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Point/Counterpoint – Bike Lanes and Broadway

Let’s Move Forward on Bike Lanes for Broadway Let’s Go Slow on Bike Lanes Before Acting Let’s Move Forward on Bike Lanes for Broadway by Daniel Convissor –  The rivertowns are collaborating on the Route 9 Active Transportation study. This process has stimulated discussion in Tarrytown on how to make Broadway work for everybody, thereby bolstering our businesses and safety. ... Read More »

Letters – Article on SALT Deduction was Misleading

To the Editor: Your lead article in January’s edition is misleading in one important respect. While it is true that the limitation of the SALT deduction to $10,000 disproportionately affects high-income taxpayers in high tax states, like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the same Tax Reform Act eliminated the AMT (Alternative Minimum TAX), disproportionately benefiting those same taxpayers.  The ... Read More »

Letters – Interests of Irvington’s Residents Should Be First with Astorbuck

To the Editor: Thank you for your recent article concerning the Astorbuck corporation’s proposal to re-zone a residential neighborhood in the heart of Irvington into a 44-car commercial parking lot. There is no benefit to Irvington residents from this project – only increased traffic, noise, air and light pollution. The Trent building is literally adjacent to a train station. Irvington ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “From where did your ancestors immigrate, and what are your feelings about the immigration issue?

Dylan Smith Tarrytown “Peru and Ireland. There should be more freedom to immigrate because I feel it is helpful to grow our economy.”   Ralph Levey Tarrytown “Poland and Russia. There should be full immigration. No limits or controls, because that’s what we are.”   Ann Neilsen Tarrytown “Ireland and Italy. We need leaders in all parts of our country ... Read More »

13 Years of Balanced Community Journalism

With this issue, The Hudson Independent begins its 13th year of bringing news and other relevant information to the rivertown villages we serve. With a readership of more than 20,000 each month, we have become the dominant community newspaper serving Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and Irvington. From time to time, when an issue particularly affects our communities, we have covered stories ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – What is Your New Year’s Resolution?

by Alexa Brandenberg –  Heather Hewett Sleepy Hollow “I am contemplating a New Year’s resolution inspired by the writer Ann Patchett, which is to give up personal shopping for the year.”   Herinel Pichardo Works in Tarrytown “Honestly? To learn to be nicer to people.”   Leah Scarpatti Sleepy Hollow “To spread love and awareness through my music and words.” ... 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 »

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 »

Letters – Thanks to Community for Supporting TEDxTarrytown

To the Editor, I want to thank our wonderful rivertowns community for supporting the TEDxTarrytown event held on October 22, 2017 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. We had 8 wonderful speakers: Ethan Schutz, Irvington, Jennifer Walford, Yonkers, Hugh Locke, Ossining, Jamey Barbas PE, Tarrytown/NYC, Pablo Mayor, Sleepy Hollow, Amy Whitaker, NYC, Michael Alcee Phd, Tarrytown, and Jaron Benjamin, Sleepy ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “What are You Most Thankful For?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Alex Patrick Works in Irvington “Family. This year has had its ups and downs and my family has been very supportive throughout all of it.”   Cathy Sears Irvington “I’m thankful for living in this rivertown community where people act on their convictions in a positive and forward way not only locally, but for the larger world.” ... Read More »

Say No to Climate Change

To the Editor, Climate change is one of the single biggest threats to our environment, our public health, and our economy. Pumping carbon and methane emissions into the atmosphere is accelerating climate change and is responsible for more extreme weather.  New York State has spent billions of dollars over the past decade working to restore communities that have been devastated ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Re: “A Piece of Tarrytown History Appears Doomed,” published August 3, 2017 in The Hudson Independent

Article Captured Essence of Life at Brace Cottage What a wonderful job Elaine Marranzano did capturing the essence of life at Brace Cottage and Braceholme for posterity in her article in the August issue of The Hudson Independent. The article will be a permanent testament to the vision of Dr. Brace, the daily work of the good Mr. Hutchinson, and ... Read More »

Letter  To the Editor: Permanent Solution Needed for RiverWalk Upkeep

As many of you may know, the Scenic Hudson RiverWalk has been transformed. Invasives are gone and thousands of new plants are in place. New sitting areas have emerged near the Overlook spiral and, in the northwest lawn –  amphitheater seating formed from relocated boulders. Cedar Hill Landscaping of Katonah, the contractors responsible for the large project, have done their ... Read More »

