Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 544

Dear neighbor, Here is the 544th 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. 

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Decoding Village Agendas – July 19, 2021 

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

PRESENTATION:  Community Choice Aggregation ProgramUpdate by Paul A. Presendieu of Sustainable Westchester. The presentation will go over the current status, benefits and future of the program

PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 9 of 2021 to delete Chapter 168 of the Village Code.  This chapter previously regulated tattooing in the Village.It will be removed from the code.
  2. Public Hearing on LocalLaw Introductory 10 of 2021 to amend Chapter 168 of the Village Code, Parks & Recreation Areas, to prohibit the smoking of cannabis in parks and recreation areas.   This is consistent with the existing regulations on smoking in these areas of the Village.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Use of Force Incidents Report: July 11,2019 – October 31,2020.  NYS law requires each police department,sheriffs office, and NYS Police to report incidents in which a police or peace officer used force while on duty.  It lists various categories of incidents as well a list of municipalities where there have been occurrences.  Croton-on-Hudson is not listed.  The complete report is included in the backup for this meeting.
  2. 2050 Regional Transportation Plan from New York Metropolitan Transportation Council.  The final draft of the long range transportation plan for the Metropolitan area is included and available for comments. The comment period runs thru July 27th.  It covers NYC, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley.
  3. Compilation of energy data from Municipal buildings for 2020 in accordance with the Village’s Benchmarking policy.  The buildings analyzed are the DPW, Municipal, and three firehouses.  it summarizes gas, electric and oil usage for each.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget in the amount of $380.56 for expenses related to police supplies. This is reimbursement money received from a grant covering the child safety seat program.
  2. Consider declaring the Village Board as Lead Agency under SEQRA for the review process of the special permit application from Hudson National Golf Club for modifications to their ancillary storage area, and referring the special permit application and CAF to the Waterfront Advisory Committee for a recommendation of consistency with theLocal Waterfront RevitalizationProgram (LWRP).  This steps follows the circulation of the Board’s intent to all pertinent boards and agencies and is the next step in processing this application.
  3. Consider scheduling a public hearing on the special permit application from the Croton Circle School for a day care center at 119 Maple Sreet for August 2, 2021, at 7 pm in the Geogianna Grant Meeting Room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building.  The Planning Board has reviewed this and provided the Board with a memo of support.

Consider adoption of Title VI assurances and policies.  In accordance with the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as a recipient of federal financial assistance, the Village is required to adopt  policies regarding Minority and Women-owned Business enterprises, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Limited English Proficiency in accordance with the statutes of the NYS Department of Transportation.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 544

Dear neighbor, Here is the 544th 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. 

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Decoding Village Agendas – July 12, 2021 

 Work Session Meeting of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Municipal Building


1. Discussion on possible Fall Festival in Vassallo Park. Since Summerfest 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to the pandemic, the Village Manager has suggested a Fall celebration to be held at Vassallo Park.The Board will discuss this idea and review the estimated costs involved for overtime expenses as well as the format of such an event.

2. Review plans to renovate the public restroom facilities in the Municipal Building.  

3. Discussion regarding the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act and its possible impact on Croton-on-Hudson.  The Board will discuss the following items:

1) Shall the Village Code section prohibiting smoking and vaping tobacco in parks and recreation areas be expanded to prohibit the smoking and vaping of marijuana in those areas?

 2) Shall the Village adopt a local law prohibiting dispensaries of marijuana and other cannabis products within the Village boundaries?

 3) Shall the Village adopt a local law prohibiting cannabis consumption sites (“lounges”) from operating within the Village boundaries?

If the Board decides to prohibit #2 or #3, it must do so before the end of this year.  The Board can “opt out” of the provisions of this act up to December 31, 2021.  This decision is subject to a permissive referendum.  If it does not “opt out” by the end of the  year, it cannot do so later.   It can “opt in” at any time. 

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 543

Dear neighbor, Here is the 543rd 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.

