Village Manager's Report 10/25/19

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Letter

25 October 2019


From the Village Manager:   

Call for Action.  Mayor Vescio and the Village Board of Trustees have issued a “Press Release” as a call on the NYSDOT to take action regarding the fatal, costly and outdated hazards of Route 9A.  The attached “Media Advisory” asks all VBM residents and neighbors to join with the VBM’s elected and appointed officials to meet on Tuesday, 29 October 2019, at 10:30 AM at the dead end outside of the Briarcliff Animal Hospital. Parking is available at Thalle Industries, 51 Route 100, VBM. As you know this is a critical initiative on behalf of the health and safety of everyone who uses Route 9A through our Village.

Board of Trustees Special Meeting.  On Tuesday, 29 October, commencing at 7:00 PM, the Mayor and Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting. Immediately thereafter and joined with the Zoning and Planning Boards there will follow a Streetscape Presentation at 7:30 PM. This session is to review, discuss and share Streetscape concepts and ideas presented by VBM’s planner, RGR Landscaping.  Their current work focuses on the Downtown Business District.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the WJV Community Center where it will be televised live.

Halloween Night ... Thursday, 31 October. We wish to remind you that VBM residential areas such as the “Tree Streets”, in particular, traditionally see high volumes of our kids on Halloween night.  Parents are asked to help stem the flow and advise your children about respecting other people’s homes, property and neighborhoods throughout the entire VBM.  Parents should accompany their children and not just drop them off … and are to be vigilant about the purchase of eggs, shaving cream and similar other foam-like items. As we have done in previous years, we will have increased police patrols. Take care in and around your own homes: be watchful and careful about our “trick or treaters”.

Pocantico River Bridge.  Currently forms are in place for additional concrete pourings for walls and abutments: thereafter waterproofing of the structure, backfilling and compaction.  Con Ed has a critical gas main segment to complete which we are pushing to nail down early next week ... all prior to paving. Still aiming at Pleasantville Road’s two lane reopening as well as Todd Lane and Ash Road ... between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.  

Law Park Drainage Basin (LPDB).  The Law Park Pond dredging project is nearing completion.  Additional work where the invasive cattail-like reeds took over the southeast section of the pond will continue on a manual basis. The water-based slurry is now secured in both porous bladders allowing for the water to separate and be filtered out as it returns to the pond. The set-up will extend through Winter and into the early Spring 2020 to maximize the dry out phase of this project. This Spring the sediment will then be transported by our DPW to a NYSDEC approved location. Full restoration of the disturbed areas will be undertaken in early Spring 2020. 


Ongoing Projects:  

Route 9A x 100 Bridge / Route 9A x North State Road.

  • From the NYSDOT (regarding Route 9A Railings): “ ... we’re still on track for our November 2019 letting for our bridge painting contract. The bridge will receive full containment sand blasting down to bare metal and repainted.  Railings will be sand blasted and repainted. Repair items will be included for deteriorated rail elements. We don’t anticipate construction activity would start until Spring 2020 ...”  We have requested project specs in advance. Site visit for other topics to be nailed down. 
  • Sidewalk and Wall Rehabilitation @ CSI. We have provided input to the plans: WCDOH has finally approved the WCDOT’s plans for the relocation of our water main. WCDOT stated today that this is to be set after the Pocantico River Bridge is completed.  New wall is a Spring 2020 event.
  • Con Ed Issues/Requests: We are awaiting feedback from Con Ed resulting from our downtown “walk-about”.  This was to alert and physically indicate to Con Ed of future Village streetscape plans encouraging them to update their own facilities BEFORE we start.  
  • UV (Delaware) Connection. We are awaiting final testing regime and approval to open the new tap between the WCDEF and the NYCDEP ... not an easy task.
  • B-Zone ... Traffic Counts.  Before you ask, the traffic monitors around the Village is part of the overall traffic study regarding the B-Zone.  The actual traffic counts are being conducted through the week.  The final results will be an integral part of the M/BOT’s decision-making on this important topic.


VBM Code and Regulation Update. 

The M/BOT closed the Public Hearing to Amend Chapter 146 – Noise. Written comments will be accepted up to 5 November. The link is

The M/BOT opened a Public Hearing to Repeal and Replace Chapter 179 with Chapter 125, Garbage Collection and Recycling. This hearing has been carried over to 5 November. For information/updates, go to

A separate Public Hearing is now scheduled for 5 November 2019 at 7:30 PM to Amend Chapter 220-9 Solar Energy Collectors: go to:

Remember ... All residents and parties of interest are encouraged to attend our Public Hearings to share your thoughts, concerns and recommend changes to these proposed codes/laws. Share your thoughts directly by emailing


VBM Departmental Reports.

Building and Engineering Department.  By this Friday, I have been advised that the Club will be making an application to the Planning Board for a change in the current approved Cell Tree on-site location as provided for in the SUP and site plans.

From the Department of Public Works and Water (DPW).

  • Lawn Sprinklers.  As you prepare for winterizing your lawn sprinkler layout, be sure they are fully drained.  Have your plumber pump air through the lines to push out any water laying in low of the system.  Have this done with the “saddle” or hub for your various lines.  The Winter freeze can cause costly breaks in your lines … especially water losses not realized until you get the quarterly water bill.
  • Our leaf collection will begin on Monday, 28 October.  Be advised that no leaves should be placed on the roadway or on sidewalks.  Violations will be issued by the Building Department for such infractions. 
  • On Monday and Tuesday, we will being collecting on the West side in the following order: Central Drive, Lodge Road, Central Drive West, Locust Road, Cypress Lane, Willow Drive, Mulberry Road & Hickory Road. 
  • On Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, we will begin collecting on the East side in the following order: Buckhout Road, Dogwood Lane, Dogwood Close, Larch Road, Simpson Road, Satinwood Lane, Jackson Road, Maple Road, Valentine Road, Zuydhoek Road, Oak Road, Ash Road, Ingham Road, Todd Lane & Washburn Road.
  • PLEASE NOTE that a special pickup will occur in the tree streets on Wednesday and Thursday, 30 and 31 October in order to facilitate Halloween safety. 
  • We will place additional crews on for laps 2 & 3 and pickup the East and West sides at the same time and we will be working several weekends in November to accelerate leaf collection for the holidays. 
  • Leaf collection will proceed in order with main roads collected when weather is good and DPW has adequate staffing.  The first lap usually goes faster due to minimal leaves (5 to 8 days).  Laps #2 & 3 usually take 10 to 15 days depending on leaf drop. 
  • Brush and branches should be bundled and tied in a separate pile from the leaves. 
  • We cannot predict when we will be on a certain road as it is governed by the piles placed.  As such we ask all residents not to call DPW to find out when we will be there.  Place your leaves and DPW will be there within 3 weeks.

From the Briarcliff Manor Police Department.  The Police Department will be launching a “SecureCam” Program which will encourage both private residents and commercial businesses to register their security cameras with the Police Department.  Participation in the program is voluntary and free, but by registering, Detectives can expedite their investigations.  If interested, please contact the Detective Division at 941-2130.

From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD).  The Fire Chief would like to share a few Fire Safety tips for Halloween.  Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids.  Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips.

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric.  If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily.  Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns.  If you use a real candle, use extreme caution.  Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.  When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out).

DID YOU KNOW ? - Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year.  Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.  Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!  The Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Village Recreation Department and the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department on Saturday, 26 October.  The parade begins at 9:30 AM with children in costume marching down Pleasantville Road from Popular Road to the Firehouse.  The Halloween parade concludes with entertainment and light snacks will be provided to all participants.  Consider becoming a VOLUNTEER Firefighter or EMT.  Simply, click the link can follow us on Facebook at and on Instagram at

From the Library and Community Center.  Check out the weekend fun at the Library!  This Sunday, enjoy a craft and Indian cooking. Next weekend travel back to the 50s and share a story.


  • Casual Chess Club (3rd – 6th graders), Tuesdays, through 26 November at 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Contact Amy Kaplan at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Craft-a-Month, OCTOBER (all ages with caregivers) Sunday, 27 October at 2:00 – 4:30 PM.  Drop in any time between 2:00 and 4:30 PM to create a fall-themed craft.  Examples, instructions, and materials will be provided.  Contact Amy Kaplan at or call the Library at 941-7072.


  • Instant Indian: Author Talk and Cooking Demonstration.  Sunday, 27 October, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Award-winning Indian cookbook author, Rinku Bhattacharya, will discuss her latest cookbook, Instant Indian: Classic Foods from every region of India made easy for the Instant Pot, and do a cooking demonstration during this presentation. 
  • Exhibit- Camera Club of Westchester. Month of November.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle.  When was the last time you worked on a jigsaw puzzle? Drop-in and help put one together.  Month of November.
  • ABCD’s of Medicare.  Friday, 1 November 1:00 – 2:30 PM.  Learn about the options just in time for Medicare Open Enrollment which will run from 15 October to 7 December 2019.
  • From Dino to Doo Wop: The Musical History or the 50s.  Saturday, 2 November 2:00 – 3:15 PM.  Singer and presenter, Joe Gilligan or “Joey G,” has opened for many top acts of the 50s, including Bobby Rydell, The Drifters and The Earls. Sponsored by the Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.
  • Do Tell! The Art of Storytelling.  Sunday, 3 November, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.   Carol Birch an award-winning storyteller and teacher presents this workshop.  This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Congregational Church.

 From Recreation and Parks.

