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  1. Ex-Yonkers Schools Chief Forced Out Over Porn Claims, Lawsuit Says

    Ex-Yonkers Schools Chief Forced Out Over Porn Claims, Lawsuit Says

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A former Yonkers schools superintendent who has filed suit against the district claims Mayor Mike Spano and other city officials forced him from his position by threatening to leak allegations that he used district equipment to order pornographic movies, according to lohud.com.Michael Yazurlo denies the charge, but in a complaint filed last week said that ...

  2. Escape From School Van, House Squatters Among North Castle Police Reports

    Escape From School Van, House Squatters Among North Castle Police Reports

    NORTH CASTLE, N.Y. – Westchester County police recently saved a student from being injured after walking into traffic, according to authorities.Officers responded to Route 22 near Old Orchard Street about 11:20 a.m. on Feb. 26 after a school district staff member called to report that a student had gotten out of a transport van and was walking in and out of traffic, according to ...

  3. Bandit Is The SPCA Of Westchester's Pet Of The Week

    Bandit Is The SPCA Of Westchester's Pet Of The Week

    BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Bandit, a 2-year-old dog described as "ridiculously adorable," has been named the SPCA of Westchester's Pet of the Week.Possessing a smile "that will brighten one lucky adopter's every day," Bandit was said to be energetic, friendly and smart, according to the SPCA, which said he ought to do quite well with a bit of training.Though he's been ...

  4. Indian Point's Closing Raises New Worries

    Indian Point's Closing Raises New Worries

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- State Democrats and Republicans sought assurances Tuesday that shuttering the Indian Point nuclear power plant will not affect the state's power supply, according to The New York Times.During a hearing in Albany, lawmakers from both parties also wanted to make to sure that local communities would be able to financially weather the closure, according to The Times.The ...

  5. Westchester's Magee, Head Of NY's Most Powerful Teachers' Union, Steps Down

    Westchester's Magee, Head Of NY's Most Powerful Teachers' Union, Steps Down

    The head of New York's most powerful teachers' union said Tuesday that she will step down from her post in April as head of NYSUT, which has 600,000 members.Karen Magee, who once served as head of the Harrison teachers' union in Westchester, said she intends to lead efforts made by other unions to strengthen the role of women in the workplace, according to lohud.com.Magee, 57, was ...

  6. Jon Snow The Cat Is Paws Crossed Pet Of The Week

    Jon Snow The Cat Is Paws Crossed Pet Of The Week

    ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- A domestic short-haired cat looking for a forever home is the Paws Crossed Animal Rescue's Pet of the Week.Jon Snow the cat was found abandoned in a pet carrier, said Pamela Piragnoli, cat manager at Paws Crossed."As you can imagine, he was very timid and scared," she said. "With much love, a good dinner and a warm bed to curl up in, within a day, he had ...

  7. Carlucci Calls For Unity As State Opens Hate Crime Text Line

    Carlucci Calls For Unity As State Opens Hate Crime Text Line

    ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. – State Sen. David Carlucci is urging all Rockland County residents to unite against anti-Semitic behavior in the wake of a recent incident in New Square.The Clarkstown Democrat's pleas come as Ramapo police continue to investigate a Feb. 21 incident during which swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti were spray-painted on the exterior fence of a Jewish ...

  8. Westchester Mourns Ronald Blackwood, NY's First Elected Black Mayor

    Westchester Mourns Ronald Blackwood, NY's First Elected Black Mayor

    Former Mount Vernon Mayor Ronald Blackwood, the first African-American mayor in New York State, died Wednesday.According to a statement from current Mayor Richard Thomas, Blackwood, 90, served the city with “distinction and honor” for more than a decade.“He was truly a man of the people,” Thomas said. “When he spoke to you, he made you feel as if you were the center of the universe. He ...

  9. Billy Is The SPCA Of Westchester's Pet Of The Week

    Billy Is The SPCA Of Westchester's Pet Of The Week

    BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- The SPCA of Westchester's Pet of the Week is a 2 1/2-year-old shepherd mix described as a "bundle of smiles and energy and love."Billy, who was said to be friendly and people-friendly, would be happiest in a home with ample opportunities for play, according to the SPCA, which said the dog would be a good fit for a home with children around the ages 10 ...

  10. Children Of American Revolution Chapter Forming In Lower Hudson Valley

    Children Of American Revolution Chapter Forming In Lower Hudson Valley

    KATONAH, N.Y. – The John Jay Society and the National Society of Children of the American Revolution have scheduled an introductory meeting for a new children’s group starting in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.Membership in the local chapter of the Children of the American Revolution is expected to be the primary topic of discussion during the 2 p.m. meeting Saturday at the ...

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