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Amid the hubbub last week about Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s dispute with the Department of Housing and Urban Development over affordable housing, it was easy to miss the other news in his State of the County address.
In the Tuesday speech in the county courthouse, Astorino pledged to submit a 2014 budget later this year that won’t contain tax increases.
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Assemb. Annie Rabbitt (R-Greenwood Lake) is taking aim at the state's tough new gun control laws, creating an online petition drive to repeal the package of legislation passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
In particular, Rabbitt is chafing at the provision that calls for a new statewide gun registry -- estimated to cost $36 million to create -- and another provision...Read more »
Superstorm Sandy left an overabundance of felled trees. Tim Downey of Hastings-on-Hudson soon came up with an enchanting second life for them. He is a landscape contractor who has turned unkempt Dan Rile Memorial Park into a whimsical space filled with rustic log benches, wood-chipped trails and even a stump table-and-chairs set fit for a royal gathering of elves.
Tim made everything from...Read more »
Phone, internet and cable credits are available for Sandy-related outages, but you must ask for them
If your Internet, cable or phone service went down during Hurricane Sandy, you might be entitled to a credit or a break on your bill -- but you've gotta ask for it. Each provider has a different policy, but in general customers should put in their claim within 30 days. If you're not sure, read the fine print on your provider's terms of service.
"Most service providers will not automatically...Read more »
While superstorm Sandy rocked Westchester County two weeks ago, Hudson Valley officials and residents realize other areas were hit even harder by the monster storm.
That’s why the county’s Department of Public Safety and its Police Benevolent Association will collect badly needed supplies to be loaded onto trucks and driven down to the devastated areas of Queens and Staten Island that were...Read more »
Yonkers is waiving building permit fees until the end of the month for business owners and homeowners whose properties were damaged by superstorm Sandy.
“With power now restored and cleanup operations wrapping up, we continue to focus on making sure those who had damage to property receive the assistance needed to make repairs and return their lives back to normal as quickly as possible,”...Read more »
Got a loaded pantry and looking for ways to help out in Hurricane Sandy's aftermath? Port Chester's Police Benevolent Association could use your help.
Cops will set up in front of Costco on Westchester Avenue in Port Chester from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, for the PBA's second annual fall food drive.
Last year, the drive raised more than $10,000 in food and cash donations.
"We...Read more »
The disaster declarations for Westchester and Rockland counties means that businesses, individuals and local governments who have had financial losses from superstorm Sandy could be eligible for federal assistance. To qualify, those who have unreimbursed losses must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Below is some contact information: Website:...Read more »
Two Westchester health clubs -- Club Fit and New York Sports Club -- are opening their doors to residents affected by the storm to take a hot shower, county officials said.
“We know this has been a long week and that something as simple as a hot shower goes a long way,” said County Executive Rob Astorino, who was expected to announce the openings at news conference Friday morning. “We are...Read more »
County Executive Rob Astorino has been understandably busy these last few days, but he carved out enough time Wednesday to head home and see his family.
When he did, his next-door neighbor was waiting for him.
"She goes, 'What good is it to live next to the county executive if we're all in the dark?'" Astorino told News12 anchor Tim Cassidy Wednesday night.
The county...Read more »