Author Archives: Katie Hoos

School positions restored

By KATIE HOOS The Mamaroneck Union Free School District will reinstate six full-time staff positions that were on the chopping block as part of the 2014-2015 preliminary budget thanks to additional state aid and strong community support for at least one of the proposed eliminations. On April 7, Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps recommended several revisions […]

Compagnone acquitted of harassment charges

By KATIE HOOS Rye City police officer and PBA president Franco Compagnone was acquitted of harassment charges stemming from an October 2013 physical altercation with Rye resident Jim Amico. On April 9, Eastchester Town Justice Domenick J. Porco cleared Compagnone of second-degree physical harassment charges, a violation, after Compagnone was arrested following a fight with […]

Bronxville budget exceeds tax cap

By KATIE HOOS The Village of Bronxville adopted a $14.8 million municipal budget for the next fiscal year, exceeding the state mandated property tax levy cap and increasing property owners’ taxes by 1.79 percent. On April 7, the village Board of Trustees passed the 2014-2015 budget, which includes a 3.43 percent spending increase over last […]

Hastie to run again

By KATIE HOOS With school board elections around the corner, incumbent Jeffrey Hastie has announced his intention to run for one of the district’s two available seats. Out of the nine-person board, two seats—currently filled by Hastie and past Board of Education president and current vice president Deirdre Polow—are up for election. Hastie is finishing […]

County considers increasing tobacco age

By KATIE HOOS Proposed legislation to increase the minimum age to purchase cigarettes in Westchester County from 18 to 19 aims to reduce young smokers’ access to tobacco products and, in turn, improve residents’ health, but some critics of the bill say, if passed, the legislation would cause more harm than good. Initiated last month […]

Rye freshman directs Mormon basketball doc

By LIZ BUTTON Rye High School freshman Zack Samberg got the chance to combine his two loves, basketball and film, when he created and co-directed a behind-the-scenes documentary about an underdog basketball team from a mostly Mormon high school in Utah that took the 2012-2013 National Championships by storm. The 21-minute documentary, called “The Book […]

Harrison couple values communi-tea service

By KATIE HOOS A tea connoisseur and business owner specializing in the international tea trade, Domenick Ciaccia and his wife, Sue, value the gift of education and have, in turn, dedicated their time and resources to giving back to the Westchester community they call home. The couple, who lived in White Plains for 27 years […]

Contractor paid for Jeff. Bridge

By KATIE HOOS The Jefferson Avenue Bridge construction project, which began in September 2012, in an effort to increase the space between the bridge and the Mamaroneck River and help alleviate flooding issues in the area, has been plagued by numerous setbacks, unmet completion deadlines and community criticism. Aiming to finally complete the bridge construction […]

Local vendor to run golf club’s snack bar

  By KATIE HOOS Powell Catering Services, Inc., a Harrison-based catering company, will serve as Rye Golf Club’s snack bar concessions vendor for the 2014 season. Looking to outsource the club’s food and beverage operations, the Rye City Council approved Powell’s to take over managing the city-owned club’s poolside snack bar and golf course beverage […]

Rye residents receive volunteer awards

By KATIE HOOS Two Rye women will be honored for their dedication to community service and volunteerism at the Volunteer Spirit Awards, a fundraising event hosted by the Volunteer Center of United Way, on Thursday, April 24. Reena Kashyap and Lisa Sandler, along with seven other award recipients from Westchester and Rockland counties, will be […]