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Coast Guard Report Submerges Hudson River Anchorages Plans

   By Robert Kimmel –  The Coast Guard’s controversial proposal to establish 43 new barge anchorage locations in the Hudson River for shipping industry use, first introduced two years ago, has been pushed farther into the future, with its prospects in question. Opposition by municipalities, environmental groups, and the public, resulted in the proposal’s suspension last year. The Coast Guard ... Read More »

Second Nor’easter Sends a Body Blow to the Region

by Barrett Seaman March came into the Hudson Valley like a lion—a lion on steroids. Less than a week after a surprisingly powerful “bomb cyclone” swept up the eastern seaboard on March 2nd, a second storm, this one laden with wet, heavy snow, moved over a landscape still littered with fallen trees and power lines, bringing down even more. Tens ... Read More »

Student Anti-Gun Protests Draw Political Support

By Robert Kimmel Political leaders in the Rivertowns have lined up behind local student demands for tighter gun laws  and are offering support for the planned  demonstrations in March. “It’s important for students to get involved in our political process,” Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner stated. “If you know of a student who attends any school district within Greenburgh who ... Read More »

Anti-Gun Violence Demonstration Planned by Rivertown Students

By Robert Kimmel Hundreds of students in the rivertowns will demonstrate their support for tougher gun laws and their sympathy for the victims of the Parkland, Florida school massacre last month, when clocks read 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. Sleepy Hollow and Irvington High School students anticipate leaving their classrooms and spending 17 minutes, most likely outside on school ... Read More »

Local Immigrants Face Changes

Vanessa Merton is tired. Not end-of-a-long-day tired, but rather the deep exhaustion from a day that never ends. Professor Merton directs a small team at the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Armed with caffeine and the rule of law, they offer free advice and representation to eligible immigrants seeking to prove their ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Lawsuit Versus District Over Student Attack Dismissed

By Rick Pezzullo –  A State Supreme Court justice has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by a special education teacher at Irvington Middle School who allegedly suffered “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom by a student with a history of behavioral problems. Judge Lewis Lubell ruled on January 30 that the allegations made by Clarice ... Read More »

Tarrytown Urges Water Conservation as Water Tank Repair is Underway

by Robert Kimmel –  Repair work on the four million gallon high-service water tank in the southern part of Tarrytown has begun, and the work has been accompanied by some precautionary requests from the village for residents and businesses. While no water emergencies are anticipated for the large portion of Tarrytown the tank services, the village has asked, “…..everyone for ... Read More »

“It’s a War Zone Out There!”

By Barrett Seaman –  Friday was not a good day in the Rivertowns—nor anyplace else along the eastern seaboard, as a brutal nor’easter ripped its way from the Carolinas through Maine throughout the day and into the evening. Winds clocked at over 60 m.p.h. downed trees and power lines throughout the area. Rain, then snow, then rain again deluged the ... Read More »

Shooting Suspect Arrested at NYC Bus Terminal

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The man sought for the fatal shooting of his 34-year-old girlfriend in Tarrytown has been caught. The suspect, Cynelle Brown, 28, was arrested Tuesday evening by two plainclothes Port Authority policemen at the Bus Terminal in New York City. He was apparently in the process of buying a ticket to Delaware. Brown was turned over to the Tarrytown Police Department. ... Read More »

Irvington Man Accused of Serial Sexual Assaults

According to several news organizations, New York City Police are investigating more than a dozen accusations of sexual assault by former clients of voice-over coach Peter Rofé, a resident of Irvington. The story, including graphic accounts that fit a pattern of behavior going back over a decade, was first reported by It is based on Twitter and Facebook exchanges ... Read More »

A Tribute to David Swope, 76

Kind, gentle, warm-hearted and humble – David Swope possessed all of these soulful traits and more, which is rare for a generous philanthropist, community leader and business owner. He passed away at home on Wednesday, January 31st after a long and debilitating illness. But, typical of his quietly courageous self, he was undaunted to the end. David had served as ... Read More »

Water Usage Curbs Sought by Tarrytown Officials

by Robert Kimmel –  “They would be looking for us to establish a new law local law within the Village Code for water conservation. Obviously, they want all the municipalities that buy water from them to reduce our ‘lost’ water.” — Richard Slingerland Tarrytown has signed on to a proposal developed by its water supplier, New York City, to cut ... Read More »

