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Jon Craig

Special Editor joncraigny@aol.com

Pleasantville native Jon Craig is special editor for the Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess Daily Voice sites.Jon graduated from Cornell University and received his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He's worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in New York and Ohio and as managing editor for weekly newspapers in Rye, White Plains and Harrison.

Jon Craig's Contributions

  1. Former Putnam Valley Principal Named Director Of Literacy

    Former Putnam Valley Principal Named Director Of Literacy

    The Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education appointed Jamie Edelman as the next Director of Literacy for kindergarten through 12th grade.The appointment came Wednesday, April 11 during a school board meeting and takes effect on July 1.Edelman first came to Chappaqua five years ago to serve as principal of Douglas Grafflin Elementary School. Prior to joining Grafflin, she ...

  2. Hudson Valley Has One Of State's Three 'Essential Elements Schools'

    Hudson Valley Has One Of State's Three 'Essential Elements Schools'

    Fieldstone Middle School in Thiells has been recognized by the state Education Department as an "Essential Elements School."Also making a longer list of "exemplary schools to watch," were South Orangetown Middle School in Blauvelt and Van Wyck Junior High in Wappingers Central School District.In collaboration with its New York Essential Elements to Watch partners, ...

  3. Peekskill Appoints New School Superintendent

    Peekskill Appoints New School Superintendent

    After an extensive search, the Peekskill Board of Education announced that Dr. David Mauricio has been selected to serve as the district’s next Superintendent of Schools. Mauricio, who is currently serving as the chief of Strategic Alignment and Innovation at Buffalo Schools, was officially appointed on Tuesday, April 10. He will replace Peekskill’s Interim Superintendent, Dr. Mary ...

  4. Brewster Schools Chief Used Unauthorized Vacation Days, Report Says

    Brewster Schools Chief Used Unauthorized Vacation Days, Report Says

    Brewster Schools Superintendent Valerie Henning-Piedmonte cashed in five vacation days for $4,923 that records show had not been approved by the school board, according to this investigative report by lohud.com.Henning-Piedmonte cashed in five days on Aug.16, part of her request to cash in 20 days at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. School board documents revealed that the ...

  5. Test Time: State Exams This Week In Area Schools

    Test Time: State Exams This Week In Area Schools

    Standardized tests for grades 3 through 8 start on Wednesday, April 11 for English.The state tests for math are in May.Parents and students will have the option of "opting out" of taking the tests.More than 1 million students across the state are eligible to take the state’s English language arts and math exams.In the fourth year of the "opt-out" option last year, ...

  6. Hero Peekskill DPW Employee Honored By Police

    Hero Peekskill DPW Employee Honored By Police

    Peekskill Police Department gave "a big shout out" this week to Shawn Dasecke, a city Department of Public Works employee who was honored at the Common Council meeting. Dasecke observed a male sitting in a car who appeared to be in distress. Acting immediately, Dasecke realized the man was choking, removed him from the vehicle and performed the Heimlich Manuever. "These ...

  7. Hudson Valley's Newest Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Orange County

    Hudson Valley's Newest Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Orange County

    Pot for medical needs is sweeping the nation, and now the Hudson Valley.Orange County has announced that its first medical marijuana dispensary has opened in Newburgh,  serving about 45,000 patients, according to multiple reports. Curaleaf New York announced the opening of its new medical marijuana, which is the first to open following the New York State Department of Health’s expansion ...

  8. Opening Date Now Scheduled For New Area Whole Foods Store

    Opening Date Now Scheduled For New Area Whole Foods Store

    Whole Foods has set a target date of Wednesday, Nov. 7 for its grand opening at Chappaqua Crossing, according to New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein.Greenstein called it good news for the mixed use development at the former Reader's Digest headquarters since other potential tenants will likely begin signing leases, including a coffee shop, pet store and bank. "It's nice to know ...

  9. Putnam Schools Get State Budget Assistance, With Brewster Up 10 Percent

    Putnam Schools Get State Budget Assistance, With Brewster Up 10 Percent

    The new state budget for 2018-19 includes about $1 billion in extra funding for public schools, but not all area school districts are winners. In fact, several are big losers of state taxpayer assistance according to this database published by the Poughkeepsie Journal.The state budget's $1 billion increase in school aid brings the total to a record $26.7 billion statewide.In ...

  10. $35.3M Returned To 36,446 NY Wage-Theft Victims, Cuomo Says

    $35.3M Returned To 36,446 NY Wage-Theft Victims, Cuomo Says

    More than $35 million was returned to 36,446 victims of wage theft last year, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.In the region, the state returned more than $4 million to 2,389 wage theft victims according to this report. In addition, $1 million in continued funding was secured in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget to support the expansion of the Department of Labor's staff of investigators, Cuomo ...

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