Politics

Tarrytown United/Dem Slate Aims to Build on Accomplishments

by Rick Pezzullo The slate endorsed by the Village of Tarrytown Democratic Committee and Tarrytown United have a combined 30 years of experience in elected office and government service in the village and are looking forward to building on their accomplishments. Trustees Robert Hoyt and Mary McGee are running for their sixth two-year terms on March 15, while 10-year Zoning ... Read More »

United Sleepy Hollow Slate Running Unopposed in March

by Rick Pezzullo The Village of Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees will have three new members following the March 15 election. Current trustees Jennifer Lobato-Church, Karin Wompa and Dorothy Handelman are all not seeking reelection, opening the door for political newcomers on the Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket, who are running unopposed. Mayor Ken Wray wholeheartedly supports the Unite Sleepy Hollow ... Read More »

Democratic Slate Chosen for Tarrytown Board Race

by Rick Pezzullo Two incumbents and an active community member were chosen by the Village of Tarrytown Democratic Committee to run for three available seats on the Tarrytown Board of Trustees on March 15. Trustees Robert Hoyt and Mary McGee will both be seeking their sixth two-year term on the board, while Karen Brown, who has served on the village ... Read More »

Tarrytown Shortchanged by Hotel Occupancy Tax Veto

by Rick Pezzullo Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have allowed the Town of Greenburgh and its six villages to impose a 3% hotel occupancy tax was a costly decision for Tarrytown. Village Administrator Michael Blau said Tarrytown would have received approximately $320,000 annually from the room tax. Meanwhile, Greenburgh would have pulled in an extra $1 ... Read More »

Governor Proposes Freezing Tolls on TZ Bridge until 2020

by Rick Pezzullo Tolls for motorists driving over the Tappan Zee Bridge would not increase for at least the next five years under a plan outlined in mid-January by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his annual State of the State Address. To ease the financial burden of passenger and commercial traffic, Cuomo proposed a three-part Thruway Toll Reduction and Protection Plan ... Read More »

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 »