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

THIS YEAR, WE HAVE THREE WAYS TO CHOOSE FROM TO VOTE:
1) Vote on Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd, anytime from 6AM to 9PM.Click here to find your polling place. 

2) Vote by Mail through an absentee ballot. You can now request your absentee ballot ONLINE through a webform. Click here to request your absentee ballot!

3) Vote Early at an Early Voting polling site. Times and locations have been announced and are listed below. Any registered voter can go vote early, 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:

  • Saturday, October 24: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 25: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 27: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 28: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 29: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 30: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 1: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

  • Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709
  • Dobbs Ferry Village Hall, 112 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
  • 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
  • Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562
  • Peekskill Nutrition Center, Neighborhood Center, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566
  • Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589
  • Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
  • Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710
  • Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701
  • Yorktown Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

If you’re too worried about the coronavirus to vote in person, you can vote by mail. TO VOTE BY MAIL, YOU MUST REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT.

You can now request an absentee ballot ONLINE. Click here to request your absentee ballot. Or you can print your absentee ballot application here and mail your request back to the Westchester County Board of Elections.

PLEASE NOTE that even if you requested an absentee ballot for the General Election when you requested your absentee ballot for the Primary Election in June, unfortunately, you still have to request it again for the General Election. So, make sure to do that now to give USPS & the Board of Elections plenty of time to get it to you! 

If you are voting by mail due to the risk of contracting COVID-19, check “temporary illness or physical disability” in Section 1 of the absentee ballot application. 

Those registered to vote in Westchester County should mail the absentee ballot application to:
Westchester County Board of Elections
25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601

If you are registered to vote in another county, click here to find out where to mail your absentee ballot application.

After your absentee ballot application is received & processed, ballots will begin to be mailed out beginning on or about September 18th, 2020.

Onward,
The Croton Democrats

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 507

Deputy Mayor Ann Gallelli

Dear neighbor, Here is the 507th 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 –   September 15, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

5:00 p.m.

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1.  Consider a request from the Village Manager to enter into an Executive Session regarding matters of public safety.

2. Discussion on New York State Executive Order 203 regarding police reform.  The Village will review the steps involved in developing a report and plan for local police reform.  The Police Chief has provided his suggestions with steps beginning in the Fall, followed by the appointment of a Task Force, and the Village Board submitting the required report to the State by April 1, 2021.

3. Review of FY 2020-2021 1st Quarter  Expenditures.   The Board will review the revenues and expenditures at the end of the first quarter of this Fiscal Year to ascertain impacts of the Covid pandemic on the approved budget for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2020. The Treasurer has also submitted proposed amendments to the budget to decrease both revenue and expenditure accounts.

4.. Review of revised RFP from Kevin Dwarka regarding the development of a Village-owned parcel (“The Katz Property”) at 41-51 Maple Street.  Dr. Dwarka has revised his original RFP based on the report of the Municipal Place Task Force.  The Board will review it.  The return date for RFPs for this property would be set for November 4, 2020.


5. Review request from Cynthia Lippolis and the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce to host the annual scarecrow contest.
  
The contest would occur during the month of October and be open to individuals, families and groups.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 506

Dear neighbor, Here is the 506thinstallment 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 – September 8, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

