Monday, September 26, 2011

hazard mitigation plan to be eligible for federal grants...schumer pushes for debris removal on saw mill river

Spoke at a press conference held by US Senator Charles Schumer. The Senator is calling on FEMA to remove debris and fund work through federal public assistance programs. He is seeking quick action and necessary permits from state and local officials before winter. Over a week ago I sent letters to all state and federal officials representing Greenburgh--requesting that they remove debris on the Saw Mill RIver. We have seen oil tanks, trees, and other debris in the river. This changes the flow patterns and raises water levels, making chronic parking flooding more likely. Businesses and homes along the Saw Mill River have experienced significant flood damage in recent months.
A real partnership and coalition to address flooding on the Saw Mill RIver is emerging. Among those attending the press conference with Senator Schumer were Congresswoman Nita Lowey, State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky, Councilman Kevin Morgan and Town Clerk Judith Beville. Representatives of the business community also attended.

GREENBURGH'S HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY NYS OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND FEMA. This will enable the town to obtain funds from other levels of government to address flooding. Buyouts, home elevation grants are among options. On Tuesday the Greenburgh Town Board will meet at 9:30 AM at Greenburgh Town Hall with our hazardous mitigation consultant to discuss the significance of the hazard mitigation plan. Our meeting will be televised on public access TV and will be streamed live on the town website:

Paul Feiner

This is from the police chief:

It is with great satisfaction that I can announce that The Final Greenburgh Hazard Mitigation Plan submitted to the New York State Office of Emergency Management NYSOEM and FEMA, on June 10, 2011, has been accepted by both agencies pending its adoption by each jurisdiction as explained below. With the current weather related storms and damages that followed this could not have come at a more opportune time.

The Town and each village must formally adopt the plan which is typically done through board resolution. This adoption is necessary in order for FEMA to officially approve the Plan and for the communities that participated to be eligible to apply for mitigation project grants. It is important to note, if at least one adoption is not performed and documentation of this adoption not provided to FEMA within one year (September 23, 2012) the plan will no longer be approvable by FEMA.

I have attached a sample adoption resolution which FEMA strongly recommends using to include its particulars, as it reflects FEMA’s adoption document requirements. Key items FEMA looks for on the adoption document includes signature (certification), date, and the language (as excerpted from attached) “Town A adopts the ABC Plan”.

As adoption resolutions are completed, please forward the adoption documentation to me (email or fax is acceptable). I will then transmit all documentation to NYSOEM who will then forward it to FEMA for official plan approval.

Final note: The date FEMA receives the resolution will start the 5 year update clock.

When the plan is adopted I believe it would be beneficial to have a brief meeting of the planning committee to have Tetra Tech explain the adoption process, plan implementation, the plan maintenance, review and update process, and mitigation grant opportunities available for our current projects. I will advise you of a date.

I would like take this opportunity to thank all the participants who worked so diligently on this massive plan and to acknowledge the commitment, hard work and professional attitude of our consultant Jonathan Raser and his staff. It is apropos that he will be addressing the concerns of residents and businesses affected by the most recent flooding at a Town Board work session tomorrow, September 27, 2011

If you have questions please call or email.

Joseph J. DeCarlo

Chief of Police


Subject: ribbon cutting on the Aqueduct
Ribbon Cutting on the Aqueduct on October 1stl

The ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate the opening of the section of the Aqueduct trail in Dobbs Ferry that once was hazardous and now is accessible to all. It is scheduled for October lst, at 10 a.m. Dobbs Ferry Mayor, Hartley Connett ,and NY State Parks Commissioner, Rose Harvey. will officiate.. Representatives of the the NY state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as well as the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and major donors will participate. This event is open to all.

The Project began in 2009, when the Friends won a federal Recreational Trails Grant. The Friends campaigned for help from residents and the board of Trustees of the Village of Dobbs Ferry for help in meeting the mandatory match of over $35,000., which thankfully was successfully raised. The project was signed over to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic preservation for administering. The Village of Dobbs Ferry made a major contribution since a small section of the trail work is actually village property., Residents of Dobbs Ferry showed their love of the trail with generous support. The event is open to the public.

Mavis Cain President Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

need for county to address deteriorating conditions of ashford ave bridge

Spent some time chatting with residents and community leaders at Ardsley Day today. Some volunteer firefighters and ambulance corp members expressed concern that reconstruction of the Ashford Ave bridge keeps getting delayed. I took a walk over the bridge after my conversations and saw some crumbling concrete. The firefighters/ambulance corp members pointed out that on the north side of the bridge (near the sidewalk) a section of the conrete either fell or was removed. I sent photo's to the County Executive. Ardsley Mayor Jay Leon also spoke with the County Executive about the need to expedite the replacement of the bridge. I received the following e mail from County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky who immediately responded to a copy of the e mail I sent to the County Executive (with photo's of the bridge).
There is no acceptable reason to delay the reconstruction of this important bridge.




-----Original Message-----
From: MaryJane Shimsky
To: feiner98
Sent: Sun, Sep 25, 2011 8:48 pm
Subject: RE: ashford ave bridge is falling apart putting county on notice

The Ashford Avenue Bridge connects the Villages of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry. Its span runs over two highly traveled highways, the Saw Mill River Parkway and the New York State Thruway. It is owned by Westchester County.

