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Putnam Men Accused of Causing $28k in Damage at Yorktown Pool

January 20, 2019

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Two Putnam County men have been arrested and accused of starting a fire that caused about $28,000 in damage last summer at the Shrub Oak Memorial Park pool, the Yorktown Police Department announced.

Jarod Sangalli, 19, of Carmel, and Brandon Gonzalez, 20, of Mahopac were arrested separately, more than a week apart, but could wind up standing trial together, charged with ...

‘Low-Level’ Marijuana Offenses Decriminalized in Westchester

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – Westchester County will no longer prosecute what it deems to be “low-level” marijuana offenses.

Under this new policy, announced by District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, possessing two ounces or less of marijuana will no longer result in a criminal conviction.

Two laws will be affected by this change, which took effect Jan. 14:

• Criminal ...

Fund-Raising Continues for Yorktown's Pines Bridge Monument

January 20, 2019

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – After nearly 10 years of fund-raising, a monument celebrating the Battle of Pines Bridge is finally in the ground at Railroad Park.

But the Yorktown Historical Society isn’t done just yet.

Members also plan to install a brick pathway around the 8-foot-tall bronze monument, which was unveiled in November and depicts a diverse regiment defending the Croton River ...

‘Low-Level’ Marijuana Offenses Decriminalized in Westchester

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – Westchester County will no longer prosecute what it deems to be “low-level” marijuana offenses.

Under this new policy, announced by District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, possessing two ounces or less of marijuana will no longer result in a criminal conviction.

Two laws will be affected by this change, which took effect Jan. 14:

• Criminal ...

Legislators Aim to Remove President Trump’s Name from Yorktown park

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – For the third time, New York State legislators have proposed a bill that could strip the president’s name from Donald J. Trump State Park, which is partially located in Yorktown.

Sen. Brad Hoylman, of Manhattan, and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, of Queens, introduced the legislation (S443) that would allow the state parks commissioner to give the park a different ...

Yorktown Student Spotlight: Sayli Satpute

January 18, 2019

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Sayli Satpute, a senior at Yorktown High School, has lived her entire life in Westchester County along with her younger brother, Chinmay.

At school, she is president of the Class of 2019, vice president of the Student Senate and an enthusiastic student, especially in history and biology. Her love for science has driven her to pursue many activities related to science, ...

Celebrity Chef Offers Healthy Eating Tips at Yorktown School

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Dante Giannini, the personal chef of Jimmy Buffett, staged a healthy-cooking display last week for dozens of families at Mildred E. Strang Middle School.

Giannini’s evening appearance on Thursday, Jan. 10, was part of a New Year, Healthy You program organized by the school. Dozens of other local organizations focusing on mental and physical health lined the middle ...

A Parent's Guide to School Choice

Think about the school your children currently attend. Are you happy with it? Are your kids learning and growing in ways that make you proud? If so, sign them up again for next year, and tell your friends about how great your school is.

But if you want to learn more about different options available for your children’s education, now is the time to start thinking about switching schools.

Plans for New Jefferson Valley Mall Building Shelved

January 17, 2019

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The construction of a town-approved 8,000-square-foot building at the Jefferson Valley Mall has been put on hold, the mall’s general manager confirmed to Yorktown News.

“At this time, it is not moving forward,” said Alexa O’Rourke. “Our attention is on our existing building at this point.”

The building, which was slated to be ...

Yorktown Business: Tesla Charging Stations Installed, Domino's Opens

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Ten charging stations for Tesla vehicles have been installed behind the Dunkin Donuts in the Staples Plaza shopping center at 3333 Crompond Road. The stations will only be for Tesla vehicles because the equipment is not compatible with other electric vehicles. The stations were approved by the Yorktown Planning Board.

• Domino’s Pizza has opened in the ...

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne Begins Second Term

January 9, 2019

MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R-Mahopac) rang in the New Year by being sworn-in for a second term at Four Brothers Restaurant in Mahopac.

Leading the ceremony was former state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown), who was defeated by Sen. Peter Harckham (D-South Salem) in his bid for a third term in Albany.

All of the 94th Assembly District (Camel, Patterson, Putnam Valley, ...

Gov. Cuomo Swears in State Sen. Harckham

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – In May, reports surfaced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had lobbied his former staffer, Pete Harckham, to run for the 40th State Senate District against two-term incumbent, Terrence Murphy, a Republican from Yorktown.

Seven months later, Cuomo, a New Castle resident who happens to be one of Harckham’s most prominent constituents, administered the oath of office to his ...

Fund-Raising Continues for Yorktown's Pines Bridge Monument

January 20, 2019

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – After nearly 10 years of fund-raising, a monument celebrating the Battle of Pines Bridge is finally in the ground at Railroad Park.

But the Yorktown Historical Society isn’t done just yet.

Members also plan to install a brick pathway around the 8-foot-tall bronze monument, which was unveiled in November and depicts a diverse regiment defending the Croton River ...

Yorktown's Veatch Fund to Honor Community Servant

MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Yorktown's Tricy Cushner will be given a Community Service Award by the Justin Veatch Fund on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Putnam Golf Course in Mahopac. The fund, which awards scholarships to musically inclined high school students, will be given out at its Music for a Winter's Night fundraiser.

Cushner is well-known in Yorktown for her advocacy for youth safety.

Celebrity Chef Offers Healthy Eating Tips at Yorktown School

January 18, 2019

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Dante Giannini, the personal chef of Jimmy Buffett, staged a healthy-cooking display last week for dozens of families at Mildred E. Strang Middle School.

Giannini’s evening appearance on Thursday, Jan. 10, was part of a New Year, Healthy You program organized by the school. Dozens of other local organizations focusing on mental and physical health lined the middle ...

Celebrity Chef Offers Healthy Eating Tips at Yorktown School

January 18, 2019

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Dante Giannini, the personal chef of Jimmy Buffett, staged a healthy-cooking display last week for dozens of families at Mildred E. Strang Middle School.

Giannini’s evening appearance on Thursday, Jan. 10, was part of a New Year, Healthy You program organized by the school. Dozens of other local organizations focusing on mental and physical health lined the middle ...

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A Philosopher’s Field of Dreams

Ever since I realized it was an avenue to my father’s heart, I loved baseball. If we weren’t watching the games together, we were talking about them for hours. It truly cemented our relationship. Two decades after my dad’s passing, I still enjoy our nation’s pastime. And now, thanks to philosopher John Haugeland’s (1945-2010) creative mind, I’m able to combine ...

Get on Board

The president of a house of worship in Connecticut told me that a congregant, well past retirement age, who said he had been a very successful marketing executive, stood up at its annual meeting to comment on the need for a better marketing plan to attract more members.

His remarks were not received well by the president. It had nothing to do with the merit of his ideas. “That’s ...

Clan of the Cave Cricket

I’m not an expert on insects, but one day as I was on my way down to the basement with a big basket of laundry, something jumped out from under the stairs that was definitely not one of our pets or my children. Being a calm, suburban mom who can take most things in stride, I naturally shrieked, stumbled, and hurled the basket of laundry down the stairs.

“Aaaahhhh!” I yelled ...

Criticisms Leave out Inconvenient Facts

January 18, 2019

Recently, in your Letters to the Editor section, there were letters written regarding the costs and source of funds for the development of the Granite Knolls Sports Complex on Stoney Street.

What is conveniently forgotten is that in 2014, the town had brokered a deal with Spectra Energy to utilize the site for a staging yard for the first leg of the Algonquin Pipeline. That deal would have ...

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