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.

Note:  This meeting is on Tuesday and will begin at 5pm with an Executive Session.  The public portion of the meeting will begin at 5:30 pm

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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.

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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. 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

(Zoom )

NOTE:  This meeting is on a Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday.

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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.