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VOTING OPTIONS: Vote Early, on Election Day or by Mail

This is the most critical elections of our lifetime, and every vote counts. 

THIS YEAR, WE HAVE THREE OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM TO VOTE:
1) Vote on Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd, anytime from 6AM to 9PM. You must vote at your assigned polling site. Click here to find your polling place as it may have changed from previous years.

2) Vote by Mail through an Absentee Ballot. You can request your Absentee Ballot ONLINE through a webform through Tuesday, October 27th. Click here to request your Absentee Ballot.

  • You can request one in person through Monday, November 2nd at the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601. Completed Absentee Ballots must be postmarked or handed in no later than Tuesday, November 3.
  • Absentee Ballots may be returned by mail, dropped off at any open Early Voting or Election Day polling location, or delivered in person to the Westchester County Board of Elections in White Plains.

3) Vote Early at an Early Voting polling site from Saturday, October 24th through Sunday, November 1st. Any registered voter can go vote early at any one of the 17 Early Voting polling sites, and the process for early voting is exactly the same as voting on Election Day. Polling sites also tend to be much less crowded.

Early Voting Times:

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, October 30, 2020 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31, 2020 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. ***except Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex – Special Hours due to Halloween event: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 1, 2020 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Early Voting Locations:
Voters can go to *any* Early Voting polling site to vote early! 

  • Peekskill Nutrition Center, Neighborhood Center, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566
  • Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562
  • Yorktown Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
  • Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
  • Dobbs Ferry Village Hall, 112 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
  • Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709
  • Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607
  • Veterans Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528
  • Pound Ridge Town House, 179 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY 10576
  • Mamaroneck Town Center, 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
  • Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex at Leonard Park, 1 Wallace Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
  • Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595
  • Mt. Vernon City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
  • New Rochelle City Hall Annex, 90 Beaufort Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801
  • Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589
  • Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710
  • Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701

Onward,
The Croton Democrats

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas

Dear neighbor, Here is the 521st installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

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Decoding Village Agendas – January 28, 2021

 Special Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

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  1. Consider a request from the Village Manager to enter into an executive session to discuss the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property.   Under State law, discussions such as this one or those involving litigation or personnel are conducted in Executive Session but must be publicly Noticed.  The motion to go into the Executive session at the beginning will be the viewable portion of the meeting.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agenda No. 517

Dear neighbor, Here is the 517thinstallment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas – December 21, 2020

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

5:30 pm

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REGULAR MEETING

Executive Session at 5:30.. Consider a request from the Village Manager to enter into executive session to discuss the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property.

