Author Archives: Liz Button

About Liz Button

Liz Button is a staff reporter for Hometown Media Group’s The Rye Sound Shore Review. Previously, she covered Bedford and Mount Kisco for The Daily Voice, an Internet-based, hyperlocal publication. She’s also written for Patch in her hometown of Trumbull, Conn., as a freelance reporter and fill-in editor. Preceding her time there, she worked in publishing in New York City. She is a 2008 graduate of Bowdoin College with a degree in English. Reach Liz at 914-653-1000 x20 or liz@hometwn.com; follow her on Twitter @ryesoundshore.

School budget scores high marks

By LIZ BUTTON Voters in the Rye City School District have elected incumbent Karen Belanger and newcomer Blake Jines-Storey to the Board of Education in a contested race and overwhelmingly approved next year’s $79.3 million tax cap-compliant budget. A total of 1,841 voters turned out for the May 20 vote to pass the 2014-2015 school […]

City, police agree to new contract

By LIZ BUTTON After operating for more than five years under an expired contract, the Rye Police Benevolent Association has reached a five-year agreement with city negotiators that also settles the union’s lawsuit against the city. In the course of forging this agreement, which delivers a 2.25 percent annual raise on officers’ pay, the City […]

Yandrasevich indicted on 11 felony accounts

By LIZ BUTTON Former Rye Golf Club general manager Scott Yandrasevich was arraigned in county court May 9, adding 10 new felony charges to his previous single charge of felony grand larceny. A Westchester County grand jury has indicted Yandrasevich on all charges. Yandrasevich, who now faces 15 years in state prison, resigned as golf […]

Tuckahoe creates village administrator position

By LIZ BUTTON Tuckahoe’s Board of Trustees has created a new village administrator position to help run the village, one of the last in Westchester County that still does not have such an officer. “One of the things this village lacked is the steady-handed presence of a village administrator,” Tuckahoe Mayor Steven Ecklond, a Republican, […]

Mehler takes stand at candidates’ forum

By LIZ BUTTON Challengers Blake Jines-Storey and Jason Mehler demonstrated very different approaches at this year’s Rye City School District Board of Education candidate forum when they faced-off with incumbent Karen Belanger. At the May 8 question-and-answer showcase sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester, Jines-Storey’s answers positioned […]

School board elaborates on teacher allegations

By LIZ BUTTON After a year of silence and now facing a $4 million civil rights lawsuit, Rye City School District Board of Education members addressed the allegations of “improper coaching” against the four elementary school teachers reassigned to home last May in a court filing last week. In a request to dismiss the suit […]

BREAKING: Yandrasevich indicted; new charges added

By LIZ BUTTON Staff Writer Former Rye Golf Club general manager Scott Yandrasevich was arraigned in county court May 9, adding 10 new felony charges to his previous single charge of felony grand larceny. A Westchester County grand jury has indicted Yandrasevich on all charges. Yandrasevich, who now faces 15 years in state prison, resigned […]

Teacher suspended, charged

By LIZ BUTTON Less than a week after she joined fellow reassigned teacher Carin Mehler’s lawsuit against members of the Rye City School District Board of Education, third grade Milton School teacher Dana Coppola was suspended with pay and brought up on disciplinary charges. Coppola, a tenured teacher since 2000, has 10 days to respond […]

Village hires administrator

  By LIZ BUTTON Mount Kisco Village Manager James Palmer will become Bronxville’s new village administrator in June. Palmer got the job after a lengthy search process that com-menced in February. At the end of the previous year, former Village Administrator Harold Porr announced his retirement after 10 years on the job. Palmer began his […]

City denies responsibility in Whitby employee suit

By LIZ BUTTON The city has denied responsibility for all monetary damages sought by employees of Rye Golf Club’s Whitby Castle restaurant in a lawsuit, fallout from last year’s financial scandal at the city-owned club. The city argues it should bear no responsibility for any of the alleged wage-related violations that may have been committed […]