Village Manager's Report 11/22/19

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Letter

22 November 2019


From the Village Manager:   

You really need to know that ...  

Alert ... NYSDOT /// Route 9A Road Work.  Please be advised that the NYSDOT has notified us that they will be undertaking the repair of the center point “box-beam” guiderails on Route 9A starting tomorrow, Saturday, 23 November and through Sunday, 24 November: starting at 7:00 AM and ending 3:00 PM each day.  Because of the scope and nature of the repair/replacement work, the inner lanes, in both directions, will be closed. Only the outer lane of Route 9A in both directions will be open.  Please take notice, adjust your travel plans and timing and ... drive carefully. We believe this is only a short term / first step of the road improvements highlighted by the M/BOT and supported by our VBM residents.

Pocantico River Bridge. Nearing the end of this phase ... with the work currently underway, we are targeting a pre-Thanksgiving Day re-opening of the Pocantico River Bridge to two lanes of traffic as well as the re-opening of Todd Lane and Ash Road. As repeatedly advises, the remaining items to be completed will be done so as weather permits during 2019 or furloughed until the Spring of 2020.

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

  • From the NYSDOT.  See the ALERT, above.
  • Sidewalk and Wall Rehabilitation @ CSI. N/C. More likely a Spring 2020 action.
  • Con Ed Issues/Requests: Requests for updates/comments from previous meetings remain.
  • UV (Delaware) Connection / Route 9A x Route 100-C Project (Elmsford).  UV Project in process of full operation either just before or just after Thanksgiving. The NYSDOT’s relocation of our 30” water transmission main shifted to a Spring 2020 event.
  • B- Zone ... Traffic Counts. Traffic survey at critical street and intersection sites should be completed before Thanksgiving.


VBM Code and Regulation Update.  The M/BOT approved the series of law changes to Repeal and Replace Chapter 179 with Chapter 125, Garbage Collection and Recycling.  For the final wording, go to


VBM Departmental Reports.

From the Building and Engineering Department.  The Club’s 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.   

  • VBM’s Leaf Collection continues at an accelerated pace.  We have extended our leaf pick-up to the weekends: last weekend, this coming weekend and hopefully Thanksgiving weekend. Remember that we have two pick-up zones, each with a team: the Westside from the Hudson River to Law Road and the Eastside from Neighborhood Park center to the Dalmeny Road area.  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. 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 to remind you of a few simple Safety Tips to follow during the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. 
  • Remain in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove.  The stove will be hot so children should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure children stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

    Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

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

  • Blood Drive   The BMFD & New York Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive TOMORROW ... 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.

The VBMPD PBA Holiday Drives.  The VBMPD PBA has two holiday drives underway.  Their Annual Coat Drive is looking for new or gently used winter coats to be dropped off at the Police Headquarters, 1111 Pleasantville Road, at any time through 14 December.  Then there’s the PBA Annual Toy Drive: drop off new unwrapped toys at the Police Headquarters at any time through 14 December.  All toys will be delivered to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at the Westchester Medical Center.

From the Library and Community Center. Stop in this weekend for cookbooks, wine selection guides and DVDs to keep everyone entertained.  The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, 28 & 29 November.


  • 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, (all ages with caregivers), tomorrow, Saturday, 23 November at 11:00 – 3:00 PM. Drop in any time to create a Thanksgiving themed craft. 


  • Friday Night & Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Yesterday (PG-13). Tonight, Friday, 22 November, 7:00 PM and tomorrow, Saturday, 23 November, 1:00 PM.  A new-to-DVD movie will be shown on the big screen.  People may bring their own snacks.
  • Exhibit-Photographs by Michael Liebman. Month of December.
  • December is “Write a Letter to a Friend Month.” Drop-in a take a moment to craft a handwritten note for someone special.  Month of December.
  • Paper Management: Less Paper, More Organized.  Thursday, 5 December, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Shannon Reilly is back to show us how to reduce the amount of paper in our homes and lives and to better organize what we need.  Shannon has been a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals since 2016 and has her own business and website, Simplify with Shannon.
  • Drop-In Knitting Help.  Thursdays, 5, 19 December, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Benny Gerwitz who has taught knitting classes will be available to help you get started or complete a project.  You must provide your own materials. 

From Recreation and Parks. 

  • 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

The 26 November W/S has been cancelled.

The next scheduled meeting of the M/BOT will be held on Tuesday, 3 December,

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 410 – 22 November 2019