Village News

  • Subscribe to Village News
    Please sign up for all Village email alerts including information regarding Community Events & Notices....

Welcome to Ardsley, NY

Great schools...terrific shopping and restaurants...an interesting history...a thriving community...There are lots of reasons to check out this small but vibrant suburban village located in Southern Westchester County, NY.
Whether you're thinking of relocating here or merely visiting, come and see why Ardsley is such a terrific place to live, to work and to raise a family.
 

HATRED HAS NO PLACE IN THE VILLAGE OF ARDSLEY

Most have heard by now that a construction site just over the Village line, in Greenburgh, was defaced with anti-Semitic and racist graffiti.  I and the Village Board have repeatedly spoken out against the hate-filled and nativist comments and acts that have been dominating the news lately.  Once again we are called upon to condemn these acts in no uncertain terms.  They have no place in the Rivertowns.

I just returned from the Rivertowns Rally Against Hate at Woodlands Temple, which the Village co-sponsored.  There I was witness to messages of unity, community, togetherness, among people of all faiths, colors, nationality and immigration status.  It was a reaffirmation of the best of America, and what I hope most Americans, and certainly my friends, neighbors and fellow government officials in the Rivertowns, believe.

The event’s highlight may have been the talk of a holocaust survivor and her horror stories of concentration camps, separation from family as her father was marched off to his death, the wanton inhumanity she witnessed.  So we must not forget, and we must be vigilant.  The Ardsley police are aiding the Greenburgh police and officials, in solving this crime, and in ensuring the safety and general welfare of our citizens.

That there are people filled with hate who would denigrate their fellow residents does not shock me.  I truly believe these people are the “fringe,” and do not represent the Rivertowns or our values.  What I do find dismaying is the unwillingness of national and even some local leaders to denounce these acts, and worse, to create an atmosphere that allows them to germinate.  No, there are no good people among the neo-Nazis and other so-called alt-right groups.  There is nothing but hate, and they must be called out and stopped in their tracks.

I also call upon each of you to become involved.  Hatred is proliferating on the Internet.  Do you know what sites your children are visiting?  There are numerous groups, some long-standing, some springing up in the last few months, that are combatting hate, racism, anti-Semitism, anti-immigration initiatives.  Join up, and lend a hand.  And there are politicians who are on the wrong side of this debate and the wrong side of history.  Find out where the candidates stand on these issues, and VOTE.  This is no time for complacency. 

Mayor Peter R. Porcino

 

ARDSLEY HIGHWAY GARAGE Q & A

The Ardsley Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of two parcels of property located at 220 Heatherdell Road, just across from McDowell Park, with the intention of building a highway garage on the site.  We wish to address questions about the acquisition, the intended use and the process.

  1. Why was there no public discussion about the purchase of property for a highway garage?

The reason that acquisition of the Heatherdell property was not discussed publicly was both legal and strategic.  The New York State Public Officers Law, where requirements for open meetings and public discussion of municipal business are set forth, specifically exempts discussions concerning acquisition of real estate by a municipality. Discussion of a specific piece of property under negotiation is held in executive session and then voted on in public.  The purpose is to permit the municipality to protect its negotiating position and to protect it from speculators and price manipulation.

Announcing contract negotiations would invite speculators, bidding up the price, and is consistent with how any interested property buyer would act.  We believe the Village’s best interests were served by following this process.  Further, as noted below, the Village had been searching for a suitable location to relocate the highway garage when this property came on the market.  The Village acted quickly to assess the suitability of the parcels, and when the reports came back positive, the Board felt it was a rare opportunity to acquire the parcels.

There have been, in fact, a number of public discussions about a new highway garage, identifying appropriate parcels and assessing the Village’s needs.  The initial discussions were held during annual budget and capital plan worksessions held in public.  Monies have been allocated to the highway garage since the Village’s 10-year capital plan was first drawn up in the 2015-16 fiscal year.  The Village borrowed funds in 2015 for professional services related to the building of a highway garage.  These can all be found in the public record.

2. Why does Ardsley need a new highway garage?

The current highway garage sits on NYS Thruway Authority property in an area approximately 627 feet by 31 feet of “usable” area.  On this area sits the garage that is 163 feet by 26 feet, a salt shed that is 57 feet by 30 feet, a storage container that is 30 feet by 10 feet, and an equipment shed that is 10 feet by 6 feet.  The DPW’s actual needs are for a garage of approximately 14,000 square feet, along with a salt storage barn, a fuel station, truck and employee parking, and associated site improvements. 

