Author Archives: Chris Eberhart

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 […]

County wins housing appellate case

  By CHRIS EBERHART The county executive’s claims that HUD “acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner” in rejecting all eight of Westchester County submissions to obtain HUD-administered grant money can no longer be ignored.  On Feb. 18, a federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s decision that had said the U.S. Department of Housing […]

Parkway bridge to reopen

By CHRIS EBERHART Parkway Road Bridge is expected to be open for vehicle traffic by April 8 for the first time since June 2013. That is if all goes to plan. Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, a Republican, said the total $180,000 cost—which includes $150,000 for estimated construction costs and a $32,900 consultant contract—has been collected […]

Bronxville school budget under cap

By CHRIS EBERHART Rising student enrollment will drive the upcoming 2015-2016 budget discussions for the Bronxville school district. The first draft of the 2015-2016 school budget, totaling $46.8 million, was released during a Feb. 7 budget workshop meeting. The budget is still in its infancy, but early tallies indicate a 1.56 percent tax levy increase, […]

State to decide county HUD funding

By CHRIS EBERHART The fine print of last week’s agreement between the governor and area congresswoman will force Westchester municipalities to prove they’re providing low-income housing opportunities in order to receive previously lost federal funding.  On Feb. 9, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat, announced an […]

County addressing deer overpopulation

By CHRIS EBERHART An overabundant deer population doesn’t abide by municipal boundaries as they’re roaming about lower Westchester, so county officials are taking a top-down approach to addressing the issue by implementing a countywide plan that’s already been established within parks in the northern portions of the county.  “Regional deer management is important for any […]

Supt. Nuzzi to resign

By CHRIS EBERHART On Sept. 1, Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Nuzzi’s tumultuous, two-year tenure with the Tuckahoe school district will end.  Nuzzi informed the school district of her resignation for the purpose of retirement in a Feb. 11 email to teachers, which was obtained by the Review. She’s expected to make her announcement official at […]

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 […]