Mount Kisco Democratic Committee Chair/Son Indicted for Campaign-Related Forgery Mount Kisco Democratic Committee Chair/Son Indicted for Campaign-Related Forgery
Mount Kisco Democratic Committee Chair/Son Indicted for Campaign-Related Forgery A Democratic chairman in the Hudson Valley and his son have been indicted for alleged election-related fraud. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced Wednesday, Sept.13, that following an investigation into forged primary election petitions in Northern Westchester County, William Serratore, age 59, and Carmelo Serratore, age 24, in Mount Kisco, have been indicted and arrested on forgery related charges. The case was handled by the Rockland County District Attorney's Office due to a conflict of interest because William Serratore once served as an assistant …
SanToast? Retired NYPD Detective Challenging NY Rep. George Santos To 'Return Integrity' SanToast? Retired NYPD Detective Challenging NY Rep. George Santos To 'Return Integrity'
SanToast? Retired Nypd Detective Challenging NY Rep. George Santos To 'Return Integrity' A familiar face with an impressive resume is taking on embattled Congressman George Santos, whose admitted lying streak and alleged criminal misconduct has left an indelible mark on New York -- and national -- politics. Republican Michael Sapraicone, a retired New York City Police Department detective and US Navy veteran, announced his campaign for the state’s 3rd Congressional District seat on Tuesday, July 25. The district, which the 35-year-old Santos won by seven points in 2022, represents parts of Nassau County and Queens. Related Report: Embattled Nassau Rep. George Santos 'Pr…
Westchester County Legislator Resigns After Scandal: 'My Service Has Become Interference' Westchester County Legislator Resigns After Scandal: 'My Service Has Become Interference'
Westchester County Legislator Resigns After Scandal: 'My Service Has Become Interference' A Westchester County legislator has resigned from his position after he was found to have been subletting an affordable taxpayer-subsidized apartment while living elsewhere.  Westchester County Legislator Christopher Johnson, a Democrat who represents District 16 encompassing much of Yonkers, submitted a letter of resignation to County Clerk Tim Idoni which will become effective on Tuesday, Aug. 1.  In the letter, Johnson said his service has become an "interference on centering the improvement of this County."  "I know that stepping away will allow more time and e…
New Poll Reveals Percentage Of NYers Who Support Using SUNY Dorms To House Migrants New Poll Reveals Percentage Of NYers Who Support Using SUNY Dorms To House Migrants
New Poll Reveals Percentage Of NYers Who Support Using SUNY Dorms To House Migrants New polling is shedding light on how New Yorkers feel about a proposal to house migrants in university dorms. Among the state’s registered voters, 54 percent oppose using SUNY dorms to temporarily house new migrants to New York, while 33 percent are in favor, according to a Siena College poll released Wednesday, June 28. “Voters oppose using SUNY dorms to temporarily house new migrants to New York by a 21-point margin," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. "It’s opposed by more than three-quarters of Republicans and a majority of independents, while Democrats ar…
GOP Presidential Hopeful Ron DeSantis Cancels Hudson Valley Fundraiser GOP Presidential Hopeful Ron DeSantis Cancels Hudson Valley Fundraiser
GOP Presidential Hopeful Ron DeSantis Cancels Hudson Valley Fundraiser Republican presidential candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, canceled a planned upscale fundraiser in the Hudson Valley after failing to notify the local party leader, according to Politico. The $6,600-a-person event was slated to be held in Rockland County at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern on Thursday, June 29. LBGTQ groups and local Democrats were planning protests during the event. But earlier in the week, DeSantis moved the fundraiser to a more remote location, reportedly in New Jersey, officials familiar with the event said. DeSantis' office did not return phone calls regarding the cha…
Protest Planned For GOP Presidential Hopeful Ron DeSantis' Visit To Hudson Valley Protest Planned For GOP Presidential Hopeful Ron DeSantis' Visit To Hudson Valley
