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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has cut a new TV ad for Republican Bob Cohen's bid to win the 37th District State Senate seat, referring to the New Rochelle businessman as a potential ally in his efforts to lower property taxes.
"For the third year, we've held the line on county property taxes -- even lowered them," the Republican leader says in the spot, which began running...Read more »
As the controversy over the future of Indian Point continues to divide the region, more than half of Lower Hudson Valley residents surveyed said they favored keeping it open, according to a new Siena College poll commissioned by Newsday.
The poll comes as the plant's owner, Entergy Corp., has applied to renew the licenses on the site's two reactors to keep the site running for another 20 years...Read more »
When Douglas Kennedy was accused of pummeling two nurses on the way to making his flight from the maternity ward at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco on Jan. 7, a lot of outlets gave the name of the lad he had swaddled.
His name has been reported as Daniel Boru Kennedy -- the middle name a tribute to the legendary Irish king who, the story goes, drove the Vikings from the Emerald...Read more »
Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino wants public employee unions to contribute to their health care costs. In the case of the Civil Service Employees Association, last week he even threatened to lay off as many as 800 workers if they don’t help him close an $86 million budget gap by paying a portion of their health bills.
But even when he extracts that hard-fought concession in new...Read more »
When it comes to talking trash, Louis Vetrone says nobody does it better than Westchester -- although, the county could score even more impressive recycling numbers if residents followed three tips he shared with Newsday.
Recycling is definitely a green project for Vetrone, who has been the county's deputy commissioner for Environmental Facilities since 2009. But the green he's interested...Read more »
Billy Taylor made his name on the football field as a running back for the New York Giants and later for the Jets and Raiders.
But when he visited students from the Iona Mass Communication Department on Thursday, rather than reliving his NFL heyday, it was life lessons that he shared.
“I don’t like talking about football, I’ve done enough of that,” said Taylor, who is a corporate communications...Read more »
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is throwing his support behind Republican state Senate candidate Bob Cohen's campaign.
In a statement provided by Cohen's campiagn, Bloomberg cited the New Rochelle businessman's "independence and his unwavering commitment to property tax relief and pro-job-growth policies" as the primary reasons for his endorsement.
"Westchester...Read more »
During Tuesday's presidential debate, viewers will be watching to see if President Barack Obama will snap out of the passive performance he gave the last time the two candidates squared off or if Governor Mitt Romney can again steer the discussion into a voter bump, but another person taking performance notes from the last debate is moderator Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent at CNN and...Read more »
A collaborative effort at Davis Elementary School is one for the books.
The New Rochelle school's newly renovated library is being unveiled Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The project took place over the summer and was paid for primarily through fundraising events held by the Davis PTA during the 2011-12 school year, the district said in a statement Tuesday.
Jason and Jennifer Taylor, architects...Read more »
Incumbent Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford) has out-raised and out-spent her Democratic rival Sean Patrick Maloney in the nationally watched 18th Congressional race, according to recent filings with the Federal Elections Commission.
But Maloney raised more than Hayworth in the most recent quarter, from July 1 to Sept. 30, and has slightly more cash left to spend as the two rivals enter the final...Read more »