Top Stories Of 2012 In Cortlandt

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Blue Mountain Middle School student Daniel Cunningham, 11, right, with Principal John Owens and Emerson Alcock, 11. Daniel saved Emerson from choking. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CORTLANDT, N.Y. — From an $18 million New York State Lottery winner to the "Heimlich hero" to Superstorm Sandy, 2012 was a busy and amazing year.

Check out our wrapup of Cortlandt's top stories below.

"Heimlich Hero" Saves Friend's Life: An 11-year-old Blue Mountain Middle School student made national news when he saved his friend from choking by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

Hendrick Hudson Early Retirement: Hen Hud Schools Superintendent Daniel McCann unexpectedly announced a mid-contract retirement in March.

Croton Man Raises Thousands For Run: Nobody's keeping an exact tally, but multiple sources say Sam Colombo has raised about $125,000 for the Harry Chapin Race Against Hunger over the last 15 years.

Croton's First Fall Election Cycle: For the first time in village history, village officials were elected during the general election in November. In addition to the first-ever nature of the election, a rare three-way Democratic primary was held.

Peekskill's Paramount Theater Closes: When this local entertainment establishment shuttered unexpectedly, the disappointment was felt throughout the town. 

Case of Severely Beaten Buchanan Man Remains Open: As a man walked home from Fulgum's bar Oct. 28, he was severely beaten and spent five days in the hospital. Buchanan police were still investigating and suspect that local teens may be responsible. 

Businesses Move Into Cortlandt: Big Lots, Sala On Hudson and Famous Footwear all moved into Cortlandt or Croton. Big Lots and Sala On Hudson moved into locations that had been vacant for many years. 

Postal Worker from Cortlandt Manor Wins $18 Million Jackpot: Retired postal worker Peter Gee won $18 million in the New York State Lottery. Gee opted for the one-time payment and took home about $8.5 million. 

Croton EMS Leadership Shakeup: Croton Director of Emergency Management Dick Nagle took over leadership of Croton EMS in December. 

Superstorm Sandy Strikes: This hurricane destroyed property, left thousands without power for nearly two weeks and canceled Cortlandt school for one week. 

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