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Yorktown Town Supervisor Siegel's August Newletter

This newsletter was written in its entirety by Yorktown Town Supervisor Susan Siegel. To read her previous newsletter, click here . The Daily Yorktown has added links to the newsletter that were not submitted by Supervisor Siegel.

Hurricane Irene

As I write this it is five days since the storm hit. While we have obviously been consumed with our own troubles here in Yorktown which have been numerous and long-lasting (many neighborhoods are still without power), the reports from other areas that have suffered devastating losses ought to help put our own troubles in proper perspective. There will be accusations and investigations to follow this event to be sure, but so too were there heart-warming examples of kindness and charitable concern –  from restaurants delivering meals to senior citizens, to town employees making night runs to pick up and deliver truckloads of dry ice, to neighbors sharing electricity from generators with their neighbors. I am thankful we had no fatalities and that Yorktown did not sustain greater damage than we did. We will learn from this experience and we will be better prepared in the future. I am reminded of the old adage “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

This just in:

Westchester residents and businesses are now eligible to apply for disaster aid from FEMA. Call 1-800-621-3362 or go to www.disasterassistance.gov to register.

Some pre-Irene items of note

NYS Comptroller's Audit Report

After more than a year’s worth of investigation, the NYS Comptroller’s office released their final report of the financial audit I requested immediately after I won the 2009 election. Covering the time period from January 2007 to May 2010, the audit reported numerous examples of faulty procedures and inappropriate actions. But I was not waiting for the report to begin implementing the reforms I knew needed to be made – I began making changes as soon as I took office in 2010, and as a result, I am happy to report that nearly 80% of the items cited in the report had already been corrected by the time the final report was issued. I am also happy to report that many of the changes have resulted in significant monetary savings for the Town. So, while the audit revealed substantial deficiencies in procedures and a lack of oversight and control, we have been proactive in making the proper corrections, and have saved hard earned taxpayer dollars.

Senior Nutrition Center (Update)

Last month I reported that the Town Board had decided to rebid the Senior Nutrition Center renovation project. We have since awarded the project to the low bidder and demolition work will begin just after Labor Day. Senior programs have been rescheduled and relocated until renovations are complete. We are also happy to report that we anticipate receiving new additional funding of $250,000 through the auspices of State Senator Ball.

Gilbert Beaver Farm Grant

Speaking of new funding, I was happy to recently announce the Town had received a $48,750 grant from The Gilbert Beaver Farm to be used to purchase handicapped accessible recreation equipment for children. Jen Fava, the Parks and Rec Superintendent and the Recreation Commission will provide the Town Board with recommendations on how to best put this grant to good use.

Shallow Creek Proposal

The Town Board recently voted to approve the Rec Commission’s recommendation to negotiate a contract to develop the old Shallow Creek par 3 golf course on Route 6 into a family fun center. Two different proposals were received and considered in response to the Town’s RFP (Request For Proposal) seeking new recreational uses for the town-owned parcel. The accepted proposal would include a variety of different activities such as a driving range, a high-end miniature golf course, laser tag, Frisbee golf, yoga classes, and a snack bar.

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