Author Archives: Chris Eberhart

Former Eastchester firefighter sues fire district

By CHRIS EBERHART A former Eastchester firefighter who was diagnosed with bladder cancer and couldn’t return to work because of the likelihood of recidivism, according to doctors, was subsequently fired for missing too much time.  Now, PJ Maldari is suing the Eastchester Fire District for civil service violations. Maldari, a 10-year veteran of the fire […]

Westchester budget impacts Playland

By CHRIS EBERHART Westchester County legislators said the $1.75 billion county budget for 2015 wasn’t perfect, but nonetheless passed it by a 10-7 vote.  With the budget’s adoption, comes the first Playland marketing increase in funding in the past 27 years along with a sign of hesitancy on the part of a majority of legislators […]

Rye TV studio to wait

By CHRIS EBERHART A long-awaited proposal to construct a state-of-the-art production studio inside City Hall for Rye TV that requires funding from the city has apparently been scrapped, according to sources. The estimated $850,000 studio construction project was expected to be eliminated from the city’s 2015 budget at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, after press time. […]

Federal ruling may impact affordable housing

By CHRIS EBERHART A federal district judge’s recent ruling in Washington D.C. and a pending Supreme Court case could completely change the complexion of the affordable housing saga in Westchester County.  Both are taking aim at disparate impact liability, which is defined as when a “defendant can be held liable for discrimination for a race-neutral […]

Astorino keeps promise of no tax increase

By CHRIS EBERHART Not long after losing his bid for governor, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, returned home to present his proposed spending plan for the county that features no tax levy increases for the fifth consecutive year. Now, the Westchester County Board of Legislators has until Dec. 27 to make changes, negotiate […]

Town adopts 2015 budget

By CHRIS EBERHART The Eastchester Town Council adopted a 2015 budget $81,000 below the 1.56 percent tax levy cap, continuing a trend of fiscal prudence that’s earned the town high marks in state financial ratings.  The $34.49 million budget, adopted unanimously by the board during its Dec. 2 meeting, is roughly $74,000 less than the […]

Two candidates run for fire board

By CHRIS EBERHART Two candidates are bidding for the one open seat on the Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioners.  After spending 15 years as a commissioner, Raymond O’Hare decided not to run for re-election this year leaving the seat open. North Eastchester resident Brian Keating, 48, and Tuckahoe resident Anthony Lore, 65, are looking to […]

Water rates set to increase

By CHRIS EBERHART The New York State Public Service Commission approved a merger between United Water New Rochelle, Inc. and United Water Westchester, Inc. and OK’d a portion of a proposed $14.4 million rate increase.  The two companies, which are direct subsidiaries of United Waterworks, Inc., merged to become more efficient with their operations and […]

ZBA approves Summerfield

By CHRIS EBERHART The Summerfield Gardens proposal was approved by a 4 to 1 vote of the Eastchester Zoning Board of Appeals, and the project’s protesting neighbors, who have made their objections heard throughout the 26-month planning process, were left fuming and mulling their next steps which could consist of legal action. One group of […]

City manager: Fire department staffed for failure

By CHRIS EBERHART Rye City Manager Frank Culross made it clear the city needs to hire additional paid firefighters in 2015 to bolster a severely understaffed department. In Culross’s proposed 2015 budget, which was first released on Nov. 5, the city manager allocated money in the budget to hire four firefighters next October to essentially […]