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Quadruple Murder Case: Former Northern Westchester Police Officer Receives Sentence Quadruple Murder Case: Former Northern Westchester Police Officer Receives Sentence
Quadruple Murder Case: Former Northern Westchester Police Officer Receives Sentence A former police officer at several municipalities in Westchester and Dutchess counties has received his sentence for killing four men in the Hudson Valley over missing drug money.  Orange County resident and former cop Nicholas Tartaglione of Otisville, age 56, was sentenced on Monday, June 10 to four consecutive life sentences for the killings in the town of Chester in Orange County following a botched cocaine deal in April 2016 at the Likquid Lounge.  The four victims were: Martin Luna, age 41,  Urbano Santiago, age 32,  Miguel Luna, age 25,  Hector G…
Actor/Writers Group Seeking Talent From Westchester, Hudson Valley Actor/Writers Group Seeking Talent From Westchester, Hudson Valley
Actor/Writers Group Seeking Talent From Westchester, Hudson Valley An actors/writers group is looking for talent from throughout the Hudson Valley. The group says it's "Seeking playwrights who like to work with actors, and actors looking to work with new playwrights, to workshop new plays from writers from the Hudson Valley community. People who are motivated to be with a group of artists to share, grow and build." Among the areas it's looking to draw people from are: Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Wappingers Falls, Cold Spring, Hyde Park, Hudson, New Paltz, Saugerties, Kingston, Rhinebeck, Tarrytown, White Plains, Peekskill, Newburgh, Ellenville, Rosendale, Amenia…
Litter Of Days-Old Kittens Found Abandoned In Milk Crate In Westchester Litter Of Days-Old Kittens Found Abandoned In Milk Crate In Westchester
Litter Of Days-Old Kittens Found Abandoned In Milk Crate In Westchester A litter of kittens has a new surrogate mom after being found abandoned in a milk carton crate in Westchester. The kittens, all only a few days old, were discovered in a milk crate by Briarcliff Manor-based SPCA Westchester on Monday evening, May 6.  Luckily, the organization was able to keep the kittens alive and worked to bottle-feed them every few hours after their rescue to keep them healthy. The kittens are now in the care of a surrogate mother cat, the organization announced.  Anyone looking to foster animals in the future can contact the SPCA by clicking here. 
$20M To Go Toward Improving Deteriorating Northern Westchester Roadway $20M To Go Toward Improving Deteriorating Northern Westchester Roadway
$20M To Go Toward Improving Deteriorating Northern Westchester Roadway State officials have announced that tens of millions of dollars are set to fund much-needed improvements on a well-traveled but neglected thoroughfare in Northern Westchester. In an announcement on Wednesday, May 8, New York State Sen. Pete Harckham and Assemblymember Dana Levenberg revealed that $20 million in funds would go toward improving conditions on a stretch of the Briarcliff Manor – Peekskill Parkway (Route 9A). The funding, set aside by the New York State Department of Transportation, will cover the segment of Route 9A between the Taconic State Parkway and Pleasantville …
Village Seeks $20M To Help Fix 'Outdated, Dilapidated' Main Route In Northern Westchester Village Seeks $20M To Help Fix 'Outdated, Dilapidated' Main Route In Northern Westchester
Village Seeks $20M To Help Fix 'Outdated, Dilapidated' Main Route In Northern Westchester A village in Northern Westchester is urging state officials to allocate $20 million toward designing improvements for a busy main route that has fallen into disrepair.  In an announcement on Thursday, March 21, Briarcliff Manor village officials urged New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and the State Assembly to allocate $20 million in the new state budget for the preliminary design of improvements for Route 9A, which they say is "outdated and dilapidated."  The request follows the completion of a yearlong study into Route 9A conducted by the New York State Department of Transportation. I…
NY AG Begins Process To Seize Trump’s Northern Westchester Estate, Golf Course: Report NY AG Begins Process To Seize Trump’s Northern Westchester Estate, Golf Course: Report
NY AG Begins Process To Seize Trump’s Northern Westchester Estate, Golf Course: Report New York Attorney General Letitia James has taken the first step toward seizing former President Donald Trump’s golf course and private estate, CNN reports. Lawyers from James’ office registered New York’s $454 million civil judgment against Trump In Westchester County Court on Wednesday, March 6, the outlet reports. A Manhattan judge ordered Trump to pay the massive penalty after he, his adult sons, and the Trump Organization were found liable for using “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation” to inflate his net worth to get better loan terms. The reported move by the AG’s office wo…
Blaze Completely Engulfs Car In Northern Westchester: Photos Blaze Completely Engulfs Car In Northern Westchester: Photos
Blaze Completely Engulfs Car In Northern Westchester: Photos Thanks to firefighters, a blaze that engulfed a vehicle in Northern Westchester was quickly put out before anyone could get hurt.  The fire happened in Briarcliff Manor on Saturday morning, Feb. 24, when a car went up in flames next to a building in the village, according to the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department.  Crews from the department soon arrived and made quick work of the blaze.  No injuries were reported, firefighters said. More information about the fire, including the cause, was not released. 
