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Tarrytown Merchants’ Council Sees Change in Leadership

by Robert Kimmel After eight years as Chair of the Tarrytown Merchants’ Council, longtime village resident and business owner Theresa McCarthy has stepped down from that role within the organization. A person familiar to village residents, former Mayor Paul Janos, has taken over leadership of the Council. “Serving on the Council has been an incredibly rewarding experience enabling me to ... Read More »

Lowey, Holocaust Survivor Honored by Jewish Identity Group

Holocaust survivor Roman Kent, who has been a leading voice for the rights of Holocaust survivors, was honored last month in Westchester by an organization that promotes Jewish identity and education among young Jews from the former Soviet Union. Kent, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and four Nazi camps, including Auschwitz, was honored for his unceasing work in fighting ... Read More »

Tarrytown Honda Service Center Soon to Break Ground

by W.B. King Since 1908, there has been a car dealership in operation at 480 South Broadway in Tarrytown. Today the address is home to Tarrytown Honda. Dwight Dachnowicz, who bought the dealership in 2006, announced last month that a new Honda Service Center will be built across the street on the parcel previously occupied by El Dorado West diner. ... Read More »

As Completion of the New Bridge Nears, Changes Are Coming Along Roadways in the Rivertowns

Rivertowns traffic ro

by Barrett Seaman  The trend is clear: biking and walking are in; driving—especially at high speed—is frowned upon in the rivertowns. Encouraged by state transportation authorities in anticipation of the major changes in traffic patterns that will come with the opening of the new bridge, local municipalities are making plans to encourage the former and crack down on the latter. ... Read More »

Tarrytown Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Police lights - photo by Glyn Lowe (with modifications)

by Rick Pezzullo A Tarrytown man was killed Tuesday night in a motorcycle crash in the village. According to State Police, Kenedy Severino, 32, was operating a 2017 BMW motorcycle northbound on the deceleration ramp of Exit 8 on I-87 at approximately 10:38 p.m. when he failed to maintain his lane, lost control of the motorcycle and struck a concrete ... Read More »

SnapFitness to Open in Tarrytown in Mid-May

by W.B. King   Along with the YMCA and the recently opened Tarrytown Fitness Center, residents who enjoy working out have yet another option to get physical: SnapFitness. “What differentiates us from other gyms is that we are open 24 hours, seven days a week with unlimited access for members,” said General Manager and franchise owner, Eric Thomas. “The equipment, trainers ... Read More »

Irvington High and West Point Grad Injured in Army Copter Crash

A Black Hawk Army helicopter that took the life of one soldier when it crashed on a training exercise in southern Maryland in April also left seriously injured Captain Terikazu Onoda, a 2009 West Point graduate who was an alumnus of Irvington High School, Class of 2005. At Irvington, he was a varsity cross country runner and wrestler. According to ... Read More »

Parking Expansion in Tarrytown’s Business District Discussed

by Robert Kimmel   Tarrytown’s merchants have been at the forefront of urging long sought parking expansion in Tarrytown’s business district. Late last month, they learned that a possible solution might be in store for the parking problems that have plagued the village for decades. The parking troubles worsened more than a year ago when Citibank closed its Broadway location, and ... Read More »

Tax Hikes Unknown in School Budgets; Board of Ed Races Uncontested

by Rick Pezzullo Residents who go to the polls on May 16 to cast their vote on the proposed 2017-18 school budgets will have to figure out on their own how their property taxes will be affected due to the recent revaluation of property values in the Town of Greenburgh. Both Tarrytown School District Superintendent Christopher Borsari and Irvington School ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Project to Integrate with Village’s Revised Comprehensive Plan

by Robert Kimmel Rather than focusing primarily on the project investigating prospective developments within its train station area and waterfront, Tarrytown is broadening its perspective to include that task within a fully revised village-wide Comprehensive Plan. Tarrytown’s Board of Trustees’ recent action integrating the Station Area Study into the Comprehensive Plan was based partially on the fact that it has ... Read More »

Irvington Arrest Leads to Bust of Burglary Ring

Irvington Police Car

by Barrett Seaman  When Irvington police officers went to investigate a home invasion and robbery at a Main Street apartment last August, little did they know that it would eventually lead to the round-up of a 10-man burglary ring responsible, said prosecutors, for a four-year “brazen crime spree” across Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties, the Bronx, and Fairfield County ... Read More »

