) Recently, Tarrytown was cited by the U.S. EPA for several violations in reporting and following up on certain positive tests for lead in the Village’s drinking water. Village Administrator Mike Blau has issued an open letter on the Village website, explaining in detail how a single violation in 2013 ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Water Tank Completion Expected Next Spring

by Robert Kimmel By next spring, the huge 1.62 million gallon reservoir being constructed at a high point off Lake Road will likely be supplying Sleepy Hollow residents with their water needs. Dug just below the existing terrain, the tank’s floor and walls are beginning to take shape as the $6 million project moves toward completion. The critically needed new ... 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 »

“Slow Down Rivertowns” Grows — and Gets Teeth

by Barrett Seaman When it was launched last September, Irvington’s ambitious traffic-calming campaign was marked by a barrage of signs featuring the village’s bearded, somnolent mascot, Rip Van Winkle, urging drivers to Slow Down; police handed out pamphlets on Broadway, and squad cars began lurking in the shadows near popular speeding zones. The plan was to post more signage around ... Read More »

Schools Help Oysters Return to the Hudson River

by Julia Ann Friedman Oysters were an important species in the New York Harbor for centuries, and oyster reefs once covered 220,000 acres of the Hudson River estuary. They played a large part in helping to maintain the estuary’s ecosystem by filtering water, reducing the force of wave energy, protecting against storm surges, and providing a home for other aquatic ... 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 »

Commuter Parking Shift Likely Outcome of Village Station Area Study

by Robert Kimmel One potential result of Tarrytown’s Station Area Study appears to be the shifting of some commuter parking from west of the Metro North tracks to the east of the tracks, regardless of whatever overall changes take place in the ultimate development of the area. While no specific recommendations have yet to emerge from the study, village residents ... 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 »