Helicopter, Drone Respond To Disturbance At Northern Westchester Residence Helicopter, Drone Respond To Disturbance At Northern Westchester Residence
Helicopter, Drone Respond To Disturbance At Northern Westchester Residence Authorities are investigating a disturbance at a Northern Westchester residence that prompted an intense police response utilizing a helicopter, drone, and a K9 unit.  The incident that prompted the activity began on Thursday evening, Feb. 1 at a residence in Briarcliff Manor on Tuttle Road, where a disturbance was reported to Briarcliff Manor Police, the department announced on Friday, Feb. 2.  Soon after authorities learned of the incident, Westchester County Police extended support by deploying resources such as a helicopter, drone, K9 unit, and the department's special respons…
'We're So Proud': Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl To Feature 2 Dogs From Westchester 'We're So Proud': Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl To Feature 2 Dogs From Westchester
'We're So Proud': Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl To Feature 2 Dogs From Westchester Before settling down to watch the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, you may want to tune in to Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl, which will include paw-ticipation from two Westchester dogs. Two pups from Briarcliff Manor-based SPCA Westchester, Dallas and Melody, will make their big debuts at Puppy Bowl XX on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m., the animal rescue organization announced. In a post on social media, SPCA Westchester expressed excitement for the pair's upcoming television appearance.  "We all love Super Bowl Sunday but now we’re even more excited for the big game day," the organization wrot…
Amid Downpours, This Northern Westchester Village Told To Conserve Water: Here's Why Amid Downpours, This Northern Westchester Village Told To Conserve Water: Here's Why
Amid Downpours, This Northern Westchester Village Told To Conserve Water: Here's Why As rain pounds the region and the wind howls, one Northern Westchester municipality is being told to conserve water after a large main break. The break occurred in the village of Briarcliff Manor around 5 a.m., Monday, Dec. 18 along Sleepy Hollow Road, leading to a disruption in water supply and pressure for residents along the roadway. Related story: Potent Storm With Drenching Rain, Damaging Winds Causing Power Outages, Flooding, Road Closures As of 8:30 a.m., officials with the Briarcliff Manor Public Works Department said crews, working in the downpours, have located the break a…
Trick Or Treat! Police Issue Halloween Safety Tips, Road Closures In Westchester Trick Or Treat! Police Issue Halloween Safety Tips, Road Closures In Westchester
Trick Or Treat! Police Issue Halloween Safety Tips, Road Closures In Westchester As the spookiest day of the year approaches, police departments in Westchester are planning road closures and giving safety tips to make sure trick-or-treating goes smoothly.  Ahead of Halloween, police agencies in Westchester such as White Plains Public Safety are issuing tips to make sure children and their families stay out of harm's way while trick-or-treating.  Some of these tips include: Carry glow sticks or flashlights and affix reflective tape or stickers to costumes or bags to make sure children are seen by drivers; Try to only cross streets at corners and use traffic s…
Former Briarcliff Resident Burt Erickson Passes Away at 100 Former Briarcliff Resident Burt Erickson Passes Away at 100
Former Briarcliff Resident Burt Erickson Passes Away at 100 Burt Erickson, 100 years young, formerly of Briarcliff Manor and Chicago, IL, passed away peacefully on Oct. 23, 2023 at the Veteran’s Association Nursing Home in Montrose, where he received wonderful care. Burt was born on March 8, 1923 in Chicago, the son of Frances and Burton Erickson. He was the oldest of three children. He was predeceased in death by his sister Gertrude “Trudie” Hodges and his brother Jerome “Jerry” Erickson. Burt married the love of his life Rita Marie Jerome on Dec. 27, 1952. They were married 61 years until her death on April 17, 2014. Burt is survived by his dau…
'We Simply Cannot Compete': Store Closes After 34 Years In Northern Westchester 'We Simply Cannot Compete': Store Closes After 34 Years In Northern Westchester
'We Simply Cannot Compete': Store Closes After 34 Years In Northern Westchester After more than three decades in business, a Northern Westchester store has decided to bow out amid changing times.  Wondrous Things, a gift shop located in Briarcliff Manor at 1159 Pleasantville Rd., announced on Wednesday, Oct. 4 that it would soon be permanently closing after 34 years.  Although the store did not specify a closing date, a closing sale will begin on Thursday, Oct. 5, the owners said.  In their closing announcement, the owners said that they were unable to keep up with the modern state of retail. "The changing landscape of retail, Covid, online, and Amazon…