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CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Memo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting an extension of three building permits for 120 Scenic Drive West and 10 Newton Court.  Engineer O’Connor has recommended extensions  for these permits which include a house, pool and pool spa structure.
  2. Letters from Michelle Phillips, Secretary to the Public Service Commission, regarding the DPS Investigation into the Utilities’ Preparation and Response to August 2020 Tropical Storm Isaias and Resulting Electric Power Outages.  Ms. Phillips is responding to letters of complaint about both Con Ed preparedness and responsiveness and Altice during the Isaias storm.  Mayor Pugh and Supervisor Puglisi sent a letter to the DPS regarding Con ed and Supervisor Lukas of Lewisboro sent a letter regarding Altice which was signed by several Mayors and Supervisors including Mayor Pugh.
  3. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit application from Hudson National Golf Club to amend their existing special permit to allow for the installation of solar panels on club property.  Hudson National Golf Club has submitted an application to install solar arrays on their property.  Since HNGC already has a Special Permit from the Village, this application would involve an amendment to that permit as well as a subdivision of approximately 15 acres of property for the installation. As proposed, HNGC would use about 40% of the power generated leaving about 60% for community usage.   The Village staff is currently ensuring that the application is complete before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Letter from Waddell Stillman, President of Historic Hudson Valley, regarding the operation of this year’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.  Mr. Stillman outlines the steps taken by HHV to enable the Blaze including reducing ticket sales by 2/3 for each time slot, no tour buses, no food or beverage sales, all tickets are advanced sale, and continuous one-way path through the site among others.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $1,800 for the purchase of redundant internet service for the Municipal Building and DPW Garage.  The need for this was made clear as a result of the recent Isaias storm which disrupted communications at the Municipal Building and the DPW.  The cost is $200/month.
  2. Consider amending the Master Fee Schedule in regards to Train Station parking.  Permit increases previously set to occur for non-residents on September 1, 2020 and for residents on December 1, 2020, are rescinded.  A fee for cancellation of a permit has been added.
  3. Consider amending the Master Fee Schedule in regards to the new online accident report system.  This would allow residents and insurance companies to request an accident report online after paying the appropriate fee.
  4. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-21 Water Fund Budget in the amount of $275,000 to reflect the proper chart of account coding.    This is a budget housekeeping matter for the Water Fund.
  5. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit application from Ralph Rossi and Philip Spagnoli for the construction of a multi-residential building at 25 S. Riverside Avenue and consider determining that the Proposed Action 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 and Village Zoning Board of Appeals as required by law, as well as the New York State Department of Transportation and Westchester County Planning Board.  An application for a Special Permit for a multi-family apartment building has been received by the Village.  This resolution initiates the require processes for any approval including the Board declaring itself Lead Agency for SEQRA and referring it for review to various boards and agencies.  The proposed plan, located at the location of the former Croton Hardware building and an undeveloped lot to its north, calls for 44 units with parking below.
  6. Consider authorizing the selling of alcoholic beverages in Senasqua Park during certain hours and days.   The Village Board would review each such application individually and authorizes such sales on Fridays from 2pm to 8 pm through the end of October. The fees for such a permit would be $130 plus an additional $261 to cover Village overtime costs for gate attendants and a park ranger. 

Making the Most of Municipal Place

To the Editor:


It is encouraging that the process for development of the Katz property is moving forward, step-by-step, with strong public participation throughout, including by the Municipal Place Advisory Task Force. It’s also good to know that this project aligns Croton with other communities around the country that are revitalizing underutilized land to increase housing and deploying smart zoning updates to do so. For example, 15 cities in the Boston area have agreed to increase housing construction and use improved local zoning to get there. Fairfax County, VA and Seattle have rezoned certain corridors to allow for higher-density and more affordable residences. Oakland’s zoning updates are helping it outpace San Francisco in new housing units. Concord, NH has an initiative called ConcordNext to adjust its zoning to increase housing opportunities, first in residential and mixed-use districts, and then in commercial corridors. Somerville, NJ has updated its zoning to promote affordable housing and improve sustainability. Some localities have also updated zoning to encourage new housing near transportation and other public assets.

Publicly-owned land for the development of housing also helps increase supply in areas with high land costs and limited development opportunities. Montgomery County, MD is promoting mixed-income housing on county-owned land especially when near public facilities. King County, WA requires surplus parcels appropriate for residential development be sold or leased for development of affordable housing.

As the process proceeds, we all have great interest in the future of our Village Gateway. But as we enter a critical phase ahead, it’s good to know Croton is pursuing a land-use strategy successfully adopted by many other U.S. communities. And hopefully, in the not too distant future, the Katz property, like 379 South Riverside, will be viewed as another good role model from Croton on how to effectively bring much-needed housing to a locality which needs it now more than ever.

Len Simon
Democratic Candidate
Croton Board of Trustees

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 504

Dear neighbor, Here is the 504th 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 –   August 24, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

5:30 p.m.

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1.      Review renderings of proposed solar canopies at Croton Landing.   The Board will review a rendering of possible solar canopies at Croton Landing.  As shown, they are located on the right side of the parking areas north of the Yacht Club north to the bathroom facility (on the east side of the road).  They are provided by Ecogy Energy.  In order to explore the possibility of pursuing this, they must have an agreement from the Village allowing them to do.

2.      Review of the Municipal Place Advisory Task Force recommendations on the request for proposals (RFP) for the development of a Village-owned parcel (“The Katz Property”) at 41-51 Maple Street.   The Task Force appointed by Mayor Pugh has provided their report to the Board on appropriate development possibilities for the property.  The full report is available in the Backup to this meeting on the Village website.  The following is the first paragraph summary from the Task Force: 

There are three development possibilities: mixed use with ground floor retail and two floors of apartments above; all (three floors) of apartments; or townhouses. We unanimously concluded that mixed use was the least appropriate and desirable due to (i) resulting increased traffic and parking difficulties in an already congested area, (ii) local and national retail environment making such a project less feasible and attractive for developers, and (iii) possibility that even if a developer could find an anchor retail tenant, it would likely result in cannibalization or closure of existing retail businesses in Village

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 503

Dear neighbor, Here is the 503rdinstallment 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 – August 17, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

5:00 pm

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NOTE:  This meeting will start with an Executive Session at 5:00 pm.  The Call to Order for the Regular Meeting will begin, via Zoom, at 6:00 pm.

Executive Session:  Consider a motion to enter into an Executive Session to discuss matters of personnel.

PUBLIC HEARING:

a.    Continuation of Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 6 of 2020 to amend Chapter 168 of the Village Code, Parks and Recreation Areas, to prohibit the use of remote-controlled aircraft in Village-owned parks. This law would prohibit drones, as well as other remote-controlled aircraft, being launched in Village parks, excepting Gouveia Park.

CORRESPONDENCE:

a.     Letter from Peter Lavery of Finney Farm Road regarding the proposed leaf blower    legislation.   Mr. Lavery objects to the recommendation of the Conservation Advisory Committee regarding banning of gas-powered leaf blowers. He believes there are factual errors in their report and the studies they cite may not be applicable to Croton.  He believes that Noise is the real problem and that noisy equipment should be regulated under the Noise ordinance.  He makes some recommendations for amendments to the Noise ordinance.

b.      Survey results from Black Rock Dog Park permit holders.  Dog Park permit holders were asked their preference for dog park hours at the Black Rock Dog Park as well as at Croton Landing.  Individual responses were received from 49 people. There are 57 individuals holding permits for 67 dogs.  The largest preference ( about 27%) was for hours of 8am to 11 am and 4 pm to 7 pm at Black Rock Park.  Only about 1% preferred 8 am to 8 pm at Croton Landing. 

c.     Report from the Village Manager concerning Con Edison’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider adoption of the LGS-1 Schedule establishing retention periods for various government records.  In NYS different levels of government have different requirements for the retention and management of documents.  This is a new schedule of retention developed by the State that would apply to all levels of the NYS governments.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget in the amount of $1,000 for monies received from the New York State Justice Court Assistance Program. The Village Justice Court has received this money to help deal with some Covid-19 expenses.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute the memorandum of understanding with Sustainable Westchester to renew the Community Choice Aggregation program for the period beginning January 1, 2021.   This would continue Croton’s Community Choice Aggregation arrangement with Sustainable Westchester and Constellation.  The current agreement ends in 2020.
  4. Consider the provisional appointment of Lt. John Nikitopoulos to the position of Chief of Police effective August 29, 2020, at an annual salary of $165,000.  Lt. Nikitopoulos has been with the Croton Police Department since 1986 and has served in many capacities including Sergeant, Detective and Lieutenant.   Currently there is no binding County Civil Service Promotional List for Police Chief in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.  Lt. Nikitopoulos will serve as Provisional Chief, according to the regulations of the County Department of Human Resources, until next Civil Service for Police Chief is offered and taken.
  5. Consider the reduction of Village fees for on-street vending and vending in the parks through October 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To help business owners deal with the revenue effects of the Covid-19 virus, the Village would reduce it fees fo the above vending permits by 50%, ending on October 31, 2020.
  6. Consider authorizing the selling of alcoholic beverages in Senasqua Park during certain hours and days.  This would require a fee of $100 and be subject to times and days set by the Village Manager.

Remembering Congressman John Lewis – An American Icon

To the Editor:

There are many lessons from the life of the late Congressman John Lewis – from courage on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to 15 years of tenacity to create the National Museum of African American History Culture and Heritage. But for those of us interested in local government, there’s a great John Lewis story that teaches a lesson about commitment and principle.

Before he was Congressman Lewis, he was Atlanta Councilman Lewis from 1981-1986. When he ran in 1981, he opposed a four-lane super-highway in downtown Atlanta to connect with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Councilman Lewis believed it would increase traffic, cause middle-class and business exits, and hurt Black neighborhoods.

Jimmy Carter wanted the project badly. As President, he’d named Lewis Associate Director of the ACTION Agency, responsible for VISTA and other programs. The new Mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young was also strongly for the project. He’d been John Lewis’ partner in the civil rights struggle for two decades.

President Carter and Mayor Young worked relentlessly but unsuccessfully to change Councilman Lewis’ position. The project passed but because of the opposition from Councilman Lewis and others, a compromise turned it into a two lane road.

Lewis’ stance on the highway hurt him politically. He never served on an important committee or chaired any committee on the Atlanta City Council in the next five years. But the feared devastation of the original project was avoided by the compromise version. He took a firm stand to protect the people he served and was unconcerned about what it meant to him personally. But that was no surprise – it is who John Lewis was as a civil rights leader, Councilman, Congressman and American icon.

