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Trustee Pugh On The Capital Budget

August 27, 2016
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To the Editor:

Important capital investments in our community were approved this week by the Croton Village Board.  This included upgrades to sidewalks, improvements to stormwater drainage, improvements and repairs to Village buildings, the installation of energy-saving LED streetlights and the replacement of the Volunteer Fire Department’s Rescue 18 truck (now over 20 years old).

This is a refreshing return to reason by the new majority on the Village Board.

During last year’s campaign, the mayor and the Croton United Party Trustees treated “bond” like a 4-letter word.  In their early days in office, the new Croton United Party majority blocked the timely replacement of Rescue 18 (which had previously been approved by the former Democratic majority).

One Croton United Party Trustee even repeatedly suggested buying the Volunteer FD a “tonka truck” as a substitute.  Another Croton United Party Trustee claimed that the VFD, which is led by a Croton resident who is an FDNY firefighter, had sought an “overbuilt” replacement rescue truck.  The Mayor suggested that the VFD make a standard practice of keeping equipment in service beyond what is in the National Fire Protection Association’s guidelines.

All of these statements were made at public, televised and recorded meetings of the Village Board.

With the adoption of the Bond Resolutions for the funding of Village Capital Projects, the new majority has acknowledged the utility and necessity of using low-interest, tax-free municipal bonds to pay for important improvements for our community.  Just as private sector companies use bonds to purchase new equipment or families use mortgages to purchase homes, the Village (like many other governments, including the Croton-Harmon Schools and the Town of Cortlandt), uses bonds to pay for needed capital improvements.

One doesn’t need an MBA to see that financing and making these improvements at a time of historically low-interest rates is financially responsible.

As reported by the  Wall Street Journal, a recent McKinsey study found that government should boost infrastructure spending to meet the public’s needs.  An S&P analyst warned, in that same article, that  forgoing timely improvements could drive up costs in the long run.

I am glad that the Croton United Party majority on the Village Board may finally be acknowledging these realities.  I hope that such a realistic understanding will serve as the basis for a mature and rational discussion about our Village and its budgetary priorities going forward.

Sincerely,

Brian Pugh

AUGUST 26 IS WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY – Important Information for Voters as we honor the anniversary of the 19th Amendment

August 26, 2016
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August 26th marks the 96th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns is marking this historic occasion by engaging and empowering voters to participate this year.

 

“As Election Day approaches, now is the time to make sure you, and the people in your life, are registered to vote at your current address. In New York, voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than October 14th and received by the board of elections no later than October 19th to be eligible to vote in the General Election” said League president Emma Lou Louis.

“Women’s Equality Day is all about celebrating what Americans can do to build a better democracy: VOTE! With so much at stake this election year, nationally as well as locally, the League is ready to help get you ready to vote. The League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns will be registering voters throughout the Rivertowns as well as inviting candidates running for office to participate in candidate forums in addition to providing information for our voters’ guide.”

“Please set aside just a few minutes to check on your registration status and begin learning about the candidates and issues that will be on your ballot.” Ms. Louis said. “Visit VOTE411.org or lwv-rivertowns.org for all of your election information in 2016!”

“Women who fought for the right to vote understood that voting is the key way to make an impact on the critical issues facing their communities.” President Louis concluded. “Women’s Equality Day is the perfect time to get ready and commit to get out and vote.”

 

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Grand Street Closed Monday 8-22 8am-12noon

August 22, 2016
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On Monday, August 22nd, Grand Street between Old Post Road North and Old Post Road South and Old Post Road North between Van Wyck Street and Grand Street will be closed from 8am to 12 noon.  This is due to an expected large attendance for a funeral service at Holy Name of Mary Church.  Please plan accordingly when travelling through the Village.

Village Board of Trustees Agenda – August 22, 2016 Work Session

August 22, 2016
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The agenda for the August 22, 2016 Work Session is available to view online. Please see link below.

 

http://crotononhudson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=352&MinutesMeetingID=-1&doctype=Agenda

Tell the USCG to “Deep Six” Hudson River Oil Barge Proposal

August 19, 2016
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Is the Hudson River going to become a floating oil storage facility and floating fuel pipeline?

Recently, and unexpectedly, Hudson River municipalities became aware that the United States Coast Guard is considering a proposal to add 10 commercial/industrial barge anchorage locations in the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston. These would accommodate 43 barges.

Closest to us are proposed anchorages in the Hudson off Montrose and by Tompkins Cove Others are off Yonkers and Dobbs Ferry.

The Village Board passed a resolution of objection to the proposal at its last meeting. To the extent that our Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) can help influence the outcome we should do what we can to influence the NYS Dept. of State which administers the Coastal Zone Act and its policies.

The purpose of the industry-proposed anchorages is to provide “waiting space” for barges along the river as they move to deliver and pickup cargos. Much of this cargo is the volatile Bakken oil from North Dakota being exported to overseas customers.
Beyond the obvious scenic and aesthetic impacts, other impacts could be severe. The anchorages would be adjacent to the main shipping channel increasing the potential for collisions and fuel spills. Recreational boaters in the Hudson River would be forced around these sites into the busy main channels or into the shallower water closer to shore creating safety issues for them. Unmanned and unlit fuel-loaded barges could be navigational and security hazards. This is not an exhaustive list of potential problems but it highlights the problems which need to be studied.

For everyone and every “River town” that has worked hard to restore the Hudson and reclaim our riverfront, this is a slap in the face.

As my colleague Trustee Brian Pugh wrote last week, the Coast Guard is only accepting comments until Sept. 7. Submit your comments at http://www.regulations.gov using the USCG-2016-0132 docket number at the site.

Ann Gallelli

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Coming Up At Croton Academy of Arts

August 19, 2016
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Croton Farmers Market Preview August 20, 2016

August 18, 2016
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Croton-on-Hudson Farmers Market News for
August 21, 2016

 CornandSquasg duo
Corn and squash part of the “Three Sisters” growing together for mutual gain.

New & In Season
Melons are really sweet this year.  Pick up a cantaloupe and watermelon.
The farmers have baby-sized watermelons.  Easy to carry home.
Rotating Vendors
Bombay Emerald Chutney Butchie’s Organic Farm
What We’re Thinking About

Squash, Beans and Corn:
The Three Sisters

 

When early people in the North and South American continent began to cultivate plants, three notable ones were squash, corn and beans.  Squash was domesticated from wild seeds around 8-10,000 years ago and beans and corn around 5-6,000 years ago.

 

Many native people developed methods of growing we now call companion planting.  This is when one plant has a role to play and each adds value to the whole.  While different tribes planted squash, beans and corn together, each region developed methods adapted to their climate.  To native people, planting these crops had a spiritual basis as the three seeds were considered a gift from the Great Spirit and the bean, squash and corn seeds were watched over by sister spirits.

 

Each plant had a different purpose.  Hills were created spaced across a field, perhaps three feet apart.  Initially several corn seeds were planted in each mound.  When the corn was 6 inches tall, beans and squash were planted around the young plants.  The beans would grow and begin to climb up the corn stalks.  The squash grew along the ground encircling the corn.  The corn provided the climbing support for the beans, the bean fixed nitrogen in the soil (since corn needs a lot of nitrogen to grow successfully), and the squash leaves provided protection from the sun and also suppressed weeds.  This type of farming was truly sustainable as no extra inputs were needed to keep the plants or the soil healthy.  After harvest the corn provided carbohydrates, the beans provided protein and the squash provided vitamins and oil pressed from the seeds.

 

Several companies offer seeds that make if possible to recreate a Three Sisters garden.  For fun ask your market farmer if they grow any heirloom varieties of corn, squash or beans.  If not, maybe you could encourage them to try next season.  It is good to have some hardy varieties, that have stood the test of time, still being grown as the climate undergoes changes.  Here is a link where you can find heirloom seed varieties and a link to a local initiative in Kingston, NY where they are creating a Native American Seed Sanctuary.

 

http://www.seedsavers.org/

 

http://hvfarmhub.org/about/seed-sanctuary/

 

http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/bonuspacks.html#sis

 

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