Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CYBERMOBILE, SUNDAY LIBRARY HOURS, NEW SIDEWALK ON 9A WHERE FATALITY TOOK PLACE

I am pleased to advise you that Sunday hours will be restored to the library –effective this Sunday. A special thank you to the Lanza Family Foundation for their generous donation.
In addition, thanks to a generous grant from the Lanza Family Foundation we are able to put the cybermobile back in service on a part time basis for 3 months. Schedules are subject to change. Weather, driving conditions, mechanical difficulties may affect the cybermobile’s schedule. You should call 993-1600 if you have any questions about the library. The cybermobile phone number is 914-260-8839. These are the hours –effective April 1 to June 30th:
Mondays 2:30 to 4:30 PM Theodore Young Community Center
Tuesdays 10am to 12:30 pm Westchester Meadows
Tuesdays 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM HIGHPOINT
Wednesdays 2 pm to 3:30 PM 80 E Hartsdale ave
Wednesdays 4 pm to 8 pm Hartsdale Train station
Thursdays 3 pm to 4pm Valmar
Thursdays 6 pm to 8:30 pm Edgebrook
Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm Hartsdale train station
The Lanza Family Foundation is requiring the library to provide them with detailed information concerning usage. If we don’t show adequate usage – it will be difficult to obtain future grants to continue this service after the grant runs out. Please encourage your family and friends to take advantage of the Sunday hours and cybermobile.
In these difficult economic times – it will be necessary for the town to outreach to private foundations, individuals, businesses for grants to pay for some worthwhile programs/initiatives. If you have any contacts or if you would like to work with us on this endeavor – please complete the form below and we will follow up.
TO: PAUL FEINER, Greenburgh Town Supervisor 177 Hillside Ave, Greenburgh, NY 10607
( )Yes. I would like to join ( ) the Library Foundation ( )grants committee to help identify foundations, philanthropists, businesses that might be interested in making donations to the town for worthwhile programs.
( ) My company has a matching grants program.
Name

Address

Phone

E mail

I received a letter from Joan Dupont, PE Regional Director of the NYS Department of Transportation concerning the hit and run accident on 9A. There was an accident on March 1st, involving a pedestrian believed to be walking along the northbound side of 9A in the vicinity of Hunter Lane. The pedestrian was struck by an unknown vehicle believed to be travelling northbound. In the vicinity of the accident Route 9A has four travel lanes with curbs, no shoulders or sidewalks. Sidewalks exist further south on Route 9A in the vicinity of Fairview Park. The Department of Transportation is currently developing a corridor improvement project on Route 9A between 119 and Hunter Lane (Executive Boulevard). This project has a target letting in 2011 & WILL INCLUDE SIDEWALKS!
The state has no plans to build a walking path along Route 9A to the entrance to the South County Trail but suggests that the town apply for funding via the Transportation Enhancement Program or through the Mid Hudson South Transportation Coordinating Committee.
During the ten-year period between 3/398 and 3/3/08, there were 405 accidents along the entire length of Saw Mill River Road. Keep in mind these numbers incorporate the entire length of Saw Mill River Road lying within our jurisdiction between the Yonkers City lines and the Town of Mt. Pleasant. There were a total of 794 vehicles involved and 582 reported injuries. There is no way of discerning from a computer search whether the injury claimed was just a complaint of pain or something more serious. There were also 8 fatalities over this period. Of these, one occurred at Saw Mill and Babbitt Court; one at Saw Mill and Fieldcrest Drive; one in front of 1900 Saw Mill River Road; one at Saw Mill and Jackson; two at Saw Mill and Payne; one at Saw Mill and Whitehouse and one at Saw Mill and Secor (this one is on page 8 of the report, Case #1990017058, occurring on 7/14/99 and listed as Saw Mill River and Saw Mill River).
PAUL FEINER

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why is it that the DOT has to wait so long to make roadways safe for pedestrians and vehicles.
How many accidents should be listed and above all how many fatalities.
This is another dept that should be investigated by Albany. Where is all the money going?

waste said...

certainly not to bridge inspection either (another spitzer "day one" fraud)

millions are being spent on incarcerating low level drug dealers/addicts or on empty jails.

millions are spent on prostitution (which we all agree is bad but cannot be stopped)


the waste is staggering at the state level - lets add the war in iraq and admit we are bankrupt.

hal samis said...

What seems to be a given for the Library Board of Trustees is that they can't operate the Library in 2008 on a measly $3,440,000.

That would be the same Library operation as was budgeted for 2007 at $3,286,000; which included the cybermobile and sunday hours.

That would be the Library operating out of makeshift space at Town Hall, both in 2007 and for practically the entire 2008, the Library having recently forecast a November opening.

Thus by not maintaining the cybermobile and Sunday hours in 2008, the 2008 budget allocation is actually a lot "more" than $3,440,000 since they reduced services from what they provided in 2007 and intend to direct that money to other purposes.

So along comes a grant which is to take up the slack for some of the year. Everyone is happy, right?

So what's going to happen in 2009 when the Library will spend the entire year in a double the size building which promised more services and catalogue?

No one seems to care or wants to deal with this matter? Just to wait and let it creep up as though it were a surprise when it makes its presence known when the Library submits its 2009 budget request.
And if the Town Board says no, what will the Library response be?

Did the residents agree to fund $19.8 million so that the Library could contract or shut down arbitrarily? Do the Library Trustees expect to get whatever they may ask for? Just in case it isn't forthcoming, what grants have they applied for to supplement their operating budget?
Did they think that when the Library finally opened it would not
need more money to take advantage of the $19.8 construction (remember, only $68for the average resident).

It is time to take the bullshit by the horns. Demand the resignations of the Library Board of Trustees.

As for the Lanza grant, like most of the existing systems in Greenburgh and departmental procedures, I would ask in regard to" "The Lanza Family Foundation is requiring the library to provide them with detailed information concerning usage. If we don't show adequate usage - it will be difficult to obtain future grants to continue this service after the grant runs out (3 months for the cybermobile)."

The obvious question is: what is
adequate usage? Are there any use levels that have been defined? If so, what are they?

Anonymous said...

Westchester Meadows, HIGHPOINT, Valmar, Edgebrook ... Where are these located, and what are they - elderly housing complexes perhaps?

Anonymous said...

The Valhalla audit is in! Check it out at:

www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/schools/2008/valhalla.pdf

Anonymous said...

Internal Controls Over Selected Financial Operations
The Board did not provide sufficient oversight over District financial operations. We identified significant deficiencies in the internal controls over the accounting for and disbursement of WestHELP Grant monies, payment of employee compensation and fringe benefits, the Treasurer’s office and computerized data. For example, of the approximately $1.7 million expended for the Grant, approximately $456,000 was not expended in accordance with the Grant agreement, proposals or applicable laws. Furthermore, the Business Administrator chose to be reimbursed for a term life insurance policy that combined death benefit protection with the opportunity to direct the investment of net premium dollars into a broad portfolio of investment options. This selection provided him with benefits greater than provided for in his contract, resulting in $38,500 in unnecessary costs to District taxpayers. Finally, District officials paid a retired transit police officer as a vendor, while also occasionally paying him as an employee through the normal payroll process. As a result, this employee may have received retirement benefits in excess of the amounts allowed by law and the District may be held liable for taxes, penalties and interest.

frank lee said...

I'm racking my brains trying to determine what the Valhalla School Audit has to do with "CYBERMOBILE, SUNDAY LIBRARY HOURS, NEW SIDEWALK ON 9A WHERE FATALITY TOOK PLACE"

Could 12:3 pm/4:44 pm, or someone else, please educate me?

Thank you.