  • Briarcliff’s Annual Ragamuffin Parade, co-sponsored by the Recreation Department & the Fire Department, is tomorrow, Saturday, 26 October starting at 9:30 AM.  No need to pre-register, just join us in costume for the march down Pleasantville Road from the Operating Engineers building (near Central Drive) to the Firehouse.  There will be a comedy magic show with “Macaroni the Clown” at 10:00 AM and “Goody Bags” and refreshments will be available for all!  We hope to see you there!
  • Platform Tennis Update:  Our court resurfacing work has now been completed and both of our courts will re-open as scheduled tomorrow morning Saturday, 26 October.  The courts now feature a new blue/green color scheme and all screens have been tightened to proper tension.  Reservation sheets for Saturday, 26 October through Friday, 1 November will be posted on site by close of business today.  All players are reminded to support the program and get your permits!  Players are welcome and encouraged to purchase or renew their permits by calling the Recreation Office at 941-6560.  This is a great year to give this wonderful cool weather sport a try! 
  • Tennis Update:  The outdoor tennis season isn’t quite over yet!  We are going to attempt to leave our clay courts open into early November this year, so please enjoy them while the weather permits!
  • Stay informed … subscribe to our “Recreation News” e-mail notification system available through the Village website.  In addition to announcing new offerings, we use the system to keep you informed of such things as upcoming registration dates, deadlines, cancellation announcements and community special events.  It’s easy: go to, access the Recreation page, and click on the “Subscribe to News” link to register. If you do not have access to a computer and would like information mailed to you, just call the Recreation office at 941-6560 and we will be happy to send you what you need.


From our Greater Briarcliff Manor Community.

From the Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce.  Harvest Fest will be taking place tomorrow, Saturday, 26 October from 11:00 – 2:00 PM on Pleasantville Road in Briarcliff Manor.  Harvest Fest follows the popular "Ragamuffin Parade," so we are anticipating a good crowd.  There will be a bubble station, balloons, face painting, shopping, giveaways, treats and more!  Come out and enjoy this great event!

From the Briarcliff Manor School District.  The Briarcliff Manor Union Free Schools District's Board of Education has resolved to make an all-call to solicit community participation on a Facilities Planning Committee.  Together with representatives from all three schools and District administration, this volunteer committee will prioritize the findings and plan the next steps to address items identified in the Buildings Conditions Survey.  The goal of this committee is to ensure that our facilities are safe, secure, and consistent with our educational priorities.  Committee members must live in the school district and be available to attend a minimum of six (6) meetings between November 2019 and January 2020 and monthly meetings through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  If you are interested in serving on the District’s Facilities Planning Committee, please take the time to fill out an application.  This application can be accessed by clicking here to complete online or, if you prefer to complete the application in person, copies will be available in the Main Office of Todd Elementary School.  Please note that this application must be completed by no later than Friday, 1 November.  For more information, visit our new Facilities Planning Committee webpage located under District Information on the District website by clicking here.

From the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.  The Harlem Magic Masters will be returning to Briarcliff for another wonderful fundraising Basketball Event!  On Friday, 8 November, at 7:00 PM in the Briarcliff High School Gym, enjoy the great play and funny routines of the Magic Masters as they take on BRIARCLIFF RESIDENTS and LOCAL TALENT.  The special half time show will give kids a chance to get out on the court and enjoy the humor of the Magic Masters with tricks and giveaways.  Don't be late!  Tip-off at 7:00 PM - doors open at 6:00 PM, so get there early to get your seats.  Advance sale tickets are $18.00 each at the Briarcliff Recreation Department, Weldon's Stationery, or by filling out the flyer that will go home from Todd.  Tickets are $20.00 the night of the event.  ALL proceeds go toward Briarcliff Rotary High School Scholarships and other charities and organizations supported by the Rotary Club of Briarcliff Manor.  If you would like to place a personal or business advertisement in the journal, please see the attached flyer or contact Eric Lebenson at 914-924-3596 for more information.

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (PMHC). PMHC Healthy Life offers the community a wide range of programs on health-related subjects as well as numerous health screenings and support groups. All events are free and take place on the Phelps campus, 701 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow unless otherwise noted. Coming up soon are:

  • Basic Life Support Courses.  2, 13, & 19 November.  The American Heart Association holds Basic Life Support (BLS) for members of the community.  Class sizes are limited to 8 students, registration is required.  All courses will be held in the C-Level Classroom, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM and are a $70 fee (includes textbook).  Please call 914-366-3166 to reserve a spot.
  • Functional Medicine.  Wednesday, 20 November.  Functional Medicine Program is a holistic, patient-centered approach to preventing, treating, and reversing chronic disease by identifying and understanding the root causes of the individual’s symptoms and conditions, including genetic predispositions, environmental contributors, and lifestyle factors. This event will be held at 9:00 AM at 755 Building, 4th floor.  For more information or to register call 914-366-3937 or email


As previously noted, a Special Meeting of the M/BOT is set for Tuesday, 29 October, at 7:00 PM immediately followed by a joint session presentation on Streetscape focused on our downtown business district at approximately 7:30 PM.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the M/BOT will be held on Tuesday, 5 November.

All meetings are held at the WJV Community Center.   


Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 406 – 25 October 2019


Magic Masters Flyer 2019

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