According to ratings based on inspections by the State Department of Transportation, the Ashford Avenue Bridge is the worst County-owned bridge in Westchester. Anyone who drives over or under the bridge, or walks over it, can see its deteriorating condition – the crumbled concrete, the metal supports exposed to the elements. Recently, a chunk of the bridge either fell off or was removed – the location was approximately 35 feet from the New York State Thruway.

I have been working with my colleagues on the Board of Legislators – notably the Chair of the Public Works Committee, Bill Ryan, and the Chair of the Capital Projects Subcommittee, Lyndon Williams -- to get some answers on the record about the time frame for repairing this vital connector. Public Works and Transportation Commissioner John Hsu is scheduling a briefing for me. I hope that some good will come out of this meeting. However, I am very concerned that, in today’s Journal News article on the deteriorating condition of many of Westchester’s bridges, the Ashford Avenue Bridge was not even mentioned by the County officials interviewed. We may have a lot of work ahead, to force this needed project to the top of the agenda.

We can neither afford an emergency closure of the bridge, as happened with the Champlain Bridge upstate in 2009; nor can we afford the consequences of debris from the bridge falling onto cars travelling on the Saw Mill River Parkway or the New York State Thruway. For too many years, the timeline for repairing the bridge has been pushed back. I am hoping that we will move forward with this project soon; and I will keep the residents of Greenburgh informed about the County’s progress, or lack thereof.


From: []
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2011 7:26 PM
Subject: ashford ave bridge is falling apart putting county on notice

Earlier today I had the opportunity to speak to some Ardsley Volunteer firefighters and ambulance corp members. They advised that the Ashford Ave bridge connecting Ardsley to Dobbs Ferry is structurally deficient. Some serious and visible signs of decay. Parts of the road seem to be falling apart. Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky shared her concerns with me as well.
I went on a walk on the bridge and saw some signs of deficiencies. I believe that the county should expedite the repairs. I request that the county immediately send inspectors to check on the safety of the bridge. Will send some more photos....
Paul Feiner
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
Condition Summary

Both bridges are in a state of moderate overall deterioration, with some localized areas of serious

deterioration. The deterioration has been gradual and progressive in nature, and reflects the long-term

effects of weather and road salt on concrete and steel elements. The bridge currently provides for the

safe support of vehicle loads, but, in the absence of rehabilitative re-construction, this is threatened in

the long term by the gradually worsening deterioration.

The concrete decks exhibit extensive seepage, surface cracking, and delamination of the outer layer of

concrete over the embedded reinforcing ("cover concrete"). Some of this delamination has progressed

to complete detachment of the cover concrete ("spalling"), with exposed steel reinforcing bars (rebars).

The progression of deck spalling in hard-to-reach areas over heavily-used travel lanes has led to the

need for protective wood planking in some locations to prevent loose concrete from striking moving

vehicles below.

Deck joints typically leak, and several are missing their rubber seals entirely. This contributes to

deterioration of the steel girders and the concrete substructures.

Ashford Avenue Bridge – In-Depth Inspection

March 2010

Page iv

The steel beams have localized corrosion losses in webs and bearing stiffeners at each substructure.

There are no signs of structural distress, but the collective effect is gradually reducing the overall

margin of safety for load-carrying capacity. The majority of the steel between substructures is in

generally good condition, although it exhibits widespread deterioration of the paint system.

Piers and abutments have extensive moderate deterioration, with localized areas of serious

deterioration. The majority of abutment and pier surfaces exhibit surface cracking, dampness, rust

stains, and efflorescence. Large areas sound hollow, indicating delamination of cover concrete. Some

areas are spalled and/or crumbled on the surface, resulting in the exposure of the rebars.

The latest available NYSDOT biennial bridge inspections indicate assigned General Recommendation

ratings of "4" for each bridge (on a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being new condition). From the NYSDOT Bridge

Inspection Manual, a General Recommendation of "4" is captioned with the following generic

summary text:

"Moderate deterioration of primaries, secondaries, and substructures has occurred, but bridge load

capacity is not substantially reduced. Considerable reconditioning of secondary members,

substructures, and other components maybe needed. Primary members do not yet need extensive

reconditioning. There may be some minor substructure undermining."

With the exception of "substructure undermining" (of which there is no evidence), this generic

description applies well to both bridges.

Potential Safety Hazards

Several conditions at the bridge pose hazards to the travelling public. These are summarized here, and

described in greater detail in the Appendix.

1. The Begin Right Approach Sidewalk has a 2" deep spall, creating a potential tripping hazard.

2. The Begin Right Approach Drainage drop inlet has grating bars with serious corrosion around

the perimeter, creating a potential wheel and tire hazard.

3. The Span 4 Right Sidewalk has exposed electrical wires due to a missing junction box cover,

creating a potential electrical shock hazard.

4. The Span 3 Right Sidewalk has a missing cover plate at the bridge joint, creating a potential

tripping hazard.

5. The Span 5 Wearing Surface has damaged steel joint hardware at the End Left corner of the

span, creating a potential tripping and tire hazard.

6. The Bridge Railings carried onto the wingwalls are separated due to wingwall settlement in two

locations: the End Right Wingwall of the Main bridge, and the End Right wingwall of the

Ramp bridge.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

library book sale your school taxes by friday

Two reminders:
The Greenburgh library annual book sale will take place today and tomorrow. Today (Saturday) from 10 AM to 8 PM. Tomorrow: Sunday from 12 noon to 4:30 PM and on Monday, September 26th from 10-5. Support the library. Great deals. Save $$$.

