Decoding Agendas No. 397

Dear neighbor, Here is the 397th 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 – March 19, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees

8:00 pm

(Open to Public – Televised)

PUBLIC HEARING: To consider Local Law Intro. 3 of 2018 amending Chapter 230 of the Village’s Zoning Code concerning vape and tobacco shops which would prohibit a vape or tobacco shop to open within 500 feet of the middle school or high school property line.


Note: the first two items below are letters sent by the Village, not letters received.

Board Letter to Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Murphy on environmental issues coming before the New York State Legislature. The letter from the Board urges support for three bills currently before the NYS Legislature including 1) imposing a statewide polluting fee for greenhouse gas producers, divestiture of the NY Common Fund from fossil fuel investments, and implementation of a ban on the sale and use of single-use plastic bags.
Board Letter to Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Murphy on local government issues coming before the New York State Legislature. The letters asks the legislators to support four current bills that would allow local municipalities to receive some revenue from the Local Gross Receipts tax of cellular services, shorten the redemption period for Tax foreclosures for abandoned properties, make the Tax Levy Cap a true 2% and not dependent on the rate of inflation, and allow municipalities to deposit funds in local savings banks, credit unions, etc. The letter also opposes a current bill that would preclude municipalities form having a say in the location of small wireless installations. These recommendations are supported by NYCOM – New York Conference of Mayors which advocates on behalf of Villages and cities.
Letter from Glenn Simpson, Croton Little League President, regarding Opening Day parade on April 14, 2018.
Letter from Kate Cascone, Territory Manager – Westchester County, regarding termination of the Croton Farmers Market. Ms. Cascone informs the Village that the Down To Earth Farmers’ Market is terminating their agreement with the Village and will not be operating in the Village this year. She thanked the Village for their help and good relationship over the past years. They are open to returning in the future depending on a suitable location.


The Village Board determines that the Proposed Action, lease agreement and the construction of the wireless facility with Verizon Wireless located at 1 Van Wyck Street, complies with the policy standards and conditions set forth in the Village’s LWRP; issues and adopts the EAF Part III, adopts a Negative Declaration in connection with the Proposed Action and authorizes the Village Manager to sign the lease agreement with Verizon Wireless.
Authorizing the Village Manager to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Croton Little League for improvements to the Field at Duck Pond Park. The Agreement would allow the Little League organization to make certain improvements to the field at the Duck Pond Park. They will assume responsibility for the improvements which include removing infield grass, regrading and adding clay paths on the field, replacing some fencing and adding new drainage. The cost of these improvements which they will incur is $29,100.00.
Authorizing the appointment of Eric Seymour to Police Sergeant to fill the vacant position left open due to the retirement of one of the Department’s employees. Officer Seymour’s appointment to the supervisory role of Sergeant will help reduce the current overtime costs incurred due to a recent retirement and some vacancies. As per the Police Association agreement, his salary will be $127,375.86.
Authorizing the Village Board of Trustees to sign the 2017 Sponsor Approval Form for Volunteer Fire Department Service Award Program. The Service Award program requires that the Fire Department certify of list of members who earned service credits in the past year. The Board of Trustees is required to approve it. The Fire department Service Award program was authorized by referendum in 2003.


Decoding Village Agendas –   March 12, 2018

Decoding Village Agendas –   March 12, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)


  1.  Members of the Bicycle Pedestrian Committee will provide an update to the Board.   The BPC has a five-year plan of goals including traffic calming in the upper village, implementing the Croton Point Avenue project, safe walking to schools and library, walkable shopping, and more.
  2. Discussion of proposed improvements to the access trail to Silver Lake.. 
  3. Discussion about proposed local law regulating solar installations within the Village.  A memo from the Village attorney outlines some zoning regulations that should be considered in such a law.
  4. Discussion of rezoning of certain commercial areas of the Village.  The discussion will center on whether current zoning primarily in the Municipal Gateway area is up to date and consistent with the goals of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan.
  5. Proposed resolution to Support Amtrak’s National Network.  This is in response to the proposed federak budget reducing  funding for Amtrak by half in 2019.
  6. Village Manager provides Board an overview of 2018-2019 Village Budget Process.

Brian Pugh: An Affordable Future

​To the Editor:brian-pugh-group-cropped

The Village Board of Trustees work session discussed a proposed affordable housing law modeled on the County’s model housing ordinance. The proposal we discussed was an outgrowth of a similar work session conducted in 2016 with the previous board majority.

Under the proposed local law, all residential developments of ten or more units created by subdivision or site plan approval at least 10% of the total number of units would have to be affordable units.

The proposed law would consider a rental unit to be affordable if the annual housing cost of the unit does not exceed 30% of the income of a household earning 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). A for-purchase housing unit would be affordable if the annual housing cost does not exceed 33% of the income of a household earning 80% AMI.

Area Median Income (AMI) for Westchester is defined annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is adjusted by family size. Under the 2017 HUD Income Guidelines for Westchester County, 60% of Area Median Income for a one-person household would be $46,800 (with a maximum monthly housing cost of $1,170) and $60,180 for a three-person household (with a maximum rent of $1,504).

Municipalities around the county have adopted affordable housing laws based on the model ordinance. This includes the following Villages, all of whom have had such a law since at least 2013: Ardsley, Hastings, Irvington, Pleasantville, Rye Brook and Scarsdale.

The proposed legislation is not final and there are many steps to go to its adoption (including the scheduling of a public hearing, the holding of a public hearing, etc.). The model ordinance, which would only cover new construction and only projects involving subdivision or site plan approval, may have only a modest impact on our largely mature housing market.

But if we fail to act we will have foreclosed on an affordable future for many Croton families.