The garage was moved to its current location in 1978 as a “temporary” site until a more suitable location could be found.  The Village uses the property under permit from the NYS Thruway which could require the Village to relocate at any time.  This would force the Village to find another location within a short timeframe.

The current facility is inadequate, inefficient and in poor condition.  Approximately 80% of the highway vehicles and heavy equipment are kept outdoors, which requires additional ongoing maintenance and shortens the life span of the equipment.  The mechanics “bay” is greatly undersized and requires a great deal of additional time to maintain vehicles.  Office space for the foreman and deputy foreman is completely inefficient.  And the Village needs to provide a safe and sanitary working facility for its employees in accordance with good labor practices.

3.  Why can’t the Village find another location for the new highway garage?

For many years, the Village has sought to find a site for a new garage.  The Village has reviewed the feasibility of a number of sites that have proven to be unavailable or inappropriate as a highway garage site.  The Village reported the results of its extensive search efforts as an attachment to the report filed by the Village’s planning consultant.  These sites include the following:

Town of Greenburgh property at 9A and Secor Road: After investigation, it was determined that this is dedicated parkland which cannot be used for any other purposes.

State property south of the Waterwheel development on 9A:  This lot is not adequately proportioned for use as a highway garage site and there are significant steep slopes.

Rebuilding on the current site owned by the New York State Thruway Authority: We could be forced to vacate with 30 days’ notice; the site is small and not conducive to efficient highway operations.

Portion of the OLPH school property:  This property is in a floodplain and the property owner declined to sell off a portion of the property.

Property on the south end of the Village on Lawrence Street:  This land is outside the Village boundary and not suited for a highway garage.

Given the fact that there is almost no developable land in Ardsley, and no parcels substantial enough to support a DPW garage, we do not believe there are other suitable locations in the Village for a garage.  It is not enough to ask why we want to build the garage on the Heatherdell property;  we must ask where else could it be built.  We found no satisfactory answer to that question.

4.  Why can’t the Village just share the Town of Greenburgh highway garage on Sprain Road?

The Greenburgh garage is presently not adequate for Greenburgh’s own needs.  There are at least 15 sanitation trucks parked outdoors, and the Greenburgh DPW commissioner could give no assurances that they would be able to accommodate Ardsley in the coming years.  We do not believe that facility could adequately provide the vehicle and equipment storage that the Village requires.

This arrangement also presented significant operational and coordination issues.  During emergency situations and routine maintenance operations, both the Town and Village would need to access the same space and resources that are currently used solely by the Town.  When a snowstorm hits, Town and Village trucks will be vying for the same materials at the same time.  When vehicles break down, as often happens during storms because of the intense use, both the Town and Village would be relying on the same maintenance space to make repairs.  Road and outside maintenance operations would also be performed during the same time periods, making the sharing of those resources and that space inefficient.  The Village believes that Town needs would get priority, Town officials would set schedules for their benefit, and allocation of resources such as salt, sand and other materials would put the Village at a disadvantage.  We have no way of knowing how these resources would be accounted for on a regular basis or during emergencies.

Every Ardsley resident knows that the Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Department do a great job with limited resources and under difficult circumstances, particularly during storms and snow emergencies.  We believe that their ability to perform would be severely compromised by a move to the Greenburgh facility.

5.  How much additional traffic would be added in the area?

Village highway operations involve a total of 16 staff when everyone is working.  Four staff members provide daily sanitation services on two trucks.  The trucks head out in the morning and return in the afternoon, with occasional trips back to the highway garage for equipment and materials.  Other staff typically leave the garage once in the morning, only to return in the afternoon, and much of their work is performed using small pickup trucks, not heavy duty vehicles.  There are two mechanics at the garage who service vehicles and equipment. Other than when these vehicles leave at 7:00 AM and return at 3:00 PM, there is little more than sporadic pickup traffic in and out of the garage during the day.  Sanitation vehicles pass this way during the day already.  Whether the Village runs the highway operations from this site or a shared site with the Town of Greenburgh, the few vehicles operated by the Village would pass through the same area.  We do not foresee any increase in traffic impacts to the surrounding area.  It’s fair to say that there is more traffic from the vehicles used to maintain the Town Park than will be generated now or in the future by the Village. 