Protest Planned For GOP Presidential Hopeful Ron DeSantis' Visit To Hudson Valley As Republican presidential candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, heads to the Hudson Valley for an upscale fundraiser, local Democrats, and LBGTQ supporters, plan to protest. DeSantis is slated to appear at an invitation-only $ 6,600-a-person fundraising event in Rockland County at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern on Thursday, June 29. In advance of the event, reportedly planned by Seth Gribetz, the Englewood, New Jersey investor, local Democrats are putting out the call for demonstrators on their Facebook page. "We are taking action and organizing a powerful, peaceful protest to let Gover…
President Biden To Visit Greenwich For Private Event, Expect Road Closures President Biden To Visit Greenwich For Private Event, Expect Road Closures
President Biden To Visit Greenwich For Private Event, Expect Road Closures Drivers are being advised to expect road closures and a heightened police presence during a visit to Greenwich by President Joe Biden. The President will be in Greenwich for a private event on Friday, June 16, said Greenwich Police Deputy Chief Mark Zuccerella. Specific details on the President's movements through Town have not been released, Zuccerella said. Earlier report: New Update: Here's Where President Biden Is Heading During Hartford Visit "The Greenwich Police Department recognizes that sudden and unexpected road closures can cause inconvenience and delay travel," Zuccerella…
New York DA Accuses Lawmakers Of 'Protecting Criminals' With Proposed 'Clean Slate' Bill New York DA Accuses Lawmakers Of 'Protecting Criminals' With Proposed 'Clean Slate' Bill
New York DA Accuses Lawmakers Of 'Protecting Criminals' With Proposed 'Clean Slate' Bill A local prosecutor in New York is blasting state lawmakers over proposed legislation that would automatically seal most criminal convictions. The so-called “Clean Slate Act" was introduced by State Senator Zellnor Myrie, a Democrat whose 20th Senate District includes parts of Brooklyn. According to the bill text, criminal convictions would be automatically sealed after three years for misdemeanors and seven years for felonies. If approved, the law would make it an “unlawful discriminatory practice” to inquire about someone’s arrest or criminal accusations when it comes to licensing, housin…
'Melanie's Law' Aims To Close 'Dangerous' Loophole That Led To Hudson Valley Mom's Killing 'Melanie's Law' Aims To Close 'Dangerous' Loophole That Led To Hudson Valley Mom's Killing
'Melanie's Law' Aims To Close 'Dangerous' Loophole That Led To Hudson Valley Mom's Killing One year after a young mother from New York was stabbed to death by her own mother’s ex-boyfriend, a state lawmaker is pushing to close what he calls the “dangerous” loophole that led to her killing. Dutchess County resident Melanie Chianese, age 29, of the town of Wappinger, was found suffering from multiple stab wounds on May 29, 2022. Deputies from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office found her while responding to a home on Scott Drive in Wappinger for a report of a woman being injured. Earlier Report: Man Sentenced For Murdering Ex-Girlfriend's Daughter In Poughkeepsie She was ru…
Hochul's Favorability Rating Negative For First Time; Strong Majority Says 'Hard Working': Poll Hochul's Favorability Rating Negative For First Time; Strong Majority Says 'Hard Working': Poll
Hochul's Favorability Rating Negative For First Time; Strong Majority Says 'Hard Working': Poll For the first time since taking office, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s favorability rating is in the negative, new polling finds. Among registered voters, 45 percent hold an unfavorable view of the 64-year-old Democrat, compared to 40 percent who view her favorability, according to a newly-released Siena College poll. In March 2023, voters were split evenly 43 to 43 percent. Hochul’s job approval rating also appears to have taken a hit, sliding to 50-44 percent from 52-41 percent in March, according to pollsters. A strong majority, 58 to 20 percent, think she is hard-working, and a plu…
Northern Westchester Man Elected BOL Chair: Replaces Predecessor Forced Out Amid Scandal Northern Westchester Man Elected BOL Chair: Replaces Predecessor Forced Out Amid Scandal
