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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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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Next NTRA Membership Meeting will be Thursday, October 26, beginning at 7:00pm

Esteemed Northern Tuxedo Neighbors,

The NTRA Executive Committee is planning the next membership meeting, to be held at the Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Drive, Tuxedo, Thursday evening, October 26th, 7:00 pm. 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. Mike asked him to attend. 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.

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 look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

The Executive Committee
Ken English, Claudia Bakhtiary, Bahar Eratac


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Upcoming Events/Meetings of Interest

Hi all.

Just wanted to let you know about a few things on the horizon:

Town Board Meeting – Pilgrim Pipeline Presentation
Monday, August 10, beginning at 7:00pm
Tuxedo Town Hall, Temple Dr., Tuxedo, NY

Kate Hudson from Riverkeeper will be presenting their views on the proposed Bakkan shale oil project. The project involves two pipelines running crude oil from Albany, NY to Linden, NJ, and then a returning line with refined product from Linden to Albany. See this document for more information.

The Sterling Forest Firehouse PIG ROAST is coming up!
Saturday, August 22
Sterling Forest Fire House, Long Meadow Rd. at Rt. 17A, Tuxedo, NY

Drinks at 1:00pm, food at 2:00pm
Roast Pig, Steamed and Raw Clams, BBQ Chicken, Hot Dogs, Drinks and Salads
$30/person (kids under 12 free)
Call 351-5768 for tickets. See this flyer for more info.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!