Bikeway/Walkway on New Bridge Should be Named for Seeger

To the Editor: Last month the NYS Legislature voted to rename the Tappan Zee bridge after Mario Cuomo. I believe the Legislature should also consider naming the new bikeway/walkway on the bridge for Pete Seeger–the folksinger and environmental activist who worked hard to focus public attention on a cleaner Hudson River. I also would like to suggest that the state ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “What do you think about Federal Officials deporting students?”

by Alexa Brandenberg   Camille Marchini Tarrytown “I think it’s wrong. If students are coming here for better opportunities, why should they be denied the privilege that I am so lucky to have?” Jaime Valencia Tarrytown “It is completely unfair that the officials would come to the school. School is supposed to be a safe haven.” Luz Valencia Tarrytown “I ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “What Concerns You Most About the Current Political Climate in the U.S.?”

  Mini Rajwar Tarrytown “Being an immigrant.”   David Barnett Tarrytown “I don’t trust that Trump’s motives are in the best interest of our country.”   Sharon Rynn Tarrytown “I wish there was more unity in the country.”   Charles Riley Sleepy Hollow “If over 50% of the country are completely against Trump and his decisions, then I don’t see ... Read More »


The Hudson Independent is looking for some good stories from area middle and high school students about what you’re doing over the summer break. It could be as dramatic as helping villagers in El Salvador build houses or as straightforward as working as a camp counselor here at home or in a nearby state. Send us a brief, informal summary ... Read More »

What is Your Favorite Local Outdoor Venue? – Inquiring Photographer

by Alexa Brandenberg Jim Husselbee Sleepy Hollow “Peabody Outdoor Classroom, because it is a wonderful setting for learning.” Jean O’Brien Works in Sleepy Hollow “Kingsland Point Park”   Pat Way-Townes Works in Sleepy Hollow “Sunset Cove, but I’d really like to go to Blue Hill at Stone Barns one day.”   Jacki Geoghegan Sleepy Hollow “Rockefeller Preserve. I can go ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “What is the Favorite Meal from Your Childhood?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Claire Widman Sleepy Hollow “Chicken Parm, which is rare coming from someone who is 100% Irish.” Eveyln Patino Sleepy Hollow “My mom made a lot of cakes and desserts. Orange cake was my favorite.” Dylan Hume Tarrytown “It doesn’t get much better than spaghetti and Italian sausage.” Anne Kenny (left) Scarborough “My mom did a leg of ... Read More »

Letters – Many Questions Surround Closure of Indian Point Plants

To the Editor: I want to congratulate you on your unbiased article regarding Indian Point. After reading your article I saw further back the “Inquiring Photographer” had asked five people their opinion of the closing, of which I thought only one person gave a thoughtful answer. The first three wanted it closed as soon as possible and the fourth was ... Read More »

Seaman to Replace Kimmel as Editorial Board

This month’s issue marks a milestone in the brief but vibrant history of The Hudson Independent: Bob Kimmel, chair of the paper’s editorial board and its most prolific reporter, is retiring. Bob helped shape the paper starting before its launch in February 2006. He was involved in every decision, from design to distribution to the annual Duck Derby, and there ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer “What Do You Think About the Indian Point Nuclear Plants Closing?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Aine Daly Irvington “I’m in favor of its closing because of the toxic dangers and the possible terrorist target.” Randell Dodge Irvington “Shut it down now. Don’t wait four years.” Gaylord Holmes Irvington “I think it’s great!” Teresa Schmittroth Tarrytown “I’ve noticed that there are no eagles around the plant which makes me even more in favor ... Read More »

Letters To the Editor – Setting the Record Straight on the East Parcel in SH

To the Editor, Thank you for the opportunity to respond to recently published comments regarding the redevelopment of the “East Parcel” of the former General Motors assembly plant in Sleepy Hollow. As Lead Agency in this matter, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation (SHLDC) will include and respond to all public comments made or submitted during the Public Hearings as ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “How Significant is it that Hillary Clinton may be The First Female U.S. President?”

