Northern Tuxedo Residents Association


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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
http://www.thephoto-news.com/ 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
http://www.thephoto-news.com/ apps/pbcs.dll/section? Category=subscribe-community

Tuxedo Park FYI – read the “minutes” from the Town Board Meeting March 12, 2018
http://www.tpfyi.com/tb.html

Job Descriptions

http://www.tuxedogov.org/job- descriptions

Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association
PO Box 484
Tuxedo NY 10987

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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