New Castle Supervisor Quarterly Update – 3rd Quarter – 2017

 

The New Castle eNewsletter

2017 – 3rd Quarter Review

Rob Greenstein
Town Supervisor, New Castle
 

Las Vegas Shooting

I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the senseless shooting last night in Las Vegas. These innocents are in our thoughts this morning. This is a tragedy that should not have happened. It is too early to know the details about the criminal who committed this atrocity. It is too early to know the names of those who lost their lives and those who were injured. But it is not too early to once again call for the ban of the sale of military assault rifles. It is not too early to once again demand that our nation’s leaders unify and support sensible gun control while recognizing the rights of Americans to own guns. And it is not too early for our community, as a whole, to lend our voices to the calls against hatred. Unfortunately, this is not my first message following an act of violence in our country. All local leaders have an obligation, a duty, to speak out and to urge action. No community is immune from gun violence. We in New Castle know that all too well. Love begins at home. Together, as a community, let’s send out our warmest sympathies and prayers to those directly impacted by this murderer. And together, as a community, let’s send our message to legislators demanding a change to our gun laws. And together, as a community, let’s take a stand against hatred and the tragedy it so often brings.

 

2017 – 3rd Quarter Review

I have said it again and again: it is truly an honor to serve the citizens of New Castle. From the start, I have believed that your Town Supervisor should be guided by rights and obligations. The rights of the community to be heard and to be informed are critical to a responsive Town Government. And we must always be conscious of our obligations to listen and communicate effectively as we work to address current concerns and problems while at the same time improving our Town and planning for the future. I also recognize that while town-wide issues are my focus, no individual matter is too small for a responsive town government. I welcome those opportunities for more personal contact with residents. As we look ahead, there remains much work to be done, and I will continue to work hard for the entire community. It is my pleasure, then, as Supervisor to provide a quarterly report – 3rd Quarter of 2017 – to the community about current Town projects and initiatives.

  • Hunts Place Brownfield Remediation
  • Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization
  • Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
  • Chappaqua Crossing
  • Paving
  • Sidewalks
  • 2017 Comprehensive Plan Implementation
  • Railroad Crossing Safety
  • Distracted Driving
  • Westchester Airport
  • Sustainability
  • Community Preparedness
  • Ethics Code
  • Route 117
  • Double Utility Poles
  • Town Hall Basketball Court
  • Millwood DOT Yard
  • Millwood InterGenerate Community Garden
  • Millwood 200 Year Anniversary
  • Millwood Train Station
  • Green Community Roundtable
  • Community Sign
  • Chappaqua Crossing
  • Keeping of Poultry
  • Regulation of Vape Shops

Hunts Place Brownfield Remediation

During the month of August, I provided three updates on the brownfield remediation being done at 54 Hunts Place. This is the site near the Quaker Street Bridge and Saw Mill River Parkway. As I’ve mentioned before, for residents who think that a residential apartment building doesn’t belong sandwiched between the Harlem Line railroad and a busy parkway off-ramp – every member of the current Town Board agrees with you!! By way of background, this project was approved by a prior Town Board in 2013. Every member of the current Town Board has expressed our negative opinion about its poor location and unsuitability for residential housing. Our outspokenness angered the Federal Housing Monitor and the United States Attorney’s Office, which criticized the Town Board for simply expressing negative opinions about the project site. The Federal Monitor even directed the Town to “cease and desist” from expressing concerns about the project site, which we refused to do. This project site stinks, in every sense of the word.

Over the last quarter, my first update addressed the presence of unacceptably strong odors during the first phase of the construction which involved remediating the environmental contamination on the property, which was used to run a kerosene, fuel oil and gasoline supply business between roughly the 1930s and 1960s. New York State Department Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) ordered the contractor not to perform any additional excavation of contaminated soil until a revised odor control plan was submitted. The Town retained our own environmental consultant, WCD Group. NYSDEC agreed to allow our environmental consultant the opportunity to review and comment on the air monitoring plan and revised odor control plan. Click here for my report of August 9, 2017. My second update addressed the recommendations made by our environmental consultant. These recommendations were all approved by NYSDEC. Among other things, the recommendations included additional air monitoring stations, and the use of odor suppressing foam and spray. We requested that NYSDEC, as well as our environmental consultant, maintain a continual presence on the site during the remainder of the excavation activities. We requested that daily air sensor reports be reviewed by NYS Department of Health, as well as our environment consultant. All air sensor reports have been uploaded to the Town’s website under latest news. Lastly, a Hunts Place Odor Complaint Hotline was established. Click here for my report of August 18, 2017. My third report addressed continued concerns and questions. Our environmental consultant attended our work session on Wed, August 23rd and answered questions from Town Board members & residents. Here’s the video of the work session. Following the meeting, I asked NYSDEC a number of questions. Click here for the questions and answers. I reminded residents that our environmental consultant’s opinion has consistently been that only low grade organic vapors were being generated in the immediate vicinity of the excavation, and that these vapors were not travelling any measurable distance from the site. The air monitoring readings were all well below the site guidance level. Click here for my report of August 25, 2017.