Northern Westchester Man Elected BOL Chair: Replaces Predecessor Forced Out Amid Scandal The Westchester Board of Legislators has elected a new chairman after his predecessor resigned following a scandal involving a former county staffer trying to meet with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Vedat Gashi, a Yorktown resident who represents Legislative District 4 encompassing Yorktown, New Castle, and Somers, was unanimously elected as Chairperson of the County legislature on Monday night, May 15, the legislature announced.  Gashi's election comes after his predecessor, Catherine Borgia, announced her resignation on Friday, April 28.  Earlier Report…
Vice President Kamala Harris Will Be First Woman To Deliver Graduation Address At West Point Vice President Kamala Harris Will Be First Woman To Deliver Graduation Address At West Point
Vice President Kamala Harris Will Be First Woman To Deliver Graduation Address At West Point Vice President Kamala Harris will serve as commencement speaker at the US Military Academy at West Point later this month, the first woman to do so. The White House announced that the Vice President will speak during the 2023 graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 27. This marks her first visit to the academy located in Orange County in the town of Highlands and the first time in West Point’s 221-year history that a woman will serve as commencement speaker, West Point officials said. “We are honored to have the Vice President as our commencement speaker,” said Lt. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, US …
Trio Of Schemes That Led To Santos Arrest Detailed By Feds; Rep Not Resigning Over 'Witch Hunt' Trio Of Schemes That Led To Santos Arrest Detailed By Feds; Rep Not Resigning Over 'Witch Hunt'
Trio Of Schemes That Led To Santos Arrest Detailed By Feds; Rep Not Resigning Over 'Witch Hunt' Beleaguered New York Rep. George Santos is remaining defiant in the face of numerous federal criminal charges, refusing to resign from Congress and vowing to fight what he decried as a “witch hunt.” The 34-year-old Republican, whose 3rd District represents parts of Nassau County and Queens, pleaded not guilty to all 13 federal charges against him during his arraignment in Central Islip on Wednesday afternoon, May 10. He is charged with: Seven counts of wire fraud Three counts of money laundering Theft of public funds Two counts of making false statements on federal disclosure forms Follow…
NY Congressman George Santos Now In Custody, Facing 13 Federal Charges: Here's Rundown NY Congressman George Santos Now In Custody, Facing 13 Federal Charges: Here's Rundown
NY Congressman George Santos Now In Custody, Facing 13 Federal Charges: Here's Rundown Click here for a new, updated story: Trio Of Schemes That Led To Santos Arrest Detailed By Feds; Rep Not Resigning Over 'Witch Hunt' US Congressman George Santos was arrested early Wednesday, May 10 on a 13-count indictment. The arrest took place early Wednesday in Central Islip. According to the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York's Office, Santos, a 34-year-old right-wing Republican, was charged with: Seven counts of wire fraud,  Three counts of money laundering,  Theft of public funds,  Two counts of making false statements on federal disclosure forms.…
Ex-Northern Westchester Resident Susan Sarandon Arrested At NY Capitol During Protest Ex-Northern Westchester Resident Susan Sarandon Arrested At NY Capitol During Protest
Ex-Northern Westchester Resident Susan Sarandon Arrested At NY Capitol During Protest A protest at the New York Capitol over wages for tipped workers saw several people led away in handcuffs, including actress and activist Susan Sarandon. The 76-year-old Academy Award winner and former resident of Pound Ridge in Westchester County was among eight protesters arrested for disorderly conduct at the Capitol building in Albany on Monday, May 8, according to the One Fair Wage organization. Troopers arrested the group after they allegedly blocked entrances and pushed against troopers in hopes of being arrested, Spectrum News 1 Albany reports. There were no reports of injuries stem…
Katonah-Lewisboro School Board Member, Sister Of Michigan Governor Enters Race For Congress Katonah-Lewisboro School Board Member, Sister Of Michigan Governor Enters Race For Congress
Katonah-Lewisboro School Board Member, Sister Of Michigan Governor Enters Race For Congress A small business owner and school board member in Northern Westchester who is also the sister of Michigan's governor is kicking off a campaign to represent much of the Hudson Valley in the US Congress.  Katonah resident and Democrat Liz Gereghty, the sister of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, announced her intention to run for New York's 17th District seat on Tuesday, May 5 on both social media and in a video campaign ad released online.  The 17th District, which includes all or parts of Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties, is currently represented by Republic…
