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  1 Asharoken Avenue
  Asharoken, NY 11768
  (631) 261-7098
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  Asharoken Police: (631) 261-7400
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To read archived Mayoral Advisories, click here.

Next yard debris pickup is Tuesday, July 12. Use clear plastic bags only, and no grass clippings please. See the calendar for all yard debris pickup dates and click here for more information.

For Water Ski Permit Applications click here.

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Results Announced:
2016 Annual Village Election: June 21, 2016

At such election the following candidates sought re-election for office and terms as follows:

One (1) Mayor-Two (2) year term:
Gregory D. Letica, 274 Asharoken Avenue, 167 votes

Two (2) Trustees - Two (2) year term:
Melvin A. Ettinger, 64 South Harbor Road, 150 votes
Laura Rittenhouse Burke, 1 Bevin Road West 143 votes

Legal Notice:
Real Estate Taxes Due June 1 - July 1, 2016

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Tax Roll and Warrant for the Fiscal year 2016-2017, ending May 31, 2017 has been delivered to the Village Treasurer and Village Clerk of the Village of Asharoken for the purpose of collecting taxes therein levied and that she will receive said taxes from June 1, 2016 to July 1, 2016 at the Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Avenue, Northport, NY 11768 in said Village from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. daily except Saturday, Sunday and Legal Holidays, or by mail to One Asharoken Avenue, Northport, NY 11768.

TAKE NOTICE THAT all taxes not paid on or before July 1, 2016 will bear penalties as required by law. Payment for taxes made after July 1, 2016 without the inclusion of the penalty due will be returned to the sender thereof for the inclusion of the amounts due as prescribed. Five percent will be added to taxes received after July 1, 2016 and one percent for each month thereafter until paid in full.

Editor's Note: For more details about the Village Budget refer to the March 16, 2016 Message from the Mayor.
Enivronmental Review Board Public Hearing June 27, 2016

On Monday June 27, 2016 at 7pm the Asharoken Environmental Review Board will hold a continued public hearing at Village Hall to consider two dock applications. Click here to read the full legal notice.

The last hearing of the Environmental Review Board was held on May 23, 2016.
July 5 Board of Trustees Organizational Meeting Rescheduled to July 12, 2016

The organizational meeting of the Board previously scheduled for Tuesday, July 5, 2016 has been canceled. The meeting will now be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:30pm. The last meeting of the Board was on June 7. Click here to read the draft agenda of that meeting.

To view the full 2016 schedule of the Board of Trustees meetings click on the "Government" tab above, then "Trustees Meetings" or click here.

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.
May, June 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 click here.
May 2016 Newsletter Now Online

The May 2016 Asharoken Newsletter is now available online. A printed copy of this newsletter has been mailed to all Asharoken residents.

Current and archived newsletters/reports can be accessed by clicking on "Government" above, then "Newsletter/Mayor's Rpt" or click here.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

New signs at north end of nature preserve
Photo: Greg Letica
New signs at north end of nature preserve

April 21, 2016

Dear Neighbors:

The Village recently installed two signs on the beach in front of the nature preserve. These signs are intended to minimize trespassing above the mean high water line and minimize issues with loose dogs.

Linda and I would like to wish everyone who celebrates Passover a very happy holiday.

Best Regards,

Mayor Greg Letica
Stormwater Report

The Village has completed the annual MS4 Stormwater Report for the period ending March 9, 2016. Click here to view the complete report. A Public Hearing of this report was held during the Board of Trustees meeting on May 3.
Mayor's Report:

April 5, 2016

There is nothing to report on the ASDRP. The Village is waiting for a response from the ACOE after it reviews the public comments that were submitted.

The Village received its final payment from FEMA in the amount of $59,317 for the construction of Village Hall. As of today Asharoken has had to only expend approximately $4400 of taxpayer money to complete this building. Thanks again to everyone who contributed to make this project such a great success.