We have asked our environmental consultant to prepare a proposal to evaluate the remedial plan, and advise as to off-site impacts. We will continue to monitor for any potential hazards. We will continue to work with NYSDEC and environmental consultant. We will continue to make sure our residents are safe, all questions are answered and concerns addressed.

 

Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization

We celebrated the groundbreaking of the Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project on July 13th. We are very excited to get started on this monumental project that will include replacement of critical infrastructure and new, wider sidewalks, attractive new public spaces, and charming details throughout Chappaqua’s Downtown. Most importantly, the streetscape work will also have new crosswalks and traffic/parking improvements that will make it safer for residents to walk around our downtown. Downtown work began in July. ELQ, our contractor, has installed the temporary water main, which was already approved for use by the Westchester County Department of Health. Crews are now installing the new water main replacing the 80 year old failing water main. Our project manager, Boswell Engineering, has rented office space in Bank of America. We’re working on comprehensive infrastructure (water, sewer, stormwater, and roadway improvements), as well as landscape design and streetscape improvements for the Chappaqua Hamlet. We are working to make sure are pedestrians are safe during construction. We are also asking residents to support our merchants during construction. While short-term sacrifice will bring long-term benefits, we must all do our best to lessen the impact on our merchants during construction. We held an informal information session on Wed, September 27th from 7pm – 8 pm at Town Hall to discuss, among other topics, the general project scope, nighttime work and scheduling. We have applied for three grants for this project. We also submitted an application to EFC, positioning ourselves for funding next year.

 

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center


Our Fall season has been released. We already had two great events. We hosted a concert with Cyrille Aimee. We also hosted an art show “Revolution – Art for Positive Social Change”. Next up is Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets on October 8th. As well, NWAG opens their show, Method & Melody on October 14th, which will be in conjunction with the musical performance with Sō Percussion. Co-Sponsored by Sari Shaw of Platinum Reality in Chappaqua, the opening reception for the show Method & Melody 5-8pm. I would like to thank Andrew Corsilia, Principal Seven Bridges Middle School, for introducing me to Mike Santini, Director of Development at the ProspectTheater. For those who don’t know, the Prospector Theater is located in Ridgefield, CT and provides employment opportunities to people with disabilities. Two years ago, Mike, with a team from the Prospector, visited Seven Bridges to run a program on understanding and valuing all of our differences. I told Mike that we hope to follow the model of the Prospector Theater for our Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. I told Mike about our incredible Exceptional People Committee whose mission is to find ways to better the lives of those with special needs. I’m looking forward to our tour of the Prospector on Thursday November 9th with Councilwoman Lisa Katz, Chair of our Arts & Culture Committee, Shannon Mrazik, chair of our Exceptional People Committee and John Fanelli, our theater manager. 

Chappaqua Crossing

As part of the approval of retail at Chappaqua Crossing, Summit Greenfield (“SG”) was required to pay for improvements to the Horace Greeley High School entrance drive. The high school entrance was re-constructed to ease traffic into the campus. It is now three lanes wide. Lower Roaring Brook Road was repaved – that too was paid for by Summit Greenfield. The final piece of the high school entrance project – a traffic light at the intersection of Roaring Brook Road by the Education Center – will be installed during summer 2018. The rest of Roaring Brook Road will be paved at that time. Whole Foods has received their building permit.