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Decoding Village Agendas – July 6, 2021

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

NOTE: This meeting is on Tuesday. It will be held in the Municipal Building, 2nd floor meeting room.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  1. Public Hearing for the amended special permit application from Hudson National Golf Club for modifications to their ancillary storage area.    The Board will hear comments from the public on the storage area located on Prickly Pear Hill Road.  The Planning Board has provided a memorandum of support for the application.
  2. Public Hearing on the special permit application from Joseph Lippolis for a first-floor residential dwelling at 368 S. Riverside Avenue.  The Zoning Board has approved the variance and the Planning Board has recommended approval.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. Letter from the New York State Dept. of State Office of Planning, Development and Community Infrastructure regarding the removal and installation of fueling stations and associated equipment at the Metro-North Croton-Harmon Yards.    The Village is being notified of the change in the fueling stations from underground to above-ground at the MN Croton-Harmon yards.
  2. Letter from Erin Hickok, Senior Investments Analyst at Sol Systems, regarding the environmental site assessments done at the Croton-Harmon Train Station for the installation of solar canopies.  The report did not find any unsuspected or large-scale environmental issues beyond expectations given its past history.  Steps to address individual issues are outlined.
  3. Email from New York State Division of the Budget regarding the Village’s share of the American Rescue Plan funding.  The Village is notified that its share of the funding from this fund will be $826,878.  Half will be available this year and half will be available next year.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to close various capital project accounts as of May 31, 2021.  Twenty one capital projects have been completed and those accounts will be closed.
  2. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget in the amount of $6,511.25 for expenses related to STOP-DWI overtime patrols.   The County provides this money for these STOP SWI patrols.
  3. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2021-2022 General Fund Budget in the amount of $4,000.94 for the reimbursement of COVID-19 expenses.  FEMA provides this funding.
  4. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Bergmann Associates of Albany, New York, for design engineering services for Historic Hudson Valley’s Van Cortlandt Manor entrance restoration project.  The Village acts as the sponsor agency for the NYS grant that is funding this  HHV renovation.  No Village money is involved.
Consider authorizing the Village Manager to sign Form RP-566 to process the change in assessment for the property located at 906 Half Moon Bay Drive (designated on the tax maps as Section 78.20, Block 001, Lot 001.34) due to a clerical error made in omitting a senior citizen exemption.  This is approval to correct an assessment error for this property.Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-21 General Fund Budget in the amount of $130,555 to cover the cost of retirement payouts made to four employees.  The money for these payouts has been set aside in a restricted fund for this purpose.Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make an interfund transfer in the amount of $5,000 for the purpose of auditing the expenditures of the Croton Point Avenue Traffic, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Improvement Project.  Completion of the CPA project requires an audit of each funding source, federal and state. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit application from the Croton Circle School for a day care center at 119 Maple Street and consider referring the necessary documents to the Village Planning Board as required by law.  This is the first step in the process of obtaining a special permit to operate a day care center at this location. 
  1. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make a transfer from the fund balance – assigned – future retirement expenditures in the amount of $153,571 to cover the cost of the 2020-2021 fiscal year invoices for the New York State Local and Retirement System.  The amount came in over the budgeted amount and will be moved from the assigned fund balance account to cover the difference.
  2. j. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to make necessary transfers in the 2020-2021   General, Water and Sewer Fund budgets.   These transfers are in preparation for the upcoming on-site audit.
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Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 541

Dear neighbor, Here is the 541st 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.

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Decoding Village Agendas –   June 14, 2021

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

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1. Review the proposed Indian Brook-Croton Gorge Watershed Overlay Zone. 

Five municipalities, Cortlandt, New Castle, Town and Village of Ossining, and Village of Croton   formed the Indian Brook-Croton Gorge Watershed group many years ago to protect the water supply in these watersheds.  The group has issued an RFP to undertake the study and development of a Watershed Overlay zone that would establish protective zoning rules in the watershed area.  Before the RFP is finalized it must be reviewed and approved by the municipalities involved.   The Board will discuss whether the Village wishes to proceed with the development of such an overlay zone. The majority of the IBCG watershed area does not have municipal water or sewers.