Irvington: Late in Coming with Comp Plan, but Getting There

by Barrett Seaman –  The draft report from Irvington’s Comprehensive Planning Committee is late by five months, and it’s still only just a draft. But a copy obtained by The Hudson Independent offers a generally clear picture of the direction the eight-member committee wants the village to take going forward—and it’s not a lot different from what village officials outlined ... Read More »

Third Public Workshop Set for Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan

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by Robert Kimmel –  With the completion of Tarrytown’s new Comprehensive Plan expected by May, the village is providing another opportunity for residents to offer their input toward its advancement. The Plan’s consulting team has scheduled its third Public Workshop for Tuesday, February 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Warner Library. As a starter, attendees will hear a formal ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Seeks Public Input as it Kicks Off Comp Plan

by Rick Pezzullo –  More than 150 residents turned out January 11 at the James Galgano Senior Center in Sleepy Hollow at the kickoff meeting for the village’s comprehensive plan. Mayor Ken Wray stressed it was vital for residents to participate in the estimated 18-month process since Sleepy Hollow’s population of 10,000 is expected to grow by a third in ... Read More »

Toll Brothers Selected as Builder of Phase One on Edge-on-Hudson Project

by Robert Kimmel –  The first structures to be built within Edge-on-Hudson, the mixed-use development at Sleepy Hollow’s riverfront are expected to be 11 free-standing homes, constructed by Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder whose work is known locally and nationwide. The company has signed an agreement with the developers, SunCal and Diversified Realty Advisors to purchase the lots and ... Read More »

Where, Oh Where, Should the New Bridge’s Toll Gantry Be?

by Barrett Seaman –   You may recall the Norwegian fairytale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, featuring an ugly troll that threatened to devour any creature that dared cross over his bridge. In the end, the three billy goats vanquished the troll but not without considerable delay and a great deal of angst. Bridge crossing has become decidedly more civilized ... Read More »

Study Recommends Re-Opening Broadway Ramp to New Bridge

by Robert Kimmel –  An analysis by an independent traffic consulting firm has recommended that the temporarily closed ramp to the new Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge on South Broadway in Tarrytown be re-opened. The report was under review this week by the village’s Board of Trustees which will decide whether or not to request that the New York Thruway Authority ... Read More »

From El Salvador to Westchester: An Immigrant’s Journey

by Charlene Weigel –  Camila and her son Paul crouched silently behind the door. Camila’s husband pounded and kicked. “Open the door. You’re going to pay for this.” The attack followed a domestic violence report that Camila filed with the San Salvador police. Their response was to tell her to change the locks on her door. Camila had nowhere to ... Read More »

EF Campus Plays Host to a Training Camp for Au Pairs

by Barrett Seaman –   Maria and Sophia need help. They are due at a lecture on personal safety, but they don’t know how to get to the lecture hall in one of the many buildings that make up the sprawling EF campus perched on the hilltop overlooking Tarrytown and the Hudson. Their English is not perfect, but they manage to ... Read More »

Riverfront Homeowners Decry FDNY Fireboat Moored in Sleepy Hollow

FDNY Fireboat

by Rick Pezzullo –  A fireboat that was utilized in rescue efforts following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in Manhattan and the “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency airplane landing on January 15, 2009 suddenly appeared on Thanksgiving weekend outside the windows of riverfront homeowners in Sleepy Hollow. And, it has created waves. A group of residents from River Street ... Read More »

SH/TT Chamber of Commerce Elects New Leadership

by Robert Kimmel  –     The two newly elected co-presidents of the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown (SH/TT) Chamber of Commerce see the organization increasing its commitment to both communities it represents. The two, Philip Johnson and Glen Taylor, were elected to their leadership roles at the Chamber’s January meeting. Johnson is Executive Director at Education First (EF) in Tarrytown, overseeing ... Read More »

News from Phelps

Dr. Emil Nigro is now President of Medical Staff Phelps Hospital announced that Dr. Emil Nigro, formerly the Medical Director of Emergency Services, has been appointed President of the Medical Staff.  In this role, Dr. Nigro will preside over the governing body for the medical practitioners at Phelps and will also serve as the Chairman of the Medical Board. During ... Read More »

Parking Proposal for Tarrytown’s Downtown Dissolves

by Robert Kimmel –  A proposal that would have helped to ease parking problems on certain nights in Tarrytown’s business district has collapsed. The plan was to have used the lot behind the CVS store on North Broadway for valet parking Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight. The plan was originally conceived last year by Edward Coco Jr., ... Read More »

