Village Manager's Report 11/15/19

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Letter

15 November 2019


From the Village Manager:   

You really need to know that ...  

Pocantico River Bridge. Notwithstanding the recent cold snap’s effect on Con Ed’s ability to complete their high-pressure gas main work, we are still working on getting the bridge’s road surface leveled and paved for Winter use by Thanksgiving. This includes re-opening Todd Lane and Ash Road. The remaining items to be completed will be done so as weather permits or furloughed until the Spring of 2020.

Law Park Drainage Basin (LPDB).  The Law Park Pond dredging project is in hibernation. Dewatering of the sediment continues into Spring 2020 with full restoration and dealing with the invasive reeds/cattails along the shoreline resumes.


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

  • From the NYSDOT. Having met with the NYSDOT and State, County, local officials and DOT representatives, we are pressing for responses regarding Route 9A and Route 100 specifically and associated issues throughout the VBM.
  • Sidewalk and Wall Rehabilitation @ CSI. N/C but with parallel issues under consideration, this segment will be a Spring 2020 action.
  • Con Ed Issues/Requests: Requests for updates and comments from previous meetings are awaiting.
  • UV (Delaware) Connection / Route 9A x Route 100-C Project (Elmsford).  UV Project is in the final phases of completion and testing: looking for a “near” Thanksgiving start-up of the important project. If you look at the Old Saw Mill River Road /Regeneron site, work is underway: the NYSDOT’s relocation of our 30” water transmission main shifted to a Spring 2020 event. Our water main serves 35K consumers in VBM, VSH and VTT.
  • B- Zone ... Traffic Counts. Traffic survey at critical street and intersection sites have ended.  We are awaiting the results and cumulative data analysis of this important study.


VBM Code and Regulation Update. 

The Public Hearing to Repeal and Replace Chapter 179 with Chapter 125, Garbage Collection and Recycling was extended by the M/BOT: carried it over to our 19 November meeting. For information / updates, go to

The M/BOT recently enacted several updates to existing or entirely new local laws including Film and Photography, Littering and Handbills, Peddling and Soliciting, Parking, Property Maintenance, Fireworks, ZBA and Planning Notifications, Tennis and Sports Courts, Swimming Pools, Noise and Solar Energy Collectors.

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

Noise Ordinance Alert.  The new Noise Law allows leaf blowing, and other landscaping services, only during the following hours:  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM on weekdays; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturdays; and, ONLY FOR homeowners working on their own lot, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Sundays.  Never on holidays.   Please let your landscapers know that no leaf blowing is permitted outside of these hours on Monday through Saturday and, as per the recently enacted Litter Law, leaves MUST BE kept out of the streets and piled on front lawns for DPW pickup.


Blood Drive   The BMFD & New York Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, 23 November, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the VBMFD Headquarters, 1111 Pleasantville Road.  New York’s blood supply has never been lower than it is right now.  Blood is perishable so it needs to constantly be replenished in order to treat trauma victims as well as individuals suffering from chronic conditions and those undergoing routine surgeries.   No appointments necessary – just stop by all walk-ins are welcomed.  It only takes one hour to donate, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives.  Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone.   About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion.  Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients and many more.  Please consider giving the Gift of Life.  It’s one of the most rewarding donations you can give.


VBM Departmental Reports.

From the Building and Engineering Department.  The Club’s Planning Board application to the Planning Board to change the current on-site location of the Cell Tree was held: a public hearing has been set for Thursday, 12 December.

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.  It’s never too early to apply for a permit.

From the Department of Public Works. 

  • Lawn SprinklersREALLY ... this is the last time 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.  Any Winter freeze can cause costly water line breaks: especially water loss and you wouldn’t know until you receive your Spring quarterly water bill.
  • VBM’s Leaf Collection continues at an accelerated pace: weather conditions have triggered a major leaf drop. We should be completing the first lap, which has been a series of very heavy loads. Weekend pick-ups start this Saturday and Sunday. We have a team covering two zones: the Eastside and the Westside.  Be advised that no leaves are to be placed on the roadway or on sidewalks: do not squeeze piles between fences and telephone poles ... and certainly not around fire hydrants (!). Violations will be issued by the Building Department for such infractions. 
  • 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 Fire Department (BMFD).  The Fire Chief would like remind you of how to prepare for Safe Winter Driving.  Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in areas that get a lot of snow and ice.  These tips provide safety information to help prevent motor vehicle injuries due to winter storms.

