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Brian Donnelly
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Brian Donnelly is a life-long Westchester resident who grew up in Mamaroneck. He graduated from Iona College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in communications. He has covered national news for the Fox News Channel website, and local news for various outlets.

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Croton-Harmon Trustee, Data Analyst Criticize State’s Student Data Collection

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Karen Zevin recently testified before the state Assembly Committee on Education to voice the concerns of parents in the Croton-Harmon School District about the security of student data under the state’s new online data dashboard. Zevin, who is a member of the Croton-Harmon Board of Education and treasurer of the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association, criticized the state’s st ...

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Student, Teacher Survive Helicopter Crash at Westchester County Airport

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A helicopter crashed at Westchester County Airport on Saturday during a flight lesson. Both the student and teacher survived, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Schweizer 300CB (H269) helicopter rolled onto its side after crashing around 8:40 a.m. next to runway 11/19. The pilot was trying to land when the aircraft went down. Both of the occupants, from the Wing ...

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SPCA Dog Needs More Than Adoption; 65 Find Homes Before Christmas

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Skyla is an Australian shepherd-Labrador mix who needs expensive treatments for heartworms, which were discovered only after she was given up by her owner to the SPCA of Westchester. When a Westchester college student’s mother passed away unexpectedly, she was left with her mother’s two dogs. Skyla, 5, and her son, Junior, 1, were kept in a car, because the student lived on campus ...

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Kat-Lew Kids Perform Acts of Kindness, Holiday Songs for Seniors

KATONAH, N.Y. – Throughout December, Katonah-Lewisboro students have taken part in the 26 Acts of Kindness campaign, which was started after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. The John Jay High School Student Activities Council took the campaign on as its newest initiative. It invited all students, faculty, staff and administrators to take part and encouraged teachers to offer students opportunities to ge ...

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Ossining Waterfront, Downtown Fill Out with Four New Developments

OSSINING, N.Y. – The soon-to-open Avalon Ossining is one of four new mixed-use developments that the village hopes will attract young professionals and empty nesters and transform its waterfront and Main Street shopping crescent. The 168 luxury apartments at the Avalon, 217 N. Highland Ave., will be the first to go on the market for lease in February. The 10 percent of units required by village law to be af ...

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Holiday Safety Checks Increase for Westchester, Putnam Counter-Terrorism Effort

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. – More police will patrol high-traffic public places in Westchester and Putnam counties starting Tuesday as part of a counterterrorism initiative dubbed “Operation Safeguard.” The periodic safety checks, which are not a sign that there is a new safety threat, will be noticed at train stations, parking lots, bus routes, shopping malls and public parks, and will continue through Jan. 2. Th ...

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Target Asked to Offer Free Credit Monitoring to Victims of Data Breach

The “massive data breach” at Target stores across America has affected some New Yorkers, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He has called on Target to offer, at minimum, one year of free credit monitoring service to those New Yorkers who have had their identity stolen. Schneiderman sent a letter to Target’s Investor Relations Bureau asking someone contact his office to talk about the bre ...

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Playland Management Agreement Holds Up In State Supreme Court

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester’s “management agreement” with Sustainable Playland will remain in effect after a judge threw out a lawsuit Monday claiming that the document was really a lease and, therefore, needed Board of Legislator approval. Board Chairman Ken Jenkins (D–Yonkers) filed the suit in May against County Executive Rob Astorino, who is also chairman of the Board of Acquisitions and Contracts ...

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Kat-Lew School Closure Moves Forward as Board Accepts Impact Statement

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – The Katonah-Lewisboro school board gave the public a preliminary notice that it intends to close an elementary school in the fall of 2014 when it voted Thursday to accept the educational impact statement on the matter. The vote was a procedural step that now sets up a public hearing Jan. 16 on the proposed closing of Lewisboro Elementary School. A final vote is set for Jan. 23. If the bo ...

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Veterans Clothing Drive Spreads Holiday Joy to Montrose VA

MONTROSE, N.Y. – A clothing drive for veterans at both the Castle Point and Montrose VA hospitals will continue throughout the winter. Dozens of bags and boxes of winter clothing already collected were delivered to the Montrose VA over the weekend by Sen. Greg Ball’s faith-based, veterans and student advisory councils. The donations included, shirts, pants, diabetic socks, underwear, warm coats, gloves, hat ...

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