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School positions restored

By KATIE HOOS The Mamaroneck Union Free School District will reinstate six full-time staff positions that were on the chopping block as part of the 2014-2015 preliminary budget thanks to additional state aid and strong community support for at least one of the proposed eliminations. On April 7, Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps recommended several revisions […]

DPW union lobbies Bronxville for contract, raise

By LIZ BUTTON After Department of Public Works employees picketed Village Hall to protest what they saw as a raw deal previously offered by the village, the Teamsters Local 456 union, comprised of mostly DPW workers, and the administration agreed to reconvene at the bargaining table to hash out a new contract for the union. […]

Village of Mamaroneck police to get new contract

By PHIL NOBILE After almost two years without a labor union contract, the Village of Mamaroneck and the its police department are scheduled to reach an agreement for the next few years, with healthcare changes and salary increases highlighting the deal. The village’s Police Benevolent Association has been without a contract since June 2012. If […]

Compagnone acquitted of harassment charges

By KATIE HOOS Rye City police officer and PBA president Franco Compagnone was acquitted of harassment charges stemming from an October 2013 physical altercation with Rye resident Jim Amico. On April 9, Eastchester Town Justice Domenick J. Porco cleared Compagnone of second-degree physical harassment charges, a violation, after Compagnone was arrested following a fight with […]

State aid boosts school budget

By CHRIS EBERHART The Harrison school district is proposing a $99.7 million budget that uses more-than-anticipated state aid to remain at the state-mandated 3.42 percent tax levy cap.  The $99.7 million budget represents a 1.01 percent increase over the 2013-2014 budget of $97.1 million and includes an estimated 3.58 percent tax rate increase, which differs […]

State aid saves school jobs; adds courses

By CHRIS EBERHART The Eastchester Board of Education adopted the district’s $77.4 million budget with more optimism than the preceding months of grim budget presentations that consisted of proposed deep staff reductions. Since the budget was first presented in early March, the final budget has increased by approximately $500,000 in spending, but the district has […]

Bronxville budget exceeds tax cap

By KATIE HOOS The Village of Bronxville adopted a $14.8 million municipal budget for the next fiscal year, exceeding the state mandated property tax levy cap and increasing property owners’ taxes by 1.79 percent. On April 7, the village Board of Trustees passed the 2014-2015 budget, which includes a 3.43 percent spending increase over last […]

Magee to be president of state teachers union

Ready to serve as the first woman president for the state’s 600,000-member teachers union, Harrison teachers union head Karen Magee was elected to the position this past month. Magee, who was head of the Harrison Association of Teachers for 11 years, unseated prior New York State United Teachers, NYSUT, president Richard Iannuzzi for the position […]

City re-greens Central Avenue lot

By LIZ BUTTON The small, but controversial, parcel of land on the corner of Central Avenue and Boston Post Road will be re-seeded with grass and turned back into green space, Mayor Joe Sack announced at the April 9 City Council meeting. The move on Sack’s part is intended to quell dismay expressed by some […]