Town Election 2021: Two Candidates Run for Two Open Seats on the Town Council (Posted 10/18/21)
Incumbent Jay Reichgott and newcomer Deirdre Murphy are running unopposed for Town Council on November 2.
In an effort to help residents get a better idea of who they are, why they have chosen to run and what their priorities will be when elected,
TPFYI presented each Candidate with a brief questionnaire. Below please find their unedited responses posted in the order that they were received.
Jay H. Reichgott, P.E.
Consulting Structural Engineer
Years of Residency in the Town
2+ In Tuxedo
20+ In Lower Hudson Valley
4 Generations of Family in Lower Hudson Valley and Northern NJ
Tuxedo Town Councilman (Completing First Term)
Past President – American Society of Civil Engineers, Lower Hudson Valley
Volunteer Work in the Town of Tuxedo
Village of Tuxedo Park Planning Board
Tuxedo Park School -- Class Parent
Why are You running for Town Council?
I am running for the Council so that I can continue to serve the Town and its Residents. We live in exciting times and need to find solutions that preserve the historic strengths of Tuxedo as we reinvigorate the Town and meet the challenges of its second century of growth.
What attributes will You bring to the Town Government?
I bring my engineering knowledge and experience with projects ranging from small home renovations to large municipal and development projects.
I bring a decision making process based on the logical interpretation of verifiable data, guided by historical experience.
I bring the humility to know that when I don’t have an answer, I need to find good advisors.
What are the three most important issues currently facing the Town?
The successful development of Tuxedo Farms in a manner that enhances, not overwhelms, our Town.
Modernizing and Improving our aging physical Infrastructure, including Traffic and Safety along Route 17.
Supporting our existing Local Businesses and bringing businesses back to our Town.
I moved to Tuxedo from Suffern, NY, where I was a lifetime resident.
Since moving to Tuxedo, I have participated in many volunteer activities and have been a member of the Tuxedo Planning Board since 2020.
I am a resident in the Woodlands and part of the Social Committee which sponsors, community get-togethers and socials.
I participate in many Town activities and am a Member of the Tuxedo Economic Development Committee. Working with this Committee, I presented the Economic Development Plan to the County executive and local representatives, was Chair of the Tuxedo Plein Air event at the Tuxedo Train Station in July and currently work with the Sterling Forest and Harriman State Park regarding the restoration of the Pollination Meadow at the Intersection of Rt 17 and 17A.
I am running for Town Council because I believe my background in Marketing and Business Development are skills that would be useful in helping to shape the future of Tuxedo.
The Hudson Valley has seen tremendous growth in residential development and tourism over the past decade. The pandemic has certainly exacerbated this. According to local tourism accounts, Tuxedo has over 400,000 tourist each year that visit the Sterling Forest Visitor Center, The Renaissance Fair, The Appalachian Trail and Harriman State Parks.
It is critical that moving forward, Tuxedo plan and manage all aspects of growth, residential and commercial to ensure the integrity of the Town remains intact. The historical, and environmental preservation of the Town is of great importance to me and, I am sure, all residents in the Town. It is the reason I moved here.
I believe the most important issues that face the Town are:
Planning and and managing the development of Tuxedo Farms—residential and commercial.
Ensuring our school system improves to become a school of excellence which, in turn, will entice parents move to Tuxedo to send their children to the Tuxedo Public School System
Continue to protect our NYS park system in the Town of Tuxedo for residents to enjoy.
Improve the Rt 17 Corridor through Tuxedo and Southfields to capitalize of the tourism traffic that visits Tuxedo each year.
Major Issues at the Town Sewer Plant (Posted 10/12/2021)
To suggest that the Hamlet wastewater treatment plant is “past its useful life” is arguably a gross understatement. The problems are evident to anyone who can withstand the stench long enough to have a look. The plant is over seventy years old. The system it employs for treating the sewage is outdated. The tanks and surrounding barriers are literally crumbling away. The whole thing has been enclosed with yellow caution tape. Storage pits along the outside of the tanks are filled with human waste. Plastic filtration on the top of some of the tanks have been melted and destroyed after decades of sun exposure. Algae grows on the surface of some of the treated water. The quality of the water flowing from the plant into the Ramapo river is questionable to the naked eye, and although it still passes inspection, the New York DEC has instructed the Town to replace the plant. It is truly a dire situation for the roughly 260 homes and businesses that are serviced by the plant. Should the plant fail, these customers could easily wind up without any sewer service.
The solution to this very pressing problem lies firmly with the new wastewater management plant constructed by the Related Companies in 2017 as part of the Tuxedo Farms plan. Currently this top notch facility, which sits directly adjacent to the decrepit one, is 95% complete and sits idle, along with the rest of the Tuxedo Farms project. Recently proposed amendments to the project’s special permit would have the new plant online as soon as December of this year, but whether or not that will actually occur remains to be seen.
The Town Board will meet on Wednesday, October 13 at 7pm at which time they will publicly follow-up on questions and concerns related to the proposed amendments. Needless to say, however one might feel about the changes to the housing that has been proposed, the condition of the current sewer plant and the need to bring the new one online ASAP certainly constitutes a major concern.
Meet the Candidates for Town Supervisor (Posted 10/11/21)
In an effort to help residents get a better idea of who the candidates for Town Supervisor are, why they have chosen to run and what their priorities will be if elected, TPFYI presented each Candidate with the following questionnaire. We will post their unedited responses in the order they are received.
Attorney, Risk Management Officer for Orange County
Years of Residency in the Town
President, Tuxedo Union Free School District Board of Education
4 years Orange County Legislator, 8th District
4 years Town of Tuxedo Councilman
1 year Town of Tuxedo Deputy Supervisor
4 years Town of Tuxedo Zoning Board of Appeals member
Volunteer Work in the Town of Tuxedo
Member of the founding board of directors, Tuxedo Little League Team Coach/ Manager 8 years
6 Years President Tuxedo Sons of Italy,
Tuxedo Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Coordinator,
Member Ramapo Valley (Tuxedo/Sloatsburg) Rotary,
Why are You running for Supervisor?
It has been my honor to serve this community as a County Legislator, member of the School Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Council and as Deputy Town Supervisor and as the County’s Risk Management Officer.
Tuxedo is the community where I’ve raised my family, served as an attorney, small business owner, scout leader and little league coach.
I’ve grown in wisdom through life’s experiences. But some things have never changed in all my years of public service.
I have always believed that new taxes and fees are a last resort, not a first resort. That a dollar saved is a dollar that should be returned to the taxpayers, or kept in surplus so that tax increases are never necessary, even in lean times. That town zoning and planning should serve the current residents of a town.
Over the last two years I’ve had grave concerns about the Town’s leadership and direction. I’ve seen punitive fee increases levied on our neighbors, strife between our first responders and the administration, crony raises to elected officials while valued employees complain they are treated with disdain.
I’ve seen budgeting practices that have me very concerned for our future financial stability. Our reserve fund that took years to build is being used up, yet taxes and fees are on the rise anyway. Budget transfers are not being publicly discussed so it’s very difficult to project where any fund will wind up.
My current position has me reviewing every agreement that towns enter into with Orange County for grants and contracts. We don’t get our share. Our current leadership doesn’t regularly attend Association of Towns events and doesn’t apply for the things everyone else gets. I’ll change that.
These concerns drove me to run for office. We need fiscal discipline, cooperation with our volunteers and employees and the experience I bring to the table in land use, the RLUPA Law (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act) and my understanding of how that relates to possible changes to the special permit. We need someone who knows what’s going on at the County and State level so we can take advantage of opportunities.
What attributes will You bring to the Town Government?
Experienced Leadership: I’ve led organizations of hundreds of people and managed budgets in the hundreds of millions. The leadership and organizational management skills I possess were developed over a lifetime. I will bring them to the Town.
Land Use/Political foresight: I fought side by side with our neighbors in Monroe to save the Monroe Woodbury School District from the annexation that would have turned it into Ramapo. I watched every mistake that was made that led them to the brink and helped advise them on how to save themselves. I helped develop a non-partisan political movement (United Monroe) that ultimately won the day. I watched the blunders that were made in Chester that led them into losing court battles that will ultimately cost them dearly. I will steer Tuxedo with the knowledge, experience and foresight to avoid similar mistakes and keep our zoning and land use policies in service to our current residents.
What are the three most important issues currently facing the Town?
Tuxedo Reserve/Farms: Recent news articles have me concerned about proposals being presented to the Town’s current leadership. We need the Reserve to build. We need to grow the town but, we need smart growth. We need leadership that can see around the corners at what will come if mistakes are made. We don’t need structures that can be spun into uses not originally contemplated in the special permit. We need to make sure that property designated for Tuxedo School District use isn’t diverted into high density housing. That wasn’t the deal we made. We can stick to our guns about what Tuxedo Farms should be when it’s built out, and still get it built out. Town Budget/ Fiscal Management: I currently serve as President of the school board. When I was elected, a budget was presented to me that called for a tax increase. I strongly opposed it and gained support among the board. We didn’t need it. We passed a 0% tax increase last year. This year’s school budget was passed also with a 0% increase as will next year’s. These automatic tax increases have to STOP!
I served in the County Legislature for 4 years. I was a member of the Ways and Means committee. Every budget we put together was smaller than the year before. Controlling a budget and taxes can be done. I’ve done it before and I’m ready to do it again.
I am very concerned about the current administration chewing up money from our hard-earned reserve fund. Hundreds of thousands of dollars that took us years to build. We shouldn’t be spending in the present in anticipation property tax windfalls from Tuxedo Farms in the future. It weakens our bargaining position and threatens our financial stability. It needs to stop. Town Recreation and Cohesion: Our Town Government worked for almost two decades to establish an annual traditional calendar of regular and predictable events that brought the residents of our town together for fun and fellowship. The Town worked closely with the Library, the Fire Houses, the School, Property Owners, the Sons of Italy, the American Legion, The Historical Society and more.
The architect of these events, the Town Recreation Director worked with both Republican and Democratic administrations over 19 years of service to the Town. She was let go a year short of full retirement by the current administration in what looked from the outside to be political and punitive. The reason given by the current leadership was the move was mandated by Civil Service. If that is true, it’s nonsense and could have been solved by something called a “Desk Audit” and then finding or creating a position that fit.
I commit to working with the Recreation Department to re-establish all the events that can be safely held during the pandemic, expanding opportunities and facilities for resident recreation and making much better use of the stage and facilities at Powerhouse Park.
The Ramapo River is slowly being ruined by salt and effluent coming from communities upstream. As an avid fisherman, I can tell you that the river holds no where near the trout that it did when I moved here 25 years ago. I will focus on protecting and restoring that river for the safe recreational use by our residents.
Ken English (Incumbent)
My vocation now is to continue as a Full-time Tuxedo Town Supervisor. The problems and opportunities we face require leadership that is directly present in Town Hall. The supervisor must work face to face with the many contractors, professionals, department heads and the front line staff, in a collegial setting, on site. I’m inspired by the team's efforts and professionalism.
Since retiring early this year, I’ve worked in Town Hall every day to deliver quality public services. I had a thirty five year career in Adult Education, most recently as the Director for Literacy and English Language Instruction to Adult immigrants for the New York Public Library. I took a small program that served 700 adults across eight sites to help over 6,000 students at 43 sites with a staff of over 120 and a budget of about $6,000,000. We always worked under budget.
Years of Residency in the Town
My wife Carolyn (Lynn) Kelly and I moved to Laurel Ridge in northern Tuxedo in January, 2004. In December of 2011, our home was destroyed by a massive fire. It was a total loss. Our insurance gave us a complete settlement. We could have left and rebuilt anywhere. Our only thought was to rebuild immediately on the land we love in the town where we set our roots.
Before serving two years on the Town Council (2018-2019), I spent years attending and participating in many Town Board meetings, observing the process. Shortly after moving here, my community of Laurel Ridge was facing the placement of the 30 inch Millenium Gas pipeline through the heart of our development. This would go under our only road of entry/exit, as well as skirting many homes’ property lines. A small group of residents banded together under the Northern Tuxedo Residents Association and successfully lobbied to get the pipeline rerouted to a safer and more accessible path. This motivated me to stay active with this group, eventually becoming its President. A few years later, the casino decision arose rather suddenly. I became very active in the community discussions, exploring the pros and cons, environmental and fiscal implications, and all of the issues that a large scale development must consider. All of these examples, in my mind, serve as either direct government experience or as the type of citizen engagement that a small town government needs to protect our Town.
Volunteer Work in the Town of Tuxedo
I have been engaged with the Northern Tuxedo Residents Association for over a decade. This group provides a voice to local government and a vehicle intended to build community both for socialization and to keep us ready to mobilize. I am an active volunteer with the NY/NJ Trail conference, maintaining Tuxedo trails in Harriman and Sterling Forest. My wife, Lynn, is the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Tuxedo Historical Society.
Why are You running for Supervisor?
Tuxedo is at a crossroads where we must decide how to proceed with the long looming Tuxedo Farms Development, the nearly imminent failure of our Wastewater treatment plant that services about 260 homes and businesses in the Hamlet/East Village/Tuxedo Park area, and the on-going cleanup of the illegal dump site that is located on Town property on Long Meadow Road. The good news is, there are potential opportunities that can move all of these issues forward to the betterment of Tuxedo. Tuxedo is a magnificent gem that, if a pathway is identified, we can really move forward and achieve the goals that have been set for decades. Local governments that face problems of this magnitude require full time attention. Unfortunately, the model for local Town/Village management is part-time. Town Boards meet twice a month for a few hours. I’m available and dedicated to give my time to work together to resolve these issues.