U.S. Postal Service Problems – We Want To Know

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There has been an increase in reports of problems with the U.S. Postal Service lately. Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has taken it up with representatives and officials in Washington. The Hudson Independent would like to know of any problems readers in our core villages of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington have had with mail delivery or mail service. If ... Read More »

Thruway Authority Offers One-Month Amnesty for Unpaid TZ Bridge Tolls

By Barrett Seaman   – Sometime during the past two years, you might have crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge (or since October, its replacement, the Mario C. Cuomo Bridge), slipped under the overhead cameras that read license plates and/or mounted EZPass tags but neglected to pay the bill. You’re not alone: hundreds of thousands of people are guilty of the same ... Read More »

Tomatillo Reopens

Tomatillo, David Starkey’s popular Mexican restaurant in Dobbs Ferry, has reopened after a small electrical fire in the building knocked out power and forced closure for nearly 4 ½ months. Con Ed required the apartment building to redo all of the electrical meters and move all gas meters. Tenants in 36 apartments were forced to move out, and their apartments ... Read More »

Dispute Over Oil Barge Anchorage on Hudson Heads Toward Resolution

by Robert Kimmel – Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, along with other organizations, municipalities and thousands of residents along its shores, are of single mind when it comes to the Hudson River. They do not want to see a significant increase in barges or other oil-carrying vessels that could pose “potential dangers” on the river, as ... Read More »

Astorbuck Parking Application Riles Irvington Neighbors

by Barrett Seaman – There’s an old saw that if you squeeze a balloon, you don’t get any less air; it simply moves elsewhere. That bit of folk wisdom certainly applies when it comes to parking in the rivertowns—most certainly in the Village of Irvington. The latest example of that involves an application by the Astorbuck Corporation, which owns the ... Read More »

Edge-On-Hudson Progresses Toward Phase-One Construction

by Robert Kimmel – Naming a road “Legend Drive” is surely an appropriate action for the Village of Sleepy Hollow. As the major mixed-use development Edge-on-Hudson progresses, that is the name given recently to the first street completed on the 67-acre complex being built on the village’s riverfront. Legend Drive leads to Phase One, the first of three districts to ... Read More »

Tax Reprieve Insignificant for Westchester Homeowners

by Barrett Seaman – However else they might feel about the recently enacted federal tax package, homeowners in Westchester County, where property taxes are the highest in the nation, are decidedly unhappy about the law’s sharp curtailment of the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). With the new limit of $10,000 of deductible property taxes, Greenburgh Township homeowners, 87% ... Read More »

Latimer Ready to Tackle Challenges Ahead as Westchester County Executive

by Rick Pezzullo Westchester County Executive George Latimer will celebrate his election victory on Sunday, January 7 at Westchester Community College during an inauguration ceremony, and the Rye Democrat is ready to tackle the many challenges that lie ahead. “Westchester is not owned by the county executive of the moment,” Latimer said last month at a Business Council of Westchester ... Read More »

$250,000 Grant to Fund Bike Lane Study for Route 119

by Barrett Seaman –    Once again, the New York State Thruway Authority is doling out money to study the feasibility of adding bike lanes to a major thoroughfare coming off the New NY (Mario Cuomo) Bridge. This time, the money ($250,000) is going to the Town of Greenburgh, the City of White Plains and the villages of Tarrytown and ... Read More »

Prepayment of 2018 Town Taxes Set by Greenburgh & Mt. Pleasant

By Robert Kimmel – Property owners in  Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow may make their coming year’s Town tax payments early, in the few days remaining  before the end of  2017. The prepayment applies to all residents of  the Towns of  Greenburgh and Mt. Pleasant, according to information released by both Towns on this date, Tuesday, December 26.  The early ... Read More »

Letters – Don’t Shed a Tear for Governor Cuomo on Bridge

To the Editor: Don’t shed a tear for Governor Cuomo complaining about a petition against naming the bridge for his late father Mario Cuomo.  Motorists and taxpayers are more concerned about how Governor Cuomo will find $2.6 billion outstanding balance of $3.9 billion needed to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge rather than naming rights. Don’t shed a tear for ... Read More »

