Village Manager's Report 1/31/20

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Report

31 January 2020


From the Village Manager:   

UV Delaware Connection Follow-Up.  The complicated switch from our Catskill Aqueduct source connection to our new UV Delaware connection was a huge success. Advanced system-wide flushing outside of VBM minimized any discoloration or turbidity inside of our Village. In an abundance of caution and also related to the temperature inversions within the system, we have advanced our routine quarterly transmission main flushing essentially to accomplish two service tasks in one “flush”: a routine seasonal flush and one last flush to remove any other aftereffects of the Delaware switch over. The flush is as follows:

On Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 and 5 February;

From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM;

Located on Sleepy Hollow Road, Long Hill Road (East and West) and Ridgecrest Road.

Flushing is limited to hydrants servicing our larger Transmission Mains only. There could be minor drops in water pressure and/or temporary light discoloration during this time. The water is fully safe and potable.  

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 below). 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).

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). NO organic waste pick up from 1 February to 1 April.  Given the break from traditional Winter weather temperatures, we are tackling various repair and maintenance projects not normally addressed in Winter.

From the Village Treasurer. N-2-R.

From the Building and Engineering Department.  N-2-R

From the VBM Police Department.  N-2-R

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 Portable Generators.  Downed utility lines, power company blackouts, heavy snow falls or summer storms can all lead to power outages. Many people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution without knowing the risks.

  • Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside at least 5 feet away from all doors, windows, and vent openings. Measure the 5-foot distance from the generator exhaust system to the building.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
  • Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building. The exhaust must be directed away from the building.
  • Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is hot.
  • Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.

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

From the Library and Community Center.  Sunday is Groundhog Day! Kids of ages 3 to 7 with caregivers are invited at 4 PM to listen to a story and enjoy a craft!


  • 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! 


  • Library Lovers Month. Month of February. Stop in and post what you love about the Library.
  • Drop-In Knitting Help.  Thursday, 6 February.
  • Adult Coloring & More. Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM (no session on 17 February). Co-sponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.
  • Friday Night & Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Downton Abbey (PG).  Friday, 7 February, 7:00 PM and Saturday, 8 February, 1:00 PM.

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: Mother Nature is killing us ... 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.

Assemblywoman Sandra Galef 2020 Meeting.  Thursday, 6 February from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Briarcliff Manor Library.  Please join to hear about the Assemblywoman’s priorities and how it affects you.  For more information, please see the attached flyer.

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).  Northwell Health is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak that originated in China and has health officials worldwide on alert.  We are adhering to CDC recommendations and actively working with the state and county departments of health.  Out of an abundance of caution, the health system is implementing existing emergency response guidelines and procedures to identify potential patients, isolate them appropriately, ensure that our staff utilizes the recommended personal protective equipment, and provide for the safety of team members at all times.  Northwell’s Emergency Management team will continue to monitor its Bio Surveillance platform to track patients with flu-like symptoms presenting in our emergency departments, and hospital bed availability and isolation capacity.  Those interested in learning more about the coronavirus should consult the CDC website (  If you have traveled to affected regions identified by the CDC and have respiratory symptoms, please alert your health care provider before going to the emergency department or an already scheduled appointment at Northwell.


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 both at the WJV Community Center.


Capital Projects W/S on Wednesday, 5 February at 6:00 PM at The Club Lodge Room.


Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 420 – 31 January 2020


Census Meeting Flyer

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