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“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 »

Tarrytown Swimming Pool Unlikely to Open This Summer

by Rick Pezzullo When ground was broken for the Village of Tarrytown’s first municipal swimming pool in 2014, developer Joe Cotter was hopeful of having the facility ready for swimmers last summer. Those plans didn’t pan out, and now it appears another swimming season will pass without residents being able to cool off at Pierson Park near the Hudson River. ... 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 »

Deal Pending for Sale of Carrafiello Property in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman Little more than a month after the Brightview Corporation walked out of Irvington Village Hall, having abandoned a 22-month effort to win approval for a senior living facility on eight acres of North Broadway in Irvington, the property’s owner, Jerry Carrafiello, was set to sign an all-cash, no contingency deal to sell the land to another buyer. ... 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 »

Villages Band Together in Effort to Slow Down Motorists

By Rick Pezzullo Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown officials have joined forces with four neighboring villages in a coordinated effort to promote traffic and pedestrian safety. The “Slow Down, Rivertowns” initiative was officially launched during a press conference May 12 at Dobbs Ferry Village Hall. The main thrust is to raise community awareness and encourage safe driving behavior through education ... Read More »