East Parcel in Sleepy Hollow Moves Closer to Development

East Parcel Sleepy Hollow old GM plant

by Robert Kimmel The “East Parcel,” the 29-acre section of the former General Motors site set aside for use by the Village of Sleepy Hollow, is one important step closer to achieving its purpose. A mandatory environmental review process for the parcel was formally completed by the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation, (SHLDC) at a public board meeting late last ... Read More »

Access Construction Project In Progress at Old Dutch Church

by Robert Kimmel Construction work is underway to fix a problem that has confronted the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow for many decades.  The church’s accessibility for the handicapped, elderly, and others with ambulatory disabilities has been difficult, or as one person associated with the church described it, “treacherous.” Old, uneven steps leading to the church’s front entrance will ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Mulls Reducing Speed Limit in Village


by Rick Pezzullo The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees is considering reducing the speed limit throughout the village from 30 to 25 miles per hour. If approved, the Village Code amendment would only apply to village-owned roadways and not county or state spans, such as Route 9. “I don’t see the downside in doing something like this,” Sleepy Hollow Mayor ... Read More »

Irvington’s Immigrant Protection Resolution Serving as Model in County

by Barrett Seaman Following the adoption March 6 by Irvington’s Board of Trustees of a resolution declaring that the village will not cooperate with enforcement of federal immigration laws, the language crafted for the village has become a model for other Westchester municipalities. A version is currently under consideration by the Westchester County Board of Legislators. According to the Irvington ... Read More »

President’s Budget Cuts Could Hamper Plans by Historic Hudson Valley  

Philipsburg Manor Historic Hudson Valley

by Robert Kimmel Projects planned by Historic Hudson Valley could be in jeopardy if President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget proposals are all passed by Congress this month. Among the president’s proposals for the 2018 budget, beginning in October, are the virtual elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Those agencies have ... Read More »

Tarrytown Looks at Options to Ease Traffic Congestion

Traffic LIght

by Rick Pezzullo With existing traffic congestion expected to worsen in the area from approved developments, Village of Tarrytown officials are exploring options to have vehicles move more efficiently. In mid-March, the Board of Trustees reviewed some recommendations made by a consultant hired by the village with funds it received in a legal settlement in August 2013 with neighboring Sleepy ... Read More »

In Wake of Bomb Threats, Local Jewish Groups Seek to Improve Security

by Robert Kimmel & Barrett Seaman Following the wave of anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers in Westchester, along with similar threats to some 165 Jewish institutions across the country, local, state and federal authorities have joined with Jewish leaders to ratchet up security measures and reassure shaken members. On March 6, Nita Lowey, Congresswoman for New York’s ... Read More »

Local Philanthropist David Rockefeller Dies at 101

David Rockefeller

by Rick Pezzullo David Rockefeller, patriarch of the Rockefeller family, former chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Bank and a well-known philanthropist, died March 20 in his sleep in his home in Pocantico Hills. He was 101. Born June 12, 1915, he was the youngest of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s six children. He was raised ... Read More »

Community Leaders Mobilize Against Trump Policies with Focus on Immigration

by Robert Kimmel At a recent meeting described as a “Rivertown Gathering for Future Social Action,” community leaders spoke out in opposition to a range of Trump administration policies and particularly those dealing with immigration. Those policies came under fire from Congresswoman Nita Lowey who highlighted the session, held at a private Tarrytown residence. She described what she and her ... Read More »

El Dorado Diner Closes to Make Room for Honda Service Center

El Dorado Diner in Tarrytown

by W.B. King More than a diner, El Dorado West served as a beloved touchstone for locals and travelers alike. For many Tarrytown residents, it was a second home where food, friends and family melded into a specialty dish of sorts. But this 16-year tradition ended in February when the line cook hit the bell for the last time and ... Read More »

New and Clever Phone Scams Sweep Through the Rivertowns

by Barrett Seaman   The phone rings and you answer, “Hello.” There’s no response, just silence; so you repeat “Hello.” You’re about to hang up when a friendly voice finally asks, “Can you hear me now?” Naturally, you say: “Yes”—and that’s all they need to get what they want. The caller may go on with a sales pitch for a cell ... Read More »

Bomb Threat Called into JCC on Hudson in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo A bomb threat was called into the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson facility in Tarrytown Monday morning, prompting the center to be evacuated for about two hours. Tarrytown Police and the Westchester County Police bomb squad responded shortly after the threat was received at approximately 9:10 a.m. The building was deemed safe at about 11 ... Read More »

