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Message from Tuxedo Deputy Supervisor Michele Lindsay: Elect Ken English to Tuxedo Town Board on November 7

Dear Friends,

There will be a Tuxedo Town Board election next Tuesday, November 7th and I am happy to endorse Ken English. Ken will work collaboratively with our Board and will bring a balanced and thoughtful analysis of the important issues before us. We need his skills with budgets and personnel management as we continue to restore our financial situation. I share Ken’s vision of sustainable growth for Tuxedo and I look forward to working together towards that goal.

Ken and his wife Lynn moved to Laurel Ridge to enjoy our beautiful forest. He has become an active member of the community, serving as President of the Northern Tuxedo Residents Association and volunteering for the NY/NJ Trail Conference.

To learn more about Ken’s business experience and his positions on issues, read his letter that has been mailed to you. You can read his responses to questions for candidates on www.tpfyi.com

Thank you for the support you have given me during my first two years on the Town Board. Having Ken on the Board now will help us achieve more progress for Tuxedo. You can help us by making sure your family and friends vote for Ken English on November 7th!

With gratitude,

Michele Lindsay – Deputy Supervisor, Town of Tuxedo

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NTRA meeting this Thursday, October 26th, 7:00pm, at Tuxedo Town Hall

Esteemed Northern Tuxedo Neighbors,

The NTRA Executive Committee will chair the next membership meeting, to be held at the Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Drive, Tuxedo, Thursday evening, October 26th, beginning at 7:00pm.

NTRA is an organization intended to build community, advocate for Northern Tuxedo Issues, build relationships with town officials, and organize social events to help neighbors get to know each other,

We’ve invited our new Chief of Police, Arthur Abbott, to come and dialogue with us. We also invited David Maikisch, our Building Inspector, who will talk with us about concerns on Bramertown Road raised by members at our previous meeting with Mike Rost. If you have any points you’d like our guests to respond to, please send us your questions so that our speakers will be prepared to answer them. We want them to feel welcome and connected to our organization.

Additionally, Town Board member Michele Lindsay will provide an update on important issues.

We need to be committed to Northern Tuxedo community concerns. It’s important that we demonstrate unity as a group, a willingness to work with town officials, and a welcoming demeanor.

It’s also time for our annual Executive Committee elections to be held. The current members, Ken English, Claudia Baktiary, and Bahar Ertac are willing to continue to serve if acceptable to the membership. The Vice President’s position is vacant and we are hoping to encourage a member to join us.

Only members in “good standing” are allowed to vote and run for office. Membership dues, twenty-five dollars per family, run on a calendar year so renewal will happen after January. If you have neighbors who want to join, please encourage them to attend.

If you have any concerns or suggestions that you’d like the Executive Committee to consider, please send us an e-mail so that we can address your ideas.

We have a really interesting agenda. It’s important that NTRA have consistent membership and be an active organization for community engagement. It needs a steady membership in order to be effective. So if you want NTRA to make a difference, please come on on Thursday.

This is our first meeting at Town Hall. It’s important that that NTRA be seen as an example of community engagement. We’re looking to develop long-standing relationships and set a positive tone, build trust. These meetings are NOT Town Board meetings. We’re trying to encourage dialogue over time. Our meetings should model what we hope meetings between neighbors should feel like.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

The Executive Committee
Ken English, Claudia Bakhtiary, Bahar Eratac


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Absentee Ballot Information – Election Day Tuesday November 7th

General Election
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Polls are open from 6:00am to 9:00pm

General Election Absentee Voting Information:

  • Orange County voters who will be out of the County on Election Day may request an Absentee Ballot Application by contacting our office at 845-360-6500 or 1-800-879-POLL, by email elections@orangecountygov.com or click here to download an application
  • The last day to postmark application for a ballot is: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Voters may also obtain a ballot in person at the Board of Elections office at 75 Webster Ave, Goshen, between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday thru Friday, until November 6, 2017.

The Board of Elections will have extended hours for Absentee Balloting on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 9:00am to 8:00pm
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 9:00am to 12:00pm


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Meet Ken English, Candidate for Tuxedo Town Board

An Invitation

Meet: Ken English, Candidate for Tuxedo Town Board

Where: At his home, 42 Cross Ridge Road, Laurel Ridge – Tuxedo

When: Saturday, October 14th, 4:00pm

Esteemed Tuxedo Voters

I’m Ken English, of Laurel Ridge, Tuxedo, and I’m seeking a seat on the Town Board being vacated by Clifford Loncar. I hope to join the established team led by Supervisor Michael Rost, and pledge to work together to strengthen Tuxedo’s future as a viable family friendly community that’s surrounded by incredible natural resources and wildlife.

Key to preservation of our way of life as well as attracting appropriate business opportunities is maintaining fiscal balance and control. My career has been in public service, working in education at the New York Public Library as Associate Director, managing annual budgets of over $6,000,000 and leading a team of 120 employees. Locally, I’m a board member of the Northern Tuxedo Residents Association, a group committed to building community and responding to neighbors concerns. I’m an active volunteer with the NY/NJ Trail Conference, helping to maintain trails and promoting the organization most Saturday mornings at the Tuxedo Farmer’s Market.

