Food Scrap Recycling Committee, General Interest Meeting

The Town of Greenburgh will launch a food scrap recycling program later this fall. We are excited to join nearby communities in reclaiming the value of wasted food and creating nutrient-rich, carbon sequestering compost. The food scrap drop-off program is welcoming resident involvement in the form of a committee. We hope to see you at the first food scrap recycling committee meeting on Tuesday, October 24th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Anthony Veteran Park, see details and RSVP here.


Food Scrap Recycling Program Background:

Consumers and the general public are increasingly conscious about how their food is grown and where it ends up. Approximately 40% of all food produced in the United States ends up in the waste bin or thrown away.

In partnership with the Town of Greenburgh, the Greenburgh Nature Center will establish a municipal food scrap recycling program this year. It will reclaim the value of food waste through composting while reducing the economic and environmental costs associated with treating food scraps as garbage.

The drop-off site will accept all food including; meat, dairy, bones, oil, fish, fruits, vegetables, bread, rice, pasta, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea leaves, and food soiled paper.

Here’s how it will work: residents of Greenburgh will empty their individual organics bin into the town’s commercial toters at Anthony F. Veteran Park. From there, the food scraps will be carted to a commercial compost facility where they will be processed into nutrient rich, carbon sequestering soil. That compost will help grow plants in gardens, parks, and farms.

Hydrant Flushing


The Greenburgh Water Department will continue its maintenance program to operate and flush fire hydrants for the week beginning Monday, October 16, 2017 thru Friday, October 27, 2017. This action is necessary to make sure the fire hydrants are in good working order in case of emergencies and to help flush sediment out of the distribution system.


The hydrant flushing and operating action will take place during the day from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. Greenburgh Water District Customers in the neighborhoods listed and the immediate vicinity should expect temporary periods of discolored water and lowered pressure resulting from this maintenance operation. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air and does not affect the safety of the water. For further information, customers may contact the Greenburgh Water Department at 914-989-1900 or visit the Town website

FAIRVIEW AREA – Entire Section.

HARTSDALE HILLS SECTION, including roads near Worthington Road , Saw Mill River Road, Woodlands Ave., Sherman Ave., Balmoral Court, Lark Ave., Drisler Ave.

SURBURBAN MANOR SECTION, including roads near Saw Mill River Road, Suburban Pl., Parkview Rd., Rumbrook Rd., Overhill Rd., Elmwood Country Club.

ORCHARD HILL SECTION, , including roads near Canterbury Rd., Durham rd., Edgewold Rd., Primrose Ave., Abbeyville Lane, Bowbell Rd., W. Harsdale Rd.

CENTENNIAL MANOR SECTION, including roads near Stonewall Circle, Knollwood road, Stadium Rd., Meadow Pl., Route 119, Old Knollwood Road..

FAIRGROUNDS SECTION, including roads near Route 119, Yosemite Ave., Hillside Ave., Rosemont Blvd., Manhattan Ave., McLean Ave.

NEW PARK SECTION, including roads near Washington Ave., Elm St., Maple St., Old Tarrytown Road.

FULTON PARK SECTION, including roads near Randolph rd., County center Rd., Benedict rd. Rout 119.

JUNIPER HILL SECTION, including roads near Saratoga Rd., Russell St., Greenvale Circle, Juniper Hill Rd., Mason St., Juniper Hill School.

FAIR STREET SECTION, including roads near Prospect Ave., Dobbs Ferry Road, Sciortino Pl., Fair St., Old St., Metropolis Country Club.

LAWNS & MANOR SECTION, including roads near Secor Road, Keats Ave., Longfellow St., Chaucer St., Spencer Court, Frost Lane, Stevenson Ave.

JEAN & JENNIFER SECTION, including roads near Jean, Jennifer and Barbara Lane.

WOODLANDS SECTION, including roads near Secor Road, Forest Blvd., Dobbs Ferry Road, Wood Ave., Woodlands Ave., Chestnut St., Westchester View Lane.

