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.

Westchester family collects for the Philippines

By LIZ BUTTON A brother and sister from Rye’s Osborn School organized a charity drive to collect Pennies for the Philippines after a destructive typhoon hit the country earlier this month. Ava Flosse, 9, and her seven-year-old brother Christian helped collect $414 from their schoolmates to support the typhoon relief efforts of the American Red […]

City budget proposes $2M for capital projects

By LIZ BUTTON The proposed 2014 Rye City operating budget comes in at $50.3 million, which carries a 2.52 percent property tax rate increase if passed. Rye’s acting city comptroller, Joe Fazzino, presented City Manager Scott Pickup’s recommended budget at the Nov. 6 City Council meeting. The budget shows continued improvement in fund balance after […]

Sack: Wait on police commissioner search

By LIZ BUTTON Now that election season is over, one of the major issues of the 2013 race in Rye still awaits a conclusion: whether the search for a new police commissioner should get underway before the new administration takes office. At its Nov. 6 meeting, the City Council considered authorizing City Manager Scott Pickup […]

Rye remembers its heroes on Veterans Day

By LIZ BUTTON Rye’s American Legion Post 128 presented a solemn and moving ceremony at the city’s Village Green to commemorate Veterans Day, the federal holiday that honors all U.S. soldiers for their service to their country. Monday’s day of remembrance was conceived in 1918 at the end of World War I, when the armistice […]

City may allow tax breaks for historic buildings

By LIZ BUTTON The city’s Landmarks Committee has taken a substantive step toward changing the city code to provide a tax incentive for owners of historic properties to renovate and restore their buildings instead of tearing them down and rebuilding. The committee, which interfaces with the City Council to recommend the designation and preservation of […]

Sack trounces Jovanovich

By LIZ BUTTON After a campaign fraught with personal animus and assignments of blame for the city’s recent scandals, City Councilman Joe Sack soundly defeated Deputy Mayor Peter Jovanovich to become Rye City’s next mayor. The mood among the nearly 75 people gathered at Ruby’s Oyster Bar on Purchase Street Tuesday night was raucous and […]

Rye United ticket cruises to City Council victory

By LIZ BUTTON The Rye United Ticket swept into office Tuesday night on a resounding wave of approval, easily distancing themselves from their Democratic and third party counterparts. The three Republican City Council candidates scored a victory in a race that swung their way relatively early in the night. By 10 p.m., one hours after […]

Westchester turns 330 as Restaurant Week kicks-off

By LIZ BUTTON To kick-off the start of the eighth annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and commemorate the 330th year since the county’s founding, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino celebrated the dual occasions on Nov. 1 by blowing out the candles on a gourmet birthday cake. Astorino visited the newly-opened farm-to-table restaurant RiverMarket Bar & […]

Founder of Sole Ryeders wins Lions Club award

By LIZ BUTTON Sandy Samberg, founder of local cancer non-profit Sole Ryeders, is this year’s recipient of the Rye City Lions Club annual Community Service Award, the club announced last week. Sole Ryeders & Friends, which raises money to provide and support local cancer-related programs, has taken in more than $1 million since its inception […]

New PBA contract awarded

By LIZ BUTTON A decision was reached last week in a contract dispute that is now five years and counting between the Rye PBA and the city, setting the stage for a return to the bargaining table. The award handed down by a state arbitration board, which only covers years 2009 and 2010, includes changes […]