Village Manager's Report 1/24/20

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Report

24 January 2020


From the Village Manager:   

VBM Water Source Switch Over.  VBM leads the Tri-Village Water Works (TVWW) and last night we (literally) physically switched over our primary NYC water source from the Catskill tap to our recently completed Delaware UV Connection. A potential, but remote, water quality (turbidity) issue triggered our alert last night in an abundance of caution reflecting the potential aftereffects of basic hydrology and the actual mechanics of the changeover. Our Water Department’s Foreman, Derrick Strippoli, and his team were able to flush the transmission main literally all night long to ensure the uninterrupted purity of VBM’s water source. Big time kudos to all. These types of long-range water projects move at glacial speed (no pun intended) ... the genesis of this Delaware Project claws back to 2002 at least. For VBM, we fully expect to remain on the “Delaware UV Connection” for years to come. With Briarcliff Manor, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow (35K water consumers) on our own Delaware UV Connection, the Catskill becomes our back-up source.  The NYSDEP can now set the schedule for multiple, longer term Catskill shutdowns to repair the Aqueduct south of Route 100-C in the TMP/TGB Grasslands area without impacts to the VBM and our TVWW members.

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. Community-wide event! (See attached flyer). 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).

Water main leaks and breaks. The see-saw nature of temperatures and weather patterns during this “Winter” so far triggers a weekly 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. This weekend’s anticipated wet (but no snow) weather forecast will water-logged sub-soils on our older, cast iron water mains and oftentimes results in leaks later when it freezes.


VBM Departmental Reports.

From the Village Clerk.  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/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;
  • a Local Law to amend Chapter 220, Attachment 1, Table 1, Fences of VBM Code;
  • a Local Law to amend Chapter 38, Village Manager; and,
  • a Local Law to amend Chapter 54, Residency Requirements

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

From the Department of Public Works (DPW). By the end of January, residents will 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.  N-2-R

From the VBM Police Department.  We have been reporting repeatedly that our new emergency notification system is not only alive but active. 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 share some Safety Tips regarding Car Fires.  Cars can catch fire for many reasons.  Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause.  A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash.  If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately.

What to do if your car is on fire:

  • Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so, be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road such as the breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
  • GET everyone out of the car. Never return to a burning car for anything.
  • MOVE everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • CALL 9-1-1.

FACT:  Most crashes DO NOT result in fire.  In the event of any crash, call 911.  If there is no sign of fire, wait for emergency assistance to administer first aid and help any injured individuals out of the car.  

See our Blood Drive request/drive above ... and BTW, consider becoming a VOLUNTEER Firefighter or EMT.  Simply click the link Follow us on Facebook at and on Instagram at

From the Library and Community Center.  Chinese New Year starts tomorrow!  Please stop in over the next week to learn more about the holiday and check out a book or movie from our new Chinese culture collection.


  • Preschool Storytime & Science (2.5 – 5 year olds with caregivers), Tuesdays, through 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.
  • Baby Storytime Lapsit (up to 18 months with caregivers), Wednesdays, through 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, through 27 May 10:30 – 11:00 AM. Enjoy songs, movement and book together.  No registration required.
  • Hooked on Books (5 year olds - 1st graders), Wednesdays, through 12 February at 4:15  - 4:45 PM. Registration is required.  Contact Amy Kaplan at or call the Library at 941-7072.
  • Teen Advisory Board (9th – 12th graders) Thursdays (except never on first Thursday of the month, meetings held at BHS), through 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! 


  • Adult Coloring & More. Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM (no session on 17 February). Co-sponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.
  • Abstracts & Nature: Oil Paintings by Dan Pilgree on display through month of February.
  • Drop-In Knitting Help.  Thursday, 2 February.

From Recreation and Parks. 

  • Do Not Hesitate ... our 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: Still waiting on Mother Nature ... doesn’t look good over the next 2 weeks.
  • 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.

According to HomeSnacks, Briarcliff Manor was ranked #4 in the top 10 Safest Cities in New York for 2020.  To view the full report, please visit

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



NO Work Session this month.  The next M/BOT W/S is Tuesday, 4 February 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 419– 24 January 2020

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