AppleMed Urgent Care Opens Third Office in Tarrytown

by Neal Rentz Local residents who are in need of immediate medical or dental care but cannot find a doctor or dentist available and do not want to go to an emergency room now have an alternative. AppleMed Urgent Care opened its third Westchester office in November in Tarrytown. AppleMed also has facilities in Mount Vernon and Dobbs Ferry. AppleMed ... Read More »

New Village Administrator Selected in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo A familiar face will be returning to Tarrytown to serve as Village Administrator. Richard Slingerland, who worked as Tarrytown’s Village Administrator from 1999 to 2002, will be taking over the same role, starting April 3. He is replacing Michael Blau, who is retiring after 17-and-a-half years in Tarrytown. The Village Board chose Slingerland after receiving resumes from ... Read More »

Legacy Dogs Returning to Paws Crossed in Elmsford

by Robert Kimmel Many of the “legacy” dogs that had been transferred from what is now the Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford when its predecessor, Pets Alive Inc. closed its doors in Elmsford are being returned to that animal shelter. Pets Alive moved the dogs to its Middletown, N.Y. shelter when it shut down the facility at 100 Warehouse ... Read More »

Tarrytown, Greenburgh to Benefit from Hotel Occupancy Tax

by Rick Pezzullo The Town of Greenburgh and Village of Tarrytown are anticipating receiving sizeable revenue annually from a new hotel/motel occupancy tax approved in late December by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said his municipality is expecting approximately $1 million from the tax on the 2,000 hotel and motel rooms. Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau said Tarrytown ... Read More »

Tarrytown Train Station Study Progresses to Next Stage

by Robert Kimmel Tarrytown’s mission to develop its train station area into an increasingly vital part of the village has entered another stage. Following a heavily attended, standing room only “open house” meeting in the Village Hall last month, the Village Board of Trustees gave its approval for the project’s next stage. The action followed briefings on what had been ... Read More »

Old Dutch Church Challenges Rental Fee from NY State

Old Dutch Church

by Robert Kimmel The year 2016 passed as most other years for the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow – with one exception. It got an annual “rental” fee bill. The invoice, for $1,700, was from the New York State Department of Transportation for the use of property located between the church’s entrance and Route 9.  Most unusual was that ... Read More »

Local Residents Take Part in Women’s March on Washington

by Krista Madsen Hundreds of local women – and men and children – heeded the call to march the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, most heading to New York City while some embarked on one of several chartered buses bound for Washington D.C. Mistrella Murphy organized logistics while Sara Levine took care of programming on a bus they booked ... Read More »

Wray to Seek Fifth Term Uncontested as SH Mayor

Ken Wray

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running for a fifth two-year term on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice in what is shaping up to be an uncontested March 21 election. Wray, who lives in Webber Park and first joined the board as a trustee in 2007, is at the head ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow March – We Are All Immigrants!

Hundreds of citizens, faith leaders, officials and children marched today from the steps of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow to Patriot’s Park in Tarrytown — uniting in a common cry of solidarity with our immigrant populations. And, as many signs from the diverse crowd reminded, “We are all immigrants” or “Todos somos immigrantes.” The marchers sung “This ... Read More »

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants to Close in 2021

By Rick Pezzullo Entergy, owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plants, which for more than 50 years have helped provide electricity to several million homes and businesses in Westchester and the five boroughs of New York City, announced Monday the facility will close in 2021. The announcement stunned regional officials since Entergy, which purchased the controversial plants 15 years ... Read More »

Red Zebra: Sleepy Hollow’s New Italian Restaurant Destination

  by Linda Viertel Red Zebra – not only the catchy name of a beautiful heirloom tomato, is now also the notably memorable restaurant appellation that represents co-owners David Starkey’s and Neil Benson’s farm-to-table take on fresh local ingredients. Together, with their Culinary Institute of America (CIA) trained chef, Beau Widener, they have combined a love of Italian street food ... Read More »

Tarrytown Trainer Instrumental in Helping Many Local Athletes

by Julia Ann Friedman Wayne Bass, owner of Next Level Athletics, Inc. in Tarrytown, has been in business since 2004. He played college basketball at Pace University, and he has been working with kids since he, himself, was a kid. “We offer a great opportunity to learn about life through sports. To advance yourself and challenge your comfort zone,” Bass ... Read More »