Man Accused Of Making Anti-Semitic Remarks At Northern Westchester Synagogue: Police Man Accused Of Making Anti-Semitic Remarks At Northern Westchester Synagogue: Police
Man Accused Of Making Anti-Semitic Remarks At Northern Westchester Synagogue: Police A 22-year-old man faces charges after allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks and gestures at a Northern Westchester synagogue during Rosh Hashanah services, police said.  The arrest resulted from an incident on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Congregation Sons of Israel (CSI) synagogue in Briarcliff Manor at 1666 Pleasantville Rd., according to Briarcliff Manor Police. During Rosh Hashanah services, a verbal altercation occurred between the synagogue's security and a food delivery driver. During this, the delivery driver allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks and gesture…
Top Honors: These Westchester Schools Recipients Of Prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award Top Honors: These Westchester Schools Recipients Of Prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award
Top Honors: These Westchester Schools Recipients Of Prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award When it comes to overall excellence, these New York schools are at the top of the class, and they have the hardware to prove it. Twenty-two schools in the Empire State are among just 353 across the country to receive the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award from the US Department of Education. The annual awards recognize high-performing public and non-public schools, as well as those making strides in closing “achievement gaps” among student groups. “Their leaders not only articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards, they stay close to the real action of teachin…
27-Year-Old Charged With Burglarizing Homes In Northern Westchester, Police Say 27-Year-Old Charged With Burglarizing Homes In Northern Westchester, Police Say
27-Year-Old Charged With Burglarizing Homes In Northern Westchester, Police Say A 27-year-old man has been nabbed for burglarizing two homes in Northern Westchester, police said.  The man, whose name was not released, was charged with burglarizing two homes in Briarcliff Manor on Saturday, Aug. 5, the village's police department announced on Tuesday, Aug. 29.  The suspect, who is from the Bronx, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary in addition to other charges, police said.  The investigation into the burglaries is still ongoing, and more arrests may be made, authorities added.  The Harrison, New York City, and Westchester County …
Fire Ignites At Train Station In Northern Westchester Fire Ignites At Train Station In Northern Westchester
Fire Ignites At Train Station In Northern Westchester Emergency crews were sent to a train station in Northern Westchester after a power substation caught on fire.  The incident happened on Tuesday, Aug. 22 just after 2 p.m., when firefighters from Croton-On-Hudson and Briarcliff Manor were sent to the Scarborough Metro-North Station for a reported blaze.  According to the Croton-On-Hudson Fire Department, arriving crews found a fire on the roof of a power substation and soon began working to extinguish it.  With the help of the Millwood Fire Department as well, crews were able to put out the blaze and return to service ar…
Traffic Incident Shuts Down Roadway In Northern Westchester: Developing Traffic Incident Shuts Down Roadway In Northern Westchester: Developing
Traffic Incident Shuts Down Roadway In Northern Westchester: Developing A traffic incident has resulted in part of a busy Northern Westchester route being closed in one direction.  The incident happened in the area of Route 9A and Pleasantville Road in Briarcliff Manor, the village's fire department reported on Wednesday, July 26 around 4:45 p.m.  As a result of the incident, access to Route 9A southbound in the area has been suspended. Pleasantville Road is still open with some immediate closures, fire officials said.  More details about the incident have not yet been released by authorities.  This is a developing story. Check back to Dai…
Burglaries Of Northern Westchester Homes Under Investigation, Police Say Burglaries Of Northern Westchester Homes Under Investigation, Police Say
Burglaries Of Northern Westchester Homes Under Investigation, Police Say A series of residential burglaries in a Northern Westchester village are now under investigation by police, who are urging residents to take precautions to avoid being victimized.  The burglaries have happened throughout the last several months in Briarcliff Manor, the village's police department announced on Tuesday, July 25.  The most recent incidents were reported at residences located in the area of Sleepy Hollow Road and Long Hill Road, the department said, also adding that many of the burglaries have happened while homeowners were away on vacation.  The suspects will u…