The 1st half of the school property taxes is due on Friday, September 30th. The office will be open on Friday till 7 PM. The town is prohibited from collecting partial payments. However, we accept credit card payments. We also accept payments on line ( You have till midnight on the 30th to pay the school taxes on line. The town acts as a collector of taxes for the school districts. We are required by law to pay the schools the taxes owed to them whether we (the town) collects the taxes from you or not. There are significant penalties for late payments --and the penalties cannot be waived. The school districts are independent of town government. Voters approve the school taxes every year.

NYS has been cutting back on the STAR program which helped property owners with their school tax bills.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Westcheter Greenhouse to open up new farmer's market Tuesday

Westchester Greenhouse will open up a new farmer’s market at the vacant A & P supermarket on Route 119. The farmer’s market will be open every Tuesday until November 22nd from 9 am to 4 pm. A special thank you to Commissioner of Planning Thomas Madden for his assistance. It’s my hope that the farmer’s market will be helpful to residents of Manhattan Ave who do not have cars and who depended on the supermarket for many years. The market will start small since it’s late in the season. WIC checks, FMNP and senior coupons are accepted. This market is the 2nd farmer’s market to open in Greenburgh---we have another farmer’s market on E Hartsdale Ave.

The Greenburgh Town Board will devote most of Tuesday’s work session (September 27th) to flood control. We will hear from our hazardous mitigation consultant, Jonathan Raser who will tell the Town Board what grant funds could be available to the town once FEMA approves our hazardous mitigation plan. Some residents have asked to be bought out. Others have asked that their homes be elevated.
The Town Board will also set a date in the near future to clean the Saw Mill River of debris—obstructions that may be contributing to the flooding. We anticipate that a clean up of the river will take place in October.
We will also discuss action steps that could help families who reside at 100 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale. Their parking garage gets flooded frequently. They are asking that the town allow cars to park overnight at the parking garage and on streets that are elevated.
Since the last flood we have provided some help to residents of Old Kensico Road who have been flooded –some curb enhancements that could reduce (but not eliminate)flooding.
The Town Board meeting begins at 9:30 AM and will be streamed live on the town website:
PAUL FEINER –list of fun events

NYC based BREAD FACTORY CAFE is Coming to Hartsdale!
265 Central Avenue in Hartsdale is having its Grand Opening Celebration on Friday, September 23 at 6:00pm. Come and join them and taste some of the delicious items on their extensive menu, including pastries, dinner and delicious desserts! In addition, a 10 percent discount will be offered all evening.

Governor Announces $8 Million Household Appliance Program
NYSERDA is offering grants to victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee through the New York Storm Relief Rebate Program. With funding from the American Recovery and Investment Act, the $8 million program will assist New Yorkers in the replacement of household appliances that were lost or damaged in the recent flooding. Homeowners can receive a rebate for the purchase of energy efficient equipment such as refrigerators, boilers, hot water heaters, furnaces, and washing machines and dryers. Where applicable, rebates will be offered for ENERGY STAR appliances or other high efficiency options. Each appliance has a fixed maximum grant, which could cover up to 100 percent of the total purchase. Completed applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday, September 19, 2011. The program will continue until all available funding has been granted. With the exception of dehumidifiers, the purchase of appliances and equipment is for replacement purposes only. Purchases that are covered by insurance or FEMA are not eligible for rebate. For details, visit or call 1-877-NY-SMART (877-697-6278).

Weekend Highlights
"Mysterious Delights" Vinny DePonto's Brand New Show!
Thursday, September 22, Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24 @ 8pm (please arrive by 7:30) |
Historical Mead House, Dobbs Ferry | From the mind of New York magician Vinny DePonto comes a baffling, shocking and hilarious show about the little mysteries in life that bring us delight. This is Vinny's first big show in his hometown in 6 years. 18 years and older only.
Classic movie night at Tarrytown Music Hall. “House of Dark Shadows”
Friday, September 23 @ 7pm
Fangs flash as the Collins family’s darkest secret are exposed in this 1970s cult classic based on the popular gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. The movie was filmed on location in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. The Lyndhurst estate served as the fictional Collinwood mansion, ancestral home of the Collins family and its super- natural intruders. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s receiving vault appeared as the crypt of Barnabas Collins.

WJO with Special Guest Joe Lovano
Saturday, September 24 @ 8pm
7:15 - Open Mike: Interactive chat with Joe Lovano, hosted by Artistic Director Mike Holober [link]
Irvington Town Hall Theater | The New York Times says that WJO “has earned a reputation for … strikingly executed performances.” To kick off their 9th season at the ITHT, WJO welcomes Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano. A jazz superstar, Lovano expresses his profound musical voice as a leader and via elite guest appearances and wide-ranging collaborations. Featuring Joe, WJO premieres new works commissioned for this concert.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Evening Tours
Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25
Discover the stories behind Tarrytown's and Sleepy Hollow's most colorful locals and some of our world famous inhabitants. Check their website for details.

Ardsley Day!
Sunday, September 25 from 12noon – 5pm
Ashford Park to the Village Green
Something for everyone in "downtown" Ardsley ¬ live music all day throughout the village center, great food, activities, crafts and rides for kids (bumper cars!), tastings from Ardsley's new restaurants, hangout in Addyman Square with a rock wall and bungee for teens, a street full of vendors and all that our community has to offer! Swing by to see the judging for Ardsley's First Apple Pie Baking Contest ¬ rules can be downloaded on our Local Events page.