What attributes will You bring to the Town Government?
As I’ve mentioned, I have 30+ years of administrative, management and leadership skills. I have four years working for the town so I know first hand the challenges we face and have ideas about how we can restore prosperity. I am dedicated to moving the vision for our town forward and I truly believe we can have a very bright future.
What are the three most important issues currently facing the Town?
Tuxedo Farms - We must develop a tax positive vibrant community that brings young families and professionals to town that are seeking to exit the urban environment for the lifestyle that drew all of us to here. Of course, this should only be considered under protections to the quality of construction we want for the project that includes protecting the environment, controlling issues like traffic, water supply and quality, essential public services and rebuilding the wonderful educational facilities and population that made Tuxedo a family oriented destination for over 100 years. New taxes and kids are needed to support the TUFSD, we need taxes to regain 24/7 police and to support the ever growing expenses for our vital emergency services. We MUST support our first responders. That costs money.
Wastewater Treatment Plant -Activation of the “new” wastewater treatment plant is critical to all of us. 260+ homes and businesses depend on it. No new businesses can be added in town until we fix this. The old sewer plant is under a “moratorium”, no new connections allowed. Imagine if all of these homes lose their sewer service simultaneously! What happens to them? This part of town already has serious problems with their water supply from Tuxedo Park. Water mains are failing. Local governments across the state have failed to invest in these capital projects for decades. It’s the same story you hear on the national news every night. Failing Infrastructure. We can’t afford to kick this can down the road any further. That road leads to a cliff. Everyone should care about those 260 neighbors. Tuxedo runs on property taxes. Go look at the site on Contractor’s Road. I’d be happy to meet you there.
Budget -Keeping Tuxedo an affordable place for our seniors and for all of us is critical! We are top heavy with our senior population. I’m one of them! (65 and proud) We’re in a good place! This Town Board has carefully managed our resources while investing in solutions to ensure we stay strong. We have NOT squandered any fund balances. Under recommendations from Jim Davies, our Tax Assessor, we built off the great work he did in 2020 by reassessing NYS Park land values that drive property taxes. NYS is our #1 taxpayer! Those trees pay taxes! We hired Beckmann Assessors, Inc. to do a deep dive into all of their properties. Due to the 2021 tax year reassessment, NYS now pays $2,200,000 more than they did two years ago! They pay more, we pay less. We also recovered money owed to the Town from an overlooked deal with the Tuxedo Promenade senior facility that will recoup $90,186 through 2029. We also recovered $24,000 owed for police services at the 2019 Ren Faire that was overlooked. We raised the rent for tenants at our Long Meadow Road property gaining another $24,000. Their rents were way under market value. We’ve invested in new equipment for the Highway Department and new cars for the police which will reduce expensive repairs and down time. Deputy Supervisor, Michele Lindsay and I, working with our Town attorney, Howard Protter, and Labor Consultant, Michael Richardson, have negotiated a new 5 year police contract that maintained the benefits that were granted to our existing rank and file while gaining much needed wage and benefits adjustments needed to bring back an affordable 24 hour police force. The old contract gave an officer of 6 years just under $100,000 base pay. With overtime and shift differential that number increases substantially. The new contract keeps the same pay scale but the officer must work ten years to reach that highest level. A family health insurance package is about $28,000 a year. For officers hired before 2021, they were eligible for lifetime benefits after 12 years of service to the town if they were eligible for NYS retirement. Those officers do not contribute to the health benefits. New hires must serve 20 years with the Town and contribute 25% toward the insurance premium. The existing officers were given other concessions that made this new tier acceptable to them. I could not imagine how the town could have afforded to continue with the lucrative one tier contract that was in place. We just renegotiated the Highway Department contract, for three years, with the only change being a 2% increase each year. No changes to benefits and no other demands. This is a good deal for everyone involved. I expect this will be ratified this month. New accountability and auditing measures are in place. Time Clocks were installed at Town Hall and the Police Departments that follow the Highway Department’s lead. They had it installed some time ago. This makes the job of auditing our payroll easy and documentable for the NYS Comptroller and Pension system This protects the Town and our employees. There’s a lot more we’ve accomplished. You asked for three.
Twentieth Annual Family Fun Day Postponed Due to Rise in Covid Cases (Posted 9/10/2021)
From Town Supervisor Ken English:
Esteemed Tuxedo Residents and Friends.
Due to recent increases in Covid cases locally and regionally, I am postponing the planned Tuxedo Family Fun Day, that was scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd, until further notice. Our Recreation Coordinator, Claire Dougher, Town Clerk, Marisa Dollbaum, Secretary to the Supervisor, Lori Cosgrove, Highway Superintendent, Rob Dollbaum, Heather Bullard, of Tuxedo Park Events, Town Board members, many volunteers, and I have been working hard to organize what will be a wonderful day of activities and entertainment. We all look forward to identifying a date when we can gather safely and celebrate the Tuxedo community.
To all of the vendors and local organizations who are committed to participate, again, we'll get this together ASAP. We'll place a notice on the Tuxedo website.
I look forward to being together. Until then, Stay Safe!
Tuxedo Police Rescue Eagle Valley Pooch (Posted 9/2/2021)
Tuxedo Police received a call for a dog that was swept down a fast moving stream near Eagle Valley firehouse on Thursday. according to the Department's Facebook page. The dog was located by police and was struggling to stay above water. Officers jumped into the water and were able to rescue the dog. Thank you for your extraordinary act: Sgt. Eichengreen, Det. Christian and PO Gundermann!
Twentieth Annual Family Fun Day to Take Place October 2 (Posted 9/2/2021)
Tuxedo’s 20th annual Family Fun Day will take place this year on October 2. There will be games, face painting, music, bouncy castles, food and much more! The Town Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to help, if you are interested and available, email Recreation Director Claire Dougher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yasu Shibata Opens at The Cheymore Gallery August 7 (Posted 8/1/2021)
A Concentric Process
August 7 - September 25, 2021
Opening reception for the artist:
Saturday, August 7, Noon - 2 pm
Cheymore Gallery is happy to present Yasu Shibata 'A Concentric Process', on view from August 7 until September 25, 2021, with an opening reception for the artist Saturday, August 7 from noon-2pm. This is Shibata's second exhibition with the gallery and features new woodcuts in the Japanese style. Shibata uses the ukiyo-e and reduction woodcut techniques together, layering simple shapes of pigment that radiate intense color.
In the artist's words:
My work is Japanese woodblock prints in the Ukiyo-e tradition. In my practice, I focus on a technique known as reduction printing. First I carve geometric shapes by hand into a woodblock, then print it using watercolor pigments. After every time I print the block, I reduce the printable area of the block by cutting it smaller; I then repeat the process. Because of the transparency of the pigments I’m able to achieve intense layers of color similar to the gradation effect in Ukio-e printing called “Bokashi.” The number of layers in my prints gives them their particular depth, and the small shifts in shape and color give the prints their range and richness. Literally “repeating the process” is the essence of my work.
Yasu Shibata was born in Osaka, Japan in 1968 and received B.F.A from Kyoto Seika University in 1991. He currently lives and works in New York.
Summer Camp in Tuxedo....Sponsors Needed (Posted 6/30/2021)
St Mary’s has a long history of assisting families to pay for Summer camp experience for their children. This year some of the camps are free, but the families we are helping are either not eligible for the free camps due to where they live, or the hours and dates being offered are such that the parent would not be able to continue working and earning a living. All these families are known by us and have been adversely affected by the effects of Covid and recommended for financial assistance by guidance counsellors and teachers.
Fourteen children from ten families will attend the five week Town of Tuxedo Recreation Department Day Camp based on Murphy field and the Ringwood swimming pool. The cost to St Mary’s is $9,540.
The children are all very excited and parents relieved that they can continue to work while their children can enjoy the fun of Summer activities.
We would be grateful for sponsorship donations of any amount. The cost for the first child in a family is $660 and siblings $560.
Donations can be received online at https://onrealm.org/stmtux/give/outreach or checks made out to St Mary’s Outreach, memo Summer camp sponsorship and mailed to St Mary’s at POB 637, Tuxedo NY 10987.
Thank you for your support in any amount. It will all make a difference to children who need a happy time this Summer, especially.
St Mary’s Outreach Chair
Town Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Draft Review/Citizens Meetings June 29 & 30 (Posted 6/23/2021)
The Tuxedo Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative will present a draft report for citizen review next week. Meetings will take place both in-person at the Eagle Valley Fire House on June 29 from 7-9pm and then virtually via the Town's WebEx portal on June 30 from 7-9pm.
Campaign signs are up and New York’s primary election is just a few weeks away with early voting to begin next weekend.
In Tuxedo, the outcome of Primary Day will decide who represents the Republican Party in the race for Town Supervisor this coming November. There are two candidates.
Dave McMillen is a 21 year resident of Tuxedo and was a member of the Town Planning Board prior to becoming a Town Board member in 2014. Dave is a Principal Threat Intelligence Analyst for IBM’s X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Service (IRIS). He is also a proud U.S. Army veteran where he served as a tank commander as well as a basic training drill instructor for over 6 years.
Dan Castricone and his wife Marie have lived in Tuxedo for 25 years and are the parents of three children. He is a licensed Attorney and Risk Management Specialist. A former Orange County Legislator, he is currently the Risk Management Officer for Orange County. Dan hopes to run on both the Republican and the Conservative lines.
Both candidates have launched campaign websites.
Click here to visit Dave McMillen’s site
Click here to visit Dan Castricone’s site
Registered Republicans can cast their ballots at the polls on Tuesday June 22 from 6am-9pm. There will be one voting location for ALL Tuxedo residents, which is the Tuxedo Town Hall (1 Temple Dr. - 2nd floor)
The annual Memorial Day Parade returns to Tuxedo this year! The Parade kicks off from George Baker High School at 11:30am and proceeds up Route 17, stopping at the monument just outside the Park gates for a wreath laying, then continuing to the parking lot of St. Mary's, where Fr. Rick will emcee the traditional observances. All are cordially invited to participate in this cherished community event.
Tuxedo Families will Have Two Options for Summer Camp This Year! (Posted 5/16/2021)
Summer is just around the corner and if you’ve got kids, chances are that you might be looking for some sort of structured program in which to enroll them. For Tuxedo parents who want to keep things will local, there will be two strong options this year.
TUFSD’s 6- week Summer Bridge and EdCamp program will offer kids the opportunity to both reinforce and catch up on academics that may have lagged during the past year, while also participating in a variety of sports, games and team building activities on a daily basis. This full day program is offered free of cost to all District residents regardless of where they attend school during the academic year. Non-district residents will also have the opportunity to enroll in the program for a fee.
The Town of Tuxedo’s annual Rec program will offer children a more traditional summer camp experience. Under the direction of newly hired Recreation Coordinator, Claire Dougher, planning for the program is underway.
Both programs will hold informational sessions for parents this week as follows:
Tuesday, May 18 - TUFSD Summer Bridge and EdCamp Program:
Two in-person informational sessions will be offered on this day outside of George F. Baker High School. One session will be 1:45PM - 2:15PM and a repeat session offered 6:30PM - 7:15PM. *In the event of rain, the sessions will be in the high school auditorium. Register to attend by clicking here
Wednesday, May 19 – Tuxedo Summer Day Camp:
Please join the Recreation Coordinator, Claire Dougher, on Wednesday May 19th at 6:30pm for a virtual meeting. She will present details on the 2021 Tuxedo Summer Day Camp. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. The meeting will be held via the Town’s Webex page at https://www.tuxedogov.org/webex-virtual-meetings or dial 408-418-9388 and use access code 796 956 205.
The Tuxedo/Tuxedo Park Climate Smart Community Task Force invites you to join our webinars and events in honor of Earth Day. Attached is our flyer with details of two webinars and the Farmers Market event with a hyperlink to pre-order compost bins and rainwater barrels.
The Recycling webinar on Earth Day, April 22 at 7pm will be led by Marisa Kellerhouse from Interstate Waste Services, the recycler for the Town and the Tuxedo Club. She will discuss the current market for recycled items and best practices to make sure our recycling efforts are not in vain. Improper recycling leads to more landfill waste.
The C-Change Conversations: Climate Science and Solutions webinar is an informative, non-partisan primer on climate science. Please check out their website: https://c-changeconversations.org/. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm.
Both webinars are held via the Town's Webex at www.tuxedogov.org. Click on the Webex button and then again on the icon. We'll open the meeting at 6:45 if you'd like to check your connections. The C-Change webinar is jointly sponsored by the Village and the Town.
You can pre-order compost bins and rainwater barrels by June 10 for pick up at the Tuxedo Farmers Market on June 12. A Master Gardener and members of the Task Force will be on hand with information on composting for our gardens and reducing the landfill. The flyer contains a hyperlink for pre-ordering.
The Task Force invites you to join us every first Monday at 5:30 on the Town's Webex. We are making progress towards certification as a New York State certified Climate Smart Community with the goal of reducing our impact on the environment and helping to save taxpayer dollars!
The Town of Tuxedo is Hiring a Secretary to the Town Supervisor, Ken English
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Produces letters, memos, reports, and other materials, some of which may be confidential;
Serves as a receptionist, handles routine problems, screens and logs calls, receives visitors;
Opens and screens mail; answers mail independently or routes it with background data;
Maintains general and confidential files including personnel records, processes invoices;
Office management, ordering supplies, scheduling minor building repairs, monitoring service contracts;
Alerts Supervisor to statutory deadlines, official commitments, actions promised or expected;
Schedules and organizes arrangements for conferences and meetings;
May supervise assigned clerical personnel.
