Author Archives: Chris Eberhart

Liscio, Pagnotta win election; Tuckahoe budget passes

By CHRIS EBERHART The four-contestant race for Tuckahoe Board of Education ended with incumbent Michelle Liscio—437 votes—and newcomer Stephen Pagnotta—324 votes—nabbing the two open seats while the $31.5 million school budget passed by a nearly two-to-one margin. Liscio and Pagnotta defeated incumbent Jim Lombardi and challenger Lenny Carraturo, who received 270 and 248 votes, respectively. […]

Eastchester school budget passes; three incumbents return

By CHRIS EBERHART The 2014-2015 Eastchester school budget passed by more than a two-to-one margin, and incumbent Board of Education members Robert Summer, Willa Brody Hughes and Vito Catania are returning to the board after the May 20 vote and uncontested election. Eastchester Superintendent Walter Moran III thanked the voters. “I wish to express my […]

Summerfield housing proposal comes before ZBA

By CHRIS EBERHART There was a courtroom atmosphere at the May 13 Eastchester Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, with attorneys from each side of the Summerfield Street senior housing apartment proposal jabbing the other with pointed legal arguments. Developer DELV Development’s proposal, which dates back to 2012, calls for a five-story, 92-unit apartment building for […]

Rye City petitions DEC over SPI plan

By CHRIS EBERHART, LIZ BUTTON and PHIL NOBLE The City of Rye is not backing down from its demand to be the lead agency in the environmental review of Sustainable Playland, Inc.’s renovation plan for the iconic amusement park. On May 16, Michael Gerrard of the law firm Arnold and Porter, LLP, which is representing […]

Fire truck restored, lent to Harrison Fire Dept.

By CHRIS EBERHART A Harrison volunteer firefighter is loaning a piece of firefighting history to the town’s department. Roy Aletti, 56, a lifelong resident of Harrison and 33-year Harrison volunteer firefighter, has been collecting antique items—mostly patriotic-themed—for the past 30 years. His collection includes a 1916 band organ that plays carousel music and patriotic statues […]

Hotel could be a reality

By CHRIS EBERHART There could be a new hotel coming to Tuckahoe. Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, said there are “serious talks” about building a hotel on the old quarry site on Marbledale Road next to Phil Denning and Sons at 125 Marbledale Road. He believes there will be movement in the coming months. […]

Officials break ground on new rentals

By CHRIS EBERHART The current 3.4-acre site by the intersection of Winterhill Road and Main Street across the street from the Main Street Park is a barren mud lot composed of rocks, garbage and a giant crater.   “It’s an unsightly property, and it’s been an unsightly property for many, many years,” Tuckahoe Mayor Steve […]

County: SPI alone in court

By CHRIS EBERHART and LIZ BUTTON Sustainable Playland, Inc. will not be represented by Westchester County in current and future lawsuits, according to Bill Mooney, senior advisor to Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, despite previous assertions of indemnity from both SPI and the county executive.  According to an April 30 letter to Astorino from SPI […]

Amidst strife, SPI founder resigns

By CHRIS EBERHART and PHIL NOBILE The Review has learned Peter Rukeyser, a Rye resident who co-founded Sustainable Playland, Inc. and served on its executive board, has resigned from the group, leaving the nonprofit without any of its original founding members. Rukeyser, along with fellow Rye resident Dhruv Narain and wife Sandhya Subbarao created SPI […]

Tuckahoe budget adopted with sense of optimism

By CHRIS EBERHART Tuckahoe is “sailing on smooth seas,” according to Republican Trustee Greg Luisi, after the village adopted its $11.57 million budget. Much of the good news in the budget is due to an improved economy and pension increases leveling off, according to Treasurer John Pintos. “The economy in Westchester is improving. Pension costs […]