Pelham Examiner

Nick Lieggi, Senior Editor

Nick Lieggi is a freshman at Oxford College of Emory University and was a member of the PMHS class of 2020. He began his journalism career at the Pelham Examiner, beginning as sport editor and eventually becoming assistant managing editor and managing editor before his current assignment as senior editor. Nick specializes in political and elections journalism, particularly regarding government transparency, and also enjoys opinion writing. He can be reached at [email protected].

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The new Hutchinson School under construction.

Opinion: School board needs to follow June’s words on racism with action now, including discussing Princeton Plan

April 4, 2021

Members of the Pelham Board of Education have insisted that they are committed to ending racist practices and institutions within the district's schools, even going so far as to commission a report by...

Village of Pelham voters enter the Daronco Town House after waiting an hour to vote before midday.

Local Democratic candidates win in most races, though results in voting for county, state judges undeclared

November 4, 2020

Local Democratic candidates won most of the races on Tuesday evening, in some cases due to lack of opposition, while winners for county and state judgeships had yet to be declared. With rising cases of...

The Pelham village board deferred putting the installation

Village of Pelham’s plan for art council fails to grant what art needs: independence

October 21, 2020

Art and politics have always had a strong relationship. Political art has existed for as long as both art and politics have, and particularly in times of calls for social justice, this political art is...

On left, Village of Pelham Manor Police Department is headquartered in village hall, while Village of Pelham police are housed in Pelham Town Hall.

Reforming police agencies to eliminate racism won’t come without transparency in both Pelham villages

September 26, 2020

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” wrote Louis Brandeis in 1913. Now it’s true that in the middle of a pandemic nearly 100 years later, there are, perhaps, better options for...

Federal judge takes steps to force improved handling of election mail in suit brought by Biaggi, Jones

Federal judge takes steps to force improved handling of election mail in suit brought by Biaggi, Jones

September 23, 2020

A federal judge Monday took steps to force election mail be handled as first class or priority mail and that the United State Postal Service pre-approve overtime during the period of mail-in balloting...

Jamaal Bowman (left) and Rep. Eliot Engel.

Bowman, Rocah officially winners as Engel and Scarpino concede

July 17, 2020

Incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel conceded the Democratic nomination for the 16th Congressional District to Jamaal Bowman in a statement on Friday, after incumbent Westchester District Attorney Anthony...

Jamaal Bowman (left) and Rep. Eliot Engel.

Bowman declares win in hard-fought Democratic primary against incumbent Engel

June 24, 2020

Progressive Bronx principal Jamaal Bowman declared victory over 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary for the 16th Congressional District, after several competitive weeks of  campaigning...

Election update: Key races left uncalled; ballot counting is well underway

Election update: Key races left uncalled; ballot counting is well underway

June 24, 2020

Editor's note: The Pelham Examiner will not provide incomplete or partial results in election coverage. Further election updates will be published as more results become available.   Facing a pandemic...

From left, Pelham Rotary President Marty Ketels, Scholars of the Month Lance Brady and Asher Lal, and PMHS Principal Jeannine Clark.

Brady and Lal—or Lal and Brady—valedictorian and salutatorian of PMHS Class of 2020 (only school computer knows for sure)

June 24, 2020

Lance Brady and Asher Lal were named valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2020, though not necessarily respectively, according to Pelham Memorial High School. Their status at the top of the class...

Socially distanced primary election: Full results expected to take days

June 23, 2020

Amid Westchester's move to phase three of reopening and nationwide discourse on race and policing, New York's voters took to the polls Tuesday for their already delayed primary election. Thousands...

As votes are counted, school board names Superintendent Champ clerk pro tem, adds additional election officials

As votes are counted, school board names Superintendent Champ clerk pro tem, adds additional election officials

June 17, 2020

Pelham Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl Champ was appointed clerk pro tempore and additional election inspectors were named Wednesday afternoon at a special meeting of the board of education. "As...

Pelham Public Schools have failed to curb racism; residents must demand district act

Pelham Public Schools have failed to curb racism; residents must demand district act

June 8, 2020

In her passionate discussion on the issue of race in America and what Pelhamites can do better, my colleague Ella Stern told us “You have to be oblivious to not see that the issues of race in America...

The schedule of reserve funds from the 2020-21 Property Tax Report Card, with the Tax Certiorari line highlighted.

School budget hearing: Residents question reserves and spending as families are impacted by Covid-19

May 28, 2020

During the public hearing on the proposed $77.6 million Pelham school district  budget, residents questioned why the district is adding to reserves, spending on pre-purchases and accelerating maintenance...

