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Public Hearing for Mohegan Lake Taco Bell Adjourned Again

May 12, 2021

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Planning Board is in no rush to approve a controversial fast-food restaurant proposed for a busy intersection in Mohegan Lake.

A public hearing on a Taco Bell proposed for the corner of Mohegan Avenue and Route 6 opened several weeks ago. The hearing picked up again Monday, but many unanswered questions remain for the board, which, in the interest of ...

Optimism Grows for New Sewer Connections in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – For the first time in a long time, town officials have reason to feel optimistic about the prospect of making new residential sewer connections.

According to plans presented at last week’s Town Board meeting, it would cost about $14.3 million to bring sewers to 315 homes in the Hallocks Mill Sewer District (220 on Birch Street, 69 near Sparkle Lake and 26 on ...

Yorktown Planning Board Wants Control over Overlay Zone Applications

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The hotly debated concept of overlay districts received a warm embrace at last week’s Planning Board meeting, but its members expressed concern with the Town Board’s role in the process.

An attempt at revitalizing prominent areas of town, overlay districts would afford zoning flexibility to properties within their boundaries. In the proposed Yorktown Heights ...

Yorktown Explores Bringing Trash Pickup In-house

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown is paying an outside contractor $2 million annually to pick up residents’ recycling and household trash. Phil Marino, the new general foreman of the town’s refuse and recycling department, thinks it’s possible to beat that price by bringing the operations in-house.

“I think this is the perfect opportunity to do something like this,” ...

Question of the Week: What Is Yorktown Doing to Combat Litter Year-Round?

Almost every week, Yorktown News will ask Town Supervisor Matt Slater a “Question of the Week.” If you have a question, email

As Chief Noble often says, “Help us, help you.” We try to be everywhere, but sometimes we miss things. When residents let us know some of the issues going on in their neighborhood, we make sure we react to that as ...

Par 3 Golf Course on Track to open This Summer in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Parking and tree mitigation plans are still being finalized, but the long-awaited opening of Yorktown’s Par 3 golf course could happen as soon as Memorial Day—at least partially.

While the clubhouse and a practice range are nearly complete, the course itself needs to “rest” for a season, so it’s more likely to open to the public in the ...

No Quiero Taco Bell: Traffic, ‘Certain Clientele’ Concern Residents

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Much like traffic on Route 6 during rush hour, concerns are piling up for a proposed Taco Bell in Mohegan Lake.

Several nearby residents—some speaking on behalf of a much larger contingent—logged onto Monday night’s virtual Planning Board meeting to speak at a public hearing for the fast-food restaurant. Framing their arguments in many different ways, ...

Shrub Oak Gas Station Demolished

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The long-closed Getty gas station on the corner of Route 6 and Barger Street will soon be demolished to make way for a new CoCo Farms convenience store and Mobil fueling station.

The former Getty station closed in 2016. The building was most recently used as an auto-body shop. The property will now become the 11th store/gas station in Westchester and Rockland counties ...

Yorktown Buys Its First Hybrid Police Interceptor

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Police Department has received its first hybrid Ford Police Interceptor vehicle.

The purchase is the latest in the effort to reduce Yorktown’s carbon footprint. According to Ford, a 2021 standard HEV AWD Police Interceptor conserves an estimated 343 gallons of fuel annually when compared to a 2018 non-hybrid Police Interceptor. The new addition to the ...

Yorktown Officials Mull Future of Legal Marijuana

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A new state law, scrapping generations-old prohibitions against marijuana and instead allowing adults to sell, grow, and smoke it, is finding a frosty reception at Yorktown town hall.

Seeing a “burden...on local communities” in the state’s relaxed stance on the once-outlawed drug, Supervisor Matthew Slater said the Town Board is “assessing all of ...


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Growth Depends on Infrastructure

May 12, 2021

In order for Yorktown to thrive, we need to grow. Our population in 2010 was 36,095 and in 2019 it was 36,269—virtually unchanged (according to the census and town data). We need to continue growing the population and the businesses that support our residents. When you have defined borders and limited open space, growth requires revitalization, especially when you recognize that the core ...

Assemblyman Byrne Endorses Underhill Farms Project

May 13, 2021

I recently toured the former Soundview Preparatory School property in Yorktown to learn more about an exciting project proposal that seeks to put the property back on the tax rolls, help preserve a valuable piece of local history, increase housing opportunities for seniors, provide public access to open space, and mitigate traffic impacts along Underhill Avenue and Route 118.

The property is ...

The Eternal Conflict

Humankind has, from its beginnings, experienced a struggle between the irrational and rational approaches to understanding reality. The former has triumphed so often that I wonder how the species ever survived. A brief examination of history reveals, for example, that most significant attempts at scientific breakthroughs have commonly been thwarted by forces that have a vested interest in ...

Remote Possibilities Not So Remote

What would the hit TV series “The Office” look like if it was premiering today? (Odds are there will be a series, whether a revival of that series or a copycat, capturing the new zeitgeist of the post-pandemic workplace.)

COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on all facets of our lives that is unprecedented in modern times. Because of the shift to remote work, a significantly higher ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.


Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Lakeland HS Junior Speaks out on Underage Drinking

May 13, 2021

Lakeland High School junior Katie Mulgrew took her message against teen drinking to a wider stage, participating in the countywide Student-Led Town Hall on Underage Alcohol Use.

For the virtual town hall, held on April 21 by the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth, Mulgrew talked about the role she plays at school to help prevent underage substance abuse. A member of the ...

Is now the time to gift your commercial real-estate holdings?

As has been well documented, the current federal estate and gift tax exemption of $11.7 million per person is scheduled to sunset (expire) on Dec. 31, 2025.

Unless the current exemption is made permanent on or before Dec. 31, 2025 (which is highly unlikely because of the present political environment in Washington), on Jan. 1, 2026, the new federal estate and gift tax exemption will be ...