Jonathan Bandler, The Journal News

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White Plains, NY, United States

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Past articles by Jonathan:

Mount Vernon employee, daughter plead guilty to nearly $1.7M in pandemic-relief fraud

Federal prosecutors said Andrea and Alicia Ayers filed more than 300 fraudulent claims for COVID-19 relief grants → Read More

Mount Vernon teenager fatally shot near Levister Towers apartment complex

It was the second homicide of the year in Mount Vernon, both claiming teenage victims. → Read More

'It's about time': Krivak acquitted in child's rape, murder after 24 years in prison

Andrew Krivak, who spent 24 years in prison for the crime, was acquitted after jurors determined that he was coerced into a false confession. → Read More

Jury to get case in Krivak murder retrial. What to know

Jury deliberations in the Andrew Krivak murder retrial will begin Friday after the Putnam County district attorney completes his closing argument. → Read More

Prosecutors failed to turn over records related to Krivak's interrogator

The personnel records were unrelated to Patrick Castaldo's work investigating the rape and murder of Josette Wright → Read More

Memorial Field track and skate park to open in Mount Vernon

The track at Memorial Field will be open from 6 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. daily. Skate park will be open from 10 to 8 p.m. except during bad weather. → Read More

Defense witness claims investigators coerced his account in Krivak case

William MacGregor insists his statement that he was in a van with Andrew Krivak and Anthony DiPippo when they killed a 12-year-old was coerced → Read More

Police investigating after fatal stabbing in Mount Vernon

A 19-year-old found lying unconscious at North Columbus and East Lincoln avenues died from a stab wound to the chest → Read More

Mount Vernon schools, superintendent face federal investigation over grants

The Mount Vernon district awarded $8.5 million in federal grants over several years to a single agency to provide a wide range of services. → Read More

Witnesses detail seeing 12-year-old Putnam girl days after prosecutors say she was killed

Two women say they saw Josette Wright on Columbus Day weekend in 1994. The prosecution maintains she was killed days earlier. → Read More

Prosecution rests in Krivak retrial in 12-year-old Josette Wright's killing

Prosecutors call final witness to bolster their their theory of when the 12-year-old was killed. → Read More

Witness outburst briefly disrupts Krivak trial. This is what she told jurors

Witness Lisa Murphy knew she wasn't supposed to discuss Putnam County's $12 million settlement with Anthony DiPippo, but she did anyway. → Read More

Yonkers man indicted in plot to kill Iranian dissident: What to know

Khaled Mehdiyev of Yonkers allegedly lurked outside the Brooklyn home of Iranian dissident Masih Alinejad as part of a murder-for-hire plot. → Read More

Investigator details alleged confession in 1994 murder of 12-year-old Putnam girl

The defense has long taken aim at Patrick Castaldo, saying he coerced Andrew Krivak's confession and fed details of the case to the main witness. → Read More

Mount Vernon teen sentenced in fatal stabbing of cheerleading rival Kayla Green

The 15-year-old defendant was prosecuted in criminal court but will serve her 3 to 9-year sentence in a state juvenile detention center. → Read More

Killer linked by DNA to Yonkers, Bronx victims has pleaded guilty in both cases

Christopher Gonzalez reached a deal that would send him to prison for 20 years to life for the deaths of Dora Almontaser and Angel Serbay in Yonkers. → Read More

DA says no criminal wrongdoing uncovered at Mount Vernon Library; Closes investigation

The Westchester DA's probe into Mount Vernon's library finances found shoddy bookkeeping and mismanagement, but no criminal wrongdoing. → Read More

An instigator in Yonkers gang assault sentenced to 12 years in prison

Develle Coates asked a judge for mercy, saying he had made a mistake when he struck a man with a glass bottle, setting off a gang assault. → Read More

Maximum sentence given to killer of Tarrytown woman

Westchester County Judge George Fufidio cited Cynell Brown's lack of remorse in imposing the sentence of 25 years to life. → Read More

Murder retrial in 1994 killing of 12-year-old girl set to begin in Putnam

Krivak's lawyers must take aim at the purported confession that landed him in prison a quarter century ago. → Read More