Author Archives: Chris Eberhart

Alternate school budget includes major cuts

By CHRIS EBERHART There’s a long list of repercussions from increased class sizes to the elimination of instructional programs and middle school sports if a tax cap override school budget fails a public vote. On Feb. 24, Rye Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez presented an $83.4 million budget for the 2015-2016 school year that includes […]

Rye MS/HS evacuated over bomb threat

Another morning at the Rye Middle School/High School was disrupted by a bomb threat, marking the fourth such threat since last October. Rye City School District administration officials said the students were immediately evacuated around 9:30 a.m. on March 9, after the threat was discovered scribbled on the second floor boys’ bathroom inside the high […]

Deer surge discussed

By CHRIS EBERHART There were 74 deer in a quarter of a square mile area in the Greenhaven and Jay property section of Rye, according to preliminary counts from Feb. 16 by the Westchester County Conservation, Parks and Recreation Department, and there seem to be just as many decisions that have to be made by […]

Deer surge discussed

By CHRIS EBERHART There were 74 deer in a quarter of a square mile area in the Greenhaven and Jay property section of Rye, according to preliminary counts from Feb. 16 by the Westchester County Conservation, Parks and Recreation Department, and there seem to be just as many decisions that have to be made by […]

Village’s fiscal stress calmer than reported

By CHRIS EBERHART Tuckahoe is under the second most fiscal stress in the state, according to a recent report released by the New York State comptroller. Village officials, however, say Tuckahoe is in better financial shape than what is being reported.  According to the report released on Feb. 20, Tuckahoe received a 69.2 percent and […]

Six Boy Scouts reach Eagle honor

By CHRIS EBERHART Of the 70 Boy Scouts in the Eastchester Troop 353, six reached Eagle, the highest honor in the Scouts, between 2014 and 2015.  That’s about 10 percent. In comparison, only six to seven percent of all the Boy Scouts in the country reached Eagle in 2013, according to the latest statistics from […]

Judge rules on Caspi reports

By CHRIS EBERHART and MARISSA PENN The former police commissioner, a current police lieutenant and the City of Rye have been reinstated as defendants in an alleged police brutality civil rights lawsuit after the recent discovery of two reports documenting one accused officer’s violent reputation.  In U.S  Southern District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s ruling on […]

School budget proposed to override tax cap

By CHRIS EBERHART The Rye City Board of Education will have to decide how to make up for a projected shortfall of $3.55 million in its proposed $83.4 million budget for the 2015-2016 school year.  To make up the difference, Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez is proposing a 5.08 percent increase over the allowable tax levy […]

Development dominates Tuckahoe election talk

By CHRIS EBERHART With village elections just weeks away, one Democrat has come forward to challenge the two Republican trustees seeking re-election. Meanwhile, Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, has decided to run for another term in the mayor’s office, yet Democrats are not opposing him.  Republican trustees Tom Giordano and Greg Luisi will be running […]

Village to attempt hotel occupancy tax again

By CHRIS EBERHART With a Marriott proposal in mind, the Tuckahoe village board will again try to gain authorization from the state to implement a hotel occupancy tax.  The state Legislature voted down the measure just last year. In order to install a hotel tax, a municipality must receive authorization from the state, which has […]