Suspect in South Broadway Bank Heist Killed in Yonkers

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by Barrett Seaman —  The masked man who police believe robbed the Chase Bank branch on South Broadway in Tarrytown on November 13, as well as a second Chase branch in Greenburgh on December 7 was shot dead in a confrontation with Yonkers Police and FBI agents on Friday, December 15 on Aqueduct Avenue near McClean Avenue in Yonkers. Neither ... Read More »

Letters – Goals for Greenburgh for 2018

 To the Editor: Thank you to the river villages of Irvington and Tarrytown for re-electing me as Greenburgh Town Supervisor. On election day I received 17,482 votes and am most appreciative.  The time to celebrate is now over. We’re proud of our Aaa bond rating (the highest rating possible), the fact that the portion of the budget impacting the villages ... Read More »

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 »

Brown, Klatzky Earn “Women in Business Awards”

by Robert Kimmel  –  Two Tarrytown residents, Karen Brown and Antoinette Klatzky, were among those selected by 914INC Magazine to receive its annual Women in Business Awards Brown and Klatzky were included among the 17 described by the magazine as, “an elite group of Westchester County women who have demonstrated a consistent level of success in their respective fields and ... Read More »

Tarrytown Music Hall Cancels Garrison Keillor Performance

The scandals involving sexual misbehavior within the entertainment, political and media worlds have had a repercussion in Tarrytown. The Tarrytown Music Hall cancelled  a show which had been scheduled for December 1, starring Garrison Keillor, the former long-time host of radio’s  “A Prairie Home Companion.” A day before the performance, the Music Hall indicated that, “In the light of the ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Geordane’s Food World: A Hands-Down Favorite in Irvington

by Dorothy Conigliaro –  Situated midway down Irvington’s Main Street, Geordane’s Food World, a small business with a huge clientele, has been the go-to food emporium for its faithful and enthusiastic patrons for almost 30 years. The longtime owner and now sole proprietor of this popular landmark is Danielle Diaz who, with her husband, decided to open a place themselves ... Read More »

Thrift Shop in Tarrytown Run by People with Disabilities

by Rick Pezzullo –  A new thrift shop in the Community Opportunity Center in Tarrytown has the distinction of being the first enterprise in Westchester County run almost entirely by people with intellectual and learning disabilities. Thrifty Finds, located at 105 Wildey Street, was the brainchild of YAI (Young Adult Institute) Westchester Direct Support Provider Dyna Denis, who felt such ... Read More »

New (And Different) Self-Storage Spaces Coming to Tarrytown

by Barrett Seaman –   It’s an unusual look for a storage facility: a pair of Big Ben-like clocks that chime at noon and a series of framed Norman Rockwell painting replicas that light up at night adorning the three-story exterior wall. But then again Tarrytown Self-Storage, which opens for business in early December, is an unusual exemplar of a growing ... Read More »

Regeneron Expansion Approved by Town of Greenburgh

by Robert Kimmel –  Greenburgh has opened the way for the town’s largest employer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to structure a major expansion close to its headquarters in Tarrytown. The Town Board found that a potential 1,000,000 square foot development by Loop Road Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Regeneron, would not have any significant negative environmental impacts, and last month approved ... Read More »

Petition Circulating Opposing Naming of Tappan Zee for Mario Cuomo

by Rick Pezzullo –  An on-line petition, spearheaded by a Port Chester man that opposes naming the new bridge for former Governor Mario Cuomo, has attracted more than 101,000 signatures to date. Dr. Monroe Mann, 40, started the petition on on November 2 and stated the public should have had input before the state Legislature voted in June to ... Read More »

Who benefits from Halloween in Sleepy Hollow Country?

by Elaine Marranzano –  Halloween in Sleepy Hollow country is getting bigger every year. There are now more activities and more tourists than ever before. So, where does all that money go? Who benefits economically from Halloween? The undisputed winner is Historic Hudson Valley. The nonprofit’s tax returns show soaring “program service revenues” of $4.86 million in 2015, compared to ... Read More »

Tarrytown Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $4.5 Million

by Barrett Seaman   On the Monday following Thanksgiving, the Nassau County Legislature voted to approve a $4.5 million settlement, ending a pair of lawsuits brought by the family of Sleepy Hollow High graduate Andrea Rebello, who was shot to death in May 2013 by a Nassau County police officer attempting to end a hostage situation at Rebello’s apartment in Uniondale, ... Read More »

