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Assemblywoman's TV Show Hosts Local Mystery Authors

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef interviews Maggie Barbieri and Patrick
Oster on the latest episode of her television show, "Dear Sandy," to discuss their thrillers.
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef interviews Maggie Barbieri and Patrick Oster on the latest episode of her television show, "Dear Sandy," to discuss their thrillers. Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. --  Assemblywoman Sandy Galef interviews two authors of recently published mystery thrillers, Maggie Barbieri and Patrick Oster, both from Croton-on-Hudson.

Barbieri's "Once Upon a Lie" is set in an unidentified northern Westchester village, and Oster's "The Commuter" starts on the platform of the Croton-Harmon train station.

Galef queries them on what has inspired them to become writers, where their expertise comes from and how they combine writing with the rest of their lives. They both have amusing stories to tell about the advice and techniques that they used when getting started as writers.

While Barbieri talks about putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances somewhere in the Hudson Valley, Oster's inspiration comes from the circumstances of his life as a journalist in Mexico, Germany, New York City and Washington, D.C.

"It adds so much to our communities to have writers like these among us,"said Galef. "I can't wait to read the next books they are working on right now."

To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times. "Croton Crime Novelists" airs as follows:

Cablevision Fridays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 9 p.m. on Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15 (Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck);  Wappingers Falls Channel 21 (Cold Spring, Philipstown North); and Yorktown Channel 74 (Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley).

Comcast Fridays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19 at 7:30 p.m.: Carmel, Kent, Mahopac and Putnam Valley Channel 8 Check your local listings as the air dates for this channel may change Verizon FiOS customers, check your local listings for specific air times.

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