The Hudson Independent

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The Hudson Independent
Type Monthly newspaper
Owner(s) The Hudson Valley News Corporation
Publisher The Hudson Valley News Corporation
Editor Rick Pezzullo
Founded 2006
Headquarters 21 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, New York 10591
Circulation 13,000 plus
Official website

The Hudson Independent is a monthly newspaper serving the Westchester communities of Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, and Irvington. It is published by The Hudson Valley News Corporation and distributed to every home and business in the villages as well as subscribers outside the region.


The paper serves its readers in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington by providing a variety of information and reporting without bias.

The riverside villages have a rich and diverse mix of people and organizations, and The Hudson Independent is attentive to all members of the communities. Whether they want to find out what's developing with the issues that affect their daily lives, what's happening in the schools, where to dine or shop or a calendar of events for the month, The Hudson Independent is the place to turn to.

The name of the newspaper is key--it is an independent and vigilant watchdog of the village governments and institutions without political partiality or spin. Editorials may express an opinion but the news will not.

The paper serves as a sounding board for all local residents, and welcomes any and all viewpoints in letters to the editor and in guest columns. The objective is to have as broad a public participation as possible.


The paper launched in February 2006 and will publish its third anniversary edition in February 2009. The paper was started in response to a gap in news coverage within the Villages. [1]

The paper which originally served Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow now also serves the neighboring village of Irvington.

Issues published[edit]

The following is the online versions of issues published by the Hudson Independent since its launch:

-February 2006
-March 2006
-April 2006
-May 2006
-June 2006
-July 2006
-August 2006
-September 2006
-October 2006
-November 2006
-December 2006
-January 2007
-February 2007
-April 2007
-May 2007
-June 2007
-Summer 2007
-September 2007' Includes editorial reprinted by the New York Times
-October 2007' Includes editorial reprinted by the New York Times
-November 2007
-December 2007
-January 2008
-February 2008
-March 2008
-April 2008
-May 2008
-June 2008
-July 2008
-August 2008
-September 2008
-October 2008
-November 2008
-December 2008


The New York Press Association in its “2006 Better Newspaper Contest” awarded The Hudson Independent third place for its education coverage written mainly by Andrea Kott. The award was presented at the organization’s annual convention, attended by more than 300 newspapers, in Saratoga Springs. “From cafeteria fare to testing practices, good story telling is a key component of the paper,” the NYPA explained in presenting the award.

On November 12, 2008 Bob Kimmel the chairman of the editorial board and the newspaper were both honored by the Rotary Club as "Person of the Year" and "Organization of the Year" in recognition of the paper and Bob’s contributions to the community. Bob and the newspaper were congratulated by all three villages, the Tarrytown school district, and Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell.


  1. ^ The New York Times Coverage of the Hudson Independent "COMMUNITIES; Tarrytown Newspaper Now Faces Competition " by DAVID SCHARFENBERG January 8, 2006