The position requires independent judgment, initiative and confidentiality. The ideal candidate should have proficiency in typical office suite software (Google suite / Microsoft 365) that includes document processing, and maintenance of social media accounts. Knowledge and experience in Town government is preferred. $32.37 per hour / 30 hours per week (1560 hours annually) for $50,497.20.
Please fill out the application and submit to email@example.com or bring to the Town Clerk's office on the 1st floor of Town Hall. The application can be found here.
The Town of Tuxedo Seeks Community Feedback Via Community-Wide Police Survey (Posted 3/16/21)
As Part of the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Colaborative effort, the Town of Tuxedo is seeking community feedback via a survey focused on police interaction. The information gathered from the survey will help the Town to better understand the strengths and issues of the department and further to make recommendations as to how to enhance communication between residents and the Department. The survey is anonymous and can be completed in serveal ways:
The Town Ice Rink is Open for Skating! (Updated 2/4/2020)
The Powerhouse Ice Rink is frozen and ready for skaters! Please proceed with caution and at your own risk.
If you notice the ice becoming slushy or water bubbling up please get off and allow the rink to refreeze.
Most importantly Have Fun!
The rink will be open daily until 9pm.
Address: 57 Powerhouse Lane, Tuxedo, NY 10987
* UPDATE 2/4/21: With warmer temps and sun the powerhouse rink is not skatable.
The question was raised does the Town plow the rink, the short answer is no. If snow falls on it feel free to grab a shovel and clear it for use. In past years a few die hard teen hockey players would clear it. The Town will make sure it has water in it to freeze but other than that regular maintenance is not performed on the ice rink.
The light will be set on a timer for night skating. It will go off at 9:00pm Please leave the park immediately following the light turning off.
Openings on Town Planning, Zoning Appeals and Assessment Boards (posted 1/12/21)
The Town Board of Tuxedo invites our residents to apply for openings on the following appointed Boards: Planning; Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Assessment Review. Qualified candidates must be 18 years of age, a resident of the Town or Village and a US citizen. Applications for the positions, and descriptions of the responsibilities for each Board, are posted on the Town’s website under the Employment Opportunities tab. Interviews will begin the week of January 25. We welcome your participation in local government to shape the future of Tuxedo. For more information, please call Town Supervisor Ken English, Tuxedo Town Hall, 845-351-4411 x 5.
TAKE PART IN HELPING TO DEVELOP LOCAL POLICE REFORM (Posted 1/10/21)
In June of 2020, Governor Cuomo mandated that all municipal Police Agencies in the State of New York not only review all policies and procedures but also enlist stakeholders in a collaborative effort to plan for improvements. To this end, the Town of Tuxedo will be hosting a public, participatory meeting online this coming Thursday, January 14, at 5pm.
You can read more about the initiative and how the various municipalities in the surrounding area are complying here.
Below is Supervisor Ken Englishs' letter to the community, which talks about Tuxedo's response to the mandate and details how residents can register to take part in the discussiom.
Invitation to Register for Tuxedo Police Collaborative Discussion on January 14, 2021 (Originally posted 1/6/21)
Esteemed Tuxedo Residents.
My name is Ken English and I am the Town of Tuxedo Supervisor. I’m writing to announce the Tuxedo Town Board’s effort to respond to the Governor's directive to develop a collaborative vision for community policing. I’m organizing a series of Web based meetings to bring together a diverse group to dialogue about how our community responds to policing and public safety concerns.
Town Board members have been studying the state plan over the last few months and willlaunch our participatory effort on Thursday, January 14th, at 5:00pm. This meeting is accessible through the Town’s WebEx portal https://www.tuxedogov.org/webex-virtual-meetings
Or by dial in access - 408-418-9388 Access Code: 796 956 205
To preregister for this event and to receive an updated agenda prior to our meeting please email Shari Brooks at Sbrooks@tuxedogov.org with your contact information or call her at
(845) 351-4411 extension #5.
Additionally, our Town Board meetings, held virtually on the second and fourth Monday evening of each month, will include a continuing agenda for organizing and engaging key stakeholders around this topic.
It’s my hope that as the Corona pandemic begins to subside we can eventually resume in-person meetings that will help foster the respectful and open dialogue that’s essential to this initiative. The Governor has set an April deadline for this effort to convene. This is meant to ensure timely action but these issues will require a permanent commitment to sincere reflection that leads to positive action. A sustained engagement that builds off the nationwide marches that were inspired by the many tragedies of injustice and violence will be necessary to foster real change in America. This requires a collaborative community response that is not limited to the notion of police reform. We all must be willing to reflect, talk openly, identify and remove policies that contribute to our problems, and recognize that justice for all and a sense that we’re in this together are the ideals that bind us and make us Americans.
I hope that you will consider joining this discussion.
Santa Claus is Comin To Town This Weekend (posted 12/15/2020)
The three Tuxedot fire companties will conduct their annual Santa and Candy cane runs this weekend, with Santa greeting kiddos from a fire truck all across Town. Covid safety is at the forefrtont of everyone's mind, so Santa will reamin on the truck and at least 6-feet away from the children at all times. The Santa Runs through the Hamlet and Northern Tuxedo will take place on Saturday December 19, while the Eagle Valley Run will occur on Sunday Decemner 20.
So, when exactly will Santa be in your neighborhood??? Check out the schedule below:
Tuxedo Park Fire Dept. Co #1 - Saturday, 12/19/20 -4pm:
On Saturday December 19, 2020 the Tuxedo Park Fire Department will be escorting Santa around the hamlet and the east village, starting around 4pm and will conclude at the St. Mary’s parking lot at 6-6:30
This year will be a little different, as Santa will be following Covid safety restrictions, and greeting everyone from the fire truck.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday. Stay safe and Happy Holidays.
Sterling Forest Santa Run - Saturday, 12/19/20 - 3-6pm:
Eagle Valley Santa Run - Sunday, 12/20/20 - 3:30pm
We will be doing this years Santa Candy Cane run on December 20th starting at 3:30pm. Due to COVID-19 pandemic we will have to maintain a 6 foot distance from Santa. Pictures can be taken near the sled and Santa but regrettably no one will be able to sit with him. Sorry!
Here is the tentative schedule subject to change.
1. Lower Eagle Valley from playground to Long Meadow Rd.
3. Babcock Rd
4. Shepard Pond rd
5. Juniper Terrace
6. Table rock
7. Upper Eagle Valley from Table Rock rd to playground
8. Hamilton Estates??
9. Regency Court
10. All of Maplebrook
11. Hillary Court
Again, this could change as we go. Ho ho
Town of Tuxedo Launches New Website (Posted 12/3/2020)
After months of hard work, the Town of Tuxedo officially launched its new website on December 2! The new site not only looks great, but it’s faster, easy to navigate and extremely user friendly! New features include a section entitled Work, Live, Play Tuxedo, geared towards visitors and local businesses as well as a Town Resources section with an interactive community calendar, meeting information and relevant Social Media links. There is also a section entitled Special Topics featuring information about local tourism, parks and hiking trails and Tuxedo’s History and landmarks among other things. The drop down menus are loaded with information pertaining to community services and organizations as well as the local government and employment opportunities with the Town. Links to Webex, meeting minutes and agendas and the Town Code are all prominently placed and easy to access. Visitors can also make online payments or sign-up to receive email alerts.
Development of the new site was headed up by Town Council Woman Maria May. "I especially want to thank Marisa Dollbaum,” May told TPFYI. "As someone who is a part time legislator, I could have never done this big job without her expert support. We are lucky to have her as our new Town Clerk. She’s very detailed oriented and well organized. She deserves as much credit as me for getting this project off the ground."
There is no question that the new site is a vast improvement over the old one and will likely prove to be a major asset for the community in many ways!
CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANTHALLOWEEN SAFETY INFORMATION FROM THE VILLAGE OF TUXEDO PARK POLICE
Village Halloween Announcement:
The Village Board has not put any restrictions on our Halloween celebration, other than requesting that you sanitize your hands, wear masks, and social distance. If you are feeling under the weather please stay at home. Several residents in the Clubhouse Road area where most of our Trick or Treating takes place have told me that rather than greeting people at their doors they will place treats on a table on their front porch or outside their front door.
Our police department will have officers patrolling the area as usual.
Begining at 11:30 out at Murphy Field in Eagle Valley is Tuxedo's 19th annual Family Fun Day event! Things look a bit different this year due to Covid-19, but there are still a lot of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy along with good food, drink and live music!
Public Notice: Powerhouse Park Nature Trail Closure August 1, 2020
To: Tuxedo Town residents and all visitors to Tuxedo Powerhouse Park
The Town Board and the Parks and Recreation Director hereby determine and declare that ?the area north of Powerhouse Park and located behind the stage?, owned by the Town of Tuxedo, which was created as an Eagle Scout Project for the use of a nature walk and scenic viewing of the Ramapo River, ?is closed until further notice.
This area has been misused over the last several weeks, creating a public health hazard by leaving large amounts of trash, and by visitors engaging in activities prohibited in all Town Parks by Town Code 19-11. (See below). Large crowds have been observed congregating without observing Covid 19 precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing.
O?ur code prohibits the following:
? Entering or using the parks during other than the designated hours posted by the Director of Parks and Recreation.
? Consumption of alcoholic beverages as defined in the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
? The use of or being under the influence of any illegal drug or substance in any town park.
? Injuring, defacing, destroying, disturbing or removing any part of the parks.
? Littering or leaving behind refuse and garbage except in receptacles provided for such
? Starting a fire in a park except in park grills, fireplaces or designated areas.
? Failing to extinguish before leaving the park all fires started or used. The dumping of ashes
or fire onto the ground is absolutely prohibited.
In order to protect our precious natural environment ?and the health and welfare of the Public?, no one shall be permitted to enter the northern wooded area of the park, located around the Augusta Falls and dam, until further notice. Trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The Town Police are hereby directed to enforce these regulations.
The Town Board and Parks and Recreation Director are considering all possible remedies and hope to reopen this space to responsible users as soon as possible.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Jubilee Celebration Sunday, July 19, 2020
Good News – the Jubilee Celebration is on!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will celebrate 125 years of spiritual ministry on Sunday, July 19, 2020. All are invited to a festive Mass at 10 a.m. officiated by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan. Following the festive Mass, the celebration will continue with brunch at the historic Tuxedo Club at 11:30 a.m. There will be musical entertainment and a presentation by George Langberg, Tuxedo Historian. Tickets for the brunch are $50 for adults and $25 for children and can be purchased at the parish office (845 753-5239) or after masses.
Celebrate with friends and family. All are welcome!
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Although, Tuxedo will be missing our annual Parade and Tuxedo Park Library Picnic/Celebration we are still keeping the most important aspect of the weekend our priority. Services will be held at both monuments, Southfields and Hamlet Veteran Walls. This will be a private ceremony no public allowed. We will be recording the event and with some special Mr.Clayton Chan Magic and help from his Tuxedo H.S. songbirds we hope to have a surprise for you all. This year’s ceremony does not deviate much from our traditional services and is outlined below. When the video is ready we will release it to the public for all to enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, stay masked and stay 6 feet a apart.
At this difficult time, when shopping, and having the money to shop with, are both a real challenge, St Mary's, in conjunction with TUFSD and the Sloatsburg Community Food Pantry,is looking to assist families in clothing their children and teens for Summer and Fall.
We are collecting clothing and shoes for boys and girls from babies to high school grads. These will eventually be donated to those who need them when state regulations allow.
Donations can only be received on Friday May 22nd from 1 pm to 4 pm and Saturday May 23rd from 10 am to 1 pm. All items must be clean and in good condition and packed, preferably into boxes,but acceptable in large plastic bags. Do not leave them at St Mary's or at the Train Station at any other times than these scheduled.
For the safety of everyone concerned please drive into the north entrance of the Train Station Parking Lot and move slowly in single file to the front porch of the Train Station Building. Stop in the marked space, place your donations in the space indicated and then drive on. Someone will pick up your donation and take it inside. This will avoid any direct social contact.
The donations will be stored in the Train Station for several days before being sorted by volunteers.
Do You Sew? Help Make Masks for Healthcare Providers! Posted 3/25/2020
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Everyone is busy at this hectic and uncertain time yet another need has developed that will help keep our community and healthcare workers safe.
It has come to our attention that there are local skilled nursing homes that have depleted their supply of face masks and are desperately in need of help.
If you have access to masks or are able to make them, please let us know and start production as soon as possible so that we can help protect our healthcare workers. So far two facilities have requested assistance.
Please pass this information along to anyone who you think can help. Sewers with working sewing machines are a challenge to find.
Town Board Presents Conceptual Parking Plan(posted 2/4/2020)
At their meeting on January 27, the Town Board conducted a public hearing on a proposed zoning code amendment which would exempt some of the existing commercial buildings from current parking regulations in the downtown area.
As currently written, the zoning code limits the amount of space some business owners are able to use by directly tying the usable percentage of space to the number of available parking spaces. This seriously limits Tuxedo Hudson Realty’s ability to make full use of the IGA building. In addition to the exemptions, the amendment would reduce the size of parking spaces in areas throughout the Hamlet.
