About The Ossining Daily Voice

The Ossining Daily Voice informs your community with local, relevant and timely news delivered on the web and your mobile device. Our local reporters - supported by a team of experienced editors - deliver your news, sports, events and most importantly - your voice.

Editorial Team

Karen Tensa

Karen has lived and worked in Connecticut for more than two decades. Her professional experience includes more than a decade of work as the news editor at The Advocate in Stamford and reporting and editing stints on the staff of The Hartford Courant, among others. She is dedicated to local news, winter sports and reading nonfiction books.

Andrea Graziano

Andrea Graziano was a reporter for the Journal News in Rockland and Westchester counties for eight years, covering everything from schools to immigration to breaking news. Prior to that she worked at a chain of weekly newspapers on Long Island's North Shore and as a freelance writer for Yankees Magazine. She has a Master's Degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. When not working, she enjoys reading, running and spending as much time as possible with her husband and two sons.

Zak Failla

Zak worked as a sports editor at the Shoshone News Press in northern Idaho and as a sports writer at the Ithaca Journal before making his way to The Daily Voice. He is a Long Island native and proud alum of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communication. When he’s not bemoaning the Atlanta Braves’ playoff woes, you can probably find him on the phone with his mom.

Joe Lombardi

Joe Lombardi, Daily Voice's managing editor and director of media initiatives, has spent his professional career as a newsroom manager, writer and editor who has worked at major websites, television networks, newspapers, magazines and radio stations and as a book author.

The New York City native and Irvington High School graduate has been actively involved in web publishing for more than 15 years. In addition, he also has expertise in marketing, public relations and social media.

Lombardi rejoined Daily Voice in September, 2013 after serving as sports editorial consultant here from August 2011 through January 2012.

Joe Jenkins

Joe Jenkins is a reporter who has worked for various publications including the Poughkeepsie Journal and the New York Daily News. He Graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2003 and received his master's degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. Joe is also a contributing columnist and analyst for various online sports publications.

Sam Barron

An (almost) lifelong Westchester resident, Sam has reported on all facets of Westchester since he graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in print journalism, including stints at North County News and The Examiner. A film columnist for WAG Magazine, Sam's moviegoing expertise has been profiled in the New York Times and he was a featured guest on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.

Tom Auchterlonie

Tom Auchterlonie is an experienced local journalist and is originally from Mount Kisco. Prior to joining The Daily Voice he spent more than four years at Patch.com, where he covered Mount Kisco, New Castle and Bedford. He has also freelanced for various local publications, including The Examiner, Inside Chappaqua and The Record-Review. Tom is an alumnus of Syracuse University.

Jon Craig

Pleasantville native Jon Craig covers Southern Westchester for the Daily Voice. 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.

Alesha Hanson

Alesha Hanson is a graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Alesha has knowledge in marketing, promotions and social media.  Alesha worked at WFAS Radio as a marketing and promotions intern and as a social media marketing intern for SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family. 

Jeanne Muchnick

Jeanne Muchnick, Daily Voice Features Editor, has covered everything from baby advice for Parents Magazine to travel finds for The Rough Guides to human interest features for The New York Times to lifestyle insights for prevention.com. She has been a Senior Editor at top national women’s magazines including Woman’s World and Woman’s Day and was instrumental in the launch of Gannett's InTown, Rockland and Putnam magazines. She is also the author of Dinner for Busy Moms. Among her favorite things to write about: Her neighbors and surrounding communities. So email her and fill her in on what's happening near you.

Community Advisor

Tricia Robbins

Tricia is an accomplished, results-driven marketing and public relations consultant with over 20 years’ professional experience. As founder of PR2 Public Relations she has spent the past five years assisting small businesses in creating strategic marketing plans to garner publicity and promotion that directly increases sales. By working one on one with each client, she ensures her dedication, commitment and passion that successfully markets every unique business. Tricia’s experience includes a number of high level marketing positions. As Director of Marketing for General Growth Properties, one of the largest shopping mall developers in the nation, she managed and successfully marketed programs in 42 states. Prior to her role in corporate marketing she was the Associate Director of Public Relations at the CW Post campus of L.I.U. where she was in charge of all internal and external communication. She also spent three years as a journalist and as Editor at Anton Community Newspapers, a chain of 20 local newspapers across Long Island. Tricia is a member of the Professional Women of Westchester, the Public Relations Society of America, the Hudson Barter Exchange and the Ossining Chamber of Commerce. Tricia lives in Briarcliff Manor with her husband and three young children.

William Vescio

William Vescio has been mayor of Briarcliff since 2005.

