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VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES - REGULAR MEETING

BIRDSALL FAGAN POLICE/COURT FACILITY

86-88 SPRING STREET

OSSINING, NEW YORK

FEBRUARY 3, 2004 - 7:30 P.M.

MAYOR

John Perillo

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Miguel Hernandez Marcia MacNeill

Eugene Napolitano Anthony Parise

I. CALL TO ORDER

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held in the Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York 10562. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Mayor John Perillo. Members of the Board present were Trustees Napolitano, MacNeill, Parise and Hernandez. Others present were Village Manager Lynn McCrum, Village Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, Police Chief Joseph Burton, Administrative Intern Christina Papes and Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts.

II. PUBLIC HEARING -Continuation In the matter of an application for a Special Permit for 24 Aqueduct Street.

The public hearing was opened at 7:32 P.M. by the Clerk.

At 7:34 P.M. the application was withdrawn by the architect.

PUBLIC HEARING - In the matter of Sidewalk and Curb Assessments for 2003

The public hearing was opened at 7:34 P.M. by the Clerk.

Marie Gagliardi, Stone Avenue, thanked David Stone and Danny Sausedo for their assistance in solving her assessment problem.

Linda Mangano, Ellis Place, stated that the sidewalks outside of 6 and 8 Maurice Avenue have been in dis-repair for quite sometime with the slate bulging due to a tree.

At 7:38 P.M. Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the public hearing be closed.

IV. MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Perillo said snow removal is the responsibility of the home owners. It must be cleared within 6 hours of the cessation of the snow. The Boot and Tow Law is ready to be activated. The Mayor stated the Bank with the Clock is now owned by the Village and a fund raiser is being planned to restore the building. The heat is being activated and the pipes are being repaired. GOTV is also fund raising to assist in their budget woes. Mayor Perillo said Harbor Square project is moving forward with a Public Informational Meeting planned as soon as all of the legal issues are taken care of.

The Mayor announced the first floor renovation of the Municipal Building is underway and should be complete in a couple of weeks with all of the items stored there removed and the area cleaned up. It is the hope of the Mayor to move the Village/Town Clerk’s office into this space. The third floor Men’s and Ladies rooms have been renovated. Thank you to George Krapish as much of the work has been done in-house.

Mayor Perillo said Gloria Brinson, parking enforcement officer, is pleased with the new design of the train station tags making it easier for her to see the tags. The Mayor said there will be a Village Hall Meeting held on February 26, 2004 at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center. He also stated that Havell Street from Route 9 to Sabrina Lane, Yale Avenue and Denny Street will be made one-way. There will be no left turn from Aqueduct Street onto Route 9 nor will you be allowed to go straight across Route 9 to Denny Street or Yale Avenue. Mayor Perillo stated the Tri-Board Meeting including the Village Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board and the Environmental Council took place recently and was a success. He also commented the zero tolerance policy on drugs and criminal activity is still in force.

V. VILLAGE BOARD LIAISON REPORTS

Trustee Hernandez attended a Community That Care Meeting which is a five step prevention including substance abuse, student drop out, violence and teen pregnancy. Trustee Hernandez made a statement regarding his opposition to the Police
Commissioner position being proposed by the Mayor. He also discussed the manner in which the Chief is running the department. The Police must offer substantial proof to the courts. A drug arrest is not a simple matter. Mayor Perillo commented that there is zero tolerance across the board. He asked that the officers act in a professional manner and make arrests with dignity. The Mayor will not back down on his theory of zero tolerance. Trustee Hernandez contributed to the 53 items which were posed to the Chief of Police.

Trustee Parise stated that the bids for the tennis court are due in soon. The Armory will be heated possibly next week. As soon as all of the amenities are completed at the Armory, an open house will be planned for the public to view the new facility.

Trustee Napolitano had no report this evening.

Trustee MacNeill stated that Mary Prenon can express her concerns regarding GOTV to the Board this evening. The new fire station is on target. The GASBY 34 is in its final stages. The official audit of the Village will take place on April 8 and April 12. At this time 89 percent of our taxes have been collected.

VI. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Village Manager Lynn McCrum, will be meeting with the State and the architects regarding the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center renovations. The packet should be arriving Friday.

