Decoding Village Agendas No. 390

Dear neighbor, Here is the 390th 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 –  January 16, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees


8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)






  • Proclamation presentation to John Giglio to honor his years of dedication and service to the Village of Croton.   John Giglio is being recognized for his over 25 years of service to the Village as a member and  20 year Chairman of the Recreation Advisory Committee.  January 16, 2018 is declared  “John Giglio Day”
  • The Village Board of Trustees to appoint and swear-in a Chief of Police.   The Village Board will appoint Lt. Russell Harper as  Croton’s 10th Police Chief.  The Board released the following statement in regard to Lt. Harper’s selection:


“Through a process involving multiple interviews and written statements, the Village Board has evaluated the 3 eligible candidates for Police Chief. Eligibility was based both on rank and on passing the mandatory civil service examination. The candidates under consideration were Lt. Russell Harper, Sgt. Aaron Bernhardt, and Sgt. Daniel Turner. The Board examined their professional qualifications, their life and leadership experience, and their goals for the Police Department going forward.

This is the first time Croton’s Village Board has ever had such a process, whereby there were multiple eligible candidates for Chief. We are aware of the importance of this decision, and have taken our responsibility very, very seriously.

The Board has concluded that Lieutenant Russell Harper would best lead the Police Department for the coming years. Based on a review of his past experience and performance, community interactions, proven leadership skills, and knowledge of the Village, the Board is pleased to announce its selection of Lt. Harper as Croton’s 10th Chief of Police.

We look forward to working with Chief Harper as he steps into his new role, particularly in areas of diversifying personnel, updating procedures and policies, increasing efficiency, and developing a more community-based policing policy. This has been a huge learning experience, and we thank all 3 candidates for their professionalism, their contributions, and their continued service.

Mayor Brian Pugh, Trustees Amy Attias, Ann Gallelli, Ian Murtaugh, Sherry Horowitz “



  • Presentation by Dan Welsh, Program Director at Westchester Power, regarding the Community Choice Aggregation Program.  This presentation is part of a series of presentations and mailings on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) to inform  residents about the program over the coming weeks.  A mailing was also sent to all residents this week with details and FAQs from NYSERDA.
  • The Village Board to review Environment Assessment Form Part II and the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program policies to determine consistency related to the  proposed donation by Steel Style Development Corp. to the Village of a parcel of underwater land  located between Half Moon Bay and Senasqua Park.   The Village Board is Lead Agency under SEQRA on the donation of 39+ acres of underwater land to the Village by Steel Style Development,  owners of the HMB Marina.  As such, the Board must review its potential environmental impacts and consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).


  1. The Village Board to review Environment Assessment Form Part II and the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program policies to determine consistency related to a special permit application for a mixed use occupancy building at 25 South Riverside Avenue. The applicant proposes to construct a 2nd and 3rd story with a total of 26 units over a new open parking structure.  As Lead Agency on this special permit application, the Board must review its potential environmental impact and its consistency with the Village’s LWRP.



  • Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 1 of 2018 to amend Chapter 168 Parks and Recreation Areas to change the approval process for sales in parks from Village Board resolution to authorization of the Village Manager.  This amendment to Local Law would allow sales of food, drink and other merchandise in Village Parks at the discretion of the Village Manager.  Currently, these sales are allowed only resolution of the Village Board.  This occurs mainly during the summer at movie and entertainment events sponsored by the Village and currently requires an applicant to wait up to two weeks for a meeting of the Village Board.






  •  Thomas A. Kaplan, Fire Council Secretary, Croton Fire Department; re: Membership update.  As required, the addition of two new members of the Fire Dept. is noticed to the Village.  Sawyer Aviram and Henry Leech have both become active Fire Dept. members.
  • Fabiola Tambini-Mallette, Outreach Coordinator for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Westchester; re: Ribbon Campaign for the NAMI of Westchester, Inc. Honoring Mental Health Awareness Month in May.   The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, is requesting permission to place “ribbons” at selected locations in the Village  as part of their campaign to raise awareness. The Village Board has supported this campaign in past years. As in past years, they propose to put ribbons up on May 1 and remove by May 31.





  • Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2017-2018 General Fund Budget in the amount of $ 119.83 for monies received from the Village of Buchanan for their share of the 9-11 Memorial Ceremony.  The Town and Villages of Buchanan and Croton share the annual 9/11 day ceremonies.  This is Buchanan’s reimbursement for the 2017 event.
  • The Village Board considers authorizing the Village Manager to sign the Intermunicipal Agreement with the Village of Buchanan to allow their use of 3 Municipal Place for organic yard waste disposal. The agreement stipulates that the Village will be billed by Westchester County, as per current protocol, a certain organic yard waste amount and will then allocate said billing to the Village of Buchanan based on the tonnage amount of organic yard waste materials delivered, plus fifteen percent.  Buchanan had been taking their organic waste to the Town’s facility which recently closed.  The Town is building a new facility in Verplanck.  Until then Buchanan would be able to bring their organic waste to the Village’s site at Municipal Place. The Village’s organic waste is picked up by Westchester County and charged a fee.  Buchanan will be charged commensurate with their quantities of waste play a 15% addition   The Village recently signed a similar agreement with the Town for their organic waste until the new Town facility is ready..
  • The Village Board of Trustees considers the adoption of Rules of Procedure for meetings.   The Board is considering formal adoption of rules and procedures covering its public meetings.    Although past Boards have followed rules and standards for conducting meetings and public participation, they have never been formally adopted.


  1. Authorizing the Village Manager to approve a change order and payment of the voucher in the amount of $1,606.23 for the Corrosion Control Improvement project. This is related to the integration of the Corrosion Control equipment into the Water Department’s SCADA system.  This is resulting from an overage in the cost of the work from what was projected and contracted for.  The overall project was for $121,700.

Ian Murtaugh: The Future of Croton Point Avenue

cpa2014To the Editor,

With the welcome progress of new mixed use projects in the the Harmon/South Riverside corridor, our thoughts ought to turn towards the long stalled Croton Point Avenue infrastructure improvements. Smart development brings to our village tax benefits, a new vitality, and naturally more residents.  To accommodate this resurgence we need to be realistic.  Croton Point Avenue was concieved nearly 60 years ago as an access point to the “new road,” once called the Croton Expressway, more commonly referred to as Route 9.

Times have changed since then and our village has become an extremely important cog in the greater New York City mass transit system.  There are only a handful of other Metro-North stations busier than Croton-Harmon.  In addition to commuters, hundreds upon hundreds of MNR employees use CPA as well.  It is not an understatement to say that CPA is vital to the village;  it is the direct conduit to the revenue the parking lot throws off.  The largest non-tax contributor to our village budget is the parking field, therefore, whatever we can do within reason to make it convenient, safe and simple to use, we should do.

Sometimes progress is confusing and painful, but embracing this project is a smart play for the Village of Croton.  We are getting major funding from the federal government which we should not walk away from.  Yes, we need to kick in money too, but if the federal share of funding goes away, the traffic issues we face will not. So do we take the government’s dollars (administered through New York State) and move forward, or put our head in the sand and pretend that it will get better without our progressive actions?

If all goes according to plan, we should be able to have permitting, planning and design in place in twelve months time, and be shovel ready when the ground gets soft at the start of the 2019 construction season.  2019 is the year that the Village rectifies a 60 year old problem! The building of the new road took much away from our community, now we have the state giving back to help square the equation.

Additionally, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mayor Schmidt and the members of the former board for acquiring an additional $250,000 from the state to see this significant project to its fruition.

Will this cost us?  Yes, it will.  But when was the last time you rejected a necessary purchase at 50% off?

Instead of believing the rumors you may hear about the Croton Point Avenue plan, I encourage Croton residents to embrace this progressive project because we will all benefit from its successful completion.

Respectfully submitted,

Ian Murtaugh

Trustee, Village of Croton-on-Hudson

Decoding Village Agendas No. 389

Dear neighbor, Here is the 389th installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetingsI 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 –   January 8, 2018

Work Session of the Village Board

7: 30 p.m.