Former Police Officer Jailed for Selling Date Rape Drug

by Rick Pezzullo A former police officer and resident of Sleepy Hollow was sentenced to eight years in prison last month for selling a so-called date rape drug through the Internet from his home. Robert Smutek, 53, who ironically was a member of a drug task force while working as a cop in Dutchess County, was held responsible during his ... Read More »

Officials Call for Barge Plan in Hudson to be Scrapped

By Rick Pezzullo Last month, several elected officials and students from Pace University’s Environmental Policy Clinic called on the U.S. Coast Guard to scrap plans to create 43 new anchorages in 10 locations along the Hudson River after it was revealed the federal agency allegedly violated its own protocol. At a frigid press conference at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy ... Read More »

Village of Tarrytown Ends Status as Property Assessor

by Robert Kimmel Beginning this month, Tarrytown is no longer evaluating properties for tax purposes. It eliminated its regular assessment responsibilities and turned them over to the Town of Greenburgh. The five other villages in the town had already taken similar actions. Following a public hearing in November, the Board of Trustees passed legislation to voluntarily terminate the village’s status ... Read More »

New NY Bridge Within Budget; on Schedule to Open in 2018

by Rick Pezzullo The New NY Bridge, which will replace the 61-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge, is on schedule to be completed in 2018 and within the allotted $3.98 billion budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo joined other regional elected representatives last month in making the announcement as the completion of the eight main span towers for the new structure was also celebrated. ... 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 »

Regeneron Buys Mount Pleasant Building for Expansion

Regeneron, a Tarrytown-based biopharmaceutical company, recently purchased the New York Life building in Mount Pleasant as it continues to expand. Reportedly, Regeneron paid $50 million for the 76-acre site, which is located on Rockwood Road near Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and Rockwood Hall park. Regeneron’s main campus is located in the Landmark at Eastview property at 777 Old Saw Mill ... Read More »

Ona – A Shopper’s Haven for the Holidays and Beyond

by Linda Viertel Tarrytown’s newest boutique, Ona, opened in October, offering customers numerous delightful treasures. One visit will not suffice once shoppers see the plethora of home items, jewelry, scarves, jackets, crafts and artisanal artwork from around the world. It’s a gem of a store – filled with quality one-of-a-kind items, lovingly sourced and designed by owner Ona Cohn, with ... Read More »

Westbound Deck Panels Completed for New Bridge

by Rick Pezzullo Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) announced December 1 that it had completed installation of all road deck panels for the westbound approaches of the New NY Bridge. TZC placed nearly 3,000 steel-reinforced concrete panels, weighing as much as 74,000 pounds each, atop the westbound steel girder assemblies to create the base driving surface of the bridge. Deck panel ... Read More »

Scenic Hudson Warns of Threat of Barges to Public Safety

By Rick Pezzullo Scenic Hudson claims a proposal by the United States Coast Guard to create 10 new anchorage sites with up to 43 commercial barges along the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston poses a serious threat to public health and safety. The influential environmental group announced last week a virtual map it created of the 80-mile stretch of ... Read More »

Tarrytown Station Area Study Initial Report Completed

What changes are in store for the area around Tarrytown’s Metro North Train station will be clearer in the coming year as the effort to determine those transformations nears its conclusion. A final report on the preliminary work that has been completed by a special Steering Committee and its planning consultant is expected to be in the hands of Tarrytown’s ... Read More »

Irvington Police Department Fills Two Vacancies, Promotes a Sergeant

by Barrett Seaman Under its budgeted headcount of 22 officers because of recent retirements, Irvington’s Police Department hired two new cops and promoted a third, veteran Edmund Vize, to sergeant. New to the force are Paul Robibero, 34, a six-year veteran of the Greenburgh Police Department, and Angelo Liberatore, 29, formerly with the NYPD. Robibero was with the Greenburgh Technical ... Read More »

Mrs. Green’s Shutters Tarrytown Location

by Robert Kimmel A large empty store within the heart of a village’s business section is not an encouraging situation. However, Tarrytown is faced with just that state of affairs. After barely three years of existence at 45 North Broadway in the Village, Mrs. Green’s closed its doors last month. The Tarrytown closure is but one of five stores Mrs. ... Read More »

Homeowners Seek to Overcome Tax Shock from Reassessment

Tax Man Bill

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 »


