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Tuxedo Bird Club Walks for Spring 2018 – Fri., Apr. 27, Sun., May 6, & Fri., May 11

Esteemed Tuxedo Neighbors,

Here’s a great way to get out and enjoy our natural wonderland! Spread the invite.


Tuxedo Bird Club Walks for Spring 2018

Please join us for our walks this spring. All are welcome:

Friday, April 27 – A Weekday Walk at the Elk Pen .
Meet Elyse & Tom at 9:00am in the parking lot of the Elk Pen, Harriman State Park off Arden Valley Rd. on the north side of Tuxedo. Over by 11:00am. 845-351-2893

Sunday, May 6 – A Sunday morning bird walk at the Ramapo River Access Point
The Ramapo River Access Point off of County Route 106 in Harriman State Park in Southfields. Meet Terryanne there at 8:00am. Over by 10:00am. Check Tuxedo Bird Club Facebook page for rain cancellation. This site features a Great Blue Heron Rookery and other gems. Bring a spotting scope if you have one.,-74.182847,297m/data=!3m1!1e3

Friday, May 11 – A Weekday Walk at Ironwood Drive
Meet Elyse & Tom at 9:00am at the end of Ironwood Dr., Tuxedo. Golden-winged Warblers, Prairie Warblers, and a variety of spring migrants are possibilities. Over by 11:00am. 845-351-2893

Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association
PO Box 484
Tuxedo NY 10987

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Sterling Forest Fire Company Open House Event Sunday, April 29th 9:30am – 2:30pm

Esteemed Neighbors,

Our local Fire Company is hosting an Open House event on Sunday, April 29th 9:30-2:30.

This is a great way to learn more about the vital services they provide and how we all could do more to support them.

Sterling Forest Fire Company
1664 Long Meadow Road
at the intersection of Rt. 17A

Please help spread the word.

NTRA Executive Committee

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Friends of Sterling Forest Earth Day Clean-up

Earth Day Clean-up, sponsored by the Friends of Sterling Forest
Commuter Parking Lot, Route 17 & 17A – Saturday, April 21, 2018, beginning at 8:00am

Help keep our park clean! Meet Dennis Trotter and members of the Friends of Sterling Forest at the Commuter Parking Lot located at the intersection of Rt. 17 and 17A and help remove the litter. Please bring work gloves. Trash bags will be provided. All participants will be awarded a Friends of Sterling Forest patch!

Please forward this message to all green minded friends!


NTRA Executive Committee.


Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association
PO Box 484
Tuxedo NY 10987

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Earth Day Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event Sunday April 22nd 11:00-2:00 Highland Mills

Esteemed NTRA friends,

As Earth Day approaches, here’s information on a local event that could help you clear the clutter and be environmentally friendly.

This was forwarded for consideration by Sue Scher.

Keep it green!

Ken English

E-Earth Day Document Shredding & Waste Recycling Family Event
Sunday, April 22, 11 am-2 pm
Pell Wealth Partners Parking Lot
615 Route 32, Highland Mills, NY.


Click here to view the full 2-page event flyer (PDF)


Acceptable items for E-Waste Recycling Collection:
Computer Peripherals (keyboards, mice, power cords)
Monitors (CRT & Flat Panel)
Networking hardware(servers, switches, routers)
Fax Machines/Scanners
Gaming Consoles & Peripherals (Xbox, PlayStation)
Office phones/phone systems
GPS/Navigation Systems
iPod/MP3 Players
Remote Controls
Audio Speakers
Items that will not be accepted:
Microwave ovens
DVDs and Cases
Cassette & VHS tapes
This event is sponsored by Pell Wealth Partners
A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise
Financial Services, Inc.
Orange County Land Trust, PO Box 269, Mountainville, NY  10953

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Encouraging NTRA members and residents to get involved in Town Government

Esteemed NTRA members and neighbors.

We’re writing to encourage our Northern Tuxedo residents to consider a deeper engagement in how our town is governed and managed. In this week’s Photo News, NTRA President and Tuxedo Town Board member, Kenneth English, appeals to Tuxedo residents to get involved.

There are vacant seats on each of three important boards, The Planning Board, the Architecture Review Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Currently there are 14 standing members. Below is a breakdown that shows the district in Tuxedo where the members reside, the political party affiliation, and the gender breakdown.

It’s our view that the make-up of these boards does not reflect the diversity of Tuxedo residents. We’re encouraging our members and neighbors here in Northern Tuxedo to consider applying for these positions. The average time commitment is less than two hours per month. These boards are responsible for major decisions related to Tuxedo Farms, zoning of properties, what commercial structures should look like, etc.  Northern Tuxedo still faces development challenges at the Ren Faire site, along the Route 17 corridor, along Warwick Brook Road, and in the Arden area.

The window for applying for these positions is now. Interviews are expected to be held in April. Go to the Town Website to read the Job Descriptions.

Town Council members, Ken English and Michele Lindsay, are seeking support at the Town Board meetings from our residents. Your attendance at Town Board meetings, held on the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month, at 7:00pm, at Tuxedo Town Hall, will make a difference. The next meeting will be Monday, April 9th, at 7:00pm.

Information regarding our Spring membership meeting will be coming soon. We expect to hold that meeting on a Thursday evening in Mid-may. We look forward to regrouping and recruiting new members.

The Executive Committee
Ken English
Patricia Barone
Claudia Bakhtiary
Bahar Eratac

Regional diversity – where in town do board members live?

District 1  (4) Hamlet and East Village
District 2  (2) Northern Tuxedo (Laurel Ridge)
District 3  (1) Tuxedo Park
District 4  (7) Eagle Valley, Woodlands, Maplebrook, Sterling Mine Estates (South Tuxedo)

Republican (11)
Democrat    (1)
Blank  (1)
Unknown (1)
Male  (13)
Female (1)

Ken English’s Photo News letter to Tuxedo Residents apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/ 20180329/OPINION03/180329910/- 1/OPINION/Tuxedo:-%27Let-2018- be-your-year-to-get-involved% 27

Here’s how to Subscribe to Photo News apps/pbcs.dll/section? Category=subscribe-community

Tuxedo Park FYI – read the “minutes” from the Town Board Meeting March 12, 2018

Job Descriptions descriptions

Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association
PO Box 484
Tuxedo NY 10987

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Tuxedo Town Board Workshop tonight, Monday March 12th, at 7:00pm

Esteemed Neighbors:

Tonight, Monday March 12th, beginning at 7:00pm, the Tuxedo Town Board will hold its first “workshop” of the year. It will be held at the Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Dr, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.

This will be an opportunity for citizens to engage in learning more about the challenges our town faces and to be involved in the dialogue. There are important issues being considered. Your presence and participation would definitely make a difference going forward.

Please invite your neighbors to attend.

Ken English

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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

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!


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 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

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