Author Archives: Chris Eberhart

Mystery spill, dead fish found

By CHRIS EBERHART A chemical spill and dead fish were found in the Beaver Swamp Brook, which sits on the border of Harrison and Rye City. Wendy Rosenbach, a spokesperson for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said DEC law enforcement officers responded to a call about the dead fish around 7 p.m. on Monday, […]

Eastchester schools seek input for tax break

By CHRIS EBERHART Feedback from Eastchester residents will decide if the public school district implements a tax exemption for veterans. The exemption comes as part of an amendment to an existing property tax law that has provided veterans with real estate tax relief through the municipal budget for the past couple of decades. The amendment, […]

CAI wants to run Playland alone

By CHRIS EBERHART Westchester County Legislator Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, recently introduced legislation in a memo that would create a 10-year lease with Central Amusements, Inc., and Standard Amusements, LLC to manage Rye Playland, but the president of Central Amusements said the company has no interest in teaming up with a competitor. “I want […]

EFD mutual aid reduced

By CHRIS EBERHART A three-alarm fire tore through two Yonkers homes on Saratoga Avenue around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 10. The Yonkers Fire Department exhausted all its resources and needed reinforcements from neighboring municipalities. A call for mutual aid was sent out. Eastchester was among the departments called, but its fire department couldn’t respond. The […]

Mayor pushes charter change for records access

By CHRIS EBERHART The Rye City Charter was amended last month to give the entire City Council the same authority as the mayor to “examine the books, papers and accounts of any board, commission, department, office or agency of the city,” bringing to light an old conflict between Mayor Joe Sack and former Mayor Douglas […]

Officials oppose United Water proposal

By CHRIS EBERHART The state’s Public Service Commission held two public hearings—one in New Rochelle and one in Rye—to discuss United Water Westchester and United Water New Rochelle’s proposed merger and rate increases, and it seemed every elected official and resident at the public hearings poked holes in the proposal. “I’m not opposed to the […]

No fire election change yet

  CHRIS EBERHART Moving the Eastchester Fire Commission election from December to the date of the general elections in November has been about as smooth a transition as steering a small sailboat in a hurricane. The move has been thrown off course for roughly four years now. Currently, the Eastchester Fire Commission elections are held […]

CIP identifies $22.8M in work

By CHRIS EBERHART City Planner Christian Miller presented Rye’s 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Plan—containing 53 potential projects estimated at a total cost of $22.8 million and an additional $5.53 million in vehicle and equipment purchases—during the Aug. 4 City Council meeting. “The city has a lot of stuff,” said Miller, referring to the 53 miles of […]