The three P’s of Safe Winter Driving: PREPARE for the trip; PROTECT yourself; and PREVENT crashes on the road.


  • Maintain Your Car: Check battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers, keep your windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir, and check your antifreeze.
  • Have On Hand: flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.
  • Stopped or Stalled? Stay in your car, don’t overexert, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light, and, if you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.
  • Plan your route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if necessary), be familiar with the maps/ directions, and let others know your route and arrival time.
  • Practice Cold Weather Driving! During the daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an empty lot.  Steer into a skid. Know what your brakes will do: stomp on antilock brakes, pump on non-antilock brakes.  Stopping distances are longer on water-covered ice and ice. 
  • Don’t idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.


  • Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
  • Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag. 
  • Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.


  • Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving.
  • Slow down and increase distances between cars.
  • Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road. 
  • Avoid fatigue – Get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every three hours, and rotate drivers if possible.
  • If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver

Consider becoming a VOLUNTEER Firefighter or EMT.  Simply, click the link  You can follow us on Facebook and on Instagram at

From the Library and Community Center.  Warm up in the Library!  Stop in this month to work on a puzzle, join a book group or learn to knit.


  • Casual Chess Club (3rd – 6th graders), Tuesdays, through 26 November at 5 – 6 PM. Contact Amy Kaplan at or call the library at 941-7072.
  • Craft-a-Month, NOVEMBER (all ages with caregivers) Saturday, 23 November at 11 AM – 3 PM.  Drop in any time between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM to create a Thanksgiving themed craft. 


  • Exhibit- Camera Club of Westchester. Month of November.
  • Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father.  Sunday, 17 November, 2:00 – 3:30 PM.  Author Peter Stark will discuss his book on the formative years of George Washington.  Signed copies of the book will be for sale with 10% of the proceeds going to The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.  This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society.
  • Brown Bag Lunchtime Book Discussion Group. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.  Tuesday, 19 November, 12:30 - 2:00 PM. Registration is required to Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Drop-In Technology Time, Tuesday, 6:45 to 7:45 PM, 19 November, (please call Library to confirm at 941-7072).  Have a question about using your tablet, smartphone, laptop or other technology issue? Drop into the library to meet with a high school student volunteer, for up to a 30-minute session.  Registration is not required.
  • Contemporary Fiction by Award-Winning Authors. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Wednesday, 20 November, 7:30 - 9:00 PM. Registration is required to Shelley Glick at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Drop-In Knitting Help.  Thursdays, 21 November and 5, 19 December, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Please bring your own materials.  No registration is required.
  • Friday Night & Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Yesterday (PG-13). Friday, 22 November, 7:00 PM and Saturday, 23 November, 1:00 PM. Bring your own snacks!

From Recreation and Parks. 

  • Rec Basketball Program registration deadline was today, Friday, 15 November.  Please visit the Recreation page of the Village website to access program flyers.  All programs take place at the Todd School and will begin on 7 December.  Kindergarten Basketball for boys & girls – Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM.   Instructional Program for boys & girls in 1st & 2nd grades – Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM.  Rec Basketball for boys and girls in grades 3-6 – Saturdays, 11:00 - 12:00 PM.
  • Save the date ... our Annual Community Bonfire and Holiday Sing-a-long program will be held on Sunday, 8 December, at the Law Park Pavilion.  The Mike Risko Band will kickoff the festivities with live holiday music from 4:30-5:15 followed by our traditional sing-a-long featuring the always amazing Carolers from the Voice Studio of Susan Zetkov-Lubin.  Join us and enjoy music, crafts, the bonfire and holiday treats co-sponsored by the Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce!
  • Platform Tennis Update:  Both of our courts are open.  The courts 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! 
  • The Village’s outdoor tennis season has come to a close.  However, our all-weather courts, Chilmark Courts 3 & 4 and Law Court 4, will remain open and available for play through the Fall season.
  • 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 Rotary Club.  If you are looking to give service above self, both locally and globally, the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club is for you.  We meet every Friday at 12:15 PM at the Briars Restaurant, 512 North State Road.  You will meet interesting neighbors, hear interesting speakers, network and “do good in the world”.  For more information, please contact Rachel Leihbacher at (914) 557-5453, or visit

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.  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, 19 November, with a W/S at 6:00 PM and M/BOT session at 7:30 PM.

All meetings are held at the WJV Community Center.


Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 409 – 15 November 2019