With the help of a consulting engineer, the Town has developed a conceptual plan that proposes on-street parking as well as changes to current directional flow of traffic on both Store and Library Roads, both of which are located behind the new Tuxedo Hudson Realty, Antiques & Books shop.
Click here to view the plan.
Both the proposed amendment and the conceptual plan were discussed at length during the public hearing, which can be heard here.
Although all members of the Town Board freely admitted that the plan needs some work, everyone seems firmly committed to finding a solution that will both benefit the Town and help Tuxedo’s local businesses to attract more visitors
Sterling Forest Fire Co. , Northern Tuxedo Area: Saturday December 21st starting at 11:00am.
Tuxedo Park Fire Co. Hamlet and Village Area: Saturday, December 21st starting at 5:30pm
Santa and his helpers are coming to town - visiting the Circle, East Village, Tuxedo Park and nearby areas to bring Christmas greetings and candy. If you would like him to deliver your present to a loved one, please contact Gardiner Hempel at firstname.lastname@example.org or-729-2343 to arrange this.
Eagle Valley Fire Co. All of Eagle Valley from Woodlands to Juniper Terrace: Sunday December 22nd starting at 4:30pm
Check out each Fire Companies facebook page for detailed schedules.
Mark your calendars Tuxedo! On the evening of Saturday, December 14 the George F. Baker High School will be ablaze with RUNWAY TO COSTA RICA, a fashion show event which also includes number of local vendors selling boutique items for the Holidays (everything from handmade jewelry to artwork, clothing and more!) tasty food (empanadas, smoothies and homemade baked goods) raffles and live music! The doors open at 5pm!
The fashion show, which has a “Mother/Daughter” theme, beings at 6 and will feature clothing provided by Runway Tuxedo Park. Models will show off both casual and dressy attire. There will be a short intermission, during which the school Dance Club will perform.
From 7-9pm the general raffle and tricky tray will be open. With more than 50 prizes up for grabs, the chances of winning are pretty good! Top raffle prizes include a farm-to-table dinner for 8 at Valley Rock Inn and a Weber BBQ grill, while the tricky tray features a wide variety items from gift certificates to more than 20 local eateries, yoga classes, beauty treatments and more! (for a complete list of pirzes click here) Raffle tickets are priced at $5 apiece or 5 for $20, while tricky tray tickets are $1 each, or 20 for $25. Everyone who purchases a ticket to the event will receive a free tricky tray ticket. Participants do not need to be present at time of the drawing to win.
Proceeds from the event will go towards offsetting costs for GFB’s upcoming spring trip to Costa Rica. While the school has traveled to both Paris and Montreal with its French students in the past, this will be their first journey to a Spanish speaking country.
“Traveling to another country is so important for all people to have a better understanding of other cultures, different languages, and exposure to nature and people with a completely different outlook on life,” event organizer Kelly Spranger recently told the Photo News. "Costa Rica is a country rich in biodiversity, ecologically crucial to this planet with more species of plants, bugs, and animals than can be imagined,” said Spranger further noting "Cultural diversity is more important than ever in this global economy, and Costa Rica is a stable country, very healthy economically and extremely well-educated with an average employment of 2.5 jobs per person. It makes for the perfect destination for our students.”
Tickets for RUNWAY TO COSTA RICA are $10 per person can be purchased online by clicking here or in person at the door!
All pieces are in the place to make this a fabulous, festive community-wide event! Do some shopping, enjoy some food, check out the show and enter yourself in a raffle…all for a great cause! Be sure to check it out Tuxedo!
It’s a new dawn and a new day for Bentley’s Deli! The hometown deli/convenience market was recently taken over by beloved, former Tuxedo Club employee Victor Ulysses and his family and the improvement has been immediate! For starters, the space has been deep cleaned. Patrons are greeted warmly by either Victor himself or one of his children behind the counter. The Deli case has Boars Head meat in it, the bread is fresh and the grill menu is loaded with classic fair. The food delicious and the service timely. The staff is welcoming and kind. Reviews, both word-of-mouth and on social media have been excellent and residents are thrilled to see the hometown business making a comeback. In the weeks and months ahead we can expect to see additional menu items and more food on the shelves….but in the meantime, please stop in, grab a cup of coffee or a sandwich, introduce yourself to Victor and help bring the hometown vibe back to this local business!!
Opening reception for the artists: Saturday, October 12, 5-7 pm
with an artists' talk in the gallery at 5:30 pm
Cheymore Gallery is happy to present Sites Seldom Scene, a two-person show featuring Neal Bashor and Sarah Hotchkiss, curated by Brad Ewing, on view from October 12 until December 14, 2019, with an opening reception for the artists Saturday, October 12, 5–7 pm. There will be a brief artist talk during the opening at 5:30 pm. This is both Bashor and Hotchkiss’ first exhibition with the gallery and features a selection of sculptures, paintings, and drawings.
Neal Bashor uses metal, paper, and paint to create objects that manifest through playful drawing sessions. The initial fluid drawings in “Satchel Series” help inform his three-dimensional works, with the drawings acting as preambling gestures. We see cartoon-like leather carriers stretching to capacity with logs and debris, as he fleshes out which shape could be the most unpredictable. Bashor’s “Arch Carts” seem to emerge from a James Castle drawing, with their molded curves and soft lines still resolving themselves. While innately resistant to the efficiency of drawing, the utilitarian carts retain the tension and energy of his first thoughts on paper. The unexpected stasis found in the “Red Letter Wall Wheels,” positioned to disrupt the architectural sameness of the gallery space, is made using a solid steel rod that Bashor has bent into place, connecting the symbols and patterns we find in Hotchkiss’ works.
Sarah Hotchkiss uses masonite, cardboard, and gouache in her paintings and sculptures to playfully explore the traditions in geometric abstraction, and entertainment ephemera (i.e. games for people and enrichment objects for animals). Her vibrant gouache on panel works “Favorite Things” and “From Red Square to Red Square” are inspired by board games she finds in her weekly outings to a flea market in San Francisco. Attracted to their elegant yet utilitarian design elements, Hotchkiss meticulously combines symmetry, bright colors andsimple geometric shapes to create visual puzzles that pose the question: how does it work? “Windchime Jellyfish,” a scaled-up version of a bird toy, fills the center of the gallery with colorful painted wooden ornaments, bells, and chain link—one of her paintings come to kinetic life. Two papier-mâché sculptures on pedestals, “Hamster Moon Bridge” and “Hamster Cannon,” are true to their original size, presented here as human fascinators, showing us the inherent need to play that all creatures have.
Neal Bashor is a Los Angeles based artist. He received a B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts and an M.F.A. from University of Southern California. Recent exhibitions include: “Henry is Blue” a group show curated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Despina Stokou; “The Soft Shoe” a group show organized by Mateo Tannat and Neal Bashor for Rainbow in Spanish; “A Public Fiction at The Hammer Museum/Tragedy + Time at Public Fiction” curated by Lauren Mackler and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer at The Hammer Museum and Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA; “Rural Sculpture,” Reserve Ames, Los Angeles. Neal Bashor was a 2015 recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant.
Sarah Hotchkiss is a San Francisco based artist and arts writer. She received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include: "You're Weird for Building This", a two-person show with Stephanie Rohlfs at Royal NoneSuch Gallery and a three-person show at San Francisco's Guerrero Gallery. She has attended residencies at Skowhegan, ACRE and the Vermont Studio Center. She watches a lot of science fiction, which she reviews in the semi-regular publication Sci-Fi Sundays. In 2019, she received the Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation prize for her work as the visual arts editor for KQED, the Bay Area's NPR and PBS affiliate.
The Power House Park Concert series returns to Tuxedo this coming September with a robust lineup of music on September 14 from 11am-7pm. More than 10 bands performing a somewhat diverse range of music styles promise a little something for everyone including Jimi Hendrix percussionist Gerardo Velez, the famous Santana tribute band Stoneflower, Tito Puente Jr., an American Idol Finalist from this season and Corey Glover of Living Colour (who will be performing with Tuxedo's own Dave McMillen and his band!) Tickets range in price from $10-$75 and the event website promises an “An all day line up of extraordinary live music, food and activities, at Powerhouse Park!”
Visit the official website for more details and stay tuned to TPFYI.COM as the event gets closer for updated information on this exciting event!
Cheymore Gallery is happy to present Kevin Frances An Unexpected Houseguest, on view from July 27 until September 28, 2019, with an opening reception for the artist Saturday, July 27 from 5-7 pm. This is Frances's first exhibition with the gallery and features new photographs and woodblock prints inspired by his hand-built scale model which will be on display in the gallery.
Frances's ongoing project 'Superposition' is about a domestic relationship. This relationship exists across three separate mediums. First as a scale model, then as photographs created from the model and finally as a series of woodblock prints. Each media presents the story from a different perspective and with unique entry points. The scale model shows us a one-bedroom duplex without figures but with many personalized objects that are stand-ins for the couple. The wife is a ceramicist and in her basement studio, her potter's wheel and kiln are waiting to be used while objects from the last firing rest on the shelves. Upstairs in a living room turned home office, the husband works as a writer. We see a computer glowing on the desk and post-it notes on the wall, a reminder of unfinished business or brainstormed ideas. All around there are signs of activity. The husband's sandwich- waiting to be eaten. Papers from his printer- dropped on the floor. Yet, there is an eerie feeling as if our protagonist had to leave in a hurry.
Throughout the work, there are nods to the community of artists and designers who inspire Frances. These clues feel like Easter Eggs. In the office, we see the iconic Charles and Ray Eames chair as well as the famous mid-century bench by Charlotte Perriand. In the basement, there is a perfect miniature replica of the heater depicted in Vija Celmins' iconic painting 'Heater', 1964. On the basement wall, inspiration is tacked up in the form of the Guerrilla Girls' infamous letter to museums about women's underrepresentation in major US art institutions.
In the photo The Crux, the kiln has made a surprise appearance in the living room, like it decided to walk up the basement steps and visit. Every object plays a roll in the narrative and the objects are often depicted transplanted from their assumed positions. From instantly recognizable orange Home Depot buckets to miniature florescent lights present in many basements and artists' studios, these things act as reminders of the spaces and objects we live with. Within the photos and woodblock prints, Frances is able to direct our attention to a piece of the puzzle, like shining a flashlight on an important clue. Perhaps the most perplexing are the meteors, which have no worldly explanation as to how they got there. Are they the unexpected houseguest awkwardly inserting themselves into this domestic scene? Or is the unexpected houseguest perhaps the push and pull of egos that is inherent within a collaboration, and living with art and artists.
Kevin Frances is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, and his BA from the University of California, Davis in 2010. In 2012 he was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been shown at the International Print Center New York, the Knockdown Center in New York, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, the Kala Gallery in Berkeley, How’s Howard in Boston, and Galleri CC in Malmö, Sweden. He received a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant in 2016, and the St. Botolph Club Emerging Artist Award in 2017.
The comerstone reads 1895, but the story behan many years before. Immigrant families came to work in the iron mines and then later to lay roads and build the homes. They brought with them their desire to practice their faith. That desire and fauthfulness is where the story really began. A true and wonderful story of people meeting in schoolhouses and stores to pray together, traveling great distances to attend Mass.
Their struggle and story of determination led to the building of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Walk through the doors of this lovely building on the hill. No matter what religion you are there is beauty inside for everyone, the artwork, the bronze artifacts, embriodered silk banners and stained-glass windows that are awe-inspiring. The plaques on th windows are statues remind us of who came before, their love of the community and wish to make somewhere beautiful to worship.
Sunday, July 14 2019 we being our Jubilee Year with these three events:
1. A festive Mass at 10AM celebrated by Bishop O'Hara and Father Emmanuel. The church willremain open unitl 2PM forvisitors to tour this historic building.
2. Photos, artifacts and film chronicling the history of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the early area churches have been painstakingly collected and will be displayed at the Tuxedo Historical Society from 11:30AM-1:30PM.
3. Brunch will be served under the tent on Church grounds from 11:30AM-2PM.
*The Tuxedo Historical Society and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church share the same hill. You are welcome to attend all three events; they are free to the public.
Tuxedo Historical Society - 7 Hospital Road, Tuxedo Park, NY 845-351-2926
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church - 5 Tobin Way, Tuxedo Park, NY 845-351-5284
On the evening of June 13, the Tuxedo Little League- Internationals division won the Suffern Little Leauge Championship, which is called the Thomas Curley Cup named after a Suffern Police Officer who died. This was the first time in history that a Tuxedo team has won the Cup. CONGRATULATIONS BOYS!!!!
Spring and Early summer bring with them an array of benefits and fundraising events here in Tuxedo! It's a great time for residents to get out and celebrate the changing season while helping to support some of our most beloved local institutions (not to mention enjoying great food and fabulous entertainment!)
Saturday May 18 – Tuxedo PTO Spring Soiree:
This is the PTO’s annual spring fundraiser, which helps them to successfully fund programs, trips and activities for kids in grades K-12 all year long. This year’s event will take place at The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge. Ticket price includes open bar from 7-8pm, a buffet dinner, and live music by Power Nap (featuring Tuxedo's own Music Director, Mr. Clayton Chan) with a special appearance by Johanna Telander, a kindergarten parent and Broadway composer. And don’t forget the ever popular Tricky Tray raffle!!
Get your tickets here.
