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Yorktown Man Sentenced for Defrauding 9/11 First Responder

April 22, 2021

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Gustavo L. Vila, a Yorktown resident and former attorney, was sentenced on Monday, April 19, to 51 months in prison for stealing nearly $1 million from a 9/11 first responder.

John Ferreyra was an NYPD officer on Sept. 11, 2001, suffering life-threatening health issues as a result of that day. In 2012, he hired Vila, a retired NYPD lieutenant, to file a claim on his ...

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Does the Soundview Property Belong in an Overlay District?

May 6, 2021

What’s behind all the conflicting letters to the editor, articles, and Courtesy of the Floor comments about the Soundview property and Yorktown’s proposed overlay law?

First, Some Definitions

Overlay districts are special zones placed on top of a property’s existing zoning regulations (i.e., the underlying zone) to change the kinds of development a town will allow. Used ...

The Yorktown Town Board Owes Its Residents More

May 7, 2021

You might have heard that the Yorktown Town Board is considering a change to town rules that would effectively greenlight a plan to turn the historic Soundview property at the corner of Route 118 and Underhill Avenue into a mixed-use strip mall.

Regardless of whether you support or oppose the draft of the revised overlay law, have no position on the law, or don’t even know what the law ...

Honoring Our Moms

This Sunday, on Mother’s Day, I will take some time to honor my departed mother, Rose, whose intelligence, humor, compassion, warmth, and love were the greatest influences of my life. She and my late father, James, were married for 57 years. Their love and devotion to one another was ended only by their deaths in 1998. My mom endured three and a half difficult years in a nursing home. She ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

YHS Students Place at Tri-County Science Fair

May 7, 2021

Novel Energy Storage Devices. Efficient Removal of Particulate Matter. Macroinvertebrate Pollution Tolerance in Freshwater Systems. Identifying Atrial Fibrillation Rhythms. These are the projects by seven Yorktown High School students that were top finishers in the virtual Tri-County Science and Technology Fair held on Saturday, April 24.

The students, members of the Yorktown High School ...

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 ...