Please be advised that flushing may cause water pressure variations and discoloration of water. This does not represent a health hazard. However, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear the pipes in your home by running cold water faucets for a few minutes. The water is safe. However, to avoid any inconvenience, we suggest you monitor the water before doing any laundry and keep water in the refrigerator for drinking and cooking.

Greenburgh Property Value Tax Assessment Update

Message from the Town’s Assessor…

The Town of Greenburgh as noted for the past 3 1/2 years is committed to maintain 100% Assessed Valuation as opposed to way the process has been for the last 60 years.

Each year the Town will be reviewing the market and make a determination as to the values of properties for the purposes of taxation.  We completed a full re-evaluation of all properties in 2016.  In 2017 – 2019 we will be statistically reviewing properties through a sales ratio and CAMA study to determination the activity in the market. As such, the assessment will reflect whether the market is increasing or decreasing.  This year, we have found, the market for residential properties have increased between 2% – 4%.  if there was no other reason for an assessment change (ex: upgraded condition, additions, new construction, etc) the only reason your percentage of tax liability will change is if the municipal budgets change.

Edye McCarthy

Town Assessor

Opinion: Edgemont Incorporation Is Risky

The effects of the potential incorporation of Edgemont extend far beyond its proposed borders, generating substantial risk for the Unincorporated Area of the Town and The Villages. Should incorporation come to fruition, the loss of Property Tax Revenue to the remaining unincorporated area will be $16,544,000, approximately 26% of the Town B Budget. As more than 50% of the cost of running the Town is payroll related, clearly many Town employees who have served us well for decades will lose their jobs. The Town is in the process of establishing scenarios which will plan for potential reductions in services and Property Tax increases caused by the loss of revenue, but clearly, there will be a necessity for both.
For Edgemont, the risk is no less than for the remainder of the Town. The incorporation Feasibility Report/Budget, presented to the community was prepared by the Edgemont Incorporation Committee and corroborated, we believe poorly, by two outside paid consultants. Most telling is the fact that the report was prepared and corroborated without any discussion with any uf the Department Heads of the Town. Although there is no question that everyone involved on both sides of the debate believes that existing services provided by the Town are excellent, the EIC proposal replaces Police and Public Works with its own Depts. and totally removes Parks and Rec. funding, currently enjoyed by many Edgemont residents. The budget and staffing levels for proposed services, which the EIC states are in line with surrounding Villages, are in fact replete with errors in presentation and cost and are clearly inadequate. The EIC’s refusal to include the obvious costs of services such as EMS, at nearly $1,000,000 per year, a Receiver of Taxes, outside DPW contract services and adequate supervisory and support staff, highlights the inadequacy of their preparation. The EIC proposal attempts to compare new Edgemont services with comparable Villages, but refuses to make the comparison with existing services, which are far better and therefore far more expensive.
The major issue for the EIC has been governance. Their approach has been to attack the Town and its Board members wherever possible. The concept of self governance, especially in land use and zoning are the foundation of the EIC argument. However, zoning is a matter of NYS Land Use Law and zoning and planning committees cannot, break these laws to deter projects they find personally unacceptable. As an example, it should be noted that the EIC has stated they will utilize the Greenburgh codes until they establish their own. How is this different?
The greatest issue for Edgemont residents remains RISK.
1-     Where will EMS services come from?
2-     How will lost Parks and Rec. services be replaced?
3-     How can understaffed and underfunded departments provide the services and safety we now enjoy and require?
4-     What will happen to those who park at the Hartsdale Station if litigation is unsuccessful?
5-     How will property values be affected by $23,000,000 in initial capital debt?
6-     How will property values be affected by the uncertainty of new zoning laws and a new and inexperienced government?
7-     Will the outside world view Edgemont’s “secession” from a less affluent and racially diverse larger community of Greenburgh, as elitist and less desirable?
8-     In the event of an emergency or series of untoward events, how will a proposed Edgemont Village, with a new and inexperienced government, very limited financial assets and no outside support survive crisis?
A strong and effective Police force keeps us safe, a DPW department with experienced and dedicated staff and a fleet of vehicles and modern equipment collect our trash, service and plow our roads and ensure our basic life safety. Our Parks and Rec. system is excellent and available and our administrative services are efficient and effective. Our Municipality and Government Work and have Worked for Decades!!
Michael Schwartz, Edgemont Resident

