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; follow her on Twitter @ryesoundshore.

Council appoints Mecca, Slack

By LIZ BUTTON New Republican Mayor Joe Sack, with City Council approval, appointed Richard Mecca and Richard Slack as his two new interim city councilmen at the first meeting of the year on Jan. 8. Mecca, a Republican district leader, and Slack, who is politically unaffiliated, now fill the seats vacated by Sack and new […]

As mayor, Sack vows to promote communication

By LIZ BUTTON New Republican Mayor Joe Sack would like his administration to diverge sharply from what he sees as the obstructionist tenure of former Mayor Douglas French, beginning with improving communication within City Hall as well as to the public and furthering accessibility of information for council members. During his inaugural State of the […]

DA prepping Yandrasevich case for grand jury

By LIZ BUTTON The Westchester District Attorney’s Office is preparing to go before the grand jury to present its second-degree grand larceny case against former Rye Golf Club Manager Scott Yandrasevich, according to the DA’s spokesperson Lucian Chalfen. Yandrasevich, 49, was arraigned at Rye City Court on Nov. 19, 2013, after turning himself in to […]

French legacy: Controversy, financial stability

By LIZ BUTTON While former Republican Mayor Douglas French followed through on promises to bring a private sector-like approach to city governance, selling 1037 Boston Post Road and stemming the tide of rising taxes, his legacy may ultimately be intertwined with significant controversy, including the uncovering of the largest financial scandal in city history. In […]

Festival Chorus concert brings generations together

By LIZ BUTTON Rye Country Day School’s annual Festival Chorus concert on Sunday, Jan. 26 combines the school’s Upper School Concert Choir, consisting of students from grades nine through 12, with an adult choir of parents, faculty, staff, alumni singers and friends of the school to perform a major work from the choral repertoire. This […]

Neighbors: SPI plan not sustainable

By LIZ BUTTON, CHRIS EBERHART and PHIL NOBILE The chosen plan to fulfill County Executive Rob Astorino’s quest to reinvigorate Playland, the Rye-based historic amusement park, has been the subject of scrutiny from some of the park’s neighbors after they discovered a Costco-sized field house is set to be built yards away from their homes. […]

Sack steps in as mayor, sworn in before full house

  By LIZ BUTTON Close to 200 friends, family members, political supporters and public officials filled the Rye City Council chambers and part of the hall on the morning of Jan. 5 to witness the inauguration of Republican Joe Sack as Rye City mayor. Sack’s three “Rye United” running mates and new Westchester County Legislator […]

County pushes North Street housing forward

By LIZ BUTTON A long-awaited affordable senior housing development may finally come to fruition on a 2.1-acre parcel of Westchester County-owned land on the corner of North Street and Theodore Fremd Avenue, which various Rye City Councils have eyed as an affordable housing destination for more than 30 years. The county is highly supportive of […]

Budget adopted, taxes upped .99 %

By LIZ BUTTON The Rye City Council has adopted a 2014 operating budget of $49.3 million, voting to lower the property tax rate increase from 1.99 percent to 0.99 percent at the eleventh hour by raising projected mortgage tax revenue. Next year’s adopted budget also allocates $1 million for capital projects in the city, down […]

Police commissioner search raises conflict concerns

By LIZ BUTTON The city manager’s failure to disclose his connection to a police commissioner search firm the city hired this November has made some in Rye, including the mayor-elect, question the city’s commitment to discouraging conflicts of interest. Given the recent climate of scandal in the city, the mere perception of a conflict of […]