Monday May 27 – Tuxedo Park Library’s 16th Annual Memorial Day Community Picnic:
On Monday, May 27 from 12:00-2:30pm the Tuxedo Park Library will host their 16th Annual Memorial Day Community Picnic. At the event, a journal will be distributed that commemorates those community members who gave the supreme sacrifice while in service to our country. This event also gives the library an opportunity to show our gratitude to local service men and women, our fondness for our patrons, and an immense appreciation for the Tuxedo community. The picnic helps raise funds for the library’s wide variety of programming and has grown tremendously over the past few years.
The Tuxedo Memorial Day parade passes in front of the library on Route 17 at 11:30am. For senior citizens to observe the parade, the library provides chairs and a pop-up tent for shelter from the sun. Food, entertainment and activities are included for all ages. Entertainment will begin at 12:30pm, and raffle drawings for a wide variety of locally donated prizes will begin at 2:00pm.
Main Raffle prizes include: Thursday evening wine pairing and dinner for 4 at Glenmere Mansion; 3-hour Dinner Picnic Cruise for 8 on Tuxedo Lake catered by Tuxedo Park Events; Foursome of Golf & Lunch at the Tuxedo Club; Weber Genesis II S-310 Gas Grill; and a pair of Apple AirPods Wireless Headphones. Tickets for main raffle and tricky tray may be purchased now and up until the time of drawing.
For more information on attending this event or purchasing raffle tickets, please contact the Tuxedo Park Library at 845-351-2207.
Saturday June 1 – Musicale a Chastellux by Julliard Musicians to Benefit St. Mary’s Outreach Programs:
This delightful concert, followed by a wine and hors d'oevres reception will benefit St Mary's Outreach programs.
Kevin Zhu: Violin. 18 years old. Recently won the 2018 Paganini International Violin 1st Prize, in Italy. The most prestigious violin competition in the world. He studies at Juilliard and with Itzhak Perlman. He also won the 2012 Menuhin Junior competition as the youngest violinist ever. Kevin is already touring the world performing. You can watch him on YouTube to get a preview of what you will enjoy live.
Qiang Tu: Cello. New York Philharmonic . Qiang was the first Chinese musician to join the Philharmonic. He has been followed by many others. He has numerous recordings and a long list of professional accomplishments. Both musicians play exceptional instruments from the early 1700s that they will tell you about.
Opening reception for the artist:
Saturday, April 27, 5 - 7 pm
Cheymore Gallery is happy to present Matt Austin Plant Life curated by Daphne Ireland Whelahan, on view from April 27 until July 6, 2019, with an opening reception for the artist Saturday, April 27 from 5-7 pm. This is Austin's second exhibition with the gallery and features new paintings and wooden sculptures inspired by his pursuit of an 'Artist Plant Conservatory'. The Conservatory is a living connection to celebrated artists both past and present. It began when Austin received a cutting of the Sansevieria plant depicted within Grant Wood's iconic 'American Gothic' and 'Woman with Plants'. Stewarding the plant depicted within these paintings had Austin contemplating the fact that he was breathing air produced by the same plant that had produced air for this renowned painter. Austin then acquired a cutting of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock's spider plant and his work began in earnest to build his conservatory. Imbued with Austin's quick wit and parallel storylines, the new works depict the lives of these plants within the realm of the artist; yet also riff on art history and the meta act of painting a plant, based on a sculpture of a plant, of a plant found in a painting. Austin uses casein paint, a type of tempera paint that is distinctly matte. He has been perfecting this technique for more than a decade. Rendered delicately, the paintings harken back to an early American style, yet the signs of electricity and the phosphorescent sculptures let the viewer know these exist in the 21st century. The task of painting still lifes dates back centuries, and Austin's modern take on this classic painterly exercise speaks to the timelessness of his subjects.
"Matt has long been fascinated by the ways in which plants emerge in art, and how artists represent them, both literally and figuratively. Noting a particular mother-in-law plant making a repeat appearance in Grant Wood's work, he successfully obtained a cutting. He has been painting and carving its transformation in his studio for over two years. The paintings in Plant Life display Matt's mastery of realism while representing his natural, lyrical hand and inimitable use of color."
-Daphne Ireland Whelahan
Born into a family of muralists, illustrators, and painters, Austin honed his craft as an artist after spending many years involved in art installation at the Yale Center for British Art. He has followed his curiosity since 1971 and when not in his studio, he can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or climbing hills on his road racing bicycle.
Please join us for our walks this spring. All are welcome:
MAY 1 (Wednesday evening) Meet Terryanne at the Sterling Forest Visitor Center front door at 6:30 pm (the building will be closed). We will walk in the area looking and listening for Neotropical Migrants. Check Tuxedo Bird Club Facebook page for weather cancellations. Done by 8 pm.
MAY 4 (Saturday morning) A Saturday morning bird walk at the Ramapo River Access Point off of County Route 106 in Harriman State Park in Southfields. Meet Terryanne there at 9 am. Over by 10:30 am. Small area, lots of birds. Check Tuxedo Bird Club Facebook page for rain cancellation. This site features a Great Blue Heron Rookery and other gems.
MAY 10 (Friday morning) Meet at 9 am at the end of Ironwood Dr, Tuxedo. Golden-winged Warblers, Prairie Warblers, and a variety of spring migrants are possibilities. Over by 11am. Check Tuxedo Bird Club Facebook page for rain cancellation. This is a Rockland County Audubon Society Walk.
JUNE 30 (Sunday evening) Meet Terryanne at the end of Ironwood Drive in Tuxedo at 8 pm to listen for whip-poor-wills. Done by 9 pm. Please arrive quietly and hope they will sing for us. Check Tuxedo Bird Club Facebook page for weather cancellations.
Popular local eatery Dottie Audrey’s has announced that they will begin to feature a different book throughout the year that can be enjoyed solo or with a child…and they will be selling accompanying cookies to reward good reading and readers.
First up? The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graeme. They have a few issues of the book and the cookies - Rat and Mr. Toad (they call them "Bookies") which premiered this past weekend!
In a March 22 Facebook posting, the bakery/kitchen stated “Dottie loved reading to her kids and grandkids and Audrey was, among many things, a librarian. We want to encourage healthy bonding like they did - hope you like the idea.”
Stop in to DA’s….support local business, read a chapter or two of a timeless classic and enjoy a delicious treat!!
Please join us in welcoming Lauren Pakradooni for a special Artist Talk in the gallery on Saturday, December 8, at 3pm. Lauren will discuss the process and methodology of her work featured in the two-person show /Still Rendering/ with Adam Raymont curated by Brad Ewing on view until December 8.
Lauren Pakradooni is a Philadelphia-based artist and educator. She received a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies by the Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, The Wassaic Project, Women’s Studio Workshop, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and AS220. She operates Pressure Club, a printshopand gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Recent exhibitions include The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA), Planthouse (NYC), and Knock Down Center (Brooklyn, NY)
The Tuxedo Local Development Corp. Board (LDC) met on Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Present were members Supervisor Mike Rost, Mike Reardon, Frank Peverly, Andrew Dance and Dave McMillen. Board Secretary Rachel Endress attended via phone.
Supervisor Rost opened the meeting by announcing that in order to remain consistent with the past practice of having the current Deputy Supervisor serve as a member of the LDC, he was making the motion to appoint Dave McMillen to the Board replacing the former Deputy Michele Lindsay. The motion was approved unanimously.
The following applications were discussed:
1-Tuxedo Hudson Company for the IGA building: This project has already been approved for a $350,000 grant, however plans for the building have changed and so an updated application has been submitted. Speaking for Tuxedo Hudson, Kathy Morris explained that they are no longer planning to operate a business inside the building but instead will lease space to other businesses. She added that they have been speaking with two different people who run food businesses and are interested in taking space. Plans for the upstairs of the building is to lease space for offices or studios.
2-Steve Germano for Steve’s (former Take A Break property): The slab is down and the plumbing is done for this project. Framing should start next week. Mr. Germano is hoping to be open for business by the end of the year. His plan is to start by offering pizza and once he “gets that right,” he will slowly introduce other foods as well as catering. He also has a business, which sells kitchen equipment and he intends to use Steve’s for customers to come and see his equipment (by appointment only) in operation. He plans to be open from 11 am to 11 pm seven days a week (and maybe later on weekends). There was a discussion about parking. 12 spots currently exist and Mr. Germano hopes to use some of the high school lot after hours so discussion included ways to slow down traffic in order to make crossing the street safer. The application was for a $100,000 grant.
After the presentations, the Board went into an Executive Session to discuss financials of the 3 applications. When they came out, they announced their decisions:
1- The grant for Michael Bruno and Tuxedo Hudson has already been approved.
2-Steve Germano for Steve’s will get a grant of $80,000. The Board stated that they are excited about the plans for this project.
3-Rowena Scherer for eat2explore: It was explained that the loan fund is not currently fully funded. Andrew Dance added that the grant projects were for physical improvements to the Hamlet and to support bringing businesses into the Town. He added that the loan fund was originally intended for use after the developer was able to build houses. Ms. Scherer expressed her extreme disappointment that loans were not being offered as they would provide interest. She feels the timing of the loans is wrong and waiting until after the project is “done” is just too late.
From the audience, Michele Lindsay asked Mr. Dance what had changed as her understanding was that under the Special Permit, Related was required to give to $1 million to the grant fund and $2 million to the loan fund when the permit was originally granted. She wondered if Mr. Dance was refusing to fullfill this requirement.
Mr. Dance responded, suggesting that the amount was “$250,000 for the loan fund as a revolving loan fund that stays out for several years.”
When Ms. Lindsay asked why he couldn’t give Ms. Scherer part of that loan fund, Mr. Dance replied “gee…because I’m not spending any more money in this Town until we can actually do business here.” He further stated that he was “not spending money in the Town or funding the loan fund until the school corrects the situation.”
After this conversation, the meeting was adjourned.
There has been some confusion with regard to the August 21Tuxedo Farms LDC meeting. The focus of this meeting is NOT the current status of the Tuxedo Farms project or the possible purchase of the Farms property by DragonsGate. The Farms development will likely not even be discussed.
The LDC (local development corp) was set up using funds given to the Town by the Farms to promote revitalization efforts and local development in downtown Tuxedo. Using these funds, the LDC is able to provide grants and loans to aspiring business projects. While an agenda has not been released, it is probable that on-going projects such as Steve's, Tuxedo Dairy and the IGA will be the focus of this meeting.
NOTICE OF MEETING
The Board of Directors for the Tuxedo Farms Local Development Corporation will be conducting a meeting on August 21, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. at the Tuxedo Town Hall, One Temple Drive, Tuxedo, New York. This notice is given in order to comply with the Open Meetings Law.
Opening Reception for Sally Bruno at the Cheymore Gallery July 7 - 4-6pm
Cheymore Gallery is happy to present Sally Bruno Paintings on view from July 7 until September 15, 2018 with an opening reception for the artist Saturday, July 7 from 4-6 pm. This is Bruno's first exhibiton with the gallery and features a selection of paintings from 2010 to 2016 while the artist was living in Los Angeles.
Bruno's open-hearted paintings loosely suggest interiors, animals and still lifes. She layers on super saturated colors with a loaded brush or palette knife and the paintings are often painted so thickly they border on low relief. There's a joie de vivre in the jigsaw-like compositions that snap togther with vibrant colors and patterns that unapologetically tip their hat to Henri Matisse and Elizabeth Murray. The paintings are created in a moment of intense commitment to form as she composes directly onto the canvas from her imagination. Bruno says her work is about the capacity of a colored viscous material to somehow gel into the charm of a flower pot, or communicate states as complex as energy or joy. It's these moments that fascinate Bruno, when abstract forms become objects or objects become forms raising questions about the clarity of experience and the slipperiness of perception.
Bruno earned a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2010 and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include Stellar Union, South Hampton, NY, Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, and LAM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her 2015 debut show in L.A. received critical reviews from notable art critics Christopher Knight (The Los Angeles Times) and David Pagel (Gallery Magazine). She is the recipient of the Karl Benjamin Fellowship and the J&D Art Fellowship. She lives and works in Tuxedo Park, New York.
The Tuxedo Union Free School District recently engaged a National educational consulting firm for the purpose of developing a long-term plan for the education of its students, with particular focus on the High School. As part of this process, the firm will be conducting community focus groups on the evenings of June 4 and June 5 at 7pm. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend and vice their opinions as collecting feedback from all stake holders is a critical part of the process.
R.S.V.P. is necessary
Click here to view the open invitation from the School District.
Tuxedo LDC For Hamlet Revitalization Meeting, March 272018
A meeting of the Tuxedo LDC (Local Development Corp) for Hamlet Revitalization took place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7 pm. Present were Supervisor Mike Rost, Councilmember Michele Lindsay, Planning Board Chair Mike Reardon, Zoning Board Chair Frank Peverly, Andrew Dance from Related Companies and Rachel Endress, attorney from Harris Beach. Tom Nash from Sterling Bank was absent.
The Board first took care of some “housekeeping” such as approving a mission statement, electing officers and approving bylaws.
The next item of business was reviewing applications. Of the two applications received, only one applicant was present—Michael Bruno of Tuxedo Hudson. The other applicant, Steve Germano who has recently acquired the Take A Break property was not present. Mr. Bruno said that the funds he has applied for would be used for exterior renovations to the IGA building. It is his present plan to open a market/café/bar and an antique store in the interior space. He has applied for $500,000.
