Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 16, 2017

And Wednesday!

The tentative budget is the one posted, and it shows a 7.38% increase in the town tax, and an 8.07% increase in the fire contract.  Well, it’s not as if you can vote against them.

The Town Board will be renewing an bond anticipation note, but it is impossible to tell which one from the agenda and there are no agenda docs.

And they will be talking about rezoning Crofts Corners as Community Commercial.  That is an idea from the Comprehensive Plan committee. Sam Davis talked about it because of the salt contamination at the homes, and the environmental constraints at Oregon Corners.  I only wish that the Town Board took the concept of community commercial seriously.  Has anyone looked at the salt testing results lately?



Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 16, 2017


At the Planning Board.

I wonder what kind of an application.  I thought the site was for display only of antique cars.  I thought that the county and the City of Peekskill said not even an oil change at that site.  It is located right on the Peekskill Hollow Creek. Should be interesting.




1. Brazee’sAuto Repair and Service-2 Peekskill Hollow Road
(TM#91.8-1-27/File 2017-0176)

on facebook, when this was first proposed: Sam Oliverio – It will be a Classic Car Showroom. Owned by James Brazee. This is great news for our main business district and the Town.

Now, it is auto repair.

Why would this application go to the Planning Board after the construction was done?  Why would an environmental statement be required after construction?

Why would wetlands and floodplains be discussed after construction?

Why was silt fencing only put in after complaints?

Why are they even discussing the old auto repair use, when that was so long ago, it is no longer the building’s use?

Why wasn’t this nailed down before construction?

It’s not as if the “Town” didn’t know about this applicant.



Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 12, 2017

Fire Department public hearing

Via Patty Villanova:

I went to the public hearing last night on the PVFD budget. As usual, I was the only taxpayer in the audience.

Before I go any further, I can tell you that there WILL be a new firehouse, come hell or high water. There is no longer any doubt in my mind that this is going to happen, regardless of whether or not the residents need it or want it and regardless of the cost.

This is the new reality in Putnam Valley- that our elected officials are not there to protect us, but instead are there to promote and finance anything and everything that comes their way. There is no way that I know of that we can force a referendum but I have not given up and will continue to investigate our legal options. Thanks to generations of complicit town boards, the FD will be able to bypass voter approval and get their way.

Years of excess funding has given them enough reserves that they will apparently be able to get their own financing through the bond market. This is a complex subject that I will have to research, but if it’s true that they can spend millions of dollars without voter approval, we are indeed in a hopeless situation vis a vis our taxes.

Even though it was a public hearing, “Tony” had not set up the podium so I very awkwardly had to stand opposite the board at the table mike. Of course public comments are not important to any of them so why bother to have a podium in the first place?
Jackie was, as usual, very childish and pissed off at me for daring to ask questions and she once again lost self control to the extent that she had to get up and leave the room for a time out before she made a complete fool of herself. It is truly scary to think that someday this young woman will probably be town supervisor. Apparently the fix is in already.

The FD budget is set to increase overall by 7.4%. That includes the contractual component which is going up 8.07%

The first question I asked the Board was if they knew how much money the FD had in their reserves. Sam responded NO. I said that I found it incredible that they would give such a large increase without knowing how much was in the reserves. The board members did not seem to understand the point of my question, so I explained that just as they might want to take money out of the town fund balance to lower taxes, the FD might want to do likewise.

Ed McCarthy was the only FD person in the room and I asked him if he knew, which he didn’t. I don’t know who called him, but FD finance whiz kid Frank Tansey showed up and I do give him credit for having a lot of the answers and explanations about their budget.

All taxpayers should be concerned at the way this went down. OUr elected officials are willing to give out what I consider an outrageous tax increase without having any idea HOW MUCH MONEY THE FD IS SITTING ON! No matter how hard I tried to explain why I was so angry, Sam just insisted how he felt “comfortable” with the increase because he knows they need the money. At one point I asked them- if the FD had asked for a 20 percent increase, would they have granted it? No one responded.

Whetsel, Louie and Steve sat there gobsmacked as usual while Jackie and Sam led the fight to defend the indefensible. When Ed McCarthy got up to try to change the subject, Jackie, in her best defense attorney manner, repeatedly asked him how much he got paid and how many hours he worked and how much a paid FD would cost us, etc. etc. All the time tested BS that’s supposed to win hearts and minds as they stick it to us once again.

As soon as I could get a word in edgewise, I pointed out that I was not against the FD and understood the benefits but that this was strictly a money issue and I was not suggesting we get rid of our brave volunteers.

Bottom line- Sam & Jackie have given the order and the FD will get their increase. They will all vote all in favor say AYE and that will be it for another year.

Note- as per Mr. Tansey’s information, even after recently paying over $700,000 for a new fire truck, the FD is still sitting on reserves of just under $2 million dollars. He said that when the time comes, they might be able to use some of that for a down payment on the new building.