Police Chief Joseph Burton, advised of speed enforcement which took place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m in which time 31 summonses were issued with speeds ranging from 48 to 54 in a 30 mile per hour zone. The Chief also read a statement from the District Attorney’s Office regarding an attempted prison break on May 7, 2003 from Sing Sing. On January 29, 2004 a call came in that an individual being beat up had a gun. After a foot chase he was captured. Patrolman Peter Carpenter announced that the Village of Ossining came in second at the Broomball Games held up north.

Corporation Counsel Richard Leins, reported on the closing of the Bank with the Clock; meeting with a number of developers; the in-rem foreclosure and also local laws he has been working on.

VII. SPECIAL RECOGNITION

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Mike Risko Music School - Mr. & Mrs. Risko and their son, Matthew, was present to receive this award. They have been running a new cultural music program. Wednesday, February 4, 2004, has been designated as Mike Risko Music School Day in the Village of Ossining.

 

 

 

VIII. EMPLOYEES OF DISTINCTION

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Scott A. Craven started as a patrolman on June 5, 1985, became a Sgt. On August 27, 1990 and then a Lt. on January 1, 2000. Scott was instrumental in the organization of the Bike Squad and the Tactical Team. He is a student of local history particularly the Hudson River. The Mayor dedicated February 5, 2004 as Scott A Craven Day in the Village of Ossining. Chief Burton stated that Lt. Craven started the Bike Squad and has taken Community policing to heart. He has a Masters Degree in History from Western Connecticut College. He is also a lighthouse keeper at West Point.

IX. VISITOR RECOGNITION

Mary Prenon, Brooke Club Drive, discussed the various issues at GOTV. She said GOTV provides free air time for anyone to use. A fundraiser is planned to pay for the deficit that now exists. The equipment now being used is faltering. A stipend from Cablevision of $43,000 per year is not sufficient to run the station. The franchise fee is not public money but a charge to every cable customer. The studio at Ossining High School is cramped and only open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They would like to expand their hours of operations but can’t due to the lack of funds.

Bobby Williams, Spring Street, discussed Black History Month and certain problems that exist at Claremont Gardens, Maple House and Snowden House. He feels that there is a problem with the rotation of names on the list for Section 8.

Don DeBar, Ossining resident, discussed a variety of subjects including the cost of war for the Village, County and State. He also requested the status of the franchise negotiations. The Cappelli Project in White Plains is having difficulties with the sewer line not being of sufficient capacity.

Linda M. Caruso, Village resident, discussed various items including the Judge recusing himself from her tickets. She also discussed the LES contract, resumes for various Village committees, as well as the waterfront.

Penny Markowitz-Moses, Eagle Bay Drive, read a letter in support of Chief Joseph Burton and opposition to the position of Police Commissioner.

Marie Gagliardi, Stone Avenue, gave the definition of a detractor and discussed the quarter million dollars in overtime spent at the water treatment plant during 2003. She also stated that executive session is where personnel discussion should take place, not in public. She said the community doesn’t support the waterfront project.

Tom Langston, Terrace Avenue, requested the status on the employee evaluations. He also questioned the resumes for the various Village boards.

Clay Tiffany, Host of Dirge of the Charlatans, opposed the $130, 000 Police Commissioner’s position. He also discussed other issues regarding drug sales in the community.

Nicholas Caputo, Ferris Place, suggested that GOTV contact Briarcliff as part of the community for support. He also cautioned Chief Burton regarding his supporters.

X. VILLAGE BOARD RESOLUTIONS

A. Approval of Minutes January 20, 2004

Trustee Parise moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby approves the Minutes of the January 20, 2004 Regular Meeting as presented:

Motion Carried: Unanimously

 

B. Voucher Detail - February 3, 2004

Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby approves the Voucher Detail dated February 3, 2004 in the amount of $121,162. 92

for the year 2003 and $ 138,756.52 for the year 2004.

Motion Carried: 4 - 0 - 1

Ayes: Trustees Napolitano, MacNeill, Parise & Hernandez.

