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Driven to shovel the drive
Sawyer Escott, 5, shovels his family’s driveway on Rock Ridge Drive during the Thursday, Feb. 18 snowstorm. According to his mother, Jessica, Sawyer took it upon himself to do the job, which required more than an hour of his time, “so Daddy doesn’t have to do it.” Courtesy of Jessica Escott
  • Another pop-up vaccine clinic
at Port Chester Senior Center

    With its partners Open Door and more recently Westchester County, the Village of Port Chester has been doing its part to get its population vaccinated.

  • Luis Marino sworn in as mayor
and officiates at first meeting

    Peruvian-born Luis Marino took the oath of office as the Village of Port Chester’s first Hispanic mayor Tuesday night, Apr. 6 in the courtroom at 350 North Main St. surrounded by his immediate family. It was the first in-person meeting of the Board of Trustees in that room, their usual meeting place before COVID-19, in more than a year.

  • Cannabis is legal: What’s going to change?

    The State of New York passed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) on Wednesday, Mar. 31, becoming the 16th state to legalize recreational cannabis. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation hours after the senate voted 40-23 in favor and assembly approved it 100-49. 

  • Middle schooler shoots for the moon,
successfully publishes first book

    “I love you to the moon and back”—the adage of choice Marianna Cilauro repeatedly hummed to her son, Christopher, throughout his childhood.

  • New R.B. police sergeant discusses
police reform, cannabis legalization

    Rye Brook Police Officer Eric Dengler has been appointed to the position of sergeant, stepping up to the new role on Mar. 4 after James Mitchell retired earlier this year. The former sergeant had served for over 40 years with the department before retiring.

  • Rye Town Council announces
interim judges & new chief clerk

    José Castaneda and Joan Feinstein have officially been appointed as the Town of Rye’s two new interim judges¸ per a unanimous decision by the Rye Town Council on Tuesday, Apr. 6.

  • In the Apr. 2 edition of the Westmore News, the article “As New York legalizes marijuana, Port Chester bans paraphernalia” incorrectly identified Port Chester Trustee Alex Payan’s former position with the organization Port Chester Cares. Payan was the executive director.

  • How Nicole Garrett won the Kingfield lottery
and qualified to buy an affordable home in R.B.

    Nicole Garrett is the first owner of a Kingfield affordable home to move into the new housing complex with her three children. 

  • Tax cap compliant village budget
seeks to get P.C. back to normal

    Just like the past year has been anything but ordinary from every standpoint, the Port Chester village budget for the upcoming fiscal year running from June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022 will be like no other.

  • As New York legalizes marijuana, 
Port Chester bans paraphernalia

    Every Monday morning, Michael DiFazio heads to his smoke shop, The Glass Room II, to check inventory and place orders for the week. The store, one of three that he runs, sits tucked along Port Chester’s North Main Street next to several boutiques, salons, and more recently, scaffolds.

    “This isn’t the prettiest town, unfortunately,” DiFazio said. “It’s not an uppity town, if that is what they are trying to make it.”

  • Excelsior Pass digital vaccination passport
now available to New York State residents

    If you’ve been vaccinated twice (with Pfizer or Moderna shots), or once with Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine, and you’re a New York resident, you are now eligible to carry around the first “digital vaccine passport” issued by any governmental entity in the United States—in this case, New York State.

  • The 10 Kingfield affordable homes in the 110-unit development at 1100 King St. are finally getting their first owners—more than a year after the Rye Brook Village Hall lottery, conducted by the Housing Action Council on behalf of Westchester County, saw 276 applicants find out what their chances were of getting to the promised land with a new home.

  • RTP Commission adopts 
2021 summer fees

    The Rye Town Park Commission adopted new permit fees on Mar. 16, setting up prices for the summertime that will go into effect on May 1.

  • R.B. police reform plan praises department,
urges more community outreach programs

    The Village of Rye Brook has been on top of developing a police reform strategy since Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order mandating all municipalities to establish a police reimagining plan last summer.

    Thus, it’s no surprise that the smooth-sailing process was completed in time to meet the state’s deadline, coming up next week on Apr. 1.

  • Form-based zoning code
continues to be challenged

    Port Chester’s form-based zoning code, adopted in May 2020, remains the subject of litigation. While one Article 78 proceeding against the village and its Board of Trustees has been found by the court in favor of the municipality, another was filed earlier this month by the City of Rye. And the original litigants are not satisfied with the court’s findings and plan to appeal.

  • Show me the minutes

    The Village of Port Chester earned a B in a recent study on transparency in village governments across New York State.

  • Where all signs point to Port Chester

    Alex Leonzi and his wife bought their 104 Glen Ave. home eight years ago to do what every other American hopes to do: carve out on their quaint plot of land a place for themselves. And while their home was already carved, it needed serious work, especially around the fence line.

  • Port Chester elects
first Hispanic mayor

    In an historic election Tuesday, Mar. 16, Luis Marino, an 11-year village trustee and current deputy mayor, was elected the first Hispanic mayor of Port Chester by a 2-1 margin over his Republican/Conservative competitor.

  • Rye Brook resident joins nonprofit 
to help families struggling with infertility

    A Westport, Conn.-based nonprofit appointed Nancy Matles, a Rye Brook resident, as their newest board member last week, tasking her with fundraising for their efforts to give infertile families a chance at having children.

  • Rye Town will add two new judges

    Preparations for the Rye Town Court expansion to assume control over Port Chester justice proceedings are underway, with the administration hoping to be ready by May 15 when the Village court officially dissolves. 

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