Children's Book Day
Sunday, September 25 from 12noon – 6pm
Washington Irving's Sunnyside, Tarrytown
Washington Irving's Sunnyside is the storybook setting for one of HHV's most popular events, a day-long festival for young readers, families, and friends, who can meet more than sixty of their favorite authors and illustrators.

Links & info here
- Dobbs Ferry Farmers Market
- Wave Hill's Annual Plant Sale
- Artist Reception: "Our Town" Portraits by Bob Zahn
- Special Viewing: "House of Dark Shadows"
- "Mysterious Delights" Vinny DePonto's Brand New Show!
- Hastings Outdoor Farmers Market
- Antique Car Show
- The Greenburgh Library Annual BOOK SALE
- The New York Renaissance Faire
- 1st Annual Charity Poker Run to Benefit Pets Alive
- Celebration! The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery's listing on the New York State and the National Registers of Historic Places
- Openings -- Elihu Vedder: Voyage on the Nile AND Get Your Gears Turning….
- "Fall Flowers of Japan"
- Skate Jam
- Two One Act Plays," Mysterious Women"
- 2011 "Take Me Away This Summer" Photo Contest Reception
- Tovah Feldshuh in "Aging is Optional"
- Marc Black with special guests The Raging Grannies and Their Daughter
- RiverArts Dance Conversation and Screening: Martha Graham
- WJO with Special Guest Joe Lovano, Open Mike: Interactive chat with Joe Lovano,
- Basement Bhangra Dance Party
- Beacon Flea Market
- Family Birding Along the Hudson
- FINAL: Bicycle Sunday
- Ardsley Day!
- Family Day: It's Fall! Puppets, Activities and Tours
- Children's Book Day
- Harvest Party at GNC
- Cake Boss
- Screening: “The Age of Innocence”
- "An Autumn Afternoon of Music Among Friends"
- Dine Out Irene
SOME FREE AND INTERESTING WEBSITES HIGHLIGHTING OUR COMMUNITIES ( frequently updated calendar of fun events happening in our area) for news and activities-Irvington, Tarrytown.
www.tarrytownpatch ;; news about Edgemont and Hartsdale (news about our town)
Print newspapers: (Journal News); the Scarsdale Inquirer; the Enterprise. Westchester Guardian. County Press

Thursday, September 22, 2011

another success story...and a job

From: Pam
Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:09 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: FW: I got a job!.........and another job opening!

Hi Paul. I also just found a full time job. It has beem almost three years to the day since i got laid off. I was hired after working part time for seven months to a position that I am qualified for but would have never gotten had I applied for it elsewhere.

My advice to job seekers is to get out and volunteer and while you're asking about volunteer work. Mentiion that you're also liiking for a job. That's how i got the part time job which turned into a full time gig. After three years of a lonely, hard road, i finally have a life again and not merely existing.

Please keep me on the list so i can help others. Thanks Paul.


From: Pasquale Strocchia
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:01:43 -0400
Subject: Job Notice: Residential Energy Professional

We have a position becoming available next month and would appreciate your help in getting the word out to folks you think may be interested. This could be an exciting opportunity for either an experienced professional or someone relatively new to world of building performance. We are a small, locally-based company in New Paltz, NY, located in the Hudson Valley, dedicated to improving communities by improving how buildings perform. We’re looking for someone to join our team who has high professional standards, is energetic and enjoys working with a mission-driven organization. We have some new projects about to begin including the gut-rehabilitation of a derelict structure at a local community college into a regional building science lab.

Feel free to distribute this announcement to those you think may be interested.

Many thanks,


Pasquale Strocchia
Integral Building & Design, Inc.
171 Main Street, PO Box 96, New Paltz, NY 12561


Elmsford Village Trustee Bill Zimkin shared a great idea with me that I think could help address flooding problems on both the Saw Mill River and Bronx River. I will be reaching out to state and county officials and will ask that this suggestion be seriously considered. We need to clean the debris from the river. This won't stop flooding but could cut down on the frequency of flooding and help prevent floods during minor storms.


Here are my suggestions of actions that I believe will make a positive difference and they don’t require any engineering.

No matter what all of the studies come up with, the basic fact is that the river and river beds need to be cleaned up. There is so much debris - trees, tires, shopping carts, etc. - that the water flow is impeded and in some cases diverted to a path of flooding areas that don't usually flood. No matter what the engineers come up with, I believe they will start with cleaning up the river and river beds.

If the State partners with all of the affected municipalities, I believe that will be much cheaper and faster than having an independent company do the project. I can't speak on behalf of the Cities, Towns or Villages but I believe they will all be willing to participate.

Example: The Town of Greenburgh uses its DPW personnel to clean up the river and river beds that go thru the Town , Mt. Pleasant does the same etc. The Villages and Cities can also get involved in the process. The State can get involved by helping with the cost of the project by helping with granting all or partial financing for the workers and equipment. If special equipment is needed for some problem areas, it can be purchased and shared by all municipalities. The County and Feds with FEMA can also partner with the project.

