Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 406

Dear neighbor, Here is the 406th 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 –  May 21, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees


8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)


PRESENTATION/OTHER: Hon. George Latimer, Westchester County Executive, addresses the Board.


PUBLIC HEARING:  Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 5 of 2018 to authorize a charitable gifts reserve fund tax credit.   As a result of recent NYS legislation allowing the use of charitable fund contributions to be used as a tax credit, municipalities in the state are determining whether to set up the required local  laws and regulations to implement this.  Comments will be received form the public on the proposed local law providing that a property owner making “an unrestricted charitable monetary contribution to the Village’s charitable gifts reserve fund shall be issued a written acknowledgement of such contribution and may claim a credit against their Village real property tax equal to ninety-five (95%) percent of the charitable gifts reserve fund donation.”




  • Letter from John Buonamano, Croton-Harmon UFSD Athletics, regarding field use. On behalf of the school district, Mr. Buonamano is requesting permission to remove the grass from the infield of the Village-owned Firefighter’s Field in order to provide a field “conducive to the game of softball.”
  • Letter from Thomas Kaplan, Fire Council Secretary, regarding Croton Fire Department membership changes.   As is required, the Fire Council is notifying the Village of changes in its membership roster.
  • Letter from Glenn Simpson, Croton Little League President, regarding banner donations for 2018.  Mr. Simpson enclosed a check for $500 for the field maintenance fund for Dobbs Field.  This was a result of a 2017 agreement between Little League and the Village, that permitted sponsor banners to be sold and displayed on the fence at this field.  Mr. Simpson also reiterates Little League’s commitment to invest $30,000 in improvements to the Duck Pond Park field.








  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign a lease agreement between the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the Croton Sailing School for a period beginning June 1, 2018 continuing until May 31, 2028.   The current lease agreement between the Village and Steve Jennings, Croton Sailing School owner, expires on May 31, 2018.  The proposed new lease extension, with some modifications, would extend it for another ten years.
  • Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the Grant Disbursement Agreement with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to receive $125,000.00 in funding for the Elliott Way Sidewalk Project.   The Village will receive the $125,000 to be used for the sidewalk project to be constructed along Elliott Way this summer.


Adoption of Proposed Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19.  The proposed one-year Capital Plan calls for $1,837,000 in expenditures for the General Fund.  $700,000 would be bonded, $604,000 from Fund Balance, $345,000 in Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs) and $87,500 in grants and $100,000 from the Water Fund fund balance.

The resolution also directs the Village Treasurer to bring Bond resolutions for approval to the next Board meeting.


  • Authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the Sewer Fund in the amount of $8,000.00 for the purpose of making repairs to the sewer jet truck.  This is budgetary housekeeping needed to put enough money in to the proper Sewer account from contingency to pay for the needed repair.
  • Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2017-18 Adopted Budget in the amount of $34,500.00 to reflect under-budgeted revenue in parking permits.  This resolution calls for $34,500 in parking lot revenue to be utilized for new camera equipment for parking enforcement vehicles.
  • Authorizing the establishment of a Charitable Gifts Reserve Fund pursuant to Section 6-u of the New York State General Municipal Law.  Prior to a municipality providing a tax credit for charitable contributions it must create a charitable reserve fund into which contributions can be made.
  • Considering the adoption of Local Law Intro. No. 5 of 2018 to establish a Charitable Gifts Reserve Fund tax credit program in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.  Input from the earlier public hearing as well opinions from Counsel and recent guidance from NYS  will be considered in determining whether to  establish a tax credit program from the charitable reserve fund.




Executive Session:

Request from the Village Manager to enter into an Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter related to a specific individual. If the request is granted, an executive session will be held.

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