Christmas tree pick up

The Greenburgh Public Works department will start picking up Christmas trees this coming week.  There is no need to call or email.  However, if you have any questions, please feel free to call the main line at 914.989.1576.

Operation Candy Cane for Hartsdale

The Hartsdale Fire Department is proud to announce their First Annual Operation Candy Cane, which will take place on Saturday December 12, 2015, from 9:00am – 3:00pm. The Hartsdale Professional Firefighters will spread holiday cheer by escorting their jolly Santa Claus and his helpful and friendly elves around the Hartsdale Fire District in a fire engine handing out candy canes to all attending children. A full list of all locations and times where we will be stopping is attached below. Since this is our inaugural candy cane run, please allow for some flexibility with our estimated arrival times. Also, due to safety concerns, we ask that all children are at the designated locations approximately 10 minutes prior to arrival times to avoid children running near the fire trucks. In the event of inclement weather, the candy cane run will take place on Sunday December 13, 2015. For more information regarding Operation Candy Cane, updates, cancelations and rain dates, or for interesting information about the Hartsdale Fire Department’s services, news, activities, fire safety and prevention please check out our website at hartsdalefire.org.
We want to wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season!
9:00 HARTSDALE TRAIN STATION
9:15 ROCKLEDGE CIRCLE / ROCKLEDGE ROAD
9:22 EAST HARTSDALE / CATERSON TERRACE
9:29 MERCER AVE / FINDLAY AVE
9:36 LAKEVIEW AVE / MAPLE STREET
9:43 CORNELL DR / PRINCETON DR
9:50 HARVARD DR / DYCKMAN PL
9:57 200 HIGH POINT DR
10:04 IFO 15 FIELDSTONE DR
10:11 BRIAR CLOSE / COLONY DR
10:18 IFO 125 N. WASHINGTON
10:25 75 WEST HARTSDALE, “THE HAMLET”
10:32 PINEWOOD RD / WILDWOOD RD
10:39 HOMEWOOD CT
10:46 WOOD PL / MAPLEWOOD RD
10:53 WOODS END RD / WOODS END LN
11:00 DOGWOOD / STONE OAKS DR
11:07 SHAW PL / SPENCER CT
11:14 STEVENSON AVE / POE ST
11:21 TENNYSON ST / HOLMES AVE
11:28 HOLMES AVE / BURNS ST
Break
12:35 BARBARA LN / JEAN LN
12:42 CROSSWAY / DUNHAM RD
12:49 SHERBROOKE / BURKEWOOD RD
12:56 SOUTHERN RD / HOWARD PL
1:05 JOYCE RD / SINCLAIR PL
1:12 BENJAMIN CT
1:35 DEER HILL LN
1:42 ROCHAMBEAU DR / CROSS HILL RD
1:52 HAWTHORNE WAY / PARET LN
2:00 BARNABY LN – CUL DE SAC
2:07 RICHARD TERRACE / BIRCHWOOD LN
2:15 MARION WOODS
2:40 SOUTH CENTRAL AVE / SOUTH WASHINGTON
2:50 KEATING PL / MARION AVE

Fire Commissioner Elections

FIRE COMMISSIONER ELECTIONS
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8TH FROM 3PM-9PM ONLY
* NEW LOCATION *
300 W. HARTSDALE AVE
SOUTH OF THE FARM, BETWEEN SECOR RD & RIDGE RD

The Poets Corner Civic Association wishes to inform you of an opportunity to cast your vote, regardless of party affiliation, for the position of Fire Commissioner on Tuesday December 8th at the Hartsdale Fire Station on W. Hartsdale Ave. Any resident of Hartsdale who is registered to vote, is eligible to participate in this Election.

What is this election all about?
A five member Board of Commissioners governs and is the only oversight for the paid Hartsdale Fire District. The Fire Commission, alone, decides what taxes you pay to support the fire services for our community of Hartsdale. The Town does not provide funding for the fire district; it only collects the taxes for them. They are a separate taxing entity as is our school district.