 

Paving

Route 120 was repaved from the Route 133/120 traffic signal and proceeding south on Route 120 for 1.6 miles. There is no doubt we have a lot of caching up to do in regard to paving. Over the last 3 years, we’ve spent close to $3,000,000 but many more roads need to be paved. We are committed to paving our roads but we must also face the reality that we live with a tax cap. We are revitalizing downtown Chappaqua, and that counts toward the tax cap. Having said that, we pay a lot in taxes and our residents deserve smooth roads. It’s a balancing act. We are doing our best. We also paved the south commuter parking lot. Here is an update on the Town roads being paved this year:

  • Whippoorwill Crossing
  • Turner Drive
  • Turner Drive South
  • Kitchel
  • Glendale
  • Inningwood
  • North Place
  • South Place
  • East Place
  • West Place
  • Mid Place
  • Curtis
  • Shinglehouse (will be done soon)

 

Sidewalks

We finally began the long anticipated replacement work on the Route 120 sidewalk from Grafflin School to Ridgewood Terrace. This segment of sidewalk replacement project is expected to last through mid-November. The Town expects to continue the last segment of the Route 120 sidewalk replacement project in the Spring/Summer of 2018. This project is also expected to be constructed in conjunction with the continuation of the Con Ed gas main replacements in this area. As part of the Comprehensive Plan, we have included smart growth principles in the development of hamlet design guidelines to create an active pedestrian environment. We have also included action plans to develop a comprehensive sidewalk plan, which includes identification of priority areas for new sidewalk construction and rehabilitation of existing sidewalks. Focus will be placed on commercial areas and outlying neighborhoods. We will also examine the feasibility of sidewalks within and between neighborhoods that do not border commercial areas, as well as sidewalks on all major routes including Rt. 117, 100, 120, 133, 128. This must be a priority, and it will be!

 

2017 Comprehensive Plan Implementation

Now that we’ve adopted the 2017 Comprehensive Plan it’s time for the current Town Board to prioritize our goals. This process has already started in the context of preparing the 2018 budget. Our department heads our prioritizing their goals/action items on the implementation table. Many, if not most, of their goals/action items will require funding. Here’s a link for the adopted 2017 Comprehensive Plan . The Town Board is now working on identifying our priorities for 2017 Comprehensive Plan implementation. My top 5 are as follows:

  • Strengthen zoning code to encourage the provision of mixed-use, multi-family, condominiums, townhouses, apartments, senior and workforce housing, and accessory dwelling units in or in proximity to the hamlets and their amenities, including retail, health care, and transportation.
  • Examine the feasibility of sidewalks on all major routes including Rt. 117, 100, 120, 133, 128.
  • Investigate the feasibility of extending sewer service to the Millwood hamlet, areas of higher density, and where septic systems are failing.
  • Undertake an analysis of development/infill opportunities in the hamlets consistent with community needs, public vision, and environmental and infrastructural constraints. This analysis should determine the net economic benefits of potential mixed use development and associated revenue forecasts of hamlet land use scenarios.
  • Analyze feasibility of Business Improvement District

 

Railroad Crossing Safety

We wrote a letter to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, and, once again, reiterated our request to be added to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) list. We pointed out the need for design and construction of a bridge over the Metro-North Railroad grade crossing at Roaring Brook Road and its intersection with the Saw Mill River Parkway. This letter was sent to: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy, NYS Assemblyman David Buchwald, County Executive Robert P. Astorino, Westchester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, New York State Department of Transportation, MTA & Federal Railroad Administration Region. In response to our letter, we have received calls from Senator Charles Schumer’s office, Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office and New York State Senator Terrence Murphy. They are willing to help with our efforts. Our efforts were recognized on the front cover of the Journal News. Also, proud to introduce our Red Flashing Lights graphic to remind drivers that a controlled railroad crossing usually has red lights along with a crossing gate. Wait for gates to rise AND for the red lights to stop flashing – that’s the law.

 

Distracted Driving

We had a great meeting with six representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), the President of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as Jacy Good and Steve Johnson of Hang Up And Drive. One of the representatives from the NHTSA who attended the meeting oversees their national distracted driving program. They wanted to hear about our efforts here in New Castle so that it can be replicated on a national level. I was also happy to hear that Yonkers Police Department has been using our distracted driving police training video. Governor Cuomo directed his Traffic Safety Committee to study the “Textalyzer”, which would be used to detect if a cellphone was used immediately before a crash. I was honored to speak before the committee on Monday, along with Ben Lieberman, Chief Charles Ferry, New Castle Police Officer Chad Golanec and many New Castle residents. I also would like to thank Senator Terrence Murphy’s office and Assemblyman David Buchwald for speaking before the committee. I’m incredibly proud that New Castle is leading the effort to combat this dangerous epidemic on our roads. Our education and enforcement efforts are being used as a model across the state, and has been recognized at the National level.

