Police & Fire

Yorktown Police Investigate Alleged Incident at Sober Home


YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Police Department is investigating an alleged incident that took place at Constellations Recovery on Tuesday, Oct. 27, Yorktown News has learned.

Neighbors of the sober living residence located at 482 Underhill Ave. said they noticed several Yorktown police cars at the property between 4 and 6 p.m. What prompted police response is unclear.

Yorktown News requested records documenting all police activity that occurred at Constellations Recovery on Tuesday, Oct. 27, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Lt. Tom Gentner, the department’s FOIA officer, denied the request on the grounds that the incident is being “actively investigated.” When asked to elaborate on the investigation, Gentner declined, saying it would be “irresponsible” for him to comment.

Sign Up for E-News

The Underhill Avenue facility was granted a special use permit by the Town Board on March 24 following a lengthy and contentious approval process that began in December 2013. During the process, both the neighbors and owners of the facility sued the town.

Thomas McCrossan, co-owner of Constellations Recovery, declined comment when asked about the alleged incident.

“We have no comment whatsoever and there’s nothing to discuss,” McCrossan told Yorktown News. “That’s the bottom line. I can’t give you any information because there’s nothing to talk about.”

Neighbors, however, requested an “emergency meeting” with the Town Board and representatives from Constellations Recovery to gain clarity on the situation.

McCrossan downplayed the alleged incident and said it will become public knowledge after the investigation concludes sometime this month. His attorney, Al Capellini, wrote a letter to the Town Board in response to the neighbors’ request.

“My client understands completely and shares neighbor concerns that a police investigation was instigated and is cooperating fully with the Yorktown Police Department,” Capellini wrote. “We hope that the town and neighbors will allow the investigation to be completed before reaching any conclusions based on hearsay.”

Capellini said there has never been an “emergency” at the residence, despite rumors to the contrary.

“Rather, there was an alleged incident, which is the focus of the police investigation,” he wrote.

Constellations Recovery, which officially opened in May, is allowed to house up to 14 recovering drug and alcohol addicts at a time. Owners of the property offered more than a dozen conditions on the special permit to ease the concerns of the neighbors. One stipulation of the special permit requires representatives from Constellations Recovery to meet with the Town Board six months after accepting its first resident. That date is Dec. 15, according to Capellini.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


I Do Not Make Stuff Up!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in my column, “Watergate analogies apply to Obama, not Trump,” that President Obama’s Justice Department planted a spy in the Trump campaign. I said I used the term “spy” because this was a counter-intelligence operation, not a criminal investigation, where the term informant would have been proper.

That statement has been brought ...

Interview with Senate Candidate, Robert Kesten

The seat in the 40th Senate District of New York, currently occupied by Republican Sen. Terrence Murphy, is up this year. Senator Murphy, who has announced he is seeking re-election, has already started campaigning. On the Democratic side, newcomer Robert Kesten entered the race. Challenging him for the Democratic nomination is former county Legislator Peter Harckham. Kesten and Harckham will ...

What Kind of Sports Parent Are You?

Social media recently showered a lot of likes and love on a high school pitcher in Minnesota whose team was playing in a regional final that would send the winning team to the state championship game.

After the last batter of the game struck out, the pitcher did something unheard of. Rather than spontaneously join his teammates in an on-field celebration, as is customary, the pitcher ...

Packing Heat

“Are you leaving me?” asked my husband one night as he surveyed the contents of my closet on our bed.

“What? No!” I said. “Why would you think that?”

“Every single article of clothing you own is laid out on our bed,” he replied. “So I have to assume you are either leaving me or you have joined the armed services and if that’s the ...

What More Can Murphy Do?

June 21, 2018

In his letter “Murphy should address gun laws” (June 14), Bernard Lipsy praises Sen. Terrence Murphy and then condemns him for not keeping guns away from people that shouldn’t have them. I was wondering just what new laws he would propose? How many more laws are needed? How about enforcing the numerous laws already on the books, which, by the way, isn’t being done?

What ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 28, 12:30 PM

Frankie and Augie'Z, Jefferson Valley

IBM Retirees Club

Community Calendar


Thu, June 28, 1:00 PM

Yorktown Heights

Bocce Open Play



Thu, June 28, 5:00 PM

Yorktown Heights

"Awake" Art Show

Arts & Entertainment

Yorktown Youth Soccer Club Results

June 15, 2018

Sunday, June 10  - The Yorktown Crew clinched the Westchester Youth Soccer League JV-1 Division with a 4-3 win over Rivertown FC on Sunday. The team has been on a remarkable run for the past 2 seasons with a team record of 16-1-1. Sunday’s matchup vs Rivertown had a championship like atmosphere as Rivertown trailed Yorktown by 1 point in the standings. The Crew worked hard all week in ...