The Latest Town News in Sleepy Hollow, Yonkers, Yorktown, Harrison, and Port Chester
HARRISON—Long-awaited plans to improve the Bowman Avenue Dam are finally underway. Work on the dam could begin as early as this summer. Local residents who live downstream have been complaining for years about flooding in their basements—especially after storms.
PORT CHESTER—With the licenses of all the village’s five taxi companies having expired this past March, debates are now raging among the cab owners and drivers, residents, and village officials regarding the color of taxis (a 1999 village law requires each company to paint its cars a different color), the discounts afforded to senior citizens, and the number of taxi companies operating within the village.
SLEEPY HOLLOW—Village government vehicles were targeted by an arsonist who burned a Department of Public Works truck and vandalized several others that were parked at a vacant lot at the site of the former General Motors plant. There were no witnesses.
YONKERS—The city passed legislation tightening the regulations of second-hand shops. More detailed records of all transactions must now be kept for high-value merchandise, and a waiting period of 15 business days is now required between the date expensive items are purchased and the date they can be sold. The new rules are a part of an effort to crack down on property theft after a recent spike between 2010 and 2011.
YORKTOWN—Several protesters convened outside of the town’s Bank of America branch to protest the bank’s policies—part of a nationwide effort. BOA has drawn criticism for its plans to lay off 30,000 workers in the midst of approving a $7 million compensation package for its CEO.