The Board went into executive session to review and discuss the financials of the applicants. When the meeting was reconvened, Andrew Dance, acting as spokesman for the Board, announced that they had decided to award $350,000 to Mr. Bruno. The explanation for this decision was that while they have $750,000, only $690,000 is available for grants as the rest has to be used to pay for insurance and other business expenses. Of the available amount, half is being offered to Mr. Bruno as the Board feels that his is an important project for the Town. Mr. Bruno was asked to supply a scope document with financial details from the contractor and he agreed to do so.
The Wee Wah Fishing Club is now accepting applications for new members. Members use club boats to fish for trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, catfish, and more on the quiet, stocked waters of beautiful Wee Wah Lake in Tuxedo Park.
Applicants must be residents of the Hamlet of Tuxedo or the Village of Tuxedo Park. Village employees and active members of the Tuxedo Ambulance Corp. and volunteer fire departments are also eligible. To apply, send a letter to Wee Wah Fishing Club; PO Box 158; Tuxedo, NY 10987. For more information, contact Jack Haubert at 915-3089 or email@example.com.
The Town of Tuxedo is in need of a committee to help organize and manage the annual Memorial Day Parade. American Legion Post 293 has always put their best efforts into managing the parade. Unfortunately, starting this year our local heroes are unable to perform this duty.
They are looking for residents to get involved and help to continue this long standing tradition. The Legionaries have compiled all the contact information and resources needed to organize the event. Please contact the Town Supervisors Office at 845-351-2265 if you or your organization would like to be part of the Memorial Day Parade Committee. Call 845-351-2265 or email us at SBrooks@tuxedogov.org or Supervisor@tuxedogov.org
According to Highway Superintendent Dollbaum, we can expect to see more potholes than usual this year. He has requested that anyone who sees a pothole that needs attention should call the Highway Garage to report it at 351-2594
Statement from The Town Of Tuxedo Police Department
In considering recent and tragic events in the State of Florida, their community and citizens having our heartfelt support, the Town of Tuxedo Police Department has had dialogue with the Tuxedo School District and Superintendant Nancy Teed. The Town of Tuxedo Police and the Tuxedo School District, having a close relationship, have mutually agreed upon the use of frequent patrols of the schools and grounds. Please understand the presence of police at schools as the Town of Tuxedo Police Department will be present, conducting patrols and walk-throughs. The purpose is to help ensure the safety of our students, faculty and community. Any safety or other concerns should be addressed to the Town of Tuxedo Police Department at 845-351-5111 or the Tuxedo School District at 845-351-4786. As always, dial 911 for any emergency and please be safe.
Opening on the Town Architectural Review Board Posted 1-24-18
The Town of Tuxedo is looking for an individual to serve on its Architectural Review Board. All interested parties should submit a letter or resume indicating their interest and experience to the Supervisor’s office no later than February 15, 2018. The term of the appointment shall be for 3 years. Members will be chosen based on qualifications and training in the fields of landscape architecture, interior or exterior design, municipal planning, municipal government or other professionally or aesthetically related disciplines or civic interest
Important Drinking Water Notice December 27,2017 Posted 12-27-17
BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using. Or use bottled water certified for sale by the New York State Department of Health. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.
This Boil Water Notice applies to Town of Tuxedo (Hamlet) North to Hickory Hollow Nursery What Happened?
At about 10:00-PM on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 work will begin to replace a water valve in the system. This work may cause disruption in water service and/or a loss of water pressure. When water mains lose pressure it increases the chance that untreated water and harm l microbes can enter your water.
Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water. you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice. What is being done?
Replacement of the valve is necessary maintenance we must per on the system. We will work to replace the valve as quickly as possible. Beginning on 12/27/17 at 10:00 PM you must boil the water until further notice.
It is likely that you will need to boil water for the next few days until the problem is fixed and confirmation samples are collected to con the absence of bacteria. You will be informed when tests show that you no longer need to boil your water.
For more information, please contact:
Tuxedo Park Water Department at 845-351-2777 or the Orange County Department of Health at 845-291-2331.
Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly or example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses.
IMPORTANT INFO ATION ABOUT BOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER.
The Village of Tuxedo Park Did Not Meet Treatment Requirements
Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this situation is not an emergency, and does not require that you take immediate action, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.
As part of our Disinfection By-Products Rule, we routinely monitor for removal of Total Organic Carbon (TOC) in our filters. The running annual average of test results ending in the month of September 2017 showed removal levels of TOC at .97 (a removal of 1.0 is required). What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified immediately. Total Organic Carbon OC) has no health effects. However TOC provides a medium for the formation of
disinfection byproducts. ese byproducts include Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and Haloacetic acids ( 5s). Drin ng water containing these byproducts in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) m lead to adverse health effects, liver or kidney problems or nervous system effects, or m lead to an increased risk of getting cancer
Our water system also monitors for TTHMs and HAA5s. Our testing for TTHMs and HAA5s did not show the presence TTHMs and HAA5s that approached the standards for maximum Contaminant Levels. What should I do?
There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions.
However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor. .
If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice om your health care providers. What happened? What was done?
Compliance is based on a Running Annual Average. Although the average is below what is allowed, history has shown adequate TOC removal. We are reviewing our sampling procedures and evaluating our Filtration system for efficiency. We are continuing to monitor TTHMss and HAA5s.
For more information, please contact the Village of Tuxedo Park at 845-351-4745 or by mail at PO Box31, 80 Lorillard Road,,Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.
Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly or example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses.
TPFYI has reached an important crossroads and we are looking to chart our course for the future, both in terms of economic viability as well as overall value within the community. If you would kindly take a moment to complete the following, short survey, we would greatly appreciate it.
Town Hall will be open 9-3 on Wednesday December 27th. Tax bills will be available for pick up and payment. At the end of day on Wednesday the bills will be mailed out. Payments will be accepted Thursday 12/28 and Friday 12/29 from 9-3 at the Town Hall. Checks should be made out exact amount only and cash will not be accepted. (Bills received postmarked by 12/31/2017 will be posted as received in 2017)
The 2018 Tax bills are expected to be available by December 27, 2017
Tax payments should be mailed to Tuxedo Town Hall, One Temple Drive, Tuxedo, NY 10987 attention Tuxedo Tax Collector.
In person payments can be made during the month of January.
Monday and Tuesdays 9:00am -3:00pm
Wednesday Night’s 4:30 – 6:30.
*early payment schedule will be released once the tax warrant has been issued.
Solarize Orange Presentation at the Tuxedo Train Station Saturday, August 19
The Orange County Department of Planning is a sponsor of a cost-savings program called Solarize Orange. The program has state and federal incentives and there is access to low-interest loans. If people (homeowners and business building owners) sign up for a no-obligation estimate by September 15 then they can take advantage of the incentives. Come learn more about this Saturday, August 19 from 9-11am at the Train Station.
Good Things to Know about Renewable Solar Energy
1 -The “NYSERDA incentive” directly reduces the cost of your system and is paid to your installer. It is currently 40 cents per installed Watt. For an average size system (7kW = 7,000W), that is $2,800. The incentive was enacted to spur the marketplace and is designed to taper off. Likely by mid-2017, the incentive will drop to 30 cents.
2- Tax credits available to home & business owners: Federal Investment Tax Credit: 30% of the installed cost of a solar system (no cap). You may claim the credit over multiple years. For both residential and commercial property owners. Applies to 2nd homes as well as primary residences. New York State Residential Solar Equipment Tax Credit: an additional 25% of the installed cost of a solar system ($5,000 cap). You may claim the credit over 5 years. Does not apply to 2nd homes. Does cover condo/co-ops up to 50 kW.
If you lease a system, you receive the State tax credit, but the leasing company collects the federal tax credit.
3-Property tax exemption: Solar systems will not add to the taxable value of your home in NY State. To assure your tax exemption, your installer will provide you with NYS tax form RP-487 “Application for Tax Exemption of Solar or Wind Energy Systems or Farm Waste Energy Systems.”
4 - Sales tax: in Orange County, there is no sales tax charged on residential solar PV systems.
5-A solar system will likely add to the value of your home. A 2015 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reported on sales data for almost 23,000 homes in eight states and found that homebuyers were willing to pay a premium of about four additional dollars per watt of solar power. That would be a home value increase of $28,000 for a 7kW system.
Solar and wind energy will dominate our energy future because they are technologies…not a fuel.
Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Parish Picnic Sunday July 16 Posted 7/12/17
All are cordially invited to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sunday, July 16th beginning with a festive Mass at 10am. Cardinal Dolan will be the Principal Celebrant. Following Mass, there will be a parish picnic on the church grounds, with pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade salads and desserts. There will also be games, raffles, and a bit of magic. Enjoy a show by The Great Charlini, a pirate/magician extraordinaire. Bring a salad or dessert to share.
Social Squash Thursday July 6 at Live Technology Posted 7/5/17
Clary Garden Art Show at Dottie Audrey’s Tuesday July 18 Posted 7/5/17
Tuxedo Chamber of Commerce Annual Summer BBQ - July 13 Posted 7/5/17
Join Friends of Sterling Forest and Tuxedo Bird Club for 2 Spring Evening Bird Walks This Week Posted 5/8/17
Join Friends of Sterling Forest and Tuxedo Bird Club for 2 spring evening bird walks during peak bird migration led by Terryanne Gmelch. Everyone welcome. Bring binoculars. We will walk on relatively flat and paved terrain first and then, if time permits, we will continue onto a rocky trail. Meet at Sterling Forest Visitor Center at 6:45 pm on the evenings of Wednesday, May 10 and Sunday, May 14, 2017. Walk ends at 8:00 pm. Practice your bird song id at: http://blackrockforest.org/listen-fores
Friends of Sterling Forest Earth Day Cleanup April 22 - 8am Posted 4/21/17
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus Presents Tuxedo with $5,000 For Trail Kiosk Posted 4/3/17
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus journeyed to Tuxedo on Thursday, March 31, 2017 to present a $5000 check to the Town as a contribution toward the Trail Kiosk which was recently installed at the Tuxedo Train Station.
Pictured with Town Supervisor Mike Rost, Deputy Supervisor Dave Mcmillen and Councilperson Michele Lindsay are (from left) County Legislator Barry Cheney, County Executive Neuhaus, Don Weise from the NYNJ Trail Conference, Town resident Sue Scher and Mary Pat Smith from County Executive Neuhaus’ office.
Sterling Forest Fire Company St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Posted 3/1/17
Shore Publishing at Art on Paper, March 2-5, 2017 Posted 2/14/17
Friends of Sterling Forest February Events Posted 1/30/17
Blazing Night Bon-fire - Saturday February 4 Posted 1/30/17
Chamber of Commerce Kick Off Mixer January 12 6:30pm Posted 1/12/17
How To Take Action To Oppose The Pilgrim Pipelines - November 29 Posted 11/22/16
New York State Senator Chuck Schumer Visits The Tuxedo Train Station Posted 10/7/16
Senator Chuck Schumer made a stop at the train station on Thursday, October 6 at 1:45 pm. On hand to greet him were Supervisor Mike Rost, Councilmembers Dave McMillen, Michele Lindsay and Valerie Reardon as well as Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec and Mayor Mary Jo Guinchard.
Senator Schumer was in Tuxedo to address the tragedy of the train accident in Hoboken on September 29. He said he had complete faith in the NTSB, which is conducting an investigation into the accident. Unfortunately, the Emergency Communication systems of New Jersey Transit and Metro North were not prepared to handle the necessary communication following the accident Thus commuters were stranded with no idea of where to go and how long they would be inconvenienced. Specifically, he noted that:
1-Updated information was not posted on New Jersey Transit’s Facebook page until 5 pm the day of the accident.
2-The NJ Transit website was running slow all day.
3-There was not enough staff on duty to talk to commuters who needed help.
He urged both New Jersey Transit and Metro North to “step up to the plate,” with clearer, more timely information. He detailed a 4- point plan that he would like to see implemented:
Work on expanding their efforts to sign more commuters up for email and text alerts.
Get serious about using social media for updating riders
Better public address systems and audio systems in general are needed
More staff is needed in times of emergency.
In general, Senator Schumer suggested that these systems need to be as smart as smart phones are… and they just aren’t right now.
The Cheymore Gallery presents JIM DINE Past is Present opening Saturday, Oct 15th Posted 10/4/16
Cheymore Gallery is excited to announce a new exhibition of Jim Dine prints. Past is Present: Three Decades of Prints, curated by Ruth Lingen. The show opens Saturday, October 15th with a reception from 5-7pm, and will be on view through December 17, 2016.
Jim Dine is one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century and has had numerous solo exhibitions in museums in Europe and the United States. In 1970 the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, organized a major retrospective of his work, and in 1978 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, presented a retrospective of his etchings.
He is also one of the most naturally gifted printmakers working today and more recently he has had major print retrospectives at the Albertina, Vienna (2016); Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2015/16); Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (2007); Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image Imprimée, Belgium (2008) and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA (2002).
Dine was born in 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied at night at the Cincinnati Art Academy during his senior year of high school and then attended the University of Cincinnati, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Ohio University, Athens, from which he received his B.F.A. in 1957.
Dine moved to New York in 1959 and soon became a pioneer creator of 'Happenings' together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman.
As a shop worker for the legendary New York printmaker Joe Wilfer and midwest book master Walter Hamady, Ruth Lingen learned both her trade and the pleasure of collaborating with living artists. In the years since, she herself has become somewhat of a legend, collaborating with nearly 50 of the world's greatest artists- on prints (some for Pace Editions, some on her own) and very special limited edition artist books. She has worked with Jim Dine, Robert Ryman, Mary Heilmann, Kiki Smith, Chuck Close, Claes Oldenburg, Bob Holman, Robert Creeley, Jessica Stockholder and Jeremy Sigler, Donald Traver, Al Held and John Chamberlain, to name a few. Lingen's work can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty, and the Brooklyn Museum, as well as in more than 20 libraries, from the New York Public Library to the Harvard University Library.