Edgemont Incorporation Committee Files Petitions

Residents of Poets Corner,

On March 1st, the Hartsdale Neighbors Association held an informational meeting regarding “What the Edgemont Incorporation means to the residents of Hartsdale and the rest of Unincorporated Greenburgh”. Several members of the PCCA Executive Board attended the meeting to hear what the Hartsdale Neighborhood Association had to say. Both Paul Feiner, representing the Town of Greenburgh, and members of the Edgemont Incorporation Committee (EIC) were on hand to give their viewpoints.

The following summarizes some of the factual points that were discussed during the meeting.

An explanation of how the incorporated (currently 6 villages including: Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Irvington, and Tarrytown) and the unincorporated areas of Greenburgh (currently includes Hartsdale, Greenville a.k.a. Edgemont, Fairview, and other areas) participate in the Town’s Tax Structure.
Edgemont has notified the Town that it intends to have a referendum on incorporation. This was formally acheived on February 27, 2017 when the EIC presented Supervisor Feiner with a 1,455 signature petition.
Should the referendum go through and Edgemont does incorporate, the Town Unincorporated Budget would be reduced by approximately $17.5 M. This represents approximately a 22.3% reduction in funding available for the remaining unincorporated areas of the Town.
Intuitively, this would lead to a reduction in services or an increase in taxes for the remaining unincorporated residents of the Town, or most likely some combination of both to off-set the $17.5 M reduction to the tax base.
Incorporation can be unilaterally accomplished by the Edgemont residents. The rest of the unincorporated residents (including Harsdale) do not vote and do not have veto power.
If Edgemont goes through with the referendum, a simple majority is necessary to effect incorporation.
The estimated timeline for all this to happen and take effect would be June 2018 at the earliest.
These were the salient points. What is not included is the rhetoric, political or otherwise, that is also taking place throughout the Town regarding this very sensitive topic..

The PCCA Executive Board will be organizing a General membership meeting some time in April to present the facts, answer questions,inform, and discuss the ramifications of the potential Edgemont Incorporation. Look for an invitation to be sent sometime in the beginning of April.

As a reminder, PCCA remains apolitical and will only take positions that will benefit the residents of Poets Corner.
Nat J. Federici / Mona Fraitag
PCCA Co-Presidents

Keep Hydrants Clear

As we are all digging out from a major snowstorm, please remember to aid our firefighters with their jobs by digging a 3 foot wide accessible area. This can greatly save lives!!

Hartsdale Fire District – Safe Haven Site

The Hartsdale Fire District is officially established as a Safe Haven Site. These sites allow parents to drop off babies, up to 30 days old, with no questions asked and without the threat of prosecution.

Safe Haven laws have been established and are designed to avoid situations where unwanted babies are abandoned and tragically left to die.

For more information please visit the National Safe Haven Alliance at:

Ruth Jacobs’s Memorial Celebration: Sunday January 15th 11:30am at the Greenburgh Public Library

Ruth Jacobs and her husband Howard lived in their home in Poets Corner since 1958. She pass away recently, but while they were here they were always very active with the Greenburgh Public Library.

A celebration of Ruth’s life is planned for January 15 at the Greenburgh Public Library. Below is a message from her sons.

Dear All,

We are writing to let you know that we have arranged for our Mom’s memorial celebration to take place after the holidays, on Sunday, January 15, 11:30am at the Greenburgh Public Library. Both Ruth and Howard had been very active with their local library, and wished that they could be remembered there; we are grateful that the library has been so accommodating.

Please join us for refreshments immediately following the memorial at the Jacobs House: 89 Longfellow Street in Hartsdale.

We hope that you can join us to celebrate a life well lived.

Kenneth and David Jacobs