Airbnb Brings Challenge to Zoning in the Rivertowns

by Alexander Roberts The rivertowns have some of the strictest zoning policies in the nation, designed to ensure that land use is tightly controlled. Yet today some homeowners are openly violating zoning laws in Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, advertising on the Internet site Airbnb, transforming their single-family houses, apartments and condominiums into illegal hotels and boarding houses. A recent ... 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 »

Big Drug Bust in Sleepy Hollow

by Barrett Seaman – When members of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department and the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force raided the apartment at 126 Valley Street in the village at 7:00am Friday morning, they came upon a treasure trove of evidence of a major drug business: $11,883.00 in cash, 538 bags of heroin, 432 Oxycodone pills, 94 doses of ... 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 »

Latimer leads Democrat Sweep

George Latimer

by Barrett Seaman   – With most of the incumbent trustees and mayors running unopposed, an off-year like this would normally leave lots of voters at home on election day. But the 2017 race for Westchester County Executive drew a record turnout—largely in support of Democrat challenger George Latimer of Rye, who beat incumbent Rob Astorino by 57% to 43%. The ... Read More »

Senator Latimer Seeks to Oust Astorino as County Executive

by Rick Pezzullo –  The two candidates running for Westchester County Executive on November 7 have a combined 52 years of experience as elected public servants. Incumbent Republican Rob Astorino, 50, who resides in Mount Pleasant, is vying for a third four-year term in the county’s top post, which carries an annual salary of $160,760. “I still have the fire ... Read More »

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 »

Constitutional Convention Ballot Question at a Glance

by Charlene Weigel –  The November 7 ballot will include a deceptively simple question, “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” If New Yorkers accept that invitation, they will elect delegates to a 2018 drafting convention, and likely vote on a new state constitution in 2019. The Federal Constitution is brief, about the length ... Read More »

JAG Physical Therapy Making Its Presence Known in SH

by Rick Pezzullo –  One year ago, JAG Physical Therapy, which offers care for orthopedic and sports injuries, merged with Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy, a staple in the community for about 30 years. Since setting up in the Amenta Building at 245 North Broadway, where it recently doubled its space and updated its equipment, JAG has striven to have a ... Read More »

Luxury Tile Showroom Opens in Dobbs Ferry

Before September 6, rivertowns architects, interior designers and their clients looking for a broad selection of high-end tiling had to go either to a large and intimidating showroom on Central Avenue or into New York City. No longer. Since then, Sideli Tile & Stone has been offering a full array of tiles as well as installation services out of a ... Read More »

Public Participation in Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan Expanding

by Robert Kimmel –  “The outpouring of participation at this event was a testament really to the village and the people within this village. It showed me that the people are getting involved and understand the process.” — Joan Raiselis Tarrytown residents will have another opportunity to offer their ideas and visions for the future development of the village. The ... Read More »

Tarrytown to Seek Proposals to Make Repairs to H-Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo –  Tarrytown officials will be seeking outside help to determine the best course of action in making needed repairs to the H-Bridge near the Metro-North train station. The H-Bridge was cited by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in an October report as one of the most structurally deficient municipal bridges in the state. “Local communities are facing a ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Two New Taste Treats in Our Rivertowns

Brrzaar Bridge Street, Irvington With the grand opening of Brrzaar Bridge Street (formerly Bridge Street Café) on October 2, Brrzaar’s owner, Michelle  Leddy, has formally expanded her highly successful Brrzaar at the Irvington Station fro-yo venue, but this time with a new culinary twist. Hailing from New Orleans, Leddy has hired chef Dedra Williams, also from NOLA,  to create a ... Read More »

Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills on Market for $22M

By Rick Pezzullo The Westchester residence of banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, who died in March at the age of 101, is up for sale for $22 million. Situated on 75 acres in Pocantico Hills, the three-story, 11,000-square-foot main residence, known as Hudson Pines, is surrounded by broad lawns, immaculate gardens, a round heated pool, an apple orchard, a private ... Read More »

Tarrytown Mayor Fixell Eager to Tackle Challenges in Next Term

by Rick Pezzullo “We’re always looking to maintain services and make improvements and at the same time keep taxes as low as possible.” —Drew Fixell Since 2000, as a village trustee for five years, and the last 12 years as mayor, Drew Fixell has been a mainstay in helping shape the Village of Tarrytown, but he’s not looking to rest ... Read More »

