On the business front, the Town Board concluded the intensive budget review process that began in August 2019. The 2020 Town Budget was adopted unanimously by the Town Board on December 18th. We extend our sincere appreciation to the Town Administrator, Stephen Altieri, and his dedicated staff for all their efforts in developing a responsible budget. For those interested in reviewing the 2020 Town Budget, it is available on the Town’s website at www.townofmamaroneckny.org.
On another positive note, we received great news from two New York State grant programs.
Through New York State Environmental Facilities Corp’s (EFC) Green Infrastructure Grant Program, the Town was awarded a $1 million grant to incorporate green infrastructure enhancements in the renovation of Madison Avenue near the entrance to I-95. The plan is to construct rain gardens, install porous pavements and medians in order to reduce flooding in the area and to improve water quality of the stormwater.
In addition, Westchester Joint Water Works was awarded a grant totaling $3.2 million by the New York State Department of Health's Clean Water Grant Program. The funds will be used towards the cost of installing ultra violet light treatment at the Rye Lake water source. Ultimately, this will reduce the Town’s portion of the cost for this mandated project, thereby reducing Town residents’ tax liability.
Reception and Swearing-in Ceremony of Elected Officials
The next Town Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 during which there will be a brief reception and swearing-in ceremony of elected officials at 7:30 pm. This will be held in the Courtroom. All are welcome to attend. Being the first Town Board meeting in the new year, I’ll be presenting the “State of the Town” address at the January 8th meeting.