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May 24, 2018 Edition

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Make No Little Plans

 . . . they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized -- Daniel Burnham. Imagining redevelopment of the Freightway Garage site, what magic stirs your blood, Scarsdalians? Well, the Freightway Site Redevelopment Study probed that question, resulting in a vision and seven principles. The planning effort is being recognized with a Commendation for Outstanding Achievement by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. Stay tuned for additional public engagement, developer concepts, and more!

Food Scrap Recycling Bins

Waste is Food

No, we’re not feeding you a bunch of BS. Our brand new, no charge, Curbside Food Scrap Recycling Service is turning food scrap "waste" into a beneficial resource! The new service starts on June 4th, so be sure to sign-up. Food scraps, often discarded in one’s trash, should be put to a better use, not incinerated or landfilled. Concepts such as Zero Waste, Cradle to Cradle, and the Food Recovery Hierarchy undergird our new service. Yes, Food -> Waste -> Food is a natural cycle, not a one-way, dead-end street. Participation is convenient and easy; Sign-up today!

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SALT: Charitable Gift Fund Hearing

If you've been following the "SALT Deduction" developments, you may know that NYS recently passed legislation authorizing local governments to establish Charitable Gift Reserve funds as a potential means to overcome adverse federal tax law changes. On May 8th (page 67), the Village Board scheduled a public hearing for June 12th to consider forming such a Charitable Gift Reserve Tax Credit. The Village recommends that all taxpayers, especially those paying AMT, consult a tax advisor; benefits vary and federal tax deductibility is not guaranteed.
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March 2018 Nor'easters Report

The March 2018 Nor’easters hammered Westchester County, leaving many Scarsdalians without power for over 10 days - an abysmal failure in ConEd's emergency response. While the NYSPSC continues its investigation, local, County, and NYS elected officials from throughout Westchester County, including Mayor Hochvert, have diligently collaborated to author a report citing utility deficiencies and calling for reforms. The report has been submitted to the NYSPSC for their investigation, as well as presented to ConEd and NYSEG executive leadership.

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Village Board Meeting Update

The Village Board's Regular Meeting held on May 22, 2018, was a light agenda, featuring some ministerial tasks and two items of particular interest: Scheduling of a Public Hearing on a Local Law to Establish a Charitable Gifts Reserve Fund Tax Credit (p. 37), and authorization for the popular and much awaited Annual Village Center Sidewalk Sale in July 2018 (p. 56). Residents were reminded that Public Comments should be kept to more than five minutes. Residents and other interested parties are encouraged to review the meeting calendar.

Annual Alarm Permit Fees are Billed and Due in June
Parking Permit Sales Start June 1st
Annual Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban Starts June 1st

Village Center Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade: Mon., May 28th, 10:00 AM

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