Village Manager's Report 1/10/20

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Report

10 January 2020


From the Village Manager:   

 A Few Alerts:

  • Route 9A/North State Road.  Based on our request to have the westbound, Route 9A/North State Road (left turn lane) signal reprogramed, the NYSDOT has made timing changes. You should see an improvement in the side road left turn movements.
  • South State Road.  The repair of a damaged fire hydrant has become more problematic: look to see working through the day to complete.  If not, resuming on Monday until completed.
  • Travel Advisory: Route 9A Lane Closure, TMP. The NYSDOT recently issued an alert that there will be a lane closure on Route 9A northbound and southbound in the area of Route 117 (Pocantico Hills) on Saturday, 11 January between 6:00 AM and 2:00 PM while work crews perform maintenance activities ... weather permitting.  Please anticipate potential delays and plan accordingly.

Downtown Central Business District. (CBD). Monday, 13 January is CBD Day. This is a prime time event for you to attend our second, CBD Streetscape presentation. Monday’s meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the WJV Community Center. Come and see the M/BOT’s long-range capital improvement plan for our downtown. See the attached flyer. This meeting is open to the public.

The Peoples Caucus (PC).  The PC met on Wednesday, 8 January, and re-nominated Trustee Kevin Hunt and nominated Sabine Werner, each for a two-year term as Village Trustee.  Outgoing three term Trustee, Cesare DeRose, was thanked for his six years of service. This Wednesday, 15 January, the PC resumes activities with a meet the candidates night at 8:00 PM at the WJV Community Center.  The meeting is open to the public.

If you see something  ... just call us.  Repeating my previous note: in the last 2 weeks, we have had 6 significant water main breaks/leaks and repaired 3 fire hydrants.  We ask that if you see water coming out of road and sidewalk cracks or welling up on lawns or other open areas to call the VBMPD at  914-941-2130 or the VBM DPW at 914-941-9105. This weekend’s warm weather repeats the warm-frozen-warm sequence of temperatures causing harmful pressures within water-logged sub-soils on our older, cast iron water mains oftentimes resulting in leaks.


VBM Departmental Reports.

From the Village Clerk.  N2R

From the Department of Public Works (DPW).

BULK leaf pickup ended “last year”.  Residents will now need to BAG your leaves or have your landscapers bring BULK leaves (with a note from the resident) to DPW.  Christmas trees, bagged leaves and brush will be picked up on your next scheduled January recycle day. NO organic waste pick up from 1 February to 1 April.

From the Village Treasurer. Your second half VBM tax bill is now PAST DUE. NYS statutory penalties are now affixed.  Have a question? Please call the Finance Department at 914-944-2723.

From the Building and Engineering Department.  At the 7 January M/BOT meeting, a series of three Public Hearing have been set for Tuesday, 21 January, at 7:30 PM to cover a new series of VBM code revisions, updates and/or additions discussing proposed changes to ...

  • a Local Law to repeal and replace Chapter 155 Peace and Good Order with Chapter 165 Protection of Public Property;
  • a Local Law to amend Chapter 186 Streets and Sidewalks, Article 4; and,
  • a Local Law to amend Chapter 220, Attachment 1, Table 1, Fences of the Code of the Village of Briarcliff Manor. 

You are invited to review our proposed local laws and be familiar with the updated Village Codes: The hyperlink is:

From the Library and Community Center. We are very excited that the Library is getting a fresh coat of paint, new carpeting and additional electrical outlets this month. Please understand that access may be limited to parts of the Library at times.  We will be doing our best to keep this to a minimum.  Thank you in advance for your patience and we hope you enjoy the updates!


  • Preschool Storytime & Science (2.5 – 5 year olds with caregivers), Tuesdays, until 11 February at 2:00 – 2:40 PM. This group enjoys an interactive storytime followed by a short science experiment.  Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Girls Only Book Club (4th & 5th grade girls), 4 February at 6:30 – 7:15 PM, 12 March at 4:00 – 4:45 PM and 15 April at 4:00 – 4:45 PM  When you register you will be included in the email “loop” announcing upcoming titles.  Contact Amy Kaplan at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Baby Storytime Lapsit (up to 18 months with caregivers), Wednesdays, until 27 May 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Sing, read and dance with your baby.  No registration required.
  • Fun for Ones…and Young Two’s Too (15 – 30 months with caregivers), Wednesdays, until 27 May 10:30 – 11:00 AM. Enjoy songs, movement and book together.  No registration required.
  • Teen Advisory Board (9th – 12th graders) Thursdays (except never on first Thursday of the month, meetings held at BHS), until 11 June at 2:20 – 2:50 PM.  Please contact Amy Kaplan at and we will find a way to include you and incorporate your ideas.  New members can join up at any time! 