 

Westchester Airport

For 32 years there has been a Voluntary Restraint From Flying policy at Westchester Airport. The policy – which keeps planes from taking off or leaving between midnight and 6:30 a.m. each morning – has no enforcement mechanism. The measure is meant to keep the airport a good neighbor but the curfew is routinely broken. Many residents are noticing an increased number of flights, and low altitudes.

We wrote to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Chairman of the Board of Legislators Mike Kaplowitz to express our concerns, and the concerns of residents, regarding any airport privatization and expansion. We stressed that our first priority must be protecting the quality of life for the residents of New Castle and other communities. We expressed our concern that privatization will negatively impact the environment by causing increased air, water and noise pollution in Westchester County and the surrounding region. We also expressed concern about changes that will negatively affect residential property values in our community. We also mentioned our concern with current operations at the Westchester County Airport. Over the years, residents have noticed a substantial increase in the number corporate aircraft using the facility. These charter/corporate jets are not under the passenger cap or flight cap. They fly at low altitudes and continue flights into the night. Corporate and private operators are not subject to any sort of penalty for breaking their curfew. They are creating noise pollution, and our skies are being polluted with jet fumes. The expansion of corporate and charter flights is having a negative impact on our health, quality of life and property values.

As a follow up to our letter, I attended the Westchester Board of Legislators meeting on September 25th and read our letter. I reminded them that when I addressed them four 4 years ago regarding Hunts Place, my efforts were only temporarily successful. They initially denied the funding. Unfortunately, they ultimately approved the funding. I expressed my hope that this time my efforts would have a more lasting impact. I also spoke about the problem with the increased number of private jets, and their low flying altitudes. I also had a long conversation with Westchester County Legislator Dave Gelfarb, who represents Harrison, Rye Brook, Port Chester. The good news is that he recently broke with the County Executive and his fellow Republicans by opposing any privatization deal.

I will continue to work with concerned residents on this issue, and continue to make those concerns known to our County Executive, all Westchester County legislators, our state representatives and other municipalities.

 

Sustainability

We remain committed to working toward reducing our greenhouse gas’ emissions by at least 26% by 2025 (compared with 2005 levels) pursuant to the Paris Accord. Our incredible Sustainability Advisory Board (“SAB”) has been working on developing actual strategies to achieve this goal. I want to thank our incredible SAB for their hard work and dedication to protecting our planet for future generations. We were very proud to be the first community of our size in the state and the first of all municipalities in Westchester County to receive the Clean Energy Community designation. The Town intends to use our $100,000 award to the purchase of an all-electric or hybrid shuttle bus to provide residents and patrons with a no-cost transportation alternative between the Chappaqua Metro-North Railroad Station, the Chappaqua hamlet, and Chappaqua Crossing. With our involvement with Sustainable Westchester, we were delighted to offer our residents a special offer for a $10,000 discount on the 2017 all-electric Nissan Leaf. We now have another great electric vehicle opportunity – $7,500 off the New BMWi3.

Our incredible SAB, in conjunction with our incredible Department of Public Works, have been testing LED streetlights. The goal is to save energy, greenhouse gases and $. There were 5 test lights throughout the town. Lastly, I’m working with our SAB to put together a Roundtable Discussion about how being a Green Community can &/or should help draw new people to our community (especially Millenniums). It’ll be held on Mon., October 23rd, 7p, Chappaqua Library Auditorium. We’ll discuss how our sustainability initiatives make our residents more environmentally responsible, and saves them money! This will be a nice follow-up to our previous roundtable discussion – What Prospective Home buyers are looking for video.

 

Community Preparedness

September was National Preparedness Month. All throughout the month, we encouraged thoughtful preparation for emergencies at home, at work, in school, and in the community. Each weekday throughout the month, our Community Preparedness Committee provided valuable tips and advice on how residents can prepare for emergencies . You can see all tips here.

