Author Archives: Katie Hoos

Pie-eating success for downtown market

By KATIE “Sweet Potato” HOOS She was hungry for the win. New Rochelle’s Luz Quevedo was crowned champion in the first Downtown Business Improvement District Farmers Market sweet potato pie-eating contest, smearing her competition and landing the top prize—a basket of homemade goodies from the event’s sponsor, Luscious Little Dessert Company. “This is the fourth […]

Digital Westchester ranks one of highest in nation

By KATIE HOOS For the ninth year, Westchester County was named one of the nation’s most digital counties, using social media and digital technology to enhance services and keep residents informed. The award, issued by the Center for Digital Government—a national research institute on information technology within local and state governments—and the National Association of […]

Harbor Coastal Commission remains status quo

By KATIE HOOS Reviewing a draft of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program last week, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees decided to stick to the status quo regarding the role of the Harbor Coastal Zone Management Commission and its involvement with analyzing the waterfront document and making consistency determinations. At its July 21 work […]

City Council eyes commissioner control

    By KATIE HOOS The Rye City Council is considering having the final say in the hiring and firing of the city’s police commissioner, doing away with a duty that has been the sole responsibility of the city manager for decades. Currently, the city manager appoints all department heads and all other city employees, […]

Village to adopt towns’ rolls

BY KATIE HOOS After much discussion regarding the Village of Mamaroneck’s property assessment values, officials say the village will likely adopt the Town of Mamaroneck and the Town of Rye’s tax rolls and eliminate the village assessor’s office. According to Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, the Board of Trustees is leaning toward […]

Learn to sail the sound

By KATIE HOOS The sun casts a bright beam of light on the water and a group of small sailboats moored on the calm waters of the Long Island Sound dot the coast of Hudson Park New Rochelle. Janusz Machnica is bringing a 23-foot Sonar sailboat into the marina while his business partner, Marc Hohenstein, […]

Bank may save Smoke Shop

    By KATIE HOOS Faced with the reality that TD’s Rye Smoke Shop could soon close due to pending rent increases, some city officials are brainstorming ideas to save the shop, including installing a bank on a portion of the shop’s property despite the city’s decade old moratorium on new banks. The more than […]

Red light cameras coming

By KATIE HOOS Drivers in Westchester County will soon be under the watchful eye of more red light cameras, with New Rochelle and Mount Vernon slated to install the passive traffic enforcers in the coming months. Following approval from the state Legislature earlier this month, the cities will have the authority to install red light […]

Twining picked to develop New Rochelle waterfront

BY KATIE HOOS The New Rochelle City Council selected Twining Properties to revamp the city’s waterfront following a near decade-long struggle to develop the area. Twining Properties, a Manhattan-based real estate developer, won the opportunity to develop the mixed-use project through a unanimous vote of the City Council on July 8. The developer will enter […]

Streetscape blocked by construction

BY KATIE HOOS Con Edison work to repair gas lines will simultaneously occur alongside the Palmer Avenue Streetscape construction, throwing a wrench in the original project plans. With work initially slated to begin July 7 along the west side of Palmer Avenue from Depot Way to the north side of Chatsworth Avenue as far as […]