Village Manager's Report 2/7/20

Village  Manager’s  Friday  Report

7 February 2020


From the Village Manager:   

Call for Action: Route 9A update.  Mayor Vescio and the Board of Trustees are asking for your help. Our local senator David Carlucci (D -38th Senate District) is sponsoring a bill authorizing the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to study proposed improvements of Route 9A. (The full text of Senate bill S7554 is located at: The suggested improvements include guardrail installation, underpass renovations, and the fiscal, logistical, and environmental impact of such improvements in the Towns of Ossining (TOS) and Mount Pleasant (TMP). The M/BOT views this study as a necessary next step for our residents to benefit from badly needed upgrades to Route 9A. Carlucci’s bill also sets a timetable requiring the NYSDOT to report their findings to the Governor and NYS Legislature within one year.  The VBM BOT is asking all residents to send an email encouraging support and passage of this bill. Residents can prepare an email by simply clicking on this single link:

VBM Bond Float Closing.  We re-affirmed our AAA (stable) Standard & Poors rating after we had outlined our intended borrowing needs and went to market last week with a @$8.86+ million, 20-year series of Muni Bonds at a true interest cost (TIC) of 1.6076%. Intense bidding brought a welcome premium enabling us to reduce the total Bond size. We closed yesterday. Approximately 40% of the proceeds are dedicated to term out all current Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs). The remaining 60% is dedicated to funding several important projects such as the revitalization of our downtown business district, the new fire truck, multi levels of needed equipment and major repairs to Village infrastructure.

Village Law Changes. During the last M/BOT session, the following Local Laws were unanimously adopted (subject to non-material changes): the repeal/replacement of Chapter 155 Peace and Good Order with Chapter 165 Protection of Public Property; amendments to Chapter 186 Streets and Sidewalks, Article 4; and amendments to Chapter 220, Attachment 1, Table 1, Fences of VBM Code.

In addition, Public Hearings for two new Local Law changes were opened and adjourned to a future date ... these are:

  • a Local Law to amend Chapter 38, Village Manager; and,
  • a Local Law to amend Chapter 54, Residency Requirements for certain public employees.

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

VBM 2020 Census Full Count Committee.  Recent public events highlighting the importance of the 2020 Census count have been well attended.  We are leaving the door open to residents who wish to join in and participate the “Full Count for Briarcliff Manor” project. Please contact me if you would like to join.


VBM Departmental Reports.

From the Village Clerk.  The highly popular and much utilized WC Mobile Shredder is returning to the VBM on Saturday, 22 February 2020, from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.  The shredder will be stationed near the front of the Youth Center: 5 Van Lu Van Road.  Residents can bring up to 4 file-size (10”x12”x15”) boxes of confidential papers per household.  Please remove all large binder clips and covers.  This is for the disposal of personal household papers.  All business, institutional or commercial papers are not acceptable and will be rejected, as will any junk mail, magazines or newspapers.

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. We are hot and heavy into the preparation of VBM’s 2020-2021 Draft Village Budget. NYS Law sets that date as 20 March 2020. 

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 share some Safety Tips regarding your Clothes Dryer.  Doing laundry is most likely part of your everyday routine.  But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home?  With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

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From the Library and Community Center.  Looking for indoor activities for the kids? Check out the Library’s “Children’s Room” page to learn about online activities, book suggestions and fun in-person programs!


  • Preschool Storytime & Science (2.5 – 5 year olds with caregivers), Tuesday, 11 February, from 2:00 – 2:40 PM. Enjoy 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.
  • 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 17 February). Co-sponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.
  • Friday Night & Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: Downton Abbey (PG).  Tonight, Friday, 7 February, 7:00 PM and tomorrow, Saturday, 8 February, 1:00 PM.  
  • Library Board Meeting on Wednesday, 12 February, at 7:00 PM.  All are welcome to attend.

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 for this year.
  • 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).  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.


Due to the upcoming Mid-Winter break, we have adjusted our meeting schedule ...

the next M/BOT W/S is now Tuesday, 25 February 2020, at 6:00 PM

followed by the M/BOT Meeting at 7:30 PM both at the WJV Community Center.


Philip E. Zegarelli,
Village Manager

Report 421 – 7 February 2020


Crazy Weather Ahead.  Heavy rainfall expected tonight and into Saturday.  Wind conditions will carry moderate temperatures until the front passes.  Thereafter and into Sunday, temperatures are expected to drop without the precipitation. Power outages should be reported directly to Con Ed at 1-800-75-CONED (26633).  Famous last words: At least it is not supposed to be snow!