2 Cruisers Struck By Speeding Vehicle During Pursuit In Northern Westchester, Police Say 2 Cruisers Struck By Speeding Vehicle During Pursuit In Northern Westchester, Police Say
2 Cruisers Struck By Speeding Vehicle During Pursuit In Northern Westchester, Police Say Two police cruisers were struck by a vehicle during a high-speed chase on a busy road in Northern Westchester, authorities said.  The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon, April 19 in Briarcliff Manor, when police tried to stop a speeding vehicle on Route 9A northbound. When the vehicle did not stop, a brief chase then started. During this pursuit, two Briarcliff Manor Police Department cruisers were struck by the vehicle, which eventually came to a stop on Hazelton Circle.  The driver of the vehicle then ran away but was quickly caught by an officer and taken into custody,&n…
Quadruple Murder Case: Former Police Officer In Northern Westchester Found Guilty Quadruple Murder Case: Former Police Officer In Northern Westchester Found Guilty
Quadruple Murder Case: Former Police Officer In Northern Westchester Found Guilty A former police officer at several municipalities in Westchester and Dutchess counties has been convicted for the murders of four men in Orange County after a drug deal that went bad. According to an indictment that was filed in White Plains Federal Court, Nicholas Tartaglione killed Martin Luna, age 41, Urbano Santiago, age 32, Miguel Luna, age 25, and Hector Gutierrez, 43, at the Likquid Lounge in the town of Chester in Orange County following the botched cocaine deal in April 2016. The first victim was allegedly strangled with a zip tie, and three others were taken to an Otisville home i…
Man Baits Cops Into Chasing Sports Car In Mahopac, Caught When Engine Seizes Man Baits Cops Into Chasing Sports Car In Mahopac, Caught When Engine Seizes
Man Baits Cops Into Chasing Sports Car In Mahopac, Caught When Engine Seizes An 18-year-old man is facing the music after taunting officers and instigating them into chasing him across multiple counties in the Hudson Valley before he was eventually caught thanks to a seized engine, police said.  The incident happened on Thursday, March 23 around 9 p.m., when two officers from the Carmel Police Department were assigned to a traffic detail at a large gathering in Putnam County on Route 6 in Mahopac.  While the two officers were helping pedestrians and vehicles leave the area, an 18-year-old Northern Westchester man driving a "souped‐up" blue Dodge Challenger…
Fox News Parts Ways With Westchester's Lara Trump, Report Says Fox News Parts Ways With Westchester's Lara Trump, Report Says
Fox News Parts Ways With Westchester's Lara Trump, Report Says Fox News is cutting ties with network contributor and daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump, Lara Trump, The Washington Post reports.  The 40-year-old former television producer, who shares three children with the former president’s son, Eric, will no longer be paid to offer commentary for Fox News due to the network’s ban on political activity, a source told the outlet. The move comes weeks after former President Trump announced that he was running for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election. “We appreciate Lara’s valuable contributions to Fox News Medi…
Popular Educator From Northern Westchester Dies At Age 68 Popular Educator From Northern Westchester Dies At Age 68
Popular Educator From Northern Westchester Dies At Age 68 A beloved educator from Northern Westchester who worked in Connecticut known for her dedication to her family has died.  Edna Rose Ventarola of Ossining died on Monday, Nov. 14 at the age of 68, according to her obituary.  Ventarola was born in 1954 and raised in the Bronx, graduating from Lehman College, her obituary said.  Pursuing a career in early childhood education, Ventarola served as the director of Creative Playtime in Scarsdale and also directed the Head Start program in Port Chester, according to her obituary.  Ventarola also later served as s…
Busy Roadway Reopens In Northern Westchester After Serious Crash Busy Roadway Reopens In Northern Westchester After Serious Crash
Busy Roadway Reopens In Northern Westchester After Serious Crash This story has been updated. A stretch of a busy roadway in Northern Westchester has now reopened after a serious crash. The closure on Route 117 in Chappaqua was in both directions by Kathleen Lane near the Mount Kisco border, according to New Castle Police. The crash happened at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. At around 4:45 p.m., New Castle Police announce the roadway reopened. Details on possible injuries have not yet been released. Nearby, a separate crash was reported in Briarcliff Manor near the intersection of Route 9A and Chappaqua Road. Farther north, a crash blockin…