2. Discussion regarding a proposed mural to be painted at Senasqua Park.  Local artist Dillon O’Keefe is proposing a mural on the wall of the Bathhouse at Senasqua Park which depicts the words “Croton-on-Hudson” against a sunset on the Hudson River.

3. Review the vendor usage of Senasqua Park under the revised permitting process.  The Board will discuss the billing/fee process under the current permitting process whereby vendors pay a  permit fee and are later billed a fee to cover the presence of a Park ranger.

4. Review of survey results regarding the residential parking permit system on Young Avenue and Hastings  Avenue.   In 2019, the Village conducted a survey for residents of Young and Hastings Avenues regarding their preference for time-limited parking on the street vs a residential permitting system.  Based on the results at that time, the Village requested our NYS representatives to introduce bills in the State Assembly and Senate permitting residential parking permits on a public street.  It was approved.  However, since changes have occurred in parking due to the pandemic, the Village sent a 2021 survey which indicated a negative interest.  (Survey results are in the back up documents.)  The Board will discuss how it wants to move ahead or not on this matter.

5. Discussion regarding the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act and its possible impact on Croton-on-Hudson.  The Board must decide whether to “opt out” or not of the provisions of the recently passed Marijuana Law. The Village can always “opt -in” at any time in the future but must decide whether to “opt-out” by December 31, 2021. 

 The following questions will also be discussed:  1) Shall the Village Code section prohibiting smoking and vaping tobacco in parks and recreation areas be expanded to prohibit the smoking and vaping of marijuana in those areas? 2) Shall the Village adopt a local law prohibiting dispensaries of marijuana and other cannabis products within the Village boundaries? 3) Shall the Village adopt a local law prohibiting cannabis consumption sites (“lounges”) from operating within the Village boundaries?

If the Board decides to proceed with a local law prohibiting either #2 or #3, the law must be passed by December 31, 2021. The Village can always “opt-in” at a future date,  but cannot “opt-out” after December 31st. The local laws are subject to permissive referendum, so it would be our recommendation to adopt the laws by the beginning of September to permit the referendum question to be added to the November 2021 ballot, if necessary, and avoid the expense of a special election.

Alejandro Rosales: My Values

Alejandro Rosales

Dear Neighbors: I am writing to introduce myself to you as the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for the Croton-on-Hudson Board of Trustees. Croton is a beautiful village. Genuinely caring, thoughtful, and dynamic; this community faces the future with an open heart. That is important to me, my wife, and our overall values that we have tried to instill in our young family. It is with great privilege to give back to the Village that has given us so much. A former community college student, I earned my B.A. in Int’l Development Studies after transferring to UCLA. My master’s degree from the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University focused on Int’l Finance. I also bring with me a twenty-year professional background in the private and non-profit sectors. I have worked with groups such as humanitarian and development nonprofits as well as global banking and asset management enterprises. During my time in this Village, I have volunteered with the Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry and the Holy Name of Mary’s Hispanic Ministry, among other local groups. As a Trustee, I will leverage my skillset to benefit the Village by focusing on attracting investment and overseeing prudent financial management. My background as an immigrant from Honduras also informs my decision to seek public office. I would like to provide a platform of representation that makes space for all Village residents.  Not only do I remember the LA Riots vividly (in response to brutal police beating of Rodney King), but I come originally from a region that has witness much conflict (to this day). It is from this experience that I firmly state: we cannot go down the self-destructive path of hate. We can and must find ways to do better. We must engage in a more meaningful way with each other. With your support, I look forward to doing so as Village Trustee. Core to my values are fairness, truth and collaboration, and I hope to apply these as a Village Trustee. In the eight years we have been here, I have witnessed touching points of humanity during tumultuous times, learned from others I have had the privilege to help, and benefited directly from the warmness of Croton residents. I have hope that we can continue to build a loving community that supports each other, makes room for growth, and prioritizes access and representation. With your support, we can make that vision a reality. 

Sincerely, Alejandro Rosales

Democratic Candidate for theCroton-on-HudsonBoard of Trustees

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 540 – June 7, 2021

Dear neighbor, Here is the 540thinstallment 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.

