Author Archives: Christian Falcone

About Christian Falcone

Christian Falcone is the editor-in-chief for the Hometown Media Group chain of weekly newspapers covering cities, towns and villages throughout Westchester County. He took over the seat in April 2013. Prior to that he spent more than six years as an associate editor of The Rye Sound Shore Review. Known for his investigative brand of journalism, Christian has collected numerous awards for his reporting. Most notably, he took home honors for his coverage of the 2007 floods as well as Tropical Storm Irene. Most recently, he uncovered the alleged corruption at Rye Golf Club that led to an ongoing criminal investigation by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office. Prior to joining HomeTown Media Group in February 2007, Falcone reported for the Long Island Press and Queens Courier. He is a graduate of Hofstra University. Christian can be reached at 914-653-1000 x19 or at chris@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @christfalcone.

Yandrasevich pleads guilty

Scott Yandrasevich, the former general manager of the Rye Golf Club, pleaded guilty in White Plains court this morning to grand larceny and falsifying records; he will now serve one year in Westchester County Jail. Yandrasevich, 50, accepted the plea deal on Nov. 6, just days before he was set to stand trial in connection […]

BREAKING: Rye petitions DEC over SPI plan

By CHRIS EBERHART Staff Writer The City of Rye is not backing down from its demand to be the lead agency in the environmental review of Sustainable Playland, Inc.’s renovation plan for the iconic amusement park. The Review has learned that, on May 16, Michael Gerrard of the law firm Arnold and Porter, LLP, which […]

BREAKING: City Manager Pickup resigns

By CHRISTIAN FALCONE As the clock struck midnight on Wednesday, time ran out for Scott Pickup. Republican Mayor Joe Sack announced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting that the council had finalized a separation agreement with Pickup, the city’s embattled manager. The decision was authorized by a unanimous vote of six members of the Rye City […]

After win, Parker turns focus to county issues

By CHRISTIAN FALCONE Call her county legislator-elect. After two weeks of anticipation, Catherine Parker was declared victorious in her race for Westchester’s District 7 legislative seat. The final confirmation came on Nov. 19, after Westchester County Board of Election officials pored through hundreds of absentee and affidavit ballots. The results weren’t enough for Republican John […]

Astorino scores decisive victory, second term

By CHRISTIAN FALCONE It turned out Rob Astorino wasn’t too extreme for Westchester after all. Facing constant attacks from his opponent on issues that some would argue don’t belong in local politics and a two-to-one voter registration disadvantage, Republican County Executive Astorino still managed to retain his seat for a second four-year term. Astorino defeated […]

Mamaroneck Republicans’ mailer distorts Review article

The Mamaroneck Village Republican Committee has circulated a campaign mailer supporting incumbents Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Trustee Louis Santoro that superimposes and juxtaposes campaign text in such a way as to suggest it originated in the story “Neuringer violated ethics code” in the Oct. 25 edition of The Mamaroneck Review. The opinions and conclusions presented […]

Verni gains momentum with primary win

By Christian Falcone Now that John Verni’s Indepen­dence primary victory is certified and official, the Republican candidate turns a confident eye toward November. Verni, a New Rochelle native in the midst of moving to Mamaroneck, has defeated his Democratic opponent in the race for the District 7 county legislator seat, Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, […]

Verni campaign gains momentum with primary win

By Christian Falcone Now that John Verni’s Indepen­dence primary victory is certified and official, the Republican candidate turns a confident eye toward November. Verni, a New Rochelle native in the midst of moving to Mamaroneck, has defeated his Democratic opponent in the race for the District 7 county legislator seat, Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, […]

Parker, Verni await Independence results

Catherine Parker’s primary goal Tuesday night was securing the Democratic nomination for county legislator, she did that with a victory over former Village of Mamaroneck Trustee Tom Murphy. In a smaller battle, Parker also sought to fend off the challenge of Republican John Verni for control of the Independence Party line. Results of that primary […]

Republican divide leads to unprecedented primary

By CHRISTIAN FALCONE Infighting within the city’s Republican Party is not uncommon. But the current strife has led a faction of GOP members to primary for election district leaders and that is unprecedented. On Sept. 10, registered Republicans will have the option of voting for district leaders. In total, six election districts are being challenged. […]