Posted by: Dawn Powell | November 7, 2016

Budget Hearings

The final budget hearings are Wednesday night.  There are still areas where the Town Board can do some trimming, but they probably will not.  You should tell them where you want them to cut anyway.  Maybe the next board will listen.  There is a public hearing about overriding the tax cap.  If the proposition doesn’t pass, they are planning to override the cap.  It appears that the library is about 2.8% of the budget.  So our increase will be higher than the projected 2% if the proposition passes.

The Board is planning to pass the budget the same night, so they are not planning to pay a lot of attention to the public, but one can always hope.  It is time to elect a Board that will seriously trim the fat.

What does the town have to say about a liquor license at O’Connor’s?  I guess we will find out.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | November 2, 2016

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

Did they already hold the public hearing on overriding the tax cap?

They are already waiving the fees on the parks are rec building?

Isn’t a special session supposed to be a specific thing, and not just SamO’s extra meeting?

Special Town Board Work Session & Public Hearing

Description: Town of Putnam Valley
Special Meeting
November 2nd, 2016

Public Hearing
2017 Fire Department Budget

Immediately Following the Fire Department Budget Hearing
Public Hearing
2017 Tentative Town Budget


1. Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Set Public Hearing for Final 2017 Town Budget.
3. Waive Permit Fees for Town Recreation Center.
4. Override of NY Tax Cap of .68%


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE; on November 2nd at 6:00 PM the Putnam Valley Town Board will hold a Public Hearing to hear public comments on the 2016 Preliminary Fire Department Budget.

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING; on November 2nd the Putnam Valley Town Board will hold a Public Hearing to hear public comments on the 2016 Preliminary Town/Highway and District Budget.

Pursuant to Section 108 of the Town Law, the proposed salaries of the Town Officers are hereby specified as follows:

Supervisor $ 70,366.20
Councilpersons, four@ $ 13,130.00 each
Town Clerk $ 61,578.96
Highway Superintendent $ 88,584.01

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the Putnam Valley Town Board will be holding the regularly scheduled Town Board Meeting.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 23, 2016


Anyone who disagrees with this odd proposition hates the library.  We all want it to close.  Great way to have a civil discussion.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 21, 2016


The proposal on the ballot just says more money.  What I find really odd is that if we vote yes, a private non-profit will have a guaranteed amount of tax dollars with no public accountability.  I don’t even understand that concept. This is not a public entity.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 20, 2016

$2.9 million

for this rec center.

Well, at least Sam can’t pretend that there is no tax impact as it will be a new bond for more than double what they spent on the last bond. Sam says he ran on this, but I thought Whistling Willie had already outed him on changing his “beliefs” after the election.

Read Patty’s comments on the last 2 posts.

She didn’t say if there was a price yet for a new firehouse.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 18, 2016

Public Comment

Tomorrow night, Mr. O will be restricting public comment to 3 minutes.  He has been clear that he does not want to hear too much from the public.  If you are going to the meeting and don’t care to speak, consider giving your public comment time to someone who may want it.  Either read part of their comments, or cede your time to them.

I don’t think that the library resolution that is on the ballot can be explained in 3 minutes.  I do think that the public should know what they are voting for.


Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 16, 2016

Your Tax Dollars

On Wednesday night, the town board will be talking about the parks and rec center.  The artchitect will be presenting the plan.  You have already  paid for the plan, a lot of money, and you have already paid for the engineer, even more money.

I will be watching the debate, but you might want to see what you will be paying for, for years to come.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 11, 2016

Firehouse Grants – Any help there?

Posted by: Dawn Powell | October 2, 2016

Firehouse – Oy!

I heard there was a discussion at the last town board meeting about building a new firehouse.  While we need that a lot more than a rec center, I am amazed that this is the spendingest Town Board in Putnam Valley history.

Kick ’em all out.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | September 17, 2016

At the last September meeting

Sam O said that they were going to adopt the increased fines law because there was only one comment.  Odd.  It was good comment, worthy of consideration.  And, of course, it wasn’t the only comment.  There was discussion on facebook.  At least 2 of the Town Board members monitor the facebook page where those comments are posted.  while that is not public hearing, they did respond to facebook comments with their poorly drafted Lake Peekskill pump out law.  It seems that they prefer to ignore a well prepared and presented comment because of the commenter.

Sam O mentioned the “parklands fund” which is being used to pay the engineer and architect for the building that must be built in the park.  In an email exchange, the finance director said that $120K from this fund was expended in 2013 for the building at the entrance to the park.  That was the pole barn that burned down, and this money was expended in addition to the insurance reimbursement.  Before the expenses for the engineer and architect, there is currently $320K in the fund.

At the end of the email exchange, Sam O said that the money is a bond, and it will be renewed for the original amount at the end of next year, so that the Board can build the building that must be built.  That is money that you, the taxpayers are paying.

Then, there is this major zoning code revision.  Sam O misunderstands the request that houses be allowed in the commercial districts.  He thinks that residents want new houses to be built in the commercial districts.  I don’t understand why he thinks that.  He has seen the statistics of the number of homes in the commercial district.  Their houses have become non-conforming uses with the last code change, and they would like to see that changed.

Even more astounding was that the Attorney to the Town doesn’t seem to know at all that there are houses in our commercial districts.  He thinks that commercial uses are at odds with residential uses, and so there should be no homes.  But there are!  Somebody should really tell him.

Our commercial districts are next to homes.  When the trucks go in and out at McKinney’s, there are homes overlooking that activity.

Community commercial is supposed to be compatible with the houses that are in the zone, and Community commercial 2 is supposed to be more restrictive than CC1.

What they are doing is really horrifying.

And it was only a 30 minute meeting.  Painful.

Oh right.  Mitzi and Frank Tansey were there and there was an executive session.  If there really was a helipad being built without approval, and there really was a stop work order, how is that executive session material?




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