Fall Music Festival Saturday October 8 - Powerhouse Park Posted 9/28/16
Episcopal Youth Fellowship Car Wash - Friday September 23, 3-5pm Posted 9/21/16
Stop Pilgrim Pipelines INFO Event - September 22 Posted 9/16/16
Free Yoga Event In Tuxedo!! Posted 9/6/16
CHANGE IN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION Posted 8/1/16
Effective Tuesday, August 2 2016, The Town of Tuxedo dispatch will be turned over to Orange County 911.
The old 351-5111 number will still be operational and answered via an automated telephone menu. The first instruction you will hear when dialing the old number will be “If this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911.”
To report a fire or a need for ambulance services, downed wires or trees, water main breaks, natural gas odors/leaks, nuisance animals and roadway impediments or damage DIAL 911
If you have any kind of emergency DIAL 911
The Tuxedo Police, EMS and Fire Departments will continue to be our first responders and the transition to 911 will be transparent to the citizens of Tuxedo.
If you have any questions, please call Lt. John Norton at 351-5111 during normal weekday business hours.
If you need to contact a member of the Police Department for administrative reasons, the 351-5111 system will route your call
Ramapo River Watershed Conference April 22 Posted 3/31/16
This year the Ramapo River Watershed Conference welcomes Suzy Allman, creator of the popular site MyHarriman and Dan Van Aps, noted Rutgers professor and water resource expert. Come to this free event and get the latest information on the environmental cleanups and remediations underway in the watershed in New York and New Jersey. Learn about pending development and preservation efforts.
The main conservation concern this year is the controversial proposed Pilgrim crude oil/refined fuel Pipelines which would threaten the Ramapo River, aquifer and public water supplies all along the watershed in both States.
We are pleased to once again partner with Ramapo College of New Jersey for this regional gathering. All conference events take place in the Trustee’s Pavilion at the college.
The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016, with coffee and bagels and a greeting from Ramapo College President Peter Mercer at 10 a.m. The conference ends at 4 p.m. with a reception immediately following.
Please contact GeoffWelch@gmail.com for more information and reservations. The conference is a free event. We will post the agenda soon at: ramaporiver.org
Son’s Of Italy Pasta Dinner Sunday April 3 Posted 3/29/16
Annual Tree Lighting and Arrival of Santa - December 4 Posted 11/19/15
New Parking System In The Lower Commuter Lot Posted 11/5/15
The Lower Commuter Lot at 57 Powerhouse Lane has a new parking system.
All transactions are performed online at www.parkmobil.com or by calling 1-877-727-5730. When paying for a daily parking space you must reference zone 4515, know your license plate number and have a credit card available. There is a parkmobil App that can be used by any smartphone or android.
Outdoor Horror Movie Night October 23 Posted 10/19/15
Family Fun Day Moved to October 10 Posted 10/1/15
Two Need Eateries To Open in Duck Cedar Plaza! Jobs Available! Posted 9/23/15
Annual PTO Back-To-School Carnival This Friday at Circle Field Posted 9/17/15
Thursday September 10 is Primary Day Posted 9/10/15
Thursday September 10th is Primary Day in Tuxedo.
The Republican Party has 1 race, which is Highway Superintendent.
The Independence and Green parties are also running candidates for Family Court Judge.
If applicable....DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!
The polls are open from 6 am - 9 pm. The polling place for District 3 is Town Hall (on the 2nd Floor).
Son's Of Italy Pasta Dinner September 13 2-7pm Posted 9/8/15
Tuxedo Community Forum September 19 Posted 8/24/15
Learn About the Pilgrim Pipeline slated to come through Tuxedo
August 10 at 7pm Posted 8/10/15
Learn About the Pilgrim Pipeline slated to come through Tuxedo AUGUST 10, 2015 7 PM TUXEDO TOWN BOARD MEETING Kate Hudson – speaker from the Riverkeeper
A company called Pilgrim is proposing to run a pipeline from Albany, NY down the New York State Thruway to transport Bakken crude oil south to a refinery in Linden, NJ and another pipeline next to it which will run north to transport the refined oil back up to Albany. Currently crude oil is transported via rail cars and barges running south down the Hudson River and the refined oil is transported north also via rail car and barges.
A Pilgrim lobbyist gave a presentation to the Town Board outlining the possible route they would like to take through our town. It does not follow the thruway when it gets to Woodbury and further deviates when it hits Tuxedo running down 17, behind the Duck Cedar Plaza, right through town up behind St. Mary’s, and crossing many privately owned properties. Many towns in New Jersey and New York have passed resolutions opposing these pipelines.
On Monday August 10th Kate Hudson from Riverkeeper will present their views on the Pilgrim Pipeline to the Town Board during the regularly scheduled town board meeting at 7:00. If you can, please take some time from your busy schedules and attend the town board meeting. If that’s not possible please look up Pilgrim Pipeline, the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline (CAPP), and the Scenic Hudson Presentation video on TPFYI. An informed citizenry is vital to the safety and wellbeing of our town. Thanks!
TUXEDO-HARRIMAN PARK TRAILS SHUTTLE BUS
This is a new service for hikers coming by train to Tuxedo to enjoy a day or weekend to hike in Harriman State Park.
The shuttle bus made its first run July 4th weekend. We hope to operate this bus on Saturday and Sunday mornings through October. It makes an hour run leaving the Tuxedo Train Station at 10:4 0 am.
The Tuxedo-Harriman shuttle operation needs local volunteers. If you have an hour or two to spare on a weekend morning, join us at the train station!
Volunteers begin work at 10 am getting ready to meet the 10:17 train from the city. We sell tickets to the bus ($5 one way) and trail maps to keep the hikers safe and informed, offer suggestions for hikes and overnight trips, and point out local resources. At 10:40 we board the shuttle bus, and volunteers guide the bus drivers along the route and through the park, answering questions from the shuttle riders along the way. We also keep an eye out for hikers who may want to board the shuttle near the trails. If you're mildly familiar with Harriman's trails, you'd be great at this! If not, we will provide you with information and tips.
The shuttle finishes its route at 11:50, in time for NYC riders to board the 11:58 train back to the city.
If you’re not sure if you want to ride the bus but would like to greet hikers coming off the train and sell tickets, let us know when you sign up.
Base Camp Tuxedo - Outdoor Adventure Speaker & Suds - May 9 Posted 4/17/15
Tuxedo Town Police Annual Easter Egg Hunt March 28 1pm Posted 3/20/15
Town Resident Sues Genting For Alleged Illegal Robocalls Posted 12/15/14
Town Resident Shaun Neal has filed a lawsuit against Genting, alleging that the "robo calls" the company utilized to invite community members to a party at the Renaissance Faire last September were in fact illegal. Mr. Neal argues that Pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it is illegal for anyone to use an automated dialing device or pre-recorded voice to robocall cell phones and residential numbers under various conditions as set forth in the act. It is an additional violation if your phone number is on the Do Not Call registry, which his cell phone number has been since 2009.
Mr. Neal sued Genting for what he charges are widespread violations of the Act, for robocalling his cell phone number with their "offensive overt attempt" to buy his support.
He was especially bothered by the fact that somehow Genting had obtained his personal cell phone number and as part of his discovery demands, he asked them how they had obtained it. Their answer - voting records. It is prohibited by NY State Law to use voting records for telemarketing purposes and Mr. Neal finds it truly outrageous that they must have knowingly lied to the State of New York to obtain his personal cell phone number so that they could "harass" him with robocalls.
According to Mr. Neal, the TCPA provides for statutory damages of up to $1500 per phone call and an additional $1500 in damages per phone call if your phone number was registered with the DNC registry at the time of the call. Also, the gaming commission considers violations of State and Federal law when evaluating applicants.
Mr. Neal will be sending copies of his lawsuit to the gaming commission, FCC and state consumer protection board this week in hopes that they will consider the activities of Genting when evaluating their application for this gambling hall
Click HERE to view a copy of Mr. Neal’s complaint.
Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Mixer Thursday December 11 Posted 12/11/14
This Sunday Dec. 7 AT 1 PM - PROTECTING THE RAMAPO RIVER WATERSHED Posted 12/2/14
Cheymore Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Prophetic Diagrams II Posted 10/21/14
Prophetic Diagrams II
October 25- December 19, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 2014
"So we didn't summon Lucifer that evening, but I was struck by the fact that besides a few incantations and supplicatory overtures to the devil, the vast majority of the spell was concerned with describing the visual nature of the process. Specific diagrams needed to be drawn, objects carefully arranged. It was less important to persuade the demon to come to you with words than to call upon them with images he/she recognized--it was all about drawing."
from the essay "Prophetic Diagrams" by Will Corwin
Cheymore Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Prophetic Diagrams II
Based on the idea of summoning spirits via diagram, inspired by an 18th century German book of black magic discovered in a dumpster on 13th St. in Manhattan, curator Will Corwin personally asked* a group of artists to loan works that they felt were either diagrammatic or possessed the quality of summoning spirits or entities, or both. The first exhibition took place in London at the George and Jorgen Gallery and featured such artists as Sarah Lucas, Fiona Rae, Joyce Pensato, Carin Riley, Roxy Paine, Bob and Roberta Smith and Lucy Skaer. The second iteration of the exhibition opens at the Cheymore Gallery on Saturday October 25, and will run through December 19. Pensato, Rae, Bruce Pearson, Simon Patterson and Mike Ballou have all returned for an encore (almost all submitting new drawings) and they have been joined by Mike Cloud, Elizabeth Kley, Katie Holten and Fred Tomaselli among others.
In his review of "Prophetic Diagrams," David Barrett in ArtMonthly wrote "The central tenet...is the revelation that it is good drawing technique, apparently, that is the key to successfully summoning a demon. The unique rune-like marks that each spirit responds to must be accurately inscribed. This exhibition then, is a multi-voiced disquisition that extrapolates that point into a wider thesis defining the activity of drawing--drawing as a tool-making activity, drawing as diagramming, and drawing as incantation and summoning." Several of the artists present deities: Elizabeth Ferry's drippy benevolent "Froggy Totem" is contrasted with Joyce Pensato's brutal "De Niro," where Jake LaMotta explodes with black and gold enamel blood, and Tom Levine charges the intersection of two nudes, creating a hybrid monster. Bruce pearson inscribes a hidden socio-political mantra in his patchwork watercolor while Mike Could etches a not-so-suble lamentation in thick oil paint on paper.
The most diagrammatic works in "the prophecy fulfilled," Simon Patterson's zanily re-labeled cross-section of a cruise ship, Kathleen White's symbolist appropriation of music score and treble and bass clefs, and Katie Holten's networks of movement and environmental usage, serve to inform the viewer of diagrams at their most spontaneous and creative. other pieces in the show, like Paul Anthony Smith's photo collage ode to the papaya act as vectors to retool and reinterpret the intersection between abstract symbols, cartographies and text, and realistic representation.
Please find attached to this press release a copy of David Barrett's ArtMonthly review of "Prophetic Diagrams" and links to the online catalog and several other reviews.
*with the exception of Kathleen White who passed away this September and was curated into the exhibition by her friend Elizabeth Kley.
Artists in the exhibition:
Morgan Hughes de Rham
Paul Anthony Smith
Tom Levine Will Corwin
Tuxedo Day At Sterling Forest State Park Posted 9/18/14
Robert Steele Educates Tuxedo on Big Gambling in a Small Town Posted 7/2/14
Robert Steele, former US Congressman from Connecticut, spoke on the financial and social impacts of gambling at St. Mary’s on June 26. His experience representing the district in which the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos are located gave him first hand knowledge of the costs and broken promises of gambling that will impact our community if Genting is granted a license for the Sterling Forest Casino.
Casinos are a $ 63 billion industry. Mr. Steele emphasized the importance of educating communities that casinos bring more harm than good. What lessons can be drawn from the recent history of gambling?
Impact of Increased Competition
The Federal Government approved gaming in 1988 on Indian reservations to raise money for tribal governments; they had no idea of the Pandora’a box that would open as state after state rushed in to legalize non-Indian casinos. In 1988, Nevada and New Jersey were the only states that had legalized casinos. Today there are 39 states with 1000 casinos.
When Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun opened, the nearest competition was in Atlantic City and the new casinos attracted mostly out of state gamblers. Now, there are 57 casinos in New England alone and that number could go to 77. Increased competition has led to Foxwoods’ default on debt of $500 million and the Connecticut casinos are forced to attract local customers as they are losing their out of state clientele. To attract a younger audience, both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are pushing for online gambling, a highly addictive form of gambling with 24 hour availability.
Competition has led to recent bankruptcies in Atlantic City including The Atlantic Club and Revel, and Caesars has closed the Showboat casino. The State of Delaware is considering a bailout of failing gambling operations.
Mr. Steele said that new casinos poach business from existing casinos until the new casinos themselves lose business to even newer casinos.
Taxpayers ultimately bear the costs of failed casinos.
Economic Impacts of Casinos
Studies by economist Earl Grinnols of Baylor University show that the costs outweigh the benefits of casinos by a 3:1 ratio. (Gambling in America: Costs and Benefits)
Casinos do not create spinoff businesses in nearby communities, but rather cannibalize local businesses as the casinos are self-contained destinations.