Pelham Board of Education approves Property Tax Report Card

Pelham Board of Education approves Property Tax Report Card

May 21, 2020

The Pelham Board of Education met briefly on Wednesday to approve the 2020-2021 Property Tax Report Card as well as the Westchester-Putnam School Board Association officers, board of directors and its...

School board adopts $76.7 million budget, prepares for mail election with DeDominico, Childs unopposed for trustee

School board adopts $76.7 million budget, prepares for mail election with DeDominico, Childs unopposed for trustee

May 15, 2020

The Pelham Board of Education Tuesday unanimously voted to adopt a $76.7 million proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, sending the spending plan to district residents, who will vote by mail. The...

Farid Johnson, who will be the new principal of Siwanoy School in September.

Farid Johnson brings special education, finance background to Siwanoy’s helm

May 11, 2020

After three years leading Stony Point Elementary as a part of the North Rockland Central School District, Farid Johnson is eager to return to work in Westchester, after graduating from Hastings-on-Hudson...

From left, Pelham Memorial High School women’s swimming and diving coach Chris Driwinga, Jennifer Bell wearing her Section 1 Diving Championship Gold Medal and PMHS Athletic Director Stephen Luciana.

Report: Pelham Athletic Director Stephen Luciana to leave district at year’s end

May 5, 2020

Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Stephen Luciana will be leaving the Pelham Union Free School District at the conclusion of the school year, according to a post by Ray Gallagher, sports...

Westchester DA meets with Westchester Jewish Council in wake of ‘Zoom-bombing’

April 27, 2020

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. met with the Westchester Jewish Council on Monday morning to discuss recent 'Zoom-bombing' incidents and how to strengthen online security, according...

Time for Cuomo to end our limbo and close schools for rest of year

Time for Cuomo to end our limbo and close schools for rest of year

April 27, 2020

I’m a high school senior, in my final year at PMHS, and I wanted to make the most out of the latter half of my senior year. After all, there’s a reason the concept of “second semester seniors”...

Sewer line blockages cause sewage back ups for residents in Chester Park area

Sewer line blockages cause sewage back ups for residents in Chester Park area

April 16, 2020

Several major sewer line blockages under the Hutchinson River Parkway caused sewage to back up into the homes of residents in the Chester Park area, according to a pair of press releases from Village of...

Updated: Public school spring break cancelled in New York, according to multiple media outlets

Updated: Public school spring break cancelled in New York, according to multiple media outlets

April 2, 2020

Multiple media outlets reported earlier this week Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department have ordered school districts across the state to cancel planned spring breaks and continue...

Westchester County did not release town-by-town stats for Covid-19 on Wednesday

Westchester County did not release town-by-town stats for Covid-19 on Wednesday

April 1, 2020

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said he would not be releasing town-by-town statistics on Covid-19 "for today's update," during his daily briefing Wednesday. He did provide an updated death...

Pelham schools announce move to second phase of distance learning; regular class times return for PMHS

Pelham schools announce move to second phase of distance learning; regular class times return for PMHS

March 30, 2020

In an email to students and parents, Pelham Memorial High School Principal Jeannine Clark provided an update on how the distance learning plan would be modified moving into the second phase of the district's...

Covid-19 is touching lives of many in Pelham school community, says Champ

Covid-19 is touching lives of many in Pelham school community, says Champ

March 18, 2020

The Covid-19 "pandemic has touched the lives of many in our school community, including teachers, staff and administrators at the building and district level," Pelham Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl...

The impact of the coronavirus on our mental health

The impact of the coronavirus on our mental health

March 17, 2020

As we trudge through the pandemic facing our town, and the world, some thoughts are being left behind.  Rather than focusing on ourselves and what’s going on inside our heads, we’re forced to worry...

Officials, parents, students seek to stop large teen gatherings—including 'pandemic party' in 'the woods'

Officials, parents, students seek to stop large teen gatherings—including ‘pandemic party’ in ‘the woods’

March 16, 2020

Socialization is a vital part of being a human. Especially in the teen years, when clubs, sports, social gatherings, even getting an education involves socializing. But in the face of a modern pandemic,...

Pelham parent tests positive for COVID-19; students and parents told to prepare for two-week closure

Pelham parent tests positive for COVID-19; students and parents told to prepare for two-week closure

March 14, 2020

A parent of students in the Pelham Public Schools has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email from Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ. According to the release, the family is now in quarantine...

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Pelham schools to close Monday-Tuesday to let teachers prep for distance learning

March 13, 2020

Pelham Union Free School District will close its schools on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, "in preparation for a likely long-term closure," according to a press release sent by Superintendent...

