Good Evening Madam Supervisor and Town Board Members:
- The Comptroller and I are meeting with each of the Departments as we are now in full swing looking at their budget requests for 2014. As you are aware, this is the first step in the lengthy process. We have our work cut out for us with the new lower tax levy cap of 1.66%. My colleagues in neighboring Towns are concerned whether they will be able to stay under this new cap. We are concerned as well but it is too early in the process to tell.
- We received some very good news related to the current Budget. Our YTD sales tax for the first two quarters of the year came in at $1,232,060. This is 57% of what was budgeted. This revenue is paid to us quarter by the County. (Budget for 2013 = $2,150,000).
- The Town requested New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection’s approval for the use of East of Hudson Water Quality Investment Program funds to purchase an Elgin catch basin and multi-purpose vacuum truck, which costs $213,478. For background information, the Town maintains 226 of its 327 road miles or 69% which are located within the NYC Watershed, because of this, the Town was awarded, via this Water Quality Investment Program, $147,300 towards the purchase of the equipment. The Town will pay the difference of $66,178. Our Planner deserves the credit for this award.
- The Town received another grant in the amount of $71,220 from the New York State Archives, a unit of the New York State Education Department (SED)
- We conducted an on-line auction to get rid of excess and unusable equipment and old vehicles. The first of two of these auctions brought in $32,905. The second auction is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
- New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has announced that all residents that receive BASIC STAR exemption must register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and going forward.
Registration begins AUGUST 19 and continues through DECEMBER 31, 2013. You will receive a letter about what to do. The fastest and easiest way for homeowners to register is using the website: www.tax.ny.gov You can also call 518-457-2036.
Senior citizens receiving the ENHANCED STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement. However, in order to receive Enhanced Start, seniors must continue to apply annually or participate in the Income Verification Program. www.tax.ny.gov or see the Town Assessor’s department in Town Hall.
- The Chief of Police has established a Community Resource Unit. Every member of the department is involved in its community policing philosophy at all times by effectively communicating with the residents and business people to identify and resolve issues of safety and security that are of concern.
Rotating work schedules and various degrees of training inhibit the Police department’s ability to respond with the highest degree of efficiency and effectiveness to some persistent problems and concerns. The Community Resource Unit has been formed to provide expertise, focus attention, improve follow-up and provide resolution to these issues.
The mission of the Community Resource Unit is to work with community stakeholders to identify, analyze and find solutions to ongoing problems in New Castle’s neighborhoods and demographics. The Unit will also provide programs and outreach to enhance safety and security in the community.
The unit is comprised of two Community Resource Officer’s (CROs) assigned by the Chief of Police. The CRO is responsible to the Detective Division Commander in matters concerning their community resource function.
1.Working with the Schools to maintain good relations with staff and students and providing routine patrols within the schools
2.Performing occasional walk and talks in the business districts to identify concerns and disseminating information
3.Reviewing quality of life and criminal complaints to identify and repeated problems or concerns within any neighborhood or demographic
4.Responding to citizen requests for the services of a CRO
5.Remaining aware of the resources available from other agencies and making referrals when warranted
6.Once a problem has been identified or request has been made, the CRO will analyze the problem and work with stakeholders on a solution
Examples of issues that CRO might be involved with: noise complaints; underage drinking; loitering; neighborhood traffic complaints; school bus safety; theft; false alarm reduction
Questions about this new program should be directed to the Chief of Police, Charles Ferry at 238-4742.
IMPORTANT: Tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m., the Town will be holding its annual 9/11 Memorial Service at Gedney Park. Keynote speaker: Assemblyman David Buchwald. Please join our first responders as we remember this most horrific day in our nation’s history.
That’s my report for this evening.
Penelle M. Paderewski