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Postcard Tuesdays Now 10,000 Strong!

April 30, 2017
Postcard Tuesdays
We have reached our 10,000 card mark with your amazing help!
Join us this Tuesday to express your concerns
to our local and national leaders.

Stay and write. Grab and go.
Reminder: Bring your return address labels!

Black Cow Coffee Co.

We are looking for someone to take on the Green Growler location from 5-8pm,
please be in touch with us.

Your voice is needed to help protect the environment.
It is important they hear from us.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has now opened its regulatory review to public comment. Every voice counts.
Please add yours before May 15!
Oppose the rollback of environmental protections!

J O I N   U S   A T   T H E S E   L O C A L   E V E N T S ! 
Support our immigrant neighbors.
Bean Runner Cafe, 201 South Division Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Sunday, April 30, 4-7pm
For more information, click below.

Save the Date! 
May 20, Croton Point Park’s Senasqua Lodge
Enjoy the talents of local musicians and performers.
We’re gathering to raise money for causes at risk.
To attend, simply click below then donate at least $20 to one of the four organizations listed and you’re on the list!

Postcard Tuesdays is a vehicle for citizens to express their concerns to elected representatives and exercise their cherished First Amendment rights.  We want to build bridges instead of walls, and we trust that can happen through informed constructive exchange.  What are your concerns about the environment, education, immigration, NEA, EPA,  and other current issues?  We want our leaders to know our thoughts.  Our efforts are pro-democracy, and we are open to all.  We are united together for positive change.

We are on a mission, join us!
Soli Pierce and Susannah Johnston

Sunset Park open this weekend

April 29, 2017

Sunset Park will be open this weekend.

Please note that a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the re-opening of the park is scheduled for May 4 at 4 PM.

Decoding Village Agendas – May 1, 2017

April 29, 2017

Regular Meeting of the Village Board

8:00 pm

 (Open to Public  – Televised)




  1. Public Hearing to consider Local Law Intro. 2 of 2017 amending Chapter 70 Alarm Systems of the Village Code to reflect updates in technology.    The proposed amendments reflect technology changes since it adoption.  These changes include updated definitions and inclusion of cell phone systems.



