Decoding Village Agendas


Ann Gallelli <> Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 11:41 AM
To: Ann Gallelli <>

Dear neighbor, Here is the 344th 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 28, 2016

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)



  1. Discussion about the request from Croton AYSO to store four soccer goals at Croton Landing Park.  Croton AYSO currently has soccer goals that can be deconstructed after use, making them easier to store. Croton AYSO would like to purchase four higher quality goals that will take up more storage space and will need to be secured outside of their storage area.  The Croton AYSO would like to acquire these goals for games and practices beginning in Spring of 2017.  The new goals would be stored and secured in an area east of the playing field and adjacent to the fence separating the park and the railroad.
  2. Reaffirming the Village’s determination to uphold and comply with civil and human rights laws.   The Board received a letter from 7 local religious leaders asking for an further affirmative statement of support for the goals that all board members committed to when taking their oath of office. This further commitment is requested in light of a current climate of prejudice, especially against Muslims.  The full letter was also a full page ad in the past week’s Gazette.
  3. Discussion of the request by Hudson Nation Gold Club for the Village to accept the Declaration of Restrictive Covenant related to the club’s proposed private driving range and teaching facility, which will relocate the wetlands area and nature trial.  While the new driving range is in the Town of Cortlandt, its approval required the eliminating of an area of wetlands.  In mitigation, the club is expanding the wetlands area located in their property in the Village.  This was approved by the Water Control Commission and also the Army Corps of Engineers.  The ACOE also required that a covenant or easement be granted to a third party to ensure environmental oversight  of the expanded area. 
  4. Discussion about reducing the scope of the Elliott Way Improvement Project to include just the elevated walkway, culvert repair, and road repaving.  The Village Board of Trustees rejected the two bids submitted for the original project in October that were far in excess of the Village’s good faith cost estimate.  The Board will look at reducing the scope of the project as originally conceived. Due to the high bid prices, the board will consider whether to reduce the project in the short term to just the area between the north end of Senasqua Park and the Yacht Club primarily by providing a separated walkway and repaving the road.   If this is agreed upon, new bids will solicited.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas

Dear neighbor, Here is the 343rd 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 21,  2016

Regular Meetings of the Village Board


 (Open to Public  – Televised)



  1. Dan Ahouse, AreaDirector of Government Affairs, Altice; re: Notification that effective November 29, 2016, BuenaVision TV will no longer be carried on Optimum en espanol video package.   BuenaVision TV is Spanish language programming.  They have notified Altice that they are unable to deliver their signal to Optimum.
  2. Bruce Kauderer, Deputy Chairman of the Village Planning Board; re: The Planning Board’s recommendation pertaining to Introductory Local Law No. 7 of 2016 on zoning code amendment language regarding fences, walls and attached structures.  The Planning Board is recommending some changes in the proposed law.  One would vary the conditions for the height and composition of fences in the three smaller lot zoning districts – RA-5, RA-9, and RB.  As proposed, the law would allow 6 foot fences on side and rear yards.  They also recommend that for new construction which requires a Minor Site Plan review, that the Planning Board be allowed to approve a front yard retaining wall height of up to 6 feet if it is necessary to construct the driveway or primary structure.  The memo notes that the recommendation on the first item was not unanimous.
  3. Rhoda Stephens, Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals; re: The Zoning Board’s recommendation pertaining to Introductory Local Law No. 7 of 2016 on zoning code amendment language regarding fences, walls and attached structures.  The Zoning Board supported the proposed zoning amendments and made some clarifying suggestions to its language.
  4. Peter Baynes, Executive Director, New York Conference of Mayors; re: Request that municipalities sign letters of support/opposition regarding three bills that have been delivered to the Governor which could have significant impact on cities and villages throughout New York State.  NYCOM represents the interests of villages and cities in the state government.  As part of their function, they take positions on behalf of villages regarding legislation that may have positive or negative effects on them.  They are seeking supporting resolutions from member municipalities.  Two of the three bills are opposed by NYCOM.  They are an amendment to the Retirement law that would allow police officers and profession firefighters the opportunity to participate in a non-contributory 20-year retirement if their employer elects to do so.  The second one bill would mandate the time and manner in which a municipality mus notify their employees of changes and require at least 90 days prior to the governing board approving a health insurance plan.  NYCOM agrees with the need for advance notification but disagrees that this time frame is appropriate and could restrict a local government’s ability to make a prudent fiscal decision.  The third law, which NYCOM supports, would repeal language in the adopted budget which would allow the MTA to undertake development on MTA-owned property without regard to local zoning.


