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Westchester County Association’s new program seeking to help young local companies grow is still taking applications from future protégés and signing up more mentors.
The program, called the Blueprint Accelerator Network, is targeting “early stage companies that are operational and can demonstrate that they have had revenue for the last six months,” said Marissa Brett, the association's executive...Read more »
The elite, private Hackley School in Tarrytown netted $43.7 million from the donation of a Claude Monet painting sold at Christie's New York auction house Wednesday.
The "Nympheas" painting is a 1905 view of the lily pond at Giverny from the definitive series of Monet's career. The school received the donation from the estate of Ethel Strong Allen, wife of the late Wall Street executive...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 »
The campaign to reinvent White Plains as a hot suburban city with a cool downtown continues with the hiring of a new planning commissioner: Betty Cheteny.
The first two weeks on her $144,330 job have been a whirl of meet-and-greets with everyone from new colleagues to random pedestrians that the upstate native meets during her walks.
“It’s a very exciting time for the city of White Plains,”...Read more »
Another round of field tests in New York's public schools has parents again shouting that their students should not be used as guinea pigs for a private test company.
State education department test development contractor NCS Pearson Inc. is gauging the validity of its questions this week by giving sample tests to students in 559 schools statewide. Last spring, a similar field test by parents,...Read more »
It's two months, eight days and counting from when Lower Hudson Valley county executives agreed to create a task force to explore the possibility of adding mass transit to the state's Tappan Zee Bridge replacement plans.
So says the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a New York City-based advocacy group, which has put a Times Square-like ticker on its website to nudge state and county officials...Read more »
A stocky South Korean man with a closet full of colorful tuxedos and boundless energy has created a viral video sensation and Westchester County is galloping (in place) along for the ride.
Korean-Pop sensation Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video has racked up nearly 532 million views on YouTube to become the third-most watched and most liked clip in the site's history. The song --...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 »