Also mentioned – that when the FD leaves the existing firehouse, the Town will of course acquire the building for FREE. Like this is a bargain right? What nobody wants to talk about is the cost to refurbish that building when the time comes. So add a cool million at least to our tax burden when the new firehouse is built.
And the beat goes on……

Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 9, 2017

Budget 2018

Patty’s comments:

Here’s a quick rundown of some preliminary budget highlights. I assume these numbers can change one way or the other.

Despite the Rec Center fiasco, looks like Frank DiMarco is getting a 1.90% raise to $81,360.

The FD is listed as 7.4% increase of $92,500 meaning they want the taxpayers to give them another $1,346,500 to put in their slush fund for the new fire station.

The Rec office staff wants a 4.95% increase – not sure who this person is.

Parks Sports Administration wants a 3.24% increase up to $78,115. Not sure who this is.

Parks Personnel is listed as a 5.02% increase to $27,000

Children’s Center Personnel wants a 5% increase to $210,000.

Zoning comp Employees is listed as a whopping 9.44% increase to $32,175. Again, not sure who these people are.

Keep in mind that the NY State COLA increase is 1.2%.

Why is the town board being so generous? Why aren’t taxes being DECREASED? .




Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 5, 2017

Meet the Candidates October 16

The Lake Peekskill Civic Association will be hosting a Meet the Candidates on October 16 at the Lake Peekskill Community Center at 7:30PM.  Of course, there aren’t any town candidates, and little reason to vote, but, anyway, you will get to ask questions of the entrenched oligarchy.  And there are reasons to ask them questions.




Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 3, 2017

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

They will be distributing resumes for town attorney.  Was there a call for resumes?  I guess Mr. Florence is going to retire.

They will be accepting Mr. Lusardi’s resignation as ad hoc for the Zoning Board.  I guess his special counsel gig is taking precedence.  They already have a replacement.  Did they put out a call for that position?

They will have the tentative budget.  Read it and weep.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | September 16, 2017

Red Barn again

Monday at the Planning Board

Looks like a new sketch plan, rather than the amendment to the special use permit.  Would that mean that the special use permit would no longer be valid?

There does not seem to be any support for enforcement of the Peekskill Hollow Road preservation law.


F. C. Putnam Sports- 7 Bryant Pond Road
(TM# 63.-3-2/File 2016-0161)

The subject property is comprised of +/- 13.5 acres and is located on
7 Bryant Pond Road within the R-3 Zoning District. The applicant is
proposing to construct a two story training facility with office, locker
rooms, storage, pro shop and bathrooms.


Posted by: Dawn Powell | August 27, 2017

Election petitions

Interesting petition season this year.  Not like the forgeries in 2013, but challenges, court cases.  Primary, no primary, primary, no primary.

There are 2 spaces at the bottom of the petition pages for the witness to fill in their town and county.  Are they important?  If they are not filled in, the only response to that defect would be to throw out the petition pages.  That is what the Election Commissioners did.  I am most interested in everyone playing by the same rules.  If the spaces are there, shouldn’t they be filled in?  If any sheets in the state are thrown out because of that, they all should be.  The judges and the legislators should agree on it.

The timeline for challenges and lawsuits is very quick.  Does that timeline include service?  All papers have to be served upon all involved parties.  Shouldn’t it include that?  The timeline is necessary because the names have to be on the ballot, so all challenges should be finished before the printing of the primary ballot, including absentee ballots.

If the timeline couldn’t be adhered to because a judge didn’t sign the order to show cause, then should the complaint be thrown out?  I wouldn’t think so.  The judge’s signature is not within the complainant’s control.

In Peekskill, there will be a primary of Republicans trying to knock the Democrats off the Democratic line.  That’s weird.

Even weirder that the Putnam GOP endorsed and petitioned for Don Smith.  His poor behavior cost the taxpayers a lot of money.

Lots of drama.




Posted by: Dawn Powell | August 21, 2017

Fire Department/DEC FOIL

Awhile back, there was a rumor that there were DEC violations at the fire department’s building site.  Whistling Willie asked how we would know about the alleged fill, and any contamination.  All these months later, I don’t know.  There are some DEC districts which post violations.  Ours is not among them.  I submitted a FOIL request.  When I did not get a response by the time the DEC said, I submitted an appeal of denial.  Today, I got a denial.  They are withholding the information.

While I understand that the law allows that,  I am not convinced that the denial aids public trust.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | August 11, 2017

Rec Center keeps going and going

At the bottom of the Planning Board agenda for August 14, it says:



7. Goncalves, Armando-Oscawana Lake Road
(TM: 62.11-2-4.1/File: 2009-0051)


8. Town of PutnamValleyRecreation Building-156 Oscawana Lake Rd.
(TM#83.12-2-9/File 2016-0157)


keeping the dream alive of running government without the interference of those pesky townsfolk.

And for the Town Board meeting, they are hiring Porco, Daniels and Lusardi (a Putnam law firm) for an issue with the Rabbinical Society.  Mr. Lusardi sits on the zoning board…..


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