 

Ethics

On May 9, 2017, we had a joint meeting with the Ethics Board to discuss potential changes to the Ethic’s Law. After adopting a new Ethics Code in 2014, in October, 2015, we requested that the Ethics Board study and make recommendations on whether the Town’s Code of Ethics could be amended to improve and clarify its provisions. The Town Board’s resolution suggested a number of specific subjects for the Ethics Board to consider, and further requested that the Ethics Board consider any other areas that might merit review. The Ethics Board recommended only a single change, which involves their ability to receive ethics complaints directly from residents. We approved that change on Tuesday, Sept 26th. We were so sorry to hear about the passing of James Shanman, the chairman of our Ethics Board. James made a positive, memorable and lasting impression on all of us. He will be missed.

 

Route 117

We’re working on addressing a safety issue with NYS Route 117 by the intersection of Whippoorwill Road. The blind curve on Route 117 leaves southbound drivers approaching the intersection with Whippoorwill Road with insufficient time to brake to avoid a car stopped on Route 117 in anticipation of making a left hand turn on to Whippoorwill. NYS DOT has removed some of the overgrowth in the stone retaining wall and rock outcroppings that create the blind curve along the state right of way to help the sight lines but the improvement was negligible. Caution lights and curve signs warning drivers are obscured by heavy vegetation. We requested that the state 1) immediately remove this vegetation along the State ROW and 2) take action to remove sections of the curve to straighten the road to improve the sight lines 3) site visit followed by a meeting at Town Hall with members of the Region 8 traffic and safety Division to discuss ways to improve the sight lines and the safety of this heavily traveled corridor. Our police department also did a speed survey. They set the area up for speed enforcement at prime hours. A radar speed sign was also installed. The State allowed the sign as long it was only a temporary installation.

 

Double Utility Poles

Besides being unsightly, double utility poles are an immediate and ongoing hazard to motorists, pedestrians, and property throughout the Town. Double poles also increase the hazard of falling poles due to storms, snow, rain, wind or other weather related events and increase the chance of power outages. We compiled a list of double utility poles as a first step to have utility companies work with the Town to remove their double poles and eliminate this public safety concern. We’re also researching whether the Town can address the double poles located in the State and County Right of Way, but we’re not optimistic about being able to regulate in those areas. Generally, the Town can only control its own right of way. Lastly, we are looking into fining utility companies who have double poles in the Town’s right of way.

Con Edison reviewed our proposed “Double Utility Poles” legislation. They requested a meeting, along with the other utility companies, to address our concerns. That meeting was held on July 27th. Turns out there are 338 double poles!! 14 poles were identified as safety issues by our police department There was an agreement that within 30 days of that meeting, there would be an assessment of those 14 poles and recommendation as to resolution of identified problems. Our next meeting is scheduled for October 5, 2017. We’re looking forward to hearing the plan for removal of the 338 identified double wood utility poles. This is a safety, and aesthetic issue.

 

Town Hall Basketball Court

The Town Board decided on a location of the basketball court & Town Hall Playground at last night’s meeting. We decided on a layout nearest to the recreation field. We thanked Senator Murphy for securing a $100,000 grant which allowed us to engage an engineer and create construction drawings. We have asked both Senator Murphy and Assemblyman Buchwald for additional funding. Thank you to Assemblyman David Buchwald for securing a $125,000 grant to be used for our new playground behind Town Hall. This will be an inclusive playground – accessible to children of various physical abilities. Our letter to Senator Terrence Murphyrequesting additional funding. Our letter to Assemblyman David Buchwald requesting additional funding:

 

NYS DOT Yard

As I mentioned in my Supervisor’s Report back in May, 2017, we’ve been working with NYSDOT officials to discuss landscaping at the DOT yard to ensure proper screening (especially for the metal fuel tanks). DOT assured Town officials that they would work with the Town to address our concerns. I’m happy to report that they are! Pursuant to our suggestions, the revised landscaping plan will be planted this Fall – sometime between 9/15 and 11/15. The garage doors are being painted dark brown. The perimeter fencing will be painted black. The driveway has been paved. Stockade fence around the fuel tanks will be installed.

 

Millwood InterGeneral Community Garden

The drainage issues are more extensive than we realized. We’ve been working to ensure that the garden infrastructure is built and that we can build the raised beds and fill them with soil before winter so we are ready to roll in the spring of 2018. Town staff initially applied 40 yards of gravel. We then added another 45 yards. There’s still plenty of cleaning up to do on site (landscaping, debris, etc) but we hope to start putting the beds in very soon. I’d like to thank a few local merchants who have generously agreed to sponsor the Millwood InterGenerate Community Garden.