The Village is considering an amendment to the Village Code to require cleaning up after your dog. A resolution is on the agenda to set a public hearing next month on this matter. Click here to view the proposed amendment.

The Village is working on finalizing plans to repave the section of Asharoken Avenue from 156 –218 Asharoken Avenue. I expect that this project will be completed by the end of June.

Deputy Mayor Pierce and I met with a group of Sound side residents to discuss the proposed ASDRP. It was a very productive and interesting meeting and I would like to thank Nadine Dumser for her assistance in setting the meeting up.

The Village has collected all of its tax revenues for the fiscal year 2015-16. Only 1 parcel was sold at the tax sale. Also, the Board of Trustees has voted to repeal tax cap local law #1-2016 with local law #2-2016, enabling eligible residents to receive the 2016 tax rebates this coming fall.

The Village is looking into the groin located in front of 138 Asharoken Avenue that is starting to show its age. I would like to thank Mike DeLuca for bringing this situation to the Village’s attention.

The Village will be holding an Arbor Day event, organized by conservation Board Chairperson Marty Cohen, on April 30th at 2PM as part of the $1000 grant Asharoken has been approved for. Details of the event will be sent out as they are finalized. In May, a planting design created by the Asharoken Garden Club will be planted using all donated funds.

Finally our residents continue to do great things to help others out. Joe Barry, a high school student, has been collecting magazines to give to the veterans at the VA hospital. I would like to thank him for such a considerate thing to do to help out Americans who sacrificed so much to make our lives what they are today.

Also thanks to Andy Giffin who ran the Soles for Souls program. This organization collects used shoes and distributes them to needy people around the world. Just imagine what life would be like on a day like yesterday if you did not have proper footwear. Collectively, Asharoken, Northport and East Northport residents donated 20,000 pairs of shoes. Asharoken contributed 500 pairs, of which 300 were collected by Emma Turner who is also a high school student. Thanks to everyone who took the time look through their closets to find shoes they could share with others. We should be very proud as a community that teenage residents are doing so much to help others. Great job by Joe, Andy and Emma.

Thank you,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

March 24, 2016

Dear Neighbors:

Spring arrived early this week on the coattails of a late winter dusting of snow. The Village could not have looked more lovely with the trees frosted with a brilliant white coating. Yesterday, the Village's two iconic summer birds, the osprey and piping plover, both returned to spend the next six months residing and raising their families in Asharoken. Our yard is brightened by blooming crocuses, hyacinths, primrose and daffodils. The long warm days of summer are just ahead.

I would like to thank the Asharoken Garden Club for contributing $1,000 to the Village to help landscape Village Hall. The club has a long and proud history of years of philanthropy and Asharoken should be proud they included us in this tradition. This year the club also supported the Dolan Health Center, The Ecumenical Lay Council (Northport Food Pantry) and the Visiting Nurse Service. Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce, her brother Jamie and Garden Club member Carolyn Hyatt-Basche are working together to come up with a beautiful plan for the plantings.

Finally, Linda and I would like to wish you and your family a very happy Easter.

Best regards,

Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

March 16, 2016

Dear Neighbors:

It is my pleasure to provide for your review the Tentative Budget for fiscal year 2016-2017. Click here to view the budget packet. Copies are also available at Village Hall.

The Tentative Budget calls for a 0% tax increase, and falls under the 0.12% allowable NYS Tax Cap. This is the lowest tax increase since 2005-2006 and the fourth consecutive budget I presented that stayed below the NYS Tax Cap.

By remaining below the NYS Tax Cap, eligible residents will receive a rebate from NYS next year. The Tentative Budget maintains all of the services that the Village provides for its residents and reserves money for future needs.

I would like to touch on a few important components: The largest expense increase is the 3% police contractual salary raise, but this is mostly offset by a reduction in police and fire retirement costs. Other large line item increases include Social Security, fire protection, marine repairs and police uniforms. Balancing these increases were budgeted reductions in tax grievance, insurance, sanitation landfill and police & sanitation fuel costs.