The Carter Library and the road were built. That road, originally named Presidential Parkway, was renamed Freedom Parkway years later. But since August 2018, it has been the John Lewis Freedom Parkway.

Thanks, John Lewis, for your enduring lifetime of lessons, which should always guide us here at home.

Len Simon

Democratic Candidate for

Croton-on-Hudson Board of Trustees

Len Simon, Democratic Candidate for Croton-on-Hudson Board of Trustees

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 502

Deputy Mayor Ann Gallelli

Dear neighbor, Here is the 502ndinstallment 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 – August 3, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

5:30 pm

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NOTE:  This meeting will start with an Executive Session at 5:30 pm.  The Call to Order for the Regular Meeting will begin, via Zoom, at 6:30 pm.

Executive Session:  Consider a request from the Village Manager to hold an Executive Session to discuss matters of personnel and matters regarding the lease of real property.

PUBLIC HEARING:

  1.  Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 6 of 2020 to amend Chapter 168 of the Village Code, Parks and Recreation Areas, to prohibit the use of remote-controlled aircraft in Village-owned parks.   This law would prohibit drones, as well as other remote-controlled aircraft, being launched in Village parks, excepting Gouveia Park.

CORRESPONDENCE:

a. Email from John Munson, Fire Council Secretary, regarding fire department membership changes.  Secretary Munson notes the change in status of several members as well as the addition of several new members of the Fire Department.

  1. Letter from Jud Ramaker, Race Director for the Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger, regarding this year’s virtual event.   Mr. Ramaker notifies us that the 40th Annual Run Against Hunger will be virtual event this year.  During the period of October 10 – 18, participants will be able to take part in any of three events – the 1 mile Fun Run, 5K Run and Walk and the 10K Run – at any time in the period listed above and at any location of their choosing – track, trail, road or even a distant state.   The Village Police and the Village DPW will not be as involved as in past years.
  2. Report from the Municipal Place Advisory Task Force on the draft request for proposals (RFP) for the development of a Village-owned parcel (“The Katz Property”) at 41-51 Maple Street.  The Task Force  appointed by Mayor Pugh met twice and reviewed the draft RFP.  The Board of Trustees will discuss the RFP and Task Force comments at a work session later in August.
  3. Compilation of energy data from municipal buildings for 2019 in accordance with the Village’s Benchmarking Policy.  The report shows the monthly usage of natural gas and electricity for all Village-owned buildings.  

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1.   Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an inter-municipal agreement with Westchester County for use of the firing range at the county police academy for firearms training purposes at a cost of $630 per visit for the period ending July 31, 2025.  This IMA is a 5-year agreement, allowing Croton Police to utilize the County training facility.
  1. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $9,675 for costs related to equipment repairs at the Skyview Pump Station.  This repair was an emergency repair and not included in the annual budget.  The money will be transferred from the Contingency Account.
  1. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an easement agreement providing a right-of-way ingress and egress easement for the property located at 41 Harrison Street.   The Board reviewed this proposed easement at several work sessions.  This resolution finds the proposed easement to be in the best interests of the Village.  It will facilitate off-street parking in the area.
  1. Consider accepting the letter of resignation for retirement purposes from Chief of Police Russel H. Harper effective August 29, 2020. Chief Harper thanks the Village for the opportunity to serve as Chief of Police.  Chief Harper has served on the Croton Police force for 40 years.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 501

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 501st 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 –   July 27, 2020

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

 

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  1. An Executive Session has been scheduled to discuss matters of public safety.   This will occur before the start of the public session, at 5:45 pm.
  2. Review of the proposal by the Conservation Advisory Council to limit the use of leaf blowers within the Village.  The CAC proposal calls for a ban of gasoline leaf blowers beginning January 1, 2021 with an exemption for Hudson National Golf Course.  The CAC would also encourage increased education by the Village on matters of air quality, the environment and noise.
  3. Discussion on moving the dog park currently located at Black Rock Park to another location in the Village.  As a result of several neighbor complaints about the existing dog park, the Village will consider the desirability of relocating it to an area of Croton Landing Park.
  4. Discussion on the reopening of Village playgrounds.  The discussion will focus on the  considerations and steps required to make and keep playgrounds safe during the current Covid pandemic and whether the Village can meet these requirements on an ongoing basis.
  5. Discussion on New York State Executive Order 203 regarding police reform.  Police Chief Harper will join the discussion regarding the requirements outlines in the Governor’s Executive Order.  The order requires that each municipality with a police department perform a comprehensive review of it s current policing operations and develop a plan to improve these strategies to address community needs.  The plan, which requires community input, must be submitted to NYS for review and approved by April 1, 2021.