Former Northern Westchester Attorney Sentenced For Stealing More Than $3.7M From Clients Former Northern Westchester Attorney Sentenced For Stealing More Than $3.7M From Clients
Former Northern Westchester Attorney Sentenced For Stealing More Than $3.7M From Clients A former attorney in New York has been sentenced for stealing millions from clients. Northern Westchester resident Laurieanne DeLitta, age 51, of  Briarcliff Manor, was sentenced to a term of one to three years in state prison for stealing more than $3.7 million from eight clients she represented as a real estate lawyer between 2017 and 2021, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah announced Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 7. The court also ordered DeLitta to pay full restitution to her victims. “Attorneys should be held to the highest standards of ethics and integrity,” Roc…
Mayor In Northern Westchester Calls For State Action On 'Dangerous, Outdated Roadway' Mayor In Northern Westchester Calls For State Action On 'Dangerous, Outdated Roadway'
Mayor In Northern Westchester Calls For State Action On 'Dangerous, Outdated Roadway' A Northern Westchester mayor who is fed up with the dangerous conditions on major roadways is calling on the state for action. In a letter to state transportation officials, Briarcliff Manor Mayor Steve Vescio once again presses state Department of Transportation officials to address the serious and ongoing safety issues on the heavily trafficked and outmoded Route 9A in as it winds through Briarcliff and Ossining.  In the letter, Vescio points to two recent major accidents that could easily have resulted in multiple fatalities and renewed his call for immediate repairs to the dam…
Prominent Attorney From Northern Westchester Dies Suddenly At Age 51 Prominent Attorney From Northern Westchester Dies Suddenly At Age 51
Prominent Attorney From Northern Westchester Dies Suddenly At Age 51 A prominent attorney from Northern Westchester County died unexpectedly at the age of 51. Michael Madden Jr., of Briarcliff Manor, died on Saturday, April 2, from a heart attack while gardening with his dog, according to his obituary. Madden was born in Poughkeepsie and was a graduate of Providence College. He went on to receive his JD at St. John’s University School of Law.  "Michael had an esteemed legal career with his last ten years as Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth’s New York office," his obituary reads. Madden's hobbies included gardening, watching college basketball…
These Westchester Locations Rank Among NY's Top 25 Best Places To Live These Westchester Locations Rank Among NY's Top 25 Best Places To Live
These Westchester Locations Rank Among NY's Top 25 Best Places To Live Several Hudson Valley communities are among the “best places to live in America” in 2022, according to a newly released poll. Each year, Niche explores the best places to live in the US, evaluating factors that include crime, public school systems, job opportunities and local amenities. Using data based on the US Census, FBI, US Bureau of Labor (BLS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other sources, Niche then ranked the top places to live across the country, led by Chesterbrook, a suburb of Philadelphia. In the Hudson Valley, Greenville, commonly known as Edgemont, is…
Storm With Damaging Winds Knocks Out Power To Thousands In Hudson Valley Storm With Damaging Winds Knocks Out Power To Thousands In Hudson Valley
Storm With Damaging Winds Knocks Out Power To Thousands In Hudson Valley Thousands in the Hudson Valley are without power after a line of strong storms brought whipping winds to the region that toppled trees, brought down limbs, and downed power lines. Crews worked around the clock overnight to make repairs to hundreds of outages brought about by wind gusts topping 50 mph, but as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, more than 15,000 Hudson Valley residents were left in the dark as they wait for power to be restored. According to Central Hudson, crews were still out working to repair 347 active outages, which were impacting 11,043 customers in these counties: Ulste…
COVID-19: Westchester Dropping Mask Mandate For County Buildings COVID-19: Westchester Dropping Mask Mandate For County Buildings
Covid-19: Westchester Dropping Mask Mandate For County Buildings Westchester is rolling back some of its mask mandates as the county continues to see improved COVID-19 numbers following the post-holiday surge of new infections. County Executive George Latimer announced on Monday, Feb. 14 that the mask mandate inside county buildings is no longer required. According to Latimer, the mandate is being lifted at county buildings in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, and White Plains, though it remains in effect on Bee-Line buses, as per state requirements. Latimer said that lifting the mask mandate is consistent with state guidance. Earlier story - COVID-19: Mask Off …