Author Archives: Daniel Offner

About Daniel Offner

Daniel Offner joined Hometown Media Group as a staff reporter in 2012 after working as a freelancer and has since covered the Town/Village of Harrison and the villages of Bronxville and Larchmont. Offner holds a B.A. in journalism from SUNY Stony Brook and has previous experience as an intern for WSHU, an NPR affiliate in Fairfield, Conn. He is also an avid photographer, occasional blogger, and an amateur web designer who aspires to one day write for a national publication. Reach Dan at 914-653-1000 x26 or; follow him on Twitter @harrisonreport.

Harrison sees increase in graffiti

More than a year since state officials were informed about the graffiti under the Hutchinson River Parkway overpass along Lincoln Avenue in Purchase, Harrison town officials are frustrated since the state has yet to clean it up. According to Republican Mayor Ron Belmont, since the Hutchinson Parkway overpass is a state right-of-way, the state Department […]

Harrison to take another shot at hotel tax in 2014

By DANIEL OFFNER The fourth time might be the charm. Members of the New York State Assembly have passed a long-awaited home rule bill that could potentially enable Harrison to levy a 3 percent tax on hotel occupants and provide the municipality with as much as $250,000 a year in non-property tax dollars. According to […]

Bronxville examines downtown

By DANIEL OFFNER Faced with a slew of vacant storefronts in its business district, the Village of Bronxville is looking for ways to improve its business climate and attract new businesses. To that end, village officials hired  Phillips Preiss Grygiel LLC, a planning and real estate consulting firm, over the summer to examine the central […]

Astorino, Bramson discuss sustainability

By DANIEL OFFNER While the race for West­chester county executive has become one rife with accusations between the two candidates, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund provided an opportunity to hear Rob Astorino and Noam Bramson address topics of relevance for voters. During the first candidates forum held on Sept. 23, both […]

The long, strange road ahead, and the one behind

By DANIEL OFFNER For those who say community beat reporting is a thankless occupation, one in which you work countless hours to write local stories each week hoping people in the community will care enough to pick up a copy of the newspaper and read them, the truth is, hyper-local news may be one of […]

Walsh mum on campaign finances

By DANIEL OFFNER With Election Day less than two months away, the two candidates seeking the title of mayor have begun canvassing Harrison with the hope of gaining financial contributions for their campaigns. Based on the July 2013 contribution filings made with the New York State Board of Elections, incumbent Republican Mayor Ron Belmont is […]

Harrison homeowners urged to re-register for STAR

By DANIEL OFFNER Homeowners currently receiving a basic STAR exemption from the state will need to re-register with the state Department of Taxation and Finance by Dec. 31, 2013 or they will lose out on state tax relief benefits provided by the program in 2014 and future years. The loss of basic STAR benefits will […]

Amelio, Cannella earn Conservative berths

Campaign season is in full-effect in the Town/Village of Harrison as the five incumbent town officials seeking re-election—including the mayor, two councilpersons, town clerk and receiver of taxes—prepare to face the all-female Democratic slate in the upcoming November 2013 general elections. In July, the Harrison Conservat­ive Committee made their endorsements, choosing only four candidates, leaving […]

Westchester commemorates 9/11 anniversary

By DANIEL OFFNER It’s been more than a decade since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 shocked the entire nation. Now, 12 years later, the tragedy that befell New York City continues to unite people from all walks of life in mourning of the 2,996 people whose lives were cut short that day. In […]

Bronxville celebrates exhibit of Rodin’s works

By DANIEL OFFNER For the next 10 weeks, the O’Silas gallery at Concordia College in the Village of Bronxville will showcase the works of world-renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibition features several of Rodin’s 19th Century bronze works that are on loan from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. For Shanley Hanlon, manager of […]