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FEBRUARY 22, 2005

6:00 P.M.


Eugene Napolitano


                                    Miguel Hernandez                 Catherine Borgia

                                    Marlene Cheatham


I.          CALL TO ORDER

            The Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held in the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, New York. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Mayor Eugene Napolitano. Members of the Board present were Trustees Borgia and Cheatham. Trustee Hernandez was absent. Others present were Village Manager Lynn McCrum, Assistant Village Manager Linda Abels, Corporation Counsel Richard Leins and Village Clerk Mary Ann Roberts.


A.        Supporting the Community Development Program

and Urging Congress to Restore its Funding


            Trustee Borgia moved and it was seconded by Trustee Cheatham that the following resolution be adopted:


WHEREAS, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was enacted, and signed into law by President Gerald Ford, as the centerpiece of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; and

WHEREAS, the CDBG program has as its primary objective “… the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income;” and

WHEREAS, the CDBG program has considerable flexibility to allow communities to carry out activities that are tailored to their unique affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization needs; and

WHEREAS, throughout its 30-year history, the CDBG program has been a partnership among the federal, state and local governments, business, and the nonprofit sector which carry out activities that improve the lives and neighborhoods of low and moderate income families; and

WHEREAS, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in FY 2004 CDBG provided funds for thousands of activities, assisting over 23 million persons and households through such activities as expanding homeownership activities, eliminating slums and blighting influences, improving infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, libraries, community centers, adult day care and after school care for children, homeless housing facilities, employment training, transportation services, crime awareness, and business and job creation; and

WHEREAS, the Village of Ossining has used CDBG funds in the amount of $1,367,400 over the last six years  to make improvements to streets and sidewalks, to fund scholarships for after school programs, build an addition to the community center, improve community parks and senior services ; and

WHEREAS, the President’s FY 2006 budget proposes to completely eliminate the CDBG program; and

WHEREAS, should such a proposal be enacted, it would have a devastating effect on the Village of Ossining’s Community Development program in that our efforts to improve the quality of life for our residents and draw new business to our community would have to be severely cut back. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village of Ossining hereby calls on the Congress to preserve the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development and provide a FY 2006 funding of at least $4.7 billion overall, with no less than $4.35 billion in formula funding.      


                                                                                    Motion Carried: Unanimously                                                                                             

                        B.   Supporting Quality Communities Program

Grant Application


            Trustee Cheatham moved and it was seconded by Trustee Borgia that the following resolution be adopted:

WHEREAS, the New York State Department of State Quality Communities Program has challenged communities to develop approaches which link environmental protection, economic prosperity and community well-being by applying for incentive grants, and

WHEREAS, the Village of Ossining has been encouraging sustainable development through public/private partnerships to revitalize its downtown through innovative zoning, site plan and subdivision local laws incorporated in its Code, and

WHEREAS, the Village of Ossining has been defining its comprehensive plan, which has over thirty planning studies, including a master plan, and

WHEREAS, the Village of Ossining is engaged in a public visioning process, in order to encourage development that the people want to see for the future, including the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and extensive citizen participation through its innovative Village Web Site,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village Board of Trustees designates the Village Manager as its authorized representative to act on behalf of that body in matters related to the Quality Communities Program, and in connection with any grant application or other requests for available financial assistance.

III.                   ADJOURNMENT

At 6:15 P.M., Trustee Borgia moved and it was seconded by Trustee Cheatham that the Special Meeting be adjourned.


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