  • Rocky’s Millwood Deli
  • Drug Mart of Millwood
  • Tazza Cafe
  • Matero Fine Jewelry & Design Inc
  • Dodd’s Wine Shop
  • Rotta Family
  • Sari Shaw, Platinum Drive Realty
  • William Raveis Chappaqua

 

Millwood 200 Year Anniversary

We’re having a big celebration for Millwood’s 200 Year Anniversary on Sat., October 28, 12-5p, Gedney Park (back). We’re having a big stage and band. We’re also planning on having food trucks, as well as rides/bouncy castles, face painting, pumpkin painting, and other fun activities for kids – admission to event is free – pay for food & beverages. We will have a shuttle bus to get people from the parking in the front field and overflow parking at WestOrchard school to the back of Gedney. I would like to thank Ike Kuzio, our new Superintendent of Recreation & Parks, Suzanne Kavic, co-chair of the Millwood West End Advisory Board, Councilwoman Hala Makowska, Town Administrator Jill Shapiro & Ciara Gannon for their work on planning this event. I would like to thank our sponsors:

  • DeCicco & Sons
  • Millwood Plaza
  • Rocky’s Millwood Deli
  • Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehab Center
  • Mavis Tire Supply
  • Summit Grossman
  • Kiwi Country Day Camp
  • Drug Mart of Millwood
  • Millwood Animal Hospital
  • Sari Shaw, Platinum Drive Realty
  • Tazza Cafe
  • New Castle Physical Therapy & Personal Training
  • Dodd’s Liquor City

 

Millwood Train Station

We are in continuous discussions with the County and the State regarding transfer of the property from the State to the County. As of now the current lease is set to expire on 12/31/2018. The State is trying to expedite the approval project, as the County is hoping to secure $8 million through a 15 year bond to pay for the trailway improvements. The bonding cannot be approved without the lease. The County was hoping to start the improvement project this fall. We were asked for a cost estimate of our replica train station project. Our Town Engineer Bob Cioli has created three scenarios based on three different locations.

 

Community Sign

Last month we approved a resolution to approve the purchase of an electronic sign to replace the existing Greeley Booster sign across from the Shell station in downtown Chappaqua. This is a great example of the Chappaqua Central School District, Town of New Castle & Greeley Boosters working together for the benefit of the community. This new electronic sign will be placed on school property close to where the current booster sign is presently sited. We are currently working on a base for our new electronic message board. Thank you to Keiko & Bill Spade for designing the base. Residents may soon see a mock-up as we are testing the visibility from many directions.

 

Keeping of Poultry

Over the past 4 years, many residents have expressed interest in having backyard chicken. We currently only allow chickens in New Castle on lots of at least 10 acres. We are looking into amending our local law. We have studied laws from neighboring municipalities towns. We consulted with our environmental coordinator. We have been provided input from our Environmental Review Board and Conservation Board. We will be receiving input from our Planning Board. We opened our public hearing on September 6, 2017. The public hearing was continued on September 26th. The public hearing was adjourned to October 10th. The Planning Board will be reviewing the proposed local law at their meeting on October 13th.

 

Regulation of Vape Shops

Pleasantville recently opened a vape shop. Many parents are understandably concerned, as are we. Thank you to Councilman Jeremy Saland for raising this issue with the Town Board. Use of electronic cigarettes has been growing steadily in popularity over the past decade. We are looking into regulating vape shops. We are considering various distance restrictions that limit the distance of a vape shop from any park, playground, library, religious institution, or school. To be valid, the zoning ordinance must not be broader than necessary to achieve its purpose. The law would be unconstitutional if the buffer acts to prohibit vape shops in the Town completely. After considering buffers between 250 feet to 750 feet, our attorneys are recommending a 500 foot buffer. The public hearing for the Vape Law has been set for October 10, 2017.

 

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These are the highlights of the matters of Town-wide concern that we have been addressing recently. As I noted at the beginning, a responsive Town government listens, responds and communicates. We work for you, our fellow residents! As we look ahead, I will continue to work hard and get things done that benefit our entire community.

 

 

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