PRESENTATIONS/OTHER:   Review of the Environment Assessment Form Part II and the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program policies by the Village Board to determine consistency related to the special use permit application from Ralph Rossi and Philip Spagnoli for the construction of a multi-residential building at 25 S. Riverside Avenue.  The Board will review these forms as a required part of the Special Permit process under consideration. 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Mutual Aid and Rapid Response Plan Inter-Municipal Agreement with Westchester County for the period beginning July 31, 2020, through July 30, 2025.  This authorization was held over from a previous meeting.  The IMA is a renewal which permits mutual assistance among departments based on their resources and specialized skills.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute Change Order 8 with Hendrickson Fire Rescue Equipment of Islandia, New York, for changes made to the design of the 2018 Triple Combination Pumper, in the credit amount of $139.27.  This Change order is for the elimination of one item from the pumper as it is being customized to Croton’s specifications.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the STOP-DWI Patrol Program Inter-Municipal Agreement with Westchester County for the period beginning January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2025.   This is a 5-year renewal of a program that reimburses Croton Police up to $8400 for overtime work associated with driving while intoxicated.
  4. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $2,161.96 for monies received from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee grant.  This is grant money based on various Police Traffic Safety activities as reported to  NYS for reimbursement.
  5. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Penflex, Inc. to administer the Fire Department Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) at an estimated cost of $6,850.00 for the period beginning November 1, 2020, until October 31, 2021.  The Fire Department Service Award program was begun in 2003. Penflex provides actuarial and administrative services needed to administer the program.
  6. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to award the bid for welding services to John Santella Welding of Putnam Valley, New York, at the rate of $94/hour for the welder and $89/hour for the welder’s helper, for a total of $25,620, for the period beginning December 6, 2020 until December 5, 2021.  The bid was the lowest of two bids received to provide welding services for the Village for welding that cannot be performed in-house during the coming year.
  7. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from Stratagem Security of Elmsford, New York, for the installation of an intercom system at the Municipal Building in the amount of $10,298.71.  In and effort to increase the safety and security of the Municipal Building, this system would secure the entrances.  Each department would be able to view visitors remotely and remotely unlock the door for entrance.
  8. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from Metrocom of Bedford Hills, New York, for a replacement police radio base station in the amount of $7,106.75 and further authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the same amount.  The police base radio station is 20 years old and no longer properly functioning.  It is past its useful life and is no longer serviced by Motorola.  This allows the money to be taken from the Contingency account since this expense was not part of the approved Budget.
  9. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to establish a special capital account with the monies received from the sale of two surplus vehicles to the Town of Cortlandt.  The Town of Corltandt is interested in purchasing the 2 Village dump trucks that are being replaced at $35,000 each.  This is considered a fair market price.  Superintendent Balbi would like the Board to create a new capital account for the purpose of reserving this money for the purchase of future DPW equipment.
  10. Consider determining that the Proposed Action, a lease agreement for a portion of the Croton-Harmon Train Station parking lot for the installation of solar canopies, is an Unlisted Action under SEQRA, declaring the Village Board as Lead Agency under SEQRA, and referring the necessary documents to the Waterfront Advisory Committee for a recommendation of consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.  The Village put out a request for proposals for solar canopies at the Train station.  Seven proposals were received.  The Village is working with Sol Systems of Washington DC to work out a mutually agreeable lease.  This action moves the process forward by declaring the Village as Lead Agency for this proposal.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 516

Dear neighbor, Here is the 516th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –   December 14, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

5:00 p.m.

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1.      Introduction to Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Process.  This process is the result of Executive Order 203 from Governor Cuomo issued in June 2020.  It requires that each municipality with its own police department conduct such an analysis.  The Village called for volunteers shortly after and has a Task Force of some 22 members.  They have conducted 7 Forums and a written survey since then.  The Task Force has met in full 8 times and has formed subcommittees which will be reported on during this work session.  The Board of Trustees must submit a report and plan to NYS by April 1, 2021. 

Back up documents for this meeting include a review of the comments received from the public at the forums, in the survey and from emails sent to the Village.  The report from the Analysis sub-committee provides a data analysis from all the above information as well as Police Department statistics.  All the backup reports are available on the Village website for this meeting’s agenda.

2.      Update from Communications Subcommittee.

3.      Update from School-Police Relations Sub-Committee

4.      Review of Information Compiled by Comments/Citizen Review Sub-Committee.  

5.      Overview of work from the Operating Procedures Sub-Committee

6.      Report from the Analysis Sub-Committee on Survey Results, Suspicious Person Calls, Arrest Data and Traffic Stops

7.      Questions/Comments from the Board of Trustees on Information Discussed/Presented

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 515

Dear neighbor, Here is the 515thinstallment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas – December 7, 2020

 Organization and Regular Meeting of the Village Board

5:30 pm

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1. Filing of oath of office of newly elected members of Board of Trustees. Please note the Oath of Office book for the Newly Elected Trustees has been signed prior to the meeting. 

2. Mayor’s Appointments  

3. Consider adoption of the Procurement, Fund Balance, Debt and Investment Policies.

4. Consider adoption of the schedule for the Board of Trustees meeting place, dates and times for the upcoming official year.

5. Consider designating the Gazette as the Village’s Official Newspaper and The Journal News as an on-needed basis.

6. Consider establishing the standard work day for employees as outlined.

7. Consider setting bond levels for the following employees: Village Treasurer, Deputy Village Treasurer, Court Clerk, Senior Account Clerk.

