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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 »

The Old Dutch Church Accessibility Project: A Much Needed Fund-Raising Opportunity

“The Old Dutch Church is a community treasure,” noted the Reverend Jeffrey Gargano, Pastor of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. “Built by Frederick Philipse in 1685 for himself and his tenant farmers, many of whom were enslaved Africans, people have come from all over the world to visit it, thanks to Washington Irving.” But, not every visitor has been ... 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 »

TRAFFIC ALERT – ROUTE 9/SOUTH BROADWAY

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 »

Tarrytown Recreational Facility Open for Business

by Kevin Brown Tarrytown Recreational Facility hosted its grand opening on a beautiful fall day down by the river. Housed in the new building adjacent to the new pool, the workout facility has begun signing up new members. “This village is so fortunate to have a pristine facility with state-of-the-art equipment that caters to all levels of abilities at such ... 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 »