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Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth are calling out the big guns in their nationally watched battle for the 18th Congressional District seat.
On Sunday, former President Bill Clinton will hold a rally for his former aide, Maloney, at Somers Middle School. Maloney, an attorney, worked as a top White House aide to Clinton during his presidency. Clinton has endorsed...Read more »
Metro-North President Howard Permut joined local officials Friday to praise the work of union workers who've been brightening stations along the commuter rail line with fresh paint jobs.
The so-called Paint Gang initiative has saved money and time by having workers show up each morning at a station so they can spend their full shift painting.
“Metro-North wants to be a good neighbor...Read more »
Brass instructor Donny Spencer counted off the beats of a whole note Thursday, urging his students at the Spring Valley Salvation Army to take big breaths and blow through all four beats.
With public schools trimming back on arts offerings, the music program has a waiting list for East Ramapo students who want the opportunity to toot their horns.
Already, 52 aspiring young musicians...Read more »
Democratic Westchester County legislators on Thursday raised questions about the financing of the nonprofit group tapped by Republican County Executive Robert Astorino to run Rye Playland.
Even after Sustainable Playland pays $1.2 million in annual rent to operate the public amusement park, as proposed under a deal unveiled by Astorino two weeks ago, the county still would pay around $2.2...Read more »
A group of Putnam County Republicans is throwing its support behind Democrat Justin Wagner's bid to oust freshman state Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson).
The group, which includes Village of Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig, staged a news conference Thursday in the village to announce that it is backing Wagner in the 40th State Senate race. The group also lambasted Ball for not doing enough to help...Read more »
Another round of field tests in New York's public schools has parents again shouting that their students should not be used as guinea pigs for a private test company.
State education department test development contractor NCS Pearson Inc. is gauging the validity of its questions this week by giving sample tests to students in 559 schools statewide. Last spring, a similar field test by parents,...Read more »
Mayor Mike Bloomberg is going to bat for Republican Senate candidate Bob Cohen, who is running a neck-and-neck campaign against Democrat George Latimer for retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer's seat. Bloomberg, an Independent who supports many Republican candidates, has been featured in a 60-second radio ad for the better part of a week touting Cohen's "integrity and independence" and refuting...Read more »
It's two months, eight days and counting from when Lower Hudson Valley county executives agreed to create a task force to explore the possibility of adding mass transit to the state's Tappan Zee Bridge replacement plans.
So says the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a New York City-based advocacy group, which has put a Times Square-like ticker on its website to nudge state and county officials...Read more »
As the nationally watched matchup between incumbent U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth and Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney heads into the final stretch ahead of the Nov. 6 election, both campaigns are making a desperate appeal to supporters for financial contributions to fund their no-holds-barred TV ad war.
On Wednesday, Maloney's campaign sent a letter to supporters asking them to help raise...Read more »
A stocky South Korean man with a closet full of colorful tuxedos and boundless energy has created a viral video sensation and Westchester County is galloping (in place) along for the ride.
Korean-Pop sensation Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video has racked up nearly 532 million views on YouTube to become the third-most watched and most liked clip in the site's history. The song --...Read more »