 (Open to Public and Televised)



  • Discussion of adoption of meeting procedures for Village Board of Trustees Regular meetings and Work Sessions.   While the Board of Trustees generally follows the same pattern in running its meetings as it has for many years, the Village does not have an established policy on the rules of procedure.  The NY Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), a group which acts on behalf of, and provides suggestions to Village governments, has provided a generic Rules of Procedure for Villages which outlines such things as the timing of meetings, procedures  for public participation, voting, attendance, quorums, etc.  Several Westchester Villages have adopted their own versions of such Meeting Procedures including Hastings and Mamaroneck.  The NYCOM suggestions as well as the adopted procedures of the latter two Villages are included in the backup for the discussion and are available online as part of this meetings backup documentation.
  • Discussion of proposed local law regarding potential regulation of vape shops.    The Board has previously asked our attorneys to examine how other communities have addressed the existence of vape shops.  The proposed amendment to Croton’s local Zoning code would provide the no such shops be located within 500 feet of parks, playgrounds or schools.
  • Discussion about proposed local law regulating solar canopies within the Village.   Currently, solar canopies are treated as accessory structures in the Village but are not specifically called out as such in the Zoning code.  The Board will discuss definitions for both roof-mounted and ground-mounted  solar canopies and the specific requirements for each to be installed.  They also will consider whether they should require a special permit if they reach a certain threshold.    New York State has provided a Model Energy Law that outlines such requirements.  The Board will consider whether to formalize these and adapt them for Croton’s Code.
  • Request to enter into an executive session to discuss a personnel matter regarding a specific individual.  If the request is granted, an executive session will be held.



Jennifer Pauly: March with us on Jan. 20!


To the Editor:

It’s hard to believe that almost a full year has gone by since Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. (In fact, the latter part of that sentence is still hard to believe.) Like many of you, I spent the day after the inauguration in DC at the Women’s March, protesting Trump and everything he represents. That march ushered in, for many of us, a new era of activism and community engagement that has changed us forever.

Well, it’s a new year, requiring a new commitment to resistance, so take out your marching shoes. On Saturday, January 20, the second Women’s March will take place in New York City beginning at 11:00 am at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Please make every effort to go — and please know that you’re invited to travel and march with the Croton Democrats!

We will meet at 8:15 am on January 20 at the Croton-Harmon train station and catch the 8:45 train to Grand Central. From there, we’ll head to the march (either by foot or subway, depending on the weather).

The week before the march, on Saturday, January 13, join us at THE STUDIO, 160 Cleveland Drive, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, for a sign-making session! Bring your markers, your poster board and your ideas. (Irreverent witticisms are especially welcome.) Together, we’ll channel our outrage into strong visuals and get ready to take to the streets the following week.

Our country is certainly different under Trump — angry, divided, and fearful. But those of us who oppose him are different too — stronger, more aware, and more determined than ever. Together, we’ll be something else in 2018: Successful in stopping Trump’s agenda.

See you on the 20th!

Thank you,

Jennifer Pauly

From the Chair: County Budget Sets A New Course for Our Ship of State in Westchester

To The Editor:

USS Westchester County (LST-1167) underway, circa 1960, place unknown.

I would like to congratulate Catherine Borgia, the Majority Leader of the County Legislature and our representative to that body, on working to create a unanimous consensus to override, just before Christmas, County Executive Rob Astorino’s veto of the County budget. This show of leadership and fiscal responsibility stands in stark contrast to the fiscal recklessness, mismanagement and tea party politics of the Astorino administration. How fitting that by vetoing a thoroughly responsible budget on his way out the door, Mr. Astorino once again reminded us why his brand of know-nothing economics was not in line with our County’s electorate.

In a recent Westchester County Association business survey, 53% of respondents wanted greater government investment in infrastructure, in order to keep the County competitive. According to the NY State Comptroller’s office, under Astorino’s inept fiscal leadership Westchester’s fiscal stress rating has grown by more than 15%, from 53.3% to 63.3%, just in the last 2 years. And just one month ago, Moody’s downgraded the County’s credit rating.

