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Yorktown Town Board Discusses Repealing Affordable Housing Law

The Yorktown Town Board recently discussed repealing an affordable housing ordinance.
The Yorktown Town Board recently discussed repealing an affordable housing ordinance. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The following are notes from the Yorktown Town Board meeting on Monday 3 provided by Citizens For An Informed Yorktown. For more details and a summary of other agenda items, visit this link .

  • Public hearing, repeal of the affordable housing law (Chapter 102 of Town Code): Before a standing-room crowd, the hearing lasted for three hours. Of the 21 speakers, 18 opposed the repeal, two supported the repeal, and one person was undecided. The hearing was adjourned with Supervisor Michael Grace saying he continued to believe that the law was illegal but that he was willing to discuss modifications in the law. A video of the hearing is available at this link .
  • Public hearing on bond authorization for Consolidated Water District: Yorktown’s share of the cost of the new storage tank at the Joint Water Works will be $1.1 million. Grace reluctantly agreed to modify a proposed bond resolution initially authorizing the borrowing of “up to a maximum of $3 million” to read only $1.1 million.
  • Appointments: Todd Orlowski was appointed superintendent of parks and recreation at an annual salary of $95,000. Conservation Board: Robert Puff; Ethics Board: Michael Reda; Planning Board: Richard Fon was reappointed for another three-year term, and Anthony Tripodi was appointed as a new member.
  • Miscellaneous resolutions, Spectra pipeline: The board approved a resolution holding the town harmless relating to a blasting permit issued to Spectra. YCCC: Waived most of the rental fee for the Enrichment Center.
  • Courtesy of the Floor Survey on the use of Spectra $1.5 million: The board was given a copy of the survey highlights. 69 percent of the respondents said the money should be spent on infrastructure improvements.
  • Unpaid taxes: Ed Ciffone asked what the town was doing to collect $4.3 million in unpaid taxes.

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