8. Consider Rules of Procedure for the Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton on Hudson.    Consider standard work day for elected and appointed officials.

REGULAR MEETING

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  1. Public Hearing on the special use permit application from Ralph Rossi and Philip Spagnoli for the construction of a multi-residential building at 25 S. Riverside Avenue.

The  proposal is for a 39- residential unit building at the site of the former Croton Hardware building.

  1. Public Hearing to consider the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 8 of 2020 to amend Chapter 191, Sewers, of the Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to update language regarding on-time payments. This proposed amendment to the Sewer Rent law is a wording change to clarify the date by which sewer bills must be paid.
  1. Public Hearing to consider the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 9 of 2020 to amend Chapter 223, Water, of the Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to update penalty procedures.  This proposed amendment updates outdated language in the existing law that refers to 2017.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting an extension of a building permit for 370 South Riverside Avenue.  Engineer O’Connor recommends a six month extension of the permit due to unforeseen circumstances.
  2. Email from John Munson, Fire Council Secretary, regarding membership changes in the Croton Fire Department.  As required, the Fire Dept. is notifying the Village of changes in status of department memberships.
  3. Report of the 2020 Croton Gorge Unique Area Trail Steward Program.  The report describes the aims of the Trail Steward Program.  The closure of the Unique Area due to the pandemic added a new dimension to the stewards duties. The complete report is available in the backup to this meeting.
  4. Notice from the Village of Haverstraw Board of Trustees, pursuant to SEQRA, regarding the adoption of Village of Haverstraw Comprehensive Plan, Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) and implementing code amendments.  This is a Type 1 action under NYS SEQRA law and requires notification of surrounding communities of the action.
  5. Notice of Public Hearing from the Town of Ossining Planning Board regarding an application by Borrego Solar Systems Inc. to construct a standalone energy storage system on the property located at 381 N. Highland Ave. in Ossining.   The proposal is for a standalone energy storage system to be located on the property of ST. Augustine’s church in Ossining, adjacent to the Croton village boundary.  The hearing is on December  16 at 7:30 by Zoom.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Mutual Aid and Rapid Response Plan Inter-Municipal Agreement with Westchester County for the period beginning July 31, 2020, through July 30, 2025.    The purpose of the IMA is to provide uninterrupted delivery of police service during situations that exceed the resources of any individual department.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute Change Order 7 with Hendrickson Fire Rescue Equipment of Islandia, New York, for changes made to the design of the 2018 Triple Combination Pumper, in the change amount of $4,469.26.  The pumper is being tailored to meet the Village’s specifications.  This has resulted in a change being made to the original bid, i.e. a Change Order.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $1,327 to provide funding for the purchase of a laptop computer. The money is available is the Water Fund and would be transferred to a general fund account.
  4. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Joseph Lippolis of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices River Towns Real Estate to market the residential building located in Gouveia Park at 1300 Albany Post Road for commercial occupation at the rent of $6500 per month.  A 5-year lease is proposed to help cover maintenance costs of the property until a long-term use for the Village-owned building is agreed upon.
  5. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 Sewer Fund Budget in the amount of $832.50 for monies received for insurance recovery.  The recovery is for repairs following a fallen tree at the Nordica Pump station.
  6. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a contract extension (under the authority of GML Section 103(4)) with NSI Worldwide of Middletown, New York, for the period of December 1, 2020, through January 31, 2021, at a cost of $3,276.00 per month.   NSI Worldwide performs the cleaning of Village-owned buildings.  

