News and Updates from Westchester County Towns
GREENBURGH—The town’s board averted a number of layoffs with the passage of a new budget that calls for a 3-percent reduction in spending. Some layoffs are still part of the mix to realize that reduction, as are tax increases: residents living in unincorporated areas will see their taxes go up 3.3 percent, while those living in incorporated villages will face a 3.5 percent jump.
MOUNT VERNON—The city’s mayor, Clinton Young, Jr., unveiled an ambitious development plan to spur economic growth. The plan includes more than 60 recommendations for improvements ranging from significant rezoning near its train stations and expanded bus service to the creation of new commercial and mixed-use corridors. The plan is the culmination of nearly three years of planning and hearings.
WHITE PLAINS—A pair of businesses is suing the owner of the former Bengal Tiger restaurant in a negligence suit in response to its 2010 fire. The blaze, which burned down half a city block, destroyed the restaurant, injured dozens, and went down as one of the worst conflagrations in the city’s history. Lyric Hi-Fi & Video and Apogee Pilates and Wellness Center are claiming more than $850,000 in combined damages.
HARTSDALE—Thanks to New York State’s Cemetery Board (who knew there was such a thing?), pet owners can once again elect to be buried with their four-legged friends at the famous Hartsdale Pet Cemetery & Crematory (or any other pet cemetery in the state).
RYE—The city will become the first municipality in the county to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. Approved by a unanimous vote of the city council, the new ordinance, which goes into effect May 7, prohibits retailers from giving out plastic bags to its customers. Scofflaws can expect to cough up $150 if fined.