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.

Suspended, charged teacher resigns

By LIZ BUTTON One of the four elementary school teachers suspended from their jobs in May 2013 has resigned from the Rye City School District following an eight-month suspension over allegations of “improper coaching” on state tests. At a special Board of Education meeting on Friday, Jan. 17, the board approved a settlement between fourth-grade […]

Falk appointed interim police commissioner

By LIZ BUTTON The city has appointed Rye police Lt. Robert Falk interim police commissioner to serve for a period of 30 days beginning Jan. 16, the final date of employment for Police Commissioner William Connors. Falk, 55, will hold the position for a month while the new City Council under Republican Mayor Joe Sack […]

City: Six in running to take over Whitby Castle

By LIZ BUTTON Moving forward on its journey to outsource Rye Golf Club’s food and beverage operations, the city is currently vetting six proposals it received last month from companies interested in taking over management of Whitby Castle’s restaurant and catering facility. Over the past decade, Whitby Castle has been a financial liability for the […]

Nature Center hosts Sandy cleanup for MLK day

By LIZ BUTTON More than one year after Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in October 2012, volunteers from the community gathered at the Rye Nature Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, to continue storm damage clean up as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  The group of 15 volunteers, led by […]

Music students selected for state, county ensembles

By LIZ BUTTON Fourteen high school, middle school and elementary school musicians from the Rye City School District were selected out of hundreds of students to participate in the 2013-2014 New York State School Music Association state and county competitions. Dr. Dan Brown, a high school-/middle school band teacher, said the music association program auditions […]

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 […]