Kristine Greece Works in Tarrytown “No matter who I’m voting for, all firsts are significant and it’s good for the younger generation to see that they are possible.” Howie Shapiro Tarrytown “It’s a sign of the times, as we’ve seen in other countries, so it’s a non-event to me.” Ashley Bialko, 16 Sleepy Hollow “I think it is very significant. ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer “What Do you Enjoy Most about Halloween Season Locally?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Tracy Brown Sleepy Hollow “I like that people from other states and other countries come to Sleepy Hollow to celebrate Halloween with us.”   Max Leary, 15 Sleepy Hollow “The mini-golf at Warner Library”   Luke Armogan, 8 (and Eva, Lily, Kyra, Ayra) Irvington “I like the different Halloween foods, like the pumpkin-shaped cookies.”   Vera Vyssotski, ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor – Reminder to Greenburgh Residents to File Phase-In Paperwork

To the Editor: This letter is being written to remind residents of Greenburgh that if they qualify for a phase-in of assessment increases as a result of the recent reassessment that they must file their application no later than September 15th. The Greenburgh Town Board approved legislation authorized by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by the ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer – “With the 15th Anniversary this year, do you feel the 9/11 attacks are becoming only a distant memory?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Enrique, 37 Sleepy Hollow “Yes, to some extent I think that’s true. The further away we get from anything the less impact it has. I do think the effects are lingering, as far as xenophobia, but that seems to be the new normal.” Idalia Pellegrin, 44 Tarrytown “I think to some degree it is, because other things ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer What Do You Think About the Slow Down Campaign in the Local Villages?”

by Alexa Brandenberg Francis Reilly Tarrytown “I think it’s a good idea because many people do not obey the speed limit, but the signs are everywhere and therefore they don’t stand out.”   Leslie Rjeili Sleepy Hollow “A few well-placed signs with words that are more urgent and less gentle, like SLOW DOWN!, would be more effective. These signs will ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor – Unanswered Questions About Reassessment

To the Editor: Thank you for your ongoing coverage of the Greenburgh reassessment. Perhaps you might have better luck getting some answers than I have had. At an almost three-hour, videotaped, public meeting held in the Village of Irvington April 5, Town Assessor Edye McCarthy stated that the reassessment land values involved the creation of “neighborhood delineations”; that those delineations ... Read More »

Letters – Letter Writer was Mistaken

To the Editor: In the May 2016 edition of The Hudson Independent Anthony Saraniti indicated that I own a condo and a few years back “that subdivision won a major certiorari against the town.” I would like to state for the record that everyone in my condo with the exception of me and my wife received a check for about ... Read More »

Letters – East Parcel Offers Sleepy Hollow Amazing Opportunities

To the Editor: An article in the most recent issue of another local publication regarding the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation (SHLDC) warrants a public response as it contains numerous factual errors. What is most concerning is that prior to the article, the SHLDC CEO was provided with written questions which were answered promptly, yet none of the written responses ... Read More »

Setting the Record Straight on Tarrytown’s Finances

To the Editor: In a recently published local newspaper, the statements by the three Republican/Tarrytown First trustee candidates demonstrate, among other things, a lack of understanding of the issues facing Tarrytown. While they made misleading assertions about numerous matters, we believe it is particularly important to set the record straight regarding their statements about the central financial factors affecting Tarrytown, ... Read More »

Inquiring Photographer “What is the Most Romantic Thing You Have Done for Someone or Someone Has Done for You?”

Eric Moskowitz, 25 Irvington “I travelled overseas to see someone for one day.”     Lana Yu, 46 Tarrytown Visitor “Someone once told me that they would share their grandchildren with me, since I wasn’t able to have children of my own.”     Phil Dzikiy, 33 Tarrytown “I acted as the tooth fairy for my wife since she didn’t ... Read More »

Letters – Tarrytown Could Benefit from New Traffic Light

To the Editor: Re: “Making Our Streets Safer for Pedestrians” – Dec. 2015, Page 23 I would like to add to the writer’s suggestions for making our streets safer. My priority would be: A traffic light with a left-turn arrow at the corner of West Franklin St. and Rte. 9. The current situation causes problems in all directions: At busy ... Read More »

Commentary – Power Lunch Career Panel

First Person Account of Steven Cabreja speaking at Sleepy Hollow High School on January 13, as part of a three-member panel of service industry professionals. As a 2010 graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School, I was pleased to return on January 13th, to speak as a member of the “Power Lunch Career Panel.” I began by asking for a show ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor – December 2015

New Bridge Should Keep Tappan Zee Name To the Editor: I concur with Olympia Lynn Quarto that there is No Reason to Change name of the New Bridge. I believe that “Tappan Zee Bridge” is the only appropriate name. Obliterating the name “Tappan Zee” will be a great loss to the spirit of Hudson Valley region. I have never met nor ... Read More »

Our Mission and Our Gratitude

Service to the Community. That was the primary motivation behind the formation, just over 10 years ago, of the Hudson Valley News Corp., the parent company of this newspaper.  Our decade of publishing was recently recognized by the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce at its Milestone Anniversary event. Over the past 10 years our mission has not changed. ... Read More »