A commanding majority of us in Westchester should be proud of ourselves for seeing through Astorino’s smoke screen of fiscal “magic tricks” by electing George Latimer as our new County Executive. Thanks to that decision, and the change in the majority on the County Legislature, we may once again expect that rational financial decisions will be made going forward. In that spirit, I hope that we will all support Mr. Latimer and Ms. Borgia through the long and challenging process of digging us out of the hole that the Astorino administration dug for us during his eight years in office.


Richard Masur, Chair
Croton Democratic Committee


Sherry Horowitz: What’s next for Community Choice Aggregation?

sherry2017Dear Editor, and fellow Crotonites,

In the next few months, our Village will have another opportunity to join Westchester Power, the Community Choice Aggregation program established by Sustainable Westchester (a nonprofit consortium of local governments.  By aggregating consumers on a large scale, CCA programs provide municipalities with access to the wholesale power market and the ability to control the supply source, mix and price.


Although Croton did not join the CCA in 2016, 20 municipalities in Westchester County did join, and they are now enjoying the benefits of that affiliation.  Through the CCA, a two year contract was negotiated, which has been extended through the end of 2018. Under that contract, customers in the original communities have been receiving electric power for less than the average 2015 Con Edison price; by joining now, Croton customers will enjoy the same benefits.  Also, most participating municipalities have chosen to “opt up” to 100% “green” power. Westchester Power’s renewable supply is secured with the purchase of renewable energy certificates – or “RECs” – issued by Green-E. These certificate represent energy produced from wind power generators around the country.  This option has also been delivered below the 2015 Con Ed average price. Our Village’s Sustainable Committee has recommended our participation in the 100% green option.  

When the CCA program was first introduced to residents at a Village Board meeting 2 years ago, there was a good deal of apprehension and confusion about the program. Some people felt they were being forced into a situation they didn’t like or understand. This time around, we intend to fully inform you about CCA; how it operates, its benefits for us as energy consumers, and its environmental benefits for our community and the wider world.  You will also learn how to quickly and easily opt out of the program if that is your desire.


The Village’s Sustainability Committee proposed, and the Board of Trustees approved the following timeline of opportunities to inform you about the CCA.


January 16, a representative from Sustainable Westchester will present the CCA program at a Village Board meeting at 8:00 PM; the meeting will be televised.


January 20, a mailing will go out with basic information and questions/

answers from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the authorizing agency for the CCA program.


January 25, a presentation on CCA is scheduled at the Croton Free Library at 7:30 PM, sponsored by Mothers Out Front.


Early February, Croton’s Sustainability Committee will make another presentation on CCA at the Croton Free Library.


We hope you will avail yourselves of these opportunities to learn about CCA, and to have any and all questions you may have answered to your satisfaction. Our goal is to have all residents thoroughly informed, and hopefully supportive!


Respectfully, Sherry Horowitz, Trustee, Village of Croton-on-Hudson


387th installment of Decoding Village Agendas

Dear neighbor, Here is the 387th 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 –  December 18, 2017

Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees


8:00 pm

(Open to Public  – Televised)



PRESENATION: Presentation by Lindsay Audin, Chair of the Croton Sustainability Committee, about the Community Choice Aggregation Program and proposed educational outreach.   Mr. Audin will present a proposed calendar for outreach in the Village regarding the Village joining CCA (Community Choice Aggregate) in 2018 and  entertaining new proposals for 2019.  The calendar of outreach events includes a presentation by Sustainable Westchester on January 16, two mailings, and a library event in the coming two months.



  1. M.H. Fryburg, Resolution for Board of Trustees to consider renaming Croton Point Park to Eleanor Roosevelt Park at Croton Point.  Mr. Fryburg, a local resident, is proposing the Board adopt a resolution calling for renaming of Croton Point Park to Eleanor Roosevelt Park.  Mr. Fryburg is proposing this on behalf of the FOR A BETTER WESTCHESTER AND NYS ASSOCIATION< a non-profit entity of which he is a partner.



