Author Archives: Chris Eberhart

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 […]

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 […]