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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 »

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER?

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 »