Five years ago, a Town of Greenburgh Citizens’ Commission issued a report on the operations of our paid fire district as well as those of Fairview and Greenville. Their findings were:

1) Compensation per employee in the 3 Greenburgh Fire Districts is 32% higher than peers in other fire departments in Westchester County.

2) We pay approximately 19% of our taxes to the Town of Greenburgh, which has 550 workers, yet we pay 16% of our taxes to the Hartsdale Fire District, which has 40 workers.

No one would question the extremely high quality of service from the Greenburgh Fire Departments, but the above statistics are noteworthy.

What can be done?
There are two candidates on the ballot for the 5-year term commencing on January 1, 2016.

Guy Novo, is the challenger. He has 38 years of experience as a tax attorney. He has been a Hartsdale resident for over 34 years and is an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law. Guy is running for a position on the Fire Commission in hopes of reducing our tax burden while continuing the excellent level of service we currently receive.

Anthony Frasca is the incumbent. He has been on the commission for one year and led the firefighter contract negotiations – guaranteeing a 10% increase in salaries over a five-year period with zero (0) employee contributions for health benefits.

Let us know if you need additional information regarding this upcoming election, but most importantly, please exercise your right to vote. Note that voter turnout is historically low (less than 300 votes and sometimes only 40) so each vote really counts!

TUESDAY DECEMBER 8TH
FROM 3PM TILL 9PM
AT THE HARTSDALE FIRE HOUSE
SOUTH OF THE FARM, BETWEEN SECOR RD & RIDGE RD

Coyote Sighting at Spencer and Shelley

A coyote was just sighted at the corner of Spencer and Shelley. Please take extra precautions with your children as well as your pets. The incident was reported to the police in a timely manner and there will be police cars patrolling the area. If anyone spots it, please call the non-emergency police number as soon as possible and let them know where the animal is headed. Thanks.

The Greenburgh Police non-emergency number is 914-989-1700.

Dessert with the Superintendent

Dr. Tahira Dupree Chase, Superintendent of Greenburgh Schools, is sponsoring an informal “Dessert” on November 19th at 6:30 PM. The event will take place in the Mansion. Residents who are interested in the progress that the Greenburgh School System is making, or have concerns and ideas about our schools, are encouraged to attend.

 

Hydrant Flushing

The Greenburgh Water Department will continue its maintenance program to operate and flush fire hydrants for the week beginning Thursday, November 12, 2015 thru Wednesday, November 25, 2015. 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.

Areas of Poets Corner affected include roads near Secor Road, Keats Ave., Longfellow St., Chaucer St., Spencer Court, Frost Lane, Stevenson Ave.

The hydrant flushing and operating action will take place during the day from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.  You 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 www.greenburghny.com.

 

Greenburgh Police Department Notice

The PCCA would like to thank Chief McNerney of the Greenburgh Police Department for speaking with residents at the annual PCCA meeting.  As mentioned at the meeting, despite low crime rates, residents of Poets Corner should remain vigilant in locking car and residential doors and “leaving the light on” when away.  Additionally, residents should be aware of an increase of “phone scams” that are occurring throughout the area.  The official notices are below.

The police department also offers a free, in home, safety inspection.  They will come to your home, at your convenience, and review with you everything that you can and should do to keep you and your home as safe as possible.

New Stop Sign at Intersection of Keats and Longfellow

The Greenburgh Police Department has installed new 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Keats Avenue and Longfellow Street.  Please be aware of this new change as you drive through the neighborhood.

Many people travel through this intersection daily, some at excessive speeds.  The Poets Corner Civic Association recommended to Town Police Chief McNerney and the Traffic Officer of Greenburgh to install these stop signs as a preventative safety measure.

The measure was presented and approved on Wednesday, October 28th, by the Town Board.