Village Manager's Report 11/1/19

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Letter

1 November 2019


From the Village Manager: 

On a Need to know basis ...

Saturday Night into Sunday Morning ... don’t forget to turn clocks BACK one hour and adjust yourself back to Eastern Standard Time.  Our BMFD reminds that this is also a perfect time to change out and replace the batteries in all smoke, fire and carbon monoxide/dioxide alarm systems. Remember ... if your detectors go off, GET OUT of your house and call the Fire Department by dialing 911.

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.

Pocantico River Bridge.  Water proofing complete and wing walls and associated foundation components are being set. Work will extend in this Saturday in preparation of the final construction segments. Con Ed still needs to complete their critical gas main linage next week. Still aiming at Pleasantville Road’s two lane reopening as well as Todd Lane and Ash Road ... at today’s schedule, between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day.  

Law Park Drainage Basin (LPDB).  The Law Park Pond dredging project is about to enter a planned “winter hibernation” phase: the water-based slurry to separate for 4-5 months as the water is “filtered” back into the pond. In the Spring, the dewatered sediment will then be transported by our DPW to a NYSDEC approved location. Thereafter follows full restoration and dealing with the invasive reeds/cattails along the shoreline.


Ongoing Projects:  

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

  • From the NYSDOT. We are meeting with the NYSDOT this coming week to cover and discuss a series of issues including, but not limited to, the Village’s push for short term and long term solutions. These include the condition and safety of Route 9A, the need to for traffic enhancements at the intersection of North State Road and the rehabilitation and repainting of the bridge railings.
  • Sidewalk and Wall Rehabilitation @ CSI. Having previously met, we have asked the WCDOT for an update on the status of the wall and water main relocation.
  • Con Ed Issues/Requests: Ditto here  ... we met and are requesting updates to our several points we had discussed.  
  • UV (Delaware) Connection and Route 9A x Route 100-C Project (Elmsford).  On behalf of the Tri-Village Water Works:
  • We met with WCDEF and NYCDEP: final plans and approvals reached to complete the new “Delaware” tap between the WCDEF and the NYCDEP. This a major project to ensure uninterrupted water source when the Catskill is shutdown for 6 separate weeklong periods to scope out the repairs to the aqueduct ... PRIOR to the longer term work.
  • We secured easements and approvals at the construction area around the Regeneron campus at Route 100-C. Work has restarted addressing on a priority basis the relocation of the Tri-Village Water Work’s primary water transmission main away from the center of the proposed “round-about”.  This is a NYSDOT project and the costs impacting us is being funded by NYSDOT.
  • B- Zone ... Traffic Counts. Surveys are just ending: we are awaiting the results and data of this important study.


VBM Code and Regulation Update. 

The M/BOT closed the Public Hearing to Amend Chapter 146 – Noise. Written comments will be accepted up to Tuesday, 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.  An application by the Club was made 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. Scheduling will be posted on the VBM’s website.

From the Village Clerk.  Applications are being accepted for the 2020 Scarborough Station Parking.  Permits will be distributed the week of 2 December.  We will be adding the 2020 holiday (No Valet Service) schedule to the permits ... we anticipate that all second permit requests will be addressed during the second week of December.

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

  • Lawn SprinklersAnother Reminder. 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.
  • Tuesday, 5 November, is a County-Wide Election Day.  In a “quirk” in the union contract, the DPW offices and work force is off BUT regular sanitation collection will be made.
  • Even without taking into effect the recent storm effects on the Fall leaf drop, VBM’s Leaf Collection continues at an accelerated pace.  The two zones are up next, each with 2 teams: the Westside from the Hudson River to Law Road and the Eastside from Neighborhood Park center to the Dalmeny Road area.
  • Remember that 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.  Residents are asked not to call DPW to find out when we will be there.   

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).  With the return to “standard time”, it’s a perfect time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  If your detectors go off, GET OUT of your house and then call the Fire Department by dialing 911.  House fires are a serious danger.  Many fatalities occur during fires at night, in homes that either don't have a smoke detector or have a non-functional one installed.  Maintaining your smoke detectors properly can cut the chances of dying in a house fire significantly.