Hear is an oversimplified analogy:

When your house gutters are clogged or getting to that point you clean them to avoid flooding in your home. The Saw Mill River is the gutter for our area. (The Bronx River has the same problems)

This will not solve our flooding problems but it will help. When you build in or near a flood plain and do little to no maintenance, ( no intent meant to diminish the work and efforts that has been in the Yonkers and other areas) the result is our present problem. The businesses, the home owners and the local residents will actually see some action as the cleanup project is moving foreword and not hear about studies of unaffordable projects.

This will be faster and cheaper than the bidding process. The documents, permits, bonding and oversights for a project like this would be massive and very costly.

The State, the DEC, the Corps of Engineers and whoever else is involved with confusing something as simple as maintenance, should allow this project to proceed and help financially. I'll bet the municipalities will all be happy to participate.

A coordinated and well timed effort is needed. My suggestion would be to do the project in the spring, after the winter thaw and before August when hurricane season starts. After the initial project is done, this should become a annual maintenance program of each community. Financial aid should also become annual unless the State wants to take on the total responsibility.

With that said, the second project that needs to be done is a little more involved but manageable, but now that we spent the first year on phase one we have had a year to think about phase two.

Some fifty years ago when I was a very young teenager you could actually go swimming in some areas of the Saw Mill River and run around splash water in other areas. Many fished some of the deep areas also.

The River has filled in with silt, run off etc. It is actually shallower than it once was in many areas. The river bed needs to be dredged of all the buildup. I know that is not a new idea but as the river gets shallower the flood level and flood plain keeps getting expanded.

I believe we can come up with a plan that involves the Municipalities again to achieve this goal. They might have to temporarily employ more people to help with the project but that is a good thing, cheaper than the cost of the massive contract document for a project of this size and nature.

Town by Town and Village by Village and City by City, individually doing the same work it is like a lot of small coordinated projects. These small projects will need a coordinated effort with disposal of the silt but with a little coordination and assistance from the State, County and Feds, I think we can manage this project well.

With both of those projects complete, the flooding will be better but it will still happen. None of us have the money or real-estate to make it go away. With a river flowing unimpeded we will have an environmentally friendly and cleaner river with less flooding. The coordinated storm water run off project is also helping with the river being cleaner.

Thank you for your time and listening to my recommendations. The residents need to see action. I think my ideas will help.

Bill Zimkin

Trustee, Village of Elmsford

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


The New York City based Bread Factory Cafe at 265 Central Avenue in Hartsdale is having its Grand Opening Celebration on Friday, September 23 at 6:00pm. Come and join them and taste some of the delicious items on their extensive menu, including pastries, dinner and delicious desserts! In addition, a 10 percent discount will be offered all evening.
It's important for the community to support the new businesses that have recently opened up in our town. A healthy and vibrant business community is very good for our town. If word gets out that we are helping our local businesses succeed by supporting them and spreading the word about them, it will make it much easier to attract more new businesses to our town. Let's say no to vacant storefronts!
Paul Feiner

COST: Free!!!
AGES: Boys & Girls 6 - 15 Years

LOCATION: Webb Field (Richard Presser Park),

Central Avenue, HARTSDALE, N.Y.

COMPETITION DATE: September 24, 2011

Register on site on arrival, competition starts at 9:00 am.


Proof of the participant's age as of December 31, 2011 is MANDATORY. Bring a photo copy of their birth certificate. Winners must have document on site along with the release form signed by the parent/guardian.

REGULATIONS: No football shoes / cleats / turf shoes are allowed. ONLY GYM SHOES (SOFT SOLE) WILL BE PERMITTED. No bare feet allowed. Failure to wear gym shoes will result in disqualification of the participant.

Hosted locally by the Town of

Greenburgh Police Department

& Greenburgh Parks and Recreation.

Contact (914) 682-5391 for more information or check our website at or


Nationally by:

PPK Entry Form and Release of Liability

In return for being allowed to participate in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition (the “event”), I release and agree not to sue the National Football League, its member professional football teams, NFL Properties LLC, NFL Ventures L.P., and their respective subsidiaries employees, subcontractors, sponsors, agents, and affiliates (collectively the “Releasees”), from all present and future claims that may be made by me, my family, estate, heirs, or assigns for property damage, personal injury, or wrongful death arising as a result of my participation in the Event, wherever, whenever, or however the same may occur even if caused by a release’s ordinary negligence. I understand and agree that those listed above are not responsible for any injury or property damage arising out of the Event. I understand that participation in the Event involves certain risks, including, but not limited to, serious injury. I am voluntarily participating in the Event with knowledge of the danger involved and agree to accept all risks of participation. I also agree to indemnify and hold harmless those listed above for all claims arising out my participation in the Event and all related activities including, but not limited to, first aid and/or other medical treatment. I agree to participate in only ONE Local Competition this year. I understand the Event may be photographed, videotaped or otherwise recorded, I agree to let the above parties use my name, photo likeness, and demographic information free of charge in any manner and for any purpose in any media now known or hereafter created. I consent to the administration of first aid and other medical treatment in the event of injury or illness. I understand that this document is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the state in which the Event is taking place and agree that if any portion of this Agreement is invalid, the remainder will continue in full legal force and effect. I further agree that any legal proceedings related to this waiver will take place in New York, New York.

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As a participant in the above program, I recognize and acknowledge there are certain risks of physical injury and I agree to assume the full risk of any injuries, damages or loss, which my child or I may sustain as a result of such participation. I further state that I have explained the risk of participating in this sport to my child and he/she is still willing to participate. I further understand the Town of Greenburgh does not provide accidental medical coverage and it id my responsibility to provide appropriate coverage.