There is little evidence that casinos strengthen local and state finances. In Connecticut, the state receives 25% of gaming revenues which has totaled $6.5 billion over 20 years, yet the state is in dire financial straits.
Casinos skew a local economy to low-paying jobs.
Key points in a recent study by the Institute for American Values are:
Gambling has moved from the margins of society to the mainstream.
Today’s casinos rely more on slots than table games.
Slots have transformed from the 1-arm bandit machines of yesterday to today’s sophisticated computers that accept your credit card and are specially designed to keep people gambling for hours. A book “Addiction by Design” by MIT associate professor of anthropology Natasha Dow Schüll discusses this.
Casinos are not benign mainstream businesses but rather are predatory businesses that derive 40 – 50% of revenues from gambling addicts.
Living within 10 miles of a casino doubles the chance of developing a gambling addiction.
Casino income is a regressive tax on low wage earners, minorities and seniors.
State governments have partnered with casinos by inviting them in and encouraging their citizens to gamble for state revenue.
Casinos drain wealth from nearby communities.
Economic costs of Gambling Addiction
The New London Day (CT) newspaper called Connecticut the Embezzlement Capital of America. Mr. Steele said that in Connecticut the arrests for embezzlement have increased by 400 percent since the casinos were established.
Gambling addiction leads to increased debt, bankruptcies, broken families and crime.
Impact on Property Values and Schools
The Institute for American Values showed a typical decrease of 20% in property values.
Low-paying jobs create pressure for low-income housing and social programs.
In Norwich, Ct near Mohegan Sun, the ESOL programs for non-English speaking students increased from 40 students with one teacher to 400 students speaking over 30 languages.
Quality of Life Impact
The Connecticut casinos caused a spike in traffic, drunk driving and police calls as well as a sharp increase in residents seeking treatment for gambling addiction.
A Lesson from Palmer, Massachusetts
Citizens in Palmer staged a strong education campaign (“The More you Know, the Less You’ll Like Casinos”) when Mohegan Sun attempted to build a $ 1 billion casino. Although Mohegan Sun outspent the residents by a 100: 1 margin, the citizens groups prevailed with a door to door campaign, letters to the editor and 30-second spots on the radio station. Ultimately, Palmer voted down the project in a binding referendum.
Takeaway for Tuxedo
The Gaming Commission will take into consideration the support or opposition of our community that goes beyond the 4:1 Town Board vote. We need to have our voices heard through letters and attendance at the public hearings that the Gaming Commission will hold in each region.
To view an edited version of the lecture, click here
Robert Steele To Speak About "Big Time Gambling in a Small Town" Posted 6/24/14
Bob Steele is Chairman of Connecticut-based NLC Insurance Company and has been a director of numerous other companies, including the American Stock Exchange.
A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress, and was a nominee for Governor of Connecticut. He comes to us this evening, however, as an author to speak about casinos and the background to his book, The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town
. WBZ Boston’s Dan Rea calls the novel “powerful,” and Connecticut author Martin Shapiro has described it as “compelling and timely…an epic story of history, money and politics that will make you wonder where America is headed.”
Bob would be happy to stay and answer questions as well as sign copies of his book following his presentation.
Tuxedo Bark Club Grand Opening May 31 Posted 5/27/14
Schedule of Memorial Day Events in Tuxedo Posted 5/23/14
1st Annual Strong Kids Picnic and BBQ This Saturday At Powerhouse Park Posted 5/15/14
Town Of Tuxedo Snow Plowing Operations Posted 2/19/14
The goals of the Town of Tuxedo snow and ice control operations are to provide timely clearing and removal of ice and snow from town streets, to minimize the hazards of winter road conditions encountered by motorists, and to restore optimum traveling conditions throughout the Town as soon as possible after each storm event.
Owners of property and occupants of buildings that have a fire hydrant are asked by Town Officials to clear a four-foot area in all directions around the hydrant and a three-foot wide path from the street to the fire hydrant. Our Volunteer Fire Department counts on hydrants being cleared of snow to help protect your safety.
While plow truck drivers make every effort to avoid mailboxes, they do, on occasion, hit or knock one over. Operators must report these incidents to their supervisor. It is also possible that mailboxes can be knocked over by heavy snow without the operator’s knowledge.
The Town is not liable for damage to mailboxes nor is the town responsible for replacement of homeowners’ mailboxes.
The post office will not deliver mail until the mailbox is replaced. Mailbox installation standards are summarized as follows:
The box should be 3 1/2 to 4 feet from ground level to the bottom of the box.
The face of the box should be flush with the back of the curb or set back 6 to 12 inches from the edge of the road.
All mailboxes should have a handle, a flag, and the house number on the right hand side as you face it from the street.
Customers must keep the approach to their mailboxes clear of obstructions to allow safe access for delivery. If USPS employees are impeded in reaching a mail receptacle, the Postmaster may withdraw delivery service.
Curbside mailboxes must be placed to allow safe and convenient delivery by carriers without leaving their vehicles.
Driveway Clearing Tips
Homeowner driveways and parking lot entrances take the blunt of snow pile up once a plow truck has serviced a road. This is an unfortunate and unintentional result of street snow plowing. Please note, home owners are responsible for clearing the end of their own driveway.
The following suggestions are intended to make your driveway snow removal easier and safer:
Do NOT shovel, blow, or plow snow from your driveway into or across the road. It is a violation of Town Ordinances to push snow into the street, and you may be held liable if this snow causes an accident. Remember, you are also responsible for the actions of your contractor!
Do NOT allow children to play on snow banks along the side of the road.
Before final clean-up of your driveway, check the road. If it does not appear to be widened out, a plow will most likely be returning to plow again and may push snow back into the entrance of your driveway. Doing this might keep you from clearing your driveway more than once. It is worth noting that depending on the forecast shoveling may be best done in stages.
Finally, please have patience. Snow plowing is a time consuming and arduous job covering approximately 46 miles of roads in Town. Some residents will have their road plowed first and some will be last, but at the end all town roads will be cleared.
TORNE MOUNTAIN PRESENTATION - Sunday, January 19th, 2014 Posted 1/17/14
Friends of Sterling Forest Lecture Series Event for Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1pm at the Lautenberg Visitors Center at Sterling Forest State Park, N.Y.
The most majestic peak in the Ramapo Mountains, Torne Mountain's scenic beauty was depicted by several leading artists of the Hudson River School. The Torne, and its cliff edged terraces descending towards the Ramapo River, is now almost completely protected by inclusion in Harriman State Park. Also know as the Ramapo Torne and rich is biodiversity, the mountain was an important early Indian site. Those who hike to its summit are rewarded with splendid views. Join us as Ramapo River Watershed Keeper, Geoff Welch, presents a marvelous slideshow of images and tells us about the art, the history, the biodiversity and the conservation of Torne Mountain.
THE FRIENDS OF STERLING FOREST (F.S.F.) is a FRIENDS GROUP, organized to help preserve Sterling Forest State Park. The F.S.F. will continue to educate and share the beauty of this region with our friends who love the out-of-doors. There will not be any fee for our events. Donations are accepted to assist F.S.F. preserve the history of your park. Registration is required for all programs. For more information or to register, call 845-351-5907.
Town of Tuxedo Christmas Tree Lighting Sunday December 8 Posted 12/3/13
The Tuxedo Christmas Tree Lighting will take place this coming Sunday, December 8, at the Train The festivities begin at 4pm with a visit from Santa and a Holiday craft, followed by the lighting of the tree at 4:45!
Mark your calendars!
Town Board Presents Preliminary Draft Plans for Potential Project at Quarry Field Posted 10/31/13
Warm Feet Campaign - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Posted 10/30/13
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Outreach is collecting new socks for those in need. Drop boxes can be found at the Tuxedo Park Library, Chase Bank in Tuxedo, S. Joan of Arc Chruch in Sloatsburg, and of course, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Tuxedo. Please be generous and help us help those in need. The sock drive will continue until December 1, 2013 when the socks will be donated to shelters and charities in the Hudson Valley. For additional information or to learn how you can help by placing a drop box at your place of employment please contact Nancy Bourke at 351-5625.
Tuxedo Family Fun Day This Saturday October 5th Posted 10/4/13
Town Justice Loretta Davis Resigns Posted 10/2/13
Hon. Elaine M. Laurent
Tuxedo Town Clerk
One Temple Drive
Tuxedo, NY 10987
One Temple Drive, Tuxedo Park, New York 10987
September 8, 2013
As you know, I have been a Town Justice for Tuxedo since 1994, and it has been a
great privilege to serve in this capacity for almost 20 years. I have had the good fortune to
work with terrifically skilled and dedicated personnel, and I would like to single out for
specific thanks Libby Smith and Judges Richard Vingiello and Shawn Brown.
It is with regret that I write to inform you and the Town Board of my decision to
resign my position. I have recently signed a contract to sell the house which has been my
home for 26 years, and I plan to move from our wonderful community. I have previously
scheduled and will preside over my criminal court calendar on September 1 0, 2013 and my
civil court calendar on September 18, 2013. My resignation will take effect at the close of
business on September 30,2013.
I want to thank all of you and the people of the Town of Tuxedo for your
overwhelming support throughout the years.
Very truly yours,
Loretta K. Davis
Tuxedo Town Justice
Judge Loretta Davis Responds to August 30 THR Article Posted 9/2/13
Chamber of Commerce to Hold 8th Annual Golf Outing September 12 Posted 8/8/13
New Show Opening at The Cheymore Gallery This Weekend! Posted 7/22/13
5K Foam Fest at Tuxedo Ridge June 22-23 Posted 5/16/13
Most people agree it's important to lend a helping hand - but did you know there are ways to have great fun while doing it, too? Special Olympics New Jersey has teamed up with the 5k Foam Fest to bring their cause along with fun, foam, and muddy running to the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, PA)! Ever run a 5k through a carwash? That's basically this race in a nutshell!
Built for beginners and experts alike, the 5k Foam Fest cleans you up after getting you down and dirty! Picture colossal mud pits, cargo net climbs, and army crawls - then picture giant inflatable obstacles full of fluffy, white foam!
You'll feel like a kid again as you run through the mud and bounce your way through giant inflatable obstacles. Then you'll have to prove you're a grown up as you tackle the Death Drop - the WORLD'S LARGEST inflatable slide!
Kami Allen from Portland loved it so much she announced on Facebook that she's running it twice this year: "[I’m actually] coming from Oregon to do the race with my aunt and friends in Orlando! Did the one in Portland last year and had a blast!"
And aside from having fun, you'll benefit a great cause. A portion of all the proceeds from the event will go to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey and athletes with special needs.
Come join in the fun on Saturday, June 22nd – 23rd at Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center located at 581 Rte. 17A Tuxedo Park, NY 10987. All participants will run, walk, and crawl their way through 5 kilometers (roughly 3.1 miles) of mud pits and fun, foamy obstacles!
The 5k race is open to anyone ages 10 and older. To register, visit http://www.5kfoamfest.com. Readers can also like the 5k Foam Fest on Facebook and follow it on Twitter to learn more about special giveaways, prizes, locations and of course Special Olympics New Jersey!
Official name: 5k Foam Fest
Host city: Tuxedo Park, NY
Date: June 22nd – 23rd, 2013
Event description: The 5k Foam Fest is an annual mud run with foam. It's basically a giant car wash for dirty humans oozing with mud, foam, and watery obstacles!
Company Mission and History: Founded in 2010, Round House Racing specializes in outdoor adventure races like the 5k Foam Fest. Our mission is to provide fresh, fun and innovative athletic events to challenge all participants--seasoned athletes and beginners alike. We are dedicated to inspiring a healthier, happier society through the combination of exercise and philanthropy.
Round House Racing was born when the owners of a central Utah bike shop noticed an open niche in the racing industry and set to work creating fun and foamy obstacles! But why foam? Three reasons: it provides a fun, unique way for racers to clean up after getting dirty, it has never been used in the racing industry before, and it doesn't have the same negative environmental impact on parks that other full-fledged mud runs do.
Featuring obstacles like the 50-foot slip'n'slide, the inflatable bounce house of foam, and the Death Drop, the 5k Foam Fest provides a fun and foam filled experience to the novice runner and the veteran alike!
Post-race interviews, photo opportunities, and media art: For more information about scheduling interviews or photo ops, or to receive high-resolution photos and video, please email our media contact.
New Show Opening At The Cheymore Gallery This Saturday Posted 5/8/13
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11th 5-7p
Lydia Dona / Fabian Marcaccio
Alexander Ross / Tom McGrath
Cheymore Gallery is happy to announce a new exhibition
Imprinted Pictures. This show opens on Saturday, May 11th with a reception for the artists from 5-7p, and will be on view through July 13th. 'Imprinted Pictures' brings together the works of Lydia Dona, Fabian Marcaccio, Alexander Ross and Tom McGrath to explore the relationship between painting and the process of printmaking.
Lydia Dona lives and works in New York City. She is well known both nationally and internationally. She was featured in the 1991 Corcoran Biennial in Washington, DC and the ground breaking Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition Conceptual Abstraction that same year.
Fabian Marcaccio is an Argentine born artist living and working in New York City. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe and South America. In 2004 the Miami Art Museum mounted a solo exhibition of his work and the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein organized a major retrospective.
Alexander Ross was born in Denver and lives and works in New York City. He is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. He has exhibited widely through out the United States and Europe.
Tom McGrath is a New York based artist who has shown internationally and around the United States. His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale Gallery of Art.