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Dobbs Ferry Awarded State Funding for Pre-K Program

By Rick Pezzullo— Dobbs Ferry is one of six area school districts that have been awarded funding from the New York State Education Department for Pre-Kindergarten programs. Of the funds allocated for Universal Pre-Kindergarten, $90 million was dedicated to est... More »

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COVID Update: There’s Good News and There’s…More Good News

By Barrett Seaman— It was painful to watch, even if one wasn’t an actual victim of the Omicron surge that hit New York State as hard as anyplace during the predicted onslaught following the Christmas/New Year’s holidays. Infection rates that had been in the lo... More »

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Harckham Secures $200K Grant for Pedestrian Safety in SH

By Rick Pezzullo— State Senator Pete Harckham has secured $200,000 in state grant funding for the Village of Sleepy Hollow to improve pedestrian safety along a heavily trafficked section of Broadway / Route 9 near Historic Hudson Valley’s Philipsburg Manor. “I... More »

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Firefighters Praised for Efforts in Containing Tarrytown Fire

By Rick Pezzullo— Tarrytown Fire Department Chief Kelly Murphy praised the efforts of firefighters in battling an apartment building blaze Jan. 6 at 222 Martling Ave. “All in all, it was a great job, a great knock down,” Murphy told the Tarrytown Board of Trus... More »

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Tarrytown Planning Board Change Comes Under Scrutiny

By Rick Pezzullo— The replacement of a Tarrytown Planning Board member came under scrutiny during the Board of Trustees’ annual organizational meeting Monday. The seven-member board unanimously voted to appoint Peter Gaito, who had served as an alternative mem... More »

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Firefighters Prevent Condo Blaze in Dobbs Ferry from Spreading

By Rick Pezzullo– Firefighters from four area fire departments were able to prevent a blaze at a condominium complex in Dobbs Ferry Sunday from spreading to adjoining units. A passerby reported smoke coming from a building at 100 Cedar St. about midnight via a... More »

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Amidst Holiday Merriment, Omicron Surges

By Barrett Seaman– The post-Christmas COVID news is, alas, predictably bad. As of Sunday, December 26, there were 16,819 active cases of the virus in Westchester County—an eightfold increase over the 2,019 cases just a month ago, and the worst spike since the ... More »

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Test Kits From County Scarfed UP Within Hours

This story was updated December 25th at 1:00 p.m. By Barrett Seaman– The announcement on Thursday that the county was distributing half a million home test kits for COVID to Westchester municipalities was welcome news to residents frustrated by their inability... More »

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Sleepy Hollow Football Banquet Focus Transcends Sports

By Kevin Brown— Just before the summer of 2021, Jerry Flora was hired to take over as head coach of the Sleepy Hollow Varsity football team. His vision was all encompassing. His goal was to not only develop a strong football program but also to develop young a... More »

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Tarrytown’s Swagat to Permanently Shutter by Year’s End 

By W.B. King This New Year’s Eve will be bittersweet for Swagat Halal Indian Cuisine’s owners, employees and patrons. The beloved Tarrytown eatery will begrudgingly serve its last meals after nearly 11 years in operation. “I am announcing very sadly that I am ... More »

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Regeneron in the Age of Omicron

By Barrett Seaman– When The Hudson Independent interviewed Regeneron’s President and Chief Scientific Officer George Yancopoulos last August, he predicted that the country’s inability to attain “herd immunity” against COVID-19 meant that there would be “a con­... More »

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As Fears Of Omicron Grow, Westchester Seeks More Tests And Masks

By Barrett Seaman– It says a lot about the times and the place that County Executive George Latimer and his Deputy Ken Jenkins delivered their weekly COVID press briefing Monday from their respective homes, where they are each quarantining with COVID infection... More »

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New Tarrytown Trustee Honored to Be Chosen by Mayor

By Rick Pezzullo— When Karen Brown was elected mayor in the Village of Tarrytown in November, it created a vacancy on the Board of Trustees that she had the sole responsibility to fill. Brown said she considered multiple potential candidates and settled on pol... More »

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Scams Abound, Exploiting Holiday Buying Concerns

By Dean Gallea– A rash of phone-based scams is hitting mobile and landline phones around the area. Scores of local residents on neighborhood sharing sites like Nextdoor have reported getting the unusually-slick calls from criminal operations posing as banking ... More »

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Greenburgh Board Votes to Allow Cannabis Dispensaries

By Rick Pezzullo—  The majority of the Greenburgh Town Board voted Monday to allow cannabis dispensaries to set up shop in designated areas in town, but gave the thumbs down to lounges. Greenburgh joins the villages of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Hastings-on-... More »

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State Clarifies New Mask Requirement. Not Everybody Is Happy.

By Barrett Seaman— As of Monday morning, December 13, masks are required in all public places in New York State—except in businesses and organizations that have already instituted a full vaccine requirement for anyone venturing onto their premises. However, it... More »

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Hochul Imposes State-Wide Mask Mandate

By Barrett Seaman— With infection rates and hospitalizations from COVID-19 still rising while vaccination rates lag, Governor Kathy Hochul has imposed a requirement that both patrons and employees wear masks in all indoor settings unless the place of business ... More »

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