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 514

Dear neighbor, Here is the 514thinstallment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

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Decoding Village Agendas – November 16, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

6 pm

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PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  1. Public Hearing to consider the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 7 of 2020 to create a new Chapter 158, Masks and Face-Coverings, in the Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.  The proposed law would be in effect only when a Declaration of Emergency has been declared by the Village Manager. This proposed law would apply to both public and private properties excluding residential properties.  The Governor has issued several Executive Orders regarding masks and face coverings and has stated that they should be enforced by local municipalities.  The proposed law provides for an initial fine of $250.
  2. Public Hearing to consider the special permit application from Marco Ordonez, of M & J Auto Repair Corp., to operate a motor vehicle repair garage at 485 S. Riverside Avenue.  This use was reviewed by the Planning Board.  It is a permitted use in the C-2 zone by Special Permit.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

a.      Consider scheduling a public hearing to consider the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 8 of 2020 to amend Chapter 191, Sewers, of the Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to update language regarding on-time payments for December 7, 2020, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.  This proposed amendment to the Sewer Rent law is a wording change to clarify the date by which sewer bills must be paid.

b.      Consider scheduling a public hearing to consider the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 9 of 2020 to amend Chapter 223, Water, of the Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to update penalty procedures for December 7, 2020, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.  This proposed amendment updates outdated language in the existing law that refers to 2017.

c.       Consider scheduling a public hearing to consider the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 10 of 2020 to amend Chapter 168, Parks and Recreation Areas, of the Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson to regulate the use of unmanned aircraft systems in parks and public recreational facilities for December 7, 2020, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.  This proposed law would regulate the launching of drones, model airplanes, etc. in public parks and recreational facilities by requiring registration with the Recreation department and compliance with FAA rules regarding such devices.

d.      Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Mutual Aid and Rapid Response Plan Inter-Municipal Agreement with Westchester County for the period beginning July 31, 2020, through July 30, 2025.  The current IMA has expired.  This agreement establishes procedures whereby police departments in the County provide assistance in situations that exceed the resources of a given police department.  The IMA would expire on July 30, 2025.

e.       Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget in the amount of $1,299 for monies received for insurance recovery.  This budgetary amendment reflects insurance money received for damaged equipment during a fire department operation.  

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 513

Deputy Mayor Ann Gallelli

Dear neighbor, Here is the 513th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –   November 9, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

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1.    Review Local Law Introductory 8 of 2020 to amend Chapter 179 of the Village Code, Property Maintenance, to clarify areas which need to be maintained. The existing law requires the property owners to cut/destroy all weeds or bush on their lot or land.  The amended law inserts language to read “… all weeds or bush on undeveloped areas of the lot..”

2.    Review Local Law Introductory 9 of 2020 to amend Chapter 223 of the Village Code, Water, to grant the Board of Trustees the authority to reduce water rents in the case of a documented leak that was repaired.  Currently, the Board of Trustees does not have the authority to reduce the rates on an individual case.

3.    Review Local Law Introductory 10 of 2020 to amend Chapter 168 of the Village Code, Parks and Recreation Areas, to regulate the use of unmanned aircraft in Village-owned parks.  The proposed law varies from an earlier version discussed over the summer.  This law would regulate rather than prohibit unmanned aircraft of any kind including model airplanes and drones in Village parks.  It would require registration with the Village, adherence to park hours and rules, adherence to FAA rules and regulations, and may require insurance in some cases. 

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 512

Dear neighbor, Here is the 512thinstallment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas – November 4, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

6 pm

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CORRESPONDENCE:


a.  Email from John Munson, Fire Council Secretary, regarding membership changes in the fire department.   
Mr. Munson updates the Village on new members and changes in current members status as required. 

b. Inter-Municipal Agreement from Westchester County Refuse Disposal District No. 1 for Residential Food Scrap Transportation & Disposal Program.  Westchester County is offering an Inter-Municipal Agreement to municipalities for the purpose of collecting and disposing food scraps.  Under the IMA, the Village would determine the method of collection which must be in 64-gallong “Toters”.  The County would collect and transport the collected food scraps at no charge to the Village.

c. Email from Rose Cappa announcing Vincent Duffy has been accepted into the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame Class of 2020.   The County’s Senior Hall of Fame, Vince Duffy, has been accepted.  A ceremony will be held on December 4, 2020.

d. Email from Joseph Martinelli, adjutant of Fox-Eklof American Legion Post 505, regarding Veterans Day ceremony.  The Fox-Ekloff Post has decided to make this year’s Veterans’ Day ceremony very low key.  Those who wish can meet at 5-corners at 11 am.  However, Mr. Martinelli provides information on the Stand Up For Veterans movement in NYS to occur at 7 pm on November 11.  Everyone is encouraged to open their window or door and play the national anthem so others can hear. 