Check the battery type.  Installing the new batteries incorrectly, or using the wrong type, will cause your smoke detector to not function.  Always make sure you are using the correct type of battery and installing the batteries correctly to ensure the detector will work.

  • Detectors that use lithium batteries will last for ten years.  You generally cannot replace the battery, instead, replace the entire detector after its ten year life span is expired.
  • Many detectors will make use of a 9V battery.  However, some may require different types of batteries.
  • Use high quality, long lasting batteries.  Using rechargeable or low quality batteries may cause your smoke detectors to fail.

    Open the battery compartment and install the new battery.  To access the battery, you will have to remove the cover that contains it.  Exactly where the battery is located, and how it is secured, will vary from model to model.  Generally, once you remove the cover of the detector, you will be able to see where the battery is located without trouble. 

    Test the batteries.  Before you reinstall the smoke detector, you will want to make sure that the batteries are working properly.  Locate and utilize the button on your smoke detector that will test the batteries.

  • The location of the test button will vary.
  • Most test buttons require you to press the button for a few seconds to engage the test.
  • If successful, the alarm will sound.
  • Double check if the test fails.  If the alarm doesn't sound during the test of the batteries, you will need to recheck them.  Never reinstall your smoke detector until it passes this battery test and has demonstrated that it is functioning properly.

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From the Library and Community Center.  Author and journalist William J. Holstein will discuss his new book, The New Art of War: China’s Deep Strategy Inside the United States, this Thursday evening.  No registration needed.


  • 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.
  • Family Movie Night: TOY STORY 4, Saturday, 9 November at 6:30 PM.  Watch this new-to-DVD release on our big screen.  Feel free to bring your own snacks to eat while you watch the film.  No registration is required.


  • From Dino to Doo Wop: The Musical History or the 50s.  Saturday, 2 November 2:00 – 3:15 PM.  Welcome to a live musical journey back to the 50s. 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. 
  • Drop-In Knitting Help.  Thursdays, 7, 21 November and 5, 19 December, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. No registration is required.
  • The New Art of War: China’s Deep Strategy Inside the United States: Author Talk.  Thursday, 7 November, 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  Author William J. Holstein will discuss his book, The New Art of War: China’s Deep Strategy Inside the United States.  Mr. Holstein was a reporter for the United Press International Foreign Desk in Hong Kong and then the Beijing bureau chief.  He also was World Editor for Business Week magazine and U.S. News & World Report.  He has written many books on business, technology and China.  Signed copies of The New Art of War will be available for sale with 10% of all proceeds going to The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.
  • Laughter Yoga for Health & Happiness.  Friday, 8 November, 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Donna Bernstein is a registered dietitian and certified dietetic nutritionist who has been practicing for over 30 years.  She is a certified Meditation and Yoga instructor and a certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
  • TV Trivia Night, Friday, 8 November, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Mark your calendars for another fun trivia night! You don’t need to be an expert to participate. Please register your team of 2 to 5 players by Tuesday 5 November to

 From Recreation and Parks.

  • Platform Tennis Update:  Our court resurfacing work is complete and both of our courts are now open.  The courts now feature a new blue/green color scheme and all screens have been tightened to proper tension.  Reservation sheets are available on our website.  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 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 today, Friday, 1 November.  For more information, visit our new Facilities Planning Committee webpage located under District Information on the District website by clicking here.

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



The next regularly scheduled meeting of the M/BOT will be held on Tuesday, 5 November, with a W/S at 6:00 PM and a M/BOT session at 7:30 PM.

All meetings are held at the WJV Community Center. 


Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 407 – 1 November 2019


Lastly ... when you get a chance, take a drive down to our Scarborough Post Office this weekend (commuters are exempt).  Few people really know that our Scarborough P.O. was one of the first post offices and linked to a railway line.  The building is owned by the VBM and leased to the USPS. Come December, it will be celebrating 155 years of local operation. We thank Robert Little ... “Scarborough Post Office protector” ... for his efforts on behalf of this piece of Briarcliff Manor history.

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