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Call Cuomo and tell him to Stop the Pilgrim Pipelines


TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO: Stop the Pilgrim Pipelines

A proposed set of oil pipelines would threaten New York’s water and communities, but Governor Cuomo can stop them.

The Pilgrim pipelines would carry billions of gallons of explosive fracked oil from Albany to New Jersey, and return flammable products north. The proposed path runs directly through the Town of Tuxedo, running near Laurel Ridge and transecting the Millennium Pipeline, . If constructed, the Pilgrim pipelines would:

  • Threaten the drinking water for millions of people in New York and New Jersey
  • Risk the safety of dozens of communities along the pipelines’ route
  • Promote fracking and climate change chaos

Fortunately, Governor Cuomo can stop the Pilgrim Pipelines by denying the project’s Thruway Right-of-Way permit.

Join the Statewide Call-In Week Against the Pilgrim Pipelines from January 23 – 27. Call Governor Cuomo to urge him to STOP THE PILGRIM PIPELINES: 866-846-4075

Please forward and share this alert widely!

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Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing – January 23 – Monday – 7:00pm at the Tuxedo Town Hall

The Tuxedo Town Board is holding a public meeting on the Comprehensive Plan Update (available here: Monday, January 23, 2017, beginning at 7:00pm at the Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Dr, Tuxedo Park, NY. The Comprehensive Plan is basically a guideline for the town’s future, including identifying opportunities for development, conservation, education, transportation, marketing, and other initiatives.

“… if a plan is prepared, it should be adopted by the Town Board as an official statement of the community’s land use policies. Once adopted, any subsequent land use regulations must be in accordance with the Town’s adopted comprehensive plan”.(pg.1)

It’s an important document that we encourage everyone to take a look at and then attend the Monday, January 23rd meeting at Town Hall to demonstrate your interest and share comments.

Below is a list of issues excerpted from the document that seem of particular interest to NTRA members. The NTRA Executive Board continues to strive to be a liaison between the town board and our members. We hope that you can join us at this meeting to respectfully voice ideas that aim at building a better Tuxedo.

Ken English, Kristy Apostolides, Claudia Bakhtiary, Bahar Eratac

  1. A small-scale nonresidential business enclave is programmed for Tuxedo Reserve’s Northern Tract, although plans for its development have not been submitted or proposed at this time. (pg.2,5) The nonresidential uses are to be located near the intersection of Long Meadow Road and Warwick Brook Road. (pg.48)
  2. The Town continues to support construction of a new Interchange 15B (pg.8), a proposed “1/2” Interchange that would consist of a southbound “on” ramp, and a northbound “off” ramp, connecting the NYS Thruway with NYS Routes 17 and 17A. (pg.13)
  3. The Town must proactively consider appropriate land uses for the Arden Farms area of the Town. Arden represents the single largest privately-owned and mostly undeveloped area of Tuxedo. (pg.2) The Arden area is a historic neighborhood in the community consisting of several large properties. The existing PID regulations could be applied to these large properties which would be inconsistent with the vision expressed in this Plan Update. The Town proposes to eliminate the PID special use permit from the Town’s zoning law and allow conservation-oriented residential development in Arden. Where appropriate,conservation-oriented development should be promoted on larger parcels outside Arden, where these parcels are environmentally constrained and/or abut Sterling Forest State Park.(pg.8)• Consider potential tourism, resort-, agricultural- and equestrian-oriented uses for the Arden (Farms) properties and other remaining parcels that are in close proximity to Sterling Forest State Park. This area would better serve the town as a location for tourism related uses. (pg.11)
  4. Seek appropriate mixed use commercial development of the Faire Partners properties on Route 17A, situated strategically in the middle of Sterling Forest State Park.(pg.11)
  5. The Southfields hamlet contains underutilized or inappropriately utilized properties that may in turn be diminishing property values of adjoining properties. The Town desires to revitalize the hamlet with viable commercial uses while allowing the existing small residential neighborhoods to remain without increasing residential growth in the hamlet, given the lack of infrastructure to serve it. (pg.7)
  6. Protect the water quality of the Indian Kill Reservoir and Ramapo River, major sources of potable water. Over 2 million people derive all or part of their water supply from the Ramapo River Basin. (pg. 26)
  7. The construction of Tuxedo Farms would introduce up to 1,195 dwelling units to the Town’s housing stock of 1,457 dwelling units, an 82 percent increase. The development was approved with a mix of 998 non-age restricted dwellings, and 197 dwellings restricted in occupancy to active adults 55 years of age and older. Based on more recent special use permit amendments, 180 dwelling units to be located in North Ridge would be renter-occupied. The development program includes 764 single family detached and semi-detached dwellings and 431 multifamily dwellings townhouses, flats and duplexes. Construction phasing will proceed in accordance with the 2010 special use permit, as amended, and is now underway. (pg. 43)
  8. Continue to explore consolidation of the Town’s multiple school districts into one Townwide school district. (pg.12)

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All Members Meeting! – October 20th 7:30pm American Legion Hall

Hi everyone!