County Board Falls Short of Overriding Astorino Veto

By Rick Pezzullo The Westchester County Board of Legislators fell one vote short of overriding County Executive Rob Astorino’s veto of the controversial Immigration Protection Act. Legislators voted 11-6 on September 25, squashing the bill that would restrain Westchester from using its resources for immigration enforcement. All nine Democrats supported the effort, along with Republicans Jim Maisano (New Rochelle) and ... Read More »

Tarrytown Residents Give Input on Revitalization Project

by Anna Young As Tarrytown continues its multi-faceted project to revitalize the village, the individuals behind the Comprehensive Plan and Station Area Zoning Project held a workshop last month to receive input from residents. During the September 17 workshop at Warner Library, hundreds of residents and business owners gathered to discuss the visions, goals and areas of interest the village ... Read More »

Local Children Traumatized by Threat to End DACA

by Elaine Marranzano There is fury in the voice of Ana Lopez when she talks about the children threatened by the demise of DACA, the Obama-era program that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to live, work and study in the country. “This is a social justice issue and these children are being traumatized,” said Lopez, ... Read More »

Astorino Vetoes Westchester Legislature’s Immigration Protection Act

by Barrett Seaman  As expected, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the Immigration Protection Act that passed the County’s Board of Legislators by a 10-5 vote on August 7. Though the bill, based on similar measures passed by governments in Irvington and other Westchester villages earlier this year, was written to avoid labeling the county as a “sanctuary,” County Attorney ... Read More »

The Aligned Center: A Holistic Approach to Shared Office Space

by Barrett Seaman  Nestled within Irvington’s sprawling Bridge Street complex on the banks of the Hudson is a new office space designed for solo professionals, entrepreneurs, writers and others seeking a home within the growing “gig economy.” It’s got comfy, relatively spacious glassed-in offices with phones, computers and “white noise” machines to facilitate concentration. There’s a communal kitchen with a ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Files Lawsuit vs District Over Student Attack

by Rick Pezzullo A special education teacher at Irvington Middle School has filed a lawsuit against the district after allegedly suffering “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom last March by a student with a history of behavioral problems. In an August 21 complaint filed in state Supreme Court, Clarice Martin, and her fellow plaintiff, husband Douglas ... Read More »

Rivertowns Now Have Their Own Uber-Chamber of Commerce

Maggie Segrich

by Barrett Seaman  Maggie Segrich is really into networking. Now, with the formation of a Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce, which will have members from Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Ardsley, she is taking it to a new level. Shortly after she opened Alice & Chains, her bespoke jewelry shop, now located in Dobbs Ferry, she launched a Women Entrepreneurs group ... Read More »

Two Marches for Justice, Two Days, One Town

March for Justice

On Monday night, August 28th, more than 150 mostly local citizens lit candles and walked from Temple Beth Abraham on Leroy Avenue up through the center of Tarrytown to Patriot’s Park under the banner, “Say No to Hate.” On Tuesday, a hardy group of about 25, under a similar “March for Justice” banner, arrived at Christ Church on South Broadway ... 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 »

Tarrytown Incumbents Endorsed by Democratic Committee

by Rick Pezzullo The Tarrytown Democratic Committee has endorsed Mayor Drew Fixell and trustees Tom Butler, Becky McGovern and Doug Zollo for reelection in the November election. Fixell is running for a seventh term. He has been on the Board of Trustees since March 2000, having served five years as a trustee before being elected mayor. An executive of a ... Read More »

Irvington: Three Seats, Three Candidates … So Far

by Barrett Seaman  There are three open slots on the November ballot for seats on the Irvington Village Board of Trustees: one for mayor and two for trustees. With little more than three months to go, there are exactly three candidates vying to fill those seats: Mayor Brian C. Smith is seeking a fourth term as the village’s chief executive; ... Read More »

A Piece of Tarrytown History Appears Doomed

Brace Cottage in Wilson Park will soon be demolished.

by Elaine Marranzano In the winter of 1934, John Hutchinson emerged from a two-story, stone cottage in Tarrytown. To his left were the nuns of Marymount. Ahead on the hill, he could see the red gabled roof of the big house, a massive, far more elaborate version of his own dwelling. Behind him, bisected by the Old Putnam County Railroad, ... 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 »

Rivertowns Square Is Open for Business—and Nearly Finished

by Mitchell Bard  Rising out of undeveloped land on the west side of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Dobbs Ferry, the buildings of Rivertowns Square are hard to miss. After six years of anticipation–some positive, some concerned, depending on whom you talk to—the large, mixed-use development is now springing to life. With the luxury iPic movie theater and City ... 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 »

