Town of New Castle Supervisor’s Report May 29, 2018

 

New Castle Supervisor’s Report – May 29, 2018

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle
 

Memorial Day Parade

Thank you to Captain James P. Mccauley, Jr. for being the Grand Marshall for 19 straight years! And thank you as well to the Memorial Day Committee: Peter Gaudet, Barbara Jenkel, David Eggerton, Dr. Michael Finkelstein, Lori Townsend and Eric Rosenfeld, as well as Town Administrator Jill Shapiro & Ciara Gannon for their help organizing the parade & ceremony. 

Art Around Town

For the past few years NWAG with the overwhelming support of the Chappaqua business community, turns the hamlet into a strolling gallery – Art Around Town!. Opening night is Thurs., May 31st from 5:00-8:30pm. This year Musicians and actives such as a painting event for Empty Bowls will fill the town entertaining visitors. Most stores host receptions for the hundreds of visitors who attend to view the work of over 30 artists from the tristate area. All the art on display is for sale; artist are also small businesses and this event is small business supporting small business for the good of the community. 

New Castle Vigil to Raise Awareness about Gun Violence

June 1 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Please join the Town of New Castle on Friday, June 1st, 7pm at the Town Gazebo in downtown Chappaqua for a public vigil to raise awareness about gun violence. Everyone is encouraged to wear orange. Learn more here

Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update

There is parking on South Greeley. The cones are in front of the plates on the sidewalk to prevent damage to tires when parking. Shop Local! King Street was finally paved (thank you Con Ed!). You might notice some work taking place during the day. Con Ed is moving 18 utility poles to make way for wider sidewalks which are ADA complaint. 

School Safety

Beginning Monday, May 21 – and for the remainder of the school year – there will be an increased visual police presence at Horace Greeley High School, as well as our other schools. Our children and those who dedicated their lives to educating them deserve no less. 

Railroad Crossing Safety

This week Metro North will be conducting Grade Crossing Outreach efforts at the Roaring Brook Crossing. They will be handing out a safety information pamphlet on Wed., May 30th, 3:30pm-6:00pm & Fri., June 1st, 7am-9am 

Westchester County Airport

Last night the Town Board appointed 13 members to the New Castle Airport Advisory Board. Thank you everyone for volunteering! Got an opinion about the Westchester County Airport? Now’s Your Chance. Westchester County has scheduled three “Community Input Meetings”Master plan: June 6 at 7 p.m. at Rye Brook Village Hall, 938 King St., Rye Brook

Governance and privatization: June 11 at 7 p.m. at Hergenhan Recreation Center, 40 Maple Ave., Armonk

Operations and noise: June 25 at 7 p.m, West Harrison Senior Center, 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison

 

May 29 was National Learn About Composting Day!

On March 12, 2018, the New Castle Town Board unanimously authorized a food scrap recycling program for residents! Food scraps are one of the largest components of trash sent to landfills and incinerators. To celebrate National Learn About Composting Day on May 29th our incredible Sustainability Advisory Board launched our New Castle program. The kits cost $25 and consist of a kitchen collection bin, a locking transportation bin to take the waste to the Recycling Center and compostable bags for both bins. The kits will be for sale at the Farmer’s Market, The Recycling Center and at some town events. For more information email Composting@MyNewCastle.org

Westchester County-Wide Shared Services Public Hearing

Westchester County requests your participation at the Westchester County-Wide Shared Services Public Hearing on June 14th. 3-5pm, Yonkers Riverfront Library, Yonkers Room, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701 7-9pm, Mt Kisco Library, Community Room, 100 Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 

Town Code Concerning Tree Preservation

Last night the Town Board approved a local law to amend Chapter 121 of the Code of the Town of New Castle concerning tree preservation. The local law was reviewed by the Planning Board as well as the Environmental Review Board, and we held 3 public hearings – on April 10th, April 24th & May 8t). Our amendments strengthens and clarifies our tree removal permit requirements and procedures, our tree replacement requirements and use of the Tree Bank Fund. As far as education, the Town will create a user-friendly guide to help residents understand the Tree Preservation Law & we’ll create a web page to encourage healthy yard practices and tree preservation. 

Sunshine Children’s Home

The Town Board sent two letters addressing the radium filtration system at the Sunshine Children’s Home. Thank you to Councilwoman Ivy Pool for drafting them. Town Board letter to Westchester County Department of Health dated May 18, 2018 to install radium filtration system.Town Board letter to Sunshine Children’s Home dated May 23, 2018 to implement a water filtration system.

 

Chappaqua Crossing

The three houses on Roaring Brook Road have been demolished. Those houses were owned by Chappaqua Crossing and vacant for years. As part of the approval process, title of the 4 parcels of land -which are currently owned by Summit Greenfield – will be conveyed to the Town. The property would be deed restricted and remain as open space – a buffer for residents who live near the site. The Town recently received the $1,500,000 payment from Summit Greenfield which is to be used to help mitigate the impacts associated with this retail and residential development. 

Federal Limitations State and Local Tax (SALT) Deductions

There is no doubt that the new limitations by the federal government to State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions on federal income tax returns will have significant negative consequences for our residents. To minimize the negative impact to NYS residents, NYS adopted legislation, which took effect on April 12, 2018, which enables local governments and school districts to establish a charitable fund to receive unrestricted charitable contributions. Establishment of the charitable fund must be done by adoption of local law and resolution of their school board respectively.Rest assured, we are currently collaborating with NYS, Westchester County, tax professionals, tax lawyers and multiple municipal associations to successfully implement this program. I will provide future updates as we move ahead. Last week, the IRS issued a notice of its intent to propose regulations regarding the federal tax law amendments affecting state and local income tax deductions, and in particular measures which NYS enacted. We are monitoring that closely.

 

2017 Comprehensive Plan

The Westchester County Association in Partnership with the Land Use Law Center has given a Special Recognition Award to the Town of New Castle for Best Practice in Land Use Planning for our 2017 Comprehensive Planning Process. This is our 2nd award for our 2017 Comprehensive Plan. Congratulations to everyone who worked on it, especially Sabrina D. Charney Hull, our Director of Planning.