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Leaders in Albany got pretty good reviews from state education groups at the end of the legislative session on Friday primarily for what they didn't do: pass new unfunded mandates.
Last week, education groups were monitoring dozens of bills they considered to be unfunded mandates -- laws that require school districts to spend money without providing a mechanism to raise funds needed for the...Read more »
Lawrence Hospital officials broke ground Tuesday on a $34 million cancer and surgery center that will bring state-of-the-art facilities -- and radiation therapy -- to the Bronxville campus.
Hospital staff, doctors and local officials braved Tuesday's rainy weather for the ground-breaking ceremony, planting shovels into the ground under a large tent as they posed for photographs and answered...Read more »
When we moved into our house near Ossining’s Teatown Lake Reservation 17 years ago, it was right about the time that the cicadas last emerged from underground to finally become adults and finish out their life cycle.
On Thursday night, the next generation of cicadas finally announced their arrival in the woods across from Teatown. They weren’t going to let a downpour spoil their coming out.
So...Read more »
Westchester is getting more international, while Rockland is having a baby boom.
That's the takeaway from new Census Bureau data released this week.
Westchester added 12,557 people from July 2010 to July 2012, increasing its population by 1.3 percent to an estimated 961,670 people, as births exceeded deaths and people arriving from abroad outnumbered those who moved to another part of...Read more »
Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) wants to be perfectly clear: he's not running for Congress. Well, at least not until the current legislative session is over.
The two-term lawmaker, known for his conservative views, sent out an email blast Monday attempting to quell speculation that he would be seeking to challenge incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) in the 2014 elections.
“I...Read more »
Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) announced on Monday that he will co-chair the county executive campaign of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, his former rival for the Democratic nomination for the post.
“During the past four months, Noam Bramson and I waged a hard-fought campaign for county executive,” Jenkins wrote in an e-mail to supporters on Monday...Read more »
TV star Judy "Judge Judy" Sheindlin said her "motherly instincts" kicked in when she found out about the criticism leveled at her son Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy by Sheriff Donald Smith regarding Levy's actions during an investigation into the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Levy's former live-in trainer, Alexandru Hossu, 35, an undocumented immigrant...Read more »
A rusting old Garrison railroad station sign that predates Metro-North's 1983 beginnings and was all but forgotten has been given a place of honor.
At the urging of Putnam County Legis. Barbara Scuccimara, Metro-North workers restored the sign, which had been tucked out of sight behind a bench on the river side of the railroad's tracks.
"It is our great pleasure to be a good neighbor...Read more »
Retired social worker Jose Roman on Wednesday said he would challenge Westchester County Legis. Virginia Perez (D-Yonkers) in a Democratic primary in September.
Roman’s announcement puts a face on a long-expected challenge to Perez, who came under withering criticism from fellow Democrats last year after she cast a decisive vote in favor of Republican County Executive Rob Astorino’s budget.
Astorino’s...Read more »
It seems school board member and Spring Valley mayoral candidate Bernard Charles had a better place to be Thursday night than an NAACP forum -- a place where there were far more voters to whom to make his campaign pleas.
Rather than attending a community forum hosted by the NAACP, Charles was spotted at Rockland Boulders stadium where thousands of Hasidic Jewish men and boys gathered to hear...Read more »