Author Archives: Chris Eberhart

State to pay Tuckahoe tax hike

By CHRIS EBERHART The Village of Tuckahoe is preparing itself to take advantage of the state’s tax freeze program, which will cover the added expenses to each homeowner incurred by the tax rate increase.  Tuckahoe’s proposed $11.5 million village budget calls for a 5.01 percent increase over last year’s budget, from $11 million,  and a […]

State aid boosts school budget

By CHRIS EBERHART The Harrison school district is proposing a $99.7 million budget that uses more-than-anticipated state aid to remain at the state-mandated 3.42 percent tax levy cap.  The $99.7 million budget represents a 1.01 percent increase over the 2013-2014 budget of $97.1 million and includes an estimated 3.58 percent tax rate increase, which differs […]

State aid saves school jobs; adds courses

By CHRIS EBERHART The Eastchester Board of Education adopted the district’s $77.4 million budget with more optimism than the preceding months of grim budget presentations that consisted of proposed deep staff reductions. Since the budget was first presented in early March, the final budget has increased by approximately $500,000 in spending, but the district has […]

Harrison man to join burger craze

By CHRIS EBERHART A Harrison man is looking to bring a Texas burger chain to Westchester County. Anthony Grippo, who has been living in Harrison for the past 10 years with his wife and three children, is in the midst of a search for the next location of MOOYAH, a burger chain that began in […]

School district divide splits Tuckahoe

By CHRIS EBERHART The public caught a glimpse of the administration-versus-teachers mantra that teachers say is eroding morale inside the Tuckahoe school district during a back-and-forth exchange at the March 10 and April 7 Board of Education meetings. At both meetings, Tuckahoe teachers union president Marianne Amato opposed the district’s proposed layoff of a social […]

State budget axes inBloom

By CHRIS EBERHART The state Education Department has abandoned the controversial student database inBloom. The state discontinued inBloom’s service as part of its budget—passed on March 31—but parents remain concerned with the prospect of data collection as a possibility going forward. Collecting personally identifiable student data was a component of the Common Core, created in […]

Playland meeting yields a stalemate

By CHRIS EBERHART The Playland jurisdiction debate is boiling down to a who-blinks-first battle of wills between the Westchester County administration and the City of Rye. Both Rye Mayor Joe Sack, a Republican, and County Executive Rob Astorino, also a Republican, have dug their heels into the ground of Playland’s parking lot and neither side […]

Harrison debate star to compete internationally

By CHRIS EBERHART Danny DeBois, a 17-year-old senior at Harrison High School, is the country’s No. 1 Lincoln-Douglas debater, which is a one-on-one, timed form of debates. Come August, he will take his talents to Bangkok, Thailand to partake in an international debate competition. DeBois was selected by the National Forensic League—along with nine students […]

Parking dilemma discussed

By CHRIS EBERHART Parking will become scarce in Bronxville as the Kensington Road condominium project gets underway, but the village’s mayor and Board of Trustees are looking into ways to remedy the situation. Once construction of the 54-unit condo begins, which is scheduled to start as early as June 15, 179 parking spaces in the […]

Memories of Michael Frey carry on

By CHRIS EBERHART In the otherwise quiet Town of Eastchester, people still can recall the tragic events of March 21, 1996. Eastchester police officers Michael Frey, 29, and Richard Morrissey, 45, responded to a call for help when Richard Sacchi, Jr. opened fired on the unsuspecting officers with a high-powered rifle from the second floor […]