Board of Contributors

Ashé Kennedy, a resident of New City, is a senior at Pace University, where she is majoring in media and communication arts with a minor in art and entertainment management. She hopes to work in broadcast news, public relations or the music industry.4 Articles


Giordano grew up in Yonkers, raised his family in Greenburgh and settled in Yorktown in 1988. He spent 25 years working for IBM and Data General in the computer industry before he started his own computer network consulting practice. From there he started several small businesses and founded the Yorktown Small Business Association, of which he is president. Interests include hiking, biking, cooking and gardening.1 Articles


Daniel Wolff is the author of a number of non-fiction books, his most recent, “The Fight for Home,” about residents trying to return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. His pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other journals across the country. He's the author of three books of poetry, most recently “The Names of Birds,” has collaborated on pop songs, dance pieces, and photography books, and has helped produce documentary films with director Jonathan Demme. He lives in Upper Nyack.7 Articles


Erick Castellanos is an associate professor of International Studies and Anthropology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is originally from Mexico, where he lived until moving to California at 16. He has lived in Italy and Sweden, conducting research, and his travels have taken him through Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America. Castellanos has developed a fondness for world cuisines and he spends his free time trying to replicate the tastes he has encountered in the kitchen. He lives in Thiells with his wife and three rescued greyhounds.2 Articles


Georgia Stefos, a native of Blauvelt, will be graduating with her bachelor’s this fall from The City College of New York. The 22-year-old studies advertising, public relations, and journalism. She is currently balancing work, school, an internship, a blog, and a YouTube channel, while trying to maintain a social life. Her free time is spent laughing, staying fit, and going to concerts. Her dream job is to travel around the world and write about her experiences. To keep up with Stefos, follow her on twitter: @georgiastefos.1 Articles



Jason Arthur Sapan, a resident of Greenburgh, is one of the pioneers of 3D laser holography and is the founder of the Holographic Studios in Manhattan. He has taught classes at major universities. Additionally, he works as a background actor on television and film. For a decade, he was co-chair of the citizen's budget committee of the Ardsley School District. Sapan is also an avid sailor, docking his boat in Tarrytown. At home, he grows an organic garden and enjoys the culinary arts.9 Articles


Jeffrey Veatch has been a news writer at ABC News Radio for 40 plus years. He moved to Yorktown Heights in 1996 with his wife and two children. In September, 2008, Veatch’s life took a drastic turn with the death of his son, Justin, to an accidental drug overdose at age 17. In 2012, Veatch created a multi-media talk called “A Message from Justin,” which tells Justin’s story. By last year, Veatch had delivered that talk to more than 20,000 young people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In November 2014, Whispering Spirits, a documentary about Justin and the Veatch family, premiered at The Jacob Burns Film Center.5 Articles


Jennie Steinhagen moved to the Village of Tuckahoe in 2015 after a number of years in Brooklyn. Originally from New Jersey, Steinhagen has held various positions with corporate, academic, and non-profit organizations, involving extensive U.S. and world travel. Now she is working locally in the project management arena and as an instructor of healthy plant-based cooking classes for kids and adults.6 Articles


Grangenois-Thomas is the principal of her own communications firm, JGT Communications, headquartered in Port Chester. She helps social sector organizations build brand awareness, achieve advocacy goals and strengthen fund-raising efforts. She is president of her hometown NAACP in Port Chester, working with local government agencies and businesses on social responsibility initiatives and neighborhood partnerships. Grangenois-Thomas and her husband are collaborating on a major funding initiative – getting their two young adult children through college.6 Articles


Joel Petlin resides in New Hempstead with his wife. They have five children and two grandchildren. Since 1992, he has been employed by the Kiryas Joel School District in Orange County, a public school program serving hundreds of students with special needs. He was appointed superintendent in 2007, and currently supervises a staff of more than 400 employees. His interests include education, law, religion, public policy and seeing the Mets win the World Series.7 Articles


Julia Riley lives in Ossining and is a student at Ossining High School. She has maintained high honor roll and has received the student of distinction award for English, as well as academic achievement awards in math and science. In addition, she is a member of the National Honor Society and researches neuroscience as part of the Fundamentals of Science Research program at her school. She loves reading and writing, and participates in athletics as a member of both the Ossining varsity field hockey team and the Ossining varsity ice hockey team.1 Articles



Richard Kauffman was born in Yonkers, lives in Mahopac, and is now a high school teacher of English literature in Yonkers. He worked in banking and the financial industry before giving in to a calling to teach. He describes himself as a fiscal conservative and social liberal who has something to say about most topics. He’s happy to admit that “I don’t know, but will find out.” Kauffman has played in rock bands for three decades.6 Articles


Robert C. Samuels is a lifelong journalist. He started out as a reporter on an Air Force newspaper, worked for suburban and New York City newspapers and edited the shareholders magazine for Texaco. At 78, he is a freelance writer. He lives in Piermont, where he is long-time president of the Piermont Civic Association. Samuels has one son, two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. He is also author of "Blue Water, White Water," a true story of survival at one of New York City's top hospitals.3 Articles


Robert Caiati, a Stony Point resident, served in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier from 1984 through 1986, during the end of the Cold War. He was a police officer for the City of White Plains from 1988 through 2008, working as patrolman and then a detective in the Street Crime, Narcotics and Intelligence units. Caiati is now an investigator for the New York City Department of Investigation, and his office keeps tabs on the New York City schools. He has been married for 20 years and has a daughter, 18, and a son, 14.9 Articles


Victor Ghiozzi, a long time resident of Scarsdale, is a retired art teacher. His interests include gardening, architecture, art and restoring his circa 1920s home and garden. He has become a master gardener and served on the Board of Architecture for the Village of Scarsdale. Ghiozzi is proud to have served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.4 Articles