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Police are investigating the death of a tree cutter who was killed Thursday morning while trimming trees for Con Edison in Yorktown.
Yorktown Police spokesman Lt. Kevin Soravilla says the worker has been identified as 34 year old John Burke of Buchanan, who worked for the Asplundh tree removal company, was in the turck bucket trimming trees on Route 132 and Wren Place when he was killed.
He was transported to Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt where he was pronounced dead.
Yorktown Police have arrested a Somers man in connection with an arson fire in the town early Monday morning. Officials say 34 year old Nicholas Parente of Somers has been arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Arson for allegedly setting the fire inside a building at Brookside Plaza at 345 Kear Street about 7 a.m. April 12.
Assemblyman Greg Ball Saturday hosted hundreds of Yorktown senior citizens at Murphy's restaurant for a Pancake Breakfast and Senior Center Forum. Ball promised to work to secure funding for a new Senior Center in the Town. Said Ball "The money has been secured before, but a lack of consensus on how to put that money to use resulted in a lack of action. We need to agree on what we want and turn that agreement into a mandate for this town."
The non-profit organization Grassroots Environmental Education, in partnership with the Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, evaluated a total of 43 communities across Westchester County and evaluated them using a 142 point checklist. Local governments and school districts were evaluated based on their efforts to address issues related to climate change, sustainability and environmental health.
A huge morning mess as Old Man Winter downed hundreds of trees and power lines leaving some 32,000 customers without any power. The resulting mess crippled many Westchester communities, forcing several to declare states of emergency. Yorktown, New Castle, Mount Pleasant.Greenburgh and Yonkers have all declared states of emergency, meaning there is a ban on all unnecessary travel, as cleanup continues.Hundreds of schools and businesses were closed this morning due to the storm.
An official announcement isn't expected until Thursday, but longtime Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco (C) has announced plans to run for the 99th Assembly District Seat that is being vacated by Assemblyman Greg Ball (R-C-I Patterson) . Bianco is serving his 14th year on the Yorktown Town Board. The district includes Yorktown, Somers, North Salem, Southeast, Carmel, Patterson and Pawling.
Bianco, a registered conservative, says he's running “To bring change to Albany.” Said Bianco, “Our backs are against the wall, we are overtaxed, the state is in chaos and there is no place to go but forward.” He adds, “I think that Albany needs someone that has a mind that doesn't think party labels.”
Republican Steve Katz of Mohegan Lake is also planning to run for Ball's seat. Ball, who has served for two terms as a State Assemblyman, has announced a bid to run for the 40th District State Senate Seat that is currently held by Vincent Leibell.
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