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!

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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NTRA Membership Meeting, Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00 American Legion Hall

Esteemed NTRA Members and neighbors,

Happy Spring! Tis the season to get back out and regroup with your neighbors. The Executive Committee is planning the next membership meeting, to be held at the American Legion Hall, 16 Orange Turnpike, Southfields, Wednesday evening May 24th, 7:00pm. We invited our Town Supervisor, Mike Rost, to come and dialogue with us.

Additionally, we’re planning a summer social for our “members in good standing”. That means all of us who have paid our 2017 dues. We’ll be collecting the dues at this upcoming membership meeting, or you can mail it in your renewal form.

We encourage you to invite your neighbors to join our organization. We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

The Executive Committee
Kristy Apostolides, Ken English, Claudia Bakhtiary, Bahar Eratac


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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: http://www.tuxedogov.org/Town-Board/comprehensiveplan-seeattached) 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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NTRA Membership Meeting

The NTRA will hold its quarterly membership meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2016, beginning at 7:30pm, at the American Legion Hall, 16 Orange Turnpike, Southfields, NY.

Learn about important issues and exciting plans for our area! We will vote about expanding membership to include all Tuxedo residents in the Monroe-Woodbury School District and will hear presentations from:

  • Michele Lindsay, Tuxedo Town Board Member
  • Elsie Rodriguez, MW School District Superintendent, and Patrick Cahill, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Management
  • Michael Bruno or representative of the Tuxedo Hudson Company.

All are welcome!