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April 1, 2020: Today is Census Day and the Counting Has Begun

By Barrett Seaman It’s not exactly the ideal environment to be launching the once-in-a-decade count of the nation’s population, but the time has come nonetheless. Fortunately, technology is allowing for safe counting, and local officials are urging Westchester... More »

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Tarrytown Proposes Changes in Station Area Zoning Rules

by Robert Kimmel –  Tarrytown’s Board of Trustees has proposed changes in the Village’s Station Area Overlay (SAO) District plan following a series of public hearings during which residents voiced concerns about what can be built along the village’s waterfront... More »

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Protests Prompt Irvington Board to Delay Rezoning Vote

by Barrett Seaman –  On a night when the Irvington Board of Trustees was poised to enact major zoning changes for the village’s North Broadway Corridor (see The Hudson Independent, February 2020 issue), a group of residents submitted petitions and followed the... More »

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Irvington to Consider Legalizing Indoor Parking Lot

by Barrett Seaman –  Attempts by Bridge Street Properties in Irvington to win approval for additional parking spaces for tenants in the Trent Building on the village’s south side have been stymied for years because of opposition by nearby homeowners. Last mont... More »

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Curbside Food Scrap Pickup Coming

The Town of Greenburgh and its five villages are slated to get a new service starting later this year or early next: curbside pickup of food scraps. It will start as a pilot program and hopefully expand to all residents. But the town needs to gauge the level o... More »

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Congressional Democratic Candidates Square Off at Forum

by Rick Pezzullo – Nine of the most prominent Democratic candidates vying to succeed retiring longtime Congresswoman Nita Lowey looked to gain an upper hand in front of more than 300 area district leaders and other voters at a recent spirited forum at Mercy Co... More »

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Local Police Chiefs Feel Bail Reform Escalates Risk

by Tom Pedulla –  New York State’s new controversial bail reform law is intended to avoid incarcerating those who await trial for misdemeanors and non-violent crimes simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. But local police chiefs believe the law is resu... More »

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Community Policing Remains High Priority for SH Force

by Rick Pezzullo –  When Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Anthony Bueti was promoted to lead the village force in May 2016, one of his primary goals was to foster a tighter bond with residents through community policing initiatives. Nearly four years later, Bueti re... More »

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Pleasantville Resident Throws Hat in Ring for Lowey Seat

by Rick Pezzullo The field of candidates hoping to succeed Nita Lowey as the representative of New York’s 17th congressional district has grown to 16 as Pleasantville resident Shane McGaffey threw his hat in the ring this week. McGaffey, a former Pleasantville... More »

Tarrytown, NY and new GMC Bridge - photo by timthayer.com
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Tarrytown Waterfront Zoning Woes and Misunderstandings

by W.B. King –  In November, Tarrytown’s Planning Board received a proposal from a developer calling for a hotel, marina and residential complex on the waterfront causing considerable outcry from concerned residents. A few weeks later, the Board of Trustees he... More »

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Irvington Debates Opening Matthiessen Park to the General Public

by Barrett Seaman –  For more than 70 years, Irvington’s signature waterfront recreation area, Matthiessen Park, has been restricted to village residents (and their guests). Even homeowners in East Irvington, an unincorporated part of Greenburgh whose children... More »

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Sleepy Hollow Board Considers Zoning Changes to Spur Development

by Elaine Marranzano –  The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees has proposed a novel zoning tactic that gives it power to make zoning changes on village-owned property in the inner village. Zoning variances are typically made by the Zoning Board of Appeals. While ... More »

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Toll Increases Announced for Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

By Rick Pezzullo The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors approved a proposal Thursday to begin the toll adjustment process on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, starting in 2021. Beginning January 1, 2021, NY E-ZPass rates will increase by 50 cent... More »

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Primary Candidates to Take Part in January 26 Congressional Forum

by Barrett Seaman –  Nearly six months shy of the June 23rd primary elections, the field of candidates hoping to succeed Nita Lowey as the representative of New York’s 17th congressional district has grown to 15—13 of whom are Democrats—in a district that has ... More »

General Motors Plant - Sleepy Hollow - North Tarrytown - photo by timthayer.com
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State Community Development Resources Awards Include the Rivertowns

By Barrett Seaman Tis the season. Governor Cuomo has announced the awarding of more than $761 million in economic development aid to communities all across the state—and just in time for Christmas. Some of these grants were previously known and some will take ... More »

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Tarrytown Housing Task Force Takes a Comprehensive View

by Alexander Roberts –  With a number of projects on the drawing board or in the approvals process, Tarrytown has established a committee to use a comprehensive approach to housing development and affordability. The Housing Affordability Task Force grew out of... More »