The Tentative Budget reflects a 2% salary increase for Ray Mahdesian (Officer-in-Charge), Barry Bradley (Sanitation Operator), Doug Adil (Building Inspector) and Emily Hayes (Treasurer) and a 4% salary increase for Nancy Rittenhouse (Village Clerk).

The Tentative Budget includes funding for professional assistance for the ASDRP project if required. It also funds our reserve accounts for police, sanitation, marine equipment, highway maintenance and unpaid benefits (police retirement costs).

The largest revenue increases includes Suffolk County public safety revenues and court fines.

Long term, the Village is in excellent financial shape. Our reserve accounts are properly funded and will allow the Village to make necessary infrastructure improvements, update our police fleet, maintain our Village Hall and properly fund police retirement costs with little to no impact on the following year's tax rate.

Our community donations, state grants, rebates and FEMA reimbursements made it possible for us to build Village Hall; a balance of $4,434 from reserve funds was needed to close out the final project. Thank you again to everyone who donated. The minimal withdrawal from the reserve fund assures long-term financial stability.

I would like to thank Clerk Nancy Rittenhouse and Treasurer Emily Hayes for helping prepare this budget. Together they have worked on the last eight budgets and their expertise really shows.

The Village will hold a public hearing on the Tentative Budget on Tuesday, April, 5 at 7:30pm. Should you have any questions or comments please email me at mayorgregletica@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing any input you might have either by email or at the public hearing.

Best regards,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

March 11, 2016

Dear Neighbors:

I hope that everyone has had a chance to get outside and enjoy the incredible early March weather. Last year at this time Northport Bay was still covered in ice and there was no sign of Spring.

I am writing to give you an update on the financing of Village Hall and have some very good news to share with you. This week the Village received a payment from FEMA in the amount of $59,317. This is the final 10% of what the Village was anticipating to receive from FEMA.

The great news is that with this payment from FEMA, the Village, to date, has only expended $4,434 of taxpayer money to construct Village Hall. Looking at it in a different perspective, 99.58% of the cost of constructing Village Hall was paid for by donations, FEMA, grants and rebates. Click here to view a spreadsheet that shows the expenses and revenues for the project to date.

Ten years ago when Trustee Mel Ettinger approached Mayor Bill Kelly with the idea to renovate/rebuild Village Hall he was given very simple instructions: just do it without spending taxpayer money. Remarkably, the Village has essentially done exactly that. I would like to once again thank everyone who donated to make this project a success. Please stop by Village Hall to view the donor plaque that honors everyone who graciously backed the project. Your support and dedication continues to make Asharoken an even better place to live and raise a family.

Best regards,

Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce:

March 10, 2016

Dear Neighbors and Property Owners,

I would like to bring to your attention a very important issue that concerns all Long Islanders, especially a coastal community like Asharoken. That issue is the Long Island Sound Dredged Materials Management Plan, or LIS DMMP. This plan calls for the continued open-water dumping of dredged materials from harbors, bays and rivers primarily in Connecticut and New York that border the Long Island Sound. Three-quarters of the dredge sites are in Connecticut with one-quarter in New York. The Western dredge site is not far from Asharoken. Click here to read a Newsday editorial from August 23, 2015 that gives a good overview of the history and stakes.

Where are we now? All the public hearings by both the USACE & EPA have been concluded. At these hearings, elected officials, coastal experts, environmental and boating groups all called for the elimination of open water dumping in the Sound based on scientific data. Their voices were not heard and the LIS DMMP is moving forward. The EPA is considering comments until March 25 and Governor Cuomo has to make a decision by May 10, 2016. I urge you to make your comments known to both the EPA and the governor by using the links below. Links to the DMMP plans are also included. We have provided a sample letter if you wish to express your concerns to Governor Cuomo: click here to view the letter.

Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce

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