Category Archives: News

Parker announces countywide plastic bag ban

By JACKSON CHEN Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker announced a new bill she is sponsoring that proposes to limit the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam containers by retailers in Westchester.  Parker, a Rye Democrat, introduced the bill, which is being co-sponsored by four other Democratic county legislators, including Majority Leader Catherine Borgia, of Ossining, […]

Luxury condos proposed

By CHRIS EBERHART A long, narrow access drive leading to a rundown abandoned building at 100 Pondfield Road in Bronxville continues to be a riddle that baffles and may prevent redevelopment of the site. Since July, the village’s Planning Board has been vetting an updated proposal by the Yonkers-based real estate firm Pondfield Court, LLC […]

Height halts Halstead plan

By Alina Suriel The future of 241-247 Halstead Ave. is now uncertain after owners of the property withdrew their application to construct a mixed-use building over concerns of the proposed height of the structure. The applicant has been requesting seven variances for the property, the biggest of which would require the zoning board to allow […]

Federal ruling may impact affordable housing

By CHRIS EBERHART A federal district judge’s recent ruling in Washington D.C. and a pending Supreme Court case could completely change the complexion of the affordable housing saga in Westchester County.  Both are taking aim at disparate impact liability, which is defined as when a “defendant can be held liable for discrimination for a race-neutral […]

Schools review health center

By JACKSON CHEN The Mamaroneck School District Board of Education established a subcommittee to review the model of a school-based health center and to examine if there is a need for it in the district.  The subcommittee, formed last month, is comprised of two administrators, two board members, four parents and a district nurse. The […]

Mickey Spillane’s rooftop dining OK’d for variances

By JOHN BRANDI Eastchester’s zoning board unanimously approved Mickey Spillane’s request for three variances related to alterations to its second-floor rooftop dining area leaving the plan to create rooftop dining in Eastchester one step closer to reality.  At its Nov. 13 meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals found that the variances would generally not harm […]

Residential parking system under consideration

By JOHN BRANDI Harrison will consider designating certain streets to establish a boundary for a new residential parking permit system.  Town officials approved a public hearing on the new local law that is set for Dec. 4, to allow residents to comment on the parking system slated for streets that bisect both sides of the […]

Yandrasevich pleads guilty

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

Fourth grade boards the Half Moon

By HELENA McSHERRY Last week, fourth graders at the Bronxville School took a fun-filled voyage of discovery on Henry Hudson’s ship, the Half Moon.  Through an in-school field trip offering hands-on activities and the examination of replica artifacts, a historian from the New Netherland Museum brought to life the experience of sailors aboard the Half […]

Rye Neck policies may deter immigrants

By MARISSA PENN Seven local school districts, including Rye Neck, may be preventing immigrant children from enrolling at school by requiring them to produce birth certificates or social security numbers, thereby divulging their immigrant status, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.  The seven school districts in Westchester County are among 85 school districts […]