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A Letter From Trustee Pugh

January 8, 2016

To the Editor:

As we begin 2016 with historic above-freezing temperatures reported in the arctic, a record low tax cap and strained household budgets, it is imperative to think of environmentally and economically sound decisions we can make individually and as a Village.

In the last Gazette, I wrote about current Village energy conservation projects begun last year: converting streetlights to LEDs and the municipal building’s oil-fueled boiler to one powered by cleaner burning natural gas (which would result in a 35% reduction greenhouse gas emissions and allow us to replace our aging underground oil tank).

For 2016, I hope that Village will seriously consider and embrace a few proposals that have been put to the Village’s Sustainability Committee. These include:

1) The Municipal Solar Buyers Group–organized by Sustainable Westchester, which will enable local governments to lower their electric bills with municipal solar power.

2) Community Choice Aggregation–also organized by Sustainable Westchester, which will provide residents with the option of selecting a “carbon free” source of electricity, in addition to securing lower electric rates on the supply of power.

3) Taking the Waste Out of Solid Waste–Working with the DPW to identify more efficient and economical waste management practices and policies that will reduce our environmental impact and the budgetary (and property tax) burdens of waste disposal.

I encourage anyone who is interested in energy issues to join the Sustainability Committee. I welcome suggestions and questions from residents on these and other issues. I can be reached at:

Happy New Year and Have a Green 2016!


Brian Pugh

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