Hudson Valley County Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Expected Arrival Of Migrants From NYC Hudson Valley County Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Expected Arrival Of Migrants From NYC
Hudson Valley County Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Expected Arrival Of Migrants From NYC A county in the Hudson Valley has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the arrival of hundreds of migrants from New York City. About 340 migrant men will be housed in Rockland County at the Armoni Inn and Suites in Orangeburg for four months, Rockland County Executive Ed Day said Saturday afternoon, May 6. The county informed New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Friday, May 5 that Rockland would not allow this plan to stand and has enacted the state of emergency in direct response. "New York City declared itself a Sanctuary City in December of 2016 committing itself to supporting …
Voter Fraud: NY County Employees Cast Illegal Ballots During Election, Feds Say Voter Fraud: NY County Employees Cast Illegal Ballots During Election, Feds Say
Voter Fraud: NY County Employees Cast Illegal Ballots During Election, Feds Say Three county employees in New York are facing federal charges after allegedly casting fraudulent ballots during the 2021 election. Rensselaer County employees Richard Crist, age 55; James Gordon, age 42; and Leslie Wallace, age 35 were each arrested Thursday, April 27, on an indictment charging them with conspiring to violate the rights of voters, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District. Related Report: Rensselaer County Elections Commissioner Accused Of Voter Fraud Resigns Crist is the county’s director of operations, Gordon is the director of the Bureau for Ce…
NY Rep. Santos Praises Passage Of House Bill Banning Transgender Females From School Sports NY Rep. Santos Praises Passage Of House Bill Banning Transgender Females From School Sports
NY Rep. Santos Praises Passage Of House Bill Banning Transgender Females From School Sports Federal lawmakers moved to officially outlaw transgender girls and women from competing in school sports. The Republican-controlled House voted along party lines - 219 to 203 - to pass the legislation, officially dubbed the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, on Thursday, April 20. Introduced by Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube, the legislation bars schools and colleges from “operating, sponsoring, or facilitating athletic programs or activities that allow individuals of the male sex to participate in programs or activities that are designated for women or girls.” Schools that…
Embattled NY Rep. George Santos 'Proudly' Announces Re-Election Bid: 'We Need A Fighter' Embattled NY Rep. George Santos 'Proudly' Announces Re-Election Bid: 'We Need A Fighter'
Embattled NY Rep. George Santos 'Proudly' Announces Re-Election Bid: 'We Need A Fighter' Just 104 days after taking office, embattled New York Congressman George Santos “proudly” announced that he is running for re-election. Santos, whose 3rd District represents parts of Nassau County and Queens, made it official in a statement released Monday, April 17, in which he touted his re-election campaign as being “about TAKING BACK our country and restoring greatness back to New York.” Related Report: Nassau Rep. George Santos Confesses To Defrauding Brazilian Clerk Of $1,300 In Clothing: Report The freshman Republican, age 34, claimed he’s already made “significant efforts” to …
‘Stop The Bloodshed’: Louisville Shooting Could’ve Been Prevented By Red Flag Law, Hochul Says ‘Stop The Bloodshed’: Louisville Shooting Could’ve Been Prevented By Red Flag Law, Hochul Says
‘Stop The Bloodshed’: Louisville Shooting Could’ve Been Prevented By Red Flag Law, Hochul Says Recent mass shootings that killed six people at an elementary school in Tennessee and five more at a bank in Kentucky might not have occurred had those states implemented so-called “red flag” laws like New York, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul. In an op-ed written for USA Today Network and shared on the governor's website, Hochul touted the measures, which allow a court to issue an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) that temporarily prohibits someone from buying or possessing a gun should they be deemed a danger to themselves or others. Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the state’s ERPO int…
