Lively Debate Heats Up Races



The PCNR Candidates Forum tackled virtually every issue facing the Town of Philipstown, from paving to the budget, from plans for Town Hall to the Fjord Trail and ecological damage along Breakneck Ridge. Monday night’s forum, just shy of two hours in the Cold Spring Firehouse, had every candidate, including the County Legislature and District Attorney candidates, standing at a […]

Green Light for New Police Officer and Historic Board Member



In a quick meeting Tuesday night, the Village Board approved Cold Spring resident Jennifer Simard for the Historic District Review Board to replace Michael Junjulas, who resigned from the post. In a letter to the board from chair Al Zgolinski, he wrote, “We were very impressed with her enthusiasm and desire to contribute to the community.” The board reviewed Garrison […]

Garrison Fire District Approved, But Starting Date Delayed to 2016



It’s official, at last: The Garrison Volunteer Fire Company will become a fire district, its own entity with taxing and budgetary authority. But, in a twist, the shift will not occur until January 2, 2016, a decision the Town Board reached Thursday evening. In the meantime, the Philipstown Town Board will, following the practice of past years, be in charge […]

School Tax Bill Discussion Consumes Board



School taxes were due in September and one taxpayer was not happy with the increase this year. Philipstown resident Joe Vitanza, a longtime advocate for lower school taxes, questioned the almost triple amount increase at the Haldane Board of Education business meeting Tuesday night. School Business Manager, Anne Dinio, explained that school taxes went up 1.78%, and the other increases […]

Jamming on Main Street at Eleanor’s Best

Doing Business in the Hudson Valley

Just up the road in Nelsonville, the most heavenly aromatic smells are wafting from the Kitchen of Eleanor’s Best. Inside, on a large stainless steel industrial stove, a pot of raspberry jam was on a low slow boil. Jennifer Mercurio, owner of Eleanor’s Best, is a woman of many talents. She grew up with a family who made jam, marmalade […]

DA Candidates Clash on Ethics



Incumbent Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy and challenger Robert Tendy pulled no punches when they squared off at the Cold Spring Firehouse Monday in a series of aggressive exchanges about who is best suited for the job. The Difference Levy said that there has been a transformation in Putnam County since he took over the office. He cited a […]

Motorcyclist Critically Injured in Philipstown Crash



A Brooklyn man was critically injured Sunday evening when his motorcycle crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic along the Bear Mountain Bridge Road, struck the rear of an oncoming car before being ejected over a guiderail and falling 100 feet down an earthen embankment. State Police identified the victim as Bari Mohammed, 23. Troop K Public Information Officer Trooper […]

Odell Blasts Albany When Unveiling Putnam’s $151 Million 2016 Budget



County Executive MaryEllen Odell came out swinging during her 2016 budget presentation Thursday night, charging that counties throughout the lower Hudson Valley were “struggling through outside forces.” Before members of the Putnam Legislature and an audience of some 150 gathered at the Putnam National Golf Course, Odell said she and her colleagues in Westchester, Dutchess and Rockland counties were “sick […]

Subdivisions & Signage at Historic Board



Scenic Hudson came before the HDRB Wednesday night during a workshop to present their plans for the Campbell property. The planned subdivision would see eight acres added to the West Point Foundry Preserve, and another five acres to be sold off for a residence. Although they have no buyers yet, they are looking for someone who would want to preserve […]

Talk of our Town



This is the last week to put your birthday or anniversary in the Lion’s Calendar. The PCNR gladly uses it for our birthday listings, so be sure to add your name so we know when your special day is! For more information contact Frank Milkovich at 845-265-2006. Get your costumes ready! The 22nd Annual Cold Spring Halloween Parade, presented by […]