COMMUNITY NEWS

IDA awards Westchester Crossing $161.6M financial aid package

Following a public hearing on May 30 at which no one showed up to speak, the Port Chester Industrial Development Agency (IDA) met again on June 12 and approved a financial aid package to make possible the successful completion of Westchester Crossing, the long-awaited mixed-use development approved by the Port …

Receiver of taxes position to stay elected in Rye Town

The saga of determining how to hire the Rye Town receiver of taxes has come to an end—for now.

‘The night of fireworks, I avoid like the plague’

Tommy Giorgi, a Vietnam War veteran, used to love the Fourth of July, but now it’s a holiday he’d rather skip over.

Rye Town teens celebrate Juneteenth by leading tours through historic cemetery

Juneteenth commemorates the day the last slaves in the U.S. were freed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was issued. It took 156 years, until June 17, 2021, for President Joe Biden to declare Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Work can now resume on 30 Broad St. building

Work on the mixed-use building that will house a brewpub, apartments and offices across from the Metro-North station should resume soon.

Crosswalk to Crawford considered

Joe Laronga, who lives across the street from the entrance to Crawford Park, appeared before the Rye Brook Board of Trustees a few months ago to voice his concern about the speeding motorists on North Ridge Street and the need for a crosswalk to safely traverse one of the village’s …

Walking on Father’s Day for those affected by war

It’s been eight months since the deadly attack on Oct. 7 sparked a war between Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization based in the Gaza Strip. The initial assault left over 1,400 dead and some 240 taken as hostages by Hamas. Since then, the number of casualties has risen over …

Global Entry enrollment arriving for one day experiment at HPN

For the first time ever, “conditionally approved” applicants for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry program will be able to have their final in-person interview for approval at Westchester County Airport (HPN) on Friday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the third-floor conference room …

Fresh face joins Village coffee scene

Upon entering PortRush Coffee at 14 King St., there’s a lot to look at.

County leaders gather in Rye Brook to deliberate on how to help migrants

According to the 2020 U.S. Census, 26% of Westchester residents, or 251,000 people, are immigrants. It’s an increase of 55,000 over the last time the U.S. Census Bureau released the questionnaire in 2010. To help that population ease their transition into their new communities, the Ellis Island Initiative has spent …

New cop finds ideal job with the Rye Brook police

Trevor Byrnes grew up practically surrounded by police officers. “I pretty much knew from a young age I would either be a police officer or a firefighter,” he said confidently. Now a full-fledged lawman, he’s the newest officer at the Rye Brook Police Department, hired with a starting salary of …

BARK Air and County end lawsuit

Humans and their dogs will be able to fly on BARK Air out of the private Fixed Based Operator (FBO) side of Westchester County Airport (HPN) as long as no more than nine humans are on board BARK’s chartered Talon Air 14-passenger seat Gulfstream Aerospace GV jets.

Officers, K9 Mac and civilians honored with P.C. Police Association awards

To recognize excellence, sacrifice and courageous acts in local law enforcement, every few years the Port Chester Police Association hosts an award ceremony honoring noteworthy moments in the line of duty.

Anatomy of a dogfight

Bark Air and Westchester County, the owners of the Westchester County Airport (HPN) where BARK Air flights with dog owners and their canine pets now land and take off for the West Coast and England, are in a dogfight.

Negative feedback overwhelms public hearing about making tax receiver position appointed

In back-to-back meetings, a controversial question has continued to consume the Rye Town Council: should the receiver of taxes position, elected every four years in November, be an appointed job?