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Cornelia Cotton: 10 Outstanding Croton Women

February 26, 2017


Assemblywoman Galef to hold Town Halls

February 24, 2017

Our State Senator may be avoiding constituents but Assemblywoman Galef welcomes your concerns.


16864608_10210092966813221_30046861176985262_nLooks like Senator Murphy decided to drop in on his old stomping grounds in Yorktown rather than honor a Croton Veteran at the 2/21/17 Croton Board of Trustee’s meeting.  You should ask him why.

Decoding Village Agendas – February 21, 2017

February 20, 2017

Looks like our State Senator and State Assemblywoman will be in attendance.  We’re sure they would love to hear your concerns.

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

8:00 pm

 (Open to Public  – Televised)


NOTE:  This meeting is on Tuesday due to Presidents’ Day





1.      New York State Senator Terrence Murphy to honor Croton resident and veteran Thomas Burniston, and will provide a legislative update.

2.      New York State Assemblymember Sandy Galef to provide a legislative update.   

3.      Village Board to review Consideration of Local Waterfront Revitalization Program policies in determining consistency with regard to the adoption of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan.  The Comprehensive Plan is a written document that contains goals, objectives, and strategies for the future development and conservation of the community.  Before adopting an updated plan, the Village Board must complete its review under our LWRP as well as under SEQRA.    The Board met last week with the Comp Plan Committee in work session to review comments and revisions to the draft document.

4.      Village Board to review Consideration of Local Waterfront Revitalization Program policies in determining consistency with regard to the application for an amended special use permit from Hudson National Golf Club to construct a 12-room cottage building for overnight guests and a caddy storage building on their property located at 40 Arrowcrest Drive.   The application process for the amended special use permit requires it be consistent with the Village’s LWRP.  The Waterfront Advisory Committee has mad such a recommendation and the Village Board must do its own review and make its own findings as well.

5.      Village Board to review Consideration of Local Waterfront Revitalization Program policies in determining consistency with regard to the adoption of Local Law Introductory No. 7 of 2016, amending the Village’s zoning code regarding walls, retaining walls, fences and accessory uses.  The purpose of this amendment is to more clearly define certain terms such as walls, height, and accessory structures.  The law also limits the height of fences in front yards to 4 feet.  As indicated above, the Village Board must make its own finding of consistency with the LWRP before acting to approve this zoning amendment.



  1. Glenn E. Simpson, President, Croton Little League; re: requesting assistance from the Village for the Croton Little League Opening Day Parade and Ceremonies on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  As in past years, the Croton Little League will assemble at the high school and parade through the Upper Village to Dobbs Field for opening ceremonies.  They are asking for Village help in preparation for the parade and field .
  2. Sharon McCarthy, Executive Director for 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 organization would like the Village to show support by allowing for ribbons to be tied around trees or utility poles in various locations as well as outside of the Municipal Building.  This was approved last year.
  3. Dorothy Pezanowski, Village Historian; re: 2016 Report of the Croton Historical Society.  The position of Village Historian is mandated by NYS municipal law.  The Historian is required to file an annual report each year on the prior year’s activities.  The report indicates that the Historical Society has become more computerized and efficient.  They are looking for new members.  They have also changed Visitors Day to Tuesdays.  They are located on the first floor of the Municipal Building.



  1. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the 2017 Inter-Municipal Agreement for fire protection services with the Town of Cortlandt which provides that the Town shall pay the Village the sum of $359,104.48, with  $71,821 paid directly to the Fire Council of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the balance of $287,284 paid to the Village, for providing fire protection services within the Mount Airy/Quaker Bridge Fire District during the period from January 1,2017 to December 31, 2017This annual agreement between the Town and Village provides for fire protection in an area that the Town is not able to easily serve and which is more easily accessible by the Croton Fire Dept.
  2. Age Manager to sig Cortlandt for Emergency Medical Services which states that the Town shall pay the Village the sum of $66,043 to provide Emergency Medical services within the Mount Airy/Quaker Bridge Fire District during the period from January 1 to December 31, 2017As above, this is an annual agreement between the Town and Village to provide services in an area of the Town that is more accessible by Croton emergency services.
  3. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Chazen Company, the Village’s design engineer for the corrosion control system project, in the amount of $41,924 for assistance during the shop drawing review process, construction administration review process, construction administration and inspection assistance, preparation of as-built plans and some work previously performed to address comments and design changes requested by the Westchester County Department of Health.  Now that the contract for the actual construction has been awarded. The steps identified above need to be performed and carried out as part of the implementation of the corrosion control system.  Work is expected to begin later this Spring and conclude in the autumn.
  4. Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the General Fund 2016-2017 budget in the amount of $3,000 for funding received through New York State’s Justice Court Assistance Grant program.  This funding will be used to improve the operations of the Village Court.   Each year the Village applies for this funding and has been successful in receiving it.
  5. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the agreement with Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps (OVAC) in the amount of $127,500 per fiscal year through May 31, 2020 for advanced life support ambulance services.  The Village of Croton-on-Hudson’s EMS provides Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance service, but does not offer Advanced Life Support Service.  OVAC has been providing Advanced Life Support ambulance service to the Village of Croton-on-Hudson since 1996.  This agreement is a tri-community effort with the Village of Briarcliff Manor and OVAC participating.  Phelps Memorial Hospital provides over sight and medical direction.  OVAC operates the Fly Car.

