Northern Tuxedo Residents Association

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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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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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Save the Dates for Tuxedo Activities

Hi everyone.

Here are a few of the upcoming activies. Please save the dates!

Our Annual Membership Meeting is coming up! You should receive a letter in the mail shortly, but just so that you can mark it on your calendar’s, the meeting will take place on

Thursday, October 22, 2015, beginning at 7:30pm
American Legion Post 239
16 Orange Tpke., Southfields, NY

Activities planned for the meeting are:

  • Elections! (We will have one open position and welcome any individual who is interested in serving. Please respond to this email if joining the Executive Committee is something you are interested in).
  • Updates on organizational successes and upcoming activities.
  • Remember that survey you took? We have the results!
  • Town Board, Highway Superintendent, and Town Clerk candidates were invited to this meeting. They will give a short statement and then we will open floor for questioning the candidates or about ongoing issues facing the town.

Hope to see you there!

Family Fun Day is this Saturday, October 10 at Murphy Field from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Looks like a good time! Download the flyer here.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Shari at



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Town Council Elections 2015, Candidate Michele Lindsey

It is with some disappointment that I am writing this, as I am announcing that I am not seeking a seat on the town council this election cycle for personal reasons.

However, I will still work to improve Tuxedo through my involvement in the activities of the Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association and A Better Tuxedo. A Better Tuxedo will stimulate opportunities for commercial growth in balance with nature, and create a sustainable economy based on utilizing Tuxedo’s greatest assets: Harriman and Sterling Forest State Parks.  By promoting Tuxedo as the gateway to New York’s second-largest State Park system and the nearest to New York City, A Better Tuxedo will inspire appropriate development, local jobs, increased foot traffic, and a more pleasant residential community surrounded by protected open space. To date, our group of volunteers has enlisted the help of Orange County Citizens Foundation, Vassar College faculty,, and the Chamber of Commerce and many citizens from around the town to create community action committees for beautification, business development, increased marketing activities and has provided information and access for visitors to Harriman and Sterling Forest State Parks.

It is why I also would like to announce my full support for Michele Lindsey, a candidate running in 2015 for Tuxedo Town Council. Michele has been an integral part of A Better Tuxedo, is smart, competent, and above all trustworthy. She embodies qualities that are severely lacking on the current town council and has graciously agreed to run on the independent ticket I created last year, Progress Tuxedo.

See her announcement letter below.

Please keep Michele Lindsey in mind as we approach this election season and make sure you vote Michele Lindsey to enact real change on the town council this year.

Thanks and please contact me if you’d like to be involved!

Kristy Apostolides

July 13, 2015

Dear Tuxedo Neighbors,

I am announcing my candidacy for Councilman of the Town of Tuxedo. Important decisions will be made by the Town Board and will have great impact on our community for years to come. I am motivated to ensure that those decisions will benefit all residents.

Since moving to Tuxedo Park in 1995, I have been actively involved in the community and have been in the forefront of efforts to protect our way of life from over-development. I strongly believe that we can find a better solution for economic growth that is sustainable for the long-term.

Now, more than ever, is the time to move forward to promote economic growth that will benefit the Town. To that end, I am working on A Better Tuxedo, a community-wide committee that is collaborating with our Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Citizens Foundation to establish Tuxedo as the Gateway to Orange County and our State Parks. We will encourage implementation of key components of the Update of the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted by the Town Board in 2011. I will work to secure County and State funding for projects and to ensure that the Local Development Corporation, funded by Tuxedo Farms, operates smoothly.

Mismanagement by the prior Town Board resulted in a $1 million deficit in our $10 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015. Supervisor Rost inherited this problem and secured monies from the casino applicant to temporarily bridge this shortfall. But we still need to restructure the budget to make up any ongoing deficits.

I will dedicate my education in Mathematics at Smith College and my experience as Vice President at JP Morgan to solving our fiscal problems. My years in the Municipal Bond Department are directly applicable to the needs of the Town Board: I evaluated the creditworthiness of municipal bond issuers as an analyst; and I worked with public finance bankers in my positions as a bond trader and salesperson. Previously I worked as a research analyst in Money Markets. My work on various non-profit boards over twenty-five years is also relevant to crisis management and problem-solving.

Tuxedo continues to be threatened by projects such as the Pilgrim Pipeline. I am actively involved in Target Tuxedo, an organization dedicated to informing residents about issues that will impact our environment. As a Board Member of Sterling Forest Partnership, I will be able to effectively use the resources that SFP has developed and to help coordinate the Town’s response. To further protect Tuxedo from unwanted development, I believe that our zoning code needs to be reviewed and strengthened.

I support Tuxedo Farms as necessary for growth in Tuxedo but oversight of the development is critical. With tonight’s appointment, two Town Board Members seeking reelection this November have spouses on the Town Planning Board. I feel that the appointee is well qualified. However, despite all good intentions, I do not believe that this situation encourages the best independent decision-making, when the Town needs it the most.

Development of a united Community is my passion. Connections among the neighborhoods of Tuxedo are challenged by distances, topography and two different school districts. I believe that the efforts of A Better Tuxedo will help build a community we can be proud of.

Please support my candidacy so that I may serve all residents on the Town Board. I will need your vote to win based on merit. I vow to pledge my time, skills and energy to work for you. Thank you for your time.


Michele Lindsay