  1. The Board considers adopting Local Law Intro 1 of 2017, which would transition the Village’s water billing from biannually to quarterly.   With this change, Village water users would get 4 bills/ year instead of 2.   The intent is to even out the bill amount over the year instead of the typical big bill in December (reflecting usage in hot weather months) and smaller one in June. It would also be quicker in identifying and correcting any leaks.  The change would also reduce the number of Water Rate Tiers from 6 to 5 and billing would be based on the prior quarter’s consumption rather than the prior year’s consumption.
  2. Authorizing the Village Manager to allocate funds from the Gouveia Park Trust in the amount of $10,500 for the installation of a water meter required to provide water service to the Gouveia Park property and house.  It was discovered that the well system providing potable water to the house as Gouveia Park had stopped functioning properly.  Since there is an existing water main located within Albany Post Road, a service line was connected and installed up to the property line.  In order to provide a reliable source of water for future use, and replace the Village’s maintenance responsibilities, a water meter is required to be installed.  Bringing village water to the site will allow for its future expansion.  Three price quotes were received for this work.
  3. Authorizing the Village Manager to allocate charges to the Gouveia Park Trust for the removal of three large pine trees and associated brush that were growing against the Gouveia Park house and overhanging the roof in the amount of $4,491.  This work was completed in April by Golden’s Tree Service and the resolution calls for allocating the cost to the Trust fund established for this Park.
  4. Authorizing the Village Manager to allocate the purchase of three picnic tables to the Gouveia Park Trust in the amount of $3,332.10.  These are 8’ plastic tables with molded seats with cedar tops at $999/each.
  5. Authorizing the Village Manager to renew the contract with SeamlessDocs in the amount of $2,475.  SeamlessDocs has provided the platform to enable Village residents to register and pay for recreation classes online as well as created a FOIL form that can be submitted online.  This is a renewal of the current contract at the existing price but will allow for the online submission of FOIL requests, thus making it easier for FOILs to be submitted to the Village.
  6. Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2016-2017 General Fund Budget in the amount of $14,4000 for the reversal of the August 1, 2016, Village Board resolution in regard to insurance recoveries. The Village had previously recognized the insurance recoveries for damage to a stone column on North Highland Avenue as revenue in FY15-16.   This resolution corrects a budgetary error.
  7. Authorizing the Village Treasurer to amend the 2016-2017 General Fund Budget in the amount of $25,415.97 for monies received through insurance recoveries for damaged Village vehicles.   This resolution is part of the year end finalization process for the 2016-2017 budget.
  8. Authorizing the Village Manager to enter into agreement with Trillium Invasive Species Management, Inc. of Esopus, New York to treat the infestation of phragmites and knotweed at Duck Pond, Kaplan’s Pond, Senasqua Park, Croton Landing , Black Rock Park and Gouveia Park for the period of June 2017 through May 2018 in the amount of $18,750.  Both phragmites and knotweed have become prevalent in some Village parks and are posing a threat to the natural environment in these areas, which has necessitated the need for an invasive species management plan.   At its last meeting, the Board approved a Spring treatment program by Trillium.  This contract is for the remainder of the year for the same locations and covers treatments in summer and fall.
  9. The Board of Trustees considers ratifying the Village Manager’s authorization of a reimbursement payment to the property owners within the Old Post Road North easement area for the removal of three trees that are causing a hazardous condition to a common electric service line in an amount not to exceed $1,181.13.  The Village has an agreement with these property owners to maintain and repair a water booster station and water line in the easement area.  As stated, the trees are considered potentially hazardous to the future maintenance of utility service to parcels owned by both private property owners and a village easement in this area.  An agreement was reached whereby each of the parties would be reimbursed 1/3 for the costs following successful removal.
  10. Authorizing the Village Manager to approve the proposal from RIO Supply Inc. of New York in the amount of $7,500 to install meter readers, provide software updates, and the training needed for Village staff.  The current meter readers utilized by the Village’s Water Department have reached the end of their life cycle and are in need of replacement.   The actual resolution is not included in the online agenda.  However, this cost covers the purchase on one new meter reader and the necessary charging equipment.
  11. Authorizing the Village Manager to sign the proposal from Anthony L. Fiorito, Inc. in the amount of $65,000 for emergency repairs to the sanitary sewer line between Van Wyck Street and Riverside Avenue.   A Village-owned 8” sewer main running from the west end of Van Wyck Street downhill to Riverside next to the Bestweb building needed emergency repairs.  While the Village made a temporary repair, this resolution authorizes a permanent repair to the line.

Photographers of Northern Westchester 2017 starting May 7; Also Marcy B. Freedman at CFL April 30

April 29, 2017

At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley, 2021 Albany Post Rd (Rt 9a), at the north end of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, just north of the Montrose/Buchanan exit from Rt 9 (directions).

Join us for the Reception on Sunday, May 7, from 2 to 5 pm, with music by the madrigal group 1601 from 4 to 5 pm.  If you can’t make the reception, you can also see the exhibit each day from Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

NB – Photographers interested in exhibiting: the exhibitions is open to all members of the Croton Council on the Arts, who may show one or two photos for one $10 hanging fee.  Early drop-off (and late pick-up) can be arranged for those who can’t make the drop-off (May 6, 1-5 pm) or pick-up (May 13, 1-4 pm).  Click for full details and information on joining CCoA or renewing your membership.

Other Arts News:

Sunday, April 30, at 2 pm at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, NY 10520:

WOMEN RISING, Scars and All:  During the past year, under the auspices of Lana Yu’s “What Matters Project“, Marcy B. Freedman led a series of discussion sessions with women aged 55 to 95 years of age, in order to explore the “pros and cons of aging … from the female perspective.”  Marcy has created a spoken-word performance to honor the spirit of these amazing older women, “who have managed to survive and thrive in our youth-obsessed culture.”  The musicians of Skin Against Metal, Nanette Garcia and Maurice Minichino, will provide an ambient soundscape as well as musical interludes.

Call for Artists:  The Arc of Westchester has sent out a call for artists in all mediums for an exhibit in its gallery265, at the Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center, 265 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10532. on June 1 entitled “Going Green!,” the slogan of which is “Expand creativity while being kind to the environment.”   The artwork must be created using recycled materials. The Arc of Westchester is “the largest agency in Westchester County supporting children, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families.” For more information and entry form, click here.

From the WatchCroton mailbag!

April 27, 2017

To the editor,
County Executive Rob Astorino is attempting to file a lawsuit against the state of New York over the planned shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

At first glance, this may look like a gesture of support for the many individuals whose jobs, taxes and economic well-being are impacted by the closing of the plant.  However, a lawsuit takes money and resources that would be better utilized by working with local and state task forces to figure out how to reduce the economic and environmental impact of this closing on Westchester County.  A lawsuit diverts energy that could be spent more effectively to work to develop funds to offset the loss of revenue facing the communities surrounding Indian Point.  A lawsuit to slow down the plant’s closing is to deny the reality that the closing is because Entergy has said Indian Point is no longer economically viable.  Rather than a lawsuit, Astorino would be better serving his constituents by helping to develop a comprehensive exit plan for those affected and by working to bring in businesses that will increase jobs and revenue for the County.

Astorino claims he is filing this lawsuit because a full environmental review was not done before an agreement to close the plant.  This claim is ironic for two reasons.  First, Astorino himself has tried to push through deals without full review as evidenced by his attempt last year to broker a deal to privatize the Westchester County airport with Oaktree Management without accepting other bids or having a public hearing.  Secondly, Astorino has been perfectly content to let Indian Point operate in Westchester for many years with expired licenses and multiple safety violations, making his alleged concern about a lack of environmental review disingenuous, to say the least.

I believe that Astorino is not filing this lawsuit to help the citizens of Westchester County but to engage in political grandstanding to help define himself against his gubernatorial rival Andrew Cuomo. Westchester County deserves better political leadership than this.

Bettina Mayer, Member of Croton in Action
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Croton Friends of History Present: VOICES FROM WITHIN

April 26, 2017
Michael Capra, Superintendent of the Sing Sing Correctional Facility, will discuss the Voices From Within Project, an initiative that addresses the epidemic of gun violence through the voices of inmates and their victims. He will also show the short documentary film about the project.

UUAI Meetup Tomorrow – Human Rights Fundraiser This Sunday

April 26, 2017
Your group leaders and members at Up&Up have been busy creating events, lobbying in Albany, making phone calls, and connecting with other activated Westchester citizens. Join us on Thursday April 27th and find out what we’ve been up to and how you can help!

The following UUAI Campaign Groups will be meeting:



The UUAI Human Rights Group has been working hard and organized an amazing fundraiser for the Hudson Valley Community Coalition coming up THIS SUNDAY APRIL 30th.

– Can’t Come – Donate Anyway –


Come and enjoy LIVE MUSIC by artists from Peekskill to Brooklyn and experience Spoken Word & Stories from area poets. Learn more about the great work Hudson Valley Community Coalition does and have fun while supporting immigrant families in the Hudson Valley.


Find Out More in the Flyer Below!

Can’t make it to DC for the Climate March this weekend?

Join local folks at the Climate Rally in White Plains!

Impacting the Administration

In the Name of Humanity,

We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! is organizing 10 days of action to get as many people involved together as one voice in dissent during
April 22-May 1st.

April 29: People’s Climate March

May 1st: Protests against the attacks on Immigrants


YOU are needed! Your phone calls have and will make a difference!

DC is currently debating the Republican president’s inhumane budget, which has now turned into a “fund my wall” vs “shut down the government” fight with Friday, April 28th, as the deadline.

We need all hands on deck, calling your representatives, telling them how YOU think your money should (or shouldn’t) be spent.

Here’s some background info from “The 65”


“Hi, I’m [NAME], a constituent. I’m calling because I strongly oppose any federal budget that funds the construction of the southern border wall. Please urge [Senator/Representative’s NAME] to do whatever it takes to keep funding for the wall out of the budget bill. I expect Congress to speak out against Trump’s extremist agenda, not embolden it with billions in taxpayer dollars.”

Cortlandt Democratic Committee

Spring Fundraiser

2017 is an election year! We’ve got great potential to pick up Democratic seats town and county wide. The Cortlandt Democratic Committee is hosting their annual spring brunch and forum to raise money to help support these local candidates. Come join the CDC to hear from local leaders, meet local politicians, and get to know other activated members of our community.

Check out the Up & Up Website for links to Local Organizations, National Movements, Calls To Action and the WESTCHESTER EVENT CALENDAR