I agree to waive and relinquish all claims and hold harmless the Town of Greenburgh, and the Town of Greenburgh Police Department and the Greenburgh Parks and Recreation Department, its officers, agents, employees, volunteers from any and all claims that arise due to negligence of the Town of Greenburgh, Town of Greenburgh Police Department, its officers, agents, employees, and volunteers.

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we get reimbursed for police presence..friends of library book sale

Some residents who live near Gelsprain (the Toll brothers construction project) contacted me after seeing police cars directing traffic on Ardsley Road. They wondered why town police were assisting a developer. We get
reimbursed for this service. We also get reimbursed for the police presence in front of Solomon Schecter during school days and at the multiplex theater in Elmsford. This is the rate we charge..

Yes, we are being reimbursed for the officers at a rate of 89.62 per hour/ per officer (to include social security, worker’s comp and NYS retirement) the police car is also reimbursed at a rate of $100.00 per eight hour day.


The Greenburgh Library Annual


September 24 -26*

SATURDAY, September 24 10 am – 8 pm

SUNDAY, September 25 12 noon - 4:30 pm

MONDAY, September 26 10 am – 5 pm

AT: The Greenburgh Public Library

300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY, 10523

*PREVIEW NIGHT: September 23, 6-8 pm, Friday

For members – memberships at the door for $10

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Friends members-only preview is this Friday, Sept. 23 6-8 pm -- and $10 at the door makes you a member.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011


I am thrilled to report that the Fisher Lane bridge has been replaced. The old bridge was structurally deficient. Our engineers determined that it had to be replaced, not repaired. The bridge was replaced over the weekend and is now open to two way traffic. Both the North White PLains and North Castle commuter lots are open. We apologize to commuters for inconveniences they experienced once it was determined that the bridge was unsafe and in need for replacement. We hope your commuter experiences will be greatly improved.

Realtors Reception tomorrow--Monday, September 19th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Multipurpose Center, AF Veteran Town Park. If you are a commercial or residential realtor we invite you to our first annual realtors reception at AF Veteran park, off of Heatherdell Road tomorrow, September 19th. The goal of the meeting: to find out what action steps the town could take to make Greenburgh a more desirable place to move to and open a business at. Why are some people choosing Greenburgh over other communities? And --what are some of the reasons why people who want to sell their homes or lease their commercial properties are having a difficult time doing so? What can the town do to enhance property values?
What advice will the realtors give us---re: taxes vs. services? I think the reception will be interesting and worthwhile.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

fisher lane bridge replacement tomorrow...flood meeting sept 27


Starting Friday, September 16 at 10:00 AM, the Fisher Lane bridge leading to the N White Plains train station will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and bicycles. Closure is necessary to replace the bridge. Over this weekend, crews will demolish the existing bridge and construct the new two-lane bridge. It is expected all construction work necessary to erect the new bridge and allow traffic to enter and exit the Metro North station will be completed by 4:30 AM Monday September 19.

Please note due to the construction activity, the Mount Pleasant commuter lot from Fisher lane will also be closed from Friday September 16 at 10:00 AM until Monday September 19 at 4:30 AM.

The bridge will be closed from Friday at 10 am until Monday at 4:30 AM. No cars, pedestrians or bicycles. PAUL FEINER


On Tuesday, September 27th at 9:30 AM the Greenburgh Town Board will hold a work session to discuss flooding. We will hear from Jnathan Raser, our hazardous mitigation plan consultant. He will discuss grants that we could be eligible for to address flooding in our town.

Following that portion of the meeting we will discuss the specific problems at 100 E Hartsdale Ave. Some residents have complained about being ticketed during the recent flooding. And--have asked that temporary parking be provided during floods for residents. We will discuss options at the meeting.

If you cannot attend the meeting please be advised that our work session is streamed live on the town website: And--our meeting is also archived on the website (under archives of town board meetings).

Paul Feiner


From: Raser, Jonathan []
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2011 2:46 PM
Cc: Paul Feiner; Joseph DeCarlo

Paul –

As you are aware, the Greenburgh All-Hazards Mitigation Plan (AHMP) is currently in FEMA’s hands awaiting approval. Once this plan is approved and adopted by the town, federal mitigation grants are available for eligible mitigation projects in the community, including property elevations and buyouts. Significant mitigation grant funding is currently available, and more will become available in the wake of Irene and continued flooding.

The time to work with interested property owners is now. I would be glad to discuss this with you and the Town further.

Please note that Chief DeCarlo and I had discussed potential mitigation grant projects in the Town with Engineering during preparation of the AHMP. I just became aware of the mitigation RFP referenced below, however after the proposal submission date. If there is any information or other support we can provide towards this effort, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you.

Jonathan Raser, CFM | Hazard Mitigation Program Manager

1000 The American Road | Morris Plains, NJ 07950 | *Please note new address and phone number*

Sunday, September 11, 2011

a success story--from someone who was out of work

From: Amy ]
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 2:32 PM
Subject: Thanks for your help

Hi Paul,

I wanted to thank you for helping me secure a position as an adjunct
instructor at ___(DELETED). In December, 2009, you
were kind enough to forward my resume to Dr. .

