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The 2021-22 New York State budget passed April 7 includes a number of new revenue sources, including higher personal income tax rates for individuals earning more than $1 million annually and an increase in the corporate franchise tax rate.

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After years of failed attempts to come to a consensus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill March 31 that legalized recreational marijuana for adult use. The legislation makes New York the 15th state to legalize the drug and opens the door for a new licensed marijuana distribution market, which i…

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Ben Boykin, chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators who represents the 5th District, which includes a large portion of White Plains and all of Scarsdale and West Harrison, participated in a virtual discussion March 18 on a myriad of topics related to policy and local economics f…

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Amid increasing incidents of identity theft relating to the filing of bogus Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims, Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah is urging county residents to be vigilant about monitoring and safeguarding all personal information.

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Vivian Guo was sitting in her room scrolling through social media when she heard about the shootings in Atlanta last Tuesday. At first, she didn’t quite comprehend the gravity of what had happened. With many people already posting about hate crimes committed against Asian Americans and Pacif…

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On March 9, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that, beginning March 10, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Government employees, nonprofit workers and essential building service workers will be eligible beginning March 17.

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When COVID-19 made landfall in Westchester County in March 2020, Renee Recchia said she thought it would be a “blip on the radar.” As an employee of the Westchester County Department of Health for more than 26 years and its current first deputy commissioner, Recchia has overseen her share of…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced March 3 that nearly 5 million New Yorkers had received COVID-19 vaccinations as of March 3, and he said event, arts and entertainment venues in the state can reopen beginning April 2 at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors.

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Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced Friday, Feb. 19, that residents in parts of Yonkers and Mount Vernon will be able to begin making an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the new FEMA/state-run vaccination site in Southwest Yonkers, New York Natio…

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Sunday, Feb. 14, was a big day, not just for lovers. On Valentine’s Day, New York State opened up well over 200,000 appointment slots at state-run mass vaccination centers, in addition to introducing the under-65 comorbidity or underlying health issue group to those eligible to start schedul…

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On Jan. 29, Rep. Mondaire Jones, who was elected in November to serve New York’s 17th Congressional District, announced the SALT (State and Local Tax) Deductibility Act, which seeks to remove the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Feb. 2 that repeals the section of New York State Penal Law establishing the crime of loitering for the purposes of prostitution, commonly known as the “Walking While Trans” (WWT) ban. Assemblywoman Amy R. Paulin, who represents Scarsdale, sponsored the b…

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To celebrate its centennial, the Scarsdale League of Women Voters presented “100 Years of Progress: Women in New York Politics,” a panel of women serving in state and county government via Zoom on Jan. 24. The focus was not so much on past achievements as on the challenges that lie ahead — s…

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Westchester police departments are on standby after stickers promoting white supremacy were found in several municipalities and, on Jan. 14, the Westchester County Office of District Attorney Mimi Rocah released a photo from a recent sighting of suspects in Sleepy Hollow.

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The New York State Senate has passed a comprehensive bill that enacts a four-month foreclosure and eviction moratorium for renters, homeowners and small landlords facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) eliminated the full deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT) and capped deductions at $10,000. The law disproportionately hurts Democratic states like New York, where residents’ state and local taxes often exceed $10,000. To fight back…

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos spent time in White Plains overseeing the conversion of the Westchester County Center from an entertainment venue into an emergency COVID-19 hospital last spring. When he returned recently, it was to convert th…

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Hurricanes, superstorms, tropical storms and blizzards can have a crippling effect on properties and economies. In Westchester County over nearly the past decade from Hurricane Sandy in 2012 to Tropical Storm Isaias this past August, damaging winds and the weight of heavy snow have led to do…

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A CVS employee advised police Dec. 14 that a woman stole various cosmetic items including hair coloring and pain relief medication from the store on Popham Road. The complainant described the suspect as heavyset, wearing a polka dot shirt, blue pants and a dark colored hooded jacket. After a…

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While there are as many questions as there are answers about the first COVID-19 vaccine released this week, the look on the faces of front-line workers taking the vaccine, which you could still see despite mask-wearing, says all you need to know as they were overjoyed posing for pictures dur…

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The White Plains Library has compiled a list of local COVID-19 testing sites and the types of testing each location provides. The schedules and availability of testing varies and are subject to change — check a location’s website or call before visiting.

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Mimi Rocah, a Democrat who served as a federal prosecutor for 16 years, announced victory in her uncontested election to become Westchester County’s next district attorney.

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The sparse turnout at the voting site inside Scarsdale High School on Election Day at 5 p.m., four hours before polls were due to close, was far from indicative of the ardor with which the Scarsdale community — and Americans more broadly — had exercised its right to vote in the 2020 general …

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Two lines snaked their way through the Greenburgh Town Hall parking lot — one for older adults and one for those 60 and under. Voters on the lines found ways to amuse themselves as they waited. Some stood reading, inching their way forward, noses in books. Others listened to music or podcast…

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Voting for the November general election has begun and is going smoothly. This is a summary of what to expect, whether you are voting (1) by absentee ballot; (2) in person during the last few days of early voting; or (3) in person on Election Day.

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Were it not for the pandemic, this presidential election season would probably be missing one of its most hotly debated issues: absentee ballots. In theory they’re the preferred means of voting amid fears of contagion at crowded polling places; in practice, there have been serious questions …

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In the wake of the problem-ridden primary on June 23, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) formed a task force to analyze complaints from residents.

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Westchester County’s Board of Legislators and Board of Elections held a joint meeting (Committee of the Whole) Wednesday, July 29, to discuss public complaints about voting procedures during the June 23 primaries.

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More than 2,100 residences and businesses in Scarsdale and 5,000 in Greenburgh lost power as Tropical Storm Isaias tore through the area Tuesday, Aug. 4. About 1,500 in Scarsdale still faced outages as of 9 a.m. Thursday, and numerous roads remained closed while cleanup of downed lines and t…

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Jamaal Bowman, 44, was declared the winner July 17 over 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel in the June 23 Democratic primary for the 16th Congressional District, which includes Scarsdale and Edgemont.

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Thursday morning, incumbent Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino called challenger Mimi Rocah to concede the Democratic primary. Rocah, a Scarsdale resident, will run against Republican nominee Bruce Bendish in the general election in November.

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With all 949 districts reporting in-person voting results, Mimi Rocah, a Scarsdale resident, leads incumbent Tony Scarpino 27,748 (68%) to 13,064 (32%) in the Democratic primary for Westchester County district attorney.

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Camp operators were faced with a tough decision this month when New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on June 2 that day camps could open in-person programs later this month with guidelines followed to help protect campers and staff members from the spread of COVID-19.

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In the June 23 Democratic primary, three candidates are challenging 16-term incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel to represent District 16, which comprises parts of the Bronx and Westchester, including most of Scarsdale.

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Dr. Kenneth Croen has been watching from the beginning. He’s been studying COVID-19 data worldwide, nationally in New York State, regionally in Westchester County and at Scarsdale Medical Group, which had set up an early testing center on Heathcote Road once commercial testing became available.

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Despite the number of COVID-19 cases starting to flatten across New York State, police and fire departments remain vigilant in trying to protect their own by limiting chances for exposure during the pandemic.