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A Letter To The Editor

December 4, 2016

To the Editor:


The irony is painful. Only hours after the Croton “United” Village Board majority was unwilling to support an explicit condemnation of Islamophobia (see the replay of the November 28 work session starting at the 19 minute mark in response to a direct plea from Croton’s houses of worship, residents were invited to a village hosted Christmas Tree lighting. As part of an interfaith family, this is particularly saddening.  I can only imagine how it makes our Muslim friends and neighbors feel.In these uncharted waters of discrimination and hatred unleashed across our country over the past few months, it is disheartening that our locally elected officials – especially those who were elected on a platform of welcoming everyone regardless of affiliations – are unwilling to lead with tolerance and understanding.

Maria F. Slippen

Decoding Village Agendas – December 5, 2016

December 3, 2016

Regular Meetings of the Village Board


 (Open to Public  – Televised)



The meeting will start with the Annual Organization Meeting at which  Trustees-elect Ann Gallelli and Brian Pugh will be sworn in.  Formal appointments for the following year will be made to positions and volunteer committees by the Mayor



Regular Meeting Agenda


PUBLIC HEARING:   Public Hearing to consider the special permit modification request from Skyview Rehabilitation & Healthcare to allow for an administrative office building renovation project on their property located at 1280 Albany Post road.  Skyview wishes to utilize the house at tis entrance for business  office purposes.  This would enable them to free up more space in the main facility for patient related purposes.    The Planning Board issued a favorable recommendation.




  • Dan Ahouse, Area Director of Government Affairs, Altice: re: Notification that effective December 15, 2016, C-SPAN3 will be relocated from Channel 102 to channel 107.  There are no changes to packages or pricing.   As required, Altice must  provide notification of changes in its program line up or pricing changes.


    1. Mayors and Supervisors of the Indian Brook-Croton Gorge (IBCG) Committee; re: Draft letter from the Mayor and Supervisor of the Indian Brook – Croton Gorge Committee to the Westchester County Department of Planning requesting assistance in updating the Indian Brook-Croton Gorge Watershed Conservation Action Plan.The IBCG Action plan was completed in 2009  with the assistance of the County Planning dept.  It resulted in an Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) for all participating municipalities to take actions to preserve these watersheds.  While not very active in recent years, the committee would now like to consider some actions, both zoning and otherwise, which would help preserve these watershed.  The letter is a draft to the County from all IBCG member municipalities asking for assistance from the Planning Dept.  Specifically they are requesting GSI services.  The committee is preparing to apply for a Hudson River Valley Greenway grant and the GIS information would be helpful in the application.


  • Robert Luntz, Chairman, Village Planning Board; re: Requesting more information from Hudson National Golf Club related to their special permit modification request for an extension of their locker room.  The additional information being requested is needed before the Planning Board can make a final recommendation back to the Village Board of Trustees.    The proposed locker room would extend close to an access road.  The Planning Board wants information on the acceptability of the width of the access road for fire and emergency vehicles.  They are also seeking more information on tree removal near the clubhouse and whether it is permitted under the existing special permit.




  1. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the change order in the amount of $4,945 to Gentech LTD for additional work needed to replace the Village-owned generator at Half Moon Bay. The original generator was installed under a roof structure.  At some point walls were added completely enclosing the generator but the utility systems remained as originally installed.  During the replacement process, Con Edison required a new installation of the meter bank and regulator with venting to conform with an interior use.  In addition, plastic electrical conduits installed over the old unit, not visible until removal, were being melted by extensive heat and are now replaced with metal conduit.  Lighting was also upgraded to meet interior maintenance light levels.  The original contract with Gentech for the replacement was in the amount of $62,661.00
  2. The Village has received an 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 Village Board of Trustees determines that the proposed action is an unlisted action under SEQRA and declares the Village staff to circulate the application documents to involved agencies including the Village Planning Board, Village Zoning Board, Village Waterfront Advisory Committee, Town of Cortlandt and Westchester County to notify tem of the Village’s intent to serve as Lead Agency and request a response within 30 daysThe 1999 Special Permit approval for the Golf Club permitted 12 rooms in three separate buildings which currently exist.  They are near the clubhouse.  This application would replace those  3 buildings with a single structure containing 12 rooms.  In the same general area, it would also add a caddy/cart storage area.   This application is the beginning of a review process by all the above-mentioned committees and boards.


  • The Village Board of Trustees hereby calls for a Public Hearing on January 3, 2017 at 8 pm in the meeting room of the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building to consider the special permit modification request from Hudson National Golf Club to allow for an addition to their locker room and bathroom on their property located at  40 Arrowcrest Drive.   This public hearing is necessary because the application is for an amendment to a special permit previously granted by the Village Board.  The request is being considered by the Planning Board as referenced in the Correspondence item above.



Gingerbread House workshop Sunday at 11 am

December 3, 2016

Baked by Susan

Gingerbread House Workshop

We still have a few spots available in our gingerbread house workshop.
Sunday, December 4th at 11 am

Ages 7 and up $30

Call 914-862-0874 to reserve your spot

Support Your Local Artisans!

November 30, 2016


Holiday Happenings at Ocean House

November 29, 2016

It’s Holiday Season once again! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We were feeling very grateful this year as we celebrated the day with our family. Not only are we fortunate enough to have our health, a beautiful and growing family and the world’s best friends and employees, this year after twelve years of Ocean House, we were finally able to make the changes we had always envisioned to our beloved diner. Our new improved Ocean House celebrates everything we love about the hospitality business and allows us to offer an even better experience to our cherished clientele. It allows us to continue to be able to do what we love to do every day and to share that with our ever-growing circle of friends. It is truly a blessing and we are so very grateful.

As we head into the most joyful time of year we are busily planning our Holiday Festivities here at the Ocean House. We love that our events have become an annual tradition for so many and hope to share them with even more friends of Ocean House this year.
CHRISTMAS EVE: Our version of the traditional Italian Seven Fishes Christmas Eve Celebration is a casual dinner consisting of lots of small interesting courses, featuring delicious fresh fish and shellfish prepared in Ocean House style with a little Christmas magic sprinkled on top. We will incorporate a little Italian zing along with a lot of what we usually do – delicious fresh food prepared and served from the heart. There will be one seating only at 6:00pm and it will cost $65 per person (not including tax and gratuity). (limited availability)
NEW YEARS EVE EARLY SUPPER: This year as in past years we are hosting two events in one night! We are starting off the evening with a Pre-Party Supper. The perfect opportunity to have a delicious light meal before heading out to ring in 2017 at your own New Years Eve Celebration. There will be a limited choice menu consisting of three courses priced at $55 per person (not including tax and gratuity): One seating only at 6:00pm.
NEW YEARS EVE DINNER CELEBRATION: Our traditional Fabulous New Years Eve Party. It’s our most special event of the season! Lovely, elegant, delicious! Candlelight, soft music, white table linens. Our celebration has already become a holiday tradition for many and we are delighted by the prospect of recreating this truly elegant evening for you to help usher in the New Year! The menu will feature all the best and most festive foods of the season and a countdown to the New Year at midnight! Come bid farewell to 2016 and ring in 2017 with your friends at the Ocean House. One seating only at 9:00. $100 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Feel free to dress up!
*We will accept reservations for our special events by EMAIL (hit reply to respond via email) or by PHONE (914-271-0702) (please do not consider your reservation confirmed until you hear back from us). All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.
*Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend these special events please contact Ocean House by December 21st for Christmas Eve Reservations and by December 28th for New Years Reservations for a full refund. There will be no refunds made after these dates.
Ocean House will be closed January 1st thru January 4th. We will be open for business as usual on Thursday, January 5th.
This time of year it’s easy to get to feeling a little crazy. It seems we’re all so busy shopping, cooking, and planning, it’s sometimes hard to slow down long enough to enjoy ourselves and connect with each other. Please keep the Ocean House in mind when you need a cozy place to relax and regroup or when the craziness starts to get you down.
Brian and I and all the Ocean House Family wish to express our profound gratitude to all our loyal friends, family, and patrons. And Happy Holidays!!!
All the best of the season,
Paula & Brian Galvin
Ocean House Oyster Bar & Grill
49 N Riverside Ave
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Open TuesdaySaturday at 5:00
P.S. Please keep Ocean House in mind for your private parties. We are available for lunch parties any day of the week except Saturday and dinner parties any day of the week except Friday and Saturday.
If you’re looking for that perfect gift idea OCEAN HOUSE GIFT CERTIFICATES are available in any denomination you choose.

Comedy show this Friday, 12/2/16

November 29, 2016


Tree Lighting Event – Friday, December 2

November 29, 2016

Join your neighbors and friends as we light the evergreen tree in Vassallo Park on Friday, December 2nd.  Caroling begins at 5:30pm. Tree lighting at 6:00pm. Enjoy songs and refreshments to celebrate the holiday season. Come join the fun!