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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 »

Old Dutch Church Expected to Re-Open by Mid-June

by Robert Kimmel With construction work designed to improve access to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow proceeding on schedule, its reopening is expected by mid-June. After decades of entry problems for the handicapped and elderly, new stairs, ramps and pathways leading to the building will ease access for all worshippers. The church’s old approaches have disappeared as workers ... 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

SPEEDLIMIT SIGN slow down

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 Middle School Student to Compete in Statewide Geography Bee

Irvington Middle School sixth-grader Andrew Zhou has qualified to compete in the statewide National Geographic Bee. Photo courtesy of the Irvington Union Free School District

Irvington Middle School sixth-grader Andrew Zhou, a geography whiz, qualified to compete in the statewide National Geographic Bee, which was held at the New York State Museum in Albany on March 31. Zhou, who was named the schoolwide Geography Bee winner in January, is among 104 fourth- through eighth-graders invited to compete at the state level. In order to qualify ... 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 »

Tarrytown Administrator Mike Blau Reflects on Years with Village

by Robert Kimmel  When Mike Blau departs from his position as Tarrytown’s Administrator next month, he’ll have completed two tours of duty totaling more than 17 years in that job. He’ll leave behind a solid record. “He worked remarkably well with all of Tarrytown’s various constituencies, plus he was a tireless advocate and relentless cheerleader for the village,” Mayor Drew ... Read More »

Irvington Launches a New Comprehensive Plan for Village

by Barrett Seaman  Fourteen years after Irvington last compiled a long-term Comprehensive Plan, village officials have launched a new one. They started in mid-February with a “traveling road show” in which the leaders of five working groups worked a room of about 30 residents seated at round tables in Village Hall in an effort to explain the parameters of the ... 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 »

Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists Relocating to Ossining

by Morey Storck For the past 17 years, Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists (SHPA), with founder and Artistic Director Debralyn Press at the helm, has been one of the most creative and intellectual exponents of modern dance and classic ballet in the rivertowns region. And, as she strongly asserted, “Our overall passion is promoting individual self-esteem in mind and body through ... Read More »

Ground Breaking Set This Month for Old Dutch

by Robert Kimmel With the fundraising effort for improving accessibility to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow having reached over $250,00, well on its way toward its $350,000 goal, ground breaking for the construction project will be held Wednesday, March 15. The church, built 332 years ago, saw subsequent changes over the years in the road level at its ... Read More »

TaSH and Green Tree Textiles Give Back

TaSH Farmers Market and Partner Green Tree Textiles Give Back to Local Community: On January 25, the TaSH (Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow) Farmers Market donated 60 pairs of brand new children’s overalls to the Clothing Closet of Christ Church – San Marcos Episcopal Church in Tarrytown. The donation was made possible through TaSH nonprofit partner Green Tree Textiles, a Bronx-based ... 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 »