  1. The Village Board of Trustees proposed Local Law Introductory No. 6 of 2017 to amend Chapter 114 Energy Conservation, Article I Energize NY Benefit Financing Program to reflect revisions to the General Municipal Law and program modifications. A Public Hearing is scheduled for January 2, 2017.    The Village previously formed an Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) which allows funding to qualified property owners to make energy improvements under the Energize NY Benefit Financing program.   This amendment just reflects updates to the General Municipal Code as it applies to this program.  A Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 2 for comments.
  2. The Village Board declares itself the Lead Agency for SEQRA purposes in connection with a special permit application for a mixed use occupancy building at 25 South Riverside Avenue in order to construct a 2nd and 3rd story with a total of 26 units over a new open parking structure; directs the Village staff to circulate the EAF, CAF, and other application documents to the Waterfront Advisory Committee for its recommendation of consistency with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.    This is the property where the former Croton Hardware store existed.  By declaring themselves Lead Agency for this application, the Board is beginning the environmental review process.
  3. The Village Board declares itself the lead agency for SEQRA purposes related to the  proposed donation by Steel Style, LLC to the Village of a parcel of underwater land  located between Half Moon Bay and Senasqua Park, and authorizes the circulation of the Coastal Assessment Form to the Waterfront Advisory Committee.  Steel Style LLC, owners of the HMB Marina, are donating 39.8 acres of underwater land to the Village.  This area encompasses the area where the Village currently provides boat moorings in the Hudson south of Senasqua Park.   The is an Unlisted action under SEQRA but requires a review of consistency by the Waterfront Advisory Committee.
  4. The Village of Croton on Hudson, Location Code 40065, hereby establishes the enclosed as standard work days for its employees and will report days worked to the New York State and Local Retirement System based on the time keeping system or the record of activities maintained and submitted by these members to the Village Clerk.  The Village is required on an annual basis to establish what constitutes a work day for those positions eligible to be in the NYS Retirement system.
  5. Authorizing the Village Manager to execute a license agreement with Fratelli’s  Trattoria Inc. for the use of approximately 230 square feet of Village-owned property for the purpose of constructing a sunroom addition and maintaining and occupying portions of the existing deck and retaining wall.  The proposed enclosed sunroom for the Frattelli Retaurant extends a little to the south of the existing gazebo area, encompassing about 230 square feet of Village-owned land.  In order to make the proposal feasible, the Village is asking for a licensing agreement with the owner for use of the land.
  6. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from USI Consulting Group of Glastonbury, Ct. in the amount of $6,800 for actuarial service related to GASB 45/75 for the reporting of retiree benefits. A new directive by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) requires some additional actuarial work to be performed regarding retirement benefits.
  7. Authorizing the Village Manager to execute the contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for a grant in the amount of $50,000 to construct a ‘living lighting laboratory’ in the Municipal Building to spread awareness about, and promote rapid adoption of efficient lighting technologies. This grant application is an initiative of the Sustainability Committee.  It was discussed in a work session last year to receive approval to apply for it.  The Municipal Building will have different kinds of energy efficient light installed so that visitors can observe differences in light quality and receive information on each type.  It will become a “living lighting laboratory”.  Additionally, it will provide for the Village to reduce its energy consumption and costs for lighting the 35,000 square foot building.
  8. Authorizing Village Treasurer to transfer $10,452 from the General Fund’s Contingency Account number A1990.4000 to Central Communications Account number A1650.4000 to cover non-budgeted costs associated with the management of the Village’s computer stations, and the replacement and purchase of a spare firewall for the Village’s computer systems.  This is an unanticipated cost associated with the management of the Village’s computer systems.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 384

ann2016Dear neighbor, Here is the 384th 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 –  November 6, 2017

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

8:00 pm

 (Open to Public  – Televised)