Alice Joselow

Alice Joselow is a wife, mom of three and community advocate. She has lived in Ossining for 25 years. She currently works for the Open Door Family Medical Center where she coordinates and chairs a federally funded (SAMHSA Drug Free Communities grant) coalition called Ossining Communities That Care. Alice has a BA from Colgate University and a MS from Columbia in Metallurgy/Materials Science. Prior to having her kids, Alice worked for IBM in the Materials/Packaging Development. Alice has volunteered in the PTA where she organized many activities including storytelling festivals, afterschool programs, and assemblies and served as president for several years. Alice was elected to the Ossining Board of Education (BOE) in 1999 and served for 12 years on the board. In the course of her BOE service she worked to keep kids first, to narrow the achievement gap and ensure equitable and high academic outcomes for all students. Additionally during her BOE service, she worked to build up many new community collaborations, to negotiate responsible contracts, to find solutions to the space issues, to bring in responsible budgets and helped to plan and pass several bond issues. Alice was elected to the Ossining Public Library Board of Trustees in 2012. She is currently the President of the OPL BOT. Alice also helped to start “A Kid’s Place” day care center, and was the managing vice president of the Ossining Food Pantry for many years as well. In addition, Alice is a founding member of both the Ossining Communities That Care (OCTC) community coalition and Ossining MATTERS, the local educational foundation. In 2004, the OCTC coalition was awarded a SAMHSA DFC grant and she became the Coordinator and Co-Chair of the coalition. On a family note, her husband is a mechanical engineer in NYC and they have been married for 30 years. All three of their children graduated from OHS and are currently 26, 24 and 21. Their daughter was a history major in college, served as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in New Orleans and is attending Rabbinic school, their middle son graduated from college majoring in Public Policy, was a TFA corps member in Washington DC and is now a teacher in DC, and their youngest son is a senior in college balancing studies with a full extracurricular life. As a family, they love to spend time together on Cape Cod. Alice’s guiding principal is the age-old proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Carol Arrucci

Carol Arrucci, Co-Owner of The Cortlandt School of Performing Arts in Croton, is an award winning, 30-year veteran music teacher in the Hendrick Hudson Schools and at Greenwich Academy. With a Masters Degree in Music Education, she has used her singing talents to training professional children and adults for over 25 years, having done so in the community and on Broadway. In addition to her professional work, she is well known for her community service, both as a performer, producer and conductor, having performed all over the county in special events for Veterans, senior citizens, local fairs fundraising events and for local civic organizations. Carol has also produced shows at The Paramount Hudson Valley, Westchester Broadway Theatre and other local venues, serving also as Musical Director for fundraising events at The Peekskill Hudson Room, Westchester Broadway Theater. and in the cabaret room at The Cortlandt School of Performing Arts.

Miriam Risko

Miriam Risko is co-owner of Mike Risko Music School and Store in Ossining. Mike and Miriam have been in business since 1995. Their business is proud to have achieved two Best of Westchester awards in addition to the Macaroni Kids Best Place for Music Lessons. They also are listed as one of the top 100 music dealers in the world by NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and they were named Ambassadors of Ossining in 2014. Miriam is a member of the National Association Teachers of Singing. In addition to their music lesson program which offers private lessons on all instruments and voice and a staff of 30 teachers, they also have a fully stocked music store, band instrument rental company and rock band which plays all over the area. Miriam has been teaching voice and piano for the past 20 years and specializes in musical theatre and contemporary music. In addition to her musical career, Miriam and Mike have two children in the Ossining School District. Miriam is Vice President of the PTA Council in Ossining, Secretary of Ossining Upper Education PTA and served on the lower PTA for several years in Ossining. Miriam is an admin and creator of Ossining Moms Facebook page. Miriam is also a member of the Ossining Downtown Entertainment Committee and she volunteers for Ossining MATTERS Education foundation. Mike and Miriam have worked with countless organizations in Westchester like The Ossining and Briarcliff Chambers of Commerce, the Ossining Children's Center, The Pleasantville Cottage School and PTAs in various other towns. Their band has performed all over including Ossining and Croton village fairs and they have performed at events for many of the schools in Ossining, Schools in Chappaqua, Pocantico Hills and Education Foundations in Tarrytown and Croton. They have also done events for Phelps Hospital and Ossining MATTERS, Town and Village of Ossining, Briarcliff Manor, Briarcliff Rotary, Z-100 and inaugural events in Ossining and opening day for JCYS Baseball where Miriam has been proud to sing the National Anthem several times.

Catherine Cioffi

Catherine Cioffi, J.D., director of public relations at Mercy College, is responsible for media outreach and social media for the College. Cioffi works daily to maintain Mercy’s brand and spread its message and mission. Since her arrival at Mercy College, media hits for the College have gone up over 600 percent, and Mercy’s social media presence has gone up nearly 100 percent. Prior to joining the Mercy College team, Cioffi worked at WCBS 880 AM as a general assignment reporter for nearly a decade. The stories she covered for WCBS include Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States and various New York Yankees’ events. Prior to WCBS Cioffi worked at various radio stations in the tri-state area and New England including; WFUV 90.7 FM, WBGO 88.3 FM, ABC News Radio Network and Clear Channel New England Hub. In 2003 Cioffi received the American Young Broadcasters Award. Additionally, Cioffi, under the pen name Cate Torrieri, has written columns for SheKnows.com about the role food and recipes play in life events. Along with her work in media and public relations, Cioffi has worked at law firms in Westchester County in the areas of civil, criminal, matrimonial, and estates and trust law. She also worked at the Pace Women’s Justice Center where she assisted domestic violence victims. Cioffi holds a law degree from the Pace University School of Law and a journalism degree from Fordham University. She lives in northern Westchester County with her husband Robert, and their three sons; Edward, Nathaniel and Quentin.

Felix Tapia

Felix is an Ossining resident since 2005. Born in the Bronx, NY and raised by a single mother in a Dominican household, he is a graduate of St. Raymond Hs for Boys ‘96 and Marist College class of ’00 as a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. Having worked in such organizations as Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) and Princeton Club of New York (PCNY), as well as a partnership in companies that helped build the brand of such notable entities as Casio America (G-Shock, Baby-G, Privia, Celviano), LMFAO, Diageo America, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and many more, he considers himself a jack of many trades.