Tarrytown’s Trustees Mull Lengthy List of Topics


by Robert Kimmel In addition, the regular meeting was preceded by a briefing on the status of the village’s Comprehensive Plan by David Aukland, chair of the project’s steering committee, and William Brady, project manager. A contingent from the Tarrytown Fire Department, led by Fire Chief David Goldstein, appealed to the board to initiate bids for dredging a channel in ... Read More »

Smith announces fourth term bid in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman “With great humility,” Irvington Mayor Brian C. Smith announced on Facebook that he will be seeking a fourth term as mayor of Irvington in the November election. Smith, who was originally elected as a Republican, says he is running on “the independent (lower case ‘i’) Irvington First party line,” having broken with the state and national GOP ... 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

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  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 »

Irvington Moves to Muffle Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

by Barrett Seaman  Homeowners, many of them members of the newly formed Irvington Activists coalition, packed the trustee meeting room for the June 5th meeting to urge the board to tighten a proposal that would outlaw the use of gas-powered blowers except during the March 15-to-May 15 and September 15-to-December 15 spring and fall cleanup seasons. Many thought the dates ... Read More »

Four Vie for Two Seats on Expanded Irvington BOE

by Rick Pezzullo In May, residents in the Irvington School District voted to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. A special election was set for July 11 and four individuals have stepped forward to vie for the two additional seats: John Dawson, Brian Friedman, Maura Gedid and Della Lenz. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. ... Read More »

Business News – Electric Bikes Make Debut in Rivertowns

by Charlene Weigel Eighty-five degrees. 80% humidity. Frowning at White Street, Tarrytown’s meanest hill. We’re going to bike up that wall? No sweat. Literally. I’m test-riding an electric bike with Edward Busk, owner of Sleek eBikes on Main Street, Tarrytown. With a few strong pumps on my pedals, the battery-powered motor gifts me a pair of bionic legs. First bike ... Read More »

Name the Bridge Contest Entries Differ from Albany’s Decision

by Robert Kimmel Rivertown residents who entered this newspaper’s “Name the Bridge Contest” have opinions contrary to those of the New York State legislature when it comes to attaching a label to the new span replacing the old Tappan Zee Bridge. The State legislature in late June passed a measure naming the new bridge for the well-regarded Governor Mario Cuomo, ... Read More »

SH East Parcel Multi-Use Site Development Costs Projected

by Robert Kimmel When the final phase of Sleepy Hollow’s East Parcel project is completed for village use, expected by 2026, costs of its construction will have reached an estimated $39 to $48 million. Tax revenue raised from the adjacent Edge-on-Hudson mixed-use development, however, will more than cover potential payments on bonds issued by the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation ... Read More »

Barbelet Sworn-In as New Police Chief in Tarrytown

by Rick Pezzullo For the first time in 23 years, the Village of Tarrytown has a new police chief after Lt. John Barbelet was sworn-in June 19 to succeed retiring Chief Scott Brown. Barbelet, 48, will earn an annual salary of approximately $172,000 to lead the Police Department, which has 34 full-time sworn officers and five part-time members. Brown had ... Read More »

Carbon Tax Proponents Press Their Case at Warner Library Forum

carbon tax pollution industrial factory

by Barrett Seaman A trio of energy experts and environmental activists conducted a panel discussion June 29 at the Warner Library on a carbon tax as a means of discouraging the use of fossil fuels to produce energy. Charles Komanoff, founder and director of the Carbon Tax Center, was joined by Iona Lutey, Northeast Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby ... 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 »

Riverrun Books & Manuscripts Provides Literary Portal into the Past

by W.B. King With a revolving inventory of more than 30,000 volumes of rare, antiquarian, unusual books and manuscripts from all time periods, Hastings-on-Hudson’s Riverrun Books & Manuscripts is tantamount to a literary time machine. “Since 1978, it has been an antiquarian book store focusing on fine books and first editions,” said owner Tom Lecky. “Until I took over in ... Read More »

Phelps President Touts Hospital’s Latest Advances

by Robert Kimmel In assessing the past year at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, its President and CEO Daniel Blum had a good number of successes to report. The account of those achievements came recently at the Hospital’s Annual Community Breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel, attended by local political and business leaders. Blum noted that a recent statewide hospital survey of ... Read More »