Author Archives: Ashley Helms

About Ashley Helms

Ashley Helms has been covering Eastchester and Tuckahoe for The Town Report since 2012 and has recently added Rye to her coverage area. Before joining Home Town Media Group, Ashley freelanced for the Daily Voice in Fairfield County, Conn., and was a social media intern at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. She graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and gender studies. She currently resides in the Bronx. Reach Ashley at 914-653-1000 x23 or ashley@hometwn.com; follow her on Twitter @townreport.

Re-enactor tells story of Abigail Adams

By ASHLEY HELMS Though she lived during a time when women weren’t allowed to own their own property, Abigail Adams proclaimed women should have more of a place in society than just being subservient to their husbands, leading some, including members of the Rye Historical Society, to consider her “America’s first modern woman.” Adams’ outspoken […]

Jefferson Ave. Bridge: A project delayed

By ASHLEY HELMS After 18 months of construction, numerous anticipated finishing dates and one broken sewer line, the Jefferson Avenue Bridge remains closed to vehicular traffic with no opening date in sight. The bridge was officially closed in September 2012 to increase space between the base of the bridge and the Mamaroneck River in order […]

Former councilman appointed judge

By ASHLEY HELMS A fresh, although perhaps familiar, face has joined the ranks of Rye City Court judge. Mayor Joe Sack, a Republican, and the City Council unanimously appointed Robert Cypher, Jr., a former Republican city councilman who had a seat on the dais from 2002 to 2005, as a part-time city judge on Feb. […]

Village considers smoking ban in parks

By ASHLEY HELMS If a new proposed law is passed in the Village of Mamaroneck, smokers will be out of luck in public parks. A ban on smoking tobacco products, most notably cigarettes, in parks within the village was proposed by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 24. A prohibition on smoking in the parks […]

Village pushing for hotel tax

By ASHLEY HELMS In order to bring in more revenue through ways other than property taxes, the Village of Mamaroneck is seeking approval from New York State to implement a hotel tax. The village Board of Trustees approved support for a hotel tax at its Feb. 23 meeting. The law must be passed by the […]

County executive proposes flood mitigation

By ASHLEY HELMS A proposal to combat flooding by planting a new crop of vegetation on the banks of the Mamaroneck River at the county-owned Saxon Woods Park is in front of the Board of Legislators for review. Submitted to the board by County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, on Feb. 21, the Mamaroneck River […]

Village’s snow budget depleted

By ASHLEY HELMS Numerous storms have pummeled the Village of Mamaroneck this winter with more than two feet of snow. As a result, the village’s snow budget has been depleted and requires extra shipments of salt before the winter is over. According to Village Clerk Augie Fusco, taking into con-sideration the bills for new salt […]

Local Summit talks affordability

By ASHLEY HELMS Members of local nonprofits, along with Mamaroneck Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps, came together at the Feb. 11 Larchmont-Mamaroneck Local Summit to discuss the individual challenges that lower-income and immigrant populations face in both the town and village of Mamaroneck. While Shaps spoke about what the school district is […]

Board denies Hampshire petition

By ASHLEY HELMS Opponents of plans to develop on Hampshire Country Club’s golf course can celebrate a victory, at least for now. A petition for rezoning aimed at developing luxury condominiums where a clubhouse currently stands on the club’s golf course, a proposal that received harsh criticism from some village residents, was unanimously defeated on […]

Cameron named Democratic chair

By LIZ BUTTON Former City Council candidate Meg Cameron has been selected to lead the city’s Democratic Party after committee chairman Rodney Brown announced his resignation at the committee’s Feb. 4 meeting.  Rye Democrats are hoping that Cameron’s leadership will help jumpstart the political party, which was trounced by Republican opposition in the 2013 City […]