  1. Public Hearing to consider a special use permit request for the construction of a new 2nd and 3rd story and the addition of dwelling units at 425 South Riverside Avenue.   The Board is the Lead Agency for the proposal.  The site of the proposal is the current location of Straddles and ET equipment.  It calls for a mixed use building with four apartments on the first floor in the rear and 6 apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors above commercial uses.  The Planning Board has reviewed the special permit application and recommended in favor.  The Waterfront Revitalization Committee has found the proposal to be consistent with the Village’s LWRP.
  2. Public Hearing to consider Local Law Introductory No. 5 of 2017, which would allow dogs on leashes at Black Rock Park in the area that currently prohibits dogs.  The proposed law would enable residents with licensed dogs on a leash to walk their dogs in Black Rock Park outside of the separate, enclosed dog park.  The Recreation Advisory Committee recommended against this change but also recommended expanded hours for the enclosed, unleashed dog park area.  They also recommended that resident ID’s have a sticker on them indicating they own a licensed dog.




  • John Ghegan, Commander, American Legion Fox-Eklof Post 505; re: Invitation to the Village Board of Trustees and Village Manager to attend the Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, November 11 at the Croton Veterans Memorial Plot (Veterans Corners).   The ceremony on November 11 begins at 11 am.




  • William Nazario, Chairman, Cortlandt Hudson Valley Veterans Committee; re: Invitation to attend the Veterans Day celebration on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:30 at the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center, 29 Westbrook Dr. Cortlandt Manor, NY.   The Town of Cortlandt’s Veterans’ Day ceremony will take place on November 10, the National holiday.




  • Thomas A. Kaplan, Fire Council Secretary, Croton Fire Department; re: Membership update.   The Fire Department is required to keep the Village Board updated on its membership.  This letter indicates that Corey Stierli has been accepted as an Active Member.




  • Karina Tarnawsky, Events Manager, Teatown; re: Planning for EagleFest to be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  Eaglefest is scheduled to return to Croton Point Park.  Sponsored by Teatown Reservation, the organizers are asking that the Village allow Echo Boat Launch area to be used as a viewing location.




  • Dan Ahouse, Area Director of Government Affairs, Altice; re: Notification that as of October 5, 2017 ESPN Classic has been eliminated from the Optimum channel lineup. Customers will be notified.  This does not affect  viewing of ESPN and ESPN2.




  • Leslie J. Snyder, Snyder & Snyder, LLP, representing Verizon Wireless; re: Notification that Verizon Wireless has submitted proposals to the Town of Cortlandt for collocation on an existing public utility wireless facility at 451 Yorktown Rd and 5742 Albany Post Road in the Town of Cortlandt.    This does not require any action on the part of the Village but is a notification requirement of the Town of Cortlandt.





  1. Village Board of Trustees authorized the proposed tax certiorari settlement with the owner of 193-197 Grand Street (68.17-4-58) and authorized the Village Attorney to consent to the Final Order and Judgment reflecting this  settlement with the Supreme Court of the State of New York.   The refund for the years of  2016 and 2017 is $1,836.01.



  1. The Village Board to affirm its determination that the proposed action, an amended special use permit for an expansion of an existing garden center and new showroom at 1360 Albany Post Road, is applicable and consistent with the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The Board also considers the issuance and adoption of the EAF Part 3, and adoption of a Negative Declaration in connection with the Proposed Action.  This proposal is at the existing location of Croton Country Gardens.  It is an Unlisted Action under SEQRA.  A public hearing has been called for November 20.
  2. The Village Board declares its intent to be the Lead Agency for SEQRA purposes in connection with a special permit application for a mixed occupancy building at 25 South Riverside Avenue in order to construct a 2nd and 3rd story with a total of 26 units over a new open parking structure; directs the Village staff to circulate the EAF, CAF, and other application documents to involved and interested agencies of such intent; and, also refers the application to the Village Planning Board, Zoning Board, NYS Department of Transportation and Westchester County Planning for its review and recommendation in accordance with law.  This is the site of the former Croton Hardware.  The site is in a C-1 Commercial Zone.  The proposal would create a new building covering the site with first floor open parking and a commercial space.  A Special Permit is required and this resolution  starts the process by establishing the Board as Lead Agency and referring it to other boards for recommendations.
  3. Authorizing the Village Manager  to award the contract to Santella Welding for Welding Services at the labor rate of $94.00 per hour for the Welder and 89.00 per hour for the Welder’s helper  for a period of  two years with an option to extend for one additional year if the contractor agrees.  Santella Welding was the only bidder for providing this service as needed.  They have been the Village contractor for welding services for the past 16 years.
  4. Authorizing the Village Manager to accept the Drug Free Communities Support Program grant received from the Federal Government Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the amount of $125,000. This grant funds the Croton Community Coalition, which is a group of like-minded business, municipal, school and community leaders who work proactively to keep teenagers in the Village safe and drug-free. The Village administers the grant money for the Coalition.  This is the ninth year the Coalition has received this money for which it reapplies each year.  The maximum time for receiving this grant is ten years.
  5. Authorizing the Village Treasurer to transfer $9,050 from the 2017/18 General Fund Contingency Account to cover upgrades to the Munis software that came in over budget. Munis is the software system the Village utilizes for financial management.    The Village under budgeted the expense of this upgrade and proposes to pay for it through a transfer from Contingency Funds.

