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Town out of HUD settlement

By ASHLEY HELMS One less Westchester municipality remains on the Dep-artment of Housing and Urban Development’s list of communities earmarked for construction of affordable housing units. The Mamaroneck Town Cou-ncil received notification on Dec. 11 from James Johnson, HUD’s federal monitor, that, due to its efforts in expanding opportunities for affordable housing, the town would […]

Sciliano appointed deputy supervisor

Of the many appointments made by the Town Council during its Jan. 2 board meeting, one of the more notable ones was the appointment of Town Councilman Fred Sciliano to Deputy Supervisor for the upcoming year. Sciliano, who is serving his second term for the all-Republican Harrison Town Council, was appointed to deputy supervisor for […]

Kaplowitz voted board chairman

By ASHLEY HELMS There has been a change of course on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. On Monday, county Legis-lator Mike Kaplowitz, a York-town Democrat, replaced Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, as chairman of the Board of Legislators for the 2014-2015 legislative term following the formation of a bipartisan coalition of nine legislators that […]

Village approves $2.7M in infrastructure bonding

By ASHLEY HELMS The Village of Mamaroneck is in the midst of shoring up some of its infrastructure, but the repairs won’t come without a price tag for taxpayers. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a bond package worth $2.7 million on Dec. 16 intended to pay for various improvements around the village, many of […]

Neighbors: SPI plan not sustainable

By LIZ BUTTON, CHRIS EBERHART and PHIL NOBILE The chosen plan to fulfill County Executive Rob Astorino’s quest to reinvigorate Playland, the Rye-based historic amusement park, has been the subject of scrutiny from some of the park’s neighbors after they discovered a Costco-sized field house is set to be built yards away from their homes. […]

Minimum wage increase comes with a price

By CHRIS EBERHART As part of a New York State bill passed in March 2013, the minimum wage will increase by $1.75 an hour in three increments from 2013 to 2015, jumping from $7.25 to $8 on Dec. 31, 2013, then to $8.75 by the end of 2014 and finally to $9 by the end […]

Re-elected town Republicans sworn in

As snow piled onto the Town of Harrison during an early January storm, the Jan. 2 Town Council meeting began with the inauguration of the town’s returning elected officials. Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont, a Republican, told those in attendance there was a big year on the horizon for the town, from plans to fix flooding […]

Sack steps in as mayor, sworn in before full house

  By LIZ BUTTON Close to 200 friends, family members, political supporters and public officials filled the Rye City Council chambers and part of the hall on the morning of Jan. 5 to witness the inauguration of Republican Joe Sack as Rye City mayor. Sack’s three “Rye United” running mates and new Westchester County Legislator […]

Astorino sworn in to second term

By ASHLEY HELMS On his New Year’s Day 2014 inauguration ceremony, County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, took his oath of office in a much more intimate setting than the first time he was elected to the seat in 2009. Only family and staff members witnessed the official start to the county executive’s second term; […]

Cuts lead to busy holiday season for soup kitchens

  By KATIE HOOS Soup kitchens in Westchester County, which were stretched thin even before recent governmental funding cuts, are now seeing an increased number of visitors looking to make ends meet. Roughly $5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, coupled with the rising cost of food, […]