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New Public Meeting Requirement Needs A Fix

In recent months (since the pandemic), members of Town Boards, City Councils, School Boards and citizen advisory boards have gotten used to meeting by Zoom–from the comforts of their homes.  Recently, the Governor issued a directive requiring Boards (including... More »

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Greenburgh and COVID’s Disparate Impact

By Daniel R. Weinfeld— Greenburgh’s active COVID cases are plummeting and approaching the lowest number reported since the pandemic began. Masks are starting to come off, restaurants are beginning to fill, and Metro North is getting busier. Admittedly the pand... More »

What does philanthropy look like in the middle of a pandemic?

By Laura Rossi– With the giving season officially underway and Giving Tuesday on December 1st fast approaching, the question looms large. For the wealthy, it may mean some changes around the edges but, overall, those who have given generously over the years ha... More »

The Case Against Divesting from Pharmaceuticals

Westchester County and our neighbors are world-renowned as home to some of the brightest scientists anywhere. Innovative, science-first companies make their home here and any leader who wants to represent this area needs to understand what makes it special. As... More »

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Point/Counterpoint – Matthiessen Park

  Make Irvington Parks Friendly to All by Thom Thacker and Lisa Genn –  We are Irvington residents who are proud to live in a welcoming and friendly community and believe it is time for the policies governing our parks to reflect these fundamental Village valu... More »

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Editorial: Here’s to Our Small Businesses

The first full week of May, the 4th through the 11th, is Small Business Week, a time to celebrate the many enterprises — shops, services and restaurants — that line our main streets and give character to the rivertowns. As luck would have it, this celebration ... More »

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Op-Ed: Saving a Vital Piece of History in Tarrytown: The Acker Farmhouse

by Richard Rose, Tar­ry­town Vil­lage His­to­rian    Liv­ing in a com­mu­nity like Tar­ry­town at­tracts res­i­dents who value the charm and at­mos­phere of a his­toric vil­lage. Tar­ry­town is full of life with its restau­rants, River­Walk Park, Mu­sic Hall a... More »

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Letter from Police Chiefs – Marijuana Legalization

The Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association has asked The Hudson Independent, along with other news organizations, to publish their letter protesting the legalization of recreational marijuana. While the paper has not taken an editorial position for or... More »

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Opinion – Time to Stand Up for a Free Press: We’re Not the Enemy

by Layne Bruce –  Enough already. The last couple of years have been an unending barrage against the freedom of the press and the practitioners of this noble trade. From being called “liars,” “fake,” and “sick” by irate politicians to enduring capricious and p... More »

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It’s Time to Stand Up to the Bullying

The following editorial was written by Judy Patrick, vice president of the New York Press Association, in response to a call by editors of the Boston Globe for newspapers across the country to run similar editorials on this date. The Hudson Independent is repr... More »

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Letter to Nita Lowey U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Nita Lowey U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Representative Lowey, A Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” On April 20th, 1999, two teenage boys murdered 13 of... More »

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Point/Counterpoint: Bike Lanes and Broadway

  Let’s Move Forward on Bike Lanes for BroadwayLet’s Go Slow on Bike Lanes Before Acting Let’s Move Forward on Bike Lanes for Broadway By Daniel Convissor –  The rivertowns are collaborating on the Route 9 Active Transportation study. This process has stimulat... More »

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‘Brian, is your police department going to send me back?’

I have been trying to learn Spanish since I was about 10. To practice I often engage in small talk with bussers and servers in local restaurants. We chat about where they are from, but mostly about soccer as I am a huge fan. On the Friday night after the inaug... More »

Trip to Cuba was Enlightening

As the Obama administration moves to widen relations with Cuba, more Americans are visiting the island nation under the existing restrictive travel rules. Tarrytown resident Maddy Simon describes her visit in this article. |  by Maddy Simon  | I visited Cuba f... More »

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