  • Paper Snowflake Cutting, the month of January. Create your own snow storm next time you stop in.
  • Friday Night & Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: The Farewell  (PG).  Tonight, Friday, 10 January at 7:00 PM and Tomorrow, Saturday, 11 January at 1:00 PM.   
  • Adult Coloring & More. Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM (Begins on 13 January, no sessions on 20 January & 17 February). Co-sponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.

From the VBM Police Department.  We would like to remind you of your 9:00 PM (or when you go to bed) check-off list of items to do daily: have you ...

  • Removed valuables from vehicle ?
  • Locked vehicle doors ?
  • Closed the overhead garage door ?
  • Locked the inner garage door ?
  • Closed and locked all exterior doors ?
  • Shut and locked windows ?
  • Turned on front exterior light ?
  • Set your home and car alarms ?

Also, as we have been reporting, our new emergency notification system is live. This system offers residents the opportunity to receive instant updates during disasters or other emergencies. Simply sign up by texting 10510 to 888777 from your cellular phone or by signing up at to receive real-time alerts.  Once registered, users have the option to add additional locations from which they may receive notifications.

From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD).  The Fire Chief would like remind you of Stove Safety when using your Wood Burning Stoves!

  • Make sure the damper is open before starting a fire.
  • Read the instructions for your wood burning stove and follow them carefully.
  • Do not use flammable or combustible liquid (gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, etc.) to start a fire.
  • Do not burn plastics, garbage or wood that has been painted or treated with chemicals. These materials can create toxic gases and can cause corrosion in the vent, chimney and heater.
  • Burn wood or pellets recommended by the manufacturer only.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a metal lid. Then place this container onto a concrete surface away from combustible materials outside. These embers may still be hot for several days, so always dispose of them with caution.
  • Place both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, and test these units regularly.
  • Place a multi-purpose fire extinguisher near your wood burner.
  • Inspect the firebrick liner in your stove, if you have one. Should the liner show signs of wear, replace it immediately and do not use the unit until the liner is replaced.
  • Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace or wood burning stove. A closed damper will allow the fire to heat up which will, in turn, force toxic carbon monoxide into your house.
  • Solid fuel units tend to require a lot more maintenance than other heating systems. Therefore, regular inspections and care are needed to protect your home and family against fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • You can follow us on Facebook at and on Instagram at becoming a VOLUNTEER Firefighter or EMT.  Simply click the link

From Recreation and Parks. 

  • The Recreation Department’s Winter Program Brochure is available on the Village website at  Most Winter programs are now underway, but there may still be room for you.  Please call the Recreation Office at 941-6560 to check on specific program availability, and we’ll do our best to get you in! 
  • The Winter After School Program registration deadline was today at 12:00 noon.  We now determine which programs will run and which still have room in them.  Your last chance to register with no late fee is Monday, 13 January, but we will still take late enrollments in available programs through close of business on Friday, 17 January.  Please call the Recreation Office if you have questions about specific programs!
  • The Law Park Ice Rink: now it’s up to Mother Nature (but not for this weekend!). Our rink is now set-up and filled on tennis court #4 at Law Park. When the ice is safe and thick enough for public use, it will be opened.  Information regarding the 2020 season of our natural freeze rink is available in the Winter Brochure and is also posted under its own tab on the Recreation page of the Village website at  Seasonal passes are still just $5 for Village residents and $10 for school district residents.  Once we have ice, you can even rent the rink for a private skating party if you’d like!  Contact the Recreation Department at 941-6560 if you have any questions.
  • Platform Tennis Update:  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.
  • 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.


Our Greater Briarcliff Manor Community.

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 is:

  • Wednesday, 15 January - Functional Medicine.  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
  • Thursday, 16 January – Bereavement Support Group.  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
  • Tuesday, 28 January - Parkinson's Support Group.  Patients with Parkinson’s disease are invited to this free support group to meet and share their experiences and knowledge with others. We understand that if you or a loved one has Parkinson’s disease, it can affect many lives. Please join to receive education and information from our expert clinicians.  Get the emotional support you need from others and learn more about treatment options to help alleviate symptoms and increase the quality of your life. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the 755 Building, on the 4th floor  at 2:30 PM. For more information, call 914-366-3937 or send an email to



The next M/BOT W/S is Tuesday, 21 January 2020, at 6:00 PM followed by the BOT Meeting

at 7:30 PM. All meetings are held at the WJV Community Center.



Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 417– 10 January 2020