Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report April 25, 2017

Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report April 25, 2017

New Castle Supervisor’s Report – 4/25/2017

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

Distracted Driving
Proud to be in Albany on Monday for 2017 Distracted Driving Awareness Lobby Day. Advocates from across the State joined NYS Senator Terrence Murphy, Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz and Ben Lieberman to educate legislators about “Evan’s Law”, named after Ben’s 19-year-old son who was killed in a distracted driving accident. This legislation has bi-partisan support and would make New York the first state to attempt a distracted driving policy that enables police to examine phones at an accident site using the “Textalyzer”. Thank you to Assemblyman David Buchwald for stepping up and adding his name to the sponsorship at the press conference. Special thanks to Chief Ferry and Officer Golenac for making the trip and helping us educate lawmakers about this dangerous epidemic. 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. But, we need to give our police departments the tools they need to collect data and hold drivers accountable. I look forward to a distracted driving policy in New York that enables police to examine phones at an accident site using the textalyzer.

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
We had a fantastic fundraiser to support our beautiful 425 seat Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Thank you to Frank Shiner and his all-star band for donating 100% of ticket sale profits go to the Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.  Read more:

Besides being a talented artist, Frank volunteers his time on the Town’s Arts and Culture Committee, which Lisa Katz chairs.  He, along with Jonathan Leibner, Jeff Kuduk, David Restivo and Roberta Lasky have been working tirelessly to develop this center, as well as enhancing arts and culture throughout New Castle. Thank you also to Michele Gregson and Tracy Stein who have worked tirelessly leading Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, the fundraising arm of ChappPAC. Another great event will be held at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center on Sat., April 29th, 4pm. The Chappaqua Orchestra will perform an encore presentation of Peter and the Wolf with narration by WQXR’s radio host Elliott Forrest. We will also premiere an original work, The Babbling Orchestra, story by Elliott Forrest and music by the conductor of TCO – Michael Shapiro. Advance Purchase $20, Concert Day $25, (kids under 4 free) Buy Online here.

First Responders
I would like to thank the volunteers of the Chappaqua Fire Department for running another wonderful Easter Egg Hunt last Sunday at Chappaqua Crossing. Our volunteers do so much for the community! The Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps is hosting a panel discussion on May 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Library on ways to keep yourself, your family and your home safe and healthy. Topics to be covered include how to handle home medical emergencies, how to stock a first aid kit for your home, and basic first aid. Questions from the audience will be encouraged and refreshments will be served. Go to the home page our web site to learn more about becoming a New Castle First Responder.

Neighborhood Speed Awareness Campaign
Problems with speeding vehicles often involve local drivers who are daily roadway users and live in or nearby the affected neighborhood. In addition to selective traffic enforcement, radar speed signs & additional signage (curves, hidden driveways, etc), our police department is introducing our Speed Awareness Campaign. A Speed Awareness Campaign is an effective way to remind local drivers to lower their speeds and be extra cautious in residential neighborhoods. Our police department has 25 “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here” lawn signs & 4 “Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25” metal street signs. If you’re interested in bringing a speed awareness campaign to your neighborhood, please contact the office of the Chief of Police – or call 914-238-7292. These campaigns are a great way for New Castle residents and police to work together to make the neighborhood safer!

Community Based Comprehensive Plan
This process has involved an unprecedented amount of community input. So much so that Pace Land Use Law Center, known for fostering collaborative decision-making techniques, highlighted our comp plan in their Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program. As well, Pace is using our Comp Plan as a model approach in all of their discussions engagements. Other communities have already reached out to us for guidance. We continue to seek community input as we continued our public hearing last night. Our next public hearings – during our regularly scheduled Town Board meetings – will be on May 9th & May 23rd. For those who cannot attend our Town Board meetings, we have scheduled a special morning meeting on Wed., May 17th, 9am, Town Hall Assembly Room.

The Westchester County Planning Board reviewed our proposed 2017 Comprehensive Plan. They noted that the proposed Comprehensive Plan is organized according to plan principles put forth by the American Planning Association. They noted that our proposed Comprehensive Plan is consistent with the County Planning Board’s long-range planning policies. They noted that our plan is more succinct than a traditional comprehensive plan, and acknowledged that this approach has allowed our plan to focus on the issues that matter most to our Town and allowed for the creation of a more user-friendly multi-disciplinary compressive plan. They commended the town for recommending that future growth to be directed towards the Town’s hamlet centers to create mixed-use environments containing housing at a range of price points. They commended the Town for placing a large emphasis on increasing the walkability of the hamlet centers through better pedestrian connections to transit. They also commended the Town for wanting to increase access between housing units and retail storefronts, which is highly consistent with Westchester 2025. They appreciated our recommendation that all new developments include “green” or sustainable building methods and technologies.

Chappaqua Crossing
Summit Development recently closed on their construction loan. It noted that other notable tenants at the center besides Whole Foods and Life Time Fitness include Pet Value, Chase Bank, AT&T and Go Health Urgent Care. As far as preparatory work, steel will soon be delivered. The homes Roaring Brook Road will come down. The road improvements are coming this summer, As well, as part of the approval of retail at Chappaqua Crossing, Summit Greenfield was required to pay for improvements to the Horace Greeley High School entrance drive. Work will begin this summer. Some have asked about the shuttle bus, they are looking to order it this Spring.

Millwood InterGenerate Garden
I would like to thank a few local merchants who have agreed to sponsor the Millwood InterGenerate Community Garden. We are still looking for more sponsors. Stay tuned for details about a community fundraiser at DeCicco & Sons in Millwood.

  • 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

Bulb Planting in Memory of Henriette Suhr
Back in October, 2015, we had a community bulb planting in memory of Henriette Suhr. Thank you to Bob Kirkwood for organizing this memorial and Mary Watson for donating the daffodil bulbs. They look great!

Chappaqua Farmers Market
The market will be back at the train station on May 6th.

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