Author Archives: Liz Button

About Liz Button

Liz Button is a staff reporter for Hometown Media Group’s The Rye Sound Shore Review. Previously, she covered Bedford and Mount Kisco for The Daily Voice, an Internet-based, hyperlocal publication. She’s also written for Patch in her hometown of Trumbull, Conn., as a freelance reporter and fill-in editor. Preceding her time there, she worked in publishing in New York City. She is a 2008 graduate of Bowdoin College with a degree in English. Reach Liz at 914-653-1000 x20 or liz@hometwn.com; follow her on Twitter @ryesoundshore.

Eastchester library children’s room reopens

By LIZ BUTTON Extensive improvements to the Eastchester Public Library children’s room were completed March 7, giving a new aesthetic lease on life to a space that had not undergone renovations since it opened in 1967. After about $60,000 worth of renovations that began soon after the 2013 holiday season, the children’s room now has […]

School district’s firm: No conflict for Slack

By LIZ BUTTON A legal review commissioned by the Rye City Board of Education following accusations of a conflict of interest involving board president has, in the majority of the board’s view, exonerated her. However, concerns over the integrity of the review have been brought forward by one board member who said the law firm […]

Insurance won’t cover Whitby suit

By LIZ BUTTON City officials have confirmed the city’s insurance carrier will not provide coverage for the millions of dollars in damages sought by employees at Rye Golf Club’s Whitby Castle in their lawsuit to recover what they say are unpaid overtime wages and stolen tips. The City Council authorized City Manager Scott Pickup at […]

City submitted $2.1M claim for golf theft

By LIZ BUTTON According to city documents obtained this week, the City of Rye filed a $2.1 million insurance claim last August to recover money allegedly stolen by former Rye Golf Club manager Scott Yandrasevich. The number is viewed as larger than expected when compared to a February 2013 investigative report commissioned by the city, […]

School budget carries $1.2M shortfall

By LIZ BUTTON The Tuckahoe Union Free School District presented a $31.3 million budget that carries a $1.2 million shortfall, kicking-off the district’s 2014-2015 budget process on March 10. The budget for next school year reflects a 1.47 percent property tax levy increase which translates to a levy limit increase of $382,959. This property tax […]

Four students get highest scouting honors

By LIZ BUTTON Four students at Eastchester High School, including a set of twins, recently achieved the highest award in scouting. Three Boy Scouts attained Eagle Scout ranking: William Brown, a senior; Michael Poletti, a senior; and Sebastien Maroun, a sophomore, and one Girl Scout, William’s twin sister Rebecca, also a senior, achieved the ranking […]

Sack catching up on SPI

By LIZ BUTTON Two months into his term, Mayor Joe Sack has stepped more fully into his newly minted leadership role, taking it upon himself to organize what turned out to be a three-and-a-half hour discussion at Rye City Hall on Sustainable Playland Inc.’s proposed plan to reinvent the county-owned Playland amusement park. The well-attended […]

Proposed school budget shows $3.8M shortfall

By LIZ BUTTON The superintendent’s proposed budget of $79.4 million for the Rye City School District’s 2014-2015 school year carries a projected shortfall of $3.8 million. On March 4, Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez presented his initial budget document accompanied by several options for the Board of Education to weigh in order to address the anticipated […]

Central Avenue lot breeds contention

By LIZ BUTTON Proponents of green space in the city are protesting the graveling-over of a quarter-acre piece of land at the corner of Central Avenue and Boston Post Road, which has been utilized as a small-scale park since 1967. A choice by the city after the Central Avenue Bridge reconstruction was completed in August […]

Compagnone harassment case headed for trial

By LIZ BUTTON Rye City police officer and PBA president Franco Compagnone is fighting harassment charges stemming from a physical altercation with a Rye resident outside an Eastchester car show last year. The case is headed to court on April 9. Compagnone’s Oct. 20, 2013, scuffle with longtime adversary Jim Amico, 51, resulted in charges […]