Author Archives: Chris Eberhart

Playland talks fluid

By Chris Eberhart The county executive’s office continues to keep a $100,000 Playland consultant report under wraps while it has been in talks with Standard Amusements as a potential operator of Playland, the Review has learned.  In June 2014, following the collapse of Sustainable Playland, Inc.’s plan to renovate the Westchester County-owned amusement park, County […]

Legislation to save Smoke Shop expires

By CHRIS EBERHART The city council’s plan to save what some have termed as an iconic structure may have just gone up in smoke.  Last November, the Rye City Council passed legislation that was intended to save the T.D.’s Rye Smoke Shop from closing its doors after 90-plus years in business. The legislation allowed the […]

Cuomo pushes school reforms

By CHRIS EBERHART Armed with another four years in Albany, the governor is targeting teachers in his education reform policy.  And he’s offering more than $700 million to make it easier for school districts to “expeditiously but effectively remove failing teachers.” In his State of the State address, presented on Jan. 21, New York State […]

Cuomo, Lowey restore 2015 HUD funding

By CHRIS EBERHART A year’s worth of federal funding from HUD that was lost by Westchester County has been retrieved by a joint agreement between the governor and area congresswoman.  The caveat for county administration officials is they are now being completely removed from the distribution of funds, as per the agreement. On Monday, Gov. […]

Ice rink president resigns

By CHRIS EBERHART Since construction began in 2013, Kevin Wright’s fingerprints were all over Tuckahoe’s recently-opened ice rink on Marbledale Road.   He dropped the ceremonial first puck before the inaugural hockey game in December 2014. He set up programs to teach children to skate and play hockey. He marketed the facility. On Dec. 21, […]

Source: Astorino, Standard Amusements in talks

By Chris Eberhart The county executive’s office continues to keep a $100,000 Playland consultant report under wraps while it has been in talks with Standard Amusements as a potential operator of Playland, the Review has learned.  In June 2014, following the collapse of Sustainable Playland, Inc.’s plan to renovate the Westchester County-owned amusement park, County […]

Lake Isle nears completion

By CHRIS EBERHART An engaged couple walked with Lou Gigante Jr. into the renovated grand ballroom during a tour of the Lake Isle catering hall. He pointed to the recently-installed, 13-foot-by-13-foot screen in the ceiling with “Mulino’s” written in a fancy, gold font against a black background. Welcome to the new name and new brand […]

Chief’s judgment questioned

By CHRIS EBERHART An assistant fire chief took a leave of absence after dispatching firefighters to at least three calls last summer a week after the alarms were actually called in, the Review has learned.  Richard Barber, the Rye Fire Department’s second assistant chief, voluntarily took a leave of absence in mid-September. However, Barber reinstated […]

Legislation aimed at saving Smoke Shop to expire

CHRIS EBERHART In November, the iconic T.D.’s Rye Smoke Shop appeared to be saved from going out of business after the Rye City Council passed legislation that allowed it to negotiate a special use permit with the building’s owner that would make an exception to a bank moratorium on Purchase Street.   But a three-month […]

Suit threatens Kensington

By CHRIS EBERHART Bronxville’s Kensington Road condominium project hit yet another roadblock last week after a federal lawsuit was filed against the village and the project’s developer.  Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc., a White Plains-based nonprofit organization that promotes fair housing, is accusing Bronxville of discriminating against children in the design and marketing of the Kensington […]