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1) A nor'easter is headed for the region, where it will combine with a cold-air mass moving south from Canada -- the perfect recipe for snow after two weeks of mostly mild weather. Is this winter's last gasp before spring? Although snow, sleet and rain could continue through Friday, forecasts say the storm should pass by Saturday, just in time for daylight saving time and an extra hour of sunshine....Read more »
In the schoolyard, children argue over whose father is the toughest.
In Westchester County politics, adults argue about whose father is the most corrupt.
On Monday night, Kurt Colucci, a Tea Party enthusiast seeking to unseat Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, issued a news release that mentioned Astorino's father, a former Mount Vernon cop who served a brief stint...Read more »
Westchester County Democrats don't appear to be fielding challengers against Legis. Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers) and Legis. Virginia Perez (D-Yonkers), the lawmakers who crossed party lines last year to give Republican County Executive Rob Astorino the two Democratic votes he needed to enact his 2013 budget.
But that doesn't mean Kaplowitz and Perez aren't looking over their shoulders.
“I'm...Read more »
Not surprisingly, New York and Texas have had vastly different reponses to securing schools since the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made it a felony to have a gun on a school campus.
In Texas, at least one school is arming employees and teachers. On Wednesday, this resulted in one employee being shot during a gun training, according...Read more »
Terrance Raynor, a former Mount Vernon police chief, has the inside track to become Mount Vernon's next top cop, a City Hall source speaking on condition of anonymity told Newsday.
"Raynor's the administration's first choice," the source said.
Mayor Ernie Davis declined to comment Wednesday on his first choice for the job, saying he intends to fill the post by the end of the...Read more »
Parents and administrators from a dozen lower Hudson Valley school districts are aiming to flood Albany with letters about high-stakes testing, the tax cap, teacher evaluations and the loss of local control in school districts.
“Parents have to get involved,” said Tracy Pyper, advocacy chairwoman for the Westchester East Putnam Region PTA and chairwoman of the consortium, said in a news statement....Read more »
Politics has always been a study in contrasts. In Westchester County, where the biggest race of the year will pit Republican County Executive Rob Astorino against one of three Democrats vying for the party's nomination, the contrasts have been peculiar. Two recent political events highlight the differences between our local version of the red-blue divide: Astorino's Winter Celebration...Read more »
Students in the Briarcliff Manor School District are learning a new way to solve math problems, called Singapore Math, that is challenging the notion that there is one right way to get the answer to 3 times 3.
Let's consider an example that students at Todd Elementary School worked out Monday.
Consider the question: Cindy, Meghan and Nadine each drank 3/4 of a cup of orange juice. How...Read more »
Supporters of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino flocked to the DoubleTree hotel in Tarrytown on Thursday night for a fundraising event in which top donors gave $5,000 to join the Republican in a special VIP room. The event will help Astorino add to the more than $2.2 million in campaign funds he already has accumulated for his reelection campaign. Astorino will face a yet-to-be-determined...Read more »
The American Kennel Club announced Wednesday the most popular dog breeds in America, and for the 22nd consecutive year, the Labrador retriever ranks No. 1. German shepherds and golden retrievers rounded out the top three.
The most popular breeds generally also reflect the breeds most commonly admitted into animal shelters, said Dana Rocco, manager of the New Rochelle Humane Society, which...Read more »