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Decoding Village Agendas – June 7,, 2021

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

6:00 pm

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PUBLIC HEARINGS:


1.
Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 4 of 2021 to amend Chapter 197 of the Village Code, Streets and Sidewalks, to include an appeals process for the removal of snow and ice on sidewalks.  This would add a method for appealing a violation of snow removal on sidewalks which currently is not in the code.

2. Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 5 of 2021 to amend Chapter 70 of the Village Code,Alarm Systems, to update the appeals process for contesting denial, suspension, revocation orcharges.  This would add a method for appealing an Alarm System violation or charge which currently is not in the code.  3. Public Hearing on the Village’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) fundingapplication.  In order to apply and qualify for CBDG grants, the projects must be identified and apublic hearing must be held.  The four projects that the Village is considered applying for grantfunding for are: the improvement of the Brook Street parking lot, the replacement of the DobbsPark playground equipment and resurfacing of the Dobbs Park basketball court, the replacementof the retaining wall along lower Grand Street and the replacement of an existing sidewalk alongSouth Riverside Avenue between Oneida Avenue and Bungalow Road; 

CORRESPONDENCE:


a. Letter from Marjorie Blum & Jack Manno regarding a $1,000 donation for a bench at Croton Landing.   Ms. Blum and Mr. Manno have generously donated a bench for the park.

b. Email from Cynthia Lippolis of the Croton Rotary Club requesting permission to use the Croton-Harmon Train Station parking lot for their annual car show on September 26. As done last year, there will also be a car parade.

c. Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Westchester County Supreme Court in the matter of Maria Elena DiBella v. Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Croton-on-Hudson Planning Board and Half Moon Bay Homeowners Association. 

The court has issued a “temporary restraining order prohibiting THE BOARD OF DIRECTORSOF THE HALF MOON BAY HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC. (the “HOA Board”)from paving the Discovery Cove Promenade until this motion is decided.” The matter was brought against the Planning Board, the Village of Croton and the HMB Homeowners Association by the homeowner.


d. Letter from Kelly Turturro, DEC Regional Director, regarding the Croton Gorge Unique Area.   The letter is a response to both County Executive Lattimer and Mayor Pugh.  It states that the DEC is continuing to monitor the situation, mentions the Trail Stewards will be returning this season on weekends and holidays and the DEC Forest Rangers will be monitoring the area as well.

eMemo from Daniel O’Connor, Village Engineer, requesting an extension of a building permit for 1250 Albany Post Road.   Mr. O’Connor recommends a building permit extension for 6 months due to construction delays related to Covid.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

a. Consider adoption of the 2021-2022 Bond Resolutions for the purpose of   funding the capital budget.  The resolutions are for bonding approval for items that were in the 2021/2022 Capital Budget that was approved in April.  The five resolutions/bonds total $909,509.

b. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to establish a trust account for donations towards the creation of the Black Rock Park bocce courts.  A special account will be created for this project.

c. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement with Croton-Harmon Car Service (dba J&S Taxi) for the rental of two spaces at the Croton-Harmon Train Station parking lot for the period beginning June 1, 2021, through May 31, 2023.   The Village extends the parking spot rental for two additional years to May 2023.

d. Acknowledge receipt of a special permit application from Joseph Lippolis for a first-floor residential dwelling at 368 S. Riverside Avenue and consider determining that the Proposed Action is a Type II Action under SEQRA and referring the necessary documents to the Village Planning Board as required by law.    The applicant received a variance from the ZBA for this use.  A special permit from the Village Board is now required.  The Board is referring it to the Planning Board for review and recommendations.

e. Consider authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget in the amount of $2,765 for expenses related to sidewalk snow removal.  The Village has received $2765 from snow removal billings where the owners were charged for its removal.

fConsider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory 7 of 2021 to amend Chapter 108 of the Village Code, Dogs, to clarify the allowable hours for leashed dogs in Black Rock Park, for June 21, 2021, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.   This calls for a public hearing to amend the law pertaining to hours for leashed dogs in Black rock Park.  The new language states that leashed dogs can be in the park in the same timeframes as allowed in the unleashed area of the park..

g. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to accept the proposal from AKRF of White Plains, New York, for consulting planning services for zoning updates to the Harmon/South Riverside Gateway zoning district for an amount not to exceed $35,000.  The Village Board is considering an expansion of the Harmon Gateway zoning to include additional parcels, including the Parking Lot A parcel, as well as considering permitting all residential uses in the Gateway area with a Special Permit.  AKRF will study the zoning requirements and implications of this proposal.

h. Consider awarding Bid 3-2021 for street resurfacing to Morano Brothers Construction of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, in the amount of $215,200.  As part of its annual street maintenance work, bids were solicited and 6 were received. Superintendent Balbi has recommended Morano  Brothers receive the contract.

i. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a contract with Regan Development Corporation for the sale of the Village-owned property at 41-51 Maple Street.   The updated terms of acquisition and development call for a payment to the Village of $2 million with a PILOT of $70,000/year, increasing 3% annually, for 30 years as well as a User payment to the Village of $20,000/year for 30 years.

j. Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute a support contract with Rio Supply for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, in the amount of $5,500.  Rio supplies the software that supports the Water Departments hand held meter reading.  The contract is for one year. k. Consider authorizing the Mayor to execute the Sponsor Authorization Form for the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department Length of Service Award Program for 2020.  The list of eligible members was circulated in April 2021.  The Mayor must be authorized to sign it.

Ann Gallelli: Decoding Village Agendas No. 539

Dear neighbor, Here is the 539th 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.

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Decoding Village Agendas –   May 24, 2021

Work Session of the Village Board

6:00 p.m.

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1.       Consider the appointment of Daniel Tucker to the position of Village Treasurer effective August 2, 2021, at an annual salary of $115,000. 

2.       Discussion on improvements to the Village Cable Access Channel and meeting broadcasts.  Software used for operating the tv station has expired and is no longer functional.  Bryan Healy proposes utilizing new software from G and G Technologies at $9,458.

3.       Discussion on proposed bocce courts at Black Rock Park.  The proposed courts would be located at the northern end of the park.

4.       Review of possible dog park locations in Village parks.   The Board will review two sketches, included in the backup documents, prepared by DPW Superintendent Balbi, for possible locations at Croton Landing Park and Gouveia Park.

5.       Discussion on amending the Village Code to permit limited non-resident access to Village parks and recreational areas.  Discussion will be on a proposal to establish a specific number of non-resident park permits.

Decoding Village Agendas No. 538

Dear neighbor, Here is the 538thinstallment 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.

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Decoding Village Agendas – May 17, 2021

 Regular Meeting of the Village Board

5:30 pm

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PUBLIC HEARING:

a.      Public Hearing on Local Law Introductory 3 of 2021 to amend Section 230-44, Signs, of the Zoning Chapter of the Village Code to modify provisions related to signage in residential zoning districts.  The modifications to the sign law are meant to clarify what constitutes a temporary sign.  Residential properties, may have up to 3 signs, no more than 6 square feet in size and non-illuminated, which are no longer classified as temporary signs.

PRESENTATION:OTHER

George Latimer, Westchester County Executive, presents an update on county government.

CORRESPONDENCE:


a.  Email from Joseph Martinelli, American Legion Post 505 Adjutant, regarding this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony.  
Post 505 is planning a ceremony on 5 Corners on Monday, May 31 at 11 am.  (Rain location is Holy Name of Mary gym.)  They will comply with all Covid safeguards.

b.      Email from Maria Slippen, chair of the Recreation Advisory Committee, regarding recommendations for Black Rock Dog Park.  The RAC puts forth its recommendation regarding Black Rock Dog Park as follows:

 1. Revise hours from the current Friday to Monday 10-4 and Tuesday through Thursday 8-11 and 4-7 to a consistent Monday through Saturday 8-8 and Sunday 10-2. 

