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Village building inspector suspended indefinitely

By PHIL NOBILE Instability issues and inspector roulette continues to pervade the Village of Mamaroneck Building Department as Building Inspector Bill Gerety has been suspended indefinitely without pay and without public explanation after a year on the job. Gerety, who was hired in April 2013, is the latest casualty in a department that has lacked […]

Verizon Fios available soon

By PHIL NOBILE In a move met with boisterous applause and approval from members of the community, Harrison officials passed an agreement to bring Verizon’s fiber optic cable services to the majority of the town, ushering in competition amongst cable options for the first time in Harrison history. The measure, approved unanimously by the five […]

Some stores bagging plastic ban

By ALINA SURIEL Rye businesses that appeared to be noncompliant with the city’s 2011 ban on disposable plastic shopping bags are feeling the backlash from local residents and environmental advocates. The Learning Express, a toy store on Purchase Street, has suffered complaints about the store’s use of plastic bags, but owner Jimmy Myers is quick […]

Stricter development law passes

By PHIL NOBILE Citing protection of the village’s historic appearance and character as the rationale, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees enacted a law altering development guidelines in the village’s central business district, making it tougher to develop downtown than ever before. But some village residents question the true intent of the law, and […]

Landlord registry proposal shot down

By PHIL NOBILE Without much progress or debate since it was initially proposed in April, a law requiring the majority of rental property owners to register emergency contact information with Harrison was tabled after vehement disapproval from some Town Council members. After more than two months without any new discussion, the landlord registry law was […]

Aging water and sewage pipes an issue

By NINA RECIO CUDDY “The pipes affect our lives in every way possible.” With those words, Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson commenced the Local Summit’s June 17 breakfast program, “Our Pipes: What Lurks Below,” an examination of the problems the Sound Shore communities face as they seek to maintain and repair their aging underground infrastructure. […]

Harrison libraries to receive state grants

By PHIL NOBILE Financial assistance in the form of state grants has been awarded to the Harrison and West Harrison public libraries during a revisionary period for the aging buildings. In a combined effort by state Sen. George Latimer, a Rye Democrat, and state Assemblyman David Buchwald, a White Plains Democrat, the two libraries will […]

Pet organization gets local roots

By KATIE HOOS A local animal rescue organization is opening its first-ever facility to help dogs and cats find “furever” homes. Pet Rescue of Larchmont, a non-profit animal rescue organization that places animals in foster care and facilitates adoption, will soon call a facility at the former Westchester Shore Humane Society, located at 7 Harrison […]

Heroin growing problem for local youth

By KATIE HOOS With heroin tightening its grip on the Lower Hudson Valley, Westchester’s younger generations struggle to battle a scourge that some say is growing into a full-blown epidemic. Heroin usage has become an increasingly large problem across the United States in recent years, but some areas, including New York State, have been hit […]

New York legalizes, limits medical marijuana

By KATIE HOOS New York has become the nation’s 23rd state to pass legislation permitting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. But there’s a catch. On Thursday, June 19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced he had reached a deal with state lawmakers from the Assembly and Senate on the contentious medical marijuana issue. […]