I did interview in 2010 with the Chair of their Business Department,
, and was finally hired this summer to teach
Introduction to Business. I
just started this past week and love it - everyone has been kind and
helpful. It is a good first step to hopefully full time employment

Friday, September 09, 2011

dog swim tomorrow..woodstock on hudson tomorrow..5 k race tomorrow

Please join the Recreation Department and The “Friends of the East Rumbrook Dog Park Association” at their Annual Dog Swim on Saturday,
September 10th from 10am – 2pm at the smaller pools located near the entrance to Anthony F. Veteran Park. Hundreds of dogs will swim at one of our most popular events of the year.

WOODSTOCK ON HUDSON- TAKE ME TO THE RIVER FESTIVAL SATURDAY, DRAPER PARK, HASTINGS from 12 to 9:30 PM. 24 musicians. Two stages…activities for kids, art installations and a song circle. An amazing annual event.

Reminder: Commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9-11 with a 5k walk/run to save lives. Event: Saturday at Macy Park, Irvington off the Saw MIll River Parkway (old Cantina Restaurant). $20 donation to Gift of Life program—providing life saving open heart surgery for children around the world. Registration opens from 8-8:45 AM. Race: 9 AM. Walk 10 AM

4 PM Saturday Hastings Benefits the Hungry jazz concert: Saturday. First Reformed Church in Hastings. 18 Farragut Ave. Featuring Grammy award winners John Patitucci on bass and Gerald Clayton on piano plus gospel Spinger Ruth Naomi Floyd, guitarist Dan Carillo, drummer Nate Smith and percussionist Rogerio Boccato. Funds will go to HASTINGS HELPS THE HUNGRY

Iantheia Calhoun of Jazz Elite asked me to advise musicians that she is seeking serious musicians from 6-12 grade for her Jazz Elite program. AUDITIONS: Sunday, September, 18th 12 to 4 PM at the Theodore Young Community Center, 32 Manhattan Ave, White Plains. This is one of the best student jazz programs around. Attended their concerts this past year and was highly impressed.

REX RIDGE 1st Annual Multi-Family Tag Sale

Rex Ridge Co-ops on Fieldstone Drive in Hartsdale hosts the largest multi-family tag sale of 2011!


More than 40 families will sell their treasures for one day only: September 10th, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The flag pole located near 10 Fieldstone Drive, Hartsdale, NY

Jewelry, clothing, accessories, furniture, computer games, books, comic books, records, housewares and much more!

Take Dalewood or Cross Street off Central Avenue and climb the hill to 10 Fieldstone Drive at the flagpole. Free parking!

No commercial sellers – so you get genuine bargains!

Saturday, September 10
Rex Ridge Co-ops
10 Fieldstone Drive
Hartsdale ( frequently updated calendar of fun events happening in our area) for news and activities.
www.tarrytownpatch . com for more news and activities. news about Edgemont and Hartsdale (news about our town)

Have a great weekend!
Remember—our 9-11 memorial is Sunday at 10 AM at Richard Presser Park, Central Ave.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

world trade center artifact donated to 911 memorial wall--ceremony sunday


Please join The Town of Greenburgh, Rotary Clubs International, ArtsWestchester and Sam’s Clubs along with local officials, town department heads, community leaders and residents on Sunday, September 11, 20011 at 10:00am at “The People’s 9/11 Memorial Wall” on the lawn of Presser Park (former Webb Field), Central Avenue, (Hartsdale) in honor of Greenburgh residents whose lives were lost at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. The event will include a re-dedication of The People’s 9/11 Memorial Wall. Composed of 1,800 mosaic tiles designed by local school children and residents from throughout the county, the monument began to lose tiles, two years ago, resulting in the need for major repair. A total of 1,711 tiles were salvaged by the Town of Greenburgh, Department of Parks and Recreation. This summer, they were repaired, cleaned and reassembled by a team of 41 volunteers led by Sarah Bracey White, Arts and Culture Director for the Town. The restoration was recently completed by Frank Pescetti, mason and longtime resident of East Irvington who has been in the business of installing tiles, stone and marble for over 25 years. The 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will also include choral selections by fifth grade students from Richard J. Bailey Elementary School, Greenburgh Central 7 School District. For more information contact the Town Clerks office at 993-1501. A steel remnant from the World Trade Center arrived at Greenburgh Town Hall today and will be permanently displayed at the 911 memorial wall. This will make our wall much more meaningful for those who want to reflect on the meaning of 911 in the future.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

sidewalk sale e hartsdale ave..hear the candidates debate non stop

East Hartsdale Avenue on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM, rain or shine.
The stores along East Hartsdale Avenue will be offering special sales, and the eateries will be offering free samples of their cuisine. There will be plenty of fun for all ages including a clown, a magician, free popcorn and bubbles, and a psychic. As well as shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market.

For further information about this event, please email Adriana @ or the Town Clerks office at 993-1501.

The Council of Greenburgh Civic Associations (CGCA) and the League of Women Voters (LWV) sponsored a candidates' forum for Town-related primaries being held on September 13. The debate covered the Democratic Party Town Clerk (1 seat) and the Democratic Party Town Justice (3 seats). Two candidates are running for Town Clerk. Six candidates are running for Judge.

The replay of this interesting and informative debate can be seen on Greenburgh television at the following times non stop on cablevision 76 and Verizon channel 35 from Friday morning to Tuesday evening. The primary election will be held on Tuesday between 6 AM and 9 PM at your regular polling locations.