  2. We reiterate our previous recommendation to open the Dog Park to school district residents (with proof of dog registration in the town and for a fee).

  3. We also suggest that parking rules at the park be clarified (sticker/ parking pass/village resident/school district resident) to avoid confusion.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS:

a.      Consider adoption of a Negative Declaration for SEQRA purposes and a finding of consistency with the Village’s LWRP in regards to the special use permit application from Regan Development Corporation for a proposed multi-residential building at 41-51 Maple Street.  At a recent meeting, the Board reviewed both the EAF Part 2 and the Coastal Assessment form for SEQRA and LWRP compliance.  Based on that review, they directed that the above referenced resolution be put on the agenda for adoption.

b.      Consider the issuance of a special permit to Regan Development Corporation for the construction of a multi-residential building at 41-51 Maple Street.  Following a recommendation from the Planning Board, the resolution calls for approval of the special permit subject to several conditions regarding traffic and pedestrian issues.

c.       Consider authorizing the Village Attorney to execute the proposed tax certiorari settlement for 1280 Albany Post Road for the years 2015-2020.  The property involved is the Sky View Nursing Home.  The settlement calls for the Village to reimburse them in the amount of $93,804 with $44,551.67 being taken from the Contingency account.

d.        Consider awarding Bid 01-2021 for tree trimming and removal services to Golden’s Tree Service of Montrose, New York, for the period beginning June 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022.  Four bids were received.  Golden’s was the lowest and is recommended by DPW Superintendent Balbi at a total of $70,500.

e.     Consider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory 4 of 2021 to amend Chapter 197 of the Village Code, Streets and Sidewalks, to include an appeals process for the removal of snow and ice on sidewalks, for June 7, 2021, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.    The proposed change to the law specifies a process for a property owner to appeal the Village charge for snow removal.  A public hearing would be scheduled.

f.         Consider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory 5 of 2021 to amend Chapter 70 of the Village Code, Alarm Systems, to update the appeals process for contesting denial, suspension, revocation or charges, for June 7, 2021, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.   A public hearing would be held to update the Alarms code to provide for an appeals process if an alarm permit is denied.

g.       Consider authorizing the Village Manager to execute an agreement for EMT services with the Mid-Hudson Ambulance District for the period beginning June 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022.  MHAD provides supplemental help, as needed to the Croton EMS.  This would extend the contract for another year at the rate of $25./hour.

h.      Consider scheduling a public hearing on the Village’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding application, for June 7, 2021, at 6 PM, via Zoom videoconference.  The Village intends to apply for CBDG funds for four proposed projects.  A public hearing on the merits of the proposed projects is required.  The four proposed projects are: Improvements of the Brook Street parking area, Replacement of Dobbs Park playground equipment, Replacement of retaining wall on Grand Street, Replacement of sidewalk on South Riverside Avenue between Oneida and Bungalow Road.

i.        Consider awarding Bid 02-2021 for the purchase of a plug-in hybrid vehicle to Tasca Ford of Berlin, Connecticut, at a price of $33,930.30.   The vehicle would be used by Parking Enforcement.

j.        Consider scheduling a public hearing on Local Law Introductory 6 of 2021 to amend Chapter 168 of the Village Code , Parks & Recreation Areas, to clarify the prohibition on dogs in parks, for June 21,2021, at 6 pm, via ZOOM videoconference.  This calls for a public hearing on the proposed amendment which would allow leashed dogs to be walked in Black Rock Park during the same hours as the dogs are permitted in the designated dog park.

Meet the Candidates for Croton Village Board, May 13th

Join the Croton Democrats for a free Meet the Candidates event with our Special Guest Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

This is a great opportunity to hear from our Democratic candidates for Croton Village Board about their vision for Moving Croton Forward.