President Kennedy? Former Bedford Resident RFK Jr. Announces 2024 Bid For White House President Kennedy? Former Bedford Resident RFK Jr. Announces 2024 Bid For White House
President Kennedy? Former Bedford Resident RFK Jr. Announces 2024 Bid For White House There's now a possibility of another Kennedy back in the White House if the political winds blow in the right direction. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - son of the late US Attorney General and New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy - filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for president in the 2024 election, he announced Friday, April 7. The 69-year-old will run as a Democrat, according to his FEC filing. He said that he will officially kick off his campaign in Boston on Wednesday, April 19. “I am grateful for the outpouring of sup…
‘Children Are Dying’: Westchester Rep Gets Into Shouting Match With Colleague Over Gun Control ‘Children Are Dying’: Westchester Rep Gets Into Shouting Match With Colleague Over Gun Control
‘Children Are Dying’: Westchester Rep Gets Into Shouting Match With Colleague Over Gun Control The heated debate over gun control in the US spilled into the halls of Congress during a shouting match involving New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman that has since gone viral online. Video of the incident shows Bowman, a Democrat whose 16th District covers southern Westchester County and parts of the Bronx, arguing with Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie in a hallway outside the House chamber on Wednesday, March 29. In the clip, Bowman, a former teacher and middle school principal in the Bronx, is seen telling reporters that Republicans are “cowards” and “gutless” for not supporting legislati…
Trump's 'Past Words, Actions' Cited In Judge's Ruling For Anonymous Jurors In Sex Assault Trial Trump's 'Past Words, Actions' Cited In Judge's Ruling For Anonymous Jurors In Sex Assault Trial
Trump's 'Past Words, Actions' Cited In Judge's Ruling For Anonymous Jurors In Sex Assault Trial Jurors set to hear arguments in former President Donald Trump’s upcoming civil sexual assault trial brought by New York columnist E. Jean Carroll will remain anonymous, a federal judge ruled. In his ruling issued Thursday, March 23, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan cited Trump’s “past words and actions,” in part for his decision, saying the former president has “repeatedly attacked courts, judges, various law enforcement officials and other public officials, and even individual jurors in other matters.” Earlier Report: Trump Rape Accuser From Hudson Valley To File Lawsuit Under New NY '…
NY Rep. George Santos Confesses To Defrauding Brazilian Clerk Of $1,300 In Clothing: Report NY Rep. George Santos Confesses To Defrauding Brazilian Clerk Of $1,300 In Clothing: Report
NY Rep. George Santos Confesses To Defrauding Brazilian Clerk Of $1,300 In Clothing: Report Embattled New York Rep. George Santos has formally confessed to defrauding a Brazilian shop clerk of $1,300 in clothing and shoes, CNN reports.  The admission is part of an agreement requested by Santos’ attorney in January 2022 and accepted by Brazilian prosecutors that ensures he won’t be prosecuted for the crime, according to the outlet. Related Report: 'I've Been A Terrible Liar,' George Santos Admits After He 'Got Away With It' In 2020 It states that the freshman Republican lawmaker, whose 3rd District represents parts of Nassau County and Queens, agrees to confess to the fr…
‘No Fortune For Fraud’: NY Reps Introduce Legislation Targeting George Santos ‘No Fortune For Fraud’: NY Reps Introduce Legislation Targeting George Santos
‘No Fortune For Fraud’: NY Reps Introduce Legislation Targeting George Santos Several freshman members of Congress are targeting embattled New York Rep. George Santos, a member of their own party, hoping to ensure that he can’t turn a profit should he be convicted of a crime. Speaking at a press conference outside the US Capitol on Tuesday, March 7, Republican New York Rep. Anthony D’Esposito - whose 4th District includes parts of Nassau County - announced that he was sponsoring legislation meant to bar current and former House members from profiting off their story should they violate election laws and other federal statutes. The proposals, dubbed the “No Fame for…
