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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 »