Giving Thanks for Our Agora

Strolling through Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow or Irvington on any weekend day this fall, it’s easy to see that a communitarian spirit has become the hallmark of our river towns. With a wide variety of gathering places, both formal and informal, we are fortunate to be recreating an ancient tradition, once thought a necessity for a healthy life – the classical ... Read More »

Crowded Streets are No Reason to Celebrate

To the Editor:  Re: “Lighthouse Celebration Focuses on Coming Riverfront Development (July 2015 issue) I think it’s great to celebrate the lighthouse restoration. However, I am not celebrating the addition of 1,177 condos and townhouses, a 140-room hotel, and office/retail space. How are we going to handle an additional 2,000 or so cars on our already overcrowded streets? Irene J. ... Read More »

Schools Need Better Procedures to Handle Allegations

To the Editor:  On May 1st, Pearl River High School and Sleepy Hollow High School played each other in boys’ varsity lacrosse. What happened that day highlights that schools need better procedures for handling allegations of racism. During the game, three Sleepy Hollow players reported racial slurs by Pearl River players. The Sleepy Hollow players told their teammates (one of ... Read More »

Hanna a Great Choice for Irvington Board of Ed

To the Editor: I am writing a letter in support of Michael Hanna in his candidacy for a seat on the Irvington Board of Education in the upcoming election on May 19th. I have gotten to know Michael very well over the last couple of years, working together as board members of Irvington United for Education on issues that are ... Read More »

State Referendum Needed for Road Repaving

To the Editor: I was disappointed that the NYS budget included almost no additional funding to localities for road repaving. The $50 million dollars approved state-wide will be of little help in addressing the thousands of miles of municipal roads in desperate shape. Many local governments around the state have roads that look like third world countries. Communities are trying ... Read More »

Hanna is a Perfect Fit for Irvington School Board

To the Editor: I write to express my strong support for the candidacy of Michael Hanna for Board of Education in Irvington. I have been fortunate to work with Michael on the Executive Board of the Irvington PTSA and as a fellow board member of Irvington United for Education for the past two plus years. Michael is someone who is ... Read More »

“What do you do to stay healthy?”

Lesa Dalton, 50+ Works in Tarrytown “I try to eat a lot of vegetables and low fat foods. I exercise when I can, and I don’t smoke.”                           Barbara Turk Sleepy Hollow “I walk my dog, Kona, at Rockefeller or Rockwood for an hour a day.”     ... Read More »

Make Your Opinion Count on Wednesday, March 18

Journalism is frequently put to a test during an election campaign. During the political skirmishes that accompany an election, articles may appear on the pages of a newspaper that prompt one side or the other to cry “partisanship.” That holds true whether the setting is national or local, such as the mayoral and trustee races now taking place in two ... Read More »

Privileged Document on Officer Should Not Have Been Made Public

To the Editor:  As the Mayor of Sleepy Hollow, I was surprised to see a story in the February Hudson Independent that was based on a privileged work document written by the Village’s labor attorney. The public has been demanding for months that Trustees Wompa, Campbell, Stupel and Handelman explain their actions in voting not to hire a highly qualified ... Read More »

Mayor Fixell Has Demonstrated His Dedication to Tarrytown

To the Editor: As a seventeen year resident of the Irving Neighborhood, I would like to give thanks to Mayor Drew Fixell for the years of consistent involvement, expertise and wisdom he has given Tarrytown. I attending various village board meetings in 1999, because I was concerned about how the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge would affect my ... Read More »

Tarrytown Lakes Committee Presents Progress Report

To the Editor: In the recent edition of The River Journal, candidate Paul Janos makes an uninformed and false assertion that the lakes we all love have suffered from neglect under the current Village of Tarrytown administration lead by Mayor Drew Fixell. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Lakes Committee was appointed by Mayor Fixell in 2005 to ... Read More »

Vote for Decency over Deceit

To the Editor: The humorist Mark Twain said “a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on.” So true, so sad and so fitting of the current Sleepy Hollow village elections. Over the past few months, The Hudson Independent  has published stories based on allegations against sitting trustees accusing them of discrimination, ... Read More »

Artificial Turf is Right Fit for Irvington

To the Editor: Earlier this year, we served as Co-Chairs of the Irvington Fields Project Committee (“FPC”), convened by the Irvington BOE, and comprised of ten residents having various backgrounds in business, finance, architecture, horticulture, and law.   Over the course of eight weeks, FPC reviewed hundreds of pages of documents pertaining to soil conditions, pitch, drainage and irrigation of ... Read More »