Meet the Candidates
Thursday, May 13th – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
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DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR VILLAGE BOARD

Brian Pugh for Mayor
Brain Pugh is a native of Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Brian has served as Mayor of the Village since December, 2017, and as a Village Trustee from 2014 to 2017. Brian is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned a Juris Doctor at Fordham Law School. During Brian’s leadership as Mayor, Croton-on-Hudson became one of only two Villages in NY to earn a Silver Rating as a Climate Smart Community in recognition of the Village’s many environmental achievements. In addition to sustainability, Brian has championed investments in infrastructure, including the nearly completed Croton Point Avenue Improvement Project, controlling property taxes, and prioritizing affordability for residents.

Alejandro Rosales for Trustee
Alejandro Rosales is an eight-year resident of Croton-on-Hudson where he raises his young family including two boys who attend Croton public schools. During his time in Croton, Alejandro has been giving back to the community through his involvement with the Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry and Holy Name of Mary’s Hispanic Ministry, among other local groups. Alejandro is a first-generation immigrant from Honduras and was raised in Los Angeles, California. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and Masters from the School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. Alejandro carries with him 20 years of professional experience in the financial and nonprofit sectors. As a Village Trustee, Alejandro will focus on attracting investment, prudent financial planning, increasing civic participation, and creating spaces for dialogue between all Village residents.

Sherry Horowitz for Trustee
Sherry Horowitz was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017. Sherry has advocated for policies that promote diversity and inclusion, protect the environment, increase communication between government and residents, support Croton’s local cultural & arts community and increase affordable housing options in the Village. A Croton resident for more than 40 years, Sherry has owned and directed the Childrenspace Preschool since 1979. She holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College and a Masters in Teaching from Manhattanville. Sherry will continue to promote strong connections between residents, organizations and Village officials and personnel.

John Habib Memorial Video & Scholarship Fund

Scholarship fund information from: http://johnhabibmemorialscholarship.com/

John Habib epitomized the best in what a Colgate University graduate should be.  He was intelligent, caring and above all, sought to help his fellow women and men.  He spent his life in service to that idea.  In furtherance of that legacy, the John L. Habib Memorial Scholarship for International Studies will assist worthy Colgate students in achieving their academic goals.

During his years at Colgate and beyond, John Habib epitomized the benefits of a liberal arts education generally, and of a Colgate education in particular.  Academically, John was passionate about international affairs, political science, ethics and world peace. He majored in International Relations and Political Science and participated in the Geneva Study Group and in a Washington, DC political science January term, each of which further fueled his passion for international relations. Outside the classroom, he was a lifelong athlete and played varsity baseball at Colgate and was president of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and a participant in the Big Brother-Big Sister program throughout college.

After college, John attended Emory Law School and was Editor-in-Chief of the Emory International Law Review.  Following law school, he had a varied career that, at various times, involved practicing law in Washington, DC and Phoenix, AZ; acting as general counsel and then president of a consumer products company; and establishing his own law firm in Abu Dhabi. He took leadership roles in a number of international trade organizations and chambers of commerce promoting trade in the MENA region.

After many years living in the Middle East and meeting and marrying his wife and legal partner, Tanya, he returned to his home town of Croton on Hudson, NY, where they opened yet another law practice. But John’s need to do service led him to create the Croton Business Council, to support the Village’s business community and eventually to run for elective office in Croton as a Trustee. John was very proud to serve the village where he had grown up and used every opportunity to leave his mark on the broader Hudson Valley area of NY, a place near and dear to his heart no matter where his travels took him. 

This of course is only a small fraction of who John was as a person. He never lost sight of the fact that he was, first and foremost, a husband, a son, brother and nephew, as well as a father to his foster son, Shadi, whom he helped support through a series of medical treatments when Shadi was young and then made possible a college education for Shadi in the United States. John valued human connection and cared deeply about people, not just those he knew but also all those he hadn’t gotten to know yet. Not surprisingly, he had countless friends around the globe spanning all phases of his life. When he spoke with you, he made you feel like you were the center of the universe. 

Above all else, John loved life, deeply and sincerely, and invariably had a smile on his face and something positive to say.  While John left us too soon, we can think of nothing better than to have his spirit carry on through a scholarship that honors his memory and legacy.

To donate, visit: http://johnhabibmemorialscholarship.com/