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

a.      Consider scheduling a public hearing to consider the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 7 of 2020 to create a new Chapter 158, Masks and Face-Coverings, in the Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson for November 16, 2020, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.   The proposed law, similar to  a New Castle law, and based on several Executive Orders by the Governor of NYS, would require face coverings on both public and private property when 6 foot distancing cannot be maintained.  

b.      Consider scheduling a public hearing on the special use permit application from Ralph Rossi and Philip Spagnoli for the construction of a multi-residential building at 25 S. Riverside Avenue for December 7, 2020, at 6 PM via Zoom videoconference.  This calls for a Public Hearing on the proposal for a 39- residential unit building at the site of the former Croton Hardware building.

c.       Consider declaring the Board of Trustees to be lead agency under SEQRA for the amended special use permit application and the new special use permit application from the Hudson National Golf Club for the club use of the reduced property and the tier 3 solar energy project, respectively, and refer such applications to the Waterfront Advisory Committee for review.   This application requires amendments to several existing permits.  After receiving no objections from the Planning Board, the Board of Trustees would become the Lead Agency in conducting the SEQRA review of the many aspects of this application. The Waterfront Advisory Committee must determine whether the proposal is consistent with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) and make a recommendation to the Village Board.

d.      Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to process a tax refund in the amount of $737.27 for the property located at 13 Wood Road (designated on the tax maps as Section 68.17, Block 003, Lot 050) due to a clerical error made in the increase in assessment.  This is a correction of the error.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 511

Dear neighbor, Here is the 511th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas –   October 26, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

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a.      Discussion on revised proposal from the Conservation Advisory Council to limit the use of leaf blowers within the Village.   The CAC has submitted an updated proposal regarding gas-powered leaf blowers in response to comments received on their earlier submission.  It recommends a longer time frame for implementation along with citizen education on their use and benefits of alternatives.  The new proposed guidelines would ban them from May – October in 2021, January – October in 2022, and year round in 2023.

b.      Discussion of a request for relief from payment of taxes before the issuance of a building permit as permitted under § 86-9(I) of the Village Code.   A house on Thompson Avenue has past due taxes.  The owners inherited it and are in the process of some expensive repairs required to sell it.  They request that an agreement with the Village to postpone paying the taxes until the expenses of the repair are completed and the house sold, when they will pay in full.  With completed repairs they estimate the house assessment will be very positive for the Village and a neighborhood improvement.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 510

Dear neighbor, Here is the 510thinstallment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas – October 19, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

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PRESENTATION:  

