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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


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Update from Superintendent Rodriguez regarding Kiryas Joel Annexation needs to be Disseminated to all 29,000 Taxpayers

Esteemed NTRA Members and neighbors:

Tonight and tomorrow evening there will be public hearings related to the pending decision on the possible changes to the town of Kiryas Joel’s boundaries and it’s implications on the Monroe Woodbury’s school district boundaries.

I have been communicating with our Orange County Legislator, Mr. Barry Cheney, who has been very responsive to my inquiries. I’ve also been in contact with our School Superintendent, Ms. Elsie Rodriguez and Mr. Jon Huberth, President of the M/W Board of Education, both of whom have also responded in a timely and professional manner. I’m sharing some of those exchanges below.

Our school Superintendent, Ms. Elsie Rodriguez, has provided an update through the M/W website which provides some details.

I found Ms. Rodriguez’s letter on the M/W website.

http://www.mw.k12.ny.us/

Superintendent update regarding KJ annexation

http://www.mw.k12.ny.us/a-letter-from-the-superintendent-regarding-kj-annexation/

I’ll look out for the District’s study that she mentions in the letter and help pass on this information to concerned residents here in northern Tuxedo.

I suggested that the school board add a link to the Orange County notice of Public Hearing

http://www.orangecountygov.com/filestorage/1140/27466/Notice_of_Public_Hearing_-_Town_of_Palm_Tree_Kiryas_Joel_7.11.17_FINAL.pdf

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Central Valley Elementary School Auditorium, 45 Route 32, Central Valley, New York, 10917 and continuing thereafter, on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Bais Rachel Paradise Hall, 5 Israel Zupnick Dr., Monroe, New York, 10950

I know many people are unaware of these hearings and the details were not included in Ms. Rodriguez’s letter.

Ken English

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On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 1:09 PM, Jon Huberth <jhuberth@mw.k12.ny.us> wrote:

Ken,

Thanks for this.  Mrs. Rodriguez has and will continue to post all information on the district website as the information is made public, so you and all other interested parties can check in there.

Jon

Jon Huberth

President

Monroe Woodbury Board of Education

jhuberth@mw.k12.ny.us

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On Aug 11, 2017, at 12:52 PM, Kenneth English wrote:

Dear Mr. Huberth.

I’m forwarding the message I wrote to Superintendent Rodriguez for your consideration and possible response.

I would also want to be clear that I know the issues you and Ms. Rodriguez are facing are daunting and I’m sure you all have been diligently striving to find remedies.

I look forward to learning more about the work you’ve been doing, reading all reports available, and hopefully participating in contributing to the discussion and outcome.

I do plan on attending the planned informational meeting on Tuesday. I imagine that you will be there as well.

With appreciation.

Ken English

http://www.mw.k12.ny.us/board-of-education/members/

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From: Kenneth English
Date: Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 10:24 AM
Subject: Update from Superintendent Rodriguez regarding Kiryas Joel annexation needs to be disseminated to all 29,000 taxpayers
To: erodriguez@mw.k12.ny.us
Esteemed Superintendent Rodriguez.

I’d like to reintroduce myself. My name is Kenneth English. We had communicated in April of last year when I invited you to speak with the Northern Tuxedo residents Association.

We appreciated that you and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, Patrick Cahill, came and spoke with our group. Our goal was to keep our residents engaged and informed about the workings of our school district and the pending changes that will effect us all. It is in that spirit that I’m writing to you now.

I was forwarded your E-mail message below from a neighbor who has children in a M/W school. It disseminates important information and a frenetic timetable for action. Specifically, I’m writing you to ask that you consider ways to keep all of the 29,000 M/W taxpayers informed. This crossroads we all are facing will have long standing implications for generations.

You mention that “The Legislature will vote on September 7 and, if approved, Monroe voters would decide the outcome on November 7.” Additionally that “The district will conclude its study shortly and then publicly discuss the findings and recommendations.” Knowing that this time of year is typically when people are on vacation and the extremely tight timetable to disseminate the information from your study, allow time for people to consider it, and to schedule and publicize a meeting with all taxpayers, before the Legislature votes on this on September 7th, seems totally unreasonable. I echo your thought that, “Making the decision to move boundary lines requires a methodical, complex approach.” It also requires a reasonable timetable.

I’m sure much of this is beyond your control but, as our Superintendent, I feel your team must make every effort to reach out to all of your constituents, the 29,000 taxpayers you mention. I think that it’s essential that the residents you represent in the the towns of Woodbury, as well as parts of Tuxedo, Chester and Blooming Grove, be given ample opportunities to become informed and involved, since, as I have been informed by my County Legislator, Barry Cheney, they will not be allowed to vote in any referendum. I know that there’s a collective mailing list for all M/W taxpayers, since I regularly receive my tax bill, that I ask you to utilize to disseminate all information and notices related to this urgent issue.

I know that you are working hard on our children’s behalf to protect all that has been built up over the decades. I look forward to learning more about these efforts and how I and others can understand and support your work.

