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; follow her on Twitter @ryesoundshore.

Rye City Court Judge Runes retires

By LIZ BUTTON Rye City Court Judge Richard Runes stepped down from his position as part-time judge on Jan. 1 after reaching the mandatory age of retirement for New York State judges, leaving the Rye position open for a replacement. Runes, 69, was appointed to the Rye City Court bench in 2008 by former Mayor […]

Astorino for governor appears certain

  By LIZ BUTTON When asked about a pot-ential run for governor in 2014, Westchester’s Republican county executive, Rob Astorino, has thus far refused to answer directly, although he has called running a “definite maybe,” most recently at a Jan. 21 public forum in Mamaroneck. However, a website launched on Feb. 13 called, lent […]

City snow removal already over budget

By LIZ BUTTON One of the biggest challenges any new mayor faces is dealing with snow removal, according to Rye’s new mayor, Joe Sack. This is especially true during a bad winter. In order to ensure Rye residents make it through the remainder of the winter season, the City Council authorized City Manager Scott Pickup, […]

Library members get positive 2013 report

By LIZ BUTTON The annual 2013 report to members of the Rye Free Reading Room reflected positive developments for the library, which experienced a number of changes last year including the hiring of new Executive Director Chris Shoemaker in June and, in November, the receipt of increased city funding to support longer hours of operation. […]

Resident group founds emergency response team

By LIZ BUTTON In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the city administration and residents realized it would be considerably valuable to incorporate an element of community involvement into the existing emergency preparedness plan. As the city recovered from the storm, a group of a dozen residents came together to create a Community […]

Whitby employees sue

By LIZ BUTTON The company may have been fake, but the employees weren’t. Nine waiters, kitchen workers and bartenders hired by RM Staffing, one of the alleged shell companies set up by former Rye Golf Club manager Scott Yandrasevich, have filed a lawsuit seeking unpaid overtime and stolen tips. The lawsuit was filed against the […]

Court: Former PBA president must pay

By LIZ BUTTON Former Rye Police Benevolent Association president Timothy Chittenden was found guilty of eight traffic infractions on Jan. 29 that may cost him his license, concluding a Rye City Court traffic case that has been going on for almost two years. Chittenden, who is in the process of filing an appeal, has alleged […]

High school touts AP Art History class curriculum

By LIZ BUTTON Advanced Placement Art History is a popular elective class at Rye High School and, next year, teacher Sara Charles said, the course curriculum will be aligned with the AP World History curriculum, giving broader meaning and deeper historical context to her art history class’ current global focus. Charles teaches both classes, making […]

Teacher deal ignites controversy

By LIZ BUTTON Gail Topol, one of four elementary school teachers suspended eight months ago after being accused of “improperly coaching” students on state tests, has signed a settlement agreement with the Rye City School District to return to the classroom, but at a special Board of Education meeting called for the morning of Jan. […]

Sack begins transparency campaign for North Street plan

By LIZ BUTTON Rye residents will have full warning and a fair say well before any senior affordable housing complex at the corner of North Street and Theodore Fremd Avenue ever breaks ground, according to Mayor Joe Sack. Sack, a Republican, said, in the recent past, the public did not have enough notice preceding certain […]