From This Week’s Gazette….

February 20, 2017

Reprinted with permission:

February 14, 2017


Dear Editor,


This letter can be called, “The CCA Revisited”. Because happily, new information has come to light regarding the possibility of Croton joining the CCA well ahead of the next open round scheduled for late 2018.


Briefly, CCA stands for Community Choice Aggregation, the New York State pilot program initiated last year in Westchester County. 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. Unfortunately, despite years of preparation and anticipated deadlines, the Mayor and the two Croton United Trustees rejected the resolution to join the CCA. Many residents, including myself, were frustrated and upset, because we felt that Croton had missed a golden opportunity. And the success of the program since Croton’s rejection has borne this out. 20 municipalities in Westchester County did join the CCA, and they are now enjoying the benefits of that affiliation. Through the CCA, a two year contract has been negotiated (which may be extended for an additional six months), and customers in those communities are receiving electric power for less than the average 2015 Con Edison price. Also, most participating municipalities have chosen to “opt up” to a 100% renewable option at the group negotiated price, which is again below the 2015 Con Ed average price. The CCA has proved itself good for ratepayer’s pocket books, and good for the environment.


It is quite clear that the present Administration in Washington denies climate change, and will be aggressively pushing an oil and gas energy agenda. Those of us who oppose this assault on the environment may feel powerless to effect change on the federal level. But by endorsing the CCA, we may be more successful on the local level. We can opt to move away from our reliance on fossil fuels, and move towards more sustainable energy sources.


The premise, the promise and the practical operation of the CCA program is not difficult to explain or understand. Clearly, outreach is important but if the will is there, it can be accomplished quickly and easily. If you would like to see Croton join the CCA at this time, please email the Mayor at To ensure that everyone on the Village Board has the same information, please Cc all the Trustees on your email; their addresses can be found on the Village of Croton-on-Hudson website. Alternately, or additionally, you can come to an upcoming Village Board meeting on 2/21, 3/6 or 3/20 to make your feelings publicly known.


Respectfully, Sherry Horowitz

S’Mores and Song at Sprout Westchester

February 14, 2017

S’Mores and Song
Sunday, March 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
For families, No charge.

Sprout Westchester is a summer day camping experience of Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake open to campers entering Pre-K through 6th grade.

Join us at camp to celebrate Spring, play games, make s’mores and sing around the campfire. See old friends and make new ones.

Young Judaea Sprout Westchester Day Camp
500 Yorktown Rd,
Croton-On-Hudson, NY,10520


Friday Flash: Hudson At Risk, County Breakfast & More

February 10, 2017
Local Update
County Update
State Update
Federal Update
Upcoming Events
  • Feb. 10 at 7 PM:  “The Hudson River at Risk.” There is a Q+A with a great panel of experts (including Zephyr Teachout) at the Ossining Libary
  • Feb. 11th, 2017   2:00 pm: HEALING AND PROTECTING OUR LAND TOGETHER INTERFAITH VIGIL at Riverfront Green Park 50 Hudson Ave  Peekskill NY
  • February 13, 12 – 1:  Justice Mondays: Make Westchester a Place of Love at Renaissance Plaza in White Plains, NY
  • Feb. 14 at 7:30 PM: Recreation Advisory Committee  at 1 Van Wyck Street Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
  • Feb. 14 at 8:00 PM: Planning Board  at 1 Van Wyck Street Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
  • Feb. 15 at 7:30 PM WCC at 1 Van Wyck Street Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
  • Feb. 15 at 8:00 PM: Arboretum Meeting at 1 Van Wyck Street Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
  • Feb. 15, 6 pm – 8:30 pm: RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS WORKSHOP at the Beanrunner Cafe, Peekskill, NY
  • Feb. 16 7:30 PM: Village Board Work Session at 1 Van Wyck Street Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
  • Feb. 16, 4 – 7 pm: NYS BUDGET HEARING with Senator George Latimer and Assemblyman David Buchwald at Bedford Town Hall Courtroom., 321 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills 10507
  • Feb. 19th, 2 pm – 4 pm at LOBBYING TRAINING at 44 Clarewood Drive, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706

From This Week’s Gazette

February 10, 2017

Reprinted with permission:

To the Editor:

In last week’s Gazette, the Chair of Croton United responded to criticism of CU’s handling of the recent dummy light situation by complaining about the prior Village Board.

Croton United is no longer the opposition; they have been in control of the Village government for over a year. They need to take responsibility for their own misadventures rather than trying to deflect attention by rehashing old gripes about the prior administration.

Andy Levitt