Starting Monday, December 5, expect significant traffic delays on Route 9/South Broadway between Benedict Avenue and Route 119.  The contractor installing the Westchester County Sanitary Sewer Force Main on Route 9 will be installing the force main pipe across Route 9 (east-west) which will require a reduction in lanes from two to one.  Traffic will be stopped in the northbound ... Read More »

Red Zebra in Sleepy Hollow

Red Zebra, a new restaurant in the heart of Sleepy Hollow that opened late November, is taking a modern look at Italian cooking with locavore integrity. Hand-cut pastas, fresh baked breads, Italian small-batch wines, micro beers and craft cocktails. The food, like their favorite heirloom tomato, is beautiful on the outside, deep and flavorful on the inside. A striped beauty with no equal. Red Zebra joins Sweetgrass ... Read More »

Regional Leaders Condemn Plan to Anchor Barges on Hudson

by Rick Pezzullo Regionally elected, environmental and business leaders banded together last month to condemn a proposal by the United States Coast Guard to create 10 new anchorage sites with dozens of commercial barges along the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston. At a standing-room only hearing October 19 in Croton, which was sponsored, in part, by State Senator Terrence ... Read More »

Irvington Residents Complain of Too Little Traffic Enforcement

by Barrett Seaman As the birthplace of the Slow Down Rivertowns campaign that has since swept through lower Hudson Valley villages, Irvington has been working for nearly two years to change the driving habits of those who travel through the village, whether residents or not. Manifestations of progress are visible: “Slow Down” signs on virtually every street; radar monitors that ... Read More »

Officials React to Criticism of Plans for East Parcel

by Robert Kimmel Critiques of the plans for the former GM site’s East Parcel in Sleepy Hollow by two environmental organizations have drawn responses from Mayor Ken Wray and the Board of the Local Development Corporation (LDC), the lead agency responsible for the site’s development. The 29-acre site was turned over to the LDC for the village’s use by General ... Read More »

Irvington Trustee Candidates, Village Justice Running Unopposed

by Rick Pezzullo “If you love your community there is no greater honor than to play a direct role in its preservation, especially at such a local level.” —Christina Giliberti “As we confront the issues of further development and rising taxes, we must be mindful of our volunteers and public workers, the fabric of our community.” —Larry Lonky Two Board ... Read More »

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Milestone Marked in Tarrytown

By Rick Pezzullo The installation of the 100th public electric vehicle charging station by New York State was marked in September during a ceremony at Pierson Park in Tarrytown. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) made the announcement during National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and promote the benefits ... Read More »

Paws Crossed Officially Opens Elmsford Animal Shelter

by Robert Kimmel If you are looking to adopt a canine companion or a feline friend, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue in Elmsford is prepared and eager to meet those needs following its celebratory grand opening last month. The official ribbon cutting drew hundreds of people to the September event, virtually a year to the day the facility at 100 Warehouse ... Read More »

New Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce Members

Mancora Restaurant 180 Valley Street Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591 Phone: 914-372-7490 AppleMed Urgent Care 131 Central Avenue Tarrytown, New York 10591 (914) 332-1111 Think Space Studio LLC 19 N Broadway Tarrytown, New York 10591 914-606-0632 The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics, Inc 32 Warren Ave Tarrytown, NY 10591 914-220-4300 Nikko Restaurant 240 White Plains Road ... Read More »

Tarrytown to Reduce Garbage Collection to Once a Week

Starting in mid-October, curbside garbage collection in Tarrytown will be reduced to once a week. Village officials decided to make the change in service after a pilot program that kicked off last December in a portion of the village in an effort to cut costs and improve efficiency, proved to be viable. The change will mean household garbage that was ... Read More »

Hearing Planned in October on Coast Guard Plan for Barges in Hudson

By Rick Pezzullo State senators Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) and Sue Serino (R/Hyde Park), joined by about a dozen other regional elected representatives, announced last month they would be hosting a public hearing on Wednesday, October 19 at Croton Village Hall to outline the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposal to anchor dozens of commercial barges in the Hudson from Yonkers to Kingston. ... Read More »

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

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 »

Business News – Old Fashions Will Please You Best at Bohemian Royalty

by Linda Viertel “Helping people with their self-image is what I enjoy,” said Jessie Matrullo, personal styling consultant, vintage clothing purveyor and visionary portrait photographer. She created her company, Bohemian Royalty, as a self-described “full-on image-style salon and portrait studio.” Located in the YoHo Artists building in Yonkers (a former Alexander Smith Carpet Mills historic building), Matrullo’s salon is filled ... Read More »

