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.

Sack catching up on SPI

By LIZ BUTTON Two months into his term, Mayor Joe Sack has stepped more fully into his newly minted leadership role, taking it upon himself to organize what turned out to be a three-and-a-half hour discussion at Rye City Hall on Sustainable Playland Inc.’s proposed plan to reinvent the county-owned Playland amusement park. The well-attended […]

Proposed school budget shows $3.8M shortfall

By LIZ BUTTON The superintendent’s proposed budget of $79.4 million for the Rye City School District’s 2014-2015 school year carries a projected shortfall of $3.8 million. On March 4, Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez presented his initial budget document accompanied by several options for the Board of Education to weigh in order to address the anticipated […]

Central Avenue lot breeds contention

By LIZ BUTTON Proponents of green space in the city are protesting the graveling-over of a quarter-acre piece of land at the corner of Central Avenue and Boston Post Road, which has been utilized as a small-scale park since 1967. A choice by the city after the Central Avenue Bridge reconstruction was completed in August […]

Compagnone harassment case headed for trial

By LIZ BUTTON Rye City police officer and PBA president Franco Compagnone is fighting harassment charges stemming from a physical altercation with a Rye resident outside an Eastchester car show last year. The case is headed to court on April 9. Compagnone’s Oct. 20, 2013, scuffle with longtime adversary Jim Amico, 51, resulted in charges […]

Rye appeals Seaside Johnnie’s tax decision

By LIZ BUTTON The city has appealed a county court ruling ordering it to refund thousands of dollars in back taxes to the Rye Town Park Commission, calling for the reversal of the judge’s decision that takes Seaside Johnnie’s restaurant back off the city’s tax rolls. When it comes to the amount of money the […]

Police commissioner search may broaden

By LIZ BUTTON Since Police Commissioner William Connors stepped down from his post last month, the city’s conception of what an appropriate permanent replacement would look like has evolved to include the option of a public safety commissioner, who would oversee both the police and fire departments. More than a month has gone by since […]

Police union sues city

By LIZ BUTTON The Rye Police Benevolent Association filed a lawsuit against the city on Jan. 29 to dispute the state arbitration board’s Oct. 23, 2013, contract award on the grounds it excludes seven ex-members of the police force from receiving the same 3 percent retroactive pay increase as current members. The PBA’s attorney, Christopher […]

Rye educators, legislators address Common Core

By LIZ BUTTON Rye educators and legislators assembled on Feb. 12 to speak to parents about education reform, focusing in on the new Common Core Learning Standards associated with high stakes testing and their effect on Rye City schools. The panel took place two days after the state Education Department’s Board of Regents announced its […]

Rye City Court Judge Runes retires

By LIZ BUTTON Rye City Court Judge Richard Runes stepped down from his position as part-time judge on Jan. 1 after reaching the mandatory age of retirement for New York State judges, leaving the Rye position open for a replacement. Runes, 69, was appointed to the Rye City Court bench in 2008 by former Mayor […]

Astorino for governor appears certain

  By LIZ BUTTON When asked about a pot-ential run for governor in 2014, Westchester’s Republican county executive, Rob Astorino, has thus far refused to answer directly, although he has called running a “definite maybe,” most recently at a Jan. 21 public forum in Mamaroneck. However, a website launched on Feb. 13 called, lent […]