PELHAM SCHOOLS TO CLOSE FOR ONE-DAY FRIDAY 'due to several ongoing concerns' including New Rochelle decision

PELHAM SCHOOLS TO CLOSE FOR ONE-DAY FRIDAY ‘due to several ongoing concerns’ including New Rochelle decision

March 11, 2020

Pelham Union Free School District schools will close for one-day Friday "due to several ongoing concerns," including the New Rochelle COVID-19 containment area and cases of whooping cough in the high school,...

More than 50 attend presentation on proposed construction of Village of Pelham municipal building and 126 apartments

March 11, 2020

Upwards of 50 people attended a presentation Tuesday by Village of Pelham officials on a developer's proposed plan for a new municipal building to include a firehouse, village offices and police station...

Racial slur found in Colonial School boys bathroom

Racial slur found in Colonial School boys bathroom

March 9, 2020

The “N” word was found carved in a bathroom stall in the Colonial School boys’ bathroom near the fifth grade classrooms, Colonial Principal Tonya Wilson wrote in a letter to parents last week. She...

Foto Feature: SHOCK, HORROR, senior class wins  PMHS Olympics

Foto Feature: SHOCK, HORROR, senior class wins PMHS Olympics

March 6, 2020

At the 2020 edition of the annual Pelham Memorial High School Olympics, the senior class claimed victory by more than 50 points, followed by the juniors, sophomores and freshman. This year's olympics...

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PMHS boys' swim team goes undefeated, winning first league title in program history

PMHS boys’ swim team goes undefeated, winning first league title in program history

February 3, 2020

With a dominant regular-season record of 9 and 0, the PMHS boys' varsity swim soared to victory in the Section 1 League 3 championship meet in Beacon. The victory for the Pelicans came by about 30.5...

General Glover step down; Pelham Board of Education, step up

General Glover step down; Pelham Board of Education, step up

January 21, 2020

Pelham is a town with a storied history, featuring many figures who have had an outsized impact both on the town itself, and in some cases, on the nation as a whole. And throughout its history, Pelham...

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UVA freshman and PMHS alumna Douglass shatters multiple school, conference records

November 26, 2019

After performing at a high caliber all throughout the season so far, PMHS alumnus Kate Douglass exploded this past weekend. Douglas earned numerous school and ACC records and pushed herself further towards...

Fatality confirmed after person struck by Metro-North train on Monday

Fatality confirmed after person struck by Metro-North train on Monday

November 20, 2019

The person struck by a Metro-North train Monday died following the incident, said Assemblywoman Amy Paulin at the Pelham Town Hall forum Wednesday. She did not provide further details, but did advocate...

DID PELHAM JUST TURN BLUE? Democrats Curtin, Burke win council seats, Kagan town judgeship

DID PELHAM JUST TURN BLUE? Democrats Curtin, Burke win council seats, Kagan town judgeship

November 6, 2019

Upending at least two decades of Republican dominance in Town of Pelham politics, Democrats Kristen Burke and Maura Curtin won seats on the town council Tuesday, while Village of Pelham Trustee Adam Kagan...

Pelham field hockey team clinches league title for second straight year

Pelham field hockey team clinches league title for second straight year

October 18, 2019

Following a ten year drought in championship titles, Pelham's varsity field hockey team clinched their second straight title with tonight's home win over Harrison. The team posted an 11-3-2 record...

25% of Pelham students drink, 13% vape, according to Pelham Together final report on student survey

25% of Pelham students drink, 13% vape, according to Pelham Together final report on student survey

October 16, 2019

A quarter of Pelham students use alcohol—with 56% of seniors reporting drinking—while 17% binge drink, according to a report released this week by Pelham Together. Marijuana usage in general and vaping...

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PMHS alum Kate Douglass named women’s ACC swimmer of the week

October 11, 2019

Former Pelham schools student, Junior Olympian and current University of Virginia freshman Kate Douglass was named the women's ACC swimmer of the week. The selection was based on her performance at her...

Village of Pelham garbage collection extended to Oct. 7

Village of Pelham garbage collection extended to Oct. 7

October 2, 2019

After already approving an extension of services until Oct. 1, the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission has okayed Pelham trash company Waste Services Inc. to operate through Oct. 7. This follows...

Joseph Leavey Bocce League wraps up second season

Joseph Leavey Bocce League wraps up second season

September 22, 2019

The season for the second annual Lieutenant Joseph Leavey Bocce League has come to a conclusion. Over 20 teams competed in the league this year. According to a brief statement provided, for the second...

911 phone service disrupted in Westchester; alternate Pelham numbers provided

911 phone service disrupted in Westchester; alternate Pelham numbers provided

September 6, 2019

Update: 911 service has been restored. Please read our new story. Fire and police officials in Pelham announced Friday night that 911 phone service for Westchester County was down until further notice. The...

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