PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – As we turn the page of 2012, The Port Chester Daily Voice looked back at some of the top 10 stories of the past year, in no particular order.
Hurricane Sandy brought devastating winds to the area, downing trees and power lines and knocking out electricity to nearly 70 percent of 10,254 Con Edison customers in Port Chester. In some cases, power wasn’t restored for nearly two weeks.
In September, The Capitol Theatre made a comeback, bringing big names and revitalization to the village. More than 40 shows have been presented at the venue, including The Roots, Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Blondie, Counting Crows, Ben Folds Five, Regina Spektor, Buddy Guy, Dirty Projectors, Fiona Apple and, most recently. the 40-year reunion of The Rascals.
A grassroots movement in the village was born in 2012, led by a collective of concerned citizens who wanted to improve the quality of life in Port Chester.
A Rye Brook woman was sexually assaulted in her home in front of her son by the jealous wife of a contractor employed by the woman in August, police said. The jealous wife was arrested and is due in court on Jan. 15.
Julio Cortez of Port Chester was sentenced to 18 years in prison Nov. 27 after being found guilty of the fatal stabbing of a 23-year-old Port Chester man in February.
The Westchester County Airport was no stranger to headlines in 2012 as geese struck a JetBlue plane in April, AirTran Airways departed in August and Hurricane Sandy halted airport activity in October.
A 21-year-old Port Chester man was beaten and robbed by five teens Feb. 11. The incident led to the arrest of four Harrison youths and one from Rye on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree gang assault, both felonies, on Feb. 14.
The December vote on the 2013 Westchester budget turned controversial when a “bi-partisan coalition” of the seven Republican legislators and two defecting Democrats voted and passed their own version of the budget after the chairman had tried to adjourn a special meeting of the Board of Legislators. County Executive Robert Astorino signed the coalition’s budget later that day. Democrats contend it was not legally passed, but Republicans say it is law.
Truck drivers, many using GPS devices designed for passenger vehicles, drove tractor-trailers onto county parkways, striking overpasses. Despite increased signage, there were 62 bridge collisions in 2012; Rye Brook overpasses on the Hutchinson River Parkway were no exception.
Security camera footage posted online by a local blogger showed an unconscious man lying on a North Main Street sidewalk on the night of May 20. While he was lying there, numerous people walked past without stopping, and he was robbed multiple times. Two arrests were made in connection with the incident.
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