Ann Galleli: Community Conversation on Parking

Dear Neighbors,
At last week’s work session meeting, the Board of Trustees explored a persistent problem: parking regulations on the Village streets adjacent or close to the Croton River., specifically Truesdale, Nordica, Cedar Lane, and a small section of Old Post Rd South and Morningside.
In the summer of 2019, this area of the Village experienced a very high incidence of non-residents attempting to access the Croton River, resulting in multiple incidences of trespassing, large crowds at and on the Croton River, noise and garbage. To address these issues, in 2020 the Village instituted parking restrictions on these streets that restricted parking on the weekends but also affected residents of these streets for their own Cars and guests.
The Village also requested Home Rule legislation from the NYS Legislature which would allow us to establish a Residential Parking System on these public streets. In NYS, parking regulations for public streets cannot give residents special permission to park on streets otherwise designated as non-parking streets unless the municipality has received permission from the Legislature to establish a Residential Parking System. A prior request to the Legislature in 2020 failed to pass so the Village set some new parking regulations on the streets that affected everyone – both residents and non-residents. These regulations created hardships for residents by limiting their own and their guests parking, sometimes resulting in parking tickets and fines.
The Village is now considering asking the NYS Legislature once again to pass the same Home Rule legislation, allowing it to create a Residential Parking System, giving more options for residents of these streets. Given the State legislative calendar, it is unlikely that any such law, if passed, would be in effect prior to the Fall of 2023.
As a result, the Village is considering what steps to take to improve the parking situation on these streets. As noted by Mayor Pugh, as well as several of the speakers, there are no easy answers to the anticipated summer parking situation. Many options are under consideration such as setting certain hours of no-parking, prohibiting certain days for all on -street parking, adding signage, increasing patrols and gate attendants, etc. The Village does not have the option of issuing guest passes. Also, whatever parking rules are implemented will also affect the ability of all Village residents who wish to visit this area.
While recognizing that there is not a solution that will make all residents happy, the Village is open to hearing additional suggestions to help alleviate the summer parking problem. A survey will be sent out to residents of the affected streets in the next week or so. An analysis of past parking violations, by the hours they occurred, will also be done to determine the time frame when on-street parking in the area presents the biggest problem.
Recognizing that there is no perfect answer, the Village is seeking to find the least intrusive parking regulations. In combination with regular monitoring, the goal is to help residents of these streets enjoy their homes during the summer and prevent over-crowding of access points along the Croton River as well as prevent trespassing of private properties along the river. Based on the information received, and studying past information, the Board hopes to settle on a viable solution in the next few weeks in advance of the summer months ahead.
Ann Gallelli

Croton Democratic Committee & Working Families Party Announce Slate for Croton Village Board

From Left: Nora Nicholson, Brian Pugh & Cara Politi

The Croton Democratic Committee announced its slate for Village of Croton-on-Hudson offices for the November 7th General Election: Brian Pugh for Mayor and Nora Nicholson & Cara Politi for Village Trustee. The slate of candidates have also been endorsed by the Working Families Party, and will also appear on that ballot line.

Michael Eisenkraft, Democratic Committee Chair, said,  “Brian Pugh’s record of results, combined with Nora Nicholson’s experience in nonprofit leadership and Cara Politi’s commitment to meeting community needs make for a team with the vision and strength to build for our future while controlling taxes.”

Croton-on-Hudson resident Peter Feigenbaum, Westchester-Putnam Working Families Secretary, said “Our chapter is excited to support Pugh for Mayor of Croton and Nicholson & Politi for the Board of Trustees. We look forward to working with this team to create a Croton that is safe, healthy, and affordable for everyone.”

Mayor Brian Pugh said, “Since I was first elected, I’ve worked with my colleagues on the Board to enact policies that reflect our community’s values while remaining under the tax cap: we have completed important infrastructure investments such as the Croton Point Avenue improvement project, we continue to increase renewable energy generation in the Village, created a food scrap recycling program and are on track to double our supply of affordable housing. Our Board has broadened the tax base, developed new non-property tax revenue sources and managed spending & borrowing. Because of this comprehensive approach, we were able to adopt our first budget in more than a decade without a property tax rate increase.”

Brian Pugh is a Croton native who was elected Mayor in 2017 and is seeking re-election to a new term.  Brian was first elected as a Trustee in 2014.  He holds a Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law and a ​​Bachelor of Arts in Economics & History from Oberlin College.

Trustee Nora Nicholson said, “I was honored to be appointed to Village Trustee by Mayor Pugh in December of 2022. As a Board Member I will continue to work for Village residents to make Croton a welcoming place to live for all of our residents. I am particularly interested in protecting and improving the parks as they are such a wonderful resource for the entire community. I also would like to see the Village expand its efforts in safe streets that are bicycle and pedestrian friendly and supporting the vibrant local business community.”

Nora Nicholson is running for Village Trustee of Croton on Hudson. She is currently serving on the Board as she was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Board in December 2022. Nora grew up in Croton and moved back recently with her husband and 2 daughters who attend Croton-Harmon schools. She has a Masters in Public Administration and works for Volunteer New York, a nonprofit based in Tarrytown as Manager of Corporate Relations.

Trustee Candidate Cara Politi said, “I look forward to working with this team to make our village the welcoming and accessible place it can be. From expanding housing options and business opportunities to increasing sustainability and improving communications, this board will be uniquely positioned to make lasting change while living within our means. I’m honored to join the Croton Democrats ticket with others that are as passionate about the village as I am.”

Cara Politi is a first time candidate running for Village Trustee. Cara moved to Croton in 2017 with her daughter, now a CET second grader. Cara works as a messaging and communications strategist for a foundation that supports nonprofit social impact organizations, and her background and degree is in environmental science & sustainability. 

Trustee Sherry Horowitz, who will not be seeking another term said, “I’m truly grateful to my fellow Crotonites for allowing me to serve on the Board of Trustees since 2017. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished by working together, including securing energy from 100% renewable sources for most Village residents through the Westchester Power Program. Now is the time to pass the torch–I look forward to continuing as an engaged citizen and to all that our community will continue to accomplish.”