With sincere respect.

Kenneth English

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From: Monroe-Woodbury Central School District <mwcsd@mw.k12.ny.us>
Date: Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 6:03 PM
Subject: Update from Superintendent Rodriguez regarding Kiryas Joel annexation

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families,

I hope you are enjoying your summer break. The summer months pass by quickly as we ready our buildings for the return of students on September 6.

I’m writing to share with you the most recent information related to the annexation of land from the Town of Monroe to the Village of Kiryas Joel. Most recently, Kiryas Joel has proposed to form a new town to separate the Village of Kiryas Joel from the Town of Monroe. Under the proposal, the 164 acres annexed from the Town of Monroe in 2015 – plus an additional 56 acres – would be detached from Monroe to create a new Town of Palm Tree.

The Orange County Legislature will be holding two public hearings next week regarding the proposal. The Legislature will vote on September 7 and, if approved, Monroe voters would decide the outcome on November 7. This agreement is contingent upon the changing of school district boundaries so that the 220 acres are moved from the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District to Kiryas Joel School District. The new town would be legally established in January 2020 if approved by voters.

It is important to note that the school district represents more than just the town of Monroe; we also represent the town of Woodbury, as well as parts of Tuxedo, Chester and Blooming Grove. In total, the school district is accountable to more than 29,000 taxpayers who reside in these towns. It is our job to ensure we make fiscally prudent decisions for our taxpayers.

Making the decision to move boundary lines requires a methodical, complex approach. Just two weeks ago, the district received revised parcel information from the Town of Monroe, numbers that differed from those previously discussed. As a result, the district is working quickly to compile an updated report, utilizing the new data.

Based on the most current assessment information, if the formation of the Town of Palm Tree is approved and school district boundaries are moved, the district would lose approximately $880,000 in tax revenue, an amount which would then be absorbed by the remaining taxpayers.

District representatives have been meeting with leaders at various state levels since March, in hopes of identifying ways to mitigate the impact on M-W taxpayers. These conversations will continue.

What next? The district will conclude its study shortly and then publicly discuss the findings and recommendations. Our first, and primary, focus is always what is in the best interest of our students. We will continue to be the voice of the students, families and residents of Monroe-Woodbury.

As always, please contact me at 460-6200, ext. 6201 or email erodriguez@mw.k12.ny.us if you have questions.

Enjoy the final weeks of summer!

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez

Superintendent of Schools

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Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association

PO Box 484

Tuxedo NY 10987


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Solarize Orange Presentation this Saturday, August 19th, at the Train Station 9:00-11:00am

Esteemed NTRA Members and neighbors.

Tuxedo Town Council member and liaison to NTRA, Michele Lindsay, has been working hard to arrange an informational presentation about the benefits of home solar power generation and the tax incentives that are currently available to Orange County residents through the Orange County Planning Department’s sponsored program. There will be an NYSERDA-approved installer to present the incentives and answer questions.

In order to receive the state and federal incentives, people just need to sign up by September 15 for an installer to check their house and prepare an estimate. When people sign up, there is no obligation to purchase.

See below for more information on solar. Feel free to forward this notice to neighbors and friends.

Energy from the sun! Sounds like a good thing. Come learn more.

The NTRA Executive Committee – Ken, Claudia, Bahar

Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association
PO Box 484
Tuxedo NY 10987

Good Things to Know about Renewable Solar Energy

  1. The “NYSERDA incentive” directly reduces the cost of your system and is paid to your installer. It is currently 40 cents per installed Watt. For an average size system (7kW = 7,000W), that is $2,800. The incentive was enacted to spur the marketplace and is designed to taper off. Likely by mid-2017, the incentive will drop to 30 cents.
  2. Tax credits available to home & business owners: Federal Investment Tax Credit: 30% of the installed cost of a solar system (no cap). You may claim the credit over multiple years. For both residential and commercial property owners. Applies to 2nd homes as well as primary residences. New York State Residential Solar Equipment Tax Credit: an additional 25% of the installed cost of a solar system ($5,000 cap). You may claim the credit over 5 years. Does not apply to 2nd homes. Does cover condo/co-ops up to 50 kW. If you lease a system, you receive the State tax credit, but the leasing company collects the federal tax credit.
  3. Property tax exemption: Solar systems will not add to the taxable value of your home in NY State. To assure your tax exemption, your installer will provide you with NYS tax form RP-487 “Application for Tax Exemption of Solar or Wind Energy Systems or Farm Waste Energy Systems.”
  4. Sales tax: in Orange County, there is no sales tax charged on residential solar PV systems.
  5. A solar system will likely add to the value of your home. A 2015 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reported on sales data for almost 23,000 homes in eight states and found that home buyers were willing to pay a premium of about four additional dollars per watt of solar power. That would be a home value increase of $28,000 for a 7kW system.

Solar and wind energy will dominate our energy future because they are technologies…not a fuel.