Author Archives: Chris Eberhart

Astorino takes housing war to Clinton’s home

By CHRIS EBERHART Hillary Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y. was the latest battleground in the housing war between the federal government and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican.  On July 21, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office said Westchester County should be held in contempt of court and be forced to pay monthly fines of […]

State doesn’t vote on EFD election change bill

By CHRIS EBERHART  Since 2010, the Eastchester Fire District has been unsuccessfully trying to move the fire commissioners’ election from December to coincide with Election Day in November in an effort to bolster voter turnout. But another New York state legislative session has now ended without a change. This year, as in years past, the […]

Tuckahoe residents sign petition, call for fast food ban

By CHRIS EBERHART In reaction to Subway’s impending entrance into Tuckahoe, village residents circulated petitions urging the village’s Board of Trustees to amend its zoning code to ban similar fast food shops and chain restaurants from joining the sub shop in the village. The Subway project is currently at the tail end of the planning […]

Keohane Glassberg takes over as Rye school board president

By CHRIS EBERHART Katy Keohane Glassberg  will move over one seat on the dais during Rye City Board of Education meetings as the former vice president succeeds recently-retired board president Laura Slack, who stepped down following the end of the 2014-2015 school year after nine years on the board.  “The school district is in excellent […]

Rye BOE approves two contract agreements

By CHRIS EBERHART The Rye City Board of Education approved memorandums of agreement with two unions, including a precedent-setting agreement with school district administrators, who agreed to give up their salary schedule as a cost-saving measure and move toward merit-based raises instead of automatic pay increases. The agreement with the Rye City Administrator Association was […]

Just-Michael raises $61K in county campaign

By CHRIS EBERHART Campaign finance reports for all of this year’s political candidates were required to be filed on July 15, and through July, Westchester County Legislator candidate Haina Just-Michael, a New Rochelle Democrat, had raised a whopping $61,000. By contrast, Just-Michael’s opponent, incumbent Sheila Marcotte, an Eastchester Republican, had only generated $7,898 in financing. […]

Legislature re-ups hotel tax; boutique inn in the works

By CHRIS EBERHART In a stunning, last-minute change of heart, the New York state Senate passed hotel occupancy tax bills for six Westchester communities, including several towns and villages, after years of unsuccessfully trying to petition the state for the tax. The Westchester municipalities that already had the hotel tax in place, including New Rochelle, […]

Astorino suffers setback in housing bout

By CHRIS EBERHART Recent momentum for Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in his fight against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over affordable housing came to a screeching halt during a U.S. Supreme Court decision made in late June.  On June 25, the court made a ruling on a Texas affordable housing […]

Rye reaches new contract with clerical unit

By CHRIS EBERHART The city has come to terms on a new contract with the city’s clerical unit that runs through 2016. The announcement came at the July 8 Rye City Council meeting. As part of the new contract, the salaries of the CSEA Local 1000 clerical unit will increase 2.25 percent each year from […]

Moran: EHS in need of expansion

By CHRIS EBERHART The Eastchester School District is looking to continue with a series of capital projects in the school buildings that started with the renovation and expansion of Waverly Kindergarten Center to include first grade in 2000 and the middle school in 2014.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the district’s attention will turn to […]