  1. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Dvirka & Bartilucci Consulting Engineers in the amount of $20,000 for construction and administration services for the Storm Water Management Basin Outlet Structure and Culvert Improvements for the Georgia Lane Storm Water Retention Pond. The proposal includes engineering services during construction, approvals of manufacturers and suppliers; preparation of change orders; evaluation of Village/contractor initiated substitutions and design changes; interpretations and clarifications of control documents; payment requisition review; construction site visits, inspection and project meetings, and project closeout.  The construction contract for this work was awarded in September.  This resolution provides for the necessary oversight of the entire project from start to finish.
  2. The Village Board of Trustees has received a Special Permit modification request from Hudson National Golf Club to allow for an addition to the locker room facility on their property located at 40 Arrowcrest Drive.  This request is a Type II action and requires no further review under SEQRA.  The Village Board of Trustees hereby refers the special permit modification request to the Planning Board as required by law for comment back to the Village Board of Trustees.  The proposal is to add an 282 square feet addition to the current locker room on the lower level of the clubhouse.
  3. The Village Board of Trustees hereby cancels the interest and penalties in the aounmt of $567.61 associated with the Farribank Homeowners Association, Tax Parcel ID 078.08-003-068.00.  when the four Bank Street affordable housing units were created a communal piece of property was created to be used as a parking lot with the owner of record being the Farribank Homeowners association.  However, the Farribank Homeowners Association was never formed, thus taxes on the property were never paid.  This ultimately resulted in the small piece of property accruing interest and penalties since 2002.   This resolution will clear the books of the tax liability that has accrued and in the future, the Village will act to either exempt this property or reduce its assessment to zero.
  4. The Village Board of Trustees hereby authorizes write offs in the General fund, Old Accounts Receivables for fire protection services and insurance recoveries in the amount of $184,875.18.  During the 2015-2016 fiscal year-end audit process the Village Manager, Village Treasurer and auditor concluded that prior year outstanding receivables should be closed out at this time. All monies were received, however, the correct accounting entries to reverse the receivables were not done, leaving open outstanding receivables.  The close out of these accounts follows good government accounting standards.  This action reflects the corrections made to the accounting entries as a result of the 20215-2016 audit.
  5. Authorizing te Village Treasurer to amend the 2016-2017 General fund Budget in the amount of $3,539.60 for monies received from Cortlandt and Buchanan for the 9-11 Memorial Ceremony.  Buchanan and the Town share in the expenses related to the memorial which is located in the Village in Croton Landing Park.
  6. Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2016-2017 General Fund Budget in the amount of $754.50 for monies received from insurance to repair damage to the Recreation bus.  This is a budget housekeeping  item.

Brian Pugh: Moving Croton Forward

To the editor:
Thank you again to the all the voters and candidates that participated in last week’s elections. I am humbled by the thousands of votes that Trustee Ann Gallelli and I received.
The margin is clear and so is the responsibility. We will work continuously to honor the trust you have placed in us.
I am cheered by Croton United’s election night Facebook post: We congratulate Ann Gallelli and Brian Pugh on their re-election to the board and hope to work with them as we continue to bring honest, responsive, inclusive, and financially sustainable government to Croton.
As part of a renewed spirit of cooperation, I would like to suggest some easy steps to move our community forward:
1) Put the dummy light, the bungalow road stop sign and other traffic control measures on the agenda for a public meeting. Whatever the merits of these changes, the public was never given a chance to weigh in on them before their adoption. This is the least we can do.

2) Restore the monthly Village newsletter. Since finances are a concern, I would be happy to write it gratis and discuss innovative and affordable distribution methods.

3) Invite a representative from Sustainable Westchester to an upcoming Board meeting to discuss the future of Community Choice Aggregation for our Village.

Cooperation may be challenging, but the voters–in their wisdom–have seen fit to ensure that we share power on the Village Board for at least another year. We owe it to our neighbors to diligently discharge our duty.
Brian Pugh

Brian Pugh: Election Day Is Just The Beginning



To The Editor:

Thank you to all those who voted on Tuesday, regardless of party, for participating in our democracy.
As said Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.”

Election Day may come only once a year, but citizenship is a full-time responsibility and there are countless ways to get involved. From running for office, to serving on a volunteer committee or simply writing to this newspaper regarding an issue that matters to you, there are many ways you can contribute.

Brian Pugh

Brian Pugh: Vote Your Values

To the Editor:

It has been a great honor to serve these last two years on the Croton Village Board of Trustees with Ann Gallelli. I hope on Tuesday, you will vote to keep Ann and me working for you.

Since first being elected, I have supported back-to-back Tax Freeze budgets, the continued redevelopment of Harmon under the Village’s new mixed use zoning law, the preservation of open space, the protection of our natural environment and the adoption of renewable energy and energy conservation measures.

The results of this election will have concrete consequences for our community. The policies our Village government enacts affect all of us.

Our opponents are both capable and talented men. But they have very different values and views–ones I believe that many in our community do not share.

Ann and I both support joining Bedford, Hastings, Ossining, Somers and other communities in Sustainable Westchester’s Community Choice Aggregation. The NYS Public Service Commission reports that CCA customers are saving an average of $10/month. If our Village chose the 100% renewable CCA option, it would be comparable to taking some 200 cars off the road. Our opponents made it clear at the Oct. debate that they oppose CCA.

Ann and I both support the Croton Point Avenue Improvement Project, which would make traffic-calming improvements to one of our busiest roadways. Even though a majority of the funding for this would come from grants, our opponents oppose improving this important roadway.

Ann and I have been clear about our accomplishments and our agenda. I encourage you to compare us to the opposition side-by-side at the League of Women Voters’ and visit After reviewing all the information, I hope we can count on your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Trustee Brian Pugh

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Ann Gallelli: Listening & Learning From Residents

To the editor:

As the election campaign comes to a close, I find that being a candidate for trustee is an exhilarating experience. More than at any other time, residents reach out to talk directly to me about their ideas for the future in the village and, of course, what they don’t like as well. While many have lived here a long time, many others have chosen Croton more recently because of what they like about it. All have ideas about what they think would make it better. I have been privileged to be part of many of the things residents love -the development of Croton Landing Park and the zoning to encourage economic development in the Harmon area, among others. Working to prevent unwanted intrusions such as the transfer station, the Millennium pipeline and, currently, the proposed barge anchorages in the Hudson, has been equally important in my response to what I hear from residents about the village they want. As a trustee I have always listened and learned from our residents. I like being a sounding board for ideas. I believe it is the role of a trustee to take these ideas (and complaints) to a higher level – creating new plans or policies or adjusting old ones. Working with Brian Pugh over the last two years has shown me that he and I share the same desire to learn from Croton residents and turn their concerns and ideas into action whenever possible I ask for your support on Nov. 8th for Brian and me to continue to hear your voices and represent you on the Board of Trustees.

Ann Gallelli, Trustee, Village of Croton-on-Hudson

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