6.  Isn’t the Heatherdell property unsuitable for a highway garage?

The property on Heatherdell Road has been fully investigated through the Village’s due diligence efforts, including a preliminary environmental review.  This property has turned out to be an appropriate site for the new highway garage based on its location, size, lack of severe environmental impediments and its development capabilities. 

While the area is zoned residential, the immediate neighbors are McDowell Park, across the road, which is a ball field that generally is not used when DPW is operating, and Anthony Veteran Park.  A site visit revealed that the Park is several hundred yards from the property, and the Park property adjacent to the site is used to store maintenance equipment.  The Town has used the parking lot of its Park to store building materials and sanitation vehicles, which would be more unsightly than anything the Village is planning.  The site sits almost directly adjacent to the Sprain Brook Parkway, which is visible and within earshot to the east.  The owner of the property had not found a buyer after several months, and we believe the proximity to the Sprain Brook Parkway makes it unsuitable for continued residential use.  The western edge of the property consists of wetlands and a pond, creating a further buffer, none of which will be disturbed.

7.  How can the Village rezone the property to suit its needs?

The Village will not be rezoning the property.  The question that arose during due diligence is whether the Village would need to seek a variance for this use since a highway garage is not a permitted use in a residential zone.  (In fact, a highway garage is not a permitted use in any zone in the Village.)  We have concluded, upon consultation with our planning consultant, that the Village does not need to obtain a variance to build a highway garage in its own municipality.  The Village is granted immunity from the use restrictions in the Village Zoning Code under State Law.  The consultant’s report was entered in the public record and the Village Board adopted a resolution based on the planning consultant’s report at its September 5 meeting.   

8.  Why does the Village want to put up an “ugly” highway garage next to the Town Park?

While we answered the question above about the suitability of the building in this location, we wish to point out that the building has not been designed yet.  The Village is working on a request for proposals for professional services to design and manage the construction of the building.  Village officials are aware of and sensitive to the concerns over aesthetics and will make every effort to provide for a building that fits in appropriately in that location and allows for effective and efficient highway operations.  Existing vegetation will be retained to the extent possible, and if needed, additional trees and shrubbery will be added.

 

We are excited and overwhelmed by the response to the invitation to Ardsley Village residents to participate in the new Village planning process.  The first meeting was only the beginning.  Whether or not you attended the first meeting, you can now find information on how you can stay involved in our planning efforts on the homepage of the Village website (www.ardsleyvillage.com).  Click on "New Village Planning Process" on the left side of the homepage under "Community Links."  That will take you to two sureys so you can weigh in on what's important.  You will also find the consultant's statement explaining the planning process.  We look forward to your joining us as we move forward in creating a vision for the future of our Village.

 
                

RESOLUTION DECLARING IMMIGRATION POLICY

ADOPTED 2/21/2017

 

Resolved, that the Village Board and the Police Department of the Village of Ardsley hereby adopt the following policy regarding immigration status:

“The Village of Ardsley is a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community. The Village Board and the Ardsley Police Department will always be committed to protecting innocent, law abiding residents regardless of immigration status. The safety and well-being of everyone who lives, works in, and visits the Village will always be our number-one priority.  It is not the role of our police officers to enforce federal immigration laws. Every person in the Village of Ardsley should feel safe stepping forward if they have witnessed a crime or been victimized themselves. Immigration status should never interfere with the cooperation and partnership we need to keep our neighborhoods safe.  We will, however, continue to cooperate with immigration authorities in cases that involve serious crimes, and we will comply with lawful detainer requests.  The focus of the Village Board, Police Department and all Village employees is on serving our community, on building relationships with our residents and on fostering the spirit of unity that has always defined us.”

 

Please click here for the Final Budget 2017-2018

              

Please click here for the 2017 Sanitation Schedule

Facebook :   https://www.facebook.com/villageofardsley

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/ardsleyvillage

 

To provide greater service to our residents, EZ-Pass On-the-Go is now available for $25 each at the Village Clerk’s Office.  Purchase your tag (we accept cash or check) and then register on-line. Attach it to your windshield and start saving!  It’s that easy.   

 Agendas and minutes for the Ardsley Village Board of Trustees will now be available online through our new CivicWeb Portal.  You can sign up to receive notices when agendas and minutes are posted.  Please click the link below to access the portal.

https://ardsleyvillage.civicweb.net/Portal/