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Asharoken, NY 11768
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Board of Trustees Special Meeting/Work Session Scheduled: Monday, January 23, 2017
The Asharoken Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting/Work Session on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 9am at Village Hall to discuss Village business.
Message from Mayor Greg Letica:
January 13, 2017
On January 10 the Village Board of Trustees approved resolution (2017-07) that stated in the last paragraph,
"Now Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Village of Asharoken considers the Village Agreement to be terminated
by the action of the Department of Army and no further action will be taken by the Village of Asharoken with
respect to the Feasibiltiy Study."
Click here to read the full resolution.
The decision to take no further action on the ASDRP was based on surveying the residents and holding a public
hearing, something I promised the Village I would do prior to deciding how to proceed.
On December 20 Clerk Nancy Rittenhouse, Kathy Martin, Michele Tilleli and John Lento tabulated the results
of the 427 surveys. I would like to thank Kathy, Michele and John for the careful and conscientious help in
this project. The preference of the respondents was an overwhelming no to going forward with the project. I
would like to review a few of the statistics that came out of the survey. Overall 61% of the 427 surveys
were returned and 85% of the returned surveys were against going ahead with the ASDRP. Interestingly,
approximately 90% of the homes that own Long Island Sound beach property and responded were opposed. Had the
remaining 23 sound side properties responded in the affirmative the overall opposition would have still been 73%.
50% of the beach lot owners responded of which 90% were opposed to the project. I would like to thank everyone
who took the time to review the fact sheet and respond.
The responding property owners sent a comprehensive, resounding, unambiguous and nearly unanimous message to the
Board of Trustees; We do not want to do the ASDRP. You were heard loud and clear.
On January 4, the Village held a public hearing on the ASDRP and the sentiments expressed by the 15 residents
who spoke mirrored the survey with 13 opposed to going forward and 1 in favor and 1 undecided. The meeting
room at the National Grid power plant was full. Several people asked why the Village needed to hold the public
hearing in light of the survey results. That happens to be a very easy question to answer. Due to the historic
significance and long term impact that approving or rejecting the ASDRP will have on Asharoken the residents
of the Village needed to be afforded every opportunity to appraise the Board of their desires. The public hearing
was a critical component of that process. I thank everyone who either shared their opinions or just came to listen.
I would like to sincerely compliment the residents of Asharoken for their participation in the process to help
guide the Board of Trustees in their decision on the ASDRP. You were engaged every step of the way, provided
very helpful insight into aspects of the plan that otherwise may have gone unnoticed, communicated passionately
to the board about how you felt, responded to the survey in very high numbers and provided polite, concise and
clear comments at the public hearing. I will say that at times the discussions became rather lively but it was
only because you are passionate about Asharoken and why shouldnt you be. We live in a unique community and
your participation in this process should be a guide for other Villages to follow. Everyone who took time be
involved in this historic decision should be proud of their efforts.
For the last sixteen years Asharoken has been debating what to do with the ASDRP project and the final chapter
in this long and often contentious saga has finally been written.
Wishing you a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
LEGAL NOTICE: ZBA Public Hearing:
January 30, 2017
On Monday January 30, 2017 at 7:30pm the Asharoken Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at
Village Hall to consider one application requesting multiple setbacks.
Click here to read the full legal notice.
Archived ZBA notices can be found by clicking on "Government" above, then "Boards & Committees" or
Board of Trustees Meeting Feburary 7, 2017
The next regular meeting of the Asharoken Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30pm at Village Hall.
To view the full schedule of Board of Trustees meetings, click on the "Government" tab above, then "Trustees Meetings" or
Except as otherwise noted, all Board of Trustees meetings are held at 7:30pm at Asharoken Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken, NY.
Work session meetings are held at 3pm. All meetings are open to the public.
November, December 2016 Meeting Minutes Online
The following meeting minutes of the Asharoken Board of Trustees are now online:
Minutes are posted on this website as they become available.
Contact the Village Clerk if you have any questions.
Archived minutes, as well as the full Board of Trustees meeting schedule, can be found by clicking on "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings" or
Soles 4 Souls
The Northport/East Northport Rotary has begun their 8th Annual "Soles 4 Souls" shoe drive.
Please drop off your lightly used shoes, sneakers, sandals and boots in adult and children's sizes at Village Hall.
In each of the last four years, the Village of Asharoken has stayed below the
New York State 2% tax cap. The four-year average tax increase was the lowest since 2002-2005 including
last year's 0% tax increase. In addition, the New York State Comptroller has conducted two financial
stress tests of local governments in the last four years and both times the Village received the best
evaluation possible; No Designation.
Tomorrow evening the board will hold a public hearing on Local Law # 1 of 2017 authorizing a property
tax levy in excess of the state tax levy limit.
Click here to read the full text of Local Law #1.
I would like to give you a little more information on
the local law.
The local law is a routine step in the budget process. Overriding the tax cap for the property
tax levy provides financial flexibility to do what is right for Asharoken without the constraints of an
arbitrary tax limit imposed by NY State. Passage of this law gives Asharoken a safety net should unexpected
expenses or revenue shortfalls arise prior to the adoption of the budget. Examples could include extreme
snow removal costs, police overtime due to unanticipated events, etc.
The Village has adopted this law for the last four years and even though repealed the law for the tax freeze
rebate program the Village still remained below the tax cap limit every year. The tax freeze rebate program
has ended and the repeal process is not needed this year.
If the Village does not adopt the override law then the Village is required to remain under the tax cap
for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2017. The Village can raise its tax levy approximately 1.24% in order
to remain below the NYS 2% tax cap.
The Board will develop a tentative budget with the lowest possible tax increase that maintains the Village's
services and ideally stays under the cap. Simply put, adopting Local Law #1 of 2017 is in the best interest
of the Village with the hope and expectation that it will not be needed. The Village has a very long and
proud history of fiscal prudence and I anticipate that this year will be no different.
Mayor Greg Letica
Donations for Veterans
Students Emma Turner and Joe Barry are once again requesting donations for V.A. Veterans. Emma is working on collecting new or gently
used blankets and throws while Joe continues to collect used magazines and books. Both have done an
extraordinary job collecting and delivering these well-needed items for our Veterans. Drop-off boxes are in the lobby of Village Hall.
New eMail Addresses for Village Officials, Employees
These are the new email addresses to reach Asharoken Village Officials and Employees: