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.

Police commissioner search raises conflict concerns

By LIZ BUTTON The city manager’s failure to disclose his connection to a police commissioner search firm the city hired this November has made some in Rye, including the mayor-elect, question the city’s commitment to discouraging conflicts of interest. Given the recent climate of scandal in the city, the mere perception of a conflict of […]

Library’s centennial concludes with Christmas craft

Guests gathered at the Rye Free Reading Room on Dec. 20 to make vintage Christmas cards, a holiday-themed historical craft project that served as the culmination of the library’s centennial celebration. Rye Historical Society education curator Jennifer Plick laid out a selection of materials to make authentic retro cards that illustrated how Rye homes used […]

Council appointments heat up

By LIZ BUTTON Beginning Jan. 1, the newly elected City Council will have two vacancies to fill on the seven-member board and Rye mayor-elect Joe Sack has vowed to manage the appointment process a bit differently than the one that led to Councilwoman Julie Killian’s selection last June. With less than two weeks to go […]

Former golf club manager won’t take plea deal

By LIZ BUTTON Former Rye Golf Club general manager Scott Yandrasevich rejected the Westchester District Attorney’s offer to negotiate a plea deal related to charges of second-degree grand larceny at an appearance in Rye City Court Dec. 17.  More than a year since news of a far reaching, long running financial scandal at the city […]

Fired pool staffing company sues city

By LIZ BUTTON After being fired from the Rye Golf Club five weeks before the end of the summer season, pool management company American Leisure is suing the city for money it claims it is contractually owed.  Through the summer, reports of poor filtration, insufficient lifeguard staffing, murky water and chlorine deficiency from pool users […]

SPRYE to use grant to digitize transportation data

By LIZ BUTTON Rye-based non-profit SPRYE, which stands for “Staying Put in Rye & Environs,” received a $5,000 sustainability grant from the Village-to-Village Net-work—a national organization that lends support to groups that facilitate aging in place—the group announced Dec. 3. Aging in place is SPRYE’s mission. The group helps senior residents in the area continue […]

Adjusted budget lowers tax rate, pulls police/court funding

By LIZ BUTTON The city’s revised 2014 budget defers improvements to the police station and courthouse and whittles the tax rate increase down to 1.99 percent, which reflects a $73 increase in property taxes for the average household. The property tax rate increase in the original version of the budget presented by the city manager […]

Council to rule on zoning law

By LIZ BUTTON Residents’ misgivings that many new houses being built in Rye are out of scale in size and height compared to the majority of homes that populate the city’s neighborhoods has led to a proposal that would change the way attic space is included in the calculation of a house’s total floor area. […]

Youth Council to honor community service MVPs

By LIZ BUTTON The Rye Youth Council has chosen three local couples as its 2014 Most Valuable People; Kendall and Ken Egan, Paulette and Eric Mann, and Jean and Pat Romano in honor of their years of service to youth and families in Rye. “It is a tribute to this community that, after so many […]

Forum addresses state, local finance issues

    By LIZ BUTTON Whether the recent bankruptcy of Detroit, Mich., could pose a similar threat in New York is a scary question, but it’s one state and local government officials may be asking themselves of late. Last week, the League of Wo-men Voters of Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester assembled four economic […]