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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Tuxedo Town Board Workshop tonight, Monday March 12th, at 7:00pm

Esteemed Neighbors:

Tonight, Monday March 12th, beginning at 7:00pm, the Tuxedo Town Board will hold its first “workshop” of the year. It will be held at the Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Dr, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.

This will be an opportunity for citizens to engage in learning more about the challenges our town faces and to be involved in the dialogue. There are important issues being considered. Your presence and participation would definitely make a difference going forward.

Please invite your neighbors to attend.

Ken English


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Message from Tuxedo Deputy Supervisor Michele Lindsay: Elect Ken English to Tuxedo Town Board on November 7

Dear Friends,

There will be a Tuxedo Town Board election next Tuesday, November 7th and I am happy to endorse Ken English. Ken will work collaboratively with our Board and will bring a balanced and thoughtful analysis of the important issues before us. We need his skills with budgets and personnel management as we continue to restore our financial situation. I share Ken’s vision of sustainable growth for Tuxedo and I look forward to working together towards that goal.

Ken and his wife Lynn moved to Laurel Ridge to enjoy our beautiful forest. He has become an active member of the community, serving as President of the Northern Tuxedo Residents Association and volunteering for the NY/NJ Trail Conference.

To learn more about Ken’s business experience and his positions on issues, read his letter that has been mailed to you. You can read his responses to questions for candidates on www.tpfyi.com

Thank you for the support you have given me during my first two years on the Town Board. Having Ken on the Board now will help us achieve more progress for Tuxedo. You can help us by making sure your family and friends vote for Ken English on November 7th!

With gratitude,

Michele Lindsay – Deputy Supervisor, Town of Tuxedo

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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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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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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 sbrooks@tuxedogov.org.

Thanks!

Kristy