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GOP primary seems inevitable

By JOHN BRANDI A fight for the right to represent the Republican Party in November’s mayoral race is in full swing, as Philip Marraccini is nearing the required number of signatures needed to primary the current mayor in September.  Marraccini, who served as mayor for two terms from 1994 to 1998, said he is frustrated […]

Minor alterations to Playhouse Lofts proposal

By JOHN BRANDI The applicant behind the redesign of Harrison’s Playhouse is not done making alterations to the site plan, even as the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals is ready to vote on requested variances for the project. The applicant, Verco Properties, LLC, was before the zoning board for a fifth time on June 11 […]

Halstead development granted special exception

By JOHN BRANDI Development of the downtown area in Harrison continues as the town board, at its June 4 meeting, approved a special exception use which will push a two-story, mixed-use structure forward.  With the approval, construction can now begin on the vacant lot at 249 Halstead Ave., where the applicant is mixing retail with […]

Tuckahoe village board tables vote on 4-year terms

By CHRIS EBERHART The Tuckahoe Village Bo-ard of Trustees has discussed extending the terms of trustees and mayor from two years to four in a cost-saving effort for the village but tabled the scheduled June vote. Due to the village board operating under staggered terms, by adding two years to the terms, Tuckahoe would host […]

North St. project site plan approved

By JACKSON CHEN The senior citizen affordable housing project on 150 North St. was finally approved by the Rye City Planning Commission during its last meeting on June 9. The project, proposed for the corner of North Street and Theodore Fremd Avenue, has been in front of the city’s Planning Commission for more than four […]

County finalizes Playland deal

By CHRIS EBERHART Finally, Playland has a new operator. That is for now, at least. A private-public partnership with Standard Amusements to run the county-owned amusement park was approved by the Westchester County Board of Legislators in a somewhat surprising vote on June 15. As part of the approved 15-year Playland management agreement between the […]

Zoning board OK’s 100 Main St. variances

By JOHN BRANDI Tuckahoe’s Zoning Board of Appeals narrowly approved a four-story development’s variances and special exception use at its June 10 special meeting, giving the project new life after eight years of uncertainty. In a contentious vote, the board voted three-to-two in favor of the proposal thus returning it to the village’s Planning Board […]

Chipping moratorium set in stone

By JACKSON CHEN The dust settles for now as the Rye City Council put into effect a six-month long moratorium on the widely controversial construction method of rock chipping. Rock chipping, a common construction practice that steadily breaks large chunks of rocks through mechanical tools, began to disturb residents near 135 Highland Road, where a […]

Schumer looks to crackdown on swatting

By CHRIS EBERHART Two months after a high-profile case in which the Eastchester Police Department received a hoax call from a man in a Joyce Road home claiming to have killed his girlfriend and tied up her family in what turned out to be a “swatting” incident, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, proposed a […]

Schools could face 0 percent tax cap

By CHRIS EBERHART Based on economic trends as of June, school districts in New York state would need a supermajority of the public vote next year to add even one penny to their existing budgets. A recent report by the New York State Educational Conference Board, which is a coalition of seven leading statewide education […]