Brian Pugh: Advocating for Our Village

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At the last meeting of the Village Board, we approved the dispatch of a two letter on state issues concerning our community and others to our State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining).

One letter was on local government issues coming before the New York State Legislature. Some of of the noteworthy recommendations includes making the Tax Levy Cap a true 2% (and not dependent on the rate of inflation) and to allow municipalities to deposit funds in local savings banks, credit unions, etc. rather than just the big commercial banks. 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.

The other letter is on environmental issues coming before the New York State Legislature. The letter from the Board recommends: 1) imposing a statewide polluting fee for greenhouse gas producers, 2) divestiture of the NY Common Fund from fossil fuel investments, and 3) a ban on the sale and use of single-use plastic bags.

Local governments are creatures of the state, established by the legislature and regulated by its laws (e.g. the VIllage Law, the General Municipal Law, etc.). And as a New Yorkers, we are all, of course, affected by the policies pursued by our state.

Our Village and its residents are in a relatively unique position to make our voices heard, as we are represented by legislators who are part of the majority of their respective houses.. We will continue to work with our colleagues at all levels of government to improve the quality of life of our residents and advocate for their interests.

 

Brian Pugh

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