  1. Presentation by John Dullaghan, Director of Government Affairs for Altice USA, regarding the August 2020 Optimum service outages.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Revised proposal from the Conservation Advisory Council to limit the use of leaf blowers within the Village.   The CAC has submitted an updated proposal regarding gas-powered leaf blowers in response to comments received on their earlier submission.  It recommends a longer time frame for implementation along with citizen education on their use and benefits of alternatives.  The new proposed guidelines would ban them from May – October in 2021, January – October in 2022, and year round in 2023.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Justice Court to apply for a grant in the 2020-2021 Justice Court Assistance Program.  The court will be applying for a grant to cover costs associated with PPE clothing and accessories for use in court as well as protective changes at the entrance to the courtroom.
  2. Consider authorizing Village personnel to perform a cleanup of the property located at 117 North Riverside Avenue and to place the cost for such cleanup as a lien upon the property if not paid.  After failure to respond to notices from the Village, the property will be cleaned up and costs invoiced to the owner or added to the property taxes.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget in the amount of $95,000 to account for monies received from the sale of surplus property.  The Village sold an unimproved property located outside the village in the Town of Cortlandt.  This money is now being reflected in the budget.
  4. Acknowledge receipt of special permit application from Marco Ordonez, of M & J Auto Repair Corp., to operate a motor vehicle repair garage at 485 S. Riverside Avenue, refer such application to the Planning Board for review and schedule a Public Hearing on November 16, 2020, at 6 PM, to consider the request for a special permit.  This use requires a special permit in its C2 zone.  The Board is taking the first step in referring it to the Planning Board and scheduling a public hearing.
  5. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute Change Order 1 from Michels Pipe Service for the water main infrastructure project in the amount of $11,619.10.  This additional amount is for replacement of a curb box and valves not included in the original work contract.
  6. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the Electrical Services Agreement with Sustainable Westchester at the enclosed rates for the Community Choice Aggregation program for the period of January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2022.   The new rates at 7.405 cents for residential renewable and 6.749 cents for stand residential are lower than the current rates under the prior contract.
  7. Consider declaring the Board of Trustees to be lead agency under SEQRA for the amended special use permit application from Ralph Rossi and Philip Spagnoli for the construction of a multi-residential building at 25 S. Riverside Avenue and refer such application to the Waterfront Advisory Committee for review.    After referral to the Planning Board, Zoning Board and County Planning Board, tno objections were received.  The Village Board can therefore declare itself Lead Agency under SEQRA on this proposal.  The proposal itself has been downsized since its initial submission.  It is now calling for 39 units (26 -1BR, 13 – 2BR, including 4 affordable units) in a building of 42,000 square feet.  The previous proposal was for a 54,000 square foot building.  The next step is for the WAC to make a Determination of Consistency with the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).
  8. Consider adoption of a resolution to acknowledge receipt of the 2020 Justice Court Audit.  Justice Courts are required to conduct an audit and provide it to the NYS Office of Court Administration.

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Decoding Village Agendas – October 5, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

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PRESENTATION:

  1. Proclamation for Fire Prevention Week 2020.   The proclamation declares October 4 – 10 as Fire Prevention Week.  The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention week is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”.
  2. Presentation by Jasmine Graham of Westchester Power on the upcoming Community Choice Aggregation program renewal.  The presentation will show the results of the bid process for energy resulting from Westchester Power’s recent bid process.  Constellation Energy won the bid with an 18 month rate of 7.405 cents for green supply(residential).  Notification letters will be sent out to Croton residents on November 4 and the Opt-out period will extend from November 9 to December 9.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Email from Toni Senecal Shea requesting a time extension for the outdoor sidewalk seating program and to place the pizza oven on the street on October 31.  Ms. Shea, owner of Tapsmith, asks that outdoor sidewalk seating be extended to the end of the year. Additionally, as Tapsmith is teaming with the Croton Caring Committee to be a drop off site through October and a collection site on October 31, she requests permission to have a pizza oven on the sidewalk on October 31.
  2. Email from Stephen Campbell of New York Power Authority regarding a Notice of Proposed Rule Making – Increase Production Rates.   The Village is being notified of increased production rates of 7.49% over 2020 rates.  The letter attributes this to the closing of Indian Point #3.  There will be a comment period from October 14 to December 14 prior to a final determination.
  3. Bid Summary Sheet from Village Bond Sale on September 30, 2020.   The Village issued $2,609,990 of bonds for various capital projects.  The bid summary sheet shows effective rates between 1.56655% and 1.79000%.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

a.      Consider determining that the Proposed Action (Hudson National Golf Club application for a subdivision of its property to create a separate 15-acre lot to be leased for a solar array, an application for an amended special permit for the Club use on the reduced property, and site plan and special permit for the proposed tier 3 solar energy) is an Unlisted Action under SEQRA, declaring the Village Board’s intent to be Lead Agency under SEQRA, and referring the necessary documents to the Village Planning Board as required by law, and the Westchester County Planning Board.   Hudson National Golf Course has submitted an application for a subdivision of its property to create a 15-acre sot to be leased for a solar array.  The golf course received its initial special permit in 1994.  It was later amended in 199.  The resolution calls for the Board of Trustees  to declare itself Lead Agency for the purposes of the State Environmental Review process.