Brian Pugh: Croton CAN Do Better!

To The Editor:brian-pugh-group-cropped
I am running for Mayor in the November 7 election because I am extremely troubled by the stagnation that has set in within Village administration under the control of the Croton United majority.  As a member of the Board since 2014, I have had a first-hand seat to the majority’s lazy approach to governance that has allowed the cost of living in our community to needlessly rise with ever-increasing rents, energy prices and taxes. We deserve better.
We CAN do better.
We CAN control electricity prices by joining with other communities through Sustainable Westchester’s Community Choice Aggregation program, which has secured electricity from 100% renewable sources for less than the 2015 cost of Con Edison power.
We CAN moderate rents by expanding the coverage of our rent control law.
We CAN ease the burden of property taxes on homeowners by taming insurance costs through municipal purchasing cooperatives and workers compensation groups that leverage the power of multiple public employers to secure better rates.
 We CAN share the burden more widely by broadening our tax base with new mixed-use developments like those finally being created under the Democrat-supported Harmon Rezoning law.
 We CAN build our Village’s bank account by promoting revenue-producing uses at Gouveia Park, as recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee for Proposed Gouveia Park. Selling or leasing unused/underused Village-owned properties, like the Katz Property and Municipal Place, in conjunction with a coordinated economic development plan, will make them economic assets beneficial to our community.
In the coming days, please take an objective look at the record of Croton United in office. Consider my proposals for our village and think about the kind of village you want and the kind of village that we deserve.
If you want to move our Village forward, I respectfully ask you to vote for the slate appearing on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality lines on Tuesday’s ballot: Amy Attias and Sherry Horowitz for Village Trustee and Brian Pugh for Mayor.
Thank you,
Brian Pugh

Brian Pugh: The Facts on Fiscal Policy

brian-pugh-group-croppedTo The Editor:

In the last few issues of the Gazette, the Croton United party candidates and their partisans have portrayed themselves a champions of fiscal responsibility. However, their actual record falls short of their rhetoric.

The most recent budget, which came in under the tax cap, was only able to pass with the votes of the two Democratic Trustees on the Board, Ann Gallelli and myself.

Before that, our Village was only able to remain under the cap last year thanks to $19,000 “carryover factor” that the Village earned from the 2015 budget, passed by the former Democratic Majority Board. Simply put, the 2016 tax freeze checks were only possible thanks to the fiscal responsibility of the Democrats.

All of this spin is because Croton United has painted itself in the corner. They campaigned aggressively against “debt”. But once they gained power, they quickly approved some $8 million in new borrowing. Two years into Croton United’s reign they have been unable or unwilling to take a break from politicking and get down to governance.

We should be taking concrete steps to control the most significant increases in expenses for the Village identified in by the Village manager in her budget memos. I have outlined such steps, including the use of buying groups to tame insurance costs, in my recent letters to the Gazette and will continue to work diligently to implement them.

Brian Pugh