For more than a decade I have frequently attended town board meetings and have developed a deep appreciation for the community service our local leaders provide. We are in the midst of dramatic expansion with the Tuxedo Farms project for residential and commercial development that will also be a key factor in the future of the Tuxedo School District and its current 250 students. For those who live in northern Tuxedo, our Monroe – Woodbury School District is facing a redistricting implementation intended to separate it from the pending town of Palm Tree and to protect it from the bloc-vote threat of the Satmar community. I’ve voiced concern that although northern Tuxedo residents pay substantial school taxes we are not eligible to vote on a proposed referendum for redrawing the Monroe town and the M/W school boundaries.
Another concern, the Pilgrim Petroleum Pipelines route would run along Route 17 in Tuxedo, passing through private and town properties as well as through Tuxedo Park.

Tuxedo is a small town spread out across fifty square miles and is made up of distinct neighborhoods with unique issues. It’s my goal to learn more about my neighbors concerns, seek common ground and work with the Town Board to move things forward. I welcome input and questions and hope to hear from you. I can be reached at TuxedoEnglish@gmail.com

I hope you can come to my home next Saturday, October 14th at 4:00pm, and meet with me, my wife Lynn, and some of your concerned neighbors. Donations in support of this campaign will gladly be accepted. Thanks!

Ken English


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Next NTRA Membership Meeting will be Thursday, October 26, beginning at 7:00pm

Esteemed Northern Tuxedo Neighbors,

The NTRA Executive Committee is planning the next membership meeting, to be held at the Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Drive, Tuxedo, Thursday evening, October 26th, 7:00 pm. We’ve invited our new Chief of Police, Arthur Abbott, to come and dialogue with us. We also invited David Maikisch, our Building Inspector, who will talk with us about concerns on Bramertown Road raised by members at our previous meeting with Mike Rost. Mike asked him to attend. If you have any points you’d like our guests to respond to, please send us your questions so that our speakers will be prepared to answer them. We want them to feel welcome and connected to our organization.

It’s also time for our annual Executive Committee elections to be held. The current members, Ken English, Claudia Baktiary, and Bahar Ertac are willing to continue to serve if acceptable to the membership. The Vice President’s position is vacant and we are hoping to encourage a member to join us.

Only members in “good standing” are allowed to vote and run for office. Membership dues, twenty-five dollars per family, run on a calendar year so renewal will happen after January. If you have neighbors who want to join, please encourage them to attend.

If you have any concerns or suggestions that you’d like the Executive Committee to consider, please send us an E-mail so that we can address your ideas.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

The Executive Committee
Ken English, Claudia Bakhtiary, Bahar Eratac


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Ken English running for Tuxedo Town Board position. Invitation to Town Board Meeting September 11th – Tuxedo Farms Development Presentation

Esteemed neighbors and NTRA members:

I’m writing to share with you a recent posting from the Photo News that formally announced my run for the Tuxedo Town Board position being vacated by Clifford Loncar. I hope to represent our northern area of town and also gain a wider awareness of issues that we share as a small town spread out over a large area. More to come as the election draws nearer. I welcome any questions and offers to meet with you.

Additionally, and of immediate concern, is the developing Tuxedo Farms PID (Planned Integrated Community) which is expected to double the population of our community over the next 10 to 15 years. This project has broken ground after more that 25 years of starts and stops.

The project has potential benefits, that were described in an October 6th, 2015 NY Times article. The two benefits that resonate with me are the potential to attract families to purchase single-family homes and increase the enrollment in the Tuxedo School District as well as building new residences that are at a price point that would be tax positive. The second would be attracting businesses and the proposed high-end YMCA that would add needed tax revenue and a fantastic recreational facility that the whole town could benefit from.

Recently, related, the owner of the property and developer, has requested waivers to the agreement that adds possible concerns to meeting the objectives that seem most beneficial to our town. There will be a Town Board Meeting this coming  Monday, September 11th, at 7:00 that will have a presentation by Andrew Dance, the builder, on the waivers requested from the Town Board. Bonnie Franson, our Town Planner, and our architect consultant will also attend. We expect an overview of the changes that have already been made. The format will allow questions from the Board and there will be a Public Comment period after the presentation.

This is a very important decision for our town and I hope that you can find the time to come out on Monday night and learn more about what’s being considered. I know our Town Board, Planning Board, and Architectural Review Board have spent countless hours negotiating this agreement and they deserve our support.

Our NTRA Executive Committee is planning our Fall Membership and recruitment meeting. I expect an announcement to go out very soon. Enjoy the end of summer.

See you soon.

Ken English – tuxedoenglish@gmail.com

845 915-3100

 

Alison Gregor, NY Times, October 6th, 2015

In Tuxedo N.Y., Breaking Ground on a Decades Long Project

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/07/realestate/commercial/in-tuxedo-ny-breaking-ground-on-a-decades-long-project.html

Ken English Announcing Run for Tuxedo Town Board (Photo News August 31, 2017)

http://www.thephoto-news.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20170831/OPINION03/170839988/0/SEARCH

The Tuxedo Union Free School District

http://www.tuxedoufsd.org/news.cfm?story=115904&school=998

The district expects Related Companies to live up to its agreement as approvals of the Tuxedo Farms development are predicated on payments totaling $2.5 million, beginning with an initial payment of $1.25 million upon receipt of the first building permit. The district and the Board of Education are obviously eager to finalize this matter and we continue to work with Related as the success of Tuxedo Farms will bring students to our schools. Assuming student population increases, as predicted with the Tuxedo Farms housing rollout, the costs of educating and transporting our students out-of-district would quickly become crippling. That’s why maintaining the high school – and a K-12 district — is ultimately the fiscally responsible thing to do for taxpayers.

 

Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association

PO Box 484

Tuxedo NY 10987