Jeffrey Canning


Born 3 July 1947, Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York
Resident of Village of Tarrytown until 1980
Resident of Town of Cortlandt, Westchester County, New York, since 1980
3 adult children – daughters Margaret and Kathleen, son David
3 grandchildren

Sleepy Hollow High School, North Tarrytown, New York, valedictorian, Class of 1965
Manhattan College, Bronx, New York, B.A. in Russian Studies, with honor, Class of 1969
Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California, one-year Russian course, 1971


1965-1969, reporter, The Daily News, Tarrytown
1969-1972, U.S. Army, served in New Jersey, California and Texas, honorably discharged with rank of Specialist 5
1972-2008, copy editor, news editor, senior news editor, Westchester Rockland Newspapers/Gannett Suburban Newspapers/The Journal News, various offices
31 January 2008, accepted a buyout offer
2008-present, freelance writing and editing
2010-2012, part-time reporter and editor, (now

Memberships and other activities

Church of the Holy Spirit, Cortlandt, parishioner 1980-present, choir member 1983-present,         assistant music director 1997-present
Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, Cortlandt, joined 1997, director 1999-2000, president 2001-2004, secretary 2005-2008, president 2009-2012, secretary 2013-present
Fort Delaware Society, Delaware City, Delaware, member 2001-present
Town of Cortlandt Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Committee, 2007-2010
Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team, Fishkill, New York, season ticket holder 2008-present
Historical adviser, Town of Cortlandt, 2013-2017
Historic Resources Advisory Council, Town of Cortlandt, 2018-present
Board of Directors, National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, 2018-present


History of the Tarrytowns, 348-page book, co-author with Wally Buxton, 1975

Westchester County: The Past Hundred Years 1883-1983, contributed three chapters, 1984

The Historical Key, quarterly newsletter of the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society,        numerous articles, 2000-present

Church of the Holy Spirit: Celebrating 50 Years of Faith and Family, 96-page book, author and editor, 2016

Unpublished annual memoirs of Hudson Valley Renegades baseball seasons, 1999-present