Politics

Legislators Pass County Budget with No Tax Increase

by Rick Pezzullo A bipartisan coalition of Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a 2016 budget in mid-December that freezes taxes for the sixth straight year. In a 10-7 vote on December 14, legislators approved a $1.8 billion spending plan that restored some proposed cuts to non-profit organizations, parks and public safety. Eight Republicans and two Democrats, including board Chairman ... Read More »

Construction on New Bridge on Target to End in 2018

By Rick Pezzullo The New York State Thruway Authority announced last month that construction of the new $3.98 billion Tappan Zee Bridge is on target to be completed in 2018. Meanwhile, there will be no toll increase on the span next year, and a task force has been formed to review toll rates, potential commuter discount options, and a resident ... Read More »

Astorino’s Proposed County Budget Hitting Hurdles

by Robert Kimmel Opposition has been rising to County Executive Rob Astorino’s 2016 proposed operating budget since he presented it to the Westchester County Board of Legislators last month. The budget totals $1.802 billion, and as Astorino pointed out, “For the sixth year in a row, my budget contains no increase in the property tax levy.” The budget maintains the ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow LDC Pursues Varied Village Projects

| by Robert Kimmel |  Created about a year ago, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation is looking at a number of potential projects in the village, but its most immediate task deals with the land it acquired from GM at the automaker’s former riverfront site. The east parcel, as it is known, was designated for village use in the ... Read More »

Irvington Dems Endorse Kehoe, Silverberg for Board

Irvington Democratic Trustee Nominees Incumbent Trustee and Deputy Mayor, Connie Kehoe Candidate Janice Silverberg

|  by Rick Pezzullo  |   The Irvington Democratic Committee endorsed Trustee Connie Kehoe and village Housing Committee Chairperson Janice Silverberg for two available seats on the Board of Trustees this fall. Kehoe, who doubles as deputy mayor, is running for a fourth term. Silverberg previously served three terms on the Irvington Board of Education. Trustee Kristen Woll is not ... Read More »

Fixell Proud of Accomplishments as Tarrytown Mayor

Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell

| by Rick Pezzullo |   With the village doing well financially and many projects underway, Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell said he was somewhat surprised to be challenged this year, particularly by the person he unseated 10 years ago whose only attempt to return to public service since then was an unsuccessful run for the Irvington Board of Education. However, ... Read More »

Incumbent Tarrytown Trustees Feel Board Cohesiveness is an Asset

Doug Zollo, Mayor Drew Fixell, Becky McGowan and Tom Butler.

| by Rick Pezzullo |   The three incumbent village trustees running unopposed for reelection in Tarrytown have been working together on a bipartisan board that hasn’t seen any personnel changes in the last eight years, an accomplishment the trio believes has served residents well. “I think we’ve done a good job getting a lot done,” said Trustee Becky McGovern ... Read More »