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.

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 […]

Golf club moves toward outsourcing castle

By LIZ BUTTON The city has taken the first definitive step toward hiring an outside company to run Whitby Castle, the city-run club’s restaurant and catering facility. At its last meeting, the City Council authorized City Manager Scott Pickup to hire a food and beverage industry expert to review and distribute a request for proposals […]

Rye City mayoral candidates: Peter Jovanovich

Peter Jovanovich Age: 64 Political Affiliation: Running as an independent, registered Republican Political Experience: First-term councilman; two years as deputy mayor Party endorsements: None Years lived in Rye: 21 Occupation: President of the Alfred Harcourt Foundation, which gives college scholarships to low-income students. Education: I attended Briarcliff elementary schools; attended Hackley School for secondary education. […]

Rye City mayoral candidates: Joe Sack

Joe Sack Age: 45 Political Affiliation: Republican nominee Political experience: Two-term city councilman party Endorsements: Independence and Conservative Years lived in Rye: 12 Occupation: Attorney Education: Regis High School in New York City; Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA; and Fordham Law School in New York City Birthplace: Born in Boston, Mass., raised my whole […]