We have also provided every candidate with the opportunity to produce a five minute info mercial about themselves. The five minute info-mercial will be aired after the debates non stop from Friday morning to Tuesday evening. Hopefully, this will enable you to cast an informed vote. The info=mericals are unedited-and uncensored.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Start new year right...with chocolates..why pool can't be open

Start the new school year in a sweet way. 5th Avenue Chocolatiere just opened their new store ( @ 450 Central Park Ave (713-8879). They will have a delicious grand opening party on Wednesday September 7th from 4:30 to 6 PM. You are invited to taste their samples. Their truffles are out of this world. Have you ever tried chocolate cheeseburgers? This store also sells very interesting chocolate molds--ballet slippers, telephones and is a great place for children's parties. Hope to see you at the party. If you arrive at the end of the party you might not recognize me since I will have gained some weight.

I received this e mail from Joe Lucasey, deputy commissioner of parks. I had asked if it is possible to open up the pool for a part of next weekend since the pool was closed due to power outages Monday-Thursday last week.

We have no lifeguards and the rest of our staff will be spread out with other programs (5k Run, Dog Swim, 9/11 wall ceremony).

If someone wishes to empty their cabana we will be available to walk them up to the pool Tuesday -Friday (9am to 4pm) this week. If they could call ahead to schedule someone that would be helpful (693-8985).

Of course we will and have honored requests for emptying out cabanas that extend even beyond next week.

Joe Lucasey

Saturday, September 10th---starting at 10 AM---E Hartsdale Ave, sidewalk sale
911 MEMORIAL--9/11 (Sunday 10 AM, Richard Presser Park

Friday, September 02, 2011

power struggles in westchester -editorial westchester business journal

Power struggles in Westchester
Editorial Staff | Sep 02, 2011 | Comments 0

A number of county business people and politicians are feeling powerless in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. And many are angry about being left in the dark.

“Westchester ratepayers are treated like second-class citizens,” wrote Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner in an email.

He was referring to Con Edison customers who lost electricity following the storm that soaked the county.

“After every storm, Westchester customers wait much longer to have power restored than our New York City neighbors. Every ratepayer should be treated the same.”

Feiner, who’s not prone to hold his tongue in matters concerning his town, said he understands Con Ed cannot restore all the outages immediately, but suggests the utility “rotate” its service to “sometimes do Westchester first and parts of New York City second, or just spread it around.”

Following his email missives – cc’d to the Public Service Commission – and a Sunday appearance on News 12, Feiner said he noted some improvements.

“They (Con Ed) made a lot of progress. We had 6,000 people out Sunday and this morning (Aug. 30) it was down to 630. Obviously, now, I think Con Ed is trying hard. We still have major outages but they’re definitely making an effort in giving Greenburgh much more priority than it seemed like they were a couple days ago. I don’t want to say my yelling and screaming helped.

“It might have.”

Still, he cites a continuous power struggle.

“I’ve been through a lot of different storms and it’s taken four or five days to get service. …I don’t think it’s fair. New York City was always treated better than Westchester.”

For its part, Con Ed says it follows a priority system and services the most populated areas first.

“We want to focus on the repairs that will restore the most people the quickest,” Con Ed spokesman Michael S. Clendenin explained to us. “In other words, you could have a power line down that affects two houses or you might have one down that affects 500. You want to restore the 500 first.”

That’s logical, but the Feiners of our county are charged with minding our business.

“I totally understand the New York City versus Westchester thing,” Clendenin said. “Remember, we had about 180,000 (outages) in New York City and Westchester. Westchester had half of the total outages. So the storm, by and large, hit Westchester harder or as hard as the entire city, all five boroughs of New York City.”

That’s little comfort to a soggy county where some businesses and homeowners are still recovering from that last nasty storm back in March. And the lack of power this time around quickly dampened hopes for a speedy cleanup and recovery. But while Con Ed may be a major player in the energy industry, it has no power over Mother Nature. And August was a soggy month, drenching the soil and thus clearing the way for high winds to easily uproot large trees that in turn brought down wires.

Taking all of this into account, Clendenin said Con Ed was ready.

“We were prepared with crews to respond to what we thought was coming. And what we thought was coming, did come pretty much. We had already arranged for crews from as far away as Colorado and Michigan to be ready and they were on their way before the hurricane even got here. So we’ve got hundreds and hundreds of outside utilities here in addition to our own.”

By Aug. 30, he said, slightly more than two-thirds of the outages in the county had been restored and the utility was targeting Sept. 1 “around midnight” to restore power to most, if not all, customers.

“We’re still on target. … but this storm really did a lot of damage. It’s difficult. A part of the problem for us is getting access to people with their outages, making sure trees are cleared away. Patience is paramount here. We want to do it safely and get everybody back as quickly as we can.

“You can’t recover from a storm like this overnight. This was the most outages from a storm ever in our service area.”

As of this writing, some 800,000 homes and businesses in the tristate area were still without power – as were some New York State Electric & Gas customers in northern Westchester. And reports were labeling Irene one of the worst storms, cost-wise, in history.

Sadly, many businesses do not have flood insurance, as reporter Patrick Gallagher notes in a page one story this week. Even some of those who do have policies say insurers take a long time to reimburse or are denying claims altogether.

How can a small business survive?

Not too reassuring in these times when we need to retain every single business as we toil toward economic recovery.

A power struggle to be sure.

Irene, your timing was poor indeed.

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