Boak, Falk Square Off in Senate Democratic Primary

Two Democrats are vying in the September 13th New York State primary election for the opportunity to face the Republican incumbent, State Senator Terrance Murphy (Yorktown), who will be pursuing his second Albany term representing the 40th district in November’s general election. The district includes Sleepy Hollow, Briarcliff, and 12 other Westchester communities, as well as towns in Dutchess and ... Read More »

Public Input Welcomed for East Parcel Site in Sleepy Hollow

by Rick Pezzullo Two public hearings are scheduled to be held in September at Sleepy Hollow Village Hall to gather input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding the redevelopment of a 29-acre parcel east of the Metro North railroad tracks that was once part of the General Motors site. On September 12 and 20, starting at 7 p.m., ... Read More »

Villages On Board with Opposition to Plan for Barges in Hudson

By Rick Pezzullo All three local villages have joined a concerted effort to oppose a plan by the United States Coast Guard to have commercial barges anchor off the shores of the Hudson River. In August, a new organization of municipal officials called the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance was announced, with Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown all being on board. ... Read More »

Tarrytown Teen to be Sentenced for Stabbing Death in Park

By Rick Pezzullo A Tarrytown teen could face 25 years to life in prison in September after pleading guilty in late July to the 2015 stabbing death of a former Sleepy Hollow High School student in Barnhart Park in Sleepy Hollow. Berinzon Moronta, 17, of Storm Street, pled guilty July 29 to one count of manslaughter in the first degree, ... Read More »

Ginsburg Marketing Luxury Rental Units in Nearby Ossining

by Rick Pezzullo About half of the 188 one and two-bedroom luxury rental apartments at Harbor Square in the Village of Ossining are still available two months after the $65 million complex on the Hudson River waterfront opened. Harbor Square marked the Westchester County debut of Ginsburg Development’s GDC Rentals brand of luxury resort-style properties, which launched last year with ... 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 »

Local Reassessment Moves into Its Final Phase

by Barrett Seaman Passed by the state Legislature, signed into law by Governor Cuomo and adopted by the Greenburgh Town Council, the three-year phase-in for homeowners saddled with more than a 25% increase in their assessments is now in effect, both in Greenburgh’s 10 taxing districts and in Ossining as well. Those who are likely to qualify are concentrated in ... Read More »

New NY Bridge Construction Still on Schedule for 2018 Completion

by Rick Pezzullo Construction of the New NY Bridge was going smoothly until a large crane crashed mid-day July 19 on the existing Tappan Zee Bridge, shutting down traffic in both directions for several hours, but miraculously avoiding any serious injuries or crashes. The mishap, the cause of which remains under investigation but appears to be equipment malfunction-related, damaged one ... Read More »

Tarrytown Looks to Fill Two Village Managerial Posts

by Robert Kimmel Following two tours as Tarrytown’s Village Administrator, totaling more than 18 years, Michael Blau will be leaving that position next year. The village also faces replacing its Chief Engineer, Michael McGarvey, who departs this month after 12 years in that post. “It’s virtually impossible to overstate how much I and the village will miss both Mike Blau ... Read More »

Key Changes in Health Care Evident in The Rivertowns

by Robert Kimmel Health Care’s evolution has never stopped, and significant changes are taking place now in the rivertowns, just as they are across the nation. Having the family doctor, carrying a small black bag full of medications, making a house call, is an experience only a few can recall. For the most part, that way of delivering health care ... Read More »

New Chamber of Commerce Members

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care 650 White Plains Road Tarrytown, NY 10591 914-266-3102 Travellati Tours Elizabeth Kemble 11 Woodland Avenue Tarrytown, NY 10591 Phone: 914-909-5079 David Lerner Associates, Inc. Gary Troy 599 West Hartsdale Avenue Hartsdale, New York 10591 Phone: 914-539-2017 Lyew Acupuncture PLLC Kwanghee Lyew 245 N. Broadway Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 Phone: 914-522-0536 Crincoli Communications LLC ... Read More »

Business News – Regeneron to Sponsor Science Talent Search Competition

by Maria Ann Roglieri Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company with headquarters in Tarrytown, has taken over sponsorship of the national high school science competition, the Science Talent Search (formerly the Intel Science Talent Search). Regeneron was selected by the Society for Science & the Public (known as The Society) from among 50 companies because of its steady commitment to mentoring ... Read More »