Abstained: Mayor Perillo

C. Fire Department - Removal - Ossining Fire Police & Emergency Squad

Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby removes the name of James Hopper, (deceased) with deep regret, from the active membership rolls effective January 7, 2004.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

D. Call for Public Hearing - In the Matter of Introductory Local Law No. 3 of 2004 - Amending Chapter 250 - Vehicles and Traffic - Municipal Parking Lots and Railroad Station Parking Areas

Trustee Parise moved and it was seconded by Trustee Napolitano that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby calls for a Public Hearing in the matter of Introductory Local Law No. 3 of 2004 - Amending Chapter 250 -Vehicles and Traffic - Municipal Parking Lots and Railroad Station Parking Areas, to take place at the Birdsall Fagan Police & Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York at 7:30 P.M. on February 17, 2004.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

E. Call for Public Hearing - In the Matter of Introductory Local Law No. 4 of 2004 - Amending Chapter 75 - Animals

Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby calls for a Public Hearing in the matter of Introductory Local Law No. 4 of 2004 - Amending Chapter 75 - Animals, enacting a new Article III entitled "Canine Waste", to take place at the Birdsall Fagan Police & Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York at 7:30 P.M. on February 17, 2004.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

F. Resolution - Employee Assistance Program

Trustee Hernandez moved and it was seconded by Trustee Napolitano that the following resolution be adopted:

 

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining hereby authorizes the Village Manager to enter into an agreement with Westchester County, Department of Community Mental Health, Administrative Services, 112 East Post Road, Room 219, White Plains, New York 10601, for the Employee Assistance Program at the annual cost of $25.00 per year, per employee. This agreement shall commence on January 1, 2004 and terminate on December 31, 2004.

Motion Carried: Unanimously

G. Fee Schedule 2004 - Amendment - Finger Printing Non-Criminal -Taxi Drivers and Owners

Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the 2004 Village of Ossining Fee Schedule is hereby amended to add a provision with respect to Finger Printing Non-Criminal -Taxi Drivers and Owners to read as follows:

Village of Ossining Item 2004 Fees

Code Section__________________________________________________________

Police Dept.

Miscellaneous Finger Printing

Non-Criminal - Taxi Drivers and Owners $129.00

Non-Criminal Miscellaneous $30.00 per card

Trustee MacNeill moved and it was seconded by Trustee Napolitano that the following resolution be adopted as amended:

Motion Carried: 4 - 1- 0

Ayes: Trustees Napolitano, MacNeill, Parise & Mayor Perillo.

Nay: Trustee Hernandez

H. Fire Department - Surplus Equipment - Fire Apparatus

Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee Hernandez that the following re resolution be adopted:

Whereas, the Village of Ossining is the owner of two Fire Apparatus:

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1977 Hahn - Vehicle Identification Number HCP24510772 (10HCP241077); and

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1963 Maxium - Vehicle Identification Number 2449-F26LH100; are no longer needed for Village Service; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the Board of Trustees hereby declares the equipment listed above, to be surplus property of the Village; and it is further

Resolved, that there aforementioned equipment be sold at public auction, as is, to the highest bidder.

I. Assessments - Sidewalk and Curb - 2003

Trustee Napolitano moved and it was seconded by Trustee Parise that the following resolution be adopted as presented:

WHEREAS, various owners of real property within the Village of Ossining were issued (10) day notices by the Director of Operations (Director) to install concrete sidewalks and/or driveways abutting their respective properties; and

WHEREAS, the owners of such properties chose not to provide their own contractors for such installation, the Director had no alternative but to order the Village of Ossining Department of Public Works to install said sidewalks and/or driveway abutting these properties; and

WHEREAS, all owners were duly notified of the Public Hearing, held by the Board of Trustees on February 3, 2004 at 7:30, prevailing time to publicly hear any grievances or objections why costs shall not be assessed and made a lien against their respective property as provided under Section 102 and 114 of the Charter of the Village of Ossining; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees has determined that said itemized costs are just and shall be assessed against the following properties:

Section, Plate, Block and Lot Final Bill

2-6-7-43 $1,805.43

Marie Gagliardi

2-10-18-44 $1,449.80

Jose Fornelos

3-27-70-various $1,888.20

(320 Spring Street)

Lou Bataille

2-15-27-31 $2,348.67

James Grasso

2-12-19-10 $2,737.60

Ann Visconti

2-14-24-14 $1,442.50

The Hollow Realty Co.

2-8-9-48 $682.60

Brian McMahon

Motion Carried: Unanimously

XI. OLD BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

There was no old business of the Board.

XII. NEW BUSINESS OF THE BOARD

Mayor Perillo asked the Village Manager to make an assessment of the sidewalks at 6 and 8 Maurice Avenue.

XIII. ADJOURNMENT

At 10:55 P.M., Mayor Perillo moved and it was seconded by Trustee MacNeill that the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees be adjourned in the memory of James Hopper.

 



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