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As I begin my second term, I am thankful to the Irvington community for the privilege of returning as Mayor. I also thank my predecessor Brian Smith for his service and for establishing the newsletter “From the Mayor’s Desk.” In this newsletter, I address how the Village Board intends to resume planning for future Village facilities (i.e. what is the aftermath of the defeated bond referendum), certain Village personnel matters and potential funding for accessory dwelling units.
Facilities Planning Committee
The November referendum focused on the firehouse and administrative offices. The current approach will be more holistic. We will engage the community in the process of examining existing and anticipated Village services to create a plan for future Village facilities. Toward that end we are establishing a Village Facilities Planning Committee tasked with (i) understanding Village operations; (ii) assessing the adequacy of existing facilities to perform those operations; and (iii) if those facilities are inadequate, proposing either rebuilding at existing locations or viable alternate locations. The committee charter can be viewed on the Village website. The committee’s efforts will help guide the Village Board in determining where to apply resources to the construction of remodeled or new facilities for its departments. Ideally, the committee will represent a diverse cross section of interested and qualified residents. If you would like to serve on this important committee, please contact Village Administrator Larry Schopfer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We have many dedicated Village employees. Among them is Joe Archino, our long-time Superintendent of Recreation and Parks, who will retire shortly. I have seen over the years Joe’s devotion to his job and commitment to building community in Irvington. Under his expert guidance his department has overseen Irvington Woods and Nature Center; Matthiessen, Scenic Hudson, Memorial and other parks and related fields and facilities; managed the Senior Citizen Center, IK Benjamin Community Center and a myriad of programs for all members of the community; administered the Irvington Garden program at Nevis; orchestrated Rocktoberfest; interacted with Village committees, including Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee, Irvington Woods Committee, Community Advisory Board, and Beautification Committee; and organized or supported a range of events, including Memorial Day, July 4th, Turkey Trot, Summer Day Camp, Teenscape, and holiday food distribution for seniors and families in need. Joe will be missed. The Village Board is identifying his successor with the help of Village staff and representatives of multiple Village Committees, some of whom are mentioned above.
Community participation in Irvington’s governance is part of what makes it a great place to live. The Village administration receives governance and guidance from the Village Board and committees that focus on matters as varied as land use (planning, zoning and architectural review), Irvington woods, recreation and parks, tree preservation, the theater, environmental issues, traffic and more. A list of committees with brief descriptions is posted on the Village website. Residents of Irvington are encouraged to join a Village committee (subject to availability) and help conduct the business of local government. Please notify Village Administrator Larry Schopfer (email@example.com) of your interest.
Irvington has received a State grant that awards funding to homeowners seeking to create an Accessory Dwelling Unit. ADUs—also known as “casitas,” in-law suites and accessory apartments—can generate rental income for homeowners, create housing stability, and serve as a new source of affordable housing for teachers, first-responders and other workers priced out of rental markets. There are grant qualification requirements, including income limitations. For more information please visit: www.habitatnycwc.org/plus-one-adu
I thank you for your support and look forward to serving as your Mayor.
Jon Siegel, Mayor