Village Manager's Report 1/17/20

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Report

17 January 2020


From the Village Manager:   

Weather alert for this weekend.  Last weekend’s near balmy weather hit the wall last night: we awoke to crisp, cold temperatures in the high teens this morning. That’s a signal for an expected storm early Saturday morning and running into the late evening: travel conditions may be hazardous. It looks like VBM will be in the 2-4 inch range of snow and higher further north of us. As crazy as it seems, I-287 again will be the north/south freeze boundary determining what mix of precipitation we receive.  Sunday (?) ...should be mostly sunny and in the upper 30’s.

Monday, 20 January 2020, is Martin Luther King Day: a national holiday.  Village Hall, our Library and Community Center, DPW and Recreation will all be closed. There will not be any valet parking at the Scarborough Railroad Station.  However, there will be a regular Monday garbage collection for your defined sanitation zone.

BMFD Blood Drive.  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.  The New York Blood Center needs to ensure a robust blood supply so they can always stay prepared to keep our cities, towns and villages safe.

Blood Drive info:

Date:   Monday, 27 January

Place:  Briarcliff Manor Fire House, 1111 Pleasantville Road

Time:  1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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 will be one of the most rewarding donations you can give.

VBM 2020 Census Event.  Everyone in Briarcliff Counts ! Come learn more about the 2020 Census by attending: our 3-C event: Census, Cider and Cookies. This is a Community-wide event !  Come meet your neighbors, have a snack and learn more about Briarcliff’s efforts to make sure every person in our Village is counted in the upcoming 2020 Census.  Drop in at your convenience: Monday, 3 February, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the WJV Community Center.  Sponsored by the VBM’s Complete Count Committee (CCC).

Expect water main leaks and breaks to continue.  Based on the see-saw nature of temperatures and weather over the last 6-8 days, we repeat our request. If you see water coming out of road and sidewalk cracks or welling up on lawns or other open areas call the VBMPD at  914-941-2130 or the VBM DPW at 914-941-9105. Again, this weekend’s cold weather repeats the warm-frozen-warm sequence of temperatures we have experienced 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.  The upcoming M/BOT session will start with a series of Public Hearings covering a new set of VBM code revisions, updates and/or additions discussing proposed changes concerning:

  • 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 using our  hyperlink:

From the VBM Police Department.  A repeat from last week ... the VBM PD would like to remind you of your 9:00 PM (or when you go to bed) check-off list of items to do daily: be sure that you have ...

  • Removed valuables from vehicles ?
  • 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 to remind you of a few simple Safety Tips to follow when using Lithium Ion Batteries.  Lithium ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices including smart phones, laptops, scooters, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms, toys, and even cars. Take care when using them.  In rare cases, they can cause a fire or explosion.

Safety Tips

  • Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Only use the battery that is designed for the device.
  • Put batteries in the device the right way.
  • Only use the charging cord that came with the device.
  • Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed or on a couch.
  • Keep batteries at room temperature.
  • Do not place batteries in direct sunlight or keep them in hot vehicles.
  • Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire.

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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 be aware that access may be limited to parts of the Library at times.  We will do our best to keep this to a minimum. Thank you in advance for your patience and we hope you enjoy the updates!


  • Craft-a-Month: Penguins and Polar Bears (all ages with caregivers), 18 January at 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Drop in any time between 11 AM and 2:30 PM to make some cool penguin and polar bear themed crafts.  No registration required.
  • 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.
  • Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion Group: Educated by Tara Westover, Tuesday, 21 January, 12:30 – 2:00 PM.  Bring your lunch and join our afternoon book discussion group at the Library.  Books are available to borrow from the Library one month before the discussion.  Discussion is led by Shelley Glick, Reference Librarian. Registration is required to or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Medical Marijuana Now, Friday, 24 January, 2:00—3:30 PM. With the passage of The Compassionate Care Act by Governor Cuomo in January 2014, treatment is now possible for specific medical conditions.  We will discuss this legal medical alternative, the diseases for which it is available, and methods to travel this path. The discussion will be led by local physician Dr. Lynn Parodneck, who is a certified medical marijuana prescriber in New York State.
  • Adult Coloring & More. Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM (No sessions on 20 January & 17 February). Co-sponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.

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 Law Park Ice Rink: who knows ... let nature takes its course. Our rink is filled on tennis court #4 at Law Park. When the ice is safe and thick enough for public use, it will be opened. Look for 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:  Support the program: 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.


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 at the Briars Restaurant, 512 North State Road in Briarcliff Manor.  Drop in to meet interesting neighbors, hear interesting speakers, network and “do good in the world”.  For more information, 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 is:

  • 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

M/BOT Meeting at 7:30 PM. All meetings are held at the WJV Community Center.


Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 418– 17 January 2020