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Sarah Armaghan covers Rockland County for Newsday Westchester. In years past, she wrote about crime for a newspaper in New York City. A graduate of St. John's University in Queens, Sarah started her career as a travel writer overseas in Europe and Africa. She craves breaking news but equally enjoys telling personal stories about residents in the areas she writes about. Sarah grew up in a Pennsylvania suburb and is dying to move into an apartment that allows pets so she can finally get a cute puppy.
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Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin has been mum with the media since her arrest last week -- under the advice of her counsel -- and seemingly focused on avoidance of any further public embarrassment.
But on Tuesday, at her first Village Board meeting since the arrest, she slipped up, allowing one trustee to vote by phone -- a move that's against the state's open meeting laws, according to...Read more »
If you're passing through New Rochelle in the next few weeks, you might want to be sure not to run any red lights. New Rochelle officials are studying several intersections to see whether they are dangerous enough to warrant the installation of red light cameras to crack down on traffic scofflaws. To install the controversial traffic control devices the city would need state legislative approval...Read more »
For the second school board meeting in a row, a group of outraged East Ramapo students will take to the sidewalk outside of the administrative building Tuesday night to give board members and the community something to think about.
Last month, about 100 students held up English and Hebrew signs calling for the restoration of graduation day on a Sunday rather than Monday and at their schools...Read more »
Teams of sandhogs toiling 160 feet below Grand Central Terminal have finished blasting through 500 million-year-old rock bed to build the massive caverns that will house a brand-new Long Island Rail Road terminal, MTA officials announced Tuesday.
The East Side Access Project reached a major milestone this week when the last of the subterranean caverns were carved out after six years of blasting...Read more »
Westchester County’s political circles are still buzzing about the state’s decision last week to nix a plan to let Ferncliff, the Yonkers school for developmentally disabled children, move to county-owned land in Greenburgh.
“I was as shocked as all involved,” said Assemb. Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale), who had been lobbying state officials to support the plan. “I was really shocked.”
A host...Read more »
They say more is better, and that's likely true at Metro-North, the nation's busiest commuter rail, which this week is rolling out 187 trains as it continues the largest service expansion in its 30-year history.
Most of the trains will be added to weekend and off-peak weekday hours as Metro-North tries to top the 83 million riders it tallied last year.
"By adding off-peak and weekend...Read more »
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) raised more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2013, an eye-popping haul for a freshman lawmaker.
Maloney, 46, defeated Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth last November. He was one of 82 freshmen joining the 435-seat House, where Republicans continue to hold a 233-200 advantage despite losing a net eight seats in November.
“I’m overwhelmed...Read more »
The two front-runners vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Westchester County executive made gains last week on the campaign trail.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson received the endorsement of State Sen. George Latimer (D-Rye), who has enjoyed some stature in county Democratic circles for defeating his Republican rival last year despite how GOP outsiders dumped money into the district.
And...Read more »
Poetry there will be.
To honor Grand Central on this its jubilee.
And music too
Beside the clock
Keeping time so you don't have to
Tick tock tick tock
100 years and still glowing
Where are all these people going?
The poetry promises to be a lot better than that when some of the nation's finest poets and musicians gather in Grand Central Terminal's...Read more »
Students at Peekskill Middle School have turned the destruction from superstorm Sandy into a months-long investigation of climate change that they will present at a symposium in Florida next month.
Gathered to practice their 20-minute speech Thursday in a middle school art room, the students spoke of how power outages, downed trees and spoiled food made them think more about why two major...Read more »