MOUNT KISCO—Taking a page from Ossining, both Mount Kisco and Pleasantville are in the midst of negotiations to abolish their police departments and have their officers join the county police department.
MOUNT PLEASANT—Several municipalities are hoping to strike a deal with New York City, to allow them to tap into the water supply that will soon be produced by the city’s new, state-of-the-art $1.45 billion ultraviolet water treatment plant in Mount Pleasant. Meanwhile, the county itself has yet to decide whether to link to NYC’s plant or build its own UV treatment plant.
YORKTOWN—At least 16 neglected cats were rescued from a veritable house of horrors by animal welfare officials. An anonymous tipster told authorities that the home’s owners had been hospitalized and no one was tending to the animals. Officials discovered a house filled with garbage and waste. Conditions were so bad (cats were living inside the crumbling walls and ceilings) that the home was deemed unfit for animals—or humans. The SPCA of Westchester in Briarcliff Manor plans to place the cats up for adoption.
CHAPPAQUA—A few elderly residents have fallen prey to a cruel phone scam, in which they were told that relatives were kidnapped and were instructed to wire thousands of dollars in ransom to a Western Union station to secure their safe release. This comes on the heels of a pair of similar scams in Hawthorne.
NEW ROCHELLE—Three Iona college students surrendered a pet pig they were keeping in their North Avenue apartment to animal welfare officials after witnesses reported seeing the pig in their backyard. The students rescued Peyton, a 55-pound pot-bellied pig from Long Island, after seeing an online ad in which Peyton’s owner threatened to dispose of the pig if no one claimed her. The New Rochelle Humane Society plans to find Peyton an appropriate permanent home.