This is just a quick note to let you all know about the next member meeting:

Thursday, October 20th, beginning at 7:30pm
American Legion Hall, 16 Orange Tpk, Southfields, NY

This is the first meeting that includes our new membership (all Tuxedo residents in the Monroe-Woodbury school district) so come and meet some new members! Feel free to invite anyone you know who might want to attend (the meeting is open to all).

Guests will provide updates about the Pilgrim Pipeline, the activities of A Better Tuxedo, and the acting chief of police and a town board member will be present to answer questions about the transition to 911 and other town business.

Additionally, we are electing new officers, so if anyone is interested is serving in a greater capacity, we would love to have you! Click here to respond via email by October 18 with your desired role.

Thanks and see you soon!

Kristy on behalf of the Executive Committee

Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association
PO Box 484
Tuxedo NY 10987

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Events This Week


Sterling Forest Day! 9:30am–4:00pm. Click here for the full schedule.

All activities will originate at the U.S. Senator Frank L. Lautenberg Visitor Center
116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY 10925


“Hiking in Bear County”
Wednesday, October 5, at 7:00pm
The Tuxedo Library, 227 NY-17, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.

Don Weise, author of Circuit Hikes in Harriman and West Milford’s Baker’s Dozen, as well as Development Director of NY-NJ Trail Conference, will share his knowledge and passion for enjoying hikes in Tuxedo and the surrounding areas, while practicing outdoor safety. Don has over 20 years’ experience as a hike leader, runner and environmental advocate. He will share tips on identifying extraordinary hikes and tailoring them to your group’s ability level. Don’s organization, the NY-NJ Trail Conference, builds, maintains and protects a network of over 2,150 miles of trails around Tuxedo and the greater New York area. A special guest will be TV news anchorman and Tuxedo resident Mike Schneider, who is starring in “On the Trail with Mike Schneider” on public television this fall. Don will also be bringing and signing copies of his new book, “Circuit Hikes in Harriman,” which features hikes accessible from Tuxedo Station. Please call 845-351-2207 or visit the library to register. The library website is .

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Fall Family Music Festival

2016-fall-family-music-festivalThe Fall Family Music Festival (formerly Tuxedo Family Fun Day) will be held this year on Saturday, October 8, 2016 (rain date Sunday, October 9) at the Powerhouse Park, 57 Powerhouse Lane, in the East Village in downtown Tuxedo, from 1:00-5:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per family.

Three local musical acts will perform:

  • George Langberg of Eagle Valley
  • Patrick Stanfield Jones Band (featuring Councilman Dave McMillen and Village resident Jim Jospe)
  • Dave Dowling of East Village

The following attractions will be featured:

  • Pine Island Brewery Beer Garden
  • Tuxedo Sons of Italy Sausage and Peppers
  • Hi-Tor Animal Shelter
  • Mechanical Bull
  • Camp Fire Ring

There are loads of kids’ activities:

  • 2017 Little League Sign-Up
  • Basketball Free-Throw Shoot Out Contest (see below)
  • One-Mile Splash Dash (see below)
  • Obstacle Bounce House
  • Scarecrow Contest
  • Pie Eating Contest
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Fire Trucks
  • Pony Rides (sponserd by the Eagle Valley Volunteer Fire Department)

One-Mile Splash Dash: Compete against your friends or yourself for the best time in a one-mile run. during the course, be prepared to be splashed with water, bombed with balloons and squirted with silly string.

Event Times:

1:30pm – Ages 4-6

2:00pm – Ages 7-9

2:30pm – Ages 10-12

3:00pm – Ages 12-16

Basketball Free-Throw Shout Out Contest: Each contestant, from one of three age groups, gets 15 free throws. In case of a tie, you will have 60 seconds to complete as many free-throws as possible. If another tie occurs, you will have 30 seconds to complete as many free-throws as possible.

Contest Times:

1:15pm – Ages 10-11

1:45pm – Ages 12-13

2:15pm – Ages 14-16

We hope you and your family can come and join us for a fabulous day of food, music, games, community and fun.

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Fall Family Music Festival – Volunteers Needed

Hi everyone.

Volunteers are needed for the 15th Annual Tuxedo Family Fun Day, which is not called Fall Family Music Festival. Volunteers are needed specifically for Pumpkin Painting,  Splash Dash, Pie Eating Contest and Basketball Free-Throw Contest. Please call Shari Brooks at 845-351-2265 or email her at if you can help.

The Fall Family Music Festival will take place on Saturday, October 8, from 1:00-5:00pm at Powerhouse Park- 57 Powerhouse Lane, East Village.

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The Tuxedo Historical Society Exhibit is Open

Tuxedo-Historical-SocietyThe Tuxedo Historical Society exhibit, “A Portrait of Tuxedo: An Exhibition of Images and Artifacts” is open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm at the Historical Society, 7 Hospital Road, Tuxedo, NY, through the month of June.

Here’s what others are saying: “great representation of the town”, “wow! Impressive exhibit”, “excellent presentation”. Come and help us identify some of the people in the photos. Free admission, donations welcome!

We are pleased to announce that this exhibit has been partially funded through a grant from Orange & Rockland Utilities. For information: call 845-351-2926 or email: