Category Archives: News

Mixed-use plan highlights zoning concerns

By JOHN BRANDI As plans move forward to revitalize Harrison’s downtown area, certain problems are coming to light as applications make their way through to the town’s land use boards. A mixed-use proposal for 249 Halstead Ave., has, perhaps unintentionally, highlighted the ugly side of rezoning, as neighbors to the project spoke out against the […]

First-ever downtown Rye historic district in talks

JACKSON CHEN The City of Rye’s Landmarks Advisory Committee has requested the City Council consider its proposal of creating the first historic district in downtown Rye.  The prospect of historic properties first materialized in December 2013 when the former council, under the administration of then Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, created a local law that […]

SWAT teams respond to hoax stabbing

By CHRIS EBERHART More than 50 police officers from Eastchester and neighboring communities, including SWAT teams, descended on a Joyce Road home searching for a man with a shotgun who reportedly stabbed his girlfriend, tied up her family and was holding them hostage.  The situation, which took place on April 4, turned out to be […]

Schools improve tech services

By Jackson Chen The Rye City School District has hired a new information technology consultant as a step to improve the technology services offered to its students. Edu Tek Limited, a Mamaroneck-based technology consultant for schools and healthcare companies, was hired during the district’s Board of Education meeting on March 23 for an annual cost […]

Business owners oppose extended meter hours

By Alina Suriel Trustees in the Village of Mamaroneck are working with local businesses to try to iron out installation details and make multi-space parking meters on Mamaroneck Avenue a reality. Members of the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce were even invited to sit in at a village board work session discussing the impending installation of […]

Potential I-95 toll draws concern

By MARISSA PENN A possible toll on I-95 at the New York-Connecticut border has local communities concerned that it could send traffic into the surrounding neighborhoods, possibly causing local road congestion as well as safety and environmental issues. At a press conference on March 31 at Port Chester Village Hall, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and […]

Youth council relies on community

By JOHN BRANDI The Harrison Youth Council has expanded its staff to meet the needs of the community as “risky behavior” trends continue to evolve, according to the new program director.  The council, which is headquartered at 84 Calvert St., has appointed two new staff members to provide in-house services for the five to 20 […]

Metro-North fares increase

By MARISSA PENN After being approved in January, Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare increases, which went up by 4.25 percent, went into effect on Sunday, March 22.  For the fifth time since 2008, fares on the Metro-North railroad, MTA New York City Transit buses and subways, MTA Bus, the MTA Staten Island Railway, and MTA Bridges […]

Vote on library’s fate nears

By JOHN BRANDI The saga over the Purchase Free Library’s fate sees the eviction proceedings coming to a head, as the institution and its landlord, Purchase Community Inc., set a date for when designated Purchase residents will vote on if the two remain shared-space tenants or go separate ways.  The date the two parties agreed […]

Proposed Eastchester school budget funds programs

By CHRIS EBERHART The Eastchester School District is proposing a $79.7 million budget for the 2015-2016 school year that will include funding to continue efforts to modernize the curriculum.  The budget, which is compliant with a 1.69 percent state-mandated tax levy cap, will advance the school district’s STEM—Science Technology Engineering Math—program, which was implemented during […]