House Ethics Committee Investigating George Santos For Financial Crimes, Sexual Harassment House Ethics Committee Investigating George Santos For Financial Crimes, Sexual Harassment
House Ethics Committee Investigating George Santos For Financial Crimes, Sexual Harassment After months of swirling questions about his financial background, the House Ethics Committee has opened a formal investigation into embattled New York Congressman George Santos. In a statement Thursday, March 2, the committee announced it was working to determine whether the freshman Republican lawmaker, whose 3rd District covers Nassau County and parts of Queens, had committed the following: Engaged in unlawful activity with respect to his 2022 congressional campaign Failed to properly disclose required information on statements filed with the House Violated federal conflict of interest…
New Poll Reveals How NY Voters Think Gov. Hochul Is Doing Months Into First Full Term New Poll Reveals How NY Voters Think Gov. Hochul Is Doing Months Into First Full Term
New Poll Reveals How NY Voters Think Gov. Hochul Is Doing Months Into First Full Term New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s approval rating dipped slightly in the second month of her first full term in office, according to a brand-new poll. Among the state’s registered voters, Hochul holds an approval rating of 56 to 40 percent, compared to 56 to 36 percent in January, according to a Siena College poll released Monday, Feb. 27. Hochul’s favorability also dipped slightly to 46 to 43 percent, from 48 to 42 percent in January, the poll found. When asked which issues state lawmakers should focus on, 36 percent of voters said crime, followed by cost of living at 27 percent, and afforda…
George Santos Lied In Court To Help 'Family Friend' Who Made Fraudulent Credit Cards: Report George Santos Lied In Court To Help 'Family Friend' Who Made Fraudulent Credit Cards: Report
George Santos Lied In Court To Help 'Family Friend' Who Made Fraudulent Credit Cards: Report Embattled New York Congressman George Santos once lied in a Seattle courtroom to help a Brazilian man who admitted to making fraudulent credit cards, Politico reports.  While testifying under oath in King County Superior Court in Washington State in 2017, the now Republican lawmaker told the judge that the defendant, Gustavo Trelha, was an old family friend who knew his parents, and that he would help the man get an Airbnb while he was out on bail, according to the outlet. Related Report: 'I've Been A Terrible Liar,' George Santos Admits After He 'Got Away With It' In 2020 Santos…
'Outrageous, Appalling': Hochul Lambastes Santos Over Proposed Bill Making AR-15 'National Gun' 'Outrageous, Appalling': Hochul Lambastes Santos Over Proposed Bill Making AR-15 'National Gun'
'Outrageous, Appalling': Hochul Lambastes Santos Over Proposed Bill Making AR-15 'National Gun' New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is joining the growing chorus of criticism over proposed federal legislation that would designate a “national gun,” which is being co-sponsored by embattled Long Island Rep. George Santos. "It's outrageous and appalling that New York Congressman Santos would attach his name to legislation that would designate the AR-15 as the 'national gun of the United States,’” Hochul said in a statement Thursday, Feb. 23. Earlier Report: AR-15 Would Be 'National Gun Of America' Under Bill Co-Sponsored By Nassau Rep. George Santos She went on to describe the AR-15 rifle a…
AR-15 Would Be 'National Gun Of America' Under Bill Co-Sponsored By NY Rep. George Santos AR-15 Would Be 'National Gun Of America' Under Bill Co-Sponsored By NY Rep. George Santos
AR-15 Would Be 'National Gun Of America' Under Bill Co-Sponsored By NY Rep. George Santos This story has been updated to include a statement from Rep. Santos' office.  The American flag. The bald eagle. The Statue of Liberty. All unmistakable symbols of the United States. Now a new official symbol could be on the horizon under legislation being co-sponsored by embattled New York Rep. George Santos: the semi-automatic rifle. Santos, a Republican representing the 3rd District, which includes parts of Nassau County and Queens, is co-sponsoring a House bill that would officially make the AR-15 style rifle the “national gun” of the United States. Related story: 'I've Been A…