Business News – Eye Doctor Brings Care, Expertise to the Last Frontier

by Thomas Staudter Prospective patients hoping to make an appointment with Nathan DeDeo, a doctor of optometry and co-owner of Hudson River Eye Care in Tarrytown, may speculate why he has been unavailable and “out of town” a number of times during the past year-and-a-half. Is the friendly 36-year old attending professional conferences, vacationing or golfing at some of the ... Read More »

Irvington Democrats Endorse Three for 2016 Election

On June 2, the Irvington Democratic Committee endorsed three candidates for the 2016 election this fall: two for the Board of Trustees, and one for Village Justice. In a unanimous vote, the committee selected incumbent Mark Gilliland, 61, who is up for reelection, and Larry Lonky, 59, longtime chair of Irvington’s Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee, as Trustee candidates. As ... Read More »

Greenburgh Moves to Repair Reassessment Damage

by Barrett Seaman Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner’s efforts to mitigate the political damage and financial pain caused by a town-wide property reassessment this spring produced at least some payoff in June. Though some homeowners whose projected property taxes were bumped up by 30% or more in the initial valuations by Tyler Technologies won relief during the informal appeals phase ... 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 »

Irvington Democrats Nominate Three Candidates For Village Elections: Two For Trustee and One For Village Justice

June 2, 2016 – Irvington, New York.  Members of the Village’s Democratic Committee gathered tonight at the Irvington Public Library to officially endorse three candidates for the 2016 election this fall: two candidates for the Board of Trustees, and one candidate for Village Justice. In a unanimous vote, the committee selected incumbent Mark Gilliland, age 61, who is up for ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Westchester Magazines’ Wine & Food Festival Welcomes Tarrytown Chefs

By W.B. King Tarrytown’s Little B’s Burger Bar and Babalu’Q, an authentic Cuban catering company, are among 100 of the County’s top eateries presenting at the 2016 Wine & Food Festival. Billed as Westchester’s best block party, the sixth annual event is sponsored by Westchester Magazine and runs Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12 at various locations. “We expect that ... Read More »

Tarrytown Man to be Placed on Sex Offender Registry

By Rick Pezzullo A 34-year-old Tarrytown man will be placed on the New York Sex Offender Registry after being convicted in March of two counts of using social media to send lewd photos to lure a 14-year-old girl. Roshan Samuel, of Dunnings Drive, was sentenced on April 20 to five months’ shock probation in Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, followed ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Tarrytown Officials Insist Water Quality Meets All Standards

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Tarrytown refuted a published newspaper report regarding lead in drinking water and the quality of the village’s water. “The water provided to the Tarrytown Water District customers is in full compliance with all federal, state and county regulations relating to drinking water,” Village Administrator Michael Blau stated to The Hudson Independent. In a detailed ... Read More »

Groundbreaking Heralds Start of Edge-On-Hudson Project

by Robert Kimmel A year’s work lies ahead before the first vertical structure is erected as part of Edge-On-Hudson, the new development along the river in Sleepy Hollow; however, the official Groundbreaking Ceremony May 18 at 11 a.m., with village and county officials attending along with the developers from Lighthouse Landing LLC, will symbolize its start. The 67-acre mixed-use development, ... 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 »

Brightview Withdraws Senior Living Plan in Irvington

by Barrett Seaman “At the end of the day,” said Mayor Brian C. Smith, the last of the Irvington board members to opine on Brightview’s latest revised Senior Living plan, “a 100,000-square-foot building, three times the size of the existing one, is just too big for me, and I can’t support this.” Those words, in spite of a 3-2 majority ... 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 »

Full Property Tax from Development for Sleepy Hollow

by Robert Kimmel “I believe we ended up in a very good position, “ is the way Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray described the outcome of a vote taken by the Mount Pleasant Industrial Development Agency which approved a payment in lieu of taxes, (PILOT) requested by the developer of Edge-On-Hudson, at the former GM site. The final PILOT does ... 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 »

Tax Payments See-Saw for Sleepy Hollow Residents

by Robert Kimmel Property owners in Sleepy Hollow are facing variable school tax payments for the current and subsequent tax year because of a miscalculation by the Town of Mount Pleasant when it assessed Edge-On-Hudson, the planned riverside development in the village. While taxpayers experienced taxes lowered by 12.3 percent for the 2015-16 tax year, they will be confronted with ... 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 »